July 13th – 19th, 2020

The astrology for this week of July 13th through the 19th of 2020 allows us to begin to straighten out matters that may have gone off the rails over the past three weeks during the Mercury retrograde.

With Mercury having turned direct this past Sunday, the 12th, we might start the week slightly off kilter, trying to get our pace and rhythm more in align with forward motion. We still have four retrograde planets, but at least Mercury has turned direct bringing closure to Murphy’s Law of ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’.

This week is largely about finding our balance, our balancing act of personal affairs with our professional involvements.

We may begin the week with a desire to spread our wings and explore distant realms, but our obligations and responsibilities may hold us back demanding our attention.

This week calls for effective time management as we try to address a vast number of issues. Working smarter rather than harder and maintaining our focus on what needs to get done can have us highly productive during the mid-week. We shall need to juggle various matters, but by giving quality time to each one, we could tend to a wide variety of issues without any details forgotten or specifics glossed over.

The latter part of the week may have us continuing our juggling but more in a helter-skelter manner. Those things not addressed mid-week could have us playing catch-up but without the same attention we had mid-week, more an insistence to get things out of the way prior to the weekend.

The weekend is geared to home and family time and bringing certain matters to closure. Completions are better addressed with the waning Moon, while initiations go better under the waxing Moon. We are on the dark side of the Moon finishing up the waning Moon prior to next Monday’s New Moon.
The weekend is better served dealing with matters around the home, being spontaneous, and having quality time for doing whatever catches our fancy without feeling compelled to start anything new.

Monday, July 13th – Banging and Crashing Around – Pluto, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course. Monday begins the day with the Aries Moon square both Pluto and Saturn both in Capricorn. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course briefly for an hour and a half as the Moon completes its transit of Aries without making any further connections to the planets and before the Moon enters Taurus today. With Mercury having turned direct yesterday, we may still be a little off kilter as we try to get our balance. Whenever Mercury turns direction, whether from direct to retrograde or retrograde to direct motion, we seem to have difficulty getting our bearings. This Monday could still have us a little wobbly. We may want to spread our wings as we begin the day, but we might also realize that we have certain responsibilities we need to attend to. Let’s take care of any pressing matters. Our enthusiasm can wane as we take on a more realistic perspective and a practical approach.

Tuesday, July 14th – The Invincible I – Mercury, Uranus, Sun, Jupiter. Tuesday has the Taurus Moon with the Moon today sextile Mercury, and the Moon conjunct Uranus. The Sun opposes Jupiter today, followed tomorrow by the Sun opposed Pluto. We may feel as though the wind is to our back and that we could accomplish any number of things today. In deed, we can, if we will plan out our day, engage time management skills, draw upon innovative techniques, and not allow our confidence to get the better of us. We also have to stay within the lines of the present rules and regulations. This Tuesday and Wednesday are the most productive days of this week. Our success will be largely determined by our openness to alternatives and our willingness to employ unique, even unfamiliar, means to accomplish our goals. We might feel guided in our actions, but it would be wise for us to maintain humility. Ease of operations does not necessitate resting our laurels nor pushing the envelope, not when the energy configurations are geared towards being highly effective and productive, as today and tomorrow warrant.

Wednesday, July 15th – Moving Mountains – Neptune, Jupiter, Sun, Pluto, Saturn. Wednesday continues with the high success rate that we might have encountered yesterday. The Moon continues its transit of Taurus with the Moon today sextile Neptune in Pisces, the Moon sextile the Sun in Cancer, and the Moon trine the three Capricorn-transiting planets of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. The Sun opposed Jupiter yesterday, and today the Sun opposes Pluto. By paying attention to details and prioritizing our activities, this Wednesday continues the great strides we might have made yesterday. A hands-on kind of day, we have the ability of advancing our interests by looking at the big picture of what we are trying to accomplish, attending to the details, and keeping track of our presentation. This Wednesday can have it all. We do have to be wary of hewing the line of standards and statutes. For Tuesday and Wednesday can have us plowing ahead with little regard to the edicts handed down by the powers-that-be. If we get so caught up in a sense of personal invincibility, we might experience a severe pushback from those in authority who would then impede our progress. We needn’t go there, since both Tuesday and Wednesday provide the energy for us to operate at our optimum, all the while expertly walking the balance beam between our individual expressions and the pronounced needs of the collective.

Thursday, July 16th – Throwing Wide Open – Mars. After two highly productive days when we may have been willing to take things step by step with results of leap by leap, Thursday shifts the energy significantly. The Moon enters Gemini where late in the day the Moon sextiles Mars. We might have been able to have nose to grindstone the past two days, but this Thursday seems to throw off the yoke of our perspicacity to take on a broad range of ideas, interests, possibilities but none of which has the same focus or intensity that we may have had on Tuesday and Wednesday. This Thursday and Friday can create a free-for-all, where we consider anything and everything but without much depth or serious consideration. It might feel that we have gone from one extreme to the other, from the sublime to the ridiculous. While the past two days allowed for intense concentration, these two days are geared more to the proverb ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. Thursday and Friday are anything but dull. On the contrary, these two days throw wide open a flurry of possibilities with us likely to sample any number of things but without stopping long enough to fully engage any one involvement. Hopefully, we attended to what needed to get done on Tuesday and Wednesday, for Thursday and Friday might have us glossing over details and more interested in the impressionistic and abstract rather than the realistic and practical. Thursday and Friday are best suited for letting our mind wander and giving our thoughts free rein, while Tuesday and Wednesday offered us the laser-like ability to direct our efforts.

Friday, July 17th – Under a Spell – Venus, Neptune, Moon Void-of-Course. Friday continues with the Gemini Moon with the Moon today conjunct Venus, and the Moon square Neptune. Later in the day, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for over seventeen hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Gemini and before the Moon enters Cancer tomorrow. We might be very susceptible to the whims of someone today. Assuming a belief in ‘variety is the spice of life’, we can be open to options and alternatives and ready to participate in various suggestions that other people make. Similar to yesterday, we are likely more interested in a wide range of activities today, each with a smattering of interest, rather than a singular focus or concentrated attention. We might feel as though we had done the heavy lifting mid-week coupled with the lockdown we’ve endured over recent months, and now deserve time to enjoy summertime activities. We might not accomplish a great deal on Thursday or Friday, but recreation and re-creation on these days can lighten our spirits and emphasize the importance of not taking things too seriously. After a while, the hourly countdown of virus cases, virus deaths, gets tiresome and eventually becomes little more than fear-mongering with the result of our either going catatonic or tuning it out as so much ‘blah blah blah’. We all need a break from the grisly and gory, and Thursday and Friday offer us two days to tune out and turn on to things that are light and airy.

Saturday, July 18th – Time Out – Moon Void-of-Course. Saturday begins with the Void-of-Course Moon with the Moon in Gemini but making no connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Gemini and before the Moon enters Cancer today. The Cancer Moon makes no connections to the planets today. We may start the day with a flurry of possibilities and intentions, but fairly quickly the energy shifts, and we might decide that some of our greatest plans can wait for some other time. We could choose instead to putter around our home. The travail of preparations to go out into the world — masks, gloves, the Michelin man suit — is liable to be just too much to do on this Saturday, especially when combined with the intensity out on the streets nowadays. With people acting out and so many people seething with anger, it often seems far better to enjoy the sanctity of our home space. Besides, by staying in our own personal sanctuary we are also complying with the stay-at-home prescription by the powers-that-be. There is not a great deal of energy today. We are also on the dark side of the Moon prior to Monday’s New Moon. Far better for us today to catch our breath, chill out, and enjoy the comforts of home than dealing with the vagaries of the world outside our front door.

Sunday, July 19th – Alterations – Mercury, Uranus, Mars. Sunday continues with the Cancer Moon with the Moon today conjunct Mercury, the Moon sextile Uranus, and the Moon square Mars. As the day unfolds, we may be champing at the bit to get on with things, spread our wings, explore new terrain but such actions could prove both premature and self-defeating. Saturday and Sunday are best served staying home, bringing certain matters to completion, puttering around, and taking time to recharge our batteries without putting a great deal of stress or strain upon ourselves. We continue on the dark side of the Moon prior to tomorrow’s New Moon. It would be wise for us to conclude certain matters, not initiate any new projects, and deal with shifting things around. Our home is, and under this virus contagion has become ever more so, our base of operations. By making alterations to our home environment, even if only very subtle adjustments, we are giving energy to the shifts, changes, transitions and transformations that we are going through. Even if they release us from stay-at-home orders and recant the lockdown edicts, we are not returning to the old ‘normal’. By rearranging things in our home and personal life, we are conditioning ourselves for more significant conversions when we return to some semblance of normalcy. Let’s keep in mind that a snowball going down a mountain can gain momentum to eventually become an avalanche. So too for ourselves, whereby making slight alterations helps us more easily adjust to major transformations in the days ahead.