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AstroUpdate – July 2015

By Stella Woods, 01-07-2015

Welcome to the Stella Starwoman July AstroUpdate! I’m over in England visiting my family and the weather is HOT! (Very unusual for the North of England, but very enjoyable). Thank you to those of you who have contacted me saying you’re interested in joining the August Astrology for Beginners Course and/or paid your deposit. If you’d like to join us on 26 th August you’ll find full details below. You can write to me if you have any questions about the course.

Don’t miss the powerful Capricorn new moon tonight (2 nd ) rising in the east AND another treat - if you look towards the west just after sunset all through this week, you’ll see the beautiful Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo close to the horizon - JUST STUNNING! Venus is the brighter of the two planets, both of which are considered to be ‘benefics’ or lucky by ancient astrologers!

Astrology for Beginners 15-Week Intensive Starts Wednesday 26 th August in Melbourne

If you read AstroUpdate, you probably love astrology – well why not learn more about it? I’m running a fifteen week astrology course starting on 26 th August and my aim is to teach you the basics of birth chart interpretation so you can impress family and friends and of course learn all about your own chart. My courses are a lot of fun – there is some homework, but basically you’ll get out of it what you put into it. I’ll be teaching you all about the elements and qualities; the twelve signs and houses of the zodiac; the sun, moon and planets plus advice on how to put it all together. And you get a 100 page course manual included in the price plus a copy of your own birth chart. No prior experience is required and everyone is welcome. If you’d like to join up or find out more here are all the details. AND…. please don’t leave it until the last minute – a $50 deposit will secure your place – simply transfer the funds to my bank account or you can pay for the course in full online (details below).

Dates: Wed 26 th Aug – Wed 9 th Dec 2015 (7.15 – 9.15 pm) Cost: $750 (single payment – save $100) OR two instalments of $425 ($850) Venue: Elwood Learning Centre, 87 Tennyson St, Elwood, Melbourne Bookings: Call Stella on 03 9534 5021 with your CREDIT CARD details or BOOK ONLINE with Paypal/Visa/Mastercard or BANK TRANSFER to Account Name: Stella Starwoman, BSB 063-131 Account Number 1009 0630 Read More about this course including student testimonials HERE

Venus Retrograde – The Dark Feminine

On 25th July, love-goddess Venus comes to a standstill and begins her six week long backward journey through Leo. Personal relationships go under the microscope, creating an inner battle between what we think we should do/be vs our true desires and values. It may seem as though others are acting 'out of character', but any truths or insights that emerge during the Venus retrograde period are to be taken very seriously! Venus is locked in a challenging angle with serious Saturn throughout the retrograde period, forcing us to be honest, realistic and practical in matters of the heart. Watch out for more info on the Venus retrograde cycle next month!

What the Sun-Mars Conjunction Means for You

Last month we discussed the bi-annual Sun-Mars conjunction which took place on the 15 th June propelling us into a new two-year cycle of action and adventure. The Sun and Mars joined forces in air sign Gemini for the first time since June 1983.

The Sun-Mars conjunction will play out in a different way for each person based on where it falls in your birth chart. Using the solar house system you can look up your star sign in the table below and see which area of your life will be most affected. So for example Librans can expect exciting new beginnings in travel and study, while for Sagittarians the focus is on relationships.

If you have a more detailed knowledge of astrological houses, you can also check the exact house position of 23-24º Gemini in your birth chart and expect an exciting new beginning and surge of energy in this part of life as well. For example if the Sun-Mars conjunction falls in your tenth house (career), you might decide to start up a new business and if it’s in your sixth house (health), you might start training for a triathlon.

Sun Mars Conjunction by Star Sign

Stella Speaking at Tarot Guild Conference

If you’re into Tarot, you might like to check out the Tarot Guild’s International Conference, taking place from 7 th -9 th August in Melbourne. I’ll be presenting on Sunday 9 th August on Tarot, Magic & the Art of Casting Spells. There’s a flyer below and you need to register and pay for the conference by no later than 31 st July 2015.

Full details can be found on the Tarot Guild website

Featured Sign-Cancer


From the 22nd June to the 23rd July the Sun travels through cardinal water sign Cancer. Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac with keywords “I feel” and “I fluctuate”. Cancer’s symbol is the crab, an instinctive creature dwelling in the watery depths in the safety of its shell. Cancers are extremely sensitive. They love to mother and nurture others and have a strong attachment to home, family and community. At best Cancers are in touch with their feelings and display kindness, love and compassion. They are highly emotional, usually love food and have a reputation for taking care of friends, family and workmates. Negatively, the Cancer individual can be moody, dependent, illogical, manipulative and insecure. Cancer rules the stomach, breasts and solar plexus. When Cancers are out of balance they can suffer from mood swings, digestive upsets, water retention and breast problems. The Cancer colours are silver and pastel shades and women born under this sign often love antique jewellery and lingerie. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so those with a prominent Moon in their chart often display Cancer qualities. Cancer’s greatest lesson is to live in the present and to deal with mood swings and feelings of fear and insecurity.

July Full Moon & New Moon

The July full moon falls on the 2nd in earth sign Capricorn. The sun and moon always oppose each other at a full moon - if you step outside tonight at sunset you'll see the golden sun setting in the west as the silver moon rises in the east. The sun is travelling very close to Mars, while the moon is next door to Pluto. You won't be able to see Mars and Pluto, but you will be able to feel their energy! The Mars-Pluto combination can produce acts of great courage and power, but also feelings of anger and aggression. Don't bottle up your feelings, but if you are upset or over-emotional, think twice before blaming others. Physical exercise is a good way of expressing any pent-up rage!

The July new moon falls on the 16th in water sign Cancer. The theme for this new moon is 'inter-dependence' - our success in life depends on the relationships we build with others as no man is an island. Mars and Mercury oppose Pluto at this new moon pushing us to voice our true dreams and desires but to also consider situations from another's point of view. Tempers may flare, passions could explode, but cooperation will win out over force every time.

July Moon Calendar

Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. The period between the New Moon and the Full Moon is the waxing moon (moon getting bigger and fuller). The period between the Full Moon and the New Moon is the waning moon (moon getting smaller and thinner).

You can use this moon table to select the most favourable days to slow or increase hair regrowth. Full instructions can be found in my Lunar Hair Care guidelines at but to get you started I’ve marked the best dates for waxing/shaving to slow regrowth in yellow and the best dates to cut hair for thicker, lusher growth in green. If you’re serious about Lunar Hair Care - order your own Moon Calendar from the Stella Starwoman Store then you’ll know exactly what time of day the moon changes from one zodiac sign to the next meaning you can fine-tune your activities with confidence.

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PS – Don’t forget to check out your July Monthly Stars at to see what’s coming up for you this month.

Happy Stargazing

Stella Woods