Photo by wise owl Kevin

Photo by wise owl Kevin

Saturday, July 18 - Sunday, July 19, 2015

Saturday: New Moon Phase: make a wish

Sunday: Crescent Moon Phase: persevere

Moon in Leo/Virgo (Saturday 6:39 pm ET/10:39 pm UT)

Goddess of Wisdom: Dhumavati (Goddess Who Closes and Completes)

God of Will/Desire: Kathe (God of The South)

Saturday: Skill: lighten up

Sunday: Skill: lose your illusion

Catalysts for Change:  betrayal of trust, covering with lies, vanity, putting on masks to conceal the truth, superficial, demanding attention, overplaying a role, stirring up personal drama, deliberately causing harm, unaccepting of anything alternative, control issues, escaping into illusion

True Alignments:  the bearable lightness of being, release of pressure, seeing the truth, transcending, effervescence, trust, messages and signs from nature (keep Animal Speak handy), lifting of voices, catching up, steadiness, heightened imagination and creativity, love of life

When we follow the Moon, Saturday's energetics are quite different from Sunday's.  Saturday is the last day of the New Moon phase.  If you haven't set a wish or intention (or re-iterated the wish or intention you set at the beginning of the astrological year in April during the Aries lunar cycle), there is still time on Saturday.  In the swimming pool of life, the wishes and intentions that we have during New Moon phases are bounced between us and Spirit over the rest of the month.  The mindset and focus we hold during the New Moon phase is what develops all month long -- positive or negative.

Saturday's energetics heavily favor taking time for relaxation and fun.  But several things happening in the skies make Saturday a rather complex day:

10:50 am ET/ 2:50 pm UT:  The Moon will conjunct (move to the same place in the zodiac) Jupiter.  The conjunction is at the very last minute of 25 Leo and the Sabian symbol of "a camel crossing a vast and forbidding desert."  Long emotional journeys can come to an end under this dynamic.

6:39 pm ET/10:39 pm UT: Venus, which is moving very, very slowly as it prepares to turn retrograde, enters Virgo.  Until that time, Venus continues to open us up like an "unsealed letter."  Messages abound.  When Venus moves into Virgo (which is an absolutely fabulous configuration in my book), it begins to disseminate 1 Virgo and the Sabian symbol of "in a portrait, the best of a man's features and traits are idealized."  Venus will retrograde at this degree on July 25, meaning it will discharge this energy throughout its retrograde (even when it moves to other degrees) because this is the "banner" or "theme" that Venus will carry while it retrogrades.  This retrograde of Venus (July 15 - September 6) is going to free illusions we have held about ourselves and others.  Venus will help the world see truth.  This should be interesting.

8:48 pm ET/00:48 am UT:The Moon will enter Virgo and also make conjunction with Venus.  Since the Black Moon is transiting Virgo, the Moon transiting Virgo makes the remainder of the weekend a "Black Moon" time when people's shadow sides are tempted to come out.  Issues related to trust, perceived failures, vulnerability, and our personal "features and traits" come to the surface to be released and healed.  There is high potential for high drama.  Those with the Sun or Black Moon in Virgo or Pisces (especially those born between February 19-22 and August 23-26) will experience this most.  The Black Moon only has one more month to transit Virgo, so the end of the underworld is in sight for these wise owls.  But within this, everyone can shift the perceived failures to "lessons learned."

10:39 pm ET/2:39 am UT:  Mercury will make exact square with Uranus (and thus with the Eris Point, since this is the place Uranus is stationing from right now).  Mercury will be at the degree of "a prima donna singing," which will amplify the dramatic potential, but also will amplify the potential for unification of powerful voices and alignment with fulfillment of what is in our hearts.  This energetic will assist in the process of realignment with and restoration of what is in alignment with not only our personal highest and best interests, but also those of the collective of humanity.  In essence, Mercury is adding the theme of fulfillment to Saturday's energetic and to the upcoming Uranus retrograde at the Eris Point on July 26.  What fills up your heart?

MIDNIGHT ET/4:00 am UT:  Finally, Jupiter moves to 26 Leo and the Sabian symbol of "after a heavy storm, a rainbow." This brings release and a shift in perspective.  Jupiter is still very close to Venus, so all of this is concentrated on relationships, including our relationship with ourselves.

Sunday's dynamics are not quite as complex, but they do continue the themes of release from restrictions (especially anything that has been turbulent) and illusions.  The effort we put into things on Sunday leads to the flowering of something during the Full Moon and even beyond.

Thank you to all of the wise owls who participated in yesterday's "group" meditation and to everyone who sent in their experiences.  What a beautiful thing!  If you missed this, you can still join in (see yesterday's post in the Archives).

Happy weekend, everyone!  Let's lighten up and lose our illusions.