This week gives us a major fresh start as we come off of the energy of Sunday’s New Moon in Leo and move into a brand new Mars cycle on Wednesday with it’s conjunction— ending a 25-26 month-long energetic cycle of action and initiating us into a brand new cycle colored by the fiery and courageous energy of Leo! We also officially move into the shadow period of the upcoming Mercury retrograde on Tuesday just prior to Mercury’s ingress into its home sign of Virgo. A Mercury retrograde looming in the midst of Eclipse season is enough to drive anyone a little bit mad, so be sure to allow extra time and space for rest and relaxation as well as a few mistakes!
Monday (7/24): Today Venus comes into opposition with Saturn in Sagittarius, putting a bit of a damper on the witty and flirtatious energy of Venus in Gemini. Venus opposing Saturn has a tendency to pit our burdens and responsibilities against our need for connection, intimacy, love and play. The best way to deal with this energy is to integrate the two opposite energies so that we engage with our love-life in a way that does not negate our responsibilities. This is an excellent aspect for helping us to see our relationships more realistically or for collaborating on work-related projects in partnership with others.
We also have Mercury in a beautiful trine with Uranus as it finishes out its transit through Leo. Mercury trine Uranus is a wonderful energy that brings unexpected communications, divine inspiration and changes to plans that cause things to become much better than they were before! This is an excellent day to work on projects that are innovative, to collaborate with others via the Internet, or to communicate new, revolutionary ideas with others!
Tuesday (7/25): Mercury officially enters its retrograde shadow period early this morning before making its way into the practical, analytical sign of Virgo in the evening today. Mercury is at home in Virgo, and over the course of the next few weeks Mercury in Virgo will have our minds racing with new ideas, plans, criticisms and goals. Our thoughts and communications become more detailed and precise under this influence making this an excellent transit for highly skilled, analytical work. On the flip side, people become much more judgmental and critical of themselves and others during this time as we are much better able to pick things apart and hone in on anything that is even slightly amiss. Now is an excellent time to get organized and evaluate what is and is not working in our lives in order to move forward much better prepared for what lies ahead.
Wednesday (7/26): The Sun comes into its superior conjunction with Mars in Leo today, an aspect that takes place roughly once every 25-26 months. This conjunction represents the burning away of old, stale energy and Karma as we enter into a brand new Mars cycle. This transit brings fresh energy into the sign of Leo and with it comes a renewed sense of vitality, which strengthens our collective willpower! The tail end of this week marks an excellent time for new beginnings, especially in the area of courage, creativity and childlike play. This is an excellent aspect for starting new projects that allow us the opportunity to lead others and to be acknowledged for our gifts!
Thursday (7/27): No major aspects today. The Moon is VOC until 8:43am MST when it moves into the beautiful and balanced sign of Libra.
Have a beautiful week everyone! Be sure to check back on Thursday for the weekend forecast! ☺