Aries, this week represents a beautiful time for romance and fun. You might have to find ways to play on a tight budget, but don’t let that keep you from enjoying yourself. Or perhaps, for you, this is a time when you feel generous—giving more away than you might have in the past. A lover, a creative project, or a child calls your attention. What feels like pure play to you? Do that. Mercury’s direct station in Cancer on Wednesday eases the flow of communication at home.
Taurus, this week spurs you to change. You may desire a change in your home, a change in career, or a change in your sense of self. There is so much room for beauty here. The dark moon invites you to contemplate what you want to makeover, and how. What would you like it to look like? How can you bring your sense of luxury and glamour to the results? Mercury’s station direct on Wednesday night eases the flow of communication in general. Consider what you’ve learned. Maybe you can apply it to this new project.
Gemini, your intuitive channels are wide open now, and you’re receiving flashes of psychic information at a wildly increased rate. What will you keep to yourself, and what will you choose to share? This week’s dark moon in Leo invites you to consider what you want to say. What subjects would you like to learn, teach, or write about? Who, if anyone, would you ask to join you? This ought to be fun. Learn to trust yourself with the electric impulses that are guiding you now. Mercury’s station direct on Wednesday night is good for your cash flow, which always helps.
Cancer, Wednesday night’s dark moon asks you to mark a new beginning with your finances. This lunar cycle is a good time to start calling in more, to purchase beautiful things, to re-organize or sell some possessions, and to gain some confidence. Be bold. Mercury stations direct in your sign right after this dark moon on Wednesday night too, so that communication gets easier for you. Challenge yourself to network your way through this financial shift. One of your unusual new friends could be helpful in this matter.
Leo, this week begins to wake you up. Not only do you have the dark moon in your sign stirring up new things for you, but the extended Mercury retrograde dream begins to end on Wednesday night when Mercury stations direct. There is a sense of urgency here, so that you may feel compelled to make changes right now. How is your image changing? How do you want to express yourself, and how would you like others to see you? These questions are worth contemplating as we begin a new lunar cycle. Beauty is born out of the unusual.
Virgo, it may not seem like there’s a lot going on, but your imagination is on fire this week. You have an opportunity to receive unusual ideas, to communicate on a spiritual level, and to create what you see in your mind’s eye. Wednesday’s dark moon in Leo begins a beautiful dream for you. Where do you want to go? What wild places do you want to explore? You may need to release yourself from your own limiting beliefs to make it happen. Your ruler Mercury stations direct on Wednesday night, allowing communication with friends and networks to flow more easily.
Libra, who do you want to connect with? It’s a social season for you, and this week is all about joining in. Friendship is beautiful, and friends are generous with you—maybe even unexpectedly so. How much are you willing to share with others? How deep into your friendships are you willing to go, to experience the kind of real, personal connection that we so often lament losing in the age of the smartphone? Re-wild a sense of community, and the intimacy that comes with that. Mercury stations direct at the top of your chart on Wednesday night, helping you to move forward with your plans.
Scorpio, what do you want to accomplish, and who with? This is the question to ask yourself as we begin a new lunar cycle on Wednesday night. Nobody does anything great without some help, even you. A brilliant partner may be available to push you further towards your goals. Then again, you may need support because a brilliant opponent is challenging your authority. They won’t be able to tarnish the glow of your reputation. Mercury stations direct right after the dark moon on Wednesday, helping to clear your channels of perception. Know, and then do.
Sagittarius, the 9-5 life is probably not for you, and even if you work in an office you are likely to avoid boredom by switching up your routine. This week, you feel most restless, ready to kick off your shoes and run barefoot towards the horizon, like the wild child you are. So let loose and live a little. What do you want to explore? What would be the most fun? This dark moon invites you to contemplate exploration. Your day-to-day schedule might be unpredictable right now, but at least it’s giving you freedom. Take advantage of that. Mercury stations direct on Wednesday night, easing the flow of resources.
Capricorn, what would it look like to invest in joy? Would your investment be one of time, focus, emotions? Are you willing to invest money in the pursuit of happiness? In this week’s dark moon, there is the possibility of transformation, of creativity, and of real joy. Consider, as we begin the next lunar cycle, how much you’re giving yourself. Investment isn’t only for security. It can also bring less tangible returns-- the kinds of returns that make life worthwhile. Mercury’s station direct on Wednesday night helps to ease the flow of communication in your relationships. Perhaps love is a good investment.
Aquarius, this week’s dark moon in Leo represents a time of new beginnings in relationships. Things at home may be unpredictable right now, but with any luck, a friend or partner has got your back. Perhaps you’re making changes or moving together. A surprise could make all the difference. Let go of any rigid expectations you have about your home and consider how you might play with it instead. There may be a certain amount of freedom here. Maybe you don’t need to have everything in place right now. Mercury’s station direct on Wednesday night helps to move things along at work.
Pisces, what are you learning about your health? Is it in some way related to your work? It’s worth contemplating this week, especially if you’ve been experiencing health issues, because you may learn something unusual and enlightening. Seek the information you need. If stress is a problem, this is a time to relieve some tension by incorporating play and relaxation into your daily life. Wednesday night’s dark moon signals a turning point. Mercury’s station direct eases the flow of fun. Keep things light.
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This Week’s Major Aspects
Dates and Times for New York, NY (EST)
Sun at 6.32 Leo square Uranus at 6.32 Taurus: July 29 at 7:14 pm
Dark Moon at 8.36 Leo: July 31 at 11:11pm
Mercury stations direct at 23.56 Cancer: July 31 at 11:57 pm
Venus at 5.42 Leo trine Chiron Rx at 5.42 Aries: Aug. 1 at 12:57 pm
Venus at 6.34 Leo square Uranus at 6.34 Taurus: Aug. 2 at 6:00 am
Waning Crescent Moon enters Cancer: July 29 at 7:30 am
VOC Moon in Cancer: July 30 from 11:32 pm to 9:18 am July 31
Waning Crescent Moon enters Leo: July 31 at 9:18 am
Dark Moon at 8.36 Leo: July 31 at 11:11pm
New (Waxing Crescent) Moon in Leo: Aug. 1
VOC Moon in Leo: Aug. 1 from 4:47 pm to 9:20 am Aug. 2
Moon enters Virgo: Aug. 2 at 9:20 am
VOC Moon in Virgo: Aug. 4 from 12:27 – 9:29 am
Moon enters Libra: Aug. 4 at 9:29 am