Starcodes July 31 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

This weekend could bring a summer high point, a gathering of like minds, rally for a cause, or a great day for a swim and a picnic as this morning’s full Moon in communal Aquarius illuminates our need for interconnection. This glowing Moon also opposes the Sun and Mercury shining in Leo which loan us the ability to shine and share ourselves. Venus joins the party as she retrogrades back in Leo over the weekend and approaches her second of three conjunctions to Jupiter this season. She also squares Saturn and so increase the outpouring of our emotions (Jupiter) just as she reminds us of our Saturnine responsibilities.

We just have to remember to share the limelight, because the difference between the gift of Leo and it’s shadow is the ability to respect others, to empathize and share with them. What a leonine gift it is to shine when we can also see the light in all others, and what a gift it is to be willing to have our authentic self truly be seen.

A Sun-Neptune quincunx over the weekend adds to this panache and imagination, but it doesn’t help us be realistic. The Moon enters Pisces on Saturday and Sunday, infuses all things creative and softening our hearts, but leaves us a bit raw and protective of our vulnerabilities. Let’s practice being fully present to the people around us, as they may need it.

We can too easily return to old emotional patterns or get tangled in a difficulty that has plagued us all month as Venus retrogrades back into Leo and squares Saturn again, but this time be able to break a cycle and experiment with a fresh approach that feels more aligned with our purpose. We can tap in to the extra free-floating emotions just spilling over all around us, but instead of getting caught up in the drama, just let it open the heart.

We’re much more ready to shift gears and take action on Monday and Tuesday as the Moon heads into proactive Aries while Mercury trines Uranus.

Over the next few weeks can feel momentum build in campaigns and our own progress and process as Saturn turns direct, it’s been retrograde since March 14, slowing us down and asking us to go back and do some foundational work. Pay attention to a review of issues with one’s father or father-like authority figures. Choose what teaching to keep and what to release, and build the strength of personal authority in the process.

Saturn squares Jupiter all week, which can lead to political stalemate, not that we’d really notice the difference these days, but one where the differences get articulated and underlined. Like they might be, for instance, by the image of Bernie Sanders running against Donald Trump. And as we articulate the difference, we also get the chance to reconcile or repair those differences, or find some common ground to build upon, if we so choose. All our ambitions begin to find its feet again, and we can bring a fresh, kinder mindset back to our long-term goals.

Friday, July 31: The Moon is full early this morning and calls our attention to all group dynamics, politics, gossip, and our communal sense that we are all one underneath. It also can entrench our stubborn side, but possibly for good cause. We want to know that no matter how busy our beloveds are, we are special to them, not a burden. Our mind and heart can disagree tonight; mediate between needs as the Moon opposes Mercury.

Moon opposed Sun 5:42 AM, Venus retrogrades back into Leo 10:27 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 9:25 PM

Saturday, August 1: Today brings magic, not logic or clarity as the Sun quincunx Neptune. Mornings hums with generosity, afternoon we grow edgier, more easily discouraged and need of support as the Moon squares restrictive Saturn and the Moon enters Pisces. Be direct about needs, avoid a sullen response to vulnerability. If a quirky concern or fear wriggles to the surface as Mercury bi-quintiles Pluto, get more information. We benefit from mutual gentleness tonight, take this softness as an opportunity for healing dreams.

Moon sextile Chiron to 11 AM, Sun quincunx Neptune 1:23 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 2:15 PM, Moon squares Saturn 2:49 PM, Moon semi-square Pluto 3:23 PM, Moon oppose Venus 5:02 PM, Moon enters Pisces 5:36 PM, Mercury bi-quintile Pluto 11:06 PM

Sunday, August 2: After a magical, soft and squishy morning as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, Take a subtle opportunity to grow in personal authority as Saturn turns direct. Take notes about the new ideas for long-term progress, but be patient and determined about how they unfold. Because we’re distracted by many different needs and ideas, our communication can be disjointed and off center mid-da unless we listen deeply as Mercury aspects unsettling Uranus and Chiron.

Saturn turns direct 12:52 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus 2:28 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune 8:27 AM, Mercury semi-square Uranus 9:50 AM, Mercury quincunx Chiron 3:01 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 3:39 PM.

Monday, August 3: We may be slow off the mark this morning under a sleepy Pisces Moon. And may not feel we have the energy to over come some intransigent contradictions in our life. If so, it will help to accomplish one, small, doable thing, and then another, until the momentum builds. Enthusiasm picks up this afternoon as the Moon forms a grand trine in water signs, with Mars in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio. We can speak about future actions our hearts demand, and then kick into gear later as the Moon enters active Aries.

Moon conjunct Chiron 3:28 AM, Moon quincunx Mercury 5:20 AM, Jupiter square Saturn 5:36 AM, Moon trine Mars 12:49 PM, Moon trine Saturn 3:35 PM, then VOC, Moon enters Aries 6:23 PM

Tuesday, August 4: This will be a hard day to be bored; make this day action- packed and eventful, versus melodramatic. Just do it, as the Aries Moon tines the Sun. If tension arises because achieving goals seems like a struggle, let’s not buy the melodramatic thought that all are out to frustrate our plans, or that we are all alone in this work, but instead follow any lines of opportunity to make progress. Restraint helps, redirect temper flashes into mutual support and satisfying work. Success is the best medicine, and the best revenge.

Jupiter sesqui-quadrate Pluto 2:22 PM, Moon trine Sun 2:23 PM, Venus conjunct Jupiter 4:46 PM, Moon square Pluto 4:50 PM, Venus sesqui-quadrate Pluto 6:14 PM

Wednesday, August 5: Take any green lights and run with them as the Moon conjuncts energizing Uranus, trines Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter. Check with logic as well as heart, but say yes wherever possible. Share heart, people need effusive signs of love and respect. Let opinions flow, just try to keep them focused on desired outcomes. We love the people that help us this afternoon, and get crabby when people are in our way. The Moon enters Taurus tonight, slows down, asks us to get more comfortable, and firms up plans. So make changes earlier,

Moon conjunct Uranus for 20 1 AM, Venus square Saturn 10:08 AM, Moon trine Mercury 2:25 PM, Moon square Mars 5:06 PM, Moon trine Venus 5:21 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 6:29 PM then VOC, Venus semi-sextile Mars 8:23 PM, Moon enters Taurus 8:29 PM

Thursday, August 6: Identify the most urgent need, and attend to it, even of the hammock calls and entropy maximizes. Once we’re in action, we can make steady, enduring progress as Mars trines Saturn, but if we sit still, we’ll tend to stay that way. We need to blend aesthetics with function, world with our love life, rather than see these needs competing as Venus and Mercury square Saturn. Relationships may take care and negotiation, and a common goal to work on when other conflicts get in the way. Practice good relationship skills rather than test the love; it may feel awkward and self conscious at first, but will produce much better results.

Sun quincunx Pluto 2:30 AM, Mars trine Saturn 3:29 AM, Mercury conjunct Venus 9:24 AM, Moon sex tile Neptune 12:20 PM, Mercury squares Saturn 3:19 PM, Mercury semi-square Pluto 6:23 PM, Moon trine Pluto 7:44 PM, Moon square Sun 9:02 PM, Mercury semi-sextile Mars 9:59 PM

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Starcodes  July 24, 2015   Heather Roan Robbins

We need to be extra loving this week. We can be emotional, need to make changes, and have to deal with stressful occurrences, and mutual support helps. The week may also bring abundance, but let’s not take our loved ones for granted. The busier we get, the more love we will need.

The Sun and Mercury run together in abundant, friendly, extroverted if stubborn Leo, and encourage us to connect and increase our need to feel seen. But as the weekend begins a private Scorpio Moon and reserved Venus in Virgo (still close enough to Jupiter to be extra juicy) make us ambiguous about this whole sociability thing. We can feel a real approach avoidance conflict, and will need time both in privacy or quiet companionship, and time engaged in the heart of all things. The tension between these two sides of ourselves can make us a little uncomfortable and cause us to send out mixed signals, just as others could all use a little extra reassurance that they are loved and wanted.

Cross currents layer into this conflicting mood over the weekend as tempestuous Mars squares energizing and change inducing Uranus, just as Uranus turns retrograde. If we’re irritable, let’s be honest about it. Notice a desire to make changes just for the sake of making changes nudging around the edges of an otherwise beautiful time. And just when we’d like to make some progress a longer-term change we’ve been working on may be put on hold while we go tend other work for a few months.

The weather may get stormy, maybe it’s just our interpersonal interactions. This edginess nudges political undercurrents and social justice discontent; Mars square Uranus doesn’t want to put up with it anymore, whatever it is that bothers us. But we can use this restless combustion-engine of an aspect to engage the world bravely, whether were hiking up a mountain or tackling practicalities. Let’s just not tackle one another.

Venus retrograde for the next few weeks can bring back old friends and old faces, or old relationship dynamics we haven’t seen for a while. The mood becomes more inspired and accepting on Sunday as the Moon enters Sagittarius and the Sun bi-quintiles Neptune. Share a dream, share a moment of heart and spirit, and slough off the irritations.

A new determination arises midweek as an industrious Capricorn Moon kicks us into gear, and the Mercury-Pluto quincunx can stir some old ghosts, or strange power dynamics and make us wonder if we really are enough. Underneath the Leo hopes that we can do anything, and the Plutonian concerned that we can do nothing, is the quiet endurance of the fixed signs that gently reminds us of the power of our experience.

The weekend ends on a social high note as the Moon enters collective Aquarius, the coming full Moon in Aquarius is one of the best times to gather with beloveds all year long, and feel the presence of supportive souls.

Friday, July 24: Can’t live with people, can’t live without them; we can feel enthusiastically ambiguous about this whole human relationship thing as the Scorpio Moon squares the Leo Sun. People need attention and privacy at the same time, ask important questions of events, but honor any “do not disturb” signs upon people, and they will warm-up in a day or two. Notice the emotional signals and body language sent out, as people are reading both our words and our energy, and be can be confused and defensive if signals conflict. Feel the enthusiasm to just do something, anything, about urgencies, just do it safely. The energy feels more sultry and supportive later tonight.

 

12:04 AM, Moon trine Neptune 2:40 PM, Mercury bi-quintile Neptune 8:22 PM Moon sextile Pluto 11:23 PM

 

Saturday, July 25: The mood and power dynamics really swirl, with a strong thread of impatience running through. Mechanical difficulties and know-how abound. Keep this energy on track with forgiveness and affection, as impatience can really pull us off track. Be suspicious of sudden decisions made this morning as Mars squares Uranus, make sure they really are in one’s best interest. Pay attention around fire and sharp objects. Honor political unrest in the culture and in the family; people who have felt endangered before, need to feel heard now. Afternoon is more positively dynamic as the Moon trines Mars and Chiron, and softens this evening with thoughtful abundance.

Venus retrogrades 4:28 AM, Mars squares Uranus 3:42 AM, Moon trine Mars 12:49 PM, Moon trine Chiron 1:32 PM, Moon square Jupiter 11:54 PM

Sunday, July 26: The mood is more accepting, cheerfully engaged, willing to explore as the Moon enters exploratory and cheerful Sagittarius. Under stress we may want to get away from it all and go on an adventure. Minor aspects between Mercury and Chiron as well as between the Sun and Neptune can confuse us, soften our edges, but make us willing to be helpful. We just need to make sure we listen as much as we say, and really share the limelight.

Mars trine Chiron 2:06 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 3:14 AM, Mercury sesquiquadrate Chiron 4:01 AM, Moon semi-square Pluto :06 AM, Uranus retrograde 4:37 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 6:24 AM, Moon square Venus 7:48 AM, Sun bi- quintile Neptune 910:04 AM, Moon trine Sun 12:55 PM, Moon trine Mercury 8:26 APM, Moon square Neptune 11:43 PM

Monday, July 27: Take this day as is, take it off and enjoy the summer if possible. We get a break from some of the heavier energies but may not be so realistic as Mercury quincunx imaginary intuitive Neptune. We may feel unusually sensitive to our surroundings and need time outside and honoring the natural world. A warm sense of humor can help keep us moving. But confirm data if there is disagreement, clear up the fog, and otherwise let the mind float and the body wander. We have some internal catching up to do.

Mercury quincunx Neptune 5:05 PM, Moon trine Uranus 8 PM. Moon square Chiron 9 PM

Tuesday, July 28: Unless we have lists or a plan, we can putter inefficiently. But the meandering can prepare us to this afternoon as the Moon enters industrious Capricorn and trines Venus. Form follows function, beauty can be practical, and diplomacy can get the work done. A wafting world-weariness needs respect but not attention; bring thoughts back to what’s working.

Moon trine Jupiter 8:36 AM, then VOC, Moon enters Capricorn 1:47 PM, Moon trine Venus to 40 4 PM,

Wednesday, July 29: We have a lot to do, and can get it done through teamwork rather than specific efficiency if we can let go of an illusion that we know how it needs to be done, and they don’t. Rain showers of depression or inadequacy possible this afternoon as the Moon and Mercury interact with Pluto; don’t believe the story, don’t sulk, do let it be motivation. If feeling lonely, reach out to someone else who also needs connection.

Moon sextile Neptune 4:49 AM, Sun sesquiquadrate Chiron 4:55 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 11:41 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 12:23 PM, Mercury quincunx Chiron 9:21 PM

Thursday, July 30: It could be just a good morning with a touch of attitude. A subtle but confusing Mars-Neptune aspect can leave us less decisive than we’d like, and help us see that our situation is more complex and requires both strength and sensitivity. It’s easy (but unproductive) to argue over ideologies or beliefs, or hold other people inappropriately responsible for our disappointments. Tonight the Aquarian Moon brings up support and camaraderie, helps us find it all easier to do if we do it together.

Moon square Uranus 12:50 AM, Moon opposed Mars 6:24 AM, Moon semis square Neptune seven own 6 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 1:49 PM then VOC, Mercury by quintile Chiron 1:56 PM, Moon enters Aquarius 4:40 PM, Mars success could quadrate Neptune 9:29 PM

 

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Starcodes  July 17, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

We now head into high summer season as the Moon, the Sun and Mercury all enter Leo this week. While the Sun was in Cancer this last month, we dealt with security issues, extra emotions, and nesting in our home or family to refill the wells of our own resilience. Now it’s time to party. Also to have ritual, demonstrate, or state our case with panache.

Leo season is time to shine; we can all become temporary adolescents in the worst and best of ways. Playfulness calls us to rebuild our balance by celebrating life, by expressing ourselves and soaking up the sunshine, arts, music, and all other forms of creative expression. It’s a wonderful time to develop a flirtation or renew the flirtation within a long-standing partnership. We can also flirt with a new place or skill. We heal now through Leo panache and Aquarian gatherings; arts in the park, opera, and political rallies where people don’t ask too many logical questions but enjoy the enthusiasm.

But we also may deal (in ourselves and from others) with the adolescent qualities of self-absorption, hyperbole, and bravado that leave us wondering if all this drama really is necessary. It can be entertaining if annoying in the elections arena.

Leo supports generosity and compassion, but does not encourage natural empathy. Once we see a problem, we want to help; the problem will be to see. Leo is a fixed fire sign; the Leo Sun encourages us to be the hearth fire at the center for everyone to gather around. It’s a wonderful time to have fundraisers or arts festivals, to have a wedding or any ceremony where we gather together. Leo does love a little pomp and circumstance.

We tend to get melodramatic with all this Leo energy around us, and overstate how we feel, speak in hyperbole, but this can help us know what’s going on inside us. It’s not time to be stingy with signs of affection or offerings of help; we will greatly appreciate support and a playful moment.

We can feel the shift as the weekend begins and won’t really feel like sticking to the work schedule under a warmhearted (if slightly lazy-making) waxing Leo Moon. As the Sun sesqui-quadrates Neptune some situation we’re working with just hasn’t come into form yet and unknown factors can challenge our judgment. Later our escapist urge grows and we can feed that side with art, music, and a moment far away. Be careful late tonight as our impulse control and judgment may be seriously underwhelming.

We need to change something about our perspective over this weekend as mental Mercury squares changeable Uranus, the cosmic clutch. Along with a general sense of nervousness or frazzle, we notice either our old gear is no longer working, or it’s just time for a change. If we don’t go willingly, we may get kicked into motion or need to wrestle with unexpected variables in order to work things out. The more flexible we stay, the easier this will be.

This aspect is usually just good for an attitude adjustment; it only gets a little dangerous when we rush and forget to pay attention. Also, watch out for unpredictable wind patterns, which could be a literal manifestation of this aspect.

On Saturday both the Moon and Venus enter in more industrious Virgo and help us get a little work done. If we have projects to do or arrangements to make for our fall schedule, the next few days can be useful. A fresh critical edge in our mind can help us and track work, but let’s reel in a tendency be persnickety.

Early next week brings a relatively industrious time as the Sun trines Saturn, and helps us maintain momentum whether for work or our hike up the mountain. Midweek our relationships take priority, and we need to make sure we are being fair to one another, whether in politics or love. With some gentle juggling over the week, we’ll be able to both put in productive effort on our long-term plans and be fed and renewed by the multisensory experience of summer.

Friday, July 17: After a sleepy or unsure moment this morning as the Sun challenges Neptune, it’s a day of sensitivity and preparation. Don’t ask too many questions, likely the answer will be no if people are dealing with a sore point or uncomfortable situation. Excitement grows for any event out of the ordinary. Late afternoon it’s easy to leave things undone, but we’ll be happier if we see it through. The energy really picks up late tonight as the Leo Moon trines Uranus, it’s a night to dance under the stars.

Sun sesqui-quadrate Neptune 3:16 AM, the Sun semi-sex tile Jupiter 11:02 AM, Moon trine Neptune 11:55 PM,

Saturday, July 18: On this generous, easy morning, wherever we can, let’s indulge ourselves as the Moon conjunct Jupiter. People may seem cheerfully self-centered and inflexible if they are focused on something they love, but may really need this for renewal. The mood shift, become more focused, workmanlike, and loans us some IQ points as the Moon squares Saturn, and both Venus and the Moon enter Virgo and conjunct. But our nerves can get the wind up and we may not feel we have enough time to get ready for some adventure as Mercury squares Uranus. Be flexible about change in plans, interruptions, or unexpected news. Be open to information which changes thinking, Enjoy opinionated arguments, and don’t take them too personally.

Moon conjunct Jupiter 8:50 AM, Moon square Saturn 3:41 PM then VOC, Venus enters Virgo 4:38 PM, Moon enters Virgo 6:46 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 6:49 PM, Mercury square Uranus 7:07 PM, Moon semi-square Mars 9:32 PM,

Sunday, July 19: Although we may want to spend the morning attending a healing state of mind, urgencies can press on us. Lists help. Our nervous systems dance and we can get easily distracted. If we take some time out midafternoon as the Moon opposes Neptune, we will be more efficient later.

Mercury trine Chiron 5:08 AM, Moon semi-square Mercury 9:01 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 2:43 PM, Moon semi-square sun 7:54 PM, Moon trine Pluto 11:44 PM

Monday, July 20: It’s a busy morning; we seem to have a lot to catch up, details to hammer down, and context to make for the year ahead as the Moon sextiles Mercury. Midday things seem to take longer than we planned; don’t take it out on one another. Take the time to tend the details, and the momentum picks up over the next few days. Keep sense of humor this morning, even though it may be a little crispy around the edges.

Moon sextile Mars 5:29 AM, Moon opposed Chiron 1:34 PM, Mercury sesquiquadrate Neptune 3:37 PM, Moon and sextile Mercury 9:02 PM,

Tuesday, July 21: We’re rolling today as the Sun trines Saturn; our work efforts can fall in the place if we imbue them with basic common sense and respect our cohorts. Our feelings grow little sensitive during the day, so let’s prioritize our connections and leave the critical details alone as the Moon enters friendlier Libra. Disrespect will not further. Take the time to grow good memories together tonight, and store those up like food against a storm.

Moon sextiles Sun 4:01 AM, Moon and sextile Saturn 4:06 AM then VOC, Mercury semi-sextile Jupiter 5:07 AM, Sun trine Saturn 5:07 AM, Moon enters Libra 7:22 AM,

Wednesday, July 22: This is a good day to have a fair-minded discussion about a gentle negotiation as Mercury trine Saturn in fire signs under a gentle Libra Moon. We’re ready to be fair about an egalitarian approach, ready to do some swift but concentrated effort, to be surgical in our decisions. The mood shifts tonight as the Sun enters Leo and the Moon squares Mars and were ready to act out, will that be in crankiness or in celebration, that’ll be up to us.

Moon semi-square Jupiter 5:19 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 10:35 AM, Moon square Pluto 11:36 AM, Mercury trine Saturn 11:50 AM, Moon semi -square Venus 3:13 PM, Sun enters Leo 9:30 PM, Moon square Mars 10:04 PM,

Thursday, July 23: Potential difficulties overnight can just leave us feeling a little unsettled this morning. We need to tell our stories as the Moon opposed to Uranus, Mercury enters Leo conjunct the Sun. People make it a little self-conscious because it can feel so important to feel seen and heard that we can have moments of social awkwardness in the process. Moon enters Scorpio tonight and brings out our stubborn and edgy streak with some strange undertones of concern or power plays. Step aside and dodge the bullet.

Moon opposed to Uranus 1:01 AM, Mercury enters Leo 6:14 AM, Moon and sextile Jupiter 12:11 PM then VOC, Sun conjunct Mercury 1:23 PM, Mercury semi-sextile Venus 3:52 PM, Moon enters Scorpio at 8:06 PM, Moon and sextile Venus 9:35 PM, Moon square Sun 10:03 PM, Moon square Mercury 11:04 PM

 

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Starcodes  July 10 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

 

On the surface layer we have a nice sociable, Sunny summer’s week ahead. The season-long Venus-Jupiter conjunction continues to glow in the western evening sky and warm our hearts, stir creativity, and encourage our sociability. These two together expand all of our feelings, and enjoyment of a pleasant afternoon or the flirtation of a new romance through our darker emotions. But they always call us back to our heart, and ask us to find a more compassionate and creative way forward. Venus is her absolute brightest now as she begins to move between us and the Sun and gets ready to retrograde July 26- Sept 7, let her beauty pour us.

We’ll need all the love we can get this week as we also head into some tense aspects that require a productive use of discontent, even on a lovely summer day. These aspects will encourage us to break down and rebuild some structure in our lives that’s not quite working, whether it’s our front porch or the economic state of the European Union.

Mental Mercury is busy this week; it bi-quintiles Saturn on Saturday, semi-squares Jupiter and trines intuitive Neptune on Monday. Mercury then joins Mars on Wednesday and both approached a potentially scary and depressing opposition to transformative Pluto, and both square change-invoking Uranus over the next two weeks. Whenever the faster moving planet’s tag off Uranus and Pluto, which they will do several times a year ( if not always in tandem like Mercury and Mars are doing now), they dance on and stimulate the world changes instigated as Uranus and Pluto squared off from 2012-2015.

Underneath iced tea on the front steps and other Venusian summery glory, Pluto and Uranus bring our minds to whatever we worry about, wherever we wonder if we have the chops to proceed, or feel like our life is not living up to our potential. Our attention may be brought to a secret grief or concern to or bring simple damage by blustering winds or scalding word. They can give us the muscles to do big macho projects, but also increase accidents. So let’s be careful with one another.

We can let this murky Pluto-Mercury aspect remind us of the ephemeral sweetness of the moment and use it to make the most of our time. Instead of feeling stuck in the darkness, let’s honor any free-floating sad memories and let them flow, feel the gap between who we are and where we want to be, and, while being kind to ourselves, use it to stimulate us to action. Let’s forgive ourselves and occasional moment of overwhelm and practice good self-care. Build our resilience by availing ourselves to the beauty of the summer and the support of people around us.

For a few global hotspots these aspects turn up the heat and can bring problems to boil. But we don’t have to use this energy for conflict. We can compete with our personal best. We can tackle our problem that needs all of our attention. We can make a decisive statement to a difficult relative or tackle the toughest issue in our house and really take it on. We can confront our contribution to global warming. But if we don’t have a worthy task or opponent we can get snarky with one another. If we feel this irritable energy rising, let’s look for a problem that the family can tackle together rather than make each other the problem.

The weekend begins under a sybaritic Taurus Moon, good for delicious picnics and visits with friendly if intransigent relatives. Important conversations begin on Sunday under the Gemini Moon, though information comes in bits and pieces of broken conversation. But this can lead to some form of crises midweek as Mercury and Mars conjunct and oppose Pluto. In response to this tension some people fall back on their most familiar or conservative views. We’ll have the creativity to resolve these issues quickly if we’re willing to honor each other’s need for safety and security in the process.

But this can lead to some form of crises midweek as we head into the new Moon in Cancer as Mercury and Mars conjunct and oppose Pluto. We’ll be able to find creative answers quickly if we’re willing to honor each other’s need for safety and security in the process.

Friday, July 10: We’ll be frustrated if we try to hurry people or change their minds, but a nice settled pace allows us to sink in our teeth into work that takes diligence and curiosity as the Taurus Moon trines Pluto. Summer beckons us to indulge. Evening is perfect for a slow foods meal as the Moon sextiles the Sun, though a cranky spell may kick in towards midnight.

Moon sextile Neptune 6:28 AM, Moon and sextile Mars 8:26 AM, Moon trine Pluto 2:24 PM, Moon sextiles Sun 10:07 PM, Moon semi-sextile Mercury 11:50 PM,

Saturday, July 11: A mental nervous tic needs attention on an otherwise delicious Saturday morning; a minor Mercury-Saturn aspect can cause us to chew productively upon a problem. The hardware store beckons us to get supplies needed to complete unfinished projects, and we’ll rest better when we tackle them. If there’s some disagreement about priorities midafternoon, don’t try to convince others to do what you want to do, cheerfully agree to tend to your own. It’s easy to obsess about our romances or interpersonal dynamics today, but won’t be productive; much of these knots will dissolve in a few hours. Late afternoon, if it’s hard to accomplish anything, give in and put the feet up. Let Saturday renew. We get lighten up and get a second wind tonight as the Moon enters mobile Gemini.

Mercury bi-quintile Saturn 1:20 AM, Moon square Jupiter 6:55 AM, Moon semi-square Mars 12:04 PM, Moon square Venus 1:57 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 3:52 PM, then Moon VOC until Moon enters Gemini 6:16 PM,

Sunday, July 12: Unexpected advanced may surprise us. The energy is disjointed and easily interrupted, our nerves can still feel a little frazzled and focus is hard to find as the Sun squares Uranus. But in this interrupted energy flow, we can make change. It’s a good day for relocating, travelling, or reorganizing; productive use of discontent. We may be have to incorporate information that’s uncomfortable or changes our plans in response, or just want to act out. Let’s not take one another’s static personally, but use the disconnected energy to unhinge from places where we felt stuck, and begin to conceive of positive changes going forward.

Moon semi-squares Sun 2:37 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus 3:56 AM, Moon square Neptune 11:18 AM, Sun square Uranus 8:52 PM,

Monday, July 13: Use this interestingly productive day to either relax near water as Mercury trines oceanic Neptune, or to envision a difference, and engage the conversation to help make it so. We really can think outside the box and use our imagination to solve problems and communicate. Write, express the soul through words. Tonight, though, our mind needs a rest; we may really need to step out and let the wheels spin.

Mercury semi-square Jupiter 6:08 AM, Mercury trine Neptune 1:13 PM, Moon sex tile Jupiter 1:20 PM, Sun trine Chiron 8:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 9:31 PM, then Moon VOC

Tuesday, July 14: Tension or discomfort begins to build today as the Moon wanes in deep feeling Cancer while emotional Venus squares Saturn. It’s easy to feel a little sulky, and want the world to prove that we’re safe and loved, or else. We may be prone to testing relationships when what we really need to do is support and structure. Deal with how form can support function, how strength can create beauty. Nurture oneself and signal to beloveds that they are safe and cared for. Don’t ask people to take business risks today or tomorrow.

Moon enters Cancer 1:14 AM, Venus squares Saturn 1:47 AM, Mars sesquiquadrate Saturn 3:26 PM, Moon semi-square Jupiter 6:16 PM, Moon trine Neptune 6:47 PM

Wednesday, July 15: This could be a busy and difficult astrological day, so lead with kindness, empathy, and stay grounded. Mercury and Mars conjunct and oppose Pluto, and could bring us some conflict or difficulty to a head. It’s a great time to deconstruct the house for renovation, to get out aggressions and give in to a desire to break down and rebuild in a safe and productive way. Watch that destructive energy doesn’t lash out unnecessarily. Be careful around sharp implements. Walk away from a fight with beloveds until ready to listen with an open heart; assume any tension is underlying anxiety speaking, and not the real feelings. After the new Moon around 9:24 PM we can feel a turning point towards rebuilding and nurturing.

Moon conjunct Mars 1:49 AM, Moon opposed Pluto to 10 AM, Venus semi-square Mars 7:54 AM, Mars opposed Pluto 8:12 AM, Venus sesquiquadrate Pluto 8:27 AM, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn 11:49 AM, Moon square Uranus to 10 PM, Mercury opposed Pluto 5:39 PM, Moon conjunct the Sun 7:24 PM, Mercury semi-square Venus 7:32 PM, Mercury conjunct Mars 10 of 14 p.m.,

Thursday, July 16: A new beginning, a chance to recover, a deep breath, and our resilience may have been tested yesterday, today we need to take care of ourselves and consider our next moves. Our defenses are heightened; we need to reach into our maturity to make balanced decisions to move forward. Interesting decisions can be made around home, homeland, and nesting. Late afternoon grows more expansive, sociable, yet with a hunger for intensity.

Mercury conjunct Mars 12:14 AM, Moon trine Saturn 7:24 AM, and then VOC, Moon enters Leo 10:14 AM

 

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Starcodes July 3 2015  Heather Roan Robbins

What does freedom mean to us? On this Fourth of July weekend, benevolent Venus conjuncts expansive, freedom-loving Jupiter, thoughtful Mercury sextiles it, and energizing Mars semi-squares Jupiter, and all these aspects will beg that question. We can appreciate a strong tribal quality this weekend, and need to think about where we belong. Are we thinking of the tribe of our insular family, our particular cultural and political niche? Or can we expand our tribe to include all sentient beings on earth, all our relations.

Because the planets like to work across the board, we’re asked to contemplate this question– what does freedom mean, what’s the cost, how do we guarantee others’ freedom as well as our own—every which way, on a political, economic, and spiritual level. Venus-Jupiter conjunct in expansive Leo and so suggests that whatever we do will tend to be on a grand scale. Communicative Mercury sextiles Jupiter and encourages us to discuss freedom in all its many forms. Mars challenges Jupiter and instigates us to us wrestle over opinions or play fiercely. This Mars-Jupiter aspect can also leave us prone towards accidents, so let’s be careful around flammable material, political topics, and personalities.

Right now our Sun is in an unusually active phase, it’s spitting out solar flares which energize our magnetic field and creates geomagnetic storms. When the Sun flares, the current aspects are energized and the volume turns up on history. The recent Supreme Court decisions are one example positive example, the European financial crisis less comfortable form. Statements or events may occur which can trigger a real shift in the course of fate. Everybody just gets excited, even the electrons, and will ask what they can use any help electrical others are broad and singing to us again as the northern lights shimmer near the polls.

This holiday weekend begins under a communal, picnic-oriented Aquarius Moon. We respond well to fireworks, a wonderful collective art form, parades, and all other events that promote community more than intimacy. It would be a good weekend to check in with friends who are housebound or isolated, and invite them along. We may enjoy the crowd more than usual, and even if we don’t feel like going, it’s nice to feel included. Just keep the agenda loose, because most of us will resist heavy expectations.

Freedom: watch that word bandied around by political candidates, the cost and gift of freedom. On a personal note we may see a rash of yard sales as people want to be free of excess clutter and memorabilia they no longer need to carry around. We may long to drop an old anger or clear our life of angry people, or find a way to free ourselves of the limiting self-doubt. Because the Sun and Mars are also in security-loving Cancer, we may be tempted to step away from a job or relationship that feels confining, but may not be ready to endanger our comfort. So let’s enjoy a break this weekend then work on how we can bargain and negotiate for a less encumbered, more spacious relationship or workplace.

On Sunday the energy turns paradoxically more muscular and more sensitive. Maybe it’s just a hangover from July 4 picnics, maybe we need a break, or maybe we need to chew on the deeper issues and costs of freedom. Monday is a day to sleep in and rest up, and contemplate the ephemeral quality of beauty as the Sun opposes Pluto. It brings us to the bittersweet quality of letting go. We will also feel rumbles in the background of discontented grumbling and potential saber rattling at the edges of a power-play. We can easily crossed signals and grumble at one another or at an imaginary slight. It’s an important time to hold our ground and insist on fairness for all.

Mars also trines Neptune this week and brings up questions around acts of faith, what can we do in the name of our faith, where are we using faith, philosophy, or religion to live by, and where do we use it to hide behind. Once we enter the Neptune realm, it’s not about logic. Let’s just own that.

Midweek the Moon enters feisty Aries just as Mercury enters touchy Cancer and amps up the charge on those questions we pondered over the weekend. Our histamines levels can be higher than usual so we react allergic to pollen, nasty people, and other irritants.

The aspects of this last week echoing in recent events have helped us reassess our situation and may clarify what we need to concentrate upon for the next few months. Rather than get depressed about this new awareness of the work ahead (though that may easy to do), we can use it as a strategic planning incentive and feel how much support is actually available.

Friday, July 3: A glitch or communication snafu this morning can bring up some old sore point or remind us of unfinished business. Later, the day smooths out though people start getting vacation mind early on, and it’s hard to complete or follow through. By dinnertime, when Mercury sextiles Jupiter, we want to be free of our mundane week and are ready to step out of the ordinary. We may not want to hear bad news or difficult logistics at the moment, so keep comments directed towards what’s needed for a positive outcome, and get more cooperation. It’s easy to open lines of communication as long as we honor the flow of conversation, take turns and make room in our cadence for everyone.

Moon sextile Saturn 4:37 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 6:20 AM, Mercury square Chiron 9:06 AM, Moon sets required draped Mercury 6:12 PM, Mercury sextile Jupiter 6:53 PM,

Saturday, July 4: The mood wanderers sociably, but we may not want to get too close, and we need to move in our own time. Meander the day away. Watch out for an opinionated, accident-prone or cranky phase early this evening; be careful with those fireworks and with a tendency to over-do. But we may have the capacity to enjoy a crowd more than usual, to feel the buzz of humankind, as long as we know our escape route if needed. The crowd’s fine, crowding is not. Lovely Mercury sextile Venus encourages camaraderie and more coziness late tonight.

Moon sextile Uranus 4:15 PM, Moon sesqui-quadrate Mars 7:07 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 7:36 PM, Moon trine Mercury 10:13 PM, Moon opposed Venus 10:31 PM,

Sunday, July 5: We can get both more sensitive and edgier today as the Moon enters intimate but easily- bruised Pisces just as Mars forms a challenging semi-square to Jupiter and brings out our pugnacious streak. Difficult relatives bring up politics, but not because they want an open discussion. One good way of using this energy to engage muscular effort on something sensitive and creative: garden, paint, and beautify surroundings. Be careful to not manipulate today, even if feeling emotionally needy and wanting others to cooperate to make one feel safer, manipulation will tend to backfire. Be honest and caring instead, and notice that gets better results. We may feel we have to make difficult decisions tonight as the Sun tangles with Saturn, if so, let’s set clean clear solid boundaries now so we can back off and be more open later.

Mercury sextile Venus 2:18 AM, Moon squares Saturn 6:31 AM, Moon semi-square Pluto 7:11 AM then VOC, Moon enters Pisces 8:22 AM, Mars semi-square Jupiter 9:45 AM, Moon semi- square Uranus 5:16 PM, Moon trine Mars 9:19 PM, Sun sesqui- square Saturn 11:23 PM

Monday, July 6: Sleep in and drift away this morning as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces and trines the Sun. Later, notice a judgmental streak, towards self or others, and drop it as the Sun opposes Pluto. Be bigger than that. The holiday fog can begin to clear and we see the work, effort left that needs to be tackled in the months ahead as the Sun opposes Pluto. If we’re not judge mental to towards others, we’ll feel better about ourselves. It’s easy to feel inadequate or feel like we have too little resources to tackle the work at hand, but we can use this to focus efforts rather than just get depressed.

Moon conjunct Neptune 12:30 AM, Moon trine Sun 8:04 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 8:11 AM, Sun opposed Pluto 9:38 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 8:17 PM

Tuesday, July 7: We may still be slow off the mark this morning, as if our brains are still on vacation even when our feet take us back to work as the Moon squares Mercury, let people be a bit squishy and amorphous. The mood changes around noon as the Moon enters edgy or Aries, we can feel the momentum pick back up, for better or worse. So let’s make sure we aim ourselves in a good direction, be creative rather than reactive. A hidden or delayed ambition knocks on the door and asks for some time. Tonight, were not feeling particularly cooperative, will tend to think other people are doing it all wrong, so really, we don’t need the help as Mercury quincunx Saturn.

Moon square Mercury 6:56 AM, Moon trine Saturn 8:35 AM, and then VOC, Moon enters Aries 10:37 AM

Wednesday, July 8: We can make jerky moves or slight klutzy efforts to make progress but somehow will tend to drag our feet this morning. The situation may be more complicated than we think, even if we’re raring to go, as the Aries Moon squares Pluto. Mars trines Neptune and helps us let go of an anger and find our vision again, but we may need to move into a more forgiving place to free up the energy we need. Feels good to be near water, too put effort behind our craft are our. Tonight as Mercury enters cancer our story becomes more important.

Moon square Mars 2:15 AM Saturn 9:57 AM, Moon square Pluto 10:44 AM, Mercury enters Cancer 12:51 PM, Moon square Sun to 20 3 PM, Mars trine Neptune 4:42 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:16 PM

Thursday, July 9: There’s some sweet and beautiful energy available this morning, we long for a more beautiful world and may be unusually willing to work towards that goal as the Aries Moon trines Venus and Jupiter. It could be something simple, but let’s take a step in that direction. If an opportunity cracks open, it needs to be seized now. We also want to feel an energy exchange with the people we know and love, so it’s important to greet our beloveds warmly and connect with them. However briefly, make it authentic and intense. If we feel ignored we will get ornery. The Moon enters more settled and sensual Taurus this afternoon as Mercury quintiles Uranus and leaves us a little edgy and nervous, but this energy can be turned into a special kind of genius.

Moon trine Jupiter 2:01 AM, Moon semi-square Neptune 4:33 AM, Moon trine Venus 7:46 AM, then VOC, Moon enters Taurus 1:49 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 5:34 PM, Mercury quintile Uranus at 8:24 PM

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Starcodes June 26, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

This weekend we may feel deeply ambiguous about humanity in general and people in particular.  We can feel both content with our beautiful relationships and yet simultaneously cynically fed up with people’s inhumanity to people, torn between diving into life wholeheartedly and going on solitary retreat. Venus and Jupiter conjunct for many weeks in extroverted Leo call us out to the party, conference, or arts festival,  while the Moon in Scorpio and Sun and Mars in Cancer can leave us introspective, potentially suspicious, and in desperate need of some time alone.

Because of this conflict we may feel unusually tender or vulnerable and be tempted to overdo or overreact; we may want to leave town rather than take a break, or bite back rather than set a calm boundary. We may find great last-minute excuses to not join the parade. Maybe we need to fix the motor, dig in our garden, or engage in some other solitary pursuit in order to get socially acceptable privacy. Or we may need to meditate on the ephemeral beauty of the moment in light of the impermanence of existence. That Scorpio Moon encourages us to engage intensely or dive below the surface and think about the deeper aspects of life this weekend.

This lineup can help us examine something uncomfortable, if we choose to do so. It can help us look squarely at what bothers or repulses us, and then ask that creative Venus-Jupiter conjunction to help us find a clear, clean, strong loving path towards a solution, if we’re not too busy or irritated to listen.

Early next week our mood can relax but we may still find something to worry about or in engage in a troubling conversation as Mercury forms a challenging aspect Pluto. If so, we can rely on the Sagittarian Moon to help us by employing simple honesty. Just speak up, leave out the loaded terms, keep comments simple and stay in the present moment.

 

Our social political restlessness picks up speed and we can itch for a change of people, place or aesthetics as Venus trines Uranus. The Sagittarius moon forms a grand trine with Venus and Uranus and opens doorways to great pickup lines and handsome strangers and other serendipitous and unusual meetings, if we can get out of our house and give serendipity a chance.

Our ongoing loves can also be energized if we don’t take one another for granted but rather look at our old loves as fresh opportunity for joy. Because it’s not such a realistic time, even if we meet a beautiful stranger, let’s stay in the public eye with them until we know them better. This trine also speaks of the transformative power of love; expressions of solidarity and warmth can support a subtle transformation going on within and without.

Midweek we may need to readjust our goals in response to new information, but let’s make sure it’s neither laziness nor giving into a fear of failure. Some events may trigger our memory of a previous failure or words of doubt once whispered in our ears and can undermine our confidence. We can either get caught up in this dynamic again, or choose to heal it as Jupiter and Venus both quincunx Chiron while the Moon waxes full in industrious Capricorn.

Friday, June 26: Reach out this morning; ask for any necessary favors early in the day because we become more suspicious, internal, and persnickety as the Moon enters Scorpio midday. Afternoon encourages us to make surgical decisions, what do we need to cut out, attach, weed, reorganize as the Moon trines Mars. Tonight, our humor sharpens and the mood grows musky, we send messages through body language even though we may appear emotionally guarded. Be prepared to either share at a deep level, take time alone, or enjoy solitude in a crowd on this intense night.

Moon VOC until it enters Scorpio 11:56 AM, Moon trine Mars 3 PM, Moon trine Sun 10:12 PM.

Saturday, June 27:  Let’s immerse ourselves in something, anything: a cause, a pond, a project, a parade or shamanic journey. Use beautiful grand trine in water signs (Scorpio Moon, Sun in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces) to perceive and focus. Because our emotional antennae are highly tuned and our feelings are a little touchy, it helps to either be alone or with like souls and share a common goal close to the heart. If we feel interrupted or don’t have a place to put this focus- or feel unsafe or over-loaded, this deep vein of feeling can turn to a craving for some intense experience or will snap into a scorpion sting. Tonight we are prone to excess as the Sun semi-squares Jupiter; our attention is brought to where we feel free and unfettered, and where we still feel constrained.

Moon trine Neptune 7:09 AM, Moon quincunx Mercury 3:02 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 4:05 PM, Sun semi-square Jupiter 5:53 PM

Sunday, June 28: It’s a heavy day, no matter how delightful the sunlight, though we can use this heaviness well. Dig deep, build foundations, plant roots, or protest injustice. Do not believe the murmur of depression or inevitability. Notice the habits of loneliness, own up to the need for solitude, and take responsibility for reaching out beyond that to create connection. Don’t go looking for the pain, make no assumptions about the future but trust the potential of change as Mercury quincunx Pluto. Dinner time is thoughtful but our mood lifts later; fresh honesty and the natural world can soothe and brighten our soul as the Moon enters Sagittarius

Moon square Venus 1:43 AM, Mercury quincunx Pluto 2:20 AM, Moon quincunx Uranus 2:58 AM, Moon square Jupiter 4:41 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 7:50 PM, Moon semi-square Pluto 8:19 PM, Moon enters Sagittarius at 9:21 PM

Monday, June 29: A lovely socially-restless Venus-Uranus trine can make us footloose and long to be fancy free. It’s a wonderful day to experiment with a new approach or walk barefoot on the sand, hard to get people to knuckle down to work. If we schedule in the wandering time, our work moments actually get more productive. It may be time to start a new chapter. Share excitement, exploration, a hope for change. Midafternoon can bring sleepiness or uncertainty as the Moon squares Neptune, clarify facts and let the mind drift in productive ways.

Venus trine Uranus 12:26 AM, Moon quincunx Mars 3:20 AM, Moon quincunx Sun 11:25 AM, Moon square Neptune 3:11 PM,

Tuesday, June 30: Morning brings opportunities that could open doors (though we have to step through) as the Moon forms a creative and freedom-loving grand trine with Uranus, Venus, and Jupiter. While the gateways are open and possibilities abound, let’s ask what our loving creativity want to bring forth. Make overtures now. Later on, the energy becomes more disconnected and can tap-dance on some old wound that affects our ability to love or create in the moment as Venus quincunx Chiron and brings an opportunity to forgive and expand beyond that old pain. We can do it.

Moon oppose Mercury 4:20 AM, Moon trine Uranus 10:01 AM, Moon trine Venus 11:46 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 12:17 PM, Moon square Chiron 12:19 PM, then Moon VOC. Jupiter quincunx Chiron to 30 1 PM, Venus quincunx Chiron 10:39 PM

Wednesday, July 1: It’s time to get down to it; work we avoided earlier in the week now becomes do as the Moon waxes full in industrious Capricorn. We can get easily frustrated with one another, or with our own path, if it doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough, but let’s not take this urgency out on one another– particularly midday as the Moon opposes volatile Mars. Notice and hold ground– but don’t take the bait– around arguments of authority or chain of command, or whose plans win. Find a way to shift the power dynamics to just get the work done; turn this impatience into competence, Capricorn’s gift. Tonight’s full moon full moon at 8:19 PM MDT can trigger our control issues but is a good time to make a pact to balance personal life and work life in a way that expands both.

Venus conjunct Jupiter 1:50 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 3:10 AM, Moon oppose Mars 11:32 AM, Sun trine Neptune 3:09 PM, Moon sextile Neptune 10:58 PM, Moon oppose Sun 8:19 PM

Thursday, July 2: It helps to work off our difficult moods this morning as the waning Capricorn Moon pulls away from its conjunction to Pluto. If some people complain about odd and apparently irrelevant things to express their discomfort, look to a feeling of inadequacy or loss underneath. As the day progresses, although we may still run uncomfortable energy and feel nervous or impatient about some corner of our lives, yesterday’s conflicts can bring today’s ingenuity as Mercury sextiles inventive Uranus. If our minds obsess on a problem, it pays to drop it, tackle something completely different, and then circle back to the problem from a different direction. The mood softens around dinnertime; social graces can ease the way past earlier friction.

Moon semi-squares Saturn 3:20 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 3:55 AM, Mercury sextile Uranus 12:50 PM, Moon square Uranus 1:57 PM, Moon in conjunct Mercury 2:05 PM, Moon sextile Chiron 4:04 PM, Moon quincunx Jupiter 4:45 PM, Moon quincunx Venus 6:06 PM, Moon semi-squares Neptune 9:26 PM

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Starcodes June 19, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

Like the fruit and burgeoning vegetables around us, it’s time to ripen, to grow personally, rather than run around and try to be efficient. Because we just can’t see clearly this weekend, we’re unusually permeable and processing strong ambient currents of feeling. Like the ripening fruit, we need to provide nourishing circumstances for one another and fertilize healing and growth as Mercury squares Neptune and the Sun enters Cancer on Sunday at 10:37 AM MDT.

Since late April we’ve been under a magical but confusing, sometimes crazy-making square between Mercury and Neptune. This week we’ve also dealt with an energizing Sun-Mars conjunction that has had lethal results. This aspect can make us eloquent, can promote great verbal sparring, but makes it all too easy for irritation to spike quickly into snapping anger, but an anger that doesn’t need to entrench. Together with the Neptune square, this anger can stem from delusion or misunderstanding. Both aspects taper off after this weekend and let us heal and build steadier, saner, momentum in the weeks ahead.

Over the weekend, look west just after Sunset to see a beautiful Venus, Moon, Jupiter conjunction, an aspect that can confer unusual luck and feeling. Let’s let this energy in and open our hearts bigger than our own heart’s ache. Individual relationships can flourish under this aspect or they can suffer from the overflow of our heart which can pour into a surplus of emotional expectations and imaginary projections and bring a melodramatic response. Keep opening the heart wider, with more compassion and acceptance.

Leo rules the heart; this conjunction calls us to our heart chakra. It can crank up our expressive reactions and turn any simple event into Shakespeare in the park, whether a tragedy or comedy is up to us. It can help us turn a real tragedy into an opportunity for radical love.

Venus and Jupiter run together all summer long, we’ll be talking a lot about this extra bounty of the heart– the compassion, creativity, and crimes of passion it can bring– for the next few months. This weekend it hits the spotlight as the Moon joins in. New relationships can spring up, old commitments can feel renewed. Our hearts could stretch into healing camaraderie across racial and social divides. To use this aspect wisely we have to care, to treasure the love we find. Because it turns up the volume of our emotion, this aspect could either mitigate or inflame otherwise difficult aspects of this summer, depending on how we use our emotional surplus.

Under this weekend’s conjunction, our solstice gatherings and arts festivals may be memorably creative. We might as well enjoy this magic because although we want practical changes, the nuts and bolts of them will be challenging through the weekend but get easier towards the end of the week. A bittersweet mood hits late Sunday as both the Sun and Moon leave extroverted signs and turn inwards, the Sun enters Cancer and the Moon enters Virgo a few minutes later, bringing our attention back to our family, back to our memories and our soul’s longing.

Next week brings a wake-up call for some of us. We may feel we’ve woken up from a dream or feel a cloud of uncertainty begin to lift. Whatever we’ve been avoiding or have misunderstood begins to become more transparent, whether we like it or not. If we’re lucky, will be presented with exciting new opportunity, or we may just itch for a break in our normal routine as Mercury finally clears it square to Neptune just as expansive Jupiter trines ingenious Uranus.

Summer solstice gatherings and social events will be memorably creative. Magic is in the air, prayer is strong, though we may feel an urge for more practical change we won’t be very efficient about it for a few more days, our thinking is fuzzy and our practical efforts may be temporarily blocked as Saturn semi-squares Pluto. This aspect can also bring up some interesting debate around the benefits and troubles of a limiting force, like our police force, our military or our personal disciplines. Let’s adjust our expectations to be more in line with our circumstances and make the most of this time.

A bittersweet mood hits later Sunday as summer begins as the Sun and Moon move from two extroverted signs (Gemini and Leo) to two introverted signs (Cancer an Virgo) around noon time. By Sunday night the stars ask us to bring our attention back to our family of choice or origin. Venus forms a challenging, bittersweet, Pluto that leaves our heart a little haunted and aware, longing for more scope or more healing.

Next week we may itch for a break in our normal routine or find an exciting new opportunity presents itself next as Jupiter trines Uranus. Necessity or boredom may be the mother of invention, we can dream up ingenious new ways of solving a problem. Our engineering skills or intuitive abilities can up for any lack of practical common sense. Towards the end of the week with have an opportunity deepen our relationship to ourselves and to one another or have an opportunity to open to new friendships of the soul.

Friday, June 19: Abrupt but friendly, warmhearted but fierce, it’s hard to get out of our own perspective and act with objectivity with the Sun and action-oriented Mars so close together and the Moon in expressive Leo. We may be easily but reasonably ticked off; we need to do something about what bothers us. But as the day progresses and the Moon approaches a conjunction to Venus tonight, our hearts warm up and we’re ready to engage. Creativity and attraction abound, but our swords stay close at hand. This is not a weekend to sit alone on the mountaintop but a time to engage our community wholeheartedly.

Moon enters Leo 12:22 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 1:35 PM, Moon quincunx Neptune 7:11 PM Moon semi-square Mars 11:35 PM,

Saturday, June 20: This serendipitous day may bring magical connections or miracles of compassion or solidarity as the Leo Moon conjuncts Venus, Jupiter, and trines Uranus. We’re not thinking too clearly, maybe it’s the dust of fairy dust in our eyes; the portals between the mundane and the magical thin. Our hearts may ache for something extraordinary and wonderful, something that soothes our soul longing. Given that, we still may not notice what other people need, though we can be gracious and generous when we do notice. Objective observance can be tricky. Dive into life fully tonight.

Moon conjunct Venus 1:58 AM, Moon semi-square Sun to 50 a.m., Moon quincunx Pluto 4:38 AM, Saturn semi-square Pluto 5:44 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 2:13 PM, Moon trine Uranus 3:07 PM,

Sunday June 21: Our intention and energy will matter more than the details, but we need to pay attention to the nuts and bolts of what we do as the Moon squares Saturn this morning. Summer begins as the Sun enters self-protective, family-oriented Cancer at 10:37 AM MDT, the Moon enters thoughtful Virgo a few minutes later, and our mood shifts, grows more internal. The energy is pleasant, warm if a bit defensive; our attention comes back from the collective and returns to the personal. Follow up on any opportunity to connect with old friends, family, or with the garden.

Sun quincunx Saturn 12:51 AM, Moon sextile Mars 6:53 AM, Moon squares Saturn 10:09 AM, Sun enters Cancer 10:37 AM, Moon enters Virgo 10:58 AM, Moon sextile Sun 11:00 AM, Venus quincunx Pluto 4:48 PM

Monday, June 22: There’s a fresh, curious if nervous and unrealistic vibe, this morning, which can bring both a desire to start over and a desire to drift away in the hammock on this first full day of summer. The Moon opposes dreamy Neptune today, Mercury squares confusing if inspired Neptune tomorrow, so there’s no point in pushing the river even though the industrious Virgo Moon can ratchet up our to-do list. We may feel so permeable, so aware of the aches and pains of the world. Our crazy may be showing. An ingenious Jupiter-Uranus trine seeds our thoughts and encourages us to make good changes in the long run, so let’s bring that Neptune in imagination and put it to work; what can we heal, grow, invent, or come to know.

Moon square Mercury 4:27 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 6:39 AM, Jupiter trine Uranus 7:46 AM, Moon trine Pluto 4:23 PM.

Tuesday, June 23: We may need a minute to hold still today, to tune into the demands of our inner world, of our prayer life, our empathy, or need to deal with some confusion, lie, or water damage this morning as Mercury squares Neptune. But later the waters received and the fog (mental and physical) begins to clear, and we could see some damage that we only in now realize needs repairing, or have to face a tough reality we have been avoiding. But all this can feed our ingenuity. Midday can be very industrious, let’s just avoid blame and help one another instead.

Moon quincunx Uranus 3:28 AM, Mercury square Neptune 12:08 PM, Mars quincunx Saturn 12:35 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 10:32 PM, Moon square Mars 11:12 PM then VOC, Moon enters Libra 11:40 PM,

Wednesday, June 24: Our defenses can spike in response to anything edgy or abrasive, but we may not want to admit it. Watch for a passive aggressive streak, we both want peacefulness as the Libra Moon squares the Sun and Mars, and need to know we’re safe as Mars enters Cancer. We can turn this impulse to nesting instead of defense, to domestic policy instead of military funding. Note people’s prickles and choose diplomacy; offer a blooming rose instead.

Moon semi-square Venus to 40 9 AM, Moon square Venus 5:02 AM, Chiron retrogrades 5:36 AM, Mars enters Cancer 7:32 AM, Moon semi-square Jupiter 10:40 AM, Moon in conjunct Neptune 7:30 PM, Moon trine Mercury 10:08 PM.

Thursday, June 25: Melancholy drifts amongst the verdant beauty this morning as the Moon challenges Saturn and Pluto, it leaves us tired in the face of some unfairness or worldly challenge. Afternoon brings more support to make creative changes as the Moon sextiles Venus and Jupiter. Gratitude of what we do have can refuel our efforts.

Moon semi-square Saturn 4:47 AM, Moon square Pluto 5:07 AM, Moon sextile Venus 11:15 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 4:20 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 5:22 PM, then VOC.

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