Photo by wise owl Kevin

Photo by wise owl Kevin

Saturday, July 25 - Sunday, July 26, 2015

First Quarter Moon Phase: take action

Moon in Scorpio/Sagittarius (Sunday 8:26 am ET/12:26 pm UT)

Goddess of Wisdom: Dhumavati (Goddess Who Closes and Completes)

God of Will/Desire: Kathe (God of The South)

Skill: turn toward what is truly valuable

Catalysts for Change: bragging, fear of moving out of comfort zone, changes in the structure of things, choosing to live in the past, reliance on the external world and other people to feel fulfilled, false claims, inner chaos, seeing the consequences of actions, issues with appearance, overcome with anger

True Alignments: opting out of something to maintain one's spirit, choosing to live in the present with high hopes for the future, revelations, seeing oneself clearly, impressed by things that are of true value, connecting with nature

Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: "a woman and two men castaways on a small island in the South Seas"

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the music of the spheres"

Both Venus and Uranus turn around this weekend, ushering in a time historic revelation, realignment, and renaissance.  Venus stationed retrograde Saturday morning around 5:30 am ET/9:30 am UT; Uranus will station retrograde Sunday at 6:38 am ET/10:38 am UT.

In astrology, when a planet "stations retrograde" it appears to move backward in the sky.  During the time the planet is retrograde, things are refined, reassessed, and reworked.  The nature of the things that are refined is related to the nature of the planet and the frequency or energetic that the planet is disseminating.  The Sabian symbols of the degrees of the zodiac  give us this information.

Venus is retrograding at the degree of "in a portrait, the best of a man's features and traits are idealized."  While Venus is retrograde, it will pull back the veil or cover or mask that has been hiding illusions about people, places, and plans. Venus retrograde often brings back people or situations from our past.  There is great wisdom that results from Venus' retrograde.  We find out what we truly value.  This makes for beautiful realignment in the world.  Venus will station direct or turn forward once again on September 6, 2015.

Uranus is stationing retrograde at the degree of "a boxer entering the ring," which is the native energetic of the planet Eris since this is the degree where Eris was discovered.  Uranus brings revolution and Eris brings rebirth.  The highest octave of this energetic is unity -- becoming the ring, not being a boxer.  Uranus will be retrograde through December 26, 2015, and will bring people around the world together in new ways.  We focus on coming together not coming apart.  The power of divide and conquer tactics of the past will suffer serious degradation.  This means that the things that keep us separate from each other as a collective and in individual relationship are rendered less powerful.

I've been discussing the monumental nature of the times.  Much is being foreshadowed this weekend.  We are vigilant to the potential for hijinks.  Things may develop very suddenly and shockingly, but whatever is happening is designed to bring things in line with their proper course.  Silver linings become visible at some point.  Major malfunctions are rectified, so if the Black Moon's transit of Virgo has shown you parts of yourself that you wish to work on, the retrogrades of Venus and Uranus offer dynamics to change them.  We have help to do things differently and better so that life can be happier.

The Sun is beginning to come back to life right now, taking up its heights in Leo.  We await its wisdom while we take up the mission of our own heights and ideals, primary among them to restore heaven on earth.  This weekend, as the planets turn, we turn toward life and the love and value of life.  We remember.

Please keep the captured moments of beauty in photographs coming as you stumble upon them!