by Heather Roan Robbins
Notice a shift in the air, a change in the vibes this week as the Sun leaves domestic Cancer and enters expressive Leo on Saturdaywhile thoughtful Mercury leaves Leo and enters more serious corrective Virgo on Tuesday. For the last month, the stars brought our focus to our personal life, our family and nest, but now they encourage us to out there into the middle of the fray. It’s time to shine, receive, interact, think globally, attend art festivals, and soak up summer’s bounty.
This year we’re lucky enough to have two expressive new moons in Leo, one this weekend, just as the Sun enters Leo, and one creating a solar eclipse on August 21. This Sunday’s new Moon in Leo begins to stir the pot for this coming eclipse season; eclipses act like astrological acupuncture to unblock energy, so let’s notice what part of our life needs attention and fresh honesty, what needs to be released or rebuilt, and work with it throughout the coming month. And if we aren’t honest with our selves, the eclipses will be.
Even as we revel in high summer this week, autumn’s work begins to beckon after Mercury enters industrious, proactive, one might even say obsessive, Virgo on Tuesday. Let’s pay attention to those whispers and begin to get our act together for the fall. Mercury retrogrades Aug 14-Sept 6 so it will help to face this retrograde review cycle with plans made, contacts reached, and our fundamentals already organized.
But this weekend, let’s revel in summer’s sybaritic bounty. On Friday, while the Sun and Moon are both in domestic Cancer, nest and respect each other’s needs. Then get out and about as the Sun and Moon enter extroverted Leo on Saturday, and feel the energy build towards Sunday’s new moon. Monday brings a nervy mental brilliance as Mercury trines Uranus but some emotional distance as Venus opposes Saturn. People may be self-focused and have trouble empathizing, even if they’re unusually sharp. Anxiety and intelligence ratchet up midweek as both the Moon and Mercury enter analytical Virgo. The Moon softens at the end of the week as the Moon enters sociable Libra.
Friday, July 21: The Moon way in the domestic sign of Cancer, it furthers to connect with family, come home and re-center before diving into a new social world. Nest, redecorate, refinance, clean the house. Communities and people need to consider what actually makes them feel more secure. Unfinished family business or raw edges from recent irregular schedules now need healing. It helps to show friends and family we care with simple consideration and nurturing, comfort and kindness, help them feel important to us, rather than try to talk it out.
Sun trine Chiron 12:24 AM, Moon enters cancer 2:09 AM, Moon semi-square Mercury 6:30 PM.
Saturday, July 22: Defensive actions and mood swings complicate early morning, so it may further to sleep late, or keep expectations low. The Sun enters Leo mid-morning and encourages us to wander, take care of ourselves, and refill in the sunshine on a contemplative, inefficient day. Evening heats up; engage spontaneously and adjust to last-minute changes in plans
Moon trine Neptune 12:33 AM, Moon square Jupiter 3:33 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 6:49 AM, Sun enters Leo 9:15 AM.
Sunday, July 23: The Moon conjunct the Sun in Leo early this morning and then opposes Mars. On this new Moon, we need to return to our self and here what we need, what lights our fire what seeds our creative process and romantic heart. Though we may be tempted to throw a self-centered snit, we need to actively encourage that re-centering process in others. Take turns in the limelight, take turns making one another the center of the universe. Acts of boundless generosity flow naturally, once we identify a need.
Moon square Uranus 12:04 AM, Moon enters Leo 2:33 AM, Moon conjunct Sun 3:45 AM, Moon opposed Mars 5:41 AM
Monday, July 24: Love and affection can feel tested, our inner adolescent may pout. It may frustrate us or cramp our style to be responsible today, but the results will be worth it as Venus opposes Saturn. Be good to one another because it’s the right thing to do, even if no one feels like it. Later, fresh, brilliant ideas can help us find a way around an impasse as Mercury trines Uranus.
Moon sextile Jupiter for 50 8 AM, Venus opposed Saturn 8:53 AM, Mercury trine Uranus 10:32 AM, Mercury quincunx Chiron1:20 PM, Moon trine Saturn 2:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 3:25 PM.
Tuesday, July 25: Feel the energy shift towards more thoughtful, self-conscious, nervy, intelligent, and potentially anxious as both the Moon and Mercury enter Virgo. Tension may build in the big picture, but we don’t have to mirror it. If we’re kind to ourselves it’s easier to be kind to others; reassessment is needed, but do it with a compassionate heart. Details begin to fall into place; they’re not be perfect, but a good start.
Moon trine Uranus 1:57 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 3:21 AM, Moon enters Virgo 4:32 AM, Mercury enters Virgo 5:41 PM.
Wednesday, July 26: the energy is edgy and potentially brittle, our minds easily go to where we disagree as the Sun conjuncts Mars at 4° of Leo. Some long-simmering battles may now come to a head. We can easily pour our critical approach into improving situations, into improved health, into social critique and political justice instead of just getting cranky, but it has to be a decision. If we just look to our beloveds for our happiness, we will find them lacking, so let’s give this analytical energy a good place to go.
Moon opposed Neptune, Moon trine Pluto 11:27 AM Moon square Saturn 6:50 PM, Sun conjunct Mars 6:56 PM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 11:25 PM.
Thursday, July 27: Take a moment to smooth any ruffled feathers from yesterday’s intensity and use today’s sociable, social-justice oriented Libra Moon to reach out and reconnect. Help find diplomatic solutions to yesterday’s conundrums.
Moon square Venus 12:30 AM, Moon opposed Chiron 6:59 AM, Moon enters Libra 9:36 AM, Moon sex tiles Mars 6:31 PM, Moon sextile Sun 7:08 PM.
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