Astrological Musings & More

Summer Sun

It seems like in the Summer the planets kind of laze around in their orbit of the Sun. Often they go retrograde and often there is a slower change of signs as they transit through the lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer.

That often leaves little for me to pass on to you in my two week offerings of the planetary energies that you may want to be aware of. That being said, I want to take a few minutes and thank all of you who have stuck with me in my endeavor to make you aware of the celestial energies.

What began as an email newsletter to a few friends and other interested parties turned into this blog over seven years ago. It started purely as an astrological article that happened every two weeks and turned into a regular weekly blog. “Astrological Musings & More” still happens every two weeks alternating with “The Journey Continues,” articles about anything and everything.

I now have over 400 followers just on Word Press alone with another 600+ on Facebook and Twitter. I really never dreamed that would happen. I just wanted to write about astrology, a passion of mine for over 44 years.

So thank you, my loyal readers. I am very grateful for each and everyone of you that takes the time to read my writings. I will continue to do my best to keep you informed on the energies of the heavens and how they might affect you as my journey does continue.

New Moon in Cancer 2

We begin with a New Moon, that will happen in the sign of Cancer, on Thursday, July 12th at 10:48 p.m. EDT. This New Moon will be accompanied by a partial solar eclipse that will only be viewed in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Very few places on land will be able to see it – the exception being some parts of southern Australia.

Whether you can see it or not, if you’re paying attention, you will be able to feel the shift in the energies as the Moon crosses in front of the Sun partially blocking its rays and energies.

So what does a New Moon in Cancer mean? Well, the Moon is at home here as it rules the sign of Cancer. For many that means being emotionally comfortable when necessary and enjoying their domestic life. There can be mood swings – moments of high excitement or down in the depths of depression. Neither of these will last long.

This is a time of contemplation. Rather than going out and acting on information, some who are affected by these energies will find themselves serenely considering the information received before even beginning to take any action. The downside is that it can make a few too passive for their own best interests.

This is a very domestic sign and, where new beginnings are concerned, this may be a time to consider planning for ones older years. This can include saving for retirement, changes to ones home, becoming a grandparent and what that means to you, etc. Being able to work from ones home falls under the influence of Moon in Cancer and, if this is something that sounds good to you, this New Moon in Cancer is excellent for beginning to make plans in that direction.

If you would like to see a change in your emotional life, your home life, or anything else falling under the rulership of Cancer, the Moon eclipsing the Sun, which is also in Cancer, can help take energy from what is and begin the process to what can be. Imagination is strong with both the Sun and Moon in Cancer, so use it!

The Sun and Moon both in Cancer also favors change, but you have to guard against inertia producing laziness. If your motives are strong and you are willing to persevere, success can be yours!

Sun in Leo

Can you hear the lion’s roar? That’s because we are about to enter the sign of Leo. On Sunday, July 22nd, at 5:01 p.m. EDT, the Sun leaves the sign of Cancer and enters the sign of Leo.

Leo is a fixed, fire sign and it can provide both burning enthusiasm and powerful expression to those affected by its energies. Those born under this sign and those with it prominent in their charts are natural leaders and good organizers.

They can also be good actors. After all, they enjoy (and sometimes demand) being center stage. That can turn some into prima donnas and may affect others in just wanting to be admired and appreciated.

Leo rules the heart and, more often than now, there is warmth, generosity, kindheartedness, sympathetic, and forgiving. Yes, there can be temper, even outrage when not given what they consider to be their due, but when that energy sputters out – and it will – that warm-heartedness returns and they can be a tremendous source of love and encouragement to those around them.

Energy-wise, this can be a time of creativity, success, self-determination, and self-confidence. After all, we’re talking about the Sun being in its home sign of Leo. Anything is possible, if you believe.

Happy birthday to all those born under the sign of Leo! May this year be a “roaring” success for you!


Finally, on the following Thursday, July 26th, Mercury, which is currently in the sign of Leo, will turn retrograde at 1:03 a.m. EDT.

Don’t panic! It just means that this excellent combination of mind and heart is now going to offer you the opportunity to explore those aspects of yourself.

This is all about not leaping ahead of yourself. Stop trying to figure out how you’re going to fix tomorrow’s problems. Instead, slow down and live in the Now.

You may find yourself feeling like you are being pressured into achieving. Check yourself. This may be a past-life thought seeping into your conscious mind. Don’t mistake the past for the present. Also, don’t be too proud to ask for the help you need.

Don’t allow the energy of this retrograde placement to cause you to either exaggerate your circumstances and feelings or to hold it all inside you. Ultimately, both are harmful to your journey.

There is always so much we can learn from a retrograde planet, especially Mercury, if we will set aside our fear of it being retrograde and allow the retrograde energies help us to learn about ourselves so that we may become more awake, aware, and enlightened.

Happy Summer

Stay cool, my friends! I’ll be back in two weeks with more astrological insights for you.


Love & Blessed Be

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