In the Stars June 28 - July 5, 2020...shining light on the astrology of the week: Lunar Eclipse
The third of the three summer eclipses occurs on Saturday, July 4th, at 9:44 p.m. PDT, this one being a Full Moon penumbral (partial) Lunar Eclipse at 13:38 degrees Capricorn. We are well into the solar month of Cancer in which the focus is on home, family, tradition, and issues of security. Eclipses are power surges; consider how you will honor the powerful energy this week between two eclipses. Go slow and easy, and get adequate rest. Five planets and asteroid Pallas Athena are retrograde: Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, and Neptune.
When Mercury is in retrograde it is a good time to review, re-think, reconsider, and re-construct. Communication is sometimes confused, so be patient with mix-ups. Don't be surprised if you experience mechanical breakdowns. It is difficult to move forward, and probably best not to try to, at least until we get through eclipse season and Mercury returns to direct motion. Go carefully and consciously this week. Continue to light candles for racial equality and humane treatment of all people, and shine your light on the world.
Sunday's opportune Mars-Saturn sextile steadies the waters and draws us toward our responsibilities. Strong exercise is encouraged by this alignment. This energy is helpful in navigating the Moon’s unsettling squares to the Sun and Mercury which may bring up issues in family relationships. With the Moon in Libra, make sure that an appreciation of beauty is part of your day.
Monday is a stormy day, that day of the week when the Moon squares off with Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn, creating turbulence. Jupiter and Pluto form an exact, powerful conjunction in retrograde motion. The Moon is void of course all day until 3:48 p.m. PDT when it submerges into the deep, murky waters of Scorpio. It may be difficult to move into the week’s work. Handle routine tasks, and don't press forward on issues that may be stuck or resistant.
Tuesday’s cosmic energy makes numerous exact alignments. The Sun and Mercury conjunct, and make opportune sextiles to Uranus, and all aspect the Scorpio Moon. This last day of June, the half-way point of the year, crackles with possibilities and new ideas. Chiron squares the Sun, perhaps raising questions about our identity. We may consider new ways of expressing our true self.
July begins on Wednesday, the hump day of the week that corresponds with Mercury and matters of learning and communicating. Saturn retrogrades back into Capricorn where it will be until December 16, 2020, inviting us to finish the business of this position paring down to what is essential, restructuring our lives and our stuff, and getting our business affairs in good order. The Moon makes numerous benefic aspects with Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, and Mars. This is a day for hard work and productivity. The day ends with a spark of joy, ignited by the Moon’s move into Sagittarius at 6:21 p.m. PDT.
Buoyed by the enthusiasm of Thursday’s Sag Moon, we will want to finish our work week in preparation for the holiday weekend ahead. Pallas Athena and Pluto conjunct exactly, giving strength and focus to the day’s challenges and opportunities. The Moon trines Chiron, drawing in themes of education and travel, at least through the mind. Get some vigorous exercise, and make it a good day.
Start the holiday weekend on Friday. The Moon is void of course all day until 9:48 p.m. PDT, so energy may be difficult to shape. This is not a day for meetings, connections, or decisions. Rather, use it for visiting relatives, gardening, or cooking for weekend celebrations. This would have been my mother’s 90th birthday. I’ve invited my extended family to a Zoom call to toast her joyful life.
Saturday the 4th of July, Independence Day, holds the third and final eclipse in this series, a Lunar Eclipse at 13:37 Capricorn-Cancer. Parades, public fireworks gatherings, and group celebrations are eclipsed by COVID-19. The eclipse influence will influence the country through the next year as it is present in America’s solar return chart. Celebrate this holiday with a quiet day at home, as the day’s aspects are challenging. Organize family photos, and cook your favorite summer foods.
A benefic Moon-Neptune sextile invites us into a soft, meditative Sunday morning, perfect for walking in nature, or soaking in beautiful music at a worship service. The Moon joins the powerful triple conjunction of Jupiter, Pluto, and asteroid Pallas Athena. You could move a mountain with this energy. Lean in, and tackle something important and worthy of your serious intentions and industriousness.
On Monday we turn to friendships and humanitarian concerns with the Moon in Aquarius. Brilliant ideas, intention, and teamwork give good results.
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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Family issues may be unsettling, but steadied and resolved. Exercise, get some work done, and appreciate beauty in your surroundings.
Monday: Stormy day. Moon VoC until 3:48 p.m. PDT. Stick to routine tasks and steer clear of conflict.
Tuesday: The days sizzles with new understandings and solutions.
Wednesday: Productive work day infused with good energy.
Thursday: Strength, focus, and optimism infuse the day.
Friday: Moon VoC all day. Start the holiday weekend. Relax, connect with relatives, or cook for the weekend celebration.
Independence Day Saturday: Lunar eclipse. Go easy and relax into the holiday with gentle activities at home.
Sunday: Powerful energy available for tackling a serious project.
Monday: Brilliant ideas spill forth. Teamwork brings good results.
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’s 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: June 29: 6:01 a.m. – 3:47 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
July 1: 6:05 a.m. -6:21 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
July 3: 6:05 a.m. – 9:47 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
July 6 at 2:35 a.m.- 3:08 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
July 6 at 9:37 p.m. through July 8 at 11:12 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)
July 10: 8:49 p.m. – 10:06 pm (Moon into Aries)
July 13: 8:54 a.m. – 10:33 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)
July 15: 8:21 p.m. – 10:19 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
July 17 at 2:14 p.m. through July 18 at 7:32 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
July 20: 10:55 a.m. - 1:11 p.m. (Moon into Leo)
June 21 at 5:27 p.m. through June 22 at 4:40 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)
June 24: 4:08 p.m. – 6:54 p.m. (Moon into Libra)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): June 29 at 14:01 through June 30 at 0:47 (Moon into Scorpio)
July 1 at 14:05 through July 2 at 2:21 (Moon into Sagittarius)
July 3 at 14:05 through July 4 at 5:47 (Moon into Capricorn)
July 6: 10:35 - 11:08 (Moon into Aquarius)
July 7 at 5:36 through Wednesday, July 8th at 19:12 (Moon into Pisces)
July 11: 4:48 – 6:05 (Moon into Aries)
July 13: 16:54 – 18:33 (Moon into Taurus)
July 16: 4:21 – 6:19 (Moon into Gemini)
July 17 at 22:14 through July 18 at 15:32 (Moon into Cancer)
July 20: 18:55 - 21:11 (Moon into Leo)
June 22 at 1:27 through June 23 at 0:40 (Moon into Virgo)
June 25: 0:08 – 2:54 (Moon into Libra)