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A Planetary Guide to the Summer

Curious about the ups and downs of the coming season? Look up.

Welcome to your summer astrological outlook! While Space Witch will be here every week to guide you through significant movements in our Solar System, having a seasonal map can be helpful for long-range planning. Use this summer guide to select the best times for your date nights, special events, and getaways, and to brace for the difficult days. You don’t have to hide inside a pillow fort during challenging days, just keep in mind that others will be struggling with their own tough stuff along with you, and try to show compassion.

From June through September, we’ll travel through four zodiac signs: Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo. Mercury will be retrograde from August 12 to September 5. The biggest celestial event of the summer is a pair of eclipses that will occur in August, starting with a full moon lunar eclipse (in Aquarius) on August 7, followed by a new moon solar eclipse (in Leo) on August 21. You’ll feel the build-up to these important eclipses throughout the summer, as eclipses mark major chapter-turnings and windows of significant change. Prepare to shake off some star dust and boldly enter the unknown.

JUNE

Best Dates

9: A feel-good full moon in Sagittarius is great for partying or going on an adventure.

14: Collaboration is in the air; work with others toward a shared goal.

20: Super-positive planetary aspects make the summer solstice worth celebrating!

25: Mars and Neptune make a dreamy angle that supports creative action and sensuality.

Challenging Dates

21: Watch your words (verbal or written)! The Sun touches Mercury, shining a public spotlight on your communications.

24: Mars clashes with Jupiter, kicking up warlike aggression and rage.

27-29: June wraps up with three difficult days in which Mercury has tense exchanges with three planets. Brace for heated conversations and crabby words.

JULY

Best Dates

3: All positive aspects make it easy to get along with others.

7: Mercury and Venus team up to encourage sweet words: Write a love letter! Express your affection.

11: The moon makes good connections with Saturn and Jupiter. Positive moods are possible today.

18: The moon forms three positive angles to other planets (and the Sun), while Venus and Jupiter usher in luck and love.

30: Venus and Uranus bring surprises in love or money and offer new ways of approaching financial and heart matters.

Challenging Dates

1: Brace for a moody, emotional day due to Pluto, Mars, and Mercury all picking on the moon.

2: Mars stares down Pluto, creating intense reactions and deep feelings.

4: Mercury clashes with Uranus. Watch for unexpected words or shocking communication.

9: Three tough planetary interactions create interpersonal friction and rage.

16: A quarter moon in Aries forms three frustrating angles that motivate change.

17: Venus squares Neptune, asking you to get real about delusions regarding love or money. Mars squares Uranus, increasing adrenaline levels.

22: Leo season begins with a stressful bang and a sensitive Cancer moon.

24: Venus and Saturn demand stability in finances or partnership.

26: The Sun conjuncts Mars, amping up rage; the moon squares Venus and Saturn, causing disappointment.

AUGUST

Best Dates

11: Venus and Neptune make a highly romantic connection.

13: Productive aspects set the stage for negotiatons.

20: Four positive aspects give you purpose and stamina.

22: Mars and Saturn encourage meaningful progress (especially professional growth).

27: All helpful aspects, including Jupiter and Saturn! Reach agreements today.

Challenging Dates

4: Jupiter and Pluto show you what you need to adjust.

15: Venus and Pluto demand you transform your love or money life.

24: Venus squares Uranus, sparking unpredictability.

26: The Sun touches Mercury. Watch your mouth (or written words)!

SEPTEMBER

Best Dates

2: Mars and Uranus let you take a new kind of action.

Challenging Dates

3: Mercury and Mars create a tinderbox of angry words.

4: The Sun and Neptune cause delusions or extreme sensitivity. n

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