We begin December with the last of the retrograde energy to deal with. If this year seemed stalled to you, that because it was. At one point we had 6 planets in backward motion. That is a lot of self-reflection for anyone. But before we can launch into a new year, old friend Mercury is having us take one last look at 2018 by re-entering Scorpio on December 1 for the last 7 days of the cycle before turning direct on December 6. Mercury will be retrograde in Scorpio, a sign that has already seen a lot of action this year with the Venus retrograde here. It seems then, as though the universe would like us to spend some time contemplating issues connected to fear, sexuality, intimacy, and deep bonding. Think back to the summer, what changes has circumstances and/or yourself gone through. Mercury direct re-enters Sagittarius on December 12 and once again we are covering ground where we have wandered before but this time we’re likely to feel clearer about our destination.
Well, we survived the Summer of the Retrogrades. At one point we had 6 planets in retrograde motion and I am sure none of us escaped without a hit or two. And let’s not forget those eclipses. But that’s behind us now as we look forward to September. Don’t expect to feel immediately lighter, it will happen, but it will take a few weeks for the retrograde “fog” to completely lift. Now is our month to clean up and tidy up all the energetic baggage we have been dealing with. It is a month to get organized and to sort through all that has been removed and all that has been left behind.
Today is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Sun moves into Cancer. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and belongs to the element of water. The Moon has no light of her own; she can only reflect the light that's given to her by the Sun. In Cancer, we enter the world of emotions and feelings, as well as needs, intuition and the ability to bond with another human being. The rational Gemini self-awareness leads readily into Cancer's intuitive self-reflection and its personalized, feelings-based assessment of life. We now enter the realm of the non-rational, not necessarily irrational, but that which does not adhere to conventional logic or cause-and-effect. Feelings and emotions are like invisible forces made perceptible by external events that cause internal ripples. Our feeling state can be affected by internal psychological dynamics and includes emotions, but also includes the intuitive senses. You can have a “feeling” about something without necessarily having an emotional response to it.