July 8: Collective Communication Challenges

July 8: Collective Communication Challenges

Mercury Rx is square Mars at 3:42 a.m.

Early morning, Mercury, the messenger in nurturing Cancer, forms a square aspect with Mars on full blast in fiery Aries. The square aspect between planets in astrology can be stimulating and catalyzing in constructive ways. Yet, in this case, the square between Mercury and Mars will likely carry more of the intensely volatile possibilities.

This aspect is trickier because Mercury is still retrograde, adding an unsteady and perhaps regressive quality to the tone of some conversations. Mercury has been in protective and vulnerable Cancer since May 28. Over the past months, personal and collective discussions have been centered on healing and bringing the emotional suffering of our most vulnerable peoples to light.

Today’s square with Mars may represent a breaking point, where the last reserves of diplomacy are in danger of falling away. Many voices and concerns arise with a new level of urgency that cannot be ignored, yet these voices may have dissenting opinions and seemingly contradictory needs. With Mars in Aries for the rest of the year, it may take at least as long to sort out the collective communication challenges that this aspect emphasizes today.

Read me: July Forecast: Hard Conversations Shatter Illusions to Heal Collective Wounds


The moon enters Pisces at 11:13 a.m., and moon void of course ends

As the morning progresses, the waning moon shifts into soulful and empathic Pisces. This lunar sign change takes the collective mood out of the detached and intellectual ethers, and into the watery depths of feeling and intuition. At this point, the moon void of course ends, and a window of progress and opportunity opens until Friday.


The moon is trine Mercury Rx at 10:35 p.m.

Late night, the moon in receptive Pisces forms a supportive trine aspect with Mercury in sensitive Cancer. This water trine aspect between the moon and Mercury may come as a healing balm after tensions flared today when the Mercury/Mars square reached its peak. Many of us may be sitting with our feelings and finding words to articulate our inner experience. Some of us may be reconnecting to the protective and restorative intentions behind our social activism and self-inquiry.


All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.