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Fired Up by Jupiter and Uranus (and Mars, Too!)


Catch as catch can, I'm going to have to write this piece one snap at a time. Sit, type. Something else beckons. Get up, come back to it.

This fire accelerates itself, burning up attention-spans and plans, consuming the traces of everything else with the totality of this very moment. Nothing beyond this exists, so who could possibly prepare? This move will leads to the next, then another, then one more, and we'll figure it out as we go. Won't we? What choice do we have?

You may not like what I've chosen to do here, writing in a markedly quirky way, indulging my creative whims even if it's harder for you to read, cryptic in places even.



Moving Beyond Mars/Saturn


You haven't heard from me (apart from the horoscope machine) since the menacing approach of Mars and Saturn's conjunction, which was exactly back on Aug 25.

That's because I've been in its trenches, contending with the imperative duty to myself to outwardly assert the savage truths of my worldview, responsibly but unflinchingly…

… even as direct exposure to impolite, unpleasant, and desperate emotional reactions (my own and/or others') definitely tested my resolve, tempting me toward less responsible expressions of righteous indignation and fury which, if fully indulged, could've blown the roof off of everything.



Mars conjunct Saturn: Rightful-Action for the Win


Those long-in-development advances now manifesting themselves, the relief and the shock of finally moving-on-to-the-next-thing…

… all these palpable extremes of experience, often laced with egoic showboating and not a small amount of contentiousness, we've felt just in the past month-or-so since our year took its 'sharp turn'

… and now, over the next couple weeks, it's all coming to a decisive head. After his momentous entrance into Scorpio late last month, Mars currently approaches a potent conjunction to Saturn (exact on Aug 25).



Mars, Finally in Scorpio, and Mighty Once Again!


At long last, Mars is really on the move… and as the planet of physical initiative and forward propulsion, he's pretty damn glad to be moving on after nearly eight months in the same sign!

It's only been a few days, actually, since Mars took his first new post-retrograde-shadow steps, a significant part of why we're currently in the midst of the biggest energetic shift of the year.

And now, as of yesterday (Fri Jul 25), Mars has completed his longtime occupation of Libra and heads happily into Scorpio, where he will remain for the next seven weeks (through Sep 13).



Jupiter in Leo: Self-Actualization or Self-Aggrandizement?


Jupiter's entry into the land of Leo this past Wednesday (Jul 16), where he'll stay through mid-August 2015, kicked off the major energetic shift of the year (which I wrote about in my last essay).

Though this benefic big-boy changes signs annually, pointing us to wherever on the zodiac-wheel we're likeliest to experience easy expansion, this year's transit of Jupiter out of Cancer (where he's been since June 2013) and into Leo holds wider astrological relevance. It also moves Jupiter decidedly out of his lengthy T-square standoff with the still-squaring Uranus and Pluto, and into a flowing fire trine with Uranus in Aries.

Jupiter is said to be the good-luck planet because his influence presents us with opportunities to grow beyond our prior limits.



July's Sharp Turn


Avid astrology-watchers know that July is the month when 2014's energy makes a sharp turn in a different direction.

The first of July's two main vibe-altering astro-events is the movement of greater-benefic Jupiter into Leo next week (Jul 16), where he'll spend the next thirteen months fanning the flames of the fire element.

The second is Mars's long-awaited departure from Libra the following week (Jul 25), after a marathon visit that first began in early December '13 (he ordinarily zips through a sign in six or seven weeks), and his reinvigorating arrival to Scorpio.



My Personal Mercury-Direct Tongue-Untying


I have been blocked in my communications with you these last few weeks, dear reader… and as such, I sincerely hope that the stationing of Mercury today (Tue Jul 1), which ends a near-month-long retrograde and returns him to direct motion, can help untie my tongue.

I wouldn't say my longer-than-usual silence qualifies as the much-dreaded 'writer's block', an obstruction of creativity I'm lucky to say (knock on wood) I never really suffer. I've always got something to write about.

Rather, it's been more a slow creep through some backed-up checkpoint—a border crossing—where I'm not permitted to move freely beyond the gates until I first put in lag-time, and then fulfill the prerequisites for passage.