Hopefully, your feet are still touching the ground after the last two days of celestial fireworks. This is a good point in this Cosmic Calendar to remind you that solar and planetary alignments don’t simply disappear in one day. Therefore, the Full Moon, Neptune station and Venus-Mars square of this past Monday, and the Sun-Venus-Earth line-up as well as strong Ceres aspects from yesterday are still reverberating in the psychic atmosphere. Think of all these aspects as being present, but gradually dissipating in influence. Meanwhile, now on center stage you need to tune into another wave of love-enhancing and creativity-promoting Sun-Venus energy-dynamics as these two celestial bodies form a parallel (3:23AM PDT). This parallel – where the Sun and Venus are both located at 23+ degrees north of the Celestial Equator – is similar to a conjunction in the zodiac. In many ways, this alliance of the Sun and Venus is simply a bold continuation of their merger yesterday. Strive to increase the value of your investments since the Sun makes a subtle and yet still significant, 30-degree rapport with Vesta (9:04AM PDT). Communications, literary and educational endeavors receive a boost nearly six hours later when Mercury makes a similar link to Jupiter (3:02PM PDT). A great time-period this evening – for problem-solving, strategy sessions and conducting fine-tuned research – is 9:26PM PDT when the Sun makes an inspirational, 72-degree tie to Pallas. Be prepared for another cosmic onslaught arriving tomorrow when the Sun squares off with the red planet Mars. This 90-degree, abrasive interaction has been building up in power for the last few days – behind the scenes – and it finally comes into manifestation on Thursday.
In-depth studies and investigations are promoted via a Mercury-Pluto parallel (9:11AM PST). Parallels and contra-parallels are alignments taking place as celestial bodies move north or south of the Celestial Equator. Their potency can be equal to the usual aspects that are calculated via the zodiacal circle. Mercury and Pluto are hooking up as a dynamic duo this morning because they are both 19+ degrees south of the Celestial Equator. Meanwhile, as mentioned in yesterday’s calendar entry, the hard-to-grasp, elusive and far-out planet Neptune enters Pisces (11:04AM PST) for its official 14-year journey in this last, hard-to-understand zodiacal sign. If Neptune in Pisces sounds vaguely familiar, it is because from April 4 to August 4 last year, this planet and sign offered you an introductory lesson on what the next 14 years might contain. Were you listening to and tuning into that solar systemic, galactic and universal dissertation in 2011? If not, you now have a golden opportunity to dust off your old Beatles records (relating to the trip to India and the aftermath) and get back into the Be Here Now vibes of Richard Alpert (aka Baba Ram Dass) in order to comprehend the reality behind all of our many materialistic illusions. Strengthen your creative imagination and psychic sensitivity. Be more compassionate and empathic to the truly needy and disenfranchised. Experiment with a digital or video camera. Sing, dance and make merry as major planetary shifts don’t happen that often. Finish old business later on when the Moon in Gemini is in a void uncertainty cycle from 9:07PM PST to 10:05PM PST. Once the Moon enters its home base of watery Cancer (10:05PM PST), family and nostalgic themes run rampant, and the lunar orb makes an instant, harmonious trine to Neptune in Pisces (10:07PM PST). Keep a notebook by your bed overnight to record nocturnal soul-wanderings.
Once you get through the main challenge of the day – a caustic, 45-degree skirmish between Mars in Gemini and Jupiter in Taurus (12:08AM PDT) – the universe pretty much gives you a wide-open Sunday to do whatever you want. Yes, any Mars-Jupiter joust can be somewhat jarring and provocative – physically, emotionally and mentally. Therefore, don’t think the Mars-Jupiter encounter is a trifle. Nevertheless, the Sun parallels the Moon at 8:14AM PDT – an alignment that has similar energy to their monthly union in the zodiac. As a reminder, parallels and contra-parallels are solar, lunar and planetary alignments calculated (North and South) relative to the Celestial Equator rather than the Ecliptic (Earth’s path around the Sun). The parallels and contra-parallels reveal a more vertical, power-oriented focus than the zodiacal aspects – which are more relationship-oriented because they are calculated in a horizontal manner along the Ecliptic. Utilize the grounded, practical and pragmatic vibrations of Taurus Moon today to get all your cylinders clicking in gear. Give stubborn behavior patterns the boot. Return to physical fitness routines with enthusiasm. The love boat enters exotic ports of call tonight as the Moon in Taurus approaches a supportive, 60-degree rapport with Venus in Cancer (forming exactly at 1:45AM PDT on Monday). Social activities and the creative arts can also become your personal playgrounds.Courtesy of Care2.com http://www.care2.com/greenliving/astrology/cosmic-calendar/2011-07-24/