July 27—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. Perfection implies completion. Once we’ve attained perfection, there really isn’t any more to do. Perfection isn’t what this phase of the Moon is about. The energy of the Gibbous Moon is one of pushing ourselves closer to manifesting our intentions. The potential of this lunar cycle is about the life-affirming energy of the Sun, the ruling “planet” of Leo. There are many ways to invite this solar light into our lives. Falling in love, creating beauty, being the biggest fan ever of another’s creativity, dancing with abandon, daring to believe in yourself … really, this list just goes on. What creates life-force energy for you? Pay attention to how it feels in your body. Push yourself a little farther towards that.
Tuesday, July 28. This is a good day to get some work done, especially in the realm of long-range plans. The Moon in Sagittarius (mutable fire) is boosted by its contact with Jupiter in Leo (fixed fire) in the morning (CDT). The phrase “Carpe Diem” is made for this type of expansive energy. Then, the Moon shifts into serious-minded Capricorn (cardinal earth) and makes another delightful contact with retrograde Venus in Virgo (mutable earth). Let beauty influence the choices you make to get your life in order.
Wednesday, July 29. We may want to look more closely at power dynamics in our relationships and groups today. The Moon conjoins Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth), and Mercury in Leo (fixed fire) makes a quincunx to Pluto as well. Fire signs are not particularly good at keeping their opinions to themselves. Our tongues are loose with Mercury’s transit through a fire sign this month. The tendency is to blurt out what we really think about corrupt power or to tell a secret that upsets the status quo. Find the best way to express yourself, thinking about possible ramifications.
Thursday, July 30. The Moon in Capricorn (cardinal earth) reminds us of the recent square between Mars in Cancer (cardinal water) and Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire), which may have sparked some fireworks in your life. The impetus for change comes from a desire for safety and intimacy. If those pieces are missing, you look again at the changes needed to bring them into your life. Structure becomes an important ingredient. When the Moon moves into Aquarius (fixed air) we start to feel tomorrow’s Full Moon tension and desire for release. The realm of ideas is beckoning.
July 31—Full Moon: Illuminating. Sometimes the quest for self-worth can feel very lonely. I have a friend who describes this quest as the self-reflecting question, “What is the point of me?” But truly the search for “the point of me” doesn’t have to be lonely at all. Moving the gaze from ourselves to the groups and communities we belong to helps give perspective on the point of everyone. This is the gift of the Aquarius Full Moon. Aquarius (fixed air) helps bring balance and perspective to the Leo (fixed fire) quest for relevance. The truth is everyone needs to feel they are relevant to the group. This impulse is one of the reasons we form communities, to find the people who most get us and appreciate us for who we are.
Saturday, August 1. It isn’t easy being a star (see yesterday’s Full Moon forecast). Reality hits today with a tense t-square forming between the Moon in Aquarius (fixed air), Jupiter and Venus in Leo (fixed fire) and Saturn in Scorpio (fixed water). Not everyone is ready or willing to be generous with their support. Saturn holds the reins of approval and the criteria is that we turn to a deeper source for our creativity. The life-force fire is still there, but it benefits from acknowledging complexity and holding ourselves accountable for impact. Another pressure comes from the paradox presented by Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) and the Sun in Leo (fixed fire). Can water and fire mix? When the Moon enters Pisces this evening (CDT), we benefit from finding time for calm reflection.
Sunday, August 2. The Sun is putting its rosy hue on the first fruit at this mid-summer holy day of Lughnasad. This is the celebration of first fruits and is a wonderful time to express the Leo qualities of generosity and gratitude for the fruits of your life. Saturn in Scorpio (fixed water) stations direct today lending sobriety to the celebration. This is the last pass of Saturn through Scorpio. Anyone with planets in the late degrees of the fixed signs are reaping the fruit of Saturn’s transit through soulful Scorpio. The work may have been hard, but worthwhile. Mercury in Leo (fixed fire) makes a trine to Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire). There is little to impede our thoughts and words today. Creative energy towards change is possible. It is good to include compassion in our thoughts as Mercury forms a quincunx aspect with Chiron in Pisces (mutable water). The Moon in Pisces supports the intent to sense and feel more globally and compassionately.