Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Leo August 2, 2016

 

The sublime New Moon at 10 degrees Leo takes place on Tuesday, August 2nd at 3:45 PM CST. Compared to the other wild and often stressful lunations we’ve had so far in 2016, this Leo New Moon looks great! It’s not a particularly potent one, which again is something to be grateful for. The Leo New Moon forms a very tight trine to Saturn retrograde at 9 degrees Sagittarius; a stabilizing harmonious aspects that takes the uplifted mood and roots it in solid form. Buoyant but not over-the-top.

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Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Capricorn July 19th, 2016

 

The Full Moon at 27 degrees Capricorn on Tuesday, July 19th  (5:57 PM CST) is going to be a serious one. What “serious” means to you isn’t necessarily going to be the same as the next person; it’s unique to individual circumstances. There’s a lot going on, which can be good or bad or neutral but any way it plays out it is complicated. The Moon is in its detriment in Capricorn, meaning [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: July 2016

 

Each month this year seems to have been wildly different than the preceding one. June 2016 was peak intensity and a tough act to follow. Not all was bad news, but even the good news seemed to be of the “making lemonade out of lemons” variety. For most, it was nonstop stress and worry and confusion. July 2016 will start off edgy, but I will say that it will end up much better than it begins, so enjoy the simple pleasures of the season while you can.

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Short Snappy Superficial Astrology for Leo & Virgo Season

There is currently an emphasis on the signs of Leo and Virgo, an emphasis that will be sustained for the rest of the month and all of September. At the time of this post, the Sun, Venus, and Mars are in Leo with Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo. Jupiter will remain in Virgo for the next 12 months. The Sun will enter Virgo on Sunday, August 23. Mercury leaves Virgo and enters Libra on Thursday, August 27. Mars will stay in Leo for a while, entering Virgo on Thursday, September 24. Venus will remain in Leo until Thursday, October 8, with its retrograde period ending Sunday, September 6.

 

Putting the bigger picture of these influences on hold for a second and looking at it on a small, day to day scale, the Leo/Virgo influence is creating some focus on looking and feeling prettier and healthier. I’m sure many of you have noticed the sudden urge to get organized, clean our acts up, whether in yourself or others. Leo finds it important to keep up appearance and put our best foot forward. Yeah, its somewhat superficial, but our appearance is the first thing people notice about us and is part of how we are remembered. Leo wants us to look like we take pride in ourselves. Virgo wants us to look like we care about the details and don’t look like a sloppy mess. It is the sign most closely associated with health, and during this intertwining of Leo and Virgo vibes we see how improving our health and organizing our personal spaces reflects in our outer appearance, and vice versa.

 

Looks and health have been popping up in the conversations around me, so I thought I’d make a short snappy little list of random astro factoids on the two subjects, as well as some observations about the natal chart and the appearance. It is hardly a comprehensive list; I’m just jotting down stuff off the top of my head that might be useful or interesting right now so I’m sure I’ll add to it later…

 

  • The best time to start a diet regimen is when the Moon is in Virgo, especially if it is in the 3rd or 4th quarter Moon phase (the time between the Full Moon and the New Moon.) Virgo prefers to remove things rather than add them to improve health.
  • The best time to begin an exercise regimen is when the Moon is in Aries or Sagittarius
  • The worst times to begin diet and exercise regimens is when the Moon is in Taurus or Cancer. Comforts are highlighted by these Moons.
  • Transiting Jupiter aspecting your natal ascendant/rising, Moon, Venus or natal Jupiter makes you more prone to weight gain.
  • Leo season makes hair shed more than usual.
  •  If you want your hair to grow thicker, longer or faster, cut it during the 1st and 2nd quarters (the time between the New Moon and the Full Moon) and in the signs of Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra, and Pisces.
  • If you want your hair to grow slower or thin out a bit, cut it during the 3rd and 4th quarters and in the signs of Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn, and Aquarius.
  •  Avoid hair chemicals if the Sun, Moon, Mars, or Venus are badly aspected, especially if Saturn is involved.
  • Avoid haircuts, buying clothes, or changing your appearance if Chiron is active in your chart that day. It never goes too well with Chiron.
  • Transiting Venus aspecting your natal ascendant is the best time to change or improve your appearance, especially when Venus crosses over (conjuncts) your ascendant.
  • Very drastic, shocking physical transformations are more often a result of Scorpio or Pluto. This is most noticeable during the year you have Scorpio on the ascendant of the solar return.
  • Virgo, Scorpio and Capricorn are more likely than the other signs to cause health problems when on the ascendant of a solar return. Taurus and Leo on the SR ascendant usually indicates good health, or at least some kind of improvement.
  •  Saturn aspecting the ascendant in the natal chart usually makes a person look older when they are young, and younger than their age as they get older.
  • Neptune aspecting the ascendant is more prone than most for dark under eye circles.
  • Scorpio types often have an Eddie Munster/”widow’s peak” hairline at their forehead. Scorpio and/or Pluto aspecting the ascendant gives the look of shadowy or “hooded” eyes.
  •  When trying to get an accurate health diagnosis, avoid the Moon in the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Also avoid Moon Void-Of-Course (Moon VOC) in any sign.
  • Avoid surgery or dental work (if possible, of course!) when the Moon is Full or in Aries.
  • Venus aspecting Jupiter is equally as good for finding bargains as it is for going broke on splurges.
  • The best time to look for fashion bargains is when the Moon is in Sagittarius.
  •  Venus aspecting Neptune or a Pisces Moon makes personal photographs turn out softer and prettier.

 

I’ll keep updating this post (unless I just make another.) Also, you people with personal planets in Leo have funny ways of sneezing. Haven’t figured that one out yet…

 

Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Leo August 14, 2015

An injection of romance, passion and simple fun comes with this New Moon at 21 degrees Leo early on Friday, August 14 at 9:53 A.M. Central Standard Time. The cycle of intense- sometimes too intense!- Moons is temporarily interrupted, and finding something to smile about gets a little easier, if only for a while. We’ve been learning these past few years about how fast the astrological weather can change and throw us for a loop; it will continue to do so, so milk this New Moon in Leo for all the good times you can! [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: August 2015

Relatively speaking, August is a fairly benign month in contrast to the first half of the year and the final three months of 2015. I’ll just say it now, I do not like how September and October look. No one likes reading that we’re still in for some astrological intensity, and I don’t especially like writing it either, but that is the way it is for the rest of this year and for the next two years, actually. Growing pains. While not everything is peaches and cream this month, it does offer up many bright spots to be used to our advantage, and to restore and rejuvenate our beleaguered spirits.

First things first, Saturn turned direct in Scorpio on Sunday, August 2. It was not a comfortable feeling, but more and more we will be able to accurately take stock of where we currently stand, and of any gains or losses we may not have previously understood the scope of. Even if the news isn’t good, or as good as what we hoped for, clarity is always a beneficial thing to have.

Jupiter in late Leo moves into a sweet, sweet conjunction to Venus retrograde in Leo and both benefic bodies harshly square Saturn in Scorpio exact from August 3-5, though the orb will continue for some time after. This is quite a big deal; very weird and conflicting, with lots of potential yet with varying outcomes. A Jupiter-Venus conjunction is as sweet an astrological aspect as there is, more so this one in sunny, fun Leo. And yet, both Venus and Jupiter in square aspect to Saturn is austere, cold. People will feel good and want to live it up or celebrate in some way, yet Saturn in Scorpio will challenge us to keep it in check, to not let our fun and games get too much in the way of the hard work necessary now. Jupiter-Saturn is famous for not knowing where to push full steam ahead and where to cut back. Venus-Saturn is famous for creating financial upsets and losses, as well as cooling personal relationships. I wrote previously that I think on an individual level self-confidence will be an issue the first week of August. I also think keeping a close eye both on your personal finances and the global markets is a good idea. Overconfidence in such issues may abound as much as lack of confidence. Not the time for risks or gambles, though it will certainly be appealing! Money matters will be glitchy, yet are only hints of bigger shockwaves to come once August is over. I think we will be looking back at this Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo square Saturn in Scorpio for some time. It is rather complicated.

Still, its Leo season, and even the most curmudgeonly of us can find something to smile at.  In addition to the lovely Venus-Jupiter conjunction, Mars enters Leo on Saturday, August 8 at 6:32 P.M. CST. Mars was very stressed and crabby in Cancer in July. It is much happier when in fire signs, and will bring some needed rock and roll pizzazz. Venus retrograde in Leo makes a buzzing, dazzling trine to Uranus in Aries at 20 degrees on Wednesday, August 19, exact at 11:44 A.M. Expect random spontaneity of the good kind with this. Look especially for sudden money opportunities (probably small, OK?) and for opportunities to flirt. Feel free to hit on strangers if the fancy takes you. Also joining the party is the New Moon at 21 degrees Leo on Friday, August 14 (covered in depth here.), followed by a buoyant Sun-Jupiter conjunction at 22 degrees the next day. Even though Jupiter leaves Leo for Virgo on Tuesday, August 11 (read about it here) there is still enough Leo to go around. Fun, shiny, child like and a little silly, the Leo energy this first half of August will bring badly needed humor and remind us that there are still some good times to be had even when the going gets rough. And that’s when we need humor and fun the most. While confidence can be rocky the first week of August, we can find stronger self assurance and confidence boosters mid month.

Mercury will leave Leo and enter Virgo  on Friday, August 7 at 2:15 P.M. Central Standard Time. This shouldn’t dampen the party, though. Mercury has essential dignity in Virgo, the sign it rules. While it has a tendency to be a little nervous and high strung, Mercury in Virgo brings crisp efficiency to communication and thought processes. Mercury will only be in Virgo a short time, entering Libra on Thursday, August 27 at 10:44 A.M., so make the most of Mercury in Virgo while you can. Get your paperwork in order. Send the emails and make the phone calls you’ve been putting off until a better time. Mercury in Virgo is thoroughly analytical, and words and thoughts are better able to accomplish their goals with this influence. Mercury will conjunct Jupiter exact the day Mercury enters Virgo, blending big ideas with the smaller details necessary to pull it off. Mercury moves into an exact opposition to Neptune in Pisces at 8 degrees on Thursday, August 13. For a few days before and after communication go from smooth to very tricky and unclear. The Mercury in Virgo-Neptune in Pisces opposition will also heighten the nervous, anxious side of this Mercury placement. Conversations will not only be foggy but also agitated and nitpicking.

That should straighten out by the time Mercury trines Pluto in Capricorn on Saturday, August 15 at 2:55 P.M. This is a fantastic time to talk about serious matters without dropping too deep or getting too heavy. Whatever is stressing and worrying you can be aired and find useful feedback. Mercury in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces at 20 degrees on Thursday, August 20, exact at 4:44 A.M. CST. This time period may very well find the soulful sore spots that Mercury trine Pluto handled with care. Conversations and private inner dialogue alternates between sad and soothing. Mercury in Virgo opposing Chiron in Pisces will noticeably affect health and overall constitution, making people more prone to stress and immune related problems. Be gentle with yourself here! On Wednesday, August 26 Mercury in Virgo makes a nice sextile to Saturn in Scorpio at 28 degrees, exact at 11:07 A.M. I like this. Opportune time to assimilate the last minute Saturn in Scorpio themes, finding those final missing puzzle pieces needed to wrap up Saturn in Scorpio. The tension at the beginning of the month from Saturn stationing direct in Scorpio loses its grip with the sextile to Mercury. Easier to dissect and discuss and plan.

The Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo on Sunday, August 23 at 5:37 A.M. CST, joining Mercury and Jupiter in the sign. Great time to fix up your home or business affairs, and get your health, diet and body in better shape. Tie up as many loose ends as possible. The turbulence we’re in for again in September will offer less time and energy to get our acts together in our day to day lives. The month ends with an odd, eery Full Moon/Supermoon at 6 Pisces on Saturday, August 29 at 1:35 P.M. CST (covered here.) This Pisces Full Moon marks a shift into the choppy astrological happenings for the rest of the year. As much as you can in August, enjoy some sunlight, get outdoors, mingle and find laughter where you can.

UPDATE: I had quite a few people asking me today about breakups and divorces in their personal circles, and noticed that it coincided with several big-name celebrity (Leo theme) couples (so far: Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale, Reba McEntire & Narvel Black stock, who were married for 26 years, the Nicki Minaj thing…) also calling it quits on their relationships. Even the search terms in my Stats included words like “divorce”, “marriage ending”,  etc. I did tell y’all way back in this article that not every relationship would survive this Venus retrograde period squaring Saturn in Scorpio, and that breakdowns, if there were to be any, would be happening about now. Saturn in Scorpio turning direct is getting the ball rolling, for better or worse. Only strong, healthy love can survive these transits!

Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Cancer July 15, 2015

Breathe in deeply, there’s a lot going on with this one. The New Moon at 23 degrees Cancer (the sign the Moon naturally rules) takes place at 8:24 P.M. CST on Wednesday, July 15 and will create a stellium in Cancer. On the same day, Mercury and Mars will move into an exact conjunction at 14 degrees Cancer as well as move into an exact opposition to Pluto retrograde at 14 Capricorn. The New Moon will be in a wide conjunction to the tight Mercury-Mars conjunction and will oppose Pluto as well. Besides the Pluto opposition, the Cancer New Moon will also square Uranus at 20 Aries, bringing back the energy of the Uranus-Pluto squares we thought had ended in March.  The New Moon will also be trine to Saturn retrograde in Scorpio, which would normally be considered harmonious except we will be reeling from the effects of the first exact square the previous evening, between Venus in Leo and Saturn Rx in Scorpio. Even a “harmonious” aspect betrays us here.

There’s a lot of really uncomfortable, high strung energy floating through the ether now, and for better or worse this New Moon in Cancer ties it all together. This is a New Moon where you will definitely want to check where everything is hitting your natal chart. The house the New Moon and Cancer stellium fall in may receive the most activity, but do not ignore where the other bodies are transiting and their aspects as everything will be lit up.

Our survival instincts will be heightened by this Cancer New Moon. Not in a primal, fight-or-flight way (that would be Aries) but by increasing our awareness of the need for self preservation and bulking up defense mechanisms. Our homes, families, money, and emotional lives are in need of careful protection and vigilant defense if we are to survive the changes being thrown at us. Fighting challenges head-on may no longer be working. Cancer is a sign that functions better by sidestepping issues or withdrawing from them altogether. This isn’t necessarily a bad trait to have: there exists those situations in life that cannot be directly resolved and pouring valuable energy into them is a total drain. Withdrawal is a natural response to unfulfilling and untenable situations. It is sometimes a matter of survival.

Financial survival is something that will require our serious attention here. The financial downturns and upsets in global stock markets and national debts were no accidents. They are cracks in the façade, correcting our perceptions of money and valuables coinciding with the austerity of the Venus-Saturn square. Cancer is associated with financial fluctuations, and this New Moon/stellium in the sign along with the Venus-Saturn retrograde in Scorpio square and the reawakening of the Uranus-Pluto squares will see money matters shrink rather than swell. Financial cycles and patterns will become evident. Saturn is the planet most closely associated with karma, Cancer ties the past to the present… financial repercussions experienced now are not flukes, they are the end results of past decisions that were likely made on premises that weren’t entirely logical or healthy or even in our best interests. As the sage author of Ecclesiastes wrote, there is a time to every purpose and there will be other times for big risks and gambles, but not here. This is not a time to remain stagnant but caution and discretion are crucial components for change under this sky.

Emotional self preservation is more necessary, though. We must separate our value and self worth from our money and relationships, especially if we’re currently very deficient in both. This is a good time to address the parallels between current financial, romantic and living situations and emotional needs and patterns. It is more arbitrary than usual now to gauge your worth on external status symbols. It will, however, be easier to see where we are running in circles and spinning our wheels, and easier too to change the plot and move in new directions. We will also be more aware than usual of the amount of compassion and support we receive or lack, and how our more intimate associations are either hurting or helping us. Actions can be taken accordingly.

Not everyone that hurts us actually means to, so some sensitivity and even tenderness in handling others will go a long way. You may have a long list of grudges you feel entitled to carry around and call people out on, but if they were unaware they were hurting you, hashing things out may do more harm than good and it will be you inflicting pain rather than the other way around. Arguments are going to be hard to avoid under a New Moon-Mercury-Mars conjunction in Cancer; it isn’t great for moods in the first place and worse for prudent discussion. Old resentments and hurts will surface from our subconscious to allow us to become conscious of them and sort them out. Preventing new resentments and hurts from forming in the process will require skill and strength. Here again, some temporary withdrawal and circumventing may not be such a bad thing.

Our subconsciouses will be in overdrive (dream activity too), and whatever good that may come from this New Moon in Cancer will be a result of allowing our intuitions (sometimes a separate thing from our emotions; remember that!) to take the driver’s seat for a change. Our perceptions are sharp and strong now and are on our side more than we might normally understand. Gut instincts are not so separate from survival instincts.

Real Time Astrology: July 2015

Frictional, taught, sometimes harrowing… yet, somehow familiar, déjà vu even. Heading into new territory this month will feel strangely like retracing old paths and patterns. Everything new will seem old and vice versa. This month it will be incredibly hard to gauge where exactly we stand, whether we are moving backwards or forwards; at times it will seem as if we are caught in some surreal feedback loop. Does anyone know where we are or what is really going on (in any area of life) anymore?

Most of the month belongs to Cancer, that Moon ruled sign of cycles and fluctuations. The Sun and Mars are already in Cancer and Mercury will join them in the sign on Wednesday July 8. The New Moon at 23 degrees Cancer on Wednesday, July 15 (read it here) will create a stellium in the watery sign. All of the bodies in Cancer will reactivate quite strongly the final Uranus-Pluto square. The square is in ever widening orb, with Pluto at 14 Capricorn and Uranus at 20 Aries. Cancer, however, is fond of the past and often finds itself acting as a conduit to bring the past back into the present. The Uranus-Pluto square we felt freed from will be brought back into the present. Excitement and fear and revolution will be in the air again. Dates when this energy peaks:

– Monday July 6 Sun at 14 degrees Cancer opposes Pluto at 14 degrees Capricorn

– Sunday July 12 Sun at 20 Cancer squares Uranus at 20 Aries

– Wednesday July 15 New Moon at 23 Cancer, Mars and Mercury conjunct at 14 degrees Cancer oppose Pluto in Capricorn

– Saturday July 18 Mercury at 20 Cancer squares Uranus in Aries

– Saturday July 25 Mars at 20 Cancer squares Uranus in Aries

– Sunday July 26 Uranus turns retrograde at 20 degrees Aries (retrograde until December 25)

The dust has begun to settle from years of the Uranus-Pluto squares. We may have allowed ourselves to get a little too comfortable in the aftermath. Which is a mistake. It is only in the aftermath of such events that clear information and images form of what really happened, what hands were really dealt. We’re faced with some reality checks on that front this July. Cancer is a sign that loves history, retaining (hoarding, even) the things left behind in haste or considered useless. It knows the tides change and such things will be useful and important again at some point or another. It clings to the past like no other and yet, as a cardinal sign, initiates change in the waters it is comfortable in. The focused Cancerian energy this July reactivates the Uranus-Pluto square to challenge whether we really changed history or whether we are reliving it. It knows the tides change and what seems groundbreaking today can often be old habits and patterns dressed up in new clothing. There truly is nothing new under the Cancer Sun. All that is happening now – both on personal and global levels- has happened before. The actors change but the plot usually stays the same.

There is wisdom and strength to be derived from this: when we understand that while it may seem we’re heading into unknown territory but are actually being driven by ages-old behaviors, we have more control over the outcome. Many business, political, financial, social, familial cycles have gone on far past their expiration date. The challenge brought by the bodies in Cancer reactivating the Uranus-Pluto square is to let go of the old, familiar and now unhealthy cycles and initiate the ones we understand we will need moving forward but are resisting.

Wonderful sign that Cancer is, we experience its darker sides this July. One of its more infamous traits is its sometimes inability to face tough situations head on, preferring to side step around things instead. It would also prefer to let others do the fighting for it rather than fight its own battles. Being dragged into fights that you didn’t start but are somehow expected to finish is a real possibility this frictional Cancer season. However, side stepping isn’t always a bad maneuver… when faced with challenges you can’t handle head-on, learn how to go at it from other, unexpected angles. Also try to keep some of your cards close to your chest and not give everything away.

Hopefully you found some sort of “ace in the hole” during the magnificent conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in Leo during the last couple weeks of June and the first week of July. Because that tide turns as well and the good vibes dissipate as the conjunction breaks up and Venus in Leo moves into its first exact square to Saturn retrograde in Scorpio on Tuesday, July 14. (Read all the highs and lows of Venus in Leo here.) Emotional austerity is a given with Venus square Saturn, and financial austerity a distinct possibility. Reality checks on love and money are likely to be unpleasant and unwelcomed but ultimately unavoidable. Expect to feel cut off from people and resources during this time. It is a time to be self reliant and make do with what you have while planning ways to prevent the same scenarios from reoccurring down the line.

July is one of those months that will seem to drag on forever. Of course, this too shall pass and the tension begins to release towards the end of the month, as the Cancer energy begins to break up. The Sun enters Leo Wednesday, July 22 followed by Mercury entering Leo on Thursday, July 23. Venus enters Virgo for a very brief stay in the sign on Saturday, July 18; turns retrograde Saturday July 25 and reenters Leo Friday, July 31. This also happens to be the same day as the “Blue Moon” Full Moon at 7 degrees Aquarius (which will also be covered in depth in a later article) which will act as a portal that the raw energy of July can funnel through moving into an even more action packed August.