Astrology by Lisa Stardust
Eclipse season is finally over! Over the past few weeks, secrets have come to light, as the stars have unmasked truths and forced us to move towards growth. We are now at the impetus of change—choosing the next course of action to move forward with the emotional clarity the eclipses have brought to us.
This week starts off with an intense aspect between tender Venus, who is currently riding the emotional Cancerian seas, and austere Saturn, who is retrograde in practical Capricorn on 17th. Right after these two planets come to oppose each other, Venus aligns with the North Node of Destiny, making the 17th a karmic day. We may feel underwhelmed in matters of love and desirous of boosting our bank accounts on the 17th. Venus is in the mood to commit to a new way of partnering and saving money, as long as Saturn’s lessons are recognized. The following day, Venus softly connects with illusive Neptune, who is retrograde in dreamy Pisces, on the 18th. We may feel lost, paranoid, and unsure of the commitments we made on the 17th, but we will still move forward with the vision. Mercury retrograde reenters Cancer on July 19th, taking us back in time to June 26th, where the communication master spent its last day in Cancer before entering Leo. Venus opposes powerful Pluto, who is retrograde in Capricorn, on July 21st, adding the emotional component from the eclipse on July 16th. The 21st is a very intense day. Arguments and deep seated issues may come to the surface on the 21st. Before firing back, we must ask ourselves if this is the vision of what we want to grow. Is it worth the effort? The Cancer Sun links up with Mercury retrograde on the 21st, giving us clarity throughout the chaotic day. Finally, the Sun enters passionate Leo on the evening of July 22nd, adding desire and strength to our hearts and minds.
March 21-April 19
It’s been a long time since you’ve stepped away from your professional obligations. This week serves as a reminder that there’s more to life than work, business meetings, and paying bills. Take a moment to smell the roses and embrace the finer things in life. No more restless nights trying to jam work in before you fall asleep—supplement those evenings for a casual and relaxing reprieve from daily anxieties at home with your loved ones. Leave your stresses at the door and coast through the week with pleasure. Give your mind time off from stresses to enjoy these summer nights.
April 20-May 20
Remember a time when life was simpler? This week you are reminiscing and rethinking your youth. Revisiting the past may be fun, but your nostalgic mind may cause old wounds to resurface. Exploring your younger days with wonder will heal your heart and mind (if you’re ready). Just don’t spend too much time reliving these early childhood memories, as it may force you to dwell on issues and get stuck in the past. Use old lessons as a jumping board to create the life you crave. Let your old wounds heal. Most importantly, forgive yourself. Dream of what’s to come.
May 21-June 20
You’re now figuring out how to take control of your life, which is a big step for you, as you’re a “live in the moment” kind of Star Sign. Learning to implement structure and boundaries will prove challenging, due to your airy sentimentality. Giving in to others whims and tantrums has allowed you to evade conflict in the past and kept relationships conflict free. Currently, you’re not afraid of arguing—you just want peace of mind at all costs, which means stepping up your attitude and focusing your priorities on yourself. Detox yourself of energy vampires to restore inner tranquility.
June 21-July 22
Power struggles with others may cause major issues in all interpersonal relationships. The underlying issue that’s causing your emotional upsets to surface, is that you feel ignored by others, which is forcing you express yourself (even if that means hurting those you love in the process). It’s hard to walk away from a disagreement when you are upset, especially when emotions are heated. You don’t have to force your views on others to be heard (and vice versa). When emotions get too heated during a conversation, take a step back. Let yourself and the situation cool down before continuing the discussion.
July 23-Aug. 22
Taking time out from the daily grind is a necessity this week, as you are experiencing physical and emotional burnout. Your hard efforts and work ethic has allowed you to gain success. But, you’re too exhausted to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Give yourself a momentary reprieve from life’s stresses and sleep in. Get the massage you’ve been dreaming about for weeks to de stress. Indulge in a relaxing bath at night before bed. Spend time with friends. All of these suggestions will act as a jumping start as self-care, which you very much need to add to your routine.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
There may be underlying issues brewing within your coven that are causing you a bit of stress. A great way to connect with your coven is to incorporate creative projects into your magical practices (activities you can all do together). This will allow you to connect with your fellow witches outside of the magical community. It will also serve to strengthen the bond between you all. Not only will problems be resolved, but you will be able to communicate through creative means and spend time engaging on a different level. Artistic endeavors can heal and transform your relationships this week.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
You’re in a transitional place of emotional healing. You’ve been letting go of old wounds and hurts, trying to evolve your mind and heart. So far, you’ve been able to transform at a rampant pace. However, this week, you may experience temporary setbacks. The past will come back to haunt you, possibly derailing all of the emotional progress you have made. It’s your choice to engage with those who can derail your recent headway. Understanding your emotional triggers is important, as it will save you a lot of pain and aggravation. Also, setting clear boundaries will help in remedying issues.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
False information is coming your way, forcing you to fact check all communications with others. Unfortunately, your mind will get a little cloudy this week (from all the celestial confusion and noise), causing you to believe in situations that may be exaggerated and unreal. Best advice to avoid unnecessary issues is to think about the source and decide if they are usually correct. Perhaps they are trying to ruffle your feathers out of jealousy. Regardless of the matter, think twice before believing the tall tales you hear this week. Lean into your intuition to access the truth of the matter.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
You’ve been feeling a bit off for the past few weeks, mostly due to your decreasing confidence. While you may want to crawl under a rock and hide from all the celestial activity coming your way, you will be pleased by what’s cosmically in store for you. This week aims to rebuild your confidence, making your heart sore with delight. Learning to talk and listen with kindness, before impulsively shouting out your sentiments, is the first step to rebuilding your esteem (as you will feel more connected to others—which is what you secretly desire the most).
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Be clear with your intentions this week, as you may inadvertently hurt others. While this may not be your aim, you may step on other people’s toes causing more harm than anticipated. Although you often don’t shy away from expressing your sentiments, this past month has stopped you in your tracks, giving you the personal awareness to state your feelings with compassion, rather than force. Allow an open discourse to take place, with the aim to heal and mediate concerns from others. You will be surprised by the results, which will allow you to flourish with kindness and transparency.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Secrets and clandestine activities are coming to light this week, causing you to feel extra stressed. Don’t despair! You have the cosmic opportunity to stop the rumors in their tracks, or to explain your part in the matter at hand. The worst thing you can do is to run away from these matters when they come to the surface. Tackle them head on to avoid further confusion and gossip. Although you tend to steer away from confrontation, being direct will help squash these pesky problems before they become bigger issues. Odds are, people will come to your rescue if you’re honest.
Feb. 19-March 20
Finding your footing may be hard this week, as you are unable to feel grounded in the world. While you may be geared to take on more leadership roles, understand that if may change the dynamic within your social circle. Relationships and emotions are always prone to change (a sentiment no one knows better than you)—but, you are emotionally torn on how to proceed. You will be able to make headway and gain clarity over the weekend. However, any actual decisions are best left until the end of the month, as you may experience a reversal of sentiments by then.