In the Stars July 15-22, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

We are now in the eclipse high season. A Solar Eclipse occurred on July 13, to be followed by a Lunar Eclipse July 27, and another Solar Eclipse August 11. Retrograde Mars is conjunct the South Node, exact on Friday, the 20th, indicating a potent, volatile time, especially as Mars is out-of-bounds in declination. Uranus lurks close enough by square aspect to make us accident-prone, so go carefully and cautiously, and keep things simple. Use this strong energy to get lots of exercise and to make things happen, but watch your temper, and stay cool.

Mercury goes retrograde soon on July 25, and we are already in its shadow phase. Finish travel plans, and tie up decisions and loose ends in the coming week before the Mercury retrograde period July 25-August 18.

The Sun is in its last days in Cancer, the sign symbolizing home and family. Friday and Saturday the Moon is in Scorpio, stirring emotions. These are days to garner your awareness, as we are more emotionally volatile than usual, especially with the added heat of the Mars/South Node conjunction. Uranus forms an edgy square aspect to the Mars/South Node conjuncation, creating a particularly explosive energy. Be awake, and plan these days carefully, taking some time out for yourself.

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Sunday morning will be off to a slow start with the Moon void of course until 10:31 a.m. PDT when the Moon moves into Virgo. This Virgo Moon forms a Grand Earth Trine to Saturn and Uranus, creating a productive, fortunate stage for weekend chores, and tasks that need to be completed, with a few surprises possibly in the mix.   Organization and efficiency come easy, so use this energy to get ready for the week ahead.

Seize the day on Monday to put your life in order. You can accomplish a lot with drive and efficiency, buoyed by a Moon-Jupiter sextile, and the inspiration of a Moon-Neptune opposition. Whistle while you work, and amaze yourself at all you can accomplish.

The Virgo Moon’s industrious energy is still with us on Tuesday morning, though the Moon is void of course until 12:42 p.m. Then the Moon glides into copasetic Libra. The Libra Moon’s aspects (square to Saturn and trine to Mars) push us toward action and accomplishment in the afternoon and evening.

Wednesday is fairly quiet on the cosmic front. Against the backdrop of the Libra Moon, take some easy time, and socialize with good friends. A romantic dinner in a lovely setting is the perfect expression of this day’s energies. The late night is agitated by a Pluto-Moon square, so get to bed early before you get cranky.

Thursday is edgy, framed by a T-square with a first-quarter Moon that opposes Uranus. Put this challenging energy to good use; lean into a project, and give it the works. You may also realize some brilliant insights. The Moon is void of course all afternoon through 6:13 p.m. PDT, so it is best not to try to accomplish anything requiring decisions or definitive plans. The Moon-Uranus opposition may influence a change in your course. Expect the unexpected.

The Sun winds through its last days in water sign Cancer on Friday and Saturday, while the Moon dives deep in the murky waters of fixed water sign Scorpio. Emotions run deep these two days. We need to go easy, and take more time for ourselves. The steamy Scorpio Moon forms a tense square aspect to the fiery conjunction of retrograde Mars conjunct the South Node. This volatile aspect occurs between the solar and lunar eclipses, adding fuel to the fire. These are stressful days, so keep things simple, and be especially awake and conscious. The load is lightened a little Friday evening as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter and trines Neptune. Let your imagination soar.

Relief comes Sunday as the Moon bounces into sunny Sagittarius, and the Sun moves into playful Leo. These luminaries in the fire signs propel us out of the hot, swampy waters of the past two days. Set out for a playful adventure, such as the free summer concert of the San Francisco Symphony in Stern Grove. Enjoy the day! The world is looking much brighter.

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Sunday: Productive day for the efficient fulfillment of tasks and chores.

Monday: Get organized and get your life in order.

Tuesday: Moon VoC until 12:42 p.m. PDT, but routine tasks can be accomplished with the last of the industrious Virgo Moon.

Wednesday: Easy, social day.

Thursday: Edgy day, but a lot can be accomplished. Moon is VoC 12:52-6:13 p.m. PDT, when you should avoid making decisions.

Friday: Hot, steamy, emotional day.

Saturday: Another hot, steamy, emotional day. Take time for yourself and stay cool.

Sunday: Sunny, buoyant day. Set out for a fun adventure.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Virgo (July 9-August 7)

1. Make your life shipshape.
2. Organize your work space.
3. Deep clean your home.
4. Take a self-improvement course.
5. Expand your work.
6. Do a 3-day cleanse.
7. Eat a pure diet during this time.
8. Amplify your health regime.
9. Read the book Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life by Brant Cortright, or another book on diet or health.
10. Attend to the details in your job that call for attention.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Saturday, July 14 at 4:12 p.m. through Sunday, July 15 at 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, July 17: 3:49 a.m. – 12:42 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, July 19: 12:52 p.m.-6:13 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, July 22: 2:18 a.m. – 3:12 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, July 24: 1:22 a.m.-2:49 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Thursday, July 26 at 6:41 a.m. through Friday, July 27 at 3:41 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, July 29: 2:25 a.m. – 4:28 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, July 31 at 3:42 p.m. through Wednesday, August 1 at 3:54 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, August 2 at 7:52 p.m. through Friday, August 3 at 12:51 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, August 5: 4:46 p.m.-6:32 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, August 7: 0: 55 a.m. – 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, August 9: 4:20 a.m. – 9:18 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, August 11: 2:58 a.m. – 8:59 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)


Sunday, July 15: 0:12 – 18:31 (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, July 17: 11:49  – 20:42 (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, July 19 at 20:52 through Friday, July 20 at 2:13 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, July 22: 10:18  – 11:12 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, July 24: 9:22 – 22:49 (Moon into Capricorn)

Thursday, July 26 at 14:41 through Friday, July 27 at 11:41 (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, July 29 at 10:25 through Monday, July 30 at 0:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, July 31 at 23:42 through Wednesday, August 1 at 11:54 (Moon into Aries)

Friday, August 3: 3:52 – 20:51  (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, August 6: 0:46 – 2:32 (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, August 7 at 8:55 through Wednesday, August 8 at 5:01 (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, August 9 at 12:20 through Friday, August 10 at 1:18 (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, August 11 at 10:58 through Sunday, August 12 at 4:59 (Moon into Virgo)

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