*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.
July should be an interesting month as it starts out with a full Moon and will end with a full Moon. When there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is usually referred to as a “Blue Moon.” Adding to our viewing pleasure for July, Venus will be going retrograde and begin Her transition from evening star to morning star. Mythologically the six week journey of Innana through the underworld. During this time, Venus will be closest to the Earth and Her energy will be at its strongest. Be prepared for old loves, old wounds or old lovers quarrels to show up during this time.
07/01/15 – 12:51 am – Venus conjunct Jupiter
Normally, Venus and Jupiter will meet (conjunct) once a year; however in 2015 they will meet three times. This is the first and closest of their meetings; in fact the closest they have been or will be visually, in a very, very long time. They will be so close to each other that for some, they may appear to be one.
The ancients considered Venus and Jupiter to be the lesser and greater benefics so this meeting should be a very good omen, especially for anyone with planets or sensitive points at 21 Leo. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “a carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission.” This implies a clear sense of purpose and success in the endeavor. The key is having a clear sense of purpose, of what it is you want or are seeking; but it must be an honorable or right purpose for there may always be consequences.
07/01/15 – 2:11 am – Moon enters Capricorn
The void-of-course that we ended June on is now over. It’s Hump Day and with the Venus Jupiter conjunction to light your way you should have a “green light” to tackle any new tasks. There is a cautionary note however as Neptune is in play and may try to deceive you or cloud the issue.
07/01/15 – 2:10 pm – Sun trine retrograde Neptune
Trine are generally easy flowing energies; however, in this case it may be that one is too easily deceived or details may be over-looked as Neptune likes to hide things in His fog or mists. Whatever you are working on, pay close attention to the details and check them carefully and at least twice.
07/01/15 – 7:20 pm – Full Moon opposes Sun
This full Moon at 9 Capricorn 56 is the first of two in the calendar month of July. The second full Moon on July 31 will be known as a “blue Moon.” Full Moon are a time of harvest, when seeds planted at the new Moon reach fruition. What did you start two weeks or perhaps even 18 months ago that is now ripe and ready for harvest, perhaps to be presented to the world?
The Sabian symbol for this degree is “an albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor.” This symbolizes the need to overcome your fears, doubts or superstitions and to recognize how they may be limiting your life. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Don’t give in to nay Sayers, bullies or detractors.
Following this, all may seem quiet for a while as there are no major planetary aspects, sign changes or long void-of-courses.
07/05/15 – 1:19 am – Mercury sextile Venus
Because they orbit between the Earth and the Sun the only major aspects that Mercury and Venus can make to each other is a conjunction or a sextile. From our point on Earth the two can never be more than 76 degrees apart. A sextile, 60 degree aspect can only happen when either Mercury or Venus is an evening star and the other is a morning star. At this time, Venus, the evening star appears to be slowing down as She prepares for her retrograde and transition to morning star. Mean while Mercury is speeding up and racing to catch the Sun and make its transition to evening star.
Sextiles generally represent and easy flow of energy. Mercury the mental planet or communication and Venus planet of love may be signaling that now may be an opportune time to speak of our true feelings to those we care most about. The words may flow more freely now and our true intent and feelings may be more apparent to others.
07/06/15 – 8:36 am – Sun opposes retrograde Pluto
This could be a good time to check your bucket list and life goals to see how you are doing. Are you on course? If you aren’t, take this opportunity to make a course correction. The Sun is our Solar Logos, our life force and Pluto, the great transformer strives to push us in the direction we are meant to be going.
07/06/15 – 8:00 pm – Earth Aphelion
The Earth is now farthest from the Sun. Because the Earth is tilted on its axis and at this time of the year, the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun so it gets the Sun’s rays more directly causing the summer heat. This is also the time when the Sun’s apparent motion is slowest. From here on, the Earth will move closer to the Sun as the Sun appears to pick up speed. Take a pause tonight and reflect on where you want to be going. Like the Earth, do you feel as if you are at the “end of your leash?” Make it a point to get your life back on track.
07/07/15 – 5:56 am – Mercury goes Void-of-Course
Following a third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square by the Moon, Mercury goes void-of-course for the next 30 hours. This time might best be used to re-flect, re-consider, re-think, re-view; all the “re” words rather than trying to start something new. Consider this to be much like a Mercury retrograde. Choose your words carefully and consider whether it really needs to be said now. Perhaps later will be a better time after Mercury enters Cancer.
07/07/15 – 7:36 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a trine to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 2 hours. It is a short one so it shouldn’t be too difficult to “table” any new projects until later. This time may be best used by going through your inbox, checking e-mails or working on existing projects.
07/07/15 – 9:37 am – Moon enters Aries
It’s Tuesday morning and you should have a “green light” now to tackle any new tasks, ideas or projects. With the Moon in Aries, you may feel as if you have the energy to do anything or even everything; but try to remember, we all have our limits. Pace yourself.
07/08/15 – 1:16 am – Moon square Mars
It’s hump day and it could be a busy roller-coaster as there are five aspects and a sign change today. It starts with this waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square which most may sleep through. Next the Moon will make a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Pluto. Act if you must, but always remember to consider the possible results of your action. Try to choose the best course of action for all concerned.
07/08/15 – 11:52 am – Mercury enters Cancer
The Mercury void-of-course is over. Words may take on a more compassionate or considerate tone now as we may feel more protective or nurturing of others.
07/08/15 – 1:24 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the third quarter, waning crisis of consciousness square. Time to get busy clearing out those things that aren’t working, that aren’t supporting the goal or don’t apply at this time. The new Moon is only a week away. Time to start considering what “new seeds” you might want to plant.
Following this, Mars will make an easy waxing watery trine to Neptune in Pisces. You might use this energy to reconsider your spiritual beliefs and whether or not they are serving you at this time. What changes might you want to make?
07/08/15 – 8:17 pm – Moon occults Uranus
Last aspect of the day is this conjunction of the Moon and Uranus. While only those in the southern Indian Ocean and western Australian might be able to actually see this, we all may feel it. Is the Moon trying to focus Uranus’ desire for us to acknowledge and embrace our individual uniqueness? Take a good look in a mirror. Don’t look for “flaws,” look for character, strengths, unique qualities that set you apart from others. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Use your strengths to help balance out any areas which you feel you need to develop.
07/09/15 – 6:47 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Thursday and the Moon will be void-of-course all morning. Best to use this time to work on existing projects, particularly any that might need to be finished or moved on to the next phase this week.
07/09/15 – 12:49 pm – Moon enters Taurus
The Moon is exalted in Taurus. She likes it here where She can better appreciate that there is beauty in all things. Look for that special quality in any new projects or issues that you deal with this afternoon. They may help to inspire you.
07/12/15 – 7:53 pm – Sun squares Uranus
With the Sun in Cancer moving ahead of Uranus in Aries, this is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square. If you need to act, try to do so with conscious consideration of how your actions may affect others and what the outcome may be. This can be “out-of-the-box” energy. Perhaps there is some unique or even unconventional solution to the situation that might work out best for all.
07/13/15 – 5:50 am – Moon sextile Uranus
This is the first of five exact aspects today. The first four are easy sextiles and trines and so they may be less noticeable; however, whenever Uranus is involved expect the unexpected. Try not to be too surprised if something unusual comes up.
Following this, Mercury will trine Neptune (choose your words carefully and make sure whatever you say is understood by whomever you say it too.
Aspects three and four are sextiles by the Moon, first to Jupiter and then to Venus. Perhaps there are some easy words of embellishment that you may want to say to your beloved. Be clear. Be concise. Be truthful. Speak from the heart.
07/13/15 – 11:48 pm – Venus square retrograde Saturn
This is the last exact aspect of the day. Following this Venus goes void-of-course for over four days. Try to avoid large impulse purchases or starting a new relationship during this time. Wait until after Venus enters Virgo Saturday afternoon. You should find yourself thinking and feeling clearer.
07/15/15 – 12:50 am – Moon conjunct Mars
It is Wednesday and this is the first of seven more challenging exact aspects today. First thing after you awaken is to note any dreams you may have had. Make notes; don’t concern yourself with trying to make sense of them or to record an exact narrative. Try to note thoughts, feelings, colors, who or what else was in the dream. There will be time for analyzing the dream later.
Following this the Moon will oppose retrograde Pluto to herald Mars approach.
07/15/15 – 7:08 am – Mars opposes retrograde Pluto
When a planet appears to be retrograde, moving backwards, it can symbolize that it is time to go within, to reflect on our own life and what we might want to change about it. It may also indicate a time when things may be delayed. Mars is providing the energy to work through whatever challenges, changes or delays may be encountered. Remember, this too shall pass.
Following this, the Moon will square Uranus for the fourth exact aspect of the day. Yes, expect the unexpected.
07/15/15 – 4:38 pm – Mercury opposes retrograde Pluto
Pluto seems to be getting the attention today as Mercury becomes the third planet to make an exact opposition today. What is it that Pluto, planet of transformation, is trying to tell us? Be alert to any signs, intuition or feelings you may have. Their meaning may become clearer as the day moves on.
07/15/15 – 6:24 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun
New Moons are times of opportunity for new beginnings; to plant “seeds” for new ideas or projects; this one is also the sixth exact aspect of the day. This new Moon at 23 Cancer also marks the middle of the month, the mid-point between the full Moon of July 1, and the next “blue” full Moon of July 31. Whatever new ideas or projects you start, Cancer asks that if you want the “seed” to grow, you remember to nurture and protect it.
07/15/15 – 9:14 pm – Mercury conjunct Mars
This is the seventh and final exact aspect of the day. You may find yourself mentally recharged and ready to “talk someone’s ear off,” write a novel or thinking that you have the greatest idea since sliced bread. With Uranus in play from earlier in the day and Mars still out-of-bounds and avoiding the rules, it is probably best if you make notes of your “great ideas” and as retrograde Pluto would prefer, reflect on them for a day or so, at least until Mars is back in bounds and Venus is no longer void-of-course.
07/16/15 – 11:39 pm – Mars returns In-Bounds
Back on his “leash,” Mars now finds that He needs to play by the rules again. Go over your notes from the past few days and reconsider any planned actions. Let “cooler” minds prevail.
07/18/15 – 7:50 am – Moon conjunct Jupiter
This is the first of four exact challenging aspects and a sign change today so things may feel more intense, even a bit like being on an emotional roller coaster as Jupiter does like to exaggerate things at times.
Following this, the Moon will make a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Saturn. Try not to be too hard on yourself if you have forgotten or overlooked some detail of something. Saturn likes things to be in accordance with the rules so remember to pay attention to the details.
07/18/15 – 3:38 pm – Venus enters Virgo
Venus will appear to hang motionless in the night sky as She spends the next 13 days at 0 Virgo in preparation for Her transition from direct to retrograde movement. The Sabian symbol for 0 Virgo is “a portrait in which the best of a person’s traits and character are idealized.” This represents the desire (Venus) to present oneself in the best possible image or to idealize someone or something we desire as being “practically perfect in every way.” Try to avoid any large impulse purchases for a couple of weeks. Ask a friend for their opinion on it. The perfect “10” from a distance may not be so “perfect” on closer inspection. Try not to rush into any new relationships during this time. In preparation for Venus’ coming direction change, consider the classic astrological things not to do during a Venus retrograde; that is don’t start a new relationship and don’t get married.
07/18/15 – 5:49 pm – Moon occults Venus
This is the “super-conjunction” as Venus disappears behind the Moon. The actual occultation will only be visible in areas of the south Pacific such as, New Guinea, northeastern Australia, Melanesia and French Polynesia.
Both the Moon and Venus shine by reflecting light from the Sun. What is it that we desire that may be cast in a different light during this brief time that Venus is obscured by the Moon? Venus will be seeing Herself “reflected” in the other side of the Moon, what is sometimes referred to as the “dark side” that we never see. Be open for any new insights, intuition that you may have. Pay attention as the evening is well set for “a-ha” moments. Write them down so you don’t forget them as like the occultation, they may be fleeting.
07/18/15 – 6:07 pm – Mercury square Uranus
This, the last aspect of the day is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square by Mercury in Cancer to Uranus in Aries. Cancer and Aries are both cardinal, let’s do it action oriented signs so there may be a strong feeling of a need to act. With Mercury the messenger and unpredictable Uranus involved the “act” may be a need to speak, to say something. Try to control the urge to speak “the truth.” It may be your truth but not necessarily “the truth.” Words carry great power and so can do great, even irreparable harm. Remember, the best speakers are usually the best listeners so listen first. Consider what others have said before adding your unique (Uranus) perspective or thoughts to the conversation.
After this, the Universe may seem to quiet down for a bit. Just because there doesn’t seem to be any significant action going on in the sky doesn’t mean the energies aren’t activating or “pushing your buttons.” This is a good time to chill, reflect and observe. Things may heat up soon enough.
07/21/15 – 4:08 am – Sun trine retrograde Saturn
Today holds the potential for being one in which the details become much clearer for you. Take copious notes and use the time to reconsider things based on any new details or insights. Tomorrow you may want to tell others about them.
07/22/15 – 10:51 am – Mercury trine retrograde Saturn
Carrying forward the theme from yesterday’s Sun trine Saturn, review the details and insights you noted. You may feel a need to speak so it is important to get the details correct and to listen for feedback and suggestions from others.
07/22/15 – 8:31 pm – Sun enters Leo
As the Sun leaves nurturing protective Cancer ruled by the Moon and enters its own sign see me Leo can you feel the shift? This can be a good time to take that long hard look at oneself in a mirror or seek a trusted friend’s advice on how one looks and what changes might one want to make in themselves.
07/23/15 – 12:02 am – Moon opposition Uranus
You may want to buckle up and keep the tissue handy as it could be a bumpy ride today. This is the first of six exact aspects and a sign change today. In addition to this we have conjunctions and sextiles and squares oh my! The Moon represents our emotions and Uranus our auto-nomic (automatic) self. Controlling one’s emotions may be a challenge today. Try to let cooler heads prevail.
07/23/15 – 5:15 am – Mercury enters Leo
Can you feel the energy shift as Mercury, our mental communicative self moves from cardinal action oriented watery Cancer into fixed fiery may I have your attention please Leo? If you have something to say, try to make sure it is “politically correct” and that it really is worth saying. If you must speak just to hear the sound of your own voice it is best to do it in private. Take the time to think about what it is you want/need to say.
The second exact aspect of the day is Moon sextile Jupiter. Don’t be surprised if you are feeling more emotional than usual. This too shall pass.
07/23/15 – 12:24 pm – Mercury conjunct Sun
This is the third exact aspect of the day and is the Superior Conjunction when Mercury passes on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth. This is like a full Moon and marks the fruition or harvest phase of the current Mercury cycle which began with the Inferior Conjunction, May 30, 2015, when Mercury was retrograde. The Inferior Conjunction is like a new Moon and marks the “seed planting” phase of the Sun, Earth, and Mercury cycle. What new ideas, projects did you begin around May 30? Are any of them ready to “harvest,” to present to the world or others? Seeds must be properly tended if they are to grow into a “harvestable” result.
The fourth exact aspect of the day is Moon sextile Venus. With the Mercury Sun conjunction, you may be feeling more expressive toward that special someone in your life. Choose your words carefully and be honest when expressing how you feel about someone or something.
07/23/15 – 9:04 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square and the fifth exact aspect of the day. Considering the emotional level of the day, if you must act, choose your actions carefully. Remember, sometimes the best action to take is to decide not to take any action.
07/23/15 – 10:05 pm – Moon square Mercury
This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day. Perhaps it will be better to write down what you are feeling so you have time to reconsider it rather than just saying it out loud. Words can cut like a knife and hit like a hammer so choose them carefully. Catch your breath. Hopefully tomorrow will bring some calm before the next potential storm.
07/25/15 – 2:29 am – Venus stations Retrograde
Venus is probably the most dependable and predictable of the planets as she has the most circular orbit. Every 18 months She will appear to stop and then begin moving backwards (retrograde) for a period of 6 weeks after which She begins moving forward again. Venus is preparing to change from evening star “Hesperus” to morning star “Lucifer.” Not that Lucifer (Satan) but the true Lucifer, the “Light Bearer,” the one who heralds the rising of the Sun.
You’ve probably noticed the bright “star” in the west shortly after sunset. That is actually the planet Venus. She has the most reflective surface of all the planets and is brighter now as She is moving around the Sun and begins Her journey back around between the Earth and Sun. Soon She will “disappear” as She gets too near the Sun to be seen by the unaided eye. This is the myth of Inanna going into the underworld. Later next month She will reappear in the eastern morning sky shortly before sunrise as the morning star Venus (Lucifer).
Classic rules of astrology suggest that during Her retrograde phase, one should avoid getting married or starting a new relationship. It’s OK to go out and meet new people, but try to keep it casual until after Venus begins Her forward, direct movement after September 6th.
07/25/15 – 2:42 am – Mars square Uranus
This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the cycle. Mars represents the need to act while Uranus represents the unpredictable, unexpected. It’s Saturday morning and with this energy combining with Venus changing direction, it may be difficult to control one’s desire for a relationship. Most people want to make a good first impression. As hard as it may be, allow yourself the time to get to know anyone new that might come into your life before you decide to commit.
07/26/15 – 2:14 am – Moon conjunct retrograde Saturn
Conjunctions, squares and trines of my! This could be another emotional roller coaster day, much like Thursday as this is the first of five exact aspects and a planetary direction change today. This aspect implies that only the truth will do and you should feel it if someone is trying to fool you.
07/26/15 – 3:38 am – Uranus stations Retrograde
Uranus, the individual, the unpredictable revolutionary joins Venus, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto giving five planets retrograde. Having five planets retrograde at the same time is most unusual happening about 4% of the time. This combination seems to be saying take it slow, re-consider, re-view, re-think, re-lax, but try not to re-act. This is a time best suited to reflecting on oneself, who am I? What do I want? What is missing in my life? Try not to force things to happen. Expect delays. Expect the unexpected. This may be a good time to begin, get back to or concentrate on your fitness routine be it running, walking, yoga, weights whatever. Avoid over-doing. This is also a good time for meditating, but not self-medicating. Things should start to ease up in about a week. Hang in there.
Following this for exact aspects two, three and four, the Moon will square retrograde Venus, then trine the Sun and then trine Mercury. Emotions and words may flow more easily so be aware of what they are and how you express them.
07/26/15 – 10:44 pm – Moon square retrograde Neptune
This third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square is the last exact aspect of the day. Reflect away, but don’t beat yourself up because you feel you did or said something you shouldn’t have. Consider your apology if warranted.
07/28/15 – 6:37 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
This will be a relatively short, five hour void-of-course. It is Tuesday morning and most will be at work so best to spend this time going over existing projects, your inbox or e-mails. Avoid beginning or committing to anything new until after lunch when the Moon will be in productive, business oriented Capricorn.
07/28/15 – 11:47 am – Moon enters Capricorn
The void-of-course is over. You should have a “green light” now to tackle any new projects. Don’t have any? That’s fine, keep working on your on-going stuff.
07/30/15 – 11:50 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s another short; less than three hour, void-of-course but it comes during the normal work day. Try to avoid committing to anything new or new contracts. Take the time to review them carefully and if you can, wait until the Moon enters fixed air Aquarius when your mind may be sharper and better able to discern all the fine print.
07/30/15 – 2:40 pm – Moon enters Aquarius
The void-of-course is over. With the Moon in Aquarius, one may find themselves better able to focus on the details.
07/31/15 – 3:43 am – Full Moon opposes Sun
Have you heard the expression “Once in a Blue Moon,” well this is it. The modern definition of a “Blue Moon” is two full Moon’s occurring in the same calendar month. The Moon is in fixed air Aquarius and the Sun in fixed fire Leo. “Seeds” planted at the new Moon on July 15 may now be ready to harvest; that is their usefulness, value, or lack of value, should now be clearer. Not every seed planted will have value. Choose the best and leave the rest.
07/31/15 – 8:27 am – Retrograde Venus returns to Leo
After thirteen days at 0 Virgo, retrograde Venus returns to Leo where come August She will once again meet up with Jupiter and then the Sun. Retrograde phases are best suited for introspection, for most “re” words. Have you been considering a “make-over?” This could be a good time to consider what about yourself you might want to change. Just be sure to consult or bring along some friends or get their advice first. You may want to wait until September when Venus is direct before acting on major changes. If you have been considering cosmetic surgery, you should definitely wait until after September 6, when Venus goes direct to get it done.
Looking ahead to August we have Saturn stationing direct, leaving four planets (half of the eight that can appear to go retrograde) retrograde. We also have the second of three Venus Jupiter conjunctions to look forward to along with the Venus Inferior Conjunction with the Sun, marking the beginning of a new Venus, Earth, and Sun cycle.