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How Free Do You Actually Feel? -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., July 31st - Sun., August 6th, 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

Personally, last week had a lot of forward movement -- that New Moon in Leo really created a big shift for me... lots of great conversation, connections and insights. Of course, the Uranus station contributed too :-)

Quick announcement before we get started:
 Join me for my next FORECASTING FORUM, next week  MondayAug. 7th, 2017 at 4pmPT/ 7pm ET/Midnight BST (London-time). Please note that there are two Eclipses this month: Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius (Aug. 7th) and Solar Eclipse in Leo (Aug. 21st). 

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

This week's headline items: Venus changes signs from Gemini to Cancer on Monday late morning. On Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning, Uranus comes to a halt, thereby starting its 5-month retrograde phase. On Friday Mercury starts to slow down (station), getting ready for its 3-week retrograde phase. Sunday morning sees the beginning of the build up towards the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius (it will be exact on Monday, Aug. 7th)

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday morning (almost 25 hours), Thursday late afternoon (3 hours), and Sunday morning (almost 3 hours).

Monday (July 31st): The Moon remains in Scorpioall day. It will journey there 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).
Monday at 7:10am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 25 hours, until Tuesday at 8:01am EDT. Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to focus on inner processes. As best as you can, release any fears or traumas that keep you stuck in the past, and deepen your connection to what you feel deeply passionate about.

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 Monday all day and night ahead of time ;-)
Monday at 10:54am EDT, Venus changes signs from versatile, chatty & curious Gemini to protective, home & family-oriented Cancer. It will journey here until August 26th; for those 4 weeks, we value family, loved ones, our home, emotional safety -- and real-estate dealings. 

We prefer to be around safe, familiar people and places. We'd rather stay home than socialize; if we do go out, we much prefer dinner parties at someone's home to dining out. When it comes to love, be gentle with each other -- and make sure to talk about your feelings. 

With regards to our finances, it's best to stick to what feels safest and most secure. It's a favorable time for real-estate and interior design, or anything that makes the home more comfortable and livable.

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? If so, you will feel more shy for the next 4 weeks. Your heart will want to connect to family and loved ones. If you are a Cancer 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 ;-)
Tuesday (August 1st): The Moon remains in Scorpio and VoC until 8:01am EDT (see Monday for details).
Tuesday at 8:01am EDT, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journeyuntil Thursday evening. We're strongly motivated to explore and learn. We're not likely to be big fans of routine -- diversity and new adventures work best at this time -- we're also physically restless and need to burn that off with activity and physical exercise.

We tend to feel more open, optimistic and inspired -- but we also have a high degree of independence, which means we'd rather inspire others to do things our way, than take orders. Inspiring others could come easier than normal, as we can see the bigger picture, leaving us confident that others will agree with us, once they see what we see. 

As best as you can, speak your truth without assuming that everyone is on the same page as you. Improvisation works well for us at this time, as we are spontaneous and love living on the edge -- just watch out you aren't overdoing or overstating things.  
Wednesday (August 2nd): the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Tuesday morning for details).
Wednesday early morning starts with lots of energy and a positive attitude. 

Towards the late morning/mid-day, we may need to make some adjustments. As best you can, honor both your need for adventure and exploration of life and your need to go within. 

You may also feel a pull between introvert and extrovert, or simply fast and slow. Tune in for a moment and see if you need to take a break or at least slow down a little. As best as you can, be compassionate and kind with yourself. 

On Wednesday evening, we have the opportunity to explore our one-on-one relationships, have an adventure with someone, or do something that excites us. 

Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning at 1:31am EDT: Uranus comes to a halt in 28.5 degrees of Aries, and begins its 5-month retrograde phase (until January 1st, 2018). During the Uranus retrograde phase we are invited to access the Uranus energy from within. Our intuitions will be very strong during this time and we have access to sudden insights and ideas. This aspect has us asking "How free do I  actually feel?"

As best as you can, take a look in there at whatever has been thwarting your progress or sense of freedom: Where are the inner roadblocks popping up? Are you expressing your individuality to the fullest? Are you connecting to a larger vision? 

Remember, doing the inner work is just as important as making progress in the outer world -- the "Inner Universe" informs the outer -- one cannot happen without the other ;-)

Again, some of us will feel the effects more than others. This is particularly true if you have personal planets in 26-29 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, or 0-1 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius -- and if you have Aquarius as your Sun- or Rising-Sign. For you in particular, this is a great time to reevaluate future goals -- and perhaps to reexamine any group causes that you want to be a part of. 
Thursday (August 3rd): the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seekingSagittariusuntil 8:37pm EDT(see Tuesday morning for details).
Thursday at 5:38pm EDT, we enter a 3-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 8:37pm EDT. Use this intuitive time for connecting to like-minded people and learning something new about your unique self. Here's a question to ponder: How wide could your vision for humanity become?
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 Thursday late afternoon/evening ahead of time ;-)

Thursday at 8:37pm EDT, the Moon moves into practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Sunday morningWe tend to be more realistic, serious, cautious; this can support practical endeavors and financial matters. 

Our ambition surges and brings with it 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. 

As best as you can during this aspect, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off, perhaps by saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-)

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 -- and those stories we tell ourselves about "what was", rather than what actually "is". 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? 

Friday (August 4th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornall day (see Thursday evening for details).
Friday mid-afternoon, the last of three challenging Jupiter/Pluto aspects becomes exact at 2:48pm EDT. This is a long-term aspect: we started to feel this aspect from July 14th on; it will remain strong until August 21st. The first exact aspect between Jupiter and Pluto was back in late November of 2016; the second Jupiter/Pluto square was in March/April of this year.

Think back to those times: what came up for you? What changes in perception did you experience? What were you able to release from your past that was holding you back from building an empowering future?

This aspect can pique our ambitions and sense of our capacity for achievement. But it might be a good idea to slow things down just a little -- we mean well, but are very likely to over-extend, or be overly optimistic. 

Optimistic belief (and even blind faith) in others may cause us to take unnecessary risks that are out of alignment with our deepest desires -- and therefore not empowering for everyone involved. 

That said, deep changes in our beliefs are now possible -- if we allow ourselves to let go of what's no longer working around our social structures or long-term goals. That could shift things for us -- both at the individual and social/collective levels. How have your beliefs shifted since 2007? Where did you have to let go of certain beliefs so you could feel more empowered? 

We are at a turning point. Empowering others is key! Notice when you try to force your beliefs on others -- indeed, when you push too hard, in general -- the more we push, the more likely it becomes that life will push back! The fact is, humor and open-mindedness work better right now, as does connecting to whatever we feel truly passionate about. 

There could be an element of disempowerment that creeps in, both with ourselves and others, so just be aware of that... It can also feel quite intense: between our long-term goals and our relationships, we could be stretched to the max. I highly recommend self-care during this time. Ask yourself: What does my "inner baby" need? How can I nurture it whilst still connecting with others or following my passions?

This is a closing square -- and as such, it is the last portion of the Jupiter/Pluto cycle that started in 28 degrees of Sagittarius back in Dec. 2007. What have you learned since then? In what ways has your perception of life expanded? What are some beliefs that are still asking to be transformed?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 14-21 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer? 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 Scorpio or Sagittarius  (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio, Jupiter of Sagittarius).
Also on Friday, Mercury starts to slow down (“station”), preparing to come to a halt next week Saturday, August 12th (when it will begin its 3-week retrograde phase). More on that next week... 

For the next 15 days (until August 19th), we need to be patient with ourselves and others -- especially if there is a connection with communication or transportation, and their associated technologies. This is not the best time to start anything brand-new, especially if it contains new information that needs to be processed.

We might experience delays or misunderstandings, and things tend to feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time to get ready or travel somewhere -- especially if you intend to use public transportation or drive (For more details on Mercury Shadow Phases and Retrogrades, click here)
Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets (or angles) in 8-12 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius. 
Saturday (August 5th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornall day (see Thursday evening for details).
Saturday early evening, a somewhat challenging Sun/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 5:31pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect fromFriday evening on; it will remain strong until Sunday. This aspect feels "internal" -- inner unease and awkwardness -- and we need to make a choice. Given that it is an internal issue, we need to develop an inner awareness, if we’re to see what needs adjusting.

Our energy tends to be unrealistically directed -- and our sense of self may actually change as we learn that we have wrongly assessed important situations. Our self-trust takes a hit.

Due to our high ideals, we may take on more than we can physically handle -- if we start to feel drained or frustrated, it might be helpful to look at the overall direction we are taking. Do your best to rest and have quiet time alongside your active play-time.

It's also worthwhile to look at how our self-expression is received by others: Can we involve them in creating/realizing our dreams? Can we express our joy fully? Perhaps we are not sure whether we want to keep dreaming our dream privately, or share it with others... As best as you can, slow down: where there is spaciousness, there is flow; where there is flow, there is effortless creation.  

Do you have your Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-14 degrees of Leo or Pisces? 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 Pisces (the Sun rules of Leo; Neptune rules Pisces)

Also, tomorrow (Sunday all day) and Monday before 6pm EDT, is your last chance to sign up for Monday's FORECASTING FORUM. Please note we willaddress the Eclipses in more detail in relationship to our own birth charts. If you want to know how they are 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 

If you would like to join live, please keep in mind that registration will close an hour before the live event begins, if you register after 6pm EDT on Monday you will receive the mp4-video presentation of the webinar.
Sunday (August 6th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornuntil 8:15am EDT(see Thursday evening for details).
Sunday at 5:22am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 3 hours, until 8:15am EDT. If you are already awake during this intuitive time, you may be aware of two seemingly conflicting desires: On the one hand, a need for serious, diligent accomplishment -- and on the other, a desire to break free and rebel against obligations. 

As best as you can, take some breaks, and "let your freak flag fly" -- just for a moment -- and revel in it! 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 Sunday morning ahead of time ;-)
Sunday at 8:15am EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius, where it will journey until Tuesday early evening. 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.      

This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the Lunar Eclipse, a very powerful Full Moon (exact Monday afternoon). Click here to watch my Lunar Eclipse video 
A head's up for next Monday (August 7th): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Sunday morning for details). At 2:11pm EDT, a Lunar Eclipse in 15 degrees of Aquarius becomes exact. Click here to watch my Lunar Eclipse video More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)
One Last Announcement:
Join me for my the FORECASTING FORUM, this coming 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

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,

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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