Forecast for July 8-14, 2013

by Kathy Biehl

We are in the boundless present. Notice this week how time feels like it is slowing and expanding, inviting us to dive into the eternity of each moment and ride the emotions as they surface, crest and flow.

And my, is emotional flow everywhere. It is unleashing outpourings, clucking, clutching, finger-pointing, guilt trips, personal attacks both real and perceived, reaching for security blankets of all kinds (fabric, food, human, symbolic) (emphasis on the food), yearning, nostalgia (for a past that never was), sentimentality and holding family (blood or chosen) close.

Saturn, the planet of order, structure and authority, is stationing to end his five-month retrograde on Monday, simultaneously with the New Moon in Cancer. Saturn insists we take our time, and when he stations his influence becomes the slowest of the slow.  (Think: ocean liner turning around.) His pause prolongs and heightens the coming into being we are witnessing of inspiration, dreams,  non-violent rebellion, ideology and authoritarian, dissent-silencing moves.  Situations will begin taking shape now that have been brewing behind the scenes or below the surface since mid-February.

This is bringing an “I/we know what’s best for everyone” mentality more out into the open. Not only is the federal government monitoring our phone calls and Internet activity, but as Saturn began stationing last week The New York Times reported that the Post Office is also photocopying and logging our mail. Big Brother authoritarianism is on the rise in state legislatures as well. Astrology in action is one way to view the epidemic of silencing dissent, changing the rules and ramming through legislation that a majority of constituents do not want.  (As for other ways to view … they are up to you.)

Saturn’s preference for slow and steady may be agonizing, it’s to your benefit this week. Use it to  prepare, work on, clean up or shore up your own end of these slow-brewing situations. They will break loose quickly and forceably starting next week, when Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune lock into the grand trine and whip up the waters’ movement. (For more on the grand trine, read my July outlook and forecast for July 1-7.)

Watch for the parent/child angle to crop up everywhere now, particularly in terms of who gets to be in control. Saturn is the father and the patriarchy (evident in many a state legislature at the moment), while the New Moon in Cancer, sign of the mother, is drawing attention to home and family, nurturing and emotional security. We’re feeling these issues keenly, personally and not at all rationally, because our experience of them takes root before our brains have fully developed and continues to exist below the reach of conscious thought.

A full discussion of the Cancer New Moon, including suggestions for working with its primal impulses, is in my mooncast. A gigantic push to implement this new phase in nurturing comes Saturday, when Mars enters the amniotic fluid of Cancer and begins his approach to the grand trine.

Mars is the planet of action and anger. His entry into Cancer provides the Wheaties, spinach or energy drink we need to dive into the waves and and swim through them. When he starts shoving the water around, splashing, surges, backwash and waves will follow.

In the most positive sense, this will motivate us to nurture ourselves and others, to tend to our families and take care of our own emotional needs. Mars is also going to encourage emotional behavior, some of which is going to be pissy, childish, petty, and self-pitying. If you catch yourself heading in that direction, give yourself a time out. If you see this type of behavior coming at you, think of the source as a kindergartner who needs milk, cookies and a nap.

For the six weeks that Mars is in Cancer, a lot of people are going to be pissed off to the point of doing something about it. The patriarchy will ramp up its actions against women, children and families; women will ramp up their actions to protect themselves and their own. Fighting over the food supply will escalate. Note what Russia’s President Putin does to put weight behind his outrage at what Monsanto is doing to the global food supply. Look, too, for more home-gown strikes against genetically modified crops across the world and on our soil, even if it’s not being reported.  The incentive could grow to take more control of your own food — such as buying locally, gardening in whatever small way you can, canning, dehydrating and preparing more of your own meals. Don’t be intimidated by those suggestions, though. Your reaction could be as simple and natural as spending more time in farmers’ markets and the kitchen.

Your beneficial course remains to (a) disengage periodically, empty yourself and sit still long enough to hear your own inner voice, (b) heed your emotions, intuition and energetic impulses, (c) rest when you are tired, (d) eat when you are hungry (and pay attention to what you’re eating), (e) not take other people’s behavior, words, assumptions or above all accusations personally and (f) give your mind the job of acting on your impulses, rather than dictating and forcing a plan of action.

Remember, too, that it’s summer. Inside you lives a little child who’d like to go outside and play every now and again. Why not?

More’s in my extended weekly forecast, which includes day to day analyses. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast.

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© Kathy Biehl 2013. All Rights Reserved. You may forward this article as long as the copyright notice is intact. No part may be used or reprinted without my prior written permission. Karma, ya know.

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