I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.

Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.

Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.

Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.

July 2019

The New Moon - Think about it

The lunar cycle that begins with the New Moon occurs June 3 ( in Gemini at 12 degrees at 5:02 am CDT) is perfect for thinking about what it is you want to create. Make a list. Give thought to the pros and cons of any issue or situation you wish to manifest. Put your focus on the object of your desire and you will get it. This full Moon is not quite angling Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Sagittarius so many of us may have a difficult time considering just what it is that we desire.

Once Mercury, ruler of Gemini, moves through Cancer June 4 -26 it will be easy to add that extra ingredient of feeling to your manifestation process. Feel now how you will feel when you get what you want. While Mercury moves through Cancer our thoughts will be more feeling than analytical but this lunar cycle is about thinking and communicating.

Venus in Taurus is trine Pluto in Capricorn June 2. This compels us to consider the love in our lives. We will explore how we feel about current relationships and dream about creating new and wonderful relationships. This aspect is really good for Virgo in terms of making money and having love.

Mercury in Cancer is sextile Uranus in Aries June 7. Change will be good and surprises take you good places in life you had not expected. These type of situations occur again when the Sun in Cancer is sextile Uranus June 27.

Venus moves through Gemini June 8 - July 3. While Venus moves through Gemini we will feel social and giddy. This is a time for variety socially and romantically. Don’t be surprised if your honey flies away for a last minute vacation. Their behavior is not to get away from you, but just to be free. Most people have to fly away because they can’t find that freedom within themselves.

The Sun in Gemini is square Neptune and opposite Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius June 9 and 10. Since Jupiter is retrograde we are reinventing something in our lives. If you are a Sagittarius you are remaking your life. With the Sun opposite Jupiter the details seem to all fall into place. But remember, with Jupiter squaring Neptune don’t just jump on any band wagon. We receive very similar experiences when Venus forms the same angles to Neptune and Jupiter June 23-24.

Speaking of Jupiter squaring Neptune

We have been feeling the effects of Jupiter in Sagittarius squaring Neptune in Pisces since last December. We will continue to feel this aspect through mid October in varying degrees of intensity as the two planets dance within the influence of each other. Jupiter is opportunity and optimism while Neptune is our faith and our delusions. A square is considered a hard angle. While this angle is happening, we must deal with outcomes that do not hold up to our expectations. Take a good look at what you are trying to accomplish. This is not the time to take risks because the facts are not clear enough to make a valid decision. Listen to the voices you know and trust. Jupiter was last exactly square Neptune January 13. The aspect will be exact June 16 and September 21.

At the same time Saturn in Capricorn is sextile Neptune June 18. Jupiter wants it all and more, Saturn is practical. Remember the fable of The Hare And The Tortoise? The hare was over confident and took a nap. The tortoise plodded along and though he was much slower, the tortoise won the race. Saturn says keep on keeping on and use your discipline to accomplish those ideals. Dig down and use your spiritual wisdom to move past what is not real. Make the most of your time and do not nap because you think you have time.

Mars in Cancer is trine Neptune in Pisces and opposite Saturn in Capricorn June 14. Mercury follows Mars forming the same angles to Neptune and Saturn on June 16. Mars and Mercury at this angle to Neptune produce a simpatico between us and another. Romance can be profound. However Mars and Mercury opposing Saturn brings frustration and disappointment. Most likely one area of life will be wonderful but there will be responsibilities that demand our attention. Do not let disappointments spoil your dessert.

The Full Moon

The Full Moon occurs June 17 at twenty-five degrees Sagittarius at 3:31 am CDT. The full Moon brings situations and emotions to a head. Since this full Moon occurs in the same sign as Jupiter is transiting there is an extra does of fuel that ignites us to react. Many of us will question our belief systems and many of us will loudly profess our feelings. There is sure to be drama on the world stage including politics and sports figures.

Adding to the fuel of the full Moon is Mars and Mercury conjunct in Cancer and opposite Pluto in Capricorn June 18 and 19. This is sure to bring about disappointments and power struggles some where in our lives. Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are most affect by this powerful energy. Use caution and use good sense to balance the books of karma now. This is not the time to ignore health matters.

Neptune turns retrograde June 21 until November 27. Many of us are going to be more sensitive and psychic than usual. Others will be swimming in circles and still others will notice that we are more affected than usual by that aspirin or martini.

The Sun enters Cancers June 21 at 10:54 am CDT. This is the longest day of the year. We have built up to this time since the winter Solstice last December. While the Sun moves through Cancer until July 22/23 time spent with family is well spent. Take care of those you love now and know that emotions will rise and fall while the Sun moves through Cancer. Hopefully, you like rollercoasters because many of us will be riding a rollercoaster of emotions June 21 until July 23.

Mercury moves through Leo June 26 until retrograding back into Cancer July 19. Yep Mercury retrograde happens next month so get your ducks in a row before then and get all the stuff you need to get started before Mercury goes retrograde July 7.

While Mercury is direct in Leo June 26 to July 7, our words and deeds will be grandiose. However, while you are on that platform do listen to what others have to say. Otherwise. your grand words will be ignored by others because you are so into yourself. Remember, think before you act or speak.

Chiron and Uranus

Chiron, the asteroid known as the wounded healer, and Uranus have each been hanging out in the early degrees of Aries and Taurus respectively since March. Chiron in Aries has some of us questioning our right to be here. Uranus in Taurus is shifting our priorities. Those of us born during the first week of any sign can expect sudden shifts and changes somewhere in our lives. This will be especially true at the last quarter of the Moon in Aries June 25. Change can be good and can take you to pleasant places you never expected. Do not dread the changes, it may shake you up but in the long run the changes are for your benefit. Accept uncertainty when you cannot control what is happening. That way the ride of life will be less bumpy because you are not digging in your heels. Have faith in life. The squirrels don't have a grocery store, but they still eat.