July, starting and ending with tensions to godfather-planet Pluto, is galvanizing. During the month, aspects from sweet Venus to Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune support clarification of values, gathering one’s tribe, and connecting with the angels and the abundance that will support the next phase of our journey. In sum, our warrior spirit is burning, and we can rise from the pandemic stupor to start anew.
The month starts with one of its most significant portals: on Friday, July 1, fighter Mars dares to square intense Pluto. These two planets are the co-rulers of the Eclipse Full Moon of mid-May, and much of the current news—mass murder, firearms, and abortion rights, all connected to Pluto and Mars—can be traced to that trigger. In Scorpio conjunct the South Node, the May Eclipse Full Moon had to do with releasing past shadows. As we wrote for Daykeeper in May, that lunation would reverberate widely.
Well, one archetype of shadows has definitely emerged in the form of the religious right (RR) sticking up its rabid head through the Supreme Court. When I set out to research the astrology of the RR, I was struck by the observations of astrologer Lynn Hayes, who notes that in 1973, Roe v. Wade was a trigger that got that faction going. From 1974 to 1982, Neptune in Sagittarius—although it also fueled the more eclectic spirituality movement—built up the RR. The RR was later used by Reagan and Bush to bolster their campaigns (and by at least two high-profile pastors to commit sexual abuse)—more Scorpio shadows. It’s been growing in the background ever since.
On June 24, when the news about the Supreme Court’s vote was confirmed, Saturn—the planet of law and limitation that made a T-square with the May Eclipse—had retrograded exactly to its position in May’s Full Moon chart, 24°56′. This is the same degree and minute as Neptune, ruler of reproductive organs, which makes an exact semi-sextile to Saturn, sextiles Sun, and trines Moon in that chart.
As frightening as the recent ruling seems for women, particularly poor women, and despite the even more alarming prospect of Clarence Thomas, now on the rampage and frothing at the mouth against same-sex marriage and other hard-won human rights, the emergence of the shadow is having a galvanizing effect on the left—or what’s left of it. It’s like a mirror reflection of what happened with the religious right in the 70s. (Incidentally, Justice Thomas’ solar return was one day before the Roe v. Wade vote, and his ascendent at 25 Capricorn is conjunct transiting Pluto and exactly sextile the May Eclipse.)
In an article about July’s stars, this may seem like a tangent, but the enormity of the stakes involved makes this decision an archetype of other subcurrents, all the way down to what’s going on inside of you and me. When shadows advance unchecked, we can discover the price of complacency. When they emerge, we may feel the need to reclaim our dormant sacred potential for assertive, focused action—represented by Mars.
As Mars squares Pluto on July 1—an aspect that lasts several days—the Red Planet triggers these issues. As Mars and Jupiter, planet of religion, transit Aries, there’s an aggressively righteous energy, reminiscent of the Moral Majority, that makes this reactionary upsurge even more asphyxiating.
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