Hey World

Dear World,

I downsized, took a two month hike, made a move and launched my astrology project and am so happy I did. It has been great interacting with all of you, getting feedback and learning how the “stars” are affecting your lives. Alas, I can’t keep my boat afloat this way right now, as much as I’d like. So…I took advantage to the Jupiter trine Pluto action that happened recently, along with the new moon in my 8th house. As many of you know, I’ve been soul-searching lately, looking for work that rings true to who I am.

With Saturn in the first house, I’ve been busy cutting out those things that haven’t been serving me well. Basically, I emptied my landing field and did a reboot so there would be room for the right things to enter in. That right thing has happened which means I still have some work to do in the world at large.

As a result of that, I truly doubt I will be doing monthly forecasts anymore because I will be strapped for time but I will continue to post astrological stories, dream analyses and meaningful planetary data on my blog. Once in a blue moon, I will also do a video but you should count my blog and Facebook as the primary means of hearing from me and for sharing your stories.

It is my greatest hope that I will be able to return to this more full-time in the next 3-5 years. In the meantime, stay tuned for I don’t plan to give up this passion. Astrology is now embedded in the DNA of my soul and is a part of who I am. I will continue to share with you as much as is possible.

To those of you who reached out over the last 6 months and shared your lives with me, thank you! I hope the advice I gave you has helped you in some meaningful fashion.

Expect Fireworks in Your 5th House of Fun this July, Pisces Rising!

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 5th house of fun and passion on July 4th, Pisces Rising, and it looks like the perfect time to begin a new romance…one that is not only fun and adventurous but has the potential for some deep, tender-hearted emotions as well. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these Cancerian bookends is a new beginning and that fresh start has something to do with a lover, your children, hobbies you adore or your creative self-expression.

Pluto will be opposing this energy at 16 degrees of Capricorn and he will be ensuring that your emotions run like a riptide either through your 5th house of fun or your friendship and long-range dreams sector.

Pluto is an ass-kicking little planet that can cause you to cling to things with a vengeance. This can bring out some of the darker side of your nature, or reveal the shadow side to a friendship or group you belong to (Pluto in Capricorn in the 11th house). Compulsive tendencies, power struggles and even emotional blackmail are possible so though there is a lot of lovey energy surrounding this New Moon, there is also a potential dark side that could emerge as well.

Friendships, organizations, your tribe or the group you belong to that holds a common vision could have a powerful effect on you over the weekend. This could equate to you falling in love with a friend, somehow being coerced by “group think,” or finding that your emotional desire nature is running at an all-time peak level. Custody battles or romance tugs of war could also fuel some powerful emotions…So much of what happens depends on what you’ve been up to in your life as of late.

Channel the energy well, and you could set the seeds for a powerful love to enter your life. With Uranus squaring this 5th to 11th house axis, this romance, or series of events, could unfold rapidly or come as a surprise. For a few of you, the surprise could be the conception of a child…for the 5th house rules over children and this New Moon is in Cancer, which has everything to do with family.

Lately, Pisces Rising, you’ve been going through a lot by questioning who you are. Your significant romances and/or other relationships have been beaming a bright light into your partnership sector which has enabled you to learn about yourself. Likely, you’ve been involved in healing yourself, or a close partner, on some level. (Chiron in Pisces in the 1st house).

Some of you have been struggling with body image issues and/or concerns regarding abuse. Others of you feel like you’ve got a fire under your axx (Uranus in Aries in the 2nd house) to be more true to your changing value system, even if that self shakes up the status quo amongst your most intimate partnerships and circle of friends. This could equate to “coming out,” aligning yourself with certain groups or simply getting more in touch with who you really are on the inside.

Another way this energy could manifest (aside from a love interest; the conception of a child or possibly a struggle over paternal issues) is that you will be feeling a strong desire to have your creative voice heard in some fashion, in July. With so many planets lined up in Cancer in that 5th house of expression, I could only encourage those of you who are artistically inclined to delve into your medium whole-heartedly.

Start new projects and while you are doing so, express your emotions and sense impressions. Allow your creativity to flow like an outgoing tide. Tap into history, family culture, or the joy of children to express the richness of your creative voice.

Go out and do things you love to feed your soul and what you gain along the way will pour energy into your hopes, dreams, wishes and friends (11th house opposition). Family outings that focus on fun, tradition, great food and connecting on a soul-level will make you feel great during this holiday weekend. If you are “coming out,” you could channel this energy into joining up with the tribe that makes you feel happy and at home in your own skin.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you should have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you, whether this is coming from a possessive friend or lover, or even a group affiliation.

Pluto can have a somewhat obsessive quality when it gets involved with such things as family secrets, digging up information on a lover or group. If you do learn or uncover something of importance in July, just be careful to use what you unearth wisely. I say that because there can be a strong tendency to manipulate or emotionally blackmail others when this combination is present. It could be you pulling the strings, or the tide could be reversed and someone else might be treating you like the puppet, so keep your eyes open and do what you can to transform any negative power-play situations that might occur.

On a lighter note, this could be the beginning of a transformative love relationship in your life! So don’t expect the worst to happen. Open your heart and mind to love, to deep family connections and to expressing your creative vision to society.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will set a blaze in your 6th house of work, health and service. Some of you could be falling in love with someone at work at this time. It is also possible that you are simply enjoying a happy work situation with kind coworkers and peachy assignments.

Certainly it is a great time to focus on your mind-body-spirit health and to adhere to a healthy diet. With Venus in the 6th house, there can be a tendency to over-indulge in rich foods so don’t let this energy catch you by surprise by veering you off-course from a healthy diet. Be diligent about your health and reap the rewards on down the line.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time for networking with coworkers and forming friendships. Though your daily schedule will likely be busy, it pays to take time to form meaningful partnerships on the job. This would also be a great time to plan out a healthy fitness and diet regime. Venus can cause your sweet-tooth to crave bad things but that Leoenergy wants you to look good, so put some effort into maintaining a sleek, healthy you while steering clear of carbs.

Enjoy all of this fun while it lasts, Pisces Rising, for on the 19th, life gets more serious when a Full Moon in Capricorn lights up your 11th house. Expect emotions to run high for something is about to be revealed or come to a point of culmination. This could impact a friendship, some long-term plan you’ve had, rewards at work or possibly have something to do with a group you belong to. Likely, you will learn something of significance under the light of this moon.

Again, don’t expect the worst to happen! You could be realizing that you are pregnant or that you have found the love of your life. Jupiter and the North Node of the Moon are dancing through your 7th house of partnerships in order to bring blessings into your life via partnerships.

For some of you, these blessings could manifest in a few years for you also have Saturn surfing through your career house. Wherever Saturn sits, he is does so to mature you, to encourage you to work hard and to recognize that there are consequences for your actions. Learn his lessons well, and you can reap great rewards. Ignore what he is trying to teach you and you will pay ten-fold down the line.

With this taskmaster in your 10th house, it is your career and worldly standing that is currently under pressure. Work hard, obey the rules and play nice with the bosses and in a few years, you could see tremendous rewards land in your lap (11th house). Saturn works things over slowly, so expect delays in seeing the benefits of your labors. They won’t happen until Saturn moves out of your 10th house and your bosses are sure you are worthy of a raise. Discipline, elbow grease and good relationships at work applied over the long-haul will usher in that which you desire. So if that 11th house Full Moon isn’t showing you want you want quite yet in terms of work rewards, keep plugging. Work rewards show up in that 11th house when the time is right.

On the other hand, if you are being irresponsible in some part of your life, Saturn could also make it known to the world how you are “failing.” The truth of a situation (Saturn in Sagittarius) could come out thus impacting your worldly standing (10th house). Though I don’t truly believe in “failures,” Saturn can deliver very hard life lessons that are meant to encourage you to grow, change and mature.

If you’ve been learning dark secrets about friends, the organizations you belong to or are possibly just getting to the bottom of what you really want out of life, use the information revealed by the Full Moon to spur you forward onto a positive life path. That moon is there to light the way and to provide you with better understanding. Mars is also now moving forward in your 9th house, encouraging you to pursue your life path destiny as well.

Maybe you need to learn to play by the rules (Moon in Capricorn) in order to get ahead. Information regarding a friendship or family matter could get revealed. Perhaps you learn something about the organization you work for that you’d rather not know. Or, maybe they find out something about you that causes their eye to twitch. Hard to say…but Capricorn is all about the rules, about social status and about climbing the ladder. Pluto is there churning up issues regarding “group think” and the darker side of what it means to belong. Stray too far outside of what the group considers “normal” and you could find yourself being pressured to conform or leave.

Maybe you’ve been playing psychologist to your friends and have been working at understanding their motivations. This is also a powerful placement for someone who navigates between people in an organization while doing their best to get diverse work groups to accomplish common goals, despite their differences.

Whatever is going down for you, it will feel potent at the time of the Capricorn Full Moon. Face it bravely and learn from whatever pops up and you will be on the right track.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will enter Leo which will light up the 6th house for many of you (or the 5th for some others, depending upon birth date). The Sun is more than a blazing ball of gas, it is our vital will and purpose in this life. In Leo, the sun has the heart of a King or a Queen and your life force should be bubbling out of you.

This is the perfect time for you to shine at work and to take the lead in a project. Find a way that you can be of service to the world and you win! When you marry your soul up to your everyday work activities, you are getting the very best out of your 6th house sun.

If that Leo Sun happens to fall into your 5th house instead, ask yourself: What brings joy and passion into your life? A 5th house sun could indicate a man showing up in the romantic department or, possibly, a male child is needing your love, warmth and attention. If you own a business, the 22nd is a great time to pour energy into projects so your creative voice can be heard. Things you invest into the 5th house can be reaped in the 11th, so allow that prideful, creative sun to flourish!

Uranus, that maverick planet that loves to disrupt things and herald in change, is going retrograde on the 29th in Aries in your 2nd house of values. He is positioned at 24.5 degrees which leads me to look up two sabian symbols to garner his intention.

At 24 degrees of Aries, the message is: a harp that plays itself. What could be more perfect for a 2nd house Uranus! This planet of revolution wants you to be true to your changing value system. What was once important to you may no longer hold weight as you discover new, independent ways to earn money, while promoting inner talents and resources.

If you tip the scale and look at the 25 degree mark instead, the message is: A great dragon asleep in a cave. This too is perfect! If you have been holding back on revolutionizing what you feel is important in your life, this retrograde Uranus is giving you the encouragement to dig deep and get serious about what is most important in your life. Is it money? Or is it developing your sense of self-worth? Maybe it is polishing off natural talents given to you at birth? Get in touch with who you really are on the inside and you will have harnessed this energy well.

So many people on the planet are trying to wake-up and with Uranus in your 2nd house, Pisces Rising, the Universe is giving you the green light to evolve…so think things over. Uranus will continue you his retrograde motion until the 29th of December. By mid-April of 2017, he will be moving forward into new territory with you in tow. That new you should have a much more clearly defined and revolutionized value system.

Mercury will enter discerning Virgo on July 30th. Expect to hear news regarding one of your partnerships for this impacts your 7th house. Lately, you’ve been blessed with luck in your closest relationships, providing that you have been discerning (Virgo) regarding who you join forces with. Now Mercury, that planet of communications, is encouraging you to open up, to talk, share and formulate plans with a lover, dear friend, spouse or close business associate.

This is also a great time to consider learning new job related skills from a mentor. Virgo is the sign of the craftsman. Working with the hands, analyzing things and perfecting systems at work are all highlighted. If you have been blessed with a mentor at work who can help you in perfecting your craft, do take advantage of the knowledge they are sharing with you.

If you have been working on healing (Chiron in Pisces in the 1st), this Jupiterian/North Node energy in your 7th house could also indicate a beneficial relationship with a holistic healer. Take advantage of this time to resolve health issues, body image concerns or trouble you’ve had with self-expression. Good healers are worth their weight in gold and you have the perfect alignment to get help along your healing journey right now.

In fact, your 7th house alignment has a feeling of destiny attached to it right now so do take your partnerships seriously this month. People that walk into your life have a soul purpose for joining with you as evidenced by the Jupiter, North Node, Mercury conjunction.

July, for you Pisces Rising, has a lot to do with romance, partnerships and healing. Focus on warm-hearted emotions that arise and stay true to your newly evolving value system and this month could shower fireworks into your life. Steer away from compulsive tendencies, power struggles and emotional tugs of war with lovers, children and friends and you will be able to enjoy the light show to its fullest.

Expect New Beginnings in Relationships, in July, Capricorn Rising

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 7th house of close partnerships on July 4th, Capricorn Rising, and that makes it the perfect time to plant the seeds for what you want from lovers, spouses, business associates and life-long friends. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these Cancerian bookends is a new beginning that has much to do with setting the emotional tone you desire from your relationships, including family. With both Mercury and Venus tagging along with the New Moon, this should prove to be a potent time to talk things out on a heart-level with those you care about.

The 7th house bears the grit and pearls of how we get along with other people in our lives. When your 7th house is really active, you have a great opportunity to learn by holding a looking glass up to all of your partnerships to see how they are doing. Certainly with a New Moon coursing through this local, there is a strong chance that some of you are adventuring into a fresh and powerful beginning with a lover, close friend, a family member or possibly a new business partner.

Though we tend to think of positive, powerful alliances forming here, this is also the house of open enemies, so it pays to treat people well in the hopes that your good karma will circle around.

Pluto will be opposing this New Moon energy from within your 1st house of self. This tells me that the partnerships you form at this time have the chance of moving heaven and earth in your life. New love alliances could form and changes to family structures could also ensue. So long as you are consciously owning your 1st house Pluto energy and are channeling it in your favor, you should fare this period quite well.

If, however, your 1st house Pluto has you in a tailspin, this period could ruffle some relationship waters, especially since it opposes your 7th house moon. I say this because a 1st house Pluto lends you great intensity. You may be projecting yourself fearlessly right now and that can scare people especially if you are delving into their stuff. Right now it’s as if you have laser beam eyes. Those Plutonian eyes can readily drill into the hearts and minds of others thus revealing secrets and motivations they’d rather keep clothed.

When people are metaphorically stripped in this fashion, they can sometimes retaliate by scapegoating in order to avoid directness and having all of their dark stuff revealed. If you’ve experienced this backlash in the past, it can cause you to hold your insights close to your chest. The opposite end of the spectrum is that you blurt out more than you should regarding hidden matters and motivations. Offering unwanted advise, based upon your laser-like vision, could become an issue for partners, lovers and family, so do try to channel this energy wisely for the good of all.

Obviously, finding middle ground in this process is necessary for you to find peace and balance within your partnerships. And remember, it is often not what we say that gets us into trouble, but how we say it.

Pluto can also encourage you to jump into the deep end of the relationship abyss thus stirring up brief and intense encounters with others. Valuable lessons can be learned from a “50 Shades of Grey” kind of relationship, but a partnership based upon true equality and sharing will serve you better in the long haul…especially since you have Cancer energy surrounding your 7th house.

With this placement you really do need to strive for balance in your dealings with others. Give and take is where it’s at. Own your own power, but allow others to be powerful in their own right too. Though you can see things clearly right now, sometimes you have to allow people to make their own mistakes in order for them to grow.

With this energy afoot, it is also wise to accept your own shadow material so you don’t project it onto others or vise versa. You need to engage with significant others…but going to the very depths of the abyss may not always be in everyone’s best interest.

Freedom and independence are highly valued by you right now and that makes you want to explore life fully so you can discover truths about yourself. New experiences fuel your drive forward but with an active 7th house, you are being asked to consider the others in your life as you grow and change.

Make sure in this restless pursuit that you take time to assimilate what you’ve learned instead of just constantly seeking the new and untried. Integration is key and will help you to build the heart-felt connections you desire to have with others. Build on the old you rather than discarding your past for an ever-changing future. Expect your independence needs to be challenged as you merge with others. Though I realize that you want freedom and independence right now that Cancer energy of your 7th house also longs for deep commitment and to feel safe, comforted and nurtured within your partnerships…so something has to give or at least teeter-totter.

During this New Moon phase, you may have to give up some of your “lone-wolf” tendencies in order to grow in partnership with family, a lover or spouse. Can you let down your guard and open up your heart to allow a fresh start to blossom in your relationship sector? It appears that the holiday weekend could be the perfect time for this blossoming to occur.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up the latter degrees of your 7th house or possibly dip into your 8th. Either way your relationships are highlighted once again. Things tend to get more intense in the 8th house, however, for this is a transformative, mysterious house that rules over our deepest psychological needs, sex, taboos and jointly-held resources amongst other things. Though close relationships form in the 7th, it in the 8th we get down to the business of living together, of sharing things and opening ourselves up intimately.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to talk and plan out your future with whomever is lighting up your life. In fact, with Jupiter and the North Node conjunct in the 9th, at this same time, this could readily equate to marriage vows being exchanged for some of you. There could also be some sudden alterations to your family structure (4th house Uranus) such as welcoming in new baby or foster child, for example.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up your 1st house of self where Pluto has been busy overhauling your personality, outward projection as well as your relationships.

Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand regarding the changes you’ve made in your life over the last few years. Have you taken on your own power? How are you doing in finding balance within your partnerships? Have you gotten more bold in sharing your thoughts and speaking your truth? How have the changes you’ve made enabled you to come to this moment in time where new, important relationships are opening up in your life?

These are a few questions that full Moon brings to mind. Expect emotions to run high at this time for full moons are very revelatory. They also bring things to a point of culmination. Since this both affects who you are as well as your 7th house partnerships, this should be a potent full Moon indeed.

What structures in your life might need changing? Are you being your true and honest self? If you’ve been re-working yourself from the inside out, how does the new you feel? Have the changes you’ve made helped you to find a loving, nurturing partner? Are you sharing your deepest needs with those you love?

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 7th or 8th house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. If ever there was a time to get serious about your partnerships, Capricorn Rising, it is this July. Take what you learned from the Full Moon and bring that energy to bear within your closest alliances. The Universe is giving you a green light to share on a deep level with those you love, including family.

Uranus is currently sitting in your 4th house of home. Over the last few years, many of you have probably made a big move. This may have been from an apartment to a house, across country…or even to another land. During the down turn in the economy a few of you may even have lost a home. Though sudden disruptions to where we live can be quite unsettling (especially if it comes through loss, fire or some natural disaster), these very disruptions can also change our living energy for the positive by putting us in the right place for our lives to unfold.

A few of you may have ventured overseas as a result of this disruption and now you are reaping the benefits of Jupiter and the North Node sitting in your 9th house. Maybe you have met and are now marrying someone from another culture as a result of this move. Perhaps you have set up a business adventure with someone overseas and this venture is now bearing fruit.

If Uranus stirred up your life by somehow altering your family structure in some unwanted fashion, my heart goes out to you. If, however, that period has passed and you’ve been re-working who you are, that self-work could be panning out in new, heart-felt relationships that could rock your world in July. Everything happens for a reason and if you are planting positive seeds in your relationship department now, you can expect good things to happen.

Since Uranus will be turning retrograde on the 29th, he can once again stir things up for you on the home front. This could have you revisiting your home and where you live. If you have fallen in love with someone from another culture, you could be deciding where you need to establish yourselves. Maybe you’ve partnered with someone and that is suddenly changing your family structure. If so, July has a good feel to it for there is plenty of love to go around.

Uranus could also be inspiring you to look at your past differently. Are there patterns from your family upbringing that you can let go of in order to birth a more empowered, open and sharing you? By changing or reframing old family issues, can you set the course for having more loving, close-knit relationships now? If arguments caused a rift in your family, this could prove to be an important period to work on healing.

Uranus’s purpose is to stir things up in your life, to encourage you to break free from ruts and old ways of thinking. He also wants to channel in your higher-minded self. Since he is currently spinning backwards in your 4th house, in Aries, this is going to stir up all sorts of issues about home, the past, your family, how you were raised as well as your psychological underpinnings or “roots.”

The developmental aim of Aries is to grow courage. Can you be daring enough to move out of the country to pursue your dreams? If you lost your home, what courageous steps can you to take to rebuild your foundation? Maybe part of your path is to be bold enough to confront your parents to resolve old wounds and patterns? Or possibly, it is to look at past family situations with a new set of eyes, as seen through your higher, more conscious self? Certainly with Uranus’s retrograde movement, some of these issues will spring into your consciousness so you can face things, in order to heal.

With a Virgo Mercury cruising through your 9th house on July 30th, the Universe is encouraging you to make good on your life path, Capricorn Rising, for that 9th house has much to do with your journey on this planet. This journey can take you to foreign lands and encourage encounters with other cultures so that your world view can be broadened. It can open your eyes to the truth behind other religions or philosophies. Likely, you will feel compelled to seek the truth in some fashion with Mercury, Jupiter and the North Node all lined up here.

For some, this could herald in great news via the legal system or courts. It could represent tying the knot for some of you or hearing important news regarding adopting a child. Others will benefit by going back to school for a higher degree for this could be part of your journey to empower yourself (Pluto in the 1st) while discarding family beliefs that “education is not important.” (Uranus in the 4th).

Others of you have been avidly pursuing Universal truths in the past year. Overseas travel could be broadening your vision as could various spiritual pursuits. Teachers, gurus and mentors could play a pivotal role in these explorations. I would also encourage you to read widely at this time, but to be discerning regarding the incoming information. Many blessings are to be had by expanding your mind, mental pursuits and search for the truth this year. As Mercury joins Jupiter and the North Node at the end of the month, you could just hear the very news you have been waiting for.

Things that come to mind include…the adoption papers are ready to sign! I now pronounce you husband and wife. You have been accepted into the University. Your overseas business is doing very well. Maybe it’s time to move to another country? Or perhaps a light goes on in your head and you begin waking up to who you really are.

Whatever the news, Capricorn Rising, I see relationships playing a pivotal role for you in July. That tender, Cancer heart is seeking to merge with someone you can trust and open up to. Maybe it’s time to let down your guard and start something amazing that will help you to feel more whole and grounded in your life. Though laying down roots can be scary, it can also give you the backbone and support you so desire in your life.

Life is Like a Zingy Lime so Squeeze It, Scorpio Rising!

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 9th house on July 4th, Scorpio Rising, and that makes it the perfect time to plant the seeds for what you want from your life path. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these Cancerian bookends is a new beginning and that has much to do with a fresh start regarding your life path, educating yourself, taking a long-distance journey, learning about other cultures or possibly getting involved in a court case having to do with family matters.

The 9th house is all about expanding your mind and world view. That’s why overseas journeys are so favored because travel provides such a great opportunity for you to see the world differently while learning from other cultures.

The 9th house is also called the Road to God so this could represent new explorations regarding your spirituality. You could immerse yourself into a communal living situation such as an ashram or meditation group. During one world trip I was blessed to take, I actually witnessed Buddhist monks walking across hot coals after entering a period of deep trance through mindful breathing and focus. Talk about a 9th house journey that completely blew my mind! At that moment, I knew that those Thai monks had tapped into something very powerful that I did not completely understand but that was extremely meaningful nonetheless. That is the power of a 9th house spiritual journey wherein you allow your world view to be broadened by people from other cultures.

Sometimes the Universe also broadens our mind via the court or legal system. Hopefully this is not how this is panning out for you but it is possible for a few that you could be entering into a period of finding out the truth via lawyers and the justice system. Since this energy is in Cancer, it could have something to do with family, land ownership or possibly finances.

Pluto will be opposing this New Moon energy from within your 3rd house of communications. There he has been encouraging you to re-wire your brain and to change the way you look at things. (I truly believe that It is possible to change your life simply by changing how you think about what comes your way.) He may also be encouraging you to overcome learning difficulties, speech problems or to transform how you connect with family and members of other cultures.

The ultimate goal of the 9th house is to expand your mind. With Pluto in opposition to this energy, you could be encouraged to delve deeply into studies to do just that. You have a voice that wants to be heard and that 9th house energy is encouraging you to synthesize all that you know into a greater whole so you can see the big picture of life. He may also be encouraging you to study like a fiend so that you can create a life path destiny that works for you.

Additionally, Pluto is an ass-kicking little planet that tends to unearth things we’d rather keep secret. Are there bones in your family closet regarding land ownership or finances that could cause you legal issues? Maybe you are the one who is unearthing secrets regarding certain religions or institutions of learning. A perfect example of this was rendered in the movie “Spotlight,” which was a very 9th house story about journalists who broke a huge story regarding a wide-spread issue with Catholic priests and child abuse. If you haven’t seen this movie, I would rank it as a MUST SEE for it truly shows how good people can turn their heads and allow an atrocity to blossom right beneath their noses.

Alternatively, this energy could manifest regarding research you are conducting into sociology, anthropology or family patterns such as a detailed family tree. There are many ways this can pan out and it all depends upon what you have been up to in your life lately.

If harnessed wisely, this Pluto could enable you to become quite a scholar. He could also enable you to develop a powerful voice or to work diligently to improve the plight of families across the globe.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you certainly have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up the later degrees of your 9th house or possibly dip into your 10th, which rules your career. Either way, you are being encouraged to follow a life path that feels right for you. Maybe this will entail dating someone from another land or you could choose to go back to school so you can fulfill your destiny and attract a job you love.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to think about and plan out your future. Talk to family members to get feedback or reach out to teachers or spiritual people you trust. Educational systems, through counseling services, can also provide valuable insight.

Who and what you give your energy to in this life is important so take the time connect with people who can provide sage advice so you can get on a path that is life-enhancing.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up that 3rd house where you have been striving for transformation. Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand regarding your thought patterns and your ability to synthesize information. Research projects could bear powerful fruit at this time. You will also understand, at a gut level, what you need to do in order to develop that powerful voice you desire. This could entail working with a speech therapist, taking singing lessons or joining oratory groups to polish your skills. If you’ve been allowing dark thoughts to lurk in your mind, this Full Moon will also shine a light on what you need to do to achieve better mental health.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 9th or 10th house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. It is time for you to shine at work or to blaze a life path that inspires you. With the Sun commingling with Venus and Mercury how can you not attract that which you desire? While making these big life choices, do keep your health in mind.

Uranus is currently sitting in your 6th house of health, everyday work and service and he will be t-squaring the Full Moon. This planet is known for the surprises he delivers in sudden fashion so it pays to take care of your health. You can best do this by thinking outside of the box regarding healthcare. I’d recommend trying a variety of mind-body-spirit practices to quiet your mind and spirit. Add in a healthy dose of organic produce and some fun, adventurous outdoor exercises to round things off and see if that doesn’t help with sudden headaches, fevers or illnesses that seem, of late, to come on quickly.

With Uranus sitting in the 6th house, this is also a really good time to be mindful about coworkers and to grow tolerance regarding people who are different from you. It is not a good time to stir things up with unions or to bicker over cultural differences.

Uranus could also be inspiring you to try new things at work so you can extend your reach and find a more meaningful way to be of service. Since this maverick planet wants you to think outside of the box, he could be encouraging you to change directions, to go back to school or to really work on how you think about and process life’s events.

All of these issues are of potential importance right now because Uranus, that maverick planet of surprises, is going retrograde on the 29th. For many of you, this will bring revelations and/or renovations to the 6th house matters that are currently stirring up your life. What can you do to achieve better health? How can your higher-minded self become more tolerant to cultural and philosophical differences you encounter at work? How can you change your relationship patterns with authority figures so you aren’t butting heads? Would going back to school help you to gain more independence in your work? These are just a few questions that a retrograde Uranus could encourage you to ask.

Uranus is in your 6th house to metamorphose the manner in which you approach health, being of service and your everyday work. The developmental aim of Aries, which is the sign Uranus is currently transitting through, is to foster courage…so how can you bravely change things? If you have tried traditional western doctors and discovered that they aren’t helping you to get well, maybe it’s time to find a good naturopathic doctor instead. If you’ve been afraid to put yourself forward at work, now is the time to be more daring, to take classes and reinvent yourself as well as your skill set.

If this planet of revolution happens to be spinning backwards in your 5th house instead, focus on unique ways that you can bring more fun and joy into your life. How can you reignite a flame with your lover? What daring outdoor sports can you do to bring some zest into your life? How can you tap into the joyful, creative energy of your children so you can enjoy your time with them while quelling some of their more rebellious tendencies? What hobbies do you have that make you feel fired up about life?

Jupiter and the North Node of the Moon are surfing through your 11th house right now and this combo wants to deliver blessings into your life via friendships, group affiliations, by networking, and by pouring energy into your dreams. If you are going through a period of reinvention at work, don’t be afraid to reach out to people who can support you. The same goes if you are battling a health issue or simply need support for going back to school.

With a Virgo Mercury cruising through your 11th house on July 30th, the Universe is giving you the green flag to go after your dreams. This is a perfect time to sit down with a group of friends and craft a lovely vision board. Make plans, join groups and don’t be afraid to use technology to network with others who share the same kind of vision you hold so dear. If you are a believer in quantum physics, then you know that the Universe is full of possibilities and that the dreams you pour energy into could be the very ones that are likely to manifest.

In July, Scorpio Rising, it wouldn’t hurt for you to reach out to your friends to help make those dreams come true. Mars, that God of action and passion, has also started moving forward once again, and though it will take him until August to gain full speed, he is there in your 1st house to help you deliver on those things that are important in your life.

Life is like a zingy lime, Scorpio Rising. You can let it sit on the shelf and shrivel or you can squeeze the juice out of it and go after what you want. Sometimes to enact change you simply need to alter how you think about things. Expand your mind this month and tap into your spirit to see what is really possible. The Universe is full of endless possibilities and July is yours for the squeezing.

Your Destiny Awaits You, Sagittarius Rising

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 8th house of intimacy, jointly held resources and other people’s money on July 4th, Sagittarius Rising, and that makes this the perfect time to delve deeply into your relationship with your partner or to set aside time for financial planning for the future. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these bookends is fresh start and that has much to do with going to the depths with a parter, starting an exciting romance or possibly a new opportunity to build financial wealth is headed your way. For some, it could even equate to the birth of a child. Though we tend to think of the 5th house as ruling children, kids are the literal fruit of our most intimate acts and I believe they could thus show in the 8th house as well as romping around in the 5th.

The 8th house is a transformative place so things that occur within her realms tend to be impactful. Psychic events and phenomenon can open a window, allowing you to see and understand some of the mysteries of the Universe. Pay attention to dreams and intuitive hits and if you are of a mind, try to harness this energy through hypnosis, a shamanic journey or by doing breath of fire to encourage a gateway to open.

Pluto will be opposing this New Moon energy from within your 2nd house of values, talents, money and inner resources. For the past several years he has been encouraging you to revamp your value system and to get in touch with who you really are. Though we tend to think of Pluto as an unpleasant planet, that is not always the case. Though he often forces us to face our inner demons, he also encourages us to dig to the depths of our soul to recognize who we truly are. What are your innate talents? What skills should you develop so you can be who you are meant to be? How can you own your power and use it, along with your skills, for manifesting good things in the world? What was the true purpose of your soul’s incarnation into this world?

With Pluto trining both Jupiter and the North Node right now this could also equate to powerful opportunity to turn your finances around through a lucrative job offer. For others, it will indicate a chance to choose a healthier lifestyle (Jupiter in Virgo)…one that not only supports your revised value system but that allows more time for family, your lover and closest friends. Lately, many Saggis have been struggling with keeping work in balance with life…and failing. Now Pluto is getting thrown into the mix and by touching off that Virgo energy of Jupiter, he is encouraging you to eat whole foods, to be discerning regarding lifestyle and to explore new boundaries regarding holistic health.

In July, certain choices will likely need to be made…and you have many things to take into consideration when that time arrives including health, other people’s values and your own spirit, talents and self-worth.

With the North Node conjunct Jupiter at 15 degrees, whatever goes down has a feeling of fate attached to it. The sabian symbol for this degree of Virgo is the quintessence of deeds well done. From deep within your roots (Pluto in the 2nd house churning up your talents and inner strengths) you produce a beautiful bouquet that is meant to bless your life (Jupiter conjunct North Node in the 10th house). You have proven yourself in some fashion and because of that the Universe is rewarding you or possibly encouraging you down to travel a better life path.

The only caveat I would add is that sometimes we have our plans and yet the Universe may see a better path for us to follow. Be open to what life presents and see if you can find the blessings in whatever is initiated during this New Moon phase. I truly believe we are all where we are meant to be at any given moment.

Remember, we have an all loving, all kind Universe…and some things are destined. If that something is different from what you had envisioned, all journeys are meant to bring us to a place of greater love and wisdom even if it seems like you have somehow gotten off-track.

Do expect feelings and emotions to escalate at this time for what Pluto wants, he wants with a vengeance. His ultimate aim is to somehow transform your life. This could be through rejuvenating your finances, by getting you more in touch with your spirit so you can give the very best of yourself to the world or through sharing emotions and your deepest needs with your partner and/or family. He is also jumping up and down on your value system much like a gorilla trying to bust open a piece of Sampsonite luggage. His purpose for acting like a big ugly ape is to get you to decide what is truly important and what is not. What is worth carrying around and what is better left behind?

This is also a good time to carefully protect your personal information and to keep secrets you’d like to remain under-wraps well hidden unless you are with someone you trust implicitly. You should also contemplate on what the significant others in your life need to be happy, for the 8th house has much to do with other people’s values.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you should have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you. Is what you are going after in alignment with your spirit and core values? Will it draw on the best of your talents and strengths? Will it provide an opportunity for you to teach or share your knowledge in some meaningful fashion? Can you accomplish the mission while keeping up a healthy lifestyle? These are just a few of the questions that pop into mind with this configuration.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up your 9th house which represents your life path destiny as well as the Road to God. Again, this is why you need to believe in what you are doing. Sagittarians like to have a spiritual connection with their work and they are always seeking the truth. With Venus in the 9th house, you may feel a strong desire to begin a spiritual journey, to go on a trip that connects you to spirit or to take classes that will reinvigorate your soul so you can held down a path that feels right.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to talk to a spiritual counselor or to lay out a plan for how you can get onto a path that honors who you are. Going back for a higher degree may do it for some, while traveling to a foreign land to seek the truth will work for others. For a good many of you, simply visiting some amazing place in the great outdoors is all you need to let your spirit soar.

Certainly, it is a great time to connect with people from other cultures, to learn and exchange information that will broaden your world view. That 9th house is an expansive place and it’s desire is to broaden your mind in some fashion.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up that 2nd house where you have been striving for transformation. Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand regarding finances, your value system, and/or bringing your greatest talents and strengths to fruition in the world. Since this full Moon will be tagging Pluto, you will likely feel whatever happens at a gut level.

Expect emotions to run high for something important will be revealed or is coming to a point of culmination. This moon could be shining a light on your self-worth and how you can improve that. It could also reveal where you stand financially. Since Uranus is piercing this 2nd to 8th house axis (via a t-square) where the sun and moon are currently in opposition, you should expect some sudden events, surprises or aha moments to occur. Maybe what you desire is not the same thing your partner wants. In this case, Uranus could cause some disruptions in romance or a need for you to do a delicate balancing act.

Is your will and want you want somehow in opposition to what you need? If so, Uranus (and your 2nd house Pluto in Capricorn) will likely force you to decide what is most important.

Will your new job curtail your ability to have fun (Uranus in the 5th house in Aries)? With Saturn in the 1st house, your shoulders are broad right now and many will want to heap responsibilities upon them. This could rob you of fun time, closeness with your partner or inhibit you from running a side business you feel attached to because it represents a higher part of your self. Sudden decisions may need to be made but I am here to encourage you to choose wisely. Remember, Pluto is hulking through your 2nd house for a reason…and part of that reason is for you to revamp your value system so you don’t come up empty-handed regarding some important aspect of life.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 9th house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. It’s as if the Universe is shining a light on the path you are meant to take. This is truly a great time for you to reinvigorate your spirit and to plan out your life path destiny. Go on an outdoor adventure, take some classes or explore a spiritual path that makes you feel connected. The more you are in touch with your spirit, the happier you will be. The happier you are, the more able you are to give your talents to the world.

Uranus, that maverick planet of surprises, will go retrograde on the 29th. For the majority of you, this will bring revelations and/or renovations to your 5th house. This part of your chart rules over your creative self-expression, the things you do for fun and passion, your children and romances.

He is there to encourage you to reinvigorate the fun in your life. What artistic talents can you use to have your voice heard? What hobbies light your life on fire? What fun things can you do with your kids to tap into their fun-loving energy so they aren’t so rebellious? What out-of-the blue things can you do to reignite your romantic life? These are the things you need to consider with a rocket-fueled 5th house Uranus in Aries.

Aries wants you to initiate things, to dare and be bold. Uranus wants you to think outside of the box, to channel in your higher self, to disrupt patterns that have gotten old and stuck so you can usher in that which is fresh, exciting and new. When this maverick planet turns retrograde, he is going to churn up all of these issues.

If you have had a period of time off, where you’ve been having fun and allowing your spirit free rein, that new job offer could curtail some of your adventures, for example. Or, if you and your partner are not seeing eye-to-eye on things, Uranus could encourage you to disrupt the pattern so you can seek a better mate or somehow change-up your partnership energy. One way or the other, I see you revisiting your life path destiny this month…and you should be doing that based upon your newly emerging value system while keeping in mind the significant others in your life.

Part of that value system should certainly involve taking care of your body. Though others will see those broad responsibility shoulders you have, Saturn is in your 1st house of self and body to remind you to take care of your physical well-being while shouldering all that needs to be done. Health is wealth. Without it, you have nothing…and in this day and age, many employers are more than happy to work you right into the ground if you let them. (Plus, Pluto in the 2nd house can also encourage workaholic tendencies.)

Since work is a hot topic for you this month, Sag Rising, keep your ears tuned at the end of the month. Mercury will be entering Virgo on the 30th and this news deliver-er rules your career house. This planet of communications will also be joining Jupiter and the North Node for a triple grand slam. Meanwhile, Venus and the Sun will still be lighting up your life path destiny (9th house) and Mars will be back in your first house having an intimate conversation with Saturn.

Trust that you are where you are meant to be Sagittarius Rising, for it appears that the Universe is lighting the way for you to accomplish your dreams. So long as you are willing to put in the work, anything is possible. In the process, stay true to your newly emerging value system and listen to what your partner needs and you could hit a career or life path home run in July!

Your destiny awaits you, Sag Rising, and this month it is yours for the taking. Trust in the fact that we have an all-loving and wise Universe and that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

Forgive and Let Go, Libra Rising: A July Astrological Message

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 10th house of career and worldly standing on July 4th, Libra Rising, and that makes it the perfect time to begin a new job or project. For some people it could also indicate a change to how the world sees you such as starting a family. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these Cancerian bookends is a new beginning and that has much to do with a fresh start at work. You could begin working on a group project that requires a lot of planning or you might simply decide it is time to take a position elsewhere. The family vibe is also strong since the New Moon is in Cancer and the 10th house equates to how others see you. This could indicate a period of family planning or perhaps an aging parent is moving into your home so that you can care for them. (Pluto opposition in the 4th house).

Whatever is going down, there is a need for you to connect with your tribe and to talk things out. Venus should give you the charm, grace and ability to empathize with people and Mercury is there to help you communicate on a heart-felt level. Your emotional intelligence is the key to your success right now, in all endeavors.

Pluto will be opposing this New Moon energy from within your 4th house which governs your home, how you were raised, your family roots and the past, how you live behind closed doors as well as your psychological underpinnings. Often it also represents your mother, your country of origin and even how you feel about the nation you call home.

Pluto is an ass-kicking little planet and he does have a tendency to unearth things we’d rather keep secret. Manipulative energy, blackmailing, power struggles and the darker side of the human psyche are just a few of the punches that Pluto packs. So how is his opposition to this New Moon going to affect your life?

Well, if a parent has moved in with you, you will need to be extremely patient with the controlling energy you may witness. Old issues or secrets from your family’s past could get revealed thus having an impact on how others in the world see you. One example of this could be you discovering who your actual birth parents were…thus opening a new page in your family history.

If harnessed wisely, you could also use this energy to delve into your subconscious mind to change scripts from the past that no longer serve you. Is there a way to reframe some of your childhood experiences so you can feel stronger? Life is like a great furnace…it can forge us into stronger, more psychologically sound and wise beings if we allow it to. Forgiving can begin that process of growing stronger.

Look to your past and see if you can notice the blessings earned from some of your tough experiences with family, country or home. Reach out for help if you need support along the way (New Moon in 10th house). So many veterans give their all so we can enjoy freedom. Shouldn’t we as a country do what we can to help them reintegrate when they come home?

Strong feelings of nationalism could also surface with this placement. Considering this is the 4th of July, this is not too surprising, but with Pluto’s presence there can be compulsive urges to take things to extremes. If you feel like your country has fallen apart, you may feel driven to smash or disrupt those structures that have gone astray (Pluto in Capricorn in the 4th) so a new world order can be birthed. Naturally, I would advice against this.

Lately I have heard some rather crazy rhetoric from people who steep themselves in basement “tv” shows that have the false appearance of being news. If you are one of these people, I could only encourage you to take a broader look around and to listen to a variety of news sources so you can get a balanced perspective on what is happening. That is not to say that everything is perfect where you live…for in most places it is not, but a wise soul should seek information broadly in order to ascertain some semblance of the truth.

Pluto in the 4th house can also cause disruptions to a person’s home or property. Under extreme cases it can necessitate leaving your country of origin. War refugees fleeing their homeland for a new place to live would be another example of how this energy could manifest for some people in the world.

Though some of these examples seem rather dark, there is always hope for Pluto desires above all else to transform a situation. Our realities have so much to do with how we choose to think about things. You can either dive into the muck or you can search for pearls. With Pluto in the 4th house, you may have to go through some of the muck in order to find that bright, pearlescent ray of light. My hope is that you will take this message and show up with a beautiful pearl in your out-stretched hand after a period of soul-searching.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you should have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you. Are you being too hard on yourself, your ancestors or your upbringing? Is it possible that they were doing the best they could under difficult circumstances? How can you shore up your own emotional well-being so you can break any family cycles you are weary of? Can you look at your country and see the beauty as well as the atrocities?

If you don’t like what you see, how can you change things in some humanitarian fashion? Engage that heart-felt energy the Cancer New Moon is pouring out and find a positive way to make a difference. Support organizations that feed the poor..in this country or another. Consider buying a service dog for a veteran with post traumatic stress disorder. Work at a grass-roots level to effect change legally, in a positive manner. Open your heart to new beginnings and allow miracles to happen within your own family.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up your 11th house of friendships, group affiliations, dreams and long-range plans. Reach out to friends and groups that are supportive of your goals. If you are trying to make a difference in the world, network with organizations that can bring about positive change.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to network and plan with like-minded people. Talk to those you are close to and gather advice. Set realistic goals and take steps towards making your dreams a reality. Everything we achieve in life starts with one simple thought. Pour energy, emotion and time into developing that thought and soon it is a reality! With this placement, joining forces with others can multiply your efforts tenfold.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up that 4th house where you have been striving for transformation. Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand regarding your home, family matters, national interests and your own mental, emotional and psychological well-being. Expect emotions to run high for something important will be revealed or is coming to a point of culmination.

For some of you, a family secret could be revealed thus churning up the past. Parental issues will come to light for others, showing you how you can best move forward with their care. A certain number of you will feel compelled to take steps towards righting political wrongs so you can improve national interests. Hopefully many of you will attend to healing your inner wounds so that you can forgive, let go and become a stronger person in the process.

Though Pluto is involved, don’t expect the worst….so much of how this will play out depends upon what you’ve been up to in your life. It could, for example, indicate you gaining more self-awareness regarding your past and family history. By learning to love the fiery furnace of your ancestry, you can gain great inner strength and wisdom, for it has forged you into who you are. Maybe this Moon shines a light on the positive steps you can take to make your country a better, more loving and peaceful place to live.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 11th house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. This is time to network, network, network. If you started a new job or project your social skills are really needed in order to carry things through so you can shine. Polish off your diplomacy skills and work on group dynamics in order to see your project through.

If you are working on bettering where you live, connect with groups and organizations that can help you to make a difference. Use the power of the internet, Facebook and social media to share your thoughts with a broad audience. If, on the other hand, you are reaching out for to heal old, personal wounds, this is also a great combination for finding support groups that can make a difference in your life.

Uranus, that maverick planet of surprises, will go retrograde on the 29th. For the majority of you, this will bring revelations and/or renovations to your 7th house. This part of your chart affects your closest partnerships including lovers, spouses, business associates and life-long friends.

He is there to encourage you to metamorphose your relationship patterns and to bring forth a more authentic version of yourself. The developmental aim of Aries, which is the sign Uranus is currently transiting through, is to foster courage…so how can you bravely change how you interact with others to better draw in the kinds of partners you desire? Maybe you would benefit from dating someone from a different background or age group than normal? How can you alter your dating patterns so that you can have more of your needs met? What do you truly want and desire in a relationship? With Uranus churning up all of these issues, this is a perfect time to rethink what is important.

Jupiter and the North Node of the Moon are surfing through your 12th house right now and this combo wants to deliver blessings into your life. If you’ve been holding onto family grudges or anger against your country, this is the perfect time to work on forgiving. If a primary relationship has been dissolved in the last few years, this is a great time to release hurts regarding the disruption that brought into your life.

The 12th house is a spiritual place. It is also a place where we can connect with the collective consciousness. By recognizing the totality of all that’s been and all that can be, it makes sense to leave an energy trace of positivity in the Universe for others to draw upon in the future.

Whatever is happening in your life right now, it is occurring for the purpose of bringing out your higher self. You can either let Pluto crush you from the ground floor up or you can harness his transformative powers to build a solid cornerstone upon which you can stand. I get a strong sense that forgiveness is an important aspect of pouring this mortar, so allow Jupiter to work his magic by working with him.

With a Virgo Mercury cruising through your 12th house on July 30th, you have plenty of time to contemplate these matters. Words can imprison us or free us, so choose them wisely. What you say to yourself is important for it solidifies your thoughts on a subconscious level. How you interact with others matters too. Remember, family members are vulnerable to all of our thoughts. What are you choosing to put out into the Universe? Is that what we would really like to leave behind?

Words have the power to heal if used discerningly. Offer up a prayer this month, Libra Rising, and see if forgiving and letting go don’t provide you with the fresh start you so desire to see within your family, home and the quiet recesses of your own mind. Peace is yours for the asking.

Dream Big, Virgo Rising, and Believe in Yourself! That is your astrological message for July.

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 11th house of friends, group affiliations and long-term plans on July 4th, Virgo Rising, and that makes it the perfect time to create a vision board and to dream big. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these bookends is a new beginning and that beginning has much to do with a friendship, a family matter or a goal you have sought after. A new friend could walk into your life or this could simply represent a fresh start with someone close to you. With both Venus and Mercury in the mix, it is important for you to talk things out on a heart-felt level if you are starting over with someone. By being open and honest and sharing your emotions, you can breathe new life into a meaningful partnership.

This New Cancer Moon energy could also have something to do with your family. That could include family planning, letting your kids know how much they mean to you or even represent a fresh start for those you love. Setting aside financial resources for long-term family goals is another possible manifestation of this energy.

Pluto will be opposing this New Moon energy from within your 5th house which governs children, lovers, creative projects and the businesses that you own. With this energy here, you can feel an overwhelming need to be admired or appreciated by others. Too much of this needy energy can hamper relationships with kids, lovers, family members and even close friends so perhaps this New Moon energy is about setting a new tone within those relationships. When you learn to love and accept yourself, you may find that you need less outward reassurances from others.

This opposition could also represent a new romance but with Pluto in the mix, beware of power games between you and your lover. Pluto can be quite obsessive in his wants, desires and passions. What he wants, he wants intensely and he is not above being under-handed in order to obtain that which he holds dear. Remember, Pluto abducted Persephone into the underworld after first enticing her with flowers. Once trapped, he refused to relinquish his lover to the upper world. It took hell-raising Ceres to partially undue his grasp and she caused this by casting a famine upon the earth. With starvation threatening the world, Ceres, Persephone’s mother, finally forced Pluto to agree to a 50-50 time share.

If you believe in myths (and I do) then you should expect some manipulations, secrets, jealousy and power-plays to emerge when it comes to those long-term dreams you hold so dear. Maybe this will play out with a lover, a friend or some group or organization. Since Cancer energy is involved, children and family matters are also highlighted.

The 5th house also rules creativity so you could be feeling a strong need to express yourself in a manner that draws admiration and attention, thus forwarding some inner dream/compulsion you have of being noticed.

Use the energy mindfully and you could transform any situation that has been plaguing you. It will, however, require planning (Mercury) and a need to talk things out with those you love (Venus in Cancer). Try dropping the power plays and get real instead and see if that doesn’t bring you closer to that which you desire.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you should have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you. Are you being too hard on friends? Are your long-term goals realistic or do you need to redefine what’s important? Are you pushing your kids too hard? What could you do that would turn your family’s situation around? Do you try to validate your sense of self worth by looking to others for approval? These are just a few questions that pop into my mind.

Whatever is stirring in your life, this New Moon represents a time to get clear on your goals and what you hope to accomplish. Pluto is there to encourage transformation.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up your 12th house of spirituality. Have you been grasping onto the things you desire so hard that you feel like you are losing control? Maybe it’s time to relinquish that grasp a bit and recognize that everything happens for a reason. There is a bigger picture to our lives and sometimes when we don’t get the things we want it is for very good reasons.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to talk to a spiritual counselor or to take a quiet walk in the woods so you can mull things over in peace. If you are setting the stage for a new beginning in your life, use this energy to think about how you can go about things differently to achieve a better outcome.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up that 5th house where you have been striving for transformation. Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand regarding lovers, children, your deep-seated need to be admired or regarding a male friend. Expect emotions to run high for something important will be revealed or is coming to a point of culmination.

For some of you, this could herald in some news regarding a close friend, lover or child. It could also reveal where you stand within your company. Are you getting the attention you desire from your career or do you feel more or less like a number? Are your creative talents being encouraged or swept aside? Maybe some important family matter will come to light so you can better understand the dynamics at play. Can you somehow transform the way you express yourself to enhance your ability to accomplish those long-range plans you hold so dearly? These are a few questions that pop into my mind as I see this configuration.

Though Pluto is involved, don’t, however, expect the worst….so much of how this will play out depends upon what you’ve been up to in your life. It could, for example, also indicate you gaining more self-awareness. By learning to love who you are on the inside, you could find that you really don’t need outward validation from people at work.
Maybe this shines a light on how you can be creative for the pure sake of having fun with your talents without worrying about what anyone else thinks.

Perhaps you recognize that improving family matters will first require building up your own self-esteem. Allowing for a fresh start in a friendship could also become a pivotal point for you to improve how you interact with others.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 12th house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. Quiet time should be high on your list of priorities right now so you can mull over all that you’ve recently learned. Retreats, meditation classes or quiet walks on the beach would be very soul-soothing at this time. Get in touch with your spirit and find some down time.

Uranus, that maverick planet of surprises, will go retrograde on the 29th. For the majority of you, this will bring revelations and/or renovations to your 8th house. This part of your chart rules over some power-packed issues including: life, birth, death, sex, intimacy, taboos, taxes, inheritances, other people’s money, joint finances, deep psychological needs and life transformations.

He is there to encourage you to metamorphose your life. What part of you needs the most attention? Is it building self-esteem and self-worth (Pluto in the 5ht)? Do you need to change how you approach intimate partnerships? Could working on family matters have a positive influence (11th house New Moon)? What are your deepest psychological needs…and more importantly how are you going about having those needs met (Uranus in Aries in the 8th house)?

Jupiter and the North Node of the Moon are surfing through your 1st house right now and this combo wants to deliver blessings into your life. To do so, however, you need to hold a looking glass up to all of your relationships so you can learn from what you see. If you worked on your outward expression with others, how would that impact your goals and dreams? If you focussed on bettering/developing yourself, would that improve your standing with your company? With Jupiter in Virgo, nothing comes without hard work. Focus on developing better schedules, work habits, outward expression and job related skills and see what that does to improve your world and long-range dreams.

Just as Jupiter is working on us, Uranus dares us to break the rules and to bring forth a more authentic version of ourselves. If you aren’t happy with power games with lovers or children now is the perfect time to change. If your partnership needs aren’t being met, how can you alter your intimacy patterns to improve matters? If finances have been upsetting the apple cart, how can you invest your creative talents to win rewards at work? Maybe you are working on overhauling some child-rearing practices so you can set your family on a better course. If so, that is great! Uranus wants you to think outside of the box in order to herald in change.

Whatever is going down, it is happening for the purpose of bringing out your higher self. I am getting the sense that the most important thing for you in July, Virgo Rising, is to love and appreciate yourself. Work on building confidence and self-esteem and see if that doesn’t rocket fuel your life into a better direction.

With a Virgo Mercury cruising through your 1st house on July 30th, you have plenty of time to contemplate these matters. There is a new you that wants to be born and Uranus is encouraging that evolution. Craft a plan that will enable you to reach your most heart-felt goals whether that is meeting a lover that adores you, starting a meaningful friendship or joining a support group that helps you to tackle your goals. Maybe this plan entails improving your interactions with others for an overall happier life.

Though I get the sense that many things are on the plate for you this month, building self-worth and self-esteem are key elements to your evolution. Learn to love and appreciate yourself and watch your dreams unfold.

If you feel you need some help in this department, I highly encourage you to watch Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk regarding how your body posture and thought processes can hold you back in life. Change these simple things and watch your life soar. You are meant to dream big, Virgo Rising: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en

The Lightness of Being, a July Astrological Message for Leo Rising

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 12th house of spirituality and the collective consciousness on July 4th, Leo Rising, and that makes it the perfect time to set intentions for how you want to grow and evolve as a spirit. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these bookends is a new beginning which has much to do with a fresh start regarding your spiritual well being. Are there things you need to let go of in order to evolve? Could the power of forgiveness change your life? Are there some spiritual practices you can put in place that would bounce you to the next level?

Pluto will be opposing this New Moon energy from within your 6th house and that area governs everyday work activities, being of service to the world and your mind-body-spirit health. Workaholic tendencies can undermine your health with Pluto in Capricorn lurking in the this location, especially if you are not being mindful about taking care of yourself.

How can you transform this situation? With a new beginning in your house of spirituality, this is a great opportunity to rebalance things in your favor so you can bring in peace, harmony and a sense of emotional well-being. It’s also a good time to take pre-emptive measures to get to the bottom of any health issue that you are facing.

Since the 6th house also has much to do with being of service, this Pluto could also manifest as a deep longing to help other people cross a great divide in their life such as battling a serious illness or possibly crossing over to the other side. In July, a few of you could find yourself assisting someone close to you, such as an aging parent, with an illness as a result of this transit. Providing hospice care would be another fitting example as would working in a veterinarian office where sick pets are euthanized.

Pluto tends to bring up dark issues for he is the planet of birth, death and renewal. So whatever it is that you take on at this time under the influence of the New Moon, just make sure that it is a good thing for your life. I do believe there are many spiritual rewards for helping someone cross a cataclysmic divide in their life but are there the same kinds of rewards for working yourself to death in a job that does not, perhaps, give much back in return? This is something to think about for I don’t know how each of you has been using Pluto’s 6th house energy. With him in opposition to the house of sorrow and undoing where the New Moon is taking place, this is something for you consider so you can harness the New Moon energy in a positive fashion.

Besides dealing with health issues, Pluto can also stir up power struggles as well as the seamier sides of office politics and coworker behaviors when he is carousing through the house of work. With a New Moon opposing this energy, I would advise staying away from gossip, sharing secrets or doing things that manipulate or undermine others, for the person it could hurt the most is you! Along with being a spiritual house, the 12th is also known as a place of self-undoing which is possibly why there is such an opportunity to grow when we make mistakes in this part of our lives.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up your 1st house of self. What is important to you, Leo Rising? Are you able to share your wants and needs with the significant others in your life while maintaining balanced relationships? Do you express yourself in a queenly or kingly fashion?

With Venus in your 1st house, you should be exceedingly charming in July. Splurge a little and get your hair done, buy a vibrant, colorful outfit or better yet, make a commitment to going to the gym. That way you can burn off some of the stress you’ve likely been feeling in your 6th house. Whatever you do this month, it is going to give you that WOW appeal so feel good about yourself and don’t be too surprised if others start to notice your lovely vibe.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to really think about what you want out of life and to craft a plan for getting there. Do you express yourself the way you like? If not, how can you change your interactions with others for the better? Are you pleased with your looks or mannerisms? If not, what can you do so you feel more vibrant and full of zing?

Maybe it is time to create a health and fitness plan that will get you over the 6th house blues you may have been feeling. All work and no play not only makes our lives monotonous but it can also add on unwanted pounds and stress too. Plan some hikes, a yoga retreat or a juice detox to see if that doesn’t improve how you look and feel from the inside out. Since the 1st house rules the body, this would be a perfect way to honor both Venus and Mercury while boosting your vitality.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up that 6th house where you have been striving for some time. Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand regarding your health, work related activities or service to others. So, whatever 6th house activities have been brewing in your life, expect something to be revealed or to come to a point of culmination. Full Moons often cause emotions to run high and since this Moon is sitting right next to Pluto you should be able to see what you need to do to transform the situation.

Don’t, however, expect the worst….so much of how this will play out depends upon what you’ve been up to in your life and how you choose to handle the inbound energy. It could, for example, indicate a deep understanding of what you need to do to achieve a healthier state. Or, if you have been struggling with relationships or power dynamics at work, you could get an aha moment that reveals how you need to change in order to improve the situation.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 1st house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. You should be getting clearer and clearer regarding what is important to you, so focus on getting your needs met while not forgetting the significant others in your life. This is a great thing for you to do right now! If you’ve been spending too much time at work, you could harness this energy to change the tide so that you start doing more things that honor your physical being and mental health. Plus, the happier you are the better your relationships should fare as well.

Instead of working through lunch, take a meditation break or a walk. Rather than pouring more hours in sitting at your desk, leave work on time and head to the gym instead. If you’ve been working on forgiving, try also to let go….you will feel so much lighter as a being.

July has such a feel of needing to take care of yourself, Leo Rising, and with Saturn in your 5th house, your joy is overdue! Big cats that don’t play get cranky and they tend to roar at those nearby. Find a way to reinvigorate the fun in your life and you should start feeling playful instead. Remember, no one likes a cranky, over-stressed fur ball….and having fun and being joyful is also good medicine for your heart. With Saturn located in your 5th house, this is an important point to remember.

Uranus, that maverick planet of surprises, will go retrograde on the 29th. For the majority of you, this will bring revelations and/or renovations to your 9th house. This part of your chart rules over a number of things including your world view, your religious philosophies, other cultures, higher education, legal decisions, long-distance travel and how you go about expanding your mind.

Some of you have probably been undergoing some pretty big changes regarding at least one of these factors in the last few years. Uranus wants to bring in surprises, fresh ideas and revolutionary ways of looking at things. In the 9th house, this could manifest as epiphanies or aha moments. By interacting with people from different cultures or backgrounds, your world view suddenly gets larger. Maybe you embark on a long journey or decide to shake up your personal philosophy by trying new things like yoga, meditation or chanting. Wherever you have gotten complacent in your life, a retrograde Uranus is going to dare you to make changes and to open your mind to new possibilities.

You could receive a spiritual download or a vision. Maybe you will find yourself rethinking your life path or your need for higher education. Seeking the truth in your own fashion is going to feel like a rocket fueled mission especially since Uranus is in Aries. As he moves retrograde, you may revisit some old belief systems or find yourself questioning things and that is ALL GOOD. Your life is meant to be a quest for the truth…sometimes you have to move two feet forward to find that truth and sometimes it pays to look back on the path you’ve already trodden.

Uranus dares us to break the rules and to bring forth a more authentic version of ourselves, so honor the direction he is taking you in now. He is there to encourage you to question things and to dig for holy grail maxims so you can see the truth as well as the bigger picture of your journey.

Listen to gut feelings and synchronicities and you will be honoring Uranus’ presence in your 9th house. Some of the world’s biggest discoveries have occurred when people tap into the truth that resides deep in their belly.

That fire in the belly can give your life meaning. It can also switch on a huge light in your head. Why are you here? What were you meant to learn in this incarnation? Are you on the right path or do you need to make a U-turn? How can you jump-start your understanding of the world and zoom light years ahead?

To take advantage of this revolutionary energy, you might consider traveling to another country to study a different spiritual system. If you can’t afford a trip, take a mind journey by listening to hemi-sync music, exploring hypnosis or by going on a shamanic vision quest. Others may feel quite happy by taking classes that will spur their evolution and life onto a fresher path. Remain true to your spirit and you win!

With a Virgo Mercury cruising through your 2nd house on July 30th, you have plenty of time to contemplate what is most important to you. The second house is the house of values, Leo Rising, and lately you’ve been tasked with discovering what you need to be happy. Maybe it’s time to devise a plan that will get you moving in the right direction.

Though many people think of the 2nd house as the house of money, it is actually far more than that. It is the house where we choose to put an emphasis on what we feel is important to us. With Pluto in the 6th house and Saturn in the 5th, some of you could be revamping that value system to include better health, more peace of mind, happier relationships or the chance to expand your brain through higher education so you can make the U-turn your spirit desires. Only you know what matters the most.

I can say, however, that July does bear some strong messages for you and many of those messages revolve around taking better care of yourself and having more fun in your life. If you have been hitting road blocks in the manner in which you communicate with others, this is a great time to work on your outward expression. The New Moon around the 4th is also a great time to forgive and let go of baggage that feels to heavy to carry.

Once you start feeling lighter in spirit, focus on physical fitness and doing things that make your heart happy. To do this you might decide to explore the Heart Math Institute which is an organization that helps you to bridge meaningful connections with others. Wouldn’t it feel great if you could lower your stress and improve your relationships at the same time? I’ve done their mindful breathing exercises and they are awesome. We could all use a little more light, love, joy and hope in our lives, am I right?

For you, Leo Rising, finding joy, health and a sense of inner peace is my greatest wish for you this month. Carry less baggage and revel in the lightness of your new being.

Claim Your Power, Cancer Rising! July’s Astrological Outlook…

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 1st house of self on July 4th, Cancer Rising, and it looks like the perfect time to set intentions for who you want to be in the world. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these bookends is a new beginning and that beginning has much to do with who you are, how you project yourself and even how you take care of your physical body.

Pluto will be opposing this energy, from within your house of relationships, at 16 degrees of Capricorn. There he is encouraging you to take on your own power. An unconscious Pluto in the 7th house can create power struggles between you and those you are closest to. Do you own your own power or is someone else in your life pulling your strings? Pluto can be a master manipulator in order to get what he wants, but with the New Moon in your first house, it’s as if a new sheriff just showed up in town and that sheriff is YOU.

If you’ve been letting someone else structure your life, it’s time to take the reins back, Cancer Rising. You know what feels right in your heart so pay attention to your gut feelings and make the necessary changes. Do you need to have more balance in your relationships? Is it time to take control of your own energy? Do you need to gain confidence so you can project yourself more strongly? Are you relying too much on others for support?

I recently watched an awesome Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy. If you are struggling with confidence and/or power issues, I highly encourage you to watch this video, for it could change your life! https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en

I sense there is a new you that wants to come busting out and Amy’s power exercises can give you the boost of confidence and self-esteem you need to make changes.

In the process of rebalancing your relationships and working on yourself, use the sirene qualities of Venus to draw in what you want. Mercury’s presence should also enable you to both plan and speak your mind.

If you are working on body image issues, this could represent a great time to get serious about a health regime that will put you into top condition. With Saturn coursing through your 6th house of health, there is no time like the present to make sure you are taking care of your body. Illnesses can ride Saturn’s coat tails when he is moving through this house but if you harness his energy wisely, he can also usher in discipline when it comes to getting fit. What foods would best support your well-being? Join a buddy and design a fitness program that is going to carve out a healthy, sleek new you.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you should have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you. Are you being too hard on yourself? Are you letting other people pull your strings like a puppet? Are your emotional needs being met? Do your relationships feel balanced or are you giving up too much to keep the others in your life happy?

This new moon represents a time to work on yourself. As you unearth issues that have been causing you to raise your claws, use what you learn wisely. I say that because there can be a strong tendency to manipulate or emotionally blackmail others when this Moon/Pluto combination is present (or vice versa). Get firm regarding your stance and rather than giving into these power-plays, develop your own sense of dynamism and self-worth.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up your 2nd house of values. What is important to you, Cancer Rising? Focus on that and July should go well. Many astrologers call the 2nd house, the house of earned income or money, but it is much more than that.

It also represents your inner resources as well as talents, skills and self-worth. What can you do in your life that will make you shine and feel good on a cellular level from within? Leo energy does nothing in half-measures and a Venus Leo loves to radiate joy, fun and warmth. You are worth loving, developing and taking care of! Leo energy makes you want to ROAR so get proud of who you are on the inside

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to really think about what is important to you. Is it money? Peace of mind? Better relationships? Having a healthy body? Craft a plan and start taking positive steps towards your goals. The new you that you envision isn’t going to happen without effort.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up that 7th house where you have been striving for transformation. Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand regarding your closest partnerships. Expect emotions to run high for something important will be revealed or is coming to a point of culmination.

For some of you, this could herald in an ending to a relationship or power dynamic. For others, you will simply see more clearly where you stand regarding your partnerships. It could also shine a light onto some of the structures in your life that need to be altered in order for you to be who you are meant to be. Maybe you have a business alliance that needs to be dissolved because you now have the confidence to break out on your own.

Sometimes the 7th house can equate to open enemies. If this is the case, you should learn something valuable regarding someone close to you. Take it in stride and count your blessings. If a frenemy is showing you an ugly set of cards, at least you know where you stand.

Don’t, however, expect the worst….so much of how this will play out depends upon what you’ve been up to in your life. It could, for example, also indicate a lover opening up and making his intentions known. A full moon could represent a period of deeply sharing and getting real with the person you love. Things that a person has kept under wraps could come to the surface at this time.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 2nd house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. You should be getting clearer and clearer regarding what is important to you. This should enable you to revamp your value system if it needs to be tweaked. Use what you learn during the Full Moon to guide you along the way. I do see that a new you wants to be born and by focussing on what is most important, you can initiate that birthing process!

Uranus, that maverick planet of surprises, will go retrograde on the 29th. For the majority of you, this will bring revelations and/or renovations to your 10th house. This part of your chart rules over your career as well as your worldly standing.

Some of you have probably been undergoing career changes in the last few years, especially with Saturn and Uranus facing off between your 6th and 10th houses. For others, the world will be seeing you in a different light based upon your changing status. This could equate to a change in your marital status or through you revealing some otherwise unknown aspect of yourself.

Uranus dares us to break the rules and to bring forth a more authentic version of ourselves. Maybe you’ve gone vegan and started wearing Birkenstocks to work thus changing your self-image. Or maybe a legal decision (9th house Chiron, Neptune and South Node) has spotlighted some other disruptive change that has shaken up your life over the past few years.

Whatever is going down, it is happening for the purpose of brining out your maverick nature. There is a uniqueness to your soul that cries out for creativity, originality and independence. Harness it will and you could rocket fuel your career and worldly standing.

Allow this disruptive energy to run amuck and you could butt heads with authority figures, find it difficult to hold down a job, get divorced or simply undergo some other radical changes to your worldly standing. When Uranus goes retrograde in this house, he is going to stirrup up all of these issues. Who are you? Are you the person you want the world to see? Maybe you really can’t be bothered with what the world thinks of you and that is the point you are trying to make!

Ask yourself if your current career or worldly standing is making you happy. Maybe your values are changing and those changes are encouraging you to adjust your long-term plans to come into alignment with what you truly need and desire both from a career and relationship perspective.

With a Virgo Mercury cruising through your 3rd house on July 30th, you have plenty of time to contemplate these matters. Reach out to family and friends to discuss what is going on. Network with people you can trust to discuss relationship patterns you’d like to change. Plan out your health goals and get serious about how you care for your body. If you feel constrained at work, can you take some classes that will help you to break out of the box so that independent nature of yours can shine?

July is about getting in touch with what you want and need in your life, Cancer Rising. By mid-month, you are going to learn something very enlightening regarding your closest partnerships. Choose to take what you learn to empower yourself so you can go after that which you truly desire.

Transform Your Values so You Can Transform Your Life, Gemini Rising!

There’s a New Moon lighting up your 2nd house of values on July 4th, Gemini Rising, and it looks like the perfect time to set intentions for what you hope to draw into your life. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these bookends is a new beginning and that beginning has something to do with your home, family values, your self-worth and how you develop your talents, skills and inner resources. Pluto will be opposing this energy at 16 degrees of Capricorn and he will be encouraging you to find a way to transform some situation that needs attending to. Likely, this situation has something to do with intimacy, your closest partnerships, jointly held resources, financing or your deepest psychological needs.

This could also indicate a fresh start when it comes to establishing values that enhance your family situation, earned income or boosting your sense of self-worth. The Cancer energy that surrounds your 2nd house encourages you to find security. That could be in terms of financial wealth, building stronger family relationships or in recognizing the need to develop your skills so that you can stand on your own two feet. It all comes down to what is most important to you. What you want to draw into your life? This New Moon is a great opportunity to define that along with what it means for you to be secure.

More money will do it for some of you but others will choose a different course altogether. Some of you will recognize that bolstering your inner resources, sense of spirituality or building community brings in richer rewards and a sense of groundedness into your life. With Pluto in the 8th house, you are being asked to not only consider your value system but that which is important to those closest to you as well. While contemplating that, remember that wealth is not always measured in dollars and sense.

If your partnerships are important to you, I encourage you to get to the bottom of what makes the significant others in your life tick. What matters to them? What matters to you? Can you somehow balance those two things while building a secure base for yourself? Pluto can herald in big life events when he is hulking through your 8th house of intimacy. Battles over sex, finances or power can occur. Intimacy issues of all sorts can get stirred up too. Inheritances or problems over money can loom large.

Get clear on what matters to you this month, Gemini Rising. Then balance your emotional and structural needs with lovers, spouses and close business associates.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you should have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you, either within your intimacy sector or regarding your value system. Beware, however, if you become a furtive little digger in order to learn that which you seek for Pluto can have a somewhat obsessive quality when it gets involved with such things as taboos, deep desires, power struggles, hidden psychological complexes or simply the need to transform your life in some fashion. Use whatever you uncover wisely. I say that because there can be a strong tendency to manipulate or emotionally blackmail others when this combination is present. Since this lights up the psychologically loaded 8th house, this can cause some furtive struggles regarding power, dominance and money.

On a more positive note, this is also a great placement for you to recognize what you need to do to strengthen your position in life. You have what it takes to overcome your present situation. Maybe that entails going back to school to better your skill set. Confidence building exercises will help others. If you are in doubt that your body language or attitude in life can affect your self-worth, THINK AGAIN!

If improving self-worth and confidence is what you need to do with this New Moon energy, I highly encourage you to watch Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk regarding how your body posture and thought processes can hold you back in life. Change these simple things and watch your life soar: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will light up your 3rd house of communications. This is a great time to connect with cousins, siblings and neighbors. Take some workshops about town to work on self-esteem or simply to network with people who can become part of your promotions team.

Leo energy does nothing in half-measures and a Venus Leo loves to radiate joy, fun and warmth. Take pride in the new you and share what you are doing with people who can support you along the way. Surround yourself with positive people that will encourage you to reach your highest potential. A Venus in Leo makes you want to ROAR so harness that kingly or queenly energy to your advantage.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time to plan out your steps to success. What do you need to do to attract more clients? Since the third house rules learning as well as communications, what classes can you take to build up that skill set? Who can you network with in order to have your voice heard? Mercury is there with Venus to enable you to make positive steps towards your goals while connecting with those around you.

On the 19th, a Full Capricorn Moon will light up that 8th house where you have been striving for transformation. Under the light of this silvery moon you should have a good idea of where you stand. Expect emotions to run high for something important is coming to a point of culmination.

This could be a breakthrough in sharing with an intimate partner, especially if you have been facing roadblocks. Your deepest emotional, psychological and physical needs are represented by the 8th house. Consider it a gateway to other realms, including that blissful, exciting place we venture into when sharing our deepest secrets and needs with another person.

For some, you could choose to walk away from a relationship that is no longer working. Since you’ve been bolstering your sense of self-worth, you realize that not only will you make it on your own but you have a better chance at happiness that way.

Something regarding finances or jointly held resources could also be revealed. An inheritance could be forthcoming or maybe a tax bill comes due. Since the 8th house is the abode of “other people’s money” you will likely learn something about your financial situation that will open your eyes wide. This could involve the need to restructure (Pluto and the Moon in Capricorn) your finances in some fashion.

Mysteries and things behind the veil are also represented by the 8th house so this full moon could bring an epiphany, an intuitive hit or a dream that reveals something of importance that can change your life.

As a dare from a karate instructor, my husband once asked God to reveal himself while driving down the highway (which was, perhaps, not the best time to ask!). Much to his surprise, he started to see intimate details of the biology and inner workings of the eye. What was revealed was so real and startling, he immediately had to pull off the road as this vision flooded his brain. When planets align in the 8th house, the veil between this world and the next becomes thin indeed so don’t be surprised if you have some sort of psychic event and/or encounter that opens up your understanding of the world in a huge way.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will move into Leo, into your 3rd house where he will join up with Mercury and Venus. Network, network, network! Use this time to plan what you want and share your ideas with others. If your thinking has been holding you back, this is a great time to change your thinking so you can change your life!

If, because of your birthday, this energy happens to fall into your 2nd house instead of the 3rd, you are encouraged to continue revamping your value system. There is a new you that wants to come out and by focussing on what is most important, you can initiate that birthing process!

Many Gemini Rising folks have been struggling with career issues as of late so if you are unhappy or unfulfilled in your work, take circumstances by the reigns and plot yourself a happier course. Use your 3rd house energy to focus on educational goals, developing writing or speaking skills or pursuing business contracts.

Uranus, that maverick planet of surprises, will go retrograde on the 29th. For the majority of you, this will bring revelations and/or renovations to your 11th house. This part of your chart rules over your long-term plans, goals, work rewards, friendships and group affiliations. Are you flying with the right flock? Would joining an avant guard group help you to think outside of the box so you can accomplish your dreams? Maybe you are realizing that your present goals are costing you more than they are worth and that it is time to switch gears.

Be sure to talk over whatever Uranus churns up with family members. I say that because most of you are blessed right now with Jupiter and the North Node of the Moon in your 4th house of home. Parents and family members can be a huge support system to you right now and as Mercury moves into this house on the 30th, in Virgo, it is a great time to analyze where you stand.

Is your current career making you happy? Maybe your values are changing and those changes are encouraging you to adjust your long-term plans to come into alignment with what you truly need and desire. With a Virgo Mercury in your 4th house, this is a great time to really think things through and to reach out to family for advice.

How can you bolster your self-esteem so you can improve your career? Are you unclear regarding what you want to achieve in your current job? What talents, skills and inner resources do you need to build on to make things happen? Maybe you’ve been pouring your energy into a sieve. What would happen if you took that energy and poured it into something that really matters such as home, family and working on your closest relationships instead? You are the only one that knows what is most important in your life.

July is about getting in touch with your core values, Gemini Rising. When you focus on what matters the most, you will have the power to transform your life.