The week starts out with Labor Day one of the few holidays celebrated in the United States not related to either a religious or a conflict event. It was designed to honor those who work, who are employed and who keep working regardless of circumstances and who take responsibility for themselves and those they love. It is one of the few days in this commerce-centric nation that businesses really close down to give their workers some time to be with family and friends and regroup. This nation was founded on hard work and labor and the need to succeed and to serve. How appropriate that it falls during the time that the Sun travels through Virgo.

I had a teacher Wendy Ashley (Wendy@WendyAshley.com) in Portland, ME, who talked about various relationships between the constellations and the myths. One of the constellations related to Virgo (as I recall) was Bootes, or, The Ploughman. Wendy’s take on this was that this was a workman, a ploughman, who works and tills the fields even though he is lame. He does it because he is dedicated to caring for those he loves and sacrifices regardless of his condition.

This is a week in which to review this story for those who are not working and who wish desperately to work and take heart that opportunities are there very soon as we move into the First Quarter Moon on Tuesday September 2 in Sagittarius. If you need further education or training, then keep working but take those classes even if it requires more energy and time. This is a great time in which to decide this as the academic school year begins and many certifications as well as vocational licenses are offered even through Adult Education programs throughout the nation.

For those who choose to not work (but can) because they think that welfare and other government subsidies are better than going out there to make a living — well, karma is rough — and will play out considerably in the next two years as Jupiter begins moving into a square to Saturn and many government subsidies and programs are cutback and prices rise.

And, of course, for those who really cannot work because of an unfortunate disability or lack of opportunity in your immediate vocational sphere — perhaps it is time to give some time and thought to talking with young people, helping out in some small way in your community with the expertise derived from living on this planet for so many years. There are many organizations like the Abilities Organization (which I’ve recently come to know and love) in Florida — contact information (Frank de Lucia at Frank.Delucia@servicesource.org). This is an organization which focuses on helping those with disabilities to find their ‘ability’ regardless how extreme their disability. Theirs is a labor of love that returns itself tenfold.

With Mercury entering Libra on Monday and moving our thinking towards cooperation and relating and Venus entering Virgo, the sign of service and sacrifice, on Friday — this is the perfect week to honor those that work and take care of those who cannot.

I love New Moons and Monday’s New Moon at 2° Virgo 19′ is of particular importance as it presents each of us with the question of whether we are being too perfect, expecting perfection, and whether or not we are being realistic or not. The thing to remember with this New Moon is to not beat yourself up because the 10% of whatever you did didn’t go right — and then forget about the 90% of what you did was great! None of us are perfect. We expect much of ourselves and others and hyper vigilance when many planets are in Virgo is best put to good use by writing, editing, cleaning out closets, cabinets, dumping old stuff. Get the physical mojo going on and get that picky and critical stuff out!

This could include letting go of a few stocks or equities or properties or things that really are clogging up the forward movement that you so desire at this time of year. Taking an inventory of those things you don’t want and making plans to release them (again stocks or stuff) is a great preparation for the tumultuous days of October coming soon. By the way, if any of you ever have the opportunity to hear George Carlin’s great routine on Stuff, you will get what I’m talking about!

It is also a great way to handle some of the other activities of the week as traveling Venus and Mars (the relationship planets) confront hard driving Saturn (July 26), Mars (July 27) and Mars and Saturn kick the week in on Monday creating opportunities for finding project managers, administrative assistants and technical specialists — these folks can help you decide whether or not you want to keep that ‘Palm Pilot’ from the 1990s!

As the week begins, the vibe of Jupiter Venus is still with us. Extending into the late afternoon, one might not feel like working that much and the markets may be reflecting a ‘lazy’ pattern. However, it is temporary as the week unfolds and the Moon enters Cancer on Wednesday August 20 and begins many positive interactions between Neptune (visions and dreams and inspiration), Mercury (thinking), Mars (energy and motivation), and Chiron (learning and coaching). This makes for easier emotional communications.

However, Mercury is very involved in the week as well, which means the head and the heart are working together and many ideas show up out of nowhere either by day or by night in dreams. As the week comes to an end and the Sun enters Virgo on Saturday August 23, we head into a busy month of thinking, getting back to school, finishing up summer projects and vacations and getting down to the business of planning — both our financial year as well as our personal year.

The Last Quarter Moon of any month is always a week to wrap things up. The Last Quarter Moon begins on Sunday August 17, but first we have to get through the emotional purging of the Full Moon of last Friday. This is a week to clear up and clean out ‘stuff’ –whether in a portfolio where stocks or equities are losing monies, or, a garage where that old rocking chair that needs fixing needs dumping. Venus leaving retentive Cancer and entering Leo on Tuesday July 12 helps this along as does practical Mercury entering its own sign Virgo on Friday August 15 just before the Last Quarter Moon.

The Sun and the Moon work well together this week supporting our emotional needs with our life needs, some of which are needs for personal and emotional support. With Moon entering anchored Taurus on Friday and Saturday and then Venus Jupiter conjunction throughout the weekend, this is quite possible — and if you need help, just ask and it will be there.

Mercury is juggling its communications this week and trying to ‘negotiate’ some deals — perhaps without wanting to do any work! It is important to pay attention to this backstory as we start the week. Sales are often made because the person presenting the product is a master of presentation — but — is this what you really want? Are you being sold something that gets you off the track of what you really want? These are the things to think about and figure into your plan. A more pragmatic approach is possible as the weekend draws closer and the Sun and Saturn are square to each other. Earlier in the week, the best way to deter any impulsive buys is that ask for time to think about and then research it heavily as Saturn and Chiron trine each other on August 5. Finding someone who is a specialist in the field and who is also a neutral party is the artillery you need for moving beyond a mesmerizing opportunity that seems great as we see the light of the Full Moon at week’s end on Sunday. :)

This New Moon (new activity) week starts out with a bang as Venus and Pluto confront each other. Is it time to draw your line in the sand with regard to either personal or professional relationships stating this is ‘my dance space and this is yours’?? Perhaps it is. It is also a week in which to make some choices with regard to budgets, values, working with others in a group setting and setting some clear parameters — as Venus and Uranus square off with each other on Thursday July 31 when Mercury, the planet of communication, also enters fixed Leo.

As the week unfolds, we see great support with Venus — the clearer the conveyed need a the beginning of the week, the better the result at week’s end as Venus is in great shape with support from steadfast Saturn and Chiron. Getting it done is what it is all about this coming weekend. Watch the physical activity — make sure you stretch before you start!

The week may start out with a sudden surprise with regard to your technology as Uranus retrogrades on Monday July 21 at 16° Aries 33′. This probably isn’t any real news, but it is the signpost in the road that you really do have to address this issue and putting it off will only make it worse. The other way this might play out is that out of the blue you get help from a friend, a group, or an acquaintance who can guide you in a better direction for this undertaking. As the Sun enters Leo on the 22nd and then conjoins good luck Jupiter on Thursday July 24, this is the window for getting some pretty creative help from those younger who might even be your children.

At week’s end on Friday July 25 Mars finally leaves Libra and enters Scorpio. The long run of Mars traveling through debilitating Libra since late 2013 is finally over — and now it’s time to get to ‘it’ and get things done as Mars travels through Scorpio over the course of the next few weeks meeting Saturn (focus and direction) as it plows through. More help and assistance comes as the New Moon in Leo on Saturday July 26 also aligns with good luck Jupiter. Not a bad week as it ends — maybe even time for a little fun!

The big news for this week is that Jupiter enters the sign of Leo on July 16 where it remains until summer 2015. This same week Mercury, the planet of communication, arrives at its shadow position on that same day (i.e. Shadow position is where Mercury started going retrograde on June 7, where planning might have gone awry. However, with it finally back on track, clarity returns along with sanity! Saturn also goes direct on Sunday July 20 at about 16° Scorpio 38′. This means that delays in organizing or planning, the should I or shouldn’t I do this thinking, and the decision to change management, businesses, or marketing and publicity programs moves in a more positive direction. Though the week begins in a sluggish manner, it whips everyone into action by the weekend!

Now that Mercury is direct and heading to its shadow position (where it really kicks up the energy) on July 16, get ready for lots of activities from July 15 to end of the month, much of which is discussed in the coming weeks. This week, however, is about getting as much done as possible even though you continue to feel somewhat scattered as Venus ambles through Gemini.

If you’ve been making that list of ‘things to do’ or ‘people to call’ or ‘information to research’, then this is the week in which to get as much done as possible.

Some very nice windows of opportunity open up between early evening Monday July 7 through July 8 at about mid-afternoon. Rest for a few hours, then kick things up again as the Moon enters fun loving Sagittarius on Tuesday night.

July 9 is when the transiting Sun and Chiron are in a nice relationship to each other encouraging some healthful activities or healthy reinforcement for future health practices. Organization is the name of the game on Thursday July 10 and continues as the Moon continues through Friday and Saturday, that energy continues. Any construction, cleaning out or organizational activities are welcome and a great use of the over abundant energies out there.

The Full Moon on July 12 at 20° Capricorn 03′ is over the top. It is aligned with transiting Jupiter and often called the ‘drinking moon’. With Jupiter (over-exaggeration and void–please see article at michaellutin.com or at our website), really think twice before jumping into whatever looks good…

And please think twice before getting behind that wheel or letting your friend get behind the wheel.

I love the 4th of July weekends that start on or close to the weekend and this is one of those years in which the 4th of July falls on Friday. It is also the week that transiting Mercury goes direct at 24° Gemini 43′ at 5:45 am pacific time on Tuesday July 1. It occurs during the void of course Moon so if you have plans of signing that contract or writing that offer, it might behoove you to wait until after 2:24 pm pacific time on Tuesday July 1 when the Moon goes into Virgo.

From that point on through the end of the week on Saturday July 5 when the First Quarter moon starts at 4:59 am at 13° Libra 24′ opposite Uranus, well, the party starts on Saturday probably more than on Friday. Watch driving, boating, and anything that involves machines and electronics because when Uranus is involved, one should double check everything including the acquaintances (that you don’t know that well) being involved in the weekend festivities. Driving long distances may not be as optimum a plan as staying close to home. If you are traveling double check that ‘noise’, that ‘sound’ that you never really addressed during the Mercury retrograde. It’s always worth spending a little now rather than a lot later.

Though we have a New Moon (new beginnings) on Friday June 27 at 5° Cancer 37′ at 1:08 am pacific time, this is still a week in which that Last Quarter moon remains active, suggesting clean up and clean out things. Many of you know about void of course moons and we have a really long one on Thursday June 26 from 4:56 am pacific time through early afternoon at 2:05 pm on that same day.

Void of course moon are always interesting particularly when they take several hours during a week day to complete. My experience tells me, even though I still book things, that many times there are cancellations on those hours. If you are planning on going on a hot date on Saturday night June 28, be ready for another void of course moon that starts at 6:02 pm pacific time and doesn’t end until the next morning at 1:43 am. It might be better to start that date or meeting sometime on Sunday where the favorable Leo Moon offers tremendous social support.

In a few days, we have the first day of summer. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and starts on June 21 at 3:51 am pacific time. I always find that the few days before a cardinal seasonal turning point, things can often feel very scattered. This is because the mutable sign (in this case, Gemini) is finishing its annual run. Cardinal signs are less scattered and more directed. The week begins with a Moon in Aquarius offering objectivity and innovative thinking. On June 18, the moon is in sensitive Pisces and has many positive aspects allowing all of us to take a deep inhale/exhale after the activities of the last few weeks in June. Chiron is stationing retrograde at 17° Pisces 45′ on June 20 at 5:45 am pacific time, which also allows us all to slow down a bit this week as we ease into the summer season.

The Last Quarter moon at 28° Pisces on June 19 (in conjunction with the softer energies beginnings on June 18) suggests a stop, look and listen with all your activities, including investments as Mercury is still retrograde and the markets may be slowing down as a result. Usually the markets slowdown in the summer. I am not a big market person, but I do invest and I am watching middle to late July when several planets go direct, catch up with where they went retrograde and we have the 90-days after the two April eclipses, which suggests the markets may do some sort of flip flop in late July or start a different trend pattern for which we might see more in October at the next two sets of eclipses.