Explanation: What’s happening outside this cave? Nothing unexpected – it’s just the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy passing by. As the Earth turns, the band of our Galaxy appears to rotate and shift along the horizon. The featured image was taken by a photographer who professes a passion for locating sea caves, and who found this spectacular grotto in Leo Carrillo State Park near Malibu, California, USA. After some planning, he timed this single shot image through the 10-meter high cave entrance to show the Milky Way far in the distance. In the foreground, several rocks about one meter across are visible. Visible in the background starscape are millions of stars including the relatively bright and orange Antares, situated just to the right of the image center.
When Venus is in Leo, love shouts its name from the rooftops. There’s little subtlety about this combination, since the planet of relationship and beauty is passing through the sign of dramatic expression. Expect your romantic life to be a bit more colorful these days, regardless of your birth chart.
Leo, a fire sign, is about risk. So, Venus’ placement here is a reminder to take some chances with creativity and openings of the heart. Sure, it’s possible that you’ll go overboard and let your imagination turn a mild flirtation into the love affair of the century. But, that’s part of the fun of Venus in Leo.
We’re not here now to play it safe, to carefully monitor and control our feelings, but rather to recapture the hopefulness of childhood. This is a time when wounds may be set aside (at least partially), allowing us to let love flow without restriction or fear. Excesses are possible, even likely, but a truly open heart only leads to greater opportunities to share, connect and create.
Venus in Leo reminds us that we need to be adored now, not just simply liked or appreciated. Pride expands, which can, of course, lead to hurt feelings if one does not receive adequate recognition. Be generous in giving praise, while allowing others to show their appreciation of you, as well. The challenge here is to combine the willfulness of Leo with the responsiveness of Venus. Successful relationships are based on listening, something worth remembering at this time.
The dramatic expression of Venus in Leo can be readily seen through a collection of people who exemplify this combination. The wildly inventive Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (“gaudy”) personifies the joyous creativity of Venus in Leo. Show biz icons Lauren Bacall, Bob Fosse, Barbara Walters and Tom Cruise are also part of this group.
Gestalt guru Fritz Perls was born with Venus in Leo, as were designers Joshua Logan and Pierre Cardin, author Jacqueline Susann, artist Andy Warhol, financier Michael Milken and magician David Copperfield.
Venus in Leo includes superstar performers Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul. With Venus in Leo, Amy Fisher, Xaviera Hollander, John Holmes, Jessica Hahn and Pamela Anderson have achieved fame through sex. Yet, the higher side of Venus in Leo love is found in the charts of the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Mary Baker Eddy.
Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??
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.
Fortune represents that aspect of life that is directed by forces and events we may not understand or even be aware of. In short, Fortune deals with chance—those occurrences that manage to alter even the most structured of lives, usurp man’s “best laid plans.” While the effects of Fortune are unpredictable, the outcome is always change; sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Our path through life is never a ride down a perfectly straight highway. Sometimes we may even experience hairpin turns or complete reversals of direction. Fortune is strong reminder that despite our plans, the Universe has its own agenda from which we cannot escape participation.
Congratulations! There is strength and vigor in this situation — like a ram who has knocked down a fence to free himself from captivity. This points to a time when a powerful force comes into its own and achieves influence.
When a leader finally comes into power, his or her personal strength usually has peaked. Great strength is required in climbing to the mountaintop, but once at the summit, the support of others is needed to maintain that lofty position. A shift in attitude becomes necessary. Raw strength must be tempered by wisdom; to maintain power, a strong leader must learn to give it away, to share it with others. Only then will his or her position be secure, for she will not only be the possessor of power, but the source of it as well.
If you find yourself in a high or strong position, it is especially important to act responsibly and react with care. Your personal power must not be allowed to degenerate into raw force that rides roughshod over everything in its path. A strong sense of responsibility to the collective good of all is the key to the successful exercise of strength. By following what we intuitively know to be for the greater good, we avoid reckless abuses of power that in the end undermine the source of our strength. Arrogance always contains the seeds of its own undoing.
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.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Berkano
berkana : birch
fertility, health, new beginnings, growth, conception, plenty, clearance
healing (especially infections), achieving conception, making a fresh start
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
The birch is fundamentally a symbol of fertility. There are numerous instances in European folk tradition where birch twigs are used to bring prosperity and encourage conception. They were fixed above a sweetheart’s door on May Day in Cheshire, England, and were placed in stables and houses to promote fertility. On the continent, young men, women and cattle were struck with birch twigs for this same purpose, and young boys would be sent out to “beat the bounds of the parish” with branches of birch to ensure prosperity in the coming year. Witches were said to ride broomsticks made from birch, an image which probably originated with fertility rituals where dancers would ‘ride’ brooms through the fields, the height of their jumping indicating how high the grain should grow.
If teiwaz is the fundamental male mystery, then berkana certainly belongs to the women, for it represents the path of the mother, the healer and the midwife, bringing new life after death just as the birch puts out the first leaves after winter. While Tyr’s wound is acquired through his encounter with death, berkana’s wound is that of menstruation, and her ordeal is that of childbirth. The birch is abundant and all providing, and heals through nourishment, cleansing and empathy.
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lovers’ 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.
This is a good time for creative work or active down time, dear Aries! Your intuition is super powerful now with Mars, your ruler, connecting healthily with Neptune. If you are able to approach the day in a freeform way, all the better, as your hunches seem to be accurate and the best way to follow your instincts is to allow for some freedom of movement. You might want to work on domestic matters or long-term projects, and certainly you can feel inspired by a dream of the future on this level. Motivation to work hard for a more idyllic home life or future is strong today.
You can be feeling quite inspired about learning, your personal interests, or communications projects today, dear Taurus. Taking action or pursuing a dream can leave you feeling stronger and filled with purpose. Friends or networks can be inspiring as well, providing fuel for your motivation to reach out and connect or to pursue something you’re truly interested in. You could be feeling good about supporting others, particularly a sibling or friend/acquaintance, or feeling an intuitive bond or connection with someone. You are both enthusiastic and sensitive, and this endears you to others. Working with or supporting someone can be beneficial now.
Today is strong for all things practical, as you can quite effectively intuit your next move, dear Gemini, and lay the groundwork for important projects and endeavors. Energy is strong, but only if you feel inspired, which may very well be the case today! Channel your energies into something truly worth pursuing. You have an exceptional sense of what is truly valuable to you, and also of your own capabilities, making it a strong day for being drawn to things you may need and for unusual but fabulous ideas for your future. Money sense is good right now.
You’ll be communicating more directly in the coming weeks with Mercury now in your sign, dear Cancer, and others are bound to appreciate the candor, even if they are a little surprised, as you often prefer to keep observations to yourself. Today is strong for intuition, as well as artistic endeavors. Good energy is also with you for educational and travel pursuits. It’s an excellent time for sharing a dream or vision with someone. Your intuition is very active and accurate now, and connections to someone special can be quite passionate.
There can be benefits coming through private conversations, the learning of a secret, or through observation, dear Leo. You are noticing things that you may have overlooked on another day, and there can be a finding the last puzzle piece moment experienced now. While it may be premature to present your ideas now, you can certainly work hard on them and find new inspiration or motivation to further your work. It’s a good day for attraction and magnetism, although it’s on the quiet, private side, such as a yet-developed relationship or crush. Take special note of the visions and impressions you have now – fantasy and flights of fancy can be more than simple escape today.
Your physical drive and energy levels are high today, dear Virgo, and you have a strong desire (and ability) to take charge of your life. Instincts are working well, even if information is not completely available to you now. You might enjoy working by yourself rather than with others for the time being, so if you can set your own pace, take that opportunity. Today can be strong for friendships and partnerships, as a feeling of intuitive connection is likely. Slowing down today can actually help move you forward if it allows your intuition to kick in. Events that occur today can push you to deal with neglected areas of your life.
Today is very strong for intuiting your current or next move, dear Libra, particularly related to work or health. You can have strong attractions today, and you may even feel quite enchanted with someone. You are tuning into the subtler side of your relationships and connections. Keep the connections with others alive today. There can be an interesting, supportive connection with a partner, and there can be a strongly intuitive rapport going on with others in one-on-one situations. There can also be support for your projects and work efforts now. The more creative your work today, the more productive you will be.
Mars in your solar ninth house these days is strong for natural energy and assertiveness, dear Scorpio, as people and circumstances are less likely to get in the way of pursuing your desires and interests. Mercury entering this same sector today adds even more ease. Today, Mars in healthy relationship with Neptune in your creative and romantic sector boosts your personal appeal, heightens feelings and passions, inspires an interest in a new topic or subject, and boosts your faith in general. People around you may be willing to offer you a helping hand, and attractions are strong yet pleasant. Your tastes are exotic, and your understanding of people and concepts is enhanced in delightful ways today.
This may very well be a strong day for connecting on a deeper level with someone, dear Sagittarius. Imagination and fantasy figure strongly, but so does practicality. Emotions can be stirred now that demand some sort of action. Soon enough, you’re likely to discover what that is. You need to feel good about what you’re doing, or at the very least, a sense of purpose and higher meaning. You are seeing things beyond their surface, whether this is a person or situation. Activities that are behind the scenes or private can hold more appeal, and there can be more creative power to access today.
Your ability to communicate in nonverbal ways or on an ethereal, subtle level is powerful today, dear Capricorn. As such, you have golden opportunities to enhance relationships or connect with others now. You are more interested in filling the needs and wants of other people today, and less inclined to focus on your own interests or pushing your own agenda. You may be contributing to a group effort or helping out a partner or friend today. Serving and supporting others may be deeply satisfying now. Imagination can be brought to your conversations and work.
Today is good for coming up with new ideas, particularly those along practical lines, Aquarius. It’s time for focusing on what truly matters to you. Finding new meaning in a project or endeavor is critical for your motivation levels now, and you’re very likely to find it today. Money-making ideas can be strong now. You are especially receptive to new ideas, and, perhaps more than anything, methods, as you want to take action and make changes. You’re not content to simply think about things. You need to add some color to your routines and imagination to your work. You might be interested in alternative healing methods.
You’ll quickly find that others around you can’t be prodded today, dear Pisces. There is a tendency to savor the moments, and this is something you can safely resign yourself to doing at some points today as well. In fact, it’s likely to be very beneficial. Today brings excellent energy for personal appeal and magnetism. You can be feeling strongly about an idea or ideal now and quite eager to share. Strong emotions tend to push you into a new direction, and the desire to take action builds. We can be attracted to mysterious things and people today, and many of you have this kind of appeal!
You are excellent at putting ideas into action and working hard for what you want in life. Recognition may at times make you feel uncomfortable or shy, but quiet recognition is a true motivator for you. You have a respectable, authoritative air about you. You can be a real worrier at times, but worry in healthy doses when achieved helps you to plan effectively. At times, you can be stubborn and a little controlling. Certainly, you often feel that one person is better than a group to get a job done. You are a builder and enjoy taking the lead, quietly. Famous people born today: Gustav Mahler, Ringo Starr, Pierre Cardin, Shelley Duvall, Michelle Kwan.
The day can be very busy on a mental level, dear Aries, but is not necessarily a time when people are acting from the heart. You might also be living in the mind more than usual, and you can be quite communicative and/or thoughtful. The Moon enters your sign shortly after midday, and you might feel like doing something entirely new. You can suddenly feel the need for more movement and interaction after a couple of days of preferring to be in the background. There is a somewhat competitive edge to the energy of the latter part of the day, but aim to work with it instead of against it by allowing competition or criticism to motivate you to improve, for best results. If there are financial or business-related blocks, use these to make refinements to plans. While it can feel like a one step forward, two steps back kind of energy, you are likely gaining more than you realize.
You might be thinking a lot today, dear Taurus, with money or personal possessions on your mind, as well as relationship matters. Even so, it’s best to weigh options rather than engage in major decision-making when it comes to these matters. Negotiations may not satisfy, as it can be difficult to reach genuine understandings. The Moon moves into your privacy sector shortly after noon, and this can turn your attention to behind the scenes. It can also bring on a stronger need for solitude or rest. Later today, there may be a concern that brings you down to reality or a minor but challenging predicament. With Mercury set to change signs as early as tomorrow afternoon, your interests are likely to change soon.
You can feel a great need to communicate, think, and live in the head today, dear Gemini. However, you could end up spending too much time on matters that are moot or on things that will not be a concern for long. Work concerns, vague health complaints, or a difficult decision may be part of the latter part of the day. However, friends and networking efforts can be comforting and inviting. Avoid over-thinking now. Personal interests and concerns are likely to change tomorrow, with Mercury entering your solar second house and turning your attention to business, development, and matters of finances and security.
There is a strong tendency to want to examine and make sense of matters from the past today, dear Cancer. If you haven’t finalized something, you could feel a little bit of pressure to do so now, but decisions shouldn’t be rushed. In fact, tomorrow your interests are likely to change, possibly dramatically. After spending an unusually long time in your privacy sector, Mercury will move into your sign tomorrow afternoon. You’ll begin to feel more confident about decisions and choices, you’ll be thinking in future, forward terms. Right now, focus on making adjustments rather than making bold moves. Avoid speaking too soon about something, as you may experience some remorse about it later on.
The first half of the day is likely quite busy, and is good for meeting people or gathering ideas or inspiration from friends or networking activities, dear Leo. The Moon moves into your adventure and learning sector shortly after midday, and it can feel easier to express yourself or to find fulfilment on an emotional level. Later today, you could be alerted to a need for improving or adjusting something you thought was already complete, or there could be vague disappointments or waning of motivation for something you’ve been working on/towards. Try not to overthink things. Concerns of today may dissolve away tomorrow.
There can be some gains or good news experienced with career or with people in authority today, dear Virgo. However, later today there could be second thoughts that keep you from coming to a solid conclusion and might even nag at you enough to interfere with your enjoyment of the day, but only if you let them! Goals, ideas, decisions, and projects may suddenly feel overwhelming or could seem a little less “doable”. However, this is temporary, and you might simply need to change your plans or adjust time expectations. Don’t worry if something is stumping you – sometimes pausing gives you a chance to notice errors you may have overlooked otherwise.
There is strong mental energy with you today, dear Libra. You can feel quite hopeful about the future. You might be analyzing or weighing the pros and cons of taking a trip, learning something new, or taking a course. You can feel strongly about a particular belief or opinion, and feel compelled to speak up. Later today, there could be some concerns or worries, possibly as the realities of costs or time constraints make themselves known. Watch for speaking about a matter prematurely, especially publicly.
You could be quite thoughtful today, dear Scorpio, as you tend to go over recent events and analyze your feelings and relationships now. Conversations tend to be a little more detached now, as there is a tendency to live in our minds today. This can be helpful for addressing issues that we might typically not pursue, with a healthy level of objectivity. If thinking about things turns into ruminating, however, it may be better to let things go. There may be a situation later today that requires cutting your losses and moving forward, but fortunately, interests are likely to change tomorrow, and you can be feeling considerably more positive.
There can be a strong tendency to think about, clarify, and talk about your relationships today, dear Sagittarius. This can also be experienced as a tendency for a partner to want to talk things through with you. There is more objectivity now, but not necessarily as strong a connection with our hearts as our minds, so keep that in mind. Your instincts to wait out a certain decision are apt to be correct later today. Even though you may feel confident, others around you seem to be resistant and wary of new ideas. You typically don’t have a problem going your own way, but you also know that if you wait, moving forward will be easier with others’ support.
There can be a lot of talk or thinking on matters of work and health today, dear Capricorn. It’s not especially easy to arrive at final conclusions or to achieve crystal clarity, so try not to overthink things, but do weigh pros and cons now. Interests are likely to shift tomorrow. The Moon moves into your sector of home and family shortly after midday, turning your attention to personal matters. Later today, communication may be blocked in some way, and you are less likely to share your ideas, possibly second-guessing them. Try to keep a healthy perspective. Sometimes you get so close to a situation that you worry far too much.
You may be thinking a lot about creative projects, children, or romantic relationships today, dear Aquarius, and you’re inclined to try to make sense of things, look for clear answers to problems, and entertain possibilities. You’re more inclined to think and process than follow your heart right now. Shortly after midday, the Moon moves into your communications zone, adding even more mental energy to the mix. Later today, however, it can be challenging satisfying your hunger for clear answers. Tomorrow, interests are likely to take a sharp turn, so don’t strain yourself with overthinking now.
You are inclined to think a lot about an issue today, dear Pisces, but may not be any better off for it by the end of the day. It may be better to have a conversation in your head rather than in person first, then express yourself, if it’s still a good idea, once you have considered all the possibilities. There can be a lot of focus on home and family or personal matters now, although your focus is shifting now. Later today, a difference of opinion may be frustrating, but is probably not worth your time and effort to discuss.
The Balance of the Signs and Elements for Tuesday, July 7th
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.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
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.
LUNAR PHASE: DISSEMINATING
Moon 135 to 90 degrees behind the Sun.
Sharing our knowledge with the world is a major motivation at this stage. We believe we have gained much knowledge and wisdom through our experiences, and want to ensure others have the benefit as well.
We can be living in the mind more than usual today. While there is a tendency to want to make final decisions, the day is better for weighing various options rather than finalizing or drawing strong conclusions.
•The Moon is in Pisces until 12:37 PM.
•The Moon is void from 10:35 AM to 12:37 PM.
•The Moon is in Aries from 12:37 PM forward (until Thursday, July 9th, at 3:49 PM).
•The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
•Venus is direct and is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Venus will retrograde from July 25-September 6).