Tensions run high again this week with Saturn and the South Node conjunct, and close to Pluto. A benefic Mars-Jupiter trine lightens the load by infusing us with motivation and optimism. Fueled by the Mars-Jupiter aspect, a lot of work that seemed impossible, can be accomplished. 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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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 wonders can emerge.
A fiery Aries Moon provides a bold, fresh start Monday morning, framing the week for action. Adding to the fire, the Sun moves into Leo later in the day. Life looks sunny and bright, in spite of the rocky, tight South Node-Saturn conjunction. Get the week off to a roaring, courageous beginning.
Now that Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node are conjunct, each time they make a hard aspect with the Cardinal Moon (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn) or other planets a lot of friction is created. This happens about once a week when this alignment, that is tight through November, is magnified. Tuesday is one of those days when Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node make edgy squares to the Aries Moon. We can feel blocked and frustrated. A warm Ceres-Sun trine helps us feel nurtured in spite of irritations. Slow down, keep cool, and exercise patience with the day’s contentions.
Wednesday morning’s ride is bumpy, and the Moon is void of course until 2:42 p.m. PDT when things start to smooth out under the exalted Taurus Moon. Relax into all things sensual Wednesday evening—good food, good scents, and good music. Feast on beauty.
Thursday overall is a solid, pleasant day in the light of the exalted Taurus Moon, perfect for the retreat I’ll be beginning at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center with a few friends, though I feel stressed (aligning with the South Node-Saturn conjunction) that I’ll be completely unplugged and offline for a few days. An early morning Moon-Uranus conjunction may create an unexpected start to the day. A Mars-Jupiter trine, in fire signs Leo and Sagittarius respectively, infuses the day with motivation, passion, and possibility. Saturn’s trine to the Taurus Moon Thursday evening grounds us, and helps us see how to use our time, energy, and resources wisely.
We are fueled for good, strong work on Friday by an early morning Moon-Pluto trine. Given that the Moon and Pluto are in earth signs we will be able to get a lot accomplished. The exalted Taurus Moon makes benefic aspects with Neptune, Venus, and Mercury, coloring the day with beauty, ease, and kind communication. This day holds many gifts so make some good things happen.
The Moon is in curious Gemini on Saturday and Sunday. The Sun and Moon are in harmonious aspect on Saturday. Venus moves into playful, creative Leo. Enjoy conversation, connection, and learning something new. Gemini loves short trips, so plan at least one on Saturday or Sunday.
The Moon makes strong benefic aspects to Jupiter and Mars on Sunday, giving vision and energy. Yet, the Moon is void of course, so stick to routine tasks. Write, and catch up on email. Call your siblings.
Monday is a powerful day for personal change. The Moon’s benefic sextile to Uranus encourages us to change old habits. The Sun’s square to Uranus draws us toward freedom. Moon in Cancer encourages us to nourish ourselves.
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The Week in Short
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 new week open to possibility.
Tuesday: Keep cool, and exercise patience with the day’s contentions.
Wednesday: Edgy morning with Moon VoC until 2:42 PM PDT, and then things begin to smooth out under the sensual Taurus Moon. Enjoy a beautiful and tasty dinner.
Thursday: Overall pleasant day infused with optimism and motivation.
Friday: Strong work day to get a lot accomplished.
Saturday: Take a short trip and enjoy conversation and connection.
Sunday: Moon VoC all day. Stick to routine, insignificant tasks. Communicate with siblings.
Monday: Powerful day for personal change.
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:
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)
Tuesday, August 6: 0:36 a.m. – 8:31 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
Thursday, August 8: 7:58 a.m. – 1:35 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
Saturday, August 9: 12:50 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn
Monday, August 12 at 3:11 p.m. through Tuesday August 13 at 8:35 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
Thursday, August 15: 6:02 p.m. – 8:49 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)
Saturday, August 17 at 3:34 p.m. through Sunday, August 18 at 9:33 a.m. (Moon into Aries)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
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)
Tuesday, August 6: 7:36 – 15:31 (Moon into Scorpio)
Thursday, August 8: 15:58 – 18:35 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Saturday, August 9 at 19:50 through Sunday, August 10 at 4:50 (Moon into Capricorn
Monday, August 12 at 22:11 through Tuesday August 13 at 15:35 (Moon into Aquarius)
Friday, August 15: 1:02 – 3:49 (Moon into Pisces)
Saturday, August 17 at 22:34 through Sunday, August 18 at 16:33 (Moon into Aries)