We are less than 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. I’ve been in Northwest Missouri visiting family and friends where the eclipse path will be as it crosses through the Midwest, and excitement is building for viewing the eclipse. Eclipse events are impossible to predict, and they may occur up to three months before an eclipse or several months after. Perhaps you have already experienced some of the power of this eclipse. The first of two New Moons in Leo was on Sunday, July 23, at 0:44 degrees of Leo, the sign that symbolizes creativity, radiance, passion, and the heart. This is a new lunar month to be joyful, generous, and fired up to create. Paint your world with bright colors; dance to your favorite music. Take a leap forward with juicy projects and dreams. Be more generative and more generous, and to allow your inner light to shine brighter. Make courageous, creative commitments on this New Moon at the beginning of this week, and then at the Solar Eclipse on August 21 celebrate the progress, discoveries, and contributions that you have made.
The week begins with an action-packed planetary day on Monday. Among the mix is a brilliant Mercury-Uranus trine that fosters innovation, inspiration, and thinking out-of-the box. While this aspect is exact on Monday, its influence will be present all week. Another exact aspect on Monday, but active through the week, is a Venus-Saturn opposition, calling for limits on spending, and attending to finances such as paying bills, filing papers, and balancing accounts. The Venus-Saturn opposition demands attention on relationships. Honor and negotiate the limitations and sensitivities of close relationships. The fiery, exuberant Leo Moon is backdrop for these larger patterns, and it makes benefic aspects to Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. This is an overall sunny, playful, creative day. Appreciate your amazing life, and the people who are special to you.
Time to tidy-up on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Moon in Virgo. Attend to details and errands. Put things in their proper places and clean house. Virgo’s vibration attunes us to health, so fit exercise into your routine, and eat a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables. Mercury moves into its ruling sign Virgo on Tuesday. Mercury functions best in Virgo where it is skillful, organized, focused, and attentive to details. Focus on projects that need to be completed, especially so because Mercury goes retrograde on August 13. Complete travel plans, contracts, and communication in the next three weeks before the retrograde period begins. The Sun is conjunct Mars in fiery Leo, a bold combination that gives strength and courage. A Moon-Pluto trine gives additional power of conviction to get a job done, or express what is in your heart and on your mind.
Thursday flows with cooperation and ease. The congenial Libra Moon sextiles Mars and the Sun, offering balance and equilibrium as we move through the tasks of the day.
Friday is uplifted by a Moon-Jupiter conjunction, though this upbeat energy may be upset at the end of the day by a Moon-Pluto square. Stay positive as you deal with jagged edges; this combo may be a catalyst for change.
A Venus-Uranus sextile may color the weekend with a few surprising opportunities. A lot can be accomplished on Saturday until the Moon goes Void of Course at 2:30 PM PDT. Get your Saturday shopping and errands done before the Moon is VoC (2:30 PM-5:23 PM PDT). Then relax. The Moon moves into the deep waters of Scorpio from Saturday evening through Monday. Draw inward and take some time for reflection. The end of the weekend is softened by a dreamy Moon-Neptune sextile. Plan the week ahead, get to bed early, and catch some dreams.
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The Week in Short:
Sunday: New Moon in Leo: Time for summer fun in the Sun. Stay cool and wear sunscreen.
Tuesday: Clean house, get focused on tasks, and get things done.
Wednesday: Gather strength and courage, and take a big leap forward.
Thursday: Flowing day of cooperation and ease.
Friday: Upbeat energy for change.
Saturday: Get errands done by 2:30 PM PDT. Then relax!
Sunday: Feelings run deep. Take some quiet time for yourself.
Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini (July 5-August 26)
- Go to a library book sale or second-hand store and buy some books that lead you in new directions.
- Exercise flexibility in relationship.
- Energize your social life. It’s time for conversation and connection.
- Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life.
- Write letters.
- Take short trips to enjoy the beauty in your neighborhood.
- Visit a neighborhood art gallery or exhibit.
- Host a neighborhood gathering (e.g., a 4th of July BBQ).
- Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins.
- 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:
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, August 14 at 6:15 PM through Tuesday, August 15 at 7:06 AM (Moon into Gemini)
Thursday, August 17: 6:38 AM-9:13 AM (Moon into Cancer)
Saturday, August 19: 8:17 AM-10:55 AM (Moon into Leo)
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)
Tuesday, August 15: 1:15-14:06 (Moon into Gemini)
Thursday, August 17: 13:38-16:13 (Moon into Cancer)
Saturday, August 19: 15:17-17:55 AM (Moon into Leo)