Astro News July 2020

MERCURY RETROGRADE until July 12

Mercury is retrograde starting June 17 in Water sign Cancer, with a focus on home, family, and nurturing. Good time to restore or clean your home. Also time to revisit emotional attachments and boundaries in relationships. 

 

WATER HORSE MONTH June 20 – July 19

June 20 2020 at 11:41 pm PDT was a new Moon eclipse in Water sign Cancer. Cancer rules the 4th house of home, family, and nurturing. Many people are staying home due to Covid-19, so continue to create a home sanctuary and take care of self and others throughout July.

This new Moon eclipse occurred on Summer Solstice, the start of summer and the longest day in the northern hemisphere. Plus this new Moon eclipse began Water Horse month. Fiery Horse is strong and brave, and is one of the power animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Water Horse is more sensitive and sentimental than other Horses, but like all Horses they prize freedom and independence.

So during Water Horse lunar month, people do not want to be told what to do. They could be ruled be their feelings (Water), impulses, and subjective interpretation of facts. Mars conjunct Neptune continues that can bring unusual moods. The Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto conjunction continues influencing financial and political issues. 

Opportunities to understand emotions, inner motivation, and to assert power are for all, and are strongest for Water signs Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio and those born in Horse, Sheep, Rabbit, Tiger, and Dog years.

 

4TH of JULY FULL MOON ECLIPSE

July 4 2020 at 9:44 pm PDT was a full Moon in Capricorn, with a lunar eclipse at 9:32 pm PDT. This was the third and final eclipse of the summer. Eclipses are an absence of light when the shadow is seen, the time for what is hidden to come to light.

Earth sign Capricorn rules the 10th house of material wealth, career, and status in society. Capricorn Moon is time to focus on practical matters of health, finances, and work. Capricorn also rules societal structures, government, and global wealth.

The eclipsed full Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto were all in Capricorn, and all three planets are retrograde adding intensity. So blended together are strongly felt emotional issues with the eclipsed Moon, opportunity for change with Jupiter, structural foundation issues with Saturn, and power and wealth challenges with Pluto.

Opportunities for realistic change and transformation are for all, and are strongest for Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo and those born in Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster) years.

 

WATER SHEEP MONTH July 20 – Aug 18

July 20 10:33 am PDT is a New Moon in Cancer. This the second new Moon in Cancer in a row. This is because 2020 is a leap year with two extra lunar cycles. There were two Metal Snake months in May and June in Chinese astrology, and now two Cancer new Moons in western astrology. Cancer rules the 4th house of home, family, and nurturing. As staying home due to Covid-19 continues, create a home sanctuary to take care of self and others.

This new Moon begins Water Sheep month. Sensitive Sheep is a kind and gentle soul, bringing a peaceful and gracious tone to this lunar month. And it’s a time for healing after the exciting yet chaotic energy of the previous Horse month. Luck is strongest for Water signs Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio and those born in Sheep, Rabbit, and Pig years.

 

2020 MERCURY RETROGRADES

Feb 16 – March 9
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Pisces brings increased sensitivity and highly intuitive feelings. Tune in to your emotions. When Mercury goes direct, you’ll have a new and stronger direction.

June 17 – July 12 
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Cancer is when home and family are most important. Good time to restore or clean your home. Also time to revisit emotional attachments and boundaries in relationships. 

Oct 13 – Nov 3 
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio is when emotions are strong, with the desire for new intimacy in relationships. Time to dig deep. Investigations bring rewards.

 

13 FULL MOONS in 2020

There will be 13 full Moons in 2020. More full Moons for more magic! 2020 is a solar leap year, and a lunar leap year. (The last leap year was 2016.) 

In Western lunar astrology, there will be two CANCER NEW MOONS in June and July. In Chinese lunar astrology, there will be two SNAKE NEW MOONS in April and May.

January 10 – FULL MOON in Water sign Cancer 11:21 am PST also a Lunar Eclipse 11:11 am PST.

January 24  – New Moon in Air sign Aquarius 1:42 pm PST begins Earth Tiger month and Metal Rat year. Chinese New Year is the second new Moon after Winter Solstice.

February 8 – FULL MOON in Fire sign Leo 11:33 pm PST. Supermoon.
A supermoon is when the full Moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making it appear brighter and larger than other full Moons.

February 23 – New Moon in Water sign Pisces 7:23 am PST begins Earth Rabbit month.

March 9 – FULL MOON in Earth sign Virgo 10:48 am PDT. Supermoon.

March 24 – New Moon in Fire sign Aries 2:28 am PDT begins Metal Dragon month.

April 7 – FULL MOON in Air sign Libra 7:35 pm PDT. Supermoon.

April 22 – New Moon in Earth sign Taurus 7:26 pm PDT begins first Metal Snake month.

May 7 – FULL MOON in Water sign Scorpio 3:45 am PDT. Supermoon.

May 22 – New Moon in Air sign Gemini 10:39 am PDT begins second Metal Snake month.

June 5 –  FULL MOON in Fire sign Sagittarius 12:12 pm PDT also a Lunar Eclipse 12:25 pm PDT.

June 20 – New Moon in Water sign Cancer also a Solar Eclipse 11:41 pm PDT begins Water Horse month and Summer Solstice 2:44 pm PDT.

July 4 – FULL MOON in Earth sign Capricorn 9:44 pm PDT also a Lunar Eclipse 9:32 pm PDT.

July 20 – New Moon in Water sign Cancer 10:33 am PDT again begins Water Sheep month.

August 3 – FULL MOON in Air sign Aquarius 8:59 am PDT lunar Lammas.

August 18 – New Moon in Fire sign Leo 7:42 pm PDT begins Wood Monkey month.

September 1 –  FULL MOON in Water sign Pisces 10:22 pm PDT.

September 17 – New Moon in Earth sign Virgo 4:00 am PDT begins Wood Phoenix (Rooster) month.

October 1 –  FULL MOON in Fire sign Aries 2:05 pm PDT.

October 16 – New Moon in Air sign Libra 12:31 pm PDT begins Fire Dog month.

October 31 – FULL MOON in Earth sign Taurus 7:49 am PDT on Halloween. And a Blue Moon because it’s the 2nd of 2 full moons in a single calendar month.

November 14 – New Moon in Water sign Scorpio 9:07 pm PST begins Fire Pig month

November 30 – FULL MOON in Gemini 1:30 am PST also Lunar Eclipse 1:43 am PST.

December 14 – New Moon in Fire sign Sagittarius 8:17 am PST also Solar Eclipse 8:15 am PST begins Earth Rat month. (Rat month in Rat year.)

December 29 – FULL MOON in Water sign Cancer 7:28 pm PST the 13th full Moon in 2020!

In 2021, new Moon in Earth sign Capricorn January 13 2021 begins Earth Ox month. The next new Moon in Air sign Aquarius February 12 2021 begins Metal Tiger month and Metal Ox year.

 

2020 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.

2019 Dec 25 New Moon solar eclipse in 4 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. 

2020 Jan 10 Full Moon lunar eclipse in 19 degrees Water sign Cancer. 

Jun 5 Full Moon lunar eclipse in 15 degrees Fire sign Sagittarius. 

June 20 New Moon solar eclipse in 0 degrees Water sign Cancer. 

July 4 Full Moon lunar eclipse in 13 degrees Earth sign Capricorn.

Nov 30 Full Moon lunar eclipse in 8 degrees Air sign Gemini.

Dec 14 Full Moon solar eclipse in 23 degrees Fire sign Sagittarius.

 

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