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The Cancerian Factor


I've already shared overviews of the two big astrological news-stories of these next few months, (1) Venus's lengthy transit through Leo, which extends into October, and (2) Saturn's three-month return to Scorpio.

What we haven't yet discussed is the sign of Cancer's highly relevant role during the first segment of this duo's extensive influence, now that both the Sun (Jun 21) and Mars (Jun 24) have entered the crab's watery domain.

Whenever astrologers want additional insight into a planet's expression in a particular sign, we look to the position of that sign's planetary ruler (based on a traditional rulership schema which dates many centuries back) for more information.



The Return of Saturn in Scorpio


Just when you thought it was safe to leave behind its weightier emotional challenges for a long while, Saturn returns to the murky waters of Scorpio today (Sun Jun 14) for a three-month reprise.

Consider this something of a test. Did we truly learn our lessons during Saturn's main-event trip through Scorpio (Oct 2012-Dec 2014)? Did we integrate the full force of our inconvenient desires, uncomfortable feelings, and/or whatever else lurked beneath our polite surfaces? Are we still dealing?

When Saturn left Scorpio for the simplifying horizons of Sagittarius back in December, there was a certain lightening in the collective mood.



Venus's Grand Arrival to Leo!


Effective immediately (as of Fri Jun 5), benefic goddess Venus is now in bold, beautiful Leo! Ready to flagrantly flaunt your heart's fondnesses? This is not a time to be demure, but to love big.

Hope you like a little drama and pluck, pomp and circumstance, with your relational interminglings. Or more than a little. Or much more than that! If you're going to express an interest or affinity, you might as well make a memorable impression—or a full technicolor spectacle!

Please inform the media with the appropriate press releases, bugle calls, ticker-tape parades, and fireworks displays: This visit to Leo is massive news for Venus.



Venusian Tangles


During the coming week, Venus, now in Cancer, will amble straight into the line of engagement with Pluto and Uranus.

As we now know all too well, symbolic expressions of Uranus-and-Pluto's radically destabilizing square come more starkly into view whenever another faster-moving planet enters their sphere-of-influence by hard aspect.

For those who believe, just because we marked the Uranus-Pluto square's seventh-and-final exact peak back in March, its life-redefining effects have all already come and gone, this week ahead could prove rather illuminating.



Leaving Doors Open, Gemini-Style


As I mentioned in my last article, there's presently little need to make decisive calls that would immediately shut down the multiplicity of options.

With Mars entering Gemini on Monday (May 11) and thus 'reporting' (by dispositorship) to a Mercury-in-Gemini soon to begin a 3-week retrograde (on Mon May 18), this is not the ideal time to choose one thing over another.

Instead, these next several weeks are perfect for getting ourselves to think about alternatives, variations, detours, and departures which might pique our interest, break limiting mental habits, and/or connect us with inspiring new characters.



Catching our Breath, Chewing on Possibilities


Now, on the other side of March's 'crazy-active' astrology (which I described here and here), we have a few moments to catch our collective breath.

The current vibe is significantly more grounding and slower-paced, with the Sun, Mercury, and Mars all presently in Taurus, an earth-sign which typically prefers to keep its feet planted… or, if they must be moved, to drag them along at a modest (or plodding) rate, to ensure each step lands safely and securely. That's a marked shift from last month's hyper-Aries influence, which was, for better and/or for worse, a more 'act first and ask questions later' energy.

This is not to imply, of course, we have a total absence of notable planetary aspects. As I write this, Mercury and Mars are conjunct in Taurus (exact today, Apr 22), after both having recently formed squares to Jupiter in Leo.



The Begrudging Importance of Being Human


It is no accident that my longest recent lapse in writing (other than the steady stream of horoscopes) coincided with the most 'crazy-active' astrology of the year.

As a combination 'professional astro-scribe' and 'humble participant in humanity', I sometimes find my attentions split between these jobs.

How sincerely heartfelt will my writings be if I feign superhuman detachment from the influences in question, as so many 'experts' do in adopting that oh-so-evolved authorial tone which reifies their observations and experiences as some cosmic truth?