22 June 2020

What You Need To Know: Neptune In Pisces, The Retrograde, The Neptune Fog & More

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C.S. Sherin, 22 June 2020

Tomorrow night Neptune will go retrograde in Pisces and stay that way through November 29th. (By the way, Neptune will remain in Pisces through January 26th, 2026.)


  • Neptune is a far-out, distant planet in our solar system. So, it's influence is more generational and collective than personal or social. Yet, individuals can and do experience and carry Neptune's symbolic energies too.
  • Neptune rules Pisces and the 12th house. Having Neptune in the sign it rules is a positive. We may still face all the challenges and benefits of Neptune's influence, but having that natural placement aligned allows the focus to go to deeper, more important matters.
  • Neptune in retrograde can be a helpful influence and time. Why? Because retrogrades tend to cause things to be revealed, to shake up patterns, and cause deeper reflection on things. But Neptune, can also bring about a lot of confusion and misunderstanding...Neptune has some tricky dimensions to it, so let's talk about that...
Neptune, as an astrological symbol, archetype, influence, and mythology represents, at its best, the ultimate, most enlightened and healing expressions of spirituality, knowledge, and the arts (music, art, performance, dance; selfless service to others; aesthetics; healing, herbalism, homeopathy, and holistic methods). This would also translate into an affinity and deep connection to both the stars (galaxies and beyond) and the Earth's ocean. And, it can represent the healer, magician, psychic, artist, musician, dancer, dreamer, seer, mystic, martyr/activist-hero, astral traveler, and/or enlightened being. Gifts of Neptune would be creative, psychic, spiritual, imagination-centered, empathy, and healing.

Neptune is not going to be so very analytical, logical; or stimulated by mundane conversations in conventional ways at all. Neptune is going to follow a more divinely feminine logic--which is non-linear, seemingly illogically logical, psychic/intuitive, erratic, dreamy, and deeply spiritual (in the best possible ways). There is direct access to esoteric knowing, harmony, bliss, healing, and actual enlightenment in this archetype.

Even dreams and nightmares, or sound distortions (think modern music effects) are welcome and important--as long as they are not harmful or against (out of tune with) natural universal laws. Symbolic messages and communication are valued by Neptune. Harsh, aggressive, and overly rigid/controlling approaches aren't. Which leads us to talking about some of the weaknesses and more challenging potential influences of Neptune...

The challenges and weaknesses of the Neptune archetype:
Illusions, dreams, visions, or leaders that/who deceive, distract, confuse, and mislead is a major theme within the Neptune archetype, dynamics, and energies. This can be experienced in many ways, and on many levels. This can also have effects that are anywhere from relatively harmless, to deadly. Deadly, because charismatic cult leaders have, in deed, led people to their deaths through the misuse of Neptunian type powers/gifts.

Along with this main challenge of Neptune, are other common weaknesses/challenges of the Neptune/Pisces influence: chronic allergies, spiritual bypassing, escapism (via distraction, addictions, fantasy, sleep) when confronted with pain or anything that is overwhelming or unpleasant; confusion--known as the Neptune Fog; exploitation of spiritual beliefs and practices for personal gain, and being stuck in the role of victim/martyr.

Let's talk more about the Neptune Fog Effect:
This effect results in feelings of disorientation, confusion, and a feeling like a fog has settled upon one's ability to multi-task, stay focused, or to foresee cause and effect clearly.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, this fog can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. It may function in conjunction with countless other dynamics going on in our lives, that work in concert to facilitate/encourage improvements upon our processes and goals.

When the Neptune Fog gets the better of us, it can be that there is a divine timing to certain things, and the fog helps to protect us from sabotaging a beautiful timing of things unfolding that our will and/or our schedule isn't always in tune with. We may even stumble upon aspects of reality we didn't realize were possible, and we may find ourselves having somewhat mystical experiences.

When our will is not in harmony with the Universe, and when our wounds and/or unhealthy levels of ego are interfering with our true expression and soul-level needs, the Neptune Fog effect may be an energy dynamic that eventually redirects us, in a non-linear, divine feminine wisdom type of way. Sometimes we try to "push the river" and the Neptune Fog effect transports us out of that mode of being. There can be a certain kind of divine intervention within this temporary confusion and spiritual blindness that slows us down, and may help us to become aware and function in different ways.

Or, the Neptune Fog can be a sign that lets us know that we dearly and deeply need to practice grounding exercises (like planting or weeding the garden) and ease up on being too mentally focused. Or, we may need to meditate more in order to become more centered and grounded. Some of us who need physical activity with our meditation may choose to focus on new movements to take us deeper (swimming, walking, hiking, yoga, etc.).

At other times, the Neptune Fog can really be a hindrance, and can have effects similar to allergies or a hangover from drug use, or from standard allergy medicine use. For any one who has suffered from any sort of allergy, we know that the symptoms can be similar to the Neptune Fog: confusion, distraction, tiredness or straight up lethargy. It is quite unpleasant and disruptive to the need to keep up with the daily duties in life with these sorts of feelings. This can be a result of giving our power away to others via our beliefs, values, and ways of learning. It can also be a result of having poor psychic boundaries, or from being overly influenced by others, and losing our own sense of knowing. (Of course, each person needs to be sure to rule out other medical problems by seeing a health care provider, rather than making the mistake of assuming that feelings/symptoms like these are only due to allergens, and/or collective and personal Neptune based energy fluctuations, patterns, and dynamics.)

The Neptune Fog effect can also be a sign that we are, in some way, ignoring or bypassing important inner spiritual work that needs to be tended to...or that we are falling into unhealthy emotional patterns, habits, poor boundaries, or addictions....OR, that we are becoming alienated and off-center in our lives in some way. Often, when this happens, we don't have time for such issues, and we feel like we are failing, or off course...

The trick is to discern:
Is this a time when we look at this experience as a mystical and sacred journey, and go with it? Is it time to look into herbs, and homeopathic remedies for our allergies? Is it time to tend to the garden, and connect with nature, or make some homemade soup? Is it time to come down to earth, and connect with real needs (from within and around us) in real time, with selfless service or creative contributions? Or, is it a time to listen to our own inner knowing and detach from others? Or, is the Neptune Fog a part of our wounding that is being activated by dysfunction we fall into when we aren't staying present and conscious of where our needs end and another person's begin? 

These are just a few points to consider as food for thought with Neptune energies...

So, What Can This Mean For Our Collective Experience?
Pisces Neptune In Retrograde Can Reveal Illusions & Deceptions...

With Neptune in Pisces for so long, we have and will see many classic examples of all the potentials of Pisces in Neptune...in others and in ourselves (look at the house you have your natal Neptune and Pisces in, as well as what houses they are currently in, for more personal insight). Because Pisces is at home in Neptune, it does indicate a strength and deeper meaning and focus are possible.

The tricky part is that we may really believe some things that may turn out to actually be: illusion, imagined scenarios, and erroneous conclusions. It is best to not believe everything we think. It is better to test, research, and question what we are told, and even some things that we see. Things are not always what they seem. And, in not recognizing our own faulty judgments, we may project onto others that they are the ones who are deluded and feeding into deception. Neptune, in this way, can be a house of mirrors.

Sometimes we sabotage ourselves by coming to conclusions about things when we are afraid, stressed, and overly tired. That is one way that we can begin to attach ourselves to deceptive ideas, beliefs, patterns, and people--simply through neglect, and the error of not starting at a place where our mind and heart are clear and free from interference and unhelpful influences.

With Neptune in retrograde for the next 5 months, we are likely to discover that some of our beliefs, ideas, approaches, and assumptions are faulty, and need to be adjusted. This can be disorienting for a while. For some, it may be deeply confusing. For others, it may be freeing. And while we will also see others experiencing the same, it is best for us to focus on our own need for adjustment--in how we see, act, and interact with people, life and our perceptions of them/it. Taking responsibility for ourselves will go a long way to create naturally healthy boundaries.

The temptation, with Neptune sometimes, is to keep the rose-colored glasses on, to spiritually bypass important emotional/mental/spiritual work and growth; to believe our fear- or insecurity-based exaggerated imaginings of what others think, feel, or are doing. There is also a temptation to escape all the discord and strife around us and within us by checking out--through drugs, alcohol, addiction, fantasy, sleep, "keeping busy," obsessively "helping" others, and other distractions; or to play the victim, so as to avoid taking responsibility for personal mistakes and misunderstandings.

There is a fine balance here...  We need to tend to our mental and emotional health to make our actions, work, and life sustainable. And, we need to face the uglier issues in our lives, communities, and in our internal being that need to be addressed, worked on, healed, and/or resolved.

We need to be accountable for our actions, and we need to allow ourselves the joy and bliss of spiritual practices that truly nourish and center us in the best of ways. Those spiritual practices may be practical and mundane, far-out and groovy, or they may be connected to creativity, healing, or earthy practices and arts.

Still another Neptune temptation is to use spirituality like a drug addiction--creating a practice and following that feeds on drama, fervor, zealous devotion, exclusion, battles, group think, and an added incentive to "save" or enroll others into a brand of belief that makes them feel special. This is not just a fundamentalism that is found in religion, this is a fundamentalism that can be found in psychic, new age, activist, and even institutionalized organizations and groups.

We may be in for some relief if some of these more harmful and destructive misuses of Neptune energies in our collective and personal lives are revealed and unravel, yet further.

Disillusionment may be an after-effect as idealized people, places, things, and systems lose their magnetism, illusion and mystique. Yet, when we tune in to a truly holistic, inclusive, healing, and empowering Neptune energy--some restoration of universal laws can instill some sorely needed hope in this time of systemic breakdowns, turmoil, need, and crisis.

The most important thing we can do, in balancing the depths and heights of this Pisces Neptune retrograde is to keep returning to a sincere intention for goodness, beauty, healing, dignity, and compassion--for ourselves and all others.

We may want to return to our breath...breathing in truth, breathing out clear seeing; breathing in true knowing, breathing out truth...and so on. In doing so, without trying to control the outcome, we may draw to us some very important information and insights over this period of time. What we discover about ourselves and others may not always be pretty, easy, uplifting, or flattering. However, with the harmful distortions and harmful illusions revealed, we are more able to respond in ways that are more effective and appropriate to the needs and realities of our time.

The real lesson for Pisces, and for us at this time, is to face pain head on, go through it, do the work, avoid feeling too sorry for ourselves, and use our considerable spiritual and creative powers for the benefit of all who may dearly need it. Our genuine expressions and movements for compassion, healing, and transcendent wisdom are needed and can make a difference. But, we have to come to terms with the amount of harm, corruption, and dysfunction in our culture and systems--without allowing it to drive us into unhealthy amounts of escapism or ego-laden savior complexes.

Within Pisces and Neptune, there can also be child-like wonder, magical thinking, unclear boundaries, and naive levels of trust. There is a need to learn to evaluate and test the truth of things in systematic and logical ways. It may not come naturally, but surely it can be learned.

There is so much powerful healing Neptune energy to be channeled, but it will lose its power and meaning if we want things to only to be love, light, and enlightenment, without respectfully and responsibly dealing with the mud, garbage, crimes, violence, and destruction affecting so many. This is a time to reflect on this and review where we are, and where we have been.

The light and shadow of Neptune are both parts of a whole. Yet, it isn't dualism...it is like what Buddhists describe as a storehouse of potential. There is a potential for transformation, and there is potential for charlatanism. The gifts are the same, and can appear the same--under the guise of different approaches and illusions. Do we use the gifts responsibly? Or do we misuse them? Do we focus on what other people are doing wrong? Or do we address our own self-deceptions and take personal responsibility?

One last thing to consider: If we grew up in homes that taught us to buy into addictive and reactive systems of belief, faith, or spirituality, then we are that much more vulnerable to our unconscious conditioning sabotaging us.

It is important to begin to realize the ways in which belief systems and groups that hold spiritual/religious/political power may seek to hook others through methods of power and control like, forbidding and permitting through dogma and infallibility ("binding and loosing").

As we come to terms with how we may have experienced some kinds of spiritual abuse or unhealthy spirituality-based conditioning, we can become more conscious of how we become enmeshed and hooked in certain patterns, traps, and illusions in general. In becoming aware, we begin to free and heal ourselves, and in so doing, can eventually empower others to do so as well.

First, the illusions and deceptions must be revealed, and we must be willing to acknowledge that revelation and respond...

Who is that, behind that curtain? Oh, it's the great and all powerful Wizard of Oz. And he's actually not a terrifying supernatural god that we must bow down to, but a misguided opportunist who figured he might as well take advantage of a situation he found himself in, in such a strange, beautiful, naive, and trusting city...far, far from home...

 C.S. Sherin (Chandra), Wild Clover Astrology 2020©. You are free to share this content via social media, unaltered and with the author, link and copyright intact. Any alterations or lack of credit is prohibited.

20 June 2020

The Solstice Today, A Solar Eclipse Tomorrow & Venus Goes Direct Soon

Annular Solar Eclipse, Photo by Marek Okon on Unsplash

C.S. Sherin, 20 June 2020

Today (June 20th), at 4:43 pm CDT (21:43 UTC), it is officially the Solstice. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Solstice is the longest day of the year, and a time to fully welcome Summer. For the Southern Hemisphere, this Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and a time to fully welcome Winter. Astrologically, between June 20th and June 21st, the Sun will be moving from the Zodiac sign of Gemini to Cancer.

In the wee morning hours of 21 June 2020, the Annular Solar Eclipse occurs. And it is a New Moon in Cancer, and Father's Day.

We already had a penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5th, and will have another on July 5th.


How Often Do Eclipses Occur?

Each year is different. For solar eclipses, there are usually 2-4. Rarely there are 5 solar eclipses in a year (1935 and 2206). For lunar eclipses, there can be anywhere from 0-3, with an average of 2. Even with those numbers, it is rare to have 7 eclipses in a year. This year through 2023, there will be 4 eclipses in total each year. In 2024 and 2027, there will be 5 eclipses for each year. 

What Is An Annular Solar Eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Sun and Moon are directly in line with the Earth, and the light of the Sun is still visible as a ring (annulus), outlining the Moon. See the photo above for an example.

Will I Be Able To See This Eclipse?

This annular solar eclipse won't be visible to the Americas or Northern Europe. But, it will be visible in parts of: South and Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Pacific, and Indian Ocean.

To see a map of where the annular eclipse will be visible exactly, go to TimeAndDate.com.

What Other Kinds of Eclipses Are There?

We see Solar and Lunar eclipses from Earth. They happen when there is a direct alignment between the Sun, Moon, and portions of Earth. Here the various kinds of eclipses possible:

SOLAR ECLIPSES: occur during a New Moon

  • Total: the Moon completely obscures a view of the Sun from our viewpoint.
  • Partial: the Moon only obscures part of the Sun from our viewpoint.
  • Annular: the Moon obscures the Sun, but appears smaller from our viewpoint, and so a ring of the Sun remains visible around the Moon.
  • Hybrid: Depending on where you are, you may see an annular or total eclipse of the Sun, or you may see it change from one to the other, and something in between. This is a less frequent type of eclipse.

LUNAR ECLIPSES: occur at a Full Moon
  • Partial: the Earth's shadow (umbra--darkest part of the Earth's shadow, where the Sun isn't shining; and penumbra) partially obscure the Moon.
  • Total: the Earth's shadow completely obscures the Moon.
  • Penumbral: not always very noticeable, the Moon is obscured only by Earth's lighter or partial section of shadow, called penumbra.

Spiritually speaking, eclipses are a time when
energies are amplified, and hidden dynamics can be revealed, if we are willing to look. Most of all, eclipses bring shifts and changes, subtle and obvious, short-term, and long-term.

Tomorrow's eclipse, is happening at a peak time, energetically--just after the time of Solstice, and then going into the sign of Cancer, brings forward the best and the worst of that sign for us to deal with. Home, family, ownership of land, ancestry, past karma, our illusions and delusions, our dependencies that are unhealthy, our mother (Mother Earth, mother energy), tradition, and the need for healthy boundaries to maintain mental, emotional and physical health. Because it is a New Moon, and also Father's Day at a time when we are dealing with economic hardships, a pandemic, racism, and social justice protests--this is a good time to root down and set some intentions...plant some seeds of what we wish to grow, nourish, envision, encourage, and facilitate now, and in the coming month. It is important to give time and energy to what we want, for ourselves personally, and collectively.

Another part of eclipses, is that they highlight shadow. In psychological Jungian terms, the shadow is the part of our own psyche that is rejected by us. It is a part of ourselves that has the potential to commit evil acts, to cause harm, to betray ourselves, others, life and love. However, the shadow also contains the parts of ourselves that we reject and exile because we think it is unlovable, unacceptable or not "normal." Those parts of ourselves may very well be valuable, worthwhile, and wise. Jung described it as the gold we find in the darkness. But, we must face the terrors, fear, rage, and hate that is possible in our shadow, in order to find what is of value.

Some mistake this concept as saying that we have evil in us, or that we are evil, or troubled, or fallen, etc. But, that isn't accurate. We all contribute to harmful actions, because we are all embedded in corrupt systems. We all have the potential for causing harm. We all have, in some ways, exiled parts of ourselves that are unacceptable or deemed unacceptable by society. That is a difficult, but important thing to become aware of. When we become aware of something hidden within us, we are no longer unconsciously controlled or sabotaged by it--we can begin to healthfully integrate that knowing with conscious knowing. We aren't born evil or fallen. We are born human, and are conditioned into systems, with a lot of unconscious messages that we haven't faced or dealt with properly. Until we become conscious of what we don't want to face, it will be a problem, and it will grow, as a destruction, a problem, in the world around us.

It often comes down to choice, experiences, and opportunity really, how we (are able or unable to) face our own darkness. For those of us who have experienced considerable trauma, and events that are evil and are like hell on earth, we more easily see and access our own shadow, because we have witnessed that truly evil acts are real, and they are committed by fellow humans.

That is what we are all collectively facing now. There are internal protective mechanisms that try to prevent us from facing that darkness (avoidance, denial, projection, manipulation), and then, there is the the joining of the heart and mind, and will that becomes dedicated to facing fear, and doing the right thing anyway--that is courage, and it leads on into the journey of right action, meditation, prayer, and activism--all of which call into action our gold, our greatest powers and gifts.

We can say they are: love, courage, creativity, common sense, reason, listening, restoration, responding, and compassionate action. But really, for each of us, our expression of these is unique and important. Each one of us is needed, and contributes something no one else can. Sometimes, it is through presence alone. But, when possible, action is needed as well.

By the way, as we consider the emotional needs and health of our families, home, and collective home and family, here in the US our economy is causing suffering during a hard time like the pandemic because it is a corrupt economy. A healthy economy built with right action and compassion would not cause us to suffer, it would act like a back up generator during a storm--it would be set up to get us through the unexpected, hard times. Clinging to systems that are corrupt, and not letting go, is a collective shadow aspect of the sign of Cancer the crab. We would do well to tap into our deepest strengths and envision better ways forward...

Time to take a deep breath and let go of all that tension, and start to pace ourselves, so that a long-term amount of changes and challenges can be sustainable for us.

Good thing that Venus is going direct on June 25th. So, by then, we should all have a clear idea of how we value ourselves, how others value us, and how our relationships (to ourselves--self-worth, significant others, money, possessions, luxury) need to be adjusted. With Venus direct, our relationships can end or move forward on more solid ground, which is deeply helpful with so many other planets going backwards and looking inward still.

Neptune is going retrograde very soon, and I will be posting about that on Monday. And, Uranus will be joining the troupe, the square dance of retrograde planets in August. But, let's just take this one week at a time.

I highly recommend finding a balance between the "excitement" of these astrological events, human events, and the personal need for mental, emotional and physical health. We need to face things together and alone, we need to process, and we each have our own ways and timing for that. Most of all, I recommend seeking ways to envision and create beauty and creative solutions for hard times, and to be gentle with ourselves and each other, as much as we can. See my previous post for more on the current Mercury retrograde, and more suggestions for this window of time.

C.S. Sherin (Chandra), Wild Clover Astrology 2020©. You are free to share this content via social media, unaltered and with the author, link and copyright intact. Any alterations or lack of credit is prohibited.

17 June 2020

Mercury Retrograde In Cancer Begins: What You Need To Know

Mercury Retrograde Starts Tonight  & Ends July 12th

Photo by Keith Champaco on Unsplash

C.S. Sherin, 17 June 2020

Mercury Retrograde begins tonight in the sign of Cancer, and will end on July 12th. Mercury will go direct the next day, on July 13th, 2020.

By the way, if you have questions about the importance or validity of retrogrades, check out this post.

Mercury retrograde has symbolic meaning for us, from our viewpoint here on Earth. The symbolism and mythology connected with astrology can help us to gain insight into cycles, habits, patterns, and dynamics that emerge in the present moment. There is a lot more going on than just a Mercury retrograde at this time, but it can be helpful to look at one collective dynamic at a time, and synthesize as we go. Especially with a personal planet like Mercury, which symbolizes all things that have to do with thought, intellect, comprehension, and communication--we can find much useful information as we look closely at transits, like a retrograde.

There has been a certain amount of sensationalism linked with Mercury retrograde, and many point to the effects of confirmation bias as a result. While I do wish to diffuse unnecessary levels of concern, and I definitely want to discourage any temptation to allow astrology to dictate our lives...I also wish to say that there is some wisdom and useful perspective to be gained in paying attention to Mercury retrograde--in a calm, measured way--that includes lots of room for common sense and individual needs.

That being said, I have found that there are some things that are better avoided, if at all possible, during a Mercury retrograde:

  • Avoid committing to anything that is completely and totally new and out of the blue, especially--hiring, contracts, contractors, repairs, major purchases, jobs, etc.
Now, it is important to understand that if you were planning to do one of these things already, and it is nothing new, and nothing totally out of the blue, then it is absolutely fine to continue working on and developing whatever it is, making changes and what not.

And, of course, if it isn't possible to avoid completely new and out of the blue commitments, then be sure to do the following: expect setbacks, problems, unforeseen delays and issues, and the possibility of important facts coming to light about the person, job, work, contract after the retrograde ends. Prepare for setbacks and all of that. Hope for the best, give it a good go, and prepare for problems. That's it.

In general during Mercury retrogrades, it is best to approach it from a Zen perspective. Disconnect from impatience, rushing, and force of will. Let go of reactivity. Let go of feelings of entitlement. Find a center of peace and calm within. Whenever you begin to become challenged by something going wrong in some way, look at it as a bell of mindfulness that invites you to come back to center, that invites you to accept the dynamic and cooperate with it for the best possible outcome--even if it is unexpected or unwanted.

In addition, I would recommend preparing for and expecting delays, communication issues, misunderstandings, mistakes, and tech challenges. This is not to fulfill the expectation, but rather, like any important steps of preparedness, this proactive approach and state of mind grants us more peace...in any situation. If we leave a little early to avoid heavy traffic, if we back up our files on an external hard drive, if we take the time to listen to that quiet and kind little voice in our consciousness that keeps asking us to take care of something ahead of time--well, then we find that it won't matter if it is Mercury retrograde or not. This is because, we are listening to our intuition; we are taking steps to foresee possible issues--and we are then surfing the waves of the present moment with more ease. That's the idea.

Mercury retrogrades can also be a time when people suddenly give us news and information that they would never normally share, or that we would normally not hear about. It can also be a time when we connect with or learn about people from the past in some way. Overall, it is a time to reflect on and review information, communication, thoughts, and the ways we learn and relate to ourselves and others.

With this Mercury retrograde in the sign of Cancer, we may find ourselves needing to reflect on issues relating to the concepts and feelings around home, family, tradition, dependence vs. independence, and emotional safety and security. We may also find ourselves reviewing, and being pulled back into attitudes we have about the past...past relationships, past traditions, ancestors, and how we may cling to things that are no longer viable.

What have we outgrown? Do we feel too vulnerable to shed our protective shell and grow a newer, better one? Do we feel a need to retreat and protect ourselves as we grow a stronger shell that fits us better? The crab's shell is a symbol for the home we carry with us, but also for the necessary boundaries we must have in order to maintain emotional health and security. I invite you to sit gently with these symbols for this retrograde, and see what comes up for you. 

When our minds and modes of communication are confronted with such a maternal and emotional sign like Cancer, we very well may be facing some issues that we would rather intellectualize, but can't, because we are triggered, or because the very themes bring up deep emotions that rise up like ocean waves that cannot be avoided.

Some important things to understand about Cancer: Cancer is symbolized by the crab, scarab or sea turtle, and also by the yin/yang or 6/9 glyph. This has to do with how Cancer carries their home with them, as a part of their exoskeleton--it is their armor and their center of being. Within home is a representation of wholeness, the 6/9 dualism joining together holistically.

It can be difficult for Cancer to break with traditions due to sometimes experiencing too much nostalgia and sentimentality. It can also be difficult for Cancer to let go...to let go of the past--what happened in the past, and old relationships that have ended (long ago). Additionally, Cancer can also be: quite the complainer, pessimistic, moody, and can be dependent and clingy...or distant and aloof. The strengths of Cancer include: depth, good humor, creativity, intuition, compassion, quirkiness, nurturer, efficient, flexible, able to lead, and fun.

So, during this window of time, from tonight through July 12th, we may be finding ourselves reviewing, reflecting, and learning about what we need to let go of, how we need to better care for our emotional health and security, how we best balance our heads with our hearts; and where and how some traditions we have held dear may not be worthwhile or appropriate anymore. Look to your birth chart and current transits to see what house this is all happening in for you. The house will indicate the area of life where you will most notice the impact of this retrograde (as it relates to all things ruled by the Moon, Cancer, and the 4th house). 

Most likely, we will all be encountering some level of changing emotions and new information around keywords like home, mother/mothering, intuition, feelings, and family. We may want to tap into the Cancer qualities of flexibility, good humor, creativity, and intuitive wisdom that nurtures a healthy emotional life as we navigate the waters ahead.

C.S. Sherin (Chandra), Wild Clover Astrology 2020©. You are free to share this content via social media, unaltered and with the author, link and copyright intact. Any alterations or lack of credit is prohibited.