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© NOVA JULY 2011
JULY IS GOING to be another powerful
month, tough and challenging, trans-
formative and healing, karmically potent,
and gracious. And there is such a strong
continuum from June, with its eclipses
and nodal action, that its worthwhile re-
reading last month’s column to see the
energetic flow from one to another.
This flow on is most obvious in the
partial eclipse on the first day of the
month, the third in a six week period, the
difference being that this time the Sun
and Moon are in Cancer and lighting up a
massive configuration of multiple aspects,
good and difficult. And in the fact that at
the midnight before, the Moon was still in
Gemini, in the dark phase and conjunct
the South Node, Venus and Persephone.
This is enough to make any karmic
astrologer’s hair stand on end.
The Sun in Cancer is, in fact, at the
base of multiple grand crosses, opposed
by Pluto and the Shiva asteroid in
Capricorn; squared by Saturn in Libra and
squared by Uranus and the Black Moon
in Aries! Grand crosses are so tough
because each point forms squares or
oppositions with every other, an intense
grating that can feel like there’s no escape.
Fortunately as we’ll see, there are also
some brilliant aspects to the Sun as well,
but it’s important to see the threads in the
grand cross challenges for, as tough as they
might be, they are also driven by darker,
more hidden forms of grace.
The Sun opposite Pluto and Shiva
represents transformation, experiences
that often bring about some kind of
psychic death and the annihilation of
naivety, ignorance and denial, all a part
of the path towards true empowerment.
The somewhat Cancerian response of
retreating under a rock (or spending the
month in bed) won’t quite do, as they ’ll
come after you anyhow! Better to front
up, recognise the regressive emotional
patterns that resist real change and work
Saturn gives a similar message; go for
depth, wisdom and the integrity of taking
full responsibility of what we create and
attract, especially in our dealings with
others. In Libra, he and the grand cross put
the squeeze on our relationship dynamics,
boundaries and resistances. He won’t
make it easy but there’s always a depth of
purpose in his workings, one to help us
identify our blind spots. In this respect,
he, Pluto, Shiva and as we’ll see, the deep
Goddesses, all share a commitment to get
to the ultimate truth of things, because it
is here that real change and healing can
As for the Uranus/Black Moon
conjunction, this is a bit like Kali going
berserk, or at least wanting to light the
fuse on radical, dramatic, liberating
change but held back by fear and control.
However scary this thought, there are
also deep truths here, an intelligence
that wants to bring the world and our
individuality into true balance. Whatever
radical awakenings this brings, it’s often
about rejected parts of self demanding
to be recognised, accepted and re-
incorporated into one’s conscious identity,
especially the deep and sacred feminine
and parts of our essential individuality
that have been overly compromised.
On its own, these grand crosses
constitute the stuff of nightmares and a
ruthless demand that we face our stuff.
But every point is also aspected by
brilliant, supportive, “positive” transits.
For instance, the Sun and Moon trine the
conjunction of Chiron and Neptune in
Pisces, while sextiling the great Jupiter in
This means that Pluto and Shiva also
get good aspects from the Chiron/Neptune
and Jupiter, tempering the ruthlessness
of the Sun/Moon/Pluto opposition. Jupiter
simultaneously sextiles the Chiron/
Neptune, which in turn sextiles the Shiva/
Pluto! This is an extraordinary line up.
Positive combinations between Jupiter
and Pluto are one of the most positively
powerful transits for deep change and
transformation – power and grace
combined. Chiron combinations with
those of Pluto join the same potency
and benevolence with the deepest healers
in our psyche. If you’re going to face
and work with deep material and great
challenges, you couldn’t ask for better
support, support which will also be
operating across the board this month.
This kind of patterning is repeated
across the chart, softening, supporting
and giving alternative pathways to the
head to head oppositions of the eclipsing
grand cross. The general counsel here
is keep your energy moving where you
can, draw from your already established
spiritual and healing practices that nurture
and reduce emotional and psychic stress,
avoid giving energy to old voices of
despair and, if your emotional energy
starts getting volcanic, get help to release
The lovely sextile between Jupiter in
Taurus and Sun in Cancer also offers its
own alternative perspective. In both signs
there’s more than a little of Pooh Bear
underneath their adult personas and I’m
reminded of a 1980s minor classic called
the Tao of Pooh, where we see that the
Bear with No Brain is actually a Taoist
master. Keep it simple, go with the flow,
do what you love, don’t think too much.
Good advice to balance out the intensity
of the month. Go for the honey.
Daniel Sowelu (B.Sc.Dip Ed) is a therapetic
astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 28th
year of private practice.
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* self acceptance and compassion
* awareness and clarity
* automatic changes
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space to attend to the stresses
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By acknowledging, addressing and
allowing these physical senses in a
safe and supportive environment.
And by breaking down the
thoughts and feelings of
resistance, a natural process
of letting go occurs.
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