The Astrology Blog – w/b 30 June 2014
All times stated are in BST.
The big event of the week is Mercury turning direct in his own sign of Gemini tomorrow, Tuesday at 13.51. Mercury switches to forwards motion after being retrograde since 7 June so at a general level this marks the end of a period of confusion, slowness, deception, uncertainty or things just generally going wrong! Here are the kinds of themes to look out for throughout the week:
Important information comes to light
Disputes or areas of miscommunication are cleared up
You find the right person to deal with the problem
People get back to you or make decisions
Computer glitches/communication technology are solved/sorted
Rumours are squashed when the truth outs
Lost objects are found
This “station” (the moment when Mercury appears to stop to change direction) will be especially significant for you if you have planets or angles at or close to 24 degrees of the mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. If you don’t know you can calculate your own horoscope on line these days in a matter of seconds. Here’s a link, just enter your date, place and time of birth:
If you don’t know your time of birth enter midday in order to get what is called a “Noon Chart”. With the exception of the fast moving Moon and the sensitive angles of the chart – the main axis of the chart that includes the Ascendant – you will get the sign and degree of the other planets on the day you were born.
So, as above, so below. Mercury getting back on track signals that life will do the same. Even if there isn’t one specific person or piece of information making a difference we can now expect events to conspire to move us forwards. Many will be facing crossroads, making decisions and establishing new arrangements, some of which will take a couple of weeks to settle. Note that Mercury turning around in the sign of the Twins signals duality – so the theme of choices is likely to be even more pronounced.
Generally, July has plenty of highlights to look forward to but the first ten days of the month are still challenging, as Mercury gradually picks up speed again and this Friday brings the annual Sun – Pluto opposition, exact at 09.01. This is always a toughie as, in a nutshell, the Sun is the life force and Pluto is endings, symbolic death/rebirth. If you have planets at or close to 12 degrees of the cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn – this opposition will be especially significant for you. Whatever comes to an end at this time is clearing the space for something new, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Or expect to deal once and for all with any situation that you’ve been avoiding/hoping would sort itself out – or be on hand to help someone else go through the same thing.
Over the weekend we have Venus moving into the picture. She is currently travelling through Gemini and will make a sextile (harmonious aspect) to Uranus, exact at 07.50 next Monday morning. When aspects are “applying” (yet to become exact) the relevant events often unfold during the previous 48 hours so this aspect is the hallmark of the weekend.
What can we expect? Venus is love, pleasure and fun. Uranus is the unexpected or the unusual but, even by good aspect, he can still be a bit of a loose cannon so listen out for some surprises. But generally a positive Venus/Uranus alliance is great for your social life, gatherings and group events of all kinds.
That’s it for this week, unless you’re a tennis fan like me! The Venus/Uranus aspect is in action for the finals weekend at Wimbledon. Last week I was still dithering about my choice and to be honest I haven’t had the time to explore all the astrology for the championship and then all the individual horoscopes for the favourites. To quote what I said last week:
“The Wimbledon chart is ruled by Mercury – who rules Virgo – and to have the ruling planet of an event horoscope in retrograde motion generally signifies that things won’t go as planned. The favourites are unlikely to win or there will be some other major surprises in store. There are other features in the horoscope that make the overall picture very uncertain so not sure who I am putting my money on just yet… but my friend and colleague Sally Kirkman is great at sports stuff and she has a Wimbledon feature on her website”, and here’s the link for that again:
Well, the major shock was No 1 seed Serena Williams going out in the third round, and then Richard Gasquet losing 9 match points to be defeated by 19 year old Nick Kyrgios. There was also a cliffhanger match between Tsonga and Querry, with the match being suspended at 9 games all in the fifth set, and there was an injury scare for Djokovic. All of this is interesting to me as you may remember that I – wrongly – put my money on Tsonga last year and then he went out injured! But he was playing brilliantly and there is something about his play and personality that I love. After resuming the marathon match and finally clinching the fifth set 14-12 he now plays Djokovic today.
I have looked at Tsonga’s chart and he has a lovely progression (how the planets have moved on and how they are relating to each other now) that is exact for this week, which is an aspect between Venus and Jupiter. These are both the benefics, and Jupiter – luck – is posited in his first house of the physical body. It’s the year of his Saturn Return – a major cycle that often spells success for Saturn types and, with an Aquarius Ascendant, Saturn is his chart ruler – so if he is ever going to do well at Wimbledon surely it must be this year. I don’t know anything about his private life but these progressions and transits indicate happiness so maybe is getting married/becoming a dad – I will have to trawl the news.
Common sense tells me that he is unlikely to beat Djokovic, one of his biggest rivals. They have met 18 times with Djokovic leading 13–5. But I still think the astrology sings a different tune. In Djokovic’s chart we find Mercury turning direct opposite his natal Uranus, and transiting Uranus is exactly square (stressful aspect) his Ascendant, the angle of the physical body. With Mercury/Gemini ruling shoulders/arms/hands I can’t help but wonder if that injury scare might resurface, giving Tsonga the advantage. Sally says the same in her article, that Djokovic’s biggest opponent is more possible injury than the match itself! At the end of the day I just want Tsonga to win and I’ll be watching later ….