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Welcome to the first week of what is likely to be a truly endless summer—but not because we're catching the perfect wave. Quite the contrary; we're entering many weeks of never-ending astral intensity, with all sorts of waves—physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual breaking in uneven patterns against the shores of daily life. As these erratic celestial rhythms collide with routine terrestrial agendas, there is a strong potential to be dragged under or pulled along by hidden riptides in a tumultuous sea of change. Yes, from a planetary perspective, it is that intense, but we don't need the stars to prove it. All any of us need to do is witness our own lives and the lives of those we love. Just be aware, while these seas are intense, they are not necessarily negative; their rhythm may be unpredictable, but they are deep with creative potential for personal and planetary transformation.
For starters: Happy Mars Is No Longer In Virgo Day! Mars moved into Libra on Tuesday morning, ending its nearly 8-month sojourn through the detail oriented sign of Virgo. Now, as it moves through Libra, it will focus on relationships, amplifying the urge to join with significant others, personal and professional, in the hope of finding a more perfect union. For those of you not interested in romantic arrangements, this emphasis is about relationships of every variety. But don't confuse this Martian impulse toward partnering with a lack of personal ambition.
For the entire month of July, a Mars/Jupiter trine stirs a deep desire for success. Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is in Gemini, the sign of communication, and its positive alliance with Mars, guarantees lots of talk, primarily political, but also personal, about what's necessary for effective partnerships. Even the taciturn transform into eloquent raconteurs, as a Mercury/Uranus trine, with its potential for revolutionary thinking, amplifies this gift for gab. And because Mercury is in Leo and Uranus is in Aries, most of these exchanges are likely to be fiery and passionate. Be aware: Uranus goes retrograde on July 13, and Mercury goes retrograde on July 14. Yes, this is as intense as it sounds, and more about it next week. This week, make sure you back up everything on your electronic devices.
As the week unfolds, try not to succumb to "compassion fatigue"—a psychic state created by the recognition of just how much suffering exists in the world, and the consequent reduction of concern. Aung San Suu Kyi recently described this state in her Noble Peace Prize acceptance speech that she delivered 21 years after the prize was awarded. She also said that while she was under house arrest "the lesson of kindness, small or big" convinced her "that there could never be enough of it in the world." These are such necessary words for those who choose compassion as an antidote for the violence and cruelty of ignorance. Given the blaring and seemingly endless conflicts we encounter everyday, everywhere, compassion fatigue surrounds us. Rather than succumb to what may be the most profound heart disease of our time, renew your efforts to reach out to your fellow travelers and offer shelter from the storm. According to Aung San Suu Kyi, "Kindness can change the lives of people."
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