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Prepare for a Full Moon Near July 4 and Lessons of Venus Retrograde

Your astrological ZORAscope for June 29–July 5

Our week begins with us reflecting on the lessons of the last several weeks, leading us to make choices regarding our bonds. This week, we take action on the reveals and rewards of Venus retrograde.

Monday evening, as the moon enters Scorpio, we have our first Mars-ruled moon since Mars entered Aries. Under these skies, we’re dealing with the inevitable part of life. Scorpio rules death, elimination, transformation, alchemy, and research. This is when we deal with the murky parts of our social structures and investigate what’s happening at the root of our dysfunction.

Tuesday is a busy one as Jupiter joins Pluto (in Capricorn), emphasizing our awareness of power and pushing us to achieve or change our legacy. As both of these planets are retrograde, this is a transit where we review our past achievements before we take the leap forward. In the relentless pursuit of our goals, there is a thin line between greatness and grandiosity. Pay attention as this transit only happens every 13 years.

Later on Tuesday, the sun (in Cancer) squares up with Chiron (in Aries), urging you to pay attention to where nurturing fits into your self-expression. What has been cared for too much or too little in your life? Then Mercury (retrograde in Cancer) collaborates with Uranus (in Taurus), which is great for rediscovering family or ancestral means of healing and nourishment. You could come across recipes, remedies, or insights to help you pursue herbalism. This energy is also useful for rethinking how women and mothers contribute to and benefit from commerce. That night, the sun joins Mercury (in Cancer) and brings news about the state of the people. There could be an onslaught of emotional, heartbreaking news about deaths related to the pandemic and racism. You can stay informed, but you have to place limits on how much news you consume.

On Wednesday, the sun collaborates with Uranus, offering fertile ground to shift your perspective on a deeper level. In this moment, there’s a need to feel free, which could encourage you to change your physical environment. Midday, Mercury squares up with Chiron (in Aries) bringing up more conversations about racism, clannish behavior, and wounding via patriotism and national security. As the nation’s birthday approaches, we may find people opening up more about how they’ve been affected by misguided desires for protection.

By 6:37 p.m. Wednesday, Saturn (retrograde) enters Capricorn, revisiting themes such as business, contractors, economy, employers, government, and property. What needs to be rebuilt? This is the season for us to dig down into the foundation of who we are based on our secrets and consistent actions. If there was ever a time for us to do things differently, the time is now. Saturn in Aquarius has given us a glimpse of what we can face if we don’t draw out the poison and live from a place of integrity. Are we done worshiping at the corporate altar? This is a question we will have to answer as a collective as Saturn stations direct September 29 and reenters Aquarius on December 18.

The Sagittarius moon this week has a hyped-up energy to it. We could be feeling ambitious, cautious, and even overwhelmed by the journey we’ve had this far. There’s no easy way to do what we’re trying to do. It’s understandable to want to zone out and escape. But what has escapism really done for you? Be careful using drugs and alcohol to cope under this moon. There is a potential to overdo it, especially as we approach the Capricorn full moon over the weekend.

Speaking of which, this Capricorn full moon lunar eclipse gives us a clear view of what the Capricorn portion of the Saturn retrograde will be about. This is when we contend with the fruits of our delusion. Things are being brought to our attention, and we need to be real about what we see. We need to be honest about how those in power wield it. Here is where we observe how discipline and integrity fit into our moral fabric. This eclipse could bring a serious shift in the economy as unemployment runs out, landlords pursue evictions, and lenders negotiate with their borrowers.

If you are in the United States, be careful while celebrating the Fourth of July as the full moon energy will heighten emotions and rage. Let me remind you that Mars is in Aries and there is a great opportunity for loose lips and ready fists. Please do not gather in large groups. You would be better served to have a plan for food prep and quick exchanges with your loved ones. It’s a weekend where nationalism can quickly turn into violence. More than likely, there will be a ton of fireworks and thus lots of sound to cover any misdeeds that a mob wants to commit. Stay safe and watch your six.

Moons of the week

Don’t forget to record how you feel as the moon changes signs. In a month or two, you will see a pattern. Take note!

  • Moon enters Libra — since June 27 at 3:16 p.m. CDT
  • Moon enters Scorpio — June 29 at 5:48 p.m. CDT
  • Moon enters Sagittarius — July 1 at 8:21 p.m. CDT
  • Moon enters Capricorn — July 3 at 11:44 p.m. CDT

June 21–July 22

Taking another look at who you are and what you’re willing to commit to is worth it. As you evolve, so do your needs and desires. Based on what you’ve already achieved, where do you want to go next? What would be possible if you partnered with the folks currently in your circle? Don’t be afraid to create new rules of engagement.


July 23–August 22

Situations with friends may make you aware of where vulnerability and nurturing can go wrong. As you focus on upping your wellness game, you may find it easier to move around those who mean to cause you harm. What do you want each day to look like? What structures need to be in place for you to feel comfortable enough to roar?


August 23–September 22

Delving into the deeper pleasures of order and efficiency can help you tremendously this week. What is it that excites you about order (or chaos)? Everyone has her own definition of perfection; what’s yours? What attracts you to power and prestige? Are you ready to develop more of your own?


September 23–October 22

With the lunar eclipse and Mars in some key areas (home, career, and partnerships), you can feel like you’re catching it from all sides. The way for you to get through this is by connecting with your body and speaking with spirit. You may find that you want to do relationships differently as the year goes on. Challenge yourself to be a different kind of catalyst.


October 23–November 21

With your ruler Mars in Aries, this week exposes an underlying need to connect with your neighborhood in a different way and reconstruct your daily routine. You may find that you’re more impulsive and quicker to express anger than usual. Be mindful of the vibe you bring to your work. You can be a surgeon or a petty fighter with the same blade, up to you.


November 22–December 21

As you regain energy and your smile, you may find that the lunar eclipse wants to show you the value of commitment and reciprocity in your relationships. The last several weeks provided a glimpse into which partnerships are up for review and removal. Now, you’re seeing what was missing from the rest of the picture. Follow your creative impulses to a new network.


December 22–January 19

As your ruler Saturn backs up into your sign for the next few months, you begin to feel like yourself again. What variables do you need to make the business of you successful? When it comes to your relationships, where do they fit into how your family or loved ones see you? Connect with your family and the energy of your parents (or parental figures).


January 20–February 18

You’re seeing where you’ve gotten in your own way, and now you’re ready to be done with your old life. With Venus now direct, focus on the pleasures of your mind. Build some fun into your routine. Your local community is moving to the forefront of your list of priorities. Where do your needs and desires align?


February 19–March 20

The quality and dependability of the people around you is more important than ever. Consider the dreams that you have for yourself and the ones you want to share with others. You’re being offered a chance to go within and meditate on the kind of (creative) children you (want to) have and whom you would trust them with.


March 21–April 19

With your ruler (Mars) now in your sign, you feel more alert than ever before. The birthday season continues as far as the fire in your blood is concerned. There’s a level of stamina needed in the pursuit of self-mastery. Your specific level will be revealed this week. Ask yourself how you want to be known moving forward, both publicly and privately.


April 20–May 20

You could be preoccupied with figuring out how to make your money stretch and how to connect with neighbors and relatives. This week can change the way you communicate with yourself and a higher power. For someone who enjoys comfort as much as you do, it can be hard to radically change your mind. But that’s exactly what’s being asked of you.


May 21–June 20

Navigating giving and receiving in your bonds is on the menu for you, Gemini. Having consistency and the promise of stimulation are important to you. This is where you place limits on what you will allow to provoke and excite you. Pay attention to your finances and how your loved ones affect them. It could be time for a new look soon; meditate on what it should be.

#Aquarius astrologer finding the logic behind your instincts. | I talk about business, self-mastery, and pop culture.

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