“Pluto and it’s Moon Charon” photograph from NASA
My body/mind/spirit has been mostly with Pluto this past week. I have felt quite disembodied, barely able to converse cordially at times, a bit bored by Earthly events but excited by the future openings this galactic event of seeing Pluto clearly for the first time will eventually bring to our good planet Earth. I’ve had to stay focused and true to attuning to Pluto, our planet of slow, inevitable change.
I’ve developed patience over the years both as an astrologer and an educator. True lasting shifts take time, as geologists and planetary scientists know. The trust and faith this New Horizons team had for 9 years ~ NINE YEARS ~ to hope their mission would/could succeed is miraculous in itself. Scientists are as much dreamers and magicians as any of us are. I bow to their determination and imagination.
This week, as Jupiter has now exited sidereal Cancer after a year-long transit, we are reorganizing our lives around the many losses/transitions we may have faced in the past twelve months. The face of Charon, Pluto’s Moon, is a good image for this as he is the mythic guide who helps souls cross from this Earthly plane back to the spiritual realms.
It’s the First Quarter Moon again and there are also two major planetary turnings this week. Venus goes retrograde on Saturday (an over the top day with major planetary happenings) and Uranus goes retrograde on Sunday. Please read on to learn more specifics.
Here’s a list of the First Quarter Moon characteristics compliments of my friend/sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza ~ http://www.lunarplanner.com/:
“The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Now is the time to drop all hesitation and take the steps to move forth on what you were inspired about. The inspiration is now gone, it is time to now participate in trust and knowing. Remember, the flower that is about to burst forth from the bud is not yet visible. Trust in the process. Demonstrate this trust in physical action and you will be supported. This time is stressful or traumatic only if action is ignored. What you are putting together now is the groundwork for the manifestation of the theme. Simply, this phase is a time to work.”
Please note: I make my posts according to the Lunar cycles as a way of helping you work with the natural flow of time and energy. Also, I base my interpretations and predictions on the true sidereal astronomical alignments. You can read about my unique way of interpreting astrology at this link: https://www.earthwordskyword.com/astrology-readings/astrological-readings/
Thu July 23
Sun/Mercury conjunction in Cancer: This event happens first, before this afternoon’s activating First Quarter square of Moon to Sun. A Sun/Mercury combust (meaning exactly aligning) is always a moment when fleeting genius can take hold our minds or we just become extremely focused. Our minds are literally illuminated and sudden awakenings can occur. Today’s conjunction is in private, interior Cancer, so your epiphany might be more like a quiet whisper inside your head or an awareness bubbling up from your heart, if you are still enough to hear it. Take some time for listening or meditating. In addition, as Cancer rules family dynamics and real estate, good conversations or secrets shared may occur, and contracts are finally manifesting on homes are being bought and sold.
First Quarter square of Moon in Libra to Sun in Cancer: This aspect catalyzes the action quarter of this SolLunar cycle as the relational Libra Moon makes a square to Sun in private Cancer. You can draw someone out of their shell, or feel a resistance and just want to be left alone. You might be trying to decide who to partner with in a new alliance and feel an internal pressure to make a choice.
Fri July 24
Mercury in Cancer opposite Ceres in Capricorn: The need for important family conversations may surface today. Don’t avoid confronting the inevitable and speak from the heart of your mind, the mind of your heart. If you go out tonight, pick the quiet table so you can really hear what’s being said beneath the surface chatter of a loud Friday night.
Mars in Gemini square Uranus in Pisces: Even though this aspect is exact tomorrow, due to it’s volatile nature, I thought it best to warn you today. Both Mars and Uranus are very assertive. They can help us push past resistance and inertia and leap into action. The tense square aspect however can manifest as a wake-up call, in the form of an accident, someone getting suddenly upset with you, or you feeling anger/outrage toward another. Now that you know this energetic is in play for the next few days, hopefully you will become more conscious in the moment. Proactively engage in activities to keep your nervous system calm.
Sat July 25
Venus goes retrograde until Sept 6: This major astrological event rules today and the coming seven weeks. This promises to be a time of re-evaluation of creative urges, financial goals as well as love interests. That’s because Venus is the astrological ruler of art, love and money and this retrograde cycle encourages more self-reflection. Research your options, then move forward after September 6. Also during this period, honor your need for self-care as Venus is transiting expressive, joyful Leo. Redesign your wardrobe, or make your movement routine more joyful, if it’s gotten too mundane or boring.
Mars in Gemini square Uranus in Pisces: I am reposting this from yesterday! This aspect is volatile in nature. Both Mars and Uranus are very assertive. They can help us push past resistance and inertia and leap into action. The tense square aspect however can manifest as a wake-up call, in the form of an accident, someone getting suddenly upset with us, or we feeling our anger/outrage toward another. Now that you know this energetic is in play for the next few days, hopefully you will become more conscious in the moment. Proactively engage in activities to keep your nervous system calm.
Sun in Cancer opposite Ceres in Capricorn: Given the nurturing, food loving nature of this aspect that greets you upon awakening, you may decide to cook an extra special breakfast for your family or take everyone out for a fancy brunch. Also a great day for home improvement projects and checking up on the elders you are blessed to have in your life.
Juno in Leo opposite Neptune in Aquarius: This long-range aspect completing today may mark a turning point for many in their core relationships. Juno in Leo speaks to seeking and finding joy and play, both within oneself, and in our alliances of the heart. Neptune in Aquarius ~ ruler of imagination/fantasy/love/creativity/magic ~ might deliver the perfect playmate, even an old friend, to you today. Enjoy the perfection of this moment. Savor the perfection of each moment. It’s easier to feel the more magical, romantic aspects of life today.
Moon/Saturn conjunction in Scorpio: This aspect is exact at the turning of midnight and will also be felt as the emotional tone of tomorrow morning. It’s usually serious, sometimes paranoid, and always takes us deeper into examining some area of life. If you feel a temporary low, just remember it is temporary, it will pass, but don’t miss the opportunity this profound alignment affords you: discover what’s really driving you and make a determined commitment to do something that will make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others.
Sun July 26
Uranus goes retrograde until Dec 25: Uranus events are often electrical, shocking, and highly creative. When Uranus turns retrograde, move more cautiously, drive with more attention so as to avoid accidents. Things just tend to get volatile and eruptive. Maybe you’ve been contemplating a new adventure? In the next few months, figure out how you are going to make that happen, which will probably involve taking a leap of faith. You may want to change up your Christmas plans this year as Uranus helps us break free of stale outworn habits and routines, and how cool it will turn direct on Dec 25!
Mars in Gemini trine Chiron in Aquarius: A upbeat aspect is perfect for going on a short journey with a group of friends or planning a future vacation with a health-minded focus with like-minded people, like a yoga retreat or hiking trip. Bookstores and cafes are super busy on a day like today.
Scorpio Moon trine Sun in Cancer: The waxing trine of Moon to Sun in this SolLunar cycle implies that life is going along swimmingly ~ especially today as both these planets are in water signs. Both Sun and Moon are also in supportive relationships to the Lunar Nodes, implying decisions are becoming clear about where your future Self wants you to go. Enjoy the flow, and work on staying there.
Mon July 27
Moon/Pallas Athene in Scorpio conjunct Antares: Important global and political events occur under this planetary alliance. Antares, the red heart of Scorpio, is a prominent star in the charts of major political figures and notable historical turning points. You can also use this for strategizing your own life plan. The Moon’s trine to experimental Uranus encourages some level of risk-taking to keep things fresh and innovative.
Tue July 28
Moon in Sagittarius trine Venus retrograde in Leo: This lovely aspect lights up our world today with optimism and love. Things seem possible that once felt impossible, if you will keep true to the directive of your heart. This is the celestial gift of Venus aligned with Regulus, the Heart of the Lion. Isn’t it time for a new adventure? Shake up your life by altering a simple routine (this can have huge consequences in the future) or sign up for a new educational exploration.
Grand trine in Water of Mercury in Cancer/Pallas Athene in Scorpio/Vesta in Pisces: A grand trine in astrology always means a natural, well-deserved gift is coming your way, as a result of all your previous dedication and devotion. Such a gift might land in your lap today. Water signs rule our emotions, so the gift might simply be a profound sense of well-being, perhaps the greatest gift of all from which all others flow. Or it might manifest as deep harmony and compatibility in your relationships. And be sure you are putting your money and resources into causes, funds, organizations, purchases that mirror your own values. Then you will manifest even greater financial abundance into your life.
Wed July 29
Moon/Pluto in Sagittarius inconjunct Mercury in Cancer: Your mind and heart might be at odds today. Let these two aspects of yourself speak to one another, listen to the other, with directness and honesty. This aspect makes for pointed, passionate, fierce conversations. Enough said.
Thu July 30
Almost Full Moon: Tonight Luna will be it’s fullest even though the actual Full Moon takes place tomorrow morning. This event involves the Sun in Cancer and a Moon/Ceres conjunction in Capricorn. Cancer rules our family constellations and Capricorn rules our work/ professional relationships. How about hosting a festive Full Moon dinner at home for your professional colleagues? Or keep it small and just invite a work friend out to lunch. Mix and match your worlds and discover new shared interests.
Mars enters sidereal Cancer: For the coming seven weeks, our planet of taking action enters more interior, homebody Cancer. It’s important to note this might create a greater desire to rest more, reflect more, be at home more, which can be hard for some of you busier, athletic, doing types of people. Listen to this interior need when it arises, however, so as to avoid being laid low by an accident or illness. Time spent doing water sports is good, or take a leisurely river trip. Mars gives you the endurance to read books of epic historical events as Cancer is the ruler of history.