This Week's Intention: Swell, expand and grow through the wisdom of your heart.
Spread your wings and soar to new heights. Trust there is grounding
beneath you for your landing.
This week brings several shifts and changes planetarily as the Moon waxes and swells. Energy is rising and tides are increasing. It's a time of big movement and a strong solar focus. Integrating masculine and feminine, power and heart, are good use of your energy.
Monday arrives with Moon in Leo, starting our week off with more solar power. Moon joins Jupiter and Venus in this Sun sign- all receive gaze from Saturn, who invites work, effort and focus. As the Moon travels through the early Phalguni star, Purvaphalguni, sensuality, passion and excitement are strong. Around noon, our focus shifts from a sense of Venus and intense passion, to one of Sun and sustainability as Moon shifts to the latter Phalguni star, Uttaraphalguni. What nourishes and sustains you? Focus your attention on getting the heart what it needs today.
Meanwhile, Mercury has shifted from its own sign, Gemini, into Cancer. Our mental body shifts from its own sign of Gemini, into the watery, emotive planet, Cancer on July 20th at 10:21, providing an opportunity to integrate mental and emotional bodies more consciously. Mercury's conjunction with Sun and Ketu's drishti on these two planets, offers spiritual wisdom and flashes of insight and awakening to occur. Listening to your heart and its messages becomes more important at this time. The cycle will intensify at the end of the month once Mars moves to Cancer as well. In the meantime we get a powerful window of time to focus on listening to our inner wisdom. How can you create space for deeper listening and expanded awareness? Can you catch your mind dictating outcomes- rather than listening to the feeling level of your being? How can you surrender to spirit more intentionally?
Moon shifts to Virgo mid evening, joining Rahu here.
Tuesday Moon continues to travel through Virgo, nearing Rahu- both receive gaze from Ketu and Mars, instigating heat, emotional intensity and navigating our inner shadows. The heat of the Sun and the need for support and sustainability continue with Moon's movement through Uttaraphalguni until around 15:00. As Moon shifts into Hasta nakshatra, a conjunction of Rahu intensifies. Savitr brings the light through this constellation, allowing us to attune with the dawn, wake up and find greater inner wisdom. Rahu brings vaguery and confusion. Are you missing the memo or getting the download?
Wednesday, Moon continues through Savitr's domain, bringing greater awareness and clarity as Moon separates from Rahu.
It's my birthday! Happy birthday to all my fellow Sun in Cancer beings!! May the light fill your heart and mind and may this re-birthing be a powerful cycle full of growth and wisdom!
As Moon moves to Chitra early evening, a decidedly Mars focus arrives. In the power struggle between mind and emotions, who is the winner? Lead with your heart wisdom as much as possible. Let Vishvakarma support your action steps as he helps you build, grow and expand.
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Thursday, the day of the guru, Jupiter, arrives with Moon still moving through Virgo and Chitra nakshatra. Late morning, Moon moves to Libra, out of the gaze of other planets. Tend to your relationships today and find some enjoyment. Make sure your action steps are aligned with your powerful intentions for success, progress and forward momentum. Late evening, Moon shifts to Swati nakshatra. Can you feel the upsurge of energy? Try to get some rest and stay true to course.
Friday brings Moon firmly placed in Libra and Swati nakshatra. Ruling deity, Vayu, brings surges of change, movement and power. Track the inner strength and let the wind god take you to new heights, but don't get lost in the overwhelm of change and increased Vata. Find grounding, rooting and landing today. Move from your center and expand your wings. Moon shifts to the chaos inducing, Vishaka nakshatra, before midnight. Stay out of the storms and conspire to join forces for greater success.
In the wee hours of the morning on July 25th, Venus retrogrades. This begins an unusual and lengthy dance of returns that lasts until Venus goes direct on September 6th. Venus must re-trace his steps back through the first part of Leo, returning to Cancer for an extended stay. As he moves back through Leo, he works his way through Magha nakshatra, the domain of the ancestors, most notably the father. This increases our attention with power, authority and the need to pay special attention to our personal mythology connected to these themes.
The planet of relationships, creativity, and artistry, Venus is also connected to all things feminine. It offers beauty, fluidity, wealth and life giving powers, most essentially, shakti. Worldly comforts and resources can increase through Venus's benevolence and help us feel more stable in material ways. As Venus moves through Leo, we can expect passions to increase for relationships and connection, while strong desires may emerge. Expect intensified strength, determination and power to materialize, while aggression and agitation may increase as well.
The transit of Venus through Leo is the instigation of an unfolding theme that is ripening within the planets right now. Working with power and authority dynamics is vital, especially the masculine energy within you. Notice where you are pushing, using excessive force and using an over-active drive to accomplish and succeed. Take time to contemplate the meaning of success from different angles. Your ego may feel challenged by this. How can you soften your action steps? Where can you let go and surrender more? How can you be a winner- on all levels of life? How can you meet your relationships with more compassion- both with yourself and others? This work with power dynamics is especially relevant while Venus retrogrades back through the first portion of Leo. Retrograde planets intensify the implications of a planet because they are acting like the nodes Rahu and Ketu.
The day of Saturn, Saturday brings a waxing Moon that moves from the auspicious 9th lunar phase, or tithi, into the dharmic 10th tithi of Dashami. Align with your power and focus, determination and potential. Your methodical action steps will get you there. Vishaka is the ruling nakshatra today and its dual deity, Indragni, reminds us to create alliance, create support systems and join forces with others. Find your community and put down some roots, co-create and expand what is possible.
Moon shifts to its debilitation sign, Scorpio late evening, joining Saturn here. Both receive Ketu's gaze.
Sunday brings a need for rest, restoration and deeper grounding. Moon transits Anuradha today and the friendly star reminds us to gain support from our allies and old friends. Ruling deity, Mitra, loves detail and refinement. Let the physical body be a resource for greater alignment and emotional body release. Let go of grief that is surfacing and allow your body to be a way to land back into the now. Clean, clear, and notice the sparks of insights coming to you. Invite your friends to be a part of your process.
Monday, Moon shifts to the sensitive and cerebral nakshatra, Jyeshtha. Tend to your needs and self care today. Your potent wisdom can be found underneath the overwhelm.
*Pacific Time Zone is used for all planetary timing.
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