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This Week in Astrology

 

July 20 to 26, 2014


 

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This week's Moon phase
Planets in signs and in aspect
Retrogrades
This week's astrology calendar
Timing with the Moon
Romance & Relationship Report
Daily Trends


A New Moon occurs on Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at 6:42 PM EDT.

On Saturday evening, a New Moon occurs, marking the beginning of a new cycle. The Cancer New Moon cycle ends and the Leo New Moon cycle begins. The New Moon in Leo is an excellent time for formulating some goals regarding "all things Leo". Concentrate on new ways to enhance your romantic life, creative endeavors and hobbies, and relationship with children. Think about the keywords for this self-expressive fire sign -- such things as proud, magnanimous, generous, hospitable, caring, warm, authoritative, active, and open -- and consider ways to incorporate these traits into your personality. With this potent Leo energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives that will benefit us well beyond this Moon cycle. It's time to make some plans and to set the stage for reaping the rewards from our new beginnings, as little or big as they may be, in approximately two weeks' time after the Full Moon occurs. Concentrate on new ways to enhance romance and creativity, and to build up your feelings of confidence and pride.

The New Moon aligns with Jupiter, occurring only two days after the Sun aligns with Jupiter in early Leo, and this encourages us to focus our energies on growing, improving, and expanding. A New Moon on its own brings rather impulsive energy, but with this New Moon also square Mars, the tendency is heightened. We should be especially careful of making big statements or promises without first thinking of our abilities and the potential consequences.

This phase of the Moon occurs at 3 degrees and 52 minutes of Leo, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 0 to 8 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) most significantly.

Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Jul 26, 2014     6:42 PM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Aug  3, 2014     8:50 PM   Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Aug 10, 2014     2:09 PM  Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Aug 17, 2014     8:26 AM  Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Aug 25, 2014    10:13 AM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)

(Times are Eastern)


The Sun is in Cancer until Tuesday, when it enters Leo; Mercury is in Cancer; Venus is in Cancer; Mars is in Libra until July 25th, when it enters Scorpio.

The Sun is in Cancer from June 21-July 22. We are self-protective and insular under this influence. Our attention turns to our nest--our families, homes, and anything that makes us feel "at home", safe, and secure. Nurturing and taking care of our loved ones and our pet projects comes into focus. Emotions run deep. We are more susceptible to the ups and downs of the Moon while the Sun is in Cancer.

The Sun is in Leo from July 22-August 23. In Leo, the Sun is proud, outgoing, and playful. The Leo Sun is intensely individual—not content with simply being just one of the team. It's time to shine, add a touch of color and drama to our lives, and perform. Like the flowers and fruit of the season--blossoming and ripened--this is a time when we want to enjoy ourselves and express ourselves. We are more generous and grand in our gestures and attitudes. On the shadow side, we can also be self-centered and vain.

Mercury is in Cancer from July 13-31. When Mercury is in Cancer, we move from the desire for quantity to the need for quality in terms of the information we are attracted to. We think, speak, and take in information on a deeper, more instinctive level now. We have less interest in what is universal, and more interest in what affects us personally and what affects the people around us. Our thoughts are colored by our emotions, so it is more challenging to be objective.

Venus is in Cancer July 18-August 12. In Cancer, Venus is nurturing, protective and self-protective, cautious, and fertile. We experience many emotional ups and downs in love under this influence due to increased sensitivity and impressionability. We are tender, romantic, and attached. Cancer love is dedicated, warm, and devoted. We show our love through our devotion, care, and concern. We are affectionate and cuddly, and are at our best when we feel safe and secure. 

Mars is in Libra from December 7, 2013-July 25, 2014. We tend to use our charm as a means to an end under the influence of this cycle. Because we can see many different sides to an issue, we can be vacillating and indecisive about how to act. We don't want to be the "bad guy", and rarely resort to force. Instead, we attempt to win arguments with style. We are indirect in approach and inclined towards engaging in mental debates, yet we also attempt to make the opposition comfortable! Passive-aggressiveness is the shadow side of this energy.

Mars is in Scorpio from July 25-September 13. In Scorpio, Mars is driven and focused on getting what it wants. We are persevering, single-minded, and strong. The desire to experience our emotional depths, as well as the urge to penetrate the surface of life in order to explore deeper levels of existence, is powerful. We are fascinated with what others tend to repress, and are drawn to experiencing and understanding these things. We are less inclined to avoid important issues now. In some ways, we are attracted to crisis, as we see crisis as transformative and emotionally exciting. We would rather feel extreme emotions than nothing at all, as mediocrity or the "middle road" is felt to be unsatisfying.

Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5, 2012 and will transit the sign until 2015. Read about Saturn's transit through Scorpio here.

Jupiter entered Leo this week, on July 16th, where it will transit until August 11th, 2015. Read about Jupiter's transit through Leo here.

Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.


Mars is Retrograde in the sign of Libra from March 1 to May 19, 2014 - Mars has turned direct - Mars emerges from its shadow phase this week on the 21st.

26 Dec 2013 00:44 am 09° Libra 02' Mars Enters Rx Zone
01 Mar 2014 11:25 am 27° Libra 32'Rx Mars Stationary Retrograde
19 May 2014 09:28 pm 09° Libra 02' Mars Stationary Direct
21 Jul 2014 02:47 am 27° Libra 32' Mars Leaves Rx Zone

 

Details: 01 Mar 2014 11:25 am EST at 27° Libra 32'Rx to 19 May 2014 09:28 pm EDT at 09° Libra 02'

Mars is in its shadow December 26th, 2013; and then until July 21st, 2014.

Times are Eastern

Mars was retrograde in the sign of Libra until May 19th when Mars turned direct. Take it easy on the day of, and days surrounding, Mars' station (18-20) and then ease back into action slowly but surely. This week, Mars is still in its retrograde hangover and will be until July 21st. Read more about this Mars Retrograde period.


Romance & Relationships

Venus is in Cancer from July 18-August 12. We treat lovers with sympathy and tenderness, providing the emotional nurturing that they need. We tend to "play it safe" when it comes to relationships. Love and devotion is most important to us, and provides us with a sense of inner security. We seek a deep love in which we can merge souls and personalities with our lover. We are quite devoted to our partners, and we seek such devotion in return. However, we could also become possessive, manipulative, and stifling. Familiarity is more important to us now. Our fear of rejection is overdeveloped, and we offer our hearts cautiously as a result. We pay more attention to our lovers' feelings than their words. We feel threatened if a lover acts in an impersonal, overly independent, or detached manner. Safe and solid relationships are more appealing. Romantic and emotional hurts are very hard to forget. In Cancer, Venus is nurturing, protective and self-protective, cautious, and fertile. We experience many emotional ups and downs in love under this influence due to increased sensitivity and impressionability. We are tender, romantic, and attached. Cancer love is dedicated, warm, and devoted. We show our love through our devotion, care, and concern. We are affectionate and cuddly, and are at our best when we feel safe and secure.
 

This week: On Wednesday and Thursday, there is a gentle quality to our interactions, and a striving for the ideal in our relationships with Venus trine Neptune. We are more inclined to see and enjoy the positive qualities in others. Pressures tend to ease with acceptance of one another.

Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:

Venus in Cancer July 18-August 12. Mothering (or being mothered), sympathy, a yearning to put down roots, and a fondness for things that have stood the test of time - these are some of the hallmarks of the phase that now begins in your life. Romantic and social experiences, as well as artistic tastes, will show evidence of these factors.
Venus trine Mars July 12-13. Sexual attraction, romantic activities, and fertility are favored. This is one of the best times to enhance a relationship. Excellent time for starting a new relationship, all things equal.
Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn July 19. Feelings of isolation, of not getting what we really want, and of not being loved the way we want to be loved can get in the way of pleasant relations with our partners.
Venus trine Neptune July 23-24. We perceive romantic situations as if they were "designed" just for us. A magical, romantic time. The pleasures of life are experienced fully. Romance is highly favored. We see the very best in people now, and this eases our interactions and takes the pressure off in personal relationships.
Venus opposition Pluto July 27-28. This is a period of intense feelings, as well as possible emotional distress and tension caused by romantic troubles or social manipulation. An experience of being used or abused physically, emotionally or sexually may cause us suffering or disappointment. Sexually driven emotions are likely now. Fears of betrayal may get the best of us.
Venus square Uranus July 31. We might have to deal with issues of freedom versus intimacy during this period. Peculiar or impulsive attractions are exciting, but unlikely to last very long. Treat them as passing fancies, and enjoy them while they last--but try to hold off on making any big decisions with regards to love today.
Venus trine Saturn July 31-August 1. Relationships are stabilized and steady, although feelings are expressed reservedly, formally, or sparingly. A new sense of realism and maturity in existing partnerships. Relationships begun under this influence possess a distinctly practical theme, almost as if the partnership is a business endeavor, and have much potential to last.
Venus trine Chiron August 1. A commitment-friendly transit. Love can heal old wounds. We are open to romantic feelings.
 


The Moon & Timing

The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here, and is indicative of the "outcome" of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period, or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology). Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. 
 

The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:

Void-of-course Moon on Monday, July 21st, from 10:14 AM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Gemini at 12:37 PM EDT.

VOC Moon on Wednesday, July 23rd, from 8:54 PM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mars), until the Moon enters Cancer at 11:00 PM EDT.

VOC Moon on Friday, July 25th, from 9:55 AM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Mercury), until the Moon enters Leo the next day, Saturday, July 26th, at 10:56 AM EDT.

Void of Course Moon Table for July 2014:

Timing with the Moon - Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives

The Moon is waning this week until the New Moon on Saturday, July 26th - a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings, with exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).

According to principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs from Sunday, July 20th, at approximately 12:30 PM EDT, until Monday, July 21st, at approximately 10:10 AM EDT, while the Moon is in Taurus. Another window occurs on Friday, July 25th, from approximately 8:15 AM to 9:50 AM EDT, while the Moon is in Cancer.

Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:

 
May 29th:     5:12 AM               Mercury enters Cancer
Jun  7th:     7:57 AM                Mercury Retrograde
Jun  9th:     3:50 PM                Neptune Retrograde
Jun 17th:     6:04 AM               Mercury Retrograde enters Gemini
Jun 20th:     8:45 AM                Chiron Retrograde
Jun 21st:     6:51 AM               Sun enters Cancer
Jun 23rd:     8:33 AM               Venus enters Gemini
Jul  1st:     8:50 AM                Mercury Direct
Jul 13th:    12:45 AM               Mercury enters Cancer
Jul 16th:     6:30 AM               Jupiter enters Leo
Jul 18th:     10:06 AM               Venus enters Cancer
Jul 20th:     4:36 PM                Saturn Direct
Jul 21st:     10:53 PM                Uranus Retrograde
Jul 22nd:     5:41 PM               Sun enters Leo
Jul 25th:     10:25 PM               Mars enters Scorpio
Jul 31st:     6:46 PM               Mercury enters Leo
Aug 12th:     3:24 AM               Venus enters Leo
Aug 15th:    12:44 PM               Mercury enters Virgo
Aug 23rd:    12:46 AM               Sun enters Virgo


See also: The Astrology of 2014 - Overview.

Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).

This Week's Calendar

 

 

This Week's Aspects

MercuryoppositionPluto Mercury opposition Pluto. This energy produces either a compulsive need to talk or a desire to withhold information. Obsessive thinking, attempts to persuade others to think like we do, insisting on knowing the "truth" or on exposing falsehoods, making mountains out of molehills--these are all possibilities now. This aspect can also represent mental anxiety or concern. On the other hand, it can suggest the ability to engage in deep, penetrating communication.

VenustrineNeptune Venus trine Neptune. We are more attuned to the world of beauty, the arts, and the imagination. Compassion, harmony, kindness, and openness characterize this transit. Gentleness with others is the best way to harness this energy. This can be a "magical" time on a romantic and social level. The pleasures of life are experienced fully. We see the very best in people now, and this eases our interactions and takes the pressure off in personal relationships. Romance is highly favored.

SunJupiter Sun conjunct Jupiter. Vitality increases as we build our confidence. We feel more generous, optimistic, and sociable under this influence. We might hunger for increased recognition and respect, and, with our generous attitude and concern for others' well-being, we might just get what we want. This is a good time to take steps to grow something--our business, our significant relationships, and so forth. This transit also favors legal, educational, religious, and cultural endeavors.

MercurysquareUranus Mercury square Uranus. Our senses are stimulated, and we could have sudden flashes of insight or fresh new ideas. However, our ideas are not always received well by others and we can be scatter-brained. It's a challenge to deal with routine matters or monotonous tasks under this influence. Tasks may be left undone or interrupted. This is not a good time to be understood, so we may want to hold off presenting our ideas for the time being. New information can surface now that upsets the status quo, but can also act to stimulate our minds into new ways of thinking.

MercurytrineSaturn Mercury trine Saturn. Clear, realistic thinking characterizes this influence. A good time to get organized, to do detail work, and to prepare for the future. Decisions made now tend to be practical and well thought out. Work done now is likely to beget tangible results in the future. Conversations may be spare but to the point. Manifestation and achievement are what satisfy.

 

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Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).

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See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs.


What's In Store By the Stars - Daily Astrology Trends

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July 20
The Moon is in earthy, practical Taurus all day. It's appropriate to slow ourselves down in order to take stock of our needs, wants, and duties. Saturn turns direct today after retrograde motion since March 2nd. Saturn will not turn retrograde until after it's left Scorpio and entered Sagittarius in the last few days of the year. Our responsibilities, and perhaps our limitations, are magnified now. Over the coming weeks, our long-term goals and plans become clearer. We have a clearer sense of what needs to be done.

July 21
The Moon continues its transit of steady Taurus until 12:37 PM EDT, when it enters curious, adaptable Gemini. Uranus turns retrograde today, and will remain retrograde until December 21st. During this cycle, our desires to make changes in our lives can be turned inward as we get in touch with what it is that is holding us back from living more spontaneously and authentically. We may be less obviously rebellious, and more inclined to follow the rules or toe the line, especially with Saturn having just turned direct. With Saturn direct and Uranus retrograde, we have a more conservative approach to pursuing our goals. Generally speaking, this is a less rebellious and more responsible time. At least when it comes to appearances, we tend to follow the rules.

A void of course Moon occurs from 10:14 AM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Gemini at 12:37 PM EDT.

July 22
The Moon is in Gemini all day. Mercury opposes Pluto early into the day, and we might either feel a compulsive need to talk and question, or a desire to withhold information. There can be an insistence on knowing the truth, or more likely to expose falsehoods. We might also feel a lot of pressure to come to a decision. Late afternoon (ET), the Sun enters Leo, where it will transit until August 23rd. In Leo, the Sun is proud, outgoing, and playful. The Leo Sun is intensely individual - not content with simply being just one of the team. It's time to shine, add a touch of color and drama to our lives, and perform. Like the flowers and fruit of the season, blossoming and ripened, this is a time when we want to enjoy ourselves and express ourselves. We are more generous and grand in our gestures and attitudes. On the shadow side, we can also be self-centered and vain.

July 23
The Moon is in Gemini almost all day, until 11:00 PM EDT, when it enters Cancer. With a Gemini Moon, we tend to create more movement in our lives. We tend to seek out others, opinions, ideas, and answers. We adapt easily to change, and in fact we crave surprise, novelty, and intelligent responses in others. Its only major aspect today is a trine to Mars this evening, and we tend to seek out experience rather than wait for things to happen. We tend to be more resourceful, trust our instincts, and react well to competition.

A void of course Moon occurs from 8:54 PM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mars), until the Moon enters Cancer at 11:00 PM EDT.

July 24
 

The Moon ends its void period at 12:07 AM EDT, when the Moon enters Aries.

July 25
 

A void of course Moon occurs from 9:55 AM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Mercury), until the Moon enters Leo the next day, Saturday, July 26th, at 10:56 AM EDT.

July 26
 

The Moon ends its void period at 10:56 AM EDT, when the Moon enters Leo.

 

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Moon Signs This Week:
 

When the Moon is in Taurus

MoonTaurusWe are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and "stop to smell the roses". Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.

The Moon in Taurus generally favors the following activities: Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.

When the Moon is in Gemini

MoonGeminiOur basic instinct is to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. We are motivated by a desire for variety and by an instinctive curiosity. The Moon in Gemini is light-hearted, breezy, and curious, but it can also be restless and fickle.

The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

When the Moon is in Cancer

MoonCancerThe restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. A feeling of belonging and safety is what motivates us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.

When the Moon is in Leo

MoonLeoThe Moon in Leo speaks to our "inner child". It's a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention--when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It's a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.

The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.

 

When the Moon is in...Transits of the Moon through the Signs.

This Week's Planetary Positions By Sign (General Trends):

Sun in Cancer Being more in touch with your emotional roots is a keynote of the cycle that now takes hold in your life. This has to do with feelings, but it's more than that: it's about making the things you feel and care about a reality. At some levels, this means a greater focus on family life - parents, children, relatives, the whole domestic scene. On a somewhat broader scale, you're likely to find that houses and other real property take on greater significance for you. Nurturing is where it's at in your life now: making things grow and taking care of them, planting seeds that will develop and survive far into the future - that's what it's all about.

Sun in Leo "This I do for me" is your motto at a time like this. This is your time to shine, like a swirl of starstuff that has finally reached critical mass and suddenly starts to give off more light than it receives. Issues of pride, mastery, and appreciation become more and more central to your lifestream as this cycle progresses, as does a very important lesson: it's not what you do so much as how you do it, not who you are so much as how you make others feel about themselves. If it doesn't come from the heart, it shouldn't matter now.

Mercury in Cancer Gut-level is the way you think, speak, and perceive in the cycle you have just begun. You aren't interested in the superficial; instead, you want to get right to the root of things. You don't care about the universal, only about how things impact you and yours. Intellect and emotion mix to the point of inseparability.

Venus in Cancer Mothering (or being mothered), sympathy, a yearning to put down roots, and a fondness for things that have stood the test of time - these are some of the hallmarks of the phase that now begins in your life. Romantic and social experiences, as well as artistic tastes, will show evidence of these factors.

Mars in Libra "I'm giving you a definite maybe" - that's the motto of the cycle you're now entering. It's a time of refinement and tact, of an urge to please others that is so strong as to make it hard to decide or act for fear of offending someone. You'll quickly learn to balance this out, or you'll discover that there is no peace in compromise - and this can be tough on close relationships. The trick is to find the win-win solution to the no-win situation - and if anyone's ever up to it, you are now.

Mars in Scorpio Tear it down and build it up again, reach in and pluck out the offending element: that's what the new cycle you have entered is like. Power becomes a compelling idea, perhaps even an aphrodisiac - and you've got a stronger than usual supply of it now. Use it, don't abuse it - or you might find that it's a two-edged sword!

Jupiter in Leo High drama, big romance, a creative bonanza: this is the stuff dreams are made of now. The world is your stage, the spotlight is your goal, and the love and appreciation of others is the air you breathe. Children, lovers, admirers: these are the people who figure large in your life as this cycle progresses. A willingness to gamble on the future.

Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.

Uranus in Aries
A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.

Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver's seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?

Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable - and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you'd think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place...

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