Day: July 5, 2019
Happy Summer, Sunshines!
We have a nice quiet week from the Universe, with few transits to report. And the transits that are in play this week are exciting ones! It’s a week where the opportunity and potential for closed chapters arrives, and the promise of new beginnings does as well.
Those changes are coming from the Full Moon in Sagittarius that will open up the week, while the Sun will change positions and move from Airy Gemini into the Cardinal sign of the Water signs, Cancer. And when that happens, Summer arrives!
On Monday, the Full Moon in lucky Sagittarius arrives and you are going to be focused on closing up some chapters and wrapping something up. This could be a chapter at work, an issue in a relationship, or even working on removing toxic things from your life. If something isn’t working, this is the week to work on that, and you want to start early. You have the opportunity to make Full Moon wishes for this change until Wednesday of this week.
Summer will be in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere come Thursday of this week. We will enjoy the Summer Solstice as well, which is the longest day of the year. Soak up that sunshine! Meanwhile, season of Winter will be in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere when this happens. It’s a time of quieter days, shorter hours of sunlight, and a period of rest arrives. It will be the shortest day of the year here, so you can enjoy more minutes of rest and relaxation today.
These are the biggest planetary changes this week, and they are changes that will set the tone for the rest of the Summer, and maybe even the rest of the year. What changes do you want to see this Summer? What changes will you start on this week?
As always, stay tuned to our Daily Horoscopes and Weekly Horoscopes to help you succeed beyond your weekly snapshots. Until then, make those Sagittarius Full Moon wishes count this week!
Planetary Locations During June 17-23, 2019:
• Sun: Gemini (May 22 to June 20, 2019); Cancer (June 20 to – July 23, 2019)
• Mercury: Cancer (June 5, 2019, to June 27, 2019)
• Venus: Gemini (From June 8, 2019, to July 3, 2019)
• Mars: Cancer (May 16, 2019, to July 1, 2019)
• Jupiter: Sagittarius (Until December 2, 2019)
• Saturn: Capricorn (Until March 22, 2020; Retrograde from April 29, 2019, to September 17, 2019)
• Neptune: Pisces (Until January 2026)
• Pluto: Capricorn (Until October 12, 2024; Retrograde from April 24, 2019, until October 2, 2019)
Daily Snapshots for June 17-23, 2019:
Monday, June 17
Sun: Gemini – Lead with your head, listen to your heart, and make karmically clean choices.
Moon: Full Moon in Sagittarius – When your mind wanders, follow it up with action.
Tuesday, June 18
Moon: Capricorn – Take the lead on something that you want to last.
Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20
Sun: Cancer – Take the lead on nurturing love at home, and success follows everywhere else.
Moon: Aquarius – Lead with your head, but take your heart with you.
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
Moon: Pisces – Lead with your heart, but take your head with you.
Sunday, June 23
- Venus in Gemini opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius – This is a transit that is going to put some pressure on an area of your love or money life. But it’s not necessarily a bad one. Here we have love and money planet Venus working in opposition to luck planet Jupiter. Jupiter is also a very optimistic planet, so if you are feeling hopeful, pleasant, generous, or optimistic today, that is Jupiter’s influence. In this transit we have the love and money planet working opposite the luck planet, suggesting you may be feeling the squeeze on a love or money matter. It may be that you are thinking unrealistically, maybe you want to rent a champagne apartment on a beer budget, or something like that. So you may get a dose of reality, or you may be quite lucky today, just not as lucky as you thought. It’s a quick moving transit with compatible Air signs and Fire signs in play, so it won’t last long. Enjoy the luck as you have it!
What’s up in the stars today? Check your free Daily Horoscope – here on Astrology Answers!
My dreams have both intrigued and frightened me over the years. From a young age, I was made aware that my grandmother on my father’s side often had dreams that came true, a little bit like predictions or visions.
Eventually, this began to happen to me, too.
For example, a couple years back my dad was away on a business trip. A few days before he came home, I had a dream that involved him getting in a car accident on a highway. That’s odd, I thought. He had flown out for the business trip, so it couldn’t be one of those dreams. Imagine my surprise when he arrived back home to tell us that he had driven back with some of his business associates rather than flying, and they had hit a deer on the highway.
That being said, that didn’t necessarily mean that every single dream I had was going to come true. More often than not, they were nothing more than twisted manifestations of my waking life entering the dark void of my unconsciousness each night in distorted ways.
I think of dreams as signs. Signs that are trying to show you what’s actually going on inside of your head, or outside of it in your real life, and I was determined to learn more.
How I Dream Journal:
Most people, when dream journaling, will keep a notebook right by their bed so that once they wake up, they are able to immediately write down their dream so they don’t forget it. This is what is generally recommended.
I’ve personally never had a problem remembering my dreams. Most of my dreams are vivid and detailed, and I have a pretty great recall of my memories in general, so I didn’t need a specific tactic to aid me in remembering anything. I just needed an easy way to write the dreams down.
Rather than keep a journal right by my bed for this, every morning when I woke up, I would jot down the key theme or occurrence of my dream from the night before on a small whiteboard I had near my closet. For example, one night I had a dream that a co-worker and I were hosting a friend’s bachelorette party at a McDonalds, among a number of different things.
Simply writing “bachelorette party at McDonald’s” on my whiteboard was able to bring back the entire dream for me when I read it later. Upon arriving home from work, I then wrote about the dream in a bit more detail in a journal.
Remember, everyone is different and every dream is different. If you are one to quickly forget your dreams soon after waking up, I’d definitely recommend keeping a notebook by your bed so you can write the whole thing out before starting your day. If you want to write more than a couple of sentences about your dreams, feel free to do that as well, but don’t feel as though every dream warrants a novel.
Having said that, what did I learn throughout this 30-day experience?
Dream Journaling Helped Me Think Logically & Critically
Before I set out on this 30-day challenge, I didn’t think too deeply about the type of dreams (or night terrors) I was having. If I had a particularly startling dream that night (like someone in my life dying, a dream I have had more than a handful of times in my life), I would usually go through the day feeling depressed and uneasy.
When I took the time to dream journal and actively look for the meaning of these dreams, it opened my eyes to the fact that these dreams didn’t literally mean someone in my life was going to die. It made me ask a number of questions:
- Why do I think I had this dream?
- What do I think this dream is trying to tell me?
- Who was in the dream?
- How had I been feeling the day I had the dream?
These questions made me arrive at two answers. I was either:
a) Going through a difficult time at the moment and was feeling stressed out, which translated to “death” appearing in my dreams, and/or
b) In my waking life, there was something that might be ending, which would make way for a new beginning.
Once I could think more logically and critically about my dreams using my dream journal and a dream dictionary, they began to scare and worry me less as I began to interpret them.
I Discovered Hidden Messages in My Dreams
I talked about how most of my dreams were ridiculous, and that dream journaling helped me interpret the “real” messages behind them, but there were often times where I was able to uncover relevant messages as well.
One night I had a dream that I entered a short story writing contest, and I won (again, among a number of different things). In the dream I was telling friends and family, “I told you so!”
When I eventually wrote this out in my dream journal, it made me realize that I hadn’t written a short story in years, something I really enjoyed doing in university, and something I had been really good at. Weeks before I even had this dream, my partner brought the topic up to me a couple of times, asking why I had stopped writing. It made me remember how much I loved creating characters and stories, and I decided at some point I would pick that back up again.
Now, that might not have been the actual message of the dream, but it did give me a valuable message nonetheless.
Dream Journaling Helped Me Find Patterns
Keeping the dream journal allowed me to pinpoint exactly when I was having bad weeks (which were filled with bad dreams and nightmares) versus good weeks (filled with “regular” dreams). It gave me the chance to think about the type of things in my waking life that contributed to a bad dream or nightmare, such as work stress or life stress in general. It helped me uncover my true feelings and dig deep. This has even been proven in studies: “By tracking your dreams, you will be able to recognize traits, emotions, and actions that you would like to change.”
Knowing what contributed to my not-so-nice dreams allowed me to consciously set myself up to avoid having nightmares by debriefing the bad energy before going to bed. Once I actively did things like yoga or meditation before going to sleep after a bad day, the bad dreams seemed to slowly seep away.
Dream Journaling Contributed to My Creativity
As a writer, I felt that taking the time to write about my dreams and really dissect them was an amazing experience that contributed to my overall creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.
Did you know that Frankenstein and much of Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry were born from their creators’ dreams?
Dreams are strange and interesting occurrences that many of us still don’t understand, even today. It’s like magic is happening right inside our own brains. Really getting to think about the type of dreams I was having actually helped make me better at my job!
It even gave me ideas for some short stories. Who knows, maybe I’ll write one soon!
Related Article: Dream Journaling & Tips to Enhance Your Memory
As we’ve learned from our exploration of Moon signs, they are vastly different from our Sun signs and carry different significance in our lives.
While our Sun signs have more influence over our general behavior, our egos, and how we identify ourselves, our Moon signs relate more to our inner selves. Much like the Moon exists in the sky the entire day but is only visible at certain times, our Moon sign influences the things we do not always let others see – our fears, needs, and emotional responses.
When we are experiencing negative influences like conflict and stress, it is unlikely our rational, ego-driven Sun sign will guide our reactions; our Moon, however, holds the power over our instinctual responses and behaviors. When in crisis, it makes more sense to cater to the needs of our fragile Moon sign.
Read on to discover the best emotional release, based on your Moon sign!
Aquarius Moon – Volunteer Work
Though somebody with a Moon in Aquarius might consider themselves immune from emotions or stress, they’re fooling themselves – they feel the pressure like the rest of us. Unlike other signs though, this Air Moon has even less ability to process those negative feelings and may sometimes be avoidant of dealing with their triggers. Doing acts of service takes an Aquarius Moon out of their own problems for a while, and rejuvenates their soul by making them feel useful, which is ultimately the best stress relief.
Pisces Moon – Meditation
This sensitive Water Moon is constantly absorbing the energy of those around them, and can easily become overwhelmed when stressed. They feel deeply, and get lost in their emotions with nothing to ground them. For the Pisces Moon, establishing stability in times of stress is critical; if they do not address their feelings, small worries can quickly become catastrophes. Whether they choose to take a guided meditation class, or just download an app, reflecting on their emotions is key for a Pisces Moon.
Aries Moon – Hit the Gym
Those with an impulsive and brash Aries Moon placement should be careful during times of negative emotion and tension; it’s far too easy for them to act out destructively. Without a healthy outlet for their intense feelings, an Aries Moon risk burning out in the heat of their own fire. Getting physical and doing a high energy workout, like a Zumba or spin class, gives this Fire Moon some distance from their problems and with this clarity comes the ability to step outside their emotions to find a rational decision.
Taurus Moon – Quiet Night In
Taurus Moons crave stability and order and often feel overwhelmed by negative emotions. Dealing with stress is not always easy for this Earth Moon, and they’ll sometimes use their famous stubbornness to avoid an issue until it goes away- which isn’t healthy. In order for them to regroup, a Taurus Moon needs to spend time alone, in the comfort of a safe space with their favorite things. Once they feel stable and grounded, it allows them to focus and apply their considerable will to tackle their issues.
Gemini Moon – Journaling
The mercurial temperament of a Gemini Moon leads to a lot of conflict in their ability to express themselves; when stressed, they may feel they’re not being heard or understood. When not channeled in a positive way, they can feel lost. Having a way to process their racing thoughts and conflicting emotions is key for this Air Moon, so consider journaling. Not only does this allow the Gemini Moon to organize and prioritize their needs, but it forces them to self-reflect- which is not typically their strong suit.
Cancer Moon – Clean the House
As the Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer, those with their Moon placement in this Water sign are quite emotionally intuitive and grounded. They’re usually at home in their emotions, but can feel vulnerable and exposed when stressed. Reclaiming a sense of security and comfort is key for a Cancer Moon in trying times, so they should work out their worries around the home. Not only does appeal to their desire to ‘retreat into their shell’, so to speak, but it allows them to problem solve while they polish and sweep.
Leo Moon – Spend Time with a Loved One
The opposite of Cancer, Leo is ruled by the Sun – so they often struggle to accept their emotional Moon and the feelings it creates. A Leo Moon may feel neglected or unappreciated in times of stress and resort to negative attention-seeking behavior to soothe their vulnerable ego. What this Fire Moon truly needs in times of crisis is a cheerleader, to remind them that they’re strong; spending time with a best friend or family member who believes in their power is key to getting a Leo Moon back on their best behavior.
Virgo Moon – Bullet Journaling
Those with a Virgo Moon are satisfied by logic and structure, which is why everything falls apart in times of stress. When their lives feel chaotic or disorganized, this Earth Moon will internalize that pressure and feel entirely overwhelmed. Having the creative outlet of a bullet journal is a great coping mechanism for a Virgo Moon since it allows them to create a plan of attack for tackling the problems in their life, but also has enough creativity and artistic flair to make it feel fun, instead of like one more chore to handle.
Libra Moon – Yoga
It might feel contrived to suggest this Moon placement visits the yoga studio, but Libra Moons crave balance and harmony even more deeply than a Libra Sun; when they feel out of control and have discord between facets of their lives, it creates unbearable anxiety for them. Not only will yoga give a Libra Moon the chance to calm down and release their tension, but it also allows them to unify their mental, emotional and physical selves enough to ignite their Air influenced creative problem-solving skills!
Scorpio Moon – Watch a Sad Movie
As the most intensely guarded of the Moon signs, Scorpio Moons cannot abide by letting their walls down; in times of stress, they’ll often retreat into themselves and completely disconnect. Instead of confronting their issues, this Water Moon tends to bottle things up until a massive meltdown occurs. In order to avoid this, the Moon sign should give themselves a safe outlet to feel their emotions, and watch a sad movie – crying is a healthy release, but Scorpio Moons would feel weak crying over their own problems.
Sagittarius Moon – Take a Hike
Even as a Moon sign, Sagittarius is thrill seeking and adventurous. During times of stress though, this may lead a Sag Moon to engage in avoidant behaviors or run away from their problems. Feeling like they need to escape is not uncommon for this Fire Moon when they’re upset. Allowing themselves a small break is exactly what the Sagittarius Moon needs though, so going on a hike is a perfect bad mood fix- even just a long walk around the neighborhood will do wonders for helping them calm down.
Capricorn Moon – Bake a Treat
Especially within a Moon placement, Capricorn finds satisfaction through achievement. When they perceive a lack of success in their external lives, a Capricorn Moon may need to find different avenues of accomplishment. Something small and easily attainable but that still requires a level of precision is the key to unlocking this Earth Moon’s inner peace. The attention to detail and meticulousness needed for baking is a perfect outlet for this Moon sign – with the added bonus of having a sweet treat at the end!
Next time you are experiencing turmoil and strain in your life, take the time to reflect on the personality of your Moon sign to better address your emotional needs. By using these suggested self-care activities, you’ll hopefully find clarity and stability through nurturing your inner self.
Sometimes, the only way we can work through pain is by being vulnerable.
Related Article: Moon Sign Astrology: Your Guide to Your Emotional Personality
On July 1st, assertive Mars will enter into equally powerful Leo – where it will remain until August 18th – creating a swirling of playful, intense energy that would be hard to miss.
Mars is considered the planet of energy, and it rules over our strength, courage and willpower. Mars is the planet that is responsible for impulsive anger, violence and chaos. Certain Mars placements can lead to violent action and even war.
However, Mars is also responsible for freedom, liberation, masculinity, vitality and bravery. It can be straightforward, honest and tenacious – imbuing us with those qualities under certain influences.
Leo is the zodiac sign ruled by the Sun and shares similar characteristics to Mars – such as a feisty spirit and a courageous demeanor. Mars feels right at home in Leo, and the two possess a symbiotic relationship. Mars feeds Leo’s active, motivated personality, while Leo’s influence allows Mars to become more playful.
Mars in Leo: How Does it Affect Us?
Leos know how to have fun, and the assertive energy of Mars seems to amplify this ability to appreciate the small things in life. As Mars moves into Leo, we are more likely to feel comfortable in our own spirit, and we might feel encouraged to put ourselves out there more than usual. You may even find yourself indulging in activities that you otherwise abhor, like karaoke or mini golf. The Leo aspect of this transit brings out the lively nature of your personality, while the Mars energy provides the motivation to get out there and make the fun happen.
Similarly, you may find yourself more confident and aggressive when it comes to romance. Leo represents confidence and encourages us to embrace and celebrate who we are on a base level, while Mars will push you to take action and go for the things you want. Don’t be surprised if you’re more flirtatious than usual during this transit. Passion and sensuality are likely to increase, strengthening already-existing romantic bonds.
This transit brings a sense of enthusiasm and motivation that can lift the spirit and restore faith. Yet, there are also a few things to watch out for.
Mars is an aggressive planet, and when combined with the spicy energy of Leo, there is a chance for drama, jealousy and fighting. The confident aspect of Leo can be overamplified by the assertive nature of Mars, leading to arrogance and even narcissism. While you may feel courageous and righteous, take a step back to view each situation objectively, making sure that you aren’t being unnecessarily combative.
This dance between Mars and Leo can also cause a fair share of drama. Leos are known for being the center of attention, and when Mars is in the sign of Leo, you can expect yourself to need more attention than ever. You might feel sensitive about outings and group activities or feel like you aren’t being appreciated for what you have to offer. It’s imperative during this transit to remember to think of others’ feelings, as they are probably feeling just as sensitive as you are right now. Try to take a step back from overwhelming emotions during this time and recognize when others need a helping hand.
This transit forces us to enhance and develop our relationship with our ego. Our ego is necessary for learning and growth, but left unchecked, the ego can cause quite a few problems. A Mars in Leo transit asks us to determine which of our actions are ego-driven and try to avoid these behaviors in the future.
Birth Charts: Natal Mars in Leo
If you were born with Mars in Leo in your birth chart, this transit can have a more intense effect. You might get more attention than you’re used to during this time, whether or not you ask for it!
This position in a birth chart indicates a well-rounded individual with a playful spirit. You grab the limelight without even trying, and people seem magnetically drawn to your charm.
A few traits associated with Mars in Leo in a birth chart are:
- A flair for drama
- High energy
- A social disposition
- A great sense of humor
Mars in Leo within your chart also encourages a generous spirit – you give of yourself willingly and often, and people can see the kindness in your eyes.
You might have a complicated relationship with your ego, like many others. The characteristics of this position in your chart will be amplified during this transit. Try to maintain a clear head when you’re feeling sensitive, as your ego is more prone to bruising during this period. You want to be loved, and this transit can make it difficult to fully comprehend and feel all of the love that surrounds you.
Participate in activities that boost your self-confidence and remind you of your wonderful qualities, such as painting, journaling, singing, writing or volunteering.
With a bit of emotional preparation, this transit can bring an empowering sense of motivation, enthusiasm and a zest for life that you should take advantage of. If you keep your emotions in check, remain objective during moments of sensitivity, and keep up to date with your daily horoscope, you’ll be able to experience the liberating excitement that comes with a Mars in Leo transit.
Related Article: Mars in Your Birth Chart – What Drives You?
Behold, Earthlings! It’s July!
Not only do we have a solar eclipse this month, we also have lots of planets making some big moves this week to prepare us for it. Energy from our favorite Cardinal Water sign Cancer is going strong this week, but Leo energy is in full swing this week as well. This creates a sweet mix of Water and Fire this week, which some Astrologers claim is incompatible.
However, when Water and Fire combine in just the right circumstance, what do you get? STEAM. So things are going to get as steamy as you want them to this week. And of course, we want you to enjoy the good kind of steam. Many planets are chiming in on this, this week.
On Monday, warrior Mars enters our favorite Fixed sign of the Fire signs, Leo, and Mercury will go retrograde in this same Fire sign on Sunday. But fret not. You’re going to be impassioned like a Fire sign over the next few weeks because of this.
Then, on Tuesday, we have the nurturing New Moon in Cancer that will be planting the seeds of new beginnings in your life. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so to have a New Moon in this sign is very exciting.
This New Moon is accompanied by a solar eclipse, which is going to bear some big changes and new beginnings. You may not see the changes right away, as some information is eclipsed form the picture. But your new beginnings are on the way!
There’s a lot happening this week! But don’t fret. We have oodles of information for you on our website to help you get through every single second of it. Bookmark your Daily Horoscopes and Daily Tarot reading to help you launch some exciting new beginnings in your life this Summer.
Behold, July! Make those New Moon wishes count!
Planetary Locations During July 1 to July 7:
- Sun: Cancer (June 20 – July 23, 2019)
- Mercury: Leo (June 27, 2019 – July 7, 2019; Retrograde July 7 – July 19, 2019)
- Venus: Gemini (June 8, 2019 – July 3, 2019); Cancer (July 3, 2019 – July 28, 2019)
- Mars: Cancer (May 16, 2019 – July 1, 2019); Leo (July 1, 2019 – August 18, 2019)
- Jupiter: Sagittarius (Until December 2, 2019)
- Saturn: Capricorn (Until March 22, 2020; Retrograde April 29, 2019 – September 17, 2019)
- Uranus: Taurus (March 6, 2019 – August 19, 2021)
- Neptune: Pisces (Until January 2026)
- Pluto: Capricorn (Until October 12, 2024; Retrograde April 24, 2019 – October 2, 2019)
Daily Snapshots for July 1 to July 7:
Monday, July 1
Sun: Cancer – Take the lead on nurturing love at home, and success follows everywhere else
Moon: Gemini – Follow your intuition, and your good angel, when making decisions.
- Mars enters Leo – Here we have warrior Mars entering the Fixed sign of the Fire signs, Leo. This is going to fire you up over the next several weeks! You have the willingness and the stubbornness now, thanks to Leo, to pursue some amazing goals this Summer. Mars is giving you the passion and the energy to rise to the top of your game, in work or in love. And in Leo, Mars is nailed down a little bit because Leo is stubborn and, well, fixed to his or her goals once they set their mind to it. That’s why Leo is so loyal and lovable! It’s a great time to bring some passion into romance, and get fixed on a solid commitment. And in work or money matters, it’s time to get obsessed about your rise to the top. What are you feeling obsessed about right now? If it is pure in karmic intent, you can go to the top.
Tuesday, July 2
Moon: New Moon in Cancer – Nurturing others plants the seeds of new beginnings for your success.
- New Moon in Cancer Solar Eclipse – Here we have so many things going on. This is a New Moon event accompanied by a solar eclipse, which means the Moon is in between the Earth and the Sun. The Sun, the light, is eclipsed from the picture, meaning the dark New Moon is even darker than usual. Information is eclipsed as well. And this means that the goal you want the most right now, is dependent on some incoming information. But it will come in due time. Plant the seeds of intention under this New Moon and you are the winner.
Wednesday, July 3
- Venus enters Cancer – This is lover and money queen Venus entering the most nurturing sign of them all, the Cardinal sign of the Water signs. Here Venus is going to set up shop for a few weeks, bringing a domestic and nurturing tone to all things in life. This is true in work or in love. This is a slower transit for Venus, where she can lounge around and just enjoy the love that Cancer has to offer. With this Cardinal sign energy, you want to take the lead on things in your life that your intuition is inspiring you to do. Come from a place of love, and you will be more inclined to attract opportunities in your life that feed that domestic center. You work and you love to meet the needs of your home. Now, Venus is going to give you a hand in both areas.
Thursday, July 4
Moon: Leo – Take 5 minutes to find pleasure today, just for you.
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
Moon: Virgo – Flawless attention to detail can be productive, and provocative.
Sunday, July 7
- Mercury retrograde in Leo: This is the Mercury retrograde we’ve been talking about for a while. Every year Earthlings have about 3 or 4 of them, and we all have a little freak out about it. Don’t. Mercury retrograde is that chance of making corrections. It’s second chance time. And, with compassionate and lovable Leo in this one, you are going to feel the spark of love and forgiveness in travel matters and communication. Communication may slow down. But it’s supposed to. Stop and think, soak up some nostalgia that all this Cancer energy is offering, review, reflect, remember, reconnect, and maybe even see some soul mate action along the way. The lazy days of Summer have arrived, and learn to just take it easy and let it go if something doesn’t happen exactly as you imagined.
What’s up in the stars today? Check your free Daily Horoscope – here on Astrology Answers!
July 2nd brings us a total solar eclipse during the New Moon in the Water sign of Cancer.
For those of you who don’t speak ‘astrology’ quite yet, all of that essentially means that the Universe will be creating such an intense energy that we will be ready to make some major changes in our lives. Watch as people around you begin to hit the ‘go’ button on the ideas they’ve had on the back of their mind. Also, you’ll see the change process you started at the beginning of the year now has some grip on the road, and you can finally make more headway, especially if you’ve hit a roadblock.
Before you sit back and put your feet up to watch all these events unfold on the cosmic silver screen, we’d like to encourage you to use this energy to accomplish something big. A solar eclipse always brings change, but those who are hyper-focused on their goals will have the energy of the Sun pushing them towards that vision. Let’s start by asking one really simple, really important question: what do you need in order to fulfill your biggest dream?
The cool thing is, a New Moon in the intuitive Cardinal Water sign of Cancer can help you see what your soul actually needs or wants.
We begin a powerful change cycle on July 2nd that will culminate on the Full Moon lunar eclipse on July 16. There will also be a longer incubation cycle for things started on this New Moon that will carry you through December when there is another solar eclipse. Getting to know these larger cycles helps you see how all of humanity is affected by or able to use planetary energy.
Major Themes for the Cancer New Moon’s Total Solar Eclipse
Our job is to give you a heads-up on these astrological events because the Universal energy is about to get seriously amped up. Here are the major feelings and energy waves everyone will be hit with and how to use them to make positive change in your life.
This solar eclipse is sextile Uranus, the planet of rebellion which means those Cancerian emotions that are coming to a head will make you crave your freedom. Improve your life by seeing where your heart or mind wants more space. Remember that you can share your needs or wants in an amicable way without emotional outbursts.
You will feel drawn to meet and socialize on this New Moon because there is change energy in the air that we will all feel curiously stimulated by. Choose groups that align with your dreams and make some new connections that will help steer you towards the life you truly desire.
You will be able to see yourself and your current situation in a new light as if life suddenly has a more optimistic and clear lens. It’s possible to finally see the path that has been alluding you for months as if it was just out of reach. The New Moon represents a new beginning and a time to begin fresh. Take some quiet time to yourself to write down what new insights come to you today in regards to your biggest goals and how you can take steps towards achieving them.
With the Sun and Moon in emotional Cancer, please do not fall into blame mode. When you feel like pointing a finger at someone for your emotions, take a look in the mirror and look at the feelings you allow yourself to have that limit your happiness or potential. You can easily see where your fears are causing you to make excuses for not pursuing your true desires. This is quite empowering.
Astrology is most empowering when we consider the whole cosmic picture rather than just one aspect, planet, or transit at a time.
Be aware that the Sun is also in Cancer, thus amplifying our emotional intensity and making sure we feel everything. We still have Pluto, Neptune, and Jupiter in retrograde, meaning we may be looking deeply at past patterns that have blocked us from moving ahead. We are also in the pre-shadow period of the next Mercury retrograde, and that means we may start to see some electronic or travel mishaps begin.
Take time for your goals today friends, get clear with what they are and write them down. Spend the next two and a half weeks putting one foot in front of the other and visualizing exactly what you want. Then get ready for the Full Moon magic that brings the things we have been working on manifesting into our reality!
Related Article: Your Eclipse Personality Style By Zodiac Sign: Understand How You Respond To Change
Va va voom! It’s JULY! And even better, it is July 2019!
July 2019 is a huge eclipse month, with a solar eclipse happening on July 2 under a New Moon in Cancer, and a lunar eclipse on July 16 with a Full Moon in Capricorn. That’s exciting energy all on its own!
But even more exciting, July 2019 is the seventh month of the year. Not only are we past the halfway point of 2019, and one month into the last half, but this seventh month also resonates on the number 7.
So today, we are going to look at the numerology of July 2019, and how we can use this in our lives while riding the waves of eclipse season.
What Does the Number 7 Mean in Numerology?
The number 7 has long been a spiritual number, and is even mentioned in the Christian Bible as a number of the Holy Trinity. Many religions and spiritual pursuits recognize and embrace the number 7 as a number of spirituality.
This is a number in numerology that uses a spiritual essence to breathe introspection, truth, and reflection into those on life path 7. This is a number for truth seekers, an with truth seekers. It’s all about truth and wisdom now.
Those that are life path 7 tend to be very spiritual or have a higher essence about them. Celebrities with life path 7 include Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, James Cameron, Johnny Depp, and many more.
There’s a mystique to those that vibrate on number 7, and a quiet confidence that is very appealing and attractive. It’s a number that showcases creativity and finds new ways to express freedoms and truths.
As such, 7 is a lucky number that embodies high truths and the energy of the Spirit and Divine flowing freely. Victory is near when the 7 appears.
The 7 is a victory card in the Tarot, as seen in the Chariot and the 7 of Wands. These are cards that represent Cancer, and also July!
Let’s talk about the numerology of the number 7 and how it can help you in July 2019.
Numerology 7 & July 2019
July 2019 is an important month for 2019. And so it is interesting, and not a coincidence, that this seventh month of the year is ripe with eclipse activity while the Sun is in Cancer. The Chariot in the Tarot is noted by the number 7, and also symbolizes the zodiac sign of Cancer.
In the Tarot, the Chariot symbolizes hard work that leads to victory, and this is something that Cancer is famous for.
And in July 2019, we have a solar eclipse on July 2, with the New Moon in Cancer. This is going to launch an epic month for your year. How do you want to win in it? By following and adhering to the principles of the number 7.
It’s all about using your inner spiritual energy to dig deep to win.
You may see some hurdles in July 2019. They are all coming to you for a reason. This is your Destiny. Eclipse activity has a tendency to impact our lives for the next six months. And that brings us to a brand new year.
This month is a game-changing month for you. It’s turning point time. Right now you are thinking of something very specific in your life that you want to change.
In numerology and number 7, in the Tarot and number 7 with the Chariot, and in the month where the New Moon in Cancer solar eclipse occurs, you are in charge. Cancer is a Cardinal sign and a born leader.
Creativity is a marker too, on top of all of these special qualities, events, and themes.
It’s about expressing yourself and your truth in your own way. Think of Johnny Depp and the brooding mystery that he exudes. You know he is always thinking. Julia Roberts too, and that Mona Lisa smile. What is she thinking?
She is thinking about creating her next success, being true to herself, and expressing that freely.
Themes of Number 7:
We know that these two iconic celebrities of our time are life path 7, and we know that vibration of 7 is what has helped them to maintain their long-held success.
We also know that 7 is a very spiritual and karmic number and the one in which July 2019 vibrates and resonates in an intense eclipse cycle. Karma is everything. And the way you maintain good karma is by being true to yourself.
It’s time to express yourself and who you are, without shame or regret. You are beautiful.
Think of these themes, along with creativity.
- Brood a little. Don’t be afraid to keep secrets. Know what to share and when to share it. Share energy more than words or information.
- Ask questions. If you are confused about what or who is going on around you, ask. Don’t assume.
- Create. Find new ways to work and embellish and grow on your success.
- Be kind. What goes around comes around in spades right now.
- Stand in your truth. And celebrate it!
- Take YOU time. Self-care is health care.
How are you going to celebrate your truth?
When it comes to deciphering the mystery of number 7, some would say, good luck. This may be a mystery that never gets solved. With eclipses in play in July 2019, we are going to be having a month of mystery. So much is eclipsed from the picture, starting with the July 2 New Moon in the Cardinal sign of Cancer. The theme for July 2019 will be a karmic quest for truth.
Be kind, even in thought. When you do, the Law of Attraction will help you to resonate with number 7 in your own unique way. Who do you want to be this month? How do you want to resonate?
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With Leo season around the corner, it’s time to turn our attention to the 5th house.
The 5th house of astrology is usually known as the House of Pleasure and embraces all joyous activities: our creative self-expression, playfulness, romantic interests, hobbies and children. The signs and planets in the 5th house tell us about how to maintain joy and they also symbolize the pleasures we enjoy.
Let’s look into the meaning of each sign in the 5th house.
Aries in the 5th House
You enjoy demanding activities and challenges. Sports and physical exercise bring great joy and wellness. You are the kind of person who loves the thrill of competition and always play to win. You are highly creative and to you, art and passion go hand-in-hand.
In romance, you have no problem in taking the lead and often make the first move. You can lack a little patience with children and push them to always do their best in everything. Your children may be very energetic, expressive and strong-willed.
Taurus in the 5th House
Relaxing and lounging may be your favorite pastimes as well as being in nature, gardening, taking care of plants and crystals. There can be an ability in artistic expression through drawing, painting and/or singing. You may be a “foodie” who knows how to appreciate good food and fine dining.
In romance, you prefer to form deep and stable bonds, and can be a little possessive with your partners and children.
Gemini in the 5th House
With Gemini in the 5th house, you prefer intellectual hobbies and activities that trigger your curiosity, make you think and use your mind. Many creative pursuits interest and excite you, so you can be constantly changing from one creative project to another. You can use your communication skills as a powerful way to express yourself. Romance has to be light and fun and you may have many crushes and casual relationships until you decide to settle down. Your children may be very intelligent and sociable.
Cancer in the 5th House
Highly sensitive, you are very protective of your partner and children. You seek relationships that can offer you emotional support and safety. For entertainment, you prefer activities that are homey and comforting like interior decorating or cooking for example. You may enjoy hosting dinner parties and show your love for others through your ability to make other people welcomed and cherished.
You are very imaginative and creative with the ability to put your emotional expression and sensitivity into your artistic work.
Leo in the 5th House
Leo here makes you very expressive and dramatic. You can be good at almost any art and craft particularly in the performance arts. Independent, smart and confident people are attractive to you. For you, romance should be like in the movies.
You can be very affectionate and you enjoy spoiling your partner and your children with presents. Your children are your pride and you enjoy playing games, telling stories and having fun with them.
Virgo in the 5th House
Here the 5th house incorporates practicality. You are reserved and logical, so your hobbies should have a more intellectual nature. You enjoy coming up with ideas and prefer activities where you can plan and organize.
The dating world is a little daunting as you look for the perfect partner while being very picky with your choice. You can be very critic with yourself, your partner and your children.
Libra in the 5th House
You are charming and love to flirt and socialize, so usually there are quite a few interested parties but you can be ambivalent and have a hard time deciding and choosing one. When you finally made up your mind, you are quite romantic and enjoy attending to your partner.
You prefer hobbies and activities you can do with other people and the same goes for your creative pursuits. You tend to be fair with your children and as good manners are important to you, you make sure your children are polite and well mannered.
Scorpio in the 5th House
Your hobbies may involve deep subjects, mysteries, taboos or even the occult. You like to research and go to the heart of any matter. Your mystical nature makes you private about your creative work.
You are passionate and emotional and even obsessive with your love interest. You are incredibly protective of your children and can be a bit controlling.
Sagittarius in the 5th House
You are attracted to open-minded, easy-going, spontaneous and independent people, however, you don’t want to be pinned down, so you can stay single for quite a while.
You prefer outdoor hobbies and activities. Your artistic work can take you to overseas territories and/or be inspired by foreign cultures. With children, you can be the carefree parent who enjoys spoiling them.
Capricorn in the 5th House
Hobbies may mix with work as you have a tendency to approach things in a work-oriented way and have a hard time relaxing. Creativity inspiration can come easier when there is a goal attached to it or when you mean to teach something through it.
Romance is taken seriously and you usually don’t rush into relationships. You can have a stern attitude with your children.
Aquarius in the 5th House
Unusual hobbies or those involving technology are interesting to you. Your creative expression is original and even eccentric; your inspiration can come to you like sudden flashes.
In romance, you prefer to be friends first and just then evolve things into a solid relationship. Your children can be quite the rebels and you inspire and motivate them to express their individualities.
Pisces in the 5th House
Intuitive and dreamy, you can get lost in your own artistic work. Mystical topics and spiritual subjects interest you and can influence in your leisure activities.
In romance, you idealize your love interest and suffer from the knight in shining armour syndrome: you can be attracted to people in trouble that need to be saved or attract those who you think can save you. Your children can be very intuitive and sensitive. You are very empathetic to your children’s needs and tend to make sacrifices for them.
In general, people with planets in the 5th house are incredibly creative with the exception of Saturn here which can create a few blocks or difficulties in creative and self-expression.
Nonetheless, creativity is still there, it just needs a little more work in order to be expressed. In any case, whatever sign is in the cusp of your 5th house, make sure you enjoy your free time or make sure you have some free time for yourself, yup I am looking at you Capricorn!
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Tarot is an incredibly powerful tool, but it doesn’t need to be placed on a pedestal of highly mystical ritual only. Whilst it’s great to have some rituals and sacred space associated with your Tarot readings, you don’t need to take three hours out of your day and a week of cleansing and preparation to get amazing insights and results.
Tarot is a tool for everyday life, to help you connect with your intuition and create your future. There’s no end to the ways you can use Tarot. It’s all up to you and how it will serve your highest good.
If you’d love to make every day an intuitive, connected and aligned experience where you make conscious choices about what you create, then these Tarot spreads are the perfect tool for you.
I encourage you to commit to a week of involving Tarot in your daily life, and experience the amazing effects for yourself.
The Daily Tarot Card Draw
This classic Tarot “spread” is a simple way to bring Tarot into your everyday. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity! You can get so much depth and insight from just one card, when you ask the right questions and remain conscious of the energy of the card throughout the day (bonus points for journaling your insights on your card each day).
The Daily Tarot Card Draw is the essential activity to connect with your intuition and build your confidence using Tarot. Plus, starting your day with a ritual like this sets you up for success – you’ll be clearer on what you want to create and go through your day with more purpose and intention.
If you stick with this ritual, you’ll begin to notice your intuition getting stronger, making life more enjoyable and empowering you to live the life you want.
3-Card Spreads for Decision Making
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Tarot beginner doing a reading for the first time, or a seasoned professional with decades of experience – a 3-card Tarot reading will give you the crystal clear insight you need. Seriously, you can get super deep with just 3 cards.
Try this 3-Card Spread for Decision Making when you’re stuck deciding between options or decision fatigue sets in as all those choices come up through the day!
3-Card Spreads for Love & Relationships
We all desire connection. We seek to be seen, heard and understood by others. We yearn to love and be loved. It makes perfect sense then, that the health of your relationships is influential in your everyday happiness.
Now, the way we ask the Tarot about our relationships is extremely important. We could ask disempowering questions like, “Will I ever find love?” or “Is my partner cheating on me?” and then become despondent when the cards show us something difficult. This is giving away your power. It’s far better to enter into conversation with the Tarot about the things in your relationships that you can affect. When you ask the Tarot questions about yourself, you can take action to manifest the outcomes you want.
3-Card Spreads for Self-Discovery
Self-discovery is one of the greatest gifts the Tarot has to offer us. When you take a moment out of every day to tune into your inner wisdom, you can access all the answers that are within you.
Self-discovery comes from having a conversation with yourself, just as you would anyone else you were getting to know better. The 3-card spread for Self-Discovery will help you build a relationship with this inner, higher self.
The Daily Self-Love Ritual
Like the Daily Card Draw, this isn’t technically a Tarot “spread”, but it’s an incredibly powerful everyday practice. If you want to give your self-love an extra boost, try out this daily self-love ritual. It’s perfect for reaffirming all the beautiful parts of yourself:
Every day, for at least seven days, ask the Tarot, “What do I most love about myself?” Draw a card, then spend ten minutes journaling about what you love and appreciate about yourself based on this card. Start each sentence with “I love that I…”
I dare you not to feel good after practicing this kind of affirmation! Remember this: you don’t attract what you want, you attract what you are—and that’s one of the infinite reasons why feeling uplifted, powerful, and “high-vibe” is essential!
Navigating your way through the day doesn’t have to be hard. You can stick with your goals and intentions (or consciously release them if they’re no longer serving you). Make the decision to connect with your inner wisdom through these everyday Tarot spreads and practices, and experience the true magic of your intuition.
Want more Tarot? Check out our Tarot Talk videos with Brigit Esselmont, right here on Astrology Answers!
Ugh. It is Mercury retrograde time. Again.
Many of us worry about this time. It’s a time where everything and everyone slows down because everything is slowing down. And if we have our relationship in a situation where everything feels just right, then Mercury retrograde can really throw a boomerang into that. Well, we are here to say, fret not, Earthlings. Mercury retrograde can actually help your relationship if you want it to.
If you want to find out how to keep love alive through this timeframe, then keep reading friends. We’ve got your Mercury retrograde guide right here that will keep love saucy and sizzling hotter than any Summer heatwave. Check it out.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
We have a number of Mercury retrograde guides and definitions here, but for the purpose of relationship keeping, we can do a quick review.
We have a few elements in play here. And remember, this is also eclipse season. We have a New Moon in Cancer solar eclipse on July 2, in an eclipse cycle that will close with the Full Moon in Capricorn and lunar eclipse on July 16.
Big changes are ahead for Earthlings. And we don’t want those changes to happen in our relationship. Or do we? We might.
The main element here for the purpose of today’s discussion is the retrograde angle. This is when physically, a planet slows down. It slows down so much that it appears as if it is going backwards, and in some ways it does. The communication planet Mercury is going to be retrograde from July 7 to August 1, smack dab in the middle of this eclipse season.
That means that anything that Mercury rules is going to feel a little slower. That’s travel, communication, short journeys, and all gadgets and devices that manage those things for us in our lives. So just when you are waiting for that text to be returned, it doesn’t come. It may have been that gadgets messed things up. It may have slipped your partner’s mind.
But you still wonder, and maybe it wasn’t just that your partner just had something else on their mind.
And then panic sets in.
Don’t let it.
Follow this checklist to keep love alive during Mercury retrograde, no matter what.
Mercury Retrograde 2019 Relationship-Saving Checklist
- Keep expectations low.
Don’t start anything. And work on finishing up old business in love. Table anything new for now, and don’t go into any new dates thinking this is The One. It might not be. Looks are very deceiving right now. Keep expectations low and then you don’t have disappointments that follow.
- Patience gets you everywhere.
This is not the time to lash out at someone for not returning a text. Just wait for it. Go on and have a busy life until it comes. It will. Or it won’t. Either way, your Universe is making you wait for the answer. Just wait for it. Be patient. This is the kind of time where you run over to someone’s house to help them with a phone or computer to use while they figure out their situation. Or it’s the time to wait at home or with your life until you hear from them. Patience gets you everywhere.
- Forgiveness is beautiful.
When you forgive under a Mercury retrograde spell, something magical happens. You feel better, more free, and more loving. And so does your partner. Get in the habit of forgiveness as it is a very karma inspired thing to do right now. Forgive. And you will literally forget. Make-up kisses rock under Mercury retrograde.
- Be nostalgic.
This is the time to recreate a first date, even if it’s not an anniversary. Do something that makes them look back, like Mercury is doing right now. Single or attached, you can get a lot of breakups healed under Mercury retrograde when you do this.
- Breakups aren’t always forever.
This is important. There are going to be breakups during Mercury retrograde. They rarely last. So hang in there. And use some of the above tips to patch things up.
- Follow up.
If you are confused, ask. And if you get a text or DM, reply. Quickly. Others are just as impatient with technology as you are right now. Just respond. Do unto others as you would want them to do to you, and get into this habit. It’s never a bad idea to get back to someone right away.
- Update your online profile.
If you are single, just reboot it. Add a magical quote or touch that makes you stand out.
- Don’t allow first impressions to matter.
Nothing is as it should be under this retrograde and eclipse cycle. Just be open to anything and everything and you are good to go.
Mercury retrograde can be a beautiful and magical spell, but because it is happening under an eclipse spell, it can feel a little manic. It’s not. When it feels that way, stop everything, slow down, be patient, breathe, and think it through. And never forget that we are here for you too!
Keep those Daily Horoscopes and your Daily Tarot reading bookmarked and you will get through this. Remember, nothing lasts forever, including retrogrades. But if you work on it, you could just well tap into that soul mate magic that this transit is known for.
Who do you want to feel magic with right now?
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There is an odd phenomenon among those in the metaphysical arts community, where we’re inclined to only believe in certain systems of divination and healing. Some might swear by astrology, but scoff at the idea of astrocartography – despite being branches of the same tree; there are people who don’t think numerology is feasible but fully accept the knowledge offered by rune stones.
So what do we do when we are resistant to the possibility of alternate beliefs and learning? How can we explore the validity of an art form if we are approaching it with an attitude of disbelief?
Though certain forms of divination are given credibility without any apparent opposition, there are others that seem to garner skepticism in spite of their practical application and proven successes. Today, we’re going to explore the art of Tarot reading, and how you can utilize them as a tool for self-discovery – once you suspend your wariness of their credibility.
What are Tarot Cards?
Perhaps part of the skepticism surrounding Tarot cards stems from their origins – derived from the Old Italian word ‘tarocchi’, which was a synonym for foolishness or being jesterly, Tarot cards were primarily an elaborately painted set of playing cards used for games. Though the early sets depicted much of the same art used today, it was not given any mystical properties; they were solely meant to be aesthetically pleasing. However, as these cards migrated throughout the land masses during the 15th and 16th centuries, countries where mystic arts were given more credibility than Western Europe started using the cards for symbolic purposes during divination, which began to cultivate the Tarot deck known and used today.
Much like modern playing cards have four suits (aces, spades, hearts, and diamonds), ancient Tarot decks utilized wands, coins, swords, and cups – which are still reflected in the Minor Arcana of any Tarot deck. As they started to be used more and more for occult purposes, Tarot decks were expanded to include the Major Arcana as well, cards which typically symbolize major life events and themes. Over time, the two sets of cards began to diverge, into the current system of gaming cards and tarot cards. Given these humble beginnings, it would be easy to discredit the validity of Tarot – but that might not be wise.
How Do I Use Tarot Cards?
The most important aspect of tarot card usage is your intent; you must approach your deck and reading with a specific need. A facet of your personality you’re yearning to understand, a deeper insight into the patterns of behavior in your love life, even a desire for guidance on how to resolve a conflict in your personal life- these are all things a Tarot reading can inspire change and impart wisdom on.
A common misconception is that Tarot cards will “tell you the future”, and as we know from our forays into other portents of self-discovery, the future is not a fixed reality. Approaching any system of divination with this mentality is going to lead to disbelief and suspicion.
A modern Tarot deck consists of 78 cards and has two distinct parts, the Major and Minor Arcana.
The 22 cards in the Major Arcana typically represent life lessons, karmic influence and recurring themes in your journey through life. Often pertaining to things like ego, strife, love, wisdom and the like, these are the cards people turn to when they seek more insight into their personality or life’s purpose.
The Minor Arcana, which consists of 56 different cards in four houses, hold more influence over our daily struggles and reflect the more immediate things happening in our world, as opposed to the reaching themes of our self and being.
With this in mind, knowing what knowledge you want to gain from a Tarot deck goes a long way in utilizing it properly and achieving an answer that makes sense, as opposed to leaving you skeptical. If you’re looking for information about your core personality, hearts desires and life’s purpose, dealing from the Major Arcana (with its broad themes and interpretations) is more useful; likewise, if you are looking for a sign from the Universe regarding a job promotion or how to resolve a conflict with a friend, the Minor Arcana will give more focused and direct suggestions.
Can You Trust Tarot Cards?
When exploring any new metaphysical art, we must self-reflect and remember that we were once disbelieving and suspicious at first of the tools we now trust and respect. It is important to understand that acceptance and trust only comes from experience; if we do not give ourselves the opportunity to explore the art of Tarot, are we ever going to respect the answers it yields?
Only time and practice will give you the ability to correctly interpret your cards, and start getting more accurate readings.
Just as we constantly re-analyze our horoscope in relation to the current placement of signs in the sky, and palmistry readings should be done at multiple points in our lives as the topography of our hands change, the knowledge you gain from Tarot cards is only useful if you are willing to accept that your readings will change as you do. Skeptics will say the variances in the cards you pull from each reading mean it is inaccurate, but we must ask ourselves – do we have the same problems and worries that we did last week? Do we seek the same knowledge today that we did a year ago? As we grow and our lives change, so do the cards we pull and our interpretations of them. What we decipher from the cards is not just a reflection of their knowledge, but of who we are in that moment, translating them.
Should I Invest in Tarot Cards?
If after reading this article you’re more receptive to the potential of Tarot cards, investing in a deck and beginning to practice readings may be a beneficial form of actualization for you. As with any other form of divination, your interpretations of the information relayed to you will develop with time; if your first readings do not seem accurate, don’t give Tarot cards up as a ‘scam’ or ‘fake.’ Only with time, knowledge, and acceptance will your readings grow more accurate and meaningful. With practice, you might even go from being a Tarot skeptic to a Tarot savant!
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