Monday, August 26 Venus, who was explored extensively in last week’s forecast continues in positive aspect to Uranus today. This means there could be opportunities for visits and socializing from some of the areas mentioned last week. Someone you met may suddenly call or a group associated with someone you met in one of those environments last week may connect with you to do something that is a large project so throw the dice for more action as Mars (planet of action) and Uranus are in positive aspect on Wednesday, August 28. Breakthroughs, insights, being in the right place at the right time are all possible if you listen to the little voice that directs you to call someone or go someplace. Call them within 24 to 48 hours after having that insight. This is not a coincidence.

Do not ignore those insights because they are the keys that open the doors to many possibilities that are calling you cosmically if you just listen. As Mercury enters its own sign, practical Virgo on Thursday, August 29, the how to do something, or, whom to call to get something done are all possible as ideas keep cropping up. With the Sun (outer life happenings) and Uranus in a positive aspect on the same day, that luck to which I referred to for this next thirty days begins this week with these aspects. Plus, the New Moon (new beginnings) at 7º Virgo on Friday, August 30 adds to the new starts and ideas that have been fermenting over the last 30 days.

With Mercury now in Virgo and sending off positive aspects to insightful Uranus on Sunday along with the more reserved harmonious aspect between Saturn (structure and organization and building) in fine aspect to harmonious Venus, this is a day where ideas, sudden bursts of inspiration can show up particularly if you are brainstorming with others. Uranus is about exchanging ideas with others and all the aspects of this last week suggest that there is strength in numbers.

One of my favorite times of the year is this week as the Sun enters the sign of Virgo (an earth sign) on Friday, August 23. Two days prior to that, Venus enters the sign of Virgo, another earth sign. With Uranus in Taurus and Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, the next thirty days may offer some incredible opportunities for investment, for remodeling and for organizing something that has long required organizing. All three earth signs of the zodiac are involved here and three of the same signs in perfect conversation with each other can offer fortunate opportunities. This is a good luck triumvirate.

There is an added perk here, too, as Mercury the planet of communications, contracts, and ideas lines up in perfect harmony with good luck Jupiter on Wednesday, July 21.

Add to all this, the added benefit that Venus and Mars are together on Saturday, August 24th, which can be a very sexy day. Venus and Mars were lovers in mythology and when they conjoin once a year, check to see where they occur in your horoscope because that is the area of your life triggered for the next year. For Aries it is in their sixth of work and employees, Taurus in their fifth of romance and children and having fun, Gemini in the house of the home and family, Cancer in their third of new studies, short writings and short trips, Leo in their second of cash flow and liquidity, Virgo in their first house of identity and personal care, Libra in their 12th of privacy, spiritual pursuits or…hidden affairs. For Scorpio sudden personal meetings occur through friends or community events. For Sagittarius in their career house, the most visible part of the chart. For Capricorn in their ninth house of travel, publishing, international travel, and market. For Aquarius in their eighth house of investments and long-term fixed income, and, finally, for Pisces these two planets conjoin in their seventh house of marriage ad long term partnerships and official contracts. Venus/Mars combos can mean opportunities offering pleasure in the above areas of your lives. Where will that be in your chart?

Jupiter went direct on Sunday, August 11. I started to explore this last week, but this week I would like to go into more detail. This can be a combination of good and challenging news. Often one is freed from something on a Jupiter direct and since it is in Sagittarius it can indicate a freer philosophical view, but since it is at 15º Sagittarius (the Aries section of Sagittarius) it can be overexertion or overreaction to something that still is allowing you to be free. An opportunity may arise for sure but being too impulsive without exploring the minutiae of that specific opportunity is challenged with this direct motion in the Aries section of Sagittarius. On the other hand, a calculated and very strategic approach to something that is an opportunity may be just the ticket. You know whether you are prepared or not. This is a time that is about strategic risk taking.

Uranus also went retrograde on the same day at 7º Taurus giving this day a double-edged feeling as we enter this new week. Uranus retrograde for a few months (until mid-January 2020) is quite a good thing in that Uranus can cause upheaval in its wake and it has for the last few months, since it entered the sign of Taurus. This gives everyone an opportunity to re-evaluate their investments, their holdings, their values, and their spending since the sign of Taurus is associated with the house of spending and wants and desires and our particular value systems, which may be changing quite a bit over the course of the next few years. If there has been madcap spending in the last few months, don’t cry over spilled milk, but seriously review how you can make your savings and your business more profitable over the course of the next few months. Is it time to leave a job that doesn’t appreciate you or value you?

Is there a person you know (Uranus represents our network) that might know of a better position for your talents? Or, is it time to start your own business in an area you know well and where, if you find the need, you can fill it?

I will throw one idea out to you. In St Petersburg, Florida, where I sometimes live half the year, there are very few recycling opportunities in the condominiums. The grocery stores have recycling bins and so do some of the houses in neighborhoods, but many of the high rises do not have a place to discard plastics and glass. A young student or someone with a truck could put together a pick up recyclables service, provide a schedule and fill a need while earning income. This is an idea, how to use what no one knows how to use. This is a Uranus in Taurus concept like taking shipping crates and making small shops or taking or old windows and making greenhouses. Take something used in a home and recycle it into something for a garden. This is the magic of Uranus in Taurus going retrograde. Just saying…

And more good fortune or opportunities for positive chance meetings are possible as the Sun and Jupiter continue in fabulous aspect to each other on Wednesday, August 7. On August 8, the day after, Venus and Jupiter are in great aspect to each other so affairs of the heart, love, and the creative process are very positive.

Note too that transit Jupiter who has been retrograde for a few months now (quite normal each year) is stationing to move in a direct motion on August 11, at 15º Sagittarius. I write more about that next week. Mercury, the planet of communications is what we term ‘void of course’ all Saturday. It is suggested not to make a major decision during this time as a fresher and more creative idea with more of a foundation could arise closer to the middle of August when Mercury catches up to where it went retrograde in July. When Mercury re-enters Leo on Sunday, August 11, you start moving in a positive direction. This aspect with Jupiter is fabulous for ideas, writing, and contracts. It is also positive for sales, sales ideas and marketing plans. Since Mercury also rules siblings, it might even be a good time to reconnect with them in a positive way particularly with siblings that you’ve not seen for a while.

The week starts out with the Sun and Uranus in a hard aspect to each other signifying that sparks may fly, ideas may pop, or you may be woken up with an idea that comes out of your dreams or subconscious. Sun/Uranus aspects are genius aspects that can sometimes tip over into more anxious or anxiety-ridden reactions or activities. Sudden news on either a global scale or in a more personal scale may show up so go for a walk, get some exercise, and try to settle down long enough to meditate or do a little yoga (always a good idea with Sun/Uranus aspects). These sorts of activities can reduce the anxiety that often accompanies Uranus conjunctions.

Since the New Moon starts on Wednesday, July 31 at 9º Leo, close to the same degree that Mercury went retrograde earlier in the month the opportunity for new growth and new options coming from a completely different direction or contact is possible as Mercury goes direct on the very same day in late degrees of Cancer (24º). Since Pluto is close to this degree, by mid-August big choices keep coming back to you left over from last month’s eclipses.

The Sun enters the fire sign Leo on Monday, July 22. The Sun rules Leo and this is a lively month as the Sun is in it is own sign. This is a good thing because it is fiery energy that we need after the emotional somersaults that may have occurred in these last four weeks. Leo works very well with Jupiter (good Luck) who is in Sagittarius now until later this year. The Sun represents our daily lives and Leo is about fun and speculation and taking risks and being playful and creating something — and with Jupiter there might even be some lucky breaks for those who have been prudent, organizing and getting through some cumbersome blocks thrown in front of them in the last few months.

An added ‘opportunity’ moment shows up on Thursday as Mars (action and taking action) and Jupiter (good luck) are in a wonderful aspect to each other So if you’ve been looking for that home deal, contract, or insight on a project that has had you flummoxed, the end of the week opens up some doors. And since Mercury is stationing to go direct on the 31st of July, things begin to turn around.

Another eclipse this week and a lunar one at that (Full Moon). However, it is not the TOTAL eclipse of two weeks ago. Still lunar eclipses can act out like emotional roto rooters, something I often say, and with the harsher aspects of the last two weeks, what with earthquakes in Southern California as well as family quarrels breaking out in Disneyland of ALL places, if there is anything left unsaid or sitting in one’s ‘craw’ as we used to say in the Midwest, be somewhat cautious about your continuing expressions of anger this week.

There have been many oppositions in this last week of challenging planets to the day to day planetary movement, which puts everyone on edge, like dancing on the head of a sharp pin. The Lunar eclipse is also an opposition, but more intense. Lunar eclipses (any Full Moon), but lunar eclipses are like emotions on steroids particularly if they are lined up with planets like Pluto. Something must give, something must go, something must end. This is the message of Pluto. Letting go of the something that someone is unwilling to let go of, is important as we move through the latter days of July. This is definitely a month of letting go of people, ideas, concepts, old ways of living, and, most importantly, those attitudes that just cause more trouble than they are truly worth.

A softer, kinder, gentler energy opens closer to the end of the week as Venus (the goddess of love and attraction and partnering) aligns herself beautifully with Neptune (the planet of the psyche, the soul and imaginative expression). Neptune can also be seeing things through rose colored glasses, but I’ll bet that this one is a better balancing agent for any confrontations that came up politically, or, unexpected tweets, or unexpected confrontations on the global landscape that may have popped up this week. More of a willingness to compromise or ‘make a deal’ is here with us as the week ends.

This is the ‘official’ week when the Sun (life force) and Saturn (reserve) are precisely opposite each other on Tuesday, July 9. Sometimes we feel drained or exhausted on days like these since the sun is the life force energy and Saturn tends to slow things down. When they are opposite each other, there is an ability to step back and see what parts of new projects or ideas or plans may need to be discarded to make for a more efficient outcome. People who have these two aspecting in their charts find it ideal to ‘get something done’ and this is the positive manifestation of these two planets and their opposition. You can push through and finish something. It all depends upon your frame of mind. With Mercury retrograde, it may be a day to ‘push through’ some of the little details that need sorting and explore all the ins and outs of a project that is sitting unresolved.

Wednesday’s Sun and Neptune positive aspect brings softer energy that is far more creative and more inspirational after yesterday’s clearing of things that felt cumbersome and that you just couldn’t make work. It is a good idea to carry this energy into Thursday when people may clash on opposing views of how something should be done or how a situation should be handled. Overreaction is a curse in any confrontation — so take some time to ‘think’ about your reaction, it will serve you well. Stopping for a moment will provide an opportunity out of the blue. And, finally, we close the week on Sunday (Bastille Day) with the Sun and Pluto completely opposite each other (another once a year phenomenon). Pluto is about power, power plays and transforming one’s negative power (if they are conscious enough) into something far more powerful. It is an intensely creative aspect that also wants some sort of transformation in either thinking or in something that needs remodeling. There are choices that may come up during the latter part of this week — they can be positive if one moves beyond the conflict that may arise.

The highlight for this week is the TOTAL SOLAR Eclipse on Tuesday, July 2. Total eclipses are the most impacting in that they last the longest and as a solar eclipse, rather than a lunar eclipse, they shift the priorities or situations of our outside lives. They affect public figures since ‘solar’ represents the Sun and Kings and Queens — or — leaders of countries. They also affect the outer lives of those whose Sun signs are in middle degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries, because the eclipses are in Cancer and Capricorn. One must, of course, look at an entire horoscope to see where else in a horoscope these eclipses are affecting individuals, because as you know we are not just our Sun signs. The interesting thing about this eclipse which last occurred about 19 years ago, is that it hits the USA chart who’s Declaration of Independent was signed on July 4, 1776.

Since this eclipse is opposing structured Saturn, which wants things to last, to be organized and to be realistic, the cues sent into place with this transit to the USA chart is that either in the next few days or around 90-days from now, the USA is slowing down in its economic outlook (a good thing really) to balance out the challenges of all the new long term planetary conjunctions occurring throughout 2020. (Explored in greater detail in my new book: Pushing through Time: Synodic Cycles and their Developing Phases available at Amazon). Conservative is the word in terms of our reactions, our businesses, our lives, and our careers in the next couple of weeks. Difficulties are often a reflection of something left undone or unsaid or unplanned. As the week continues, on July 7, Mercury the planet of communications and equipment and contractual agreements goes retrograde at 4º Leo in a fire sign that tends to be fixed and sometimes unbending. Thinking feels sluggish, or slow, but just asks that we chew on those very creative ideas that have been in the hopper for quite some time. Chew a bit more until late in the month when it goes Mercury goes direct.

If you’re planning to attend NCGR in Baltimore this year, prices go up on July 15th, so make sure you get your registration in before the retrograde hits.

Jupiter and Neptune and Venus are in hard aspect to each other this week. This suggests the ‘wish’ to overspend, since Jupiter is involved, and Jupiter is about the ‘big’ spending issues. Neptune loves to dream of what it might feel like to own (Venus) something. The suggestions when buying something, particularly, a big-ticket item in the coming weeks, is to step away from the item, the house, the car and think about it for a bit. At least review finances and look at what can be released so that you can own that or something else that might fit the bill more appropriately.

Mercury enters the sign of Leo, a fixed and stubborn sign, therefore the suggestion to think twice before purchasing is being offered. Mercury in a fixed sign affords an opportunity to slow down and ‘kick the tires’ as we say. Anytime planets land in Leo, that issue can come up. Mercury is about thinking, and Leo is about speculating or playing. Speculation is particularly evident, but since Mercury is slowing down and going retrograde between July 7 and July 31 and an eclipse is on the heels of that retrograde on July 2, think twice. It is very possible that that ‘big ticket’ item may have even dropped its price, or you can negotiate a lower price close to the end of the retrograde.

The week begins with a very powerful Full Moon in late Gemini and late Sagittarius near Jupiter. Therefore, it seems that the week’s energy is big and busy. The next day, on Tuesday, Mercury and Mars align suggesting that tempers may be flaring and a little patience or stopping to think before one reacts is probably a good idea. Full Moons can exacerbate a situation and though the Full Moon is on Monday, its effects continue through the week until we get over to Friday. With the Summer Solstice kicking in at week’s end, the season of growth is beginning and as the days are longer, spend some of it outside and bring in fresh perspectives that prepare you for the fall season.

Outdoor activity is good because it gives you some Vitamin C, sunshine, and this week we have a few of what we call Moon occultation on Tuesday and Wednesday, where the Moon lines up precisely with Saturn and Pluto. This is what we call heavy energy. A kind of make it or break it energy. It also supports a stick to it type of mentality which can go beyond reasonable time and hours, thus the suggestion to schedule some outside time in the sunshine to balance out the intensity of this week’s activities. Being tired is part of the package as Neptune finally retrogrades on Friday at 19º Pisces. This also affects Libras born on the first 11 days of the sign. Getting a little nap each day may be just the ticket.

The week starts out with what we term a ‘Grand Cross’. A grand cross is when four different planets are at 90º to each other, forming a kind of cosmic cube. I used to ask my students if you were to take the two-dimensional form of a square and turn it into a 3-dimensional cube and you were to lay that cube on the side of a hill, would it easily roll down the hill? The answer is, of course, no. I did have one student years ago come up with….” if you move some dirt or rocks from under the bottom and give it a gentle push, it would!” I still remember her sitting there, some twenty-five years ago, in the front row, dressed in gray. That always impressed me, because cardinal cross energies are hard to move, but once they get going nothing stops them.

Allowing flexibility in negotiations or decisions is very important and will remove some obstacles that seem to be standing in your way. What are some of the obstacles in your life getting in the way of a goal? If you are an artist and you want to make a good living, then hire others who specialize in marketing and bookkeeping so you can do the thing you are best at — art. If you are a bookkeeper working on details in bookkeeping all the time, perhaps hire someone to do some of the macro chores around the office like answering the phones, getting the mail out and greeting the public so you can do the best thing you do — bookkeeping.

This week’s First Quarter Moon suggests this is a good time to start thinking of getting organized. Neptune begins its annual retrograde stance next week on Friday, June 21 just as the Summer Solstice begins. I like Neptune retrogrades because they offer a more solid opportunity to get some of the dream cobwebs of ideas out of the way in order to get something done.