By Bernadette Evans
This month, Mercury will finish its retrograde period on the 12th. It will take about 10 days or so until things start to move and communication becomes a little clearer. There has been a lot of emotion in the conversations lately. People need to get things off their chests, expounding on their beliefs. The last two days of June, Mars entered the sign of Aries. Mars is very happy in its own sign of Aries but can be hot-headed at times, as well as accomplish a lot. Mars will be in Aries now until early January 2021. After some forward movement, it goes retrograde and then will move ahead again. So, you could find there is more volatility over the next while. Your job is to learn to work with the energy as well as yourself, so you don’t do anything you’ll regret later. Remember to take a few breaths before saying something that could upset someone else. This energy could be used to champion a cause you’re passionate about.
The Full-Moon Lunar eclipse on July 5 is the last of this eclipse cycle, finishing a two-year cycle. It’s in the Cancer-Capricorn axis which is about family, roots and nurturing on the one side and responsibility, work and traditional values on the other side. This eclipse signals that it’s time for you to take the blindfold off. Have your thoughts been keeping you prisoner? Are you living in the past and remembering only the good times? Memory is a funny thing and can play tricks on you—being selective and remembering only happy circumstances while disregarding any problems. This eclipse is asking you to be honest with yourself, let go of what doesn’t nourish you and invite in people and circumstances that support you and aid in your growth. Remember, you contribute to their growth as well. So, while some things or people may be falling away, it leaves space for you to grow and flourish.
The Moon takes about 28 days to complete its orbit through the 12 signs, staying approximately two and a half days in each sign. When we say the Moon is Void of Course (VoC), it means the Moon makes no more major aspects to other planets before it leaves the sign it’s in. At these times, it can be difficult to get focused and accomplish a task. You may want to relax, meditate or do something where your focus is turned inward. Don’t try and get a new project off the ground when the Moon is Void. If you want to find out more about the Void of Course Moon, check out moontracks.com.
The times below are listed in Central Daylight Time.
Wednesday, July 1
Happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers! The Sun sextiles Uranus bringing with it an opportunity to be strong by offering support and compassion to someone in need. There may also be an opportunity to escape the routine of the day. If someone offers you a break from the ho-hum, thank them and grab it! Your mind is quick and nimble—easily seeing how to put your creative solutions to use. Saturn retrogrades into Capricorn at 6:37 p.m. Moon VoC at 8:20 p.m. until 8:21 p.m. when it enters the sign of Sagittarius.
Thursday, July 2
When the Moon opposes Venus, your cup may be overflowing with emotions. Wanting to love and be loved could mean you stay with someone for all the wrong reasons. Pay attention to what your intuition is telling you and you can’t go wrong. A word of caution, there’s the potential of going overboard and spending too much. Just be conscious of what you can and can’t afford to spend.
Friday, July 3
When the Moon squares Neptune, your neon sign is flashing “open” announcing to the Universe that you’re open for business, a.k.a. inspiration. Being sensitive, you could be getting lots of intuitive hits. The challenging piece to being so receptive is that you’re also open to people who could be negative or might take advantage of your good nature. So, while it’s amazing to have this stream of illumination, take care to protect yourself energetically, emotionally, physically and mentally. Moon VoC at 8:06 a.m. and void until 11:48 p.m. when it enters the sign of Capricorn.
Saturday, July 4
Happy Independence Day to all of my American readers! Fireworks may be going off all around you, literally and figuratively. Tempers may be flaring when the Moon squares Mars. Something could have been building up inside of you or someone else and the valve to let off steam opened. By consciously paying attention to your emotions and your inner life, you will know how and when you need to let that pressure ease. For more on the Lunar eclipse read the opening paragraph. Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn at 11:44 p.m.
Sunday, July 5
The energy of the Lunar eclipse will be present for a while. That being said, the Moon conjuncts Jupiter and Pluto today emphasizing an abundance of emotions—some of them lighter than others. You might be ready to move in a new direction, take a breath and listen to your heart before deciding which route is for your highest good.
Monday, July 6
You may have insight into a situation when the Moon sextiles Mars. Professionally, your eagerness for a project shines through. Be open to ideas that appear and take the initiative to act on them. Personally, you’re happy and enthusiastic and enjoy spending time with like-minded friends. The doors are wide open. Moon VoC at 4:35 a.m. until 5:08 a.m. when it enters the sign of Aquarius. Moon VoC at 11:37 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7
When the Moon is Void in Aquarius all day, you could use this time to put your energy into a venture that’s already up and running. Visualize the finished project and watch it take shape before your eyes. It could also be fun to connect with friends who share similar interests and with whom you enjoy spending time.
Wednesday, July 8
You could say something impulsively or act rashly when Mercury squares Mars. The other side of that is you could possibly attract it. One way to use this quick, excitable, hot energy is to hone in on what you want and go for it. Pay attention to your intuition; it will guide you as to what to say and do. Moon enters the sign of Pisces at 1:13 p.m.
Thursday, July 9
You may be feeling moody and swinging from being happy and sociable to a little bit of woe is me energy when the Moon squares Venus. If you’re feeling down, have a good cry and know that this energy will soon pass. It’s possible you feel separate from your loved ones. Try picking up the phone and seeing how they are. Be careful of overspending today as you could regret your purchases tomorrow. Your creativity could be put to use by doing something fun and artistic.
Friday, July 10
You could feel like you’re swimming in an ocean of emotions when the Moon conjuncts Neptune. Be careful of not drowning in it. The current could be happy or melancholy, depending on the people you’re surrounded by, and their mood, which is exhausting, take care not to be swept away. Moon VoC at 10:49 p.m.
Saturday, July 11
How you communicate with others is important. When the Moon squares Mercury, there’s the possibility of spirited discussions and not being on the same page as someone else. That’s perfectly all right. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. The Moon-Mercury square may nudge in the direction of creating what you desire. When you combine your excitable, go-getter energy with your imagination—plus your ability to get your ideas across—you can manifest your desires. Moon enters the sign of Aries at 12:06 a.m.
Sunday, July 12
Actions speak louder than words when the Moon squares the Sun. Your emotions spur you to do something meaningful to you. Standing up for a cause you believe in, saying what you feel is true for you. Emotional and passionate, you act without thinking of the consequences which could get you in trouble. Mercury stations direct at 3:26 a.m.
Monday, July 13
When the Moon moves into Taurus, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ve been dreaming and working hard. Now’s the time to put your feet up, take pride in your accomplishments, breathe a sigh of relief and thank the Universe. Moon VoC at 10:54 a.m. until 12:34 p.m. when it enters the sign of Taurus.
Tuesday, July 14
When the Sun opposes Jupiter, you may have a bounce in your step and a song in your heart. Feelings of optimism and confidence are abundant, isn’t life grand! Here is the rub…be careful of overextending yourself and promising more than you can deliver. You have good intentions, but there are only so many hours in the day. There’s also the potential for the ego to be a tad inflated, which won’t go down well with others, so be humble. Lastly, enjoy the day, have fun but be cautious of overspending.
Wednesday, July 15
Emotions could be powerful and intense when the Sun opposes Pluto. Maybe someone is trying to control a situation or is acting controlling or possessive towards you. It could be you’re the one who is trying to rein someone in. An open and honest conversation about what is going on and how you both feel could facilitate a breakthrough in your partnership. Moon VoC 10:21 p.m.
Thursday, July 16
When the Moon is in Gemini, you may want to gather with friends to socialize. You’re intrigued by ideas and conversations and may flit from one discussion to another. The challenge with air, which is the element of Gemini, is it can become disturbed. Too much is happening, and you can’t focus. Have fun but remember to listen as well as talk. Moon enters the sign of Gemini at 12:19 a.m.
Friday, July 17
The Moon-Venus conjunction could bring out the social butterfly in you. You’re interested in connecting with lots of people. Being with others is nourishing for the soul but slow down, take a breath and find your bearings. Relationships do require some nurturing, not just a quick drive-by. Moon VoC at 4:14 p.m.
Saturday, July 18
The Moon’s in sensitive Cancer which could make you feel everything more acutely today. One might say, you’re even moody. Usually, I’d say you want to nurture and care for others. Today, I’d like to recommend taking some time for yourself by practicing self-care. Looking after yourself for a change, may soothe any frayed nerves and smooth over any disagreements you feel brewing inside. Moon enters the sign of Cancer at 9:24 a.m.
Sunday, July 19
When the Moon squares Mars it may seem like you’re in a battle and everything feels unfair. Examine what’s really going on for you and others. Say your piece calmly and allow them the same courtesy. You don’t want to burn any bridges.
Monday, July 20
The Cancer New Moon is asking you if you’re doing what nurtures you. Are you taking the time to look after your needs? You may feel there’s no time for that; you have responsibilities and people who depend on you. Exactly…by looking after your needs you’ll be a happier, more content version of yourself and able to look after the ones you care about. You could be feeling nostalgic, thinking about your childhood, old friends, past lovers or events that put a smile on your face. Is there an old friend you could re-connect with? This New Moon is about getting in touch with your feelings, tending to your needs or maybe even putting a routine in place to keep you on track. It’s also about family, traditions, elders and what their place is in your life. New Moon in Cancer at 12:33 p.m. Moon VoC at 12:55 p.m. until 3:16 p.m. when it enters the sign of Leo.
Tuesday, July 21
Rebellion may be in the air when the Moon squares Uranus. You could be looking for more freedom or a change of scenery. Take care not to do anything dangerous or reckless. Use care that you don’t react impetuously towards anyone. You may just want to see how high you can get someone to jump for your own entertainment. Don’t. Moon VoC at 7:27 p.m.
Wednesday, July 22
Today, I get to wish all those who are Leos a very Happy Birthday! When Mercury sextiles Uranus, your sensitivity and intuition go hand in glove with the download of new ideas that are streaming through your conscious and unconscious thoughts. All in all, it’s a fun energy as you never know who or what will suddenly appear. Just go with it. The Sun enters the sign of Leo at 3:37 a.m. Moon enters the sign of Virgo at 6:40 p.m.
Thursday, July 23
The Moon-Mercury sextile offers the opportunity to express how you feel. It could also help you figure out what you need to get done today. The Moon in Virgo is practical and task-oriented so your thoughts may be around finishing up your work so you can relax later on with your loved ones.
Friday, July 24
Your ability to see and feel what is happening behind the scenes is magnified with the Moon trines Pluto. Actually, your emotions may be pulling you in all sorts of directions. Listen to your intuition to see if you feel there is a person or a situation that needs to be released. Moon VoC at 6:08 p.m. until 8:54 p.m. when it enters the sign of Libra.
Saturday, July 25
The Moon in Libra is about relationships and finding balance. It’s possible there is tension with someone today and you may need to take a break from this person. It’s okay to say you need space, everyone does. Go out in nature, have a rest and return with fresh eyes and an open heart to engage with them again.
Sunday, July 26
Quality time hanging with family and friends may be on the menu when the Moon squares Jupiter. Enjoying yourself and being loving raises the vibration. It’s possible that you or someone close to you is not seeing all the gifts of the day, just the challenges. That’s okay, the energy is joyful but can also be intense as Pluto squares the Moon. Moon VoC at 8:09 p.m. until 11:12 p.m. when it enters the sign of Scorpio.
Monday, July 27
The Venus-Neptune square suggests you could be romanticizing a relationship. Try not to put unrealistic demands on your partner or in your relationships. You could also just want to relax with your friends. If you like to dabble in the arts, tap into your inner artist and create. The Mercury-Mars square may throw a wrench into this dreamy energy. A disagreement or misunderstanding is possible. It could just be a little irritation. Expectations of how others should behave according to your dreams or ideals may be at the crux of the matter. Consideration towards another and being realistic could go a long way towards smoothing things over.
Tuesday, July 28
Expressing yourself may come a lot easier today when the Moon trines Mercury. In fact, your opinion could be sought out by those who respect you and what you have to say. When you pay attention to your inner GPS it can guide you in the right direction. You may also want to express how you feel by journaling. Moon VoC at 11:01 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29
Feelings of positivity and being in harmony with life are in abundance when the Moon trines the Sun. Tap into your inner child and remember what play was like. Do something that mirrors that innocence and fun while not having a care in the world. Moon enters the sign of Sagittarius at 2:25 a.m.
Thursday, July 30
You may have a lot of irons in the fire when it comes to projects on the go. When Mercury opposes Jupiter, it might be a good idea to focus on one or two plans for now. Otherwise, you could get lost and overwhelm yourself, promising more than you can deliver. Confidence in yourself is wonderful, as long as it doesn’t border on arrogant. Moon VoC at 7:08 p.m.
Friday, July 31
When the Moon’s in Capricorn, you’re eager to put your knowledge and skills to good use. In true Capricorn style, you don’t rely on just hopes and dreams—even if you do have them—to carry you forward. Your talent and work ethic are what catapult you to success. Moon enters the sign of Capricorn at 6:58 a.m.
Bernadette Evans is a counseling astrologer, hypnotherapist, Registered Professional Counselor and writer. She can be reached at 780-289-7398 or Bbevans001@gmail.com to schedule a consultation. Visit mindshiftcounselling.com.