The Week Ahead

21 July

With the Sun in Cancer (cold-wet) and the Moon in Leo (hot/dry), the energy of today is Phlegmatic/Choleric.

Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments.

Phlegmatic/Choleric energy is combination of water and fire, which at best makes steam. In this instance, it’s not the type of steam that helpfully powers engines but instead that blows it’s top. This is because Cancer is ruled by the Moon and Leo, is ruled by the Sun and today, their relationship today is uncomfortably reversed.

  • Cancer takes the back seat = faithful, stable, lethargic, conservative.
  • Leo takes the front seat = boasting, enthusiastic, generous, impatient.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Determined
  • Assertive
  • Touchy
  • Impulsive

Advice: It’s likely your planned parade will get rained upon; try not to take this personally.


22 July

With the Sun in Leo (hot-dry) and the Moon in Leo (hot-dry), today’s energy is Choleric.


Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. Humoural theory underpinned much of Early Modern drama, and was extensively used by well-known playwrights of the period like Shakespeare and Webster.

For example, in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, a close reading of the text in 2.5 where Ferdinand expounds ‘Rhubarb, O for rhubarb (t)o purge this choler’ may well leave us none the wiser. 

But when we know that in the early 17th century rhubarb was considered to medicinally ‘purge’ or cure ‘choler’, then a meaningful connection is made. More importantly, we can deal better with the Ferdinand-types in our lives when we understand that their ‘choler’ is not a fleeting state of mind, but their temperament and thus difficult to change. 

In John Harrington’s 1607 Poems on Temperament, we discover that a choleric like Ferdinand is not only angry, but he is ‘oft malicious’ and ‘all violent and fierce’. Not only that but ‘on little cause to anger’ a choleric like Ferdinand is ‘great inclin’d’. This understanding of the nature of his temperament presents a different picture than if we were to simply believe him to angry on a certain day.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Aggressive
  • Proud
  • Bold
  • Boastful
  • Impatient

Advice: Learn from literature, it has much to offer. Failing that, well, then you’re on your own.


23-24 July

With the Sun in Leo (hot-dry) and the Moon in Virgo (cold-dry), the energy of today and tomorrow is Choleric/Melancholic.


Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. Naturally no person could consist of a single temperament – as far back as Galan in the 2nd century it has been accepted that such ‘pure’ states are not possible in humans.

Because the four temperaments share certain qualities, combinations are to be expected; in his translation of Galen’s Art of Physick, Nicholas Culpeper helpfully includes descriptions of certain ‘compound’ temperaments.

The example a Choleric/Melancholic (sharing dryness) is one who not only dreams of ‘Murders’ and ‘Hurts’ proceeding from ‘fire, fighting, or anger’ but is also ‘quick Witted’ and ‘studious’; he is however more ‘suspicious’, ‘fretful’, and ‘solitary’ than Choleric men.

Because of this, on days characterised by Choleric/Melancholic energy, we are unlikely to achieve much. Those familiar with Shakespeare’s Henry IV might recognise this problem when by the end of 2 Henry IV the Choleric Hal (he has ambitions as he tells us from the start – ‘Yet herein will I imitate the sun, I.2, 186) and the Melancholic Falstaff (‘melancholy as a gib cat’ and ‘an old lion’) have sadly cancelled each other out.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Self-absorbed
  • Failure to complete
  • Vindictive
  • Caught between past and future
  • Moody

Advice: Finish what you’ve started, before beginning something new. 


25-26 July

With the Sun in Leo (hot-dry) and the Moon in Libra (hot-wet), the energy of today and tomorrow is Choleric/Sanguine.


Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. Often, we experience various combinations of the four humours resulting in mixed temperaments – the more balance between them, the better as we will soon discover.

Choleric energy is characterised as commanding and aggressive. It is a time of energetic enthusiasm that may lead to impulsive ‘hot-headedness’. But it’s also characterised by a friendly atmosphere of generosity that can help to smooth over any cracks. Add to that the sympathetic kindness and understanding of the Sanguine influence and we can expect a rather pleasant, albeit lively, couple of days.

This makes perfect sense when we remember that Leo and Libra are in a comfortable sextile (60 degree) aspect to each other. In psychological astrology, the sextile aspect is  linked to opportunities – perhaps because of associations with open communication and rational discourse.

This makes today and tomorrow an excellent time to seize the moment and sort out difficulties. As long as you’re actively seeking to understand viewpoints other than your own, you can expect real success.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Beneficial
  • Bright
  • Rich
  • Colourful
  • Dramatic

Advice: Be firm yet friendly and show genuine interest in the other; always a recipe for success.


Published by debramoolenaar

Formerly an American lawyer specialising in international tax, I'm now an astrologer, novelist, and aspiring life coach.

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