With the Sun in Leo as of Sunday, we’re in the midst of an eventful week — it’s possible you’ve been feeling some pressure, or a sense of uncertainty or restlessness. As Amanda Painter describes, early today Mercury stations retrograde in Leo. Tomorrow is the Aquarius Full Moon and total lunar eclipse.
Today is the first quarter Moon, which marks the halfway point between last week’s partial eclipse in Cancer (the New Moon), and the second in our current series of three eclipses (which will happen during the Aquarius Full Moon). Between now and then, the Sun enters Leo in contact with high-energy planets, as Amanda Painter describes.
Tonight is the Cancer New Moon, exact at 10:48 pm EDT (02:48 UTC Friday). But it’s not just a New Moon: it is also a partial solar eclipse. Not only that, it’s an eclipse opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Amanda Painter explores some of the themes for tonight’s eclipse chart, which begins a three-eclipse month.
There are seemingly opposite forces at work today, at least in terms of tone and temperament. As Amanda Painter explains, there’s some astrology offering a relaxed and possibly empathetic or idealistic vibe; on the other hand, that could take a backseat to more confrontational and entrenched interactions, depending on your personality and social context.
Most likely, by the time you read this, the Capricorn Full Moon will be separating and its energy easing; though we’re still getting used to Mars retrograde in Aquarius. There’s still a lot to feel edgy and overwhelmed by in this world. Yet in the next few days, we’ll also get some shifts in tone that may help you to tap into a sense of what you can do.
Today is the Cancer solstice: the day when the Sun ingresses Cancer. As Amanda Painter writes, this year, two of the strongest themes of Cancer certainly are at the forefront of U.S. consciousness: taking care (or not), and emotions/sensitivity. There’s also an interesting Venus-Mars opposition as Mars prepares to station retrograde.
As we emerge from yesterday’s Gemini New Moon and whatever you experienced with it, the theme of “new” appears to be carrying forward. Questions you might ask yourself include “Where in my life do I need something new?” Venus in Leo square Uranus in Taurus is pushing the issue; a Mercury-Saturn opposition heightens the thinking and feeling.