Welcome to the forecast! All times are Pacific Standard Time. Chart wheel courtesy Solar Fire v.9.
Monday 7/23 the moon is in Sagittarius; the mood is broadminded and exploratory, and it’s also a very dreamy day, with our thoughts and behaviors anything but practical. Moon squares both Venus and Neptune: things can seem insecure due to inertia and lack of focus. Summon your inner Space Cadet! This dreamy energy continues to grow during Monday into Tuesday when Venus (values, love, money) opposes Neptune (the urge to merge with the cosmos), exact Tuesday at 12:24 p.m. Even though Venus is in practical, no-nonsense Virgo it is out-gassed by that giant of illusion, Neptune: feels foggy in our relationships. Other people in your environment may alert you to what is real and what is an illusion, what is of value and what isn’t. Be wary of being deceived. Oppositions involve other people and external events/stimuli. But other than that, allow yourself to intentionally create environments that allow you to be receptive to positive vibes: listen to inspiring music, enjoy beauty, allow yourself to be inspired and connect with the universe.
Tuesday 7/24 we come back down to earth at 2:49p.m. when the moon moves into work-oriented Capricorn. It’s not bad initially because of a nice flowing aspect to Uranus in Taurus at 7:49p.m. This is inventive in the earth-plane: good brainstorming and creative solutions. Then the responsible Capricorn moon (security) conjuncts (fuses) with Saturn (reality) at 10:48 p.m. Just getting to bed feels like and effort and duty is on our minds. Insomnia, difficulty sleeping could be an issue with this energy. Added to the mix is a square overnight between the Sun in dramatic Leo with Uranus in Taurus: restlessness, wanting to be recognized are themes here.
Wednesday 7/25 could be a grumpy wake up after last night. It’s a task oriented day but an intense one as we move towards evening. Capricorn moon forms friendly but brief angles of opportunity with Jupiter and Neptune; feel your faith and spirituality as it applies to your plans for the long-game. Mercury stations retrograde at 10:03 p.m. at 23 degress of Leo. The usual prescriptive applies: Mercury is the swift moving messenger, and when a swift moving planet representing communication stops and just as swiftly moves backwards, expect glitches and delays in all things related to how you communicate and travel. In Leo, Mercury is confident in it’s opinions and thoughts; positions are taken and not changed. I expect to hear lots of noisy, overconfident and bellicose speech, especially up until August 11th: that’s when forward moving Jupiter (big) in Scorpio (mega-emotions) squares the backwards moving Mercury, and the emotions get caught up in the need and demand by mercury in Leo to recognized.
Thursday 7/26 sees some pressure and it’s not a real social day; nothing you can’t handle, it’s just the day before the full moon eclipse. Early in the morning the Capricorn moon meets up with Pluto; the focus is work, duty, responsibility. Later in the day Sun in muscular Leo makes two hard aspects to Mars and Saturn; these three planets involve projection and protection of the ego; throughout the afternoon and evening this energy pattern will prevail. Opportunities for arguments and tension are strong. Discipline and focus on work and your own agenda are the best options
Friday 7/27 the moon is in Aquarius and the full moon/lunar eclipse (visible over the Indian subcontinent) is exact at 1:20p.m. This is what it looks like:
This full moon sees the moon in Aquarius (detachment and sudden change) tightly conjunct (fused) to both Mars (anger, personal will) and to the south node of the moon (regressive behavior, past lives). This volatile package is unfeeling; it doesn’t want to advance, change, grow: it wants things to go back to how they once were. So, the temptation to backslide–whatever that means to you, personally–will be strong, and don’t beat yourself up if you do! You’re just learning more about what your heart’s desire is, not your ego’s desire!
The Sun is in Leo opposite this Aquarius cluster and urges us all to connect with the warmth and passion of our heart center and be passionately generous and share ourselves, our gifts and what we love about our experience with others. We need to bring this into the world. This eclipse offers us a chance to truly connect with our heart’s desire and feel the divine spark of our passion. Eclipses bring endings; and if something or someone has been keeping you off-track from achieving your desire there could be an ending, so that you can move forward. Uranus (sudden change) is the planet that rules the moon in Aquarius, and it squares both Big Lights this eclipse, adding to the probability of violent, sudden, unexpected events expressing these energies: I expect to see an uptick in rebellions and acts of violence this full moon, extending until August 7th when Uranus gains it’s maximum power as it stations retrograde. Also expressing itself strongly this lunation is the easy flow between Venus (love) and Pluto (power); expect intense emotions; these feelings may be body-felt given both planets are in earth. You may learn something useful (Virgo) about your relationships. If you’re a Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius Sun sign with birthdays 4/20–4/27, 7/23-7/30, 10/23-10/30 and 01/20-01-27 this eclipse will be potent for you!
Once we get to the weekend, the worst is over and on Saturday 7/28 the themes of the full moon are still in effect; I expect we’ll be processing what happened. On Sunday 7/29 the moon goes into Pisces at 4:28p.m., and there is finally a gentle energy available to soothe us and bring some spiritual grounding.
My channeled inspiration: Another sound metaphor this week! I was prompted to hear this brand-new song on KXCI by Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter and it sounds dreamy, in love, sad, longing, happy, wishing, merging, relating, ocean currents: Neptune and Venus, together! I rarely hear a song that sums up these two states of being.
Last thoughts: Use your heart as your guide this week and focus on what is working for you; what is something you personally feel passionate about, feel deeply about and want to share with the world? If you find yourself out of focus early in the week, or feeling like you want to regress, don’t worry too much about it and be easy on yourself. The south node of the moon is past lives and people from your past may unexpectedly reappear during this time.