New Moon Gemini + Ardra
New Moon is on July 4th at 05:02 am. Metaphorically this is a day of independence in the US, which suits this new Moon and waxing cycle to come very well. How much freedom will you feel? That depends on your willingness to show up for yourself and break open the shadow you are clinging to.
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Mars Goes Direct In Libra + Mars Re-enters Scorpio
As Mars moves through Libra, your focus on balance, stability and comfort may intensify. There will be an exchange of energy between Libra and Scorpio now as Mars rules Scorpio and Saturn is considered exalted in Libra.
Venus in Cancer
At 03:57 am MDT Venus moves from Gemini into Cancer, joining Moon here for a few hours. Venus separates from the Sun once again until the 16th. Once Sun moves to Cancer, their heated dance reactivates.
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Mercury in Cancer
Mercury moves into the watery sign of Cancer at 22:05 MDT, joining Venus here. Outside of the gaze of any other planets, this creative duo can express itself more potently. This pair likes to be entrepreneurial, to create and co-create.
Sun in Cancer
Sun moves to Cancer at 22:21 on July 15th, joining Venus and Mercury here. This Sun cycle brings healing and transformation with heart and relationships. Address your longings and cravings.
The most auspicious full Moon of the year arrives on July 19th at 16:56. Guru Purnima is considered the fullest full Moon of the year, dedicated to gurus and teachers who bring you wisdom, guidance and support.
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Mercury in Leo
On July 26th at 19:27, Mercury moves to Leo, joining Rahu and Jupiter here. The mind gains strength, power and potency, yet reflects some confusion and uncertainty with these themes at the same time.
Venus in Leo
Leo becomes a packed house in the coming weeks as Venus moves into this fire sign. Jupiter, Rahu and Mercury are also here and Sun will arrive in Leo mid month as well. As Venus moves into Leo on July 31st at 13:40, the sign of the father, power and ego intensifies.
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*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.
Aries: Heart and home are central to your month. Creativity and imagination turn into heart centered momentum. Lead with your feelings and the wisdom within. You’re intuition is deepening and your gut intelligence is leading the way.
Taurus: Relationships become confusing and tense with on and off momentum. They seem to lurch forward rather than progressing smoothly. What is in the way of your movement forward? There’s resistance in your heart, causing challenges with saying yes fully.
Gemini: Communicate from your heart and honor your creative powers. Be courageous as you cultivate your artistic skills right now. Move towards relationships with awareness and recognize the mirrors coming to you as teachers.
Cancer: This is your month of awakening! Rise and shine, open your heart and head. Let your inner power and creativity lead the way. Pull from your depths and get authentic with yourself. Then share from this place of knowing.
Leo: Work consciously with self and relationships. Part of you is growing and expanding because you are clearing and creating space for the new. Keep releasing and letting go so that there’s room for more of what you really want and need.
Virgo: Continue to clear your gut so your intuitive wisdom deepens and strengthens. Release, clear and liberate yourself from the past. Endings are coming to a close as you prepare for a new cycle of wisdom, growth and relationship with self.
Libra: Take your dharmic wisdom and turn it into an offering. Share, co-create and express your inner knowing to the world. Clear away the rubble and the resistance and step forward with more conviction and clarity. Clean up your gut and intuition will get stronger.
Scorpio: As you work with your self more closely right now, honor the slow and steady pace of your steps. There has been less rushing and forcing, more dropping in to the ease and gentleness of not pushing. This is a new pace for you.
Sagittarius: Slowly work with liberation, release and letting go. Away time and alone time are essential right now but you’ll need to find a healthy balance of inner and outer. Attend to the inner guru and outer guru by diving deeply within your unconscious terrain.
Capricorn: Relationships are a powerful resource this month. You have learned a lot recently about your inner needs- what works for you and what doesn’t. Part of you is ready to merge with others, while the rest of you is hesitant to step forward.
Aquarius: Healing and releasing comes from the heart and stomach right now. The heart is being cleared and cleaned so that you can see and feel more clearly. This is effecting your finances and your stability and support.
Pisces: Cleaning up your gut means that your heart is also being cleared. Attend to to your heart and your digestion will improve. The connection between heart and stomach is strong right now. Clean, clear and purify.
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The waxing Moon cycle begins with some powerful shifts and changes and a strong solar focus. Jupiter has just freshly stepped into the Sun's sign, Leo, for the next year and starts this cycle deeply sandhi (in the gap between signs) at less than a degree. He gains strength and degrees as the Moon waxes which will help us feel more supported by his wisdom. Read more about Jupiter in Leo and the year ahead. Change, momentum and release abound as Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars all change signs in this cycle. Try to stay grounded.
Sun moves to the Moon's sign, Cancer, on July 16th at 15:08 Pacific time, instigating a new solar cycle with increased heart wisdom and emotional body awakening. The light comes to the heart, the home, land and experiences of mother. This is a powerful month of rooting into the heart and finding a sense of alignment with one's needs. Use your compassion, empathy and desire to nourish others, as a way to share, shine and be seen. Let relationships be resources to deepen your need for comfort and support. Lead with your heart in all matters and be sure to connect and co-create.
Work diligently with harmonizing your masculine and feminine energies at this time. The feminine wants to expand, move and flow continuously, while the masculine wants to contain and create support systems. How can you work with both very intentionally for maximum balance and alignment? Sun in Cancer can be a powerful cycle that provides greater emotional body support. As we get used to Jupiter in the Sun's sign of Leo for the coming year, the solar energy of the Sun in the heart-centered sign of Cancer provides us with a chance for inner/outer balance. Auspicious timing in many ways that can truly help us navigate the masculine and feminine paradigm within us in more intentional ways. We must work with both of them consciously or we will be misaligned with our inner power and sense of self.
In the progression of planetary changes, Mercury is the next to move. 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?
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.
As the waxing Moon cycle peaks, another planetary shift occurs as Mars moves to its debilitation sign, Cancer, joining Mercury and Sun here. On July 30th at 13:14, the warrior, fire planet moves to the watery and emotive sign of Cancer and will be here until mid September. These two forces naturally oppose each other as Mars is reactive and action oriented and Cancer is connected to feelings and the emotional body. Mars is not a thinker or a feeler, he is a doer.
Conflicts between thoughts, feelings and actions occur in this cycle, however there is opportunity to bring light and greater awareness to our heart wisdom. If you feel irritation and anger, it's time to dig deeper. What are the needs underneath the outbursts? What expression needs to be released, rather than repressed? How can you tend to your emotional body wisdom with greater compassion and clarity? Where are you pushing too hard? Matters with home, heart, mother, land and property feel the extra level of fire and complexity right now. Be gentle and soften your heart wherever possible.
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*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart
Aries: Let your passion move you, stir you and be the momentum you need to take action. It's time to start using your inner power in new ways, moving closer to dharmic alignment. Let your heart wisdom guide you. Where is there tension between mental body and emotional body? Notice how this old paradigm no longer serves you. What support do you need in order to move forward with more ease and grace? It doesn't need to be so hard.
Taurus: Relationships continue to be a focus for you and the basis of new growth and development. Be courageous and lead with your passionate heart- even when it feels challenging or scary. These challenges are a resource for you, places within your shadow that are hindering your strength, power and inner wisdom. Pay close attention. Let the wisdom of your heart be the center of your being. Lead from this place of knowing and let your emotional body be your guide. What do you need for deeper nourishment and support?
Gemini: Work with the tension between thinking and doing very diligently. What do you notice when you take an action step vs. just thinking about it? How is the mental body overwhelming the process? Work towards balancing action and ideas and see how this can inform your creativity, connection and co-creation process. Express and be heard. Let your light out and share yourself with others. Notice how talking supports you and your needs. Who and what has to shift so you can feel more heard and seen? How can you set up more consistent support for yourself?
Cancer: It's time to start shining your brightest and step out from your shadows. Get clear, focused and practical. Consistent meditation will help this process. Make your steps count and put some power behind your goals. Deeper nourishment is available to you now so make this intentional and conscious. Use your inner wisdom to spark creativity and move through the fear and resistance. Use your clarity and focus diligently right now and get your needs met. The next cycle offers challenges with action steps, so make hay while the Sun shines.
Leo: Extract the potent wisdom coming right now from relationships and heart. What is your heart wisdom telling you about your needs for comfort and safety? Can you take the challenges into change and transformation, healing and deeper nourishment? The awareness is coming from very hidden parts of yourself, so listen carefully. Let silence, meditation, retreats and introspection be a resource for this change and healing. How can these shadows help you deepen your capacity to hold what you really want and need? Share this wisdom with others.
Virgo: Your creativity is revitalized and increased with rest, relaxation, meditation and more alone time. Get clear on your needs and wants in your relationships and heal the past. Look into your darkness, shadows and haunts to provide richness, depth and to inform your healing and transformation process. This is a vital resource for how you share your gifts and who you share them with. Let your words and your writing be an offering. Gain from sharing your inner thoughts and ideas with others.
Libra: Gains arrive from shining your brightest, speaking up and being seen. There are challenges with being real, vulnerable and showing your shadows to the world, but this is also a necessary part of your inner progress. In order to get deeper nourishment, you must be willing to face the dark and the light equally. Where are you cutting and pasting over the inner challenges? Where can you get more real? Let your heart wisdom lead you. Let your heart guide and support you and your offerings to the world.
Scorpio: You are going through a deep metamorphosis. Don't forget to cut yourself some slack and remember this process doesn't happen over night. You are learning and growing in such profound ways- share your wisdom with others at every turn. These are your gifts and people are ready to hear them! Your depth, inner perception and profound intuitive knowing is what others long for. Teach, guide and give your awareness to the world as an offering. It's time to expand, grow and increase your impact!
Sagittarius: Right now is an ideal time to be consciously balancing your inner and outer needs very intentionally. Sun in your 8th house requests rest and meditation, while Jupiter in your 9th house is poised to help you share your wisdom. In many ways this is a very dharmic time for you. Resource from your depths. Harvest your inner wisdom- including the old, dark, mystical parts of your being- and let them out of the closet. Share your awareness with others and let your thoughts, knowledge and wisdom be heard.
Capricorn: Relationships prove to be a vital resource for you right now. Use your collaborative efforts for maximum gain. Co-create, connect, reach out and reach towards- in order to be seen, supported and increase creativity. Let relationships be a resource for growth, development and more awareness. What can your heart wisdom share with you and how can it help you deepen your relationships? Resource from your depths and trust your inner power. How can your challenges be a way to transform and heal? Use the challenges to strengthen.
Aquarius: Relationships are making a huge impact on you. Resource from them and take notes. Passion increases as does the nourishment. Learn, grow and share your wisdom with others. Let your challenges be a way to help others. How can you teach what you are learning? Your consistent action steps continue to pay off, so don't neglect the power of time, regularity and being methodical. Your work deepens and expands as a result. Let personal and professional relationships be a resource for your expansion and be open to gains as a result of connection, co-creation and community.
Pisces: Heal and transform. Use your own process of growth and change to help support others. Use your relationship wisdom, the challenges and pains, as a way of bringing light and healing to others. Let your passion, heart wisdom and compassion be resources for how you connect and who you connect with. It's a time of rapid and swift inner change. The planets are supporting you in your own healing and transformation process. Extract the essence and continue to cut out that which does not serve you.
*Pacific Time Zone is used for all planetary timing.
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This Week's Intention: There is power available in the chaos of change.
Land in your heart and trust your passion to guide you.
A powerful week of new, as Jupiter moves to Leo and a new Moon occurs on Wednesday, followed by Sun moving into Cancer. Potential and possibility are available. Are you feeling the surge of power or crushed by uncertainty? Ride the waves.
Monday begins with Moon in its exaltation sign while moving through Mrigashirsha nakshatra. Move towards the nectar and soak up the Soma. How can you create more nourishment in your life? In the afternoon, Moon shifts to Gemini, joining Sun, Mars and Mercury here as well. This air sign is ripe with connective power and possibility. Create, connect communicate. Expand your reach.
As Tuesday arrives, Moon moves into Ardra nakshatra, joining Mercury and Mars in this intense star pattern. Three planets in Rudra's domain instigates a certain powerful response- especially in our emotional body. I call this the rock star nakshatra because it has the worldly potential of Rahu, mixed with the power of Rudra. Ardra can move mountains and sustain the energy necessary for the task! But at what costs? Be mindful of what emotions are possibly being cut out and pasted over. Listen to the wisdom of your inner currents to guide your needs.
Wednesday brings big shifts and renewal, first with Moon moving to Punarvasu nakshatra in the wee hours of the morning- followed by Mars and then Mercury later in the day. New Moon, Wednesday, July 15th 20:24 CDT, while Moon is in Gemini and Punarvasu Nakshatra. A unique new Moon arrives on Wednesday with four planets transiting Gemini simultaneously. Jupiter has just freshly stepped into Leo for the next year and is deeply sandhi, at less than a degree. Read more about Jupiter in Leo and the year ahead. Change, momentum and release abound.
With Moon, Sun, Mars and Mercury all in Punarvasu nakshatra at the new Moon, Aditi’s expansive awareness and gentle ways, bring a certain sensitivity. Sun and Moon are poised at the edge of Gemini and will both move to Cancer hours after the emptiness of the new Moon hits. The masculine and feminine energies within us reach for balance and alignment. Where can you create more inner and outer harmony? What needs to align for greater coherence within?
Aditi is the Mother of all goodness in the Vedic tradition and she arrives to give us support, abundance and nourishment in life. Much like a generous and kind mother cares for her children, she helps us find equanimity within heart and mind, while reminding us of the unity in life. Her support comes in the form of resources so that challenges are softened or removed. Trust your steps and allow the grace of Aditi to provide for you at this time. How is her wisdom showing up in your life? Are you available to receive it?
Moon moves to its own sign, Cancer, just before midnight.
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Thursday arrives with extra nourishment and heart wisdom available to us. Moon moves to Pushya nakshatra, Brihaspati's star. Awareness and knowledge are available today in ways that truly can provide greater wisdom and nourishment as a result. Ketu's drishti on the Moon insures that awakening will be sudden and bring sparks of insight. What do you need for increased comfort, security and stability in your life?
Sun follows the Moon into Cancer at 15:08, instigating a new cycle with increased heart wisdom and emotional body awakening. The light comes to the heart, the home, land and experiences of mother. This is a powerful month of rooting into the heart and finding a sense of alignment with one's needs. Use your compassion, empathy and desire to nourish others, as a way to share, shine and be seen. Let relationships be resources to deepen your need for comfort and support. Lead with your heart in all matters and be sure to connect and co-create.
Work diligently with harmonizing your masculine and feminine energies. The feminine wants to expand, move and flow continuously, while the masculine wants to contain and create support systems. How can you work with both very intentionally for maximum balance and alignment? Sun in Cancer can be a powerful cycle that provides new support. As we get used to Jupiter in the Sun's sign of Leo for the coming year, the solar energy in the heart-centered sign, Cancer, provides us with a chance for inner/outer balance. Auspicious timing in many ways that can truly help us navigate the masculine and feminine paradigm within us in more intentional ways. We must work with both of them consciously or we will be misaligned with our inner power and sense of self.
Early morning Friday, Moon shifts to Ashlesha nakshatra and Sarpa influences the mental and emotional bodies directly. As the serpent of illusion and deception, he can cloud our ability to think clearly. Today, notice where you are fixed and too rigid. Where can you bring more flexibility and fluidity in? Self doubt, uncertainty and confusion need to be tamed with more grounding and landing in the physical body. Navigate relationships with tenderness and compassion.
Saturday mid morning, Moon jumps to Leo, joining Jupiter and Venus here. All receive gaze from Saturn who always brings a sense of grief, contraction and structure with him. These three planets in Leo are all in Pitr's nakshatra, Magha, connected to the ancestors and our father's lineage. Track your emotional body today- especially in response to relationships. What parts of your personal mythology and family paradigm emerge within your emotional body today? How might you need to shift or change your actions for different results?
Late morning Sunday, Moon arrives in Purvaphalguni nakshatra and the sensuality of Bhaga and Venus are instigated. Our emotional body will crave comforts and connection through relating and relationships. Let the heart be your guide and move towards the nourishment gained from love and loved ones. Track where you are craving attention and connection out of habit. Do your relationships truly serve your need for comfort and support, safety and security? Consciously make adjustments so that you are creating more inner support and stability, not less.