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Astrology of Saturday, July 18

Aspects today suggest a need for a reckoning with the powerful institutions of authority in our life (Jupiter/Pluto/Saturn in Capricorn) and the needs of individuals (Sun in Cancer).

Intersecting the balancing act between the Sun in Cancer and Pluto/Jupiter/Saturn in Capricorn is the dwarf planet Eris in Aries. Eris is like Cinderella, watching her step sisters go off the ball...angry that she didn't have a seat at the table, too. A sense of injustice affects her sense of self - what is due to her. Eris in Aries must be seen and heard before a balance can be struck between the individual needs vs. those in positions of power.

It makes me think, immediately, of those who have not had a seat at the table...minorities, women, immigrants. Voices of the voiceless are being raised today, demanding an adjustment from those in power. (Mercury/Moon in Cancer quincunx Jupiter/Pluto/Saturn).

This applies to Black Lives Matter, but also to Portland where individual, peaceful protestors are being whisked off the street into unmarked vans as secret police try to stifle protest. Fascist behavior (Pluto/Saturn in Capricorn).

With the Sun in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn and Eris in Aries squaring them both, a t-square is formed. The open end of the t-square is Libra, ruled by Venus. Venus shows us the way out of our dilemma. Venus relates with others. Recognizing the other person is a person, not a sub-human without rights. Venus evokes the golden rule - balancing the needs of self with the needs of others. Venus is currently in Gemini, so Gemini adds the dimension of speaking and hearing another person and being curious about normally taboo subjects (Venus in Gemini biquintile to Pluto in Capricorn).

With many contacts to Pluto, it promises to be an emotionally intense day. It is good to get in touch with these emotionally compulsive and compelling issues. It may not be the best day to resolve them, however. When some of the emotion boils off and the awareness remains, our ability to act will be clearer. For today, listen. Deep things will come up. Don't turn away from hearing and seeing.

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