Monday, July 20. After the emotion of the weekend, Monday begins with a desire to get to work. Virgo (mutable earth) Moon is industrious. Already we may be thinking about fall plans. The summer may seem too short today. Don’t worry, summer isn’t over yet, but you may want to take advantage of a day that feels focused and productive. The Moon makes a sextile aspect to Mars and Mercury in Cancer (cardinal water). Take care of communication, your home, and your wellbeing today.
Tuesday, July 21. The Sun in Cancer (cardinal water) is trine Saturn in Scorpio (fixed water). This easy flow between water signs encourages self-reflection. Sun and Saturn create a container for getting to the bottom of how we feel right now. This work is part of the Cancer theme of securing the home base before expansion into Leo’s self-expression. Here “home” can mean a lot of things: where we feel safe and secure, where we nurture our souls, where we create a solid foundation for our loved ones. Saturn helps give these efforts a structure. Work may flow easily, especially if the work comes from a place of emotional satisfaction. The Moon in Libra wants balance and harmony from our lives.
Wednesday, July 22. Reality rears its head. It could be that you are asked to wake up from some form of denial today. The Moon in Libra (cardinal air) is sensitive to maladjustments and will nag us to find a new equilibrium. With the Moon squaring Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth), this may mean confronting a shadow. Mercury in Cancer (cardinal water) trines Saturn in Scorpio (fixed water), giving us permission to express what is really weighing on us. This is the last day of Sun in Cancer. Tonight, the Sun enters Leo (fixed fire) at 10:30 pm CDT. In Cancer, we established the garden, watered it well, and tended it carefully. Now, the Sun in Leo blesses the first fruits of that garden with summer’s sweet kiss. The transition to Leo may be bumpy with the Moon creating a square to Mars in Cancer. Are you ready to compromise? If not, can you at least surround the issue with an intention to radiate your best wishes upon the other?
July 23—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. The first quarter phase of the Moon is often a time when we are goaded into taking action. Something about this season of Leo (fixed fire) is asking you to react. Influenced by Jupiter in Leo, it could be a new creative project or a dream of self-expression. Under the influence of the upcoming Venus retrograde journey through Leo, it could be to find more authentic exchange of love and support in your relationships. With Mercury’s superior conjunction with the Sun today at zero degrees Leo, it could be planting a seed inspired by the golden light of Leo. What action will you take to support your inner Sun?
Friday, July 24. The Moon in Scorpio (fixed water) creates a contrast to the Sun in Leo (fixed fire). Shadow and light aren’t easy companions. However, when we accept both parts of ourselves and others, we round out the ways we experience joy and creativity. We can’t be lighthearted or light-filled all the time. Trust is developed when we accept the forbidden parts of ourselves too. The Moon is trine Neptune in Pisces (mutable water), encouraging a dreamy state of receptivity. Make space for spacing out. The hard edge of Scorpio emotion may peek out. The sextile between the Moon and Pluto (Scorpio ruler) encourages self-honesty.
Saturday, July 25. The Sumerians saw the planet Venus as their goddess, Inanna. The myth of Innana’s decent into the underworld is inspired by the retrograde journey Venus takes every 18 months, moving from its position as the Evening Star to the Morning Star after a brief disappearance into the glare of the Sun’s rays. This myth tells a story about queenship and death. At some points in our lives, we must surrender exterior forms of success to find what is really in our hearts. Today, Venus begins that journey and we have the opportunity to reenact Inanna’s courageous mission if we choose. In the sign of Leo (fixed fire), the exploration of inherent nobility vs. surface expressions of privilege is particularly relevant. How do you see the difference?
Sunday, July 26. The Mars square Uranus transit that happened yesterday still resonates through the next few days due to the stationing of Uranus (retrograde) today. We respond to the desire to change parts of our lives, maybe even parts that previously were supportive and essential. The desire is to be free. With the Moon in Sagittarius (mutable fire), the road to freedom may look just like a road leading out of town. The far horizon offers a truth. Perhaps you will take that journey. It may be hard to settle on any particular path. Look for the one that shines with an inner fire. The Moon in a fire sign is trine to the Sun in Leo (fixed fire) offering a great opportunity to notice energy and to follow our instincts. The day ends (CDT) with a trine between the Moon and Mercury stimulating our minds to research, conversation, and perhaps even a bit of enlightenment.