This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter!  And this week also features herbal insights into Mercury and a mind tonic recipe helpful for navigating the current Mercury retrograde by herbalist Adriana Ayales.

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The full forecast for this week, an abbreviated version appears in the Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter:

It’s a busy week here at the midpoint of Mars’ two months in retrograde motion with Mercury stationing retrograde (July 25) just before a very dynamic total lunar eclipse on July 27. However, the week opens with the relational graces of Venus opposing transcendental Neptune (exact July 24), alerting us to be wary of painting too rosy or too gloomy a picture of our friends, workmates or romantic partners. While this influence is strong for a short week, it will also place its stamp on the total lunar eclipse so that its meaning will unfold through at least the next six months. With Venus-Neptune comes a strong suggestion to be faithful to the quest for truth—how you come into knowledge of the truth will be just as important as grasping the “simple facts.”

Do you have a tendency to get swept into gossip? Gossip is a tool of the powerless and the powerful alike, and in its more negative form seeks to undermine others rather than support and draw out the best in everyone. Gossip can be mean-spirited or simply come from a wounded place, so that it drains a community’s vitality, damaging some connections while making others more influential than they otherwise would be. We all participate in gossip to some degree, but check in on your motivations for participating in conversations about others which do not include the direct input of those others. And carefully consider the motivations of those who would share or create gossip with you. Your quest for truth and serving divine purposes will be best supported by an attitude of compassion toward whatever pain, wounding or unmet need pushes people to create alliances or a feeling of security through sharing secrets or making a spectacle of human shortcomings.

As we appraise the value and merit of various communications and perspectives, take note: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Not only the “too good” but the “too awful” as well…if you come across the perfect monster to fit your worst nightmares, that may also be too good to be true! All the same, we may be witnessing many hopeful new partnerships forming and then dissolving, as well as existing partnerships breaking up or changing significantly over the next six months. Stability in general is challenged but don’t forget to reach out to your connections to the other-than-human world—plant, animal and mineral allies, the nature spirits you commune with and all types of earthly connection with the divine will help guide you through the confusion that Mars’ and Mercury’s retrograde may be churning up.

The total lunar eclipse happens on July 27 at 1:20pm US/Pacific at 4° Aquarius and involves a close, tense aspect to the summer-long square between Mars and Uranus. If you are drawn to blaze a new path, know that a working through of the past—or being worked over by past actions, or karma—will not be easily avoided. The long-term influences of Saturn trine Uranus and Jupiter trine Neptune can help open your heart to more challenging realizations about yourself as well as others. Ask what practical, grounded ideals of beauty might enable you to work with your karma in a more generative way, while being wary of over-idealizing your own capacities or noble intentions. (It’s okay to be human—really!!) Especially do not mistake a feeling of confident enthusiasm with a well-considered action. You might check the houses of your natal chart that the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius fall in to see which areas of your life are potentiated. While you may not be surprised by the areas of life which are highlighted, there may yet be a surprising new wrinkle, a relief, an unburdening, a blessing—even if that blessing comes in disguise.

Key dates for Mercury retrograde:
July 6, 2018 – Mercury enters shadow 11° Leo
July 25, 2018 – Mercury stations retrograde 23° Leo
Aug. 18, 2018 – Mercury stations direct 11° Leo
Sept. 1, 2018 – Mercury exits shadow 23° Leo

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