In the Stars July 28-August 4, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

The sky is full of planets in Leo tropically this week, with Venus and the Moon joining the Sun, Mars, and Juno, calling us to express our creative passions and enthusiasm. This month, while the Sun is in Leo through August 22, aligns with summer vacation. Take time out to play. A New Moon forms on Wednesday, signaling a new beginning wherever Leo expressed itself in our horoscopes. Mercury turns direct on Wednesday as well, signaling that we can now move forward with plans and projects.

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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.

Tuesday is the edgy, uncomfortable day of the week now when the Moon aspects the Saturn-Pluto-South Node alignment. The Moon in Cancer seeks comfort, and yet its opposition to this demanding Saturn-Pluto conjunction is anything but comfortable. Attend to your feelings and let them guide you. Aspects of your life that no longer serve you may be confronting you. The Moon is dark just before the New Moon tomorrow, so take some solitude.

The New Moon emerges in the sunny sign of Leo on Wednesday. The Moon joins Venus, Sun, Mars, and Juno on the Leo stage, an invitation to play and creative expression. The Sabian symbol (according to Dane Rudyhar in An Astrological Mandala) for this New Moon is “glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing.” The breath symbolizes the spirit that is blown into a creative manifestation. Into what creative endeavor could you breathe your spirit? A new relationship? A new business? A new project? With Venus conjunct the Moon, relationships can be improved or begun as the heart opens. Mercury stations direct at 8:58 p.m. PDT.

With Mercury now direct, we can begin to move forward with plans and projects that we have re-thought during the Mercury retrograde period. Thursday is buoyant and exuberant with the Leo Moon conjunct Mars, and in a benefic trine to Jupiter. Almost anything seems possible.

With the blessings of a mutable earth Virgo Moon, Friday and Saturday are framed for getting your life in good order. Much can be accomplished efficiently. This alignment is well timed for me as I prepare for a two-week trip to Europe. On Friday there may be unexpected twists and turns, so be open to the flow. On Saturday the Moon aligns with Saturn and Pluto, an invitation to lean in and give your life the works. Yet, this vigorous work day is softened by a Moon-Neptune vision, widening our perspective.

The gracious and harmonious Libra Moon casts its light on Sunday and Monday. The Moon’s benefic sextile to Venus gives opportunity. Relax into Sunday and go easy, even though you may feel some agitation in relationships.

Monday is full, demanding, and opportune. This is the turbulent, edgy day of the week when the Moon aligns with Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node, this week by square aspect. At the same time there are beautiful, benefic aspects of the Libra Moon to the Sun, Mars, Jupiter. With the luminaries in action-oriented cardinal signs, and so many aspects, both benefic and challenging, this is a day for action and hard work. Look back at the end of the day and marvel at how much has moved and how much you have accomplished.

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The Week in Short

Sunday: Moon VoC all day. Stick to routine, insignificant tasks. Communicate with siblings.

Monday: Powerful day for personal change.

Tuesday: Edgy, challenging day. Moon is dark, so take some solitude.

Wednesday: New Moon joins four other planets in Leo. Breathe into creative projects.

Thursday: Buoyant, exuberant day of possibilities. Mercury now direct, so move forward with projects and goals.

Friday: Get your life in order.

Saturday: Give your task list the works. Clean and get organized.

Sunday: Easy day to relax.

Monday: Call to action—give this day your best and lean in to challenges.

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 outyour 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:

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)

Tuesday, August 20: 9:06 p.m. – 9:37 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, August 22 at 2:32 p.m. through Friday, August 23 at 7:34 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, August 23 at 11:58 p.m. through Sunday, August 25 at 2:05 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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)

Wednesday, August 21: 4:06 – 4:37 (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, August 22 at 21:32 through Friday, August 23 at 14:34 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, August 25: 6:58 – 21:05 (Moon into Cancer)

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