ALACAZEM 2015.07.02

July 2 to 9, 2015  Visible planets: Morning: Mercury   Evening: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn

fourth-of-july-american-flags-patriotic1 4th-of-july-vintage-3 It’s hard to believe it’s already the 4th of July. Wow! Time is moving at warp speed and it seems like everyone is busy, busy, busy. Busy at work, busy on vacation, busy in the fields, busy in the garden…pulling weeds, transplanting tomatoes, peppers and melons, making sure everything has water – including me!

All around us here on Wrights Mesa, farmers are cutting and baling hay. Big fat windrows and magnificent hay-bales shimmer in the summer sun. Venus and Jupiter sparkle at twilight, while July’s mystical “guru” Moon rises full and bright, shrouded in silvery mist and iridescent clouds. Today I got drenched in an afternoon monsoon, tempting fate by staying outside just a little too long. Now the world is washed clean, the dust is settled and I can hear the faint, sweet sounds of baby bluebirds in the spruce trees around our house. They have successfully left their nest – in spite of all the gang-bang sparrows – and are being watched, fed and nurtured by a cerulean-blue dad and silvery-blue mom.

july+4th+vintage+graphicsfairy009a And that’s what it’s all about now. Feeding and nurturing life, taking care of ourselves and others, feeling the great sustaining power of the Mother Earth in all her bounty and beauty. bluebirds It’s time to feel the gratitude and experience the grace of our great good fortune, living and breathing on this magical planet, a planet filled with organic life, plants and animals, rocks and minerals; our Home. Always here for us, rain or shine, night and day, in sickness and in health, happiness and sorrow. Our home, our Mother, our Earth, our Freedom and our Right to Pursue Happiness here, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Mom, home and apple – or cherry, blueberry, peach and strawberry-rhubarb – pie. And that is what it’s all about. Happy 4th of July. Happy Independence Day. Blessings, peace and, of course, starlight! Or is that fireworks?

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) The Cancer-Capricorn full Moon comes to fruition each summer with the intention of opening our hearts and healing our pain. The great nurturing power of the Mother Earth remains constant, it is always there for us. Take note of what has happened to you over the last week. Who and what came into your life? Are you giving what you want to receive? Tap into natural love and trust in its power.

Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) Masculine Mars joined up with the guru Moon on July 1st for an illuminating look into the maternal side of men and boys. Summer reminds us of our youth, its innocence and vulnerability, our dependence upon our mothers, home and family. Tap into the sense of place and security that comes with childhood memories, 4th of July celebrations and the warmth of summer nights. Feel the Mother; embrace her love.

Gemini (May 20-June 20) Masculine and feminine, yin and yang dance a dance of love and power as you move through summer’s sizzling days and warm, embracing nights. Courage and compassion are themes as Mars in Cancer encourages the development of the emotional body and its capacity to feel. This is a call for the supportive, nurturing side of ego and will rather than domination and force. Be kind to yourself and others.

Cancer (June 20-July 22) Cancer is the sign of the mother and child, the archetype of nurturance and growth. Capricorn represents adulthood, authority, autonomy and responsibility. As the recent full Moon brought maternal-paternal polarities to light, it’s time to balance vulnerability with strength, dependence with independence. Take care of others, but first take good care of you – stay happy and healthy. It’s the best way to help the world.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) With Venus and Jupiter still dancing in Leo, life has to be good. If it’s not, what are you doing to make it not so? Disaster translates as “against the stars” so if you are party to any disasters these days, it is time to identify your part and quit playing the game. That said, you know life is a miraculous gift, a sparkling jewel. You are blessed and fortunate. It takes courage to open your heart and love unconditionally. Be courageous.

Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) Duty and responsibility, love and courage are themes as you move through the third week of the Gemini-Cancer lunar month. Mighty Mars, ancient god of war and men, has moved into the zodiac’s most maternal, nurturing sign, sending signals and mandates for a kinder, gentler approach to love and life. Align personal will with divine will for a happy, healthy existence here on Mother Earth. It’s the only way to go.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) A dynamic cardinal planetary square, following the fruition of a “Marsy” full Moon in Cancer-Capricorn translates as a week of powerful force and experience regarding love, life and relationships. Career goals, home, family and personal egos dance as Venus and Jupiter shimmer with idealistic visions, hopes and dreams. As always, keep it in the balance. Open the soft, sweet part of your heart and embrace its grace.

Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) The Cancer zodiac month comes as a time of annual inspiration and enlightenment for the Scorpion. And this year, with motivational Mars also moving through the sign of the Great Mother, you may feel even more positive and enthusiastic about pursuing personal themes of emotional healing and self-nurturing. What we feel, we can heal. Open your heart to the power of truth and trust the high road of spirit.

Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) The flags and flamboyance of America’s Independence Day hits you deep, heart and soul. You love the passion of patriotic pomp and ceremony, but you are also wise to know the reality of hypocrisy hiding behind the flash. Most of all, you enjoy the summer fun, camaraderie, fireworks and memories. It’s a perfect time to indulge in hope and idealistic thinking. So go ahead, indulge, focus on goodness and enjoy the festivities.

Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) Courageous Mars in opposite Cancer fuels personal wants and desires in relationships this week and month. Whether it is you doing the wanting or someone with whom you are involved, passion and will are themes. Whatever comes, accept it as necessary and destined for the two of you to learn, grow and evolve. Taking responsibility for your part in sharing and pairing is huge as it’s the happy road to freedom.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) You may be working overtime when it comes to personal projects and daily chores. Summer is like that, after all. The good news is that are serving a worthy purpose, making the world and environment a healthier, more beautiful place to live and thrive. And don’t forget how much others appreciate your efforts. In fact, they are ready and willing to help out and give you anything you ask for. All you have to do is ask.

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) The Cancer zodiac month comes packed with ripe cherries, sweet strawberries and ripening corn, along with swimming pools and fireworks. What’s not to like? For the Fish, this translates as a very romantic, nostalgic time of year, a time to laugh, recreate, have fun and celebrate life. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself caught up in the pleasure of serving and improving. Balance work with play.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Cynthia Hansen Zehm

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. She was introduced to astrology by her maternal grandmother, Alice Wood Carter and she grew up reading her American Astrology and Dell Horoscope magazines. By age 12, she had a general working knowledge of Sun-sign astrology. In 1977 Cynthia moved to Telluride, CO and began doing readings in the upstairs loft of the Ritzy Gypsy, a boutique above the infamous Moon Gypsy Saloon, with her partner, Ginette Petrie. In 1988 Cynthia began writing Alacazem: Astrology and Metaphysics for the Telluride Times. The column has been published for over 20 years, and currently appears each week in Telluride Inside and Out.

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