“Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper”. We have a full moon in Capricorn happening on 17 July 2019 at 9.38am NZT which is also a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse is when the Earth is in between the Sun and the Moon in direct alignment. The lunar eclipse will always accompany a solar eclipse in the same lunar cycle but a solar eclipse can occur on its own without a lunar eclipse. Therefore the lunar eclipse is always either 14 days after or before the solar eclipse.The full moon in Capricorn is collectively making us look at our goals in life, what has been fulfilled, what still needs to be achieved and possibly the lack of goals/structure in your life. This full moon highlights that nothing in life is easy without setting goals to help you receive the rewards you are seeking. It is a time that structures or foundations in your life that are not solid will break down but also structures that are solid are here to stay. It is a time to look at where we are heading in the next phase of our journey and possibly moving city or country is the result of what needs to change in order to achieve this. Where is home for you? This full moon will have you reflecting on what career path it is you are really wanting to invest your energy into and what goals you are setting for yourself to help you achieve where it is you are wanting your career and life to go. After all, Capricorn is represented by the goat trying to reach the top of the mountain, how are you going to reach the top of your mountain? You will find yourself feeling very serious, looking at things from a very calculated point of view and seeing things as black and white. This full moon is giving you no room to sit back and see where you will end up by chance. It is making you get down to serious business and take responsibility for your destiny. This full moon is also highlighting where our boundaries with people need to be more clear. The full Moon is also conjunct Pluto, therefore themes to do with endings/beginnings and transformation are highlighted. There is an emphasis on owning our soul path. Look to your Natal chart with the house ruled by Capricorn to see where epiphanies will arise for you over this full moon.
Mercury the planet of communication goes retrograde on 8 July 2019. Mercury retrogrades last for three weeks (technically the effects last longer but this is the time frame that Mercury is officially retrograde). Whenever a planet goes retrograde it does the reverse effects of what it does when it is going direct. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times a year. By rule this is not a good time to sign any important documents, make any important decisions and start anything brand new, because more than likely things will change once Mercury goes direct again. There are definitely exceptions to the rule depending on the circumstance. As Mercury is the planet that helps us communicate our thoughts and deliver our communication (whether in person or using technology), when it is retrograde it makes us internalize our thoughts and makes us very introspective over this period. Mercury takes you back over old thought patterns that you may have glossed over, and now have to take a deeper look into things (possibly need to address an issue you never got around to). It also will make communication more confusing, as there will be misunderstandings due to communication not being as clear. Around mercury retrogrades, you can expect to be delayed when trying to get somewhere fast, miss appointments by getting the days/times mixed up, and technical breakdowns with technology and cars, so triple check everything to avoid this. Time also feels like it is going very slow. Look to your Natal chart to the house ruled by Leo and Cancer, to get a better understanding of where you are being dragged back to take a deeper look. For the collective, we are all reviewing our self love thought patterns. We are also looking to how we nurture ourselves. Some deep stuff will come up no doubt. Remember not to dwell too much but take the time to re-edit your thought patterns and fix what needs your attention.
Venus moves into Cancer on 4 July 2019. Venus is the planet that represents our relationships, earned income and values. If you want to know where you will feel the love, peace and harmony for the next month look to the house ruled by Cancer in your chart. Venus will be moving into Cancer and staying there for the next month. As a collective we will all be feeling nurtured by spending more time with our family, spending time around the home, and making your home your haven. If you are in a relationship, you may notice yourself be more moody, emotional and clingy. The energy will make us more caring and sensitive to others needs as long as we are receiving the same in return. You will enjoy redecorating and spending money on your home and loved ones.
Mars is the warrior planet, planet of action and assertiveness. He finally leaves watery emotional Cancer and enters Leo on 2 July 2019. The effects will be very obvious when he changes sign as the passion in us all will get fired up. The energy is progressing now into a great time for leadership, assertiveness and enthusiasm. Be careful not to be too pushy and stubborn. Collectively emotions will be stirred to feel a love for life. You may notice yourself become more playful and flirty. I suggest to use this energy to tap into your creativity to express yourself and use the passionate energy to spoil your love relationships. People will feel exceptionally grateful for compliments around this time so do not hold back in expressing yourself to others. If you feel an overwhelming amount of physical energy due to all this fire energy in Leo, I encourage you to participate in steady exercise daily to help tame the amount of extrovert energy you are feeling, otherwise you may find yourself in situations where you are exaggerating the truth and causing drama. Look to the house in your Natal chart ruled by Leo to see where Mars is encouraging you to spend your energy over the next 6 weeks. If you would like a reading please go to my bookings page https://sweetmanastrology.com/book-a-reading/
“If you avoid your feelings, you also avoid understanding who you really are”. We have a Solar Eclipse occurring in Cancer on 3 July 2019. A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon is in between the Sun and the Earth in direct alignment. This will always be at the time of the New Moon. We have New Moons every month but Solar Eclipses occur approximately 6 months apart. The Solar Eclipse is the focal point of change indicating the main thrust of the movement. Usually, you can feel the eclipse effects as soon as one month before it occurs or one month after it occurs. Eclipses really do create milestones in our lives or obvious changing points on our path. For all of us this a fresh start in creating the best possible environment for yourself to feel secure and comfortable. The north node in Cancer has been teaching us since November 2018 to pay close attention to our emotions and see where we are not feeling emotionally nurtured. We all need a life full of friends/relationships who nurture us and bring out positive emotions. We need a job that allows us to express our passions and true self and food that nourishes us for the better. This New Moon is encouraging you to let go of any relationship, job, environment or thought pattern that does not serve you for your own good. Trust that if something ends around this eclipse, it is happening for a reason. Whatever it may be, it is not serving your evolution anymore for where you are at in your journey. I encourage you to be honest with what drains you and what enriches you and let go whatever it is that is affecting you emotionally for the worse. Look to your natal chart to the house ruled by Cancer to see where a new story is beginning for the next 6 months.
“You don’t need a leader. You need the knowledge that will teach you to be your own leader”. Mercury the planet of communication and how we process our thoughts enters Leo on 27 June 2019. Our thoughts turn from an introverted and emotional state to a more confident and ambitious tone. It’s a great time to express your feelings and your true authentic self. Thoughts and speech may come out more dramatic or passionate so watch how you speak to those around you. Your mind will be drawn to things that are entertaining and bring you a sense of joy. Spending time with children is favoured as well as getting creative. Self-love and self-worth will be highlighted under this transit (you will notice if you are lacking in it or feeling full of confidence). We attach more to our ego in Leo times so be careful not to attach too much to outcomes or what people say – in saying that people love compliments in these Mercury Leo times so dish them out. Check out your natal chart to the house ruled by Leo to get a better idea of where your thoughts are being drawn too.
On 22 June 2019 NZT we have the Sun entering Cancer which marks the time of our annual Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere) or summer Solstice (longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere). This is a lovely time to nurture ourselves, heal the past and take some time out. This water energy can bring about some amazing creative inspiration and ideas. On the other hand we are dealing with deep waters on an unconscious level…your desires are more apparent and unconscious fears or past habitual patterns are being stirred deep from within. To navigate these waters you need to be extremely present with yourself otherwise you will resort to ’emotional eating’ or ‘sulking behaviours’. If we can handle doing the inner work, the results will take you to a place of contentment. As a result you will see a wave of healing and love wash over you, so I suggest do the inner work! Being emotionally present is an especially powerful healing tool for this water sign. Cancer enhances the memory so watch for holding onto grudges.. but do observe what memories float back up around this time, as it is a great time to reminisce. It is a great time to spend with loved ones especially prominent female figures in our life. This energy is used best to enjoy time spent at home and nurturing our close relationships, as we will all have more emotional energy than usual. Watch out for overeating as we may take our emotions out on food more than usual. Spending time with animals is also highly favoured. Our intuition is crazy strong too so listen to your instincts. If you need to rid any excess energy I suggest water sports or being active by the water. Look to the House ruled Cancer to see where your time and energy are asking you to focus on the next month.
We have a Full Moon in Sagittarius on 17 June 2019. This Full Moon will bring up a lot of dreams/ideals and visions you have always wanted to do. This is a great time to sit down and do a vision board as your imagination is expanding around this time. It will bring with it adventurous and optimistic vibes making you want to try new things or go travelling abroad and experience different cultures. This Sagittarius energy brings with it the need to explore what you truly believe in and how can you follow your own individual truth. The Full Moon will help bring new insights to broaden your perspective. Be careful not to speak too much without thinking as you may end up getting into trouble with things you didn’t mean to say, or exaggerate the truth. Watch also for being over-optimistic and setting your expectations too high. As it is a fiery Full Moon, passion will run high. However, the flip side to the passionate fiery energy can result in getting angry and snappy with people or dominating your opinion over everyone else. The ruler of this Full Moon is making an exact ‘square’ to Neptune at the time of the Full Moon. Faith may be tested, learn to rise above any feelings of victimisation. Remember to look to the house in your chart ruled by Sagittarius, as this is where the Full Moon is bringing your awareness to.
“I’m not very good at making specific plans. Just meet me under the sky somewhere and be alive with me”. This week we have Venus the planet which represents our values, talents, relationships and money moving into Gemini the quick witty sign on 9 June 2019. This means when it comes to relating to others we are wanting stimulating and intellectual conversations. Conversations will likely be drawn to subjects about the news, gossip and light-hearted humour. It is a time where you will be drawn to go on a trip somewhere with your loved ones to change up the scenery, as Gemini’s love a change of environment. If you have things that need to be said to people around you or loved ones this is a great time to get things of your chest – just note you may need to think a bit before blurting everything out. The need to learn may become very strong, therefore, follow this urge if you want to take up a new course to expand your skills. Note you may spread yourself thin as this energy makes us want to do everything all at once, therefore, writing a list at the start of the day may help to direct the energy more productively. Look to your natal chart to the house ruled by Gemini to get a better idea how you are being affected with this transit.
Mercury the planet of communication moves into Cancer on 5 June 2019. Over the next 3 weeks, our minds will become nostalgic and emotional. We will be drawn to our past and likely wanting to spend time with people from our past. Due to the past being on our mind, this will cause forward thinking and planning to be impossible due to worry of the unknown. You may find yourself over analyzing situations especially when things are going wrong. If this happens, look to ways to express yourself either through writing or telling stories in order to channel the energy in a more positive light. If you do not channel it then you will likely become more depressed and want to eat through your emotions. It is a great time to read books or watch movies to do with history as it is a time to remember our past. Do not worry yourself silly if you find yourself changing your mind, as your emotions are likely to be your driving force at this time.