You may feel like you’re living in a parallel universe today because the moon-Saturn square could make connecting with others difficult. There is an overall sense of disengagement from others, and that could lead to some unavoidable sadness. There could even be a sense of despair today, so be careful how you interact with loved ones while you experience these inflated concerns. Saying the wrong thing while you’re this emotional could lead to bigger problems down the road.
When the Moon sextiles Mercury later tonight, you might have a better hold on what it is you want to say, and you’ll be much better company. Your earlier sensitivity about your own feelings will likely turn into compassion for someone else’s perspective. This could be a wonderful time to open up the lines of communication. Accept that you aren’t always going to present your very best self to the world, but know that even within the span of one day you can adapt.
There may be some early morning insecurities to contend with until the Moon arrives in Taurus — which might help things to settle down a bit. We should not ignore the efforts of others — especially in this atmosphere. Asking for appreciation isn’t necessarily self-centered and appropriate recognition is crucial to maintaining a smooth flowing effort. As well, criticism and blame isn’t the only way to correct mistakes when the efforts have been sincere. The lack of patience may cause a stumble or two but, with enough perspective, stumbles can be seen as part of a broader learning process. This is an atmosphere where cutting others a little slack will help to keep things from entirely going off the rails.
THE WEEK AHEAD: Mercury turned direct yesterday morning in an atmosphere of high energy and high optimism. At times, it may feel as if a bounty of good fortune has begun to fall from the heavens. However, the high energy and restlessness keeps us stirred up and likely, quite impatient despite any good fortune. The flow of information seems to turn around and the confusion we have been facing for much of the year seems to be clearing. There are several moments, though, where clarity is a two-edged sword — when the fog clears, we see the reality is much more challenging than we may have ever thought. Even facing such glimpses of reality, the optimism seems to build expectations without tangible evidence or conclusions. There are important lessons to be learned here and powerful wisdom to be gleaned, but we need to find some way to filter out the distractions and avoid being lulled into self-indulgent nihilism. When we recognize our mistakes or missteps — or those of others — we’ll do better to recognize that we have learned important lessons and simply move on. The importance of appreciation and recognition can not be underestimated here. The level of impatience in this atmosphere is more likely to stir blame and recrimination, instead of a philosophical recognition that we learn more from our mistakes than from our successes. If we find that we have chosen the wrong road in haste, we should not simply try to make corrections with just as much haste. Next week’s Cancer New Moon (July 20th, 10:32 AM PDT 28° Cancer) opposes Saturn and will likely bring any expectations back down to earth with a thud. Responsibility, humility, and especially gratitude for the efforts of others, no matter how imperfect those efforts may seem, will go far to keep us stabilized and focused heading into next week’s Cancer New Moon.
Mercury turns direct on Sunday. The Aries Moon keeps us energized and highly optimistic. However, as the day wears on, we may find a few challenges and power struggles to deal with. Monday’s Taurus Moon helps to settle us down a bit. Patience and understanding will help us get over the recognition that we have made some mistakes that need to be corrected. Our awareness of past mistakes takes even more of our focus on Tuesday and the tendency to place blame seems hard to resist. The glimpse of reality we get may produce a shock — or two. Wednesday offers a free-flowing bounty of luck and high optimism. We’ll do better to approach these blessings with humility, rather than self-congratulations and boasting. Restlessness and excitement are stirred on Thursday by the Gemini Moon, in mutual reception with the ‘accelerating’ Mercury in Cancer. Some may feel exhilarated while others may feel only distraction. The spin of information continues on Friday but we should be careful not to allow our expectations to get too inflated. By Saturday, we begin to sense the coming Cancer New Moon and the real potential for destabilizing challenges and increased demand for responsible action.
Today is the 195th day of 2020
71 days to the autumn equinox
93 days until Mercury retrograde
172 days until 2021
Sun is in Cancer
Moon is in Taurus
Mercury is in Cancer
Venus is in Gemini
Mars is in Aries
Jupiter is retrograde in Capricorn
Saturn is retrograde Capricorn
Uranus is in Taurus
Neptune is retrograde Pisces
Pluto is retrograde in Capricorn
Chiron is retrograde in Aries
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