Morning Star: Astrology for the week of July 25-July 31, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

This morning, the Moon is in Aries leaving a solid overnight trine with Saturn in Sagittarius (1:47 AM). We likely wake up on fairly solid ground imagining a typical start to our work week. Which is possible. However, by about lunchtime, the belly is likely growling along with our emotional systems as the Moon squares off with Pluto in Capricorn. Typically a fire Moon in aspect to Pluto needs protein to sustain energy levels. That doesn't mean you can't top your healthy protein packed lunch off with something a little sweet after. The Moon in Aries also trines Venus in Leo a short time later (12:50 PM). Water-packed fruit or fresh berries lightly dusted with sugar sounds as if it fits the ticket.
Basically, there is a flurry of fire right now. Across the country temperatures are high as well as humidity...and go figure, we have Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Saturn all burning in fire signs right now. Of course, we cannot forget the internal burning that comes with Mars in Scorpio. Definitely aim to stay cool and hydrated.

As night falls, the brain spins with a trine from the Aries Moon to Mercury in Leo (10:56 PM). This is followed by a lunar conjunction to Uranus overnight (2:20 AM). Sleep may be elusive for some due the after effects of over-stimulation. So, be wary of that potential during the day and move around to expend excess energy for a better chance at a good night's rest. With this much fire, folks are likely buzzing about like busy bees. Enjoy the potential uptick in energy levels. Just don't overdo it in the heat. Remember your body needs water and solid fuel.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This morning, the Moon is Void in Aries. She wakes back up, a little more settled, in Taurus at 11:38 AM. The meat of the day is fairly demure and without major aspect. Then, at 7:01 PM, our Last Quarter Moon perfects at 4 Taurus/Leo 21. This is a good time to ease up on harshly fixed behaviors and turn loose of bad habits. However, what we are likely going to see (and it might be mild under a waning Moon) is stubbornness and potentially a bit of self-centered behavior. To help the cow and the lion get along more easily, pass out hugs. Both energies love this. And, little treats. Lean into self-care and aim to soothe aching hooves and roaring throats.

I personally enjoy Last Quarter Moons because of their toned down nature. It's time to relax and release. Massages are nice. Both signs adore this as well as some gentle preening. But, yeah, I don't suggest attempting to push anyone into anything they don't particularly want to do because you are likely going to be met with heels dug in. Share your sweet treats and gently stroke the kitties; then, everyone will get along just fine.

Overnight, Mercury in Leo trines Uranus in Aries (3:45 PM). Sometimes, if the air is cool in the summer night, I like to sleep with my windows open. If you do that tonight, you are likely to hear the alley cats roaming and squealing in the night. The big cats are prowling late and the brain may be hard to settle for most of the day. However, there is also a chance to relax the body and open the mind for brilliance to wax in. Mercury and Uranus together are brilliant. However, sometimes the pace of the two in fire signs is hard to keep up with. The energy certainly has an edge. Again, veering away from over-stimulation will help with this potential. Being nice to your body also helps to ease some of the potential anxieties associated with this. However, with a fixed Sun/Moon and a lightning bolt tongue, there is potential for cutting folks wide open with our quick and sharp verbal responses. If you catch yourself on edge, know it's time for a retreat to self-care. Have I driven home how important it is to be nice to yourself today? Okie dokie, then.

The more positive end of Mercury in trine to Uranus brings collaborate discussion over social issues. With Mercury in Leo, it can be hard to remember that it is not just your voice/opinion that matters. It's important to leave the floor open for full discussion without trying to dominate or force your point of view. No one person has all the answers. However, in groups, we may just be able to brainstorm for solutions that apply on a broader level. Be open. Not pushy. And, again, allow the discussion to happen without trying to just pound a personal agenda. Be inclusive in your speech not exclusive.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

We are moving a little slowly this morning with a sextile from our Taurus Moon to Neptune at 7:11 AM. Mercury waxes into an inconjunct with Chiron at 8:55 AM raising the potential for someone's words to trip a trigger or two. Mercury is still within orb of a trine to Uranus. Make sure you stop and think about what you are about to say before you let the swords come flying out your mouth. And, if your triggers are tweaked, take time to think about your response. Don't just react. Mercury/Uranus speeds things up and Moon in Taurus is not known for her speed. Even things out and lean into the relaxed cow nature of this Moon. Get well grounded and then, Mercury will act much more smoothly. Pick up pace slowly and build gentle momentum.

Cravings, temptations and depth enter our emotional sphere at 2:13 PM with a nice settling stream of Earth energy between the Moon in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. This also brings a sense of endurance and tempers the enormous amount of fire energy we have in the sky quite nicely. There is traction under our wheels and a yearning in our hearts. If you pace yourself effectively, you can make quite a bit of progress in our afternoon hours.
By 8:24 PM, our Cow Moon squares off with Venus in Leo. It's time to lay the plow down for the day and revert, again, to self-care and relaxation. A square from Moon to Venus is not really all that satisfying and it can be a little uncomfortable. So, do what you need to do help yourself feel better and relax. This will vary from individual to individual. You know what you like, though, right? You know what makes you feel better. Do that.

By midnight, our self-care efforts have paid off and emotions are gently lifted under a trine from the Moon in Taurus to Jupiter in Virgo. It's a simple and gentle feeling. Well grounded and humble. Pay homage and gratitude to the simple blessings you often overlook. If you really want the energy to pay off in an effort to get a nice restful sleep, put some clean linens on your bed or spritz your pillow with the gentle scent of lavender. Cows and Virgos delight in such.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

This morning the Moon is still in Taurus. She starts her day with a square to Mercury in Leo at 8:17 AM. By midday (11:14 AM) she is in opposition to Mars in Scorpio. Talk about heels dug in and minds set. There is a lot of fixed immobile energy under this sky. Flexibility is incoming, though. The Moon is Void following the Mars opposition (which looks a heck of a lot like a heated stand off to me) until entering Gemini at 2:17 PM.
This morning, I'd look for grumpiness. Potential differences in opinions and a bit of personal ambiguity. There could also be a lack of motivation to contend with as we attempt to muddle through the remainder of this week. With the entirety of this set up (Moon in Gemini included) we could see some severe weather. And, don't be surprised if it feels like the weather is responding to what is going on internally. Inner thunderstorms are also likely.

The outlet for the fixedness falls in Aquarius calling us to engage the higher mind, rise above and ground out the prickliness. There may be changes...curves in the road that we didn't anticipate nor would have chosen for ourselves. This makes the morning's fixed energy rather nervous. But, go with it. Ride it out. The flexibility forthcoming from the Gemini Moon will help us to better assess our options.
We find the ruler of Aquarius vibrating in station which means there could be some hiccups with technology and a nervousness underlying the emotional sphere. See, it's edgy and easily startled. Again, rise above and ride it out.

As the Moon enters Gemini, she begins to wax into sextile with the Sun in Leo (1:18 AM). A little flexibility opens room for playfulness and a lighter overall feel. Try not to take yourself so seriously this morning, and by tonight, things are likely to feel much more relaxed and enjoyable. Try to get some rest. Tomorrow has quite the “edge” in a different way...

Friday, July 29, 2016

This morning is sloggy and potentially gray. Our typical butterfly moon has gotten her wings wet, is grounded and potentially rather depressed about it as the she finds staunch Saturn in Sagittarius by opposition at 7:07 AM and then Neptune by square at 9:45 AM. We may have to reluctantly drag ourselves out of bed. The outlet for the mutable t-square created here falls in Virgo. Triage priorities. Be mindful of your health. And, keep things practical and simple. But...yeah, it's going to feel quite draggy most likely. Baby step your way through the morning.

At 1:45 PM Uranus officially turns retrograde as Mercury in Leo waxes into square with Mars in Scorpio at 4:48 PM. This morning had a sloggy, draggy edge. This afternoon, the edge becomes a bit reckless and potentially dangerous. Literal storms in our atmosphere may become quite severe. Plus, there is a high chance of (potentially deadly) vehicle accidents including motorcycles. Road rage has potential as well as injuries caused by trying to move too far too quickly. We may see power outages, as well. Headaches are possible. And, you know...we truly need to slooow down. Truly. Like. I'm not even kidding.

Uranus stations can make you antsy. That antsy feel is topped with another antsy Mars/Mercury square which is known to have a sharp edge and be accident prone. Given that the Moon squares off with Jupiter in Virgo overnight (3:07 PM), and, if you don't want to spend the night in the ER; then, I strongly suggest settling your ass down, paying very close attention to whatever activity you are engaged in and shelter and protect as best you can. Please, be careful and alert out there. Today is testy and potentially dangerous. It's not a good day to be a loose cannon or to be overly careless. The caution flag is definitely waving. Bear down and hold steady. The potential volatility of the energy brought by this day breaks up and settles by tomorrow afternoon.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hopefully, most of us found ourselves safe overnight following yesterday's potential volatility. The Moon did find Venus in Leo by sextile which potentially might have brought ease. As we wake up this morning, the Gemini Moon is in sextile to Uranus newly retrograde in Aries (7:47 AM). A night of rest leads to sparkly wakefulness this morning. Things likely feel a little lighter. However, remember that Uranus is not moving quickly. He's still pretty quivery and unpredictable. Waking up frazzled and impulsive could lead to immediate feelings of regret and remorse as the Moon squares off with Chiron at 8:15 AM before reaching Void status.

As the Moon is Void, Mercury slips into Virgo at 2:19 PM. Minds settle down a bit due this. The fire dies a bit and is replaced with grounding Earth energy. Then, the Moon reactivates in Cancer at 5:09 PM. Her first aspect is a sextile with Mercury newly in Virgo at 5:30 PM. If the previous storms didn't topple your garden, you may have some fresh veggies to harvest. The rain, if not too destructive, served the ripening on the vine well. It sits nicely on your dinner table tonight.

Today seems much more settled than then end of this week. So, when the storm hits, remember that today is coming offering a bit of a reprieve especially in our later evening hours.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

This morning the energy is flowy and relaxed due a waxing trine from the Moon in Cancer to Neptune that perfects just after midday (12:51 PM). Looks like a leisurely pajama morning with cereal and cartoons to me. Take it slow and easy.

Later tonight (8:03 PM) the Moon waxes into opposition with Pluto in Capricorn which could bring the potential for emotional manipulation or power struggles. Cravings and temptations also run high. I suggest indulging in that forbidden fruit. Have some pie or delight through indulging with a partner. Yeah. It's a great night for sex. Rolling in the hay beats grappling for power any day as far as I'm concerned. So, steer the energy toward safely and sanely satisfying cravings instead of being fearful that your needs will not be met or that there won't be any cookies left for you.
Overall, it's a pretty settled day. The Moon is skinny and, for the most part, temperament is subdued. It's a great day for just chilling.