The week ahead holds the powerful partial Lunar Eclipse on Tuesday, July 16. This potent eclipse is tied in with powerful planets Saturn, Pluto, and the nodes. We never know what eclipses will bring, but the energies intensify, and it is best to slow down and keep things simple. Mercury continues retrograde until July 31, and backs into Cancer on Friday, July 19th. Now is the time to re-think, re-work, revise, and re-do. As the Mercury retrograde period is prone to communication mix-ups, be patient. kind. and forgiving if you are caught in confusion.
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Power dynamics may come into play on Sunday as the Sun opposes powerful Pluto. The Moon is void of course all day until 4:05 p.m. PDT when it moves into practical, responsible Capricorn. Take time out; read a book or work in your garden. Learn something new, and expand your knowledge. In the evening, plan your week ahead and get organized to start the work week with maximum effectiveness and preparedness.
Monday is made for hard work, with the Capricorn Moon shining its practical, goal-oriented light on the day. Something unexpected may occur early Monday morning, due to a Uranus-Moon trine. Keep things simple, as the energy intensifies before tomorrow’s Lunar Eclipse.
A partial Lunar Eclipse conjunct Saturn and Pluto makes for an intense Tuesday. The Full Moon eclipse occurs in the signs of Cancer (Sun) and Capricorn (Moon). We may be faced with questions about how to better balance home and family, or how we create family, or how we build stronger connections. Lifestyle may be under pressure, and changes may be demanded. With a heavy dose of Saturn symbolism on this day, and Saturn opposite Venus, we may not be able to have what we desire. Lean into the serious demands of this day.
The Moon journeys through friendly Aquarius on Wednesday and Thursday, and through mid-afternoon Friday. The Aquarius Moon encourages detachment, a welcome relief from the intense demands of Tuesday. We want to be free of encumbrances. A Moon-Mars opposition gets us moving. A Moon-Uranus square may take us off course and bring something unexpected. Ceres stations direct at 0 degrees Sagittarius, nurturing a sense of justice and concern for all. A Venus-North Node conjunction in caring Cancer amplifies this energy. Pause to think about the state of affairs for immigrants in this country now, and take some action to help if you can.
A lucky Moon-Jupiter sextile gives Thursday a good feeling, and then marks the beginning of the Moon void of course all day for the next 30 hours until Friday afternoon. Thursday’s glorious Venus-Neptune trine encourages creative expression, as well as expressions of gratitude, love, and beauty. Enjoy a romantic dinner or an inspiring musical performance. Stick to routine tasks during this void Moon day, and don’t waste your time on meetings or trying to make connections and decisions.
The Moon is void of course until 2:19 p.m. PDT Friday. This day is not one for things requiring decisions and definitive action. At 2:19 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into dreamy Pisces. This is a take-it-easy Friday. If you can, take the day off, and hike in nature, read a book, or daydream. Enjoy a movie in the late afternoon or evening.
Saturday is soft, dreamy, and inspiring with the Pisces Moon as backdrop. The day is open to the unexpected with a Moon-Uranus early morning sextile, and the day closes with the Moon in benefic sextile to grounded Saturn. Take a trip to the ocean or a body of water, go swimming, or visit an art gallery.
Venus opposes Pluto on Sunday, perhaps delivering some relationship challenges. Numerous other benefic aspects are at play. The Sun is conjunct retrograde Mercury, perhaps illuminating communication issues. Numerous benefic aspects to the Moon fuel vision and imagination. Unleash your creative self, and see what surprising creations you can manifest.
The Moon bounces into fiery, confident Aries on Monday morning, framing the week for action and afresh start. Adding to the fire, the Sun moves into Leo. Life looks sunny and bright. Get the week off to a roaring, courageous start.
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The Week in Short
Sunday: Moon VoC until 4:05 p.m. so stick to routine tasks. Plan your work week ahead in the evening for a good beginning Monday morning.
Monday: Lean into your work, and make strides with your goals.
Tuesday: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse: intense day demanding a look at balance between work and home.
Wednesday: Free yourself from encumbrances. Meet with friends. Tale action to care immigrants in our country.
Thursday: Lucky, creative day. Express gratitude and love. Moon VoC all day from 8:53 a.m. PDT.
Friday: Moon VoC until 2:19 p.m. on this easy, dreamy Friday. Relax and watch a movie in the evening.
Saturday: Soft and dreamy day. Take a trip to the ocean or a body of water. Go with the flow if something unexpected shows up.
Sunday: Relationships may experience challenges; vision and imagination are fueled.
Monday: Sunny, bright day. Allow yourself to be fired up and get moving on a great week.
Ten Things to Do with Venus in Cancer (July 19-August 16)
1. Take a journey through old family photo albums.
2. Call family together for a picnic.
3. Focus on home maintenance.
4. Make your home more comfortable.
5. Pull out your family recipes and make some of your favorite family foods.
6. Read a historical novel.
7. Get together with siblings or relatives and tell some family stories.
8. Gaze at the Moon in the night sky.
9. Honor your feelings.
10. Express care through a card, call, or gift of food.
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 13 at 6:31 p.m. through Sunday, July 14 at 4:05 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
Tuesday, July 16 at 2:38 p.m. through Wednesday, July 17 at 2:19 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
Thursday, July 18 at 8:53 a.m. through Friday, July 19 at 2:19 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)
Monday, July 22: 1:34 a.m. – 3:02 a.m. (Moon into Aries)
Wednesday, July 24: 7:48 a.m. – 2:42 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)
Friday, July 26: 9:28 p.m. – 11:29 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
Sunday, July 28 at 8:25 a.m. through Monday, July 29 at 4:31 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
Tuesday, July 30 at 8:33 p.m. through Wednesday, July 31 at 6:18 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
Thursday, August 1 at 1:48 p.m. through Friday, August 2 at 6:20 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
Saturday, August 3 at 9:27 p.m. through Sunday, August 4 at 6:30 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Sunday, July 14: 1:31 – 23:05 (Moon into Capricorn)
Tuesday, July 16 at 21:38 through Wednesday, July 17 at 9:19 (Moon into Aquarius)
Thursday, July 18 at 15:53 through Friday, July 19 at 21:19 (Moon into Pisces)
Monday, July 22: 8:34 – 11:02 (Moon into Aries)
Wednesday, July 24: 15:48 – 21:42 (Moon into Taurus)
Saturday, July 26: 4:28 – 6:29 (Moon into Gemini)
Sunday, July 28 at 15:25 through Monday, July 29 at 11:31 (Moon into Cancer)
Wednesday, July 31: 3:33 – 13:18 (Moon into Leo)
Thursday, August 1 at 20:48 through Friday, August 2 at 13:20 (Moon into Virgo)
Sunday, August 4: 4:27 – 13:30 (Moon into Libra)