Monday July 16 through July 22

Astrological Highlight for the week: The Sun enters playful, dramatic, and self-expressive Leo on Sunday, July 22nd.

We may still be emotionally under the influence of the New Moon in Cancer, Solar Eclipse of last week, but by the end of this week, there is a new energy in town. The sun enters creative, royal, and proud Leo. This is a playful and energetic cycle. The idea that comes to me is “arousal”. We are waking up to what personally motivates, excites, and stimulates us to aspire to be the best we can be. It sounds all high and mighty, but isn’t this what we all want?

Leo may be the 5th sign of the zodiac, but try telling that to the noble lion! Leo’s ruling planet is the Sun, the center of our solar system. No wonder they desire to be the center of attention and the light of the world. This sign may project rock solid self confidence and esteem, but don’t be fooled. Most of them crave an audience. If there is ever a sign that can “fake it till you make it”, it’s Leo. They are totally at home with theatre and thrive on drama. They aspire to leadership, but just like the rest of us, may or may not be blessed with natural talents in this area. But if they really want to be the leader of the pack, they have the tenacity and creativity to outshine the masses.

The mythology of Leo is the child with a missing, disabled, or powerless father. Without a strong guiding hand, Leo makes it their mission to find themselves, and identify their strengths and assets. Their path takes them on an interesting and poignant journey of self-discovery. Playing different roles is more than a game; although it does provide entertainment and diversion along the way. Although Leo resonates with leadership, and nobility, it’s also the sign of creativity and the child. Honoring the inner child and playing at life is Leo’s encouragement to all of us.

While Leo is a very extroverted sign, evolving from the lion cub to the leader of the pack requires inner work and discipline. During this period of 30 days with the Sun in Leo, we can use this time to get in touch with our inner fire, strength, passions, dramas, and playfulness. We can “earn our stripes” by following our personal dreams and prioritizing our passions. Don’t expect to be handed praises and accolades; we have to earn them.

This is a time for learning to appreciate ourselves and our gifts, for focusing on inner harmony and learning to be self-expressive because it pleases us, not for the applause. Peace of Mind is the reward when we quit letting outward circumstances determine our worth and value. Leo looks in many outward mirrors before recognizing himself.

Physical, emotional, and psychological strength and well being increase as we bask in the glow of our inner light. When the Leo Lion is walking its own path of integrity, we meet the kind, good-humored, generous and shining mentor and leader deserving of our devotion and adoration. You don’t have to be born a Leo to soak up these positive and motivating rays! Look for Leo in your natal chart; this is where you want to shine!

Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.

NOTE: * All Times listed in the Weekly Forecast are in PACIFIC TIME ZONE.

MONDAY
JULY 16
MOON in VIRGO

Thought for the Day: To rebel or go along? That is the question with no easy answer.

We have some uncomfortable energy disrupting the cosmic flow today as soul mates Venus and Mars are at odds with each other. This could bring discord into relationships especially with Mercury also feeling out of alignment with powerful Pluto. Mars in independent and progressive Aquarius may be feeling boxed in by Venus in pragmatic and nit-picky Virgo. Although it’s easy to identify with one side or the other, recognize both energies – the desire for freedom and the need to be efficient and disciplined – are present within each of us. Don’t deny either impulse. But know the constraints of living in a physical universe require that we make choices. We may want to rebel against the status quo, call in well to work, and tear up today’s agenda; but could be disappointed at the end of the day if we refuse to take care of responsibilities like stopping at the market to stock up on groceries. Rebels and misfits want dinner too!

Expect some internal conflict and maybe some disagreements with others as Mercury the planet of communication is in a tight spot with Pluto the transformer. It could mean facing an unpleasant truth, or feeling like the truth is elusive. Confusion is definitely possible mid-day when the analytical Virgo Moon opposes dreamy Neptune and what seems black and white can get a bit muddled. Things seem more on track tonight when the Moon aligns with Pluto and we are able to see a bigger pattern at work. One of the keys to navigating today’s energy is to realize delays, upsets, and miscommunications are temporary, and can be used to create more honesty and integrity within ourselves and in relationships.

Daily Muse: Never underestimate the stimulation of eccentricity. (Neil Simon)

TUESDAY
JULY 17
MOON in VIRGO/LIBRA

MOON GOES Void of Course 3:49am enters LIBRA 12:42pm

Thought for the Day: Life is too short to not dance

While a regimented and disciplined Virgo Moon greets us this morning, by early afternoon we are ready to dance with the flow as the Moon enters gracious Libra. If you have any utilitarian or unpleasant, but necessary tasks, like cleaning the bathroom or paying bills, on your to-do list, tackle them this morning while we are still under the influence of dedicated Virgo. Once the Moon glides into Libra this afternoon our psyches are looking for grace, beauty, and what feels charming, artistic, and even romantic. We’d rather not be bothered or reminded of the ordinary side of life when we can immerse ourselves in what pleases and inspires and feels good.

The Libra Moon is a good time to loosen the purse strings and indulge in luxuries that make us feel beautiful and prosperous. Splurge on a mani-pedi, a spa day, or treat yourself to a dance performance, theatre in the park, or an outdoor concert. Buy something simply because it is beautiful and delights you. Get a bouquet of flowers for your desk or perhaps add a single flower to your kitchen table. If your agenda allows only enough time for a quick fast food break, consider taking it outdoors in a garden, park, or maybe on the steps of a library or museum.

And remember that you don’t necessarily have to spend money to indulge yourself in the “good life”. Do something that reminds you life is more than just the nuts and bolts and moving from one task to another. Think about ways to make ordinary everyday events more enjoyable.

Daily Muse: The beautiful friends now are starting to dance. So let’s close up the shop and dance, idle and free. (Djalal Ad-din Rumi)

WEDNESDAY
JULY 18
MOON IN LIBRA

Thought for the Day: Seize the day

We have little energy for fighting today and little or no motivation to keep a battle going. We are under the influence of a graceful and polite Libra Moon that would rather be socializing than anything else. In the work place we are more accommodating than usual, choosing diplomacy and compromise over conflict. The energy during the remainder of the week is definitely a lot more emotionally explosive, so this is especially a good day to get together with others, have a party, and enjoy yourself.

Why not plan a hump day lunch out with colleagues or friends or a dinner party or barbecue tonight? Network and make some good memories today that will carry you through some of the more abrasive energy in the days to come.

Daily Muse: It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross)

THURSDAY
JULY 19
MOON IN LIBRA/SCORPIO

MOON goes Void Of Course 12:52pm Enters SCORPIO 6:13pm

Thought for the Day: Punishing others is punishing work

Thoughts of compromise and cooperation are in short supply this afternoon as the Moon in gracious Libra conflicts with the Sun in nurturing Cancer. You may be thinking, “so, what’s the problem?” There doesn’t need to be an issue; however, it’s pretty typical when we wrap up the first quarter of the lunar cycle there is a feeling of “the honeymoon is over.” Often there is a hitch in our plans or things don’t go quite as smoothly as we want. The Libra Moon may be tired of compromising for the sake of getting along and instead turns more towards fairness and justice. Forget the manners and the diplomacy and turning the other cheek!

Emotional intensity is dialed up this evening when the Moon dives into introspective and sensitive Scorpio and opposes independent Uranus. If we feel we have been especially accommodating of someone or a situation and are not being justly rewarded or appreciated, tonight we are ready to turn the tables. We may even be consciously looking for an appropriate target, believing we are righting a wrong, and/or punishing the guilty. Almost anyone will do and is a viable candidate!

Before you take action, try to remember other incidents in which you put someone in their place or “made them pay.” How did you feel later after you had time to think about it? If you had it to do over again, would you handle it differently? Have you ever decided someone’s “guilt” only to find out later you didn’t have all the facts or had bad information? The urge to be self-righteous and rid the world of evil (LOL!) will be strong over the next few days. Take constructive action tonight to be aware of these feelings and consider your motivation.

Daily Muse: People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. (Dalai Lama XIV)

FRIDAY
JULY 20
MOON IN SCORPIO

Thought for the Day: Take time to breathe and check in

We are probably still on the warpath today unless we have done considerable self study and spiritual homework. We are feeling edgy with this very sensitive Scorpio Moon and may be very out of touch with our common sense and intuition. It’s easy to go onto autopilot and let whatever emotions come up, drive our behavior. An early morning lunar square to Mars can ignite a fuse or add fuel to the glowing embers of dissatisfaction or frustration.

One of the best things we can do when we feel confused, unhappy, or dissatisfied is to stop and take a moment to reconnect with our inner guide and teacher. Spiritual practices sometimes are the first to get knocked off the to-do list when we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Ironically, taking even a few minutes to “check-in” will help us readjust our course which can change everything. If we don’t have time to touch base with our higher selves or source, many of our efforts could go awry today.

This afternoon and evening emotions remain intense, but we feel more peaceful and calm as the Moon connects with Venus in discerning and humble Virgo and hope glimmers and expands as the Moon touches Jupiter, also in Scorpio.

Daily Muse: Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. (Dalai Lama XIV)

SATURDAY
JULY 21
MOON in SCORPIO

Thought for the Day: The truth can set you free

The intense Scorpio Moon still is very influential again today; but we’ll notice a shift in the energy as the Moon makes a positive alliance with Pluto in early morning. We may have been resisting something; but the truth of it has continued to chase and hunt us down! With relief, we embrace this message which could feel like new information, but most likely we realize we have known it all along.

Instead of directing our energy towards tearing down or destroying, today we use the inspiration of this Scorpio emotion to fuel our passions and look towards rebuilding. We look forward and imagine how an idea may be manifested in the future. We may even dare to be vulnerable and share a treasured idea with a trusted friend. But take note; the Moon squares Mercury the communicator mid-day. Be cautious with your secrets and private dreams and discerning with your audience. If you have any doubts, save baring your soul or sharing ideas for another day. This is a very short-term energy but could indicate someone might be jealous of you or your dream, or simply so absorbed in their own life to give you the attention you crave.

Daily Muse: I might be tempted to socialize more if the conversations taking place around me were half as interesting as the dialogue going on inside my head. (Richelle E. Goodrich)

SUNDAY
JULY 22
MOON IN SCORPIO/SAGITTARIUS

MOON goes Void Of Course 2:18am Enters SAGITTARIUS 3:12am

Sun enters Leo at 2:01pm

Thought for the Day: Let the Sun shine in

Out of the fertile introspection in Scorpio, the Moon bursts into fiery, hopeful, and elevated Sagittarius. This sign is often depicted as a centaur shooting an arrow up into the air. This symbol is especially fitting for today when not only the Moon, but the Sun too catches fire as it struts into self-expressive and dramatic Leo. Venus is also conspiring with Jupiter (Sagittarius’ ruling planet) to align our values with our deepest passions. If you have been waiting for breakthrough energy, this is it. This is a very positive energy for relationships and for attracting love and money.

The Sun in Leo is a playful and energetic cycle. The idea that comes to me is “arousal”. We are waking up to what personally motivates, excites, and stimulates us to aspire to be the best we can be. It sounds all high and mighty, but isn’t this what we all want? Leo may be the 5th sign of the zodiac, but try telling that to the noble lion! Leo’s ruling planet is the Sun, the center of our solar system. No wonder they desire to be the center of attention and the light of the world. This sign may project rock solid self confidence and esteem, but don’t be fooled. Most of them crave an audience. They aspire to leadership, but just like the rest of us, may or may not be blessed with natural talents in this area. But if they really want to be the leader of the pack, they have the tenacity and creativity to outshine the masses.

While the Sun enjoys its 30 day passage through Leo, we can use this time to get in touch with our inner fire, strength, passions, dramas, and playfulness. We can “earn our stripes” by following our personal dreams and prioritizing our passions. Don’t expect to be handed praises and accolades; we have to earn them. When the Leo Lion is walking its own path of integrity, we meet the kind, good-humored, generous and shining mentor and leader deserving of our devotion and adoration. You don’t have to be born a Leo to soak up these positive and motivating rays! Look for Leo in your natal chart: this is where you want to shine!

Daily Muse: Don't listen to those who say, you are taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says "They are all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections." I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respects. (Neil Simon