STARGAZER FORECAST JULY 2016

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July features intensely transformational overtones, as Uranus and Pluto themes are reactivated during our key Lunations – the Cancer New Moon (July 4th – opposite Pluto,) then Capricorn Full Moon (July 19 – square Uranus) as well as by transiting planets in Cancer. July is a pivotal period ripe with dynamic potential for change. If you are ready to jump the shark, massive breakthroughs are possible now! Mars is direct and gaining momentum every day. Where indecision prevailed on how or where to take action, initiative and clarity comes to replace confusion or misdirection. In many ways this month is about reconciling issues that have been endemic or evasive since the beginning of the year, with the cosmos offering much support to resolve that which has proved challenging and finally move forward. From the depths of Scorpio, passion is aroused, a Phoenix Rising from the ashes and embers of all that we will leave behind.

While we can hopefully we can make the most of these influences on a personal level, these challenges are being played out on the world stage as well. The most pernicious of these would be the Saturn – Neptune square, which is strongly featured throughout the Summer, peaking in influence June 17th and September 10th. Neptune represents our collective idealism, and Saturn in hard aspect indicates there are massive philosophical and ethical boundaries being drawn in harsh conflict with that idealism. England’s shocking and historical exit from the EU, terror events in Orlando and Istanbul (among others), controversies in Brazil surrounding the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August, even the terrifying rise of the xenophobic and race baiting Donald Trump in our current US presidential election, are all indicative of this conflict. The other shoe drops in mid 2025 – as a new cycle begins when Saturn – Neptune conjunct in the earliest degrees of Aries, incidentally, Pluto will collaborate from Aquarius. A technological breakthrough (probably associated with reproduction or genomics) at this time will be highly relevant for the upcoming 30 year cycle. Brave New World? Possibly. The choices we make now, and especially the political and economic policies put into place over the next few years will be instrumental when Saturn/Neptune announces the new normal that comes into fruition in 7 – 9 years.

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“You are now ready to make the necessary changes in your life. Accept the pain that may come with the loss of the old.” – Gerd Ziegler Tarot Mirror of the Soul

Healing Opportunities

It’s likely the prior Mars retrograde phase brought up highly intensive appraisals where our most intimate alliances and passions are concerned. Mars now direct, (from June 29) gives us the energy to really confront these issues, many of which were instigated at the onset of the year. A process of resolution is now taking place, and particularly the topics of late February and early March will resonate throughout the month. The Sun from Cancer, (and also Venus until the 13th) supports this process immensely. The period of the 16th – 18th is highly constructive for us emotionally, as an affirming and healing Grand Water Trine from Sun – Cancer to Mars – Scorpio and Chiron – Pisces offer a glimpse into the deepest of our emotions and desires. The opportunity to resolve wounds is possible when we let our true feelings emerge and express our desire for emotional clarity and security. Chiron is a bit of a renegade, so don’t be surprised if there in an unconventional or punk rock twist to developments that occur at this time. Embracing the unusual is favored and encourages positive results.

This trine gives us incredible strength, and urgency – with Mars direct now, to address a significant and emotionally charged or complicated issue. (February 23rd and June 11th may reveal clues for this topic, as Mars visited 25 Scorpio on these dates, as it does now.) Venus sextile Jupiter (July 1) and Venus trine Mars (July 6) are very harmonious, and encourage growth within relationships that may have undergone a barrage of challenges over the last several months. Venus will harmonize Chiron July 8th, and a love relationship that has endured the trials and tribulations of the prior months can provide great satisfaction now as well.

The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 19th taps right into the trine, turning it into a kite. This is a powerful and majestic configuration to behold. With Capricorn at the top of the kite, our highest ambitions and enterprises are stimulated and backed up by incredible emotional conviction. Uranus can be a bit intrusive at this time, squaring the Full Moon from Aries, and charging the ambience with some friction or instability. The rapid and unexpected changes brought on by Uranus will lose some intensity when Uranus goes retrograde at the end of the month. While Uranian changes are liberating, they also tend to be disruptive and unexpected, so an ease out (through the end of December) could be a welcome respite!

The Cancer New Moon (July 4th) falls in opposition to Pluto, so dynamics of power and control will be a prominent theme at this time. The instinctual nature of Cancer is associated with protection, though there may be a very stormy episode in store that pushes us out of our comfort zone as we are called upon to attend to a crisis or confrontation. In doing so we have the potential to resolve and eliminate a long standing conflict associated with oppression. Keep your motives and actions altruistic, as engaging duplicity or dishonesty to prevent an altercation will cost you far more in the end. This is a period that calls for brutal honesty and rock solid conviction. Act with integrity from your emotional center, and do not be deterred. This is one of the more transformational passages of the year, and a genuine breakthrough is possible, resolving endemic issues surrounding the balance of power once and for all.

DEEP HEALING – WATER GRAND TRINE: Chiron/Pisces; Mars/Scorpio; Sun/Cancer

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Fresh Perspectives – The New Mercury Cycle

Sun and Mercury conjunct on July 6th at 15 Cancer, establishing a new course of directives and activities extending through the end of October. As always, the retrograde period (occurring in September,) will provide a pivot point or reorientation for the endeavors set into motion at this time. As it ties in closely to the events that occur during the New Moon a few days prior, (Sun and Mercury oppose Pluto on the 7th, articulating the themes of the power dynamics we seek reconciliation for, as indicated by the New Moon) you can expect some heated dialogue around the topics that arose a few days earlier. Exchanges may be prickly, and it can be that the beginnings made now are made under highly contentious influences.

Mercury towards the end of the Retrograde Cycle is in a super close and harmonious angle to Pluto from Virgo, for the whole last two weeks of September, as it stations direct. What seems like a super pervasive obstacle now, or a hindrance or burdensome commitment, actually yields a treasure in a few months down the road. It may be an issue of having to coddle to superiors, or to relinquish some form of power, but that which forces transformation in the current context becomes a genuine source of strength very soon. As perspective shifts over the next few months, we’ll come to realize that alliances formed now (or breaking off with those which have been holding us back,) served us in the long game. Changes we make in this period feed right into the success story we can embrace in September.

Saturn in Sagittarius – Reaching the Destination

Transiting Saturn tends to harshen the area (or themes, in the case of transits to planets,) in which it resides, applying pressure and challenges in order to signal you to what requires work and commitment at a given time to find enduring satisfaction within the realm of experience currently being transited. On an objective level, these transits can be fraught with tension, shortages, blockages and even strife. The intent of Saturn is to stimulate a subjective confrontation that asks you to examine how successfully you have achieved what you sought in these arenas, which only through steady and conscientious effort can the desired results be achieved. By paying close attention to where you feel you are coming up short, not good enough or being slighted your wishes, the truth of what you need to work towards is most readily revealed.

It is worth particular consideration for the next 6 weeks, as Saturn completes it’s retrograde cycle, to examine how successfully you have attended to the work of this transit. Until August 13th, we are still living off the karma we had built up from last Fall, and that karma reveals where we can still do better, and make improvements that will fortify this important topic or issue. Supportive aspects of Mercury (July 19), Venus (July 20) and Sun (August 1) from Leo to Saturn in Sagittarius can provide marvelous opportunities that benefit our long range objectives. Important directives can be initiated and move forward at these times. Creativity and risk taking play a role.

From August both Mars and Saturn are in better form to bring conviction to our efforts and get those long range objectives back into motion and begin to take shape. Use this month to start to set those goals by reflecting on what has and has not worked so far, as well as clarify your own objectives. Sagittarius seeks to take aim, so the more specific you are, the more likely you are going to reach your target.

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MONTHLY HOROSCOPE BY SIGN:

ARIES: A positive turn around regarding a financial/monetary agreement or intimate relationship can be expected, following a highly transformative period over the last several months. An ongoing negotiation, likely stemming as far back as 2012, may finally come to standing resolution. You’ve struggled to finalize this matter, a loan, divorce settlement, or a substantial commitment can now successfully be addressed. The 6th is golden for such an agreement. Professional developments around the 19th are the result of all the hard work you’ve been putting in, good work! Just in time as your romantic and creative prospects blossom from the 13th onward. Enticing vibrations stimulate your passions this month, with a revealing moment on the 6th showing you your hearts’ truest of intentions. Make a commitment on the 20th. This one is built to last. Mercury (July 19), Venus (July 20) and Sun (August 1) from Leo to Saturn in Sagittarius are positive for your academic career, travel or publication. Your creativity and self expression allow you to tap a broader audience and offer exciting serendipities for your love life. Your domestic and personal realm is also super charged through the first half of the month, with significant changes afoot in your family life. The New Moon on July 4th sees you taking a big step forward, possibly into unknown territory.

TAURUS: Your social life is buzzing this month and delays or separations from a partner endemic since early this year are soon rectified. Mid month is magical, though you can also circle the 6th and 10th for very positive developments. Communication is emphasized and daily life will be bustling with excitement. If you have been apart from the one you love, you will see an upsurge in activity. Express your heart’s desire on the 8th or 16th, you will be heard loud and clear and love the response. More vexing will be a matter associated with travel, exploration or education. Stimulation to reach out to the world abroad could prove challenging, as you have some changes in agenda you may have to accommodate to make a situation work. Big indications arrive around the 19th. From mid month the emphasis shifts to home and personal life, with stabilizing influences from the 19th and 20th offering the opportunity you have been waiting for to set down roots or make long lasting changes to your current living arrangements. Financial news you get can assist you in obtaining your objectives, and relationships with family and those closest should run smoothly. You may be welcoming an older relative or flatmate into your house hold who provides a mature perspective from within your household.

GEMINI: It’s been difficult to remain productive with any degree of consistency so far this year, despite a huge dose of inspiration and initiative that likely struck in May. While you’ll likely be attending to financial matters for the first few weeks, (some of these likely quite vexing, particularly if the money of others features here) there is an interesting career prospect or assignment that will capture your attention mid month. If you work in a healing profession or are willing to engage an unconventional route here, you can really succeed at this time. Intense lunar activity this month highlights financial activity and you can make a breakthrough in a situation that has seemed insurmountable. Pay attention to hunches in the first week. Intuition is highlighted and the New Moon on the 4th can bring an unanticipated opportunity into the mix. From mid month the ambience becomes far more social with many events and meetings taking place through August. A partnership can start to see signs of life as well, and the 20th is highlighted for cementing a relationship or renewing your commitment. Someone comes through for you and shows you how much they care.

CANCER: Really dynamic (and potentially confrontational) energy abounds this month, you might seal the deal on a meaningful commitment or see a relationship implode. What occurs of course depends on your circumstances, and in the case of an ending or separation, remain philosophical and move on. Events occurring this month are meant to move you into the right place, so if you are with the wrong person, you are merely clearing the way to let the right one in. For those in the mad throes of passion, you can easily cultivate your connection on the 6th and 16th. The Capricorn Full Moon (July 19th) speaks volumes and signals a fortunate change in your partnership status. Commitments can be made under these auspices, and your emotional center will be tapped right into developments that occur during this vibrant lunation. From mid month, finances are in the spotlight, and a work assignment can be lucrative for you if you are willing to accept and live up to the attendant responsibilities this position will require. Positive developments on the 20th and and 27th send beams of encouragement for your enterprises.

LEO: After a year comprised of highly private and subjective considerations, you finally begin to come into your own this month as energy and initiative begin to bubble to the surface. A family or residential matter that got sidetracked earlier this year can now be resolved. The 6th and 18th stimulate the opportunities for change you have been aching to make. From the 13th, Venus in your sign makes you far more receptive to pleasure and romantic exchange, a rekindling of passion is possible. You’re likely taking your love relationships more seriously in this phase (Saturn in Sagittarius), and positive influences on the 19th and 20th allow these ties to deepen in commitment organically. If there is no one about with whom you feel the urge to “get serious”, examine where your personal standards and reality are (or aren’t) intersecting. While there is no need to rush out and grab for the first available person you meet, Venus can open up a sweet spot you may have thought you had outgrown, reminding you first and foremost that you are deeply romantic soul after all, and helping you lower your guard just long enough to let someone in. Passion is ignited next month, at long last! Use the feelings gestating in this period to tap into your forgotten or abandoned wish. You’ll be surprised what develops through the rest of Summer.

VIRGO: You’ve been in the hot seat for quite some time there Virgo, and for the most part July is a bit of a breather as you prepare for a rock and roll September. (August has a few challenges in store for you in regard to family and residence, and although Venus in your sign will smooth things over in many ways, this one is a bit more mellow for you.) Relationships seem to be paramount this month, and some volatile influences presiding over friendships and romantic relationships (and the conflicts that divide them), figure largely, suggesting turning points within your alliances this month. Having to choose between your crew of comrades over a love interest around July 4th can have harsh consequences. Make it up to them quickly on the 6th, (super enticing) or you might suffer a setback on the 7th (very, very volatile). By the time of the Full Moon on the 19th, you or this person will have made up their mind about the state of this union, and while underlying factors favor achieving harmonious emotional rapport in a relationship, if a separation occurs, accept it and move on. Assuming you have come through substantial obstacles to maintain this relationship (Saturn – Neptune) and the love is still there, this can be a culminating moment with your partner. In two months time, eclipses dynamize this union, or bring an opportunity to begin anew. Stay true to your heart, and you will never go wrong.

LIBRA: A great deal of positive momentum and heightened visibility is present this month both financially and professionally. The New Moon on the 4th portends a big change, a kind of “grab for the brass ring” moment of opportunity. Significant alterations will be required in your personal or residential life to accommodate this offer, but auspices confer success favoring the bold and the brave right now. What you set into motion now has long range implications – in a year from now Mars will come to occupy the apex of your chart, while Jupiter from your sign (from September) confers good fortune and expansion. The whole of next Summer could be among the most significant for your career, reputation and highest aspirations for many years to come. Events and initiatives that occur this July play a large role in how successful you will be. If you go back a year in time, you’ll recall you dealt with some pretty harsh financial realities and wake up calls. Critical in that period was defining your personal sense of self worth and your values. You get a second chance to tackle money matters this month, after a long period of delay or indecision. Projects or assignments that generate revenue and resources can move forward. Scorpio’s involvement with your financial sector can indicate money from outside sources. The 1st, 6th, 8th, and 10th are dynamite for sealing lucrative contracts connected to your career. There is an unconventional twist to all this mid month. Someone close to home assists you.

SCORPIO: After exhaustive and substantial consideration and reconsideration of where and how you can most effectively direct your energy (mostly as it pertains to your sense of identity, values and personal definition) you can come to an inroads that gets you going towards a more clearly defined target. Deliberate and intentional use of your power makes this a potent period for getting what you want, and the emotional resonances abundant within the first two weeks (and also between the 16th – 18th) will put you back in touch with what your innermost heartfelt longings. Desire speaks for itself on the 6th, you can connect readily within a relationship that may have seen delays over the prior months. A sense of urgency is pervasive around the 14th to finish up that which has been, for one reason or another, impossible to resolve since early February. A work matter is likely emphasized and it may be high time to move on to greener pastures. Ultimatums are being thrown left and right, you may be dodging or dealing the artillery. The 7th, 11th and 16th are volatile. It’s time to drop worn out scripts and change your approach entirely. From the 13th, emphasis shifts to your public role, fame and profession. For four super charged weeks, your reputation escalates. The 16th, 20th and 27th are remarkable for making an impression on those who can take you far up the ladder of success. You’ll have a chance to rectify your financials next month, for now focus on where your want or need to be. Slow and steady.

SAGITTARIUS: For months you have been attending to the inner work, the behind-closed-doors super internal soul seeking. July is a significant turning point for you, as transformations, (many of which you have been undergoing since the beginning of the year) really take root, and you can finally find the closure you have sought, possibly aided by an intimate connection. Look to the 6th for a meaningful connection to bring a turning point. The flow of feelings is strong as you realize you can release a limitation or burden. Lunations this month emphasize financials, and there can be some anxiety in this regard. Trust your instincts and values, there is a make or break dynamic present, especially in agreements you make with others. Look specifically to the first week for a breakthrough. A financial commitment you undertake around the 6th plays a big role in the big career news that resonates in September. From the 13th, the preparation you have made internally opens you to a far more fun and appealing new ambience. As Venus, then Mercury and finally the Sun (July 23) all move into Leo, creating the kind of supportive and constructive atmosphere that has been absent for you for much of the year. The 19th and 20th, as well as August 1st offer substantial developments that allow you to engage with real growth experiences. Saturn has asked you to make concessions and remain focused on a few very important topics. You will now see how this has benefited you in the long term. Opportunities for travel and self expression will provide stimulating encounters. Trust in these serendipities now, next month you absolutely take flight.

CAPRICORN: Massive breakthroughs are possible this month, and for those of us Caps who have recently been through the scouring effects of Uranus square Sun and Pluto conjunct Sun can testify, changes of both chaotic and epic proportions have only served to strengthen and fortify our aims. The Capricorn Full Moon on the 19th brings it all home and is infused with a genuine sense of possibility of all that is yet to come. Even the delays and frustrating setbacks experienced since February suddenly click and make sense. Something could not have happened yet, simply because it simply was not ready to. That fruit is now maturing, as Mars collaborates effectively with the Full Moon, you can begin to manifest a significant personal enterprise. Finding the right people has been paramount, and for the most of July, the right partner. The New Moon on the 4th opens the doorways to a very meaningful one on one connection, with the 6th, 10th and 16th elaborating on the possibilities that this union represents. There is volatility underfoot, and groundbreaking energy over the first week (and coupling with the Full Moon in your sign) represents breakthroughs in a partnership, and abandoning scripts that have outlived their purpose or failed to live up to their potential. From the 13th, invigorating and stimulating intimacy coalesces, commitment deepens. The 20th seals the deal on financial or romantic agreements. As you are about to enter one of the most important professional periods of the decade, you are empowered right now to choose who you want to bring into this next, highly significant cycle of growth.

AQUARIUS: It’s a busy month at the onset for work and assignments, and your personal productivity is back on track, allowing you to make real professional progress after months of delay and set backs. Look back to the goals you set last Summer, these are the ones that are now ready to manifest. Serendipities on the 6th, 10th and 16th offer opportunities for advancement and assure progress in your work and daily routine over the first two weeks. Cultivation of good habits is easier in this phase. The 16th – 18th are powerful for you professionally. You showcase your abilities brilliantly and can earn a promotion or new position. Intuition and emotion runs high. You have been working towards these goals since 2012, so the realization of them will feel overwhelming! The New Moon on the 4th opens the door to a new chapter, this will see a positive outcome this Fall. From the 13th the emphasis moves to close partnerships and your key relationship(s). A fun and social ambience from the 13th – 19th can bring an introduction ripe with possibility or see you busy with your sweetheart attending parties and events. The 16th is exceptional for a love proclamation. More divine intervention on the 19th, 20th and 27th sees you and yours deepening your connection. The commitments made now endure, and enhance your ability to realize your hopes, wishes and dreams.

PISCES: You are deep in your comfort zone for most of July, and although friends and lovers may not quite be getting along in this phase, abundant serendipities can provide an outlet for your creative energy. A potent beginning in a love relationship or within an enterprise connected to your self expression is highlighted during the New Moon on the 4th, but don’t let friends be too critical or undermine your growing self confidence. Having to prove yourself to someone, or even a group of friends or colleagues can actually push you into uncharted waters, look to the 6th, 7th and 16th for outstanding developments. Being a creature of comfort, some of these can be disconcerting, though if alliances have out lived their usefulness, you can cut ties graciously around the time of the Capricorn Full Moon on the 19th. A key partnership develops harmoniously in this phase, and the 5th, 8th, 10th and 16th offer welcomed developments here. From mid month, work and productivity is highlighted, with the 13th to 18th ripe for finding a job or assignment in which you can showcase your creativity. Professional endeavors which have kind of taken a back seat to the more immediate concerns of the last few months get a boost on the 20th, 27th and August 1st. Events and developments around these dates set the stage for a massive victory next month, when your career catches on like wild fire. For the first half, recreation and vacation can be fulfilling, while facilitating a necessary recharge. Your time is coming, for now enjoy the beauty all around you!

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Solstice Forecast – Stargazer Summer

Summer begins on an auspicious note, as Jupiter and the North Node reach a second conjunction at 15 Virgo on the 21st. Very positive developments can occur now, as assistance and luck can be present in our evolutionary endeavors that set us on course for bigger and better opportunities ahead. Jupiter trine Pluto Sunday June 26th expands upon this opportunity, as good fortune and optimism stimulate a longer range transformation that has been occurring. Dreams and objectives that unfold in the large scale can manifest now. Look back to the activities and enterprises you engaged with early October of last year as well as in March. Initiative you have taken can now trigger really expansive opportunities that allow you to completely change your life for the better.

Mars is direct from Wednesday June 28th. After 2 1/2 months of misdirection and thwarted agendas, we can begin to put things into motion and move forward. From the depths of Scorpio, we are all considering/reconsidering our closest alliances, and matters of intimacy and establishing emotional trust have been a rather intensive subject for the last several weeks. Saturn traveled a substantial part of it’s retrograde last Summer in this precise area of the zodiac, so if you are feeling a sense of de ja vous, or that the topics, obstacles and delays of that period are being revisited, you are right on with that intuition. With Mars now direct and finalizing it’s journey through Scorpio through July, there is energy on hand to tackle an ongoing issue endemic over the prior year. Cancer transits and particularly Venus trine Mars July 6th and Sun trine Mars July 16th will offer the necessary emotional insight required to rectify an issue that exists in our most interior realm, generating a harmonious climate for smoothing over the difficulties that may have been present recently. Mercury trine Mars on July 10th is a great day to have a significant conversation that will bring clarity to this matter.

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Venus in Cancer – Two of Cups: “There is nothing to do but enjoy what life offers. I am now ready to let into my life the love relationships which will fulfill me.” ~ Gerd Ziegler

From Cancer, energy turns inward, and a nurturing ambience is present throughout July. Not so easy are oppositions to Pluto/Capricorn and squares to Uranus/Aries, which present unpredictable turning points marked by crisis or confrontation. The Cancer New Moon on July 4th falls in stark opposition to Pluto, and there will be a critical departure or significant change at this time. Late June into July has a highly gestational quality about it. We will withdraw to cultivate our treasure from within the interior world. Leo transits – beginning with Venus on July 13th – open us up to fun and recreational avenues that enhance pleasure, love and self expression. The gestation is complete and that which has undergone metamorphosis within us can now be revealed to the outer world.

By August we move into a brisk and exciting, but potentially tense phase that leads up to the immensely significant Virgo Eclipse on September 1st. In many ways, the major activity cycle for 2016 begins now. The North Node and Virgo-Jupiter are highly active, but harsh alinements from Virgo to Saturn in Sagittarius suggest we have major obstacles to overcome in order to engage with the evolutionary opportunities offered by this Eclipse. Mercury triggers the eclipse degree on August 6th, and Venus on the 13th. Intuition into future developments, as well as agreements and conversations around these dates can offer clues and set the stage for that which develops around September 1st.

Saturn resumes direct motion on August 13th as well, allowing us to release the karma of the prior phase and build anew with a greater understanding of our personal objectives currently manifesting through Sagittarius. A week later, Mars leaves the shadow of the prior retrograde, creating a fire and ice conjunction with Saturn on the 24th at 9 Sagittarius. This signals the beginning of an important 2 year cycle in which the topics of Saturn – Sagittarius are now really crystalizing. Mars transverses through the eye of the needle, stimulating action to be taken upon these goals with urgency. This conjunction can be very challenging, your drives are subjugated to practical concerns and this can manifest in feelings of restriction or frustration. The best use of this energy is to methodically and patiently work towards long range goals or on aspects of life that require more effort as they are quite obvious now.

Ouch! A whole lot of Saturn square during the Virgo Eclipse! At least Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in cahoots should help us stay optimistic 🙂

Virgo Eclipse

The Virgo Eclipse is an incredibly potent period in which we’ll see massive culminations and transformations occur. The Mutable t-square is activated, and the longer issue of it’s resolution is possible now. From Virgo, transiting planets, as well as the Eclipse period itself tap Neptune in opposition and Saturn by square. Pluto lends support by trine, an aspect that governs significantly over the Mercury – Virgo retrograde, (August 31 – September 22) with the two locked into a deeply penetrating conversation throughout the last two weeks of September. It’s highly likely developments, activities and opportunities that emerged in June (Jupiter – North Node, Jupiter trine Pluto) are featured prominently, with really remarkable growth occurring from August into September.

What makes this whole thing a bit squirrly is this issue between the transiting planets and North Node in Virgo conflicting with Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius as well as Neptune off in Pisces. And Mercury, that rascal and trickster, is retrograde, tying up our progress as we attend to renegotiating massive chunks of all the positive prospects revealed during this phase. Virgo is of course, the master of details, refinement and attainment of perfection. To get there, Virgo must see all the components that make up the whole, which has a decisive quality to it, while Sagittarius is focused on The Bigger Picture. Pisces – Neptune seeks to infuse inspiration and spiritual conviction, though most impractically, which can have an unravelling effect on our efforts. Finding a way to make all these disparate energies work together is the key to resolving the dilemma we are confronted with, and quite worthwhile to undertake. When you successfully reconcile this issue, you become practically invincible in having all these energies at your disposal. Choose to be controlled by nothing by not allowing distractions to derail your efforts. Take August and September one day and one task at a time. If you have set your intentions in June, stay that course.

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Libra – The Scales of Justice

September 9th we herald the return of Jupiter to Libra, a highly beneficial placement that enhances the development of fairness and equilibrium within our one on one partnerships. The next 14 months will encourage diplomacy and lend a wonderful ambience to our one on one relationships. Growth through partnerships is highlighted. The September 30th New Moon in Libra will make a significant connection to this placement, and will signal the brilliant culminations on route for December.

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Venus conjunct Mars in Leo – Legendary Love

September reveals potency towards creating the kind of momentum that has been lacking throughout most of the year. We’ve taken decisive actions, (Pluto – Uranus) but have not been able to sustain traction for very long with the retrograde phases of Saturn and Venus meddling in our affairs. Efforts begin to congeal this month and it’s possible where we’ve been working (in a sustained manner) despite obstacles or delays, fruits begin to appear now and several opportunities emerge for the productive advancement of our goals and within our relationships.

The first six months of the year revealed the possibilities for the future as Saturn transited Sagittarius, the Summer months saw a revisitation of the Scorpio themes and required the resolution of any unfinished business in the arena of sex, transformation and our closest relationships. Abetted by Venus in retrograde, stark considerations and amendments have been made over the prior weeks to accommodate required changes. By now the ambience has shifted considerably and the harsher realities confronted (as Leo planets squared Saturn) have subsided. Jupiter is in Virgo now, suggesting it’s time to get to work.

Saturn re-enters Sagittarius on the 17th of September where it transits through December of 2017. The new goals involve finding a topic or field of study, travel or expression of ideas to a larger group (most likely abroad) upon which to really focus and explore in great depth and discipline. Sagittarius is naturally benevolent and exuberant. Saturn here may deliberately limit the expression of these tendencies, so where we do manage to uncover our innate excitement and enthusiasm over the next two years is where we need to be and points to the topic we need to cultivate. As Saturn in Scorpio restricted our sexual energy, demanding great depth and honesty within our intimate relationships before they could evolve, the next transit will require that to express the altruistic and philosophical nature of Sagittarius, we really must refine our beliefs. Sagittarius is also the target, a specific destination. We must define the target quite clearly in this phase in order to reach it. Get ready to take aim!

Venus conjunct Mars (14 Leo) on the 1st of the month can be a decisive (and passionate!) turning point in relational matters, and particularly the beleaguered romantic ones that suffered last month but managed to make it through. Ardent romantic and erotic overtones will be expressed during this conjunction (the second of three this year,) and we can feel and see signs of life stirring in affairs of the heart which have been dormant or for which the future seemed uncertain. From Leo, there is a mythic quality to the love relationship at this time, a real knights in shining armor fairy tale thing going on and the developments now have a heroic undertone. Lots of passionate sparks are flying for sure! With Venus soon to turn direct (Sep. 6th) we may feel ready to move forward in a situation we had been uncertain of.

Indications of the long range goals were stimulated in late February by the first Venus – Mars conjunction in Aries which was trine Saturn – Sagittarius. It’s very likely we began relationships or initiatives at that time that serve these goals, even if our efforts were subverted (temporarily) while Saturn moved back through Scorpio to attend to unfinished business in that area. The Venus – Mars conjunction on the 1st can point to potent developments for these endeavors begun at the end of February, which will really culminate in November when the final Venus – Mars conjunction (23 Virgo) allows us to MATERIALIZE our accomplishment based objectives. Coupled with Saturn leaving it’s shadow (4 Sagittarius, it’s placement at the time of the trine activity in February), this is the timeframe we want to look towards for a substantial development associated with what we began at the end of last winter. Venus – Mars – Leo likely offers a very supportive indication that things are moving forward, and we may get a real boost of encouragement for our efforts thus far!

Mars trine Uranus (Sep. 9th) and Venus trine Uranus (Sep. 24th) also send supportive signals of progress from efforts, especially the innovative ones, that we undertook in that late February – early March period. On their own, they suggest a free flowing and spontaneous creative energy to work with. This is positively stimulating influence for personal, romantic, creative or recreational matters. Finding a new way to do things is favored and offers an exciting respite from circumstances that have fallen into stagnant patterns.

Another topic for consideration this month is the upcoming Mercury retrograde phase, which will fall from September 17th – October 8th. Due to shadow periods, we are essentially in a muddle with this one through the last week of October. First, some perspective on Mercury retrograde, which occurs three times annually and accounting for shadow periods, affects us for about six months out of the year. All retrograde phases indicate a period of reappraisal and a shift in the current energy level to find more appropriate patterns of behavior and activity. The concept that retrograde phases are inherently negative is absurd. They are in fact quite necessary, and while sometimes challenging, instructive in that they reveal what is and what is not working. To this end, they are actually quite useful!

With Mercury retrograde we have accept for a few weeks that our perspective is not particularly clear and allow for the possibility that not all the information we require to move forward is available. Once we have done this, we can productively work with this period to refine and modify our plans and objectives, which will be effectively implemented by late October. This particular cycle is colored by a tense square to Pluto for close to three weeks in September. It seems a crucial agreement (Libra, the sign Mercury is transiting) is being tested by incredibly obstinate forces (Pluto). This looks like a divorce, or perhaps a big business agreement or loan, and the retrograde suggests a very drawn out period of negotiation between two parties which has to be modified substantially in order to come to a conclusion that is fair for all. We may also experience this on a societal level where legislation that is being made to accommodate the significant structural shifts that are transforming our global and cultural landscape are delayed for some amount of time. Expect more (convoluted) news coming out of the Euro Zone and in regard to negotiation of establishing infrastructure affecting Sharing Economy businesses like as Uber and AirB+B.

Also in that loop are two very informative contacts of Mercury to the Libra North Node precisely as Mercury enters shadow (August 30th) then again precisely as Mercury goes direct on October 10th. Very kismet! News, a conversation or realization that occurs on August 30th plays a big role over the coming weeks and will likely come to bear just as Mercury turns direct. We’ve grappled with the evolutionary objective of the North Node Libra since February of last year signaling a process of learning to engage equally and cooperatively with others, particularly in partnerships. A great deal of information about this will become present over the coming five weeks, and of course is deeply interwoven with the Pluto dynamic informing the process enormously. Hopefully we find a positive resolution, particularly where the Pluto issue can effectively (and only cooperatively) be resolved. Venus from Leo is especially supportive and positively harmonizes Mercury to remind us there is a bright spot worth working towards in this period. Cooperation is crucial and messages we make or receive will be

Discussion of the upcoming eclipses of Virgo on the 13th and Aries on the 27th, as well as the very trippy Jupiter – Neptune opposition on the 18th will be covered on upcoming video blogs on the Stargazer + Fiord YouTube channel HERE.

MONTHLY HOROSCOPES BY SIGN:

ARIES: A love relationship continues to be emphasized, and can be placed on firmer ground when Venus moves direct on the 6th. If things are getting serious, a proposal or commitment may be made around the 14th, when Mercury and Venus allow you to express your feelings for someone beautifully. The 9th, 24th and Eclipse in your sign on the 28th promise much is in store for this partnership. A Mercury retrograde phase in Libra from the 18th can see negotiations ongoing, someone from the past may also reemerge in this period. By mid October, all will be sorted. Jupiter in Virgo and an eclipse on the 13th point your attention to work, productivity and lifestyle matters, an area that will be very active for you in the coming months. If you have been seeking a new job or need to remedy health issues, you have great prospects ahead.

TAURUS: Really intriguing developments this month as a new love relationship or creative project gets underway. An eclipse on the 13th speaks to this, while an unusual opposition alinement between Jupiter and Neptune on the 18th suggest the realization of your most cherished dreams through a love connection or creative endeavor, or your total undoing if you have allowed yourself to be deceived. A lot of energy is still being focused on the domestic environment in this phase. With Venus back in direct motion on the 6th, you have the resources available now to make the changes you seek. A conjunction of Venus and Mars on the 1st points you exactly where you want to go. A final Aries eclipse on the 28th sees you letting go of an element of the past. The future awaits. Say goodbye and move along. Work and health related issues get scrambled for a few weeks when Mercury retrogrades on the 18th through October 10th.

GEMINI: A Virgo eclipse on the 13th signals really fundamental changes in your residential and domestic situation. An event or realization around the 6th precipitates this. Socially the vibe is great, and you might make a love connection during the most routine of your daily activities at the beginning of the month. Mercury in Libra from the 5th brings creative and romantic liaisons to the forefront of your attention. With another retrograde phase due on the 18th (lasting through October 10th) you’ll be considering then reconsidering your projects and connections. You experience this very personally and will likely feel a bit scattered throughout September. A beguiling issue surrounding shared revenue, a grant or loan may be the subject of concern. Venus direct on the 6th offers pleasurable and light hearted exchange. As always, consider your options, keep it light and let all the facts come in before you make a decision. A not to be missed event on the 24th turns up a compelling romantic opportunity.

CANCER: Venus and Mars again conjunct on the first, bringing a brilliant financial culmination, perhaps a development to events that precipitated in late February. Very auspicious professional developments on tap for the 9th and 24th are your best dates to really go for what you are worth in regard to a promotion or business proposal. An Aries Eclipse on the 28th seals the deal. Domestic arrangements, however, get the Mercury retrograde treatment, and comings, goings and just vague uncertainty can permeate your living situation through the first half of October. Saturn in Sagittarius from the 18th sees your responsibilities at work increasing. Remember you are building towards the incredible developments in store at the end of next year – stay focused and work hard. Jupiter opposite Neptune on the 18th simultaneously sees you neither here nor there. This trippy, subjective influence may cloud your thinking for a few days. Be wary of what you write, publish or even say out loud.

LEO: A Venus – Mars conjunction in your sign on the first arouses extraordinary passion and romantic energy. This energy prevails through the month as Venus (direct from the 6th) and Mars act as travel companions in your sign, with brilliant opportunities for sparkling romance on tap for the 9th and 24th especially. You begin to get favorable indications from the presence of Jupiter in your second house of values, possessions, assets and earnings during the Virgo eclipse on the 13th. A new source of prosperity, perhaps derived from your own self expression or creative endeavor, is highlighted in this phase. Financial commitments should be avoided around the 18th, the energy is a bit precarious and you may only be seeing what you want to see in regard to an offer. The 18th also sees Saturn leave Scorpio. An endemic issue connected to your personal life or residence resolves once and for all. Watch you words when Mercury goes retrograde in Libra on the 18th. Communication is particularly scrambled in this phase, old associates may make a reappearance. A final Eclipse in Aries on the 28th brings home two years of work towards a degree or a publishing/media related opportunity. An offer at this time ties right into your evolving sense of maturity and dedication to a creative enterprise. Responsibility will be required of you, but the benefits will be long lasting.

VIRGO: Another sultry twist as Venus and Mars hook up in your house of secrets and spirituality on the 1st? If not your imagination is bent on finding that idealized state of love and affection. The Sun from you sign (Happy Birthday!) adds impetus to your agenda, and an Eclipse in your sign on the 13th is all you need to get the ball rolling on a significant personal endeavor. Change is dynamic and stimulating in this phase and you can quickly make progress on your goals. Mercury retrograde from the 18th is playing a three card Monte game with your earnings and resources, and you just can’t put your finger on the winning card in this phase. Weigh options, and knowing this in advance, have a cash stash set aside to offset any disruptive influences at this time. A positive development connected to a spouse’s income may positively reinforce a move or renovation during the (final) Aries eclipse on the 28th. The South Node is attached to this eclipse, so it’s just as positive to have all your debt paid off in this phase as well. Venus is direct on the 6th, and a smoldering, behind the scenes love affair picks up some momentum. So much more in store next month, so don’t settle for someone because you feel a bit lonely. A very introspective period is coming to a definitive end very soon.

LIBRA: An urge to withdraw from the efforts of the previous months resonates around the time of the eclipse on the 13th. A great deal of energy seems to be percolating behind the scenes, and you do well to rest and reflect. Mercury began a long transit of your sign late last month, and will retrograde on the 18th, so recalibrating your image and identity will likely be a major feature through October 9th. A close friend or partner shows you the way through and brings very positive energy into your life on the 9th and/or 24th. A final eclipse in Aries on the 28th brings home the substantial changes you have experienced through and within relationships over the prior two years. You may take on a deeper level of commitment to someone in this phase, or meet someone completely new. Saturn is highly supportive, so a connection you make now is enduring. The rather bewildering influence of Jupiter opposite Neptune on the 18th can be very useful for a vision quest or even regressive psychotherapy if you need a little mental flossing. Your productivity will not be phenomenal in this phase, which is fine. You are revving up for a very busy period and need to rest and rejuvenate in anticipation of the developments arising in the near future.

SCORPIO: Venus resumes direct motion in Leo on the 6th, and a professional undertaking gets back on track. A Venus – Mars conjunction on the first signals a brilliant development, possibly tying back to events precipitated in February. The 9th and 24th are very favorable dates for movement in your career objectives. Mercury from Libra indicates you may feel a bit withdrawn. A retrograde phase beginning on the 18th features a strong connection to the past and things you thought you had left behind. Your subconscious is very bust at work now, and intuition quite strong regarding the direction you need to take. Taking some time out for reflection will be required during this transit, and even if you think a busy work and social schedule does not allow for this, think again. Feelings of de ja vous, dreams and intuition feature largely and bring astonishing insights. Watch your words during the Mercury – Pluto squares, they can and will be used against you. An Aries eclipse on the 28th brings a major turning point regarding your job and profession. Saturn leaves your sign for good on the 18th, having tied up many loose ends on your behalf. Pluto returning to direct motion a week later invigorates you. A huge sigh of relief as the hardest work is over.

SAGITTARIUS: You are a real trend setter in your industry with a lot of praise and recognition coming in for your recent successes, particularly on the 1st, when Venus and Mars connect in the area of promotion and media relations. This is a very effective time in which to launch a publicity or marketing campaign. If you are more academically oriented, you may start a lecture tour or publish your manuscripts or research at this time, to phenomenal success. Financial news is on route around the 6th, with earnings connected to your profession positively indicated. This will be an ideal time to negotiate for a salary increase or start to see revenue from a personal business venture. An Eclipse impacts the area of career and reputation on the 13th from Virgo. A huge shift in priorities is due, and there could be an offer simply to good to pass up. The 18th will feature a bewildering opposition between Jupiter and Neptune, and it will be a challenge to come to the right decision. Saturn back in your sign the same day will help you get down to business and sort out your agenda. Mercury meanwhile retrogrades in Libra, and it seems everyone you have ever known has an option about this and feels they must offer advice. With a great deal going on in this period you might scale back your social life a bit and focus on the goals at hand.

CAPRICORN: The merger of Venus and Mars from your 8th house of sex and intimacy can represent a really enticing exchange in a relationship. Finances also factor, and you might be making a major deal and signing a big contract at this time. All the pieces come together after the 6th, when Venus resumes direct motion from Leo. The 6th, 9th and 24th are also favorable for negotiations, and it seems you are deriving confidence from your family or through your residence. There can also be deepening intimacy in a partnership, and you may be spending more time together behind the scenes, or discussing moving in together around these dates. A very exciting development occurs in your living situation around the time of the Aries eclipse on the 28th. Mercury enters Libra on August 28th, an extended transit of your house of profession and public recognition due to a retrograde cycle from the 18th – October 10th. There will likely be some delays surround news on a promotion or within a personal enterprise through the 13th of October. A New Moon at that time indicates everything comes together seamlessly and you’ll be on your way. A publishing, media industry, teaching or travel opportunity begins to feature largely as Jupiter from Virgo (August 12th) began a very positive trend for you in regards to reaching a broader audience, and awareness of this is triggered around the time of the Virgo eclipse on the 13th. A major opportunity may be revealed at this time, or this may have been something you have worked towards since the beginning of March. A connection to Pluto in your sign suggests this is a very personal endeavor. Mars in this area from the 26th sees you putting a great deal of energy towards this venture, Venus comes in to help you out next month.

AQUARIUS: Venus goes direct on the 6th, bringing the return of a loved one or a long anticipated decision regarding a partnership. A Venus – Mars conjunction on the 1st conjures a very sexy homecoming. Any feelings of ambiguity are quickly replaced with a conviction to merge forces at this point. Emotions are imbued with erotic awareness and romantic desire. Rare and beautiful forces are at work in this phase. Mars on the 9th and Venus on the 24th connect vitally to Uranus, and feelings around this association escalate quickly and connect to the very heart of your nature and authenticity. You can make an extraordinary connection if you attend a neighborhood event or may meet someone while attending to the most routine daily affairs. An eclipse in Aries on the 28th can bring a stunning social opportunity or an invitation to join a prestigious group. Saturn returning to the area of friends and networks from the 18th will bring more mature, and possibly even successful people, into your milieu. Socially this continues to be a vibrant period, with attention shifting towards those at a distance, travel or promotional activities as Mercury transits Libra. The third and final retrograde phase commences on the 18th, and suggests delays if you are planning a trip or considering returning to academic pursuits. Mercury and Libra are close traveling companions in this phase, through the end of the month, so the ambience will be light, amiable and creative energies will flow regardless.

PISCES: A meeting or development during the Virgo eclipse on the 13th changes your life for some time to come. You have the opportunity to merge forces with someone new and captivating. A bewildering and fascinating energy culminates between yourself and this person around the 18th when very mystical and alchemical alignment between Jupiter and Neptune coalesces. It’s very easy at this time to over idealize this union, but feelings of rapport and serendipity should not be ignored, just taken with a grain of salt. Someone coming into view at this time is going to connect you to your most cherished wishes and dreams in the coming phase, so select this person carefully, you want to pick the right one! A key meeting around the 6th offers clues. Work life is still busy – busy, though you see financial rewards for your efforts on the 1st, 9th and 24th. You find inventive solutions and can solve problems at these times. Keep at it! An Aries eclipse on the 28th can signal the end of one source of income in order to make room for a new one. Saturn moves back into Sagittarius on the 18th, ushering a two year cycle of phenomenal professional growth. Mercury retrograde on the 18th may see a partner’s income or other source of outside revenue in a stasis or flux. You may also be looking further afield and turning up unconsidered sources at this time.

STARGAZER FORECAST AUGUST 2015

STARGAZER FORECAST AUGUST 2015

Check out the new STARGAZER video blog on YouTube, where I discuss the upcoming two weeks aspects with my friend Fiord: https://youtu.be/xUSVNLauqJ0

August packs a bit of a punch, and while there will be some positive results and returns, especially for innovative endeavors begun last Spring, our long range goals and especially love or financial arrangements can be visited by testing influences at this time. Much of this has to do with Venus retrograde, not a completely infrequent occurrence, but a challenging one for matters of the heart and forming partnerships for either business or pleasure. The retro phase allows for some pulse enhancing double and triple takes – we may get another chance on a love relationship that slipped through our fingers – and fantastic connections between Venus to Jupiter (Aug. 4 + October 25th), Uranus (Aug. 19 + September 24) as well as really passionate contacts with Mars (September 1 + November 1st) offer some really vibrant exchanges. Meanwhile the Saturn square (exact on Aug. 5 + October 10th) can signal delays or challenges within a partnership. It may also just represent a period of reappraisal, where we don’t quite know where we stand with another or even in relation to our own feelings! It’s acceptable to step back, evaluate and see what is and what is not working in our relationships. What is good to know is that relationships that survive this critical period were really meant to last. Venus resumes direct motion on September 6th.

In the context of a meaningful love connection, neither Venus retrograde or the Venus – Saturn square will be enough to derail a relationship if it is fundamentally good, but may provide obstacles in the form of separations or obligations that somehow keep a partnership from really coming together during this period. When Venus and Saturn engage, we really begin to question whether the relationship is worth moving forward with, does a relationship have what it takes to endure through the next phase of our development? This is a question we may not be able to answer until October, as the final aspect occurs October 10th, at precisely the same time as the end of the Venus retrograde shadow phase. By then Saturn is in Sagittarius and we are more tuned into our new, long range objectives. Through that time we are restructuring and determining the appropriateness and durability of our relationships, and building a new life with new ingredients in order to accommodate them.

The period from 2nd through the 7th is very pivotal, as Saturn resumes direct motion, then is promptly squared by Jupiter, Venus and Mercury all in Leo. Woah! Meanwhile, Venus conjunct Jupiter and Mercury conjunct Jupiter all insist upon a lighthearted and open ambience for exchange. Saturn in Scorpio forces us to dig deep and ensure alliances and commitments are meaningful and will allow us to transcend what we can do individually through working together. These aspects can represent poignant awareness of limitations and what we might need to release, either from within our emotional selves or through our relationships. Scorpio can have a tendency to self protective and defensive behavior when the vulnerable deeper feelings are activated, but really what Saturn is teaching and pushing us towards is revealing those emotions in order to create the profound level of trust required in our most intimate alliances.

While quite challenging, this is actually a very instructive period, if we stay attuned to the deeper message. School of hard knocks life lessons via Saturn in Scorpio can be tough, but these square aspects, and this whole first week of August will illuminate (possibly through confrontational situations or bittersweet feelings connected to a potential separation) the responsibility we must accept to take the next significant step towards maturity, security and a lasting resolution to the message of Saturn in Scorpio. Where it lies in your chart is what needs working on, and at least, with Saturn direct that work can begin now with the realizations that will likely come to light during the first week of the month. Acknowledging our personal limitations or obstacles may feel quite prickly, and the circumstances we contend with may feel quite obstinate, but are very valuable in pointing us not only towards what we really desire, but what needs to be resolved to get there. Another note, if you are in contract or other personal – professional negotiations that need to be resolved, this month (Venus retro not withstanding) is superior to September or October, which sees a Mercury retrograde phase through Libra.

Jupiter enters Virgo on the 11th, providing a real shift in orientation which will emphasize the practical and methodical. New value will be placed on efficiency and coming up with strategies for the implementation of practices that enhance productivity and wellness. Jupiter’s expansive influence is somewhat mitigated by the narrow focus of Virgo, but from an earth sign, and coupled with the influence of Saturn in direct motion, there is the positive indication of manifesting in the material realm and seeing tangible results for our output, which has primarily been theoretical through the heavy fire sign emphasis that has predominated this year. This is a positive period in which to put our thoughts into practice, with a brilliant culmination on the 26th as the Sun and Jupiter conjunct at 3 degrees of Virgo, stimulating a year long opportunity for expansion though conscientious and meticulous attention to detail and results oriented activities.

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ARIES: Fun, creativity and self expression continue to be major topics, with an exciting new chapter beginning on the 14th during the Leo New Moon. Uranus from your sign links up to the Sun and Moon and there is a great deal of excitement experienced through a love union. Financial difficulties will be overcome early in the month to set the stage for developments. The 3rd – 6th sees you stuck with monetary concerns that might keep you from engaging in desires of your heart. Incredible developments on the 15th and 19th in particular will bring back your passion and reinvigorate your trust that things will work out. Venus travels backwards in the sky to reconnect with Mars at the very end of the month, and a love relationship comes to complete culmination at this time brilliantly. You may have never known this intensity of passion! It is a rare and beautiful moment, enjoy every minute of it. A new job or health practice put in place on the 27th will be very successful!

TAURUS: Residential matters have been a topic all year, and with Jupiter about to leave this area (August 12th) you can use up your last few weeks of good luck to make a move or improvement you’ve been considering. With Venus retrograde in this area simultaneously, you may not see all the pieces fall into place until September. The Leo New Moon on the 14th is nonetheless a spectacular time to set intentions, and a connection to Uranus can bring an unanticipated, but welcome development. The 13th – 19th is a very favorable period to attend to domestic matters. Contentious vibrations over the first week of the month feature a feud with a spouse or business partner. Around the 8th matters can be reconciled to the advantage of all parties involved. Jupiter enters the area of children, self expression, and True Romance on the 12th. This offers an exceptional period for creative self discovery, love and pleasure over the coming year.

GEMINI: Venus retrograde in the house of writing, day to day life and social activities underscores a revisiting of sorts – either friends from the past come back into frame at this time or you are editing a writing project. Sun (through August 24th) and Mars (August 9th – September 25th) stimulate you to socialize and work towards the completion of your project. A New Moon on the 14th adds dimensionality and enthusiasm for this undertaking. Jupiter says farewell to this area on the 12th, suggesting attention will be turning to the domestic and residential concerns, with expansive developments on the queue over the coming year in your most personal life. A Full Moon in Pisces at the end of the month can be wonderful for realizing a cherished professional objective. Creativity and imagination play a role.

CANCER: The pressure comes off when Mars leaves your sign on the 8th, shifting the energy back on to earnings and professional goals. The 2nd, 7th, 13th, 15th and 19th are all advantageous for negotiations, interviews or preparing a budget. A sense of restriction is present over the first few days of the month. If you have a child, for example, you may realize expenses associated with their educational costs or care are going to have a more profound effect on your finances than anticipated. Otherwise a sacrifice in relation to a recreational or pleasure pursuit may have to be abandoned to make ends meet in this phase. Social life and day to day existence (these are the people in your neighborhood) get a very positive stimulation when Jupiter moves into Virgo on the 12th, joining Mercury. This is an area that comes into focus over the upcoming period. Communication and learning are enhanced. Social life will be vibrant and a continuing ed class can bring some meaningful introductions. A Full Moon on the 29th can see you setting off for a holiday adventure. This likely connects back to plans you made back in February. Bon Voyage!

LEO: The New Moon in your sign on the 14th connects to electrical Uranus, you feel vibrant and stimulated to take on a new adventure. Jupiter leaves your sign on the 12th, though Mars comes in for the first time in two years on the 9th, arousing passionate conviction and a desire for self expression. Challenges to self expression or expression of affection during the first week give way to brilliant opportunities later in the month – the period from the 13th to 19th is really divine for romantic and creative undertakings. Domestic matters can be successfully resolved on the 6th, though the 21st seems to present a final challenge. Finances are a topic of discussion from the 8th, and negotiations very successful on the 15th. You can easily win someone over to your cause at this time. Be wary of a risky financial venture on the 31st. A Full Moon in Pisces augments really beautiful developments in an intimate relationship on the 29th, a wave of ecstasy that carries you right through the end of the month and into September.

VIRGO: Mars joins the Sun, Mercury and Venus in your house of ethereality, closure and privacy, and more than ever it’s time to tune out the needs of others and focus on your rest, reflection and personal restoration. The New Moon on the 14th is the perfect time to feed your soul. Work from the inside out, detox and remove impurities by doing a holistic body cleanse, and the emotions you need to let go of will follow, and from there you feel truly rejuvenated. A good massage, even a therapist (if you need some mental flossing) can work wonders. It’s essential you clear the decks, as Jupiter is going to be checking into Casa Virgo on the11th for a full one year stay-cation. With all those other planets currently in Leo all en route your way, and the North Node set to make an appearance in October, it’s going to be all hands on deck this Fall. For now, meditate… drift away… think about what you will do with a cosmic carte blanche being handed to you. Really, think about it! You have the possibility in the upcoming phase to build up exactly the life you want, so think about what it looks like and imagine it in picture perfect detail. The Sun conjunct Jupiter in your sign on the 27th is the perfect moment to put it all in motion. Double whammy luck if your birthday is on or close to this date! The Full Moon in Pisces on the 29th can bring closure or a brilliant culmination in a partnership. Tap into your heart’s desire.

LIBRA: It’s a more reflective month as Venus retrogrades in Leo, and Mercury (August 8th) the Jupiter (August 12th) move into your house of endings, secrecy and private affairs. Action is taking place behind the scenes, however a strong social urge will be experienced while Mars transits Leo, suggesting a partner is urging you to be out and about. A New Moon on the 14th signals a wonderful occasion and new friends and alliances are coming into your life. The 13th, 15th and 19th are exceptional for cultivating relationships of all varieties. Financial considerations may present an issue on the 4th, 5th or 21st. Anticipate shortcomings around these dates. The 6th is positive for linking your professional goals to a source of income. It may be a hard working phase, but you’ll see phenomenal results in November for the time you put in now. A project comes to a beautiful conclusion on the 29th. This connects back to visionary impulse you put into motion back in late January – February. Nice work!

SCORPIO: You have the ability to shed your armor this month as you begin to realize and recognize the new person you have become and seek to reveal this person to the outer world. The New Moon in Leo on the 14th breaths fresh life into your enterprise. A shift at this time emphasizes a changing tide, and the evolution of an idea or an objective into a highly successful endeavor. Coupled with the transit of Mars through Leo beginning August 9th, you still have a hard core advantage against your competitors. The 7th, 13th, 15th, and 19th are all incredibly dynamic. This is a hard working phase to say the least, though a Virgo emphasis as Mercury (August 8th) and Jupiter (August 12th) enter the sign, offering a harmonious social ambience. You are working among meticulous and thoughtful people who share your vision in this phase. This will also manifest as more opportunities to meet and socialize with wonderful events and occasions in store over the coming weeks. The Full Moon in Pisces on the 29th brings a key love relationship or creative endeavor into the frame beautifully. A serendipity of True Love and connection to destiny is possible. This will tie back into events and intuition that may have been aroused in the late January – February period.

SAGITTARIUS: A travel, publishing, media or educational goal can come into reach this month as a New Moon in Leo on the 14th opens up an opportunity for a positive new beginning. Venus (retrograde) continues to influence this area through the beginning of October and Mars from August 9th bring considerable energy and good fortune to your endeavors. Travel and reaching people at a distance may feature. The 2nd, 7th, 13th, 15th and 19th are all favorable for pursuing personal and creative goals. The first week of the month features some obstacles or a hurdle or two that must be crossed. Easy does it, a positive attitude goes a long way to avert a challenge or two. Jupiter will decamp for Virgo on the 12th, and very big developments will begin to unfold for you professionally over the coming months and well into next year. Big news on the 27th points to these exciting opportunities in store. Make a bold statement of initiative for the future. A Full Moon in Pisces on the 29th signals a change occurring in your residence, and you may be making a decision that has weighed on you over the last six months.

CAPRICORN: You might hit a financial snag in the early part of the month as Venus and Jupiter square off with Saturn. Much better news comes in during the New Moon in Leo on the 14th, which may reveal a new source of outside revenue. You can benefit from the good fortune of a spouse of business partner in this phase, or an investment you made can be profitable for you at this time. Matters within a partnership that may have had adversarial overtones last month can be resolved very positively around the 6th. This is a wonderful time for reaching agreements related to business or within a committed partnership. Mars in Leo and the house of intimacy and shared resources suggests you are working hard for it in this phase. Passion and conviction, particularly within a relationship, are aroused.The 7th and 15th are also remarkable for negotiating shared profits and revenue or making agreements, merging forces with another’s resources, with a real advantage on the 15th to go after what you want. On the 27th – you are likely to get it. A behind the scenes discussion about your profession on the 26th brings favorable input for your work. Positive aspects affecting your residential life come in on the 2nd, 13th and 19th. These are appropriate times to attend to to upgrades in the home. A Full Moon in Pisces on the 29th connects to Neptune, stimulating a very romantic and alluring ambience. It will be very enjoyable to attend a social event or go on a date at this time. Jupiter from Virgo after the 11th is amazing for expanding your influence. You feel at ease with yourself over the coming year.

AQUARIUS: A vexing influence that challenges the formation of a relationship stems from professional commitments at the onset of the month. This may tie back to endemic situations you confronted over the last two years, though a real breakthrough is possible now as Saturn resumes direct motion on the 2nd. The squares of Jupiter (August 3rd,) Venus (August 5th,) and Mercury (August 6th) to Saturn reveal the details. Better professional transits come in when Mercury in Virgo harmonizes on the 26th. A conjunction of Sun to Jupiter on the 27th can see a really amazing (and lucrative) job offer or assignment come your way. Travel, media and academic pursuits play a role. Transits of the Sun and Mercury, then Mars (August 9th – September 25th) continue to emphasize the zone of relating and partnerships. Venus retrograde though this area (from July 25th) may see a partner leave, if only temporarily, or for feelings and commitments to be reappraised over the coming weeks. A Leo New Moon on the 14th sees a shift in circumstances regarding commitments and relationships. A conjunction to retrograde Venus may indicate a reemerging connection with someone from the past, though it could equally be a bit of a love ’em and leave ’em – you’ll roll with circumstances since Uranus plays a very supportive role here, you are likely delighted at the results of what occurs regardless of the outcome. Jupiter leaves this area on the 11th, moving into Virgo and your 8th house of intimacy, transformation and shared resources – an area that is going to see tremendous revitalization over the coming months and heralding a stunning metamorphosis.

PISCES: A very significant change occurs this month when Jupiter enters Virgo and the area of committed relationships. Some of the emphasis comes off of the work and professional arena to bring a focus towards very positive developments set to occur within your partnerships. There is a massive advantage now to teaming up with another (this affects one on one relationships pretty explicitly,) and although it has implications within committed romantic associations, it also affects business partners or a team enterprise. You can find people now who fill the yang to your yin and fill in the spaces in terms of expertise and energy where you may be lacking to create a far more complete whole when you work together than separately. From Virgo, there is a suggestion that perhaps this person is a bit more detail oriented than you, and it’s likely you provide the vision and inspiration while your partner handles the more nitty gritty operational aspects. A meeting or encounter on the 27th sets a compelling new cycle into motion. A New Moon on the 14th bodes well for a new work assignment that proves both lucrative and exciting. Mars in Leo from the 9th suggests a hard working phase, but lots of progress if you stick with it. The professional rewards and advancement you desire for the work you are doing now comes in about a year, when Mars and Saturn conjunct in your house of career, status and public recognition. In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing, when you consider how significant the potential for long range success for your enterprise actually is in this phase. Baby steps, remember? Put an endeavor into motion on the 6th. A Full Moon in your sign on the 29th brings emotional and personal satisfaction for all that you have managed to achieve this Summer. Good work! An intimate celebration is in order.