begins with the Sun and Mercury's
entrance into Cancer
on June 21
Here's hoping you have a happy and prosperous summer-dip your toes in the water
and enjoy life where you can!
Let's take a
look at some of the most significant transits
t-square of July
As we begin
summer, a t-square starts to form in the sky with, Jupiter, Pluto and the fast
moving planets that include Mars, the Sun and Mercury. As the fast moving
planets enter Cancer, each one will become the third planet to be involved as
it squares Jupiter and opposes Pluto. Eventually each of the fast moving
planets will square Uranus as well.
is a potentially stressful configuration that involves the energies of three
Jupiter is the planet of expansion and grace. Pluto rules
change, transformation, abusive/difficult circumstances, and breakdowns of
situations, and Mars rules action, men, and anger and is referred to as the God
of War. The Sun rules ego, and us personally, and Mercury rules communication,
travel and thinking.
generally coincide with times that may not be easy, but working through them
can bring change. You may feel pulled in many different directions. Sometimes
major changes can occur on t-squares Certainly, we will see major events play
out in the world, and some of these days will be dangerous times in the world.
Below is a list of significant dates.
Mars squares Jupiter-situations blown out of proportion, change.
Mercury squares Jupiter-generally positive, situations blown out of proportion.
Mercury conjunct Mars-intense communication, arguments, potential of accidents
Mercury opposes Pluto-obsessive thoughts, searching for answers, arguments,
July 2, Mars
opposes Pluto-Anger, issues of abuse, total change and breakdown, dangerous day
in the world.
Mercury squares Uranus-Unexpected news and events, potential of accidents
July 5, Sun
squares Jupiter-generally positive, overinflated expectations.
July 10, Sun
opposes Pluto-change in situations, breakdowns, power struggles, issues of
Mars squares Uranus-Explosive and unexpected circumstances. Dangerous day in
July 20, the
Sun squares Uranus-Unexpected, changeable circumstances. Dangerous day in the
Sun goes, the spotlight shines.
Over the Summer months, the Sun will transit through Cancer ( June
21-July 22), Leo, (July 22-August 22), and Virgo, August 22-September 22.
the sign ruling home and family, and it is here our focus will lie. Some will
be focused on changing their surroundings, moving, buying or selling property.
If Cancer is
about home and family, then Leo is about singles, fun and love. Leo rules the
fifth house of love, friends and children.
Sun enters Virgo, and this is the mutable sign when the weather starts to
change. At this point we all become a little more occupied with work, and this
is a good time to begin new health regimes.
speech and communication
Mercury rules thinking, speech and
During June it starts out in Taurus, moves into Gemini June 6-20, and finally
enters Cancer June 21-July 5.
Cancer communication becomes more emotional. People may come across this way
and the emotions generally take precedence over intellect.
Cancer and enters Leo July 5-August 24. Speech and thinking will be bigger,
grander and could even get overly dramatic! Mercury's stay here will be short.
enters Virgo, August 22, speech/thinking takes on a more pragmatic tone, and it
can become more critical, both in terms of the way we think and communicate to
others. With Mercury in Virgo we need to guard against speaking in an overly
critical way to others, as well as thinking negatively.
Mercury will retrograde at 11 degrees of Virgo on August 13,
and the shadow period of the retrograde when energy starts to change occurs
about July 24.
1, Mercury retrogrades back into Leo, where it will turn direct September 5, at
This will be a powerful retrograde as
Mercury is in one of its own signs of rulership.
Mercury turns retrograde 3 or 4 times a
year, and generally has a bad name and elicits groans when mentioned. To
an extent this is perfectly understandable, as retrograde Mercury is the planet
that causes delays, glitches, breakdowns in computers and equipment,
relationships, slowdowns and brings hidden factors to the surface. It is
however part of a natural cycle, and this period is meant to recess, redo and
reconsider plans and situations in our lives.
Plans can be put on hold,
miscommunication can occur, relationships can end or change, and cars,
computers and other machinery can break down at the most inopportune moment.
When planets retrograde, their effects
on humans are different than when in direct motion. Thinking is deeper,
situations often appear to go underground for a time, or change altogether, and
sometimes our focus shifts. Mercury retrograde is the most talked about
retrograde, because it is a fast moving planet that controls our thinking,
speech, travel, and cognitive skills.
When Mercury retrogrades, I always tell
people, ‘Mercury retrograde is a wild card.” Sometimes, relationships can be
fixed and problems brought out into the open if it is worth saving. Sometimes
the karma of a relationship will play out as retrograde cycles are karmic in
nature. Expect delays, changes of plans and try and not have situations set in
stone. In other words, prepare to be flexible. Mercury retrograde
is often a frustrating time to be looking for a job. Don’t give up
though, just keep plugging on and stay on top of all communication. And make
sure you are direct and to the point in your communication with others.
If you don’t understand what someone is telling you, by all means ask for
With this retrograde in Virgo we
need to watch our speech and communication as we may become overly critical or
even overly analytical of people and situations, or other people may seem this
way to us.
Mercury will re-enter Virgo on
September 10, where it will remain the rest of September.
Venus-the planet of
love (and money)
Venus is one of the day to day planets
that rule our love lives along with Mars. It also influences money, depending
on where it is in your chart.
Venus entered Taurus June 7, and will
remain there through July 4.
Venus in Taurus can be sensual and
likes fine things. It is very powerful here as it is in one of its signs of
rulership-the other one is Libra. This should be a time Taureans look and feel
their best. This works best for water and earth signs.
Venus moves into Gemini late in the day
July 4, where it will remain until August 1. Venus here may not feel as
committed as it was in Taurus and flightier. Venus here does not like to be
bored. Of course this is a good placement for Gemini, and for all air and fire
August 1, Venus moves into Cancer where
it will remain until August 26. Cancer will feel and look good with Venus here
and it works well for earth and water signs. You may want to entertain more at
August 26-September 20, Venus will
transit through Leo. Great for Leo as well as air and fire signs. Venus here is
at its flashiest and most dramatic. New clothes may be in order.
Mars-the planet of
Mars typically dictates our action and
rules men. Mars is currently in Cancer
until July 21. Mars in the sign ruled by the 4th house is typically the
time people move, work on their homes and spend more time with home and family.
When Mars enters your own sign,
typically you get much busier.
Mars enters Leo July 22-September 5. If Mars in Cancer is about home and family, Mars in Leo is
about love, singles, friendship, finding love and children. As Mars rules the
5th house fun, entertainment and love is the theme.
Mars here is bolder, grander and more
dramatic. It can also be prone to drama, and the drama Kings-Queens can come
out but overall it should be a time where we are more focused on fun and
September 6-October 21, Mars enters Virgo, and we become more concerned with matters pertaining to
work, and this is a good time to begin a new health regime or exercise program.
Mars here can be more down to earth, but we have to guard against acting in an
overly critical manner.
As Mars and Venus are the day to day
rulers of our love lives, click
here to see how you will be affected by the 'planets of love.'
The eclipses of August 2017
We have two important eclipses in August.
The first is a lunar eclipse falling at
15 degrees of Aquarius on August 7.
Aquarius rules the 11th house of
friends, hopes and wishes as well as groups of all types, and to some extent we
will all be focused here. As this eclipse/full moon trines Jupiter, this is a
positive time for expansion, new ideas and getting together with friends.
The companion solar
eclipse falls at 28 degrees of Leo on August 21, and can be seen coast to
Leo rules the 5th house of children, love
affairs and fun! I expect this eclipse to be a big one!
Eclipses are the universes
signposts, lighting the path into the future.
Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of
the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can
seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and
often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a
significant point in your own chart/life. An eclipse often brings news
pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months
and in some cases years.
With an eclipse we have both endings
and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always
a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated
with a full moon.
Almost always unexpected information
comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of
your life, or into your life.
squares Pluto- This can relate to
issues with joint finances, conflict, lawsuits, arguments, and major change and
transformation in the world and our lives. At times individuals with this
transit can believe they are right and attempt to convince others of their
position. Strong opinions are evident. Caution.
August 2-8, this transit is exact.
sextiles Saturn-August 27-September
1. This is a very positive time, and many things can come together now. Good
for starting new ventures, and combining the old with the new. If you start a
new venture move forward after Mercury turns direct on September 4.
turns direct August 25, at 21
degrees of Sagittarius. this is always a major planetary movement and will
impact you more if you have planets at 20-22 degrees of Sagittarius, or other
mutable planets at these degrees. As Saturn turns stationary direct many things
will start to move forward again. Saturn will transit through the latter
degrees of Sagittarius and enter Capricorn late December.