In the Stars September 17-24, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: Fall Equinox, New Moon

We shift this week from summer to fall, from mutable/changeable Virgo to cardinal/action-oriented Libra on Friday, September 22, the Autumn Equinox. This marks a seasonal shift when we harvest the growth of summer. Here in the Sonoma Valley of my residence, the grape harvest comes! All autumn harrvesting is metaphorical for how we can all take what we have cultivated over the summer months and make it into something new, something that will age well over time.

The week behind us was graced by a Venus-Saturn trine and a Venus-Jupiter trine, aspects that may have helped us make good choices and good decisions. Were there nice surprises and rewards for efforts? Venus ingresses into Virgo on Tuesday, joining the Sun, Mercury, and Mars. These last few days before the Sun moves on into Libra are super-charged with Virgo’s efficient energy for cleaning, organizing, and getting things into shipshape before the Fall Equinox arrives on Friday.

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Amazing things could happen on this golden Sunday. Benefic aspects abound, including a Venus-Uranus trine. The Moon joins Venus, and makes good aspects to Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus. With all this generous, positive energy, grounded by the Sun, Mars, and Mercury in get-it-done Virgo, this day could be awesome. Try something new! Keep it fun and creative, and expect at least one sweet surprise.

Monday and Tuesday, the Moon is in industrious Virgo, along with the Sun, Mercury, and Mars. Venus joins the clean-up party on Tuesday. When the Moon is in Virgo these few days, we should bring order to the chaos of our lives. The Moon is dark on Monday just before the New Moon on Tuesday, signaling a time to reign in our energies, and take some solitude in preparation for a new cycle. These two days are supercharged for the efficient completion of tasks, for clearing clutter and organizing. Make the most of these special days. Vision and inspiration are at hand with Neptune opposing the Moon on Monday and Mercury on Tuesday. Let your mind wander, pondering possibilities while you clean up your home or office. Tuesday’s New Moon in Virgo calls for us to set new goals for diet, health, and self-improvement. A Grand Earth trine between Pluto in Capricorn, Mercury in Virgo, and Pallas Athena in Taurus trine gives us the ability to use our skills and wisdom to get things done.

After all that you have accomplished Monday and Tuesday, you can relax and take it easy on Wednesday. The Moon is in languorous Libra. Graciousness is highlighted, so take time to thank the people who help you. Make the world around you a little more beautiful.

Relationships could be tested on Thursday. The conflict-averse Libra Moon is in a testy aspect to Pluto, which may bring emotional issues to a head. However, there is good problem-solving energy [Moon sextile Saturn], and kindness and compassion [Sun sextile Ceres].

Friday is full of planetary aspects and their resulting activity. However, the day starts without focus due to the Void of Course Moon until 10:40 a.m., when the Moon ingresses into Scorpio. Coupled with a Mercury-Pluto trine, the Scorpio Moon makes us want to dive deep into emotional matters. The Sun moves into Libra, marking the Fall Equinox. Top the day with a scrumptious dinner that pleases the senses with close friends or loved ones.

The Scorpio Moon makes benefic aspects to Mars, Neptune, and Pluto on Saturday, which should stir our passions and engage us in matters that count. A Venus-Juno trine calls for focus on our significant other. Create a special date night with your beloved.

We do not know what to expect on Sunday, with the Moon Void of Course all day and evening in Scorpio. Our energy is further compromised by a Mars-Neptune opposition that clouds the potential of the day. Sunday is made for gardening, reading, or walking in beauty. Leave the day open to the unknown.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Another golden Sunday! Wonderful, perhaps amazing things could happen.

Monday: Make order out of chaos.

Tuesday: Double Virgo day for efficient work organizing, cleaning, and getting tasks done.

Wednesday: Slow down, be gracious, and enjoy the beauty around you.

Thursday: Relationships could be tested, but there is good problem-solving energy to resolve issues.

Friday: VoC Moon: slow start until 10:40 a.m. Sun moves into Libra, marking the Fall Equinox. Enjoy a special dinner.

Saturday: Passions stirred. Focus on your significant other and make it a special day.

Sunday: Leave the day open to the unknown. Moon VoC all day. Read, garden, or walk in beauty.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

Ten Things to Do While Venus is in Virgo (September 19-October 13

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, lean and clean diet during these four weeks.
8. Amplify your health regime.
9. Read the book Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life by Brant Cortright.
10. Clean and organize your jewelry, and give away what you no longer wear.

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:

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 p.m.-9:52 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, September 20 at 3:06 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 6:04 a.m.-10:40 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24: 12:33 a.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, September 27: 4:08 a.m.-9:24 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, September 29: 5:14 p.m.-9:40 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, October 2: 4:13 a.m.-7:26 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, October 4: 12:19 a.m.-1:40 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Friday, October 6: 3:38 p.m.-4:56 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, October 8: 6:45 a.m.-6:44 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, October 10: 3:24 p.m.-8:38 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, October 12: 8:59 p.m.-11:41 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, October 14 at 10:27 p.m. through Sunday, October 15 at 4:19 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

GMT:

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, September 20: 5:30-10:06 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 13:04 AM-17:40 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24 at 7:33 through Monday, September 25 at 4:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, September 27: 11:08-16:24 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 29: 0:14-4:40 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, October 2: 11:13-14:26 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, October 4: 7:19 -18:40 (Moon into Aries)

Friday, October 6: 22:38.-23:56 (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, October 8 at 13:45 through Monday, October 9 at 1:44 (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, October 10 at 22:24 through Wednesday, October 11 at 3:38 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, October 13: 3:59 -6:41 (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, October 15: 5:27 – 11:19 (Moon into Virgo)

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In the Stars September 10-17, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Great Solar Eclipse energy continues to provoke big events. Hurricane Irma is next up, and as of this writing is expected to hit Florida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in history. The past week unfolded its fury and volatility, powered by the Full Moon in Pisces at mid-week, conjunct Neptune. Pisces is a mutable water sign, ruled by the Neptune. The symbolism in this Full Moon was strongly linked to excessive water issues, so the hurricane parade is not surprising. Meanwhile, there are large, intense fires near Portland and in the Montana-Wyoming area, the latter so vast that smoke has carried across the middle third of the upper United States. Ethiopia is in the midst of the worst drought in history. The powerful elements of Water, Wind, Fire, and Earth are raging out of control in many spots in the world. Political chaos continues with President Trump’s announcement of the shut-down of DACA, and the volatility of North Korea.

Saturn and Mercury are now direct, though Mercury is in its shadow phase until September 19, still operating somewhat like a retrograde Mercury. So continue to exercise care when making appointments and commitments, and be understanding with mix-ups. The Sun continues in practical Earth sign Virgo, joined by Mercury (exalted in Virgo) and Mars. This strong dose of Virgo energy enables us to handle the extreme weather patterns and emotional volatility. It is available to help us plan and organize, and take care of business. The week ahead is graced by a Venus-Saturn trine and a Venus-Jupiter trine, aspects that can help us make good choices and good decisions. There may be a few nice surprises in the coming week, rewarding our efforts.

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Sunday, the Taurus Moon eases us into a golden day. The Moon joins Pallas Athena and forms a Grand Trine with the Sun and Pluto, a powerful combination. In the face of any challenge, we will feel capable and confident; and we can manage life well. Celebrate this day by treating your senses to delicious food, inspiring music, sweet smells, and beauty, and touch someone you love.

Expect a slow, undefined start on Monday morning, as the Moon is Void of Course until 12:20 p.m. PDT. Hopefully you haven’t scheduled any Monday morning meetings of consequence. Attend to routine tasks until the Moon moves into Gemini at 12:29 p.m. PDT. Then it is time to connect, make calls, and answer email. Lunar squares to Mercury and Mars make for a restless, unsettling afternoon and evening. When the Moon is in Gemini, you may as well be doing several things at once and allow for a few distractions, as will be our natural tendency.

The Gemini Moon stirs our curiosity from Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon. These are chatty, congenial days, when conversation with almost anyone comes easy. These days are colored with an exact benefic trine between Venus and Saturn. This symbolism helps us attend to financial business. It may be time to re-balance accounts, or carefully consider a purchase. It could be a good time to buy a car or make another big purchase or investment. This fire trine linking the planets of love and commitment creates good energy for re-negotiating relationships and renewing commitments.

Wednesday morning’s benefic lunar aspects to Jupiter and Venus add optimism and sweetness. However, a Sun-Saturn square sets boundaries and keeps us accountable. Wednesday also has a VoC Moon from 11:35 a.m. to 3:12 p.m. PDT, so focus on routine tasks during that time, rather than meetings or connections that will not be likely to produce good results. At 3:12 p.m. the Moon slips into Cancer, the zodiac sign that symbolizes home and family. Cook some comfort food for dinner and cozy up in conversation with those near and dear.

Thursday is buoyed by a number of benefic aspects, making for a splendid day full of vision and possibility [Venus conjunct North Node and trine Eris; Moon trine Neptune and sextile Mars]. The Moon opposes Pluto, which could generate some emotional volatility, but could also provoke action and empower you to take big leaps forward with your aims and goals.

Friday’s offerings are mixed. A Venus-Jupiter sextile encourages positive outcomes. However, a Moon-Uranus square may deliver some surprises and emotional drama. Another 4-hour Void Moon period emerges from 2:23 p.m. through 6:09 p.m. PDT. You may as well wind down your work week early; do not try to get too much accomplished in this window. Get ready to shift into a fun weekend. The Moon arrives in sunny Leo at 6:09 p.m., and then it is time to party! Do something unusual (in the light of the Moon-Uranus square) and have a vibrant, fun evening.

Saturday and Sunday the Moon remains in Leo, highlighting children, play, and creativity. On Saturday, Mercury conjuncts Mars in Virgo, with the Sun shining in Virgo as well. This all brings practical mental energy for detailed planning and organizing. Plan an adventure or a home improvement project, and be sure to make the work fun. We are in the transitional part of the year, as we shift from summer to fall, from mutable/changeable Virgo to cardinal/action-oriented Libra. In a few days around September 22, The Autumn Equinox starts a new three-month season. This weekend holds good planning energy for three months ahead.

Amazing things could happen on this golden Sunday. Benefic aspects abound, including a Venus-Uranus trine. The Moon joins Venus, and makes good aspects to Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus. With all this generous, positive energy, grounded by the Sun, Mars, and Mercury in get-it-done Virgo, this day could be awesome. Try something new, keep it fun and creative, and expect at least one sweet surprise.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Golden Day! Powerful Grand Earth Trine! Celebrate your senses.

Monday: Slow start with Moon VoC until 12:20 p.m. PDT. Then the Gemini Moon fosters connection and conversation.

Tuesday: Chatty, congenial, curious day. Rebalance finances or relationships.

Wednesday: Focus on routine tasks while Moon is VoC 11:35 a.m.-3:12 p.m. Cook some comfort food for dinner and cozy up with family for the evening.

Thursday: Splendid day full of vision and possibility, though perhaps emotionally challenging.

Friday: Mixed planetary offerings with probable positive outcomes. Moon VoC 2:23 p.m.-6:09 PM. Then let the good times roll!

Saturday: Good day for planning and organizing, but make it fun.

Sunday: Another golden Sunday! Wonderful, perhaps amazing things could happen.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

Ten Things to Do While Venus is in Leo (August 26-September 20)

  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. Open your heart and 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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 11:35 AM-3:12 PM (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15: 2:23 PM-6:09 PM (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 PM-9:52 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 PM through Wednesday, September 20 at 3:06 AM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 6:04 AM-10:40 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24: 0:33 AM-9:01 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, September 27: 4:08 a.m.-9:24 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, September 29: 5:14 p.m.-9:40 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

GMT:

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 18:35-22:12 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15 at 21:23 through Saturday, September 16 at 1:09 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, September 20: 5:30-10:06 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 13:04 AM-17:40 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24 at 7:33 through Monday, September 25 at 4:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, September 27: 11:08-16:24 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 29: 0:14-4:40 (Moon into Aquarius)

 

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In the Stars September 3-10, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

The Great Solar Eclipse certainly stirred up an intense Hurricane Harvey over a huge area of Southeast Texas and more, revisiting to make double the trouble. Now, Hurricane Irma is coming along close behind to punctuate the Power of Water and Wind. Political chaos in the United States continues. The coming week unfolds with volatility, a Full Moon in Pisces at mid-week, conjunct Neptune. Pisces is a water sign, ruled by the Neptune. The symbolism in this Full Moon is strongly linked to excessive water issues, so the hurricane parade is not surprising. Thankfully, there is a lot of powerful, grounded energy to help people manage the problems.

Saturn has just turned direct in motion, and Mercury will be direct on Tuesday, leaving five other planets retrograde: Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, and Juno. Mercury will be in its shadow phase until September 19, still operating somewhat like a retrograde Mercury, so there is still time for review, reconsideration, and re-working.

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Sunday is framed for friendship. The Aquarius Moon calls for freedom and independence, and for new thoughts and ideas. Mercury and Mars are conjunct, and in a benefic trine to Uranus: This complex facilitates energized conversations that may result in brilliant ideas. This is the theme of the week ahead, though diminishing in effect as the week progresses. The Mars-Uranus trine is like a jolt of triple-shot espresso on your life. If you have been thinking about starting an exercise regime, giving up a bad habit, or starting a big project, this is a great week to do it. Give this week the works!

Monday, Labor Day, bustles with cosmic activity–mostly positive–and the power of the super-charged Mars-Uranus trine described above. Use the potential of this powerful energy to make things happen. Don’t waste it all on a holiday barbeque. Mercury is slowing down before it turns direct tomorrow, so be patient with mix-ups. Take this last opportunity to re-think plans and projects.

Tuesday sports two important shifts: Mars ingresses into Virgo tropically, and Mercury turns direct. Mars in Virgo is a determined, precise, focused energy. Those with Mars in Virgo are on top of their game; the rest of us can get a boost of that efficient, grounded energy through October 23. Mars-in-Virgo combined with the Sun-in-Virgo, and the Mars-Uranus trine this week is a capable and driven bundle of possibility. Seemingly impossible jobs can be accomplished efficiently.

The Full Moon in Pisces occurs just after midnight Wednesday on the West Coast, lighting the skies and our lives. The Full Moon is a good time of the month for events and connections, as we get the greatest illumination from the heavens. Yet this Full Moon is conjunct Neptune, which can add confusion and cloud our perceptions. It is also a magical, imaginative energy that can open our hearts. Consider how you could help ease the suffering of hurricane victims through contributions and prayers.

Also on Wednesday, Pallas Athena, the asteroid symbolizing strategy, arts, and culture, is exactly trine the Sun. This amplifies our ability to solve problems, creatively. The Moon is Void of Course at 1:29 p.m. PDT for the rest of the day. Kick back, relax and enjoy a mystical evening in another night of Full Moon light. It is a good night to watch a magical movie.

Bounce out of bed early and get going Thursday morning. The cardinal fire Aries Moon signals a time for action. Friday is an testy, perhaps stressful day, as the Moon highlights the powerful energy of the Pluto-Jupiter-Uranus T-square. However, there is also a benefic Grand Trine between Pluto, the Sun, and Pallas Athena. There is a great potential in all this energy—potential for movement and breakthrough. There may also be challenges and volatility. Keep moving and step into your positive potential.

Although we may awake abruptly on Saturday (jolted by the Moon’s conjunction with Uranus), a few hours later the Moon moves into its sign of exaltation, Taurus, where it is content to slow down and enjoy the sensual pleasures of life. Steady, practical, grounded approaches are fueled by the Sun-Mars trine in earth signs. Mercury enters Virgo, its sign of exaltation. With two planets in their earth signs of exaltation, the day is graced with sensibility and the ability to handle almost anything!

Sunday the Taurus Moon eases us into a golden day. The Moon joins Pallas Athena and forms a Grand Trine with the Sun and Pluto, a powerful combination. In the face of any challenge, we will feel capable and confident, and can manage life well. Celebrate this day by treating your senses to delicious food, inspiring music, sweet smells, and beauty, and touch someone you love.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: A day for friendship and conversation. Consider other points of view.

Monday: Bustling, powerful day. Make things happen!

Tuesday: Mercury turns direct and Mars enters Virgo. Seemingly impossible jobs can be accomplished. Full Moon just after midnight PDT.

Wednesday: Creative problem solving possible. Moon VoC at 1:29 p.m., so after that take it easy in the light of the Full Moon (at 12:03 a.m. PDT Wednesday). Good night to watch a movie.

Thursday: Bounce out of bed early and get going! Make it an awesome day!

Friday: Edgy, perhaps stressful day, but one ripe for breakthrough and progress.

Saturday: Day graced with beauty and the ability to handle almost anything.

Sunday: Golden Day! Powerful Grand Earth Trine! Celebrate your senses.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

Ten Things to Do While Venus is in Leo (August 26-September 20)

  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. Open your heart and 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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 11:35 AM-3:12 PM (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15: 2:23 PM-6:09 PM (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 PM-9:52 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 PM through Wednesday, September 20 at 3:06 AM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 6:04 AM-10:40 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24: 0:33 AM-9:01 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT:

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 18:35-22:12 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15 at 21:23 through Saturday, September 16 at 1:09 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, September 20: 5:30-10:06 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 13:04 AM-17:40 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24 at 7:33 through Monday, September 25 at 4:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)

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In the Stars August 27-September 3, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

My experience of the Great Solar Eclipse was glorious! I was at the Yamhill Winery in McMinnville, Oregon, near the highest latitude of totality. There were no clouds in the Oregon sky. We had brunch on a beautiful hillside surrounded by lush vineyards. We were able to behold the eclipse without glasses during totality. I felt grateful for a superb experience of this cosmic event.

The Solar Eclipse triggered some intense geological and atmospheric events: Hurricane Harvey in South Texas, Typhoon Hato in China near Hong Kong, and several volcanoes, including Popocatepetl in Mexico and Poas in Costa Rica. Politically, the Solar Eclipse and the Saturn station undoubtedly had some influence on the chaotic “unmerry-go-round” in the US executive branch continued with the removals of Steve Bannon and later Sebastian Gorka, mounting tensions between Trump and McConnell, scorching denunciations (and tweety recriminations) of Trump from several Republican senators and ex-senators, and demonstrations around the country. In four hours on Friday with Hurricane Harvey about to wreck the lives of 15 million citizens, Trump issued a transgender ban in the US military, pardoned medieval Sheriff Arpaio who had been convicted of federal civil rights violations, and fired Gorka.

Saturn has just turned direct in motion, but Mercury continues retrograde until September 6, along with five other planets: Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, and Juno. During the time that Mercury is retrograde there are often mechanical failures, and mistakes in written and spoken communication. Check twice for appointment times, agreements, and accuracy of communication. Be patient and understanding about errors and mix-ups. This Mercury retrograde cycle is made for review, re-considering, re-negotiating, and re-working.

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Sunday’s big cosmic event is a Jupiter/Saturn sextile, urging us to do the practical work to manifest our goals. This aspect bridges the tension between expansion and contraction. The Moon is in Scorpio on Sunday, stirring our emotions. We want to draw inward when the Moon is in Scorpio, and dive deep. Mars is conjunct the North Node, a combustible aspect. Put the volatile energy to work by getting vigorous exercise. Watch an intense movie, or go to an evocative concert. I will attend a grand San Francisco concert featuring gospel-soul singer Mavis Staples, music sure to feed the desires of the Scorpio Moon. Get things organized Sunday evening for Monday and the week, including deciding on what you will wear, as the Moon is Void of Course Monday morning, and getting out the door will not come easy.

Expect a slow start to the work week Monday morning. The void Moon that begins in thewee hours does not end until 12:48 p.m. PDT. This is not a time for meetings, appointments, or tasks that call for decisions. Energies start to get focused on goals as the Moon emerges into Sagittarius tropically when the VoC Moon passes. Later, a sweet, benefic Moon-Venus trine gives a beautiful, joyful evening.

Tuesday, August 29 (my birthday), is graced by the gregarious optimism of the upbeat Sagittarius Moon. However, we may feel some discontent as a result of a couple of hard aspects. Keep your eye on the prize; don’t give in to doubts! Sagittarius loves to move, especially the thighs, so hike, run, or climb stairs.

The exuberance and optimism fostered by the Sagittarius Moon are reigned in Wednesday morning when the Moon conjoins Saturn, an aspect good for work and sensible, measured decisions. This sound start to the day is amplified and energized by benefic aspects to the Moon from Jupiter, Mars, and Uranus. With the day’s mix, a lot of things can be accomplished, and results may be better than usual.

Work is the theme for Thursday through Saturday morning, supported by the Cardinal Earth Capricorn Moon, whose job is to get things accomplished. The Capricorn Moon combines with the task-oriented Virgo Sun to make these days supercharged for accomplishment. Mercury moves into playful Leo to lighten our minds and add some fun. Friday the Moon conjuncts Pluto and shines its light on the powerful Jupiter-Pluto square. This could result in big challenges…or provide the energy to push through tasks and realize big accomplishments.

After all the work you will have completed over the past two days, go easy Saturday morning while the Moon is Void of Course (9:30 a.m. to 1:06 p.m. PDT). When the Moon is VoC it is a good time to putter in the garden, take care of routine tasks at home, or read a book. Shopping for the holiday weekend is best delayed until mid-afternoon. The day may be full of surprises and big leaps [Mars trine Uranus]. Open up to new possibilities in the afternoon and evening.

Sunday is framed for friendship. The Aquarius Moon calls for freedom and independence, new thoughts and ideas. Gather with an interesting mixture of friends and family on this Labor Day weekend Sunday. What can you learn from surprising conversations and different points of view?

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

Ten Things to Do While Venus is in Leo (August 26-September 20)

  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. Open your heart and be generous.
  9. Update your wardrobe with bright colors.
  10. Enjoy a picnic that includes children, games, and fun!

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Take stock of the days’ tension between expansion and contraction; make a plan for manifesting a dream.

Monday: Moon VoC 2:38 AM-12:48 PM PDT. Slow, perhaps confusing start to the day, and then things pick up. Brilliant, buoyant evening.

Tuesday: Optimistic, upbeat day! Get some exercise, especially for your legs.

Wednesday: A lot can be accomplished, with good results.

Thursday: Supercharged day for getting a lot accomplished.

Friday: Another powerful day for big accomplishments.

Saturday: After a lazy morning with Moon VoC, surprises and big leaps are possible.

Sunday: A day for friendship and conversation. Consider other points of view.

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:

Monday, August 28: 2:38 a.m-12:48 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, August 30 at 9:42 p.m. through Thursday, August 31 at 1:18 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 9:30 a.m.-1:06 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 p.m.-10:28 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 p.m. through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 a.m.-9:23 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 p.m. through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 11:35 AM-3:12 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15: 2:23 p.m.-6:09 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 p.m.-9:52 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 p.m. through Wednesday, September 20 at 3:06 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 6:04 a.m.-10:40 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24: 0:33 a.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT:

Monday, August 28: 9:38-19:48 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 30 at 4:42-8:18 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 16:30-20:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 18:35-22:12 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15 at 21:23 through Saturday, September 16 at 1:09 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, September 20: 5:30-10:06 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, September 22: 13:04 AM-17:40 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, September 24 at 7:33 through Monday, September 25 at 4:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)

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In the Stars August 20-27, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: The Great Solar Eclipse

The Great Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 28: 52 Leo is the big event this week. The planetary energy is extremely unusual and potentially volatile, especially with Mars in the mix with the eclipse. Keep things easy and go slowly and carefully. Be patient and kind in your encounters. There are numerous planets in retrograde motion: Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, Saturn, Juno, and Mercury. The retrograde energy is turned inward and not so easily expressed. The great eclipse calls us to ask how we can shine our light in the world brighter. The eclipse path cuts the United States in half between South and North. The shadows of racism are being illuminated. There is a movement to take down the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hate groups embedded primarily in the South are rising up. We are being called to stand up for racial justice and equality. At the same time the movie “Step” has just released and is being promoted. This is an inspiring, heartwarming movie about the first graduating class of a Baltimore black women’s charter school who wins a STEP competition and all earn college placements. Take the time to see it over the coming week. Leo symbolizes children and creative self-expression. Make a donation of time or money to a project that supports children. Play music or write a poem. See five ways to invoke the energies of this eclipse, at the bottom of this post. Make a point of expressing your creativity and generosity.

Mercury continues retrograde, along with the six other planets listed above,  and will be in reverse motion until September 5. During this time there are often mechanical failures, and mistakes in written and spoken communication. Check twice for appointment times, agreements, and accuracy of communication. Be patient and understanding about errors and mix-ups. This Mercury retrograde cycle is made for review, re-considering, re-negotiating, and re-working. Saturn turns the tide on Friday when it turns direct.

Sunday is glorious, with numerous benefic aspects and planetary combinations encouraging vision, action, expansion, and breakthrough. All the ingredients are available to balance expansion and contraction, and measure and risk. This is the day before the Great Eclipse, and the planets are aligned to support a bold vision and an innovative expression. If you haven’t already pondered the intentions you want to set for the Solar Eclipse, do it today. The day’s most powerful aspects are Mars-sextile-Jupiter and Sun-trine-Uranus, alignments that promote expansion and breakthrough.

Monday—the day of the Great Solar Eclipse arrives! The potential of this eclipse is that we can break old patterns and let go of old issues that have been keeping us stuck. However, this is a volatile day. Go slowly. Be calm. Allow things to settle before moving forward. Shortly after the eclipse the Moon moves into Virgo tropically, giving more grounding.

The Sun enters Virgo tropically on Tuesday; joining the Moon in this mutable Earth sign it will be a solid day for a new start. Virgo symbolizes efficiency and orientation to tasks that need to be done. Lean in, get organized, and get to work. Mars makes a benefic trine to Saturn, giving the fuel to make great strides and get a lot accomplished. On the other hand, Neptune opposed to the Moon midday slows us down and makes us a bit dreamy. The Moon is conjunct the asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth, and these make a benefic trine to Pluto—a powerful combination capable of moving a lot of good things forward. All together Tuesday’s alignments support big accomplishments. You can translate some of the vision and intention of the eclipse into action.  

Wednesday’s continuing Virgo Moon supports an efficient, well-organized morning to get things accomplished. Then, from 1:02 PM-6:05 PM PDT the Moon is Void of Course, a time to pause and attend to routine matters of little consequence. Don’t waste your time on meetings or anything requiring decisions. At 6:05 PM PDT the Moon moves into lovely Libra, the sign that symbolizes relationships, and charm and grace. In the glow of a benefic Libra Moon-Leo Venus sextile, the stage is set for a beautiful evening. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at a well-appointed table with your beloved, your family, or dear friends.

Breaking free and expressing our individuality are Thursday’s themes [Venus square Uranus]. In contrast, the harmonious Libra Moon calls us to relationship. Try something new flavors of pleasure.

At last, Saturn stations on Friday at 21:10 Sagittarius, turning direct in motion after being retrograde for five months. Now there’s a green light for projects that have been in suspension for several months. Friday is a cosmically packed day with numerous aspects, mostly positive. The evening may deliver a few surprises as a result of the Moon-Uranus opposition. Venus enters Leo—let’s get the party started!

The weekend turns somber Saturday and Sunday with the Moon in Scorpio. We want to draw inward when the Moon is in Scorpio. Mars is conjunct the North Node, a volatile aspect. Put the volatile energy to work, and get some vigorous exercise. Watch a thriller or a deep, ponderous movie.

Sunday’s theme is the tension between expansion and contraction, highlighted by the exact square to Jupiter. We can ground our visions, and manifest our dreams. Look back on this pivotal week and take stock. As summer turns into fall, consider how you will turn your life with the seasonal change.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

The Week in Short:

Sunday: The day before the Great Solar Eclipse: Set intentions to take a big, bold evolutionary step forward.

Monday: The Great Solar Eclipse! Express positive energy, but go slow and easy.

Tuesday: Get organized and get moving! A lot can be accomplished!

Wednesday: A lot can be accomplished in the morning. Moon VoC 1:02 Pm-6:05 PM PDT.

Thursday: Try some new forms of fun.

Friday: Saturn turns direct! Cosmically packed day. Enjoy a fun evening!

Saturday: Draw inward. Emotions run deep.

Sunday: Take stock of the days’ tension between expansion and contraction; make a plan for manifesting a dream.

Five Things to Do to Invoke the Energy of the Eclipse in the 5th Sign of the Zodiac-Leo:

  1. Make a donation to a project or organization that supports children.
  2. Reach out to help a child in need. Could you commit to being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for a Child), foster parent, mentor, or school helper in your community? Imagine if each of us did something in this realm what a better place our world would be for our youth and children.
  3. Express your creative talent. If there is a hidden talent that hasn’t been expressed for a while, now is the time to re-activate it. Otherwise, try something new: take an art class or learn a musical instrument.
  4. Be courageous and bold! Express your strongest convictions!
  5. Claim your inner child. Make a list of 20 fun things you love to do, and do some of them. And smile!

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Cancer (July 31-August 26)

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 out your 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; write about something stirring your emotions, whether joyful or sad.
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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, August 21: 11:30 AM-1:25 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 1:02 PM-6:05 PM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, August 25 at 10:39 PM through Saturday, August 26 at 1:53 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 2:38 AM-12:48 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, August 30 at 9:42 PM through Thursday, August 31 at 1:18 AM (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 9:30 AM-1:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 11:35 AM-3:12 PM (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15: 2:23 PM-6:09 PM (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, September 17: 5:55 PM-9:52 PM (Moon into Virgo)

GMT:

Monday, August 21: 18:30-20:25 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 20:02 through Thursday, August 24 at 1:05 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, August 26: 5:39-8:53 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 9:38 AM-19:48 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 30 at 4:42-8:18 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 16:30-20:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, September 13: 18:35-22:12 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, September 15 at 21:23 through Saturday, September 16 at 1:09 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, September 18: 0:55-4:52 (Moon into Virgo)

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In the Stars August 13-20, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Great Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 28: 52 Leo is coming; the partial Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is a few days past. This is a potent week astrally, so tune in and make the most of it. The Leo/Aquarius axis is about the individual self (Leo) and the global community (Aquarius). How can you shine your light in the world more brightly? Leo symbolizes children and creative self-expression. Make a donation of time or money to a project that supports children. Play music or write a poem. I think this Great Eclipse energy calls for us to express ourselves to the max, in positive, generative ways. See five ways to invoke the energies of this eclipse, at the bottom of this post. Besides, doing good works and expressing our creativity will take our minds off the troubling, volatile energies in the world that are also attendant to the coming eclipse.

This blog approaches all astral energies from the only productive path: that we as individuals benefit from prior knowledge of alignments and transits to come. However, events attendant to a major, total solar eclipse can have huge consequences across the world. The last total solar eclipse that spanned the entire North American continent was in 1776.  It took almost exactly 200 years after that for the West European nations to relinquish all their colonies, when Portugal finally granted independence to its four African colonies in the mid-1970s. We hope any world events to come the next few weeks are not destructive.

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Mercury has just turned retrograde and will be in reverse motion until September 5. During this time there are often mechanical failures, and mistakes in written and spoken communication. Check twice for appointment times, agreements, and accuracy of communication. Be patient and understanding about errors and mix-ups. This Mercury retrograde cycle is made for review, re-considering, re-negotiating, and re-working.

The exalted Moon in Taurus makes for a beautiful, grounded Sunday. Energy for sound decisions and good progress on work comes from the Sun’s benefic trine to Saturn. We can get a lot accomplished, though the Taurus Moon likes to plod along in an unhurried manner. Take time for mindless pleasures or pampering while you work on projects. Finish the weekend with a sumptuous, pleasing Sunday evening dinner with good conversation.

Monday is an active planetary day with simultaneous uplifting and challenging aspects. Head to the gym early in the morning to put the stubborn Moon-Mars square to good use gearing up your metabolism and strengthening your muscles. If you don’t use this energy to benefit your body, you may bump up against some power struggles and obstacles. The forces of the morning’s lunar trine to Pluto provide the fuel to triumph.

Tuesday’s challenges revolve around issues with relationships and finances [Venus opposition Pluto]. Tune in to what is out of balance, and address the issues. The Gemini Moon encourages conversations, which may be just the medicine needed to address both relationship and financial challenges.

Another dualistic planetary day arrives Wednesday with equal positive and negative aspects. We will feel pressure, but also inspiration and optimism. The last aspect of the day may be the defining energy–Venus-square-Jupiter–delivering optimism, hope, and generativity.

Getting our act together Thursday morning will be slow and meandering, as the Moon is Void of Course until 9:13 a.m. PDT. Then, the Moon moves into its high-functioning ruling sign, Cancer. Thursday is Jupiter’s Day [Jueves], one for spiritual pursuits, philanthropy, and expansive activities. Benefic aspects to the Sun and Uranus make this a day for exploration. Try a new recipe or restaurant (Cancer Moon loves to cook). Be more compassionate and generous, and be willing to experiment.

Friday is yet another torrent of cosmic activity. Events with big consequences are possible. The Cancer Moon conjuncts Venus, amplifying the energy for home and family, and this sweet combo shines its light on the powerful Pluto-Jupiter square. The Moon is dark, just a few days before the New Moon Solar Eclipse. When the Moon is dark we want to draw inward. It is important to go slow and stay grounded, as this is a particularly potent weekend just before the Solar Eclipse.

Saturday gets off to a slow start due to a Void of Course Moon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and read the newspaper. There may be some surprising events in a newsy read, given the potential of the upcoming eclipse. At 10:56 AM PDT the Moon moves into playful and creative Leo. Enjoy the day and make it fun.

Sunday is glorious, with numerous benefic aspects and planetary combinations encouraging vision, action, expansion, and breakthrough. All the ingredients are available to balance expansion and contraction, and measure and risk. This is the day before the Great Eclipse, and the planets could not be better aligned to support a bold vision and an innovative expression. If you haven’t already pondered the intentions you want to set for the Solar Eclipse, do it today. The cosmos supports you to take an evolutionary leap forward. The day’s most powerful aspects are Mars-sextile-Jupiter and Sun-trine-Uranus.

The potential of this eclipse is that we can break old patterns and let go of old issues that have been keeping us stuck. However, this is a volatile time. Go slowly. Be calm. Allow things to settle before moving forward.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Beautiful, grounded, easy day. A lot can be accomplished.

Monday: Active planetary day. Exercise, and use the fuel to meet the challenges of the day.

Tuesday: Employ conversation to address relationship and financial issues.

Wednesday: Active day packed with blessings and challenges. Make the day count with generous acts of kindness, and generative conversations.

Thursday: After a slow start, things get moving. Be expansive, generous, and experimental.

Friday: Very active day. Big happenings are possible. However, the dark Moon calls for withdrawal and solitude.

Saturday: Another slow, leisurely start to the day. After 10:56 AM PDT take at least one creative, evolutionary step forward.

Sunday: The day before the Great Solar Eclipse: Set intentions to take a big, bold evolutionary step forward.

Five Things to Do to Invoke the Energy of the Eclipse in the 5th Sign of the Zodiac-Leo:

  1. Make a donation to a project or organization that supports children.
  2. Reach out to help a child in need. Could you commit to being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for a Child), foster parent, mentor, or school helper in your community? Imagine if each of us did something in this realm what a better place our world would be for our youth and children.
  3. Express your creative talent. If there is a hidden talent that hasn’t been expressed for a while, now is the time to re-activate it. Otherwise, try something new: take an art class or learn a musical instrument.
  4. Be courageous and bold! Express your strongest convictions!
  5. Claim your inner child. Make a list of 20 fun things you love to do, and do some of them. And smile!

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Cancer (July 31-August 26)

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 out your 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; write about something stirring your emotions, whether joyful or sad.
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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

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)

Monday, August 21: 11:30 AM-1:25 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 1:02 PM-6:05 PM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, August 25 at 10:39 PM through Saturday, August 26 at 1:53 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 2:38 AM-12:48 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, August 30 at 9:42 PM through Thursday, August 31 at 1:18 AM (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 9:30 AM-1:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

GMT:

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)

Monday, August 21: 18:30-20:25 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 20:02 through Thursday, August 24 at 1:05 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, August 26: 5:39-8:53 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 9:38 AM-19:48 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 30 at 4:42-8:18 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 16:30-20:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

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In the Stars August 6-13, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

This week’s big event is the Partial Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Monday, August 7, at 15:25 Aquarius./Leo. Note where 12-18 degrees of Fixed Signs are in your horoscope (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Virgo); this eclipse may influence that area of your life. The Leo/Aquarius axis is about the individual self (Leo) and the global community (Aquarius). How you can you shine your light brighter in the world? Make a donation of time or money to a community project, particularly one that supports children. (I’m filling school kits for children in Syria and Bangladesh, a project sponsored by our local Global Heart fair trade store).

Following the Lunar Eclipse this week is the Total Solar Eclipse Monday, August 21, at 28:53 Leo. This eclipse will traverse the United States from Newport, Oregon through Charleston, South Carolina. Perhaps you have already experienced some of the power of this eclipse, as the effects can show up a few months before or after the actual event. There are a lot of tensions in the world, and the eclipse could trigger some defining events. The next few weeks promise to be eventful. Light comes before darkness, and then light will follow the darkness, both astronomically and metaphorically. Perhaps there are, or will be, endings and opportunities for new beginnings in your own life. Take a leap forward with juicy projects and dreams. Think about courageous, creative commitments that you will make at the Solar Eclipse on August 21.

Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday, August 12, so complete contracts, travel plans, and project details early in the week. Soon it will be time to pause, and reflect, review, and revise.

Friendships are highlighted on Sunday. The Moon is in Aquarius, symbolizing humanitarian concerns. Make a donation to a favorite social cause about which you feel passionate. Take an active step to reach out and help someone.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is at 11:11 AM PDT Monday, starting the week with this potent energy. Mars is close to the Sun, adding more fiery heat to this eclipse. We will have greater courage and resolve to make a difference. See the new documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” You will be fired up to take action.

Tuesday glows in the light of last night’s Full Moon. A sparkling Moon-Uranus sextile at 12:07 PM PDT ushers in a brief Void of Course Moon period until 2:56 PM PDT when the Moon then drifts into soft and dreamy Pisces. The first half of the day is fiery and bright, and the day finishes sweet and soft.

Compassion, caring, and inspiration abound on Wednesday through the Pisces Moon that trines Venus and conjuncts Neptune.

The Moon is Void of Course in Pisces early all day on Thursday, from 6:38 AM to 10:22 PM. This is a day to focus on insignificant routine tasks such as filing and clean-up. Don’t waste your time on meetings or appointments or anything requiring decisions, including shopping.

Friday is bold, uplifting, and visionary. The Aries Moon wants to bolt out of bed early and get going. Mercury conjuncts the asteroid Vesta, the hard-working goddess of the hearth; this combo focuses the mind on practical solutions. A Ceres-Venus conjunction that trines Neptune strengthens emotional connections, uplifts us, and softens boundaries.

Saturday is a complex day packed with planetary activity, including an uplifting Grand Fire Trine (Sun in Leo, Moon and Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius). In contrast to this benefic Grand Trine, the Moon forms a tense T-square pattern with Pluto and Jupiter. This is an active day with promise for great accomplishments. Mercury turns retrograde for three weeks until September 5.

The exalted Moon in Taurus makes for a beautiful, grounded Sunday. The Sun makes a benefic trine to Saturn, giving energy for sound decisions and good progress on work. We can get a lot accomplished, though the Taurus Moon likes to plod along in an unhurried manner. Pamper yourself, and take time to smell the roses while you work on projects. Finish the weekend with a sumptuous, pleasing Sunday evening dinner with good conversation.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

The Week in Short:

Sunday: A day for friendship. Make a donation to a worthy cause.

Monday: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse; Shine your light brighter in the world.

Tuesday: Morning is fiery and bright. Moon VoC from 12:07-2:56 PM. Evening is sweet and soft.

Wednesday: Inspiration and compassion abound.

Thursday: Moon VoC all day. Focus on routine tasks.

Friday: Bold, uplifting, visionary day.

Saturday: Acitve day with a Grand Fire Trine. Mercury turns retrograde.

Sunday: Beautiful, grounded, easy day. A lot can be accomplished.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Cancer (July 31-August 26)

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 out your 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; write about something stirring your emotions, whether joyful or sad.
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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Tuesday, August 8: 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)

Monday, August 21: 11:30 AM-1:25 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 1:02 PM-6:05 PM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, August 25 at 10:39 PM through Saturday, August 26 at 1:53 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 2:38 AM-12:48 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, August 30 at 9:42 PM through Thursday, August 31 at 1:18 AM (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 9:30 AM-1:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

GMT:

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)

Monday, August 21: 18:30-20:25 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 20:02 through Thursday, August 24 at 1:05 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, August 26: 5:39-8:53 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 9:38 AM-19:48 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 30 at 4:42-8:18 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 16:30-20:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

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In the Stars July 30-August 6, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

The two August eclipses loom before us:  the Partial Lunar Eclipse Monday, August 7, at 15:25 Aquarius, and the Total Solar Eclipse Monday, August 21, at 28:53 Leo that will traverse the United States from Newport, Oregon through Charleston, South Carolina. 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. Since the Total Solar Eclipse path crosses the entire United States, and both eclipses connect strongly with Donald Trump’s horoscope, we will experience events in our national government and leadership, as we have this past week. The next few weeks promise to be eventful. The country is buzzing with excitement about this rare, spectacular astronomical event of the Great Eclipse August 21 whose 70-mile-wide path crosses the country mid-way between the southern and northern latitudes. I will experience the event in Oregon, along with my daughter, whose 28th birthday is that day! As an astrologer I am interested in how we hold this event in our consciousness, and how we make the most of it. Consider where these eclipses fall in your horoscope (15 degrees of Aquarius/Leo and 28-29 degrees of Leo). If they are within 5-6 degrees of a planet in your horoscope their influences will be strong. Perhaps there are, or will be, endings and opportunities for new beginnings in your own life. Take a leap forward with juicy projects and dreams. Be more generative and more generous, and allow your inner light to shine brighter. Think about courageous, creative commitments that you will make at the Solar Eclipse on August 21.

Mercury turns retrograde on August 12, so complete contracts, travel plans, and project details now. Soon it will be time to pause and reflect, review, and revise.

Sunday, and in effect for a couple of days after, a Venus-Uranus sextile could deliver a few surprising opportunities such as contacts with interesting people. Do what you love to do. The Moon moves is in the deep waters of Scorpio Sunday through Monday. Draw inward and take some time for reflection. The end of the weekend is softened by a dreamy Moon-Neptune trine Sunday evening. It is a good night for Sonoma State’s Weill Music Center’s annual free community symphony concert, where I will be with my husband, meeting with good friends for a picnic and stimulating conversation before the concert at Weill’s state-of-the-art outdoor seating area. A Moon-Neptune connection calls us to a higher, inspired vibration through music, art, or film. If you are not venturing out for a concert, settle in and watch a good movie.

A strong theme this week is the third and last Jupiter-Pluto square, exact on Thursday. This planetary combo exaggerates and expands, and the tense square aspect pushes important matters toward resolution and change. Venus moves into Cancer on Monday where it will be through August 26, adding to the deep emotional tone of the day already set by the Scorpio Moon. Compassion and caring are supported by Venus’ position in the cardinal water sign Cancer through almost the whole month of August.

Bounce ounce out of bed and head to the gym, or take a run or a hike on Tuesday morning. The Moon is in sunny Sagittarius from early Tuesday through Thursday. Adding to the zest for action is a Moon-Mars trine. Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs, and they want to move, so get going!

Wednesday Uranus is stationary and turning retrograde. When a planet is retrograde its energy is strong. Midweek churns with chaos, sudden change, and unusual activities. Wednesday sports dreamy, expansive planetary activity. Stationary Uranus makes a benefic trine to the Sagittarius Moon on Thursday. Expect some amazing, unexpected things to happen.

Friday is all about work. Benefic aspects make it a good Friday to get a lot accomplished. The Jupiter-Pluto square referenced earlier perfects, making it a dynamic day.

The Capricorn Moon shines its light on the Jupiter-Pluto square on Saturday. The day’s energy is powerful, immense, and edgy. It is not a day to sit around and relax—you can do that on Sunday instead. Tackle a big goal or project. The Sun makes a Yod with Neptune and Pluto from Saturday through Tuesday (August 5-9). This is a psychically sensitive aspect. It makes us susceptible to emotional instability, denial, and addictions. We may see more chaotic, de-stabilizing events on the world stage. It would be good to stick to a pure diet, and refrain from alcohol and substances that alter your state of being.

Friendships are highlighted on Sunday. The Moon is in Aquarius, symbolizing humanitarian concerns. Make a donation to a favorite social cause about which you feel passionate. Take an active step to reach out and help someone.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Feelings run deep. Take some quiet time for yourself.

Monday: Feelings run deep. Compassion and caring are the words for the day.

Tuesday: Bounce out of bed early and get moving! Start the day with exercise or a run (at least a walk)!

Wednesday: Uranus turns retrograde. Chaos, change, and head-turning events abound.

Thursday: Expect the unexpected.

Friday: Dynamic day to get a lot accomplished. Focus on work.

Saturday: Tackle a big goal or project. Bold, expansive, powerful energy abounds.

Sunday: A day for friendship. Make a donation to a worthy cause.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Cancer (July 31-August 26)

  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 out your 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; write about something stirring your emotions, whether joyful or sad.
    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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

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)

Monday, August 21: 11:30 AM-1:25 PM (Moon into Virgo)

 

GMT:

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)

 

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In the Stars July 23-30, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

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.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

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)

  1. Go to a library book sale or second-hand store and buy some books that lead you in new directions.
  2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.
  3. Energize your social life. It’s time for conversation and connection.
  4. Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life.
  5. Write letters.
  6. Take short trips to enjoy the beauty in your neighborhood.
  7. Visit a neighborhood art gallery or exhibit.
  8. Host a neighborhood gathering (e.g., a 4th of July BBQ).
  9. Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins.
  10. 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)

GMT:

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)

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In the Stars July 23-30, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

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. 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 something symbolic 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 marks a 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, thinking out-of-the box. While this aspect is exact on Monday, its influence will be present all week. Another exact aspect 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 its ruling sign Virgo on Tuesday. Mercury functions best in Virgo where it is skillful, organized, focused, and attentive to details. It is a good time to 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 a few hours later 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. We may want to 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.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

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)

  1. Go to a library book sale or second-hand store and buy some books that lead you in new directions.
  2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.
  3. Energize your social life. It’s time for conversation and connection.
  4. Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life.
  5. Write letters.
  6. Take short trips to enjoy the beauty in your neighborhood.
  7. Visit a neighborhood art gallery or exhibit.
  8. Host a neighborhood gathering (e.g., a 4th of July BBQ).
  9. Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins.
  10. 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)

GMT:

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)

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