today's astrology forecast | Thursday, July 14th, 2022 - rose colored glasses alert plus our words are our future


The Moon finished off her days in Capricorn last night with a conjunction to Pluto (we talked about this in the Full Moon post). She was void until 5:01AM EDT this morning when she moved into Aquarius. For the next two and a half days we are nourished/nurtured by stepping back and seeing the big picture, by intellect, by detaching a bit from our emotions, from our friendships, technology, groups, causes, individuality, freedom. 

The Moon squares Mars in Taurus at 2:38PM EDT (antsy, impulsive, defensive) and sextiles Jupiter at 5:29PM EDT (opportunity for growth through groups/friends, optimism, fresh starts), so once we get past this afternoon's square the Moon in Aqua can strut her stuff (so can we). 

This is also the day Venus squares Neptune and Mercury sextiles the North Node. 


Any Venus/Neptune connection is creative, imaginative, great for making music/art. A time for spiritual work, meditation, healing. But Venusian things/people/situations can get a bit muddled. Tend to dissolve/drift off course. Not the day to go shopping with a new credit card. Not the day to run off to Vegas and marry that guy you met last week. This is tricky rose-colored glasses territory. Neptune can be tiring/distracting, lure us away from what we are doing/need to do via a glass of wine or a Netflix marathon. That might be OK, but if something practical must get done we will have to rely on that Moon/Mars square to push us through. 

Mercury sextiles the North Node and trines the South Node. Here is where applying what we have learned about the Taurus/Scorpio polarity over the last few months CAN PAY OFF. 


It will be very easy, since the trine requires no effort, to fall into old verbal habits - talking about the complicated drama, over-thinking, reading about death/decay, making ideas too dark/intense, etc, but where the future is/what will get us where we want to go is the sextile to the North Node in Taurus. This one requires a little more effort. The flow is still smooth, but stagnant if not activated. Here is where talking/thinking/communicating in a calmer, more stable, more practical, more peaceful way can pay off over time. Talk about the new growth - WHATEVER THIS MEANS TO YOU - and not the old decaying past. Keep in mind, the trine to the South Node will make it very EASY to talk/think/notice in the same old ways, we have to make the EFFORT to reach for the new words, the new conversation, the simpler idea, the new way of thinking/seeing (note Mercury is in home/family/mom centered Cancer, so conversations may be centered here, may even be about old situations since Cancer is about our roots, but now is the time to talk/think about them in new ways, to listen with new ears).  


We have to trust the greener grass is over THERE.


xo all

photography by the amazing iNeedChemicalX

the meaning of the astrology of the Full Moon in Capricorn | July 13, 2022 - walking away from the end of the world

Wednesday's Full Moon in Capricorn (2:37PM EDT) is a particularly demanding and ambitious one. Capricorn Full Moons are always heavy. Our emotional Moon, challenged in cold-as-ice Capricorn, is opposed by the Sun in the Moon's sign of Cancer. This one, conjunct powerful Pluto and on an uber HOT degree is particularly hard-core.

In Capricorn the Moon is cold and practical, reserved and quiet. Picture - Mama-bear CEO or maybe better yet, Mama-bear GENERAL. 


This is about the collective Cancer/Capricorn polarity AND the themes of our natal Cancer/Capricorn houses. Both Cancer and Capricorn are concerned with issues of SAFETY, both value TIME and are guardians of the legacy of our ancestors. The polarity is about family vs. work. The security that comes from nurturing ourselves, nurturing others or being nurtured vs the security that comes from having work in the world and money coming in/in the bank. Our nest at home vs our place in the world. Summer vs. winter. Preparing for birth vs preparing for death. Babyhood vs old age. Mom vs dad. 

There is so much contradiction here, but like all polarities this is really just two sides of the same coin - maybe something labeled SECURITY. We can't own a coin without owning both sides. But we can only look at (focus on) one side at a time. The other side is in the shadows - so we have to flip back and forth and balance this stuff out with our time, attention and resources. There isn't really an end to this or a way to "win" here. We just do the best we can with what we have. Spend too much time with one side of the coin and the other side gets all gunky like those pennies stuck in our car cup-holder that have had coffee dripped on them. No matter how shiny the other side looks that gunky side means we never get to actually spend the money.

(yes, this might be one of my strange metaphors that don't get us anywhere - except maybe out to the car with a squirt bottle of vinegar and a cup of soapy water)


Full Moons bring things to a peak or a culmination, so maybe something ends now. 

Full Moons bring things to light (conjunct a retrograde Pluto maybe old secrets or something that has been hidden, the Webb telescope's images certainly fit the bill here and as above, so below, so something in our own life comes out of the shadows, too). Capricorn themes (and your personal Capricorn/Cancer house themes) will be highlighted - tradition, structure, work, obligations, responsibility, authority, ambition, limits, boundaries, restrictions, goals. 


Let's unpack the chart!


The Moon at 21 degrees Capricorn opposes the Sun at 21 degrees Cancer. She is in the sign of her detriment, out of bounds and sitting on some pretty devastated real estate. The Sun is nestled uncomfortably between Ceres and Mercury. The Moon is conjunct Pluto, trines (brakes off) change maker Uranus and the North Node of Fate, sextiles Juno (EXACT) and Neptune, inconjuncts Saturn and squares Chiron and Eris. Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn and so ruler of this lunation trines Venus (EXACT). The Moon is conjunct asteroid Hylonome (EXACT) and ruler Saturn is conjunct asteroid Polyxena (EXACT).


Where do we start with this one? I think with the 'devastated real estate'. 


21-22 degrees Capricorn is where Saturn met Pluto (and Ceres and Mercury and the Sun) back in mid-January 2020 - the astrological start of 'time runs out', which I had been calling "winter is coming" all throughout 2019, now better known as 'the pandemic'. Mars (the trigger) crossed the degree in March 2020 as the world shut down. Mars crossed the degree for a second time in late February 2022 as Russia bombed Ukraine (within hours, also within hours of the first U.S. Pluto return, also in play this week through Pluto's retrograde). 

(this being the degree of my natal Mercury, I knew this was also the degree where Uranus met Neptune back in 1993 at the peak of the AIDS epidemic as my life was imploding - not from AIDS - so I should have been thinking 'epidemic' for 2020 pre-covid, but my brain - which Pluto was criss-crossing mercilessly - was thinking 'time runs out' because once Saturn stationed direct in the fall of 2019, whatever was going to happen would not be stopped)

The Full Moon answering to Saturn and conjunct Pluto at 21 degrees Cappy takes us back to the Saturn/Pluto (time runs out), but now pulls in Uranus (both the future and the chaos, humanitarianism, equality and tech that gets us there) - through Saturn in Aquarius. Think of us in a higher level of the game now. We don't know what we're doing because we've never been here before and these massively important degrees have been 'wiped out/reset'. This is probably part of what the 'great resignation' is about. It is very hard to keep doing what we were doing, or return to what we used to do, maybe especially in terms of Capricorn ruled careers/goals.

The Moon is quite stressed here. Looks over-worked. Over-stimulated. Out of the control of the Sun, but also maybe herself (multiple out-of-bound planets right now). This might indicate the need for a break. There is a nice applying sextile to Neptune - rest, make art/music, get into the water/a movie, take a relaxing vacation. It's summer. Life is short. And we only get so many of them. 

The Moon's conjunction to Pluto is intense. We've had a bunch of Full Moons in conversations with Pluto and now here is where the Moon finally meets up with Pluto. And now, Pluto is retrograde, so still an old story from the old world that needs to be finished. A closing chapter about POWER and how we have been conditioned to deal with competition and ambition and tradition and the people who hold/have held power over us and the way we hold power over other people. 


The Moon's trine to Uranus and the North Node is pulling us into the future - drawing us closer to the end of July/beginning of August's BIG PUSH FORWARD. The Full Moon's illumination or ending is also freeing/liberating. Something now is in flow with whatever we have STARTING then.

The Moon's most exact aspect is her sextile to Juno in Pisces. This is about serious partnerships. Creative collaborations that can last. Capricorn and Pisces at first glance seem to make strange bedfellows, but they NEED EACH OTHER to make anything happen. The dream and the hard work. The reality and the vision. Partnerships, contracts - whether this is a beginning or an ending, there is an OPPORTUNITY here somewhere.

The Moon's square to the mid-point of Chiron and Eris give us multiple kicking off points - that only look like our back is against the wall. Squares are under-rated activators. They create tension/frustration, so we MUST move. For some that Chiron wound - fear of being able to take care of ourselves/be ourselves/our personal Chiron wound - will be pushing us in new directions. This is already in play.

Eris's push here comes from a different place. Eris's discovery opened up a HUGE scary can of worms for science. A Goddess as an outer planet?! WTH! "Not so fast," says patriarchal conditioning. Time to constrain. Time to control. Time to set some new rules. And, so as not to promote Eris and Ceres and their ilk (this all being done somewhat unconsciously) Pluto, arguably the most powerful planet in astrology gets demoted by astronomy! And we all know Eris's 'apple' story. Squares to Eris can bring situations where we are pushed to act because of something like a snub. Our action can likely snowball into something much bigger than we intended, for better or worse, so keep that in mind.


Saturn, rules the lunation from 24 degrees Aquarius and is EXACTLY trining Venus in Gemini. Venus rules the North Node (way forward). Something here about multiple options when we get real/deal with the reality of where we are now. Don't cling to what's leaving/maturing/the past. A smooth connection to sober and stable Saturn makes Venus in Gemini's usual fleeting attractions more STICKY.


The Moon's opposition to not only the Sun, but also Ceres and an out-of-bound, combust Mercury speaks of challenges/situations outside our control. Ceres/Sun opposing Pluto/Moon brings up resource issues, season of life situations or over or under nurturing. The Ceres opposition is part of this summer's Cancer chapter about dealing with 'mother and childhood wounds'. Maybe with the Moon in its fullness and conjunct Pluto we are reminded things cannot stay young/green. With Mercury here, we are able to think/talk 'outside the box', but also outside the constraints of normal rules/boundaries of conversation, others can, too, so keep this in mind. We literally aren't thinking straight/are seeing things we've not seen/noticed before, which can be a good thing or not so good depending on what we do with this. There could be some intense/uncomfortable conversations as the Full Moon energies play out.

The Moon is EXACTLY conjunct asteroid Hylonome, a female centaur famed for tossing herself onto the arrow that had just killed her centaur husband in battle. Saturn (ruler of the Moon) is EXACTLY conjunct asteroid Polyxena, also famous for her sacrificial death. Since the Moon is conjunct Pluto and Pluto 'rules' death (and transformation because death is only transformation) this whole 'sacrificial death' thing is a thing here. 

Mostly this is speaking metaphorically - as all archetypes do. 

Although there may be people who have lost partners, for example, or who have "done their job" and unconsciously 'let go' now (the Moon/Hylonome exact on Queen Elizabeth's Ascendant/South Node with the Sun opposing from her 6th house of health and Mars - the trigger - on Charles' Moon/North Node of Fate mid-heaven 10th house of career/public life). 

We don't want to be sacrificing ourselves to our work/to our goals in unhealthy ways. We don't want to be killing ourselves - again I am speaking metaphorically - following footsteps that lead us absolutely nowhere in this new world. The patriarchy is ending and I am not talking about old white men in suits. The stuff that is leaving still feels very much needed because it is the structural stuff we (and our ancestors) have built our lives with. There is no Plan B for the patriarchy because in reality it has already ended. We are looking at/holding onto something that no longer exists. Most of us are carrying karma and old contracts and commitments that have already ended. 

We have to trust that everything is happening for a purpose. Even the scary ass sh*t. 


And, as for Polyxena on the Cancer Sun, well, this, coupled with Saturn's awkward inconjunct to Ceres and Ceres opposing the Moon makes me think of the ways unconditional giving is no longer appropriate. We don't need to celebrate sacrifice. This 'valuing all life' thing includes ourselves. Yes, even if you are an old white man in a suit. Maybe all this 'sacrifice' is asking us what we are willing to sacrifice to succeed or to feel safe? Or maybe for some there is a very real need to 'fall on their sword' gracefully.

One thing for certain and not much is these days - we don't need to catastrophize endings. The Moon's conjunction to Pluto retrograde isn't bringing any losses/illuminations or outcomes we couldn't see coming.  What we need - Jupiter in Aries - is some faith in the new beginning.

I hope something here is helpful now and over the next couple weeks and even the next six months as this Full Moon fully plays out. 

Be sure to get out and walk in it!

xo all

weekly astrology | July 11-17, 2022 - new efforts and valuing ourselves pays off over time, big news and ideas, intense full moon in cappy takes us back to 'time runs out'



Are we hurtling toward the future or is the future hurtling back to us?! 


The mid-week's Full Moon is mega-important, on the still RED-HOT (as evidenced in late February 2022 when Mars sneaked past Venus, crossed 21-22 degrees Cappy and Russia bombed Ukraine) degree of January 2020 when Saturn met Pluto, China called the WHO to report a new corona virus had jumped countries and 'time ran out'. This Moon is INTENSE. In ambitious Cappy this will have alot to do with our goals, career, reputations and leaders. Something here about grace under pressure, naked emperors, facing loss/death, the inevitability of CHANGE. 


Hopefully, we heeded that last Full Moon and let some air out of that 'inflated dream/illusion' and can take advantage of this Full Moon's Venus/Saturn trine (more on this in the next post). 

This is also the week the U.S. Pluto return has its SECOND exact hit. Mercury makes his/her superior conjunction to the Sun (think : LIGHT- BULB MOMENT) while Venus leaves Gemini for Cancer. 


Something for everyone. Lots going on. 

Let's unpack the week!

MONDAY - Juno sextiles the North Node

TUESDAY - Sun sextiles the North Node

WEDNESDAY - Full Moon in Capricorn, Venus trines Saturn, Mercury squares Chiron and sextiles Uranus

THURSDAY - Venus squares Neptune

SATURDAY - Sun conjuncts Mercury

SUNDAY - Venus enters Cancer, Mercury trines Neptune, Sun trines Neptune

On MONDAY - Juno sextiles the North Node from 20 degrees Pisces. 


This means she is also trining the Scorpio South Node. The trine is the stronger aspect maybe making it too easy to settle/to slide along with tired relationship/partnership/contract dynamics that can be hurtful, complicated, are dead in the water. Or old Piscean agreements with wishy/washy rules, addictions, illusions, one person making all the sacrifices or someone's overly idealistic rose-colored glasses fogging things up. Juno often brings up our tendency to look the other way to preserve the status quo or our relationship to power even if that status quo is killing us softly.


Let's rethink that comfortable (because we are used to it) trine to Scorpio and lean into the sextile with the Taurus NORTH Node. 


This is where the seed needs to go into the soil/is where the creative opportunity lies. This will take some effort, some movement toward something NEW - something less dramatic and sexy maybe, but more stabilizing, more solid, more simple. NEW, practical efforting toward creating more stability within partnerships and contracts/agreements gets the green light. This will involve actual physical/tangible things and situations. Drifting into the same old Scorpian intensity-driven 'drama' might be the easier flow, since we just float right into it/stay where we are, but is a dead end in the end. Respond instead of react. Take new actions. Set new boundaries. 


This won't be about beating our head into the wall, because what we seek is seeking us right back - the new energies will reach back to meet us this week. Practical effort goes a long way. Our efforts will pay off over time.

On TUESDAY -the Sun sextiles the North Node, U.S. Pluto return part two

The Sun, at 20 degrees Cancer, sextiles (creative opportunity) the North Node in Taurus. Cancer/Taurus sextiles are stabilizing/comforting. Here is a LIGHT on a more simple path forward. With the Sun in Cancer, we are standing in our collective roots/home/family, THIS is where our vital force is activated/this is where the fire is burning, and now here is a direct connection - sextiles require movement to activate - to our Taurus house - the space of the North Node - our smoothest, simplest path forward. Keep in mind, the Sun is also trining (brakes off) the South Node, so a nostalgic pull to the past will be felt, too. It will be oh so tempting to stay where we are/stick with what is, even when it is enmeshed in Scorpion intrique - intensity, complication, third party situations, power struggles, secrets. 


First Juno from Pisces and now the Sun from Cancer - there is a light on something NEW that is more stable/simple - makes sense/cents - is about VALUING OURSELVES - find it, follow it!

At the same time, Pluto has returned to his exact degree from the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence AGAIN. This time retrograde and once more during a week with a re-activation of 21-22 degrees Capricorn (power crumbles, power is cemented, time runs out) from January 2020. 

(in late February 2022 we had Mars pass Venus at 21 degrees Capricorn, as the first U.S. Pluto return became exact and Russia bombed Ukraine, and this week we have a Full Moon at 21 degrees Capricorn as the second U.S. Pluto return is exact)


We could see significant changes with the Russia/Ukraine War over this Full Moon cycle (Putin's chart in particular is very heavily aspected at the end of the month and the beginning of August when Mars meets Uranus and the North Node), with supply chain issues/oil, finances. Power shifts. The chart for this second Pluto return is pretty much the Full Moon in Capricorn post we will talk about next. Pluto is powerful/destructive energy. Its purpose is RENEWAL/regeneration. Scorched Earth or the phoenix rising from the ashes. 


In the United States, irrevocable change is coming/is here. Can't be stopped.

WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY - Full Moon in Capricorn (21 degrees/back to 'time runs out' January 2020), Mercury squares Chiron and sextiles Uranus and the North Node, Venus trines Saturn and squares Neptune

This is HUGE. The Moon is conjunct a retrograde Pluto (the death that was postponed) and making a ton of aspects. She is opposing not only the Sun, but also Mercury and Ceres. And she is on the uncomfortably RED HOT degree of emperor makers and breakers (and Queen Elizabeth's ascendant). Saturn, the ruler of this lunation is squaring Uranus and the North Node and EXACTLY trining Venus. 


And we are hurtling toward the future. 


But, I said that already.


Expect a BIG post tomorrow.


FRIDAY - SATURDAY - Sun conjuncts Mercury, Mercury trines Neptune, Venus enters Cancer, Sun trines Neptune

The Cancer Sun meets up with Mercury at 24 degrees Cancer and then trines Neptune at 25 degrees Pisces. Can you say "LIGHT-BULB MOMENT"? News/information comes to light. Inspiration. We are listening to our intuition. Following a hunch. Praying. Listening to our ancestors. Something should fall into place here, so pay attention. Prayers/meditation are more deeply felt. Compassionate words are connecting/healing. There is magic here, but not alot of grounding. Avoid stimulants/slippery slopes.

Venus enters Cancer until August 11th.


Cancer Suns and Risings become more attractive - both able to attract what they want and easier on the eye. All of our Cancer houses become more attractive, too. Venus themes will be emotionally tended to. We will require more emotional connection to feel safe and secure. We will want (or feel the lack of) whatever feels like nurturing to us. Home becomes a more valuable space. Family is a resource. Our empathy increases along with our hurt feelings when we don't get what feels like "mom and apple-pie".

What we want (Venus) is to feel safe (Cancer).

Cancer is both the mother and the baby. So we get what we want/need by being cared for and by caring for others now. Ruled by the Moon, who changes signs every two and a half days, Cancer can be moody. Our emotions around what we want are subject to lunar whims now, but the actual thing we want can become more solid. The active feminine energy (Venus) connects with the responsive feminine energy (Moon). Venus rules love, money, women, beauty, harmony, balance, relationship, our values - everything money can buy and everything it can't. She rules the signs of Libra and Taurus (and if either of these signs is your rising sign - ascendant - she most likely rules your chart) and the 2nd and 7th houses of our collective astrology charts. This year she is ruling the North Node of Fate - our best way forward. She's a BIG deal. And since she's an inner planet, when she changes signs, we feel it and experience it personally - and we move the collective energy forward (as opposed to the outer planet transits that move the collective energy and then we adjust to that). 


Universally, home and family will feel more precious. We will want to feel safe. We'll want to move in the direction of whatever feeds this need now.

We might be more emotional. Maybe a little more needy and vulnerable. These do not have to be bad things. If we are waiting for someone else to take care of us though, remember Venus is an active energy herself - and Mars is stuck in the mud of Taurus, soon to be shaken up by Uranus and then back and forth through mutable Gemini for months. Chiron is in Aries and so is Jupiter. Aries is the sign of the self. The one we are waiting on to mother us/help us is most likely the person standing in our shoes, looking back at us in our bathroom mirror. 


The fly in the ointment with Venus in Cancer is the kind of smothering/mothering that suffocates or we overindulge ourselves in some unhealthy way or we have an unrealistic expectation of someone else filling some childhood need. So, watch for emotions that are "over-the-top" compared with what is actually happening, particularly within partnerships/relationships, financial situations and dealings with women. 


Keep in mind, Black Moon Lilith (the womb wound, mother/family wound, woman who chooses herself) is still squaring Jupiter and Venus in Cancer is now on a collision course with her in a couple weeks. 

If we are emotionally triggered, we can ask ourselves - what are we storing that is triggering these emotions?


Back with that BIG Full Moon post.


xo all 

Thanks to everyone who volunteered their charts for the Black Moon Lilith reviews. I am down to the last five volunteers and will email them this week (I have been doing about two a day). Keep in mind this is a little like pulling one ingredient out of a recipe and calling it a loaf of bread - for some it may be a cup of flour and very helpful to have, for others more like a pinch of salt. You will have to see how much it means in your life/how helpful the info is to consider/work with. 

photography by the amazing BirdSophieBlack

today's astrology forecast | Friday, July 8th, 2022 - a light on what we need to turn our attention to in order to heal it



The Moon moves into fellow water sign Scorpio this morning. Now we are nurtured/nourished by power, going deep, knowing something/someone more intimately, sex, secrets, getting to the bottom line, eliminating what needs to go/is dead. 


A great Moon for expulsion. People born with the Moon here are intense! Have intense mamas, too.

Luna opposes Mars at 8:06AM EDT, lessening our impact, creating tension (now the Moon is in the sign Mars wants to be in and Mars is in the sign the Moon wants to be in, so there is this tension, but also a way through the tension - yes, the tension can be cut with a knife, but we also have the knife - if we give Mars some Scorpio - our actions the access to passion/probing, and the Moon some Taurus - our emotions access to comfort/nature/stability). 


Keep in mind, the dailies are about transiting planets interacting with other transiting planets - the background energy we are working with. When the Moon opposes our natal planet - and if we have natal planets in Taurus, she will over the next couple days - we will feel that more strongly, as she pulls against the permanent vibrational resonance imprint that is somehow embedded in us at birth. This weakens the opposed planet's natural function. Lasts just a few hours. Traditional astrology deems oppositions as 'negative', but sometimes an opposition provides a much needed balance and Scorpio can be a hugely regenerative Moon.


The Moon trines Mercury and Vesta at 1:31 EDT - while they trine each other - forming a Grand Water Trine for a few hours. 


All our water houses connected, in flow with each other. 


Maybe with Vesta involved our focus narrows to that thing that is keeping us up at night/what matters right now. We are talking about/thinking about deeply personal things. This is a mix of home/security/the past/mothering (Cancer), the dream/art/our intuition/forgiveness/inspiration (Pisces) and intensity/intimacy/what's hidden (Scorpio). Grand Water Trines can make us feel nostalgic, pull the past into the present.

This is also the day the Sun squares Chiron, which we might experience as a blow to our ego - the Grand Water Trine will help, provide an emotional balm for any hurt/wounds. 


The Sun shines a bright light on precisely what we need to turn our attention toward in order to heal it.


With Chiron in independent Aries we have a personal responsibility for our own healing. To act on what we know/use what we have. To do our best to share our gifts, even those with their roots in a painful past, maybe most especially those gifts.

xo all

artwork by the talented Andreea Chiru

weekly astrology forecast | July 4-10, 2022 - our thinking and actions change, a slow down, working with very old wounds, preparing for the future coming at us like a freight train


Following the fireworks (not just the 4th of July kind with that Mars square Pluto!) - the energies shift.


Soften. Become slower, more deliberate. Both Mars and Mercury leave their home signs - Mars for Venus ruled Taurus (on his way to his big pow-wow with both Uranus and the North Node at the end of July and beginning of August that will change our world, both collectively and personally, yes, again!). Mercury moves into Luna ruled Cancer.


We trade anger/passion for determination and physical/practical effort and mind chatter/info overload for a mental need for comfort and security.


Next week, we have a BIG Full Moon on "power is cemented, power is destroyed, time runs out" - 21 degrees Capricorn plus the U.S. Pluto return part two, and the month just kind of builds and builds from there until we reach the end of the month's world changing BLAST OFF into the future - big post coming about that this week.


In the meantime squeeze whatever you can squeeze in terms of comfort and 'what feels good' out of this week. Stop/smell/appreciate the roses when you can, thorns and all. If a hard conversation needs to be had, don't put it off until the end of the week when Mercury squares Jupiter - things can get bigger/hotter and more emotional than we intended.


Let's unpack the week! 


MONDAY - Pallas into Gemini 

Wise Pallas moves into smarty-pants/dualistic Gemini. New strategies, more than one way forward. We need to stay mentally flexible. This is a good transit to learn/teach - keep in mind she is answering to Mercury, who will cover a few signs during Pallas's time in Gemini (through September 6th), so it will pay to keep an eye on him/her. With Pallas in Gemini - solutions will come from communication, learning, teaching, trying multiple routes/methods, staying open to new ideas. 

This is also the day the Virgo Moon will sextile  (opportunity for growth) the Cancer Sun at 12 degrees. This month's Waxing Sextile. Virgo/Cancer. Small adjustments make things more comfortable/safe. Practical solutions are needed for home/family issues. Small fixes and small improvements create big changes. Do it one step at a time.

TUESDAY- Mars into Taurus, Mercury into Cancer, Mercury sextiles Mars


Mars falls into Taurus, Mercury flies into Cancer (for only two weeks!). They make nice with each other as they settle in. It is unusual to have two planets leave their home signs within minutes of each other, so I think we will all be feeling this one. 

Mars, after a few weeks of being king of his domain/the man coming out on top falls into Venus ruled Taurus, the sign of his detriment. Things tend to slow down when Mars ingresses into Taurus. If we are ready for this time to "stop and smell the roses" - if we have done our "starting" and are now ready to work with what we have accumulated - this is the time the run turns into a walk. Have patience. Our actions will have a more deliberate focus. Will need to be more practical. Hands on. Make sense/cents.

Mars in Taurus will wake up our Taurus house - a space naturally inclined toward doing the same old, same old and where we can get a bit "set in our ways" - although with Uranus here the past couple years that 'steady as a rock thing' has been more like a landslide. Taurus Suns and our other Taurus planets will get a visit from Mars sometime over the next few weeks, so they get some revitalizing energy and a WAKE UP call. This is a physical transit - tired muscles feel good. Balancing the books feels good.

At the same time - Mercury leaves his home sign of fast-paced Gemini for home/family/security-oriented Cancer. We will be feeling what people are saying now. Our own words will be impacting other people emotionally, too. When Mercury changes signs, we can simply CHANGE OUR MIND - so can other people. With Mercury in Cancer, words come from the gut and are taken personally. They can be soothing or they can be painful. We can all be more moody. Keep this in mind with communications (and when our own thinking gets overly emotional). Our thoughts/conversations can turn to home/family/mothering situations now. It's a good time to remember how much home and family mean to us. Mercury will only be in Cancer until July 19th.


As Mercury and Mars enter Cancer/Taurus - they will sextile each other. Our thinking and our actions are on the same page. Together via a smooth aspect at the beginning of their transits is a good indication of their ability to work well together over the next couple weeks. Mars in Taurus is about taking deliberate action with real-world things. This is about using what we already have/growing things over time. Being practical. Mercury in Cancer is onboard with this, ready to slow down and feel our way through things. A slower Mars can also aid a more emotional Mercury - give us a chance to think things through/not act too quickly when we take things too personally. Since both signs have connections to food, it's a good time to improve our diet with something more self-nurturing, maybe more plant based or more home cooking, less eating out, etc. Also a great time for walking (Mars) our talk (Mercury).

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY - Venus sextiles Chiron, Sun squares Chiron

The Sun in Cancer's square to Chiron can activate old wounds around home, family, parents, our ability to be ourselves or take care of ourselves. We can be more sensitive to criticism. The way through this tension/frustration is Venus in Gemini. The power of love, new possibilities, communication, intellect, keeping things light/flirty, not taking things too seriously will all help. The Sun/Chiron pain is intended to create change and that's what Venus in Gemini is all about. Stay flexible. The wound won't vanish, but maybe we can see/feel the situation differently.

SATURDAY - Mercury conjunct Black Moon Lilith squares Jupiter


Now Mercury is doing what the Moon did at the New Moon (beginning of last week) and the Sun did at the end of last week. Our emotional words are infused with old pain and exaggerated/enlarged. Maybe to spark new action or to engage with us to broaden our scope. Maybe what we care about is shown to us by the words and information that makes us feel angry or shameful or guilty. Jupiter won't let Mercury past this square until the conversation/idea GETS BIG enough we have to deal with it. 


Keep in mind we can also reverse this whole thing and think about the way Mercury/BML is standing in the way of Jupiter's expansion. This isn't necessarily a bad thing - our emotions/need for comfortable words and ideas should be taken into consideration. Jupiter wants to GO BIG. In Aries he wants to START/take action. AND, we've got this square/this problem/this challenge/this opportunity/and also, this EXCUSE. This very old/very deep fear connecting to our very survival. This isn't something we can just dis-regard/plow through, but Jupiter in Aries is direct for only a couple more weeks, the Moon is waxing - we don't want to be sitting still! 


And, even saying all that, squares to Jupiter are still access to Jupiter - and through Mercury can bring good news, faith, optimism, courage (sometimes brings blind luck). It just all comes with a little PUSH. Which isn't a bad thing, and can be a VERY GOOD THING, but just don't believe everything you are told, don't over-promise, exaggerate, get too big a head here because Jupiter is about POTENTIAL, everything isn't always real. At the same time a balanced Black Moon Lilith (when we honor the wisdom of our bodies) gives our words/ideas deeply feminine EMPOWERMENT - keep this in mind now, too.

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Thursday, June 30th, 2022 - a light on the womb wound, smart strategies that stabilize and give us more power and control


The Moon is finishing up her journey through Cancer. 


Today she trines (brakes off) a retrograde Neptune at 11:27AM EDT, squares Mars at 2:16PM EDT (feisty, disagreeable energy, feeling pressured to act, maybe home/family vs what we want, both planets strong in their home signs) and finally goes void off her monthly opposition (old power struggles, we've been here before) with a retrograde Pluto at 4:13PM EDT. She is void until 8:40PM EDT when she moves into Leo (and mutual reception with the Sun, so a smoother transition than most months). 

This is also the day, the Sun in Cancer meets up with Black Moon Lilith (what the Moon did at the New Moon on Tuesday) and Pallas in Taurus trines a retrograde Pluto.

A light on Black Moon Lilith in Cancer spotlights the ways we don't fit in with family, old/soul memories of being cast out/feeling unsafe. Being shamed for being needy/dependent which maybe has created, among other things, an inability to ask for help or even to help. Stifled nurturing. Awkwardness with mothering situations. Food issues. Mommy issues. Annoyance with people who are, even appropriately, needy. Family secrets/lies can come out. Situations can activate our BML wound or the collective wound of our Milky Way Galaxy of mother-less children. 


Black Moon Lilith is starting a new annual cycle with the Sun. Our old shame/victim stories don't have to come with us into this new chapter if we have compassion for our awkwardness/anger/fear knowing that there is a very old/very real pain at its root - even if we can't remember it!


This is all happening in a square to Jupiter. Jupiter is in Aries. This is the house in our chart that is experiencing ADVANTAGES if we aren't afraid to take confident action/a risk. The Sun/Black Moon Lilith in Cancer is the house that is requiring adjustments to get those ADVANTAGES. Sort of what is standing in our way, something we need to register/CLEARLY SEE/accept so that our advantage doesn't turn into a disadvantage through awkward/over-the-top action because it is based in FEAR or a deer in the headlight/crab into her shell FREEZE. 

We can choose to feel faith (Jupiter) over fear (BML wound).

(yoga/processes to release stuck energies around our bladder, kidneys, adrenals and lower back will help)


At the same time, our wise warrior Pallas in Taurus has reached her exact trine with a powerful (and retrograde) Pluto. 


This is her (our) final aspect before she moves into Gemini next week.

Pallas in Taurus is all about the practical plans/strategies we need to be stable/secure, to grow something healthy, something that lasts. She offers us excellent guidance as to what's practical/wise (hint - it will be the thing that is falling into place). The trine is a smooth aspect, the energies are woven together instead of thrown into a pile/knot or tossed at our head like a football. Pluto is a 'commit or quit' aspect. In Capricorn, he wants us to take something pretty bloody seriously, so we are asked to GET SOMETHING UNDER CONTROL. 


Merge. Purge. Step into our authentic POWER.

Next month, Uranus, the North Node and Mars are setting up to turn our Taurus house upside down, so this Earth trine today, the thing that is falling into place NOW - Taurus/Capricorn, Pallas/Pluto - is likely a chance to smoothly/smartly release what is dying/dead, commit to a stable plan to simplify our life, figure out a way to get a grip on something that is out of control, but not out of our control. These are Earth signs, so this won't be some pie-in-the-sky or abstract thing. This will be something we can hold in our hands/take to the bank. 

We just need to be able to see things as they actually are. Practical plans and actions are EMPOWERING.


Do what makes sense/cents.

xo all

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