Weather permitting, tonight, 1st July is a great night for planet spotting; there is a beautiful display of Venus conjunct Jupiter in Leo clearly visible in the Western sky just after sunset. Venus is the brightest of the two planets (apart from the sun and moon it is the brightest natural object in our sky) and Jupiter is slightly above it.
Added to that there is a full moon in Capricorn rising just before sunset. (It reaches fullness at 3.21am BST Thursday) Let’s hope for a clear night! Last night, here in Norfolk, we were very fortunate and had a cloudless sky and a fantastic view. I’ve been watching Jupiter and Venus slowly draw closer together over the months; this is partly due to my regular trips up the lane to shut up my chickens at dusk; an ideal time to see planets.
Astrologically, Venus planet of love, beauty and affection is placed in the regal sign of Leo which is ruled by the sun. This suggests that it is a great time for socialising, enjoying ourselves and appreciating art and beauty. Jupiter is the king of planets, it is a gas giant and the largest planet in our solar system. Astrologically it expands and increases the qualities of any planet it aspects. Therefore the call to have fun is upon us; summer is the season for sunbathing (Venus and Jupiter are in Leo, ruled by the sun!) BBQs, festivals, holidays and parties. However, Jupiter can get carried away so overindulgence could be a possibility, unless one exercises some caution.
There are indications that this cautious energy is available to us; over the next two days the moon is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, planet of good sense and boundaries. Longer term Saturn is in Scorpio making a challenging square to the potentially over exuberant conjunction in Leo. Venus will be moving into careful, conscientious Virgo on 18th July so things may take a more serious note after that. Meanwhile, I’m going to have some fun and not too much ice-cream!