Friday, July 21 — With Mars in fired-up Leo until September 5, you’re apt to be in a passionate mood. Mars in Leo gifts us with confidence to promote and take pride in our efforts. It’s an extremely energized phase we’re in. Venus at 19 degrees of Gemini is opposite Saturn at 22 degrees of Sagittarius until Monday, putting a strain on personal relationships. Feelings get hurt easily and expectations create a letdown. Have you noticed when you find yourself creating (in your mind) an expectation of how someone “ought” to be, that it usually ends up in a letdown? I always remember Yogi Satchidananda’s saying, “No expectation, no disappointment.” Clear enough, yet not so easy to do. Did you know he spoke at the original Woodstock festival in August 1969?

Saturday, July 22 — Mercury is aspecting Uranus until Monday. Your creative juices are flowing. You’re invited to stretch. Try something different artistically. The Moon in Cancer is opposite Pluto in Capricorn from 6:50 until 8:50 a.m., igniting old emotional wounds that bring upset, that is until the past is resolved. A little bit of discomfort surely gets one’s attention! The Sun leaves emotionally sensitive Cancer, entering confident, courageous, self-conscious Leo at 11:16 a.m., and remains here until August 22. During this phase you’re apt to be more outgoing, sociable and spontaneous. Venus is still opposite Saturn, finding you wondering what you can do to breathe more romance into your relationship? Perhaps being more Leo like. Going out dancing or singing, or going to a concert might do it?

Sunday, July 23 — The New Moon takes place with the Sun and Moon (close to Mars also in early degrees of Leo) at 1 degree of Leo at 5:46 a.m. You ought to feel zapped by a huge amount of physical and inspirational energy. You could charm and influence anyone with this blast. It will be interesting to see how our president utilizes this energy. He was born with Leo Rising and Mars right there in Leo too. Maybe he has an advising astrologer suggesting to him that he exert his power now, in initiating some new form of governance that would make him more “famous” in the future? Anyway for the rest of us regular people, this New Moon will ignite confidence in launching new projects that could bring huge financial success, that is if you’re clever and well organized. Leo people and those born with Leo Rising ought to be feeling empowered. You need your birth time in order to know your Rising Sign, as it changes every 4 minutes! Birth time is important in calculating a natal chart. From that a progressed, solar return, relocation, comparison and composite chart are found, calculated. Astrologers depend on nurses jotting down birth times. Parents are too busy to think of looking at a clock!

Monday, July 24 — Venus is aspecting Saturn until 3 p.m. Hopefully you’ve learned something about yourself and the person you call beloved during this phase. Saturn wants us to become more mature and responsible for the energies we put out there. It’s not about changing the other, that’s their responsibility. Took me many years to realize that. Mercury is in a fine aspect with Uranus until midnight, which increases creativity and intuition. From 3 until 5 p.m. your concentration is good while the Moon is nicely aspecting Saturn. An ideal time for socializing is from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. when the Moon in Leo aspects Venus in Gemini.

Tuesday, July 25 — Venus is in a fine aspect with Uranus, known to bring new sexual/romantic relationships. This is the time to be meeting people. It’s a great time for buying art that is original, unique, and that makes a statement of who you are. This aspect lasts until Sunday. The Sun is conjunct Mars (exactly), igniting confidence, courage and spontaneity. It’s still before the Full Moon on August 7, which will be a lunar eclipse. It’s the perfect time for launching a new business or a project that you want to become successful. Mercury will enter Virgo at 7:41 p.m. until August 31. With Mercury in Virgo, your mind is more orderly. You can plan at this time, doing research for your vacation. Mercury is not retrograde. Mercury will be retrograde from August 12 until September 5; good thing to know.

Wednesday, July 26 — The Sun is conjunct Mars in Leo until midnight. Be active. Burn off extra weight; this aspect gifts you with plenty of energy to use up. It’s a great time to begin a new project or present a project or a proposal for approval. Luck is with you. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. the Moon in Virgo will nicely aspect Pluto in Capricorn, bringing good, sensible ideas that are not clouded by emotions. From 7 until 9 p.m. the Moon in Virgo will be in a challenging aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius, igniting worry and self-doubt. “This too shall pass.”

Thursday, July 27 — Venus is still aspecting Uranus; hopefully you’ve met some interesting, unusual people who are inspiring you to let go of the past and become more open- minded. This aspect is with us until 8 a.m. on Sunday. From 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. the Moon in Libra will be aspecting both the Sun and Mars in Leo. This will be a creative, passionate, affectionate, loving, expressive phase.