Weekly Forecast June 29: Uranus Turns Retrograde

Young King of the Black Isles, by Maxfield ParrishThis is going to be a chaotic week, and all the crying we didn’t do last week or that got blocked for whatever reason may come pouring out now. And this is just the beginning.

Big boys can and do cry. So do big girls, men and women, kings and queens, and everyone in between. There’s too much pressure behind the dam, and sluicing off some of it surely is in order.

I’ve been writing for months about the core wound. Most of us have one, something that permeates our being and keeps playing out in our lives in some variation, even after we’ve identified it and worked to release it. We also have a collective wound, and this, too, manifests in infinite ways. Both will get a workout this week on many levels, and that’s why I’m telling you to go ahead and cry if it hurts. This is one way to find release. There are many others, and we’re well into the process. In the coming weeks and months, there will be more re-opening, cleaning out, closing up, and returning to wholeness.

Uranus turns retrograde on Wednesday. Aquarius and Pisces (Sun and Rising) will feel this the most. It’s slow going for me and at least one other Rising Aquarius I know. We’ve just got no wind in our sails. Just as Uranus is turning retrograde, he is touched by a square from Mercury in Gemini and a sextile from Venus in Taurus. You would have to be very astute to discern the effects of either of these individual aspects, because they are part of a broader configuration that also includes the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune conjunction, which will get a favorable trine from Mercury and a difficult square from Venus. This will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Mars will square Neptune & Co. starting late this week. I have an image of the surgeon’s knife.

There are so many ingredients in the cosmic soup pot this week that detecting any particular one is difficult. But we sure do taste the combined effect. Once again, I believe that those of us who are working through our core issues will feel this strongly. The image that comes to mind is biting the bullet. There’s no anesthetic. We’re going to have to just feel the pain. And when the operation is over, we can cry as much as we need to.

I will be the first to admit that I fear pain. But it is a necessary part of the growth process. It has a tempering effect. It is a sacrifice, and when we sacrifice willingly, something is always gained. The danger is getting addicted to pain. We don’t want that to happen, of course. I’ve written about this before, and many of you have responded with stories that reaffirm this notion.

On Friday, Mercury enters Cancer, and he opposes Pluto on Saturday. Our emotions are our barometer. They are our first clue that something is wrong. But identifying the source of the problem isn’t always easy, and a majority of the time, we attempt to treat symptoms and not the underlying source. With Mercury and Pluto facing off, we may have a confrontation, internal or external, and it won’t be comfortable. But if you hang in there, you will get some extremely valuable information that ultimately will empower you.

Venus enters Gemini on Saturday, making for a very social weekend. It’s Independence Day in the United States, a big weekend for barbecues and family get-togethers. With all the heavy astrological energies in play, having Venus in the light-hearted sign of the Twins will help boost the fun factor.

Speaking of heavy energies, we’re beginning to feel the gravitational pull of the Moon lining up with the Earth and Sun. Cancer and Capricorn will be most vulnerable to the new series of eclipses, which starts next week. Neith will have more on this as we get closer to next Tuesday’s lunar eclipse.

Wishing you all strong and loving hearts,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Image: The Young King of the Black Isles, by Maxfield Parrish, 1906. Originally appeared as a frontispiece for Collier’s “Arabian Nights VIII,” May 18, 1907.

13 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast June 29: Uranus Turns Retrograde

  1. inishglora

    “New series of eclipses”? Like the ones involving Leo and Aquarius? How many, a set of three? (Great, my nodes are on this axis!) Cancer/Capricorn precede Leo/Aquarius so I take it the eclipses are moving slowly “backwards” through the signs? The more I learn about this stuff the more amazed I am by the marvelous clockwork of it all…


  2. Pat Post author

    Joe, sorry not to have been more clear.

    Eclipses fall in opposing signs, usually in pairs two weeks apart, over about 18 months. A new series began in Aquarius and Leo in February 2008 and will end with one last eclipse, a lunar eclipse in Aquarius, on August 6.

    In the meantime, the new series begins, in Capricorn and Cancer. The signs in which the eclipses take place is determined by the lunar node. As you point out, the North Node moves backward, in the opposite direction from the planets. It’s currently at 1 degree Aquarius (right on my Ascendant!). It goes direct (forward) for a few days here and there, so it won’t actually move into Capricorn until August. Still, it is close enough to the Full Moon on July 7 that we will get a partial eclipse, and since the New Moon on July 21 falls in the last degree of Capricorn, it is only a degree from the North Node, meaning that we will get a total eclipse of the Sun on that day.

    It’s my turn to write our Saturday Extra! column, so I will explain this in a bit more detail then. Let me know if you have any other questions about it. That goes for everyone else, too. :-)


  3. Mem

    I don’t care what happens, just as long as there’s some change SOON. I’ve been living my life watching others get to all the milestones and meanwhile, I’ve been stuck in Groundhog Day. I see my friends meet spouses, get married, have babies, get published, get promoted, etc. I feel like the last girl in high school to get her period; like life is something that happens to others. It’s a horrible feeling, even if I see that my friends also have to contend with more responsibility and that that same responsibility often comes with more crisis and stress and pain. I feel like I’m being left behind. I know that it’s due to my enmeshment with my mother/family but I wish I had figured it out sooner in life so that I could get started. I live a relatively carefree life but, believe it or not, that can actually be painful too. All this waiting is tiresome.


  4. deb

    Mem, where is your blog?

    I’m sorry but the line referencing the “last girl in high school to get her period” was awesome.

    The folks who seem to have reached a milestone (i.e., taken that big trip to bumblebutt over on the other side of the world), don’t necessarily have it all. Most of them merely have what they think they want, and others still wind up searching for more instead of appreciating the here and now…


  5. deb

    Neith, you’ll be tickled to know that a guy-friend of mine suggested that we meet for coffee so that he could “cry on my shoulder” after the crap-day he had, earlier.

    It’s usually the other way around.

    Just sayin’.


  6. Mem

    Thanks, Deb. But I’m turning 40 in a month. I know that those people don’t have it all. That’s not my point. My point is that I’m sick of stasis. It’s that horrible feeling of life passing me by.


  7. Neith

    LOL, deb!! Lot of that going around these days, either being the “cryee” or “cryer” [don’t know if the first is an actual word, but what the heck!]


  8. Neith

    Hey Mem . . . my best guess is Saturn is why you feel this way. Just wait until after the Saturn-Uranus opp in September [note where it hits your chart].

    I’m starting to think on how Saturn moving into Libra at the end of October will usher in a whole new set of concerns. The Pluto in Libra folks will take their turn on the hot seat, that’s for sure!


  9. dru

    This is the first time I have found this blog. When I read your post, I was so moved by how you described where you are in your life. I could have written your post. Every word. even the emeshed mother issues. I didn’t know that there was someone else struggling wiht the same issues as I have been. But, know that you are not alone. I am surprised we don’t have the same natal chart! I have felt not only static, but like everyone else has a place in the world, and there is an invisible barrier for me to reach those things. It seems like everyone around me is living and progressing through life, and I am struggling against a force that is holding me back. I don’t understand it. I appreciate your post because it helped me see that I am not alone either. So, thanks for your honesty.


  10. Mem

    Thank you, Dru! That’s very sweet! I feel better about the whole thing today. If Saturn is prominent in your chart, that would explain that sense of life being a grind. The enmeshment issues are more a function of Moon/Pluto, at least in my chart. I just had a really really terrific and inspiring phone session with someone who clarified these struggles for me and that was very healing. There is always hope. I think that I have very high expectations of myself and don’t dwell on my achievements enough. That was the upshot. Not to grind myself so much.

    Much love to you and keep the faith.


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