First and foremost Death does not specifically pertain to our physical death. The Death card marks ends and beginnings. Although most illustrations of the Death card tend to be morbid, the forces behind the Death card are actually quite exciting. Yes Death does mark the end of something. But ends are often brought about by completion and not loss. Most endings are actually good, and make room for us to begin new adventures.
When The Tower is among your personal cards, the influence of Death may be increased. Having The Fool or The Empress in your personal cards may diminish the influence of Death.
The Emperor is gifted with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order, provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t he may well become a tyrant.
When The Hierophant or Justice are among your personal cards, the influence of The Emperor may be increased. Having The Empress in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Emperor.
The completely feminine counterpart to The Magician, the High Priestess is the Gatekeeper of the subconscious, the unknown. She travels in worlds which most of us only glimpse in our dreams. Her realm is that of unseen truths, untapped potentials, and hidden dangers. The Calling of The High Priestess is to go beyond the obvious and visible to tap those powers which are veiled from normal vision. While she is passive by nature, she has the power to uncover unknown potential and is very aware of the infinite potential all humans harbor within them. She is also very patient. She can wait for events to blossom in their own time.
Have you heard the expression, “once in a blue Moon,” and wondered what it means? Does the Moon really turn blue? Does this only happen once every couple of hundred or thousand years? Well, the answer is no and no. But it IS happening in July 2015.
The term “blue Moon,” which people have adopted as a way of describing something rare, is more or less an “extra” Full Moon. Most years have 12 Full Moons, which occur approximately every month. But once every two or three years, there’s an extra Full Moon — and that is what we call a “Blue Moon.”
So why is there an extra Full Moon? It’s simply because the solar calendar has about 11 more days than the lunar calendar, and after a few years all those extra days build up to the point where there’s an extra Full Moon.
And why the color blue, if the Moon doesn’t really turn blue? It’s believed the word comes from an old Middle English word, “belewe” — which actually means “betray.” In other words, they used to call it the Betrayer Moon, because this extra Full Moon didn’t fit into the normal lunar cycle. Over the years the word “belewe” evolved into “blue” — hence, we give you the “blue Moon.”
In July of 2015, the first Full Moon happened in Capricorn on July 1, and the second Full Moon, in Aquarius, the Blue Moon, occurs on July 31. There won’t be another blue Moon like this again until 2018.
Full Moons are emotionally charged, so any time there are two Full Moons in one month it means that month could be an emotional roller coaster for some people. Thank goodness it only happens once in a blue Moon!
Express yourself and allow others to enjoy your talents today, dear Aries. It’s a good day for creating something new, but it’s also strong for productivity and truly enjoying what you’re doing. From afternoon forward, you’re more inclined to concern yourself with performance and production.
You’re taking special interest in the practical side of things, efficiency, and whether things are workable in the long term. You can especially benefit from looking at the past and learning from it, as you’re seeing important patterns. This can be especially so in matters of work and health. The key to getting a lot done these days is finding joy in the process.
The energy of the day is smooth and playful overall, dear Taurus, and for you, particularly from afternoon forward. After a rather introspective few days, allow yourself some time off from too much thinking. The Moon enters a fellow Earth sign (Capricorn) this afternoon, allowing for an overall sense of ease. This is a time for pressure-free activities – those things that break the monotony and routine and that allow you to step outside of yourself and enjoy something new or simply a change of scenery.
The morning tends to be light, dear Gemini, but as the day progresses, you’re more inclined to think and feel deeply about things. You could be thinking intently about your feelings for someone, about a past relationship, or complicated matter. There can be a reassessment going on and some uncertainty. Others might find you a little distant or lost within yourself as a result, but it can be very easy to pull you out. Conversations tonight can be especially invigorating and even motivating. Your advice may be sought now. Part of you is likely craving some form of drama, so a good movie or book is something to consider as well.
This can be a good day for harmonizing with others, dear Cancer, and particularly so with a partner, significant other, or friend. The day can begin with an easy focus on practical matters, work, routines, and getting organized, but later today, you’re more inclined to want to seek out company. Energy levels may not be peaking today, but you might focus on easy interactions and uncomplicated activities. It’s a strong time for observing how others relate to you, and you to them.
There’s a tendency to think intensely about love today, dear Leo, especially past matters or complicated feelings. If you have preparations to take care of, the Moon’s presence in your solar sixth house from the afternoon forward can help, as you’re emotionally geared to get organized and take care of business. This is a strong day for both preparatory and “catch-up” work. Today favors sorting out details rather than forging ahead. Getting a little lost in details is actually appropriate now, but take things step by step for best results. It’s in fact a strong time for creative thinking and putting your ideas into practice. Your advice to others can be especially helpful now.
You can feel especially strong this morning, dear Virgo, particularly if you surround yourself with familiar things and if you engage in comforting routines. Later today, you have a greater need to enjoy yourself, to do something different or creative, and to find yourself some entertainment. It’s important to approach others, projects, and experiences in a relaxed way. Pushing can lead to mistakes. There can be a tendency to think about the past when it comes to relationships. There is very good energy with you for communicating, planning, and discovering important patterns.
You have an emotional need for stimulation today, dear Libra. You may be in the position to support, protect, or defend a friend or associate, or to simply enjoy someone’s company. In fact, there can be strong energy for learning from others and for new ideas with you now. There can be a focus on the past, especially complicated feelings in the afternoon. Take any chance you can to enjoy quiet times, and take extra time for moments alone. With peace, you will find that you can tap into your intuition quite easily, as it is a time when something on the inside is waiting to be tapped!
Financial matters assume more importance in your life again today, dear Scorpio. Try to focus on what you can reuse or recycle as you may very well gain a stronger feeling of abundance as a result. Energies shift this afternoon, and you’re more inclined to reach out to others. There can be interesting news or revelations, and possibly some insight into matters from the past that were left undone or unexplained. Try to focus on easy interactions and uncomplicated activities. It’s a strong time for observing how others relate to you, and you to them, from a different perspective.
You can feel quite motivated and can be productive today, dear Sagittarius, and others tend to support you in your efforts, or allow you enough breathing space to do your thing. Emotions tend to settle this afternoon with the Moon exiting your sign. While the high emotional energy that the Moon in your sign has brought to your life in the past few days has been welcome, now some of the pressure is off to meet emotional needs, and this allows you to better see your next step or what needs to be done. This afternoon is good for some voluntary simplicity, as “more” is not always better. Tonight’s energies are strong for solving a problem, particularly through conversation with a trusted friend or partner.
Your deeper, more intense emotions are aroused today, dear Capricorn, and you tend to be quite hungry for the emotional excitement that comes from a feeling of connectedness with others and with your deeper, more private self. This hunger, if unfulfilled, can lead you to create some kind of emotional drama if you’re not careful, perhaps by imagining slights or remembering previous hurts. The Moon leaves your privacy sector this afternoon and enters your sign. Emotional needs can seem quite urgent with the Moon in your sign. Tonight, there is strong energy for sorting an emotional pattern or problem out.
This morning’s energy is sociable but productive, dear Aquarius, as you can get a lot out of collaboration and reaching out to others. The Moon enters your privacy zone this afternoon, and there is a stronger need to withdraw from overly demanding or competitive situations. If at all possible, clear your schedule and take extra time for yourself, as there is great value today in some rest and reflection. Tune into your intuition. Look within for answers, and avoid competitive or demanding situations so that you can truly unwind. There is no need to push yourself for answers. In fact, letting go can clear your mind and solutions or ideas have “room” to surface.
You may discover today that your thoughts need to change and elevate in order for true progress to be made, dear Pisces, and today’s energies are good for just that – it’s a fine time for putting yourself in a different setting and frame of mind. This can serve to refresh and revitalize you. A casual friendship can be rewarding now, particularly an established one, as there is a tendency to want to connect with your past in meaningful ways. In fact, you may begin to see interesting patterns in your life that help you to better understand yourself and your relationships.
You are intensely curious and have a great hunger for knowledge. Your intellect is strong, and you can be a pioneer or natural leader. You possess organizational savvy and could do well in various media careers. Idealistic in love, it can take some time for you to find what or who you want. You are drawn to people who are strong, dynamic, and also responsible. While you can be self-sufficient and independent for the most part, you are also quite emotional and moody, and you have a great love of, and interest in, people and how they “work”. You are intimidating to some, but admired by most. Famous people born today: Norman Lear, Peggy Fleming, Maya Rudolph, Taylor Schilling, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julian McMahon.
The inner adventurer is stimulated today, dear Aries, but perhaps also the escapist. It can be a little difficult focusing on facts and figures, making it a better day for freeform activities than directed ones. Directing your energy constructively may not be easy, but if it’s not necessary either, then give yourself a break. More of something is not likely to make you happier, so it may be wise to try to make more of what you already have. Conversations can be vague or even guilt-ridden later today, particularly with or about a child, partner, or love interest.
The Moon in your solar eighth house all day encourages you to go deeper when it comes to understanding yourself and recent events, dear Taurus. This is a time for lingering on your feelings instead of dismissing them or tucking them away. This is also a time for a wait-and-see approach to your world, as it’s not a good period for pushing quickly ahead. Later today, you may not feel thoroughly understood, particularly when it comes to a friend or a long-term goal/plan. You may be looking too hard for reassurance, when the answers are inside of you. Aim to have a little more faith in your own intuition.
The Moon in your partnership sector today turns your attention to areas of your life that have come out of balance, dear Gemini, and you’re likely to feel a strong need to seek out more harmony. You may be more inclined to seek out a trusted friend or partner for company and support. Later today can be a little tricky when it comes to communications. It’s important to be very clear when speaking or writing, or to simply wait for a better time to express yourself if you are uncertain. Relax and reflect, and avoid taking yourself too seriously right now.
The Moon is in your solar sixth house all day, dear Cancer. This influence can amp up your emotional sensitivity. You tend to notice the little problems in your life now, as you’re emotionally geared to see the holes and flaws. This can motivate you to take care of important matters, to fix problems, and to iron out differences. However, if you’re feeling a little off, you can be inclined to fret and worry unnecessarily. Your mind wanders later today, and distractions are likely. Avoid shopping for big ticket items now, as you may not be seeing things clearly. Do your best to relax and tame restlessness with healthy, happy activities rather than adding more to your already full plate.
The Moon spends the day in your creativity and self-expression sector, dear Leo, encouraging you to push a few limits creatively. You are up for a challenge, and your more spontaneous traits are stimulated. Later today, communicating effectively can be difficult. You could find that making a stand on a matter can somehow backfire, or that you second-guess your own perceptions. There can be bobbing and weaving now, so it may be better to wait for a better, more confident time to present your case. As well, avoid putting too much faith that others are getting where you’re coming from, as that may not be the case at the moment.
There are a number of signs pointing to a need for extra rest and time to dream today, dear Virgo. The Moon spends the day in your home and family sector, and this pulls your focus to personal or domestic matters. It also subdues your more worldly ambitions. Mercury, your ruler, is in your privacy sector, and encourages you to look within for answers, and also stimulates your imagination. While you may be searching for meaning in hidden places, Mercury’s awkward aspect with Neptune later today suggests that you may not be seeing things clearly, or if you do, you may not have faith in your perceptions. Try not to over-analyze. The right answers come to you when you’re not pushing for them too hard.
The Moon spends the day in your communications sector, dear Libra, and this brings out the more curious part of your nature. While your ability to concentrate may suffer today, it’s a good time for seeking out new information and for making connections. Later today, you might come to an exciting idea or conclusion that, on further inspection, may not carry the weight of reality. Social interactions or issues can get in the way of your work, and vice versa. Distractions are plenty, or you are more sensitive to them. Worry about the opinion of others can be another way to waste time and energy today. Try to focus on things that make you happy and go from there.
Watch for procrastination or multi-tasking that takes you away from what is truly important today, dear Scorpio. It’s not the most organized of days so that if you’re in the position to focus or put things into order, then you may become a little frustrated. Take a breather if things are not coming together well, if possible. The Moon is in your solar second house, and you’re in need of more consistency as well as a sense of security. It’s a good time to remind yourself that you have what you need right now, and if you’re restless, to make more of what you already have.
The Moon is in your sign all day, dear Sagittarius. You’re more open and less inhibited than usual, feeling a little freer and lighter. Your relationship to the world is enlivened, and you’re seeing things as more colorful. Of course, this can point to some possible moodiness, as you’re especially sensitive to the environment. You could become excited about what you see or discover later today, but then second-guess whether it was only a fantasy. It’s best not to rely on others’ answers right now. The general tendency to be in limbo is with you, but shouldn’t detract from the positive potential of the day.
Signs point to a greater need for rest, relaxation, and time to think and muse, dear Capricorn. The Moon spends the day in your privacy and soul sector, encouraging you to withdraw from overly chaotic or competitive activities and to tend to your more spiritual or emotional needs. Later today can be challenging for relating with others and being misunderstood. Focusing on specific tasks can be difficult as your mind tends to drift very quickly. Cut yourself some slack today, and make your biggest project yourself and your needs, if this is possible. If you’re not certain, it may be better not to express a definite opinion right now.
The Moon spends the day in your friends and idealism sector, dear Aquarius, and this position gives you a gentle morale boost. You’re more attracted to situations and people that truly make you feel good, and this tends to let in positive energy. While you could be seeking out clear answers or support from someone later today, you may have to settle with murky. A Mercury-Neptune aspect can serve to temporarily blur perceptions and can lead to some see-sawing or beating around the bush. Getting facts across clearly can be difficult. It may be best to let go of the need to come to definite conclusions just for the time being. Backing off from a problem can help let your intuition click in, leading to a better solution if you are patient enough to wait for it.
The Moon spends the day in your performance sector, dear Pisces, and your attention turns to your responsibilities and ambitions. While you rarely enjoy being evaluated for what you do and don’t do, this monthly brief Moon serves as a reminder to get your priorities sorted and keeps you grounded. Later today, you can experience a strong desire to gather up facts and figures and sort something out logically, but you may also be feeling a strong competing energy that encourages you to let go of problems and consider the bigger picture. This can lead to some frustration unless you find ways to tend to both needs or to come to a compromise.
Pitted against an emotionally uncomfortable Full Moon in Aquarius on Friday, Venus will be moving retrograde back into Leo, the sign of ego development and heart. Leo and Aquarius are polar opposites which means they are also complementary; having something valuable to teach one another. In this case, Leo is about giving love while Aquarius helps us receive it. You may notice that it’s more comfortable to do one over the other in your everyday world. Whichever side you sway towards however, this week’s astrology will emphasize you at least becoming aware of what might happen if you learn to balance the two. Venus retrograde in Leo until September 6, asks us to learn the most important lesson of all when it comes to love — loving yourself first.
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You might not be able to hide the emotional connection and chemistry you feel for one of your friends any longer. At the same time however, he or she might not know how to react to it. If you do reveal an attraction for your pal, be patient if you don’t receive an immediate response. Give your friend time to process it. Overall after Friday, you’ll spend the next several weeks re-evaluating everything and anything about your love life. Ultimately, this will be a good thing –even though it might feel draining at times.
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)
It’s time for you and your mate to take care of any unresolved domestic issues that are getting in the way of your romance. Perhaps one of your relatives — or even a child has demanded a great deal of your focus lately due to a hard time that he or she is going through. You’ve been an incredible source of strength and support but while you’ve been the rock for your family it appears that your love life may have suffered. If single, you might have lost an opportunity to date someone special and if attached this situation has clearly put a dent in your personal life. Between now and September 6 you’ll need to resolve it.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)
Decisions about love and money will come to the forefront this week. Although you might feel pressured into solving any dilemma immediately, that won’t be the ideal course of action. Instead, take your time to process information and options carefully over the next few weeks. If you have a life changing decision to make about a relationship or with your partner this will be especially important. The two of you might go back and forth about your options for a while, but after September 6 you’ll have the answers.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)
A growing sense of dissatisfaction in your life might relate directly to the lack of appreciation you feel from the most important person in your life — your mate. It’s possible that he or she hasn’t been expressing just how amazing you are — at least not in any way that you’ve noticed. In fact, in some cases there might be a situation where your partner is devaluing you altogether. The next few weeks will be an interesting time for you to remember what you’re really worth. Without or without your partner’s agreement.
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
A Full Moon in your relationship sector this Friday will certainly put your emotional focus on your love life. What’s even more compelling is the fact that on the same day, Venus will retrograde back into your sign, and will remain retrograde until September 6. This will be a key time for you and your mate to re-evaluate whether or not each of you is giving and receiving love in a way that nourishes your relationship and individual selves. Love can become deeper than ever if you’re willing to put in some work on yourself first.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Venus will retrograde out of your sign this week and into your 12th House of All That’s Hidden on Friday. Matters of the heart are still up for review and will continue to require your careful consideration until after September 6. Now that Venus is in the most private part of your chart and moving backwards, you might notice that any unresolved traumas connected to romance are coming up to the surface. Attempting to bury them now will only rob you of the future happiness in love that you deserve.
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
If you’re dating someone this week it will likely bring a defining moment between you and your lover. Either the two of you will exchange those intimate words of love as you deepen your bond or you’ll decide that it’s time to move on. There really isn’t much room for anything in the middle — it’s an all or nothing feeling that your romantic situation will leave you with. If you do find yourself single after this week you may seek the solace of your friends as you lick your wounds. Avoid a rebound romance during this time or any “friends with benefits” situation.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Demands between home and career might leave little time or energy for romance. You’re likely to be at a crossroads professionally and while your family and partner requires your emotional support, it might feel impossible to deliver now. In fact, you might not be capable. The boss might have recently made it clear that you’re not as valuable as you thought you were. A wounded ego might lead to a major revision of your personal and professional goals. Try to include your partner in this process rather than shut him or her out.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
A growing sense of discontent in your current relationship situation might require serious changes in the coming weeks. You might feel as if your lover is cramping your style and your need for personal freedom. The more you try to assert your desire to experience life the more he or she may try to hold you down. If this happens, it’ll be the kiss of death for you. Do your best to help your partner understand your need for expanding your horizons. If he or she is still not “getting it”, you’ll have a decision of your own to make.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Finances will be a priority this week and somehow it’ll tie in themes of love and relationship. If you and your mate are sharing resources, it might be time to assess exactly what is “yours, mine and ours.” Venus will retrograde into your 8th House of Joint Finances on Friday emphasizing this theme until September 6. You might have a situation during this time where one of you leans more on the other for financial support. Or, it’s possible that you’ll decide it’s a good time to re-evaluate your portfolio together. An excellent plan!
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
With a Full Moon in your sign this Friday, there’s no doubt that you’re more emotionally in tune than usual. Use this to your advantage and do what you can to connect deeply with your partner. He or she might be more responsive to your sentimental side than you think. In fact, it’s possible that your love is troubled by an unresolved situation in your relationship. If you show that you’re emotionally open rather than defensive, this will be an excellent time to iron out whatever wrinkle this is.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Although you might spend most of this week working through a rough patch with your partner, it appears that by Friday, the two of you will have either agreed to disagree or resolved the situation. Alternatively, if you have been struggling with growing romantic feelings for a coworker, things could begin to get messy by Friday. Will you pursue this or will you refuse to mix business with pleasure? That’s the million dollar question that only your heart can answer.
There’s a great deal of focus on your love and social life this week! Read all about it…
Friday, July 31: Full Blue Moon in Aquarius; Venus Retrograde into Leo
On Friday, a Full Blue Moon in Aquarius (the second Full Moon in July) will make you keenly aware of your place in society and whether or not you are contributing to mankind, or simply going through the motions in life. If you are involved in a humanitarian endeavor, this might be a rewarding time where you see the fruits of your effort. It’s also possible that a friendship you have with someone will take a turn. Emotions may be on edge even though no one necessarily wants to “feel” their feelings.
On the same day, Venus retrogrades out of Virgo and into Leo where it will remain until turning direct on September 6. You will have plenty of time now to re-evaluate whether or not a relationship truly makes your heart sing. The joy factor in your love life is up for review, as well as how much you’re capable of opening your heart. If you are holding back, this will be a great time to figure out the reason behind it.
Sunday, August 2: Saturn Direct in Scorpio; Mercury in Leo trine Uranus
On Sunday, Saturn will turn direct in Scorpio and help you integrate lessons of depth and intimacy once and for all. Mercury will also trine Uranus, allowing an innovative idea to flow. Allow your genius to shine!
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