Now let's add in the Fugue, a "musical composition in which one or two themes are repeated or imitated by successively entering voices and contrapuntally developed in a continuous interweaving of the voice parts," rather like more complex song rounds. "Bach and Handel composed many fugues for harpsichord and organ in which the various voices seem to flee from and chase each other in an intricate dance."
 
And, hmm, this is intriguing: in psychiatry, Fugue refers to "a period during which a. person suffers from loss of memory, often begins a new life, and, upon recovery, remembers nothing of the amnesic phase." A rather Plutonian disturbed state of consciousness.
 
Clearly there is a lot going on between the interweaving parts and subconscious activity. Feel out what all this evokes for you. Does it explain some things going on in your life? On and off I feel I've been having a bit of "trouble" with myself lately. Interesting to process the undercurrents of these chasing and evading themes, amnesiac moment sof forgetting oneself, and ways that we play tricks to hide from ourselves. How do we sort all this out in relation to what is going o in the worldly chaos? What a cosmic moment.
 
Pluto suggests potentially blatant volcanic effects. The earthquake and volcanic activity has been ramping up around the world. Cancer can tend to be subjective, emotionally reactive and tends to take things personally. Can you see when you might be doing that? Step back, with retrograde Mars in Aquarius, and watch yourself.
 
Clearly, we sometimes need to step back out of muddy subjectivity, and take a good breath of fresh air. Moon-ruled Cancer may know what we need, and we do need to pay attention to that. Another key question to ask is what do we really want?Mars retrograde in Aquarius is a key to this season's experience, asking that question of wanting and desire—and why....?

 

I am inspired by the Abraham-Hicks teachings. Recently I listened to the YouTube called, "Find the Reasons You Desire It." which seems particularly relevant right now. This phrase caught my ear: "What is you want and why do you want it?" By asking the why, they said, you can empower the desire to manifest. Why? why do you want this or that? What will it bring you? What will it feel like? Infuse any vague longing by such questions, clear the air and invite results. Profound shifts and a fresh breath of freedom are so possible now, as we take charge of our lives in a fuller way. 

[A deeper level of this question is likely to be continued in the fall with Part II, the Scorpio retrograde of Venus. Stay tuned.] 

If, in this Mars questioning process, you are experiencing challenges with social interactions, you are not the only one. Involved in the eclipsing energies, Aquarius emphasizes social context. Mars retrograde in this sign evokes conflicting dynamics, tough to figure out and deal with, that expose the need for change. Find a greater space inside yourself to embrace variety and difference of perspective. Can we talk to each other?

For some, this is a Friday the 13th New Moon. Let's all claim its magic, even on the eve of.... Friday is Freya's day, the Norse Venus, and there are 13 Moon cycles in a year. This special Venus/Moon meld makes this a Day of the Divine Feminine. It's not the same day or days every year, but when it happens, the Goddess celebrates and invites us to dance with her. 

In Vedic astrology, the Moon Mansion is a key factor in the chart. Moon Mansions are the 27 mini-constellations that the Moon visits each night of its monthly cycle. The Man in the Moon is said to visit each of his wives in turn, embracing the special goddess shakti power in each. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so let's take a look at this New Moon Moon Mansion.

Punarvasu is the mansion of renewal, of shining again, lustrous like a pearl, like turning a light back on (after an eclipse!). Imagine that you are polishing your energy as if removing tarnish from silver jewelry, or like cleaning a window to see through it more clearly. You can even cleanse yourself from thought forms of other people, so you shine more brilliantlly. The shakti power of Punarvasu is to gain wealth or substance. Prosperity comes in many forms. What does it mean for you? In this mansion we encounter Aditi, the mother of all the gods, who grants abundance and evokes gifts and blessings. This solar eclipse invites us to receive her bounty. Are you open to receiving? It may come as a renewal of our creativity and inspiration. Let it flow!

 

This subtle New Moon eclipse culminates in a total lunar eclipse on July 27-28 in the lovely Moon Mansion of the Lotus. Lets open the way for such a potent, lovely and fragrant blossoming.

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NEW! Webinar —  Cosmic Mermaids
This is a time to remember Mermaids (and the Fishman) that sing to ancient memory so deep. Dive in and meet several mermaids that are surfacing in our cosmic consciousness now. Naturally sea people live in all the water signs, as you know if you are Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. We'll also visit specific ones connected to various celestial bodies. Have you heard of sparkling Salacia, seasprite Namaka, shapeshifting Chariklo or remote Sedna? You might find they are personally meaningful to you. I'll include basic tables to locate them in your chart. This is intended as an inspirational mythic exploration, lightly suggestive on astrological interpretation. I encourage you to find your own flow of storyline. Do you know the real story of The Little Mermaid?
Saturday, July 21at 12pm EDT, 9am PDT, 5pm BST.
$25. Recorded to view at your convenience. 

Attention Cosmic News contributors!
Please watch for invitation to a special experimental audio presentation. I need your input.  

AstroSpecials
Birthday Sun Sign reading—Cancer, are you feeling your moment? Celebrate yourself with this useful celestial gift for an overview of your personal new year that is all about your sign! We use the window of your birthday chart along with current planetary cycles to look into timing, themes and guidance for your personal new year. One hour, $120 (20% off regular $150 hourly fee).
Give a Gift of the Stars!This special fee also applies to a birthday gift for someone special in your life. I have special e-cards you can use.
STILL ON! Chiron Return Special—If you are born in 1968-69, you are having your 50-year Chiron return this year into 2019. This heads-up will help you get clarity on what a Chiron return involves, even as you have your unique experience of this quantum shift in your soul's journey. You KNOW you are an angel in a human body, don't you? $125/hour through 2018. Use your Aries. Go for it now!

Kelley's Schedule
Vermont Summer Library Programs
Our Solar System Rocks!
August 1, 1-2pm at Fletcher Memorial Library,
88 Main St. Ludlow, VT
August 1, 4-5:30pm at Whitingham Free Public Library,
2948 Vermont Rt. 100, Jacksonville, VT
August 23, 10-11:30am, Lawrence Memorial Library
40 North St., Bristol, VT

Women's Herbal Conference
August 24-26, Camp Wicosuta, Hebron, NH,
I will be offering astrology sessions in the Little Village of Goodness.