*Any times indicated are for the Pacific Time Zone.
*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.
*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.
07/01/16 – 4:44 am – Moon enters Gemini
The void-of-course which ended June is over. It’s Friday morning and you should have a green light to either start on a new idea, project or task or go ahead and finish some things you’ve been working on.
07/01/16 – 12:18 pm – Venus sextile Jupiter
This is the first exact aspect of the month and hopefully will set a favorable tone for the month. The two benefics, Venus and Jupiter in an easy flowing sextile should be a good sign for positive things to happen this month. Mars has now been direct for almost two days and so barriers to progress or things that have been causing delays should start to clear away as well.
07/03/16 – 4:02 am – Sun trine retrograde Neptune
This is an easy flowing energy. With Neptune retrograde in Pisces it is possible that an old dream or idea from your past may present itself again. If you have a journal, record everything you can about this dream or idea before checking for when you might have had it before. The dream or idea may be symbolically similar or it may be a repeat of the old one. Whatever it is, pay attention! Take notes.
07/04/16 – 2:24 am – Moon trine retrograde Neptune
Happy Birthday America! This is the first of seven exact aspects by the Moon today. Grab a box of tissue and your dream journal and write down everything you remember about any dreams. Record every thought, smell, touch, sight and sound. No detail is too trivial when it comes to your dreams, especially today.
07/04/16 – 4:01 am – New Moon conjunct Sun
The second exact aspect of the day is a new Moon at 12 Cancer 53. New Moon’s mark new beginnings, a time for putting new plans or ideas in motion. Today is America’s birthday and marks the beginning of our 241st year as a country. What new beginnings might be in store for America in the year ahead? It is a year for the Summer Olympics in Brazil, the zika virus and a presidential election year. What else might be in store for us? Only time will tell.
Following this the Moon will oppose retrograde Pluto and then sextile Jupiter for the third and fourth exact aspects of the day.
07/04/16 – 4:24 pm – Earth at Aphelion
The Earth is at its farthest distance from the Sun. Seems strange that during the heat of summer in the northern hemisphere, the Earth is actually farther from the Sun than it is during the cold of winter. It is the effect of the Earth’s tilt on its axis that causes this phenomenon.
Following this the Moon will conjunct Venus and then trine Mars for the fifth and sixth exact aspects of the day. Be aware that emotions may run high or “fast and loose” today, particularly with those you care most about so mind your tongue.
07/04/16 – 11:29 pm – Moon square Uranus
This is the seventh and final exact aspect of the day following which the Moon goes Void-of-Course for the next ten hours which will take us into Tuesday morning.
07/05/16 – 5:20 am – Mercury trine retrograde Neptune
Retrograde Neptune in His home sign of Pisces seems to be getting a lot of action in the early days of this month. What might that be about? Neptune represents hiding things in the fog but also clearing away the fog or whatever is hiding something that it might be revealed to us. Pay close attention to any dreams or insights. Has something that was previously hidden from you been revealed in a dream or sudden insight? Take notes, write down all that you can recall including colors, words, smells, feelings, people, setting, time, impressions; no details are too small.
The Moon is void-of-course for another four hours so probably best to start your day by focusing on any on-going tasks or projects and set aside any new ones for later after the Moon enters Leo.
07/05/16 – 9:28 am – Moon enters Leo
It’s Tuesday morning and the void-of-course is over. If you plan your work and then work your plan you may find that you have extra time to get creative or do something you want to do or that inspires you; that is time to act rather than re-act.
07/06/16 – 1:17 pm – Venus trine Mars
The traditional “Lovers” are making what should be an easy flowing aspect to each other. You may find yourself feeling more romantic this afternoon or evening or perhaps in need of some “cuddle-time.” Passions may rise at this time as well, and not just between those romantically involved but with other people as well, even strangers. Everyone is passionate about something. Best to avoid discussions about religion or politics at this time or anything else that might get someone else “fired up.” Back off the accelerator and avoid “road rage.”
07/06/16 – 8:24 pm – Mercury conjunct Sun
With Mercury direct and on the far side of the Sun this is the “full Moon” phase or Superior Conjunction of the Mercury Sun cycle. It marks the midpoint between the beginning of the current cycle and the end of this cycle and beginning of the next. Like a “full Moon” this is a time for “harvesting” what was sown at the “Inferior Conjunction” when Mercury is retrograde and passes between the Earth and Sun. The Inferior Conjunction was May 9, 2016. What “Mercury” related project might you have started around that time? Did you begin writing something or was it an idea that was forming in your head? What is the status of that now? By now you should be able to tell if it is a good idea or not. Should you continue this project with plans to finish it; at least your part of it with a target date of September 12, 2016, or is it not viable? Should it be discarded altogether or is the time not right and should it be set aside for another time? You need to decide.
07/07/16 – 3:30 am – Moon square Mars
This is the first of five exact aspects today, two involving Uranus and two involving retrograde Pluto. You might want to have a fresh box of tissue and some extra band-aids handy … just saying it could be a challenging day. Be prepared for the unexpected and possibly for some old deep issues or wounds to come back up.
07/07/16 – 4:54 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Pluto
This is the second exact aspect of the day. Perhaps the day will bring up some deep meaningful conversations or insights from the past. Don’t forget to engage your brain before you speak. If not, there is the danger that if one “shoots off their mouth” they may end up shooting blanks or themselves in the foot.
07/07/16 – 5:06 am – Moon trine Uranus
This is the third exact aspect of the day following which the Moon goes Void-of-Course for over ten hours. It’s Thursday so this might be a good day to focus on any on-going projects or tasks and set aside any new ones for after the Moon enters Virgo when “cooler heads” may prevail.
As always when Uranus is involved, expect the unexpected. Unlike other planets which spin like tops around the Sun, Uranus is tilted about 90 degrees to the Sun so that it is rolling around the sun like a ball.
07/07/16 – 7:24 am – Venus square Uranus
This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and the second involving Uranus. Venus is Goddess of love and beauty, things we love or desire. This could play out in a couple of different ways today; something or someone unexpected shows up in your love life or you might use this energy to surprise someone you love by doing something unexpected for them.
0707/16 – 3:24 pm – Sun opposite retrograde Pluto.
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. This is the second exact aspect involving Pluto, Lord of the underworld. This energy can be useful if doing some soul searching or for harvesting (this is the full Moon phase in the Sun Pluto cycle) something deep and meaningful that has been growing within you.
07/07/16 – 3:41 pm – Moon enters Virgo
The Moon void-of-course is over. You can start that new project or task now. Step one, a check list to make sure you have all the tools and information you need to actually start the project. Virgo energy likes to be thorough and have all the facts/information/tools at hand.
07/09/16 – 1:06 am – Moon sextile Sun
This is the first of six exact aspects today, five involving the Moon. Check your supply of tissue, for the others in your life of course. This is the waxing sextile and harbinger of the coming first quarter square. This energy is good for re-assessing any new “seeds,” projects started at the July 4th new Moon. If you’ve made any lists, double check them now to see if you might have over-looked or forgotten something important. The first quarter is action time so you have a couple of days to make adjustments or additions before the urge to act takes over around July 11.
While we generally attribute dreams to Neptune, the Moon rules the night and considering the aspects ahead today, it may be a good idea to keep your dream journal close and note any dreams, flashes of insight, a-ha’s or other feelings for later consideration.
07/09/16 – 2:32 am – Moon occult Jupiter
This is the second exact aspect of the day and is like a super conjunction in which the Moon passes directly between the Earth and Jupiter blocking Jupiter from the view of some parts of Earth. For those living in southern Madagascar, southwestern tip of Africa and northern Antarctica, Jupiter will appear to disappear behind the Moon before reappearing later. Is the Moon trying to block Jupiter’s expansive energy or is She trying to enhance and focus it like the mirror in a telescope? This occultation occurs at 18 Virgo 16 and so is most likely to be felt by those with planets or sensitive points in the middle degrees of Virgo and the three other mutable signs, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “a swimming race.” Water creates resistance and so this may symbolize the need to pace oneself or to persist in whatever endeavor one undertakes. This is also the new Moon phase of the monthly Moon Jupiter cycle. A good opportunity to plant a new “seed” which you would like to manifest or an idea you would like to see “grow.”
Following this the Moon will sextile Mercury (third exact aspect of the day); perhaps to “pick up” a message to carry to Mars and Venus. For the fourth exact aspect of the day the Moon will sextile Mars. What message might the Moon be carrying to Mars? Perhaps something about your love life or lack thereof or perhaps a warning of some sort, after all Mars is also the God of War and rules surgeries and accidents.
07/09/16 – 8:28 pm – Moon sextile Venus
This is the fifth exact aspect of the day, all of which have involved the Moon. Is there a message for Venus from Mercury or Mars? Trust your insights, your intuition.
Following this both the Moon and Venus go void-of-course; the Moon for five hours and Venus for fifty hours. You may want to avoid starting any new relationships or making any large or expensive purchases until July 12, when Venus is in Leo.
07/09/16 – 10:41 pm – Sun sextile Jupiter
This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day. This can be an expansive energy; but one in which a person needs to know their limits. It is Saturday night and probably best to embrace moderation in all things. This day began with the Moon sextile the Sun and then occulting Jupiter and is now ending with the Sun sextile Jupiter. What flashes of insight, a-ha’s, dreams or “feelings” might you have had in the early morning hours today, as you slept or during the day? Now may be a good time to reflect on them or engage in a deeper conversation with trusted friends or family about them.
07/10/16 – 1:32 am – Moon enters Libra
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s Sunday. Could be a good day to try something new and fun just for you or with friends or family.
07/10/16 – 7:00 pm – Mercury trine Mars
Generally a trine is a positive easy flowing aspect; however, with Mercury and Mars involved it could be “loose lips sink great ships” time,” that is time to choose your words carefully. Avoid getting into arguments and don’t divulge any secrets to anyone. Engage brain before speaking or you may find yourself having to eat your words or spend extra time back-pedaling or explaining what it was you really meant to say.
07/11/16 – 12:29 am – Mercury square Uranus
This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the annual Mercury Uranus cycle. Speak if you must but ENGAGE your brain first. With Uranus always expect the unexpected. Mercury also rules the mind, how we think, so be prepared for any sudden insights, a-ha moments or great ideas. Do record them or jot them down so they aren’t forgotten.
07/11/16 – 5:52 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the current Sun Moon cycle. With Sun in protective, nurturing Cancer and the Moon in balancing relationship Libra, consider all potential actions carefully. Is it for your own good, for their good or good for both of you?
07/11/16 – 10:34 pm – Venus enters Leo
The Venus void-of-course is over. When it comes to a new relationship, don’t go falling for the first “sweet line” that someone feeds you. Venus in Leo can be easily blinded by compliments. Just because you are deserving of the compliments doesn’t mean the person offering them is being honest with their intentions. If you don’t exercise some caution now you may be in for a disappointing reality check when Venus moves into Virgo and the “true nature” is revealed.
07/12/16 – 8:01 am – Moon square Mercury
Following this aspect, both the Moon and Mercury go void-of-course; the Moon for almost six hours and Mercury for almost 34 hours. Best to use the next six hours to review works in progress or focus on things already started. If you can, set aside any new tasks until this afternoon after the Moon enters Scorpio.
You may want to treat this Mercury void-of-course like a short Mercury retrograde. Mind what you say, how you say it and who you say it too. At the same time, keep your notepad handy and write down any new ideas, insights, a-ha’s and dreams. Never can tell what a mind can do when turned loose (Mercury void-of-course).
07/12/16 – 1:52 pm – Moon enters Scorpio
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s Tuesday afternoon and while you can proceed with new projects don’t forget that Mercury is still void-of-course so make a mental note to self to double check everything including re-reading all texts, e-mails or written contracts and correspondences. If you aren’t sure or don’t understand something, ask before signing or taking other action.
07/13/16 – 5:47 pm – Mercury enters Leo
The Mercury void-of-course may be over but that doesn’t mean you should “let your guard down.” One should always pay close attention to the details and re-read all texts and e-mails before sending. This could be an opportune time to “toot your own horn,” but don’t forget, to be a good communicator you must also be a good listener.
07/14/16 – 3:22 pm – Moon conjunct Mars
It’s Thursday afternoon and following this aspect, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost eleven hours. Keep your anger in check as emotions may run high or break out for no apparent reason so avoid getting into arguments or heated discussions about just how great you are, Mercury is in Leo after all.
07/15/16 – 2:14 am – Moon enters Sagittarius
The Moon void-of-course is over. You should be good to go to get started on any new projects or tasks today. With any new task, making a list is a good way to get started. List all the things you will or may need to complete the task and make a second list of steps to take, and then prioritize the steps. That should help to get you started.
07/16/16 – 1:26 am – Moon square retrograde Neptune
This is the first of five exact aspects today involving all the personal planets so it could get emotional. Keep your dream journal or a notepad close and record all dreams, insights, a-ha’s, thoughts, feelings or other sensations when you wake.
07/16/16 – 6:31 am – Sun square Uranus
This is the second exact aspect of the day and the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the annual Sun Uranus cycle. Trust your instinct and intuition for any sudden insights or solutions to a problem or situation. This can be a real “why didn’t I think of that before” moment.
07/16/16 – 3:00 pm – Mercury conjunct Venus
This is the third exact aspect of the day and with both planets in direct forward motion marks the “new Moon” phase in their relationship. There are three types of Mercury Venus conjunctions; when both are in direct forward motion, when both are in apparent retrograde motion (both are true conjunctions) and when one is in direct forward motion and the other is in apparent retrograde motion (an apparent opposition). This conjunction occurs at 5 Leo 45, with both planets 11 degrees ahead of the Sun zodiacally. To help understand this conjunction, we look first at the Sabian symbol for the degree of the conjunction; “An old fashioned woman and an up to date girl.” Symbolically this may represent a time for the blending of the best of the past and the best of what the foreseeable future has to offer. It may also represent a time to let go of the past and move forward toward the future.
The past is already written. The ink is dry. Why look back, you aren’t going that way. Observe what is happening around you at this time. What are you thinking? Who are you talking with? What are you feeling? Don’t lose these notes as these two have another conjunction coming August 28 at 29 Virgo 00. While both will still be in forward motion, Mercury will be swinging around ahead of the Sun getting ready to go retrograde while Venus will be circling wide on the outside and continuing to race ahead of the Sun. The Sabian symbol for 29 Virgo is “Having an urgent task to complete, a man doesn’t look to any distractions.” New “seeds” or ideas are “planted” at conjunctions. The seed planted with the first conjunction today will need tending. Be prepared to make adjustments and move forward with whatever idea that may be come August 28.
Following this the Moon will make a first quarter waxing crisis of action square to Jupiter for the fourth exact aspect of the day. Ideas (seeds) for planting with the Mercury Venus conjunction may be expanded or embellished upon Emotions or feelings may get blown out of proportion so do keep your wits about you.
07/16/16 – 8:45 pm – Sun trine Mars
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. This is the waning or closing trine in the Sun Mars cycle. This time is well suited for taking stock of things and re-assessing them. If something isn’t progressing as well or as fast as desired or anticipated, why isn’t it? What needs to be adjusted, changed or “fixed?” In the weeks ahead, you may need to “cull the herd,” that is decide what to keep and what to let go of.
07/17/16 – 1:57 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Better not make any new, spur of the moment plans now no matter how opportune they may seem as you just might be missing an important detail that will come back to haunt you. Save them for this afternoon.
07/17/16 – 12:33 pm – Moon enters Capricorn
The Moon void-of-course is over. The Moon in cardinal earth Capricorn may seem very professional and business like, almost cold. This can be a good time for more rational minds to prevail. Not to worry, it’s just a transit and this too shall pass.
07/19/16 – 3:56 pm – Full Moon opposite Sun
This full Moon is known as the “Buck Moon,” getting its name from the fact that male deer (bucks) new antlers start to show around this time. This full Moon is at 27 Capricorn 40. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A large aviary.” The full Moon is symbolic of things coming to fruition or being ready to “harvest,” that is put to use. Did you plant a new “seed,” that is start something new around the new Moon of July 4? Or perhaps it was a long term goal or project you started about 18 months ago? With the Moon in practical Capricorn now is the time to “get real” with it. But what about the large aviary? An aviary is a home for birds. Birds are often considered to symbolize a message, messengers or messages. Be alert. Be open and allow all of your senses to receive. You may want to write down or record all “messages” you receive so you can reflect on them later. Trust your insights for answers. Just because you should get real doesn’t mean you have to let go of any or all “flights of fancy.” Trust your instincts, your intuition to guide you. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn expects us to do the work and put in our time before we receive our reward.
Following this both the Sun and Moon go void-of-course, the Moon for four hours and the Sun for over 54 hours. Avoid starting anything new at this time. If you can, wait until later after the Moon moves into Aquarius or tomorrow. The Sun will be void-of-course for over two days. If you’ve been planning on starting a new self-help or fitness program now may be just the time as the Sun will be less distracted during this period. However, if you haven’t been thinking about it or planning on it, don’t start now; best to wait until after the Sun enters Leo.
07/19/16 – 8:10 pm – Moon enters Aquarius
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s Tuesday evening and you can start thinking about or working on that new project you want to tackle next. Don’t forget that the Sun is still void-of-course.
07/20/16 – 6:20 am – Venus trine retrograde Saturn
With Venus in Leo and retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius this is a waning or closing trine, a time for re-assessing, re-considering or reflecting. When it comes to relationships or things you desire, Saturn expects us to be practical. What is it you really, really want? Are you “worthy” of it? What are you willing to do to earn it?
07/22/16 – 2:30 am – Sun enters Leo
The Sun’s void-of-course is over. Can you feel the shift as the Sun moves from protective, nurturing cardinal water Cancer to “look at me” fixed fire Leo? Now can be a good time to get noticed, to seek recognition for your contributions and accomplishments. Remember there is a difference between confidence and conceit.
07/22/16 – 9:54 pm – Moon occult Neptune
This is the super conjunction as the Moon moves between the Earth and Neptune blocking the Lord of the Sea from our sight. Since Neptune isn’t visible to the unaided eye, you will need a telescope to see this and you will need to be in central or eastern North America, Greenland, Iceland or northern Scandinavia. Now it’s time to be in awareness, to be present in the now as Neptune’s fog is cleared away by the Moon. Keep your dream journal handy and record everything that comes to you whether in a sleeping dream or an awake “dream.” Note feelings, sounds, smells, colors, symbols, people, everything. Be quick about it, save the analysis for later; perhaps over coffee with friends or family.
Following this we seem to get a bit of a break with no major challenging events or aspects between the planets until Monday evening, July 25. Just because there are no major challenging aspects or events in the sky above doesn’t mean we will all get a break. These are transits, the Sun, Moon and planets as they move through the sky and interact with each other; but at the same time they are also interacting with their positions at the time each of us were born. Those transits add another dimension to our lives.
07/25/16 – 11:18 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a conjunction with unpredictable Uranus at 24 Aries, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next nine hours. If your work day starts early tomorrow, best to deal with on-going projects or tasks and wait until after the Moon enters Taurus before tackling any new tasks that may come up.
07/26/16 – 8:37 am – Moon enters Taurus
The Moon void-of-course is over. The Moon is exalted in Taurus so She is happy to be here. The Moon is traveling fast so while this can be a good time to work on your “man or woman cave,” you’ll only have two days to get started before the Moon goes void-of-course again.
07/26/16 – 4:00 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square. You might consider using this re-assess, re-evaluate, re-think energy to do some personal “house-cleaning.” Identify those things that aren’t working for you or may have come to the end of their useful time and consider discarding them to make room to bring new things in with the next new Moon August 2.
07/27/16 – 12:45 am – Mercury trine Uranus
This is the first of five exact aspects today. The next four will all involve the Moon so you may want to keep the tissue close. Mercury symbolizes how we think and communicate while Uranus represents the unexpected. You may want to treat today like a Mercury retrograde. Consider your words carefully. Be sure to engage your brain before engaging your mouth. At the same times be alert for any new ideas or flashes of insight that may come in. Are you dealing with a difficult problem? Try clearing your mind and opening it to allow insights or solutions to come through.
Following this, the Moon will sextile retrograde Neptune, trine retrograde Pluto and then square Venus for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day. These aspects could represent old dreams, issues or relationships coming back to you. When considered with Mercury’s trine to unpredictable Uranus there is the possibility that something or someone totally unexpected may come up or back into your life.
07/27/16 – 8:44 pm – Moon trine Jupiter
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Jupiter likes to expand things so issues from earlier in the day may suddenly (Uranus) seem to get blown out of proportion.
07/28/16 – 8:13 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following an opposition to Mars the Moon goes void-of-course for the next three hours. It may be a short one but coming in the mid-morning, it is important. If you can, put off any new projects or issues until after the Moon enters Gemini.
07/28/16 – 11:17 am – Moon enters Gemini
The Moon void-of-course is over. When in Gemini the Moon can be very talkative. Considering the Mercury trine Uranus from yesterday and the next aspect today, do your best to keep it in check. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Don’t send any “snap” e-mails or texts as they may come back to haunt you. Reread everything before sending and not just for grammar but for content as well. Make sure it is going to the person intended and only the person(s) intended.
07/29/16 – 1:49 pm – Mercury square Mars
Keep your temper and tongue in check. “Loose lips sink great ships.” While it is never a good idea to engage in arguments or share secrets with others, the energies now may make one more prone to do so be sure to engage your brain before speaking.
Following this Mercury goes void-of-course for the next 21 hours. Treat it like a mini-Mercury retrograde and choose your words carefully. Carefully consider what you say, how you say it and who you say it too.
07/29/16 – 2:06 pm – Uranus stations Retrograde
Uranus 24 Aries stops His forward motion and will now join Saturn, Neptune and Pluto in apparent retrograde motion. Uranus will be retrograde for the next five months before finally changing direction right before the end of this year. Uranus wants us to embrace our individuality. If you are open and allow it, the coming months may provide you opportunities to better understand yourself and to accept your uniqueness.
07/30/16 – 4:46 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Saturday morning and following a sextile to now retrograde Uranus, the Moon 24 Gemini goes void-of-course for over nine hours. If you can, set aside any new tasks or issues until after the Moon enters Cancer this afternoon. You may find yourself having to deal with issues or tasks you thought were finished. Take a deep breath. Hold it, release it and allow yourself to focus on the task at hand. You may be the only one with the unique ability to deal with whatever it may be.
07/30/16 – 11:19 am – Mercury enters Virgo
The Mercury void-of-course is over as Mercury returns to its other home. Mercury in Virgo tends to be more logical and methodical but also can be more critical. When considering criticizing someone, be construction, not destructive. Offer guidance and support. One should never tear someone or something down unless they can rebuild it better.
07/30/16 – 2:09 pm – Moon enters Cancer
The Moon void-of-course ends as She returns to Her home sign of nurturing, protective, caring cardinal water Cancer. When doing for others, don’t forget to make time for yourself. You deserve it too.
07/31/16 – 9:07 pm – Venus trine retrograde Uranus
This is the last exact aspect for July. This is the waxing or opening trine with Venus in look at me Leo and Uranus in Aries. You may want to press pause and talk with a friend or family member before undertaking any new or extreme makeover such as a change in your hairstyle or color or wardrobe.
August will bring Mars return to Sagittarius followed by His going out-of-bounds and the first of three late summer eclipses, a full Moon Lunar eclipse to be followed in September by a new Moon Solar eclipse and then a second full Moon Lunar eclipse.