In the Stars July 8-15, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon Solar Eclipse

A Solar Eclipse, the first of three eclipses, occurs on July 13, to be followed by a Lunar Eclipse July 27, and another Solar Eclipse August 11. Mars is conjunct the South Node, indicating a potent, volatile time, especially as Mars is out-of-bounds in declination. Use this strong energy to get lots of exercise and to make things happen, but watch your temper and stay cool.

Jupiter turns direct on Tuesday, after a four-month retrograde period. We can now move forward with big ideas and projects. Make the most of the next two weeks before Mercury turns retrograde on July 25.

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Sunday is a soft, dreamy day, as the Sun trines Neptune. The planetary alignments invite a day at the beach or an afternoon watching movies, or meditative walk in nature. When the Moon makes a benefic trine to powerful Pluto early Sunday evening, it is time to get organized and plot the week ahead.

Monday is a day of mixed energy. The Moon moves into Gemini tropically at 9:58 a.m. PDT. We may feel stretched with a feeling of too much to do as a result of Mercury- square-Jupiter. We can feel scattered by the curious, gregarious Gemini Moon. A contradiction is Venus’ move into Virgo for the next few weeks until August 8, where it desires simplicity, order, and attention to detail. Gemini has a short attention span, so allow yourself to flow with Monday’s offerings and possibilities.

After a four-month retrograde spin, Jupiter is stationary, moving forward on Tuesday. When planets are stationary, their symbolism is amplified. Jupiter symbolizes expansion, opportunity, travel, and positivity. We are optimistic and idealistic. We can now move forward with ideas and projects. Make hay while the Sun shines for the next two weeks before Mercury goes retrograde on July 25.

Venus makes a benefic trine to Uranus on Wednesday in earth signs Taurus and Virgo, opening up new possibilities for romance, as well as new perspectives on values and preferences. We may want to make some changes with spending habits. The Moon is in Cancer, opposing Saturn, drawing us toward work and responsibility, and also a focus on home and family.

The first of three consecutive eclipses, a partial Solar Eclipse, forms on Thursday with a New Moon at 20:41 degrees of Cancer, exactly opposite powerful Pluto. The South Node conjuncts Mars, a fiery hot combination. However, Neptune and Jupiter make benefic trines to the eclipse, giving vision and hope. Take it easy, and keep it simple on this significant, potentially transformative day.

The playful Leo Moon is welcome on Friday after the intensity of the eclipse. Venus trines Saturn, bringing sensibility and practicality to purchases and financial matters. This Venus-Saturn trine is also useful for ironing out interpersonal issues.

Saturday is framed for play. Use the creative Moon-Mercury conjunction to think up some new flavors of fun, and make it a pleasurable, relaxing day.

Sunday morning will be off to a slow start with the Moon void of course until 10:31 a.m. PDT when the Moon moves into Virgo. This Virgo Moon forms a Grand Earth Trine to Saturn and Uranus, creating a productive, fortunate stage for weekend chores, and tasks that need to be completed, with a few surprises possibly in the mix.   Organization and efficiency come easy, so use this energy to get ready for the week ahead.

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Sunday: Easy, dreamy, pleasurable day. Efficiently plan the week ahead.

Monday: Mixed energies offer opportunities and challenges. Be curious and conversational. Venus into Virgo.

Tuesday: Jupiter stationary direct. The day is expansive and full of possibilities.

Wednesday: Attend to work and responsibilities. Surprises in romance.

Thursday: Partial Solar Eclipse at 20:41 Cancer. Powerful day filled with vision and hope. Keep it simple.

Friday: Sensible, practical day for attending to financial matters. Relationship issues can be worked out.

Saturday: Relax and have a fun, enjoyable day.

Sunday: Productive day for the efficient fulfillment of tasks and chores.


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:

Monday, July 9: 9:10 a.m.- 9:58 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, July 10 at 1:01 p.m. through Wednesday, July 11 at 10:59 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, July 12 at 7:48 p.m. through Friday, July 13 at 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, July 14 at 4:12 p.m. through Sunday, July 15 at 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, July 17: 3:49 a.m. – 12:42 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, July 19: 12:52 p.m.-6:13 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

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)


Monday, July 9: 17:10 – 17:58 (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, July 10 at 21:01 through Wednesday, July 11 at 18:59 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, July 13: 3:48 – 18:31 (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, July 15: 0:12 – 18:31 (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, July 17: 11:49  – 20:42 (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, July 19 at 20:52 through Friday, July 20 at 2:13 (Moon into Scorpio)

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)

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One Response to In the Stars July 8-15, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon Solar Eclipse

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I am not understanding very well the meaning of the eclipses coming. I am especially in the dark about what anything having to do with the South Node has to do with human affairs! Is this just an abstract issue, or how do I determine what, for instance, Mars conjunct a general South Node (not my own) has to do with my affairs? It is important for me to understand this better, as my personal affairs are at critical climaxes in areas of life that simply cannot be put “on low.” I don’t see how I can “sit out” the three eclipses, Mercury retrograde (I had failed to notice this), and so forth — it seems until almost autumn — when I face possible need for significant surgery asap, major changes about my home (major choices have to be made), and so on.

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