White Moon Selena is a lovely, beneficial placement for us all. White Moon Selena guides us, lighting a path on the way, and protects us along our path. In your natal chart, this is where you can get some assistance in life.
Transit (moving) White Moon Selena can bring this energy temporarily to the natal house it's touring in your natal chart, and it can have an impact on your natal planets when it's making an aspect.
Beneficial aspects (conjunctions, sextiles, and trines) can make you feel more protected and guided, while challenging aspects (squares and oppositions) can make you feel less so.
Transit White Moon Selena Aspects:
Conjunctions by transit White Moon Selena to any of your planets or angles can amplify your ability to protect, to get on your path, and to evolve. When it’s to the Sun, Moon, 1st house ruler, or angles, this can feel very personal, and you can give a lot of focus to trying to be better, do better, and live better. You can help others by being a good example as well.
To Mercury, you can use your words or work on getting your mind and ideas on the right path; to Venus, you can focus on helping others and get your relationships on the right path; to Mars, you can take the initiative and focus on how to get what you want; to Jupiter, you can expand on your growth and feel optimistic about your path; to Saturn, you can focus on the goals you have for growth and take a steady approach; to Uranus, you can focus on growing to be more like your true self, and can get on your path in new, different ways; to Neptune, you can get in tune with your spiritual self and grow spiritually; to Pluto, you can take control of your growth and transform to evolve.
To Chiron, you can grow and get on the right path through healing; to your North Node, you can feel pushed to grow in ways that may feel uncomfortable but ultimately help you find your path and purpose; to your South Node, you can feel comfortable with growing and focusing on your path, but old issues may need to be worked on otherwise they can get in the way; and to Black Moon Lilith, you can get on the right path by standing up for yourself and what you want.
Sextiles and trines by transit White Moon Selena to any of your planets or angles can make it easier for you to grow as a person, find your path, and help others. When it’s to the Sun, Moon, 1st house ruler, or angles, this can be even easier, and you can grow more as a person, feel more comfortable with the growth you achieve and experience, and feel more confident in your choices.
When it’s to Mercury, your ideas and plans can help you to find your path, and you can grow mentally; to Venus, your relationships can help you to grow and find your path, and you can help others grow and find theirs; to Mars, you can feel energized and excited about finding your path and growing; to Jupiter, your optimism and big ideas can help with growth; to Saturn, you can take a disciplined approach and keep going with it.
To Uranus, you can grow in ways that help you feel like an individual and independent; to Neptune, you can grow in ways that make you feel more spiritually connected; to Pluto, you can grow in ways that make you feel more powerful and in control; to Chiron, you can grow in ways that allow you to heal; and to Black Moon Lilith, you can grow in ways that allow you to be confident enough to speak out.
Squares and oppositions by transit White Moon Selena to any of your planets or angles can bring challenges and blocks to growing and finding your path, and you may feel less protected. When it’s to the Sun, Moon, 1st house ruler, or angles, this can be felt even more personally, and you may need to work on internal issues that are making you feel insecure.
To Mercury, you may lack focus to get on the right path or even see it, and your head can get in the way; to Venus, your relationships may cause issues, and this can make you feel out of balance; to Mars, anger may be a problem and need a healthy outlet; to Jupiter, laziness may be a problem, and you have to find motivation to get moving on your path; to Saturn, restriction may be a problem, and you have to find space within your limitations to get moving.
To Uranus, change may be a problem, and you have to be flexible with the erratic energy that’s out of your control; to Neptune, clouded judgment may be a problem, and better boundaries with others along with a solid intuition may be needed; to Pluto, fights over power and control may be a problem, and transformations are likely needed.
To Chiron, old wounds may be a problem, and need attention to be healed; as a square to the Lunar Nodes, blocks to accessing your potential may be a problem and have to be worked on; and to Black Moon Lilith, an inability to properly stand up for yourself may be a problem, and you have to find your voice.
Suggested Reading: White Moon Selena in the Zodiac Signs
There are many different positions in astrology that can indicate some challenges for you and your life, and one of them is an intercepted planet.
But, a big difference between intercepted planets and some of the other challenging positions is, you may not realize consciously how much of a problem it is
What is an intercepted planet?
An intercepted planet in your natal chart is a planet in a sign that doesn't appear on any house cusp (the beginning of a house). Some house systems (methods for determining house placements) don't have this, like Equal or Whole Sign (since every house is the same size).
But the most commonly used house systems of Placidus (the default used on astro.com) and Koch (perhaps most commonly used by astrologers) don't have houses of equal sizes, so it's possible to have signs that don't appear on any house cusp.
What is the impact of an intercepted planet?
Interceptions are cut off energy. Their energy is contained within that house. Any planet that is intercepted, the energy of that planet is not consciously available to you. There is usually a block associated with it (usually tied to the house it's in or the sign on the cusp of that house).
What if I have more than one intercepted planet?
Having multiple intercepted planets can be especially challenging, One is enough! But when you have 3 or more intercepted planets, that's a big part of your personality and life that is cut off. It can often feel like there's a chunk of yourself or your life that just isn't there, at least in a conscious, obvious way.
How do I use my intercepted planet?
Interceptions operate subconsciously. The blocks are subconscious, and you often use the planetary energy subconsciously. So unlocking the energy consciously means, you need to work on the blocks.
When you have multiple intercepted planets, it's usually pretty obvious whatever led to the blocks to everyone else - but maybe not to you! You may not think that whatever led to it was actually as big of a problem as it is. When that's the case, step one is acknowledging it.
There can be a lack of awareness with multiple interceptions, so being more aware, more realistic, keeping your eyes open, and not letting paranoia, imagination, and insecurity get the better of you is important. It can also be helpful to try to surround yourself with honest (or even blunt) people, not people who hide secrets from you (but that can often be a part of having interceptions, having a lot of people keeping secrets from you!).
Any traumas and abuses you've been through, you have to work on. They're usually the culprit. Acting like it didn't happen or it wasn't a big deal - that won't work. That'll keep your intercepted energy blocked. If you want to unlock it, you have to face the music. It can be uncomfortable because it's not what you're used to, but it's absolutely necessary.
Suggested Reading: Mercury Retrograde in the Natal Chart
There is a lot of focus on your Sun sign in astrology, and this is because your Sun is who you really are, your true self. That makes your Sun sign very important! But, some people don't feel like their Sun sign much, or at all. What can show that being the case?
Let's review 5 options that can show you not feeling like your Sun sign (there are more, but we'll start with these):
First option: An abundance of other signs/elements
One way this may be present is if you have many planets in a different element from your Sun or in a stellium that doesn't involve your Sun. That element or the sign of the stellium can be much more dominant for you, and you may gravitate more toward that element or sign than the element or sign of your natal Sun.
Second option: A planet conjunct your Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven
If you have another planet conjunct (aligned with) your natal Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven, that planet can be a dominant force in your personality and life, maybe THE dominant force. This can especially be true when it's Saturn, Uranus, or Pluto. They totally overtake the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and Midheaven, and can become the most important planet in your chart.
Third option: It's in your 12th house
The 12th house is the house of the hidden, so it hides energy. If your Sun sign is on the 12th house cusp, this may hide some of that energy from you. That's even more the case if your natal Sun is also in the 12th house. Completely hidden!
The 12th house ties to the subconscious, so you may not be consciously aware of how it plays out in your life and personality. Gaining more of a connection to your subconscious can help with that. This can also be seen with the general planetary ruler for your Sun sign in the 12th house (like Mars if you're an Aries Sun, Venus if you're a Taurus Sun, etc.).
Fourth option: It's intercepted
Depending on which house system you use to create your natal chart, you can have intercepted signs, which are signs that don't appear on any house cusp and are fully contained in the house that falls in the previous sign.
This can be most obvious when your natal Sun is intercepted, and you're cut off from the energy of it. But like with the 12th house, you can also see this with the planetary ruler of your Sun sign intercepted (so Saturn intercepted for a Capricorn Sun, Uranus intercepted for an Aquarius Sun, etc.).
Fifth option: The planetary ruler of your Sun sign is anaretic
The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign, and in your natal chart, any planets at the anaretic degree can either be played up to the nth degree or are totally ignored - and it's usually the latter.
If the natural planetary ruler of your Sun sign is anaretic, this can show you not connecting with your Sun sign (like an anaretic Pluto for a Scorpio Sun, an anaretic Neptune for a Pisces Sun, etc.). You need to work on bringing that energy out so it's not so unavailable to you, but also use it in a healthy way, not overdoing it.
Suggested Reading: Aspects Between the Natal Sun & Moon
In a standard astrology chart, there are 10 planets (includes the Sun and Moon, excludes the Earth) and 12 houses. Each planet and house has different energy and rules different parts of our lives and personalities. Since there are less planets than houses, everyone has at least 2 (usually 3-5) houses with no planets in them. These are called empty houses.
Many people first hear about empty houses and worry that it means something bad. They'll never have love with an empty 7th house, or never have a career with an empty 10th house. But it doesn't actually mean that at all!
What's the deal with an empty house?
So, here's the situation - in astrology, when a house is considered empty, it means that you don't have as much to work on with that house. Whatever that house rules, there's less problems and lessons and all of that. It's believed you've already mastered that and don't have to deal with learning it again.
What is the 10th house?
The 10th house is the house of goals and direction, and corresponds to your Midheaven or Medium Coeli (the highest part of your chart). The 10th house is what you strive for in life, and is often associated with your career ambitions (but doesn't always have to be career, just whatever you're trying to achieve in life).
Normally, any planets in this house would be very important to your goals and professional life and direction. But, when you have no planets in the 10th house, it's entirely focused on the sign the 10th house falls in.
An Empty 10th House
Having an empty 10th house means you have less issues holding you back with achieving your goals, having direction, and knowing what you want in life. Much of how you do this and what you're focused on is seen with the sign the 10th house falls in, as well as what the ruler of that sign is doing in your chart. The ruler may have an oversized place in your goals and direction.
You may be someone who feels some sense of ease when you're working toward something, and you can create plans and follow them with less obstacles getting in the way. You can get the attention of important people and mentors, and you can be comfortable with recognition.
You can mature over time in a way that is natural and easy, and you can manage responsibilities with less uneasiness. You may become someone others admire, and you can be comfortable with this.
When it might be a challenge:
Chiron (ruler of wounds and healing) or the Lunar Nodes (the point's in the Moon's orbit where the Moon crosses the ecliptic; are spiritual/karmic in nature) in the 10th house can present challenges. They're not classified as planets, so they don't count with the empty house designation, but they can show there is much to work on. You may need to address old wounds and gain confidence with Chiron, and let go of baggage and embrace potential with the Lunar Nodes.
Chiron in the 10th house can show you pursuing work that involves healing or is spiritual in nature; the North Node in the 10th house can show you have great potential for success; and the South Node in the 10th house can show you may fall back to your goals and ambitions a little too much and need to develop more internally.
If the 10th house cusp is anaretic (at 29 degrees), or if the 10th house ruler is anaretic, this can show issues with using the energy fully and properly. You may run from goals and your direction, or be too obsessed with it, and need to find a proper focus.
The 10th house ruler intercepted (contained in a house), a singleton (only planet in an element, quality, or house type), or part of a challenging aspect configuration (like the apex planet of a t-square) can also show some challenges to work on.
Suggested Reading: The Empty Career Houses: Empty 2nd, 6th, and 10th Houses in Astrology
With July comes a new moon in Cancer and a full moon in Aquarius! Let's explore what these have in store for us..
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What is a New Moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a Full Moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
New Moon in Cancer: July 9th 2021 (9:17PM ET/6:17PM PT)
With a new moon in Cancer, we can focus on strengthening ourselves internally, as well as the foundations of our lives and projects. We can get started with something from the ground up that can grow over the next 6-12 months.
Our emotions can serve as motivation to take action, and we can use what we feel positively and productively. We can be more positive in general, and don't want to get too stuck in anything too serious.
Cancer rules the home and family, so we may spend more time at home, make time for family, plan a move, or make improvements to our home or living situation.
Mercury moves into Cancer on July 11th, 2 days after the new moon, and has been in Gemini since May 3rd (Mercury retrograded entirely in Gemini). Mercury doesn't like being in one sign for a long time (even one it rules like Gemini), so this can be a big relief. Coming with the new moon in Cancer, we can be super focused on the good, and feel so much better emotionally. We can move away from any upheaval from the last 2 months and finally feel like we can go forward again, and can take advantage of opportunities to do just that.
The new moon occurs at 18 degrees 2 minutes Cancer. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 16 degrees 2 minutes - 20 degrees 2 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 16 degrees 2 minutes - 20 degrees 2 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 16 degrees 2 minutes - 20 degrees 2 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 16 degrees 2 minutes - 20 degrees 2 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 16 degrees 2 minutes - 20 degrees 2 minutes Capricorn
Full Moon in Aquarius: July 23rd 2021 (10:37PM ET/7:37PM PT)
Aquarius full moons tend to be less emotional than normal full moons because Aquarius is a more distant sign. This is mostly outwardly though (Aquarius can be surprisingly emotional way down deep under the surface). So we may seem to be less externally emotional.
Aquarius rules change, so we may finalize changes we've been working on, and make changes that allow us to be true to ourselves and have more independence and freedom. If we feel that anyone is trying to box us in, we can push against them in a big way.
This is the first full moon in Aquarius of 2 consecutive full moons, so the next on August 22nd will be at 29 degrees Aquarius. What comes to pass with this full moon likely ties into the next one, and we may see something start with this full moon that comes to an end or reaches a result with the next full moon. The next full moon is at the sensitive anaretic degree (29 degrees of any sign), and the results, endings, culminations may be strong or emotional, so we need to be prepared for that.
The full moon comes 5 days before Jupiter retrogrades back into Aquarius, and this can increase the energy. We may feel a little chaotic, but with Aquarius, have a hard time actually showing that emotionally. We can use logic and reason, and this can keep us from lashing out, but may also make it harder for us to feel understood. Watch for high energy for rebellion.
This seems like very good energy for getting unstuck, but we have to be careful about how we do that. Impulsive energy can be high, and we need to make sure we're being smart and not rushing into anything.
The full moon occurs at 1 degrees 26 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 26 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 26 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 26 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 26 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 26 minutes Leo
Since this full moon is early in sign, there may also be out-of-sign aspects if you have planets at 29 degrees Capricorn (conjunction), Cancer (opposition), Taurus or Virgo (trine), Scorpio or Pisces (sextile), or Aries or Libra (square). These may be faint, however with Jupiter going back to Aquarius and anaretic for a period, and the next full moon anaretic, this may set it off more. In that case, any plant at 29 degrees regardless of the sign may be elevated for you.
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations
Some of us have no idea at all what to do for a career for a very long time, and some of us know but seem to encounter block after block, obstacle after obstacle that gets in the way. Or, you may get in your own way! So what are some positions in the natal chart that can indicate you’ll have challenges to work through before you can have the career you desire?
The Anaretic Degree
The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign, and in the natal chart, shows an area of overemphasis or underemphasis (usually the latter). If you have your 2nd, 6th, or 10th house cusps or rulers at 29 degrees, or any planets in those houses at 29 degrees, or your natal Saturn or Ceres, this can show you’ve got some big issues to work through!
I find they often start out as something external (some sort of trauma or experience) and turn internal (so you end up becoming self-destructive and get in your own way).
The good thing with the anaretic degree is, once you work through whatever the problems associated with it are, it becomes a big asset and power boost for you, so you have the potential to be even more successful than most. It’s just working through those issues first that’s the tricky part!
A planet is intercepted in your natal chart when the sign the planet is located in doesn’t appear on any house cusp. This means the sign the planet is in is contained within the house that has the previous sign on the house cusp.
Interceptions are just that, contained energy, and difficult to access on a conscious level. When you have interceptions, they manifest subconsciously, which feels totally out of your control for a while until you learn to harness that subconscious energy and work out subconscious blocks associated with it.
There’s usually some stuff that’s been shoved away inside of you (contained), and interceptions can be associated with holding yourself back. If your 2nd, 6th, or 10th house rulers or your natal Saturn or Ceres are intercepted, this can have a direct impact on your professional life.
If you have interceptions in your 2nd, 6th, or 10th houses, this can be interesting because you likely put a ton of emphasis on your finances (2nd), work (6th), or career (10th) since this usually means the house is large, but it can come at the expense of whatever is intercepted in the house. This may result in being a bit ruthless, tragically ambitious, greedy, or simply having a lop-sided view of your life, lacking balance. Don’t ignore your interceptions!
One extra note: The Lunar Nodes
One last thing to touch on - your Lunar Nodes! The Lunar Nodes are the points in the Moon’s orbit where the Moon crosses the ecliptic, and are spiritual/karmic in nature. There’s a North Node (corresponding to your potential and purpose) and a South Node (corresponding to your baggage and past), and they exactly oppose one another.
Because the Lunar Nodes are really important when it comes to your path in this life (what you should be releasing in the South Node and what you should be growing into with the North Node), they can have an impact on your career progress, even when they’re not located in the 2nd, 6th, or 10th houses or impacting the rulers.
When your Lunar Nodes are anaretic or intercepted, this tends to be the most difficult, and you may be in the camp of having no earthly idea what you want to do or how to attain what you do want. The principle remains the same though - work on the blocks and subconscious issues, make sure you’re eliminating baggage and crutches (South Node) and getting more comfortable with your potential (North Node), and make sure you’re addressing any planets that are square your nodes (any planets three signs away are square your nodes and represent blocks to your path).
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Suggested Reading: The Empty Career Houses: An Empty 2nd, 6th, and 10th House in Astrology