The eclipses we have this month, starting with the New Moon solar eclipse July 2, offer an invitation for us to see what happens when we actually support and allow ourselves to receive the nourishment that we need, but perhaps nourishment which we do not fully understand the wisdom of. What emotionally-charged desires have we negated until this moment?
No one wishes for themselves a life of “quiet desperation”, a phrase coined by Henry David Thoreau. While grace is abundantly available in the Universe, there is also a degree to which we are responsible for our own wellbeing and happiness, which brings in the dynamic of the inner-parent and inner-child. Our inner-child is necessarily immature in certain ways, though wise in design. The inner-child’s wishes are as Florence Scovel Shinn speaks of the intuition: “So often one goes for one thing and finds another. (Intuition) is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” We find out the logic of the inner-child’s wishes often in retrospect. To not live in quiet desperation is to be sensitive to the needs that live inside of us and authoritative enough in our self-worth to facilitate happiness by responsibly addressing those needs.
The inner-parent is the one responsible for creating time, space, and conditions – the container – to nourish the proclivities of the inner-child’s innate qualities. But the timeless and archetypal tension between these two is such that the inner-child needs the support of the parent to thrive, while the inner-parent is asked to soften and open their heart such that they can understand, empathize, and support the child. Internally when this dynamic is out of balance, we can find ourselves all over the place emotionally (without sturdiness or groundedness) – often projecting authority onto others by default rather than embodying it oneself. Alternately we can become authoritarian, strict on ourselves, repressing what is vulnerable within yet becoming malnourished in the process as we demand for ourselves that we simply go without basic and valid needs.
There is of course, a difference between feeding an addiction versus taking a vitamin or eating a superfood. Perhaps it takes a wiser part of ourselves to know this difference and to steer our actions toward real nourishment. The interesting thing about our development is that unfulfilled needs from the past remain and can be fulfilled further along our timeline. Sometimes we can have an experience that heals an infant version of ourselves, a child version of ourselves, etc. The design of our potential is innate and can be activated as we engage with the nutrients that we need. And once the conditions are right, those stalled-in-time parts of ourselves can catch up and come back online. Once the conditions are right, a seed that has been dormant underground begins to sprout.
And as we grow, because of being nourished, we will become empowered to let go of psychic baggage that weighs down our very bones. What stories and psychological patterns are we holding onto simply because of malnourishment? We may not find out unless we take the leap toward holistic health and care first.
Stay tuned for an episode about eclipses on the Magic of the Spheres podcast coming out tomorrow! Subscribe on Apple podcasts or wherever you tune into podcasts.
Latest on the podcast:I had an enchanting conversation recently with astrologer Becca Tarnas about the planetary combinations of Venus (Venus-Moon, Venus-Mercury, and so on out to Pluto). We also talked about the current Saturn-Pluto conjunction and the triple combination of Venus, Saturn, and Pluto. This episode feels like a Venus transmission! 💘 My own relationship to Venus has certainly deepened from Becca’s rendering of the Venusian planetary combinations, and I’m excited to share this conversation with you! This episode comes in two parts – tune in where you listen to podcasts or via these links: part 1 and part 2.
Mercury will station retrograde on July 7 at 4 Leo, ingress back into Cancer on July 19. Mercury will turn direct again on July 31 from the later degrees of Cancer, re-enter Leo on August 11, and leave Leo on August 29.
This is a window before Mercury re-enters Cancer again where we will experience Mercury in Leo until later in August. Mercury in Leo brings our minds and communications in tune with playfulness, creativity, humor, and pride. And even cat-like energy like pride, sassiness, mischief.
If we’re about to be doing some extra emotional-processing or accelerating our emotional intelligence with Mercury retrograding in a water sign, some of our experiences with Mercury in Leo may especially inform this process. Mercury in Leo can be parts of us coming out, while Mercury in Cancer can be a return inward to process and integrate emotionally.
Leo is a sign that thrives with validation and appreciation – offering compliments and words of affirmation is a way to get this Mercury sign to purr. But there is also the validation that comes from within that is crucial for this sign.
See if you can locate your expressive edge this season – the ways you wish to express yourself but you don’t yet feel secure enough (you fear what other people will think, if you’re good enough, etc.). These are places to validate yourself like you would with a child, though in this case this is your inner-child.
A high expression of Leo is helping others join the fun & Mercury in Leo highlights the communication skills that help us to invite others into more playful realms of reality.
June 27, 2019
Sun in 5 Cancer sextile Uranus in 5 Taurus: 10:45 AM PDT
This is an opportunity to create freedom in our lives by choosing emotions from a place of detachment (realizing that we don’t have to simply react to life on autopilot but can be creative about our responses). Trauma is different in the sense that it hijacks our ability to respond, but as we discover and utilize tools for healing trauma we increase our capacity for emotional freedom.
How do we choose our emotions? Imagining how we would like to feel, and thinking thoughts and feeling feelings on purpose that resonate with that creative intention.
Sun in 5 Cancer square Chiron in 5 Aries: 1:00 PM PDT
We may feel sensitive and defensive when it comes to taking things personally! Situations that are not exactly personal can still jab us at a sore spot. If these tender confrontations arise, consider the adage you are probably familiar with, which is that the medicine is in the wound. Many people’s life purposes even are informed by a very sensitive and tender spot within them. How we engage and interact with these parts of ourselves can inform the medicine and offering we create in ourselves, our auric fields, and the ripples we send out into the universe.
There may also be a call to exit, or take the leap out of a wounded space. If we have been inhabiting a room in our psyche that is all about an identity centered around a wound, at some point this will become a limitation. We must also identify the heroic nature of these encounters – what was the mission? What is the purpose? These kinds of questions have an empowering quality to them and can lift us out of tired “rooms” in our psyche.
Mars in Leo is a very showy, robust Mars. Think sexual prowess, vitalized displays of romance, playful and hot energy, brawn.
Mars in Leo can energize our impulse toward generosity. Generosity takes many forms – whether that is other-centered such as through gifting, lavishing others in affection or compliments, or self-centered (in a neutral way of using the term): outwardly sharing our interior worth, expressing ourselves and sharing our talent. Being ourselves is a form of generosity. When we judge ourselves or inhibit our radiance, we are also hoarding the universal gifts that we have been made a conduit for. Being ourselves is at once personal and self-oriented, while also spiritual and selfless – allowing the rays that emanate from us to reach into the world and warm whomever and whatever blooms in its light. Such is the nature of inspiring or activating others, doing nothing extra special than simply truly being and radiating.
Being ourselves is always available to us and it is also an act of striving toward – manifesting an innate potential – such as the relationship between an acorn and an oak tree. Mars in Leo highlights our courage to live up to our potential because after all, who are we not to?
July 2, 2019
New Moon Solar Eclipse in 10 Cancer: 12:16 PM PDT
This New Moon is by the North Node in Cancer and will be followed by another eclipse at the Full Moon. The upcoming Full Moon will have the Moon in Capricorn placed closely to Pluto, and part of a stellium with Saturn, Pluto and the South Node.
As a vision of what is creatively developing in our lives comes clearer into focus, we will also have more insight as to what we need to let go of. For example, parenthood and the love we have for our children calls us on the process of letting go of our own baggage and trauma lest we pass on the same patterns. Or as another example, consider someone getting a significant career advancement of their dreams (making it, in some way, like an actor who finally gets cast in a major role) realizing that it’s finally time to quit drinking, as alcohol has become a destructive force in their lives. It is not always the case that life rewards us because we have already let go of whatever is obstructing us. Sometimes life bestows with gifts that simply give us the energy and perspective to know it is time to let go of baggage.
The letting go part may become more and more clear as we build toward the Full Moon.
For now at this eclipse, the Moon blocks out the light of the Sun. The Sun is creativity, life force, the light and heat that literally supports life on this planet. The Moon is archetypally connected to memory, imprinting (such as by early life and prior lives), and perception. We may become aware this Eclipse Season of what perceptions and imprints actually block off life-force in our experience. Where is our deep memory obscuring our ability to see clearly? Consider the ways that unconscious assumptions are becoming more lucid to you AS assumptions rather than fact – this is a step toward releasing the illusion.
This New Moon consider the intelligence of nourishment – how allowing yourself to access what you need may also allow you to grow. This eclipse heralds a significant opportunity to be nourished in a way that is transformative. Perhaps this is a need that has been suppressed, unfulfilled, or internally judged. Whether or not this need is actually fulfilled during this time, we may at least experience a shift in recognition of that need and our own receptivity toward it, as well as our sense of worthiness.
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Sabrina Monarch is a soul-centered Evolutionary Astrologer who publishes weekly astrological forecasts, works with clients and teaches. She has been collecting astrological experience for over a decade. She is a novelist and is currently pursuing her masters in Philosophy. She also enjoys kundalini yoga, meditation and ashtanga yoga.