In the Stars July 24-31, 2022 . . . shining light on the astrology of the week



The Sun is now in fun-loving, exuberant Leo for the next month, inviting summer vacations and play. Jupiter will join Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto in retrograde motion on July 28,, drawing us to consider our beliefs and assumptions.


Mars will conjunct Uranus and the North Node August 1-3, an extremely volatile configuration.

This explosive, restless energy is heating up this week and will continue the first week of August. Mars will square Saturn on August 7th, adding tension. We can always use difficult planetary energy for good. This combination could propel you to start on a challenging project that has been on your mind, solve a problem, or turn in a new direction. The energy can be destructive or generative. It has the signature of an earthquake that suddenly breaks structures apart and creates changes. Carefully consider what you will be doing during the first week of August; make conscious plans that take into account danger and upheaval and galvanize opportunity.

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The Venus-Jupiter square on Sunday makes us prone to overindulgence. We may be tempted to spend too much, or overextend in some way. We may simply want to relax and take time for pleasure. Call your siblings. Take time out to read a book. Allow your curiosity to flow where it wants to go.


Monday begins with a meandering energy as the Moon is void of course until 10:54 a.m. PDT, Ease into the week attending to routine, insignificant matters. Planetary activity is light. The Moon moves into home and family-oriented Cancer at 10:54 a.m. PDT, inviting us toward comfort and nurturing.


A headstrong Mercury-Mars square on Tuesday gives pointed thinking, and may make us prone to sharp remarks. Think before you speak. This edgy energy is counterbalanced by the caring and compassionate Cancer Moon that is conjunct Venus.


Wednesday is another day of hard and soft aspects. The Cancer Moon trines Neptune, offering inspiration, caring, and ease. However, in sharp contrast, the Moon squares Eris and opposes Pluto, generating angst and turbulence. Channel the difficult energy into strong work. The Moon is dark, so take time to withdraw from the world into yourself, and finish projects.


The New Moon crowns Thursday, bringing a new lunar cycle. Set new intentions. Jupiter is stationary, turning retrograde for the next five months until November 23rd. Jupiter’s expansive energy is amplified. Mercury squares Uranus and the nodal axis, generating new ideas and breakthroughs.


Friday is a mixed day of ease and challenge. Unexpected events may occur as a result of a Moon-Uranus square. Yet, the Moon’s opposition to Saturn meets with limitations, and curbs the Leo Moon’s enthusiasm. A Moon-Mercury conjunction triggers the flow of words from the heart.


Attend to routine chores Saturday morning while the Moon is void of course until 11:10 a.m. PDT. Then the Moon moves into Virgo, signaling the time of the month to clean up and get organized. This is a somber day set for productivity and attending to details. You may strive for perfection. Congratulate yourself on what you did accomplish at the end of the day.


The demands for productivity continue on Sunday. There are numerous possibilities with dynamic planetary energies. The Sun is conjunct jovial Jupiter, giving optimism and expansion. Uranus conjuncts the North Node, and Mars is near this conjunction, all trine in earth sign Taurus to the Virgo Moon. This is a creative, dynamic, explosive combination. Do something new outside your usual patterning, but be safe. This can be an impulsive and accident-prone combination, as well as it is crackling with opportunity.


August is ushered in with a bang on Monday. Mars and Uranus perfect in a conjunction with the North Node, a combination that will be in effect for the next few days. Unrest will be stirred, and more violence may erupt. Stay safe and channel this explosive energy into demanding projects that draw on out-of-the box thinking and problem-solving.


The Week in Short:

Sunday: We are prone to overindulgence and drawn to relaxation. We are inquisitive and curious. Take time out to relax and enjoy the ride..

Monday: Moon VoC until 10:54 a.m. PDT. Rest of the day draws us toward the comfort of home and family.

Tuesday: Pause and consider before you speak. Both edgy and soft energies infuse the day.

Wednesday: Mixed energies. The day holds angst and turbulence, in addition to ease and inspiration. The Moon is dark so take time for yourself.

Thursday: New Moon: Set intentions for the month ahead. Expect surprise.

Friday: You may meet with the unexpected, as well as with limitations. Boundaries and moving beyond boundaries may be themes.

Saturday: Tend to routine chores in the morning, and make it a productive day getting your life in order.

Sunday: Productive day filled with optimism and dynamism. Do something new.

Monday: Revolutionary day of unrest. Channel the explosive energy into creative work and problem-solving.


Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Cancer (July 18-August 11)

1. Take a journey through old family photo albums. 2. Gather family together for a favorite activity. 3. Focus on home maintenance. 4. Make your home more comfortable. 5. Pull out your family recipes and make some of your favorite family foods. 6. Read a historical novel. 7. Get together with siblings or relatives and tell some family stories. 8. Gaze at the Moon in the night sky. 9. Honor your feelings. 10. Express care through a card, call, or gift of food.


Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it is difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work. Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle): Pacific Standard Time:

July 25: 1:14 a.m. -10:53a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

July 27: 5:54 p.m. – 11:35 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

July 29 at 9:29 p.m. through July 30 at 11:10 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

August 1: 3:29 p.m. – 9:05 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

August 3 at 11:19 p.m. through August 4 at 4:46 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

August 6: 4:24 a.m. – 9:38 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

August 8: 3:30 a.m. – 11:38 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

August 10: 9:39 a.m. – 11:44 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

August 12: 4:06 a.m. – 11:44 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

August 14: 8:10 a.m. – 1:42 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

August 16: 1:18 p.m. – 7:22 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

August 19: 4:05 a.m. – 5:06 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

August 21: 3:06 p.m. – 5:29 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

July 25: 8:14 -17:53 (Moon into Cancer)

July 28: 0:54 – 6:35 (Moon into Leo)

July 30: 4:29 - 18:10 (Moon into Virgo)

August 1 at 22:29 through 4:05 (Moon into Libra)

August 4: 6:19 - 11:46 (Moon into Scorpio)

August 6: 11:24 – 16:38 (Moon into Sagittarius)

August 8: 10:30 – 18:38 (Moon into Capricorn)

August 10: 16:39 – 18:44 (Moon into Aquarius)

August 12: 11:06 – 18:44 (Moon into Pisces)

August 14: 15:10 – 20:42 (Moon into Aries)

August 16 at 20:18 through August 17 at 2:22 (Moon into Taurus)

August 19: 11:05 – 12:06 (Moon into Gemini)

August 21 at 22:06 through April 22 at 0:29 (Moon into Cancer)


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