Raven has long been known as the magical bird—the one who carries our messages and our prayers to spirit. Raven has been called a shape-shifter, and his message to you today is one of change—expect the unexpected, but know that Raven is flying close and will help you transform life’s challenges into life’s greatest blessings.
The Tree symbolizes spiritual health and growth. The healthy tree is rooted in a rich, nurturing medium, has a strong trunk from which leaf laden branches fan out to capture the sun’s energy. The Tree represents a healthy spirit entrenched in experience and strengthened by wisdom. It is a spirit that is happy with itself, but continues reaching to become even wiser, more complete, happier, stronger. While The Tree represents a strong and independent spirit, it is also a life-force that owes much of its strength and growth to being surrounded by other healthy spirits.
As a daily card, The Tree denotes a time when your spiritual self is especially powerful and open for further growth. Now is a time for you to seek out streams of wisdom and knowledge that you can not only draw from but contribute to as well. Don’t disregard sources that seem improbable, as they often produce the most profound revelations and spiritual expansion.
Sudden changes and endings. Making a final decision. Completing something. Walking away from something or someone. Danger.
Additional information about Today’s Witches Rune, The Scythe….
This symbol is very familiar to most of people, often associated with harvest and death. In the runes, it is no different. The Scythe is related to endings, sudden separations, final decisions, important changes and danger.
The appearance of this symbol show that there’s something in you life you need to bring to end now, before it snowballs into something worse. Usually, the decision that the Scythe forces you to make is one you’d rather escape from… it’s a painful and difficult choice. Even though you know (or feel) it’s for the best, you’ll mourn the fact that it has to happen.
Also, the Scythe is connected to sudden, swift changes that force you to alter completely your plans, strategies and sometimes the very way you see the world. The situation is no longer what it was, your modus operandi no longer works here. Your ideas no longer correspond to the reality. The information you have is no longer accurate, or useful. You need to strain those adaptation muscles and find a way to keep standing while the rug is pulled from under your feet.
Although this rune can represent physical danger, such as accidents or surgeries, many time it refers to sense of foreboding. Something just isn’t right… the fear of loss looms large. Trust these feeling and proceed with caution. This rune can also relate to actual death and all related to it: burials, graveyards, inheritances, heirlooms, legacies and things connected to your ancestry.
In relationship readings, the Scythe suggest caution too. It can represent sudden and irresistible attractions, the kind that inspire people to do crazy things. . Obviously, this rune also represent separations, divorce and conflicts, always leaving a sour aftertaste. The strong passion can quickly transform into strong resentment. In its most positive note, this rune can symbolize relationship that completely transform the people involved.
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lover’s embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
Personal resolution points to a breakthrough, but decisive action is required. As long as you diligently hold your ground and ward off negative tendencies and influences, the good will prevail.
The persistence of negativity, which is that which opposes the good, is a constant in human affairs. Just when it is thought to have been eradicated, up it will pop again, sprouting through some crack in the pavement of civilized society. Evil need not take dramatic or extravagant forms, such as those exhibited in Nazi Germany. Garden-variety lies and deceit are much more common and persistent, but should be rooted out just as diligently. One must be determined to not accidentally feed negativity — either in one’s social or professional life, or in one’s own soul. In either case, definite rules must be followed for the struggle to succeed.
The first rule: do not compromise with evil. Destructive or exploitive actions must be identified openly for what they are, and discredited. The second: one cannot successfully resist negativity on its own terms. New, positive alternatives that lead away from the source of the problem are generally more successful, and appropriate than trying to counter negativity with raw power. The third rule: the means used to counter negativity must be consistent with the end to be achieved. One cannot stop the spreading of lies by spreading more of them.
Casting The Stones, Your Past, Present & Future Rune Reading for Today
The Past Tiwaz
Tiwaz is the Warrior Rune. It represents pure, masculine power and the ability to successfully fight to meet your goals. However, you must be careful that costs of attaining your goals overshadow their values.
The Present Isa
The Ice Rune, represents stagnation and a passionless existence. Your life’s course may seem blurry at the moment, but if you persevere you will move onto better days.
The Future Berkano
Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.
Kenaz foretells the coming of clarity and knowledge. It is time for you to grow by exchanging knowledge with others. Opportunities are upon you.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Kenaz
kenaz : torch
Phonetic equivalent:k (can also be used as a hard ‘c’)
wisdom, insight, solution to a problem, creativity, inspiration, enlightenment
for creative inspiration, aid in study, fertility, dispelling anxiety and fear
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Mimir, the Dwarfs, Muspellheim
In modern usage, the Scottish ‘ken’ means to know or understand, and this is the sense in which the rune should interpreted. Today, light, inspiration and knowledge are often associated, as in ‘gaining enlightenment’ and ‘shedding light on the problem’, and even in the image of a lightbulb going on over someone’s head when they get an idea. To bring light is to make the invisible visible.Unlike the wisdom gained at þurisaz, kenaz only allows us to take bits and pieces of this knowledge away with us as we need it, usually at the discretion of the Gods. This knowledge will generally come in the form of a sudden inspiration, and we will be able to see clearly the answer that was once hidden from us. This form of wisdom is more closely associated with the right half of the brain than the left, since it does not come through conscious effort but rather through passively opening one’s self to it. Thus, a more feminine element is added to our journeyer’s experience.
The act of bringing light into the darkness is also a creative one. Again consider the image of the person carrying a torch , representing the masculine elements of fire and air, entering the cave and penetrating the feminine realm of earth and water. This joining of masculine and feminine elements results in the creation of new ideas. In physical terms, this can be correlated to the application of fire to mold and shape matter – the art of the smith.
Judgment embodies those forces which require us to be accountable for our actions. With Judgment truths are revealed, mysteries are unraveled and responsibility is assigned. Judgment unveils outcomes and marks the ends of things. While it is a time to properly place guilt, it is also a time for atonement and forgiveness. Ultimately the process of Judgment should lead to freedom from errors made in the past and a fresh start with a clean slate. To that end Judgment actually promises the start of a new journey on which we can apply what we have learned from our past
With the Full Moon occurring in the most public sector of your solar chart today, dear Aries, circumstances may be such that you are in the position to show your more mature and responsible side, you are called upon to perform a duty, or you have the opportunity to strut your stuff! It’s time to show off what you can do. There can be recognition or an award, or a job opportunity, for some of you. The Sun is encouraging you to tend to your hearth these days, and today you might be finding ways to manage both home and career quite creatively. Even so, there is likely to be a bit of a scurry of activity to deal with before you reach the right balance. Ideas can come together quite nicely, particularly regarding home and family matters. Do what you can to connect with the part of you that has faith that things will work out. Support might come from family, and there can be strongly sentimental feelings experienced today.
Your need for more from your life than simple routine comes to the fore now with a Full Moon shining a light on your needs for learning, experience, and adventure, dear Taurus. The desire to expand your mind is powerful now. If you need a push or some extra courage to do something new, this Full Moon will help. For some, this can be a time of a culmination of a learning project, publishing of work, or some form of expanded reach. Your intuitive, compassionate side is emphasized and drawn up to the surface today, and with a new and perhaps more forgiving and kinder look at situations and people in your life, you could arrive at a nice feeling of peace and freedom. This is a time of year for you when group ideas and values contribute to your own personal development. You might long to feel valued by a group or friend, and this can be within your reach now.
The Full Moon today can lead to a revelation about an intimate relationship or financial matter, dear Gemini. There can be a significant financial move for some of you. The need to, or for, support can be emphasized at this time of your life. This is a good time to let go of some of the need to control things, and discover more personal power in the process. There can be some wonderful inspiration and imagination today, particularly surrounding business and finances. You might find that ideas and insights come together quite beautifully right now. There can be a good feeling of confidence now, and there can be wonderfully creative and compassionate energy in your professional or public dealings. This is a time for building your inner strength. The intangible or spiritual realms are a real part of your daily life right now, and this helps to make you feel more secure and filled.
This can be a day of important revelations or epiphanies, dear Cancer, with a Full Moon in your opposite sign illuminating areas of your life that need more balance. This can be a very creative time, and possibly a period of emotional declarations or realizations about your feelings and relationships. You may very well receive some form of positive boost or lifting of spirits today. Your imagination is strong, and you are able to see well beyond the ordinary. You may be drawing up some admiration from others. You are in touch with your more spiritual qualities today, and you have a stronger ability to empathize with others. Problems that were perplexing in recent days tend to seem less daunting, perhaps because your faith that things will work out for the best is strengthening.
The Full Moon illuminates your service sector today, dear Leo, bringing to light your responsibilities and possibly recent frustrations about work or health matters. This can provide you with extra motivation to make important changes in your daily routines that help you feel far better about yourself and your life. Your services may be in high demand now, and while there can be a rush of responsibilities for the time being, all will fall into place once you sort out your priorities. Avoid looking for outside appreciation for your efforts and instead do exactly what makes you feel good from the inside out. Your beliefs tend to find support today, but more importantly, you have increased faith in yourself. Behind-the-scenes matters tend to go very well for you right now, and you may begin to see a grand design behind recent events in your life. Your intuition is running high right now. Tap into it! Pay attention to coincidences and make note of subtle signs and patterns. Letting go of overthinking is important now.
The energy of the Full Moon is rich today, dear Virgo, and can shed light on a friendship, romance, or relationships with children. A creative project might culminate, bear fruit, or come strongly to your attention for some of you. Releasing pent-up feelings is important today, and you might experience strong feelings that you’ve overlooked or brushed off in the past. Inspiration may be found in your relationships. You may be putting more faith in a person, or more faith in the dream of a person, and you should discern between the two, as the former is a lot healthier than the latter. You are quite able to put aside some of your worries today, and a significant other may be instrumental in helping to set your mind at ease. Let compassion flow, do what you can on your side to help others build their faith in you, and follow your impulses to support and help people you care about.
Tonight’s Full Moon brings special attention to matters of home, family, and the heart, dear Libra. If you have been pouring too much energy into your responsibilities to “the outside world”, which is highly likely these days, then circumstances now remind you to find a balance. If you’ve been over-extending yourself, you need to find ways to get more rest. You may need to do some catch-up work with family or tend to a personal matter now. Even so, a career move or idea can come together in your mind today, and it’s a strong time for dreaming up new and very creative ways to further your career. Putting a unique and imaginative spin on practical matters comes naturally right now. Your imagination is vivid today. You’re more tuned in to altruistic purposes of your life.
A Full Moon occurs tonight with the Moon falling in your solar third house of communications, dear Scorpio. This can bring light to a communications project or matter, or it might stimulate some drama in your neighborhood or school, or bring in some interesting news that has you turning an important corner in your life. This may be a time for reaping the rewards of recent projects or learning efforts. If you often find that people misunderstand your intentions when you communicate, this can be a good time to see what might be changed in order to get your message across more effectively. You are more creative and your perceptions are especially refined today. Concentrating on the bigger picture can bring much joy today as you let go of a tendency to overthink. Forgiveness and compassion can be very healing, whether you’re giving or receiving. This is a time when dreams that shape future realities are born.
Tonight’s Full Moon brings issues of personal resources, talents, money, and business to your strong attention, dear Sagittarius. If you’ve been spending a lot of time giving to, and supporting, other people in your life, you are likely to feel a strong need to bring more balance into your world right now. For some of you, money can come in, or news of increased resources is forthcoming this week. Think in terms of improving your finances, whether it’s about cutting back or pushing yourself to earn more, or ask for more. Even though you can be feeling quite spirited and motivated concerning practical affairs, now, there is also dreamy, imaginative energy to the day. You can feel quite inspired today, and family or domestic matters may be integral to this feeling. Showing compassion and understanding does wonders across the board.
This is an important day for discovering your personal power, dear Capricorn, especially if you choose to respond to the subtle shifts around you in constructive ways. The Full Moon occurring tonight is in your sign, and feelings that you may have brushed aside can now emerge with force. Let the emotions flow, as there can be surprising epiphanies or a personal matter that suddenly demands air time. Whether you keep all of these to yourself or share with others is up to you, but it’s probably best to separate your personal and professional lives as best as possible. You have more impact than usual now! Relationship needs are emphasized. Nonverbal communication can speak louder than words, and it’s usually what we don’t say but nevertheless express that others take away from what we express. Today is strong for others picking up on the subtleties you are trying to convey, and for inspiring a certain level of trust. You are expressing yourself with creative flair.
The Full Moon tonight occurs in your privacy and soul sector, dear Aquarius, and new light shines on recent background or hidden themes in your life. Your need for emotional renewal is large right now, and circumstances occurring now will likely point you in this direction if you aren’t drawn to quiet, reflective, and regenerative activities naturally. You might suddenly see things that allow you to fill in the blanks for recent feelings or events. A secret or private matter may be revealed, a health matter could come to light, or a work project can reach culmination. If you’ve been working too hard or putting so much effort into helping others that you’ve ignored your own needs, now is the time for restoring some balance to your life. Even so, you are certainly not cutting others out, and some elements of work and service can lift your spirits today. Listen to your intuition regarding practical matters, which can come together almost magically now. A strong element of compassion and faith can do wonders for a partnership.
The Full Moon tonight occurs in your solar eleventh house, and you may experience the need to give back or help others, dear Pisces. Feelings for a person might suddenly flood your consciousness for some of you. Events are such that you are more strongly aware of the important role you play in others’ lives, for example as a friend, parent, offspring, sibling, etc. This is a time for giving back to the people of your world, and doing so can have great benefits. You could find now that things are naturally falling back into place. It’s a time for birthing ideas, especially creative ones. You might intuitively determine how to get an important plan off the ground, or this can be a time when things settle after a period of uncertainty. Somebody may be looking up to you for your wisdom. People seem more compassionate, interested, and sympathetic to your cause. You are in your element today. You express yourself comfortably and creatively. There can be a feeling of flowing with, rather than against, the people around you and what is going on around you.
You have strong desires and passions, and you can live a somewhat dramatic life. You are warm and caring most of the time, and a little controlling and bossy at other times. Love and partnership complete you. You crave stability overall but your need for excitement can attract unusual circumstances into your life. You are an interesting conversationalist with truly unique ideas, and you go out of your way to make others happy. Famous people born today: Lena Horne, Susan Hayward, Mike Tyson, Michael Phelps.
There can be a building desire to improve these days, dear Aries, although there can be a hurdle today that likely revolves around the past or your own guilty feelings about enjoying yourself and moving forward in your love life. Do what you can to build your faith in your creativity and make peace with the past. This will free you up to take better advantage of opportunities this week, as you are looking especially good and might even be the object of desire. Charm comes naturally. Good energy is with you for expanding your personal horizons through creative endeavors. Love can be magical and your powers of attraction are strong. It’s a good time for friendships and dating, personal attraction, and your social life in general. There may be good news on a financial level for some of you, and a sense of abundance for others.
There can be some frustrations with friends and family if they are not mixing well in some way, dear Taurus, or you could be feeling conflicted about plans that haven’t come together well. Adjustments and sacrifices are in order, but dealing with these now can help to free you up for real opportunities revolving around your home, family, and personal life later today and tomorrow. Nice opportunities can arise to bond with those closest to you. This can also be a time for buying a special item for the home, or when money comes through. Taking a trip down memory lane can be satisfying now. There is mostly good humor today, although you can be a little prone to impracticality and exaggeration. This is a good time to expand contact, strengthen ties, and find peace with the past. Your powers of attraction skyrocket.
If you’ve been taking on too many new interests, you’ll feel the need to tone things down, dear Gemini. There can be information overload, or new information comes up that challenges a previous belief or your own optimistic outlook. Find ways to straighten things out now, and to alleviate stress, as a very pleasant aspect occurring later today and into tomorrow can bring opportunities. Let go of attitudes and projects that no longer serve you or that are less important so that you can make room for the new. Watch for opportunities in the form of new interests, connections, and learning. For some, there could be a creative project, speaking engagement, a publishing of your work, or even a romantic connection made. Success tends to come through word of mouth, others, or clever ideas. People are appreciating your ideas and the power of your words is strong. Your good cheer and optimism can help strengthen close relationships.
Something happening today, or simply a feeling, can lead you to question a belief, goal, project, or even a person, dear Cancer. If you don’t have the answers right now, have faith that you may not need them at the moment. Consider carefully ways that guilt may be undermining you or keeping you from enjoying yourself. There is a Venus-Jupiter alignment today and tomorrow that can bring in nice prospects or opportunities to feel more comfortable and secure. Money is not just about security for you these days, however – it’s also about freedom. You may be especially motivated to make more, and this attitude can bring greater wealth into your life. This can be a good time for starting or advancing projects that have long-term appeal and profitability. Some of you could uncover a resource or information that benefits you greatly. There could be a significant gift or bonus or you may simply be feeling generous, with others and yourself! Opportunities to make more money could emerge for some of you. Think big and vow to take care of the details later, as the details may not yet be clear – do some overview thinking.
Jupiter in your sign tends to put you in the spotlight in a very pleasant way these days, dear Leo, but when it forms difficult aspects, there can be some downsides. Today, Jupiter is in awkward angle to Chiron, and you could suddenly feel that you have less answers than you did before. It’s a brief time of doubting or questioning where you’re headed, your current path, or your alliances, and for some, a moral dilemma can be part of the picture. Simplifying, organizing, and eliminating excess can be helpful if you’re feeling uncertain. Look for ways to make adjustments so that you can fully enjoy Jupiter’s alignment with Venus, which can fill you with a nice sense of abundance, perhaps as if puzzle pieces are coming together. Attracting support from others, if you need it, can be easier, and romantic attention is quite likely. You would do well to put a past grudge behind you, as this is a good time for it. You tend to gravitate towards healthy people and situations.
A close relationship might be a little strained today, dear Virgo, if topics are being dredged up from the past, or a secret emerges in a disruptive manner. Insecurities can cloud judgment right now. However, find ways to move out of your comfort zone and rise above insecurities and fears, as there can be distinct opportunities to free yourself from a burdensome attachment. Some of you can benefit from synchronicity – something surfaces now, such as an unusual coincidence, that brings some joy into your life. A private matter can also stimulate happy and warm feelings. Helping others, performing a generous act or service, and possibly behind the scenes or anonymously, can be satisfying. Some of you could revive an old relationship or find out about a secret attraction. Love may be complicated but rich. There can be the discovery of an untapped resource now.
You might come to a realization or concern that certain details of a project or goal are not particularly practical and realistic, dear Libra. If you’ve been taking on too much recently, you’ll feel that excess now and wonder how you can manage everything. However, it’s very important to make the adjustments you need to make and avoid dwelling on the negative now, as there is also strong energy for opportunities. You are connecting with spirited, interesting people, and while your eagerness to share and enjoy others can sometimes have you going overboard, approaching these things with a little more moderation can be wonderful and a stress reducer. Positive attention can come through enthusiastically helping others. For some of you, a friend can come to your aid. Some of you might enjoy new friendships or meet a love interest through a group, friend, or social networking. Don’t hide yourself away at this time, but also be wary of overdoing your pursuit of pleasure or for taking on too many commitments.
A recurring aspect between Jupiter in your reputation /career sector and Chiron in your sector of romance / creativity comes exact today, dear Scorpio, and this is the final one in a set. For some of you insecurities can emerge when it comes to creative endeavors that stop you in your tracks and perhaps have you questioning long-term goals. You could experience a moral dilemma with your work or reputation. Instead of allowing insecurities to drive your actions, aim to learn more about them in order to make important attitude changes, as tonight and tomorrow, Jupiter aligns with Venus helping to open up doors on professional or public levels. This can be, in fact, a strong time for long-term vision, career, and reputation matters, especially if you put yourself out in the world with confidence. You can be in the position to improve your career or financial state now, and for some, your reputation gets a nice boost. People are enjoying and appreciating what you do. You can feel particularly good about your future, where you’re heading, and your ability to manage others. There can be romantic or friendly connections now, and especially through public exposure or business affairs.
You might experience some guilty feelings if you haven’t paid enough attention to important people in your life, dear Sagittarius. There could be a moral dilemma of sorts. However, communication coming out of any dilemmas experienced today can take you to a much healthier place. Talk things out or through, and you will feel your motivation building. You are feeling in big terms now, after a possibly bumpy morning. There are romantic possibilities these days, and particularly with people of a different background than yours, or who are offering you an entirely different perspective on life. Intelligence attracts! You are more adventurous with your feelings and bolder with your affections. Sharing your ideas with others might even lead to bigger opportunities. The future looks bright, and some of you could be making educational or travel plans.
A recurring aspect between Jupiter and Chiron comes exact again today, dear Capricorn, and this can have you questioning your current path, worrying about having paid too much attention to your personal life at the expense of other important activities, or dealing with an insecure partner. Avoid subconsciously expecting too much from others, or putting all of your eggs into one basket. Rise above insecurities in order to enjoy another important energy available today that can lead to the strengthening of a relationship or connection with someone. There could be word of money or support coming through, a windfall of sorts, or an open-hearted conversation that makes you feel quite wonderful. Your people instincts are especially strong, and you may find joy through an intimate moment or a moment of profound self-honesty. This is an excellent time for talking about your needs, as others are responsive and some of the usual barriers and boundaries dissolve.
While there can be somewhat demotivating energy surrounding partnerships, values, resources, and finances right now, Aquarius, getting over this hump can be very much worth your while today, as there can be distinct opportunities to win others over or to enhance a relationship. If someone feels they’re giving more than they are receiving, or if there are noticeable discrepancies in values and attitudes about money, then put the energy forth to make the necessary adjustments. This can be a good time for attracting a pleasant or helpful person into your life. There can be mutual benefit through others today, and you might reach a new level of understanding with someone special. You can experience joy in feeling part of a partnership now, if applicable, or if you’re not paired up with anyone, simply being around and being supportive of someone special. You are expressing real confidence and you have a strong desire to move forward – to forgive and forget.
While there can be some tendency to second-guess your recent decisions or to lose focus, it’s very important to take extra time to realign yourself with what you are looking for, as there is excellent energy with you for opportunities to improve or enjoy your daily life and bodily concerns (health matters, work, and so forth). Look out for impractical thinking and too-high expectations, but do watch for interesting possibilities. Good humor can be healing today. You may be feeling happy about getting things done or being of service. Be open about making connections and socializing in places you never thought to do so, and find new ways to explore and enjoy the work you perform or the services you render on a daily basis.
The Balance of the Signs & Elements for Tuesday, June 30th
Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
There can be a lack of desire, interest, or skills regarding practical affairs. We may not be very much in touch with reality. Difficulties concentrating, grounding ourselves.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
We are more compassionate, emotional, and intuitive than usual, and we may react emotionally to situations, possibly at the expense of logic or practicality.
The Moon is in Sagittarius all day (until Wednesday, July 1st, at 5:10 AM).
The Moon is void from 2:17 PM until tomorrow at 5:10 AM.
The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
Venus is direct and is in its pre-retrograde shadow.
A Full Moon will occur tomorrow in the sign of Capricorn.
The energy of the coming month is hard to pin down. Just when we feel we’ve ‘got’ what’s needed and know how to proceed it will slip through our fingers and we’ll be left wondering what just happened. Certainty is in short supply. If we want a clear cut, straightforward path ahead with big shiny signposts pointing ‘THIS WAY’ we’ll most likely be disappointed. If, however, we are content to ride the ups and downs of emotion and enthusiasm, not seeking to plan ahead but instead trusting the ever changing flow to take us where necessary, July could deliver some interesting surprises. By its end we may well have come by the desired clarity, just not via the anticipated route!
Since the Sun left Taurus on 21st May there’s been a dearth of available earth energy, leaving many people ungrounded. Emotions have been high and, despite moments of inspiration and excitement about present possibilities and future potential, getting plans into gear and taking action has been tough going for many. As a result we could begin July with a sense of dissatisfaction. Somehow we’re just not as effective as we feel we should be. Focusing is tough and our minds and hearts too changeable to pin down. If that’s you, don’t worry! Whilst the coming month brings some more of the same, we are now approaching the end of this somewhat nebulous phase in favour of a shift into action and manifestation beginning in August.
Until then, however, the best advice is to expect nothing, embrace everything and never forget that all things change including change itself. When it’s tough to pin things down and identify the next step we may feel we’ve missed something along the way, gone down the wrong path or are seeking in the wrong place. In fact none of this is currently true. We are simply in the middle of a shift that’s taking a while to complete because our minds and hearts need to be more malleable to get us where we need to be. We couldn’t just step from one phase into another without this interim time of dissolution, confusion, emotion and indecision, for it is in just such a space that aspects of our being not previously revealed can make themselves known. We may discover we’re a lot more comfortable with the unknown than we ever used to be; or we suddenly come up with a whole new plan that would never have crossed our minds had we implemented the one we had a few weeks back without further ado. Like June, July is also a creative time in which we are the works of art as well as the artists. Just as Michelangelo saw the angel in the marble and simply carved away the non-angel bits to free it, life is currently chipping away a bit here, a bit there, to reveal something more authentically you and me, ready to implement new plans and manifest cherished outcomes in the months to come.
2nd July sees a Full Moon in Capricorn at 2:21 am GMT. Together with Venus’s brief two weeks in the first degree of Virgo later this month, this is a dose of earthiness we can all use, so be sure to soak it up! That said, there exists an air of ambivalence about this Moon. We want to get on with things and make our mark but are acutely aware it’s still not quite time to do so. In which case the energy of this Moon is best put to use grounding our hopes and aspirations, stating them clearly to ourselves and tentatively testing them against what is still a very changeable reality. It comes to something when even a Capricorn Moon isn’t committed to action, but there you have it! Such is the nature of the current energy. We are still being shaped and moulded, like it or not, and we’re not yet who we need to be to embark on the next phase. It’s important to remember at this point that however we feel right now, we won’t be feeling the same way in a couple of days, let alone a couple of weeks! So waste no time or energy identifying with the emotion of the moment. Simply allow life to do what it must, ourselves to feel as we do and take one minute at a time.
The day after the Full Moon, Pluto begins a succession of oppositions to first the Sun (3rd – 9th), then Mars (11th – 19th) then Mercury (14th – 17th), signalling the first of several stages which will shift us into fresh and focused activity come August. During this fortnight we can begin sorting the wheat from the chaff, even as the wheat seems to change shape from day to day and what looked like chaff yesterday may look decidedly appealing tomorrow. The truth now, is that anything could be the key to progress, absolutely anything! The most inconsequential event, the seemingly insignificant person on the periphery of our life, that train we caught because our usual one was cancelled; any apparently mundane moment may contain a profoundly fertile seed of the future. Pluto is poised to reveal some of the more significant tools, allies and possibilities at our disposal. So pay attention and remember: nothing comes into being fully formed, but instead requires nurturing attention to fulfil its potential. Pluto invites us to engage with the aspects of our present which hold future promise, but to do so with an open mind willing to be led for a while, rather than grabbing them with both hands, claiming them as our own and using them to batter down the door between us and our dreams. The latter approach will not work no matter how confident or courageous we feel. This is not a time for stubborn insistence but for willing pliability, allowing ourselves to be guided, shaped, led blindfolded by life one step after another, content with not really knowing where we’re headed but confident we’ll get there eventually.
From 11th to the end of the month there will be repeated opportunities to deal with those everyday niggles and challenges which use up time and energy we’d rather invest elsewhere. These are not huge life-changing struggles we’re talking about (if you want some of those you’ll have to wait!) but instead the low-key irritations of life that so often get in the way of contentment and effective action. Addressing them now is all part of the preparatory process, providing an opportunity to reclaim some of our time and attention from issues that occupy much more of them than necessary.
The fact is, oftentimes we have to toughen up if we want to progress the things that matter. It’s no good waiting until conditions are just right and everything’s in place for our blossoming. Sometimes we simply have to do what we can do when we can do it. We need to remember this in August when action is needed and plans can be made, so now’s a good time to scrutinize the conditions we place on the pursuit of our hopes and dreams. Fantasising about how we will live them in the future somewhere at some mystical time when everything magically falls into place is not an act of creation but of avoidance! The universe is not obliged to deliver to us the perfect life on a plate. Instead it invites us into the dance of creation which requires our commitment, effort and focused intention potentised by the vital life force which courses through our veins and all around us. Whilst July is not the best time to forge plans in stone and act upon them, it’s a great time for exploring as honestly as we can how we limit our options by demanding that circumstances be ‘exactly so’ before we commit.
Changing a life entails risk and uncertainty. We may have to live on the edge, perhaps for a long time. Money could be tight, our future uncertain. We may have to face all manner of trials and tests and stand firm against detractors and nay sayers. Few who have made big changes have avoided such challenges, for they are part of the process, not a sign that something’s gone wrong. In the fire of transformation all manner of things are burnt off us. We can never fully know what the process will require until we’re in it. But we can, in preparation, seek out those places where our demands for ease and instant satisfaction limit opportunity, recognising that change is often uncomfortable and the most uncomfortable is often the most creative and liberating in the long run. Attention focused, this month, on our self-imposed limits – the outer reaches of our comfort zone we hesitate to explore – will enable far more effective action in due course. Best we don’t waste this opportunity by waiting for everything else to fall into place before we, ourselves, begin to play our part!
The New Moon in Cancer at 1:25 am GMT on 16th July emphasises the power of choice and the stultifying effect of avoiding it. We are encouraged to accept our personal sovereignty and not assume something else is in charge of our lives. Yes, all manner of forces and influences impact us every day, but to sacrifice our will to them rather than harnessing them to further our own progress is choosing to be a victim rather than a player. Living a vibrant life is a paradoxical experience of being both master of our own destiny and subject to an infinite universe in which that destiny is interwoven with that of all beings. We cannot act in isolation but instead must forge a path which honours our own needs alongside those of others and Mother Earth herself. How we go about doing this is a personal matter, but at the time of this New Moon we are invited to contemplate the power of making a conscious and determined choice, for in doing so the very heavens shift and move with us, offering guidance, feedback and insight in response, all of which will come in very handy next month.
On 18th July, Venus enters the first degree of Virgo for a brief visit until 31st, during which time she turns retrograde on 25th. Her presence in Virgo encourages a closer scrutiny of plans and ideas that are beginning to take more substantial form out of the past few changeable weeks. Whilst it is still not the best time for all out action, she encourages us to clear the decks of distractions to prepare for August. On 23rd July, Mercury and the Sun shift from the watery realm of Cancer into the fires of Leo, assisting with the drawing up of firmer plans if needed. If the fluctuations of motivation and emotion have been getting you down of late, you’ll welcome this shift into something a bit more steady and uplifting. As the Sun moves through its own sign, we’ll begin to sense where we’re heading by virtue of a steadier outlook and more enduring inspiration that doesn’t change its focus every five minutes!
On 25th, Venus begins a retrograde passage which lasts until 6th September. Primarily through Leo, this period signifies a process of inner formation which will enable us to better satisfy our own needs in the final quarter of the year. Venus retrograde in Leo is self-sustaining and confident of her worth without a need for external affirmation. This is a useful strength for the coming months when we will be forging ahead with changes and plans that may, at times, meet with resistance from those around us. As Venus stations retrograde she emphasises the value of self-acceptance alongside the need for objective self-evaluation to identify where and how we can better fulfil our calling and potential.
On 26th July Uranus, bringer of sudden twists of what we call fate (but which is in fact our own nature reflected back to us), turns retrograde for five months. During this time it will rearrange our inner world: the belief structures, thoughts and feelings, behaviour patterns and perspectives that keep us trapped. Uranus reveals where we are limited by a particular self-image when there is so much more to be expressed. We can embrace its power to release some of our most cherished perspectives in favour of greater freedom to become what and who we truly are. Uranus, the ‘Great Awakener’, reminds us that the most profound awakening rouses us from the comfortable slumbers of believing we know who we are and what we need. Seeing through the limitations placed upon us by the outside world is one thing. Breaking open those we unwittingly place upon ourselves is quite another, for once inner bonds are broken we are truly free.
Which brings us to the final day of July 31st and its Full Moon in Aquarius. With Uranus turning retrograde, this Moon is of particular importance for those seeking to truly know themselves. It speaks of the responsibility that comes with freedom and the need for spiritual maturity alongside a willingness to challenge inner and outer restrictions. This Moon confronts us with the consequences of our beliefs about awakening and their impact upon our lives. If we have cocooned ourselves in a spiritual bubble or focused too intensely on the problems ‘out there’ at the expense of inner enquiry, this Moon bids us shift our attention. Spirituality is neither a means of escape nor a pedestal from which to judge others, but instead an aspect of the human experience available to each and every one of us. It requires deep commitment, searing honesty and a willingness to face the most challenging aspects of ourselves, other people and life itself in order to know the very nature of existence from the inside, with visceral immediacy, not as a comforting platitude or a mystical equation. We awaken to everything, not just the bits we choose, and this Full Moon illuminates the indiscriminate nature of the process which insists that we look the whole of life in the eye and know it as ourselves. The almost brutal honesty of this Moon may take some by surprise but an alliance between Uranus and Chiron assures us surprise is good! Sometimes being awoken abruptly is what we need to know what we must know. As July comes to an end we are preparing to take action and enter another cycle of manifestation. This Moon provides the long-awaited signpost for the path ahead.
My daughter is trying her best to get me on board with her desire to get her first tattoo before she turns 18. In her attempt to convince me, she recently bought some clever (and beautiful) temporary tattoos and has been busy creating designs and showing them off to me. While her practical Taurus mom has no intention of allowing her to get a real tattoo until she’s older, I have to admit that I was pretty keen on one tattoo that the two of us created together the other day using the temporary sketches. It spoke to my Sagittarius Moon deeply. If I were a tattoo person this would be the kind of tat I’d get myself.
It was a bunch of arrows — beautifully crafted arrows — pointed up at the sky. Underneath the arrows in gorgeous calligraphy was the word “faith.” If I had to put into a picture the essence of Sagittarius to illustrate what this zodiac sign is really all about that tattoo would perfectly demonstrate it. Sagittarius is always looking toward the next best thing, sure that it will happen. Some call it optimism, others call it blind faith. Sagittarius simply calls it truth. This sign appreciates the journey more than the destination, because Sagittarius knows that the journey is where the magic happens. The journey is where we grow.
So mark your calendar for June 29 and June 30 with a giant happy face! That’s because the Moon is passing through Sagittarius on these days, completing a Grand Fire Trine with Venus and Uranus!
Early on June 29 Venus in Leo will make a perfect trine to Uranus in Aries. This connection promises unexpected, positive developments in love, money, and creative endeavors, as well as anything you do to showcase your originality. This is a day to show off with absolute pride everything that makes you special and unique, because the universe will reward you for it.
Aries and Leo are Fire signs, just like Sagittarius. Together these three signs make up the perfect trifecta of the Fire element. Fire signs are enthusiastic, creative, and high-spirited. They’re hot and they know it! Energetically, no one can keep up with Fire … they are born winners.
By June 30 the Moon will catch up in exact mathematical degree to this Venus-Uranus trine. In the sky this will appear as a perfect triangle — a rare and very auspicious planetary lineup. Since it connects with the Moon (the fastest moving planet) you’ll have to move fast to make it work for you, but there’s enough time for you to certainly feel its heat. That triangle is called a Grand Trine (when each sign in a particular element meets up at a 120 degree angle). A Grand Trine can happen in any element, but when it’s Fire, it’s sure to get noticed!
The positivity continues…
On July 1 the Moon will leave Sagittarius, but before it does Venus and Jupiter in Leo will bless us with a gorgeous conjunction adding even more positive potential to this Grand Fire Trine energy.
Something extraordinarily positive is sure to bless you and your world on these days my friends. Whatever it is, expect the energy of Fire to be a major part of the theme. And with BOTH benefics in the picture as well (Venus and Jupiter) you can’t help but look at this planetary lineup and see stars. As for me? When I look at this picture all I see is that tattoo I created with my daughter. Arrows directed upward — filled with endless possibilities — but pointing high and certain to reach their destination. Why? Because Fire is filled with a gut-level, inner-knowing faith that assures anything can happen. The sky is truly the limit on these days. What are you aiming for?