Saturn turns direct
July 20 4:45pm EDT
Saturn has been in Scorpio for two years and for the last six months it has been retrograde. Normally this placement would be the big talking point in most astrology columns. But frankly we have all been so focused on the cardinal crosses for the last couple years it is hard to get worked up over little ol’ Saturn. Now as the cardinal energy starts to dissipate ---a bit—we can turn our attention to Saturn. Saturn goes direct on July 20th. Saturn is our dad, the boss, the disciplinarian, the broom that sweeps out the ineffective. It is also our responsibility and our burdens. In Scorpio, Saturn can bring out deep –seated fears and some are responding by trying to control their world. Good luck mircro managing humans. With Saturn in Scorpio we should look at the psychological habits that no longer serve. This is very similar to the energy of Pluto in Capricorn. Actually we are in a period called ‘mutual reception’ when two planets are in each other’s ruling signs. Saturn rules Capricorn but he is in Scorpio. Pluto rules Scorpio but he is in Capricorn. They are like cosmic bookends holding up one shelf on one topic. The topic in this case is—to find real empowerment, get rid of crap that no longer serves and evolve! Or, to put it a bit more succinct, “Evolution is critical even if it kills you.” And no it won’t kill you but those bad habits should most certainly die. Saturn in Scorpio speaks to money, debt, co mingled funds, sex, power, taxes, death (& rebirth). It is a sign of extremes. Where are we hanging on to grey when we should go for black & white? As tough as Saturn sounds it does reward hard work. It may be a long haul but remember Saturn delays it does not deny. And the gift of Saturn in Scorpio will not return to us again for 28 years. When Saturn moves into Sagittarius in late December it will be a whole new game. Religious zealots will be in the news for sure. God help us if religious wars kick in on a new level. But whatever it is, the focus on your little savings account, your sex, your co-mingled funds and your evolution will not be of importance. Not at all, so do what you can now for the next six months to get your evolution in play. And for Godsakes sweep out the psychological cobwebs.
Uranus turns retrograde
July 21 10:35pm EDT
Uranus turns retrograde the day after Saturn makes his move, Uranus turns retrograde on July 21st at 17 Aries and will go back to 12 degrees Aries. Anyone with planets between those degrees of cardinal signs should be aware that there is stuff being churned up. Even for the rest of us we are all working out Uranus. Uranus is brilliant and eccentric but he can be abrupt and rough. We have all been dealing with Uranus in Aries since 2010 and we will continue to slog it out until 2019. Aries is about new beginnings, new paths and new roads. He is also about new fights. And Uranus is about change and revolution. Uranus spends half of every year in retrograde. He is hunting for things that hold him back. Shackles will be shaken. Yes, sometimes the problems are real but sometimes Uranus in Aries just needs to stop its hatin’. It is hard to tell this to Uranus in Aries but villains are not everywhere. Or at the very least perhaps it is important to look at internal villains. During the retrograde we will see areas that need our attention for sure. Changes that need to be made will perhaps get our focus. Great. However we will also see where some of us have pursued misguided revolts. Who stirred things up that maybe went too far? But on the good side it is sometimes nothing like a noisy Cra-Cra situation to wake up the sleep. Or the people who ‘don’t want to get involved.’ Suddenly they have a horse in the race. There is a lot to watch and participate in between now and late December when it turns direct. If you are confused about what side to fight ask people whom you respect and see where they fall. But at the end of the day make your own decision.