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Conservation & Moderation -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., July 24th - Sun., July 30th, 2017

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 was a lot more pleasant than the previous one :-) I still needed support and self-care (as we all do, always), but when Mars moved into Leo last Thursday, I could really feel a shift in my courage and liveliness. Could you feel it too?

This week's headline items: Mercury enters its shadow phase on Monday (when it also moves over the Solar Eclipse degree); on Tuesday evening, it changes signs from Leo to Virgo. The Uranus station intensifies on Thursday. The first Quarter Moon in Scorpio becomes exact on Sunday late morning.

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday very early morning (for a little over 5 hours), Tuesday afternoon (for almost 20 hours), Thursday late evening (for 21.5 hours), and Sunday late morning (for 21 hours).

Monday (July 24th):The Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Tuesday morning. We may lack objectivity and struggle with backing down or compromising. We all love to be admired -- or at the very least acknowledged -- for our greatness :-) 

So hand out some compliments -- let people know how proud you are of them, tell them how much you love them. Come from the heart in this and all other things... be honest and authentic, as best you can. Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy as well. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. 

If there are no "outer children" around, how about getting in touch with your "inner child" -- it's definitely easier for the next two days. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps and heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you let out a tiny squeak, just thinking of it? 

Since we just had a New Moon yesterday (Sunday am), you can set your Intentions today -- and feel free to watch my New Moon video for more info (if you haven't seen it yet)

Monday late morning, a Venus/Saturn opposition becomes exact at 10:54am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday evening on; it will remain strong until this Friday. This might be a time of relationship tests or trials: we may not be attracting the things and people that we want in our lives -- at least, not as easily as we were before this transit. 

This can be eye-opening -- a signal to work on improving the "ways" (as well as the "things") that we bring to partnerships or to our finances. Doubts could be raised now. But what's really required is that we slow things down and be realistic as we can possibly be.

We could be withdrawing or holding back a little, as we attempt to figure out what we want and need -- and what we can give. We are working towards ridding ourselves of self-delusion when it comes to partnerships, socializing and finances. In the process, we might feel disdain for inauthentic interactions and resent "going through the motions" on a social and/or mental level. 

Our goal here is to make more connections aligned with our own truth. Relationships built on weak foundations may not survive, but stronger ones can be improved and strengthened. Financial matters might be stressful for the time being; this forces us into a position of conservation and moderation. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this -- and on an external level with others.

Think back to late Oct./early Nov., 2016,when Venus was conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. With Venus opposing Saturn now, we can start to see the fruits of the seeds that were planted back then. So: What were the seeds? What are the fruits?

In other words: What has emerged since early November, in regards to who and what you value? We are also now more aware of what we have (and haven't) learned since then... Do you like what you see? Is there room for more learning, more integration?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 19-25 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo? 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 Leo or Capricorn (the Sun rules Leo; Saturn rules Capricorn)
 
Monday in the early afternoon, a​ harmonious​ Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 12:33pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday evening on; it will remain strong until this Wednesday. This aspect supports a connection between our higher mind and our day-to-day mind. We are able to receive inspiration from higher places and maybe even look into the future. We are able to communicate our vision for a better future; insights arise from these communications. 

Original, creative insights and ideas can appear out of nowhere; as best as you can, stay open to these unique "downloads" -- they might change how you see and proceed with life ;-) 

This is a good time to communicate online, engage in computer-related activities or scientific projects, and also for anything metaphysical. Group activities like Meetups are great things to be involved with right now -- especially if they allow us to share our vision for a better future.  

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 25-29 degrees of Leo, Aries, Sagittarius or0-2 degrees of Virgo, Pisces or Cancer? If so, you will feel especially blessed by this connection. 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 is the ruler of Aquarius)
 
Monday mid-afternoon, a ​somewhat challenging ​Mercury/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 3:20pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Sunday evening on; it will remain strong until Tuesday. 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.

We might not trust our problem-solving abilities or ability to "read" other people; the anxiety this creates could cloud our decision-making process -- and could make us doubt our own reality. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 25-29 degrees of Leo, Pisces or 0-1 degrees of Virgo or Aries ? 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 (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo)

Monday afternoon, Mercury enters a 3-week shadow phase, as it reaches 28 degrees and 26 minutes of Leo. This precedes the retrograde phase, which will begin on August 12th in 11.5 degrees of Virgo (more on that in 3 weeks). So what is the "shadow phase"? To explain this, I'll quickly cover what happens when a planet "stations" and then goes "retrograde". 

Relative to us on Earth, a planet sometimes looks like it is slowing down ("stationing"), then stopping. After being still for a while, it actually appears to go "backward" through the sky (this is the "retrograde" phase). It's a little like catching up to a car on the highway, driving exactly alongside it for a moment, then passing it and pulling ahead.

At first, retrograde movement is slow, but the planet gradually reaches its normal pace through the sky -- except it's going backward. The process then reverses itself: the backward pace slows, the planet crawls to a "halt", then it starts to move forward again (i.e. it goes direct). In our car analogy, it's like the car you just passed gradually speeds up and passes you again.

There are also two "shadow" phases -- during these, the planet travels over a part of the sky it will later "revisit". The first "shadow" comes before the planet moves backward; the second comes when the planet starts to catch back up (after going direct). 

It's like you went hiking and left something behind at camp. If you went back to get it, you'd have some catching up to do, and would see the same scenery twice or more. 

Mercury's shadow phases usually last 2-3 weeks before and after the Retrograde phase.

If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items -- especially connected to transportation (cars, airline tickets, etc.) or communication devices (phone, computer, iPad, etc.) -- be aware of the shadow periods as well as the retrograde phases. If possible, get these things done before Mercury enters it's shadow or wait until after the shadow phases are over -- that would be Sept. 19th in this case ;-)

Of course, if there is something that must get done during these phases, don't put your whole life on hold, just because Mercury is retrograde or in it's shadow. Sometimes things line up exactly at the right time; as best as you can, trust that it's all "perfect" ;-)

And last but not least, on August 21st, the Solar Eclipse will occur in almost 29 degrees of Leo; on Monday evening around 6pm EDT, Mercury moves over that same degree. This might trigger some communications or thought patterns... Issues connected to joy, self-expression, or creativity will need to be addressed over the next 6 months. 

The key here is to create awareness of two things: First, how can we receive more specific information around our Soul's journey and what's next for us? 

Second: what additional information do we need to tap into, so that we can connect more fully to living from a place of joy? What messages are you receiving today that could bring more clarity? 

Tuesday (July 25th):The Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo until 6:32am EDT (see Monday for details). 

Tuesday at 5:22am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over an hour, until 6:32am EDT. Use this intuitive time to have fun connecting from the heart — this could also be a great time to express yourself via the written word. 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. 

Tuesday at 6:32am EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Thursday late morning; turning our focus toward the practical and wholesome. We are generous with our time/services and we love to help others. We also have a fondness for science and anything that makes sense in our world -- things and knowledge we can apply and use. 

Health might come also into focus at this time. 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. 
 
Tuesday at 7:41pm EDT, Mercury changes signs fromprideful, fun-loving Leo to detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until August 31st, and then again from Sept. 11th until the 30th — an unusually long time, due to Mercury’s retrograde phase that begins on Aug. 12th. 

For the next 5 weeks, our thinking shifts gears: Mercury -- the energy of communication -- will focus more on the details, and on what could improve our lives.  

With Mercury in Virgo, we are much more sharp in our thinking. We are able to see things quite clearly and we are more inclined to put our energy towards taking care of day-to-day, practical matters -- except for when Mercury opposes Neptune: around the time of Mercury's station (Aug. 10th-14th) and then again when it becomes exact around Sept. 19th. 

Creating order in our daily lives and knowing what's coming next is easier for us now -- as opposed to going with the flow/being present/having faith that things will turn out well no matter what. We are better at organizing, writing lists, planning on a short-term scale, and doing errands at this time. 

We may feel that we do things better than others right now; therefore we may not give others a chance to improve their skills or show us a different way of doing something. 

As best as you can, be of service to others, and remember that perfection is not a goal, it is a journey. How can you move towards improving things in your life, rather than having things be perfect all the time? Could you bring a neutral discernment to what works and what doesn't?

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Virgo? If so, you may feel more talkative during this time. Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini? If so, you may need to get more specific and discerning with your sharing/communicating and the information you are processing ;-)

Wednesday (July 26th):the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Tuesday morning for details).
 
Wednesday evening, a Sun/Mars alignment in 3.5 degrees of Leo becomes exact at 8:57pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday evening on; it will remain strong until this Saturday. This alignment brings a lot of energy to our projects/goals and our personal self-expression. We feel more confident and capable to accomplish anything brand-new; we are also more excited to tackling something challenging. 

Being active and taking action comes quite easily and naturally with this combo. One thing to watch out for: we have the tendency now to be burning the candle on both ends; which could lead to exhaustion and physical burn-out. 

This is a great time to start new projects that are connected to our physical bodies, our creativity, children, or our passions; anything that requires inspirational leadership and taking heartfelt actions is a perfect match for this alignment as well.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or personal planets in 0-7 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio? If so, you will feel the effects of this alignment more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Aries (the Sun rules Leo; Mars rules Aries).

Thursday (July 27th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 11:37am EDT(see Tuesday morning for details). 
 
Thursday at 2:31am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 9 hours, until 11:37am EDT. Do your best to use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life and find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations. 

We likely will feel drawn to sharing ourselves, learning new things and connecting with others; on the other hand, we feel a need to organize daily routines or pay more attention to our health. 

Do your best to find a balance between these two ways and, as always with a Moon VoC, don't start anything brand-new. Instead, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow; you may also want to plan Thursday morning ahead of time ;-)

Thursday at 11:37am EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, whereit will journey until Saturday evening. The energy of the Libra Moon helps us be naturally courteous and diplomatic; we are more polite at this time, as we seek the approval of others. 

We very much want to maintain equal, fair relationships at this time, and are therefore open to making compromises and negotiating. These next two days are a great time for mediation -- but our need for peace and accompanying aversion to direct conflict could pull us to "yes" more easily than we might like. 

We may also be able see both sides of the equation so well that we can't make decisions. As best as you can, find an inner balance with this and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm -- even if it's "No" ;-) One last quick note: this is also a great time for anything to do with visual arts. 
 
Also on Thursday, the Uranus station intensifies until Aug. 9th.It will come to a complete halt on Aug. 3rd in 28.5 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. 15th. 

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 26-29 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn, Cancer or 0-1 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you are more affected by this station.
 
Friday (July 28th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Thursday late morning for details).
 
Friday early afternoon: we are invited to make some internal adjustments. We may want to connect with others, but may also need to tune in to our intuitive inner voice. What do you hear when you get really quiet? From the late afternoon until the early evening, we have an opportunity to connect with others, collaborate and explore great truths. 

Friday evening, we may need to make some adjustments and find creative ways to work with the energies at play: On the one hand we need to collaborate with others and play nice, on the other hand, we feel a deep desire to be authentic and truthful about what we want to build long-term.
 
Saturday (July 29th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra until 8:23pm EDT (see Thursday late morning for details).
 
Saturday at 5:30pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 3 hours, until 8:23pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connections with your drive toward personal passions and a healthy "self-relationship". 
 
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 Saturday late afternoon and evening ahead of time ;-)
 
Saturday at 8:23pm EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Tuesday morning.We feel things deeply and have "X-Ray Vision" and "Bullshit-Smelling Abilities" ;-)

Emotional authenticity is extremely important to us at this time; anything less than 100% emotional honesty could be perceived as flat-out dishonest. Once we feel safe trusting someone, we want to merge with them, preferably forever... as long as our trust is never betrayed.

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power. This occurs by a process of subtraction -- it urges us to let go of whatever disempowers us. It's therefore an excellent time to look at "old" fears, limiting habits or emotional attachments, especially those stemming from past traumas. 

Moon in Scorpio tends to run right over ambiguity -- it's "in or out", "with us or against us", "love me or leave me". It can therefore be stormy -- a cold winter storm, or a torrid tropical storm of passion, depending on how we "work" the energies :-)

Manipulation and paranoia are the lower vibrations of this aspect, so as best you can, be straightforward -- act in good faith and assume it in others. Best of all, be truly present to the fluctuations of your feelings -- no matter if they're "polite" or "timely". Feelings aren't facts, but they are information -- and heeding them will help you embrace all of who you are. 

Know thyself -- and love thyself -- you shall be set free. Remember: Love connects us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and that's ultimately what disempowers us and others. This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact Sunday late morning).

Sunday (July 30th): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Saturday evening for details).
 
Sunday very early morning, a challenging Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 3:45am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday evening on; it will remain strong until Wednesday. This aspect asks us to stretch past injuries and insecurities in our relationships, self-worth and finances. If we can bring compassion and a different point of view to these issues, we will reach a new understanding of ourselves and our life journey.

We have the opportunity to learn from one another; ironically though, we may also feel insecure around others. Whenever Chiron is involved, we are being asked to do some healing work. As best as you can, use this time to learn about your sore spots. Nobody is perfect: we all have our flaws and idiosyncrasies. It's ok.

If you get triggered by someone, as best as you can, take it as an opportunity to see where this trigger originated -- probably in your childhood. Bring love and compassion to yourself, as you are, and as you were (i.e. your "wounded child"). Allow any feelings this may stir up in you. A feeling is just energy that wants to be experienced, and honored; it wants to move through us and out. 
The more we resist our feelings, the more we keep them spinning in place. As best as you can, move from the head to the heart. What might change, if you showed 5% more compassion toward your inner wounded child? What if you just decided to have faith in the healing process? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 25-29 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo or0-1 degree of Cancer, Aries, Capricorn or Libra? 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 Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra). 
 
Sunday early morning, an opportune Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 4:04am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday evening on; it will remain strong until next week Tuesday. This gives us the opportunity to experiment with how we relate to others -- to do something different or unusual -- freedom plays a big part in this aspect. 

Of course, others are experimenting too, so you might experience some unusual or unexpected interactions during this time -- it's a favorable time for social meetings and events. As best as you can, stay open and flexible: fresh air is blowing through your relationships.  

We're also ready to experiment with our financial undertakings -- good places to look: all things "tech" (electronics, technology, internet); metaphysics; the arts; group activities. This is not the best time to make long-term financial investments, unless you had an intuitive flash ;-) 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 26-29 degrees of Gemini, Aries, Aquarius, Leo or in 0 degrees of Cancer, Taurus, Pisces or Virgo? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra, Uranus rules Aquarius).

Sunday at 11:23am EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 7.5 degrees of Scorpio becomes exact. We start to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Scorpio on Saturday evening. The Moon in passionate, all-or-nothing, intensely-feeling, private Scorpio makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in fun-loving, extroverted, attention-seeking, proud Leo

We feel compelled to take action. Last week, on July 23rd, the New Moon in Leo became exact: "Seeds" planted then are probably "sprouting" by now -- and making their first real contact with the outside world. 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, go one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible (as much as possible), and find creative solutions for your day-to-day interactions with others.  

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 5-10 degrees of Scorpio, Leo, Taurus or Aquarius? 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 in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).
 
A head's up for next Monday (July 31st): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Saturday evening for details). At 7:10am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts almost 25 hours, until Tuesday at 8:01am EDT, and at 10:54am EDT, Venus changes signs from Gemini to Canceruntil August 26th. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)

One More Announcement:
Join me for my next FORECASTING FORUM, on MondayAugust 7th, 2017 at 4pmPT/ 7pm ET/Midnight BST (London-time). Please note that we will be talking about the upcoming Eclipses, in particular the very powerful Solar Eclipse in Leo towards the end of August.

We will address these Eclipses in relationship to our own birth charts. If you want to know how all of this is going to impact you personally, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video presentation. 

Other than booking a reading with me, this is the highest level of support you can get -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. To register now, click here http://goo.gl/O7mDgJ

Here is a testimonials from one of our participants right after joining our most recent Forum:
"Last month was my first Forum with you and I so enjoyed it. I really like the personal look at each of our charts and having the ability to ask you questions and then getting to hear others questions and your answers.  I also thoroughly enjoy your preview of the aspects for the next month. Thanks so much." -- Belinda T.

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

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



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