Here is the Ask the Astrologers Weekly Astro Forecast for the week of Jul 23, 2017 – Jul 29, 2017:
This week starts on Sunday with a Sun / Moon / Mars conjunction in Leo. This is the July New Moon, with takes place at 10:46 am (UT) at 0° Leo 44′ — with Mars about a degree away.
This is a rather volatile degree. The Sabian symbol is “Under emotional stress, blood rushes to a man’s head.” When Mars (the planet of War) is added to the mix, there is an increased potential for conflict — with friends, loved ones, rivals and even open enemies.
But the Leo Moon is regal, dignified and proud. And as New Moons always represent new beginnings and opportunities to start new, this one brings opportunities to reinvent yourself.
As Leo is the sign associated with warmth, vitality, personality and creative self-expression, the emphasis is on reveling in the moment, embracing life to the fullest, and setting your worries aside long enough to bask in the light of the day.
It’s a warm, creative, dynamic placement, especially with the Sun, Mercury, North Node and Mars all also in Leo at this time.
There are actually six planets in fire signs now (seven if you count the North Node). So if nothing else, we can anticipate an active, busy, eventful week.
Which house in your natal chart is this New Moon taking place in for you? This is going to be a major area of focus for you over the coming month. You can expect to be presented with new opportunities to make changes in your life (and to start anew) wherever this takes place in your chart.
On Monday, Venus opposes Saturn and Mercury trines Uranus. Starting with the more difficult Venus / Saturn aspect, you’re pitting the planet that is associated with love, romance, beauty, harmony and personal value systems (Venus) against the planet associated with limitations, obstacles and restrictions.
The goal here is to balance out the opposing forces — in this case Venus and Saturn — rather than allowing them to fall out of sync. An opposition is always about the need for integration.
This transit can manifest as relationship conflicts, as in feeling lonely, dejected or shut out. It can undermine your self confidence or see you questioning your self worth.
Fortunately we’ve also got Mercury and Uranus in play, courtesy of a trine involving the Moon and North Node. As Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury, bringing them together in a harmonious (trine) aspect allows for a much more natural route to that higher consciousness.
Mercury moves into Virgo on Tuesday. This is where Mercury is most at home (along with Gemini, which it shares rulership with). Mercury both rules and is exalted in Virgo, making it not only more comfortable there but purer in expression. It’s good for getting down to the nitty gritty and figuring out ways to make everything better.
You want to be careful not to scrutinize everything to death or to be too focused on what’s wrong with every picture, but this signature is great for fine-tuning and perfecting whatever needs a little sprucing up.
The Sun completes its conjunction to Mars in Leo on Thursday. This aspect is excellent for finding your stride and taking initiative to make things happen. It’s self-assured and confident. It’s perfect for manifesting your goals. It tells you that whatever you want to attain is completely within your reach and that now is the time to go after it.
Also on Thursday, Venus sextiles the North Node (thus automatically trining the South Node). This aspect can bring new people into your life who feel familiar and who can be instrumental to your evolutionary process. This aspect is karmic in nature, meaning that the people you meet during this time are here to propel you toward your destiny — and vice versa.
Your actions and interactions can have far reaching repercussions so make sure you treat the people you meet during this time (and all times) with dignity and respect.
The sextile aspect relates to assistance and cooperation. And with Venus in Gemini and the North Node in Leo, the connections you develop with others during this time should be based on shared ideals and interests.
As the week (and the month) winds down, we have a relatively uneventful Friday and Saturday. At least as far as exact aspects are concerned. But with the Moon in Libra (conjuncting Jupiter on Friday and opposing Uranus on Saturday), we can expect there to be opportunities for socializing, fraternizing and cooperating with others.
That’s it for this week. See you next week!
Here is this week’s astro calendar; click on it to view it full-sized.
Weekly Astro Forecast —
Jul 23, 2017 – Jul 29, 2017
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