August’s Esbat: Full “Corn” Moon

Aquarius Corn Moon_Aug 18 2016

NOTE: Even though I make usage of the word “you” a great deal in this forecast, please note that it is meant as a generality and to make this more personal for those whom are reading this entry.

THE SUN IN LEO
These days we tend to love an audience, basking in the attention which comes with being center stage. Most of the time you do manage to attract the attention that you so keenly seek, as your enthusiasm and sense of fun has a contagious effect lighting a spark of fun and joy in those around you. Your generous nature also means that you’re willing to share your abundant goodwill with others. You may also find yourself surrounded by children ready to join your playful games, for you’re adept at bringing out the child in everyone.

THE MOON IN AQUARIUS
You feel secure with intellect rather than emotions. You may be aloof from emotions, or distrust emotions as irrational and unpredictable.

MERCURY IN VIRGO
You have a discriminating mind, and can be critical and analytical. You can also become obsessed with detailed knowledge. This may be to your detriment in daily life, although it is very beneficial for doing any kind of research. You like to be precise in your communications with others.

VENUS IN VIRGO
You will seek meaningful relationships with a practical basis. You will want your partner to be precise, neat and punctual. You may expect perfection. You will enjoy having detailed analytical conversations.

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
You are an inspirational leader, and have a strong desire for exploration and adventure. You may be one-pointed in your desires.

JUPITER IN VIRGO
You have a strong desire to be of service, and high religious or spiritual ideals. You may also have an obsession with detailed perfection.

SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
You may be committed to higher education and have a strict moral code. You are also an easygoing and optimistic worker.

URANUS IN ARIES
This is a time of initiative and spontaneity. It indicates the breaking down of old structures and the emerging of the new.

NEPTUNE IN PISCES
Many of us may possess the ability to be at-one with “God.” We may be able to express our spirituality through visions and art. Many may also be inspirational teachers, conscious of wholeness.

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
This is a time of a change in world government. Many will possess the ability to transform old structures into new and enduring ones.

CHIRON IN PISCES
You will have difficulty gaining your own sense of individuality. You have an ability to feel others’ pain and may need to detach and meditate. You may also suffer from your own deep and personal grief.

PALLAS IN AQUARIUS
Your mind can be brilliant, original and insightful. You are able to quickly grasp new ideas and apply them to the future. You fight for your ideals, and humanitarian or political causes.

JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.

CERES IN TAURUS
You feel cared for when loved ones give you a sense of stability and security. You like to be touched and stroked, and nurtured in practical ways. You also like to show others you care through practical means.

THE BLACK MOON IN SCORPIO
Do you feel that you are often embroiled in other people’s emotional dramas? The Black Moon is in the intense Sign of Scorpio indicating that you often feel that other people invade your life with their crises. You sometimes crave solitude and resent their intrusion. Perhaps you don’t realize the extent to which you are attracted to these dramas. You feel a little more alive and connected to other people when sharing intense moments. Therefore, you need to accept your own need for emotional intensity. You may even decide to opt for work that demands intense concentration, or some form of counselling.

August_Corn Moon

Capricorn Full ‘Hay’ Moon and Earthly Power: July 19, 2016

Capricorn July 19 2016

The Full Moon is today. Look to the House where 27 degrees 40 minutes of Capricorn falls in your own birth chart for what’s on the astrological menu.

This Full Moon illuminates: Survival themes, wisdom of experience, strong roots and traditions, spiritual ambition and wise actions.

Focus on: Self-sufficiency, perseverance, the big dreams, cultural inheritance, financial matters, public image, taking control, personal authority, mastery of skills, getting credentials, strengthening the body (constitution), building real wealth.

The Cancer/Capricorn polarity has mysteries to share, like tuning into ancestral memory. The wisdom of blood and soil are heightened, and a possible source of rare strength, in a time of rootless, synthetic culture.

Earthly Power
A way to muse on this lunar peak is to entertain Saturn, ruler of Capricorn. It’s time for practical magic, with earthy Capricorn upping the drive to tangibly manifest our desires. A huge dose of reality can have a stabilizing effect, since we know what we’re working with (the medium).

A key is finding traction, a weight for the feet, from the awareness of practical realities — without being dragged down by it to a point of inertia. With other factors in play, this is heavy magic. Here now, we align longings and purpose, with actions.

FULL ‘HAY’ MOON

 Jul 19 2016, 5:56:31 pm, CDT +5:00

 Madison WI, 43°N04’23”, 089°W24’04”

 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac

 Koch Houses, True Node

THE MOON IN CAPRICORN

You feel secure when life is structured, or you are working hard. You may be emotionally distant or cold.

THE MOON IN THE 2ND HOUSE

The Moon is placed in the 2nd House suggesting that you seek emotional security through accruing possessions, although this can be frustrating at times because your personal fortunes have a tendency to fluctuate during your life. Consequently, you face periods of economic insecurity when your fortunes suddenly change. Fortunately you’ve the inner resources to adapt to these changes in income and usually you gain rather than lose money.

ASPECTS OF THE MOON

SEXTILE MARS  Orb 2°01′ Separating

You are self-assured and assertive with the ability to achieve your ambitions.

SQUARE URANUS  Orb 3°12′ Separating

You are erratic and stubborn in your efforts to stand out from the crowd. Once you have learned to view things from all aspects your intuitive and exciting nature will flourish.

SEXTILE CHIRON  Orb 2°38′ Separating

You have a compassionate attitude to other people’s pain.

SQUARE JUNO  Orb 3°32′ Applying

Relationships with loved ones provide you with emotional sustenance. Therefore, you are likely to be nurtured, and to nurture your loved ones through food, get-togethers and general conviviality. However, you need to ensure that your loved ones are on the same wavelength. For instance, do your loved ones know of your need for nurturing through shared sustenance? Are you giving more than you receive? When combining with your Moon she highlights your need for domestic warmth, harmony and nurturing. You simply need to ensure that you are nurturing yourself as much as you are looking after others.

SQUARE CERES  Orb 2°55′ Applying

Relationships with women do not flow as easily as you would like in your life. Perhaps you feel that you are misunderstood by the women who are closest to you, or maybe you don’t fully understand their emotions. As a result, you are on a path of integrating your own emotions. This means that you need to nurture and accept the feminine aspects of your own nature. As a result, your understanding of women grows and your sense of loss lessens.

THE LOCATION OF THE GODDESSES AND THEIR INFLUENCES ASTROLOGICALLY

VESTA IN GEMINI

Networking and coordinating are two key factors in your work. You enjoy communicating and exchanging information, particularly at work. You have a tendency to avoid emotions, in favor of intellectual conversations. You may be a committed writer.

VESTA IN THE 7TH HOUSE

Your focus is on intimate relationships. You are dedicated to working on yourself and your role in close relationships, and may become fixated on one important person.

PALLAS IN PISCES

You have a meditative mind, the ability to merge in your mind with the universe. You desire to heal the world through words, and may be involved in some form of artistic expression.

PALLAS IN THE 3RD HOUSE

You are highly intelligent and eager to acquire knowledge. Your communication skills are keen. You have many creative and original ideas.

JUNO IN SCORPIO

You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.

JUNO IN THE 10TH HOUSE

You are committed to your career. You may choose a partner to augment your position in society. Your partner will need to be involved in your career.

CERES IN TAURUS

You feel cared for when loved ones give you a sense of stability and security. You like to be touched and stroked, and nurtured in practical ways. You also like to show others you care through practical means.

CERES IN THE 4TH HOUSE

Caring for your family, or anyone in your home, is vital to you. Your role as a parent will be a cornerstone of your life. You may have a strong and idealized attachment to your mother.

THE BLACK MOON/LILITH IN SCORPIO

Do you feel that you are often embroiled in other people’s emotional dramas? The Black Moon is in the intense Sign of Scorpio indicating that you often feel that other people invade your life with their crises. You sometimes crave solitude and resent their intrusion. Perhaps you don’t realize the extent to which you are attracted to these dramas. You feel a little more alive and connected to other people when sharing intense moments. Therefore, you need to accept your own need for emotional intensity. You may even decide to opt for work that demands intense concentration, or some form of counselling.

THE BLACK MOON/LILITH IN THE 11TH HOUSE

Friendships are a little fraught. You may feel that your friends fail to live up to your expectations, that you cannot count on them, or perhaps that they don’t listen. The Black Moon is in the 11th House in your birth chart indicating that you like to be part of a group, to be connected to like-minded friends and to socialize. However, you often feel rejected and you believe that it is others who are rejecting you. In fact, the opposite is likely to be true. You may not realize that you are quite fixed in your ideas, or that you are imposing your thoughts and feelings on others expecting them to agree with you. Any sign of disagreement is viewed as a lack of support. It is this and your inability to accept differences in your friends that triggers any social problems that you may encounter. Of course, you can join a group with similar ideals, but sooner or later individuals within this group are likely to hold different opinions and values. You need to learn to face your own intolerance. If you can learn to agree to disagree then you are likely to enjoy connections with other people from all walks of life. Your social life, and any work with groups, is more enjoyable when you learn to be flexible in your attitude.

Blue Moon Aspectarian: July 31

Blue Moon July 31

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Jul 31 2015, 5:42:52 am, CDT +5:00

Geocentric Tropical Zodiac

Koch Houses, True Node

THE SUN IN LEO

Your Sun is in the zodiac sign of Leo indicating that many of us tend to be good-hearted, and have a sunny personality which shines in the company of others. In fact we may find that we love an audience, basking in the attention which comes with being center stage.

THE SUN IN THE 1ST HOUSE

Your Sun is in the 1st House meaning that self-expression is an important aspect of our lives right now. We are determined to have the freedom to explore our own personal interests and make our own way in the world. During this time we need to be aware of the tendency to be somewhat arrogant and selfish and so we may need to stop and consider other people’s rights. On a more positive side, we learn most through our own experiences, rather than relying on the advice of others. In ancient times the Sun was considered particularly strong when in the angular first house of a chart, highlighting our ability to live a hale and hearty life with plenty of energy to ensure that we make an impact on our environment.

ASPECTS OF THE SUN

QUINCUNX NEPTUNE Orb 1°17′ Applying

Thanks to this aspect, many of us will have difficulty coming to terms with the artistic and softer side of our nature. We need to allow ourselves full reign of our imagination and trust our intuition. That is the key to our success in feeling more at peace with ourselves and the world.

THE MOON IN AQUARIUS

While the Moon is in this air sign, we find that we tend to feel secure with intellect rather than emotions. We may be aloof from emotions, or distrust emotions as irrational and unpredictable.

THE MOON IN THE 7TH HOUSE

The Moon is placed in the 7th House suggests that our primary relationship plays a key role in our life, dominating our moods and actions. Some of us in fact may discover that our relationship has run into some emotionally cold waters as this is not a time for “cuddly-wuddliness”. It could also be a time when we discover that our relationship with our significant other is more friendship-based than romantically-based. In either case, we are likely to either adapt our behavior to please our partner, or some of us may even rebel against his or her influence. There is a simple need to reassess our priorities and to work towards a balance between loving compromise and self-assertion.

ASPECTS OF THE MOON

OPPOSITION THE SUN Orb 0°00′ Applying

Today, there is likely to be a bit of an imbalance between our ego and emotions, our assertion and our empathy, and our masculine and feminine natures. This may result in disagreements on the homefront. We will have to work hard to develop harmony between our home and professional lives, our conscious and unconscious personalities, and our mind and feelings. We can accomplish a great deal as long as we don’t allow ourselves to be carried away by conflicts and moodiness.

OPPOSITION MERCURY Orb 8°21′ Applying

Many of us will struggle to make decisions in our lives, unsure whether to follow our feelings or our thoughts; our heart or our head. We may find ourselves doubting ourselves much of the time. The challenge to us is to find a balance between the two.

MERCURY IN LEO

During this transit, we find that we are enthusiastic in our quest for knowledge. We are proud of our learning abilities, and believe in the saying that learning is fun. Beware of a tendency to be a know-it-all.

MERCURY IN THE 1ST HOUSE

Many of us will discover that we have become a bit more curious, constantly seeking information and data on the world around ourselves lately. There is also a strong urge to get out and travel, but not necessarily long distance travel. This is also a time we find ourselves involved in negotiations or contract discussions of some sort.

ASPECTS OF MERCURY

TRINE URANUS Orb 4°12′ Applying

This is a very stimulating transit that makes us feel more alive and awake mentally—if not outright restless (and perhaps sleepless) than usual. Everything we encounter now has an exciting quality to it. The downside is that we need to be mindful that our thinking is a tad lacking in careful forethought and discipline. Therefore, we need to take heed of our intuition to avert some difficulties later.

VENUS IN VIRGO

With Venus here, we tend to seek meaningful relationships with a practical basis. Anyone we partner with during this time we expect to be precise, neat and punctual, and perfect. We enjoy having detailed analytical conversations during this time.

VENUS IN THE 1ST HOUSE

Many of us will have the desire to relate to others, and to make whatever personal compromises are necessary in order to achieve such. In general, this a good time to hang out with friends and perhaps even make a few new ones.

ASPECTS OF VENUS

CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 2°23′ Applying

This transit is extremely good for all types of relationships, whether they are professional, personal, social, or intimate. This is a time when we tend to feel optimistic, eager and outgoing, warm and friendly to everyone we meet. We may find that this is an especially lucky time for us on financial levels.

SQUARE SATURN Orb 1°45′ Applying

You have difficulty being assertive in our closer relationships. We fear confrontation and shy away from emotional disputes. Beware of a tendency to think that things are worse than they really are. Be careful not to over-extend or overdo during this time.

MARS IN CANCER

Mars in this sign signals a time to fight for people or causes about which we feel strongly. Many of us are particularly protective of our family. When personally hurt, we find that we are likely to retreat into our protective shells.

MARS IN THE 12TH HOUSE

Our sense of personal power is somehow eroded. We may experience emotional outbursts, seemingly out of the blue. There may also be a tendency to feel a vague sense of loss of direction at times.

ASPECTS OF MARS

TRINE SATURN Orb 3°49′ Applying

This transit blesses most of us with patience and a general willingness to do difficult and exacting or precision-oriented work. Anything that requires great attention to detail is favored now.

SQUARE URANUS Orb 3°57′ Separating

We feel the need to get our enormous energy level under some control and eventually develop self-restraint. This makes us valuable as a leader, usually in a career where our level of courage is appreciated. On the other hand, we may find that we can be at times accident prone.

JUPITER IN LEO

With this transitory influence, we discover that we are more benevolent, generous and fun loving. Many of us may be on an enthusiastic search for creative expression which could extend itself to a desire to have children, or at least enjoy their company.

JUPITER IN THE 1ST HOUSE

There is a tendency for us to have a bit of a larger than life presence and an ability to inspire others. This is a great time to go back to school to learn something entirely new or simply a time to gain new experiences which will be of personal benefit to us.

ASPECTS OF JUPITER

SQUARE SATURN Orb 0°38′ Applying

Under this transit, be careful of a poor idea of our own abilities and a tendency to put ourselves down. Don’t compare yourself to others. Believe in your own abilities. Do not expect recognition from others. Work to reward yourself.

SATURN IN SCORPIO

With Saturn’s transit of this sign, many of us will discover that we have an intense commitment to work and joint enterprises. Resourcefulness and determination both at home and at work are emphasized.

SATURN IN THE 4TH HOUSE

This is an extremely important transit of Saturn. During this time, many of us will focus on our innermost personal and domestic issues. Any problems in these areas will reach “critical mass” and demand our attention. Home repairs, mortgage problems, even caring for our elderly parents may become extremely burdensome and/or troublesome.

URANUS IN ARIES

With Uranus making its way through this sign, such is a period of initiative and spontaneity. It indicates the breaking down of old structures and the emerging of the new.

URANUS IN THE 9TH HOUSE

Many of us will develop unusual and original philosophies. Some of us may rebel against orthodox religion and enjoy sudden bursts of study and foreign travel.

NEPTUNE IN PISCES

While Neptune transits its own sign, many of us will be able to express our spirituality through visions and art. Individuals whom are inspirational teachers, conscious of wholeness tend to gain our attention.

NEPTUNE IN THE 8TH HOUSE

We tend to feel at one with others and have the ability to transcend daily life through metaphysical pursuits. Many more of us may easily sense emotional undercurrents.

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

If you find yourself asking more and more on a political level, “What the hell is going on?” This is the reason for it. With Pluto in Capricorn, do not be surprised with the changes in world government. This is a time to transform old structures into new and enduring ones, some of which will not be pleasant.

PLUTO IN THE 6TH HOUSE

Our daily routine plays an important role in our lives. Unfortunately, we may experience dramatic changes to our health. The challenge in front of us is to recognize the power of the relationship between mind and body.

New Moon in Cancer: July 15, 2015

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THE SUN

THE SUN IN CANCER

The Sun is in the zodiac sign of Cancer indicating that our sense of caring and nurturing tendencies are a bit amplified during this time, which is associated with a strong need for family and comfort.

ASPECTS OF THE SUN

TRINE SATURN Orb 5°16′ Applying

Common sense and self-confidence are highlighted. Many of us will find that we take on responsibilities with a sense of ease. We may notice that during this time we are organized and work consistently and well for success.

SQUARE URANUS Orb 2°46′ Separating

Our sense of individuality is of importance. Beware of being overly impulsive. We all have a need to do things our own way and will dig in your heels if anyone tries to stop us. On the bright side, many of us will discover the ability to be unique and original leaders.

TRINE CHIRON Orb 1°53′ Separating

We will seemingly be a bit more empathetic and understanding. This is a good time to enhance a natural ability to listen to others and help them understand their pain. You are likely to explore healing aspects like better eating, maybe taking up a new physical exercise regimen, and so forth.

THE MOON

THE MOON IN CANCER

You need nurturing. Under stress you may want to retire to the comfort of your home.

ASPECTS OF THE MOON

TRINE SATURN Orb 5°16′ Applying

Inner self-confidence helps to build firm foundations in our lives and achieve our ambitions. We will work solidly to build ourselves a secure and firm footing, earning the respect of those around us.

SQUARE URANUS Orb 2°46′ Separating

Some of us may tend to be a bit erratic and stubborn in our efforts to stand out from the crowd. Once we have learned to view things from all aspects our intuitive and exciting nature will flourish.

MERCURY

MERCURY IN CANCER

There is an importance on communication within the family. Information about our family and its background is also important. For instance you may like to collect family photos or study family history. You look after yourself and others by communicating emotional issues.

ASPECTS OF MERCURY

CONJUNCTION MARS Orb 0°10′ Applying

Many of us find that we are a forthright and powerful speaker under this aspect, and tend to enjoy a thought-provoking discussion. Unfortunately, there is a bit of argumentativeness and combative energies with this aspect. So, we need to be considerate of such.

TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 4°39′ Separating

This is a good aspect for storytelling as many of us find ourselves being a bit more imaginative and creative with words.

OPPOSITION PLUTO Orb 0°09′ Separating

With this aspect, we need to be wary of a tendency to become obsessed with our own ideas which we may relentlessly impress on others. This aspect coins the phrase, “my way… or the highway” type of thought pattern and attitude.

VENUS

VENUS IN LEO

With Venus in the sign of the lion, there is a tendency to enjoy fun and creativity within our closest relationships. We take great pride in our partner, and will also value appearances, and may be proud of our possessions.

ASPECTS OF VENUS

CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 4°42′ Separating

Issues of fun, generosity and popularity are highlighted. Beware of the impulse to indulge yourself and your loved ones during this transit. Your savings account won’t like the results, if you don’t. There is a need to share adventures and philosophies, and it’s a good time for a camping trip or vacation.

SQUARE SATURN Orb 0°40′ Separating

With this aspect, there is difficulty being assertive in our relationships. Some of us may fear confrontation and shy away from emotional disputes.

MARS

MARS IN CANCER

This aspect hints to us that there is a need to fight for people or causes about which we feel strongly. Many of us are particularly protective of our families during this time.

ASPECTS OF MARS

TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 4°49′ Separating

Those of us whom are musical and creative can inspire others under this influence a great deal.

OPPOSITION PLUTO Orb 0°19′ Separating

With this influence, we are warned of an intense period in our lives. The key is to learn balance and to acquire an ability to keep our strong feelings under control in order to avoid attracting violence.

JUPITER

JUPITER IN LEO

This transit brings benevolence, generosity and fun loving moments. Many of us will find that we are on an enthusiastic search for creative expression. As a sidenote, those of us wishing to become parents may find ourselves working a little bit harder to manifest such.

ASPECTS OF JUPITER

SQUARE SATURN Orb 4°02′ Applying

Many of us are battling a poor idea of our own abilities and a tendency to put ourselves down. Don’t compare yourself to others. Believe in your own abilities. Do not expect recognition from others. Work to reward yourself.

TRINE URANUS Orb 4°01′ Separating

There is an enormous ability and energy to achieve our goals. You set out to make changes in society and can do much. Most of us will discover that we avoid restriction and may live unconventional lives, breaking new ground in ways of living under this influence.

SATURN

SATURN IN SCORPIO

Under Saturn’s transit of this sign, there is an intense commitment to work and joint enterprises. We may find that we are a bit more resourceful and determined workers under this influence.

URANUS

URANUS IN ARIES

Issues concerning initiative and spontaneity abound. It indicates the breaking down of old structures and the emerging of the new.

ASPECTS OF URANUS

SQUARE THE ASCENDANT Orb 1°12′ Separating

The right to express our own personality becomes important. Many of us are unlikely to be conservative, preferring to recognize our own individual rights and the rights of those on the outskirts of society. The more that we are forced to conform to society regimes and expectations then the more we are likely to rebel. There is a tendency to resent limitations unless we are respectful of their usefulness. Ideals and issues of acceptance, harmony, and other creative forces of nature, have a right to live in harmony. However, we do not respond readily to those who enforce their will on others. For this reason many of us may stand out from the crowd. Others may rely on those of us that do to speak up on their behalf. This is a time for leading. Not following.

NEPTUNE

NEPTUNE IN PISCES

With this transit, there is the ability to be at-one with God. There may be an ability to express our sense of spirituality through visions and art.

ASPECTS OF NEPTUNE

Neptune has no aspects to subsequent chart points.

PLUTO

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

This transit indicates the ability to transform old structures into new and enduring ones.

CHIRON

CHIRON IN PISCES

Under this influence, many of us discover that we have difficulty gaining our own sense of individuality. There is an ability to feel others’ pain and we may need to detach and meditate for our own sense of well-being.

Today in the United States We Celebrate…

Independence-Day

I use the time noted by Evangeline Adams from her book "Astrology for Everyone"

I use the time noted by Evangeline Adams from her book “Astrology for Everyone”

The Declaration of Independence
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).

It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).

And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.

By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.

After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.

Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

Source:  http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fourth-of-july/

Astro-Events Calendar: July 2015

July 2015*All Times CDT.

Please Note:  Because the Moon changes signs every few days, with exception to the dates and times of the New and Full Moons, I’ve not included such insight here.  The reason is that unless one is born under a particular Moon sign, chances are that in transit forecasts such as this, the Moon’s energies are seldom noticed or felt by many of us.

Jul 1 2015  2:50 am
Transiting Venus Conjunction Transiting Jupiter
Comfortable social conditions. Generosity and friendliness. Big productions or gatherings. Beautiful appearances.

4:09 pm
Transiting Sun Trine Transiting Neptune
Physical sensitivity. Receptivity to impressions. Focusing the intangible. Intuition. The finished masterpiece. Art appreciation. Drama. Decoration. Museum. Library. School. Hospital. Zoo. Professional service. Wide expanses. The sea.

7:45 pm
Transiting Mars Square Transiting North Node
Participation in active, exciting and possibly boisterous events. Efforts to cooperate which may be stressful. Group energies. Associations which deal with conflict, or are experiencing conflict. Stressful construction or recreation.

9:19 pm
Full “Hay” Moon at 9°Capricorn55′

Jul 2 2015  1:50 pm
Transiting Mercury Sextile Transiting Uranus
Intensity of mind. Experimental attitude. Expression of radical or unusual viewpoints. Technical interest. Inventiveness.

Jul 3 2015  7:53 pm
Transiting Mercury Sextile Transiting Jupiter
Good judgment. Taking in the full picture. Speculative thought. Positive thinking. Interest in learning. Teaching.

Jul 5 2015  3:18 am
Transiting Mercury Sextile Transiting Venus
Flowing social conversation. Spirit of compromise and agreement. Harmonious interaction. Clarity. Appreciation of beauty.

Jul 6 2015  10:38 am
Transiting Sun Opposition Transiting Pluto
Strong biological drives. Issues of power which may be uncomfortable. Competition. Unconscious behavior which reveals underlying motivations. Body language. Sexual attractions and tension. Jealousy. The necessity to share and trust.

Jul 8 2015  1:52 pm
Transiting Mercury Entering Cancer
You place importance on communication within the family. Information about your family and its background is also important to you. For instance you may like to collect family photos or study family history. You look after yourself and others by communicating emotional issues.

5:42 pm
Transiting Mars Trine Transiting Neptune
The willingness to take action based on faith. The power of belief. Ideological success. The intellectual search for origins. The desire for adventure and for risk. Sensitive application of force and energy. Display of powerful emotions.

Jul 10 2015  10:33 pm
Transiting Mercury Square Transiting North Node
The necessity to make contacts. Inconvenient communications. The need to share interests and transportation.

Jul 12 2015  9:52 pm
Transiting Sun Square Transiting Uranus
Exposure to, or confrontation with, ideas and information which challenge the status quo. Surprises and reversals. Misapplication of technical data. A nervous restlessness. Efforts to understand change and unconventional behavior.

Jul 13 2015  2:13 pm
Transiting Mercury Trine Transiting Neptune
The use of imagination. Accurate intuitive thinking. Appreciation of subtleties. Artistic appreciation. Vision.

Jul 14 2015  1:47 am
Transiting Venus Square Transiting Saturn
Distance from others. Inhibitions. Utility over beauty. Exacting distinctions. Serious or traditional social matters.

Jul 15 2015  9:12 am
Transiting Mars Opposition Transiting Pluto
Powerful drives. The urge for dominance and territory. Obsessions. Extreme efforts. Sexual responses. The desire to mate. Efforts at personal transformation. Medical procedures. Strategic thinking — plans for control.

6:39 pm
Transiting Mercury Opposition Transiting Pluto
Mental intensity. Troubled mind. Passive-aggressive argument. Persuasive speech. Craftiness. Strategy. Paranoia?!

Jul 15 2015  8:24 pm
New Moon at 23°Cancer14′

11:14 pm
Transiting Mercury Conjunction Transiting Mars
Decisiveness. Mental assertiveness. Honesty. Practical solutions. Technical skills. Fast work, rapid progress.

Jul 18 2015  5:49 pm
Transiting Venus Entering Virgo
You will seek meaningful relationships with a practical basis. You will want your partner to be precise, neat and punctual. You may expect perfection. You will enjoy having detailed analytical conversations.

8:07 pm
Transiting Mercury Square Transiting Uranus
Mental tension. Fixation on one point of view — rigidity of mind. Radical views challenged. Interrupted communications.

Jul 21 2015  6:07 am
Transiting Sun Trine Transiting Saturn
Control over one’s life. Rationality. Steady accomplishment. Success in overcoming obstacles. Good relations with authorities. Endurance. Patience. Concentration and mental focus. Success in dealing with limitations. Sound judgments.

Jul 22 2015  10:33 pm
Transiting Sun Entering Leo
You are good-hearted, have a sunny personality, and a strong need for attention. You have a generous nature, but can be arrogant.

Jul 22 2015  12:50 pm
Transiting Mercury Trine Transiting Saturn
Rational and logical thinking. Concentration and focus. Organization. Serious communication. Agreeable solitude.

Jul 23 2015  7:15 am
Transiting Mercury Entering Leo
You are enthusiastic in your quest for knowledge. You are proud of your learning abilities, and believe in the saying that learning is fun. You may have a tendency to be a know-it-all.

2:23 pm
Transiting Sun Conjunction Transiting Mercury
Mental strength. Intense thought. Consciousness of personal intent. Stimulus to communicate in speech or writing. Effectiveness in coordinating one’s various activities. Mobility — travel. Ability to meet up to situational demands.

Jul 24 2015  5:38 pm
Transiting Mercury Sextile Transiting North Node
The urge to contact or communicate with others. The sharing of like ideas and interests. Travel or mobility with others.

Jul 25 2015  4:42 am
Transiting Mars Square Transiting Uranus
Rugged individualism. The will to fight for one’s freedom from restraint. Technical and mechanical problems and solutions. Inner tension and stress. Impulsive actions. Efforts to meet personal needs and interests. Accidental conditions.

Jul 26 2015  1:20 am
Transiting Sun Sextile Transiting North Node
The need to join with others to accomplish a goal. Teamwork. Easy and natural adjustments made by a group, family or association to changed circumstances. Issues of group leadership are handled without major crises or bad feelings.

Jul 31 2015  5:42 am
Full “Blue” Moon at 7°Aquarius55′

10:13 am
Transiting Venus Entering Leo
You enjoy fun and creativity within relationships. You will take great pride in your partner. You will also value appearances, and may be proud of your possessions.