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Flashes of Insight -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., July 18th - Sun., July 24th, 2016

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

Last week seemed like a walk in the park in comparison to the week before. I could feel an urge to be physically active. However, I did have to balance that with work and resting. It felt very much like a healthy balance between the feminine and masculine energies was encouraged and easily obtained. Definitely connected to the Grand Trine in the Water signs...

One quick announcement before we get started with this week's forecast:
If you'd like to get in alignment with the aspects coming up in August, join me thisWednesday for the next MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM. I set out to make these monthly events a really great value for the participants; from the feedback I've been getting, it looks like that's happening -- and if you'd like to connect with me and get some answers, this is a great way to go -- it's also an inexpensive way of connecting with the upcoming energies out there and understanding how they link to your own chart as well.  

If that sounds interesting, you have two options: Sign up to join the webinar live, or register to receive a video recording (mp4) within 24 hours of the live event. Other than booking a one-on-one reading with me, this is the maximum level of support I offer -- and it's only $24 for the full 90 minutes. Register Now!

This week's headline items: the Full Moon in Capricorn becomes exact on Tuesday evening, the Sun changes signs from Cancer to Leo on Friday morning, and the Uranus station intensifies on Saturday. 

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Tuesday evening (for a little over 4 hours), Thursday evening (just over 6.5 hours), and Sunday early morning (a little over 5.5 hours).

Monday (July 18th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn all day. It will journey there until Tuesday late evening. We tend to be more realistic, serious, and cautious; this can support practical endeavors and financial matters. 

Our ambition surges and with it comes a need for structure and planning; when you add in the pragmatism this aspect supports, you can see how this could be a very productive time for business and long-term goals. Our reputation becomes very important to us. 

The flip-side of this aspect is a tendency to "should on ourselves". Take the pressure off, perhaps by saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-) The build-up towards the Full Moon in Capricorn is intensifying… I’ll have more to say on that in Tuesday’s entry.

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn; it's transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore limiting beliefs and bust through conditioned thought structures. It's also a great time to take a more serious look at the "meaning of life". 

As best as you can, be authentic about your beliefs: Do they actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, rather than 5 or 10 years ago? What is true as of now? What is not?

Monday night/Tuesday very early morning, a harmonious Mercury/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 2:28am EDT (we started to feel this aspect from Sunday on and it will be strong until Wednesday). It will help to interact with integrity and commitment. We can set aside unrealistic views and make concrete, practical plans, that help us explore a larger truth.   

We “get to the point” -- no wasted time or words. Seeking a larger understanding, we speak our truth, but temper it with adult caution and moderation. The reality of our beliefs gets clearer and our thought processes are more realistic. It is important for us to learn something new -- with a mature attitude. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 7-13 degrees of Leo, Sagittarius or Aries? Or perhaps you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn? If so, you will likely be more blessed by this aspect. 

Tuesday (July 19th) is one of those days with lots going on, energetically speaking! 

First of all: The Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn until 11:10pm EDT.

The entrance of the Moon into Capricorn this past Sunday afternoon started the energetic build up towards the Full Moon; on Tuesday at 6:57pm EDT that Full Moon becomes exact in almost 28 degrees of Capricorn -- in other words, the Moon in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn opposes the Sun in protective, feeling-oriented Cancer (I posted a video about this Full Moon last week -- click here to watch

For the next two weeks, we seek to balance and integrate opposite energies, being more aware than everthat something is out of alignment. The balance in question is between our inner experience (symbolized by Cancer) and our outer obligations or goals (Capricorn). It's important to realize that our long-term goals need attention -- and that they will bring fulfillment and inner stability.

Cancer and Capricorn are both receptive/feminine/yin energies, so we are clearly asked to go within before taking action. Cancer must recognize its own needs in order to feel internally stable, if we don’t manage this, we’ll give our power away to others. 

Capricorn must therefore develop an internalized sense of authority and responsibility. This Full Moon asks us to look closely at the balance between taking care of ourselves, versus taking care of others -- and at who we are inside vs. what we project to the world -- how we portray ourselves.  

These next two weeks could be very productive, depending on how well you integrate the Cancer/Capricorn polarity. As best as you can, avoid "should-ing" on yourself: Take the pressure off (try saying "I'm doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do")  ;-) 

Uranus stations in Aries at the time of the Full Moon (and makes a square to it): Anything connected to Uranus's themes will be quite strongly in our awareness for the next three weeks -- breaking away from traditional structures, moving towards a new future that serves others as well as ourselves -- and we can confidently expect the unexpected. 

Inner and outer freedoms will move to the forefront of discussions. We might have flashes of insight or new ideas about what needs to change in our lives. What might this be for you? Where do you feel the desire to break free? If "Freedom" were inside of you, where might it be? Where have you denied yourself permission to be free? Unique? Simply yourself?

With this much erratic energy moving through our bodies, we are best off staying in movement and "shaking it out". Rather than blindly doing our own thing, it will serve us now to focus on aligning our visions and desires with our partnerships, creating win-win scenarios wherever we can.

This also gives us the opportunity to look at how free we truly feel within our relationships. Are we expressing our individuality to the fullest? Are we connecting to a larger vision for our future? Is anything holding us back? As best as you can, share your ideas, and inspire others to share your vision of a better future: See who wants to come on board -- and look for how you can connect with other collaborators to make it happen.

With Uranus beginning its 5-month retrograde cycle on July 29th, we are invited to go within, and take a look at whatever in there has been thwarting our progress or sense of freedom. Where is the place inside of you that is throwing up the roadblocks? 

Venus aligns with Mercury in Leo at the time of the Full Moon. This aspect supports communication and playful connection with others. We are capable of great generosity, joy and expression of our "inner child" (the aspect also supports our connection with the children in our lives).

Saturn, currently in Sagittarius (the ruler of Capricorn), trines Venus and Mercury in Leo. This allows for a more mature approach toward our "inner child". Ask yourself: What's my heart's desire? How might I more concretely and truthfully connect to it? What might be possible if I explored that in a meaningful way? What if I committed to that exploration and at the same time... allowed for it to unfold? 

Chiron (in 25 degree of Pisces) makes a beautiful trine to the Sun in Cancer/Mars in Scorpio, and a sextile to the Moon in Capricorn. This combo allows us to bring healing and kindness to ourselves and our dealings with the outside world. As best as you can, be kind and gentle, compassionate and accepting of yourself; this will help balance the Cancer/Capricorn polarities. 

Here are some coaching questions you can ask yourself: How does my inner life inform my outer? What if self-love and self-acceptance led to self-alignment? And if there's even a chance that this might be true... Is it worth trying 5% more self-acceptance as an experiment?

Feel free to also watch my last video about the New Moon in Cancer in regards to the Grand Trine in the Water-signs.

Once again, the message of a Full Moon is connected to our internal masculine/feminine balance: When those energies are balanced, we can be both powerful and kind... We honor ourselves (and others) and access head and heart. 

Integrating oppositions brings limitless benefits. What if you are more than just one thing? What if you are many things at multiple times? What if you simply stopped identifying with who you think you are, and opened yourself up to a whole new way of being? A fuller, more complex, more integrated being? How might you show up in the world as such a being?

As best as you can, take responsibility for your thoughts and belief systems! They are yours -- and they create your reality. Other people/the outside world are essentially a reflection of those thoughts and "truths". 

And of course, as always with Cancer and Capricorn involved: take baby-steps (or if you prefer: take it one day at a time ;-) Why would you sprint if you can get there at the perfect time by walking? (and you won't be out of breath when you arrive ;-) It's not about being the fastest person to get to the goal, it's about getting there without neglecting yourself.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point, or any personal planets in 25-29 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries? Or your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer? If so, this month's Full Moon will likely have a stronger effect on you.

Also on Tuesday at 6:57pm EDT, just as the Full Moon becomes exact,we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 4 hours, until 11:10pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to integrate inner with outer. Tune in to see what your priorities and long-term goals look like. What's in alignment with who you are? What isn't? 

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan the first half of Tuesday ahead of time ;-)

Tuesday at 11:10pm EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius, where it will journey until Friday morning. With this Moon placement, we often feel emotionally detached; when we do connect to our feelings, it's typically from a cerebral, intellectual place. We need a cause or project that resonates -- preferably one where we can connect with like-minded people.

For the next couple of days, we'll tend to be more eccentric or experimental; future-related issues like politics or education call to us now, as do unusual or even esoteric subjects like Astrology, UFOs... indeed anything from outer space. Our scientific approach to things leans on originality and ingenuity; we definitely love being unconventional. 

The increased value we place on personal and emotional independence could make us come off as indifferent or cold in one-on-one interactions. That said, we can still be friendly and kind, provided we aren't pushed into doing something conventional or unethical. 

Wednesday (July 20th): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Tuesday evening for details).

Wednesday morning, a harmonious Venus/Saturn aspectbecomes exact at 9:19am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Sunday on; it will be strong until Friday.This signals a time when we don't take connections with others lightly; we are more attracted to long-term commitment than to "casual".  

We feel a strong sense of responsibility to loved ones and see ourselves generally as responsible and trustworthy. We have increased sensitivity to the needs of others. Mutual respect and loyalty become especially important to us at this time; this can strengthen and refresh old friendships too.

We bring more maturity, respect and integrity to interactions -- and this is a good time to approach "elders" and authority figures for their input. This doesn't have to be "solemn" though: What if you could connect playfully to yourself and others through your "inner adult"?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 7-13 degrees of Leo, Sagittarius or Aries? If so, you will be blessed by this aspect more than others. 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)

Today (Wednesday, July 20th) is also the last chance to register for my MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM! It starts at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/11pm BST (London-time). If you're interested in aligning yourself with upcoming energies, this is for you. Other than booking a reading with me, this is the maximum level of support I offer -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. 

Sign up to join the webinar live, or register to receive an mp4 within 24 hours of the live event. To register, click here If you would like to join live, please keep in mind that registration will close at 2pm PDT/ 5pm EDT/ 10pm BST, if you register after that time you will receive the mp4-recording of the webinar.

Thursday (July 21st): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Tuesday evening for details).

Thursday afternoon, a somewhat challenging Venus/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 1:33pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on; it will be strong until FridayThis aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed in order to see what needs adjusting. 

A lot of this discomfort centers around "unrealism" -- we tend to idealize romantic and financial interactions, but at the same time, our sense that we're doing exactly that leaves us uncomfortable. This applies to ourselves too; it's easy for us to incorrectly appraise who we are, and where we're going. We might also get confused when we can't complete things. The key is genuine self-acceptance (limitations and all): as we allow that, our range of love expression increases. 

It's also worthwhile to look at how our ideas are received by others: Can we involve them in our dreams? As best as you can, slow down: "If a thing is worth having, it's worth waiting for." Just for right now, could you simply have faith that everything will align eventually?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-13 degrees of Leo 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 Pisces (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Neptune is the ruler of Pisces).

Thursday at 9:56pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 6.5 hours, until 4:35am EDT (Friday early morning). We are experiencing two quite different needs, pulling us in different directions: 

On the one hand, we feel a strong need to break the rules and move towards our future visions. 

On the other hand, we want to connect to our inner experiences and do things that help us explore who we are deep down: face our fears, for example, or take a look at emotional attachments, addictions, or outdated behaviors. If you are awake during those 6 hours, do your best to use this intuitive time to make adjustments, slow things down a little, and find creative solutions that honor both drives. 
 
As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan this Thursday evening and night ahead of time ;-) 

Friday (July 22nd) at 4:35am EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Sunday morning. 

With this Moon placement often finds us more sensitive, intuitive, idealistic and imaginative than normal. We also have a greater capacity for compassion, sympathy and affection for all -- but especially for those who suffer or can be regarded as the underdog. 

But... that very idealism could also be our downfall at this time: We tend to see the best in everyone and everything, and when reality doesn't match our idyllic vision, we might feel upset and even victimized by those harsh realities. A way out of this is to channel our idealism into spiritual or creative endeavors. 

It's also a great time for releasing fears and experiencing "oneness". Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them -- in fact, "going with the flow" is the best way to go for the next couple of days.

Friday at 5:30am EDT, the Sun changes signs from sensitive, protective Cancer tofun-loving, extroverted, expressive Leo, where it will journey until Aug. 22nd. With the Sun in Leo, we are more inclined to connect to our heart and to follow our joy: it's a great time for gratitude, compliments, and playfulness. 

In many ways, happy children embody the best of the Leo qualities: they are creative, playful, self-expressed and follow their hearts. Who could you be if you lived from your "inner child" more fully for the next four weeks?

If you have a Leo Sun-sign or Rising-sign, this means strong vitality for you -- after all, for some of you, this is your birthday month ;-) Happy Birthday! <3

Saturday (July 23rd): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Friday early morning for details). 

Also on Saturday, the Uranus station intensifies until Aug. 4th. It will come to a complete halt on July 29th in 24.5 degrees of Aries, and begin its 5-month retrograde phase. When an outer planet stations, its energy gets more pronounced, and this can sometimes cause discomfort. We are being asked to hang out with that discomfort until the planet's energy picks up speed again around Aug. 12th. 

Definitely expect the unexpected. Uranus is all about breaking away from traditional structures and moving towards a new future -- one that serves others as well as ourselves. Its keyword is "Freedom": this aspect provides an opportunity to discover how free we actually feel. So... how free do you feel? ;-)

As best as you can for the next three weeks, pull whatever is "in your face" even closer and take a good long look at it: our intuition will be very strong and deliver sudden insights and ideas, especially around what needs to change in our lives. What if you expressed your individuality to the fullest? What does the "larger vision" look like? Where is the obstacle?

Uranus also rules electronics, technology and the internet -- so don't be surprised by interruptions or short-term failures in these areas. Group activities are likewise ruled by Uranus, so these will move more to the forefront of awareness. 

As best as you can during this aspect, stay open and flexible, go with the flow -- and pay attention to messages from the Universe ;-)

Is your Sun-sign or Ascendant in Aquarius? Or perhaps your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 22-26 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you are more affected by this station.

Sunday (July 24th): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 8:33am EDT (see Friday early morning for details). 

Sunday at 3:06am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC) that lasts a little over 5.5 hours, until 8:33am EDT. 

As best as you can, have a nice, intuitive, slow start to the day. Use this intuitive time to connect with others and yourself on a deep emotional level; focus on emotional authenticity -- this is a great time for very deep inner work.  

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your evening and Sunday morning ahead of time ;-) 

Sunday at 8:33am EDT, the Moon moves into pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Tuesday late morning. Life is an adventure, we're more open to new ideas, and have great enthusiasm for new projects. 

Patience is certainly not our strong suit at this time, but we can decide quickly, and act immediately. Our independence and dynamism are important to us right now, so we may find it hard to accept advice or be disciplined at this time; in general, our responses to others tend to be more assertive or even aggressive. If you find your foot tapping, try hitting the gym, or finding other ways to burn off the body's excess energy.

Sunday late evening, a somewhat challenging Venus/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 9:57pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Sunday morning on; it will be strong until Monday night.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. 

Fear of disappointment is causing some tension. Our inner need for growth requires honesty about what is causing those fears -- most likely our own lack of good boundaries and self-esteem. Watch out for getting pulled into overly burdensome roles in other people's lives, because you feel it is required of you, this can often be a path into "control issues". 

As best as you can, carefully examine your motivations and self-image: How do you feel about your ability to love, be authentic with your feelings and connect on a deep emotional level? What role does fear play in all of this?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-17 degrees of Leo 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 Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

A head's up for next Monday (July 25th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Sunday early morning -- and next week's forecast -- for details ;-) 

Last-Chance Announcement:
This is the last chance to join me for the upcoming FORECASTING FORUM -- a 90-minute webinar that you can join live, or watch later as a recording -- if you've been thinking about joining, please take a second to read this testimonial from a participant in the most recent forum:

"I really appreciate how Sonja gives examples of what is going on through her personal experience and also how she gives time to me as an individual to answer questions and discuss particular aspects. I think it is a great model for many to benefit from her knowledge and her holistic coaching style. Thank you Sonja!" -- Nuku W.

If you'd like to get in alignment with the stars, join me for this MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM, on WednesdayJuly 20th at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/11pm BST (London). Sign up to join the webinar live, or register to receive an mp4 within 24 hours of the live event. Other than booking a reading with me, this is the maximum level of support I offer -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. Register Now! 

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"



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