July is highlighted by intense planetary activity, followed by a calmer
period that extends from late July into August. Both Uranus and Mercury
turn retrograde in fire signs within two days of each other. This is
followed by active Mars transits setting off the Uranus/Pluto square
that occurred in June. Both the new and full moons also strengthen these
aspects, which could bring unexpected and volatile changes during these
periods. We begin this month still under the June lunation in Gemini, opening us to new information sources and need for discrimination. We are also learning how to be more adaptable and flexible, with the increase of rapid changes coming our way. The Full Moon occurs on July 3 at 12 Capricorn.
This lunation is aligned with both Pluto and Uranus, which sets up an
intense period of dynamic changes during the next few weeks. Pluto
rules death and rebirth, while Capricorn represents the old guard,
authority figures and those resistant to change. Entrenched,
unsustainable structures and outworn personal patterns will likely
change form at this time. This can set up an intense struggle for power
and control, as breakdowns and endings occur both around us and within
us. However, cultivating a calm, optimistic perspective helps facilitate
a more harmonious rebirth.
The Sabian symbols for these lunation degrees seem to echo
the power/rebirth themes of Pluto/Uranus: “A hand with a prominent thumb
is held out for study; the power of the will in shaping character,” and
“a fire worshipper meditates on the ultimate realities of existence;
the subjective quest for ultimates beyond the interplay of life and
death processes.” As we grow and develop new powers and strengths, we
are also challenged to act with increased wisdom.
Jupiter aligns with the South Node in Gemini during the first
half of July, which can cause a mental overreaction to daily events.
We can get too caught up in details, or even misperception, without
seeing a broader view (as represented by the North Node in the opposite
sign of Sagittarius). On July 3 Mars enters Libra, which motivates us to
act with more balance and harmony to achieve our goals.
On July 12, Uranus turns stationary retrograde at 8 Aries
32. When planets turn stationary, they increase in strength. During the
next five months, we will be looking more closely at life areas that
need positive change or an awakening of fuller self-expression. It
would also be highly favorable to make preparation for increased earth
changes during the next week.
Mercury turns retrograde on July 14 at 12 Leo 33, traveling
backward through Leo until August 8. We can constructively use this
cycle to examine where we could take a more creative and courageous
approach towards our personal goals. It is important to avoid taking an
arrogant or overly rigid stance that could lead to stalemate
situations. Instead exercise more cooperation and willingness to see
and appreciate all viewpoints before taking action.
Mars and the Sun are often triggers for setting off resulting
actions from powerful conjunctions, such as Uranus/Pluto. This week
(late June) the solar aspects to this conjunction brought a significant
outcome with long-term effects for the US national health care program.
Meanwhile, fires rage in Colorado and Florida is overloaded with water,
breaking all records.
On July 17-18, Mars makes a challenging t-square aspect to
both Pluto and Uranus. The action of Mars will likely bring sudden
change and upheaval to institutions and personal situations,
especially those that have been dysfunctional for some time. Individuals
with personal planets at 7-8 degrees of the cardinal signs of Aries,
Libra, Cancer and Capricorn will likely feel the most impact from July
10-25. This will also likely be the most volatile period in terms of
both personal and world events. The New Moon occurs on July 18 at 27 Cancer.
This lunation makes a challenging square to Saturn in Libra, which
brings up issues connected with personal security, home and family and
one’s basic foundations in life. We may be feeling more protective and
cautious about new endeavors this month, also due to the t-square
described above. The Sabian symbol for this degree: “A violent storm in
a canyon filled with expensive homes; a confrontation with a social
upheaval demanding the reconsideration of static values,” suggests the
Uranus themes of equality and change.
On July 21, a favorable Jupiter/Uranus aspect brings greater
opportunities for prosperity and harmonious connections. July 22-28
features a series of beneficial Mercury aspects that will favor
communications and creativity.
August will be highlighted by a Blue Moon (two full moons)
and Mercury turning direct. Stay tuned and have a great month!
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