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.
July is exciting and busy as we not only have two eclipses but also Mercury retrograde. This portal of eclipse influence began with the full Moon June 17 and lasts until the second new this month Moon July 31.
The new Moon/solar eclipse occurs July 2 in Cancer at 10 degrees at 2:16 pm CDT. It is a total eclipse. This eclipses opens a new door to our need for security. Many of us will be taking on new projects that nurture ourselves. This astrologer loves new Moon eclipses because they are super charged new beginnings. This eclipse is loosely sextile Uranus which brings wonderful opportunities for success and goodwill. Cancer is a sign that loves to nurture and spend time with those we love. This one offers opportunities to resolve issues with others and we all know there are plenty of places on the planet where we need help coming to peace with others. Those of us most affected by this eclipse are born June 27 to July 7. If you have planets in your chart that are between five and fifteen degrees in any sign you will experience the push of this special new beginning in months to come.
Venus, having moved into Cancer July 3, is sextile Uranus July 8. Venus comes in between Mars and Uranus July 5 to 11. This adds fun and happiness to our situations. Life can be happy and joyous during those days. Count your blessings.
The Sun in Cancer is opposite Saturn retrograde (exact July 9). This brings restrictions and challenges. Maybe it is as simple as dad can’t come to the family party. Whatever the case, there are opportunities to start over and reconsider our commitments especially for Cancer and Capricorn.
The Sun in Cancer is trine Neptune July 11 which can be an awesome time full of idealism. Go to a movie or have a picnic in the park and relax.
The full Moon lunar eclipse occurs July 16 at 4:38 pm CDT in Capricorn at 24 degrees. This eclipse is within two degrees of the small but very powerful Pluto. This is going to be an intense eclipse. There is sure to be an earthquake literally or figuratively. Gossip, deceit, and lies come into light. Those who are power mongers will make their plays to take more power. Where we are out of balance is where we will address the changes that need to be made. This astrologer fully expects there to be violence around this time. In this day and age I wonder if it will be perpetrated by those in power. Those of us born January 10 - 20 are most affected as are any others who have planets between 19 and 29 degrees in their chart.
Right around the time of the full Moon we feel the sun opposite Pluto (exact July 14) beginning July 11, Venus opposite Saturn July 17, and Venus opposite Pluto July 21. At the same time Venus will be trine Neptune July 18. And the Sun is conjunct Mercury retrograde.
During these days, July 11-21, there will be misinformation for the purpose of manipulation. Don’t fall into the power struggle that presents itself especially if you are Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, or Leo. We can expect those who are lower in the pecking order to challenge the powers that be in our personal lives and on the world stage. These times are intense. Find time to breath and remember joy.
Prince William of England is born with Pluto at 24 degrees Libra, Venus at 25 degrees Taurus, Neptune at 25 degrees Sagittarius, and his north node of the Moon is at 14 degrees Cancer. William’s natal chart is certainly affected by these eclipses. Notable events will be taking place in his life in the coming months especially since the New Moon eclipse December 26 is opposite his natal Moon in the seventh house. The seventh house can be his wife or his grandparents. Stay tuned.
The United States was born on July 4, 1776 with Pluto at 27 degrees Capricorn, the Moon at 27 degrees Aquarius, Mercury at 24 degrees Cancer and Neptune at 22 degrees Virgo. There is sure to be a power struggle here in months to come as the 2020 campaign heats up. Expect exposes on a daily basis as the mighty struggle to gain or stay in power. Please do not take these words as any endorsement.
Additionally, we continue to feel the effects of Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius square Neptune. This influence brings about disappointments and attacks on our character. Just read the news, there is a charge everyday no matter what country you live in.
In ancient times eclipses were frightening experiences that often were considered omens of war, disease, disaster, and famine. We know better today. These two eclipses are part of a cycle that began in 991 AD and will end in 2235. This cycle is relevant to young people. Cancer would represent the children and Capricorn would represent the powers that be on the world stage and in our lives. This astrologer feels that the portal we are experiencing since June 17 will motivate the youth and the meek to begin to organize against the status quo. The battle over women’s rights will heat up even more and the issue of children’s rights will do the same across the globe. Those who dominate or abuse children should watch their back. These eclipses occurred in July 2000. What was going on in your life then? Those past events will give you insight into your future.
On a more mundane level Mercury in Leo turns retrograde July 7 to 31. We began to feel this in late June. If you have been having to restart the modem or deal with computers down it is most likely Mercury wants you to reboot in one way or another. As of this writing I was recently out with friends. We were having a drink at a bar and the whole computer system went down. The bartenders could not charge anyone for drinks. Many people got their beverage on the house. Just goes to show that Mercury can bring about good fortune. This will continue throughout the month so back up the computers. Leave home with plenty of time to get there. Float in place before paddling forward while Mercury is retrograde.
Mercury in Leo will be square Uranus in Taurus for the first 13 days of the month so we are going to see power outages and transportation issues that affect the masses. Use caution when traveling and take a carry on as you don’t know when you will arrive and if your stuff will arrive at the same time or place. Consider it an adventure. You may end up in a way better place than you planned on going to start.
Mars moves through Leo July 1 to August 18. Mars joins Mercury (exact July 8) squaring Uranus August 7 - 17. This adds to the intensity. There very well could be riots somewhere on the planet and certainly an explosion or more. However this is all part of change for the better. In our individual lives we can get so much accomplished now. Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, and Aquarius are wise to brace for unexpected events.
At the same time Mars is trine Chiron. This brings a willful transformation to our identity. Many of us, but especially Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius will be standing up for what is their birthright. Issues around gender are sure to come into the news. The Me Too movement is going to get a boost as more people come forward.
Mercury backs into Cancer August 19. Home and family matters have to be resolved. If you are having a family reunion, expect surprises. They don’t have to be bad. I am reminding you of this because we often think of Mercury retrograde as a bad thing. It is a time to rethink and rewire and restart the computers at the bar. RE is the theme for Mercury retrograde. Calm down it is not the end of the world, but merely an opportunity to do some problem solving.
As the month moves on and the planets leave the Cancer/Capricorn axis our lives will simmer down a bit. Those are sure to be famous last words. The Sun moves through Leo July 22 to August 23. Lions will roar and let us know they are in the building and have a right to be here July 26 - August 1. At the same time Venus and Mercury cross paths in Cancer July 24 bringing people from the past with lame excuses for doing what they did in the first place. Still at the same time Mars in Leo is trine Jupiter adding good luck and a strong wind to fill our sails. Just after that Venus moves into Leo July 27 bringing surprises and joy and celebration in the wake of the battles and the heat of the summer. It will be a hotter than usual summer in many places.
July 29 the Sun in Leo is square Uranus in Taurus. Expect the unexpected but changes and surprises that make us feel uncertain, will certainly lead us to happiness once the dust has settled. Money and markets will seem shaky for some of us.
July ends with a second new Moon at 8 degrees Leo conjunct Uranus and Venus. At the same time as mentioned earlier, Mercury will be turning direct July 31. The image that comes to mind is flags waving in celebration as this new cycle begins. If there were a theme for this new Moon, it would be “I am what I am”. This cycle that begins is one of independence, innovation, and recreation.
Use this month to remember where you were and what you were doing in 2000, 2010, and 2011. Those memories will give you clues to your future. Celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel.