Storm Brewing by Mikey Studios. Rebellious Uranus in a challenging square to intensely transformational Pluto. Mercury and Uranus, the two planets of the mind, have just turned retrograde. A coronal mass ejection from the Sun has hit the Earth’s magnetic field, causing alterations to the Earth’s magnetosphere and a spike in the planetary K index of geomagnetic activity (to a 6 at the time of this writing). But wait, there’s more! Jupiter is moving into an awkward aspect (quincunx) to Pluto this week. This is not a major aspect but can create some problems in light of all of these other dynamics occurring at the same time. Jupiter seeks expansion with confidence and a relentless optimism that can defy reality, and under this aspect Pluto will attempt to put a kibosh on any grandiosity that has no basis in reality and is likely to fail anyway. This aspect culminates on the 18th, but meanwhile Mars will set off the awkwardness of this dynamic with several different interactions: a harmonious trine to Jupiter, enhancing the expansive desire to shake off any restrictions, a challenging square to Pluto – a defiant aspect that virtually ensures a major eruption of some kind, and a tense opposition to Uranus which radicalizes the experience and suggests a shocking shift of some kind which provides an outlet for the intense energy of this alignment. Mars moves relatively quickly and its effects don’t last long, but it can serve as a trigger for greater and more powerful cycles. With Uranus and Pluto moving towards another alignment this fall, the Mars influence is nothing to sneeze at. Mars brings its aggressive urge and ramps up the energy, which we can utilize in our own lives if we channel it constructively through physical activity and other assertive activities. The week of these dynamics, between the 14th and the New Moon on the 19th, are some of the most intense days of the summer. You can prepare by releasing your attachment to anything you think you know or your ideas of how things ought to be. This will help you to burn through any blocks and issues that are holding you back, and then this can be an exhilarating time of personal transformation.
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