Look at the chart on the left The full Moon eclipse is right there on the first house cusp. That is an ending to a way of life. A new beginning. A new identity. A full Moon eclipse is powerful and brings new challenges.
Look to the combination of Donald Trump and Mike Pence's chart. The eclipse is in Donald Trumps fourth house opposite Uranus at 16 degrees and Mike Pence's Sun. Events around the world are sure to affect all of us. Big challenges are ahead still.
Mercury Is Still Retrograde
July opens with Mercury retrograde since June 17. Mercury goes direct July 11/12 depending on your timezone. In the days until that time we just have to deal with equipment breakdowns and generally waiting until a later time to do what it is we want to do in life. Otherwise, our project is rocky and often will not come to fruition as we would hope. Mercury retrograde is not the terrible event as perceived by most of us. Just laugh it off because that is what Mercury wants. In some cases Mercury retrograde is a good thing as one friend pointed out recently. Her truck broke down before her long road trip that would take place during Mercury retrograde.
Jupiter And Pluto
Jupiter and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn seem to be the zodiacal reason for the pandemic. They originally connected in March and finally separated a bit in May. Just as they were separating many states began to open in late April. Jupiter retrograde and Pluto connected back together June 29. Of course we felt this influence earlier in the month. At this time COVID 19 has surged ahead as you know. Luckily Jupiter will keep backing up into September and will be almost 5 degrees behind Pluto. We will probably see the number of cases decline at that time. Don’t book that cruise just yet. Once Jupiter goes direct September 12, that big planet will catch up to Pluto mid October. They begin to separate mid November. We will not be out of the woods where Jupiter and Pluto are concerned until the first week of December.
Jupiter And Neptune
At the same time Jupiter has been sextile Neptune this year. The aspect was last exact February 20, 2020. This month it is exact July 27 and will be exact again October 14. This coupled with the influence of Pluto we are going to continue to see a change in the ideals we all embrace. Many of us have very difference ideals that are clashing. One thing is for sure the crises of the pandemic and the racial divisions are cause for very big changes on the world stage and in our individual lives. Usually when we are upset and do not like what is going on in our world, we make changes. That has been happening.
Protests and battles across the world are sure to take place with Mercury retrograde square Mars July 8. Old resentments and prejudices are sure to erupt again at that time. Look out for Karen and Ken; they are going to be lurking around creating problems here and there. The problems they cause will be for themselves.
July 12-15 the Sun will trine Neptune and oppose Jupiter and Pluto. We will see great acts of compassion but they will most likely be over shadowed by battles against all sorts of authorities.
The Full Moon Eclipse
The full Moon eclipse July 4 occurs at 11:45 pm CDT at thirteen degrees Cancer. This eclipse is trine Uranus and opposite Mercury. This eclipse is somewhat harmonious due to those aspects and by the fact that it is conjunct the asteroid Vesta which represents home and family. We can all expect to make new acquaintances in months to come. That is a sign of an end to quarantine to come or even new ways of meeting with friend and loved ones.
When we look at the chart of the Declaration of Independence this eclipse is opposite the Sun on July 4, 1776. This is sure to bring a rise of opposition. Not necessarily more protests but this can mean the people who oppose those who are in power. Also this eclipse is a semi sextile to the June 5 eclipse. Both occur in the first house of the United States. The face of the nation is in a flux and will change in one way or another. Since this eclipse is trine Uranus we will see innovation within systems that no longer work for all of us in the months and years to come.
In the past, eclipses opposite the United States natal Sun have brought crises events that have bonded the citizens. July 5 eclipse at fourteen Cancer occurred 68 days before the attack on the World Trade Center. After a July 6, 1982 eclipse, a recession ended but there was 10.8% unemployment. John Kennedy was killed in November 1963 after an early July eclipse at thirteen degrees Capricorn. On a lighter note the show OZZIE AND HARRIET debuted bringing a family to our view that seemed ideal. That has been later shown as untrue. And of course there were major challenges due to World War ll including the Market Operation designed to create and invasion route into Northern Germany starting in September 1944.
As you can see this is a powerful eclipse. Events will unfold that bond us as citizens of this country. I don’t need to tell you this has been an intense year, but I will mention that normally we have 4 eclipses in a given year and this year there are six eclipses.
Saturn - Karma
Saturn, retrograde since May 10, backs into Capricorn July 1 for one last pass in the late degrees of Capricorn until moving into Aquarius December 16/17. This is a time for finishing business and endings. While Saturn is at twenty-nine degrees this month we will see and hear lots of secrets exposed and some will come from high places. The same will occur again in December. This rings true across the planet.
We will once again have Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn in Capricorn. The South node was also in Capricorn until May. This all last started in December 2019 and peaked in March. We have not seen these kind of transits since the Reformation and even back to the Renaissance. And there was the small pox epidemic during the American Revolution when Pluto was last in Capricorn.
The New Moon
The new Moon occurs July 20 at twenty-eight degrees Cancer at 12:34 PM CDT. This full Moon is opposite Saturn doing his business in Capricorn while Mercury is sextile Uranus. While a new Moon is a new beginning, the opposition to Saturn says that we have an uphill battle to wage. In terms of the United States, this full Moon is opposite the US Pluto and conjunct the US Mercury. This means that the way we communicate and the way we feel and think is changing. That includes how we treat one another. At the same time Mercury is sextile Uranus. This aspect says progressive ideas will be on the table. This is a powerful new Moon. Make some important goals and stand ready to climb over lots of obstacles towards a new sense of personal freedom. New ideas from new people are coming.
Mars is now transiting Aries until January. That’s an unusually long time for Mars to be in a sign. The reason is that Mars is retrograde September 9 to November 13. Those who start the argument with Mars retrograde are sure to lose the battle and the war.
As Mars moves through Aries, this warrior planet will square the postion of the month’s eclipse the week of July 20 and again beginning the last few days of November and through most of December.
Mars will square Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn in Capricorn August 14 through the end of October. This will bring major challenges to and from authority figures across the planet. This will occur in governments and in our personal lives. Sweeping changes will be demanded and resisted in the months ahead. We, humanity are seeing that we cannot continue on the same path. This is not about politics. This is occurring for the good of all.
And of course, the United States has a big toe in the waters of the first Pluto return. It happens in 2022. A shift cannot be avoided with a Pluto transit. What does not work must die and be reborn. We are seeing that now in the current cultural changes.
These are very eventful times where we will see crises and bonding experiences that result in change that is congruent with the crises.
While this has been a tumultuous time in this country and across the planet, we all have front row seats to history in the making. Many of us are shifting our consciousness. Some say we are moving into a new dimension, others say it is the advent of the Aquarian Age. The best tact for us individually is to stand up for what is true and correct for the good of all of us. Fear and worry is useless but Grace will be divine for those who choose to let go of old identities and structures that no longer serve us. There is no going back.
I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.
Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.
Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.
Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.
Robert E Brown
As a part of helping readers live with astrology I have added a year long astrology calendar on the MOON VOID page. You can see all the voids month by month. Note the new Moons and the full Moons. The lunar quarters are listed and the aspects are noted on each day. If you are not astrology savvy you can at least have the Moon void information for the year. It's a pdf so you can download it.
2020 is a bit of a challenge due to all the retrogrades.
In addition to Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto doing their usual retrogrades, we will have Venus and Mars retrograde.
Venus retrograde in Gemini May 13 to June 25 - Money and love are sketchy and ding dongs from the past are sure to cycle back through our lives.
Mars retrograde in Aries September 9 to November 14 - Hold off on new projects. Let others start the fight. They are sure to lose.
New projects need to get off the ground if possible before the first Mercury retrograde February 16.
2020 Mercury Retrograde
Feb 16 to March 9
June 17 to July 12
Oct 13 to Nov 3
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Due to timezone differences always look at the Moon Void Chart in your timezone to make sure the Moon is not void. That is on the Moon Void page of the site.