New Moon And Mercury Direct: Turning Points

The calendar tips this week from July to August. As we turn over a new page, two significant planetary events take place within a few hours of each other – two reasons to jump for joy.

Both events feel like significant turning points as we close the door on July and say hello to August. Here’s what’s happening:

New Moon [8 Leo 36]

– August 1, 2019 (04:12 GMT+1)

The first of two New Moons in August takes place this week (n.b. this is different if you’re in America, as the New Moon falls late on July 31st). This New Moon is in Leo, one of the fire signs and a burst of blazing fire-sign energy.

Plus, the Sun and Moon sit next to Venus in Leo, the planet of love and relating. This whole combination feels positive, colourful, warm, friendly & sociable. It’s about shining your light and encouraging others to shine their light. Where can you take centre stage or support someone close?

Leos love to be admired, complimented and adored. You could ask for what you want or need during this New Moon or be a positive role model to others. Smiling, compliments, kindness – they cost nothing and are immediate feel-good boosts of energy for you and the people concerned.

Uranus is involved as it falls square to the Sun, Moon & Venus triple conjunction. Yet, perhaps this can add to the spontaneous, impulsive planetary vibe.

Do things differently, ring the changes, be adventurous. Try not to clash with others, even if their views are different to your own. See if you can find a way to be in step, to complement each other despite your differences.

Mercury turns direct [23 Cancer 57]

– August 1, 2019 (04:57 GMT+1)

Almost at the same time as the New Moon, talk planet, Mercury, turns direct after three weeks retrograde, i.e. on go slow. Mercury turned retrograde on July 8th. Here’s how to make the most of Mercury’s change of direction:

  • try again – second chances are a classic Mercury direct theme
  • sort out a misunderstanding
  • start afresh – perfect advice considering the New Moon in Leo
  • speak with confidence
  • clear your mind, seek clarity
  • launch a new project, idea or plan
  • write a list – keep it short, deal with what’s most important or urgent in your life
  • do what you say you will, recommit to a promise
  • handle any technological or transport issues
  • have a connecting conversation as Mercury’s in caring Cancer
  • heal a rift
  • plug back in, renew your energy & focus
  • resolve an issue that coincided with the Lunar Eclipse on July 16th – Mercury turns direct at the same degree in the zodiac

There’s plenty to celebrate and be thankful for as July tips into August, one of the best months of the year – or so the astrology promises!

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Leo New Moon! Be Special! Dang it!

Leo New Moon
July 31
8:11pm PDT

Do you know how to find your special unique voice?  Do you marginalize your own specialness as ‘no big deal’?   Interesting.   And how has that been working for you?  Listen no one likes a big ol’ egotist.  They are boring.  But perhaps you can take this Leo New Moon and 29 day cycle to find your inner uniqueness, strength, confidence and creativity.   Your world needs you to do it.    And the rest of us, as well.

My Leo new moon article is HERE

Next Prime Minister: Those Charming Men

announcement of next PM

The next Prime Minister will be announced tomorrow, July 23, 2019.

If the papers are right, the UK’s new PM will be Boris Johnson. I would guess that he’s going to be a hot favourite with the older-generation demographic of Conservative voters.

I’ve had a quick look at the astrology for both of the last two in contention, Boris and Jeremy Hunt. What a pair of charmers! Both men were born with the Sun next to Venus, in Boris’ case a retrograde Venus.

And, weirdly, their astrology mirrors one another. Boris is a Sun Gemini with a Scorpio Moon. Whereas, Jeremy is a Sun Scorpio with a Gemini Moon.

Looking at the chart for the announcement, Venus is also the ruling planet. Her next aspect, a conjunction with retrograde Mercury. And yes, once again in the UK, the big decisions are being made while the planet of communication, Mercury, is in retreat. It’s trickster astrology.

The Fool

My first thoughts looking at the chart for the announcement was ‘Fool’. Notice the Ascendant degree, the Midheaven degree and the Sun degree – all at 0 degrees of their respective star signs. The three most important planetary angles/bodies in the chart at 0 degrees.

Which reminds me of the first card of the Tarot, the Fool, whose card number is 0. The Fool represents a beginning or fresh start, a return to simplicity.

If floppy-haired Boris is our next PM, he brings with him his bumbling buffoon persona which may charm some people but surely not ideal when leading a country?!

Note, Jeremy has slightly better astrology this week as his natal Jupiter is at 3 degrees Leo and the Sun in Leo will highlight his ‘lucky’ Jupiter this Thursday. I still think Boris will prevail. Maybe, the astrology chart for the announcement tells us why!

Birth Data:

Boris Johnson, b. June 19, 1964, 2:00 pm, New York, NY, USA

Jeremy Hunt, b. November 1, 1966, time unknown, Kennington, UK

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Capricorn Lunar Eclipse – July 16

Capricorn lunar eclipse on a fridge.


Full Moon Phase


Partial Lunar Eclipse


July 16 2019   


2:38pm PDT 


24 Cap 04 


Let’s all remind ourselves as to what is exactly an eclipse.  Technically an eclipse is when the shadow of Earth is cast upon the moon (Lunar) or the moon gets between the Earth and blocks the sun (Solar).  If it covers it completly it is a total eclipse if it gets some of it, it is a partial eclipse.  


Eclipse patterns are in19 year cycles.   This lunar partial eclipse is at 24 degrees of Capricorn and the last time we had eclipses in Cap & Cancer was 2000 & 2001. And specifically it was at this exact same degree on July 16, 2000.  You may want to recall what was going on in your life at that time and see if the same themes are coming up now.  Obviously, 9/11 took place in 2001 Cancer Capricorn eclipse cycle, which set off a course of events that still impact us today.   However, it is important to note there were other astrological events also going on besides the eclipse.    


This period of the Cancer & Capricorn eclipses points to a teeter totter experience of worldly matters versus home and family.    Practicality vs emotions.    Sensibility, responsibility and ‘Dad’ vs  feelings, intuition and ‘Mom’.   Showing up at job vs showing up in a kitchen.  Being an adult vs being a child.  And knowing which is more important—both are critical but with eclipses it is like when someone walks into a room and turns the lights on or off –everyone is put on alert.  The same with a lobby of a theater, when the lights go on and off everyone knows a new act is about to begin.   We have already had the lights go on last summer and this last January and will have it continue through next June.   Can you identify what acts in your life have started to wrap?  Or what new shifts did you make that combine your intuition and your pragmatic self?   What have you launched?  Some people have already changed homes or jobs, which is typical with Cancer Capricorn eclipses.   By the way, these tugs in different directions do not have to happen exactly on the day of the eclipse but can start to emerge around the dates.   Here are the dates for the Capricorn Cancer eclipses: 


Solar Eclipse July 12, 2018 – 20 degrees Cancer 


Solar Eclipse Jan 21, 2019 – 15 degrees Capricorn


Solar Eclipse July 2, 2019 – 10 degrees Cancer  


Lunar Eclipse July 16, 2019  24 degree Capricorn (Current)


Solar Eclipse Dec 26, 2019 – 0 degrees Capricorn 


Lunar Eclipse Jan 10, 2020 – 20 degree Cancer 


Solar Eclipse June 21, 2020 –  0 degrees  Cancer 


If this full moon chart had no other planet in the mix it would still be punchy since it is an eclipse.  But there is more to this chart and it would be astrological malpractice to NOT bring up Saturn and Pluto on this eclipse.  First of all, in the chart, the Moon has cozied up to Pluto and not too far away is Saturn watching over his Capricorn kingdom.    Both planets are addressing power.  The power that is in being responsible and proficient (Saturn) and the power there is in evolution.  (Pluto).    Saturn takes things that are frivolous and throws it away so that we can focus on what is important.   Pluto lets something die so it can be reborn and we can be new again.  Obviously both planets speak of letting go. 


As you can see these are not light and airy planets and having them in the mix on this eclipse signals it’s a time to get rid of the corrupt (Capricorn’s downside) and immaturity (Cancer’s downside).   Astrologers in the future will nod their heads and mutter “Lunar eclipse 2019” when they see stories from the news about Jeffrey Epstein and child rape cases around this eclipse.   It’s all there for an astrologer.    But back to the personal, many people be feeling, ‘let’s get on with it’ or  “Time to cut bait or fish.”   The eclipse pushes back on dithering.    Because Saturn is retrograde along with Mercury we may not actualize the ‘getting on with it’ but it has to start first with the emotion and that is Cancer’s message.  Feel it and begin to act upon it.     


In addition, some of the issues or endings that come up with this eclipse may have an important connection to next year’s great conjunction of Saturn and Pluto on Jan 12, 2020 at 22 Capricorn.   Here we go with Saturn and Pluto again!    


This aspect is one of the more important aspects for the 21stcentury and signals a new change.  The last Saturn Pluto conjunction started in 1982/1983 and curiously that cycle hit its mid spot in June 2000 around the last time of the Cancer eclipse.   There is no law in the astrological universe that would tie eclipses to Saturn & Pluto but it is curious that the last time we were in these Cap/Cancer eclipses was the mid point of the last Saturn & Pluto cycle.  And now we are on the eve of the next Saturn Pluto cycle and we are once again in Cancer Capricorn eclipses where we process our emotions and responsible natures to figure out what is important and get focused on working towards new goals.     For the record the next time Saturn gets on top of Pluto will be 2053 and then 2086.   Like I said, this aspect is important in this century.    You can read more about Saturn and Pluto  


We would be smart to watch what our intuition tells us or any adjustments we find ourselves making during this eclipse and know that it may be key to the new cycle beginning in January.   


Although the eclipse lasts only a few minutes the full phase is a three day process wrapping up July 20 4:32pm PDT.   It’s may not be easy work in front of us but we can do it.  On this eclipse, tap your intuition and get working!  



12 Tips For The Capricorn Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse [24 Capricorn 04] – July 16 2019 (22:38 GMT)

This month’s Full Moon is special because it’s a Lunar Eclipse, i.e. the karmic nodes, points of destiny in astrology, are pulled into the Sun/Moon/Earth combination.

During an eclipse, a shadow is thrown as the Sun/Moon/Earth are in close alignment. This is why eclipse symbolism is said to be ‘shadowy’. Once the shadow clears, it brings what’s hidden to light or sheds a new perspective on a current situation.

Here are 12 tips to guide you:

1. Eclipses take place two times a year in pairs. We are now in a Cancer/Capricorn eclipse cycle which began in July 2018 and completes in July 2020. Full Moons or Lunar Eclipses are often about completion or achievement. This Lunar Eclipse may represent the end of a chapter or project which began in January 2019, during the last set of eclipses.

2. Eclipses are most important in your chart when they fall within 1-2 degrees of key planets/angles. This time around that’s 23-25 Cancer or Capricorn.

3. A Lunar Eclipse is often about relationships, a triangle situation. Sometimes, one person wins and another person loses. The aim is to be on the winning team.

4. The Cancer/Capricorn axis is about home/family/foundations (Cancer) v. work/status/the establishment (Capricorn). You may feel the pressure of juggling your working life with your home life/family life. You may be acutely aware of the passing of time, your mortality, of endings and beginnings. The ties of ancestry and legacy can be clearly seen.

5. Eclipses are often feared because they bring what’s hidden to light, they represent the unknown. They tend to be about external events too, where you have to let go of control. Once you accept this, you’re more in flow with life.

6. Eclipses are often concurrent with turning points. This is why they are considered game-changers as they move the goalposts of life. Fundamentally, eclipses are neither positive nor negative. It’s how you perceive and respond to what happens that’s important.

7. Sometimes, eclipses act as a catalyst for change but you don’t recognise this until later on. Their effect can last a few months after the exact date of the eclipse, even up until the next set of eclipses, which will occur in December 2019/January 2020.

8. Eclipses don’t bring change for everyone. This set of eclipses in particular is about a shift in power; the young generation (Cancer) v. the older generation (Capricorn); women (Cancer – Moon-ruled) v. men (Capricorn – Saturn-ruled).

​​​​​​​9. Traditionally, it’s wise to wait a few days after an eclipse before taking action or making a big decision. In fact, this time around, you’re wise to wait until August to take major action. This is because communication planet, Mercury, is also retrograde, i.e. on go slow, until the end of July.

10. This eclipse pulls in the planet linked to endings and transformation, Pluto. Pluto is at 21 Capricorn 50 and next to the Moon at 24 Capricorn 04. This means that this eclipse is a powerful symbol of an ending, a door closing. Sometimes, you have to sweep out the old in order to allow fresh energy to come in. (I’ve suddenly started a massive de-cluttering session, which isn’t surprising with this week’s eclipse energy).

11. Saturn is the ruler of this Capricorn eclipse. During the eclipse period, Saturn opposes Venus in Cancer, the planet of love and relating. These two planets also cut across the Cancer/Capricorn axis – Venus at 16 Cancer and Saturn at 16 Capricorn. This emphasises the importance of relationships during this eclipse. Notice where your commitments lie, which relationships are strong and where endings may be taking place.

12. We often think of Capricorn as the star sign linked to work and ambition. This is true because of the symbol of the mountain goat, doggedly climbing upwards. Capricorns work best when they have a long-term goal to work towards.

Yet, Capricorn’s zodiac symbol is actually the sea-goat. Capricorn is an earth sign but the fish’s tail lies below the surface in water, the realm of emotions. This is why Capricorn is thought of as the shaman with a strong link to emotional and instinctual depths.

Therefore, take time during the eclipse period to be quiet and still. Go and sit on top of the mountain, enjoy the views, turn inwards and meditate. It’s a powerful time to do so when you can tap in to your inner voice and hear more closely what life’s telling you or where it’s calling you forth.

Key Areas To Note

Here’s a reminder of the areas of your life where you may experience the theme of endings and beginnings. Or, you’re being called towards change & transformation:

  • Capricorn & Cancer: 1st/7th houses – your image & appearance, personal goals; love & relationships, significant others, contracts. RELATIONSHIPS/CONTRACTS
  • Aquarius & Leo: 12th/6th houses – retreat, quiet, solitude, a spiritual path; your health & work, what you sacrifice for others. WORK/SERVICE
  • Pisces & Virgo: 11th/5th houses – your friends, groups & social issues; your children, creativity, love affairs, what you ‘give birth to’. SOCIAL GROUPS/SELF-EXPRESSION
  • Aries & Libra: 10th/4th houses – your career & vocation, your status & reputation, where you’re heading in life; your home & family, your past & roots, where you come from. FOUNDATIONS/SECURITY
  • Taurus & Scorpio: 3rd/9th houses – your education, neighbours & siblings, how you communicate; the bigger picture, travel, philosophy, religion, what gives your life meaning. LEARNING/ADVENTURE
  • Gemini & Sagittarius: 2nd/8th houses – money, possessions, where your values lie; your joint finances, your sexuality, all things hidden, the unconscious. MONEY/SELF-WORTH

You may find it useful to read the article I wrote two weeks ago during the Solar Eclipse in Cancer. It includes the key years of the Cancer/Capricorn 18-19 year eclipse cycle:

I shall leave you with a poem written by a wonderful client of mine, Lesley. It has an eclipse theme as both the Sun (masculine) and the Moon (feminine) are integral parts of eclipses. The two in unison, yet separate:

Today, as every year, at this point
There is a fusion
The he becomes the she
And the she transforms
The will
With love
Which becomes
A purpose
Beyond either.

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Mercury Retrograde: Zzzzzz

The wily fox is a Mercury archetype

Yes, it’s that time of year again as communication planet, Mercury, prepares to turn retrograde, i.e. retrace its steps through the zodiac. Here’s the data:

  • Mercury retrograde [4 degrees Leo 27] – July 8, 2019 (00:14 GMT+1)
  • Mercury direct [23 Cancer 57] – August 1, 2019 (04:57 GMT+1)

I have started to plan around Mercury retrograde and use it to take a step back and do less not more. In fact, this year, I’m heading off on retreat while Mercury turns retrograde, although it’s not a silent retreat – shame!

Mercury retrograde is great for unplugging, unwinding, relaxing, rethinking. In fact, Mercury retrograde is great for all the re-words; revise, rework, re-do, reconsider, retry, reconnect, etc.

Yet, it can also be a time of communication chaos. And, if you’re like me, it’s been a crazy run up to this Mercury retrograde phase. I loved that Facebook was down yesterday – communication issues! – and in place of the images all you could see were the tags that had been added to your photos. Mercury retrograde often exposes what’s hidden underneath.

The Mars Factor

Also, I doubt that this Mercury retrograde is going to be time for a long snooze, at least not until it retreats in to Cancer on July 19th. For now, Mercury is in fiery Leo and the day Mercury turns retrograde, on July 8th, it runs back into Mars in Leo – crash!

This feels volatile, argumentative. In my own life, I’ve been witness to one too many unexpected altercations recently. Fortunately, not affecting me personally but never easy to watch.

So, for now, proceed with caution. If you can press the snooze button for a while, do it. If not, take the pace slow. This is not the time to rush through life as that’s when accidents can happen.

A Different Vibe

Do let me know how you’re getting on during this Mercury retrograde phase. I shall be back in touch once it’s in Cancer and teams up with the Sun and Venus. The period from the 19th to the 31st July looks totally different, calm even. Here’s hoping!

And remember, Mercury retrograde is not the time to make the big decisions. All is not as it seems while Mercury is in its trickster phase.

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A Close Look At The Cancer/Capricorn Eclipse Cycle

Solar Eclipse [10 Cancer 38] – July 2, 2019 (20:16 GMT+1)

Lunar Eclipse [24 Capricorn 04] – July 16, 2019 (22:38 GMT+1)

Two eclipses take place this July (see dates/degrees above), one of the middle months of the year and the mid-point of the current Cancer/Capricorn eclipse cycle (July 2018 to July 2020).

Cancer/Capricorn Axis

The Cancer/Capricorn axis is the foundation of the zodiac. Cancer represents your roots and legacy, your ancestors and where you come from. Whereas, Capricorn represents your goals and ambitions, your status and reputation and where you’re heading in life.

In general terms, this eclipse cycle is about home and work, family and your future path. The symbols of Cancer and Capricorn represent youth versus old, child versus adult, women versus men, the country versus the city – the earth we live on which protects and nurtures us versus the development of progress which is threatening the land we stand on.

The Extinction Rebellion movement has come about under this key eclipse cycle and the youth of the world are leading the way.

This eclipse cycle is all the more powerful because Saturn (responsibility, authority) and Pluto (power, control) are in Capricorn for most of the time. This is exposing what’s wrong with some of our established, old ways and the role of the activist is becoming bolder and ever more urgent. Our life on this earth may literally depend on it.

Working With Eclipses

What you need to ask when opposite star signs are being triggered is whether those elements are working together or are in opposition. Ideally, you want to unite the polarities in your life, so they enhance one another without being in conflict. Not always an easy task.

Working with eclipses is important when you have key planets/angles highlighted by an exact eclipse – see dates/degrees above. There’s a theme of change. Sometimes, events are out of your control and eclipses coincide with the things you didn’t see coming.

This is because eclipse symbolism is shadowy and brings what’s hidden to light. Who or what will be eclipsed? What stays, what goes? Governments or leaders may topple as a new era begins. Endings and beginnings sit side by side during an eclipse. At its most poignant, the Cancer/Capricorn symbolism leads us from the ‘womb’ to the ‘tomb’, the never-ending cycle of birth (Cancer) and death (Capricorn).

Eclipses accelerate growth and development and often coincide with key turning points in your life. It’s helpful to work with the eclipse cycles, not just the individual eclipses. This can give you a backdrop to the bigger picture and patterns playing out in your life. Eclipse cycles repeat every 18/19 years.

A Personal Eclipse Story

The Cancer/Capricorn eclipse cycle has been pivotal in my own life, not surprising as these two star signs straddle the foundations of my own horoscope, Cancer at the base (IC) and Capricorn at the peak (MC/Midheaven). Here are the dates of the current and previous Cancer/Capricorn eclipse cycles and the big events of my own life:

July 2018-July 2020: We sold the family home; my daughter has finished full-time education and will be leaving home.

July 2000-June 2002: My daughter was born, one month after the death of my mother; we bought our family home.

July 1981-June 1983: I left my childhood home to go to university and never lived at my childhood home again.

July 1962-July 1964: The year I was born and entered this world. I was born at home in the room I slept in for the next 18 years!

You can clearly see the milestones in my life that have coincided with this significant Cancer/Capricorn eclipse cycle. Working with eclipses is a powerful way to see the patterns playing out. Please do be in touch if you would like to book an astrology reading to explore this more in your own life.

Traditionally, you’re wise to wait a few days after an eclipse before taking action. Let events settle before you act. Often, a new perspective emerges once the shadow lifts and the light returns.

It’s also helpful to know where the eclipses fall in your own horoscope. Here are the areas highlighted by the Cancer/Capricorn axis. Read your Sun Sign and your Ascendant Sign if you know it:

  • Aries – home, family, past  work, status, responsibility
  • Taurus – communication, neighbours, siblings, local neighbourhood  travel, study, exploration
  • Gemini – personal finances, possessions, values  other peoples’ money, sexuality, all things hidden
  • Cancer – image, self-identity, personal goals  relationships, other people, contracts
  • Leo – retreat, secrets, inner work  work, service, health
  • Virgo – friends, groups, society, clubs  children, creativity, entertainment, love affairs
  • Libra – work, status, responsibility  home, family, past
  • Scorpio – travel, study, exploration  communication, neighbours, siblings
  • Sagittarius – other peoples’ money, sexuality, all things hidden  personal finances, possessions, values
  • Capricorn – relationships, other people, contracts  image, self-identity, personal goals
  •  Aquarius – work, service, health  retreat, secrets, inner work
  •  Pisces – children, creativity, entertainment, love affairs  friends, groups, society, clubs

Eclipses can strike fear in the hearts of some people. My advice is not to be scared. Instead, go into the eclipse period with your eyes wide open. Don’t be asleep as you walk through life, be awake and full of wonder. Feel deeply. Notice where change is needed, and actively claim your part, your role in your own life, the lives of others and our precious world.

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