Typically with the Moon in Aries, we can be impulsive and quick to take action, but with a trine between Mars and Neptune influencing the day, we can be a little more inspired or subtle. Tension is nevertheless likely with a last quarter Moon opening our eyes to flaws and problems.
- The Moon is in Aries all day (until Thursday, July 9th, at 3:49 PM).
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 4:23 PM / Last Quarter phase after 4:23 PM.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 4:23 PM today.
- Venus is direct and is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Venus will retrograde from July 25-September 6).
- Mercury enters the sign of Cancer today (Mercury transits Cancer from July 8-23).
This is a good time for creative work or active down time, dear Aries! Your intuition is super powerful now with Mars, your ruler, connecting healthily with Neptune. If you are able to approach the day in a freeform way, all the better, as your hunches seem to be accurate and the best way to follow your instincts is to allow for some freedom of movement. You might want to work on domestic matters or long-term projects, and certainly you can feel inspired by a dream of the future on this level. Motivation to work hard for a more idyllic home life or future is strong today.
You can be feeling quite inspired about learning, your personal interests, or communications projects today, dear Taurus. Taking action or pursuing a dream can leave you feeling stronger and filled with purpose. Friends or networks can be inspiring as well, providing fuel for your motivation to reach out and connect or to pursue something you’re truly interested in. You could be feeling good about supporting others, particularly a sibling or friend/acquaintance, or feeling an intuitive bond or connection with someone. You are both enthusiastic and sensitive, and this endears you to others. Working with or supporting someone can be beneficial now.
Today is strong for all things practical, as you can quite effectively intuit your next move, dear Gemini, and lay the groundwork for important projects and endeavors. Energy is strong, but only if you feel inspired, which may very well be the case today! Channel your energies into something truly worth pursuing. You have an exceptional sense of what is truly valuable to you, and also of your own capabilities, making it a strong day for being drawn to things you may need and for unusual but fabulous ideas for your future. Money sense is good right now.
You’ll be communicating more directly in the coming weeks with Mercury now in your sign, dear Cancer, and others are bound to appreciate the candor, even if they are a little surprised, as you often prefer to keep observations to yourself. Today is strong for intuition, as well as artistic endeavors. Good energy is also with you for educational and travel pursuits. It’s an excellent time for sharing a dream or vision with someone. Your intuition is very active and accurate now, and connections to someone special can be quite passionate.
There can be benefits coming through private conversations, the learning of a secret, or through observation, dear Leo. You are noticing things that you may have overlooked on another day, and there can be a finding the last puzzle piece moment experienced now. While it may be premature to present your ideas now, you can certainly work hard on them and find new inspiration or motivation to further your work. It’s a good day for attraction and magnetism, although it’s on the quiet, private side, such as a yet-developed relationship or crush. Take special note of the visions and impressions you have now – fantasy and flights of fancy can be more than simple escape today.
Your physical drive and energy levels are high today, dear Virgo, and you have a strong desire (and ability) to take charge of your life. Instincts are working well, even if information is not completely available to you now. You might enjoy working by yourself rather than with others for the time being, so if you can set your own pace, take that opportunity. Today can be strong for friendships and partnerships, as a feeling of intuitive connection is likely. Slowing down today can actually help move you forward if it allows your intuition to kick in. Events that occur today can push you to deal with neglected areas of your life.
Today is very strong for intuiting your current or next move, dear Libra, particularly related to work or health. You can have strong attractions today, and you may even feel quite enchanted with someone. You are tuning into the subtler side of your relationships and connections. Keep the connections with others alive today. There can be an interesting, supportive connection with a partner, and there can be a strongly intuitive rapport going on with others in one-on-one situations. There can also be support for your projects and work efforts now. The more creative your work today, the more productive you will be.
Mars in your solar ninth house these days is strong for natural energy and assertiveness, dear Scorpio, as people and circumstances are less likely to get in the way of pursuing your desires and interests. Mercury entering this same sector today adds even more ease. Today, Mars in healthy relationship with Neptune in your creative and romantic sector boosts your personal appeal, heightens feelings and passions, inspires an interest in a new topic or subject, and boosts your faith in general. People around you may be willing to offer you a helping hand, and attractions are strong yet pleasant. Your tastes are exotic, and your understanding of people and concepts is enhanced in delightful ways today.
This may very well be a strong day for connecting on a deeper level with someone, dear Sagittarius. Imagination and fantasy figure strongly, but so does practicality. Emotions can be stirred now that demand some sort of action. Soon enough, you’re likely to discover what that is. You need to feel good about what you’re doing, or at the very least, a sense of purpose and higher meaning. You are seeing things beyond their surface, whether this is a person or situation. Activities that are behind the scenes or private can hold more appeal, and there can be more creative power to access today.
Your ability to communicate in nonverbal ways or on an ethereal, subtle level is powerful today, dear Capricorn. As such, you have golden opportunities to enhance relationships or connect with others now. You are more interested in filling the needs and wants of other people today, and less inclined to focus on your own interests or pushing your own agenda. You may be contributing to a group effort or helping out a partner or friend today. Serving and supporting others may be deeply satisfying now. Imagination can be brought to your conversations and work.
Today is good for coming up with new ideas, particularly those along practical lines, Aquarius. It’s time for focusing on what truly matters to you. Finding new meaning in a project or endeavor is critical for your motivation levels now, and you’re very likely to find it today. Money-making ideas can be strong now. You are especially receptive to new ideas, and, perhaps more than anything, methods, as you want to take action and make changes. You’re not content to simply think about things. You need to add some color to your routines and imagination to your work. You might be interested in alternative healing methods.
You’ll quickly find that others around you can’t be prodded today, dear Pisces. There is a tendency to savor the moments, and this is something you can safely resign yourself to doing at some points today as well. In fact, it’s likely to be very beneficial. Today brings excellent energy for personal appeal and magnetism. You can be feeling strongly about an idea or ideal now and quite eager to share. Strong emotions tend to push you into a new direction, and the desire to take action builds. We can be attracted to mysterious things and people today, and many of you have this kind of appeal!
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If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are the factors considered in the forecasts:
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Aries
Description: The Moon in Aries
We are itching to take action and to pioneer something. All things equal, this is a time to begin new projects. Exercise patience and selflessness where possible, but embrace Aries’ courage and directness. Look out for new opportunities.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 4:23 pm
Event: Third Quarter at 16°Ar21′
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 2:03 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Jup
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Jupiter
Time to show some restraint. Grandiosity is not appealing. Neither is excess. Practice self-control. Self-indulgence is more likely now. We’re not as inclined to consider the consequences of over-eating, over-drinking, or overdoing in general. We may be acting in a haughty manner.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 2:48 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Ves
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Vesta
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 4:13 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Vesta
We are a little serious or stiff in self-expression at this time. We are more able to make sacrifices or put our emotions aside in order to get something important done. This can be a good time to commit fully to something – especially health and healing matters.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 4:15 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Mar
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Mars
We can overreact and exhibit impatience. However, this can also be a time of self-motivation. Our need for challenges and action is stimulated now, but we may not find the right outlets.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 7:08 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Ven
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Venus
We can feel a little out of sorts. Our needs for pleasure, love, or entertainment may be at odds with our needs for comfort and familiarity, and we can be on the fence about what to do next. Overspending or overeating is possible.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 11:57 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Sat
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Saturn
We could feel burdened, restricted, or limited during this brief influence. We could be feeling a little down on ourselves, excluded, or lonely. There can be some awkwardness or stiffness and difficulty showing affection and feelings. Patience is a virtue right now; otherwise we might succumb to feelings of frustration and sadness. All good things come to those who wait.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 12:25 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Pallas
There is a good ability to successfully combine logic and intuition, and to understand problems taking into account the human element. There is sensitivity to people’s issues now. Cooperation. Effective, sensitive decision making.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 12:44 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pluto
Deeper feelings emerge suddenly, and possibly in a disruptive way. We may be over-reacting or going to extremes. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 4:23 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Sun
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Sun
This is a time for noticing discrepancies. Self-expression doesn’t flow well, and conflicts can be stirred. There can be some resistance and irritability. This can be a time when we’re compelled to take action, make changes, and solve problems.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 7:08 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Jun
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Juno
There may be clinging or controlling behavior if we are driven by our fears. Hypersensitivity and moodiness are possible. Tread lightly with tricky emotional issues.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 11:16 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Ura
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Uranus
Be open to new ideas. Spontaneity is the order of the day. You are free to explore new unexpected possibilities.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 2:51 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Cnj Can
Description: Transiting Mercury Entering Cancer
We think, speak, and take in information on a deeper, more instinctive level now. Our thoughts are colored by our emotions, making it sometimes challenging to be objective.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 2:58 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mar Sqr Ves
Description: Transiting Mars Square Transiting Vesta
Energy and discipline clash now, making it difficult to get what we want to accomplish done, or leading to overwork. Issues of commitment and loyalty in our relationships or with projects may be inflamed now.
Date & Time: 8 Jul 2015 6:42 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mar Tri Nep
Description: Transiting Mars Trine Transiting Neptune
The desire to escape is strong, perhaps inspired by a wonderful project or person; or maybe you are tired. Don’t push. Take some quiet time. Have faith that all will be well.
Initiating, pioneering energy. Independent, bold, courageous, assertive, fiery, inspirational, direct, decisive. Can be egotistical, impulsive, impatient, aggressive, lacking subtlety.
Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
There can be a lack of desire, interest, or skills regarding practical affairs. We may not be very much in touch with reality. Difficulties concentrating, grounding ourselves.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
We are more compassionate, emotional, and intuitive than usual, and we may react emotionally to situations, possibly at the expense of logic or practicality.
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
LUNAR PHASE: DISSEMINATING
Moon 135 to 90 degrees behind the Sun.
Sharing our knowledge with the world is a major motivation at this stage. We believe we have gained much knowledge and wisdom through our experiences, and want to ensure others have the benefit as well.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on July 8th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected, or will perfect, in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours, so that if an aspect involving is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a life time).
THE MOON IN ARIES
You have an emotional need for action and independence. Under stress you will seek a challenge and time on your own, away from other people. You may have experienced your mother as independent and possibly impatient.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
SQUARE THE SUN Orb 2°24′ Applying
There can be a conflict between our intentions and our emotions now. We can feel tense and unsatisfied until we take care of problems. We can be unsure about whether we want support or to do things independently.
SQUARE MARS Orb 4°20′ Separating
We may be short-tempered and impatient, and can express our emotions in a raw, unpolished manner. We can resent others’ interference now.
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 6°35′ Applying
You are a resourceful, inventive and independent person. You enjoy the unconventional side of life and need excitement. You will show the wilful side of your nature if forced to conform.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 0°25′ Applying
Unacknowledged feelings can emerge in possibly disruptive ways. We may be acting in compulsive or possessive ways now.
THE SUN IN CANCER
Our attention is turned to our nest – our families, homes, and anything that makes us feel at home, safe, and secure. We take more pride in these things. We are more inclined to nurture and take care of our loved ones and our pet projects.
17TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Duodenal opening of pancreatic duct
Sabian Symbol: The germ grows into knowledge and life.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION MARS Orb 6°44′ Separating
We are more direct, spontaneous, and impulsive now, but can also be too self-focused and impatient.
SQUARE URANUS Orb 4°11′ Applying
We may want to break free from restrictions or responsibilities, but if we aren’t in touch with this need, we could cause some problems or feel restless and irritable. There could be rebellious feelings. We don’t want to be told what to do. Use this time to see what changes need to be made.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 6°32′ Separating
We are able to see matters, and people, from a perspective that allows for, and finds beauty in, differences. We may be recognizing our more charitable, altruistic, and compassionate urges.
OPPOSITION PLUTO Orb 1°58′ Separating
We may be struggling with issues of power and competition. There can be a feeling that external circumstances are undermining our own feeling of powerfulness. Through our encounters and reactions, we may be able to get in touch with our internal motivations.
TRINE CHIRON Orb 5°16′ Applying
We find it easier to bounce back from criticism, rejection, or feelings of insecurity; to humble ourselves. We can be filled with a sense of purpose. We more easily cooperate with others.
MERCURY IN GEMINI
We are curious, communicative, sociable, and possibly easily distracted. We are mentally versatile and adaptable.
30TH DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Fifth rib
Sabian Symbol: Bathing beauties before large beach crowds.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
QUINCUNX SATURN Orb 1°01′ Separating
Delays, uncertainty, or second-guessing ideas and decisions can slow us down. Adjustments or reassessments may need to be made now, particularly related to important and realistic details that need our attention. Communications may miss the mark.
VENUS IN LEO
We take more pride in our tastes, relationships, and personal possessions. We are more affectionate, expressive, and generous, and we tend to crave admiration and appreciation.
27TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Chordae tendinae
Sabian Symbol: Daybreak.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 3°00′ Separating
We are looking for more meaning or color to our lives and especially to our relationships. We seek to make others happy and tend to give others the benefit of the doubt. Our feelings and tastes are grand, and we may be especially extravagant or indulgent.
SQUARE SATURN Orb 2°43′ Applying
Lack of spontaneity when it comes to expressions of affection and the pursuit of pleasure, likely due to insecurities or fear. We may be reserved, withdrawn, cautious, and tight with money and/or feelings. Feelings of being alone and not getting what we want/need can be experienced now.
TRINE URANUS Orb 5°39′ Separating
We are open to new or unusual experiences. Our intuition for making changes serves us well now, and there can be good business sense, particularly for tapping into current or future trends. There is a healthy level of detachment experienced now that opens us up to new ideas, methods, art forms, and ways of relating.
MARS IN CANCER
We are less likely to move straightforwardly towards our desires now. Our emotional moods especially affect the pursuit of our goals. We are a little more cautious and conservative under this influence, but we will fight for, about, or on behalf of those people and things that are dearest to our heart.
10TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Fundus of stomach
Sabian Symbol: A large diamond not completely cut.
ASPECTS OF MARS
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 0°11′ Applying
Inspiration might be found now, and our intuition is strong. There can be letting go of anger, or a softening of the disposition now. Creative arts, particularly physical ones, are favored.
OPPOSITION PLUTO Orb 4°45′ Applying
We may be looking for the upper hand and resisting others’ control. Resentments come to the surface. Competitive feelings.
JUPITER IN LEO
We are generous and dignified. Excessive egoism should be watched for. Prosperous areas are creative ones, entertainment, children, and recreation. Generosity brings success. (July 16th, 2014 to August 11th, 2015)
24TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Papillary muscles
Sabian Symbol: A yogi with transcendent powers yet untidy & unkempt.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE SATURN Orb 5°44′ Applying
We are faced with the need to temper our enthusiasm or to slow down to avoid overextending ourselves. This is a time for clarifying and editing projects and goals. We may need to cut back on something in order to grow in another area. Patience is required now.
TRINE URANUS Orb 2°38′ Separating
We’re open to new energies, approaches, and attitudes. Fortunate events occur as a direct result of our willingness to entertain the unusual and to think outside of the box. We have faith in our ability to make positive changes and improvements.
SATURN IN SCORPIO
A strong period for dissecting and studying the unconscious/subconscious, for seeing how deep-rooted fears and patterns control our lives, and for dealing with and eventually mastering our addictions. Restrictions we experience through our debts to others can be magnified, and these can be material, moral, or emotional debts. This transit can help us to structure, organize, and make sense out of these debts. Dealing with fears of dependency and helplessness. Resourcefulness. (October 5, 2012 to December 23, 2014; then June 14, 2015 to September 17, 2015)
29TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Vomer
Sabian Symbol: An indian woman pleading to the chief for the lives of her Children.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010 to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011 to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019).
21ST DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Eye muscles
Sabian Symbol: A pugilist entering the ring.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011 to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012 to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025 to January 26, 2026).
10TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left metatarsals
Sabian Symbol: An aviator in the clouds.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008 to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008 to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023 to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024 to November 19, 2024).
15TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Left knee cartilage
Sabian Symbol: Many toys in the children’s ward of a hospital.
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011 to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018 to February 18, 2019).
22ND DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Achilles tendon of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A man bringing down the new law from sinai.
VESTA IN ARIES
This can be a time for grabbing the reins and working solo. There can be strong energy for new enterprises but not necessarily for routine work.
10TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Eyeball
Sabian Symbol: A scholar creates new forms for ancient symbols.
PALLAS IN SAGITTARIUS
This is an idealistic position. We love to learn and share our ideas and beliefs with others, and will go to great lengths to defend our principles and to reveal our truths.
15TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right iliac vein
Sabian Symbol: The ground hog looking for its shadow.
JUNO IN VIRGO
Partnership and service are tied together in some significant manner with this position. There may be some resistance to merging fully with a partner, as there is a need to remain independent, separate, and distinct even in a partnership.
3RD DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Appendix, caecum
Sabian Symbol: Two angels bringing protection.
CERES IN AQUARIUS
You feel cared for when others accept and encourage your sense of individuality. You feel comforted when surrounded by groups of people. You teach others to accept their eccentricities.
6TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Nerve of left fibula
Sabian Symbol: A performer of a mystery play.
HYGEIA IN LEO
You take pride in your health. You may have hobbies and pastimes linked with health.
4TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Left carotid artery
Sabian Symbol: A man formally dressed and a deer with its horns folded (hanging on a club-house wall).
ASTRAEA IN GEMINI
You have difficulty making up your mind. You prefer to keep your options open and may miss opportunities to learn new ideas.
23RD DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Head of the humerus
Sabian Symbol: Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LIBRA
This is a quest to learn co-operation. You have a tendency to want your own way and to force your opinions onto others. You need to develop selflessness, the ability to share and a sensitivity to the needs of other people.
5TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Renal pyramids
Sabian Symbol: A man teaching the true inner knowledge.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN ARIES
This is a quest to learn co-operation. You have a tendency to want your own way and to force your opinions onto others. You need to develop selflessness, the ability to share and a sensitivity to the needs of other people.
5TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: The eyes, left and right
Sabian Symbol: A triangle with wings.
*** ASPECTS TO FIXED STARS ***
Transits 8 Jul 2015 – Event Chart
Aspects to Mer 29°Ge47 +22°44′
Cnj 28°Ge57 BETELGEUSE *** Success which is not blocked.
Aspects to Mar 09°Cn26 +23°54′
Cnj 09°Cn18 ALHENA To have a mission.
Aspects to Sat 28°Sc45 -17°51′
Cnj 29°Sc40 TOLIMAN Learning, the lessons of life.
Aspects to Ast 22°Ge27 +19°35′
Cnj 22°Ge04 CAPELLA Love of movement, learning.
Cnj 22°Ge22 PHACT “Gives a gentle, kind, timid, innocent and self-sacrificing nature, together with strength of spirit. Bringers of good news.” – Vivian Robson