Daily Sun and Moon Sign/Phase: Friday, July 20, 2018

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On Friday July 13, has been a special day. The CANCER NEW MOON, at 12.47 pm, was also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the 20th/21st degrees of this CARDINAL WATER SIGN. This cosmic event could manifest as a significant new beginning and even a life changing turn of events for people whose Birth Horoscope happens to be aligned by Conjunction to this or a close degree of your Sun, Moon or any of the Personal Planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) or of the Four Angles (Ascendant, Descendant, Mid-Heaven and Lower-Heaven). The above is true not only for CANCER but for all other Cardinal Signs, CAPRICORN (by Opposition), and ARIES/LIBRA (by Square). The effect of Eclipses is often long lasting, extending for months and even years past the actual event.

Cancer GlyphSun SymbolOn June 21, at 8.07 pm, the Sun entered the Cardinal Water Sign of Cancer,  marking the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, and Summer Solstice in the Northern.
The Sun will transit Cancer until July 23, 7 am, with the ingress into Leo.

Scorpio Moon

Scorpio Moon

First Quarter to Gibbous Moon Phase

First Quarter to Gibbous Moon Phase

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS SCORPIO from Friday, July 20, 11.12 am, to Sunday, July 22, 8.12 pm, with the ingress into SAGITTARIUS.

The LIBRA FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE starts on Friday, July 20, 5.52 am, and ends on Tuesday, July 24, 3.22 am, with the SAGITTARIUS GIBBOUS MOON PHASE .

 

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VENUS entered the MUTABLE AIR SIGN of VIRGO on July 10, 1.31 pm (until August 7, 9.27 am).
MARS STATIONARY RETROGRADE in AQUARIUS, since June 27.
The Retro motion of MARS will last until August 28 and cover the degrees between 9th AQUARIUS and 28th CAPRICORN.
MARS will re-enter CAPRICORN on August 13, and again AQUARIUS, in direct motion, on September 11.
MERCURY entered the FIXED FIRE SIGN of LEO on Friday, June 29, at 3.16 pm.
MERCURY will transit LEO until September 6, 12.38 pm.
MERCURY will Retrograde in LEO between July 25 and August 19.

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  • NEPTUNE turned Retrograde on Tuesday, June 19. NEPTUNE will turn Direct on November 25 2018.
  • URANUS entered the FIXED AIR SIGN of AQUARIUS on May 16, 1.16 am.
    URANUS will briefly return to Aries on November 7, and will re-enter Taurus, for good, only on March 6 2019. After that the Uranus-Taurus’ transit will last until 2025.
  • SATURN turns STATIONARY RETROGRADE on Wednesday, 18 April. SATURN will turn DIRECT again on September 7, 2018
  • CHIRON entered ARIES on Sunday, April 15.  CHIRON will return, in Retro motion, into PISCES on September 26 2018, to step into ARIES again, for good, in February 18 2019.
    CHIRON will then transit ARIES until 2027!
  • JUPITER entered SCORPIO on October 11 at twenty minutes past midnight.The Giant Planet will transit this Fixed Water Sign until November 8 2018.

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The Waxing Moon transits Scorpio from Friday, JUly 20, to Sunday, July 22, during the Libra First Quarter Phase

Artwork by Eugenua Gapchinska 1

Artwork by Eugenua Gapchinska

SCORPIO, Moon of depth and resourcefulness
Emotionally supportive and resilient

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS SCORPIO from Friday, July 20, 11.12 am,
to Sunday, July 22, 8.12 pm, with the ingress into SAGITTARIUS

Suitable energy for cleansing, getting rid of the old, spring cleaning, rubbish removal, recycling, nursing, practical and emotional support, midwifery, intimacy, partnership in business, profound talks, sharing secrets, healing old wounds, cultivating psychic powers, studying occult subjects. Purchase of insurance policies, underwear, hygiene articles, medicines, medical equipment, payment of bills, fees and taxes, collecting debts. Helping the dying, honoring the dead. Action motivated by the desire to experience, to know or to control. Reserved and deep feelings, strong attachments, intense likes and dislikes. Beware of wilfulness, emotional control, resentments, obsessive thoughts, unyielding attitudes.

*** In the garden Scorpio is a very fertile Sign. It is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and irrigation. It promotes sturdy roots. Corn, squashes and tomatoes seem to like particularly to be transplanted when the Moon is in Scorpio.

*** Healing Herbs: Aloe, Don Quai, Ginseng.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

First Quarter

The LIBRA FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE starts on Friday, July 20, 5.52 am,
and ends on Tuesday, July 24, 3.22 am, with the SAGITTARIUS GIBBOUS MOON PHASE

The Moon is now 90 degrees ahead of the Sun, a right angle, very powerful. We meet some serious obstacle on our way. The goal is still strongly in view (Full Moon) but something or someone seem intent at stopping us or hinder our progress. This is the most critical point in the waxing period. It is important that we meet the challenge now, but it is also essential that we don’t go to war with people around us, blaming them for our difficulties, which are instead just a natural phase of our journey. There is something a bit black and white in this Moon’s position and the attention is perhaps focused too much on outside circumstances.

*** In the garden this is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a fertile or productive Sign.

The Waxing Moon transits Libra from Wednesday, July 18, to Friday, July 20, between the Virgo Crescent and the Libra First Quarter Phases

Eastern European illustration

Eastern European illustration

LIBRA, Moon of justice and harmony
Cooperative and artistic

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LIBRA from Wednesday, July 18, 5.42 am,
to Friday, July 20, 11.12 am, with the ingress into SCORPIO

Suitable energy for sharing, decorating, being artistic, holding meeting, conflict resolution, diplomatic missions, weddings, engagements, parties, gifts, fantasy reading, falling in love, hairdressing, making oneself beautiful. Purchase of articles of clothing, cosmetics, furnishings, flowers, jewellery, art equipment. Action motivated by the desire to meet others half way, to be fair, to agree and harmonize. Amiable display of feeling, seeking equality, idealistic, cooperative. Beware of indecisiveness, lack of assertion, wishy-washy attitudes, peace at any cost syndrome, vanity, self indulgence.

*** In the garden Libra, unlike the other two Air Signs, Aquarius and Gemini, is traditionally considered fertile and productive. Being a Sign of Venus, goddess of pleasure and beauty, Libra is an ideal Sign to sow and transplant flowering plants and ornamental, and also herbs which help to balance the Elements in the body. Libra encourages bloom, but few seeds.

*** Healing Herbs:Corn Silk, Parsley, Uva ursi

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Crescent MoonCrescent Moon Animation

The VIRGO CRESCENT MOON PHASE starts on Monday July 16, 5.51 pm,
and ends on Friday, July 20, 5.52 am, with the LIBRA FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE

The Crescent Moon occurs half way through the first week of the Waxing cycle, when the Moon is transiting 45 degrees ahead of the Sun and looks like a beautiful crescent in the western sky after sunset. Psychologically this is an enthusiastic time, in which lots of ideas crowd our mind and we may feel that the sky is the limit. It is a slightly naïve Moon time, but also one full of hopes and dreams (the bright crescent shows now the shadowy sphere of the future Full Moon. The energy of the Moon however needs maturing at this stage and grounding. The first difficulties may appear, the first chinks in the armor; but the challenge is not strong enough yet for us to build up on it.

*** In the garden this is an excellent growing time: everything can go in now, but in particular leafy vegetables and all plants that we grow for their above the ground parts, but only when the Moon is transiting through the very fertile Water Signs or the productive Signs Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

First Quarter Moon animationFirst Quarter

The Moon is now 90 degrees ahead of the Sun, a right angle, very powerful. We meet some serious obstacle on our way. The goal is still strongly in view (Full Moon) but something or someone seem intent at stopping us or hinder our progress. This is the most critical point in the waxing period. It is important that we meet the challenge now, but it is also essential that we don’t go to war with people around us, blaming them for our difficulties, which are instead just a natural phase of our journey. There is something a bit black and white in this Moon’s position and the attention is perhaps focused too much on outside circumstances.

*** In the garden this is the demarcation time between the first and second weeks of the Moon cycle, an important boundary, because different types of plants can now go in, those we grow for their fruit or seedpods (tomatoes, beans etc.). The Moon needs also to be transiting a fertile or productive Sign.

The Waxing Moon transits Virgo from Monday, July 16, to Wednesday. July 18, during the Virgo Crescent Moon Phase

Artwork by Euginia Gapchinska

Artwork by Euginia Gapchinska

VIRGO, Moon of humility and craftsmanship
Purifying and healing

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS VIRGO from Monday, July 16, 3.30 am,
to Wednesday, July 18, 5.42 am, with the ingress into LIBRA

Suitable energy for general and menial work, in particular jobs that require attention to details and great patience, crafts, knitting, sewing, cooking, mending, cleaning, nursing, volunteering, accounting, studying, researching, testing, purifying, collecting, classifying, putting order into chaos. Purchase of craft materials and tools, collectibles, pets. Action motivated by practical needs, daily routine, taking care of the body learning to discriminate and to perfect. Timid expression of feeling, sometimes prickly, always helpful at the practical level. Beware of hyper-criticism, a calculating attitude, lack of grace, inhibitions, phobias, hypochondria, feelings of unworthiness.

*** In the garden Despite the earthy nature and the symbolic ear of corn in the Maiden’s left hand* Virgo is considered barren. Plants will supposedly grow spindly, tough and woody if planted on the Virgo Moon. The Sign is great however for tidying up the garden, work bee days, and fertilizing.

*** Healing Herbs: Blackberry, Fennel, Flax.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Crescent Moon AnimationCrescent Moon

The VIRGO CRESCENT MOON PHASE starts on Monday July 16, 5.51 pm,
and ends on Friday, July 20, 5.52 am, with the LIBRA FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE

The Crescent Moon occurs half way through the first week of the Waxing cycle, when the Moon is transiting 45 degrees ahead of the Sun and looks like a beautiful crescent in the western sky after sunset. Psychologically this is an enthusiastic time, in which lots of ideas crowd our mind and we may feel that the sky is the limit. It is a slightly naïve Moon time, but also one full of hopes and dreams (the bright crescent shows now the shadowy sphere of the future Full Moon. The energy of the Moon however needs maturing at this stage and grounding. The first difficulties may appear, the first chinks in the armor; but the challenge is not strong enough yet for us to build up on it.

*** In the garden this is an excellent growing time: everything can go in now, but in particular leafy vegetables and all plants that we grow for their above the ground parts, but only when the Moon is transiting through the very fertile Water Signs or the productive Signs Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

The Waxing Moon transits Leo from Saturday, July 14, to Monday, July 16, during the Cancer New Moon Phase, also a Partial Solar Eclipse

Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity

Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity

LEO, Moon of creativity and passion
Warm and fun loving

The WAXING MOON TRANSITS LEO from Saturday, July 14, 3.30 am,
to Monday, July 16, 3.30 am, with the ingress into VIRGO

Suitable energy for creative work, especially of the visual type, display, fun, joy, drama, theater, inspiration, organization, leisure, pleasure, vacation, spending fun times with the children, being a child again, love making, romance, passion. Purchase of jewellery, gold, precious objects, luxury items, cats. Action motivated by spontaneous need for self expression. Dramatic display of generous feelings, warm hearted, loyal, passionate, but somewhat egotistic. Beware of domineering and controlling attitudes, ego inflation, extremes of passion, exaggeration, arrogance, pride.

*** In the garden Leo, like all the other Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Great Moon time for designing the garden, introducing ornamental objects and features, and, of course, Garden Parties.

*** Healing Herbs: Borage, Hawthorn, Motherwort.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The New Moon1 New Moon Crescent fast

The CANCER NEW MOON PHASE, also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 20°41′ of CANCER. starts on Friday, July 13, 12.47 pm,
and ends on Monday July 16, 5.51 pm,  with the VIRGO CRESCENT MOON PHASE

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

*** In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

The Waning/Waxing Moon transits Cancer from Thursday, July 12, to Saturday, July 14, between the Gemini Balsamic and the Cancer New Moon Phase, also a Partial Solar Eclipse a Solar Eclipse

Artwork by Anna Silivonchik

Artwork by Anna Silivonchik

CANCER, Moon of nurture and imagination
Caring and home maker

The WANING MOON TRANSITS CANCER from Thursday, July 12, 3.58 am,
to Saturday, July 14, 3.30 am, with the ingress into LEO

Suitable energy for home making, looking after the children, nursing the sick, care taking, budgeting, op. shopping, feeding the hungry, cleaning, doing the laundry, recycling, storytelling, creative writing, fantasy or history reading, teaching, psychic insight, intuition. Purchase of children’s clothes, house hold items, blankets, antiques, houses and real estate. Action motivated by sympathetic response and the need to stick to what is familiar and safe. Self protective, reserved in display of feelings, caring. Beware of excessive mothering, dependency, personal bias, emotional manipulation, fear.

*** In the garden Cancer is one of the most, if not the most fertile of all Signs. Everything should do well when planted in Cancer, if the Moon is in the right phase. Plants particularly associated with Cancer are those with a high water content, such as Cucumbers, Lettuce, Melons. Cancer is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and deep irrigation.

*** Healing Herbs: Papaya leaf, Peppermint, Spearmint.

Balsamic Moon GifBalsamic Moon

The GEMINI BALSAMIC MOON PHASE starts on Tuesday, July 10, 7.20 am, and ends on Friday, July 13, 12.47 pm,
with the CANCER NEW MOON PHASE, also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 20°41′ of CANCER

The Moon is 45 degrees behind the Sun, only three and half days to New Moon. The Moon light is decreasing rapidly and the lunar energy is now being stored as nutrients in the seeds of future plants. It is also the calm before the storm of activities of the New Moon. Time for contemplation, self reflection and healing. The title Balsamic Moon is derived from the word ‘balsam’, unguent which helps to relieve pain and cure ills. During this time we could distil the essence of our past experience, from the last New Moon up to this point, reflect upon what we have experienced and learnt, getting psychologically ready for the cycle which is about to open. This is a spiritual phase, more suitable for meditation and relaxation than action.

*** In the garden it is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal for cultivation, soil conditioning, eradicating pests and unwanted plants and to prune in order to retard growth.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The New Moon1 New Moon Crescent fast

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

*** In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

The Waning Moon transits Gemini from Tuesday, July 10, to Thursday, July 12, during the Gemini Balsamic Moon Phase

'Cygnus' by Brian Fisher. This image was inspired by the myth of Queen Leda who, having changed herself in the shape of a Swan to escape the advances of the god Zeus, gave birth to two eggs. From one Clytemnestra was born, daughter conceived with her mortal husband, and from the other the two divine Twins, Castor and Pollux, were born, sons of Zeus.

‘Cygnus’ by Brian Fisher. This image may have been inspired by the myth of Queen Leda who, having changed herself in the shape of a Swan to escape the advances of the god Zeus, gave birth to two eggs. From one Clytemnestra was born, daughter conceived with her mortal husband, and from the other were born the Twins, Castor and Pollux, the first also mortal, the second the divine son of Zeus.

GEMINI, Moon of mental flexibility and communication
Inquisitive and social

The WANING MOON TRANSITS GEMINI from Tuesday, July 10, 2.58 am,
to Thursday, July 12, 3.58 am, with the ingress into CANCER

Suitable energy for traveling, studying, researching, reading, writing, teaching, moving, walking, running, advertising, talking, brain storming, contact with siblings, computer work, accounting, graphic designing, artistic skills. Purchase of books, magazines, school gear, cars, bikes, art equipment. Quick action, rapid response, motivated by present circumstances and the curiosity to know. Adaptable mental energy. Friendly, sisterly, brotherly feelings, independent, needing change and variety. Beware of inconstancy, nervousness, irritability, mental games, gossips, double dealings, cold intellectualism, superficiality.

*** In the garden Gemini is considered too dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is suitable for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Today the energy could be right for designing the garden, for parties and get-togethers with friends and siblings.

*** Healing Herbs: Coltsfoot, Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Mullein.

A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Balsamic MoonBalsamic Moon Gif

The GEMINI BALSAMIC MOON PHASE starts on Tuesday, July 10, 7.20 am,
and ends on Friday, July 13, 12.47 pm, with the CANCER NEW MOON PHASE,
also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 20°41′ of CANCER

The Moon is 45 degrees behind the Sun, only three and half days to New Moon. The Moon light is decreasing rapidly and the lunar energy is now being stored as nutrients in the seeds of future plants. It is also the calm before the storm of activities of the New Moon. Time for contemplation, self reflection and healing. The title Balsamic Moon is derived from the word ‘balsam’, unguent which helps to relieve pain and cure ills. During this time we could distill the essence of our past experience, from the last New Moon up to this point, reflect upon what we have experienced and learnt, getting psychologically ready for the cycle which is about to open. This is a spiritual phase, more suitable for meditation and relaxation than action.

*** In the garden it is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal for cultivation, soil conditioning, eradicating pests and unwanted plants and to prune in order to retard growth.