How to Make the Most of the Planetary Movements this Week

Published on July 24, 2017

Article by Cathy Coleman for Bodhi Tree

Your Weekly Astrology Forecast for July 23–30, 2017

We are less than one month away from the Total Solar Eclipse at 28:53 Leo that will traverse the United States from the Oregon Coast near Portland through Charleston, South Carolina. Eclipse events are impossible to predict, and they may occur up to three months before an eclipse or several months after. Perhaps you have already experienced some of the power of this eclipse.

The first of two New Moons in Leo was on Sunday, July 23, at 0:44 degrees of Leo, the sign that symbolizes creativity, radiance, passion and the heart. This is a new lunar month to be joyful, generous and fired up to create. Paint your world with bright colors; dance to your favorite music. Take a leap forward with juicy projects and dreams. Be more generative and more generous, to allow your inner light to shine brighter. Make courageous, creative commitments on this New Moon at the beginning of this week, and then at the Solar Eclipse on August 21, celebrate the progress, discoveries and contributions that you have made.

A Busy Start to the Week

The week begins with an action-packed planetary day on Monday. Among the mix is a brilliant Mercury-Uranus trine that fosters innovation, inspiration and thinking out-of-the box. While this aspect is exact on Monday, its influence will be present all week. Another exact aspect on Monday, but active through the week, is a Venus-Saturn opposition, calling for limits on spending, and attending to finances such as paying bills, filing papers and balancing accounts. The Venus-Saturn opposition demands attention on relationships. Honor and negotiate the limitations and sensitivities of close relationships. The fiery, exuberant Leo Moon is a backdrop for these larger patterns, and it makes benefic aspects (i.e., considered to have a favorable influence) to Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. This is an overall sunny, playful, creative day. Appreciate your amazing life and the people who are special to you.

Time to tidy up on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Moon in Virgo. Attend to details and errands. Put things in their proper places and clean house. Virgo’s vibration attunes us to health, so fit exercise into your routine, and eat a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables. Mercury moves into its ruling sign Virgo on Tuesday. Mercury functions best in Virgo where it is skillful, organized, focused and attentive to details. Focus on projects that need to be completed—especially so because Mercury goes retrograde on August 13. Complete travel plans, contracts and communication in the next three weeks before the retrograde period begins. The Sun is conjunct Mars in fiery Leo, a bold combination that gives strength and courage. A Moon-Pluto trine gives additional power of conviction to get a job done, or express what is in your heart and on your mind.

Thursday flows with cooperation and ease. The congenial Libra Moon sextiles Mars and the Sun, offering balance and equilibrium as we move through the tasks of the day.

Friday is uplifted by a Moon-Jupiter conjunction, though this upbeat energy may be upset at the end of the day by a Moon-Pluto square. Stay positive as you deal with jagged edges; this combo may be a catalyst for change.

End the Week with Relaxation

A Venus-Uranus sextile may color the weekend with a few surprising opportunities. A lot can be accomplished on Saturday until the Moon goes Void of Course (i.e., when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically) at 2:30pm PDT. Get your Saturday shopping and errands done before the Moon is VoC (2:30pm–5:23pm PDT). Then relax. The Moon moves into the deep waters of Scorpio from Saturday evening through Monday. Draw inward and take some time for reflection. The end of the weekend is softened by a dreamy Moon-Neptune sextile. Plan the week ahead, get to bed early, and catch some dreams.

The Week in Short

Sunday: New Moon in Leo: Time for summer fun in the Sun. Stay cool and wear sunscreen.

Tuesday: Clean house, get focused on tasks, and get things done.

Wednesday: Gather strength and courage, and take a big leap forward.

Thursday: Flowing day of cooperation and ease.

Friday: Upbeat energy for change.

Saturday: Get errands done by 2:30pm PDT. Then relax!

Sunday: Feelings run deep. Take some quiet time for yourself.

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Published on: July 24, 2017

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