The Sun in Leo forms a trine with Saturn rx in Sagittarius at 5:06pm EST on Sunday, August 13th. This is the second and last trine between the Sun and Saturn this year. The energy is likely to be profitable and conducive for handling responsibilities and combining work with pleasure. Checking things off your to-do list will feel very satisfying today, so get out there and make it happen!
Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn on Tuesday, August 15th at 7:17am. When these two planets face off, finances and relationships can often experience a shakeup. This is because Pluto loves to strip things down and break things apart, and sensitive Venus is no match for Pluto’s intense effects. Obsessions or addictions may seem extra difficult to avoid during this transit. This energy will keep rolling into early Thursday when Venus squares Jupiter in Libra at 2:40am EST, casting a blind eye or encouraging hand to bad habits. Venus square Jupiter can be known for over-exaggerating and wearing rose colored glasses—how rosy will yours be?
Moon Transits this Week:
Eclipse season is upon us for approximately the next 36 days! While this may sound exciting, don’t get carried away. The only for sure with eclipses is that they express themselves rather erratically. Examining an eclipse’s date, time, and longitude is best done when being compared to an individual chart, being sure to note the house in which the eclipse is occurring within the chart. Typically, eclipses are known to trigger upsets—but whether these “upsets” are either good or bad, positive or negative (for lack of better terms), is usually clearer once the eclipse has passed. Taking a look at the house axis that is stressed by an eclipse in a natal chart is the best place to start, but by no means makes it absolutely clear how the energy will manifest.
The partial lunar eclipse on Monday, August 7th will occur at 15°25’ Aquarius in conjunction with the Full Moon at 11:11am EST. Because eclipses occur in series, typically with a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse (then sometimes followed by another lunar eclipse), the partial lunar eclipse can be considered a precursor for the total solar eclipse that will occur in Leo on Monday, August 21st. While lunar eclipses are typically manifested on a more emotional an internal plane, solar eclipses tend to express themselves externally. Thus, in many cases, the internal motivations of the effects of a lunar eclipse precipitate the external results experienced during the solar eclipse. What makes eclipses significant is their proximity to the North and South Nodes, our centers for karma and energetic intake and output in this lifetime. With a partial or total eclipse, there is upset to these centers, as noted earlier. Remember that eclipses are most relevant when applied to the location in which they will take place in your individual chart.
Following Monday’s lunar eclipse, Venus in Cancer will trine Neptune in Pisces on Saturday, August 12th at 1:17am EST (10:17pm PST 8/10). Energy channels dealing with romantic, artistic, spiritual, and creative will be open for accessing this during this transit. Later in the day, Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo at 9:00pm EST. Mercury in Virgo loves to pay attention to the fine print, and during this retrograde period, that characteristic may become overblown. Take advantage of this time to lock down the details of your life and finances, but don’t become petty over the small stuff unless you want to stress until Mercury goes direct on September 5th.
Moon Transits this Week:
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:
Sunday, January 8th
Anyone who was feeling the undertow of Mercury retrograde will breath a sigh of relief in knowing that Mercury goes direct today at 4:43am EST! If you were holding your breath during retrograde or revisiting or reworking areas of your life, you can now begin to relax some and focus on implementing the plans you forged. This transit is supported by the Moon moving into Gemini at 5:06pm today, making mental activity second nature. Good ideas might seem like they are everywhere! Mercury moves into Capricorn later this week on Thursday the 12th at 9:03am, which provides a boost of cardinal energy that encourages initiation, organization, and drive to pull through. Don’t get too loose, though, as Mercury is still in a retrograde shadow as it clears its retrograde path, which will take place on Saturday the 14th. Those who were deeply affected by this retrograde will want to be aware that they may still be susceptible to retrograde energy even after Mercury has turned direct.
Monday, January 9th
The Moon steps into the ring today and sqaures up with Venus, Neptune, and Mars, all in Pisces. Expect heavy emotional fog today and reactions that are based purely on instinct and feeling, possibly to the point of feeling victimized if you allow it. With the Moon in Gemini squaring all of these planets in Pisces throughout the day, your best flow of energy probably lies in rational decision making that surveys and analyzes all the facts. Activate your left brain to make it through today.
Tuesday, January 10th
Moon in Gemini opposite Saturn in Sagittarius at 5:32am EST today sets us up for really reeling in all of the ideas we’ve conjured up since the Moon entered Gemini and considering their feasibility for long term implementation. Saturn in Sagittarius wants to cross-check everything that the Moon in Gemini has come up with to make sure that it will stand the test of time. The Moon will also oppose Mercury in Sagittarius today at 4:38pm EST. You may experience challenges to your ideas today--be prepared to make sure they’ll hold up. After opposing Saturn and Mercury in Sag, the Moon is void of course for about 50 minutes before enters Cancer today at 5:49pm where it’s right at home, providing some emotional comfort to relieve the challenging energy oppositions it encountered earlier in the day.
Wednesday, January 11th
Moon in Cancer is trine Venus in Pisces today at 7:51am EST. This lovely energy pattern should bring out the best of you in both the physical and spiritual realms. Aesthetic creativity will come naturally and intuition will be on high alert. Take some time to fluff up your house and home and just enjoy the positivity that comes with this trine.
Thursday, January 12th
Today is LOADED with planetary energy, starting with the full Moon in Cancer at 6:43am EST. The full Moon forms a grand cross in the cardinal signs, resulting in powerful and perhaps uncontrollable energy patterns with Uranus in Aries (unpredictability), Jupiter in Libra (exaggeration), and the Sun in Capricorn (initiation). Normally full moons are a time to survey the results of what you planted during the new moon, but this full moon is still sending out energy waves that encourage us to continue to act in extreme ways, particularly with Uranus being in Aries--a planet and sign that love impulsive action and unpredictably. Venus and Neptune also line up today in a conjunction in Pisces at 4:54pm EST, so the emotional fog keeps rolling in. If you feel like you need to bunker down today, but all means, please do so! All I can say is, good luck!
Friday, January 13th
Friday the 13th, eek! Some minor planetary aspects take place today, but I think it’s safe to say that everyone will still be recovering from the energy of yesterday’s full moon. Cheers to a low-key Friday the 13th.
Saturday, January 14th
The Moon in Virgo forms a trine with Mercury in Capricorn late in the day (10:59 PST for you west coasters and 1:59am EST on the 15th for east coasters), so the focus is on organizing the details and sweating the small stuff! This is what the Moon in Virgo does best, and it’s supported by Mercury in business-loving Capricorn. Gather all your facts and make business contacts today and into tomorrow--you’re bound to look like a superstar who knows their stuff!
Remember that while these transits will be happening real-time, they are also moving through your natal chart and impacting your native planetary placements. To learn how these transits might affect you specifically, contact me for a natal chart reading!
The motto of Aquarius, “I know,” and its keyword imagination speak to what’s taking place in this card. The woman looks up toward the illuminated window, knowing and acknowledging her higher purpose and aware of the need for coalescence. Aquarius is an unconventional thinker, and the spectrum of the rainbow reflects the myriad of creative ways in which it’s possible to manifest higher purpose. Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius, encourages us to do the unusual and unpredictable.
Another minor planetary association that could be considered is Jupiter, the ruler of expansion and positivity; however, Jupiter rules Sagittarius, a fire sign, and, to me, this card is leaning more toward mental activity rather than physical activity. Despite this, consider looking for Jupiter and its aspects in your natal chart to see what impact it might have on your higher aspirations.
Numerically speaking, this card is a 7 (16 / 1+6=7), indicating that an investment in some form of seeking, searching, thinking or intellectual exploration should be made or is already underway.
With regard to the new moon, this card is inviting us to think creatively about how we can reach new horizons, improve ourselves, find our higher purpose, and turn isolation into motivation. Look at the fire-ruled houses of your natal chart (1st - body, 5th - soul, and 9th - spirit, mind) which are known as the life or personal houses. The planets and their aspects in these houses can indicate how to leverage the physical action of the element of fire in order to act upon the ideas for manifestation that the air sign of this card inspires us to consider.
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