by Maya del Mar
Note: A VOC Moon period is when the Moon is making no further major planetary aspects before it changes signs. Moon and its aspects are strongly associated with our everyday behavior, and without those aspects to direct our course, we are left much more free to pursue our own ends in our own way. It is like youre driving down the freeway and find the road signs removed for awhile. On the one hand, plans may go awry, you may miss your exit; on the other hand, inner work is greatly favored as those external "instructions" are reduced.
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TUESDAY JULY 1. Happy Birthday, Canada! This day feels like a celebration! Moon enters the enthusiastic sign of Leo at 9:13 a.m. EDT, and we blast off into party mood. We feel good, and ready for new adventures. This optimism may carry into the marketplace. However, this is probably the last hurrah of the stock bubble of the 90s, and in another year it will be over. This is a good time to start businesses, but be cautious in your financial planning.
Our grand water trine is rolling, and we are very conscious of both new creative opportunities, as well as ways to manifest them. Personal, family, and national security is on our minds. Reread the General Influences section. We may have to pause to observe amidst the days impetuous rush, but when we do step back, we can see that this day clearly shows the character of our new foray into the watery depths.
WEDNESDAY JULY 2. Yesterdays excellent growth energy continues. We can tackle big projects, and we want to be recognized for doing so. The show goes on, and were the director and the star. Things go very well today.
THURSDAY JULY 3. Money may be on our minds. Yes, we are generous now, and theres a big flow, but were also feeling a need to be cautious. Love flows freely this morning, and we enjoy whatever were doing. At 2:06 p.m. EDT Moon goes VOC, and at 4:16 p.m. it enters Virgo. Virgos forte is problem-solving, and we can take care of details which we may have overlooked in our enthusiasm of the last two days.
FRIDAY JULY 4. Happy Birthday, U.S.A.! Celebration is not the keynote here. Rather, with Moon in Virgo the focus is tending to business and cleaning things up. Food is important, and gatherings of family or friends, centered on food, may appeal more than going to the fair. Working in the garden, or on a project around the house, may also be attractive today.
SATURDAY JULY 5. Moon is VOC for the entire day. As well as the VOC lack of focus, there is a dreamy quality to the day. Go to that fair today, and let your intuition move you into making connections which are meaningful. We can be both spontaneous and visionary. Notice whats on your mind, for we begin a new 90-day Mercury cycle. With Mercury in Cancer, some manner of security or family probably has priority. Moon enters Libra at 9:20 p.m., and we may focus on partnership.
SUNDAY JULY 6. First Quarter Moon in Libra occurs at 10:32 p.m. EDT. Its time for a new level of commitment in love and partnership. Cancer wants emotional security, and Libra says that a partner, or partners (or even clients) is necessary to complete that security. First quarter is breakthrough time. At first quarter, we actually set in motion the seeds which we planted following the New Moon on June 29.
This time, some of those seeds were actually sown during the last week in June, particularly in regard to how we direct our assertive energy.
Others were sown during the second week of October 2002. That week began with Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva, a leftist, receiving the majority vote for president of Brazil. It included Bush arguing for the Iraq invasion, and getting a blanket OK from Congress. CIA Director George Tenet at that time in a letter to Congress warned that Bushs "evidence" was tenuous or non-existent. The Bush Administration engaged in a plethora of destructive moves that week. One example was suing the State of California because its clean air standards were too high.
This is a Chiron time, for Chiron in Capricorn opposes Sun, and squares Moon. Chiron in Capricorn is about realigning the establishment, and realigning all of the structures in our lives, social and personal. Saturn in Cancer has been giving instructions to all three of these principals. Saturn says that security and family are the big issues now up for realignment. Vesta in Libra is part of the picture. She is guardian of the Hearth, and also focuses on protecting the homeland. She also keeps her eye on the purse strings. In Libra, she is concerned about fairness, especially in relationships. Ceres is also prominent, and she is very concerned about a healthy food chain.
Homes, and domestic situations, will dominate our consciousness. Finances also come up for adjustment. Chiron is a healer, and all kinds of situations which need healing can come to the fore now. Patriotism and protection of ones group will be highlighted, and issues of war and peace will continue to proliferate. In the U.S., the notion of trading civil liberties for "protection from terrorists" will steam right ahead. At the same time the public concern over the safety of our chemicalized, genetically modified food will grow.
This is an especially important Moon phase, for many reasons. For one thing, our grand water trine really gets movingfeaturing emotions and water. For another thing, it is the first moon phase after the birthdays of the U.S. and GW Bush. It sets in motion the emotional life of the nation for the next year. And Moon now conjoins the U.S. natal Saturn, emphasizing the importance of the actions of the U.S. Administration at this time.
Cardinal signs dominate now. They are the go-getters. We are driven to action. Our actions now are motivated by our feelings, and impulsiveness can get us into trouble. Its important this month to (1) stay tuned in to higher guidance, and (2) pause for some objectivity before we act.
MONDAY JULY 7. Moon continues in sociable Libra. It makes no major aspects, and is officially VOC. However, Moon does oppose Pallas Athena in Aries. She is a general, ready for battle to protect her people, and in Aries she is the lone hero. With Libra, justice is on our minds, and we are ready to fight for our just cause. This aspect can incline to arguments for arguments sake. Lively discussions can be stimulating.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is prominent today. He brings up issues of sickness, health and healing. Earths own need for healing may come to our attention in a new way.
TUESDAY JULY 8. Moon in Scorpio deepens our emotions. This is an intense and active day. We may arise early with a drive to accomplish, and we can. Research and investigation are especially favored. The day flows very well. Tonight plan for an outlet for the imagination.
WEDNESDAY JULY 9. Try to complete yesterdays projects by the time Moon goes VOC at 1:58 p.m. We can get the big picture today, and look at the details besides. Tonight do something that satisfies your deepest feelings, and perhaps is future-oriented.
THURSDAY JULY 10. Moon is in Sagittarius, and we are ready for the road. This is a long and stimulating day. All four of the major asteroids are prominent. This means an emphasis on the living conditions of ordinary people. Mother Ceres is outstanding, and this shows a special consciousness of food. With Pluto opposing Ceres, the struggle against the food giants and Ceres healthy food supply may be apparent. It may be that the big Western drought is reaping obvious consequences. At any rate, today we are conscious of how the wider society affects our daily living. Aggression for the sake of security is also featured today.
FRIDAY JULY 11. We are still in travel mode, and wider horizons beckon. At 11:53 a.m. EDT, Moon goes VOC. We might as well take off and enjoy the afternoon.
SATURDAY JULY 12. Moon is serious Capricorn today, with good work aspects. We could do a constructive project which we enjoy. Tonight we might want to visit with family or old friends, or go to a special performance or to a political rally.
SUNDAY JULY 13. Full Moon at 21 Capricorn occurs at 3:21 p.m. EDT. Cancer is about home, security, family, comfort, and protection. Capricorn comes in and says, You have to be successful in the world if you want that security and care for the family. Cancer plays Mommy, and Capricorn plays Daddy. A family business combines the talents of both roles.
Capricorn is ambitious, and we think now about our status in society. This moon most closely connects with Jupiter in Leo, King of the Hill, and we want to be in charge of our empire, and recognized for it. Indeed, the plays the thing. Making a creative effort to achieve excellence, status, and security is the core of this combination. Grandiosity can be a pitfall.
GW is apt to look very good now, for transiting Jupiter is on his natal Venus, expanding his personal appeal. Venus is close to his natal Sun, enhancing his self-esteem.
With this moon, we are aware of our place in society, and feel deeply emotional about it. How do we find our secure niche in it?
The Sabian Symbol for 21 Capricorn is
"A RELAY RACE. The value of competition in developing group-conscious. The whole of civilization is a vast kind of relay race in which groups of people and generations carry the torch in what we call "progress." Major achievements result from the sum total of human strivings. This symbol emphasizes group co-operation and the value of give-and-take. DYNAMIC INTERCHANGE."
This Full Moon moves down western Canada and western U.S. It flows through western Africa, all of Europe, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and Korea and Japan.
The difficult combination of Uranus, Mars, and Pluto covers Latin America, Russia, the Middle East (especially Israel), and much of Africa. The Hawaiian Islands and all of the Far East are also in the midst of that volatile combination. Shocking Uranus goes through New York City.
MONDAY JULY 14. Moon is in friendly Aquarius, and we feel at home in the world. Our perceptions and thinking have changed radically since yesterday, when we were all business and ambition. Our attitude now is much more free, and we can relate to people as people, rather than as steppingstones. Idealism in regard to partnership can promote love and harmony.
TUESDAY JULY 15. Moon continues in idea-oriented Aquarius, with large and wide aspects. The state of the world is important now, and politics may attract us. We might be especially aware of peoples suffering at the hands of elites. Social and personal justice are important today. Moon goes VOC at 6:57 p.m. EDT.
WEDNESDAY JULY 16. Moon enters Pisces at 11:14 a.m., and we move into dreamtime for the next three days. Each moon sign needs its special nourishment, and Pisces needs food for the imagination. During Pisces, we especially like to read, listen to music, and watch TV, movies and video. It may be difficult to maintain focus on mundane tasks. Take time outdoors, near water if you can. Swim, play music, take time to smell the flowers. Pisces is great for the arts, and you may be doing or patronizing an artistic endeavor. Tangible accomplishment is possible.
THURSDAY JULY 17. Mars has the spotlight today. This means lots of energy, and energy especially used for such more subtle levels as in dreaming, creating, intuition, and psychic work. Check out bright, bright orangish Mars high in the southwestern sky early this morning very close to Moon. They conjoin at 4:00 a.m. EDT, nearly overhead in Washington DC. Seeing Mars awesome brilliance in the sky will help give you an idea of how potent it is now and during coming weeks.
In some locations its possible to see Moon eclipse Mars. It will be exact in the central Pacific, Central America, northwest South America, the Caribbean, and the North Atlantic. Mars conjoins Uranus now, and I would expect some chaos to follow in those areas where Mars is interrupted, or blacked out, e.g., in Hawaii, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, or Iceland.
Mars is now remarkably close to earth, growing bigger and brighter every day, and moving very slowly. Although Mars will dim this fall, the strong Mars energy will last through November.
Mars now is nearly at the 10-11 degrees Pisces where it turns retrograde on July 29. It will remain in this degree range through August. All planets at 9-11 degrees of mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius, and Gemini) will be undergoing adjustments during this next month.
Especially affected will be those born between July 1942 and May 1943, and people born between May 1944 and May 1945. The culture around our birth period does imprint us, and these were all WW II babies.
The U.S.-Bush complex will definitely be having aggressive thoughts. For one thing, todays Mars Eclipse opposes Bushs own Mars in Virgo. His progressed Sun is also conjoining his Virgo Mars. Mucho Mars! But the Mars Eclipse renders Mars action unpredictable.
In addition, Sun transiting U.S. Mercury (and Bushs Saturn) is challenged by General Pallas Athena in Aries, spoiling for a fight. AndPallas, now energized by Sun, sits on Bushs Aries midheaven, which is the point where he challenges the world, and the world challenges him.
A good way to use todays potent energy is for emotional exploration, and relationship-building. Prayer and positive visualization are also energized by Mars in Pisces. Late today we may run into a power struggle. With Mars so very powerful, we do need to think before we leap into battle, and perhaps make a special effort to find common ground. By tomorrow morning, conflicts can resolve.
FRIDAY JULY 18. Morning flows nicely into a watery trine at 10:49 a.m. Then Moon goes VOC until 7:20 p.m. Hang loose today; take the day off if you can. This evening when Moon enters Aries well want some lively action.
SATURDAY JULY 19. Moon in Aries impels us to DO something, and this morning we will want to be engaged in something constructive. Its a good work day, and building or remodeling projects may attract us. By late afternoon Neptune comes on strong, and we will feel restless. Take a nature walk, or go to a movie. Also, notice the news today. We have an opportunity to take a new look at the New World Disorder vision being manifested by the Bush Administration.
SUNDAY JULY 20. Moon continues in lively Aries, and we want to move. We may want to do something special with family, or with a specially-loved person in our lives. Watch the financial news. Vesta, Guardian of the Hearth, is keeping strange company today.
MONDAY JULY 21. Last Quarter Moon at 29 Aries occurs early in the morning at 3:01 a.m. EDT. The last quarter moon during Cancer time says "Family and Security may be OK, but I have to find my own way. I have to be independent." This is the last degree of the go-getter cardinal sign combination, and Aries will be in a hurry to make his mark on the world. Making the necessary moves to secure territory and resources will be the thrust. Health issues could be in the public eye now. Saturn moves into a new degree, which indicates a new phase of the rapid construction efforts which have dominated this month.
With the quarter phase, Moon goes VOC at 3:01 a.m. EDT. It enters Taurus at 6:48 a.m., and we can be practical for the next couple of days. Today and tomorrow are good days to finish projects which are still hanging. We may feel quite energized tonight, especially if were in the Pacific Time Zone.
TUESDAY JULY 22. Energy today is excellent for concrete, tangible communication, e.g., writing. We can see deeply into social events, and we may want to share our insights.
WEDNESDAY JULY 23. Moon is VOC in Taurus for most of this day. Working on an artistic creation or other creative project could be very satisfying.
Sun enters Leo early this morning, and our energy field changes from water to fire, from receptivity to extroversion. Leo and Taurus are fixed signs, and the gathering of power now becomes important. Determination and perseverance are enhanced. People and politics will become more important as these next weeks roll on, emphasizing the Leo-Aquarius polarity. In particular, Neptune, the planet of vision, denial, and addiction will become more prominent, along with Jupiter in Leo, who emphasizes rulership. Sun will oppose Neptune in Aquarius on August 4, and conjoin Jupiter on August 22. During this past year, Neptune and Jupiter have been associated with two visionson the one hand the endless war, and on the other hand a world which respects nature and one another.
Moon enters lively Gemini at 7:42, and tonight will be exciting and stimulating.
THURSDAY JULY 24. Communication, communication, communication is the days business. It may be related to the arts, to money, or to loveor to all three. Keep those wires hot. Tonight relax with a video.
FRIDAY JULY 25. Moon continues in Gemini, and our nervous systems may be even more speeded up than they were yesterday. Women, and nurturing, are on our mindsbut in a broad context. Our thoughts spread to encompass the world. Mercury and Jupiter have their annual conjunction in Leo, and rulershipthe power of being in chargewill be the theme for our expansion in the world for the next year. Transpluto here shows that it will be an extra-strong manifestation of commanding Leo energy, perhaps a rebirth. Drama and the arts should flourish, as well as all creative activity.
All planets in all charts between 22 and 29 degrees will be empowered for growth. This includes GWs Venus in Leo in his first house. He will strut his stuff, and will be seen in a good lightat least by some.
Donald Rumsfeld has his natal Mercury and Jupiter at almost this same degree, also in Leo. Mercury is the idea person, the communicator, Jupiter is the King, and we can get an idea of how this combination can operate through listening to Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld is now beginning a new 12-year Jupiter cycle, as well as a one-year Mercury cycle. This is a very big year for him in his self-projection, a special time of fulfilling his expansive birth potential.
On September 2, 2004, which will likely be Bushs nomination day, Mercury is turning direct at almost this same degree. Looks like he is a shoe-in.
Tonight we may stay up late talking about ideas and possibilities for the future.
SATURDAY JULY 26 and SUNDAY JULY 27. This is a home and family weekend. Saturday is a good working and project day, Sunday we may want to finish something up, or just hang out.
MONDAY JULY 28. This is a loving and laid-back day. Discipline is not part of the scene now, and getting to work may be difficult. At 4:17 p.m. EDT, Moon enters Leo, and the future, about which weve been ruminating, begins to crystallize in our minds eye. Tonight do something you really love to do, something that makes you feel good about yourself.
TUESDAY JULY 29. New Moon at 6 degrees of Leo occurs at 2:53 a.m. EDT. We shift from the sensitive, emotional energy field of Cancer to the exuberant, outgoing energy of Leo. Lifes a stage, and we can have fun playing our roles. And audience, please do applaud us.
Sun and Moon both conjoin Venus, showing that love, pleasure, and beauty are intrinsic to the next month. Five of the ten major planets are in Leo, and we will create our own show, star in it, and have fun doing it. Leo is about expressing our heart energy. What do you really like to do? This can be a great month for vacations.
Leo is a fire sign, and is associated with the Sun. In the northern hemisphere, the Leo month of August tends to be the hottest and driest month. People flock to the beaches and pools, and bask in the sun. The preponderance of fire planets now shows that August will be a very dry month indeed, and that fire danger is high. The bad drought in the midwest will be aggravated.
Mars in Pisces is right now a very potent Mars. Observe its brilliance in the early morning sky. Now, to usher in this very strong Leo energy, Mars is stationary in the heavens. It is making its ponderous turn, about to turn retrograde in just an hour.
This is a historic Mars. It is closer to Earth than it has been for perhaps 50,000 years, and it is stationing retrograde along with a powerful, Mars-supportive New Moon in Leo.
More than anything else, this is a Mars New Moon. Mars is a fire planet, but now it is in Pisces, a water sign, and it will make a lot of steam. Along with Neptunes fog, we may all have difficulty figuring out exactly what is going on. Mars in Pisces is most comfortable acting at non-material and subtle levels. Its great for harnessing intuition, and for getting in touch with broad and universal truths and movements. Pisces relates the entire cycle of life, and we will become much more aware during these two retrograde months of the science of ecologyhow our home on earth works, and how everything is interconnected. Pisces is also associated with chemicals, and we can get a glimpse now of how we are killing ourselves with synthetic chemicals. Mars in Pisces can also exercise compassion.
Mars retrograde re-evaluates action and motive. What am I doing, and why? In Pisces, do my actions jibe with my spiritual beliefs? Its significant that Mars is so close to us right now, just when many of us need to ask those questions.
Mars will turn direct again on September 27. We will have two months of Mars retrograde, when we can rethink how we act in the light of these universal connections. The precautionary principledo no harmcan take on new meaning.
This New Moon conjoins the U.S. North Node of the Moon, which in Leo shows the leadership destiny of the U.S. We have a very special opportunity nowa once-in-history opportunityto lead the world in developing a way of life where we emphasize harmony with nature and with one another.
This Moon does run right through the United Stateson the nadir, the foundation location, showing the opportunity to develop new foundations. Mars lines run right through all of the continents. Mars is accompanied by unpredictable Uranus, along with the reporter-on-the-spot, Mercury. Volatile Pluto hangs out with shocking Uranus on the U.S. northeast coast. Pluto and Mars, which can be violent, hang out together in Venezuela, Zambia, and Indonesia.
The Sabian Symbol for 6 Leo is
"A CONSERVATIVE, OLD-FASHIONED LADY IS CONFRONTED BY A "HIPPIE" GIRL. The need to transcend our subservience to fashion, in morals as well as in clothes. This refers to the ever-changing pageant of social values, as ideals of human relationship succeed one another. The confrontation may lead to great bitterness, yet it should show us the impermanence of most of what society impresses upon our collective mentality. This refers to a collective, cultural, and social crisis which challenges us to realize THE RELATIVITY OF SOCIAL VALUES."
This is indeed a challenge.
WEDNESDAY JULY 30. We will probably feel very good in this new, sunny, Leo world. Let your creativity glow and flow. One caution: watch out for power struggles with partners. Were all hanging tightly onto our egos now, and this can make for conflicts. Honesty is especially important. Moon goes VOC at 11:46 a.m. EDT, and is VOC until it enters Virgo at 10:27 p.m. After that, the night will be stimulating.
THURSDAY JULY 31. Moon is in Virgo, and work goes exceedingly well. Were very inventive, and we can be geniuses at solving problems. By the same token, we may have some weird problems to solve. This day can be unpredictable.
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