Jul 4, 2011

Astrological Trends for July 4-10

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

Happy Independence Day, USA! Celebrations should be fun and lively on Monday, July 4th, with the moon in the fixed fire sign of playful Leo. Mercury, the planet of communication and transportation, is also in Leo and heavily aspected by several planets, making Monday a day of high activity, both physically and verbally. Mercury is quincunx Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn, quincunx to Chiron in the mutable water sign of Pisces, trine to Uranus in the cardinal fire sign of Aries, and square to Jupiter in the fixed earth sign of Taurus. Creativity is strong, along with the urge to bring an idea into being quickly, but there is a nice built-in stop check in the Mercury/Jupiter square that keeps you from going too far too fast. Pluto in Capricorn and Chiron in Pisces form a supportive sextile that completes a yod, or Hand of God, aspect pattern between Mercury/Pluto/Chiron. You may open your mind to something that transforms your life under this potent pattern, which has a bold and highly creative Mercury at the helm. Venus leaves the sign of fickle Gemini now and enters the cardinal water sign of emotional, nurturing Cancer. Love is less playful or uncertain and more comforting and secure now. A beautiful trine between Venus in the imaginative mutable air sign of Gemini and romantic Neptune in the dreamy mutable water sign of Pisces makes this the perfect time to find love, fall in love, or be ridiculously romantic with your partner. Two other fantastic trines are in the heavens now that can help you be Romeo or Juliet. Mars in the mutable air sign of Gemini thrills at the idea of flirting, playing the field, or thinking up novel and fun dating activities. Mars happens to be trine to Saturn in the relationship-minded cardinal air sign of Libra, which will make Mars try harder to attract, entertain, and show off a match. Jovial Jupiter in the fixed earth sign of sensual, pleasure-seeking Taurus forms a trine to intensifying Pluto in the success-oriented cardinal earth sign of Taurus. The physical side of love is deeply satisfying now and "winning" at the game of love can make you feel on top of the world. Excitement, pleasure, romance - how much better can it get? Early this evening, the late Leo moon opposes Neptune in Pisces, but also forms a pleasant sextile to Venus in Gemini. You may be so smitten with someone or caught up in your creativity that you lose touch with reality briefly. Unless you are overindulging in mind-altering substances, I don't see this opposition as being difficult - just a bit reality-distorting. Later tonight, the moon leaves the fire sign of Leo and enters the mutable earth sign of discerning Virgo. A semi-sextile from the sun in Cancer to Mars in Gemini and a square between the sun and Saturn in Libra help you to keep one foot on the ground while you enjoy a delightful, sensual summer evening.

Taking care of important needs is the first thing on your mind the morning of Tuesday, July 5th, when the moon in the mutable earth sign of practical Virgo exchanges energy with six other planets. You may be eager to return to the routine of work after a very busy Independence Day holiday weekend. One aspect pattern that indicates you are eager to accomplish things is a Grand Trine in the element of earth. The Virgo moon forms a trine with Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Taurus. If there is something you want to formalize, sign, buy, sell, or make real, now is a great time to make it happen. A quincunx between the Virgo moon and Uranus in Aries indicates you are prepared to take a calculated risk when you go after what you want. A square between the Virgo moon and Mars in Gemini and an opposition between the Virgo moon and Chiron conjunct Neptune in Pisces can impart a Doubting Thomas/glass half empty mood that lurks just below the confidence of the Grand Trine. Use the square and the opposition to check for any flaws and address the "what-if" questions or worst case scenarios of any new endeavor, but don't let little things stand in the way of greater things. By lunchtime, you won't have quite the same frantic intensity of energy pushing you to perform. The moon in Virgo square to Mars in Gemini and Mars in Gemini trine to Saturn in Libra will help you knock off some rough edges, polish up your final product or presentation, or wear down a prospective customer through charming persuasion and maybe a bit of fancy words or double-speak. A sedate sextile between the sun in retiring Cancer and the moon in proper Virgo calms the late afternoon routine, making people more polite and caring. Peace and order carry through to the evening. Tonight favors home organization.

Catch up on routine chores and paperwork on Wednesday, July 6th, when the moon in the mutable earth sign of Virgo brings practicality and discernment to your aid. The trine between Mars in the mutable air sign of Gemini and Saturn in the cardinal air sign of Libra is beginning to fade, but there is still enough planetary oomph in the realm of air, which rules thoughts and communication, to untangle red tape or make travel plans. Today may be the most productive day of the week because the detached, level-headed Virgo moon stands alone and apart, coolly observing whatever the other planets are tossing back and forth to each other without reacting in a negative way. Currently, the equivalent of a three-ring circus is taking place energetically. Mercury aspects Jupiter, Chiron, and Pluto. Pluto aspects Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Chiron. Chiron is conjunct Neptune and they aspect Jupiter, Mercury, and Pluto. Jupiter aspects Uranus, Chiron, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto. Uranus aspects Venus and Pluto to form a cardinal T-square. Defining each of these aspects would result in a novella, which I am not interested in writing and you may not have the time to read! Here is the condensed version: positive, practical healing change and new beginnings will emerge as a natural order or progression despite any opposition from the old. Habits can be broken now and new, more effective ways of doing things can be found and implemented. At the close of the day, the moon in the final degree of Virgo forms a favorable quincunx to Neptune in Pisces. This pleasant aspect should bring a strong feeling of emotional contentment and accomplishment after a very productive day.

If you thought yesterday was busy, the Universe says, "You ain't seen nothing yet!" on Thursday, July 7th. This morning, the moon in the cardinal air sign of Libra joins Saturn in Libra. Here comes the good part! Together, the moon and Saturn form the following aspects: an opposition to Uranus in Aries, a square to Venus in Cancer, a square to Pluto in Capricorn, a quincunx to Jupiter in Taurus, a quincunx to Chiron in Pisces, and a sextile to Mercury in Leo. A Grand Cross in cardinal signs could be a pivotal moment for you, depending on where the planets fall within your own natal chart. The signs involved are Aries (self), Cancer (home and family), Libra (relationship, self and another), and Capricorn (career, outer world reputation). The planets are moon (emotions), Saturn (work, responsibility, and authority), Venus (pleasure and affection), Uranus (change, genius, instability), and Pluto (power, control, intensity, transformation). Talk about a potentially life-changing force! Since I can't even begin to predict the impact on the individual level, I will focus on the global. Unfortunately, I feel military action may be taken or some very specific plans formulated to make a strong and protective statement. Not just the United States, but possibly other countries, as well, will be involved in fighting a perceived injustice or threat. "Might makes right," could be the reasoning behind actions or ultimatums. With a heavily-aspected Mercury transiting in Leo, President Barack Obama, a sun sign Leo, may have some strong opinions now and may not be afraid to wield power. At midday, the square between the Libra moon and Venus in Cancer fades and the cardinal Grand Cross begins to fall apart. In the early afternoon, the square between the moon and Pluto in Capricorn fades and a T-square between Pluto, Uranus, and Venus remains. Later tonight, Mercury in the fixed fire sign of Leo supports the moon conjunct Saturn in Libra through a sextile aspect. Mercury also forms a sextile to Mars in Gemini, which enhances the Mars/Saturn trine already in place. The moon and Saturn in Libra are making a difficult square to the sun in Cancer. I see this overall aspect pattern as a decision to do what needs to be done, whether you like it or not. Another possibility of the sun/moon square involves relationship. It could be that the extra romantic vibrations of Venus in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces have allowed you to get caught up in the obsessive, controlling, or jealous vibration of Venus in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn. If your partner suddenly challenges you or appears less than perfect, you may become upset. Libra is always seeking perfection and Cancer can be as selfish as it is nurturing. Pisces can self-deceive or create fantasies, especially around love. Thankfully, this aspect is short-lived. This evening, remember that things are not always as they seem and, "This, too, shall pass."

Nothing is new under the sun the morning of Friday, July 8th. A late-degree cardinal air sign Libra moon may influence you to stay emotionally balanced and circumspect. After the churning energy of yesterday, polite calm is welcome. Creativity on the mental and material planes is indicated by the Leo Mercury aspects to Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Libra, as well as pleasant aspects between Jupiter in Taurus and Venus in Cancer, and Pluto in Capricorn and Chiron in Pisces. Despite some challenging aspects this week, there are many opportunities to focus on planning, executing, and establishing various ways to earn more money or take control and make better use of what you already have. This evening can be entertaining and mentally stimulating when you socialize with a partner or friends.

I hope you rested a bit yesterday, because you will be expending a lot of energy today. Emotional intensity arrives the morning of Saturday, July 9th, when the moon in the fixed water sign of sensitive Scorpio forms multiple planetary aspects. The Scorpio moon forms a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, a trine to Chiron in Pisces, a trine to Venus in Cancer, an opposition to Jupiter in Taurus, a quincunx to Uranus in Aries, and a trine to Venus in Cancer. Venus in Cancer also forms a trine to Chiron conjunct Neptune in Pisces, forming a lovely Grand Trine in water signs to bring you blessings if you tap into your intuition and allow good things to happen. Stay in your emotions and heart space as much as you can today. The Scorpio moon is one of the most potent moons in terms of creativity and manifesting ability. So strong, in fact, that Scorpio is sometimes afraid of its own potency and power. The power doesn't really belong to Scorpio - Scorpio just happens to pierce the veil and make a connection to another realm that allows it to be a conduit for powerful, creative, magnetic energy. The opposition of the Scorpio moon to Jupiter in material-minded, practical Taurus may hold you back from your full manifesting potential now if you insist on seeing or touching something before you can believe it. Trust in the protective energy of the Grand Trine and go with your instincts. This is energy that will manifest your Highest Good for you, if you get out of the way. The Scorpio moon sextile to Pluto in Capricorn and Venus in Cancer sextile Jupiter in Taurus help to create the side pieces of a Mystic Rectangle, which is completed by the moon/Venus trine and the Jupiter/Pluto trine. If you are already a practitioner of magic or a practicing student of Law of Attraction, this aspect pattern can help you focus on your desires and draw them to you through intent and passion. Use the elements of water and earth in your ritual or ceremony to strengthen it. If you want to change something radically through your ritual or affirmation work, the Scorpio moon quincunx Uranus in Aries indicates you will be successful in creating a sudden change. By dinnertime, the majority of lunar aspects, except for the trine to Venus, fade. Now, a square between the Scorpio moon and Mercury in Leo can make people ornery, stubborn, controlling, or dramatic. Later this evening, a quincunx forms between the moon and Mars in Gemini, which can add the element of bickering to the conflictual energy already present. I advise doing things on your own tonight. If you choose to do anything with others, athletic competition would allow you to work through planetary friction in a healthy way. Romantic partners may be too prickly to approach safely!

Peace and tranquility reign the morning of Sunday, July 10th, as the moon in the fixed water sign of sensitive Scorpio forms a supportive trine to Venus in the cardinal water sign of emotional Cancer. Family and close relationships bring you pleasure now. At lunchtime, a challenging square develops between Venus in Cancer and Saturn in Libra and remains with you until July 16th. This aspect may chill some relationships, but move others into a deeper level of commitment. Cooling or solidifying depends on the people involved and their own individual needs in love as well as their ideas of what a perfect relationship means to them. On the positive side, you will not want to waste your time or tears on a love that is not returned or mutually rewarding while this aspect is in effect. With Venus opposing Pluto for just one more day, it is important that you not mistake obsession or control for love. When the Venus/Pluto opposition fades, any relationship that has been heavily sexual in the last few days may lose its appeal now that the Venus/Pluto "I can't get enough of you/can't live without you" energy begins to dissipate. Established couples may have enjoyed the extra romance and sex this week's planets brought and can easily shift back to the familiar comfort of daily love, but some singles may be caught up in a new passion, which could turn out to be a pleasant memory of a romantic interlude rather than a happily-ever-after union. Enjoy a "summer love" this week, if you have the chance, but be prepared to let go with gratitude and grace. Later on, you may be glad you didn't try to hang on to someone who wasn't perfect for you. With the planet Mercury in regal Leo making positive aspects to both Saturn in Libra and Mars in Gemini, you have the ability to reason and determine what is best for you now in all things, including relationships.

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