In the Stars July 29-August 5, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

This was the headlining post in The Quartz Daily Brief on Saturday, July 28th, the day after the total lunar eclipse:

The world is suffering from extreme weather. Heatwaves have killed 50 in Canada and 80 in Japan, caused drought in Germany and Scandinavia, set record temperatures in Algeria, Morocco, and Oman, and left the UK looking brown from space. The heat has spurred wildfires that have claimed at least 80 lives in Greece, melted electrical wires in California, and forced Sweden to call for international help. This is not normal. (

These examples of extreme weather are not surprising, given the extremely hot, combust energy of Friday’s lunar eclipse, and the fact that events resulting from eclipses may occur up to three months before or after the actual eclipse. Retrograde out-of-bounds Mars was conjunct the South Node in Aquarius, and the Sun was conjunct the North Node in Leo.  Uranus continues to lurk close enough by square aspect to make us accident-prone, but it may also result in some amazing surprises.

The Sun is now in Leo, the fixed fire sign that symbolizes children, recreation, and all things creative. The next three weeks call us to 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 is now retrograde 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.

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Sunday the Moon is void of course. Plans are not likely to come together, so you may as well sink into reading a good book, or 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.

Monday is a tranquil, optimistic day, welcome after the intensity of last week and the heated energies yet to come this week. Get your week off to a sweet, inspiring start. Note what turns up in your dreams as you sleep Monday night through Tuesday morning. Vision and inspiration abound through a Moon-Neptune conjunction. While we would prefer to take the day off on Tuesday, we can lean gently into our work, guided by a benefic Moon-Pluto sextile. The Moon’s opposition to Venus in Virgo makes us more critical than usual, so put that tendency to good use perfecting something in your own life rather than focusing it on others.

The Moon bursts into fiery Aries early Wednesday morning. Get up and get going! It’s a great day to hit the gym and build your muscles. Be ready to rumble and tumble with Wednesday’s rocky offerings. Mars exactly squares Uranus, a volatile combo. The Moon makes an edgy square to Saturn. Lean into the demands of your work. Some relief comes through the benefic trine of the Sun and Moon in fire signs Leo and Aries.

Thursday is another rocky, rumbling day. The Aries Moon makes an edgy square to Pluto, along with the heat of the Mars-Uranus square. Be cautious. Yet, your can use this powerful energy to dive into a big, demanding project and make great strides.

The Moon is void of course Friday morning, making it tough to get going. Ease up on expectations, and take it easy. It has been a heavy-duty week so far. At 12:51 p.m. the Moon moves into Taurus tropically, where it is exalted, or highest functioning. All things sensual are highlighted for the weekend ahead. The Taurus Moon conjuncts Uranus and trines Saturn, symbolizing that we that we can break through boundaries and limitations with concrete actions. Lean into the possibilities in your life, and expect the unexpected.

The Taurus Moon beckons a practical weekend—one for gardening, cooking, and sprucing up your home to make it more beautiful and restful. Our thinking is expanded and our aims are stretched by the Moon-Jupiter conjunction. The Moon has other mixed alignments, both challenging and benefic, making for an active day of mixed blessings.

Sunday offers another productive day, sporting a Grand Earth Trine (Moon in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn, and Venus in Virgo). We can attend to practical matters with ease and grace, and get a lot accomplished. The Moon shifts into the chatty, mutable air sign Gemini at 6:32 p.m. After a solid, nourishing day getting some things accomplished, make it a social evening. Catch up on the news, and read a good book before calling it a day.

On Monday Venus moves into Libra for the next month until September 8. Relationships are highlighted, and love is in the air. With the Moon in curious Gemini, the Sun in creative Leo, and Venus in connecting Libra, the day is social—perfect energy for the meeting of one of my social groups of women friends. You will want to connect with others, and do something fun and stimulating.

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Sunday: Enjoy an easy Sunday. Moon VoC all day until 4:28 p.m. Make it a movie night, and get to bed early.

Monday: Tranquil, optimistic, sweet day.

Tuesday: With vision and inspiration, lean gently into your work.

Wednesday: Get up and get going, and be ready to rumble with the day’s rocky energy.

Thursday: Another rocky day. Dive into a big work project and make strides.

Friday: Moon VoC until 12:51 p.m. PDT. Break through limitations and open to possibilities.

Saturday: Active day of mixed energy. Time to cook, garden, and beautify.

Sunday: Grand Earth Trine supports a productive day to tend to practical matters.

Monday: Energetic, fun, social day.


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 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)

Monday, August 20: 4:47 p.m. – 8:59 p.m. (Moon in Capricorn)

Thursday, August 23: 7:19 a.m. – 9:56 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, August 24 at 9:39 p.m. through Saturday, August 25 at 10:32 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)


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)

Tuesday, August 21: 0:47 – 4:59 (Moon in Capricorn)

Thursday, August 23: 15:19 – 17:56 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, August 25 at 5:39 through Sunday, August 26 at 6:32 (Moon into Pisces)

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