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Last week started out a little shaky, but from Wednesday on, things took on a nice relaxing flow... Might have been Mercury moving into Cancer... plus that Neptune/Mars trine... ;-)
This week's headline items: Two planetary stations intensify (Uranus and Venus -- the latter also changes signs). The New Moon in Cancer becomes exact on Wednesday and there will be three 3-hour Moon VoC phases (Monday late evening, Thursday morning, Saturday afternoon).
Monday: the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day. It will journey there until Tuesday very early morning. The Gemini Moon keeps us social and busy. Interactions may take place online, on the phone, or face-to-face with those in our immediate environment. With this Moon placement, we like to multitask and stay engaged with life as much as possible: As long as we don't get bored, we're good.
Monday afternoon, a harmonious Mercury/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 3:14pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday evening on; it will be strong until this Tuesday evening. This aspect supports imaginative thinking and the ability to connect our day-to-day mind with our intuition.
We can easily sense the thoughts and feelings of others, and we are adaptable in our communications, as we pay attention to how our words are received. We have the ability to express ourself with sensitivity at this time. We have an appreciation for photography, the arts, poetry, fiction and spirituality now. We are also more open to metaphysical or spiritual concepts.
Do you have any of your personal planets or Ascendent in 6-13 degrees of Cancer, Pisces or Scorpio? If so, you will be most blessed 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).
Monday in the late evening, a harmonious Sun/Chiron aspect becomes except at 10:53pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday on; it will be strong until this Thursday; It creates a supportive environment for healing our insecurities. We can bring greater awareness to feelings of shame and self-deprecating thoughts. We have the chance to shine, largely because we are projecting ourselves with self-respect and modesty, at the same time.
We have a sense of purpose or "mission”; this brings confidence. The desire to learn and grow through experiences (and through others) is strong. This is also a great time to recognize that our so-called flaws and insecurities have become some of our best assets and strengths. Where is this true for you?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career point (or one or more personal planets) in 18-24 degrees of Cancer, Pisces or Scorpio? If so, you will be most blessed by this aspect.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo (as the Sun rules Leo)
Lastly also on Monday at 11:31pm EDT, we enter an almost 3-hour Moon void of course (VoC) which lasts until 2:14am EDT (Tuesday very early morning). If you are not asleep, use this intuitive time as an opportunity to express yourself fully and communicate with others, seeking balance and fun. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow.
Tuesdayat 2:14am EDT, the Moon moves into protective, introverted Cancer, where it will journey until Thursday late morning. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say to (and about) us, so be kind to yourself and others. Emotional safety is important to us at this time: We like connecting to the familiar, home or family becomes our sanctuary.
Nurture yourself and others, but remember: Make sure your glass is filled before letting others drink from it — otherwise we might start resenting others for draining our energies.
Tuesday very early morning, a challenging Venus/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 2:48am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Tuesday on; because of Venus’s station & retrograde phase, we will feel it until Aug. 10th. This asks us to stretch ourselves and grow beyond who we know ourselves to be in our relationships. We need to face our fears and step up our game.
Responsibilities and commitments to intimate partners could be questioned. As best as you can, find creative ways to be admired by others, without violating any commitments that you made. This is not the best time to start a brand-new, romantic relationship.
In regards to our finances, this aspect brings an eye-opening experience -- as long as we can find brave ways to deal with our money issues, we will grow from this experience. The key: approach things with your heart and maturity.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 26-29 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Taurus or Aquarius, or 0-2 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)
Wednesday: the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer all day (see Tuesday early morning for more details).
Wednesday late morning, a Mars/Pluto opposition becomes exact at 10:12am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday on; it will be strong until Sunday evening. Our ambition and drive to succeed are incredibly strong now. We'll do almost anything to achieve our goals… and we have the energy.
That said, our basic drive and energy could ram up against emotionally charged questions of security (or deep insecurity) and power. We might not feel like dealing with some of the deeper issues that keep springing up, perhaps around our accomplishments in the world, or with family and home.
We are driven by a compulsive need to achieve, find it hard to stop: As best as you can, find your balance between home/family and career/long-term goals. Make sure to take care of your inner needs, so you can accomplish real transformation in the outer world.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-17 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries or Libra? 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 Scorpio (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Pluto rules Scorpio)
Wednesday evening, a Mercury/Pluto oppositionbecomes exact at 7:40pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday morning on, it will be strong until Friday morning. This might bring up some very deep issues that need to be discussed. Obsessive thinking, attempting to persuade others, insisting on knowing the "truth" or exposing lies: These are all possibilities now.
We are capable of very hard work and effort. In particular, we tend to pursue ideas with intensity, making this an excellent time for any kind of research or in-depth study. We may not be able to put our inner thoughts and experiences into words -- and maybe that's as well, given the darkness and intensity of those thoughts.
We may develop a great love of debate. We need to be careful though, not to overpower others with our strong opinions, attempting to "convert" them to our frame of mind -- in other words, treating regular debates or exchanges of opinion as battlegrounds. This is great time to learn how to harness our intense mental energies and apply them productively.
Intense conversations and connections feel more real than superficial ones. We want to dig out the truth about our feelings and the world we have built. As best as you can, try not to obsess about what someone said to you, or what you've heard: We may takes things personally, that were actually meant to empower us. Here's what it comes down to: Could you allow yourself to go deeper and tap into your inner power?
As best as you can, take it one moment at a time. Seek to resolve any issues through collaboration and co-operation with others. Keep an objective point of view, as much as possible. When you notice that you are taking things personally and starting to get defensive, take a deep breath and ask yourself: Is this really about me? Or is this about my past issues, or theirs? How can I ground myself in the here and now?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-17 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries or Libra? 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 rules Scorpio)
The New Moonwill be exact Wednesday evening at 9:24pm EDT.The Moon aligns with the Sun in 23 degrees of Cancer. This is the beginning of a new Moon cycle. With the New Moon in protective, introverted Cancer, we look for quality and safety in what we want to create and surround ourselves with. We experience life in a deeper, more instinctual way.
The metaphysical "element" of water is as essential to our spiritual survival as its material namesake is for our physical. “Water” corresponds to our feelings — and both need to flow -- just like its physical counterpart, when emotional “water” gets stagnant, it breeds dis-ease. Life then continues at a very low vibrational setting. Cancer is the first water sign of the zodiac; it relates to the development of the “emotional body”. With this New Moon, we are ready to deepen our understanding of our emotional needs.
Our feeling nature has been denied and suppressed for millennia; we have begun to embrace it more fully. Feelings are an essential source of information. When we listen to them, we learn our true needs, what is healthy for us. When we don’t, we become dependent on others for validation and direction, or get lost in addictions and other distractions.
Here's some coaching questions you can ask yourself for this New Moon: What are the optimal conditions for my growth? Am I rooted in the right place? What feeds the blossoming of my being?
Mercury and Mars align in 14 degrees of Cancer at the time of the New Moon, making an exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. We are being asked to be completely honest with ourselves and others, unearthing any deep, unresolved emotional issues.
This also calls for the deepening of our emotional intelligence -- the ability to understand, communicate and act appropriately in accordance with our feelings. We rarely ask ourselves: What do I feel in this moment? For these next two weeks, allow yourself to inspect your feelings. Are they connected to something that is happening in the “now-moment”, or to something from the past? In order words: is it historical?
In addition, Venus and Uranus are stationing at the time of the New Moon; this emphasizes what we value (including self-value) and what still needs to change if we are to make progress.
This New Moon wants you to reclaim and integrate all the parts of yourself that were “poopoo'd” by society or your family of origin. As best as you can, embrace all of your feelings and nurture yourself: Be the healthy parent to your inner child, your own best friend. Never be ashamed of letting your feelings shine a light into this world! You may also want to watch my New Moon video on the subject
Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in one of the following placements: 21-25 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries? If so, you may feel the effects of this New Moon more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).
The New Moon is also the best time to set some powerful intentions for this month's Moon cycle. Intentions are best done soon after the New Moon becomes exact -- and definitely not during a Moon void of course phase. So this month, the best time to set intentions would be any time between 9:24pm on Wednesday evening and 7:24am EDT on Thursday morning; and then again from 10:15am on Thursday until 9:24pm EDT on Friday evening (I will also post reminders via my Facebook Fan-page and twitter ;).
Last but not least, the Uranus station — that I already mentioned in last week’s forecast — is intensifying today (Wednesday). Uranus will come to a halt on in 20.5 degrees of Aries (on July 26th) -- starting its 5-month retrograde phase -- and will move more slowly for three weeks thereafter. Between now and Aug. 11th, anything connected to Uranus's energy will come into our awareness quite strongly: We have to face what this planet is trying to communicate to us.
Uranus is all about breaking away from traditional structures, moving towards a new future, one that serves others as well as ourselves. Keyword: Freedom. We might have flashes of insight, or new ideas about what needs to change in our lives; definitely expect the unexpected.
Uranus also rules electronics, technology and the internet, so don't be surprised if you experience some interruptions or short-term failures in these areas. Group activities are also ruled by Uranus, so these too will be more at the forefront of awareness. As best as you can, stay open and flexible, go with the flow -- and pay attention to those messages from the Universe ;-)
Is your Sun-sign or Ascendant in Aquarius? Or perhaps you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-22 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you are more affected by this station.
Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning, a Mercury/Mars alignment in 14.5 degrees of Cancer becomes exact at 12:14am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on, it will be strong until Friday evening. This alignment might speed up our thinking. We communicate with curiosity, enthusiasm and energy, especially on food, family, real-estate, self-care, our home, our past -- and things we are familiar with. We get to the very heart of a subject.
Something to be aware of: We may take things a little too personally. This defensiveness could make it challenging for others to engage in healthy dialogue with us. We may focus too much on emotional safety and get attached to being right rather than happy. As best as you can, take care of yourself, honor your feelings and relax: All good things come to those who contemplate ;-)
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-18 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Aries (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Mars rules Aries).
Thursday at 7:24am EDT, we enter an almost 3-hour Moon void of course (VoC) which lasts until 10:15am EDT. Use this intuitive time to nurture yourself/others and satisfy your need for deep, intimate emotional connections. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your morning ahead of time, or stick to routine things. If you can't… simply go with the flow.
Thursday at 10:15am EDT, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Saturday evening. We have a chance to appreciate ourselves and our lives -- and to connect to the heart. Hand out as many compliments as possible, they will be deeply appreciated :-)
Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you squeak just thinking about it?
Friday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Thursday late morning for details).
Friday is filled with enthusiasm and optimism -- we feel strong and energized, nothing gets us down. Have some fun, socialize, let your inner child come out and play, be spontaneous… Just be aware: we may also need to make some inner adjustments around sensitivities and our focus on building long-term goals.
Also on Friday, Venus’s station intensifies. As I already mentioned in last week’s forecast, Venus’s movement through the sky appears from Earth to be slowing down; it’s getting ready to come to a halt in 0 degrees of Virgo and turn retrograde (for 6 weeks) on July 25th.
The station brings all relationship, self-worth and financial issues to the forefront. This stationing period lasts until Aug. 5th, bringing into focus what we do and don’t have; until then, we are more aware of our relationships or the lack thereof. This forces us to look at who we value (including ourselves) and at what is truly important to us long-term.
It’s important to pay attention to any messages we get for those areas, because when Venus goes retrograde, we’ll get a chance to address these issues from the inside out.
Is your Sun sign or Ascendant in Taurus or Libra? Or do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 28/29 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio, or 0/1 degree of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel a stronger connection to this Venus station.
Saturday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo until 8:47pm EDT (see Thursday late morning for details).
Saturday afternoon at 5:41pm EDT, we enter a 3-hour Moon void of course (VoC) which lasts until 8:47pm EDT. We are experiencing two quite different needs, pulling us in different directions. On the one hand, we have a need for fun and feeling self-expressed. On the other hand, we need to focus on our inner experiences — and take responsibility for who we are deep down.
Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions when it comes to these energies. If at all possible, refrain from starting anything brand-new; plan your evening ahead of time or stick to routine things. If nothing else…simply go with the flow.
Saturday at 6:38pm EDT, Venus changes signs from playful, fun-loving Leo to detail-oriented, practical Virgo for a brief period, as she will be going retrograde shortly after entering Virgo. Thereforeshe will journey there only until July 31st (and then again from Oct. 9th on until Nov. 9th). For the next 2 weeks, our relationships are going to be put under the magnifying glass. We are more likely to want to make our relationships work in real terms.
We need to feel of service to others; we love to help, especially in a practical, down to earth kind of a way. This might also be a great time to acknowledge the people in our lives who take care of those little, daily details and make our lives easier :-)
On a social level, we might be more shy during this time -- less confident -- and most likely too busy to uphold our social commitments. On the financial side of things, we may want to invest in our health -- especially around healthy daily routines -- and anything that makes life run more smoothly on a practical level.
Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? If so, you will feel more shy and possibly busier than usual for the next 2 weeks. Your heart will want to be of service to others. Being healthy and having a healthy partner is important now. If you are a Virgo Sun-sign or Rising-sign, you are going to have more love and beauty in your life for as long as Venus is in your sign.
Saturday at 8:47pm EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Tuesday morning. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all of these bring emotional satisfaction.
Health matters might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to look at our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), to see if they are in alignment with our long-term goals.
Saturday evening, a challenging Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 9:07am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on, it will be strong until Monday morning. This aspect creates some tension in our lives: We may feel anxious or stressed by a situation or an interaction with family, or something to do with the home/real-estate.
It's a time when we want to think outside the box. We may want to bring some changes to a life situation or emotional connection that no longer fits. Again: We are being called to play a bigger game; our minds may feel overwhelmed by what it all means. Our minds may be influenced by our feelings about a certain situation -- and we could have an irritable temper.
It might be best to channel some of our nervous energy into constructive pursuits. Since we might have a tendency right now to challenge established thought, or play devil's advocate, it helps to get in touch with our own opinions and feelings, to reflect on what we truly believe. If we learn to trust our own individual thoughts, our intelligence, integrity, and ingenuity can come shining through.
As best as you can, take it one moment at a time, collaborate and cooperate, stay objective (rather than jumping to conclusions). Get grounded in the here and now through your breath and the awareness of your body.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-24 degrees of Cancer, Aries, Capricorn or Libra? 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 Aquarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Uranus rules Aquarius)
Sunday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Sunday evening for details).
Sunday morning, a harmonious Mercury/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 6:09am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on, it will be strong until Monday morning. This aspect is a wonderful possibility for deep emotional healing in regards to our conditioning and day to day thinking structures.
We can bring compassion, for ourselves and others, to emotionally "difficult" communications. We are able to allow more for the flow of feelings as we share ourselves; forgiveness and understanding towards ourselves and others comes more easily now in general.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-24 degrees of Cancer, Pisces or Scorpio? If so, you will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo).
A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Sunday evening for details).….more on all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)
Have a fantastic week!
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