Day of Disconnects
July 16th is an awkward day with two inconjuncts (aspects of incompatibility). Venus in Virgo makes an inconjunct to Mars Rx in Aquarius, signalling a disconnect between what’s wanted and actions that are taken to get it. Venus in Virgo is about precision, purity and making it better, while Mars Rx in Aquarius is returning to a past action or stepping away from an issue in order to detach. You might make the wrong move, or not act at all when you see your desired objective. You probably won’t get what you want on this day.
Meanwhile, Mercury in Leo makes an inconjunct to Pluto Rx in Capricorn. Any combo of Mercury and Pluto means powerful words/thoughts, but in this case it will manifest as anxiety about not being heard or being overwhelmed by someone else’s power. You could speak way too loudly and inappropriately, or say nothing while suspiciously scanning the shadows. Manipulation can leak into conversations. Stay aware of what’s being publicly said versus the meaning behind the words, and consider if paranoia and groundless fears are possibilities.
When dealing with any inconjunct, an adjustment is needed to both sides. This means both energies need to be moderated so they can work together (although there will be never be a seamless integration). However, if you know the tension is coming up, you can adjust your expectations accordingly.
Mars and the South Node
On July 20th, Mars makes his second conjunction with the Aquarius South Node. The first conjunction occurred on June 8th (when Mars was direct):
“ The repeat hits will be due to Mars’ Rx, and indicate sustained effort (or the need to redo and accept delays) as you attempt to liberate yourself from the past or take something to a place of creative pride, power and joy. Mars in Aquarius agitates for freedom, independence and the future - this is about moving forward, even if you initially feel stuck. Don't give up if it doesn't work out the first time - this influence will extend to September 27th.”
This could be your second shot at something that occurred on June 8th.
On July 22nd the Sun’s Leo ingress occurs. This is the time when we become aware of what makes us special (our talents and purpose) what we want to create and what we want to celebrate. “Pride” is the key word for Leo season - pride in self and pride in everything that surrounds you. If there’s something or someone that diminishes your ego (or drains your joy) what purpose does this serve?
Venus in your sector of routine inconjunct Mars Rx suggests tension between a health/work matter versus a social issue. Efforts to improve, help or get help will not align with public actions - you might push too hard to make things better or not take action to meet an obligation. Consider what you want to upgrade, and how your actions can be adjusted. Are group dynamics interfering with your focus? The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your social sector can trigger an issue from June 8th, as you revisit a public disagreement or group activity. You may need to reconsider or intensify your efforts to distance yourself from a friendship or social issue.
Mercury in your sector of self-expression inconjunct Pluto Rx suggests that bold statements may come off as pushy or dramatic. There’s potential to grab attention here, but don’t allow anxiety about being ignored/unsuccessful to distort your words.
The Sun into your sector of self-expression spotlights your special purpose, unique talents, desire to create or desire to play. This is about expressing joy and being proud of what you have/who you are.
Venus in your sector of self-expression inconjunct Mars Rx indicates a disconnect between what you want (involving romance, attention or creative work) versus professional actions. Ambitions are out of step with a personal or creative goal, and you may not get the attention you wanted. Consider if you have try harder or back off. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your career sector can trigger an issue from June 8th - a job search, professional goal, interaction with management or efforts to express your authority may require a second look.
Mercury in your domestic sector inconjunct Pluto Rx suggests plans/conversations at home will be driven by an intense desire for change or expansion. But the drive to be right, to justify yourself or push ahead can create difficulties. Legal matters or relocation may be areas that you need to rethink.
The Sun into your domestic sector lights up home and family - who/what is closest to you and brings you joy. Whether you’re proud of your family or the home you’ve built for yourself, this energy suggests celebrating the roots and foundation you’ve created for yourself. Yes, inheritance may be part of this, but more importantly it’s about what you’ve created.
Venus in your domestic sector inconjunct Mars Rx indicates that efforts in the areas of travel, education, legal matters or exploration will not mesh with home and family concerns. What you want on a domestic level may be disrupted as you try to go further, relocate or fight for your beliefs. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your opportunities sector can trigger an issue from June 8th - you may have to step back before you can move forward. Or, efforts to explore/travel may be delayed.
Mercury in your communication secret inconjunct Pluto Rx suggests conversations/information will be motivated by deeper sources of knowledge, fears of losing control or obsessive thought patterns. Deeper psychological issues, secrets or intimate matters will colour your conscious expressions, and can result in demanding words or discordant discoveries. Be fully aware of what you’re saying/learning- avoid switching to autopilot when you open your mouth.
The Sun into your communication sector illuminates all manner of information exchange. Attention to what you say, or what you understand, will be key. Good for spotlighting your ideas or finding the courage to speak out.
Venus in your communication sector inconjunct Mars Rx suggests unsatisfied desires regarding shared finances or intimacy. You may have one thing in mind but your partner (or someone you have financial involvement with) will be on a different track. It can help to clearly communicate what you want, then pay attention to the corresponding reactions. Too, your unconscious or compulsive actions can undermine efforts at compromise or polite conversation. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your sector of shared resources can trigger an issue from June 8th as you dig deeper into a private/sensitive matter, revisit an intimacy issue or concentrate your efforts on dealing with a fear, compulsion or obsession.
Mercury in your sector of personal resources inconjunct Pluto Rx can stir up discordant conversations about money, values or personal worth with a partner. Their efforts to control or make changes can make you feel threatened while triggering conversations with a hostile undercurrent. Don’t get sucked into power struggles - keep your eye on what you need/what you’re worth.
The Sun into your sector of personal resources will emphasize basic issues of survival (what you must have to feel secure) but of course you want to do more than just survive. Ultimately, this energy is about taking pride in your independence and self-worth, and moving from surviving to thriving.
Venus in your sector of personal resources inconjunct Mars Rx suggests struggles between what you want versus what a partner is doing. There’s attraction here, but it’s discordant- you feel something is essential while their efforts (or competition) are misguided or ill-timed. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your partnership sector can trigger an issue from June 8th - watch for an old relationship/competitor to resurface, or a return to a relationship conflict. It will feel like you’re heading down the same path, but you’re actually being urged to break away from old habits.
Mercury in your sign inconjunct Pluto Rx indicates intense conversations involving work, health or co-workers. Your ideas will not match thedevelopments in these areas, and there may be attempts to dominate. Use caution if you find yourself insisting that something must happen a certain way - efforts to control will be driven by fear or anxiety, and that can give your words an unpleasant edge.
The Sun into your sign invites you to take stock of your upcoming year. What’s on the horizon? You’ve got the North Node in your sign until November 2018, urging you to advance an opportunity or potential. The ball’s in your court - what will you do with it? Mercury Rx in your sign (from July 26th to August 19th) makes it essential that you carefully review and revise your ideas. You’ve also got a couple of eclipses coming up - the July 27th Full Moon eclipse in Aquarius (conjunct Mars Rx) and the August 11th New Moon eclipse (conjunct Mercury Rx) in your sign. Full Moons are results, and this one will involve an action that’s intensified, revisited or delayed. New Moons are new beginnings, and this one will incorporate the info/conversation that you’re looking more closely at. Both of these significant turning points involve retrograde energy, so this is the year you’ll be looking back or looking inwards.
Venus in your sign inconjunct Mars Rx suggests your efforts to help, fix or improve will be out of step with what you want. Your intentions may be excellent, but health or work issues can slow you down or see you having to re-do. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your sector of routine can trigger an issue from June 8th - health, work, co-workers or daily routines will call for intensified efforts to make it better, gain control of your environment or handle your work load. There’s more to deal with before you can move on.
Mercury in your hidden sector inconjunct Pluto Rx suggests secrets, issues in your blindspot or hidden potentials will be intensified by your drive to manifest a desired objective. Before you decide or move forward, consider that you may not be seeing the entire picture clearly.
The Sun into your hidden sector can be a time to pull back, recharge or tune into dreams and intuition. This is about what you sense but can’t clearly see. Go with what feels right, even if it’s not logical.
Venus in your hidden sector inconjunct Mars Rx suggests a secret attraction/desire or background potential will not quite line up with your attempts to make it happen. As you’re striving for a romantic or creative goal, look carefully at fantasy versus reality. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your sector of self-expression can trigger an issue from June 8th - it may be time to give something another shot, or reconsider your drive for attention/romance/appreciation. Too, an attraction with a fated quality could intensify or make a reappearance. Know that there’s something leftover (from the past, or a past life) that needs to be wrapped up.
Mercury in your social sector inconjunct Pluto Rx can trigger uneasy conversations with friends/groups, or a difficult public announcement. Others may read more into what you’re saying, or your words may have an undertone rooted in past history (family and domestic issues can be troublesome). Make sure you’re firmly situated in the present when you’re speaking- this is not about your parents or childhood.
The Sun into your social sector puts the spotlight on all connections with the public and the group. How do you stand out and what do you have to contribute that’s special? Probably more than you realize.
Venus in your social sector inconjunct Mars Rx suggests public displays of affection, or relationships with friends/the group, may be awkward. Issues at home/with family can influence what’s happening on a social level - be aware that private conflicts/initiatives can disrupt public relations. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your domestic sector can trigger an issue from June 8th - attempts to relocate, leave the past behind or resolve a family conflict need more time. There may be more to do, or more digging into the past before you can fully detach yourself.
Mercury in your career sector inconjunct Pluto Rx indicates that conversations with management, or your attempts to verbalize an ambition/authority issue will be intensified by deeper issues of control or the desire to make yourself heard. Your words will have significant impact, but this can result in power struggles with someone in authority. Watch for background manipulations, and be careful if you’re making a professional announcement. Be aware of hidden motivations that you may not be fully admitting to.
The Sun into your career sector lights up issues of success, status and ambition. This is the time to focus on your future and how close you are to achieving a certain goal. Pride in what you’ve accomplished, or want to accomplish, will be emphasized.
Venus in your career sector inconjunct Mars Rx suggests desirable career goals, or business relationships, will be at odds with assertive words or action-based ideas. An argument, point of tension or something you feel that you need to push forward will not be aligned with what you actually want. Use caution in professional discussions or business launches - you’ll have to adjust goals to align with words and motivations. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your communication sector can trigger an issue from June 8th involving a repeat disagreement, tense conversation or idea that you feel passionate about. It may be time to step back and take a closer look at what you’re saying, or intensify your efforts to get your point across.
Mercury in your sector of opportunities inconjunct Pluto Rx suggests powerful ideas involving travel, education, legal matters or publishing. However, the power of a belief or new idea can easily become fanatical - watch that you don’t get caught up in one-sided visions of what’s “right.” Legal difficulties or glitches with travel plans can also be an issue.
The Sun into your sector of opportunities shines a light on future potentials. There’s more to explore out there, whether this involves travel, learning something new or reaching a wider audience. Consider how you can translate your ideas into an actual step forward into new territory.
Venus in your sector of opportunities inconjunct Mars Rx suggests that what you’re reaching for (in the areas of long-distance romance, travel, education, legal matters or publishing) may be undermined by your efforts to ensure your financial or emotional security. Conflicting desires to stay “safe” versus stepping into new territory will have to be reconciled. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your sector of personal resources can trigger an issue from June 8th - earned money, a source of income, personal values or self-esteem will be areas where you’ll find that you’re not quite free from past habits. Or, you may revisit a key opportunity and give it another shot. Consider how your efforts to achieve security/independence or initiate a must-have scenario are working out. What do you need to detach from or what requires greater effort?
Mercury in your sector of shared resources inconjunct Pluto Rx in your sign can stir up intense conversations involving shared finances or intimacy. Too, you may be confronted with an uncomfortable realization about what your true motivations are. Your ongoing efforts to transform your life (or a transformation that’s been thrust upon you) will uncover some essential facts, but it will be easy to get caught up in denial or manipulative tactics. Intimate conversations can be fraught with tension. Use caution regarding what you say (especially if you’re making demands). Too, you could feel threatened by someone else’s comment that pushes a button you didn’t know was there.
The Sun into your sector of shared resources hi-lights what you share and where you don’t have full power. You can feel threatened, overwhelmed or overjoyed as you explore vulnerability. Much depends on how comfortable you are with letting go, and if there’s someone in your life you can trust. Too, this energy can illuminate hidden psychological issues that are coming to the surface.
Venus in your sector of shared resources inconjunct Mars Rx in your sign suggests your actions will not mesh with financial or partnership issues. Debts, taxes, loans, your partner’s finances or intimacy are areas where what you want requires a lighter touch. You may push too hard, or find that your actions are misdirected. Consider if you’ve been avoiding a key issue that’s uncomfortable. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your sign can trigger an issue from June 8th - be prepared to revisit a point of tension, an argument or area where you feel compelled to step away from the past. More effort may be required to bring this issue to completion or detach yourself. Use any delays as chances to focus your energy in one, crucial area.
Mercury in your relationship sector inconjunct Pluto Rx suggests discussions with a partner or competitor will have undertones involving secrets or unconscious motivations. What’s not being openly discussed can throw things off track - consider if you’re projecting what you’re not fully admitting onto the other person.
The Sun into your partnership sector illuminates the balance between you and another. Whether you’re single or involved, this energy increases your awareness of how cooperation, balance and projection works in your life.
Venus in your partnership sector inconjunct Mars Rx suggests hidden or unconscious actions can interfere with relationship harmony. What you’re holding back (whether it be actions or anger) can throw things off balance. Too, this energy can suggests an attraction that you’re not admitting, or an attraction that doesn’t quite work because what you do is at odds with what someone else wants. The Mars Rx/South Node conjunction in your hidden sector can trigger an issue from June 8th - you may return to an issue that you’re trying to leave behind. This will not be a straightforward process and much of what happens will require your willingness to simply let go.
Mercury in your sector of routine inconjunct Pluto Rx suggests solutions, diagnoses or discussions around work or health can provoke anxiety. Efforts to correct, improve or identify what’s necessary can become obsessive. Or, external power plays can undermine your focus. There may be a fixation on finding a solution, or an avoidance of a problem due to a fear of making things worse. Discussions with co-workers can be very tense. Focus on what needs to be done and try to find a balance between practical solutions versus fixation on making it perfect.
The Sun into your sector of routine spotlights the mundane details of your life. While this is not particularly glamorous, this energy is about taking pride in how you look after yourself and the work you do. Are you proud of how you live your life on a daily basis?