This year, Independence Day feels, well, not so independent. On July 3 and 4, the Moon will be in conservative Capricorn, a serious and family-oriented sign. (Kind of fits with the weird, midweek holiday, since July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year.) It also happens to be a full moon, so its traits will be even more emphasized. Break out the generations-old barbecue sauce recipe, watch the parade down Main Street, light a few simple sparklers or go see the community fireworks display. Keep it simple.
We're halfway through a retrograde slowdown of Venus, planet of peace, love and harmony. How you doin'? How are your relationships rolling along? Venus is retrograde in Gemini May 15 through June 27, which can be a potentially bumpy time between people. Since Gemini is the ruler of communication, having Venus retrograde here can make us prone to misunderstandings, or even selfish (or overly sacrificing) in our negotiations. We may give too much or take more than our fair share, and our social graces could be gruff — if not absent altogether.
Temper, temper! Today's full moon is also a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, a Fire sign known for leaping without looking, and speaking without thinking. Impulsive much? Sagittarius is the zodiac's truth-teller, and full moons illuminate our hidden feelings, agendas and desires. So this one is like a double shot of truth serum — or maybe a triple, with an unpredictable eclipse thrown into the mix. People may be airing their authentic feelings, but the delivery could be a bit too harsh.
Communication planet Mercury leaves its home sign of Gemini and moves into watery, emotional Cancer, where it will curl up until in cozy slippers till June 25. The waterworks are on, as Cancer makes us sentimental, nostalgic and focused on our feelings. Cancer also rules home and family, so it's a good time to catch up with relatives, take short trips together or even sign a lease on a new home (Mercury rules legal contracts).
It’s a big day in the stars! Jupiter, planet of luck, expansion and opportunity, ends a yearlong visit to Taurus (it’s been there since June 4, 2011) and enters Gemini until June 25, 2013. Eager Jupiter hasn’t been so comfortable in methodical, plodding Taurus. It’s required a delicate dance between taking chances and careful planning—a year of planting and watching for signs of slow, steady growth.
Sexy Scorpio Matthew McConaughey has tied the knot, marrying longtime girlfriend Camila Alves, an Aquarius and mom to his two kids. The two have been together for years, but married now. Interestingly, expansive Jupiter has just finished a yearlong visit to Matthew’s seventh house of marriage, and on June 11 it entered his eighth house of intimacy and permanent bonds. On May 20, a Gemini solar eclipse landed in Camila’s fifth house of love, indicating a bold new move or beginning. The timing for this is definitely aligning with the cosmos.