In the Stars June 24-July 1, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

Mars turns retrograde this week on Tuesday, and Mars is also out-of-bounds, meaning it is beyond the Sun’s declination. When a planet stations, turning direction, its energy is amplified, and when it is out-of-bounds it is wild and excessive. Mars symbolizes action, movement, and heat. Mars and the South Node (known as Ketu in Vedic astrology) are closely aligned this week, and through mid-October. Mars/South Node opposes Venus/North Node. This combination is fiery hot, and prone to eruptions. We may encounter a lot of anger, so be careful not to provoke it. Fierce energy also can be used for good, to spark ideas, and to confront things that need to be addressed. We draw closer to the season of eclipses occurring on July 13, July 27, and August 11.  Use this strong energy to get lots of exercise and to make things happen, but watch your temper and stay cool.

Tuesday and Friday this coming week are days when the Moon is void of course all day. When the Moon is void, it is not aspecting any planets. Moon void of course periods are not good for decisions, as we cannot make sound, clear ones. Meetings do not come together, and purchases are usually not considered to be good ones at a later time. It is best to read, clean, garden, and attend to routine, more inconsequential matters. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday harbor great productivity. The Full Moon on Wednesday combines with Saturn, the planet symbolizing work and responsibility, and then the Moon combines with powerful Pluto on Thursday and Friday. Line up your projects and intentions, and make the most of these three industrious days.

Again, repeated from last week, these eclipses are engaged with the fiery planets Mars and Uranus. It is likely that a lot of aggression will be activated in the coming few months. If you are making summer plans, consider that the energy is hot, impulsive, and feisty. It is best to lie low, not take risks, and keep things simple, especially during the peak of summer, July and into the first two weeks of August.

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Sunday is easy, supported by benefic trine aspects to Mercury and Pluto. Water the plants in your home and garden. Read a compelling book. Take some space for yourself. It’s the Sabbath, a day of rest supported by the cosmos. Enjoy!

We are fired up with optimism on Monday and Tuesday through the light of a Sagittarius Moon. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet that symbolizes abundance and good fortune. Jupiter’s only down side is that it can be excessive in everything it touches. Venus makes an edgy square to Jupiter, drawing us down this path of overextension and exaggeration, but if kept in check you can accomplish more than usual this day. Guard against too much self-indulgence. Put a bounce in your step, and get some outdoor exercise. The Sagittarius Moon backdrop continues on Tuesday, but the Moon is void of course all day and evening until 0:52 a.m. Wednesday PDT. Mars is stationary retrograde conjunct the South Node. When a planet is stationary its energy is amplified, so the next few days will be fiery hot, exaggerated as Mars conjuncts the South Node, and forms a tense T-square with Jupiter and Venus. So stay cool and go easy, and use this tension for creative projects and improvement. Tuesday is not a day for meetings or activities calling for decisions. Instead, use the day for routine tasks, or take time off from work and go on a bike ride.

The Capricorn Moon is Full on Wednesday, and shines its light on work. Saturn is closely conjunct the Moon, and thus opposite the Sun, so its symbolism of productivity, responsibility, and limitation color the day. Both Wednesday and Thursday are days of duty, with the Moon conjoining Pluto Thursday to Friday. Lean in, and work hard. Prioritize your projects and tasks, and challenge yourself to the max. You can use the power of the planets to made big strides. A Moon-Uranus trine on Wednesday gives us intuition and inspiration. Benefic lunar sextiles to Jupiter and Mars on Thursday add vision and insight to our work. Mercury enters playful Leo, sparking creativity and imagination. We have a third day on  Friday with a strong work theme, though the Moon is void of course all day from 1:57 a.m. to 9:37 p.m. PDT. Use this day to finish the projects and things you have been working on the past two days.

After three days of hard work, we can engage with friends, and relax somewhat on Saturday and Sunday. A Mercury-Uranus square lends itself to debate and edgy conversations. Saturday evening is framed for friendship; make it a social evening. Explore something new on Sunday, and after the Moon goes void of course at 3:56 p.m. PDT, relax and shake off the week. Look back at all you have accomplished during the past week, and ease into the holiday week ahead.

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Sunday: Easy day. Kick back and take some time and space for yourself.

Monday: Put a bounce in your step, and reach for the stars.

Tuesday: Moon VoC all day. Attend to routine tasks, and get ready for hard work the rest of the week. Mars is stationary retrograde. Stay cool.

Wednesday: Full Moon in Capricorn (Sun in Cancer), conjunct Saturn, making it a day for hard work.

Thursday: Lean into another productive work day (Moon conjunct Pluto).

Friday: Yet another productive work day, but Moon is VoC all day, so finish projects and attend to routine tasks.

Saturday: Do something different with friends.

Sunday: Gather with friends, and enjoy a relaxing, easy evening.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Leo (June 13-July 10)

  1. Play with your children or grandchildren.
  2. Wear a smile and be joyful!
  3. Express appreciation.
  4. Adorn yourself with gold jewelry.
  5. Make a greeting card—and send it.
  6. Dance joyfully!
  7. Make life a game.
  8. Be generous.
  9. Update your wardrobe with bright colors.
  10. Enjoy a picnic that includes children, games, and fun!

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, June 24: 7:00 a.m.-9:29 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, June 26 at 5:54 a.m. through Wednesday, June 27 at 8:52 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, June 29: 1:57 a.m.-9:37 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, July 1 at 3:56 p.m. through Monday, July 2 at 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, July 4: 2:46 a.m.-9:50 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, July 7: 0:09 a.m. – 5:51 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

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)


Sunday, June 24 at 15:00 through Monday, June 25 at.5:29 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, June 26 at 13:54 through Wednesday, June 27 at 16:52 (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, June 29: at 9:57 .through Saturday, June 30 at 5:37 (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, July 1 at 23:56 through Monday, July 2 at 18:31 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, July 4 at 10:46 through Thursday, July 5 at 5:50 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, July 7: 8:09  – 13:51 (Moon into Taurus)

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)

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