This Week in Astrology: July 1 to 7, 2018
July 1 to 7, 2018
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This week’s Moon
Planets in signs and aspect
This week’s astrology calendar
Timing with the Moon
Romance & Relationship Report
Last Quarter Moon
The LAST QUARTER MOON occurs on Friday, July 6, 2018, at 3:51 AM EDT.
Early Friday, the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Cancer forms a square with the Moon in Aries. The Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of last week’s Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us–and what doesn’t–in preparation for next week’s New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It’s time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon. What revelations did you have last week? What did they mean for you? What can be done now?
Last Quarter Moon Chart – July 6, 2018
This phase of the Moon occurs at 14 degrees and 13 minutes of Aries forming a square to the Sun at 14 degrees and 13 minutes Cancer, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 12 to 16 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) most significantly.
The FULL MOON occurred in the sign of Capricorn on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 12:53 AM EDT.
Very early Thursday, a Full Moon occurred when the Cancer Sun opposes the Moon in Capricorn. The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time–a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships.
The Cancer-Capricorn polarity concerns the balance between the private life, domesticity, the need for a home base, and nurturance (represented by Cancer) versus the public life, career, reputation, and accountability (represented by Capricorn). Attachments and love are ruled by Cancer, while achievements and rewards/punishments are ruled by Capricorn. In some ways, this polarity deals with the balance between unconditional love and conditional love. Cancer encourages us to value our home base and our roots, while Capricorn persuades us to consider our sense of duty and responsibility along public or professional lines. While Cancer may be content to be dependent, Capricorn urges us to be grown-up and responsible. Cancer represents the origin, and Capricorn represents the goal.
Neglecting either end of the axis will surely backfire on us. Ideally, a balance should be found between the two energies, and this is what the Full Moon invites us to do. This Full Moon is about balancing our commitment to our career and families. Something has been building inside of us, and now is the time when the energy of the cosmos fairly demands that we let it out. Over the next two weeks, we will discover what this means for us. For now, we can’t sit on our feelings. We need to express them.
The Full Moon illuminates this conflict between roots and direction. With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic “illumination” occurs in our own lives. However, these new feelings and revelations are emotional ones, as there is a sense of emotions bursting forth into our consciousness. It’s time to express ourselves and to let things out of our systems. Of course, we might want to exercise some care while doing so, knowing that what is coming out of us is fresh, unrefined, and not particularly rational as yet. This Full Moon aligns with Saturn and trines Uranus, suggesting somewhat sober realizations that we can nevertheless make work for us. There may be a tough decision or choice, reality check, or we may feel some pressure to make changes.
Full Moon in Capricorn Chart: June 28, 2018
This phase of the Moon occurred at 6 degrees and 28 minutes of Capricorn opposing the Sun at 6 degrees and 28 minutes of Cancer, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 2 to 10 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) most significantly.
Moon Phase Cycle: Bigger Picture
Jun 13, 2018, 3:43 PM Sun Conjunct Moon
Jun 20, 2018, 6:51 AM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Jun 28, 2018, 12:53 AM Sun opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Jul 6, 2018, 3:51 AM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Jul 12, 2018, 10:48 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern)
The Sun is in Cancer; Mercury is in Leo; Venus is in Leo; Mars is in Aquarius.
The Sun is in Cancer from June 21-July 22. We are self-protective and insular under this influence. Our attention turns to our nest–our families, homes, and anything that makes us feel “at home”, safe, and secure. Nurturing and taking care of our loved ones and our pet projects come into focus. Emotions run deep. We are more susceptible to the ups and downs of the Moon while the Sun is in Cancer.
Mercury is in Leo from June 29-September 5. When Mercury is in Leo, our thinking is more confident and grand. The focus is now on the goal–and the grander a goal the better! The details may not be quite as important now. We are more expressive, even theatrical and given to speech-giving and story-telling under this influence. We are also more convincing and persuasive, as we exude confidence when we speak or write. We may not listen as well as we normally do under Mercury in Leo.
Venus is in Leo from June 13-July 9. Love is magnificent and grand. We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game–a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgment, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. The negative expression of this placement is overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.
Mars is in Aquarius from May 16-August 12 and September 10-November 15. Dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit or miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger are characteristics of Mars in Aquarius. We are team players–cooperative and less concerned about personal power. We are attracted to unconventional methods and tend to approach problems from an intellectual, detached perspective.
Saturn transits Capricorn from December 19/20, 2017, to March 21, 2020; and then finishes up its transit from July 1 to December 17, 2020. Read about Saturn’s transit through Capricorn here.
Jupiter entered Scorpio on October 10th, 2017, and will remain in the sign until November 8th, 2018. Read about Jupiter in Scorpio transit here.
Uranus entered Taurus on May 15, 2018, and will transit Taurus until November 6, 2018, and then from March 6, 2019, to 2025/6. We approach money and personal possessions in new ways and learn how to free ourselves from certain material constraints. Innovative ways to make ourselves comfortable emerge. We’re less inhibited about expressing sensuality, self-love, body love, and pampering. We’re challenging what we previously valued during this cycle. There can be abrupt changes with money, valuables, possessions, and income that lead to a reshuffling of priorities or values. Income might come from non-traditional sources or ventures. We’re bringing progressive ideas to the world of business. New ways of doing business, as well as making, viewing, and handling money are likely. Income and the energy we put into making money can be variable.
Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011, and will transit Aries until May 15, 2018, and then from November 6, 2018, to March 6, 2019. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.
Romance & Relationships
Venus is in Leo from June 13-July 9. Love is magnificent and grand! We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game–a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgment, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. The negative expression of this placement is overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.
This week: to come
Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:
Venus in Leo June 13-July 9.Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity, and self-expression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired – needed, even. A flashy, flirty, stylish splash of color and warmth.
Venus quincunx Pluto June 30-July 1. This is a time of adjustments and re-assessments in our close personal relationships and/or with regards to our social lives. Issues of power and control can arise. Unreasonable or irrational fears of loss, or jealousy, could also emerge.
Venus trine Uranus July 11. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, and we happily embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements. We are ready to experiment, but not necessarily ready to commit.
The Moon & Timing
The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here and is indicative of the “outcome” of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology).
Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. The following tables incorporate the modern planets, but some astrologers do not count Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in void Moon calculations.
The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:
Void-of-course Moon on Sunday, July 1st, from 6:57 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Venus), until the Moon enters Pisces the next day, Monday, July 2nd, at 1:32 PM EDT.
VOC Moon on Wednesday, July 4th, from 5:47 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Pluto), until the Moon enters Aries the next day, Thursday, July 5th, at 12:50 AM EDT.
VOC Moon on Saturday, July 7th, from 3:09 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Venus), until the Moon enters Taurus at 8:51 AM EDT.
Void of Course Dates Table: July 2018
Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives
The Moon is waning this week – a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings with exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).
According to principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs this week from Monday, July 2nd, at approximately 1:35 PM EDT, to Wednesday, July 4th, at approximately 5:45 AM EDT, while the Moon is in Pisces. Another window occurs from Thursday, July 6th, at approximately 3:55 PM EDT, until Friday, July 7th, at approximately 3:05 AM EDT, while the Moon is in Aries.
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:
May 15, 2018 11:16 AM
Uranus enters Taurus
May 16, 2018 12:55 AM Mars enters Aquarius
May 19, 2018 9:10 AM Venus enters Cancer
May 20, 2018 10:15 PM Sun enters Gemini
May 21, 2018 9:06 AM Pallas enters Cancer
May 29, 2018 7:49 PM Mercury enters Gemini
Jun 12, 2018 3:59 PM Mercury enters Cancer
Jun 13, 2018 9:31 AM Vesta Retrograde enters Sagittarius
Jun 13, 2018 5:54 PM Venus enters Leo
Jun 18, 2018 7:27 PM Neptune Retrograde
Jun 21, 2018 6:07 AM Sun enters Cancer
Jun 26, 2018 5:04 PM Mars Retrograde
Jun 28, 2018 5:01 AM Ceres enters Virgo
Jun 29, 2018 1:16 AM Mercury enters Leo
Jul 1, 2018 4:46 AM Juno enters Taurus
Jul 5, 2018 12:46 AM Chiron Retrograde
Jul 9, 2018 10:32 PM Venus enters Virgo
Jul 10, 2018 1:02 PM Jupiter Direct
Jul 11, 2018 5:44 PM Pallas enters Leo
Jul 22, 2018 5:00 PM Sun enters Leo
Jul 26, 2018 1:02 AM Mercury Retrograde
Aug 1, 2018 6:42 AM Vesta Direct
Aug 6, 2018 7:27 PM Venus enters Libra
Aug 7, 2018 12:50 PM Uranus Retrograde
Aug 12, 2018 10:14 PM Mars Retrograde enters Capricorn
Aug 19, 2018 12:25 AM Mercury Direct
Aug 23, 2018 12:08 AM Sun enters Virgo
Aug 27, 2018 10:05 AM Mars Direct
Sep 4, 2018 6:50 AM Pallas enters Virgo
Sep 5, 2018 10:39 PM Mercury enters Virgo
See also: Astrology of Today – an overview of the day (this takes you to my other site, Astrology Cafe).
See also: The Astrology of 2018 – Overview.
Note: Times given are Eastern Time (ET).
This Week’s Calendar
This Week in Astrology Calendar: July 1 to 7, 2018
This Week’s Aspects
Venus quincunx Pluto. This is a time of adjustments and re-assessments in our close personal relationships and/or with regards to our social lives. Issues of power and control can arise. Unreasonable or irrational fears of loss, or jealousy, could also emerge.
Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn. There may be difficulties relating to others under this influence. People may be cool with their affections and emotionally distant. Avoid new financial undertakings, as they may prove to be “money pits” as time passes. There may be anxiety or troubles with regards to matters concerned with the feelings. Romantic disappointments, unrequited love, separations, and broken engagements are the more negative manifestations. We tend to lack social confidence at this time and adopt a shy, formal, or reserved social manner. This transit is best used for reflection.
Mercury quincunx Saturn. Communication challenges today make it hard to get a point across. Delays, “red tape”, and vague feelings of forgetting important details.
Sun trine Jupiter. This influence is about growth and expansiveness. We are more aware of moral issues, and have a desire to improve and learn. Optimism and confidence are basic elements in the energy of this transit. We are more willing to take a risk or two, and we are motivated by a desire to impress others. Enthusiasm runs high, and cooperation comes easy. This is generally a good time to schedule new beginnings in business, education, personal relationships, marriage, creative projects, and so forth, all things equal.
Mercury opposition Mars. We may be quick on the trigger when it comes to verbal reactions to others, and we may seriously lack diplomacy at this time. People may do the opposite of what they are told or what they think is best! This is not the best time to take a trip. However, this transit stimulates the desire to work and to produce.
Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).
Daily Trends Calendar
See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs. See also Transit to Transit aspects.
See also: Astrology of Today – an overview of the day – Astrology Cafe.
See also: The Astrology of 2018 – Overview
What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends
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The Moon spends the day in the sign of Aquarius, stimulating our desire to connect. Venus forms a couple of minor challenging aspects today, suggesting an interruption of flow in our social lives, however. Our perceptions are skewed by fears and insecurities now. There can be a tendency to second-guess feelings, relationships, and even purchases with Venus quincunx Pluto this morning. This is a time of adjustments and reassessments in our relationships, with spending or entertainment, or with regards to our social lives. Fears and jealousy can emerge, seemingly out of nowhere, and they can push us to see our emotional blind spots. We may be taking our relationships, interactions, exchanges, and pleasures more seriously with the Venus-Saturn influence and perhaps taking this too far to the point that we feel awkward or emotionally distant. We’re not feeling especially natural, and our social confidence can decrease now. We might be seeing the less flattering side of people or relationships. Small obstacles or hurdles require patience. This is a better influence for working with details and ironing out problems than it is for bigger decision-making or planning.
The Moon is void from 6:57 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Venus), until the Moon enters Pisces tomorrow, Monday, July 2nd, at 1:32 PM EDT.
The Moon continues void and in the sign of Aquarius until 1:32 PM EDT, after which the Moon is in Pisces. While a Pisces Moon encourages us to break down barriers, a Mercury-Saturn quincunx today can have us worried about same. This influence can point to communication challenges that make it hard to get the point across, or to get from one place to the next without hassle. It can also lead to mental blocks or difficult decisions as we tend to doubt ourselves (and others) and whether we have all the details we need to make good, practical choices. Sensitivity to what’s said or not communicated can run high today.
The Moon is void until 1:32 PM EDT when it enters Pisces.
The Moon is void from 5:47 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Pluto), until the Moon enters Aries the next day, Thursday, July 5th, at 12:50 AM EDT.
The Moon is void until 12:50 AM EDT when it enters Aries.
The Moon is void from 3:09 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Venus), until the Moon enters Taurus at 8:51 AM EDT.
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Moon Signs This Week:
When the Moon is in Aquarius
Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.
The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.
When the Moon is in Pisces
We may not want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It's a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.
The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.
When the Moon is in Aries
We're motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects.
When the Moon is in Taurus
We are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and "stop to smell the roses". Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.
The Moon in Taurus generally favors the following activities: Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.
Upcoming Weeks: Calendars
THIS WEEK’S PLANETARY POSITIONS BY SIGN (General Trends):
Sun in Cancer Being more in touch with your emotional roots is a keynote of the cycle that now takes hold in your life. This has to do with feelings, but it’s more than that: it’s about making the things you feel and care about a reality. At some levels, this means a greater focus on family life – parents, children, relatives, the whole domestic scene. On a somewhat broader scale, you’re likely to find that houses and other real property take on greater significance for you. Nurturing is where it’s at in your life now: making things grow and taking care of them, planting seeds that will develop and survive far into the future – that’s what it’s all about.
Mercury in Cancer Gut-level is the way you think, speak, and perceive in the cycle you have just begun. You aren’t interested in the superficial; instead, you want to get right to the root of things. You don’t care about the universal, only about how things impact you and yours. Intellect and emotion mix to the point of inseparability.
Venus in Leo Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity, and self-expression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired – needed, even. A flashy, flirty, stylish splash of color and warmth.
Mars in Aquarius The reformer, the inventor, the engineer, the revolutionary – these are important archetypes for you as a new cycle gets underway in your life. They are icons of the ambitions that stir you at a time like this. Independence, freedom from past patterns, and a daring readiness to innovate: such are the paths of achievement for you now.
Jupiter in Scorpio The phase now beginning for you emphasizes fixing what is broken or unhealthy, thereby giving it a new lease on life. This is more than one person alone can handle, so the cooperation of others is essential. You give up something in order to get or create something, and you may not understand the reasons why at the time. Sex, money, power, and vitality become key issues.
Saturn in Capricorn Responsibility, hard work, ambition, and achievement: these are the foundations you need to build on now, as a new cycle dawns in your life. And yet, there is a tendency to be a little too hard, perhaps a bit cold, in your approach to these things. Let ambition take you to the top, but don’t let it lull you into thinking that the end justifies the means.
Uranus in Taurus Practicality and ingenuity combine as powerful drives in your life now that you have begun a new cycle. Taking innovative concepts and making them real and practical is your strong suit; getting stuck in the mud is to be avoided at all costs. Financial savvy, inventiveness, worldly genius.
Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver’s seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is Maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?
Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable – and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small but has bigger consequences than you’d think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place…
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