Venus enters Cancer on Monday, July 31st at 10:54am EST. This receptive planet and sign combination sends waves of sensitive energy until the end of August. Venus represents our sense of self-esteem, aesthetic standards, sense of affection, social urges, and source of money. When in Cancer, Venus is sensitive, intuitive, sympathetic, security-seeking, and instinctually charming. A skilled Venus in Cancer is nurturing, encouraging, and creative, while an unskilled Venus in Cancer can be defensive, defeatist, and even martyristic. How will you use this energy over the next month?
Uranus in Aries moves retrograde on Thursday, August 3rd at 1:31am EST (10:31pm PST on August 2nd). Uranus is considered the “awakener” of the planets, and when it moves retrograde, we experience internal realizations that shed light on our ways of being. Uranus rx in Aries is asking us to awaken to our natural and instinctive selves, and to exert ourselves in ways that make us stand out as unique from our surroundings. We are also urged to break away from internal constructs and stories that confine us. Uranus will remain retrograde until early January 2018, so we have the remainder of the year to work on liberating ourselves from the constant and limiting tapes that we allow to control us.
Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto rx in Capricorn on Friday, August 4th at 2:48pm EST. This is the second square-off between these two planets this year (they last met on March 30th), which marks major shifts in self-control and personal development, for better or worse. When these two planets last met, Jupiter was retrograde in Libra while Pluto was direct in Capricorn—now the opposite is the case, with Jupiter direct in Libra and Pluto rx in Capricorn. This transit sheds light on where we should exert self-control in order to achieve positive results. If not managed appropriately, this transit can also result in sloppy and domineering behavior. Jupiter is often shy about managing the details of things, while Pluto uses the details to empower. This transit asks you to integrate these energies for the greater good, particularly in our external relationships and business dealings.
Moon Transits this Week:
Mars in Cancer squares Jupiter in Libra on Sunday the 25th at 2:07am EST. Jupiter will have a positive effect on assertive Mars which is struggling in emotional Cancer. Mars will need this benefic boost to function more effectively in Cancer. Over the next five days or so, this square will challenge us to take action on and acknowledge the areas of our lives in which we can benefit from more knowledge and tact. It’s so much easier to talk the talk before walking the walk, and this Mars/Jupiter square is calling us to walk the walk. Early Sunday the 26th, Mars will trine Neptune in Pisces at 2:18am EST, activating our intuitive senses and responses. Use this trine to lead you down the path that Jupiter illuminates the day before.
Mercury (in Cancer), our planet of communication, deal-making, and practical jokes has a very prominent role in this week’s astrology. It first squares Jupiter in Libra on Tuesday the 27th at 2:21pm EST. This square will amplify our inherent chatty, outgoing, and comical natures, so just try not to take anything too seriously. Conversations may become deeper, or even feelings hurt by careless remarks, once Mercury trines Neptune in Pisces the same day at 8:22pm EST.
On Wednesday the 28th, Mercury in Cancer meets up with Mars in Cancer at 3:50pm EST. Physical and verbal reactions to things that get under your skin may be highly likely today, and with these two planets in Cancer, the nurturer of the zodiac, you are being called to respond to these types of situations in a compassionate and understanding way. Don’t lose track of the journey that the Mars/Jupiter square has set you upon this week!
Natural leadership abilities will be enhanced for the next few days starting Thursday the 29th when Mercury opposes Pluto rx in Capricorn at 8:36pm EST. Pluto is a power-seeking planet, and retrograde in Capricorn has us restructuring our business approaches and ways that we manage our personal affairs. Opposite Mercury in Cancer, we are being called to combine our leadership qualities with our abilities to communicate to others that they are appreciated. Pluto is known to have a darker side, so be aware that meddling or gossiping will probably not end well.
Chiron moves retrograde early Saturday, June 1st at 3:09am EST and will remain that way until December 5th, 2017. Chiron represents our natural teaching and healing abilities—where we sacrifice ourselves to benefit the mental and physical well-being of others. Where Chiron is in our charts represents where our bodies, minds, instincts, and intellects merge. When retrograde, Chiron compels us to seek inner healing and teaching—to apply the blessings and advice that we have been giving others back to ourselves. The house in which transiting Chiron falls in your chart represents the area of life in which you will benefit most from doings so. Use the next 6 months or so to focus on self-care in that realm.
Moon Transits this Week:
On Sunday, June 18th, Mercury in Gemini opposes Saturn rx in Sagittarius at 3:07pm EST. Decision making will be key over the next two days or so, and Saturn is demanding that you choose wisely. Don’t sweat this transit too much, since Mercury in Gemini is well-armed with facts and opinions, but it’s possible you might feel pigeonholed into having to choose between options you don’t like. The energy from this transit can be used to get things organized and grab ahold of your ambition, just be discerning about where you place your mental energy.
The Sun enters Cancer on Wednesday, June 21st at 12:24am EST. The Sun’s movement into cardinal Cancer marks the summer solstice in which the Sun is at its highest peak and will continue to decline until it enters Capricorn for the winter solstice in December. In Cancer, the Sun sheds light on our emotional well-being, home, and family life. It embodies the feminine divine that we all have, and it rules our intuitive sensing. Over the next month or so, you may feel emphasis that the Sun has in these aspects of your life depending on where Cancer falls in your natal chart.
Mercury is not too far behind the Sun, and changes from Gemini to Cancer shortly thereafter at 5:57am EST. Mercury is out of bounds at this point, high above the Sun’s orbit. In Gemini, it is able to look out objectively, but as it transitions into Cancer and embarks on its descent closer to the Sun’s orbit, communications become more instinctual and intuitive with a sense of urgency to get things done. Your gut responses may feel strong following this change of sign, so know that they are in tune with your inner energy.
A Full Moon in Cancer takes place Friday, June 23rd at 10:31pm EST. The Moon is the ruler of Cancer and therefore is in essential dignity. During this Full Moon phase, it is able to function to the best of its abilities. The Full Moon in Cancer instinctually sends us back to our home or a place where we feel secure and comforted. Those who are Cancer or water dominant may feel great pleasure in being a homebody and sprucing up their personal space. Emotional connections will take precedence during this Full Moon, so don’t be surprised if you feel compelled to reach out to loved ones or those who are important to you during this time.
Venus in Taurus trines Pluto rx in Capricorn for the first time in 2017 on Saturday, June 24th. With the trine energy, these two planets will work together. Venus in Taurus is in essential dignity and at the height of her feminine and sexual expression. With a trine to Pluto, a planet notorious for the darker side of sexual pursuits, Venus is set up for some serious attraction and lust today, but know that any trysts that come of this trine may not necessarily stand the test of time, as Pluto loves to break things down in order to start something new. Enjoy the energy and sexual release if this transit finds you today. This is also a fantastic transit for business and leadership endeavors, just know that they may eventually morph into something very different from what they first started out as.
Moon Transits this Week:
Sunday, May 7th
The Moon in Libra trines Mars in Gemini at 11:56am EST. Mars in Gemini is fueled by a Mercury-like energy that will enable you to complete your familial obligations, as well as make time for getting together with friends. The Moon passes over Jupiter in Libra at 7:01pm EST, making today a great day in general for getting together with friends or enjoying company in your home.
Monday, May 8th
The Moon in Libra squares Pluto rx in Capricorn at 3:56am EST and opposes Uranus in Aries at 4:47pm EST, posing some challenges for working with others. The Moon/Pluto square may result in power struggle issues, with the Moon inclined to look on the bright side of things and Pluto wanting to get down to business. This power struggle is most likely to take place internally vs. externally. You may feel as though you have to sacrifice amenities today just to get the job done. Uranus in Aries is likely to mix things up just when you feel that you’ve gotten a grasp of them, so be prepared to embrace the unexpected, particularly when it comes to relationships.
Tuesday, May 9th
The Moon enters Scorpio today at 1:01am EST, gearing up for tomorrow’s full Moon. The Sun in Taurus trines Pluto rx in Capricorn at 2:24pm EST, one of only two trines between these planets in 2017. This transit should have us feeling empowered and in control, with both planets in harmony in stable earth signs.
Wednesday, May 10th
Mercury in Aries passes over Uranus in Aries at 1:20am EST. This is the third and last meetup between these planets this year. This transit should be the easiest to deal with, not only because we’ve now experienced two Mercury/Uranus conjunctions, but also because Mercury is now direct for this last transit. The urge to fire off at the mouth or verbalize your wildest ideas will be present, but perhaps more developed. Sometimes your craziest ideas are your best ideas, so see where they take you. The Full Moon in Scorpio happens today at 5:42pm EST, illuminating the path and bringing to light hidden aspects or circumstances we should consider.
Thursday, May 11th
The Moon moves into Sagittarius today at 12:59pm EST, and later Mars in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces at 1:52pm EST. The Mars/Neptune square may bring up hidden or secret issues that we need to continue to address following the full Moon and up to two weeks thereafter. This transit is also prone to impulse and reaction, often times giving us the impression that we should pursue or respond to something that may not be exactly as it appears. Try to avoid the wild goose chase that this square might throw at you.
Friday, May 12th
Luckily the Mars/Neptune uncertainty takes a turn for the better when Mars in Gemini trines Jupiter rx in Libra at 6:19am EST. This transit will take the edge off and any suspicion you may have been experiencing should be assuaged. This transit is particularly good for self-esteem, and you will likely feel quite confident in your decisions and actions today.
Saturday, May 13th
The Moon in Sagittarius passes over Saturn rx in Sagittarius at 6:56pm EST. This transit will bring our spiritual and familial obligations to light, and may ask us to reconsider how we have been approaching these obligations. Is there room to improve or streamline? This concept may be on your mind today.
Sunday, April 16th
The Moon in Sagittarius links up with Saturn at 2:26pm EST, then goes void of course until entering Capricorn at 7:05pm EST. The void of course Moon in Sagittarius is considered to be an opportunity period or a favorable period, as the Moon in any sign that is ruled or related to Jupiter, is fortunate. Since Jupiter rules Sagittarius, the Moon void of course experiences no interference with other transiting planets or energy. Enjoy the later few hours of Sunday funday!
Monday, April 17th
The Sun in Aries trine Saturn rx in Sagittarius at 8:43am EST gives us the structure needed to be productive today. Saturn rx offers the opportunity to use the structures already in place to pursue your personal goals and interests. Today is a great day to get organized and make it work.
Tuesday, April 18th
The Moon crosses paths with Pluto today at 9:58am EST, heightening our emotional awareness and instinct to react or lash out. Feelings may be intense today, and mood swings wouldn’t be unexpected, as the energies of these two planets combined demand freedom but crave love and fulfillment.
Wednesday, April 19th
Hey, Taurus! Your season officially begins at 5:27pm EST. The gifts Taurus brings to the next month or so include practicality, determination, loyalty, and aesthetic. Taurus wants us to indulge in the things we find pleasure in, and asks us to treat ourselves, but not until the job is done. The motto for this spring is definitely work hard, play harder.
Thursday, April 20th
Pluto goes retrograde today at 8:49am EST and stays that way until September 28th. Since this retrograde period lasts 5 months, its effects may feel prolonged. Pluto is considered to be the planet of transformation, rebirth, and resurrection. When retrograde, it prompts us to undergo an internal investigation of areas in which we need a complete overhaul. This inventory and change doesn’t need to take place overnight, but over a period of time in which you can truly put effort into the work. Any pain or discomfort encountered during this retrograde will make complete sense on the other side.
Friday, April 21st
Mars enters Gemini today at 6:32am where it’s MUCH happier in erratic and fast-paced Gemini. After coming from slow and steady Taurus, the air of Gemini fuels a boost of energy that reignites Mars’ fire and gets our wheels turning. We’ll need it today since Venus in Pisces squares Saturn rx in Sagittarius at 7:09am EST, challenging our relationships and social roles for the third of four times this year. With The moon moving into Pisces today at 3:43pm EST, you might find that it’s easier to spend Friday night alone, saving money, being creative, and crossing things off your to-do list.
Saturday, April 22nd
The Moon meets up with Neptune today, encouraging us to chill out from the hectic week of planetary energy. This is a perfect vibe for Earth Day. Listen to some good tunes, play outside, and get the creative juices flowing for a feel-good day today.
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