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This week with the Sun in Leo and Mars in Aries we have a sign based trine aspect between them. Dynamic, enthusiastic, inspirational heat abounds. The exact trine between the Sun and Mars will occur on August 16th at 24degrees of Fire signs. If you have planets close to that degree of any Fire Sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) you can anticipate a building of powerful determination, passion, and creativity over the coming weeks.

This is a very busy week, astrologically. Don’t expect a time of rest. Mercury is the main player in the activity. You can expect a lot of verbal gymnastics in world and local news. Similar verbal gymnastics will probably occur in your own life.

Mercury, being the planet of thought and communication forms stressful aspects to Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto this week. You will want to amp up your meditation practice if you have one. A trine from Mercury to Neptune supports the helpfulness of meditation at this time. Prayer, music, poetry, or even time spent daydreaming will help keep you calm as well.


Many of you have been asking questions about how and what I am thinking about in these challenging times. I’m going to post this listing occasionally for those who are interested.

  • What I am reading:
    • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
    • Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary Oliver
    • From the Moment We Met: The Astrology of Adult Relationships by Brian Clark
  • What I am listening to:
    • Audiobooks
      • The Pleasure Gap by Katherine Rowland
      • The Mercies by Karen Millwood Hargrave
    • Podcasts
      • The Astrology Podcast
      • Code Switch
      • End of Life University
      • Pod Save the People
    • Music
      • Etta James
      • Moondog
      • Claude Debussy
  • Whose charts I have been contemplating (usually while watching documentaries about them):
    • Huey Newton
    • Malcolm X
    • Eldridge Cleaver
    • Trevor Noah
    • Walter Mercado
    • Ruth Westheimer
  • What I am watching:
    • On Ovid: Coming to Light directed by Anne Makepeace
    • On Netflix: Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
    • On Amazon Prime: African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (PBS)
  • What I am doing:
    • This weekend I camped out with my delightful daughter and granddaughter
    • meeting with clients & students
    • creating recorded readings for individuals and couples (contact me for more information)
    • moving out of my office as all my work is now virtual
    • picking blueberries

Please keep in mind that transits to your natal planets can override these more universal ones. A personal consultation offers deep understanding.


FIND THE SILVER LINING – Monday, July 27, 2020

The week begins with the Scorpio Moon reaching its First Quarter Phase at 8:33 AM EDT. This implies both difficulties and opportunities. Pay attention to any dilemmas that arise and look for the opportunity that will also be present.

When the Moon is in Scorpio you commit to getting to the bottom of something you would usually prefer to avoid. You are able to face a difficult situation and squarely confront a hidden truth. The truth you discover may provide a path to profound change and ultimate empowerment.

This is an unusually active day in the astrological forecast.

At 12:06 PM EDT Jupiter sextile Neptune (the second of three in 2020 due to Jupiter’s retrograde cycle). In the midst of the deep challenges of this difficult year, this transit allows each of us to see the vast opportunities in the midst of darkness. This opens your ability to understand that good can (and often does) come out of suffering and pain. Look for the silver lining, allow trust and hope to direct your movement forward.

At 5:45 PM EDT Mercury square Mars gives you the ability to see how the actions you take impact others. It also gives you the gumption to say what needs to be said. Speak up.


PASSION CATALYZES CHANGE – Tuesday, July 28, 2020

With the Moon passing through Scorpio, you inclined to examine the most profound depths of your life and circumstances. Growth is dependent on allowing yourself to be transformed through destruction and regeneration. The astrological patterns of the day make that clear.

Today’s Scorpio Moon forms supportive aspects to Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto. You find that you are more accepting of the transformation that deep and even dark passion may bring.

Power and passion catalyze change. Look at all that is happening around you. Find within yourself where struggle illuminates that which has been hidden and now demands powerful change.


CULTIVATE HUMOR AND WISDOM – Wednesday, July 29, 2020

At 3:25 AM EDT, the Moon entered Sagittarius offering a day with a bit less intensity and struggle. A shift in understanding over the past few days has left you feeling lighter and more open to new experiences and ideas.

If you believe your own options are the only ones that are ‘right’ you are on the wrong track. Check yourself for that. Remember that everyone’s opinions are just opinions! No matter how you feel or what you believe it is important to understand and accept that no one has a direct line to TRUTH.

Cultivate understanding, humor, and wisdom over the next few days. As you expand your view of the world your wisdom and compassion for others will grow. Isn’t this what we all need?

***The Scorpio Moon is void-of-course from 12:01 AM EDT until she enters Sagittarius at 3:25 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


LOW EXPECTATIONS AND A SOFT FOCUS – Thursday, July 30, 2020

If you have a meditation practice spend extra time on that cushion today. If you don’t have a meditation practice take time to read poetry, listen to music, or simply space out and daydream.

Whatever will help to keep your mind steady in the face of turmoil will be time well spent. You can expect to hear a lot of opinions that may trigger you. Keep this in mind as you express your own options as well. It will be easier than usual to trigger others today.

Mercury opposing Jupiter this morning reflects big triggering opinions and challenging conversations. Mercury trine Neptune this afternoon offers relief through soft practices of meditation, music, and daydreaming.

With the Moon in Sagittarius, your emotional state is alert to having your perspectives and opinions disregarded. Keep your expectations low and your ability to understand the opinions of others high. Going with the flow and allowing a soft-focus will help the day pass without difficulties.

***The Sagittarius Moon is void-of-course from 8:08 PM EDT until she enters Capricorn at 7:59 AM EDT Friday morning. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


PERSONAL INTEGRITY AND FOCUS – Friday, July 31, 2020

The Moon enters Capricorn this morning at 7:59 AM EDT. This brings the emotional focus of the day to the serious issues at hand in your personal life and the culture at large.

With the generationally significant planets of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn, your attention may be focused on your place in the current cultural conversations. This serious contemplation can’t be avoided while the Moon moves through Capricorn.

This is a day well spent alone in contemplation and working on serious goals and ambitions. What do you want to accomplish that will support your personal integrity toward others? Put a stake in the ground and determine the direction you know is right.

***The Sagittarius Moon is void-of-course until she enters Capricorn at 7:59 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


INTEGRITY, POWER, KINDNESS – Saturday, August 1, 2020

It is unlikely that you will be able to avoid the challenges of the cultural moment we are living in this weekend. Everything is at a fevered pitch as Mercury opposes Pluto this morning.

Make sure you are clear about your personal integrity before engaging in powerful conversations today. The conversations you do have can be a great catalyst in the thinking of others. Listen to what is being said by those who are without integrity, notice as the communication spins out of control.

Power is in the balance. Power without integrity seeks to control and remove humanity from those weaker or poorer. Power with integrity seeks empowerment for humans of all stripes. Make sure that when you speak today it is from a place of honesty, principle, and incorruptibility.

Also remember kindness. No matter how deep the divide between yourself and others, true integrity demands respect and kindness.

On a personal level, this is a day to spend time alone working on your individual goals. You can get a great deal accomplished today if you put your mind to it. This is a day to put pen to paper. Write a speech you’d like to give, a letter to the editor, or an outline to a book you want to write. Powerful accomplishment is possible today.


WAKE UP AND COOL DOWN – Sunday, August 2, 2020

At 7:18 AM EDT, the Sun squares Uranus. Don’t be surprised by surprises today. Something has been set in motion that will come to light today or tomorrow.

On April 26th the Sun and Uranus joined together beginning a cycle of waking us up to something very important to our growth. I am sure we all remember April well.

An event that occurs now will propel you to take action to ensure the continuation of the awakening that was seeded in April. A lot has changed since then and yet we are clearly not where we hoped we would be. A new action is required now.

The Moon enters Aquarius at 2:11 PM EDT offering a new perspective and a bit of objectivity. It has been a challenging week and we can all use the coolness of objectivity.

Allow wild innovative thinking to bring your attention to a cooler place with a more detached viewpoint. This can feel like an emotional vacation. Enjoy a bit of coolness as you prepare for the ongoing unfolding of your one precious life.

***The Capricorn Moon is void-of-course from 10 AM EDT until she enters Aquarius at 2:11 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


* In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.

The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.