It’s definitely an unusual start to the summer for everyone, but the stars above (and Cinemastrology hosts Stevie Anderson and Kate Santos) are here to navigate the week of July 5th to July 11th, 2020. Cinemastrology is here to help you make the best decisions for yourself… and that includes introducing new titles to your movie queue! Crank up the A/C and put popcorn on the stove, we’re staying home and watching films that can guide us through this week’s astral transits and planetary retrogrades. Earlier in the week Mercury squares off with Mars, and the hosts discuss how to harness that fired-up communication energy by openly voicing our opinions on society. They also discuss two asteroids –Ceres and Chiron– both of which will have us reflecting and questioning our innermost feelings and motives.
At the beginning of the week on July 7th, Ceres Retrograde in Pisces may have us retreating into the wild as a way for us to go deeper into ourselves. This asteroid’s retrograde period is a fertile time to reflect on our past experiences with grief and our connection to the Earth. There’s no better film to watch than 2014’s Wild starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, based on the bestselling memoir by Cheryl Strayed. The film follows one woman’s spiritual and physical journey backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail. This transit and film asks us to explore what does our path look like when we burn it down and start all over again. Mercury Retrograde in Cancer is still fueling nostalgic feelings with family, friends, and the home space—but on July 8th, Mercury in Cancer Squares Mars in Aries and will have us expertly communicating our criticisms about society as a whole. Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020) is a new documentary and previous CherryPicks Choice that brilliantly shows the audience a retrospective of portrayals of transgender characters on-screen. Directed by Sam Feder and Executive Produced by Laverne Cox, the film features interviews with Alexandra Billings, Lilly Wachowski, to name a few. The documentary is a much-needed conversation starter about how generations of films and TV shows did a disservice to the trans community by perpetuating negative stereotypes of trans lives. This transit only confirms what we as a society should be saying and doing: call it out and commit to doing better! Towards the end of the week, Chiron’s perceived backwards movement in Aries arises as a grand opportunity for self-responsibility. 2011’s Young Adult stars Charlize Theron as a character who could really use this Chiron reflection-gazing. Written by Diablo Cody, the film features one of cinema’s stand-out anti-heroes, a woman who can’t escape her selfish tendencies and is trapped in an adolescent haze. Aries is the baby of the zodiac and this Chiron Rx period is asking us all to grow up.
Wild (2014): https://www.thecherrypicks.com/films/wild-2014
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020): https://www.thecherrypicks.com/films/disclosure-trans-lives-screen
Young Adult (2011): https://www.thecherrypicks.com/films/young-adult
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