In going through some old notes, I found a calendar designed and written by Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul. In light of Pluto turning direct on the 26th, the fact we’ve finished three very intense eclipses, and are heading into October, Market fluctuations territory, I’d like to share this from Care of the Soul:

“With regard to money’s shadow [remember that Pluto IS the shadow], it’s important to be neither moralistic nor literal. For example, the pleasure of hoarding can be seen as an archetypal quality of money itself, which becomes soul-denying only when it is the only way we deal with money.”

I loved Moore’s definition because what he is saying is that the issue of money, having money, not having money, holding it or spending it, is really not the issue. In fact, the issue is that it is simply an energy that remains consistently fluid. On Monday, as Pluto goes direct this week at 14º Capricorn 55′ at 8:01 AM, and choices begin to become very clear, we face changes we must make because Pluto is either/or, this or that, black or white, yes or no. We realize letting go, not becoming too greedy and giving what we can, is in perfect alignment with the times. This is particularly true since the week begins with the unpredictable Uranus in a hard aspect to Vesta, an asteroid, that has to do with investments. (This was mentioned at the end of last week’s writings). It is roller coaster time from now to end of the year so don’t hold on too tightly and think before you act.

In addition, since Friday, September 30, is the New Moon 8º Libra 15′ and is aligned with protective and fortunate Jupiter, there is a level of protection for the ethical. Sometimes it is braver to do the right thing rather than not do anything at all. As Saturday, October 1, arrives (happy birthday to my son, Gus!), transit Venus in Scorpio is in perfect alignment with transit Neptune in Pisces. This is wonderful for a romantic interlude, a day at a museum, a day to pull out those brushes and paint-either a canvas or a house-and start your own personal version of transformation.

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The week starts with a lovely aspect between Mars, in Sagittarius, and Venus, in Libra. Tuesday, September 20, Mercury goes direct and with great aspects to Pluto, a perfect environment for research and contracts. After Mercury changes course on September 21, 10:31 PM Pacific Time, at 14º Virgo 49′, we can breathe a deep sigh of relief. Tomorrow is Fall Equinox at 7:21 AM Pacific Time. The equinoxes mark two of the four seasonal shifts each year. An equinox means equal day and equal night. From this day forward, in the Northern Hemisphere, the days become shorter and nights become longer and begin the annual cycle of introspection and incubation with added support from Venus’ ingress into Scorpio on Friday, September 23, at 7:51 AM Pacific Time. Venus’ job is to create desire, to attract, to market herself by showing her value.

Since the above occurs during the Last quarter Moon, a week in which we let go of things, clean off the desks, clear the landscape, and have the energy to finally start getting things done, a more intense purge than usual may occur. Before winter sets in, it is a good idea to have things like estate or garage sales. Better yet, just let things go and contribute them to your favorite charity for someone less fortunate to appreciate. Remember what goes around comes around.

We may still see some shakiness in the markets this week, particularly at the end of the weekend and as we move into next week. On Sunday, unpredictable Uranus is in conflict with Vesta (an asteroid). According to Bill Meridian, Vesta’s name is part of the word investments. Vesta keeps the sacred flame burning and she represents devotion. With Uranus causing some upheaval with Vesta, the sudden urge to separate or change our investments may be in the air. Resist that if possible, at least for a few days, until things calm down.

Since Pluto is direct on Monday (more on that next week), it is particularly important to exhibit patience during this time. Endings are on the horizon and many decisions you face arrive at that threshold this week.

As I close this week’s forecast, remember that this week is the long planned Astro Summit 2.0 available on line. It is a week’s worth of pre-recorded interviews with many well-known astrologers. Following is a long list of the astrologers speaking, beginning on Monday, September 19. My interview is free to listen to for 24 hours. If you are interested in registering for the event, click here for details.

Day 1: September 19

  1. Debra Silverman –The Power of Saturn Transits
  2. Raymond Merriman –How to use astrology to Identify Major Reversal Points in Financial Markets
  3. Judith Hill –Why is Medical Astrology So Useful?
  4. Donna Woodwell–How to Find Your Planetary BFF

Day 2: September 20

  1. Adam Gainsburg–Remembering and Embodying a Deeper Venus
  2. Nicole Smuts Allsop–Narrative Medicine
  3. David Cochrane–Optimal Places to live for Love, Health, or Wealth
  4. Georgia Stathis–They Come and They Go–Identifying Trends from an Astrological Perspective

Day 3: September 21

  1. John Green–Synastry: The Secret to Making Your Relationships Work
  2. Michelle Gould–Your Unfolding Purpose: The Secondary Progressed Moon Cycle
  3. Alex Trenoweth–Astrology and Education
  4. Arlan Wise–Astrological Advice on Relationships

Day 4: September 22

  1. Kathy Biehl–Understanding Your Money Code
  2. Jenn Zahrt–Planetary Hours: A Simple Way to Optimize Your Day
  3. Stephanie Gailing–Dreams and Astrology
  4. Linda Furiate–Does Your Chart Reveal an Addict

Day 5: September 23

  1. Divine Harmony–The Dark Goddess and Shadow Dancing
  2. Tom Jacobs–
  3. Kathryn Andren–Fly Me to the Moon: The Essential Elements for Conscious Relationship
  4. Anne Ortelee–Harness Your Venus–Working with Your Venus Star Point

Day 6: September 24

  1. Enid Newberg–The Astrology of Soul
  2. Margaret Gray–Relationships and Love
  3. Sam Reynolds–What Jupiter in Libra Means for You and the World
  4. Dorothy Oja–The Davison Relationship Chart

Day 7: September 25

  1. Julia Simas–The Fractal Nature of Astrology
  2. Ang Stoic–Astrology and Presence: Why NOW is the Only Moment that Matters.
  3. Austin Coppock–
  4. Sam Geppi–Moon Yogas

Day 8: September 28

  1. Mark Jones–Astrology and Soul Growth/Life Purpose
  2. Frank Clifford–Astrology: Relationships with Ourselves and Others
  3. Arielle Guttman–Riding the Venus Star Wave to Good Fortune
  4. Kaypacha–What the Heck is Going On? (Astrologically, of Course)

This week’s major event is the September 16 Annular Lunar Eclipse at 24º Pisces 19′. This full moon is powerful as it aligns with transiting Chiron. Chiron is often equated with healing, solutions that combine old thinking and new thinking, coaching, teaching, learning, and of course anything that has to do with the health field-whether holistic or western. Since it is a lunar eclipse, we could see more news involving health issues-viruses, hospital and medical costs, or maybe making some of the pharmaceutical companies more accountable for eating way too much incoming revenue at the social-economic trough.

Sometimes, about 90 days after an eclipse of this magnitude, exposés regarding medical (Virgo), hospital (Virgo or Pisces), oil (Pisces is oil), water (Pisces), gas (PGE or Pisces) or even commodities (Virgo and Pisces) issues are revealed. The last Total Lunar Eclipse at this very same degree was on September 16, 1997! Russia and Brazil, at that time, followed Asia in a free fall regarding their currency, values and their stock markets. I am not saying this is what is happening again but with this eclipse aligned with Saturn and Neptune, which has a way of checking things, it is wise to review your portfolios. Be prepared for a large drop with investments you thought good, plan with a pre-emptive plan A or B, move in or out, whichever works for you, are suggestions to explore.

Don’t panic, it is a momentary blip but one of many that we may see over the course of this next year, just as the entire EU and the UK work through issues that must be resolved. The recent BREXIT vote has thrown the world into a tizzy, but proper planning (very Virgo) can alleviate some of the stress.

Take a moment to reflect, what your life was like the year following that 1997 eclipse? Do you remember? Did you learn anything? What you did not finish or wanted to start during that time but couldn’t presents another opportunity to re-visit your ideas, to re-invent, re-emerge, or re-frame itself. The big thing is that we have a few more days before the fall equinox kicks in a new season, use them well.

With Mars back on track and often a troublemaker as well as a motivator, a lot can start happening that is positive and creates movement over the course of the next few weeks. Remain flexible, open, prepared to quickly shift and decide. Stubborn politics, tactics, opinions, beliefs, don’t cut it in an environment with this much mutable energy in play. Perhaps a better footing on compromise emerges with Jupiter transiting its second week of Libra.

As I close this week’s forecast, remember that the week after next is the online Astro Summit 2.0. It is a week’s worth of pre-recorded interviews with many well-known astrologers participating. Watch for further details in next week’s post.

This is the last week of transiting Jupiter passing through Virgo. The change takes place on Friday, September 9, when Jupiter enters Libra at about 4:18 AM Pacific Time. Jupiter takes approximately 12 years to return back to a sign and spends one year in each sign. The last few days of Jupiter in Virgo may feel very frantic as the fall activities begin and transiting Mars (a trouble maker) pushes through late degrees of Sagittarius. Remembering that Mercury is still retrograde and Jupiter is finishing rather than beginning a cycle, it may be a good week to coast, do research and maybe even take that long needed vacation.

The hope of Jupiter moving into Libra is that perhaps, maybe even a little, people may become more civil to each other. Thinking before you retort to someone with whom you disagree may create barriers that could easily be overcome once Jupiter goes into Libra on the 9th.

Though Saturn has gone direct (as of August 13) it still hasn’t left the last part of the US chart to cross over its rising sign of 12º Sagittarius 51′ (if you use the Sibley chart). So, until that happens, sometime around mid-October, it is a good idea to examine your own personal agenda. In a person’s chart, when Saturn is moving through the twelfth house, the place often referred to as one’s ‘self-undoing’, this is the perfect time, I mean the perfect time, to see a really good psychiatrist or psychologist. Look at how you contribute to the troubles you see around you. Of course, this takes courage. The USA has the perfect opportunity to examine where it has gotten tripped up, been irresponsible, not looked at things that need looking at.

In the ‘old books’, the twelfth house is the house of ‘hidden enemies’-many of which we have in the USA and abroad at the present time. Since Saturn is still traveling through this area of the nation’s chart we need to address this, but also address our own inner psyche as a nation. Witness the amount of time spent posting images on such places as Instagram, where there are thousands and thousands of ‘selfies’. I mean, how many pictures can one take of themselves?

Also, consider all of those other people from whom we’ve isolated ourselves. This is a time for personal self-atonement. An interesting observation from a recent trip to Chicago, I took the train, the Metro, downtown. It was a lovely one-hour trip with so many passengers chit chatting with each other the entire ride! No one was self-absorbed and looking at their phones or ignoring everything going on around them, including those who really needed a seat more than they did. How refreshing. So with these twelfth house passages, it is important to ask ourselves the question, what is it I am doing to make my life and the life of others better, where can I serve (a good question with planets traveling through Virgo) and how can I be of the most help at this time? The Full Moon Lunar eclipse coming on the 16th aligned with Chiron, representing healing, teaching, caring for others less fortunate, working in a volunteer capacity to help those in need, or just contributing some of your resources to make things better are all in order as we move through this month.

I spoke briefly of Mercury retrograde last week. On Tuesday, Mercury goes retrograde at 29º Virgo 04′ at 6:04 AM Pacific Time. It stays retrograde until Thursday September 22, the same day as the Fall Equinox. This is a crucial period for reviewing your plans, your office systems, your health issues, what is it you’ve been avoiding? What has been nagging at you to be taken care of which you’ve been procrastinating over? Is a contract, a discussion, a decision to vote one way or another in limbo? Mercury retrograde, especially at the last degree of a mutable sign, is a warning light to rethink the details that will make or break your business, your life, your relationships, but which are also the things we most avoid.

Do you owe money? Have you budgeted to make financial obligations work? Do you need to refinance a house? Maybe this is the time to research that process? Do you need to hire help because your responsibilities are long past endurance? These are all the types of things we review when Mercury is retrograde. We also have an extra push this week, because on Thursday, September 1, at 2:03 AM Pacific Time, we also have a Solar Eclipse (New Moon — but more powerful than a new beginning new moon). It is at 9º Virgo 20′. The last time we had one here was September 1, 1997 at the same degree. Yes, that is 19 years-the time it takes for eclipses to return back to where they were at a time 19 years prior!

What was going on in your life in fall of 1997 and spring of 1998? I know my life completely changed during that time, in fact, it is one of the strongest memories of my adult life that I have to this day. Perhaps that is because I am a Pisces and eclipses in any of the mutable signs affect all of the mutable signs-Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo-or those who have a lot of that in their charts. Since it is a New Moon Solar Eclipse-a new beginning in terms of one’s outer life is due so expect many changes and repercussions from this eclipse sometime around mid-December 2016. This eclipse is also in a difficult aspect to Saturn, the planet of self-responsibility, discipline and, in general, sucking it up! It is about embracing rather than running away from what you know you must do. This Mercury retrograde period is buying you some time to really think about the quality and quantity issues in your life. Where do you need to pare down so you can grow new branches and develop in new areas? This is a question for which there is no real answer until the end of this month.

Starcycles 2017 Cheat Sheet is HERE!

The 2017 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is here! In addition to the useful graph of all the Retrogrades, Eclipses, and related shadow points, there’s a full page about this year’s upcoming planetary cycles.

Get yours today!

The Sun enters Virgo on Monday, August 22 at 9:38 AM Pacific Time. Interesting tidbit about the constellation of Virgo, this particular constellation is one of two that are the largest in the sky; the other is Hydra! Virgo takes up 1294.43 square degrees, or 3.138% of the sky. Several planets are in Virgo right now, so this detail is for those of you that lean more towards the precision of Virgo energy and can appreciate the stats. This constellation, for all its size, is also the dimmest in the sky. Ironic, huh?

In the old days, when people looked at the sky with a more esoteric perspective, the Moon, the Great Mother, was the ruler of Virgo and not of Cancer. As an interesting side note, from that same esoteric perspective, Pluto ruled Pisces and Mercury ruled Aries. But lest I get too off track here, Mercury, whose entire expression relates to the trickster in myth and story, now rules the constellation of Virgo. Mercury also rules Gemini, which is the Sun sign of the current presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Mercury-or Hermes, or the Trickster-is the one character who goes in and out of hell unscathed. He is the ‘guide’ in the Underworld. He takes you to bad places and leaves you there but he always gets out. Teflon skin is associated with Mercury.

One of the good things about Mercurial characters, if they are given enough time, is that they often come up with solutions. This is why the Geminis and the Virgos of the world, or those with strong Gemini or Virgo placements in their charts, are often put in positions where they collect ideas, spread them around, and move on. Staying power isn’t their best attribute. They have the solution for how to get a sale or a negotiation done and can be counted on to generate ideas. However, in order to get things done, you need to have a few of the fixed signs in place, like Taurus, Leo, Aquarius, and of course, Scorpio, which is the sun sign and the rising sign of the other presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Many people ask me who will win this election and I honestly cannot tell you. In looking at the USA chart for the next 8 years, starting in 2017, there are lots of Pluto type events coming up for this nation. Pluto rules Scorpio. Pluto is the god of death, rebirth, transformation and consciousness. Fortitude is needed as we move into the next 8 years of the USA’s future.

Without spending a lot of time on this, I do want to say that on February 20, 2022, just a little over 5 years from now, the USA is experiencing the first of three of its Pluto returns. When we signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Pluto, in the nation’s chart, was at 27º Capricorn 32′. Pluto takes approximately 247 years to make a full cycle around the Sun. It is slow!! Since the next 8 years show Pluto in what we call the Balsamic phase to the USA’s original position (the fermentation or incubation phase for solutions) and one of the most difficult parts of the cycle, it stands to reason that this will be a time of taking on great responsibilities, but not without great sacrifice

So, going back to the fact that the Sun is moving into Virgo this week-which is one of the toxic waste management signs of the zodiac (the other is Pisces), it is important to process out all the vitriol that seems to have grown exponentially in social media, social circles, and the world. The key thing to remember as we move into a very hot period of antagonism regarding our opinions is that everyone, I mean everyone, is entitled to their opinion without being chastised, bombed, hurt or violated. Social media is a great platform, but my opinion is that many of these social media websites-you know who they are-which started with the idea of everyone being able to talk with each other and connect, have now evolved into deep pools of vicious antagonism towards those who have different opinions. Easy to do when you don’t see the effect it has on the person you are targeting. There is no personal responsibility, you just turn off your computer and walk away. Think twice about that as the planets move through the last quarter phase of the Moon and end the week with hard squares to unpredictable and rebellious Uranus on the 28th.

Mercury, which rules Virgo, is also slowing down this week as it prepares to go retrograde on August 30, at the very last degree of Virgo, a very critical degree. Think about what you say, what you do, and how actions ‘really’ affect others, even if you don’t agree with them. This is one of the most important things to remember as we enter the last quarter of the year at the end of September.

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If you receive my annual cheat sheet, which is either ready at our website now or in a few days, you will see that I have posted, for August 18, a Lunar Eclipse. I lied, sort of! I felt it necessary to enter it on the cheat sheet as an eclipse because it is a ‘not quite there, but so close, it looks like one’ eclipse. For more technical information about the ‘almost’ eclipse, you can go to this url: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2016-august-18

But let’s say it is a lunar eclipse — because it is so very close… and maybe a very close eclipse (where the shadow of the earth just misses that of the moon), I do think it is a prequel to events of 2017, and, perhaps, events coming in mid-November 2016. Yes, you say, we will have had the USA Election on the 8th of November, and, personally, I think there will be shenanigans with it all the way through and past the election. However, as a ‘prequel’ at 25ºAquarius 51′ (and Leo), I think our nation is about to head into some very stormy territory. The USA Moon (Moons always rule the people of a country with a lot focused on the female contingent), is at late degrees of Aquarius where this ‘pretend’ eclipse occurs. If we view the US Chart, the Moon representing the people, is sandwiched between two powerful goddesses in myth. The one of the left is Pallas Athena (Goddess of Wisdom, as well as War) and, on the right, Ceres (the Earth, the food supply, any industries that have to do with agriculture, food supply, quality, and cost). It’s very possible that what a friend of mine said 30 years ago will begin occurring in the United States. What she said was that if women stood up more without worrying about the risk, things would change rapidly in this country.

The Moon is traditionally considered to be the Cosmic Mother in the myths and stories, but, frankly, she also has a dark side — that of the Devouring Mother. Nature envelops and protects as well as destroys and kills. We don’t know the outcome of this election, but it very much looks as though females will be major players in the upcoming administration. It also looks as though during the month of November, 2016 (which is 90-days after this ‘pretend’ eclipse), that those same leaders are faced with a sudden decision regarding either immigration (a Sagittarius issue), or, foreign enemies. I do not like writing things like this, but in looking at the charts for late summer, and, particularly around and immediately after the election, the USA may have to declare some sort of war, perhaps on ISIS. A war, however, doesn’t necessarily involve guns — it can be embargoes, taxes, and other stringent requirements making it virtually impossible for certain things to continue.

There is an asteroid (there are thousands of them) but there is one that is actually called ISIS. I am watching that asteroid’s movement. In mid-July at the conventions, it was at 2º Scorpio. As it moves forward through the sky and onto November 8, it is at 20º Sagittarius and beginning to enter the critical degree of the Galactic Center zone which is when things happen very fast and unexpectedly. By November 14, 2016 (exactly 90-days after this week’s eclipse, it is at the 28th degree of Sagittarius, which IS the Galactic Center). Pluto was at this very degree in 2008 as President Obama took office, the markets took a nose dive and well, we know the rest.

Whomever is running for President and other offices better be thick skinned, steady, stable, anchored and knowledgeable and ready with strategies, back up plans, and the ability to make clear headed decisions and fast, without hesitancy. Simply said — folks — get your financial houses in order and be prepared for lots of change as we enter the last phase of 2016 and the new year 2017.

We have another very active week and whether you are taking a vacation or getting ready for the fall season, lots is happening. We have two events happening within a few days of each other. First, and I think this is always important, particularly when watching market activities, Jupiter finally catches up to the place at which it went retrograde at 23º Virgo. It started its ‘backwards’ motion back in January 7, 2016. The ‘catch up’ is on Tuesday, August 9. I always suggest people watch yourself in the day proceeding it and the day following because a new optimism for something you imagined earlier but were blocked begins to emerge and show itself during these times. All those debates, going back and forth as to what to do or to whom to turn, begin resolving themselves.

On Saturday, August 13, Saturn, which slows things down and which has also been going backwards — retrograde, goes direct at 9º Sagittarius 46′! This is right on the fixed star, Antares, which is the heart of the Scorpion. Perhaps new decisions regarding how to ‘handle’ terrorist attacks on our soil will be in the news, since this is also the degree at which Mars (the god of War) went backwards in April and to which it returns around the 21st of August.

From another perspective, Saturn direct at that degree bravely moves forward in organizing a project or campaign to change something in your life that will, in the end, and after a great deal of effort, be for the better. This could be the week that gets the rest of the idea, finalizes a serious business decision that will change your life and many others’, too. All that sitting on the fence ends. The next month is filled with dynamic opportunities whose return is directly equal to the amount of effort exercised, regardless of all the roadblocks, during the very difficult course of the last few months.

The New Moon on Tuesday at 10º Leo 58′, almost 11º, is a welcome beginning to a new month cycle. There is great support from adventurous Mars as it finally re-enters Sagittarius on the very same day. At 10:49 AM Pacific Time Mars enters Sagittarius and just a few hours later the New Moon begins at 1:45 pm. A lot of energy returns injecting us with new hope, possibility thinking and options. Many have been waiting for a very long time since Mars has been retrograde since early April for this experience and later in the day on Tuesday we feel it.

Mars in fire, the Sun and Moon in fire suggest livelier activities, more of a willingness to take a chance, to risk, to throw a few chips on the so-called table and roll the dice! Since Venus is still in the last few days of Leo, it could also be fun doing whatever speculative venture you’ve been planning for months. Take advantage of this window of time this week.

At the end of the week on Friday August 5 at 8:27 AM, Venus leaves Leo and enters the more cautious and practical Virgo. Many of the old books don’t ‘like’ Venus in Virgo, but I think it makes for a great month in which to get things written, edited, or, clearing up your space or someone else’s, or, cleaning out the pantry, or, reviewing diet, exercise and health regimes.

Interesting possibilities surround you as the month unfolds because we now have Mars (energy), Venus (relationship and one’s values), Mercury (communications) all in mutable — or — moveable — or flexible — or anxious signs. Lots of ideas flow like water bubbling up when least expected. Are there enough hours in the day to get everything done? This might be a good time to hire an assistant who has the capacity to organize your ‘stuff’ and ideas, while multitasking at the same time. Plant a new ‘system-seed’ and watch your concepts grow! This is a good time to really think help, assistance, and support.

Things chill this week at the Last Quarter Moon on Tuesday July 26 at 4º Taurus 21′. The Democratic National Convention from July 25 to July 28 takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and it begins with a calmer Moon (Taurus) than last week’s Republican convention when we had that Full Moon. Though I am writing this in June the prior month, it feels like the Democratic Convention will be about getting things nailed down with brass tacks, ticking off the things the party wants, and naming their nominee. With Vesta entering the sign of Cancer, a very feminine sign, on Monday July 25, don’t be surprised if women dominate the news at this particular convention.

Since the week begins with a fire grand trine, a very fortunate structure, there are some good things for everyone this week, regardless of party preference. Some surprises await you in both personal and professional lives, but they are welcome surprises offering great support and good, solid information that you’ve been expecting as you go into the month of August when Mars returns to Sagittarius. If you’ve felt stuck for the last few months, particularly since early April, you begin seeing openings, jobs, choices, new ways of doing things with the aspects of this week. Those who are prepared, are particularly fortuitous, since fire moves quickly, but only after it finds the ignition point, which happens during preparation.

There is a window of time on Thursday July 28 between 8:13 am and 11:17 am (Pacific), where the day doesn’t start as planned. Your plan is sidestepped during those hours so it is important not to sign contracts or make final decisions in that three-hour window. It is a void of course Moon suggesting you need more information. Also since Uranus is stationing to go retrograde (look backwards) Friday July 29 at 24º Aries 30′, it is a good time for reviewing anything that has to do with computer equipment, group organization and assignments, and perhaps take Thursday and Friday to re-think or gather up a list (to date) of what has been done on major projects. You’ll be ready to roll again on Saturday.

Zany and chaotic is the theme of the week as we enter the Full Moon for this month on July 19th at 27º CP 40′ and 27º Cancer 40′. Full Moons are when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon — making us feel like a rubber band that is stretched to its maximum. For those of you born in the last 10 days of Cancer or Capricorn or Aries or Libra, decisions and more decisions face you. The Full Moon happens to be part of the chart for the opening of the Republican National Convention in Ohio and with Uranus (chaos and revolution) involved, get ready for some surprises and out of the box thinking as well as non-conforming ideas on how to run a convention! Anything goes! Could there be an American Revolution uprising within the halls of this convention? Conventions have the ‘right’ to change the rules, so think about this.

In comparing the original chart of July 4, 1776 and this particular convention, the Full Moon (when things can change instantly) is directly in line with the USA’s original Pluto at 27º Capricorn 32′ (in the July 4, 1776 horoscope of the USA). Could this mean that the convention will depart from the rules, that another convention takes place inside of the convention, or, where secrets are revealed, or, major deals are made for vice presidential candidates that are completely out of line with the chosen candidates’ philosophies, or, that even if we have two candidates coming out of the conventions, at election time, we will see three strong votes?

Regardless, this week heralds explosive moments and surprise situations. It is one of those weeks where anything can happen, either bad or very good. Full moons are about making decisions, taking risks. It could be the perfect time for finalizing financial plans, contracts, reviewing your estate plans — a good idea right before an election really. Stop thinking about it and do it! This is the time!

Wednesday July 20 is good for negotiation as is Friday July 22 as the Sun moves into risk- oriented Leo and people become less risk adverse and more willing to take a chance on something whether it is love or business. And, since Venus, the planet of negotiation and Mercury, the planet of contractual agreements, both continue in tandem in the sign of Leo, it is a fortuitous time to make things right and good this summer.

The week begins with a First Quarter Moon at 20º Libra 07′. Normally, Libra is a peace loving and ‘let’s all get along’ sign, but this particular moon finds itself in conflict in the first few days of the week with Pluto (which won’t let go of control), with the Sun (which jockeys for authoritative position), and on Tuesday, with Uranus, (which always has a mind of its own — and doesn’t like being told what to do — even though it loves to tell the group what to do). Everybody wants to be boss. This attitude could herald a very volatile week in the markets, particularly in the first few days of the week as these three events vie for position. As Venus enters Leo early on Tuesday morning followed by Mercury, which rules communications, trading and commerce, and also entering Leo on Wednesday July 13, things may begin to smooth somewhat.

As Mars struggles through the last few days of Scorpio, it feels like glue, but when Mars enters the more flexible Sagittarius on August 3, the mood lightens. We still have to get from here to there. Pressures mound, too, since this is also the week before the two subsequent national political conventions, one of which is the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio from July 18 to 21. The following week, the Democrats take the stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the home of the Liberty Bell—was that planned?) from July 25 to July 28.

Because this week begins with a First Quarter Moon, it is a week to put aside conflict and use the pushy energy to get organized — even though it may feel as though every organizational plan isn’t exactly falling into place. This proves to be the case on the national stage as well as your more personal stage. There could be a lot of speculation as to whether or not to pull stocks out, hold, or, fold, due to the approaching stress of these conventions. Personally, you’re better off waiting on those types of decisions at least until Mars returns to Sagittarius August 3, but that’s just an opinion.