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Sun 23° Cancer 42' 13"
Moon 08° Virgo 01' 48"
Mercury 19° Leo 39' 34"
Venus 06° Virgo 51' 40"
Mars 06° Aquarius 55' 50" 
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Ceres 07° Virgo 17' 21"
Pallas 02° Leo 29' 49"
Juno 06° Taurus 33' 26"
Vesta 23° Sagittarius 10' 54" 
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Jupiter 13° Scorpio 23' 29"
Saturn 04° Capricorn 30' 58" 
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Chiron 02° Aries 22' 09" 
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Uranus 02° Taurus 21' 25"
Neptune 16° Pisces 17' 53" 
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Pluto 19° Capricorn 55' 41" 
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TrueNode 05° Leo 54' 22"

The Daily Astrological Currents by Week

A free daily horoscope from Pluto's Child

"Every day can be a good day"
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This Daily Astrological Forecast is a bit different than most daily forecasts since it isn’t written for each individual Sun Sign. Rather, it is intended to be a bit like an Astrological Weather Report. To read more about this forecast, see this post

Weekly Summary: JULY 8 - JULY 14

"People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it."

—William Faulkner

The seeds of profound frustration are sown this week and are likely to be fully apparent by Thursday's Cancer New Moon (7:57 PM PDT 20° Cancer). Mercury has entered the shadow of the next retrograde period (July 27th - August 19). As well, Mars is now retrograde and won't turn direct until August 27th, leaving us without effective levers to effect direct action. There are likely to be serious temptations to demonstrate our frustrations with explosive outbursts — or more. With Mercury in dramatic and demonstrative Leo, we may seek to display our feelings with extra flair and flourishes — even bombastic emphasis. However, no matter what pronouncements we may make or demands we issue, we are not likely to feel the kind of satisfaction or see the kind of action we are trying to effect. It may not be easy to find gratitude for the kind of slow-downs that we see this week. There are strong temptations (especially as the Cancer New Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn) to place blame squarely on others and the outside world instead of seeking ways to resolve the inner struggles which keep us feeling frustrated and — to some extent — shut down and stymied. This is essentially a spiritual journey even though it may be completely understandable to become frustrated with any number of given circumstances. When we are blocked by road construction. Are we better off to scream at the one holding the stop sign or might we take the opportunity to look around and perhaps notice things we might never have seen without being asked to stop and wait? Of course, what if we decide to ignore the sign and plow ahead? Won't that get us into an even worse situation? These are the questions we must ask ourselves this week and through the extended period, through August, while Mars and Mercury are retrograde and whispering that we look at trying something profoundly different.

Even though there there is plenty of inspiration available on Sunday, attempts to make tangible progress begin to sow the seeds of frustration. Monday's unstable energy is seen in numerous demands and pronouncements that display stubborn determination but little action. It isn't easy to find a productive give-and-take. There is a tendency to seek retreat — if not surrender — on Tuesday as our confidence wanes. Activity increases on Wednesday. Jupiter stations to turn direct, offering a hint of optimism and a glimpse of a big picture perspective. The Cancer New Moon, opposing Pluto, on Thursday seems to set up a significant stand-off. Frustrated explosions are possible. However, we find a more free-flowing atmosphere on Friday, despite the undercurrent of developing frustration. By Saturday, the obstacles begin to seem intractable. However, we're likely to find that we're somewhat concerned over how we appear to others. As a result, any outbursts may be moderated and constrained. It is also important on Saturday to take a good look at who we're associating with and how well they're serving our best interests.

Sunday July 08, 2018

The inspiration from today's Sun-Neptune trine is carried forward into the Moon's trine to Pluto later this afternoon. We turn a corner today, from idealistic inspiration towards a strong insistence on making tangible, practical progress. However, as Mercury enters the shadow of the next retrograde period (July 26th - August 19th), we will begin to find that pronouncements and demands (words) are not enough to make the kind of progress we would like. Also, Mars is retrograde, leaving us with less ability to put our words into action. We are likely to find that the seeds of frustration are being sown which won't ease up until the end of August. Nonetheless, today's overall atmosphere is benevolent and inspired, possibly creating for us a false sense of security.

Monday July 09, 2018

Today's energy is dominated by the fleeting, unstable energy of words which don't offer much promise of reliable conclusions. Individuals are prone to make sweeping, insistent pronouncements with a stubborn attitude that leaves little opportunity for discussion and compromise. Without the room for productive give and take, conversations may seem to reach sudden dead-ends, especially when there is heavy ego investment in whatever position we feel determined to maintain or defend. Venus arrives in Virgo this evening and begins to quietly promote a more deliberate, considered approach to our interactions and conversations.

Tuesday July 10, 2018

The Moon goes VOC just before 1 PM today, following a discouraging square to Neptune that may leave us feeling as though we can't find the right way to communicate our feelings. We may feel the need to retreat in order to rebuild our inner confidence instead of continuing to make determined pronouncements that don't seem to make any difference. Even though we can't see the progress, we shouldn't lose faith. But we may need to look for the broader understanding. The slowly developing sense of frustration is really just the irritant we need to change ourselves so that we can effect change in our world and others.

Wednesday July 11, 2018

The Moon is VOC this morning until 10:58 AM PDT. Once the Moon arrives in Cancer, activity increases dramatically, along with optimism. Jupiter stations today, which begins to offer the hint of a promise that we will somehow make our inner vision clear to others. Hard work is required to move the ball forward, despite today's active, optimistic environment. As well, as the Sun begins to oppose Pluto, ahead of tomorrow's New Moon (7:47 PM PDT 20° Cancer), which may be a set-up, tempting us to see obstacles as being created by others, rather than our individual internal struggles.

Thursday July 12, 2018

Today's New Moon (7:57 PM PDT 20° Cancer) sets up a dramatic stand off with significant potential for explosive responses when pressure and frustration becomes too much. Nonetheless, in this environment, dramatic declarations and frustrated outbursts are more than likely to go sideways, producing significantly destructive, unintended consequences. The seeds of frustration reach the surface today and will continue to build over the next two weeks and beyond. As we head towards the next Full Moon (July 27th 4:20 PM 4° Aquarius/Leo) we will need to be very careful to stay balanced and, at least to some extent detached, without disassociating — we musn't stop paying attention. There are certainly strategies for having an impact on our circumstances, most likely through passive resistance. However, many of our most common routes are blocked — essentially under construction. The overall slowdown does provide opportunities to more clearly understand exactly where we are. But explosions, erupting out of frustration, will only create further slow downs and more frustration going forward.

Friday July 13, 2018

The Moon is VOC this morning until 10:30 AM PDT. We find a relatively free flowing atmosphere today but we shouldn't take the easy-going flow for granted. As we move through the day (and into tomorrow) we are likely to discover intractable obstacles that slow our progress and force us to deal with the undercurrent of frustration. We will need to employ keen perception and sharp awareness in order to avoid becoming side-tracked and succumb to deeper frustration. We may find that the day's easy-going atmosphere has brought us to an unexpected stopping point, especially if we have become too self-indulgent or have become lulled into a belief that everyone has the same ideas and perspective as we do.

Saturday July 14, 2018

There may be elements of fate or destiny involved in today's activity. Obstacles surface and there is a tendency to doubt ourselves or fail to fully embrace our individual power. It is easy to lose ourselves in the problems of others — especially those in our family or close inner circle. As well, we are acutely aware of our appearance and what our actions might look like to others. However, there is also extraordinary capacity to adapt and adjust to difficult circumstances and, in the process, find powerful and long-lasting alliances that help us to keep frustration at bay and plan for future progress. It is especially important today to pay close attention to the company we are keeping and consider if their encouragement or admonitions are moving us in the right direction or sending us straight off a cliff.

Today is Sunday July 15, 2018

Weekly Summary: JULY 15 - JULY 21

"For fast acting relief, try slowing down."

— Lily Tomlin

Many of us feel some benefit from a distinct slow down in the pace this week, helping to somewhat ease the frustration that began to build last week. Nonetheless, whenever the activity picks up at all, we may be easily put off balance. We will need to rely on tried and true principles and maintain our integrity in order to avoid any impulsive, emotional outbursts — which could quickly spiral out of control. As Mercury begins to slow down to turn retrograde on July 27th, we will begin to recognize that our intuition is more reliable than our intellect. Confusion and suspicions may easily lead us astray. However, if we are able to listen to the still small voice of intuition whispering to let it go, we'll find that we've been able to make remarkably productive headway this week. In particular, there are opportunities to provide service and support to others. In general, a practical, methodical approach will help us to take the time we need to understand complicated situations and unravel a myriad of challenging situations. Essentially, the more that we can adopt a slow and easy does it approach, the more we can help both ourselves and others to stay away from frustration or the temptation to blame others for our circumstances — instead of digging in and doing what we can to make things better.

Sunday's Virgo Moon makes a stabilizing Grand Earth Trine to Saturn and Uranus, easing last week's frustration a bit. The Virgo inclination towards service helps to increase our confidence into Monday. There is patient resolve to move forward at a slower, manageable pace. However, by Tuesday afternoon, activity heats up and we may be quickly thrown off balance. We need to listen to our intuition telling us to slow down and/or back off. Last week's standoff resurfaces on Wednesday and some may turn to martyrdom. Even so, there are important opportunities for resolutions by paying attention and staying with the process. The more pressure we feel on Thursday, the more opportunities we will find. Nonetheless, relationship challenges are not quickly resolved until later in the day. We may be tempted to push too hard on Friday, even though confusion and suspicion is rampant. We'll do better to focus on long-term goals and planning, avoiding becoming too wrapped up in looking for quick solutions. We're likely to look for some kind of cover on Saturday, keeping our thoughts to ourselves instead of taking the chance of having to explain ourselves. We'll want to be especially cautious if we feel the need to even some score or get revenge.

Sunday July 15, 2018

We get a reprieve from last week's particularly daunting frustration today. The Moon is VOC this morning until 10:30 AM PDT. Once the Moon arrives in Virgo, we gain increased confidence to move forward and begin 'taking care of business' with a surprising degree of competence and success. We also gain a new, practical perspective on ideas that hadn't quite fallen into place before today. Even if obstacles do surface, there is plenty of awareness to quickly resolve issues and continue forward.

Monday July 16, 2018

Yesterday's confidence is aimed toward being of service today. There is increased persistence to provide effective assistance to those who need our help. We seem to find extra patience to understand complicated situations and help others to begin to unravel difficult obstacles with a practical, methodical approach. Of course, there may be some tendency to overreach or interfere without fully understanding the intricacies of the problems and challenges of others. Nonetheless, the overall pace of activity seems to have slowed down enough to help us avoid pushing too hard. As well, our endurance is improved by the slower pace and the previously frustrating atmosphere, helping to keep us on track and moving in the right direction — albeit slowly.

Tuesday July 17, 2018

The Moon is VOC all morning, arriving in Libra at 12:39 PM PDT this afternoon. The pace increases just enough to put us slightly off balance or overly concerned with nagging details. We need to pay close attention to the choices we are offered and avoid any pressure to make snap judgements. We are beginning to shift into an atmosphere (under the coming retrograde Mercury) where intuition is more reliable than intellectual analysis. We may find that our egos are a bit too much invested on keeping things looking good even when our intuition tells us to let it go. We'll need to guard against taking responsibility for things that are not really under our control.

Wednesday July 18, 2018

The demanding standoff from last Thursday's New Moon (7:57 PM PDT 20° Cancer) comes into clear view today and we will need a strong sense of balance and determination to stay on track. There may be some fleeting inclination to adopt a martyr role rather than really pay attention to the increased activity so that we can find important opportunities for resolutions. Nonetheless, we are offered plenty of tools to effectively blend feelings and intellect in order to gain deeper understanding of the challenges we're facing. Rather than taking one side or the other, we need to find the important center'taking the best and leaving the rest'.

Thursday July 19, 2018

The greater the pressure, the greater the opportunities today. The issues of self-sufficiency and isolation that we faced over the past few weeks return today but we may have developed the skills from those lessons to successfully create a more cooperative environment. The Moon is VOC this afternoon from 12:52 PM PDT until 6:12 PM PDT and we may find that relationship challenges are not easily resolved. Nonetheless, today's determination — if not patience — provide enough stabilizing focus to keep us from becoming too frustrated as we wait for the helpful release offered by the Moon's arrival in Scorpio this evening.

Friday July 20, 2018

Today presents a very tricky atmosphere where we may be prone to push a bit too hard in order to lock in some of the apparent gains that we've been able to make this week. It isn't easy to stay organized. We are challenged to keep our expectations in check and stay connected to an approach that includes being of service and staying in touch with the needs of others. The potential for confusion is significant — especially during the later part of the day. We may see suspicions wrapped into the confusion, which could lead to significant disruptions. Nonetheless, with a broad enough philosophical perspective, the confusion and lack of organization remains manageable, particularly if we stay focused on long-term goals and planning by discounting today's 'slings and arrows'.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Some degree of uncertainty or indecision moves a great deal of today's activity behind the scenes — where we don't have to explain ourselves. There is an increased tendency to keep our own counsel as we try to keep expectations under control and avoid going on the defensive or lashing out with disastrously unrestrained frustration. Our intellect may be telling us to keep our cool but our emotions are more difficult to convince. Nonetheless, the only winning strategy is to maintain our integrity and stick to tried and true principles. This is a particularly dangerous environment for emotional outbursts or deceptive double-dealing in some misguided attempt to even a score.

Weekly Summary: JULY 22 - JULY 28

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

— Lewis Carroll,
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Mercury turns retrograde in Leo this week in a highly pressurized atmosphere that may be fraught with extreme frustration and feelings that our efforts are blocked at every turn. The Sun arrives in Leo to set off a Fixed Cross with the retrograde Mars and Uranus. To top the week off, Friday's Full Moon (4:20 PM PDT 4° Aquarius/Leo) brings surprises that will likely lead us to reconsider any earlier pronouncements about what we claim to know. Mercury in Leo may have encouraged us to make some bold assertions — possibly full of bluff and bluster — in an effort to protect our egos. However, as Mercury turns around, we will need to review those pronouncements and what we've claimed to actually know. In this atmosphere, it may, in fact, be safer and more comfortable to actually embrace Not Knowing rather than find ourselves overwhelmed by the pressure to prove something that may not, in fact, really be true. Intuition is more reliable than intellect this week but we can only access that intuition when we set aside our fears and insecurities and open up to the wisdom of the Universe. Rather than allowing this week's energy and pressure to push us to make premature decisions, we'll do better to remain teachable and willing to admit what we don't know rather than claiming to be certain — of anything!

The Sun arrives in Leo on Sunday just after the Moon arrives in Sagittarius, offering a wealth of energy but little focus. There is a rather uncomfortable sense of responsibility on Monday, increasing the pressure and possibly encouraging the use of bluff and bluster to cover up uncertainty. The Moon's arrival in Capricorn on Tuesday afternoon may be just the stabilizing influence we need to lead us towards less bluster and more circumspect contemplation. Mercury turns retrograde on Wednesday. We will be more comfortable if we only communicate what we can see right in front of us rather than what we think we know. The Moon is VOC almost all day Thursday. There may be significant discouragement or intoxicating exhilaration. Either way, we should remember that 'This, too, shall pass'. Friday's Full Moon brings surprises, high emotions, and increased pressure. Detachment may be in short supply. However, by Saturday, growing uncertainty actually helps to foster that much needed detachment. We should not give up hope that there are new ideas and approaches slowly incubating, even though we may have the discouraging feeling that we are probably going stuck forever.

Sunday July 22, 2018

The Sun arrives in Leo today, just after the Moon gets to Sagittarius. The Fire element emphasis is energizing but easily side-tracked. Gaining or regaining focus is only likely to come through quieting our minds. Intellect — thinking through the situation — is likely to be suspect and unreliable since Mercury is slowing down to go retrograde on Wednesday. We'll need to look to our intuition, which can only be effectively accessed by stepping away from our fears and insecurities. Today's rush of energy and activity may be quite exhilarating and offer us a myriad of opportunities. The challenge is to avoid believing that we need to rush ahead in order to grab every possibility or bluff our way through complications that need further consideration.

Monday July 23, 2018

There is an increasing inclination to bluff our way through a variety of complicated or confusing situations today. The strong sense of responsibility may leave us feeling that we need to present firm conclusions when — in fact — we have no idea! On the other hand, what we do truly understand can be quite difficult to effectively communicate. Although it may feel quite uncomfortable, the safest position to take here is the one that say's 'I don't know'. By assuming our not knowing, we can stay open to an intuitive guidance that will keep us on a steady, responsible line of growth and progress.

Tuesday July 24, 2018

The Moon is VOC until 2:48 PM PDT today. Bluff and bluster may hold sway for the early part of the day but things could get very real once the Moon arrives in Capricorn — which is not to say, difficult. The wisdom and insight of Saturn and Capricorn is revealed once we set aside the pressure of accomplishment and the fear of failure. Today provides the remarkable opportunity to find that wisdom through honestly facing reality — the truth of not knowing. Nonetheless, the building energy from the returning Mars-Uranus square (which was last upon us at the May 15th New Moon — 4:47 AM PDT 24° Taurus) is tempting us to pressure ourselves to accomplish rather than to simply see and understand.

Wednesday July 25, 2018

As Mercury stations retrograde, we may want to consider the difference between knowing and seeing. With Mercury in Leo, our egos tend to encourage us to say what we know with dramatic flair — and possibly a bit bluff and bluster. How much more enlightening and revealing might it be to simply say what we see? The challenges of today's Fixed Cross may leave us feeling particularly stuck, frustrated or blocked. However, focusing on the obstacles can lead us to miss the important insight we gain by surrendering the fight and simply looking around to see just exactly where we may be stuck. Rather than unsuccessfully trying to 'customize our options' to suit what we're sure we know we need — perhaps we might just look around to see what is right in front of us.

Thursday July 26, 2018

The Moon goes VOC this morning at 6:41 AM PDT and won't arrive in Aquarius until early tomorrow morning. The path of achievement and accomplishment may seem to be particularly difficult — or extraordinarily exhilarating. Either way, we should remember that this, too, shall pass. — it is quite likely that today's knowing pronouncements and certainty will run headlong into unforeseen questions and challenges under tomorrow afternoon's Full Moon (4:20 PM PDT 4° Aquarius/Leo).

Friday July 27, 2018

If ever there is a right time to sit quietly and wait for clarity, instead of desperately racing around seeking answers, today is that day. Emotions may be strong but particularly draining and detachment may be in short supply. There are strong temptations to actively seek answers and demand clear information even though our capacity to see and understand what is presented is questionable — at best. Today's Full Moon (4:20 PM PDT 4° Aquarius/Leo) provides an especially potent time of reaping. Of course, all Full Moons bring culminations, a sense of imperative, and the reaping of lessons from the last New Moon. Today's challenge is to receive what is offered with alert detachment, rather than grasp at the straws of our expectations.

Saturday July 28, 2018

Although it may be difficult to admit, there is a growing uncertainty and waning decisiveness along with the waning Moon. Nonetheless, the likely tendency to slow down and spend more time in contemplation is a generally promising development. In time, the tendency towards contemplation will begin to inspire further investigation and the development of an entirely new approach. Although the new ideas are still unformed, we should take some comfort in the belief that they are, indeed, on their way. Today offers some welcome relief from what may have felt like significant pressure under yesterday's Full Moon. Whether our egos are telling us that we were right all along or find ourselves completely blocked at every turn — at least there is a fair amount of detachment today to ease the pressure and begin a process of productive reconsideration during the next 3 weeks of the retrograde Mercury.