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Preconceived Notions -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., June 22nd - Sun., June 28th, 2015

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

This past week was one of ups and downs. I definitely felt the Chiron station -- I got triggered a couple of times -- and directing compassion and understanding towards myself and others was what helped me get through it. I also had some really wonderful experiences that I attribute to the Neptune station -- beautiful walks in nature, lots of resting and reconnecting to my intuition and inner divinity :-)

This week's headline items: on Tuesday, Mars squares the Solar Eclipse degree from March 20th; Wednesday morning, the first Quarter Moon in Libra becomes exact, while Chiron comes to a halt and Mars changes signs from Gemini to Cancer; on Friday, the Neptune station ends; and on Saturday, Mercury finally moves out of its shadow.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Wednesday very early morning (for a half an hour), Thursday evening (for 18.5 hours), and Sunday evening (for 1.5 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day. It will journey until Wednesday early morning. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all bring emotional satisfaction. 

Health might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), align with our long-term goals.

Monday late morning, along-term harmonious Jupiter/Uranus aspect becomes exact, for the second time this year, at 9:46am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from May 27th on; it will be strong until July 10th. While it lasts, we can bring innovation, courage and our unique spark to everything we do, express and create.

We also yearn for excitement, adventure, and fun -- exciting outdoor activities might appeal. It is much easier now for us to break away from old belief structures. This wish to be independent and "experimental" helps us connect to our creative processes in a new way.

Do you have your Ascendant or personal planets in 16-23 degrees of Leo, Aries or Leo? If so, you will feel more blessed by this aspect.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Sagittarius or Aquarius (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius; Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius).

Tuesday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Monday for details).

Tuesday afternoon, a challenging Mercury/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 2:08pm EDT. This aspect has already been in place for most of May and early June, due to Mercury’s retrograde phase. This time around, we started to feel this aspect build from last Friday on; it will be strong until this Friday. 

This aspect, once again, asks us to stretch ourselves and grow. We may experience a lack of clarity and objectivity. We all have assumptions and preconceived notions about others, the world and life; we are asked to stretch a little around these assumptions. 

We might find it hard to follow directions and instructions at this time. Difficulties concentrating on hard, cold facts are likely; in fact, we may question facts altogether, or avoid getting pinned down on answers. As you can imagine, this is not the best time for signing any contracts. Perceptions can be confused, unrealistic, or too idealistic to carry weight in the real world; conversations may be vague. 

As best as you can, during this time, follow your heart -- and let yourself be guided by your artistic or spiritual side. If you can, put off hard decisions until June 27th… and be compassionate with yourself and others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 7-13 degrees of  Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini and Virgo? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Pisces (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Neptune rules Pisces).

Back on March 20th, a Solar Eclipse occurred in 29 degrees of Pisces: On Tuesday at 2:22pm EDT, Mars (in a late degree of Gemini) squares this same Solar Eclipse degree. Observe how this plays out for you today: What are you looking to let go of? What needs to change? What adjustments or creative solutions might clear the way for you to move forward powerfully with an open heart?

Right after that, a somewhat challenging Mars/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 2:36pm EDT. It will contribute to feeling either a lack of physical energy, or a need to focus on our commitments with others. We started to feel this aspect from Suhnday on; it will be strong until Wednesday. Too much work and too narrow a spectrum of relating could leave us feeling slightly victimized by life right now. 

Make the necessary adjustments as best as you can. We create our own limits; slowing and quieting down helps us see this. If we have a better sense of time, we can do less and achieve more -- and we can do this as soon as we balance our outlook and start to use our judgment less comparatively. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 28+29 degrees of Gemini or Scorpio or0degrees of Cancer or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Capricorn (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Finally, Chiron will come to a halt tomorrow morning (Wednesday). We will most likely be feeling its energy quite strongly between now and Thursday. Wounds from the past, insecurities, feelings of shame or guilt, anything that needs our compassion or understanding… anything calling for a more holistic approach… allowing ourselves to be human… All of these things may be confronting you right now; as best as you can, let it simply be what it is right now ;-) 

Tuesday night/Wednesday very early morning at 1:12am EDT, we enter a half hour Moon void of course (VoC) which lasts until 1:41am EDT. If you are not sleeping at this time, take a break from whatever you are doing and breath deeply into your belly, allowing for all thinking to slow down. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow.

At 1:41am EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Friday afternoon. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
 
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm.

Wednesday morning at 7:03am EDT, the first Quarter Moon becomes exact, in 2.5 degrees of Libra.We start to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon enters Libra on Friday morning. The Moon in relationship-oriented, balance-seekingLibra makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in protective, introvertedCancer

We feel compelled to take action. Last week saw the New Moon, on June 16th. If we began a project or initiative around then, it is probably off the ground by now -- and facing its first obstacles. This is therefore a time to stretch and grow -- and create some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy. As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible and find creative solutions in your day-to-day interactions with others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 0-5 degrees of Libra, Cancer, Aries or Capricorn? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign inLeoorCancer(the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

Wednesday at 7:36am EDT, Chiron comes to a halt at 21.5 degrees of Pisces. As you may recall from last week, Chiron is the wounded healer; in Pisces, it brings our attention towards our emotional and spiritual wounds.This is the beginning of Chiron's 5-month retrograde phase, that lasts until Nov.28th. Until then, we are getting a chance to connect to our wounds and insecurities on a more internal level. 

We may need to put our emotional or spiritual wounds under the magnifying glass; while they are there, take a closer look at how you can bring compassion and understanding to them. What might you discover about those wounds, if you really looked? How could others benefit from your discoveries? 

Do you have your Ascendant, your Career point or any of your personal planets in 19-24 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius? If you do, you will probably feel the effects of this station more than others. 

Wednesday at 9:33am EDT, Mars changes signs from curious, versatile, information-craving Gemini to protective, emotional, safety-oriented Cancer, where it will journey until August 8th. For these next six and a half weeks, protecting and preserving ourselves and our loved ones takes on a higher than usual priority. A sensitivity to the needs and wants of others and an appreciation for their frailties (as well as our own) makes us more cautious and conservative ...we pick our battles with care.

If you have an Aries Sun-sign or Rising-sign, you are going to feel more emotional during this time. You may experience more conflict at home or the need to assert yourself with your loved ones. If you are a Cancer Sun-sign or Rising sign, you will feel quite energized for the next 6.5 weeks. Channeling this energy into physical exercise or a project might be advisable. 

Thursday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Wednesday very early morning for details).

Thursday at 7:22pm EDT, we enter a 18.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC) which lasts until 1:52pm EDT (Friday afternoon). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to express yourself fully and fairly with others, seeking balance and the bigger picture. If possible, plan the evening and the next day ahead of time, or stick to routine tasks. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow.

Friday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra and VoC until 1:57pm EDT (see Wednesday very early morning and Thursday evening for details).

Friday at 1:57pm EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Sunday late evening. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines. 

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time. 

As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to. Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free. Remember: Love connects us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers us and others.

Neptune resumes its normal pace through the sky, although retrograde, ending its station today (Friday). What has come up in the last four weeks around resting, trusting and allowing? How closely are you in touch with your intuition? Now is a good time to do some internal work in this area (until the retrograde phase ends on Nov.18th).

Saturday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Friday afternoon for details).

Mercury leaves it’s shadow today (Saturday very early morning)! Around 12:30am EDT: Mercury is leaving its shadow phase at 13 degrees of Gemini! We are ready to process (and share) brand-new information.As you may recall from earlier blog entries, if you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, it's best to avoid the shadow periods before and after Mercury goes retrograde. 

This is especially true if the items you are thinking about getting are connected to transportation (cars, flight tickets, etc.) or communication (phone, computer, i-pad, etc.) The shadow phase having ended, feel free to buy, sell and book whatever your heart desires! Feel free to also read my blog on the subject ;-)

Sunday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Friday afternoon for details).

Sunday early morning, a somewhat challenging Mercury/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 4:20am EDT. We started feeling this aspect from Saturday on; it will be strong until Monday morning. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice… so we need to develop inner awareness.

Our compulsive side may lead us down a path that evades rational understanding. Our judgments -- of circumstances, ourselves, others -- can be so extreme that we aren't able to make intelligent and consistent progress in our life right now. 

As best as you can, strive to be more trusting and less strict with yourself for these three days. Surrender to whatever you are experiencing right now: It is temporary ;-)
 
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-16 degrees of Gemini or Capricorn? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Scorpio (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Sunday at 9:50pm EDT, we enter a 1.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC) which lasts until 11:21pm EDT. Guide your intuition toward commitments concerning intimate relationships. Connect with loved ones on a deep emotional level: emotional authenticity will be rewarded. As always during VoC, go with the flow, and avoid starting anything brand-new.

Sunday at 11:21pm EDT, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Wednesday early morning. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. The Sagittarius Moon persuades us to come from intuition and think in a broader manner. 

We seek meaning and ideas that expand upon the "here and now". We pursue truth and a new vision -- the big picture, rather than the details. Spontaneity is the key -- we'd rather improvise than plan; this may tip into just "winging it". We could also overdo or overstate.  

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius (see Sunday late evening for details); a harmonious Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 2:26am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Friday of next week. This aspect helps us to embrace all that is new and unusual in romance and finance. We are ready to experiment -- but not to commit. We have an offbeat, pleasant attitude and people are more willing to socialize…more details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,
Sonja

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