July 23 to 30, 2009
Visible Planets: Morning: Venus, Mars and Jupiter Evening: Mercury and Saturn
Honoring a Brother-In-Arms, Walking on the Moon and Feeling Our Cancer-ruled Emotions
The Cancer zodiac month, and the three consecutive lunations that took place in Cancer recently – two of which were eclipses – illuminate and constellate the strong connection and partnership that emotions have with the human body, mind and spirit. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and those born under the sign of Cancer are referred to as Moonchildren. Is it any wonder that man walking on the Moon and Michael Jackson’s moonwalk have been subjects of collective awareness lately?
Synchronistically, both space age and pop icon moonwalkers bring up plenty of Cancer-fueled emotions. The first contrasts the security, familiarity and comfort of our home planet Earth with the austere, life-forbidding landscape of the Moon. The second reminds us of our primal urge for attention, recognition and praise. Both generate feelings of wonder and awe, shining light upon the personal desire for security and stability, comfort and belonging. We are awakened to our inherent fragility and dependency upon a safe, nurturing, life-sustaining environment in which we can develop, blossom and grow. And emotions play the primary role in determining our quotients of well-being.
Recently a very good friend – a member of our extended family – passed from this world on to the world of spirit. His 3D, physical-body earthwalk has ended. He is now walking in another realm, flying in a different dimension.
Mother Teresa and Princess Diana both passed on during the Virgo eclipse cycle of 1996. My own beautiful, sweet niece Lise passed on during the Scorpio eclipse cycle of 1994. Captain Jack Carey, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Arturo Giatti and Walter Cronkite passed on during the recent eclipse cycle in Cancer.
Don’t get me wrong, good things happen in eclipse cycles, too. They are times of heightened electro-magnetism, when gravitational forces peak and energies intensify. Oceanic tides are at their highest. Emotions also swell, rising and falling with the circumstances, experiences and events in which we find ourselves.
Today, as I write these words, I am overcome with feeling and emotion. I have lost a comrade, a brother-in-arms, a warrior for good in the sometimes heavily fought battle of life and death on Planet Earth. Jack was riding with my husband Richard and me on the day – August 7, 1996 – we crashed in Deadwood, South Dakota. He was, in fact, riding right behind us. Thanks to his quick reactions and compassionate action, he put his motorcycle down rather than run over me. I am forever grateful and indebted to this man. The picture of Richard and me at Devil’s Tower the day before the crash was taken by none other than Captain Jack.
Jack’s wife, Monica, shares my same birthday, October 10th. I used to joke with him about how lucky he was to find another “10/10” – “We’re not just 10’s,” I would tease him, “we’re 10/10’s! How’d you get so lucky?” It comforted my Cancer Moon to know his Cancer Moon had found a star-sister with which to share his life.
Death in astrology always looks like birth. And death, like birth, cannot be bad, it must also – just like birth – be a mystery and a miracle. Whenever someone I love passes from this world to the next, it breaks my heart – and it breaks open. I can feel the emotions of love and pain, the passion and compassion of human suffering and sharing, ecstasy, struggle, success and failure, gain and loss. And I am humbled.
With love, hope and prayers, here’s to you, Jack. May you walk in beauty. God bless…
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr.19)
The entrance of the Sun in to fellow fire-sign Leo ignites passion and fuels desire. You are suddenly and totally aware of heart-centered emotions and feelings. Romantic Venus in curious Gemini encourages contact, go ahead and make that call, write that letter or send that email. Texting is hot and twitters abound. Have fun and enjoy the heat.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
You may be somewhat slow to make and accept change in general, but this week you discover new, exciting ways to adapt and grow with the ever-evolving realities at home and with family. As positions of authority flex and roles switch, put on different hats and test the refreshing waters of childlike wonder and recaptured innocence. Embrace summer.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Ruler Mercury jumps in to sizzling Leo to join the Sun and turn up the heat on summer. You may feel maxed out or stretched to the limit as you plan parties and structure gatherings for friends and family. Relax and live in the moment. Venus in Gemini favors personal creativity and artistic expression while Mars gives you the umpf to get it done.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Guardian angels and invisible forces swirl with mystery and metaphysical magic. The love of those who have come and gone infuses the ethers with light and you see meaning beyond the madness. Make amends and practice forgiveness as you take the high road and walk in beauty. Positive words and deeds result in breakthroughs. Move with grace.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Happy birthday month to the Lion! Summer heat sizzles with jovial friends and loving laughter. Pursue associations with people that uplift and inspire you. Successful partnerships come via enlightened thinking, compassionate action and authentic respect. A matter of sexual or financial involvement must be dealt with. Be honest and break free.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
A matter of career or professional standing must be addressed as doors open and opportunities emerge. Be as diplomatic and honest as possible. Check motives and intentions. Utilize self-respect but act with humility. A longterm relationship may suddenly appear or break up. It’s time to get out of ruts and reinvent romance. Try something different for a change.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Libra air fans Leo fires and romantic sparks fly. Sweet smiles and optimistic attitudes go far when it comes to happy, healthy living. Inspiration comes to those who explore new territory, both physically and metaphysically. Look beyond your present horizon and see the endless glimmer of shimmering stars. Discover galaxies within and without.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You may feel the pull of professional responsibility or social obligation as the Leo zodiac month begins. Good things come to those who soften their touch and dive below superficial facades. Don’t let life’s ups and downs ruin your day or sabotage your thinking. Acceptance is the key to inner peace and knowing what you can change – you – answers all your prayers.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Venus and Mars in your solar 7th house of long-term relationships fuels passion and encourages commitment. Focus on communication and get to know your partner before signing the dotted line. Share as many unusual circumstances and situations as possible. Life is a perpetual surprise, but waking up to someone you don’t know is not a good one.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Accepting responsibility for the circumstance and conditions in which you find yourself today is a highly effective means of self-empowerment. Recognize the parts of yourself which might benefit from sacrifice, need bolstering or could use improvement. You understand the process and value of goal setting followed by self-discipline. It’s time to do the work.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Benevolent planetary aspects bless your path and set stars upon your crown. Dive deeply in to your heart of hearts and know the truth. Follow the wisdom of honesty, discover the child within and play with love. Good things come to those willing to trust innocence and indulge in romance. Cultivate the wisdom of uncertainty and enjoy the mystery.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
Unpredictable Uranus in your sign squares voluptuous Venus in Gemini and guarantees excitement regarding romance and finance. Get ready for change and accept what comes with style and grace. Issues at home and with family may at first feel upsetting, but are ultimately for the best. Guardian angels are working for the good of all concerned.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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