This week the planetary energy is hot and volatile. Tensions mount as we move toward the second of three eclipses, the Total Lunar Eclipse on Friday, July 27. Retrograde Mars is conjunct the South Node in Aquarius, forming a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse with the Sun conjunct the North Node in Leo. Mars is out-of-bounds in declination, adding to the volatility. 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 move slowly and carefully. Yet, catch some of the electric energy in the air to generate new thought and ideas. The Lunar Eclipse, with the nodes conjuncting the Sun and Moon at the Full Moon, gives us a good reason to look at the Moon. Yet, here is an article prompting us to look at the Moon every night, and soak in its magic and mystery: https://qz.com/1331163/the-lunar-eclipse-in-july-2018-is-a-reminder-to-look-at-the-moon-every-night/ .
The Sun is now in Leo, the fixed fire sign that symbolizes children, recreation, and all things creative. The month ahead is for family vacations and play. If you have been thinking about expressing your artistic self, now is the time to light your creative spark and get going.
Mercury goes retrograde on Wednesday, July 25 until August 18. This period is a time to reflect, review, reconsider, and revise. It is also a time when things break down and need repair. Communication is prone to confusion. So, check plans and arrangements twice, and be patient with mix-ups.
This week contains a lot of time when the Moon is void of course: Tuesday through 2:49 p.m. PDT, Thursday all day and evening through early Friday morning, and again on Sunday all day until 4:28 p.m. PDT. These times are not good for meetings, shopping, or anything requiring decisions. The void Moon Is further complicated by Mercury being retrograde. During these times when the Moon is void it is best to focus on routine tasks such as gardening, clean-up, handling email, cooking, or reading.
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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 a summer concert. Enjoy the day! The world is looking much brighter.
Monday is an optimistic, energetic day, even though we may fell overextended, and our reality does not live up to our ideals (Moon is in T-square to Venus and Neptune). If you can go with the flow, the day can be artful and amazing.
The Moon is void of course from the wee hours of the morning through 2:49 p.m., an indefinite time when it is best to attend to routine tasks. As Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow, tie up loose ends. At 2:40 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Capricorn and soon after conjuncts Saturn. Then it is time to get down to business. A trine from Uranus to the Moon/Saturn opens us up to surprises.
Wednesday is a powerful day. The Sun squares Uranus, so almost anything unexpected could happen. Be prepared to be steered off course. Mercury moves into its retrograde phase for the next three weeks until August 18.The Moon is in a benefic sextile to both Jupiter and Neptune. Our work is strong and demanding. Our vision is expansive and generative. Get ready for a great turning.
Early Thursday morning the Moon makes a dynamic conjunction with Pluto, and then is void of course all day—until early Friday morning. The Sun is opposite the Mars/South Node conjunction, a fiery hot alignment. With Mercury in its early retrograde cycle, the Moon void, the Sun/Mars/South Node in a heated aspect, and just hours before the Total Lunar Eclipse, this is highly charged heavy energy in which to lie low.
Friday’s Total Lunar Eclipse path is through Australia, Africa, the Middle East, South America, the eastern Caribbean, most of Europe, and the South Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The turbulent energy in this eclipse could activate strong weather and social unrest. We have already seen the activation of this energy with the Thai Boys trapped in a cave for two weeks due to heavy storms, the capsizing of the duck boat in Branson, Missouri in a violent storm, and the continuous volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Bali, and the tornadoes in the Midwest. While the actual extreme weather patterns are activated, this energy is also activated in our emotional lives. Keep things simple, and don’t take risks. Be cautious.
The load lightens on Saturday after the intense eclipse, though we may feel overextended and frazzled from yesterday’s onslaught. Take time to relax. Share a summer picnic with friends.
Sunday is another day when the Moon is void of course. I’m already feeling it, as I’ve had several invitations and can’t decide what to do with the day! Plans are not likely to come together, so you may as well sink into reading a good book, and puttering wherever your energy takes you. At 4:28 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into dreamy Pisces. Celebrate that you’ve made it through this turbulent week! Chill out and watch a movie. Take a relaxing hot bath, get to bed early, and catch some dreams.
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Sunday: Sunny, buoyant day. Set out for a fun adventure.
Monday: Even though you feel overextended, go with the flow.
Tuesday: Moon VoC until 2:40 p.m. PDT. Attend to routine tasks while the Moon is void, and then late afternoon, tackle your serious work demands. Be open to surprises.
Wednesday: Mercury moves retrograde until August 19. Things may get confused. Expect the unexpected.
Thursday: Fiery, volatile day, with Moon VoC all day and evening. Keep things simple and easy.
Friday: High turbulence. Total Lunar Eclipse! Be careful and cautious.
Saturday: The load lightens a little. Spend time with friends.
Sunday: Enjoy an easy Sunday. Moon VoC all day until 4:28 p.m. Make it a movie night, and get to bed early.
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:
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)
Monday, August 13: 9: 37 p.m.-9:57 p.m. (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, August 15: 0:56 a.m. – 1:54 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
Saturday, August 18: 8:07 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
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)
Monday, August 13: 17: 37 – 17:57 (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, August 15: 8:56 – 9:54 (Moon into Scorpio)
Saturday, August 18: 16:07 – 17:45 (Moon into Sagittarius)