Getting behind on my reporting…!  Featuring this week are the Oslo Massacre and Amy Winehouse, but I keep feeling I should be investigating in advance, and not being caught on the hop.  For the day of the Norwegian tragedy I noted that the South Node conjunct Mars would bring an emphasis on past wars and old scores being settled.  Certainly both in the conscious and subconscious mind of Anders Breivik this was the case.  His Mercury squares exactly the Norway Mercury, so his ideology is at odds with his country.  His lawyer has reported that he sees himself as a warrior, and natally he has a powerful trine from Pluto to his warrior planet Mars, a significant force in his astropsychopathology.  His lawyer also thinks he is insane.  I feel that much of the emotional and spiritual fuel for his cause lies in unresolved emotions such as the unconscious desire for revenge from past lives in Medieval Europe during the Crusades and the history of the Knights Templars.  The symbols for these are still very potent for many people, and hold the warrior energies, especially if their past lives are unacknowledged,  when they have a more subsconscious sway.  This transiting conjunction of Mars and the South Node collided very unfortunately, but exactly, with the Pluto of Norway’s natal chart, symbol of the nation’s deepest collective psyche, and also representing its Police force.  Norway’s noble peace loving reputation comes from its natal Venus in Taurus exactly trine its North Node (karmic mission) and its government are determined that their national character will be unchanged by this horrifying challenge to its way of life.  Amy Winehouse is the Janis Joplin of her generation (at the age of 61, I have seen too many of these over the decades), dubbed a member of the “27 Club” of music greats being cut short at this age.  This is the age just before the Saturn Return marker, which is a challenge to the structure of one’s life.  She had not been able to find the right structure for her life, and in addition was facing a Nodal Reversal, which involved the Mars/South Node conjunction around that weekend (so there was a significant karmic element to the timing of her passing).  Let us hope for a breakthrough in the understanding of addiction, and the true role of Rehab for the next generation, so that such huge talents are not snuffed out before time.  No shortage of aspects for the coming week, so without further ado I report a trine between Venus and Uranus for Monday (1st August).  This is a favourable aspect for honeymooners being whisked off to exotic locations (such as Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall), but even if you don’t happen to be one, your social life could be quite exciting at this time!  Later on Monday the Sun squares Jupiter, so you could be inclined to go over the top about someone you’ve just met!  If you suspect this is the case, bury yourself in paperwork between Monday and Wednesday, before Mercury turns retrograde.  Then at least you will have something to show for your enthusiasm.  On Wednesday 3rd Mars enters Cancer, so not only are communications under pressure, but mental passion converts into emotional energy, and that too will detract from efficient communication.  People may stumble while conveying their words and Freudian slips may fall through the gaps between what they are trying to say and what they do say.  They will be sincere though, so you are likely to know their true feelings (and they yours).  Though embarrassing, it is all evolving in the right direction spiritually as Mars is applying to a trine with Neptune, which takes place later in the day.  So action and intention is allied successfully with spirituality.  Hopefully this will result in satisfaction (as in what the Rolling Stones didn’t get), but if you are working with symbols from your past lives, be very careful to let go of negative emotions and preferably use balanced symbology (such as the triangle) or symbols linked with eternity (such as the circle) and not symbols linked with medieval warfare.  Thursday (4th) brings a sextile between Mercury and Mars, and it is a good day to understand mentally the application of symbols.  The symbol for the day might be the Caduceus, which denotes healing.  The healing for the day is in relation to warriorship (Mars), so another gateway for understanding presents itself, not a huge aspect but one which can be well used and is timely for recent struggles.  Communication can convey directness, but will still be affected by the retrograde motion of Mercury, so caution is still needed.  On Friday (5th) retrograding Neptune returns to Aquarius from its short swim in Pisces.  It is dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on its sensitive work within groups over the last 13 years.  If you have been working with a particular group for that time, an aspect of its work may be completed.  Neptune entered Aquarius in January 1998, if you have access to your diaries for that time (mine are buried under mountains of journals, theoretically awaiting the time when I can type them up for computer files –a vague pipe dream!).  Two more aspects await us on Friday 5th: Venus squares Jupiter – aah this is the aspect of the social faux pas, be warned but also be confident that it cannot do too much harm.  And the final flourish is a sextile between the Sun in Leo and Saturn in Libra, so you may be able to construct something worthwhile out of the faux pas, e.g. you may spill your drink on a fellow dinner party guest, and then discover that you may have something in common (e.g. you are both Sagittarian and have a tendency to spill drinks) which leads to a new partnership being forged and plans to go drinking/spilling and merry-making at a later date.  Of course all this superficial socializing is taking place against the background of the Uranus-Pluto square which is bringing the shocking news events to our attention (and I am trying hard to keep within its fast flowing current) and challenges within our personal lives – however we need a balance of work and play, professional and private activities, sense and sensibility.  Make mine a sparkling mineral water!  On a sober note, Tuesday is the deadline for the American debt crisis, and I can do no better than to point you in the direction of Nancy’s Blog, a well-informed astrological opinion with on-the-ball commenters, and a good bias towards Barack Obama.  Here’s the link:

The week in bullet points:

  • Monday – Social frisson, and over-egging the pudding
  • Tuesday – A prayer for the US debt situation, which affects us all
  • Wednesday – Piling on the emotion; Sweet satisfaction
  • Thursday – Good motor and sharp communication skills (toddlers take note)
  • Friday – Awkward but amiable; Handshake on a Plan