In the Stars July 31-August 7, 2022 ... shining light on the astrology of the week
The Sun is in fun-loving Leo, shining its light on summer fun. Jupiter has joined Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto in retrograde motion on July 28, drawing us deeper into a period of re-consideration and review.
Mars conjuncts Uranus and the North Node August 1-3, an extremely volatile configuration. Mars will square Saturn on August 7th, adding tension. The entire week ahead is filled with this strong pressure. However, this difficult planetary energy can also used for good. It has tremendous creative potential, and could propel you to work on a compelling project, 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 generates change. Carefully consider what you will be doing during the week ahead, and make conscious plans that account for the dangers and galvanize the opportunities.
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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 the conjunction, all trine in earth sign Taurus to the Virgo Moon. This planetary combination is creative, dynamic, and explosive. Do something new outside your usual patterning, but be safe, as 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 throughout the week. Unrest will be stirred, and more violence may erupt. Stay safe and channel this explosive energy into demanding projects that draw on innovative thinking and problem-solving.
Tuesday is a high energy day, continuing to burn with the fuel of the Mars-Uranus-North Node conjunction that is at play throughout the week. Venus makes an opportune sextile to this triad, softening it, and drawing in new connections.
Wednesday is a stormy day with the Libra Moon opposing Eris and squaring Pluto. This adds to the tension of the already turbulent trio of Mars-Uranus-North Node. The peace-loving Libra Moon is compromised in a strained square to Venus. Saturn provides some stability when the Moon forms a trine to this planet of limitation. Tend to your responsibilities, and don’t expect this to be an easy day..
The Moon moves into the deep waters of Scorpio on Thursday, bringing up deep feelings. A Moon-Mercury sextile fosters good, honest conversation. Take some time for yourself such as a meditative walk.
There are a number of testy astrological aspects on Friday. The brooding Scorpio Moon opposes Uranus, the North Node, Mars, and Saturn. Whew! This aspect may set off an emotional storm. Use the fury to accomplish a difficult project, and refrain from projecting the energy onto someone else. Thankfully, the Moon’s trine to Venus, and then Neptune, will offer compassion and forgiveness.
After a brief Moon void-of-course period early Saturday morning, during which we may experience a hard time getting the day started, the Moon bounces into Sagittarius at 9:38 a.m. There are few aspects on Saturday, and we are through the strong whitewater of the week. Enjoy the relative ease of the day. The Moon’s trine to Jupiter in the evening paves the way for an expansive, high-spirited evening.
The Sagittarius Moon trines the Leo Sun, supporting dynamic, creative projects and adventures. However, a Mars-Saturn square may put the brakes on. It can also give focus. Venus is active in a square to Eris and a trine to Neptune, both expanding and testing our values and relationships. One aspect creates tension, and the other eases it. The day ends on a practical, measured note as the Moon sextiles Saturn.
The Moon is void of course Monday morning until 11:38 a.m. when it moves into hard-working Capricorn. After a slow, undefined start to the week, we get organized and move into a strong work mode. A Venus-Pluto opposition stirs passions. There may be an element of surprise before the day ends, due to a Moon-Uranus trine. A benefic Moon-Mercury trine can help us communicate and solve problems.
The Week in Short:
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.
Tuesday: High energy day infused with passion and compassion. Make worthy connections.
Wednesday: Tense, turbulent day. Relationships may be strained. Tend to your responsibilities and stay the course.
Thursday: Deep emotions are stirred. Honest, fulfilling conversations may be had.
Friday: Emotionally testy day. Channel your strong emotions into a challenging project. Compassion and forgiveness are at hand.
Saturday: Buoyant, easy day. High-spirited, expansive evening.
Sunday: Dynamic day to make things happen, but you may feel like you are driving with the brakes on. Practicality and restraint reign as the evening wears on. Plan the week ahead.
Monday: Moon VoC 3:30 a.m. – 11:38 a.m. PDT, after which lean in, get organized, and work hard. Passion is stirred; a surprise may occur.
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:
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)
August 24: 2:40 a.m. – 6:09 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
August 25 at 11:54 p.m. through August 26 at 5:24 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)
August 28 at 8:08 p.m. through August 29 at 2:44 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
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)
August 24: 9:40 – 13:09 (Moon into Leo)
August 26: 6:54 - 12:24 (Moon into Virgo)
August 29: 3:08 - 2:44 (Moon into Libra)
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