With yesterday’s Capricorn Full Moon activation and the numerous planets in retrograde, it feels as if we are fully activated for the Eclipse portal. As the Sun is in the season of Cancer this is the time to reflect upon what is home. Cancer is the Great Mother engulfing mother symbolized by two breasts. Now is an excellent time to take stock of where you are the nurturer and where you need more nurturing. In these times, we always start from the place of Self, as we cannot give from an empty cup. One of the less known archetypes of Cancer is the Empress, who I liken to the polarity of the High Priestess a less known archetype of Capricorn. Where are you the Empress of your domain? And where may you set more distinguished boundaries?
We are in an intuitive time, which means that boundaries may be more porous. With the pressure of many planets in retrograde, we must discern in every step to be aware of choosing any path from a place of fear. The collective consciousness is feeling a pressure of the potential loss of security, and it is our civic duty to discern what is ours and what is not.
On Tuesday Mars went retrograde and it is very important to honor this time. There is a triple activation of karma during this retrograde season. Mars retrograde is already a karmic alignment. This Mars retrograde makes three tight conjunctions with the karmic South Node. And this Mars retrograde takes places in Capricorn and Aquarius, two zodiacal signs ruled by Saturn, the archetype of Lord of Karma.
Essentially anything we set into motion during this Mars retrograde could have a heavy curriculum attached. Although our will may wish to plow forward, this is instead a time to meditate and reflect on our actions, our ways of being in the world and to learn how we may wish to shift our behavior. This is also a powerful time of endings, of sealing up portals and tying up loose ends in our lives. Many relationships are finding their completion and many transitions are occurring.
Here is the full lowdown on Mars retrograde dates:
Shadow period begins: May 12th at 28°37’ Capricorn
Retrograde: June 26th at 9°13’ Aquarius
Direct: August 27th at 28°37’ Capricorn
Shadow period ends: October 8th at 9°13’ Aquarius
Stay tuned for next week's Venusian Love Notes which will include a full guide on how to thrive in the Summer of 2018 with this retrograde season and eclipse portal. If you are itching for some advice you may read my suggestions from last year. And as always breathe and ground. Go outside barefoot at least once a day. Consciously connect with your breath as your place your bare feet on the Earth. Allow more time to get places, give your calendar more space. Say NO. As you say no to more events, comings and goings you are saying Y E S to reflecting, reviewing and revitalizing. Finally, turn to the plant kingdom for their ever abundant support. Adaptogenic herbs are an amazing ally and I love the formulas Aviva Romm (one of my herbal mentors) has just released.