July 2018 Astrology Update

EARTH SHEEP MONTH  July 12 – August 10 

Solar Eclipse

July 12 2018 was a new Moon that began the lunar month of the Earth Sheep. Sheep brings peaceful summer energy. During an Earth month, keep focus on earthly matters. Under the influence of artistic Sheep, it’s fortunate to create beauty in your environment.

This new Moon was a partial solar eclipse that started a series of eclipses this summer. This new Moon on July 12, the full Moon on July 27, and the new Moon on August 11 are all eclipses. Eclipses add power and intensity to emotions, choices, and life direction. 

Plus this new Moon eclipse was in the western sign Cancer. Home-loving Water sign Cancer sets the tone for this lunar month. Time to focus on creating a nurturing and pleasant home. Contact me for your feng shui consultation, tarot card reading, or astrology forecast. Luck is strongest for Water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and those born in Sheep, Pig, Rabbit, and Horse years.

 

Lunar Eclipse

July 27 is a full Moon total lunar eclipse in Aquarius, and peak of Earth Sheep month. The full Moon conjuncts retrograde Mars in Aquarius, not the best time to forge ahead, especially in pacifist Sheep month. But excellent to work collectively and in community under the influence of Air sign Aquarius, and in a Dog year.

 

MERCURY RETROGRADE  July 25 – August 18

Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo. Communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. For some, it is time to roar! But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. If there are ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 9 that begins a new lunar cycle and Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month. 

 

2018 ECLIPSES

solar eclipse occurs on a new Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. 

lunar eclipse occurs on a full Moon when the Earth, Sun and Moon align in space, with Earth between the Sun and Moon. Earth’s shadow falls on the full Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.

January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon total lunar eclipse in Leo and peak of Water Ox month.

February 15 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Aquarius starts Wood Tiger month, and year of the Earth Dog.

July 12 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Cancer starts Earth Sheep month.

July 27 Full Moon total lunar eclipse in Aquarius and peak of Earth Sheep month.

August 11 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Leo starts Metal Monkey month.

 

2018 MERCURY RETROGRADES

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But in Earth Dog year, Mercury retrograde can be a time to follow through,keep your word, and complete projects.

Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

March 22 – April 15 in Aries 
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Aries for strong communication and taking immediate action. Fire brings energy to complete projects, but impulsive or snap decisions can be corrected at a later time. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on April 15, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and the month of the Fire Dragon

July 25 – August 18 in Leo
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo when communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. For some, it is time to roar! But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. If there are ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 9 that begins a new lunar cycle and Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month. 

November 16 – December 6 in Sagittarius and Scorpio
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius November 16 – 30 to move quickly and complete tasks. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized.
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio December 1 – 6 when emotions come to the surface, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on December 6, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and Wood Rat month. 

 

2018 RETROGRADE INNER PLANETS 

Jupiter is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio March 8 – July 10.
Time to refine your Dog year plans. Launch plans after the July 25 Mercury retrograde ends on August 18. 

Saturn is retrograde in Earth sign Capricorn April 17 – September 6
We slow down anyway during an Earth year after 2 Fire years — 2016 Fire Monkey and 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster). Take care of health and tend to practical matters.

Mars is retrograde in Air sign Aquarius June 28 – August 28
Best to work collectively, with group consensus, under the influence of Aquarius and in a Dog year.

Venus is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio and Air sign Libra October 5 – November 16.
Deep-feeling Scorpio and Libra are both excellent signs for love planet Venus, especially Libra because Venus rules Libra and Taurus.

 

2018 LUNAR MONTHS in Earth Dog Year

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Aquarius February 15 2018 starts Wood Tiger month and year of the Earth Dog.

New Moon in Pisces March 17 starts Wood Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries April 15 starts Fire Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus May 15 starts Fire Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini June 15 starts Earth Horse month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Cancer July 12 starts Earth Sheep month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Leo Aug 11 starts Metal Monkey month.

New Moon in Virgo September 9 starts Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month.

New Moon in Libra October 8 starts Water Dog month. Dog month in Dog year.

New Moon in Scorpio November 7 starts Water Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 6 starts Wood Rat month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Capricorn January 5 2019 starts Wood Ox month.

New Moon in Aquarius February 4 2019 starts Fire Tiger month and year of the Earth Pig.

 

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