3:21 am, August 3rd, GMT + 8: Mercury conjunct Jupiter
Jupiter is the amplifier of all things – it is the the Abundance Giver (of pain, or pleasure, depending on your choice) – all that this energy touches will bloom.. Mercury rules the intellect, communicative faculties, and the ability to move between worlds. Expect the weight of your words and their volume to amplified exponentially. Some may ride this wave of energy with style, others may feel overwhelmed by the intensity of energy.
In the sign of Leo focuses upon self-expression, assertion and a certain flair for the dramatic. There is also a strong association with the 5th house: romance, children, creative expression, innocence.
A balanced Leonine energy will seek to use its ability of speech and communication to embody and discover its truest form, its authentic self. An unbalanced energy will seek to use its ability to ‘capture center stage’ to feed a weak ego and engage in deceit.
Watch how you choose to project your energy to others at this time, and question – why? Are you seeking attention? Validation? or do you have a point to say? Have you made the sure the other person is comfortable playing the role of the listener-audience? etc.
Now, we get to Mercury/Jupiter square with Mars….. 7:58 am, August 3rd, GMT + 8
Jupiter squared Mars is a powerful aspect that can have global repercussions, especially if it is part of larger configurations. Jupiter in Leo brings in the fire, and Mars in Scorpio brings in the Deep water. The square aspect between these two went exact at 6:22 am, August 2nd, GMT + 8.
A square aspect, as I have told you before can feel like an eruption of crisis, or a perception of being ‘under pressure’. Two energies that feel incompatible vie for supremacy – they seek dominance, rather than coexistence with one another.
Leo seeks security through the validation of its self-expression, where Scorpio seeks emotional security through mechanisms of control. Both can resort to manipulative tactics to get what they want,
Jupiter also rules our collective institutions, our beliefs systems and philosophies by which we structure our human experience of life. In Leo, religious fervor (to the extent of fanaticism or extremism), or philosophical absolutism can be manifested at this time. With Mercury in the mix, we are likely to see a hard-lining of positions on matters of religion, ideology and the right of self-assertion/determination.
Mars rules our drives of assertion (manifested at extremes as aggression), masculine (yang energy), martial forces, and that ability to ‘go after and get what you want’. In Scorpio, its energy works ‘behind the scenes’, or beneath the sheets as it seeks emotional security through the acquisition of power.
Whilst it may look as though these drives would blend well together, remember that this is a square aspect. Mercury facilitates the mind so well here, that mountains can be made out of molehills and enemies (perceived) through misinterpretations and projections of intent.
It’s not all gloom and doom for squares are challenges – not ultimatums. One can choose to harness this energy to find creative solutions to situations that seem like they’re building up to a release. That is tougher, and needs a lot more inner discipline to do, but there’s no reason you can’t Try not to take anything that is said to you, that seems confrontational or an invitation to agitation at this time. Even if it’s about something you hold dear, like your faith.
All in all, this suggests strongly that we – as individuals as a collective – need to be particularly careful in the way we communicate our beliefs to others at this time. Watch your words – for they can bring peace just as they can fan the flames of war.
So – if someone insults you / seems to be insulting you – here’s a handy guide
(1) Ignore it
(2) Seek clarification if you can’t
and if you’re into the priestessing/priesting providing spiritual services role
(3) Find out what is wrong with them with compassionate detachment and show them Love (Just faced a situation where this happened, and I managed – it ain’t an easy gig)
(4) Stand your ground and articulate your perceptions and vulnerability with grace
(5) Accept that there may be no apology or attempt at reconciliation by the other party. Be Peace, and Love, and that is all you can humanly do – leave expectations out of it. The rest is up to them.
This energy is not an invitation for you to play the martyr. It is an invitation to Rise Above other’s projections and realize that no matter what they say, you are who you are.
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Evelyn De Morgan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evelyn_de_Morgan_-_Mercury,_1870-1873.jpg
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