Exciting days abound this month with quite a lot of activity in July skies! The general tally is 2 eclipses, 5 planets in retrograde - Jupiter stations direct on July 10 and Mercury stations retrograde on July 26. In some capacity, there will be a replay of what was happening last Fall and early winter. Most of us will continue the process of working on eliminating negative thinking, avoiding toxic people, and exercising better judgment. Secrets will continue to be uncovered, exposing wounds so that they can heal. This may require facing our worst fears in order to challenge the power they hold over us. Yes, Jupiter is the good guy planet. However, doorways that open now will be in equal measure to previous efforts.
The Asteroid Ceres(also known as Demeter), goddess of the harvest, fertility and agriculture, moves into the sign of Virgo for the first time since 2008. She will stand fairly close to Venus, also in Virgo, this month flavoring life with a strong need to help others through the medium of food. The urge to get our surroundings in shape by simplifying and organizing life is also highlighted. Asteroid Juno (also known as Hera) is the goddess of marriage, unions, conception, and births. She is currently in the sign of Taurus, which is a grounding combination of energy, positively influencing the solar eclipse. Juno in Taurus reminds us about what's real in relationships and what we rely on from our partners for long term security, longevity and commitment.
On July 12, the New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 21˚ Cancer(10:48pm) heralds a new beginning in some area of our life. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and the Moon rules emotions, home, nurturing, intuition, and the past. Eclipses take us in a new direction while testing our endurance. The influence of an eclipse appears to come to the rescue whenever/wherever area of life we need to grow. This is frequently done through change in order to let go of something or someone. There is a beautiful grand trine in water impacting this Eclipse and another grand trine in Earth. Both of these configurations help us ground the energy and use it to our advantage. Yes, magic can and does happen!
Solar eclipses mark beginnings - Lunar eclipses mark endings. Pay attention to what comes up during this time as these eclipses may impact life long after they are over.
The current group of retrograde planets offers us a serious break - for some a breakdown. It may be that power is zapped emotionally or literally, OR kinetic energy is just not readily available to pursue physical tasks. Jupiter does offer some relief after it goes direct on July 10th. Communication breakthroughs occur after August 19th when Mercury goes direct and then, finally, when Mars goes direct on August 28th, energy and focus slowly begin to be ramped up. Saturn is the player that really turns the ship around by mid September. There is an incremental ebb and flow over the next couple of months that must be respected in order to make the most of changes that occur. Frustration is mitigated by staying in the present!
Sun in Cancer through July 22 is continuing to keep us on high emotional alert. Staying focused means staying in the NOW. The lunar energy of the Moon, however, influences how our past is filtering down into our psyches and affecting the way we feel. Circumstances surrounding our home, family, mothers/children, nurturing, food and the things we cling to that "feed" our soul. The Moon is the planetary ruler of Cancer and it's influence brings emotions closer to the surface. This isn't just about feeling happy or sad, but the full range of heightened sensitivity we experience from situations moment to moment. The results can either enhance feelings of security or instability. Of course, they'll be a whole lot worse if you're glued to TV or news cycles.
Mars, the planet of action, is currently in the sign of Aquarius. It went into retrograde motion June 27 and remains there until late August. For this period of time there is a strong desire to move forward and make changes in some area of life. Mars retrograde can be troublesome simply because we either don't have the energy to get the job done or plans aren't falling into place the way we had expected. Whatever structures in your life need to be reinforced, modified, corrected, fixed, slow progress is bettern than none at all. Some changes will challenge our security. The Universe is asking us to trust that what happens now is testng stability for the long haul.
VENUS, the planet of love and what we value, moves out of Leo and intoVirgo on July 9 until August 6. This is a difficult combo because of an increased drive for perfection which, on the downside, draws more criticism. This is a perfect time to work on simplification and order. By mid July, the energy is prime for overhauling your diet or doing a cleanse, planning a garage sale or undertaking any large cleaning project. Charitable activities and community organizations are also highlighted.
JUPITER in Scorpio has been in retrograde since March 8. It moves direct on July 10th and catches up to speed by October 6. Look to see where 13˚ - 23˚ Scorpio lands in your natal chart to see how this personally impacts you. There may be more attention on joint assets, wills, sex, death, or some hidden secret. Jupiter, the planet of benevolence stays in Scorpio from Oct 2017 - Nov 2018. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, god of the underworld, who prefers the darker realms and is accustomed to transformation through annihilation. Some of the things that may come to the surface may take us completely by surprise! This is an ongoing process of purification. Whatever effort has been made to suppress compulsions, obsessions and secrets will no longer work. True beneficial change is possible when we are willing to iluminate what lies beneath the surface and embrace all of it - dark and light, with forgiveness and love.
NEPTUNE in Pisces offers a cloak to escape into other worlds like fantasy, music, poetry, or some higher elevated dimension. Some people might even be looking for another dimension or feel like they are living in an alternate one. There are a myriad of avenues that can divert attention from every day drudgery and the more creative the better.
Neptune energy comes with a warning label ~
beware the disguise of pharmaceutical approach drugs, alcohol, or any mind altering substances. These serve to mask symptoms, leading us further into an abyss. It would be wise to really look at alternates; therapy, massages, energy work like reiki, meditation or mindfulness. Find someone healthy that you trust and respect who can offer support when you are feeling stressed.
URANUS in Taurus helps us become more aware of our limitations. It wakes up to what needs to change in order grow. Where do you want to escape because you've just had enough? Taurus is a practical earth sign ruled by Venus. Make the effort to spend more time outside, in nature doing more things that will connect you to our beautiful land.
It's ingress into Taurus mid-May left us all poised on the verge of a new world order with regard to finances, which come under the rulership of Taurus. The strong-arm alliances between Saturn in Capricorn (gov't, institutions) and Pluto (transformation, annihilation) in Capricorn until 2026 indicates a total upheaval in the way in which the global financial markets have operated. International trade, debt, and tariffs will be highlighted as sudden shifts occur in the economy due to hidden shenanigans behind the scene (Scorpio). Banks, businesses, and, yes, even the stock markets, are headed towards some serious changes. It wouldn't be a bad idea to keep some personal resources close at hand to mitigate any major personal upheavals. Financial institutions will be managing their affairs in a much different way over the coming years with Uranus in Taurus. It has recently been noted that we might be headed into the future to a cashless society full of universal credits and restrictions.
Uranus also rules over weather. Taurus covers the realms of Earth. This combo of energy is more unsettling because it brings sudden shifts and changes to weather and meteorological affairs. We might see an increase in sudden storms, seismic activity, fires and other sorts of upsets that come out of the blue and have the capacity to disrupt lives.
As the Moon orbits the Earth, it passes through all 12 signs of the zodiac making up a lunar month. The Void of Course Moon is the period of time right after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters the next sign in sequential order. These periods can last for seconds, minutes or even a day or two. During the periods when there is a Void of Course Moon, we can feel scattered, disconnected and without direction. It is generally best to avoid important decisions, signing documents or beginning new projects and better to stick to routine.
The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and meant as a learning tool for Astrological themes. They are not to be taken as a substitute for any medical treatments. The intention is to share with the reader, knowledge of the stars for contemplation as well as encouraging a thought provoking dialogue.