Today’s photo: Auroras and moonrise near Drumheller, Alberta, Canada on June 28 (photo by Alan Dyer, posted on Spaceweather.com)
SATURN is a strong influence in our lives this week. The ringed planet has been retrograde (moving backward) since February 18, and is now moving very slowly in anticipation of its shift to forward motion next Sunday.
When any planet slows to change direction, we become more aware of its effects, especially if we happen to be working with direct transits from that planet to our natal charts. With Saturn, those effects involve facing reality, being responsible, and having the patience and discipline needed to proceed step-by-step toward a goal.
Perhaps not what we want to hear, especially those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere and finally getting into the lazy days of summer…
IN THE POSITIVE, once Saturn is direct (moving forward), we may finally see movement in areas of our lives that have been feeling stalled for the past four or five months. Saturn assists us in manifesting tangible results for our efforts, and while it has been retrograde, we may have met with delays in achieving certain goals. In the weeks ahead, as Saturn picks up a bit of speed, we will have more support in attaining those goals and in making important decisions.
Because Saturn is in Scorpio, part of the increased effects this week may also involve more revelations of truths that have been hidden from view. We’ve already seen a fair amount of this in recent weeks, so it will be interesting to observe what else may come to light in the days ahead.
THIS WEEK also brings us another choice point, through interactions between Pluto, Uranus, and the Sun. This threesome compels us to choose how we want to react to change in our lives.
With the Pluto-Sun opposition on Monday, we will be aware of a wide range of possible reactions. On one extreme, we can be stoic and pretend not to be affected (represented by Pluto in Capricorn). On the other extreme, we can be overwhelmed emotionally and feel our only choices are fight or flight (represented by the Sun in Cancer).
AS ALWAYS OCCURS with opposition aspects, our most productive solution is in finding a balance between those opposite reactions. First, we must acknowledge the feelings of vulnerability that have been triggered (Cancer) and do a good bit of self-care to support the child within who is feeling overwhelmed and fearful. At the same time, we must also realize that a part of us knows we are strong and capable, able to handle whatever challenges life has presented (Capricorn).
This choice point extends into Wednesday, when the Sun steps into a square aspect with Uranus. We are likely to feel more rebellious, impatient, and reactive than usual under this influence. Through observing our own and others’ reactions, we will have the opportunity to realize what further changes are needed, that we may have been resisting out of fear or habit.
VENUS appears three times in our list of highlighted aspects this week, indicating that important developments in our relationships are likely to occur. On Monday, Venus is in square aspect to Saturn. This may be a day when we make an important decision about a relationship. It may also mark a time of farewell, as circumstances create a parting of ways.
By Friday, when Venus forms a quincunx aspect to Pluto, we’ll be fully aware of what adjustments are going to be needed, based on the developments earlier in the week. If we’ve said good-bye to someone, the results of that change will be very apparent. Likewise, if we’ve decided to make a stronger commitment to a relationship, we will also become aware of what that will mean for us going forward.
By Sunday, when Venus forms a trine aspect with Uranus, an entirely different theme becomes apparent. If we have the courage to accept the change that has occurred, this trine will help us be open to a new future. We are more able to allow ourselves and others freedom as needed, and also are more willing to embrace new activities and relationships that will bring new joy into our days.