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Last Quarter Moon in Gemini, July 28-30, 2016

We’re winding down the Cancer lunation as the Gemini moon finishes the last quarter phase and moves into the balsamic phase early morning on the 30th. This somewhat besieged Gemini Moon makes most of its aspects in the wee hours during this period. The period is off to a rough start, but improves on Friday the 30th. Continue reading

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Sun in First Decan Leo, July 22-August 1, 2016

The Sun will travel 0-9.59° of Leo July 22-August 1st this year. The card for this decan is the 5 of Wands, often called “Strife.”

This is the first decan of Leo, influenced only by the Sun and carrying the strongest Leo characteristics. If you were born during this decan or have planets or points in these degrees, the 5 of Wands is a birth card for you, symbolizing an important transit of the Sun to those planets or points.

5 Wands DruidcraftIf your sun is in this decan, Happy Solar Return! You are the Sun King or Queen.

Leos born during these first 10 degrees command attention and strive for leadership. Their will and determination can push them beyond the boundaries imposed on them by others.

Saturn in Leo is the astrological signature of the card. The fierce Leo energy benefits from the control and structure Saturn brings to the chaos and group dissent depicted in the card. While named “Strife,” the desired end result of Saturn’s influence is unified, sustained achievement.

The number assigned to this card is 5, most often aligned with the planet Mercury. Mercury’s influence can be fleeting and unfocused, but is also highly adaptive. The word “strife” is a #5 word (32/5). Creativity (3) and partnership (2)—even during strife—can bring changes to improve unsettled situations. Five is a physically demanding number, so we must remember to pace ourselves while under its influence.

If you have a #5 Life Path, Name, or Soul Number, this is one of your birth cards. If you are in a #5 year, this card can symbolize changing goals, perspectives, or environments.

(Image from the Druidcraft Tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm).

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“Blended Pleasure” ~ 3rd Decan Cancer

The 4 of Cups, “Blended Pleasure,” is the tarot card for 20-29.59° degrees Cancer. The sun travels through these degrees July 12-22 this year.

This is the Pisces decan, influenced by Neptune. If you were born during this decan or have planets or points in these degrees, the 4 of Cups is a birth card for you, symbolizing an important transit of the Sun to those planets or points.

If your sun is in this decan, Happy Solar Return! You are the Mystic Crab.

robin wood 4cups“Moonchildren must break any illusions that Neptune brings to this decan. Here we have the mystic, the super-attuned, or the mesmerized crab. Neptune’s influence produces a veil that the crab must tear to clearly see what waits on the other side.” (Third Decan Cancer, the Mystic Crab.)

Moon in Cancer is the astrological signature of the card. The Moon is in its home sign and at its most changeable in Cancer. Anyone with this placement (or several planets in Cancer) will understand why it feels like “blended pleasure.” One minute you’re happy, another you’re fretting, and another has you exhilarated or in tears.

The number assigned to this card is 4, similar in energy to Saturn. Working with the positive energy of Saturn can be very grounding to the unpredictable Moon.

If you have a #4 Life Path, Name, or Soul Number, this is one of your birth cards. If you are in a #4 year, this card can symbolize a stabilizing process influencing important matters.

(Image: Robin Wood Tarot)

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Mercury in Leo

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It’s time to schmooze with all your adoring friends and fans. Mercury is in Leo!

It’s a party of words—lighthearted banter, cheerful chatter, witty phrases, and plenty of laughter—so set the scene to be artfully engaged. Cocktail parties, tea parties, brunches, forums, and friendly tete-a-tetes are the perfect venues. Mercury in Leo loves to make a grand statement and can delight in the sound of its own voice. But behind this big cat’s roar and dramatic proclamations, you may find a kitten instead of a lion. One thing’s for sure—when when this cat speaks from the heart, yours will melt.

Mercury is in Leo July 13-30, 2016.

Barack Obama, Freddie Mercury, Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Mick Jagger, Helen Mirren, Kevin Hart, and Helen Keller who overcame the greatest odds to have her voice heard.

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Venus in Leo

venus in leo“I don’t want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart
In my heart I have but one desire
And that one is you, no other will do.”

Lancelot and Guinevere, Romeo and Juliet, Rhett and Scarlett—these are a few of the most famous and romantic love affairs we’ve come to know. With Venus in Leo, we may be fanning a few flames ourselves. Whether its for a bigger than life romance or a project we’ve become obsessed with, Venus in Leo drives us passionately, fiercely toward the one thing our heart desires, and possibly under great risk. What we must guard against, under this joyous and seductive energy, is burning out prematurely or having a tragic ending like our very famous lovers. Staying committed to our object of affection beyond the transit is an enviable and splendid goal.

Venus will be in Leo July 12-August 5, 2016.

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February 2016 Planets

Here’s a quick roundup of February’s planets:

  • Aquarius solar energy brings out our unique talents from the 1st to the 19th. The 19th – 29th is filled with Pisces mystery and magic.
  • The New Moon in Aquarius on the 8th says listen to your own drummer and march your own way.
  • The Full Moon in Virgo on the 22nd seeks balance in loving service and connection to the divine.

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