Summer’s Is Blooming, So Shall be Your Energy!
Horsetail in Full bloom!
Reminds me of Fireworks!
Have you been feeling a lull in physical and mental energy over the last month? Well, good news! We have some shifts in July that will help revive your energy!
Fast moving Mercury, ruling our mental processing and communications, has been in retrograde since June 18th, not allowing mental focus to be as clear as it could be. Mercury will be moving out of retrograde on July 12th. Also, Mars, our fierce and fiery action-oriented planet has shifted out of watery Pisces on June 29th and moved into its natural ruling sign of Aries. Mars will be in Aries the whole month of July and for the rest of the year, actually. It usually stays in a sign for about 1.5 months, but the reason Mars will be having an extended stay in Aries is because it will be going retrograde in September… The retrograde motion causes the planet’s location in our earth’s sky to remain in the same section of the zodiac for longer. We will talk more about Mars in retrograde in September’s Astrology.
June 18 - July 12, 2020
The dynamics of Mercury retrograde periods are gaining more and more awareness in our collective cultural conversations. The most common theme being a “warning” against doing certain activities during this 3 week period. I find what is most alive regarding Mercury retrograde is holding an awareness that anything you make a firm decision on during this period, may have to be re-worked again when Mercury goes direct (starting July 12th). Therefore, a clearer thinking process around decision making becomes more available when Mercury is out of retrograde.
People often find more challenges and issues with communications, electronics, travel, etc… and you may find it takes longer to get from point A to point B, or there’s more back and forth communication before things become clear. Often, I see Mercury retrograde as an offering to surrender, trusting things will work out in the end and taking the unexpected “scenic route” shows you something delightful you wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. Let go and allow an alternate way of “getting there” to manifest.
I find mercury retrograde periods are a good time to finish up old projects that are lingering out there, taking up psychic space, not allowing you to cleanly move forward in life. Spend time with these activities and you will find ease towards completing them. Clean out closets, garages, work spaces, donate items, etc… In other words, clear out the physical clutter, which will clear out mental clutter and allow you an opportunity to start anew when Mercury goes direct on July 12th.
…the shadow time after Mercury retrograde (July 12th - July 27th)
The Mercury retrograde period offers an opportunity to review and reprocess the life experiences of the recent period of time when Mercury was traveling this same section of the sky with forward motion prior to retrograde (June 1 - June 17th). When Mercury goes direct on July 12th, it will be in what is called “being in it’s shadow” as it will be covering, again, the same heavenly real estate as it was prior to retrograde. This shadow time gives you a 3rd opportunity to visit and glean more understanding in regards to the same evolving life processes that were going on before and during retrograde.
It is known in astrology to wait until the shadow period is over (after July 27th) to truly be clear on moving forward on anything that’s been occurring over the past 2 months before. I recommend waiting until after July 27th to make big life decisions, if you can wait. Otherwise, spend more time in the decision process and get others involved, if possible, to make sure you are seeing it all clearly.
Mars moves into Aries
June 29, 2020 - January 6, 2021
Wow, that seems like a long time for Mars to be in one sign. However, for the length of time Mars is in Aries, it couldn’t be in a more comfortable place of expression as Aries is the natural ruling sign for Mars. They are compadres, both having a fiery, action-oriented energy about them.
Mars rules the part of us that goes after what we want in life… has us taking action towards those things. The sign Mars is in gives indication towards how we go about taking that action.
The shift of fiery Mars out of Pisces and into Aries allows for more clear and direct action towards anything you’re wanting to do. Pisces, being more watery, dreamy, flowy and intuitive, really softened the Mars energy during the last couple of months, making it hard to accomplish the plan you set out for yourself.
Mars in Aries also makes for a more aggressive time. As I examine Mars moving into Aries, I think of what we are all experiencing collectively and the conflicts surrounding a pandemic as well as an uprising for social justice and equality. This energy may be getting more amplified in July and then for the months to follow.
…and here comes Pluto in the mix
From the time period between July 12th and the 18th, the Sun in Cancer will come in opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, highlighting the intensity of the current battle in our collective right now between what is right and fair for all humans and those wanting to hang on to the outworn and unwelcome inhumane patterns of oppression from the past.
The United States is in its first Pluto return after its birth in 1776, bringing it into the beginning stages of what will be an ultimate death/rebirth transformation for the country, happening over the next 4 years. In the beginning stages of any Pluto transit, we first must see, out in the open, all the things that need to be healed and transformed… It's a rough period of time and this is the stage we are in right now. I will be re-visiting this topic in future blog posts.
To get more personal, anything happening on a larger scale in the collective right now can also be happening personally for you. Therefore, take time exploring battles that might be happening between you and others in your life or those happening inside yourself and ask, “what is ultimately being called upon to be healed and transformed inside me and in my life?”
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.