- The Moon is in Cancer.
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent/Balsamic phase.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 16th, and the New Moon will occur in Leo tomorrow.
- Sun enters Leo (the Sun is in Leo from July 22-August 22).
A month-long cycle that places further emphasis on entertainment, self-expression, creativity, and romance begins today, dear Aries, with the Sun’s move into the sign of Leo and your solar fifth house. You bring more energy and inspiration to creative efforts and the seeking out of fun projects or an avocation. Save brand new projects after tomorrow’s New Moon, but enjoy the rush of enthusiasm you feel now. Mars is already in this sector, bringing added courage and muscle to your projects and relationships, and Mercury is in this sector encouraging a smart approach. Love, fun, and games are lively now, and you can be in the perfect mood for a vacation of sorts, even if it’s only in spirit. Today’s Moon is Balsamic with a New Moon occurring tomorrow morning, so aim to wind down and take things easy.
The Sun begins its month-long transit of your home and family sector today, dear Taurus, and you’re all set to settle in! This is a cycle for appreciating the comforts of familiarity. You may be investing more time and energy, as well as pride, in your home and family life in the weeks ahead. This transit encourages a more focused approach to your life after a rather busy-bee period. Security and stability are prioritized goals right now, and with Mars and Mercury already in this sector of your chart, you have the energy, motivation, courage, and smarts to make some fabulous improvements in your personal life. Today, however, aim to wind down before the New Moon tomorrow. This is a day for reflection and tying up loose ends.
The Sun begins its month-long transit of your solar third house today, dear Gemini. Mercury moved into this sector of your chart first, two weeks ago, turning at least some of your attention to communicating and connecting. Mars arrived here two days ago, and you’ve been feeling the itch to put your ideas into action. Now that the Sun is here, you’re even more interested in learning, pursuing personal interests, connecting, and sharing. You’ll get a further boost after tomorrow’s New Moon. You’ll be bringing more oomph to your communications and projects now that not only your mind is engaged, but also your pride. In the coming weeks, you’ll be running more errands than usual and communicating with people more frequently. Transportation and communication systems are stronger themes in your life now. Watch, however, for brusqueness in your speech or writing. As well, today’s Moon is Balsamic, and this means you should wind down instead of wind yourself up.
The Sun ends its yearly transit of your sign today, dear Cancer, and moves into your resources sector, where it will spend the coming month. You’ve received more attention, or you’ve focused on personality development more than usual in recent weeks, and now you’re shifting gears and moving into a more settled and deliberate period. You’re ready to flesh out ideas and projects and work on building something important to you. Matters of comfort, security, money, and stability are of higher importance to you in the coming weeks. Sensual enjoyment and activities that remind you of the simple pleasures in life are in focus. You’re also bound to get in better touch with how you feel about your talents and value, and the impact this has on your earning power. Putting more energy and effort into your work can have its payoffs with assertive Mars and smart Mercury already in this sector. A New Moon is about to occur here as well — speaking of which, it’s a good idea to rest up and reflect today in preparation for this new cycle.
Your personality shines this week, dear Leo. Mars just recently entered your sign, and you’ve been hosting Mercury for a couple of weeks now. Today, the Sun ends its introspective transit of your privacy sector and emerges in your solar chart, where it will stay until August 22nd. And the list goes on: tomorrow’s New Moon is also in your sign, and a Solar Eclipse will occur in Leo next month. It’s a true power period for you! You’re making a real impact in the weeks ahead. The extra rest and deeper thought of recent weeks can begin to pay off. All eyes are on you, and you’re sure to want to turn over a new leaf. You can pull this off best after the New Moon tomorrow, but you can do some serious thinking about what you’d like to change and improve today. A personal update is on the horizon, and today, you’re best off resting and reflecting in preparation.
Mercury and Mars are transiting your privacy sector, and the Sun moves into this same part of your solar chart today, dear Virgo, for its month-long stay. You have an increased need for rest, calm, peace, and quiet. If you can manage to release yourself from some of the more demanding or competitive energies of your life, that would be ideal for you now. You may choose to seek out more alone time and periods devoted to reflection on the activities and developments of the last year. You are wrapping things up now! Your mind has certainly been toying with ideas about what you need to change in your life to improve it, and now you can feel as if you’re ready to take the necessary action to clear the path. This is a period of rest and physical and emotional replenishment — not the best time to push yourself or your plans. Look for closure on matters that have run their natural course. On this day before a New Moon, wind down and let go rather than wind yourself up.
You’re shifting gears this week, dear Libra, as the Sun and Mars move into your social sector and a New Moon is about to occur here as well, pointing to new beginnings and activities related to friendships, networking, community, and causes. The coming weeks are lively for group activities, experimenting with new ideas and methods, dreaming up plans for your future, and rallying for a matter that’s close to your heart. You take more pride in your social life in the coming month, and friends tend to look to you for direction. In fact, you may be taking the lead in a group setting or sharing your ideas with others and making a difference. There can be an increased focus on humanitarian activities and personal happiness goals in your life now. Today, however, it’s best to chill out, relax, and reflect rather than begin something brand new since a New Moon will occur tomorrow and start a new cycle, possibly leading you in a new direction.
There can be a real rush of activity and attention to your career, social status, ambition, public standing, responsibilities, or reputation this week, dear Scorpio. You’ve been thinking more and more about where you’re headed for the last two weeks, and now you’re gearing up to take action. With the New Moon occurring tomorrow morning, it’s better to rest and reflect and let things unfold naturally today. However, you can certainly enjoy the enthusiasm and ambition building now. The weeks ahead are for taking more pride in your work and goals and taking charge of your life path. You may feel compelled to do something to prove yourself, or you may simply want to beat a personal best. You’re noticed for what you do, and your competence is something that others see more readily, perhaps because you have the opportunity to show it! Be bold but don’t push yourself too hard now.
The Sun begins its month-long transit of your solar ninth house today, dear Sagittarius, and you’re quickly shifting gears, focusing more and more on enjoying new life experiences. Places of higher learning and around the world begin to hold larger appeal and can be areas for exciting developments in your life. You’re no longer content to stay within your comfort zone. In fact, you’re looking for a challenge. Competitive activities, making bold moves, and standing up for what you believe in can figure strongly in the weeks ahead. You’re moving into a more outgoing, spontaneous, and exploratory period. The New Moon tomorrow morning will help redirect you and will boost your spirits further, but today, it’s better to unwind than work yourself up. Rest, reflect, and dream about what you want to do and where you want to go!
The Sun begins its month-long cycle that encourages you to explore a deeper level of intimacy and sharing or depth, whether this is with yourself, a special someone, or a special project! You’re not content to know half-truths or to skim the surface of things in the coming weeks, as you want to dig deep and get to the bottom of matters. The Sun is now shining its light on some of the things that are typically hidden from view, and you stand to learn a lot about your inner workings. Your private world assumes more importance now, and you take strong notice of the hidden elements of circumstances and people around you. You may need to take charge of financial matters and resources that are shared with a partner or non-income sources of money and support. You can be hungry for emotional stimulation, making this an excellent opportunity to pour energy into a passion project or self-improvement program. Especially after the New Moon tomorrow, resolutions to quit a bad habit can be powerful. Today, however, take things easy and draw upon your intuition.
The Sun begins its month-long transit of your partnership sector today, dear Aquarius, and while energy levels are not at their peak, it’s a great time for gaining perspective and appreciating and improving relationships. With Mercury and Mars already in this part of your solar chart, you’re in a strong position for pairing up and negotiating. You’re expressing yourself more fully through your relationships, and you may very well gain motivation as well as perspective from a significant someone in your life at this time. With active and assertive Mars, the proud Sun, and intellectual Mercury in this house of one-to-one relationships, you can be very active with others but should watch for a business-like or hard approach now. While you have lively exchanges in the weeks ahead of you, today is appropriate for letting go and winding down before the New Moon tomorrow redirects you.
The Sun begins its month-long transit of your work and health sector today, dear Pisces, launching a powerful time for getting your daily life in order. You take more pride in your work and health, and especially after the New Moon in this sector tomorrow, you’re in a great position to take charge of your life and body and put bad habits behind you. You have Mars in the same sector giving you extra courage and initiative, and Mercury here as well, helping you to see things clearly and to work smartly. The weeks ahead are excellent for self-development and laying the groundwork for future success. Today, however, you need to wind down before winding back up. The Balsamic Moon wants you to reflect and ponder rather than begin something brand new.
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Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Cancer
Description: The Moon in Cancer
This is a good time for making or nurturing emotional connections, sharing feelings, and connecting with our imagination, warmth, compassion, and sensitivity. We might concentrate on home, family, and domestic matters now. Nurture others and also the self.
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 2:33 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Neptune
This is a feel-good time if we allow ourselves to relax and tune into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We absorb things easily, our senses are in good form, and we more naturally accept things and people as they are. There is no need to look for definite answers right now.
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 5:33 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Jupiter
We may not be very realistic right now – there can be some exaggeration. Minor annoyances are possible now. Contrariness or disagreements. This is not an ideal time for publicity, promotion, or legal matters. We can experience injustices. We are less inclined to consider the consequences of over-eating, over-drinking, or overdoing in general. This is a time to show some restraint. Grandiosity is not appreciated right now, and excess doesn’t go over well either. With a little self-control we can learn about what truly makes us happy.
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 7:36 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Ves
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Vesta
We can be a little stiff with our emotions, and we can be distracted from our work or focus. There can be difficulty expressing tenderness, concern, or care.
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 8:49 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Pluto
A buried or frustrating issue can now come to a head. Something from the past or that was previously hidden can surface. There can be intensity in our relationships or emotional turbulence within. Complex feelings and entanglements can be issues. The need to let go of something could emerge. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 3:39 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Saturn
This is a brief period of uncertainty, guilt, fear of not performing well, fear of rejection, a feeling that others will not support or fulfill our needs/desires, or a sense that something can’t be achieved. 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: Jul 22 2017 11:15 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Cnj Leo
Description: Transiting Sun Entering Leo
Be brave-hearted and have fun. Let the creative juices flow. Artistry and playfulness abound right now.
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 1:10 am
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Pll Mar
Description: Transiting Venus Parallel Transiting Mars
Date & Time: Jul 22 2017 4:04 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Sat Sqq Pal
Description: Transiting Saturn SesquiSquare Transiting Pallas
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
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.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
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.
BALANCE OF MODES
The modes are balanced.
LUNAR PHASE: BALSAMIC
Moon less than 45 degrees behind the Sun.
Time to tie up loose ends, review, reflect, let go, and edit.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on July 22nd:
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 the Moon 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 involving inner planets 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 lifetime).
THE MOON IN CANCER
You need nurturing. Under stress you may want to retire to the comfort of your home. You will form a strong bond with your mother. You may have difficulty in breaking away from home later in life.
20TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Superior pancreatico-duodenal artery
Sabian Symbol: Gondoliers in a serenade.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
SQUARE JUPITER Orb 3°57′ Separating
We may not be very realistic right now, which can lead to moodiness, as we are more invested in our dreams and expectations.
QUINCUNX SATURN Orb 2°16′ Applying
This is a brief period of uncertainty, guilt, fear of not performing well or of rejection, a feeling that others will not support or fulfill our needs/desires, or a sense that something can’t be achieved.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 5°51′ Separating
We are turning into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We more naturally accept situations and people as they are. Sensitivity, compassion.
OPPOSITION PLUTO Orb 1°58′ Separating
A buried or frustrating issue can now come to a head. Something from the past or something that was previously hidden can surface. There can be intensity in our relationships or emotional turbulence within. Complex feelings and entanglements can be issues. The need to let go of something could emerge. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
THE SUN IN LEO
You are good-hearted, have a sunny personality, and a strong need for attention. You have a generous nature, but can be arrogant.
1ST DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Left coronary artery
Sabian Symbol: Under emotional stress, blood rushes to a man’s head.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION MARS Orb 1°21′ Applying
We are more direct, spontaneous, and impulsive now, but can also be too self-focused and impatient.
SQUARE URANUS Orb 1°33′ Separating
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 CHIRON Orb 1°21′ Separating
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 LEO
You are enthusiastic in your quest for knowledge. You are proud of your learning abilities, and believe in the saying that learning is fun. You may have a tendency to be a know-it-all.
26TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Myocardium
Sabian Symbol: As light breaks through the clouds, a perfect rainbow forms.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
TRINE SATURN Orb 3°56′ Separating
We are cautious, careful, tuned in to details, and rely on common sense at this time.
TRINE URANUS Orb 2°28′ Applying
We are mentally alert and aware, and might be experimenting or opening our minds to new ideas. We could be feeling inspired, and our thinking is inventive. Varying our usual routine may be rewarding.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 1°41′ Separating
Important contacts can be made with people who share our intellectual interests or who introduce us to new ideas that help us to grow, improve, and expand. Projects prove successful right now, particularly those involving teamwork. Learning, teaching, communicating, and making contact figure strongly now, or we meet with situations that encourage us to improve our skills in these areas.
VENUS IN GEMINI
You are curious and flirtatious, and enjoy intellectual relationships with exchanges of ideas. Communicating within a relationship is important to you. You can be restless, and sometimes gets bored. You may have many money-making schemes.
20TH DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Third rib
Sabian Symbol: A cafeteria.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
TRINE JUPITER Orb 3°54′ Separating
You have a talent for putting other people at their ease. Your natural enthusiasm is contagious. Your larger-than-life schemes have a habit of always paying off.
OPPOSITION SATURN Orb 2°19′ Applying
You have an inability to trust and show your love for other people. This probably stems from childhood experiences with your parents. You may have felt unworthy of your parents’ love. Alternatively you may have perceived your parents’ as cold and unloving. As an adult you may become involved in relationships with an older person or someone who offers you financial or emotional security. You need to develop your own value system and develop compassion for yourself and other people.
MARS IN LEO
You have a strong need to express your personal creativity. You may display dramatic and confident behaviour, and like to make an impact on your surroundings. You may also be arrogant.
2ND DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Aorta
Sabian Symbol: An epidemic of mumps.
ASPECTS OF MARS
SQUARE URANUS Orb 2°55′ Separating
The desire to assert independence and to dominate can be strong. Impulsiveness can be a problem. We can be rebellious and willful, ignoring others’ needs in the process.
TRINE CHIRON Orb 2°43′ Separating
There is more courage to face problems. Fighting for the underdog. Physical healing can help inner healing, and vice versa.
JUPITER IN LIBRA
You have a strong concern for justice. You are a diplomatic teacher, and express your spiritual values in your relationships.
16TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Renal arteries
Sabian Symbol: A boat landing washed away.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 1°59′ Applying
You will need to learn to have confidence in yourself even when life deals you a few blows. You range from over confident to completely lacking in confidence. The truth lies somewhere in between.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles — and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves. (December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, then September 17, 2015, to December 20, 2017)
23RD DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Left trochanter
Sabian Symbol: Immigrants entering a new country.
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).
29TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Auditory canal
Sabian Symbol: A celestial choir singing.
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)
14TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right cutaneous veins
Sabian Symbol: A lady in fox fur.
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).
18TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Ligaments of right knee
Sabian Symbol: The union jack flies from a new british destroyer.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and in Aspect
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).
29TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Toenails of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A prism.
VESTA IN VIRGO
You have a perfectionist streak. You work hard and expect the same from other people. You need to avoid being overly critical. Positively, you have the ability to set up efficient and productive routines at work.
3RD DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Appendix, caecum
Sabian Symbol: Two angels bringing protection.
PALLAS IN TAURUS
You have the ability to see the beauty in nature and the arts. You have much common sense and wisdom. You may become involved in either healing with your hands, or healing the earth through environmental movements.
8TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Cervical nerves
Sabian Symbol: A sleigh without snow.
JUNO IN CAPRICORN
You want a partner who you can respect, and who respects you. You seek long-term commitment and may marry later in life.
7TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Left adductor muscle
Sabian Symbol: A veiled prophet of power.
CERES IN CANCER
Your ability to nurture others is closely linked with your own relationship with your mother. If you had a close and loving relationship with your mother then you will enjoy the same with others in your adult life. If not, you may form dependent relationships.
6TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Diaphragm
Sabian Symbol: Game birds feathering their nests.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LEO
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
25TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Pericardium
Sabian Symbol: A large camel crossing the desert.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
25TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Left tibialis anterior muscle
Sabian Symbol: A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits Jul 22, 2017 – Event Chart
Aspects to Saturn 22°Sg03 -21°55′
Cnj 22°Sg41 RAS ALHAGUE The desire to heal a wound.
Aspects to Pluto 17°Cp49 -21°30′
Cnj 16°Cp53 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.
Aspects to Chiron 28°Pi40 +03°06′
Cnj 29°Pi37 SCHEAT To be a thinker or intellect
Aspects to Pallas 07°Ta00 -00°10′
Cnj 07°Ta54 HAMAL To follow one’s own path