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Starcodes horoscopes for October 23 – 29, 2015

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Sap returns to the roots, bulb store the summer strength, acorns ripen in the fall Sunshine and squirrels gather their falling bounty; the Sun enters Scorpio today and the autumn deepens within and without.

The Scorpio Sun, along with a beautiful pre-dawn conjunction of Jupiter, Venus, and Mars in industrious Virgo, asks us to gather our summer’s harvest and sort our seeds. Decide what seeds or efforts we want to nurture throughout the winter, and what we want to compost. Respect a new craving to pare down efforts so as not to feel scattered and spread thin, and focus on what will produce over the next year. The rest can become fertilizer.

In this light, we may feel like spending less social time but have deeper conversations where we do. We may want to become involved in fewer organizations, but deepen our efforts where we engage. Date less and love more. Pare down our moneymaking efforts and get serious with a few. Date less and love more. Be less of a dilettante in our spiritual practice, and deepen our meditation.

This focus also asked us to deepen our investigations. Solve a mystery or  ferret out the skeletons in a political candidate’s closet. We can also deepen the investigation of our own koan or conundrum and come to new understanding of our selves or our study. Let’s get down to.

Friday resonates with sensitized emotions under a squishy and wafting Pisces Moon and as a heart-centered Venus trines profound Pluto. We may be painfully aware of what could be lost or  what needs healing, compassion may call us to act even if we’re feeling rather squishy and in need of deep soul rest.

Be careful not to hurt one another’s feelings in this sensitive and somewhat defensive time, because when the Moon enters Aries on Sunday, our feistiness returns. The mood grows more emotionally engaged, even tumultuous and can provoke us to impulsive defensive decisions as Mercury opposes Uranus. This nervy excitement can shake loose a few screws, so let’s stay as grounded as possible and check in on friends with delicate psyches.

The Moon then waxes full in Taurus on Tuesday, a richly sensitive a richly sensual and musky full Moon to howl upon. It energizes working relationships, and test ones that aren’t; we’ll tend to entrench in an argument, but can really be there for one another in agreement. If this full Moon prods some our old scar tissue as Venus opposes Chiron, let’s hold the people in the room accountable for their present actions, but not the aches of our history.

Midweek softens into a much more appreciative, communicative, even cuddly opportunity to harvest the fruits of our efforts. Let’s share our bounty.

Wednesday and Thursday soften into a much more appreciative, communicative, even cuddly moment, we can harvest some of the fruits of our labor. Be a bountiful field and share what you’ve produced.

Friday, October 23: Moods waft and we feel easily overwhelmed or a swamp. Poignancy softens the ground of our heart. If we feel safe to be squishy, we open, intensely connect to who and what matters and commune with our creative muses as Venus trines Pluto and the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces. But if we feel unsafe and have to guard our heart, we do so fiercely. Water furthers, but watch for floods. The mood grows inwardly vulnerable, outwardly more guarded tonight; share the balm of acceptance to be just where we are.

Venus trine Pluto 1:42 AM, Mars opposed Chiron 2:47 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus4:23 AM, Moon squares Saturn 4:34 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune 11:16 AM, Sun enters Scorpio 11:46 AM, Sun semi-square Jupiter 7:39 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 9:07 PM, Moon opposed Venus 10:28 PM.

Saturday, October 24: This is a day to drift amongst the falling leaves and wafting memories, a certain introspective sentimental melancholia can bring us inwards and reduce our external competence, but give us good fodder for personal contemplation. Listen to that thoughtful serenade. Connect with people around heart-centered or creative events. This morning, notice a growing energy and impatience, and more urban vibetonight as the Moon opposes Mars and draws closer to Aries.

Moon opposed Jupiter 12:40 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 4:08 AM, Moon opposed Mars5:18 AM.

Sunday, October 25: This is not your usual Sunday; the energy is active, volatile, but can fuel our engines for good or ill. The strength of the feminine is strong today, but ordinary lines of communication are not. We’re ready to change minds and change directions in a protective response. Or just change up our home base. We could launch a rescue operation, but can get in trouble without a worthy purpose. Notice a combustible tension; let’s be careful what fires we light, or even approach, as the Moon enters Aries, Venus conjuncts expansive Jupiter, and Mercury opposes Uranus.

Moon enters Aries 12:21 AM, Moon trine Saturn 5:46 AM, Venus conjunct Jupiter 2:03 AMp.m., Mercury opposed Uranus 4:59 PM, Moon square Pluto 9:27 PM.

Monday, October 26: The impatient Aries Moon stresses deadlines and pushes action, but we have to make sure that we don’t skip important points or take dangerous shortcuts as Mercury for semi-squares Saturn. Too narrow or focused thinking, a cranky judgmental attitude, or transportation limitations can cause a pileup in our thinking. Use the discipline but keep the mind open, and eyes alert, and a clear picture of a strong mutual goal.

Mercury semi-square Saturn 12:39 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 4:57 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 6:24 AM, Moon square Neptune 11:40 AM.

Tuesday, October 27: Slow it down as the Moon waxes full in sensual and earthy and possessive Taurus this morning at 6:05 AM. Luxuriate and feed the senses wherever possible in a healthy way. Confrontations or arguments that arise today will probably not find an easy solution because we really can dig our heels. Instead of pushing, respect differences and create room for all sides. Notice the torque of possessiveness, and an illusion that we have to choose between intensity or security or between privacy or safety, and don’t believe the story. Look for a third, more balanced, perspective instead.

Moon enters Taurus 12:07 AM, Moon opposed Sun 6:05 AM, Venus opposed Chiron 8:06 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 11:30 AM, Moon trine Pluto 9:15 PM.

Wednesday, October 28: What we plant today will be unusually productive as the earthy Taurus Moon trines the conjunction of Jupiter, Venus, and Mars. If were frustrated, let’s step away and let it go for now (even if we’re feeling unusually tenacious and territorial) and focus on what we want to grow instead, because we want to plant good seeds in this ever-so-fertile soil. Make every word and action, food choice, feeling and purchase invoke peace, safety, health, love, collaboration and creative fruitfulness.

Moon trine Jupiter 1:49 AM, Moon trine Venus 5:22 AM, Moon trine Mars 9:20 AM.

Thursday, October 29: The conversation picks up as the Moon enters verbal Gemini and forms some nervy, anxious but potentially productive aspects, so what should we talk about? Help direct the conversation. Writing furthers. Don’t buy into the existential anxiety; do use this nervy energy to further those productive seeds.

Moon enters Gemini 12:24 AM, Moon semis square Uranus 5:02 AM, Moon opposed Saturn at 6:41 AM, Moon square Neptune 12:10 PM.

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Starcodes horoscopes for August 7 – 13, 2015

by Heather Roan Robbins

Treat every minute of summer as precious. Notice an ephemeral quality creep in to the pleasant weather and taste the freedom and bounty of high summer as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Leo today and Mars joins the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter already in Leo tomorrow. The last few weeks brought some tough work as Mercury and Venus squared Saturn, and we need to rest and renew for autumn’s work.

With this line-up in Leo, a fire sign, fire itself can be both unusually attractive and unusually dangerous. Our hearts and forests are flammable. We are combustible. So enjoy the creative heat, but step away from the melodrama, and watch where every spark, match, or incendiary incident lands. Most of our natural and emotional landscape may be bucolic, but when a fire starts, it roars.

Venus approaches its second conjunction to Jupiter (out of three in one season), so close to the Sun we see them only a few minutes after Sunset. Together they keep the mood romantic, emotional, expansive, and sociable, if flammable with hidden undertones of stubbornness and a tendency to be self-involved. With Venus retrograde (July 26—Sept 7) we’re in an emotional review time, which can bring old friends back into my life, or send us back to visit relative or favorite place. Or we may find ourselves back at an all too familiar emotional nexus, and wonder if these old patterns will ever end.

With Jupiter conjunct Venus, there is a longing to be free from those stuck places and to harvest some gifts from the past. It can be healing to reminisce over our best moments, to remember what it felt like to be happy or in love, a first inspiration or kiss, a childhood adventure, a moment when we reached across cultures and truly made a friend, and remember in our muscles that these moments are possible.

Mercury enters Virgo later today, and Jupiter enters Virgo next week, and suddenly schools supplies can begin to look good. Our critical mind kicks in. With Virgo-mind we begin to scan the fall schedule and think of sinking our teeth into a body of work.

But let’s hold on a minute. Before we get lost in autumnal activity and back to school paraphernalia, let’s make sure we’ve done what we need to do in the summer; rest, renew, and stretch our creative wings under Leo’s inspiration. It’s not time to save an enthusiastic adventure for later, the time is now.

This fall looks to be both busy and catalytic, but let’s not jump the gun. We need to be rested and ready. This Wednesday, as Mercury opposes Neptune, symbol of all things intuitive, imaginative and confusing, we may feel lazy or escapist and have a hard time seeing where we’re going or seeing one another without projection. We might as well let summer be summer this week and gear up the week after next when the Moon is new, Mercury moves past its opposition to Neptune, and we can see farther on down the road.

So for now, enjoy a sense of freedom and adventure as the weekend begins, but be careful to not say too much as Mercury conjuncts expansive Jupiter. We can free our mind of a recent interpersonal problem involving the clash of personalities, but can say too much or promise too much, or take an exaggerated view of the situation and have to clean that up later. Although it is likely the weather will be delightful, if a storm starts up, wind and water can get some bass take and cause a real problem this week, so keep a weather eye out.

As the energizing Sun trines restless Uranus towards the end of the week we want to deal with something completely different. A short trip or change of scene, even a moment where we work equally hard but on some unfamiliar project, is good for the soul. Because thoughtful Mercury is opposed Neptune, symbol of all things intuitive, imaginative and confusing, we may want to get away or feel lazy or escapist and need to drift and dream, preferably by water. But we may have trouble seeing one another clearly and without projections, or have logistical problems because we misplace or misconstrue an important piece of information.

So be aware of the impending busy fall, but don’t jump the gun. Sure we should stir the pot for future efforts and sketch out plans, but since we can’t see the future clearly we might as well let summer be summer this week, all the more precious as the foliage takes on that end of summer tinge. Next week, when Mercury moves past its opposition to Neptune and we can begin to see farther ahead, turn towards oncoming fall. It could be a doozy.

Friday, August 7: The mood is stubbornly optimistic, cheerful with a can-do, competitive streak as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Leo this morning. Mercury enters Virgo midday, sharpening our wits but bringing in a breeze of self-consciousness and uncertainty to an otherwise positive day. Dinnertime brings a few sharper or more serious edges as the Moon squares Venus and opposes Saturn; we understand the present limitations better but need to adjust rather than stop. Conversation and laughter pick up late tonight as the Moon enters Gemini.

Mercury conjunct Jupiter 1:08 AM Sun bi-quintile Chiron 7:20 AM, Mars semi-sextile Jupiter 11:59 AM, Mercury enters Virgo 1:14 PM, Moon square Venus 6:38 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 8:39 PM, Moon square Jupiter 10:24 PM, Moon enters Gemini 11:39 PM

Saturday, August 8: Be a butterfly and flitter from place to pace, conversation to conversation under a nervy Gemini Moon. Don’t expect to finish anything uninterruptedly. Work with imagination and this daydreaming quality consciously. Don’t expect others to truly understand as we’re all a bit off center and sensitive, but our perception can be slightly distorted as the Moon squares Neptune this afternoon. Tonight, as Mars enters Leo, the parties, and the ego issues, get down.

Moon square Mercury 1:13 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus 9:21 AM, Moon square Neptune 3:48 PM, Mars enters Leo 5:32 PM.

Sunday, August 9: After an early cranky spell we can be in for a lovely, sociable day. Just watch a tendency to get easily miffed if we feel ignored, or under-appreciated, and a tendency to make everything about us, rather than honor the vagaries of another person’s path. Calm the nervous energy and nurture the garden of connection as the talkative, if not deep, Gemini Moon sextiles the Sun, Uranus, and Venus.

Moon semi-square Mars 3:04 AM, Moon sextile Sun 5:28 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 12:29 PM, Moon sextile Venus 10:45 PM.

Monday, August 10: the day is ripe with ambiguities and mixed feelings, and a tad of existential homesickness or insecurity as the Moon enters internal, introspective Cancer and contrasts the extroverted Leo Sun. Make contacts this morning, but invite rather than push, and let people choose their own timing. Be gentle towards a nervous or disjointed mid-afternoon. Feed each other well, comfort food helps calm some edgy defenses. Integrate uncomfortable information, and reconnect tonight.

Moon sextile Jupiter 5:44 AM, Moon enters Cancer 6:08 AM, Moon semi-square Sun 11:16 AM, Moon sextiles Mercury 4:10 PM, Mercury sesqui-quadrate Uranus 4:23 PM, Moon trine Neptune 10:51 PM.

Tuesday, August 11: It can all feel wrong this morning as the Moon opposes Pluto; we can recover our equilibrium easily if no one tries to talk us out of our feelings, but we may need to make a change in response to some discomfort as the Moon opposes Pluto this morning and squares Uranus this afternoon. A real loss is possible, or a need to turn away from one path to follow another. Validate feelings and loan stability, not flammability, to any emotional wobble.

Jupiter enters Virgo 5:11 AM, Moon opposes Pluto 7:16 AM, Moon semi-square Jupiter 10:18 AM, Moon square Uranus 8:27 PM, Moon trine Chiron 8:47 PM.

Wednesday, August 12: Pay attention to the border between imagination and illusion as Mercury opposes Uranus and the Moon enters Leo. We can play off old stories, or let our imagination whisk us away into our hopes, fears, and stories of the past and not notice that we’ve drifted away from reality. Give imagination a great place to go and keep it out of trouble, confirm all stories and facts before reacting in the moment, though, as it is hard to ascertain the truth, and a strange hunger for excitement can feed the fire. Follow through on all issues of travel and communication carefully.

Sun bi-quintile Pluto 4:38 AM, Moon trine Saturn 11:43 AM, Moon enters Leo 2:52 PM, Mercury opposed Neptune 7:11 PM, Moon conjunct Mars 7:59 PM.

Thursday, August 13: And now for something completely different– or so we hope– as the Sun trines Uranus. A change of scene, script, or scenario is called for. We’re unusually open to progressive or innovative ideas, ready for an easy adventure or attitude adjustment, and want to take action to improve. Larger scale ambitions can feel blocked for the moment, and we are reminded to hold our own authority around other people’s pushy wills. Invite others to a better outcome, but be flexible about what that looks like.

Sun trine Uranus 4:26 AM, Mars bi-quintile Neptune 5:23 AM, Sun quincunx Chiron 7:54 AM, Saturn semi-square Pluto 4:16 PM.

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Starcodes horoscopes for July 17 – 23, 2015

by Heather Roan Robbins

We now head into high summer season as the Moon, the Sun and Mercury all enter Leo this week. While the Sun was in Cancer this last month, we dealt with security issues, extra emotions, and nesting in our home or family to refill the wells of our own resilience. Now it’s party time.

Leo season is time to shine; we can all become temporary adolescents in the worst and best of ways. Playfulness calls us to rebuild our balance by celebrating life, by expressing ourselves and soaking up the sunshine, arts, music, and all other forms of creative expression. It’s a wonderful time to develop a flirtation or renew the flirtation within a long-standing partnership. We can also flirt with a new place or skill. We heal now through Leo panache and Aquarian gatherings; arts in the park, opera, and political rallies where people don’t ask too many logical questions but enjoy the enthusiasm.

But we also may deal (in ourselves and from others) with the adolescent qualities of self-absorption, hyperbole, and bravado that leave us wondering if all this drama really is necessary. It can be entertaining if annoying in the elections arena.

Leo supports generosity and compassion, but does not encourage natural empathy. Once we see a problem, we want to help; the problem will be to see. Leo is a fixed fire sign; the Leo Sun encourages us to be the hearth fire at the center for everyone to gather around. It’s a wonderful time to have fundraisers or arts festivals, to have a wedding or any ceremony where we gather together. Leo does love a little pomp and circumstance.

We tend to get melodramatic with all this Leo energy around us, and overstate how we feel, speak in hyperbole, but this can help us know what’s going on inside us. It’s not time to be stingy with signs of affection or offerings of help; we will greatly appreciate support and a playful moment.

We can feel the shift as the weekend begins and won’t really feel like sticking to the work schedule under a warmhearted (if slightly lazy-making) waxing Leo Moon. As the Sun sesqui-quadrates Neptune some situation we’re working with just hasn’t come into form yet and unknown factors can challenge our judgment. Later our escapist urge grows and we can feed that side with art, music, and a moment far away. Be careful late tonight as our impulse control and judgment may be seriously underwhelming.

We need to change something about our perspective over this weekend as mental Mercury squares changeable Uranus, the cosmic clutch. Along with a general sense of nervousness or frazzle, we notice either our old gear is no longer working, or it’s just time for a change. If we don’t go willingly, we may get kicked into motion or need to wrestle with unexpected variables in order to work things out. The more flexible we stay, the easier this will be.

This aspect is usually just good for an attitude adjustment; it only gets a little dangerous when we rush and forget to pay attention. Also, watch out for unpredictable wind patterns, which could be a literal manifestation of this aspect.

On Saturday both the Moon and Venus enter in more industrious Virgo and help us get a little work done. If we have projects to do or arrangements to make for our fall schedule, the next few days can be useful. A fresh critical edge in our mind can help us and track work, but let’s reel in a tendency be persnickety.

Early next week brings a relatively industrious time as the Sun trines Saturn, and helps us maintain momentum whether for work or our hike up the mountain. Midweek our relationships take priority, and we need to make sure we are being fair to one another, whether in politics or love. With some gentle juggling over the week, we’ll be able to both put in productive effort on our long-term plans and be fed and renewed by the multisensory experience of summer.

Friday, July 17: After a sleepy or unsure moment this morning as the Sun challenges Neptune, it’s a day of sensitivity and preparation. Don’t ask too many questions, likely the answer will be no if people are dealing with a sore point or uncomfortable situation. Excitement grows for any event out of the ordinary. Late afternoon it’s easy to leave things undone, but we’ll be happier if we see it through. The energy really picks up late tonight as the Leo Moon trines Uranus, it’s a night to dance under the stars.

Sun sesqui-quadrate Neptune 3:16 AM, the Sun semi-sex tile Jupiter 11:02 AM, Moon trine Neptune 11:55 PM,

Saturday, July 18: On this generous, easy morning, wherever we can, let’s indulge ourselves as the Moon conjunct Jupiter. People may seem cheerfully self-centered and inflexible if they are focused on something they love, but may really need this for renewal. The mood shift, become more focused, workmanlike, and loans us some IQ points as the Moon squares Saturn, and both Venus and the Moon enter Virgo and conjunct. But our nerves can get the wind up and we may not feel we have enough time to get ready for some adventure as Mercury squares Uranus. Be flexible about change in plans, interruptions, or unexpected news. Be open to information which changes thinking, Enjoy opinionated arguments, and don’t take them too personally.

Moon conjunct Jupiter 8:50 AM, Moon square Saturn 3:41 PM then VOC, Venus enters Virgo 4:38 PM, Moon enters Virgo 6:46 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 6:49 PM, Mercury square Uranus 7:07 PM, Moon semi-square Mars 9:32 PM,

Sunday, July 19: Although we may want to spend the morning attending a healing state of mind, urgencies can press on us. Lists help. Our nervous systems dance and we can get easily distracted. If we take some time out midafternoon as the Moon opposes Neptune, we will be more efficient later.

Mercury trine Chiron 5:08 AM, Moon semi-square Mercury 9:01 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 2:43 PM, Moon semi-square sun 7:54 PM, Moon trine Pluto 11:44 PM

Monday, July 20: It’s a busy morning; we seem to have a lot to catch up, details to hammer down, and context to make for the year ahead as the Moon sextiles Mercury. Midday things seem to take longer than we planned; don’t take it out on one another. Take the time to tend the details, and the momentum picks up over the next few days. Keep sense of humor this morning, even though it may be a little crispy around the edges.

Moon sextile Mars 5:29 AM, Moon opposed Chiron 1:34 PM, Mercury sesquiquadrate Neptune 3:37 PM, Moon and sextile Mercury 9:02 PM,

Tuesday, July 21: We’re rolling today as the Sun trines Saturn; our work efforts can fall in the place if we imbue them with basic common sense and respect our cohorts. Our feelings grow little sensitive during the day, so let’s prioritize our connections and leave the critical details alone as the Moon enters friendlier Libra. Disrespect will not further. Take the time to grow good memories together tonight, and store those up like food against a storm.

Moon sextiles Sun 4:01 AM, Moon and sextile Saturn 4:06 AM then VOC, Mercury semi-sextile Jupiter 5:07 AM, Sun trine Saturn 5:07 AM, Moon enters Libra 7:22 AM,

Wednesday, July 22: This is a good day to have a fair-minded discussion about a gentle negotiation as Mercury trine Saturn in fire signs under a gentle Libra Moon. We’re ready to be fair about an egalitarian approach, ready to do some swift but concentrated effort, to be surgical in our decisions. The mood shifts tonight as the Sun enters Leo and the Moon squares Mars and were ready to act out, will that be in crankiness or in celebration, that’ll be up to us.

Moon semi-square Jupiter 5:19 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 10:35 AM, Moon square Pluto 11:36 AM, Mercury trine Saturn 11:50 AM, Moon semi -square Venus 3:13 PM, Sun enters Leo 9:30 PM, Moon square Mars 10:04 PM,

Thursday, July 23: Potential difficulties overnight can just leave us feeling a little unsettled this morning. We need to tell our stories as the Moon opposed to Uranus, Mercury enters Leo conjunct the Sun. People make it a little self-conscious because it can feel so important to feel seen and heard that we can have moments of social awkwardness in the process. Moon enters Scorpio tonight and brings out our stubborn and edgy streak with some strange undertones of concern or power plays. Step aside and dodge the bullet.

Moon opposed to Uranus 1:01 AM, Mercury enters Leo 6:14 AM, Moon and sextile Jupiter12:11 PM then VOC, Sun conjunct Mercury 1:23 PM, Mercury semi-sextile Venus 3:52 PM, Moon enters Scorpio at 8:06 PM, Moon and sextile Venus 9:35 PM, Moon square Sun 10:03 PM, Moon square Mercury 11:04 PM

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Starcodes horoscopes for July 3 – 9, 2015

by Heather Roan Robbins

What does freedom mean to us? On this Fourth of July weekend, benevolent Venus conjuncts expansive, freedom-loving Jupiter, thoughtful Mercury sextiles it, and energizing Mars semi-squares Jupiter, and all these aspects will beg that question. We can appreciate a strong tribal quality this weekend, and need to think about where we belong. Are we thinking of the tribe of our insular family, our particular cultural and political niche? Or can we expand our tribe to include all sentient beings on earth, all our relations.

Because the planets like to work across the board, we’re asked to contemplate this question– what does freedom mean, what’s the cost, how do we guarantee others’ freedom as well as our own—every which way, on a political, economic, and spiritual level. Venus-Jupiter conjunct in expansive Leo and so suggests that whatever we do will tend to be on a grand scale. Communicative Mercury sextiles Jupiter and encourages us to discuss freedom in all its many forms. Mars challenges Jupiter and instigates us to us wrestle over opinions or play fiercely. This Mars-Jupiter aspect can also leave us prone towards accidents, so let’s be careful around flammable material, political topics, and personalities.

Right now our Sun is in an unusually active phase, it’s spitting out solar flares which energize our magnetic field and creates geomagnetic storms. When the Sun flares, the current aspects are energized and the volume turns up on history. The recent Supreme Court decisions are one example positive example, the European financial crisis less comfortable form. Statements or events may occur which can trigger a real shift in the course of fate. Everybody just gets excited, even the electrons, and will ask what they can use any help electrical others are broad and singing to us again as the northern lights shimmer near the polls.

This holiday weekend begins under a communal, picnic-oriented Aquarius Moon. We respond well to fireworks, a wonderful collective art form, parades, and all other events that promote community more than intimacy. It would be a good weekend to check in with friends who are housebound or isolated, and invite them along. We may enjoy the crowd more than usual, and even if we don’t feel like going, it’s nice to feel included. Just keep the agenda loose, because most of us will resist heavy expectations.

Freedom: watch that word bandied around by political candidates, the cost and gift of freedom. On a personal note we may see a rash of yard sales as people want to be free of excess clutter and memorabilia they no longer need to carry around. We may long to drop an old anger or clear our life of angry people, or find a way to free ourselves of the limiting self-doubt. Because the Sun and Mars are also in security-loving Cancer, we may be tempted to step away from a job or relationship that feels confining, but may not be ready to endanger our comfort. So let’s enjoy a break this weekend then work on how we can bargain and negotiate for a less encumbered, more spacious relationship or workplace.

On Sunday the energy turns paradoxically more muscular and more sensitive. Maybe it’s just a hangover from July 4 picnics, maybe we need a break, or maybe we need to chew on the deeper issues and costs of freedom. Monday is a day to sleep in and rest up, and contemplate the ephemeral quality of beauty as the Sun opposes Pluto. It brings us to the bittersweet quality of letting go. We will also feel rumbles in the background of discontented grumbling and potential saber rattling at the edges of a power-play. We can easily crossed signals and grumble at one another or at an imaginary slight. It’s an important time to hold our ground and insist on fairness for all.

Mars also trines Neptune this week and brings up questions around acts of faith, what can we do in the name of our faith, where are we using faith, philosophy, or religion to live by, and where do we use it to hide behind. Once we enter the Neptune realm, it’s not about logic. Let’s just own that.

Midweek the Moon enters feisty Aries just as Mercury enters touchy Cancer and amps up the charge on those questions we pondered over the weekend. Our histamines levels can be higher than usual so we react allergic to pollen, nasty people, and other irritants.

The aspects of this last week echoing in recent events have helped us reassess our situation and may clarify what we need to concentrate upon for the next few months. Rather than get depressed about this new awareness of the work ahead (though that may easy to do), we can use it as a strategic planning incentive and feel how much support is actually available.

Friday, July 3: A glitch or communication snafu this morning can bring up some old sore point or remind us of unfinished business. Later, the day smooths out though people start getting vacation mind early on, and it’s hard to complete or follow through. By dinnertime, when Mercury sextiles Jupiter, we want to be free of our mundane week and are ready to step out of the ordinary. We may not want to hear bad news or difficult logistics at the moment, so keep comments directed towards what’s needed for a positive outcome, and get more cooperation. It’s easy to open lines of communication as long as we honor the flow of conversation, take turns and make room in our cadence for everyone.

Moon sextile Saturn 4:37 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 6:20 AM, Mercury square Chiron9:06 AM, Moon sets required draped Mercury 6:12 PM, Mercury sextile Jupiter 6:53 PM,

Saturday, July 4: The mood wanderers sociably, but we may not want to get too close, and we need to move in our own time. Meander the day away. Watch out for an opinionated, accident-prone or cranky phase early this evening; be careful with those fireworks and with a tendency to over-do. But we may have the capacity to enjoy a crowd more than usual, to feel the buzz of humankind, as long as we know our escape route if needed. The crowd’s fine, crowding is not. Lovely Mercury sextile Venus encourages camaraderie and more coziness late tonight.

Moon sextile Uranus 4:15 PM, Moon sesqui-quadrate Mars 7:07 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 7:36 PM, Moon trine Mercury 10:13 PM, Moon opposed Venus 10:31 PM,

Sunday, July 5: We can get both more sensitive and edgier today as the Moon enters intimate but easily- bruised Pisces just as Mars forms a challenging semi-square to Jupiter and brings out our pugnacious streak. Difficult relatives bring up politics, but not because they want an open discussion. One good way of using this energy to engage muscular effort on something sensitive and creative: garden, paint, and beautify surroundings. Be careful to not manipulate today, even if feeling emotionally needy and wanting others to cooperate to make one feel safer, manipulation will tend to backfire. Be honest and caring instead, and notice that gets better results. We may feel we have to make difficult decisions tonight as the Sun tangles with Saturn, if so, let’s set clean clear solid boundaries now so we can back off and be more open later.

Mercury sextile Venus 2:18 AM, Moon squares Saturn 6:31 AM, Moon semi-square Pluto7:11 AM then VOC, Moon enters Pisces 8:22 AM, Mars semi-square Jupiter 9:45 AM, Moon semi- square Uranus 5:16 PM, Moon trine Mars 9:19 PM, Sun sesqui- square Saturn 11:23 PM

Monday, July 6: Sleep in and drift away this morning as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces and trines the Sun. Later, notice a judgmental streak, towards self or others, and drop it as the Sun opposes Pluto. Be bigger than that. The holiday fog can begin to clear and we see the work, effort left that needs to be tackled in the months ahead as the Sun opposes Pluto. If we’re not judge mental to towards others, we’ll feel better about ourselves. It’s easy to feel inadequate or feel like we have too little resources to tackle the work at hand, but we can use this to focus efforts rather than just get depressed.

Moon conjunct Neptune 12:30 AM, Moon trine Sun 8:04 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 8:11 AM, Sun opposed Pluto 9:38 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 8:17 PM

Tuesday, July 7: We may still be slow off the mark this morning, as if our brains are still on vacation even when our feet take us back to work as the Moon squares Mercury, let people be a bit squishy and amorphous. The mood changes around noon as the Moon enters edgy or Aries, we can feel the momentum pick back up, for better or worse. So let’s make sure we aim ourselves in a good direction, be creative rather than reactive. A hidden or delayed ambition knocks on the door and asks for some time. Tonight, were not feeling particularly cooperative, will tend to think other people are doing it all wrong, so really, we don’t need the help as Mercury quincunx Saturn.

Moon square Mercury 6:56 AM, Moon trine Saturn 8:35 AM, and then VOC, Moon enters Aries 10:37 AM

Wednesday, July 8: We can make jerky moves or slight klutzy efforts to make progress but somehow will tend to drag our feet this morning. The situation may be more complicated than we think, even if we’re raring to go, as the Aries Moon squares Pluto. Mars trines Neptune and helps us let go of an anger and find our vision again, but we may need to move into a more forgiving place to free up the energy we need. Feels good to be near water, too put effort behind our craft are our. Tonight as Mercury enters cancer our story becomes more important.

Moon square Mars 2:15 AM Saturn 9:57 AM, Moon square Pluto 10:44 AM, Mercury enters Cancer 12:51 PM, Moon square Sun to 20 3 PM, Mars trine Neptune 4:42 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:16 PM

Thursday, July 9: There’s some sweet and beautiful energy available this morning, we long for a more beautiful world and may be unusually willing to work towards that goal as the Aries Moon trines Venus and Jupiter. It could be something simple, but let’s take a step in that direction. If an opportunity cracks open, it needs to be seized now. We also want to feel an energy exchange with the people we know and love, so it’s important to greet our beloveds warmly and connect with them. However briefly, make it authentic and intense. If we feel ignored we will get ornery. The Moon enters more settled and sensual Taurus this afternoon as Mercury quintiles Uranus and leaves us a little edgy and nervous, but this energy can be turned into a special kind of genius.

Moon trine Jupiter 2:01 AM, Moon semi-square Neptune 4:33 AM, Moon trine Venus 7:46 AM, then VOC, Moon enters Taurus 1:49 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 5:34 PM, Mercury quintile Uranus at 8:24 PM

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