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Mars in Cancer—A Slow Fast Dance

RisaNewSWe’re in the very center of the Cancer’s Mercury retrograde. When planets reach the middle point of a sign we enter deeply into the energy of the sign (Cancer) the planet (Mercury) is distributing. When retros begin we’re a bit shocked. Then we eventually acclimate, adapting more each day. When the retro planet turns direct, we’re again shocked into a new reality, and must adapt to a new rhythm again. Humanity’s task is adaptation—becoming fluid and easy with change. It takes us lifetimes to adapt to new rhythms. When the Sun enters a new sign each month a new rhythm begins for humanity, with new tasks.
Mars, planet of out-rushing force and energy, enters a new field of rhythm this week. On Saturday, Mars enters Cancer, remaining there for six weeks. We’re in for an interesting time as two dual forces come together. Mars is hot and fiery, a trajectory of forward-moving energy. Cancer, a meandering water sign, crawls slowly forward, if at all. Consider the crab. Protected under its shell, the crab never moves forward in a straight line. It sidesteps, circles, shying away from anything direct. With Mars in Cancer, Mars will step forward as Cancer pulls back, hiding away. As Mars become impatient, Cancer settles into its shell and won’t come out. A slow dance of push/pull results. Mars in Cancer creates a nurturing, therapeutic, protective healing home environment. With Mars in Cancer, lots of gates will be built, many will consider becoming pregnant and we’ll all be “riding the waves” (of emotion and feeling).


Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of July 11–17, 2013 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
The focus of energy, powerful and intent, is directed toward things domestic, foundational, homey, nurturing and instinctual. There’s possibly a lot of mooning going on at home or wherever you find yourself. A lot of sighing, too. You’re not comfortable. You find the need for protection, an unusual state for Aries. You feel restless, quite moody, strutting around like a rooster in a hen house finding all the hens have flown the coop.




taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
Many new thoughts, ideas and extensive plans are considered to the point that you feel overwhelmed. It’s important to do things that enhance your home and environments. You find errands must be done, arguments and uncomfortable discussions concerning beliefs occurring with more than usual misunderstandings. Try not to be impatient. Careful with your hands, sharp objects and on the road. Study, thinking, pondering is best.




geminiGemini May 22–June 20
You ponder upon finances and resources and gather the energy to bring forth more. You will also consider how you value money. It’s a very resourceful and creative time. Your imagination becomes inventive, practical, capable and ingenious. It’s important to be aware to not impulse buy. Spending could turn excessive. Consider ownership. In the Cherokee ways, everyone owns everything in common.




cancerCancer June 21–July 20
Notice how you assert yourself more than usual and stand your ground. Everything you do and say makes an impression on your environment. When confronted you clearly state your position. You could be combative, too, feel impatience, become angry, a bit pushy. All of this is Mars in your sign. Careful with your head and face. Protect them. Your physical vitality zooms up and outward.




leoLeo July 21–August 22
Thoughts, people, things from the past re-enters your life. You reflect upon them, considering your part in past relationships. You may enter into a phase of compassion and understanding leading to forgiveness for yourself and all others you have known. Much of your life is private now not wanting to be seen much. It’s comfortable for you to be alone and solitary for a while. Life seems like a dream sometimes. It is a dream.

 


virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
Whatever you do, be cooperative, work in groups, share ideas, plans and goals, allow others to take the lead before you step forward into a leadership position. Working as a team with others helps you achieve hopes, wishes and dreams. You are a humanitarian and have the ability to order and organize. All that you do is seen by others and imitated. Be a leader who leads with wisdom.

 


libraLibra September 23–October 22
You’re recognized and appreciated for your loving endeavors serving others. Be careful not to enter into conflicts with those in power, leaders or with authority. Others may see you as extremely assertive because all your energy goes toward your work and profession. Careful with irritation. Stay calm. It’s a good time to review your business projects considering a career move. Surround all that you do in terms of world service.



scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
Taking a journey, a new course of study, earning something new helps with restlessness leading to recklessness. Careful with arguments over principles. Seek instead a study of different cultures, different philosophies. Recently, on encountering great beauty, I wondered about what beauty actually is. A philosophical question. And wondered who had done a study on beauty. Beauty is a hidden path to God.

 


saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
You realize working in cooperation with others and pooling resources helps create a unified field and an opportunity to practice harmony. You might also be thinking of creating separations between yourself and those you love, work with and are friends with. You will choose which path is best. Tend to all finances with grace and finesse. You’re able to overcome all losses from the past. Sex and finances often come together. Is that occurring for you?

 


capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
It’s a good time to restructure relationships, to ask yourself (and the “other”) why did you come together (friends, marriage, partnerships), and to ask if those same reasons apply. If not, to ask what new foundations to recognize, acknowledge and apply for the next years together. Choose to form harmonious relationships because hostility could be stirred up. Physical work together is good. It creates companionship and humor.

 


aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
Careful at work and on the job. There could be overwhelming responsibilities with aggression, silent and hidden then out in the open. Tend to your health. Work could be such that the pressures become too much for you. You must ask if your work is fulfilling. If not, contemplate change. You’re called to “serve” humanity. Sometimes that means entering the armed services. Know that each day our life is a sacrificial service.

 


piscesPisces February 19–March 20
Much of each day is centered on home—a domestic situation or tending to family. Something very basic and fundamental is occurring, like a new foundation of self, a new home, a move, setting up housekeeping, or home health intervening to care for an illness. Family relationships could be double edged. Notice your instincts and protectiveness are called forth. Many lifetimes from the past are being worked on.
 


Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.

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