StarWise – July-August 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

by Mac McLaughlin

The stars are indicating it’s going to be a hot summer, sunny or not. The full Moon on July 8 is accompanied by Mars and Pluto. As we know, a full Moon heightens energy bringing high tides and high emotions. Mars and Pluto are intense energies in their own right and when mixed together can bring up some pretty nasty weather. Hmm, let’s see. Is there anything going on politically in Canada or the US that can reach the boiling point? Choose a topic and use the info above as a template and let’s see how the action unfolds. We already know the real estate market is hot and getting hotter by the day. And we may be looking at an election call in BC. How fun is that? How about all the violence going on amidst the gang communities, not to mention the opioid crisis? Yee ha, ride em cowboy!

The new Moon on July 23 is closely associated with Mars and oft times he is looking for a fight. Mars also rules fires so it would be wise to be extra cautious when out in nature. When Mars is around, we have choices to make. We can exercise free will and not react angrily when others are behaving ignorantly because, if anything, the positive use of Mars energy is valour and bravery. The choice is ours to make. Slow down and take your time. Show a little courtesy to others; it’s contagious.

August offers up a lunar and solar eclipse for our consideration and contemplation. Sure enough, the lunar eclipse on August 7 has Mars in the picture again and as already mentioned, it puts us in fight mode. We will be up in arms about one thing or the other. Again, our choices will make all the difference in the world to our peace of mind and happiness.

The solar eclipse on August 21 is most impactful in the sense it lands on a most sensitive spot in Donald Trump’s horoscope. August and September are indicating a most fateful time in the man’s life. It is highly probable a big event will take place, such as his impeachment or some other event that impedes him dynamically and dramatically. This summer is a time of clearing up and cleaning out a whole lot of entangled and contentious issues. The true remedy for our troubles and ills is to love one another and to inculcate a sense of tolerance, forgiveness, patience and compassion. We’re only here for a short while.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email or call 604-731-1109.

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19
Lord Mars is busy as can be throughout the summertime. You will have a series of challenges to surmount. The nature of man is that he either moves forward in his journey or falls back, but never remains in one place. Step up your game and apply more and more effort. It will pay good dividends.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
It looks like July will run more smoothly than August. It would be within your interest to get things done in July while the stars are in a cooperative mood. It might be a bit more challenging or possibly frustrating as a different energy blocks your pathway and efforts in the Month of August.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
Venus lends a hand throughout July. She helps you consider the right pathway to tread. She confers with Saturn in the last half of the month helping you to make some hefty decisions about what to do as a series of hold’em or fold’em events manifest throughout July and August.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
High excitement and adventure come your way as Mars accompanies the full Moon on July 8. It’s always exciting when Mars is in the picture. You’re on the move and in the groove. August is hot for other reasons besides the weather. Venus heats things up and love may be in the air.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
July is prep time in which you conduct all kinds of behind the scenes activities as you make ready for a very dynamic and somewhat dramatic August. The new Moon on July 23 will tell quite the tale while the lunar and solar eclipses in August unfurl the fate karma from the storehouse of past life activities.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Career and earning sectors of your solar chart are very enhanced in July so make hay while the sun shines. Lord Mercury goes retrograde on August 13 and it can throw a stick into the spokes regarding agreements, contracts and negotiations. Travel plans can go awry as well so be prepared as best you can.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
July offers up some challenges on the home front and career sector. With a little bit of effort, you can overcome your concerns and with major effort, you can be very successful. August sweetens up and the overall energy smoothes out nicely. New people and new places are on the cosmic menu as well.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Travel is indicated in July and long and short journeys take place. Writing and publishing interests get a boost as well. It’s a good month for tests and exams. August has more challenges and possible hurdles to overcome. Career changes may take place, which could be very much to your benefit. Good energy is on the horizon.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Mysteries and secrets come bubbling up to the surface in July. An inheritance or windfall could be in the works. Joint and shared monies become a hot topic. August holds a strong promise of travel, which, of course, usually uplifts the Sagittarius spirit. Romance may not be a stranger and a warm summer is indicated.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Circle July 8 on your calendar as it’s the day of a full Moon and it could be a doozy. Don’t forget to duck. Intense and dynamic scenarios form and dissipate like passing clouds. Actually, July 5 to 12 are intense days. Money, health and family are the big topics in August.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
What you say and how you say it will have strong ramifications in July. It’s all about communications or the lack of them. The new Moon on July 23 sets the pace heading into August, which promises to be a highly charged month. Patience and kindness will work wonders, but impatience and cruel words could backfire dramatically.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Take some time off and enjoy yourself in July. The stars are right for love and romance to manifest. At the very least, enjoyable times with family and friends are indicated. August holds fairly good promise as well. If there is a glitch, it will be about agreements and miscommunications. Expect the unexpected.

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