A New Moon in Leo greets us the morning of Sunday, July 23rd at 5:46am EST. This New Moon is taking place at 0° Leo, a transitional but fixed point in the zodiac. Mars is only 1° away from this New Moon, which will provide a burst of motivation and initiation to this fixed energy. While Mars can add a significant source of inspiration to this New Moon, Mars in Leo can also lean toward impatience, vanity, and selfishness. If you’re using the New Moon to plan for upcoming ventures, know that while you may feel lit up and on fire during this time, don’t burn yourself out or run others ragged with demands. Ego checking is sure to be a main theme of this New Moon phase.
On Monday, July 24th, Venus in Gemini and Saturn rx in Sagittarius find themselves opposite one another at 10:54am EST. Cold and dry Saturn has a serious effect on receptive and sensitive Venus, highlighting areas in our lives in which we might need to work a little harder and rely less on our personal charms in order to get ahead. You may be called to use a larger source of wisdom (Saturn in Sag) to harness Venus’s scattered priorities in Gemini. This transit is telling us to hunker down and get our act together, and this planetary pressure is likely to create great creative output if used skillfully. Later in this day, Mercury in Leo makes a trine to Uranus in Aries at 12:33pm EST, urging us to think creatively and consider avenues that might otherwise not seem appealing.
Mercury enters Virgo on Tuesday, July 25th at 7:41pm EST. Detail- and fact-oriented Mercury is in dignity in Virgo, where is excels at digesting the finer points and small details. Consider Virgo the data analyst and quality control center of the zodiac. This transit sheds a no-nonsense light on information that is presented to us, and we might feel hypercritical or analytical during this time frame. While cold and dry Virgo can sometimes be a buzzkill because it’s so factual and realistic, there is also great possibility to use your factual knowledge creatively and playfully with Mercury in this sign. Mercury will be in Virgo until September, since it will move retrograde in mid-August, thus extending its stay in its domain.
The Sun makes an exact encounter with Mars on Wednesday, July 26th at 8:57pm EST. This is a powerful and fiery conjunction that gives us the self-esteem boost we need to get things done. The next 24 hours is a great period to use your personal strengths to initiate a project, communicate your opinion, and take things by the reins.
Moon Transits this Week:
A slowdown of Mercury, our planet of communication, travel, and tricks, takes place this week as it enters Taurus at 12:07am EST on Tuesday, May 16th. While Mercury (the fastest planet) is not always comfortable in Taurus, the slowest and most deeply rooted sign of the zodiac, Mercury can benefit from the change of pace and can learn to be more methodical and focused. Deep and meaningful conversations may be a result of this transit.
A Saturn rx/Uranus trine in the fire signs (Sagittarius and Aries, respectively) on Friday, May 19th at 2:14am EST fuses our regard to the rules with our desire to be an individual. Saturn rx in Sagittarius has been asking us to seriously examine and consider our philosophical, spiritual, and religious leanings. In a trine with Uranus in Aries, you may feel encouraged to pioneer a new idea or expression of yourself while still staying true to your traditional values. This transit forms a grand kite with the North and South Nodes, suggesting that the revelations you come to during this period are related to your true purpose -- what you take in from this world and your subsequent output. Your motivations are likely to turn into accomplishments if this energy is used productively.
Venus in Aries also opposes Jupiter rx in Libra on the 19th at 10:12am EST. This transit will put an extroverted spin on your outward and social expression. With Jupiter in Libra disposited by Venus, Jupiter is looking to Venus for “instructions.” Luckily for Jupiter, Venus just wants to see happiness and creativity in any endeavour. These two benefic planets work well together and do not clash in the opposition. Instead, they seem to amplify one another and facilitate working well with others or in groups.
The final important transit this week is the Sun’s transition into Gemini on Saturday, May 20th at 1:31pm. Ruled by Mercury, Gemini is the brainy sign of the zodiac. Planets in Gemini are most comfortable and most fully expressive in situations in which they can observe, analyze, and report back their intellectualization of these observations. With the Sun in Gemini, there are lots of stakes in your fire, and somehow you are able to keep track of them all. Gemini can be prone to overextending itself out of curiosity and a desire to examine all facets of a topic or situation. This is where it gets its fickle and flighty reputation. With the Sun in this sign for the next month or so, you may be full of ideas, though they may be superficial due to the sheer number of things running through your mind. If your mind won’t stop racing, don’t worry, it’s par for the course, so enjoy the ride!
Moon Phases for this week:
Moon enters Capricorn Sunday, May 14th at 1:37am EST
Moon enters Aquarius Tuesday, May 16th at 10:50am EST
Moon enters Pisces Thursday, May 18th at 11:52pm EST
Sunday, March 19th
The Moon in Sagittarius is sextile Jupiter in Libra at 4:36pm EST which brings good energy for interacting with the outside world today. Your judge of character will be aided by this transit in the event that the Moon square Chiron has you feeling like you’re in a familiar but uncomfortable situation. The Sun is also making its exit from Pisces over the next day, at which point it will complete a full zodiacal year. This transit is putting the dream to bed and gearing up for doing the work to make it happen.
Monday, March 20th
Hey, Aries! The Sun moves into its exaltation in Aries today at 6:29am EST. Having completed a full cycle through the zodiac, it’s now ready to start again and initiate a new project or practice. 0° Aries is a powerful point in any chart, so people with an Aries ascendant will definitely be feeling the vigorous energy the Sun exudes on this special day. While not in rulership, the Sun is considered an honored guest in Aries and therefore expects nothing but the best. Our expectations may be high today, which is perfectly fine as long as they don’t become overbearing. The Moon meets up with Saturn shortly thereafter at 6:37am EST, then makes its way into Capricorn at 11:31am EST. With the Sun in Aries square the Moon in Capricorn (two cardinal signs) at 11:58am EST, today is sure to be business oriented and fruitful for getting things done. The energy for today may feel a little frantic, but it exhausted satisfaction is sometimes the best feeling.
Tuesday, March 21st
The Moon comes into contact with three of our most important personal planets today, starting with a square to Venus early at 2:32am EST (Monday night for westcoasters). The Moon in dertiment in Capricorn square Venus in detriment in Aries results in a dryness that neither the Moon nor Venus are entirely comfortable with. This energy is all about taking care of what needs to get done with no extra frills or sentiment, which is supported by the Moon trine Mars in Taurus aspect at 3:43am EST. Our instinct is challenging us to get things squared away before we can enjoy the fruits of our labor. With the Moon square Mercury in Aries at 6:20pm EST, we’re likely juggling multiple obligations today that may have us running nonstop.
Wednesday, March 22nd
The Moon passes over Pluto today at 1:32am EST, activating the Uranus/Jupiter/Pluto t-square that has been present for some time now. With Pluto activated by the Moon, new revelations make themselves clear today. Issues in relationships may come to a head today, but you are equipped to deal with what presents itself. Today would be a good opportunity to close up open issues or wounds with the Moon sextile Chiron at 1:09pm EST. The Moon later moves into Aquarius at 10:28pm EST, offering a more well-rounded awareness of how we fall into place in our environment.
Thursday, March 23rd
The Moon in Aquarius sextiles the Sun in Aries at 3:58am EST today, helping us integrate our internal motivations with our external actions. Today would be a good day to pursue initiating that new plan or taking the next step, as there is alignment between the Moon and Sun. The Moon sextiles Venus at 10:06am EST, which may reinvigorate our passion and inspiration. Use these two aspects to break through any roadblocks or setbacks when the Moon squares up with Mars in Taurus at 5:20pm EST. Remember that growth should be fun!
Friday, March 24th
Mercury in Aries opposes Jupiter rx in Libra today at 8:45am EST. Jupiter rx is grounding us from getting too carried away with Mercury in Aries. While this aspect can sometimes result in going overboard, Jupiter rx pulls away, deflating Mercury of the air it needs to keep the fire of Aries going strong. This is an aspect that challenges us to reorganize and repurpose our outward expression for a more refined approach. If we want to reach people today, it will need to be done by speaking truthfully but in a way that isn’t offensive or abrupt. The Moon trine Jupiter at 12:03pm EST knows that how you package your message is everything. Stay true to your authentic self and use your quirks to your advantage, but do so in a way that seems well put together and you’re bound to make an impact.
Saturday, March 25th
The Moon enters Pisces today at 6:06am, reconnecting us to our spiritual side and ushering us toward creative openings that may not have been obvious before. The Sun meets up with Venus in Aries at 6:17am EST, adding to the artistic and comfortable vibe for today. In Aries, this transit compels us to take action, so artistic activities may prove to be quite satisfying and soothing with this energy.
Mercury, the messenger and trickster, moves into Sagittarius today at 9:17am EST. Mercury is moving out of Capricorn, where achievements and business matters take place, and back into Sagittarius where communication tends to focus on and analyze the bigger picture, often in a brusque and in-your-face type of way. This is because Sagittarius feels passionate about justice and the wisdom that comes from experience, but Mercury is in detriment in this sign, so even though words may come from a place of truth, they can be cutting and ultimately a liability.
Mercury has been in retrograde (Rx) since December 19, 2016. Its status as retrograde is due to cosmic movement in which Mercury appears to move backward through the constellations from our view on Earth. This is partially due to the fact that Mercury has a much shorter orbit around the Sun (88 days vs. 365 days) and partially due to the Earth’s position at a ~23.5° angle on the ecliptic. Mercury retrograde often calls us to reevaluate how we’re communicating, both to ourselves and with others. Communications during these periods may be slow, misconstrued, or redundant. Technology falters, plans don’t pan out, and lots of times people or things from our past resurface. Mercury retrograde in Capricorn may have had us reaching out to old business contacts or reevaluating where we’re putting our energy with regard to work and career. Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius is now asking us to reconsider our morals and values and challenges us to seek higher thought and full truth before speaking out. There may be an instinct to learn something new or even go back to school at this time. Travel during Mercury retrograde should be carefully planned. Sagittarius is always on the move, but Mercury also rules transit and will want to pull back or retreat while retrograde, which has the potential to create delays.
Since Mercury goes retrograde approximately three times per year, the cosmos give us ample opportunity to reflect, reconsider, and reevaluate. Mercury is a fast moving planet and one that dominates important day-to-day actions like communication, messages, commerce, transit, and jokes, amongst other things. It went retrograde on December 19, 2016 and is scheduled to go direct on Saturday, January 8th at 4:43am EST. Be aware, however, that there is a retrograde shadow that can last approximately two weeks after Mercury goes direct as it completely clears its retrograde path.
Mercury entering Sagittarius will square the Moon in Pisces at 11:17am EST today. This may result in a juxtaposition of seeking comfort through dreams, visualization, and fantasy with having to speak and communicate from a rational and logical standpoint. The moon will be approaching Mercury in retrograde after an exact square, urging us to bring our dreams into concrete thoughts and spoken words, which in turn aids in the co-creation of our lives. Each thought we have has energetic power, but we must bring it into existence. This energy combination is challenging due to the square aspect and requires us to blend the characteristics of opposite elements: fire and water, which may be uncomfortable or even seem unfair at times. Know that this energy pattern exists today so that if it manifests in your life, you can act unbiasedly and from a place of your greatest energetic potential.
Mars will also be conjunct Venus (already in its dignity in Libra) upon entering Libra, so the next week or so should have you feeling extra amorous and romantic, especially when there’s music, mood lighting, and beautiful scenery or people involved. Our meaningful relationships with others will be in full focus, romantic or otherwise; however, try not to be too demanding of your loved ones or neglect those on the periphery of your circle. This may be a good time to try to mend broken relationships or give gifts as expressions of love. Enjoy the energies of this conjunct and don’t be afraid to flirt, show off, and dress to impress! Your high self-esteem should have you feeling yourself and you'll seem absolutely charming!
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