In the Stars July 12-19, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Cancer

Last week was hot and volatile, with Mars and Sun conjunct and opposite Pluto. This week Mercury joins Mars and Pluto (Mercury conjunct Mars in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn). The Moon moves over these points exactly on Wednesday to join the Sun in a New Moon. The New Moon is closely square Uranus and opposite Pluto, making this an extremely volatile, explosive week. Nonetheless, these energies can also be channeled into breakthroughs and creativity. The potential for both tragedy and triumph continues in these planetary alignments. The Sun’s energy is already hot, and fiery Pluto and Mars add fuel to the fire. These aspects may trigger stormy weather events and personal interactions. However, of note is the fact that the space probe will fly by Pluto mid-week and take pictures. This is big breakthrough news that aptly symbolizes the creative breakthrough potential of the revolutionary symbolism of the cosmic alignments. Move slowly and carefully this week, and wait until after Wednesday’s New Moon to start anything new.

Sunday and Monday the Moon is in curious Gemini. These are days for curiosity and exploration rather than focus. Take a family road trip Sunday to explore something new. A Sun-Uranus square may deliver surprises. Monday will be a busy day, with numerous aspects in the heavens making for a lot of activity on Earth. A Saturn-Venus square calls us to rein in our expenditures, and perhaps have a serious relationship conversation. Although the Gemini Moon usually fosters a very social energy, you may feel less socially inclined at this time of the Dark Moon when we are closing a cycle in preparation for a new one. Take time out and settle into reading a good book.

On Tuesday, July 14 the space probe launched some years ago is scheduled to fly by Pluto and snap pictures. Mars is moving into an opposition with Pluto, increasing tension. Buckle your seat belt and prepare for tomorrow’s big, bumpy ride.

Wednesday is a potentially extremely volatile day. We should be able to see the photos from Pluto which is breaking news regarding this planet that symbolizes transformation. The Cancer Moon aspects Mars, Pluto, and Uranus (the three most volatile planets) on its way to conjunct the fiery Sun in a New Moon at 23 degrees of Cancer. Mercury, Mars, and the Moon join together in Cancer exactly opposite Pluto. This is a very fiery, overheated emotional combination. We will likely hear news of volatile, explosive incidents, of which there are plenty world-wide already. Big storms and other severe weather events are probable. On a personal level, Wednesday is a day to go very slow and easy. Be determined to steer clear of volatile, challenging or potentially dangerous situations.

Thursday is much more calm, thankfully. A Moon-Saturn trine in the morning helps our grounding. The Moon shines in Leo Thursday through Saturday. Thursday is a great day for a party, and I’ll be honored at a celebration of the successful completion of my work at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Of note, it’s also my 27th wedding anniversary with Ralph.

Friday is a light, playful day. Make it a fun and frolicking Friday. Celebrate new beginnings after the mid-week heat. A lunar trine to Uranus may deliver a delightful surprise.

Saturday starts with an exuberant Moon-Jupiter conjunction. Make it a creative, expansive morning. A lunar square in the afternoon could help us complete some weekend chores, but the Moon is Void-of-Course from 2:41-5:47 PM PDT. In organizing your weekend chores, shop and run errands in the morning, and do yard or house work in the afternoon. Saturday is also this weekend’s day for family fun.

From Saturday evening through Monday, the Moon is in efficient Virgo. Sunday and Monday are days to get organized and get going and power through your “to do” list and tidy your house. Neptune opposes the Moon Sunday mid-day. This calls for some inspiring music while you work. Give attention to beautifying your home and work space.

From a Vedic astrological point of view, utilizing the sidereal zodiac, this week is an important time when Jupiter moves from its exaltation in Cancer into the sign of Leo. The blessings and challenges are explained by Komilla Sutton in her July newsletter (

“There are two important aspects simultaneously. Usually as Jupiter changes signs and moves into the next one – this time is regarded as Pushkara and celebrated thought India as the belief is that all the gods and goddess come down to earth to be with Pushkara – 12 days before the transit to the new sign and 12 days after. All of us are being blessed by the divine presence from the 2 to 25 July 2015. We have to be able to able to recognize our blessings and these are not always in material form but in a more enhanced spiritual quality. Pushkara helps with inner purification and unblocking the secret pathways within.
However, the end of Cancer is also one of the gandanta points in the horoscopes. Gandanta points are between water and fire signs and they represent karmic block that have become fixed within and Jupiter transit over it can release the blocks and help us develop on a higher self. This is a complex point, it can also release toxins or negativity too – but there is a more positive purpose behind it. Generally it has the capacity to raise our consciousness and allow us to let go of long held patterns of behavior and rigid thinking, This year with it being both gandanta and pushkara, the divine blessings of Jupiter and all the Vedic gods is there for us to work on developing spiritually and learning to let go. The best way to do work on these is to keep life simple, take time to meditate and be in contemplation.” (Komilla Sutton, July 2015)

The Week in Short:
Sunday: Energy scattered, yet curious. Take a local trip to explore something new.
Monday: Stay curious and expect surprise and discovery.
Tuesday: Tension increases. Buckle up for tomorrow’s wild ride. Space probe flies by Pluto.
Wednesday: Extremely volatile day. New Moon in Cancer. Be careful, go slow, and stay calm—and be prepared to deal with challenging situations.
Thursday: Grounded, playful day. Good for a party.
Friday: Make it a fun and frolicking Friday.
Saturday: Expansive, creative day for a fun family outing.
Sunday: Give it the works with the efficient Virgo Moon. Put your home and life in order.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Leo (June 5-July 19)
1. Enjoy a 4th of July parade—and a glorious display of fireworks!
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 and 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 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. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re 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 Daylight Time:
Monday, July 13: 8:31-11:14 PM (Moon into Cancer)
Thursday, July 16: 4:24-7:15 AM (Moon into Leo)
Saturday, July 18: 2:41-5:47 PM (Moon into Virgo)
Tuesday, July 21: 3:06-6:23 AM (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, July 23: 11;12 AM-7:07 PM (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, July 26: 2:14-5:24 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, July 28: 6:37-11:47 AM (Moon into Capricorn)
Thursday, July 30: 11:50 AM-2:40 PM (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, August 1: 3:02-3:36 PM (Moon into Pisces)
Monday, August 3: 1:35-4:24 PM (Moon into Aries)
Wednesday, August 5: 4:29-6:29 PM (Moon into Taurus)
Friday, August 7: 9:46-10:40 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, July 14: 3:31-6:14 (Moon into Cancer)
Thursday, July 16: 11:24-14:15 (Moon into Leo)
Saturday, July 18 at 21:41 through Sunday, July 19 at 0:47 (Moon into Virgo)
Tuesday, July 21: 10:06-13:23 (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, July 23: 18;12 through Friday, July 24 at 2:07 (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, July 26: 9:14-12:24 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, July 28: 13:37-18:47 (Moon into Capricorn)
Thursday, July 30: 18:50 AM-21:40 (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, August 1:22:02-22:36 (Moon into Pisces)
Monday, August 3: 20:35-23:24 (Moon into Aries)
Wednesday, August 5 at 23:29 through Thursday, August 6 at 1:29 (Moon into Taurus)
Saturday, August 8: 4:46-5:40 (Moon into Gemini)

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One Response to In the Stars July 12-19, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Cancer

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

    Congratulations, Cathy, on your anniversary with Ralph. I still remember when you were married, as I was in SFO, and I believe I recall a reception I went to at your house. My best wishes to you and Ralph.

    I hope the completion at the job has been a harmonious affair. Best wishes for what you choose to do next in the job’s place. This can be a challenging affair when Pluto is at the MC, as I recall dealing with that. The effects of Pluto never die, it seems.

    Your write-up this week is most helpful. Without it one would wonder, “What in the world IS happening?” Volatility and amazement are happening and continue to poke through peace in most disturbing ways. It is hard to avoid others who wish to be “fiery” and “volatile” even when one makes his best effort to “be positive.”

    Neptune, it seems (which has been a major issue in my life for many years now, as I have Sun, Venus, and Mercury in the 12th house and have been living with Neptune overhead for far too long) will always bring “dissolutions” and the sort of solitude one has when one has tried to escape from “the madding crowd.” As I look back on when I have “ended up” over and over in “my Neptune MC zone,” I have realized that the Neptune zone is where I have always “ended up” after disputes and sad partings with work in institutions and agencies that have been rife with political struggles. One might say, “Well, isn’t this good?” No and yes. No because it leaves one like a monk, hanging on to survive rather than prospering in a “business” sense and Yes, because it does give rest and often “consolation” in the arts and music.

    I just hope the rest of the week does not bring me into too many fiery or volatile situations. I have noticed such around me.

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