In the Stars July 16-23, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Leo

We are one month away from the Total Solar Eclipse at 28:53 Leo that will traverse the United States from the Oregon Coast near Portland through Charleston, South Carolina. At the end of the coming week, July 23, the New Moon forms at 0:44 degrees of Leo. Within this month, as the Sun moves through the tropical sign of Leo, we have two New Moons in the sign that symbolizes creativity, radiance, passion, and the heart. This marks a month to be joyful, generous, and fired up to express our passions and create. Paint your world with bright colors; dance to your favorite music. Take a leap forward with juicy projects and dreams. Imagine if we all took an evolutionary step forward this month to be more generative and more generous, and to allow our inner light to shine brighter. I encourage you to make courageous, creative commitments on this New Moon next Sunday, and then at the Solar Eclipse on August 21 to celebrate the progress, discoveries, and contributions that you have made.

Sunday contains a full plate of edgy aspects. The Moon joins Uranus and highlights the Mars-Uranus square that perfects on Monday. The Mars-Uranus square is a volatile combination, so you will want to be extra careful on Sunday, and over the next few days. Mars-Uranus is exciting. It is not a time to take risks with dangerous things, but it could be a good time for risks in new endeavors or personal growth. New inventions or relationships can emerge.  Challenge yourself to do something new and stimulating.

All things sensual are heightened Monday and Tuesday with the Moon in Taurus. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, meaning that it is high functioning. The Taurus Moon helps us speak well, and appreciate the beauty, smells, and tastes that bless our lives. Slow down and take time to enjoy the smell of the roses. Against this lovely backdrop Mars and Uranus clamor in a feisty square that may jag our nerves or ruffle feathers, exact on Monday, but then in effect for the next few days. The planetary combo is reckless, so exercise extra caution. This edgy planetary square can also break some things free from stuck places. Monday evening ends on a sweet, inspiring note (Moon sextile Neptune). Tuesday is golden with a trine between benefics Venus and Jupiter. The day is further boosted by three benefic lunar aspects to Pluto, the Sun, and Mars.

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Gemini Moon promises clever and curious days. Wednesday is Mercury’s Day (Miercoles), and Mercury is Gemini’s ruler, giving us an extra dose of Mercurial, trickster energy. A Mercury-Saturn trine helps us ground our myriad thoughts. Thursday is loaded with planetary aspects equating to activity, mostly benefic. However, the Sun squares Uranus, which could bring some surprising twists and turns. Mars leaps into Leo, where it is much livelier than it was in Cancer. Our creative juices are stirred. In order to make the most of these aspects, be bold and clever, and open to discovery.

Focus turns to family on Friday and Saturday against the backdrop of a Cancer Moon. Friday is dreamy and sentimental. In tune with the flow of the day’s energies, I’ll be hosting a family dinner. Saturday steams with dynamic heat that is capable of the sort of alchemy that could destroy or create. The Cardinal, action-oriented Cancer Moon forms a dynamic Grand Cross pattern with Jupiter in Libra, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn. This is a turbo-charged planetary pattern that has great potential for change. However, go slow and be careful, as the pattern is volatile. The Sun changes signs tropically into Leo, the sign it rules. The next month calls for summer fun in the Sun! It is time for Summer vacation. My trip to Missouri for a vacation with old friends and family vacation is perfectly timed to begin on this day. Our family reunion begins on the New Moon in Leo which is also conjunct Mars. Four planets and the North Node are in Leo. This is an extra-hot combo, so heed the rays of the hot summer Sun.  Be sure to wear sunscreen and stay cool! Answer the call to splash and play.

Sunday brings a New Moon in Leo, conjunct with Mars. Time to play and create, and hang out with children. Set creative, courageous goals for the month ahead. This is a day for fun and pleasure. It is a very hot day with the New Moon conjunct Mars. Seek shade and enjoy the day.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Edgy, volatile day. Do something new and exciting.

Monday: Delicious day! Speak kind words, and appreciate the beauty around you. Break free from old patterns.

Tuesday: Golden, blessed, benefic day! Make it moreso.

Wednesday: Ideas abound on this clever and curious day.

Thursday: Creative juices stirred. Be bold, clever, and open to discovery.

Friday: Dreamy and sentimental day for focus on home and family.

Saturday: Turbo-charged cardinal Grand Cross primed for action and change. Go slow and be careful, but make things happen.

Sunday: New Moon in Leo: Time for summer fun in the Sun. Stay cool and wear sunscreen.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini (July 5-August 26)

  1. Go to a library book sale or second-hand store and buy some books that lead you in new directions.
  2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.
  3. Energize your social life. It’s time for conversation and connection.
  4. Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life.
  5. Write letters.
  6. Take short trips to enjoy the beauty in your neighborhood.
  7. Visit a neighborhood art gallery or exhibit.
  8. Host a neighborhood gathering (e.g., a 4th of July BBQ).
  9. Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins.
  10. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new by listening to a book on tape about finances (you can get it from your local library) while driving

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.

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

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, July 16: 7:19 PM-10:00 PM (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, July 18 at 11:11 PM through Wednesday, July 19 at 0:13 AM (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, July 20 at 10:40 PM through Friday, July 21 at 1:09 AM (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, July 22 at 11:05 PM through Sunday, July 23 at 1:34 AM (Moon into Leo)

Tuesday, July 25: 2:22 AM-3:32 AM (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, July 26 at 11:31 PM through 8:37 AM (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, July 29: 2:30 PM-5:23 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 31 at 4:10 AM through Tuesday, August 1 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 3: 2:38 PM-5:37 PM (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, August 6: 2:22 AM-5:16 AM (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, August 7: 12:07 PM-2:56 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, August 10: 6:38 AM-10:22 PM (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, August 13: 1:01 AM-3:40 AM (Moon into Taurus)


Monday, June 17: 2:19-5:00 (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, July 19: 6:11-7:13 (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, July 21: 5:40-8:09 (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, July 23: 6:05-8:34 (Moon into Leo)

Tuesday, July 25: 9:22-10:32 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, July 26 at 6:31-15:37 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, July 29 at 21:30 through Sunday, July 30 at 0:23 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 31 at 11:10 through Tuesday, August 1 at 12:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 3 at 21:38 through Friday, August 4 at 0:37 (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, August 6: 9:22-12:16 (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, August 7: 19:07-21:56 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, August 10 at13:38 through Friday, August 11 at 5:22 (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, August 13: 8:01-11:40 (Moon into Taurus)

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One Response to In the Stars July 16-23, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Leo

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I am puzzled how, except in the most vague and philosophical terms, to think about and interpret the two big eclipses in August, one to the Moon and the second to the Sun.

    I am involved in a very serious situation about my house and a court and a crooked lawyer that I had to fire (but who seems not to abide by court rules to remove himself).
    I think of eclipses as “loss” or “endings.” These are the only ideas I’ve seen that relate to eclipses as I’ve read about them and then watched people’s affairs and the news during and right after them. I truly wonder if anyone anywhere is “clear” about them.

    I also have come to think, by reading astrological magazines and such, that the “hardest” effects of the eclipses occur over regions where they occur, such as you have cited in your write up this week. Previously, I noted that eclipses affected the Mideast and places like Iraq and Iran heavily. I don’t hear of “joyous celebration” of eclipses anywhere, except by people who have no knowledge of astrology and are simply “wow’ed” by natural events.

    In Phoenix all one can think about in summer is trying to survive the heat. Enjoyment of picnics and swimming pools, etc., that I’d grown up with in the Northeast are but a memory here. I am often amused to view all the expensive lawn furniture for sale. If one has it in Phoenix, it is put into a patio near the house. Next it is taken to an indoor area, and the area has to be air conditioned. It is interesting to see apartment complexes advertise “refrigerated pool,” as people’s backyard pools become too hot to use. Golfers who dare to go out in summer come in looking like broiled lobsters rather than with tan beach-type complexions! I used to “escape” by driving north into the mountain areas, but many of these areas have been inaccessible due to fires. This is THE place to get a glimpse at what “global warming” entails. Arizona State U has a large School of Sustainability, and as I’ve reviewed what that school’s major concern is, it is whether or not Phoenix will be able to survive in such an extreme climate and environment. I have noticed for years that an area with the most similar climate in California is called Death Valley, and there is no major city there!

    I do not mean to “emphasize the negative,” but these astrological phenomena like eclipses do seem to “pack a wallop,” especially in certain places.

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