The Week Ahead by Lisa MoonCat

Monday July 21st through Sunday July 27th

Forward motion grinds to a halt for you as the Sun joins Jupiter in Leo this week. Monday you have the support you need to gather resources, but be sure to acknowledge emotional connections. Nothing is really No Strings Attached right now. On Wednesday the first of five Water Trines causes confusion. What people are doing and saying doesn't line up. Don't point it out. This is a diplomatic move. Stay as neutral as possible and trust patterns of actions rather than words. If you stick your nose where it doesn't belong you will be unpleasantly aware of it on Friday. Saturday people are trying on new identities under the New Moon in Leo. Try some new things on yourself, and don't treat what comes across now as law. Focus on Love. Mars moves into Scorpio Saturday too, and the second of those five Water Trines brings healing to your heart. Rather than plumbing the depths or your heart where logic loses sway, let your intuition lead you and try not to think too much.

From last week

Monday July 14th through Sunday July 20th

After working so hard last week it's time to think ahead a little bit. Things are changing. This week the motivations of the world at large are shifting. Take note. Mercury is in Cancer now, bringing emotional topics to the conversation. Monday brings an Air Trine in to super charge our minds. We're talking about how we feel, but we have to see the logic underneath or action won't happen. Tuesday you feel the end of some emotional situations and it opens the door for practical changes to routines and investments. Wednesday Jupiter moves into Leo beginning a 2 year transit. Showmanship and the ability to present your ideas are paramount to success during Jupiter in Leo. Friday your ruling planet Venus moves into Cancer. Just as soon as you've ended certain emotional situations, new love comes rushing in to fill its place. Try not to be swept away in the moment Saturday when emotions run high and intuitive guidance is your compass. Sunday is a good day for concrete actions, but all the major aspects are in retrograde, so try a backwards approach.

You may also wish to read your Moon sign and Rising sign if you know them.

by Lisa MoonCat
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Resident Astrologer Lisa MoonCat

Psychics Connect is proud to introduce Lisa MoonCat, our new astrologer. Lisa MoonCat has studied astrology for many years and enjoys helping people understand their relationship to the stars.

Lisa is also an intuitive reader for Psychics Connect. Her gift is ancestral, inherited from her grandmother. She has been reading tarot cards, tea leaves and runes for 20 years. She works with faerie and animal spirit guides, and channels the ancestors when their message is strong. She is a reader with a deep natural connection to the energy and connectivity of life.

The Four Elements

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The four elements in astrology are Fire, Earth, Air and Water and each of the signs of the zodiac falls into one of these four groups. Thus you have three Fire signs - Aries, Leo and Sagittarius; three Earth signs - Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn; three Air signs - Gemini, Libra and Aquarius; and three Water signs - Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

Fire is intuitive, energetic, enthusiastic, spontaneous, optimistic and confident. The Fire signs believe in themselves and the future and are impatient with anything that holds them back. They can also be egocentric and insensitive to the needs and feelings of others. They are the performers of the zodiac and get on best with the Air signs whose ideas stimulate their creativity.

Earth is practical, realistic, materialistic, nature-loving, sensual and persistent. The Earth signs are cautious and conservative and value security and things that last. They can also be pessimistic and resistant to change. They are the producers of the zodiac and get on best with the Water signs whose imagination and supportiveness nurture them.

Air is intellectual, curious, objective, sociable, connected and mentally restless. The Air signs are easily bored and their need for stimulation can get them into mischief. They can also be cold and unfeeling. They are the thinkers of the zodiac and get on best with the Fire signs whose strength and positivity inspire them to put their ideas in action.

Water is emotional, sensitive, sympathetic, imaginative, creative and private. The Water signs need other people to whom they relate deeply and from the heart. They can also be vulnerable and unstable and prey to irrational fears. They are the empaths of the zodiac and get on best with the Earth signs whose steadiness and solidity ground and comfort them.

Everyone's birth chart is a mixture of the four elements although usually one or more will be stronger.

What's in the Stars?

Zodiac signs are ancient symbolism. Many people take into account the astrological positioning of the sun, moon and planets, and how that relates to their own astrological signs. The signs are determined by major constellations, and their locations in the quadrants of the sky. The full moon is in a different sign each month, creating a focus for personal ritual and understanding. Knowing the sign of the sun, moon, and the planets at your time of birth makes it easier to prepare for day to day life, and understand the bigger forces at work in the world.

To find out your personal astrological signs, you'll need to know the time of day, date and place you were born. Having a Birth Chart drawn by someone who studies this field extensively can be very enlightening. There are programs you can buy that will draw it up. Some free internet sites will draw one up for you too. Consulting with a knowledgeable person who can look at all the details and aspects can be especially enlightening. All the same, a free chart is a good starting point, and will be able to tell you accurately where the stars were when you were born. The most important three aspects of understanding yourself in relation to the stars and planets are your Sun Sign, your Moon Sign and your Rising Sign.

Your Sun Sign represents the basic aspects of yourself, your personality and your idea of yourself. It is determined by what quadrant of the sky the sun was in when you were born, which changes monthly. Your rising sign represents how you interpret those, how you feel inside, and how you relate to the world. This is determined by the constellation that was rising in the sky as you were born, which changes every few hours. Your moon sign represents your emotions, your heritage, and your daily habits or need for routine. This is determined by the position of the moon in the sky at the time you were born, and changes every 2 days.

There are 12 signs in the zodiac. The zodiac begins at Aries and ends at Pisces. Each sign has an element and a modality and particular qualities associated with it. The elements correspond to the four elements used in ritual: Earth, Air, Fire, Water.

The modalities of the zodiac are Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. They correspond to the elements. Cardinal is the beginning or motivating mode of an element, fixed is the unchanging or strong mode of that element, and mutable is the changing, transforming, or ending mode of that element. For example, Aries is the Cardinal aspect of fire, Leo the fixed, and Sagittarius the mutable. Aries are great idea people, always there to get things started, to spark the spirit. Leos are the grandiose, larger than life aspect of fire, like a bonfire. Sagittarius are those who use their fire to change the world around them, like cooking coals, or the blue flame of a torch.

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Virgo - a glimpse for 2014

This year is perfect for refining the big picture. Where do you want to be in 10 years? 5 years? Next year? Start there and work backwards. If you get to what you need to do in the next ten minutes to get there, you've gone too far. Navigating the first part of 2014 requires kindness and teamwork. You are not an island, and the more inspiring people you have on your team sharing your dream the faster you'll get where you're going.

March brings your need for community and independence into conflict. Remember that the people in your life should be there as support structures. Address problems with drama causers before April. A preemptive strike could save you from actually burning bridges.

Virgo is particularly susceptible to the major changes taking place on a societal level this summer. Don't stick your head in the sand. Be a leader. Pay attention. Pick a couple of causes and support them with all your heart. July will offer some strong opportunities to people who have put their beliefs on display. Don't be shy, get out there and tell them why you're right!

September brings people knocking down your door for advice and support. Really they just want your approval. They don't really need serious action, they just need a kind word of encouragement. By the end of 2014 you should be feeling pretty satisfied with the amount of progress towards your plans. You'll be ready to revise and double your efforts to make 2015 even better!

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Character Traits for Virgo

Virgo is the Changing Earth of the zodiac, with the sign of the Virgin. Virgos are analysts. They are incredibly detail oriented. They notice the slightest deviations in data sets and understand the impact of subtle changes over long periods of time. Virgos are like a diamond; clear, strong, multi-faceted, and always working towards perfection.

Virgos can see problems coming from a mile. They are generally not surprised by sticky situations, and often side step them altogether. They don't mind doing the dirty work of research, but they do mind getting mud all over their good clothes. There are play clothes or work clothes that are appropriate for that. Virgos want everything to be the best it can be, so if these are clothes to get muddy they'll jump right in!

Virgo doesn't want to be second or third, they want to be number one. The best of the best of the best. They understand that true perfection is multifaceted. And that all of those facets must work together to create a bigger picture. They are willing to look at all the factors and bring them into alignment.

Virgo people are often aesthetic beauty or health oriented. They know what real beauty is, and real beauty is healthy because it's sustainable. They understand the interrelated natural systems of health and environment. They are graceful in transitional times. If you're struggling with change, get a Virgo on your problem, and see if they can help you find a more long term solution.

The downside to the Virgo beautiful mind is a tendency towards perfectionism. Virgo dislikes nebulous solutions, or solutions that don't solve the problem completely. They may take a temporary compromise, but eventually they will become dissatisfied until they are allowed to pursue their idea of perfection. Virgos hold themselves to very high standards, which can make them overly critical. They see flaws in any plan, even if they're minor. Virgos must remember that not everyone can meet the same high standards that they set for themselves. Virgos comes off critical and perfectionist, but is really just an extreme idealist. They really just want the best for themselves and everyone else.

by Lisa MoonCat
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Your week ahead, Monday July 21st through Sunday July 27th