On the surface layer we have a nice sociable, Sunny summer’s week ahead. The season-long Venus-Jupiter conjunction continues to glow in the western evening sky and warm our hearts, stir creativity, and encourage our sociability. These two together expand all of our feelings, and enjoyment of a pleasant afternoon or the flirtation of a new romance through our darker emotions. But they always call us back to our heart, and ask us to find a more compassionate and creative way forward. Venus is her absolute brightest now as she begins to move between us and the Sun and gets ready to retrograde July 26- Sept 7, let her beauty pour us.
We’ll need all the love we can get this week as we also head into some tense aspects that require a productive use of discontent, even on a lovely summer day. These aspects will encourage us to break down and rebuild some structure in our lives that’s not quite working, whether it’s our front porch or the economic state of the European Union.
Mental Mercury is busy this week; it bi-quintiles Saturn on Saturday, semi-squares Jupiter and trines intuitive Neptune on Monday. Mercury then joins Mars on Wednesday and both approached a potentially scary and depressing opposition to transformative Pluto, and both square change-invoking Uranus over the next two weeks. Whenever the faster moving planet’s tag off Uranus and Pluto, which they will do several times a year ( if not always in tandem like Mercury and Mars are doing now), they dance on and stimulate the world changes instigated as Uranus and Pluto squared off from 2012-2015.
Underneath iced tea on the front steps and other Venusian summery glory, Pluto and Uranus bring our minds to whatever we worry about, wherever we wonder if we have the chops to proceed, or feel like our life is not living up to our potential. Our attention may be brought to a secret grief or concern to or bring simple damage by blustering winds or scalding word. They can give us the muscles to do big macho projects, but also increase accidents. So let’s be careful with one another.
We can let this murky Pluto-Mercury aspect remind us of the ephemeral sweetness of the moment and use it to make the most of our time. Instead of feeling stuck in the darkness, let’s honor any free-floating sad memories and let them flow, feel the gap between who we are and where we want to be, and, while being kind to ourselves, use it to stimulate us to action. Let’s forgive ourselves and occasional moment of overwhelm and practice good self-care. Build our resilience by availing ourselves to the beauty of the summer and the support of people around us.
For a few global hotspots these aspects turn up the heat and can bring problems to boil. But we don’t have to use this energy for conflict. We can compete with our personal best. We can tackle our problem that needs all of our attention. We can make a decisive statement to a difficult relative or tackle the toughest issue in our house and really take it on. We can confront our contribution to global warming. But if we don’t have a worthy task or opponent we can get snarky with one another. If we feel this irritable energy rising, let’s look for a problem that the family can tackle together rather than make each other the problem.
The weekend begins under a sybaritic Taurus Moon, good for delicious picnics and visits with friendly if intransigent relatives. Important conversations begin on Sunday under the Gemini Moon, though information comes in bits and pieces of broken conversation. But this can lead to some form of crises midweek as Mercury and Mars conjunct and oppose Pluto. In response to this tension some people fall back on their most familiar or conservative views. We’ll have the creativity to resolve these issues quickly if we’re willing to honor each other’s need for safety and security in the process.
But this can lead to some form of crises midweek as we head into the new Moon in Cancer as Mercury and Mars conjunct and oppose Pluto. We’ll be able to find creative answers quickly if we’re willing to honor each other’s need for safety and security in the process.
Friday, July 10: We’ll be frustrated if we try to hurry people or change their minds, but a nice settled pace allows us to sink in our teeth into work that takes diligence and curiosity as the Taurus Moon trines Pluto. Summer beckons us to indulge. Evening is perfect for a slow foods meal as the Moon sextiles the Sun, though a cranky spell may kick in towards midnight.
Moon sextile Neptune 6:28 AM, Moon and sextile Mars 8:26 AM, Moon trine Pluto 2:24 PM, Moon sextiles Sun 10:07 PM, Moon semi-sextile Mercury 11:50 PM,
Saturday, July 11: A mental nervous tic needs attention on an otherwise delicious Saturday morning; a minor Mercury-Saturn aspect can cause us to chew productively upon a problem. The hardware store beckons us to get supplies needed to complete unfinished projects, and we’ll rest better when we tackle them. If there’s some disagreement about priorities midafternoon, don’t try to convince others to do what you want to do, cheerfully agree to tend to your own. It’s easy to obsess about our romances or interpersonal dynamics today, but won’t be productive; much of these knots will dissolve in a few hours. Late afternoon, if it’s hard to accomplish anything, give in and put the feet up. Let Saturday renew. We get lighten up and get a second wind tonight as the Moon enters mobile Gemini.
Mercury bi-quintile Saturn 1:20 AM, Moon square Jupiter 6:55 AM, Moon semi-square Mars 12:04 PM, Moon square Venus 1:57 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 3:52 PM, then Moon VOC until Moon enters Gemini 6:16 PM,
Sunday, July 12: Unexpected advanced may surprise us. The energy is disjointed and easily interrupted, our nerves can still feel a little frazzled and focus is hard to find as the Sun squares Uranus. But in this interrupted energy flow, we can make change. It’s a good day for relocating, travelling, or reorganizing; productive use of discontent. We may be have to incorporate information that’s uncomfortable or changes our plans in response, or just want to act out. Let’s not take one another’s static personally, but use the disconnected energy to unhinge from places where we felt stuck, and begin to conceive of positive changes going forward.
Moon semi-squares Sun 2:37 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus 3:56 AM, Moon square Neptune 11:18 AM, Sun square Uranus 8:52 PM,
Monday, July 13: Use this interestingly productive day to either relax near water as Mercury trines oceanic Neptune, or to envision a difference, and engage the conversation to help make it so. We really can think outside the box and use our imagination to solve problems and communicate. Write, express the soul through words. Tonight, though, our mind needs a rest; we may really need to step out and let the wheels spin.
Mercury semi-square Jupiter 6:08 AM, Mercury trine Neptune 1:13 PM, Moon sex tile Jupiter 1:20 PM, Sun trine Chiron 8:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 9:31 PM, then Moon VOC
Tuesday, July 14: Tension or discomfort begins to build today as the Moon wanes in deep feeling Cancer while emotional Venus squares Saturn. It’s easy to feel a little sulky, and want the world to prove that we’re safe and loved, or else. We may be prone to testing relationships when what we really need to do is support and structure. Deal with how form can support function, how strength can create beauty. Nurture oneself and signal to beloveds that they are safe and cared for. Don’t ask people to take business risks today or tomorrow.
Moon enters Cancer 1:14 AM, Venus squares Saturn 1:47 AM, Mars sesquiquadrate Saturn 3:26 PM, Moon semi-square Jupiter 6:16 PM, Moon trine Neptune 6:47 PM
Wednesday, July 15: This could be a busy and difficult astrological day, so lead with kindness, empathy, and stay grounded. Mercury and Mars conjunct and oppose Pluto, and could bring us some conflict or difficulty to a head. It’s a great time to deconstruct the house for renovation, to get out aggressions and give in to a desire to break down and rebuild in a safe and productive way. Watch that destructive energy doesn’t lash out unnecessarily. Be careful around sharp implements. Walk away from a fight with beloveds until ready to listen with an open heart; assume any tension is underlying anxiety speaking, and not the real feelings. After the new Moon around 9:24 PM we can feel a turning point towards rebuilding and nurturing.
Moon conjunct Mars 1:49 AM, Moon opposed Pluto to 10 AM, Venus semi-square Mars 7:54 AM, Mars opposed Pluto 8:12 AM, Venus sesquiquadrate Pluto 8:27 AM, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn 11:49 AM, Moon square Uranus to 10 PM, Mercury opposed Pluto 5:39 PM, Moon conjunct the Sun 7:24 PM, Mercury semi-square Venus 7:32 PM, Mercury conjunct Mars 10 of 14 p.m.,
Thursday, July 16: A new beginning, a chance to recover, a deep breath, and our resilience may have been tested yesterday, today we need to take care of ourselves and consider our next moves. Our defenses are heightened; we need to reach into our maturity to make balanced decisions to move forward. Interesting decisions can be made around home, homeland, and nesting. Late afternoon grows more expansive, sociable, yet with a hunger for intensity.
Mercury conjunct Mars 12:14 AM, Moon trine Saturn 7:24 AM, and then VOC, Moon enters Leo 10:14 AM