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.

The last few days may have felt as though you need to rest more frequently. This might have something to do with the fact that Neptune (rules sleep)and is stationing retrograde on June 9 at 12:49 pm, Pacific Time, at 7° Pisces 35′. It goes direct November 15. However, I find it much easier to get things done when the outer planets are in retrograde motion often allowing us to catch up with the visions (in the case of Neptune, we are dealing with visions) of the last seven or eight months.

Neptune has a lot of bad press in modern literature. Spacy, flaky, dazed and confused are mental states often attributed to Neptune. However, Neptune can also be inspired, intuitive, imaginative and quite psychic. In fact, the modern Spiritualist movement began when Neptune was discovered in the late 1800s. With Neptune hanging out for another eleven to twelve years, it is important to work with this energy rather than fight it. Embracing something like meditation, a yoga practice, a painting class, a water aerobics class that honors Neptune helps balance out our very hectic lives.

After the Moon crosses Saturn in Scorpio on Tuesday, June 10 and enters Sagittarius on Wednesday June 11 at 8:23 am pacific time, things feel like they lighten up. The Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 12 close to the Galactic center at about 22° Sagittarius promises some out of the blue insights offering answers to questions that had no answers up to that point. Grounding ourselves as the week finishes and then applying our sudden insights into a workable solution come about on Saturday June 14 as Mars and Pluto square each other. Taking actions on choices you’ve made and taking responsibility for those choices are the highlight at the end of the week. Happy Father’s Day to all Dads, men that are like Dads, and to the Dads who have passed and still watch over us.

Mercury begins its retrograde position on Friday, June 6 at 4:52 am pacific time at 3° Cancer 09′ this week. It is retrograde until July 1. (If you have our 2014 Starcycles Cheat Sheet these are all laid out in color coded bars). Retrogrades are not necessarily bad, which is, unfortunately, what many of the pop astrology sites talk about. I find it an excellent time to re-tool, re-strategize and re-organize. Often business is slower during this time allowing all of us to take care of the things we need to take care of).

The First Quarter moon in Virgo on June 5 is wonderful for making plans to get organized, get packing and getting ready for summer jobs, summer vacations, and summer projects. There is tremendous support for smooth social events since transiting Venus crosses the April 28 eclipse point of 9° Taurus on June 6, the same day Mercury is retrograde. A lot of the old books used to say watch the first planets that cross the eclipse points, because they have great influence. With Venus crossing this point and then a positive aspect between Venus and Pluto on June 8, some serious conversations will be broached with regard to what is really happening in relationships — whether personal or professional. There are ways in which to express one ‘s self without placing blame. Watch that placing blame energy on June 8 as Sun and Chiron square each other. Once said, you cannot take it back.

The week starts out with Memorial Day giving us a four day week. The four day weeks are always interesting, because instead of starting on a Monday (the Moon’s day), they start on a Tuesday (the Norse god, Tyr’s day) which is another form of Mars. Weeks beginning on Tuesdays (Mars days) are often very different in that things may happen quite unexpectedly or change rather quickly. This is certainly the theme of this week as we finish the first holiday of the spring and summer season.

On the 28th, we have a New Moon at 7° Gemini 21′ in a wonderful aspect to Venus, so socializing may be the theme of the week. Watch out of doors activities if you haven’t been training all winter because Mars weeks can trigger injuries to the body if you haven’t been training. Even if you have, if your intuition is telling you to not do something, to check that step to fix it, or watch as you use those tools to start summer projects, then you might want to think of listening. Since Venus is in the last two days of Aries, this is probably a wise reminder.

On the 28th, at 6:45 PM, Pacific Time, Venus enters her own sign of Taurus, in which she is quite comfortable. Venus in Taurus is about comfort, beauty, planting, enhancing one’s environment and taking a really good stock of resources to use, to spend, to save and with which to plan for the remainder of the year. Since Venus is opposing Saturn for the next few weeks, your spending may be more cautious than usual, because a plan may be percolating for some change in business ideas or ventures over the course of the next few months.

On May 29 at 2:12 am, transiting Mercury enters the action sign of Cancer, but it is moving slower than usual because Mercury goes retrograde next week on June 7. Plans that were started, contracts attempted, may not be put on hold, but may benefit from a second look. More insight reveal themselves after Sunday June 1, when Jupiter returns to its retrograde (shadow points) at 20° Cancer 30′.