The week begins with the Moon and Neptune at cross purposes with each other — in English it means that Monday you may not feel as motivated as you would like to feel. What is motivation, really? First, it is ruled by Mars which is action-oriented, but if we always take actions without allowing time for reaction or processing an idea, we aren’t always thinking about the ‘what ifs’ are we? A Moon square Neptune aspect works well if you allow yourself to take an hour or so during your day without any electronic input while sitting quietly and thinking about some of the things that need sorting. Going for a walk without your phone works or just turning everything off for a few hours and doing something physical works, too. Now that’s a concept! Incubation is the first step for all inspired creations. Unfortunately, with the pace we move in this world, that incubation isn’t always the first step. I often wonder if this is why there are so many copycat themes in film and media. I mean how many Terminators do we really need to see? Why is it all this retro or why are all these remakes in film and television? Give me something new for gosh sakes! It is out there, but we have to take time to tap into it.

The universe is filled with an unlimited amount of creative energy, but we cannot access it unless we take time to allow it to come into our consciousness. Think about it. Think about your day. Are you one of the people that upon arising turns on the radio, television, phone, computer? Are you one of those folks that turn them all off just before sleep? If so, your sleep state gets charged with pre-sleep electronic images — not so good if you want to have a good night of rest. There is an entire universe out waiting for each individual’s consciousness to open to its fertile offerings.  As the Full Moon approaches on Friday July 31 at 7° Aquarius 56′ it provides an opening for exactly that. Uranus loves to think outside the box and loves group conversations or classes or gatherings to exchange ideas. Remember each person is a human receiver and there is a greater cosmic mind out there. If you actually go out and visit with real human beings, that is the first step to accessing that fertile imagination. Everyone gets their portion of the information here and there, so can you imagine if all those ideas were to come together in a simple visit with likeminded friends? The possibilities are endless!

The week opens with the Moon still in Virgo, one of the more efficient moons which provide a clear order so that specific tasks complete. On Tuesday July 21 the Sun in Cancer and transiting Saturn in Scorpio — both in the latter degrees of these signs, provide a stable plan and an even more stable series of instructions or procedures that must be in place prior to the 26th. Strong support for that agreement, contract, or sales pitch is offered on Wednesday the 22nd, along with the opportunity to present your view on something that matters in a very clear and non- emotional format. This is a good thing as some of the topics of conversation may get a little heated as the Sun enters tropical Leo on the 22nd where a little bit too much ego or pride could impede a solid solution

The First Quarter Moon on Thursday July 23 is at 00° Scorpio 59′ and is in an adverse pattern to the Sun and Mercury in early Scorpio. Translated, this means everyone may be on edge and communications may not be at their best. Therefore, the suggestion is to lay out those ‘important’ conversations a day or two before. Perhaps just thinking about what is proposed is the right action for Thursday without making a decision. Then as Friday afternoon arrives, a more simpatico agreement is there for a more agreeable outcome of this week’s challenges. The conversations may be focused on either the more personal or the professional relationships as Venus is slowing down and starting her retrograde at 2:29 am Pacific time on Saturday July 25 at 00° Virgo 46′.

Venus retrogrades once every 1 ½ to 2 years. Her retrograde motion provides an opportunity to re-evaluate your relationships both past and present. In fact, she often brings past lovers or relationships back into your life for a type of review. In other words, whatever was unfinished or never discussed or left incomplete or unresolved is revisited during her retrograde period from July 25 to September 6, 2015. The value of everything is on the table for that one more all-important look. If you are purchasing tangible items — make sure during this time — that what you purchased is worth what you paid. Reviewing quality is highlighted during this time, because the quality promised may not be there, so be very clear about return policies.

Wednesday July 15 heralds a New Moon at 23° Cancer 14′. New Moons are about starting new projects, new ideas and moving in new directions. Since on that very same day, we also have Mercury (planet of communications) opposing Pluto just two hours before the New Moon and then Mercury lined up with Mars 3 hours after it, this lunation is a power packed energy cell. It is packed with snap, crackle and pop and is the perfect time for working on houses, offices or anything that sorely needs a facelift.

The devil is in the details and this certainly helps as we approach the weekend and Venus, the goddess of beauty and harmony, enters Virgo for just a few days until its retrograde begins on July 26. That along with the Moon in Virgo this coming weekend is a good time to push to get the stuff out that you definitely are ready to separate from. While doing that, consider giving it away to worthy organizations like Hospice, Salvation Army, or a rehab facility like Habitat for Humanity so that someone less fortunate may benefit. Paying it forward is important — regardless of what you ‘think’ you might sell that same item for, or, sell it at such an affordable price that someone still benefits. This becomes clearer and clearer as we move to the end of July and continue through the month of August as Venus begins her retrograde cycle encouraging all of us to review our current value systems.

How was your Fourth of July? Pretty great, huh? One of the first joyful and playful moments in this year’s calendar, the month began with a bang with a Full Moon on the 1st of July unleashing about six days of celebration, or, just plain letting our hair down. So much has been happening during the course of the month of June. The 90-days after the late March and early April of 2015 eclipses were doing their inevitable clarifications in June while churning things up for change. Human beings don’t usually make any changes until something hits them in the face with some harsh realities and that was what June was about, so that the beginning of July started with a break for some joyful moments is appropriate. This doesn’t say, however, that there aren’t continuing changes during the month of July — because they are — but the changes may not come to full fruition until after the first week of September. But, at least, the plans are being laid for change throughout the summer.

In other words, the re-thinking and reviewing of jobs, cash flow, household changes, cleaning things out continue right through September 17 when Saturn returns to Sagittarius. Saturn retreated back into the sign of Scorpio late on June 15 and stays there forcing all of us to look at the ‘bottom line’ of how we have been living and what we may wish to change. This affords each person the option to better one’s life — to have more quality rather than quantity. This week’s Last Quarter moon in Aries on July 8 lines up with Uranus, the rebel, the entrepreneur and restlessness. If you were ever thinking of shaking things up, letting things go, dispensing and disconnecting from the non-essentials of your current life needs this is the time in which to do it. As these two weeks continue we find energizing and activating Mars aligning with the Sun in Cancer again pushing us to the limit of what we can do and making us fully aware of what we cannot. In order to move forward, it may be wise to discuss with those closest to you some of the ideas for change you have on your mind. It may also be a good time to forewarn those that have become a little too dependent that options are changing and that you are setting certain boundaries in order to move forward with your long overdue plans. As the week concludes all becomes clear with Sun in Cancer square Uranus in Aries on Sunday July 12. You know what to do.

Georgia Stathis presents her monthly Starcycles astrology podcast.

Mercury, the planet of communication is getting back to where it went retrograde this week, which usually means that our brains are back in working order. Clarity continues throughout this week as we are in the 90-day period after the April 4, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse at 14° Libra 24′. However, the clarity may also be extreme since the Full Moon of July 1 continues to run side by side with Pluto. Sun/Pluto are in alignment for the rest of the week, which means that many choices are put before us, many of which require objective, but stern decisions that define our parameters and boundaries. There is a great line in the cult movie, “Dirty Dancing”, and it is, “This is my dance space and this is yours!” This is what the week offers as you move through the check points steeped in reality and presented by the Full Moon in Capricorn.

If you are coming from a clear headed and non-emotional, but logical place, then know that your choices are correct. This is supported by the fact that Mercury and Jupiter and Venus dance with each other in favorable ways this week offering support. Throw a little Uranus energy (innovative solutions) into the mix around the 2nd and 3rd and those difficult decisions of a few days prior now seem like old news. As the weekend finishes, Mercury and Venus are in harmony with each other along with the Moon in Pisces, which is a wonderful time to walk along water’s edge, watch the ‘fireworks’ from afar and proceed as planned. Happy Independence Day!

Chiron, often referred to as the ‘wounded healer’, is stationing to go retrograde this week on Wednesday, June 24 at 21° Pisces 33′. I don’t really like calling Chiron a ‘wounded healer’, although that is exactly what he was in mythology. What I do prefer calling Chiron is that he is a Hybrid of sorts. He is half mortal, half god; half man, half horse, and is of two minds — he sees sides, the old ways of doing things and the newer unprecedented way of doing things. He is a bridge, and that is a perfect explanation because Chiron, a comet, orbits between Saturn (conservative thinking) and Uranus (out of the box thinking).

As he begins his retrograde journey this week and continues to retrograde until November 27, the opportunities to take a hard look at how our subconscious has a way of shooting ourselves in the foot or building new possibilities all dependent upon our mindset and mind chatter. There is an old saying, “the power of the word” or “power of the mind”. If you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t. What keeps you from thinking you can’t? Is it fear, is it programming, or is it that it really isn’t important? This is important to discern what it is that holds you back, if, in fact, something is holding you back. Chiron retrogrades in the Scorpio section of Pisces, so it means that you really do have to look at the side you really don’t care to look at. If you do, it could change your life. Would that be so bad?

Of course, this doesn’t happen just this week, but is a process that evolves over the course of the next few months. Chiron is often associated with counselors, coaches, healers, objective parties, mentors. It could even be that someone younger is your coach or mentor. Look around, there is someone waiting in the wings to guide you to that new life.

Tuesday, June 16, is the New Moon (new beginnings) at 25° Gemini 07′ and it is also the 90-days after the Total Solar Eclipse at 29° Pisces 57′ on March 20. Usually these 90 day periods offer perspective on something that seemed unclear at the time of the eclipse. Either you gain insight or your surrounding circumstances inspire that perspective, because you now have moved past the blind spot that hit you earlier this year. There will be another one of these ’90-days’ periods at the end of June as well.

During this same period (just yesterday), we had a Sun/Mars alignment at 23° Gemini 17′, giving this particular week extra juice to get out there and get something done. Sun/Mars alignments offer more energy and in the sign of Gemini, it might be something needing two heads rather than one for solving a problem. Those two heads could figure out the ‘best way’ to write something, or, market something. It might mean that you are inspired to start exercising on a regular basis, or a decision is made regarding licensing or training courses that you’ve long wanted to explore. These are all good uses of this conjunction. New opportunities are coming. Watch the sign posts in the road . So the question is, “what are you going to do about this fabulous opportunity when it shows up?”

Whew! Did you get things sorted out last week? Hopefully you did, which means that this week approaching the Last Quarter Moon at 18°Pisces30′, we clean the slate. There is support here as the week begins with a lovely aspect between the Sun and Jupiter (a warm and fuzzy feeling surrounds us) and the next two days are also supported by Mars and Uranus I alignment (energetic insight). On Wednesday, June 10, Mercury and Venus are also in fabulous aspect affording a wonderful social setting with good conversations and insights, where someone or a group could show up to help you sort out a business issue or a home building project that needs solving.

It is also the day before Mercury goes direct, so things are feeling a lot more optimistic than they might have felt at last week’s Full Moon. Mercury is direct on Thursday June 11 at 3:33 PM Pacific Time and 6:33 pm Eastern time at 4° Gemini 33′ resolving something left unattended within the immediate family or family like circle in mid-May. With Mars and Chiron in stress aspect to each other on the same day that Mercury goes direct, a coach, counsellor or teacher may prove to be of great help neutralizing a situation that everyone realizes must be addressed and needs a third party.

Since Neptune goes retrograde on Friday June 12 at 9° Pisces 19′, this is particularly important, because Neptune retrogrades are about exploring our inner lives, our inner consciousness and discovering how our inner thoughts drive our outer lives. William James once said, “The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by challenging the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

Georgia Stathis presents her monthly Starcycles astrology podcast.

Tuesday, June 2, is the Full Moon at 11° Sagittarius 49′. This is a pretty lively full moon with lots of people discussing lots of things excitedly and often without any sort of filters. Sagittarius is known for their ‘truthfulness’, but sometimes the ‘truthfulness’ is more tactless than truthful. Stepping over feelings without intending to is possible. Since the Full Moon is activated by over reactive Mars, chatty Mercury, and diffusive Neptune, it might be a good idea to really think about what you’re saying, or, rather how you are saying something before opening your mouth to ‘share’ what is on your mind.

On the other hand, this Full Moon may be just the ticket to finish something that has been hanging around much too long and needs venting and clarity. Feelings run high, though, since Venus is still traveling through sensitive Cancer through Friday June 5, when it enters Leo. The better strategy may be to note what you are feeling around the Full Moon (actually write it down so you don’t change it in your head) and ask for a discussion surrounding that issue closer to the weekend, when Mars and Jupiter are in positive connection to each other (offering a way to express yourself more succinctly) and on Saturday, June 6, when Venus and Saturn are also in good aspect to each other, a practical no nonsense communication is offered as well as received.

The week begins with practical Moon in Virgo as the First Quarter Moon along with unpredictable Venus square Uranus. This aspect has some good as well as challenging options. The challenging part is that things may be very unpredictable. A sudden meeting spurs some excitement or discord depending on how you respond. That sudden meeting may also feel like magic where romance might even be in the air. Since Mars and Neptune are in aspect that day, it is quite possible. That feeling may or may not be sustainable and highly influenced by the party atmosphere! Perhaps make another appointment, or, date, and get together with that same unusual person later in the week or later in the month for another look. Since Mercury aligns with Mars on Wednesday along with Venus and Chiron, this is probably a good plan. Going to a lecture or a class or a place where you share the same values may be just the ticket in getting to know this new person or finding a likeminded group of people.

On Friday May 29 we are still in the First Quarter phase of the Moon and creative ideas, or, a sit down brainstorming session may be the perfect meeting for Friday as Mercury and Neptune square each other. Saturday May 30, the Sun/Mercury alignment triggers some new conversations and solutions to sticky problems. Turn ideas around, ask silly questions, don’t judge the most absurd ideas. Stay with those ideas, work with them, exploring various possibilities. The light may come on next week with the upcoming Full Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius.