Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Sunday, June 25, 2006



The Tenor of the Times, JULY 2006

July’s aspects continue to lay the groundwork for a shift in the direction of world events.  These aspects will heighten the expectation of positive change and increase the pressure for reform but they will not directly or immediately produce any improvement on the ground.

They are essentially consciousness-raising aspects.  And they are only consciousness raising aspects.  They are very unlikely to produce immediate action or resolution of any outstanding issues.  On the other hand, they will tend to facilitate ongoing efforts and prevent new problems from arising.

People will be increasingly sure that they don’t like the way things are, they will be increasingly willing to listen to new ideas and there will be many encouraging initiatives.  Also, the ground will continue to shift beneath the feet of the status quo.  But the great mass of people and the politicians who represent them will not get off the dime, yet.

These aspects are intended specifically to make people shift to a higher, more enlightened level of thought.  They will compel people to leave behind the self-centered, materialistic thinking that normally dominates world consciousness.  Once people have begun the shift to this more enlightened level of thinking they will still have to work out the solution to specific problems and that always takes time.  A shift in consciousness, while very helpful, does not, in and of itself, bring solutions.  Real solutions take time to develop, even for enlightened people.

July’s aspects function primarily by supporting people at their present level and preventing real progress unless and until people have made a fundamental, upward shift in their way of dealing with the world.  Stated briefly, these aspects will keep people going in circles until they shift to a more enlightened mode of thinking and acting.  

On most outstanding issues, I think these aspects will only produce more political dithering.  However, at least some will respond by putting a more enlightened and idealistic foot forward.

So, July’s aspects are supportive and essentially constructive.  But they are not the kind of aspects that produce specific results or immediate forward movement.

Astrological Details The Full Moon brings a classic Mystic Rectangle overlaid by a Grand Trine.

The Mystic Rectangle is, of course, supportive and protective.  But a Mystic Rectangle is essentially an instrument of spiritual transformation.  

It doesn’t help people achieve their consciously held goals. It helps them transform those goals.  

The Mystic Rectangle brings no single, clear direction either.  Its effects tend to be diffuse and people have a free hand in determining how to express its energies.

The Mystic Rectangle creates a golden cage that is protective, but limits people until they begin to listen to their higher, better selves and leave behind selfish, materialistic, ego-centered modes.

Other planetary indicators suggest a static political situation too.  The three most potent planets involved in the aspects, Pluto, Neptune and Uranus, are all retrograde.  

These retrogrades, coupled with the dynamic of the Mystic Rectangle, virtually guarantee that there will be no decisive change or definitive progress in July.  Just a sense that people need to take a more enlightened and uplifting approach to the world’s problems.

Ring Around the Ego The combined effect of the Grand Trine and the Mystic Rectangle at the Full Moon will be to produce a kind dizziness and disorientation.  

People will have too many options and too little motivation to choose one over another.  They will however, as I have said, have plenty of reason, and inclination, to keep talking.  

Also, because the Mystic Rectangle tends to frustrate consciously held, ego-based goals, the initiatives people do take are likely to lead them around in circles.  

Part of them will be urging the pursuit of the same old ego-based goals--money, sex, fame--and part of them will be urging the pursuit of more enlightened and selfless goals.  But I doubt, at this early stage, that many people will be able to escape the gravity of their egos for very long.  

So, like a comet around the Sun, people will move away from their ego only to be pulled back toward it, over and over again.  They will, in essence, be reasoning around in circles.  And going around in circles will make everybody a little dizzy.

On the national and international level, these aspects are likely to produce a lot discussion that swings between high-minded, global-thinking and narrow political and economic self-interest.  This sort of thing, taking place on a global level, is likely to produce a case of global vertigo.

The Grand Trine will, however, bring optimism and the hope of reward for innovation and reform.  So these lengthy and circular political and diplomatic discussions will be marked by optimism and good feelings.

Interestingly, Jupiter is direct.  But under these circumstances, a forward-moving Jupiter is only likely to help insure that confidence and enthusiasm gets way ahead of itself.

A Focus At the New Moon, one corner of the mystic rectangle opens up, leaving a gateway between Uranus and Neptune.  This opening will create a kind of emphasis, or focus, but not a clear-cut agenda, as we usually understand that term.

It will compel leaders (in every walk of life and in every part of the world) to learn how to guide the social aspirations and idealism of their people properly.  

Politicians of all stripes tend to exploit the aspirations of people in the pursuit of narrow partisan gains.  But July’s aspects will push politicians to transcend this kind of exploitation.  

With these aspects, world leaders will be compelled, for their own political survival, to take demands for reform far more seriously.  They will also be compelled to take global decision-making to a higher moral and ethical level.

In other words, they will be forced by events to respond to the aspirations of their people with spiritual and moral integrity. Efforts to exploit the public desire in order to achieve narrow, political gains will tend to fizzle in more or less embarrassing ways.  And the issue of genuine reform, which they have probably been trying to avoid, will just keep coming back.  

Vertigo All of the above adds up to a month of going around in circles, a happy, relatively peaceful, lucky sort of going around in circles, but going around in circles nonetheless.  

To have so many planets interacting so strongly will put the world in flux--optimistic flux to be sure--but flux that leads nowhere, for the time being.  I think this will produce a kind of uncertainty, confusion and anxiety, political vertigo.  

But these aspects will ensure that those in power, and those who would like to be in power, can, increasingly, draw upon a public attitude receptive to change and reform.  Sooner or later, something good will come of this.  

The softening, leavening effect of July’s aspects on the public mood is part of a complicated and long term planetary effort to usher in new values for a new age. Do not expect overnight successes or the quick and gratifying resolution of pending issues.  These are learning, consciousness-raising aspects.

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