The Astrology of July 2012
Recap - Set up for Deep Transformations
By now, we all know that the three major, outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, completed highly disruptive sign changes between January 2008 and February 2012. Present planetary arrangements will remain essentially the same for about five years. In that sense, they are stable. Otherwise they are highly disruptive, maintaining a constant state of instability, intense enough to trigger change, but not strong enough to cause outright catastrophe.
We have, then, entered an era of deep transformation. There will be systemic, systematic reform of existing institutions. New institutions will emerge, some affecting individual nations, others affecting whole regions of the world. These trends are already apparent.
For example, in Europe, Angela Merkel is pushing for structural changes in the Eurozone. These energies will get at her at least some and probably a lot of what she wants.
In the US, we are seeing sweeping reforms in the US health care system after all. The Arab Spring is bringing deep political and social transformations to the Arab world.
None of these changes will be followed by a gradual, anti-climactic relapse into old patterns. The new planetary energies are destroying the very foundations of the old status quo. (More on this below.)
June Recap - Permanent Revolution
June’s chart revealed an immense power release captured and channeled in deeply transformative ways.
The Uranus/Pluto square was exact for the first time on June 24th. The irresistible desire for greater freedom came hard up against the immovable object of existing power structures releasing immense amounts of energy.
This long-awaited square detonated within a complex blocking structure, preventing a catastrophic release of Uranus/Pluto energy. Instead, a Uranus/Pallas conjunction on the descendant channeled the force of the Uranus/Pluto blast into the deep transformation of relationship patterns.
To help punctuate events and forever differentiate what came before June from what comes after, there was a lunar eclipse on June 4th. The summer solstice, another temporal threshold, occurred on June 20th. Adding to the general confusion, seven bodies were either retrograde are preparing to retrograde.
The world is sustained by a vastly complex matrix of relationship patterns. These patterns govern all manner of human interactions. They tend to be stable over many generations. After disruptions of any kind, these patterns bend the world back into something closely resembling its old shape, century after century. Three steps forward, two back.
The immense transformative energy of the Uranus/Pluto square was channeled, through the Uranus/Pallas conjunction, into the transformation of this vast and ancient matrix of human relationship patterns.
As these patterns are transformed, the world will change profoundly and permanently. Typically, revolutionary changes break and fade on these invisible patterns. Now, revolutionary changes within these pervasive patterns will create the basis for radical and irreversible changes, changes far greater than we usually associate with the average revolution.
Current headlines are beginning to offer many examples of national and world leaders who broke ranks with traditional allies or departed from their usual thinking - who broke the patterns of past behavior - to bring about important changes.
Closer to Home
On the micro-level, many people experienced life-changing events in June. Life-threatening, life-ending illnesses struck suddenly; chronic health conditions worsened. Pending surgery became urgent. Challenging conditions in the home approached crisis levels. People faced financial roadblocks. Many were forced into an early retirement for which they were not financially prepared.
July's chart is a comparatively pale reflection, a mirror image, of June's. For most of us, July will also be a welcome opportunity to reflect, recuperate, reconsider and regroup. People will begin to grasp the implications of June’s pivotal events and, for many, those implications will be breathtaking.
The fact that July’s chart so nearly reflects June’s has importance in itself.
June’s aspects are more exact than July’s. Also, sign and house placements have shifted somewhat. However, it remains true that July’s chart is a fainter echo, or pale reflection, of June’s.
1. June’s chart is dominated by an intertwined double T-square, a hard, six-pointed star. July’s chart is dominated by a hard Yod, a five-pointed star.
June’s chart presents an impassable barrier, a major hurdle. July’s chart presents a complex set of densely interrelated issues that we must seriously engage to make any progress.
2. A Uranus/Pallas conjunction sets on the descendant of June’s chart. A Uranus/Pallas conjunction sets on the ascendant of July’s chart.
The first transforms relationship patterns. The second transforms individual, personal patterns.
The other aspects in the June and July charts are likewise mirror images or echoes of each other.
July will be a continuation or repetition of June, just not as intense.
Both Sides Now
In essence, these companion charts both examine the same issues but from opposing perspectives.
It’s like a game of chess played from white’s perspective then replayed from black’s perspective. The result is a truly in depth, fully-rounded understanding of the game.
More than that, if we pay attention only to June’s chart, the changes seem relatively limited. If we look at the charts for June and July together, the ongoing changes seem pervasive and comprehensive. The complexity of the issues grows exponentially. Like someone put our collective consciousness in a big blender and hit purée.
Changes in planetary motion create vastly confusing cross-currents and the frustration and anxiety that comes with that lever of confusion. Also, a hyperactive south node creates abundant opportunity for unfortunate error.
The overall effect of July’s chart will be to produce a complex labyrinth, a mirror maze, of false starts and dead ends in which many of us are likely to get lost, at least temporarily.
The Feminine Touch
Also, the prevalent influence of Venus and several asteroids - all distinctly feminine in nature - lend the issues and events of June and July a distinctly feminine flavor. They also push everything in a traditionally feminine direction. Some issues will be of special relevance to women, but many will affect the feminine impulses in everyone.
The charts of June and July are also about nurturance issues (insurance, pensions, education, welfare, healthcare, food security, etc.). Specifically, the charts are about setting standards in place and placing an appropriate value on the contribution of individuals.
Who deserves insurance, pensions, welfare, healthcare, etc., and why? Who deserves respect, who deserves power? Who has a legitimate claim on the rest of us for nurturance?
(For the sake of simplicity, I based the following discussion on June’s chart, on the left in the above illustration.)
In June’s chart, Juno in Scorpio in the 2nd house opposes Ceres, Lilith and Vesta in Taurus in the 8th house. (With differences that do not affect our conclusions, the same basic opposition occurs in July’s chart.)
The 2nd and 8th houses define the financial axis of the chart. The 2nd and 8th houses are the natural houses of Scorpio and Taurus, hence essentially financial signs.
Lilith, Ceres, Vesta and Juno have little or no direct connection with financial signs or houses, or with the world’s financial affairs.
They govern long-term personal bonds (Juno), personal empowerment, especially feminine empowerment (Lilith), nurturance (Ceres), and commitment to an ideal (Vesta). They are really about the principles - or patterns - that govern our most important personal relationships and personal obligations.
This opposition blends financial and economic issues, governmental power, and a whole array of issues that are moral or ethical in character.
In effect, this opposition points to conflict over the principles that allow the government to redistribute wealth and guide it in such decisions.
As Uranus and Pallas bathe the matrix of social patterns in transformative energies, the world debates the principles that will, in important respects, determine the new form of these patterns.
July’s dispositor chart offers a revealing picture of how all this works. But in all that follows we must be careful about drawing final conclusions until all the data are in.
Venus, governing our affections, is in the sign of Mercury. Mercury, which governs our ability to communicate, is in the sign of the Sun. The Sun, which governs our higher and deeper selves - who we truly are - is in the sign of the Moon. The Moon, which represents the passive, reactive aspect of our personality, is in the sign of Venus, closing the loop.
Together they form a “reciprocity loop” and, together, Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury share rulership of July’s dispositor chart.
All four bodies in this reciprocity loop govern some important facet of our psyche, as opposed to objective realities. They are, in that sense, “soft” influences. They are also in “soft” houses, houses that strongly affect us psychologically.
Venus is in the 3rd house of community. Mercury is in the 4th house of family and core psychological issues. The Sun is also in the 4th house, the house of family and core psychological issues, powerfully placed near the cusp - the Imum Coeli. The Moon is powerfully placed in Libra in the 7nth house, the house of partnerships.
Hence, this reciprocity loop indicates a many-faceted intense discussion grounded in deeply felt emotions and ideas of great personal importance. These discussions, like those supported by June’s dispositor chart, will affect us deeply and directly enough to bring true and lasting change.
A Soft Approach to Hard Issues
Venus’s lower octaves have been de-emphasized and her higher octaves have been emphasized by recent astrological events, most notably, perhaps, the recent Venus transit of the Sun (June 5th).
In July’s dispositor chart, this beautiful, softest of soft planets governs all the “hard,” “action” planets, those that have the most direct, concrete, effects in our lives: Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto.
The energetic effects of these difficult and powerful planets will be channeled through Venus. Venus will in turn channel their issues through the other soft planets.
Jupiter, another planet that often produces concrete effects, is governed by Mercury, another soft planet.
All the “action” planets are governed by soft, subjective planets.
Devils Invade the Details
There is a catch. A very big one. Or lots of catches. The south node tells us what to avoid in a chart. It represents what is old, outdated and, in essence, unsupported - a sure harbinger of negative synchronicity.
In July’s chart, the south node in Gemini has an especially strong influence. It extends by proximity or sign placement to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. Vesta, Ceres and Lilith, too. The south node’s influence taints most of the energies in the chart!
The most heavily populated area of the chart is what amounts to an “attractive astrological nuisance.” It is a tempting source of familiar, superficially attractive information. But information tainted by the south node will be bad information, a source of misguidance and error that will lead quickly and inevitably to bad outcomes.
What this tells us is that we need to put aside everything we know or think we know, everything that is familiar and comfortable, everything that comes naturally or most immediately to mind, to find valid answers to our many challenges. We must be open to new solutions.
Only the Sun and Moon, which govern human personality, are comparatively free of the south node’s influence. However, they are caught up in an intense, urgent dialogue that is heavily affected by it.
This situation is bound to produce confusion and anxiety in many of us. Because the Sun and Moon are both strongly placed, on or near two angles of the chart, confusion and psychological and spiritual anxiety will invade the entire chart
July’s chart, then, amounts to a test: despite confusing and anxiety-making circumstances, we must remain calm and focused, avoid familiar, attractive, but bad solutions or other glamorous solutions - everything that comes natural to us - even though such ideas surround us on every side and beckon to us constantly.
What is to be done?
The north node is in Sagittarius. This suggests that we seek the far-reaching or far-seeing solution, or the solution that grows out of much study, exploration and experience. The wise but unfamiliar solution.
That’s part of it.
July’s chart has a third force center. Retrograde Neptune is strongly placed in Pisces in the 11nth house, the house of Aquarius and home sign of Uranus.
It rules no other planets in this chart. It stands instead as a powerful and isolated beacon, drawing us inexorably toward Aquarian solutions and dissolving whatever bonds might prevent us from going in Aquarian directions.
The message here is that we should, indeed, pursue Aquarian goals, move our lives and our shared world in Aquarian directions. However, we can only do so successfully through study and research, and by exploring unfamiliar pathways. Emplying to the familiar, failed solutions of the past - even to solutions that seem to have worked in the past – imagining that these will produce Aquarian results, will lead to serious trouble.
The pervasive south node influence will make July very confusing and, in its way, hazardous enough. To that we must add the disorienting and delaying effects of five retrogrades.
Chiron, Neptune and Pluto will be retrograde all month. Mercury and Uranus will be retrograde from mid-month. This will make an already extremely confusing month significantly more so. It will also make it pretty much impossible for anyone to move forward with any project, program or policy.
Oh, and you might want to brace yourself as both Uranus and Mercury are stationary/retrograde within a 24 hour period around mid-month, July 13th and 14th. This will put a serious strain on our nervous systems and our cognitive faculties. On the macro level, it could very well trigger a major communications or information technology failure.
To my eye Uranus and Mercury stationary/retrograde at virtually the same time suggests the mother of all tech glitches.