Those long-in-development advances now manifesting themselves, the relief and the shock of finally moving-on-to-the-next-thing
all these palpable extremes of experience, often laced with egoic showboating and not a small amount of contentiousness, we've felt just in the past month-or-so since our year took its 'sharp turn'
and now, over the next couple weeks, it's all coming to a decisive head. After his momentous entrance into Scorpio late last month, Mars currently approaches a potent conjunction to Saturn (exact on Aug 25).
At long last, Mars is really on the move and as the planet of physical initiative and forward propulsion, he's pretty damn glad to be moving on after nearly eight months in the same sign!
It's only been a few days, actually, since Mars took his first new post-retrograde-shadow steps, a significant part of why we're currently in the midst of the biggest energetic shift of the year.
And now, as of yesterday (Fri Jul 25), Mars has completed his longtime occupation of Libra and heads happily into Scorpio, where he will remain for the next seven weeks (through Sep 13).
Jupiter's entry into the land of Leo this past Wednesday (Jul 16), where he'll stay through mid-August 2015, kicked off the major energetic shift of the year (which I wrote about in my last essay).
Though this benefic big-boy changes signs annually, pointing us to wherever on the zodiac-wheel we're likeliest to experience easy expansion, this year's transit of Jupiter out of Cancer (where he's been since June 2013) and into Leo holds wider astrological relevance. It also moves Jupiter decidedly out of his lengthy T-square standoff with the still-squaring Uranus and Pluto, and into a flowing fire trine with Uranus in Aries.
Jupiter is said to be the good-luck planet because his influence presents us with opportunities to grow beyond our prior limits.
Avid astrology-watchers know that July is the month when 2014's energy makes a sharp turn in a different direction.
The first of July's two main vibe-altering astro-events is the movement of greater-benefic Jupiter into Leo next week (Jul 16), where he'll spend the next thirteen months fanning the flames of the fire element.
The second is Mars's long-awaited departure from Libra the following week (Jul 25), after a marathon visit that first began in early December '13 (he ordinarily zips through a sign in six or seven weeks), and his reinvigorating arrival to Scorpio.
I have been blocked in my communications with you these last few weeks, dear reader and as such, I sincerely hope that the stationing of Mercury today (Tue Jul 1), which ends a near-month-long retrograde and returns him to direct motion, can help untie my tongue.
I wouldn't say my longer-than-usual silence qualifies as the much-dreaded 'writer's block', an obstruction of creativity I'm lucky to say (knock on wood) I never really suffer. I've always got something to write about.
Rather, it's been more a slow creep through some backed-up checkpointa border crossingwhere I'm not permitted to move freely beyond the gates until I first put in lag-time, and then fulfill the prerequisites for passage.