Dig Out the Truth About Your Feelings & the World You’ve Built
This week’s headline items: Mercury changes signs from Cancer to Leo on Tuesday morning; Chiron in Aries comes to a halt and begins its 5-month Retrograde phase on Tuesday late morning; on Wednesday late morning, the last Quarter Moon in Aries becomes exact and Mars (in Taurus) moves over the Solar Eclipse degree (from April 30th); Jupiter starts its Station phase on Friday; the Sun changes signs from Cancer to Leo on Friday late afternoon; on Sunday late morning, the Balsamic Moon phase begins, and Mercury (in Leo) squares the Solar Eclipse degree (from April 30th).
There will be three Moon Void of Course (VoC) phases this week: Monday very early morning (for 4.5 hours); Wednesday late morning (4 hours), and Friday evening (almost 5.5 hours).
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Monday, July 18th:
Monday, the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 7:17am EDT. This Moon placement often finds us more sensitive, intuitive, idealistic, and imaginative than normal. We also have a greater capacity for compassion, sympathy, and affection for all — but especially for those who suffer or can be regarded as the underdog.
But… that very idealism could also be our downfall at this time: We tend to see the best in everyone and everything, and when reality doesn’t match our idyllic vision, we might feel upset and even victimized by those harsh realities. A way out of this is to channel our idealism into spiritual or creative endeavors.
It’s also a great time for releasing fears — especially the ones based on a sense of separation — and experiencing “oneness”. Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them — in fact, “going with the flow” is the best way to go.
Monday very early morning, at 2:43am EDT, we enter a Moon VoC that lasts for 4.5 hours, until 7:17am EDT. Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to be guided by inspiration, and fully commit to a project or task that might serve you long-term. As best as you can, listen and trust the subtle messages in your heart that stir you towards success.
As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don’t start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Monday early morning ahead of time.
Monday very early morning, a Mercury/Pluto opposition becomes exact at 3:01am EDT. We started to feel this aspect build from last Saturday evening (July 16th), and it will remain strong until this Tuesday evening. This opposition might bring up some profound issues that need to be discussed. Obsessive thinking, attempts to persuade, insistence on knowing the “truth” or exposing lies, are all possibilities now.
We are capable of very hard work and exertion. In particular, we tend to pursue ideas with intensity, making this an excellent time for any kind of research or in-depth study. We may not be able to put our inner thoughts and experiences into words — and maybe that’s as well, given the darkness and intensity of those thoughts.
We may develop a great love of debate, but we need to be careful not to overpower others with our strong opinions, in our efforts to “convert” them — in other words, treating debates or exchanges of opinion as battlegrounds.
Intense conversations and connections feel more “real” than superficial ones. We want to dig out the truth about our feelings and the world we’ve built. As best as you can, try not to obsess about what someone said to you, or what you’ve heard: We may take things personally that were actually meant to empower us. Here’s what it comes down to: Could you allow yourself to go deeper and tap into your true inner power?
As best as you can, take it one moment at a time; as best you can, resolve issues through cooperation and stay objective. When you notice that you are taking things personally and starting to get defensive, take a deep breath and ask yourself: Is this really about me? Or my past issues? Or theirs? How can I ground myself in the here and now? What might change if I decided to focus on nurturing myself?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 24-29 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, or Libra, or 0-1 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, or Scorpio? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo, or Scorpio (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Pluto rules Scorpio).
Monday, at 7:17am EDT, the Moon enters pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey there until Wednesday afternoon (July 20th). Life is an adventure, we’re more open to new ideas, and have great enthusiasm for new projects. Patience is certainly not our strong suit at this time, but we can decide quickly, and act immediately.
Our independence and dynamism are important to us right now, so we may find it hard to be disciplined or accept advice at this time; in general, our responses to others tend to be more assertive or even aggressive. If you find your foot tapping, try hitting the gym, or finding other ways to burn off the body’s excess energy.
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Sonja’s passion is for connecting with people and helping them transform their lives. This led her to train as a life coach, in addition to her lifelong study of Astrology. With her Readings, her coaching and her Soul-Based Astrology Courses she aims to empower and support people in fulfilling their life’s potential and aligning with Soul Purpose.