The Monthly Forecast For August

It’s hard to believe it’s August already. The Sun is in Leo for most of the month. Leo is a Fixed sign of the zodiac, Fixed Fire. The Fixed signs grant fixity of purpose and tenacity. Some might say stubbornness, but I like tenacity, myself. It is ruled by the Sun. The key words for Leo are “ I will”. The symbol is the lion, representing nobility and courage. The stone is Ruby, the colors are scarlet and gold. Let’s take a look at some of the important planetary aspects this month.

The Moon in Aries on 8/2 makes a Trine to the Sun, Fire sign to Fire sign. This brings zeal and enthusiasm, and a desire to have fun. At the same time, the Moon squares Pluto, the alchemist. This can bring up old issues that need to be released. The Moon moves into Taurus on 8/3, where it conjuncts to Uranus and Trines Saturn. This is powerful. Uranus is the planet of sudden and unexpected changes, freedom, and new beginnings. Saturn is the planet of wisdom and patience. This combination encourages movement forward along with the patience required to sustain growth in the new direction. Excellent.

August 11th brings the New Moon, which is a Solar Eclipse. The Sun and Moon are conjunct in Leo, at about 6 AM Eastern time. This is a good time for intention work.

Mercury finally goes direct on 8/19. Whee! We have a repeat of that wonderful combination of the Moon aspecting Uranus and Saturn on 8/21, this time it Trines Uranus and conjuncts Saturn. Lovely.

The Sun moves into Virgo on 8/23, an Earth sign. 8/25 is very good, with a Grand Trine in the Earth signs, the Sun in Virgo forming a Trine to Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. This is fabulous. It’s a combination of ambition, motivation, liberation, and wisdom. Reach for the stars today.

The Full Moon on 8/26 is actually a good one. It carries over some of the beautiful energy of the previous day, except that the Moon has moved into visionary Pisces. Dream big. The 27th is also good. The month ends on 8/31 with more wonderful aspects. We have another Grand Trine in Earth, with the Sun in Virgo, the Moon in Taurus again, conjuncting Uranus and Trining Saturn, as we had earlier. What a beautiful way to say goodbye to August.

Let this month light your fire. Give yourself permission to laugh, love, play, and grow. In Chinese medicine, the Fire Element inspires us. Fire spreads. This month invites us to be the light the world so desperately needs right now. Let your light shine. Have a beautiful month. Blessings, Judith

The Monthly Forecast For July

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The key words for the sign Cancer are “ I Feel”. Cancer is a Cardinal Water sign. The symbol is the Crab, the ruling planet is the Moon. This month, there are some lovely aspects that we can all look forward to. Tuesday, 7/3 is a winner, with the Moon in Pisces making five beautiful aspects, forming a Grand Trine in the Water Element, where it Trines both the Sun in Cancer and Jupiter in Scorpio. This brings strength, optimism, and Sacred Law. At the same time, the Moon conjuncts to Neptune in Pisces, a very spiritual aspect. This is a wonderful day to receive, to meditate, and to visualize what you need.

7/7 is also good, as long as you slow down. The Moon in Aries trines Venus.  This adds creativity and beauty to everything. It then moves into Taurus, where it conjuncts Uranus, the planet of innovation, liberation, and change. Move forward on your dreams. 7/8 is very good, with the Sun in Cancer Trine to Neptune in Pisces, and the Moon in Taurus also sextile Neptune and the Sun. Magical and mystical.

The New Moon on 7/12 is a powerhouse. This is the first of two Eclipses this month. The Sun and Moon are conjunct in a New Moon, which offers opportunities for new beginnings. With this one, we have a Solar Eclipse, with both the Sun and Moon opposing Pluto. Wow. Pluto rules the Void, alchemy, transmutation, death and rebirth, endings and beginnings. It also rules the supernatural, organized crime, and intelligence agencies. This is fairly explosive. Watch the news. Since Jupiter, the Moon, and Neptune form a Grand Trine in Water at the same time, have faith ( Neptune) in Sacred Law ( Jupiter) prevailing. What are we ready to let go of? What old habit, pattern, or attitude needs to end? What are we ready to begin?

The 15th and 16th are both good. The Sun moves into Leo on the 22nd, another good day. Mercury goes retrograde again ( I know) on the 26th, but otherwise it’s a good day.

The second Eclipse of the month will be on 7/27. Hold onto your hats for this one. It’s a Full Moon, from Leo to Aquarius, with the Sun in fiery Leo opposing both the Moon AND Mars in Aquarius. Mars in an opposition can make people feel the fight or flight reflex. All of this is taking place in two Fixed signs. ( Stubborn). Slow down. Breathe. Decide not to engage unless absolutely necessary. If someone oversteps their boundaries, then by all means, stand up for yourself.

The month ends with two lovely days, the 30th and 31st, giving us all a chance to recover from that intense Full Moon. July will be eventful. Cancer is a nurturing sign. Take care of yourself. Rest. Play. Laugh. Love. I hope you have a wonderful month. Blessings, Judith

The Monthly Forecast for June

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The Sun is in the sign Gemini for much of June. Gemini is an Air sign, ruled by Mercury. It rules the lungs, arms, hands, and nervous system in the body. The key words for Gemini are “ I Think”. Gemini is a dual sign, the twins. ( Castor and Pollux). It represents flexibility and curiosity, both good traits to have this month.

6/3 is lovely, with the Sun in Gemini Trine to the Moon in Aquarius, both Air signs, while the Moon also Trines Mercury in Gemini. The mind is open and stimulated now. The Moon moves into mystical Pisces on 6/5, forming two sextiles to both Uranus and Saturn. Uranus is sudden and unexpected changes, while Saturn is about patience and stability. This is a good day to begin something that will last.

6/6 has a number of planets aspecting Neptune. I expect more lies to be revealed regarding ongoing investigations. Reach for calmness and try not to engage in some people’s delusional thinking. Avoid debates. 6/11 is good, with the Moon in Taurus Trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Reach for alchemy and magic. It sextiles Neptune, adding in the mystical. Remind yourself that anything is possible.

The New Moon on 6/13 in Gemini invites us to embrace our duality. Some believed that Castor and Pollux were twin brothers, with Castor being human and Pollux being immortal. This would be a good day to acknowledge being an eternal soul having an earthly incarnation, and embracing all of the opportunities that brings.

The Moon moves into Virgo on 6/18. Both the 18th and 19th are wonderful, with a number of positive aspects. The Summer Solstice is on 6/21, when the Sun moves into Cancer.

The Full Moon on 6/28 is expansive and powerful.

This is an excellent month to focus on duality, rather than polarity. Duality is about being conjoined, both/and. Polarity supposes that you have to choose one versus the other, either/or. Spirituality teaches us that there is no “ other”, that we are one with all that is. In one version of the Castor and Pollux myth, when Castor dies, Pollux asks his father, Zeus, to allow him to share his immortality with his twin. Zeus grants his request, creating the constellation Gemini. This month encourages us to embrace and integrate our humanity with our divinity. We are both. We are made of stars, our own unique constellation, dancing through space and time.

May this month be filled with beauty, love, magic, and joy for you. Blessings, Judith