A Note from Susan Miller
I feel we all live in our heads so much of the time that when we are faced with a circumstance that forces us to acknowledge that we really do have a body to care for, it sometimes comes as a bit of shock. I suppose if you are an athlete and reading this, you are laughing at me. It’s true, as an astrologer and a writer, I spend most of my days thinking.
When I was wheeled to the outside of the operating room on the morning of June 12, wearing the special blue paper surgical gown and shower cap to cover my hair, it occurred to me that some things in life have to be faced straightforwardly, and gone through by ourselves without help. I feel these experiences make us stronger and also more compassionate of others.
Yet, then I thought about how lucky I was – so many of you, dear readers, said you would send a prayer for me when I posted on Twitter and Facebook that I was about to have an operation. You responded so warmly, far beyond my expectations, and it made my heart swell. Thank you so much.
Your Horoscope by Susan Miller
This is a month that is chock-full of activity. Buckle up, because you are entering a month that has plenty of action. Two eclipses are coming up, one, a solar new moon eclipse in Cancer is due on July 12, the other, a full moon lunar eclipse in Aquarius on July 27, and a third, coming as a new moon solar eclipse next month is due on August 11. We have planets going direct and retrograde, and Mars, your ruler, making news, too. Let’s look closer, and start from the top.
Let’s start with the important news that Mars, your ruler, recently turned retrograde on June 26 and will remain retrograde until August 27. This means you will have to be patient when moving ahead on certain goals. Mars is the planet that gives you the edge in any competition, and as an Aries, you like to win. Mars rules motivation, courage, and drive, as well as the will to persevere over difficult challenges and obstacles. Now, with Mars asleep at the switch, all the gifts that you’ve taken for granted would come will be missing. It is not the time to begin any new ventures, for if you do, you will be putting a weak Mars into the DNA of your new enterprise – said another way, into the birth of the beginning of your venture – and anything new, including a new relationship, requires a strong, robust Mars orbit.
In normal times, it takes Mars two days to travel one degree. Starting last month on June 21, in anticipation of his retrograde, June 26, Mars took 12 days to go one degree. (Astrologers use an ephemeris, or table of planets to see where the planets are going, and how fast they are moving. NASA publishes the same table, but so do many other companies, and you can pick the ephemeris you like best, mainly a difference in fonts or whether the day is set as sunrise or midnight, Greenwich mean time, or your time zone, and so forth.) You can see why I feel you will be walking through glue while this goes on, but we all will be together with you in the same boat.
Mars also rules all things sharp (such as the surgeon’s scalpel or needles), as well as sexuality, and for males, the sperm. If you are planning in vitro fertility or undergoing other such expensive treatments, you would be best to wait until September. Some astrologers feel that it’s not the best time to start a new relationship, because the physical affection between you would be less than thrilling if you start with Mars retrograde. I confess, I have to agree.