This Week in Astrology With Nick Newmont: June 23-29, The Sun in Cancer and Mars Turns Direct


Nick Newmont

by Nick Newmont

On Monday, along with the Solstice, the Sun moved into Cancer where it resides until July 22. During this time we tend to be self-protective and more patriotic under this influence. Our attention turns to our nest–our families, homes and anything that makes us feel “at home,” safe and secure. There is more of a “charity-begins-at-home” attitude. Nurturing and taking care of our loved ones and home projects come into focus. Emotions run deep when the Sun is Moon ruled, and we are more susceptible to mood swings while the Sun is in the sign of the crab.

While the Sun is in Cancer, the USA celebrates its 240th birthday on July 4th. Next week, I will cover the USA’s chart and the country’s year ahead. Look for many changes of direction beyond the presidential election.

Mars is retrograde until the 29th, now in the sign of Scorpio (since May 27th). Mars turned retrograde on April 17th and will remain retrograde until June 29th. We are in the position to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want and our desire nature. Mars energy is essentially turned inward–it’s internalized, intensified, personalized and perhaps pressurized. There has been passive-aggressive behavior during this cycle as I warned. Since Mars has been in Scorpio, there has been more aggressive covert behavior.

Mars moves back into Sagittarius on August 3rd which brings positive energy. Until then we may still be instigating problems or arguments rather than dealing with issues directly. However, this can be a good time to learn more about our inner motivations and desires, as well as to reconsider old projects and interests. After the 29th, slowly but surely, confidence in our ability to assert ourselves and to effect change increases.

When Mars goes direct, we will feel reenergized. The question to ask yourself until the 29th is “what in yourself needs a fresh start or new beginning.” What project has been on hold since April that can be launched next week?

It’s time to move forward.

Have a great week.

Nick Newmont, a licensed hypnotherapist and astrologer, runs The Newmont Center for Balanced Living in Agoura Hills. For more information, go to 

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