July features intensely transformational overtones, as Uranus and Pluto themes are reactivated during our key Lunations – the Cancer New Moon (July 4th – opposite Pluto,) then Capricorn Full Moon (July 19 – square Uranus) as well as by transiting planets in Cancer. July is a pivotal period ripe with dynamic potential for change. If you are ready to jump the shark, massive breakthroughs are possible now! Mars is direct and gaining momentum every day. Where indecision prevailed on how or where to take action, initiative and clarity comes to replace confusion or misdirection. In many ways this month is about reconciling issues that have been endemic or evasive since the beginning of the year, with the cosmos offering much support to resolve that which has proved challenging and finally move forward. From the depths of Scorpio, passion is aroused, a Phoenix Rising from the ashes and embers of all that we will leave behind.
While we can hopefully we can make the most of these influences on a personal level, these challenges are being played out on the world stage as well. The most pernicious of these would be the Saturn – Neptune square, which is strongly featured throughout the Summer, peaking in influence June 17th and September 10th. Neptune represents our collective idealism, and Saturn in hard aspect indicates there are massive philosophical and ethical boundaries being drawn in harsh conflict with that idealism. England’s shocking and historical exit from the EU, terror events in Orlando and Istanbul (among others), controversies in Brazil surrounding the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August, even the terrifying rise of the xenophobic and race baiting Donald Trump in our current US presidential election, are all indicative of this conflict. The other shoe drops in mid 2025 – as a new cycle begins when Saturn – Neptune conjunct in the earliest degrees of Aries, incidentally, Pluto will collaborate from Aquarius. A technological breakthrough (probably associated with reproduction or genomics) at this time will be highly relevant for the upcoming 30 year cycle. Brave New World? Possibly. The choices we make now, and especially the political and economic policies put into place over the next few years will be instrumental when Saturn/Neptune announces the new normal that comes into fruition in 7 – 9 years.
“You are now ready to make the necessary changes in your life. Accept the pain that may come with the loss of the old.” – Gerd Ziegler Tarot Mirror of the Soul
It’s likely the prior Mars retrograde phase brought up highly intensive appraisals where our most intimate alliances and passions are concerned. Mars now direct, (from June 29) gives us the energy to really confront these issues, many of which were instigated at the onset of the year. A process of resolution is now taking place, and particularly the topics of late February and early March will resonate throughout the month. The Sun from Cancer, (and also Venus until the 13th) supports this process immensely. The period of the 16th – 18th is highly constructive for us emotionally, as an affirming and healing Grand Water Trine from Sun – Cancer to Mars – Scorpio and Chiron – Pisces offer a glimpse into the deepest of our emotions and desires. The opportunity to resolve wounds is possible when we let our true feelings emerge and express our desire for emotional clarity and security. Chiron is a bit of a renegade, so don’t be surprised if there in an unconventional or punk rock twist to developments that occur at this time. Embracing the unusual is favored and encourages positive results.
This trine gives us incredible strength, and urgency – with Mars direct now, to address a significant and emotionally charged or complicated issue. (February 23rd and June 11th may reveal clues for this topic, as Mars visited 25 Scorpio on these dates, as it does now.) Venus sextile Jupiter (July 1) and Venus trine Mars (July 6) are very harmonious, and encourage growth within relationships that may have undergone a barrage of challenges over the last several months. Venus will harmonize Chiron July 8th, and a love relationship that has endured the trials and tribulations of the prior months can provide great satisfaction now as well.
The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 19th taps right into the trine, turning it into a kite. This is a powerful and majestic configuration to behold. With Capricorn at the top of the kite, our highest ambitions and enterprises are stimulated and backed up by incredible emotional conviction. Uranus can be a bit intrusive at this time, squaring the Full Moon from Aries, and charging the ambience with some friction or instability. The rapid and unexpected changes brought on by Uranus will lose some intensity when Uranus goes retrograde at the end of the month. While Uranian changes are liberating, they also tend to be disruptive and unexpected, so an ease out (through the end of December) could be a welcome respite!
The Cancer New Moon (July 4th) falls in opposition to Pluto, so dynamics of power and control will be a prominent theme at this time. The instinctual nature of Cancer is associated with protection, though there may be a very stormy episode in store that pushes us out of our comfort zone as we are called upon to attend to a crisis or confrontation. In doing so we have the potential to resolve and eliminate a long standing conflict associated with oppression. Keep your motives and actions altruistic, as engaging duplicity or dishonesty to prevent an altercation will cost you far more in the end. This is a period that calls for brutal honesty and rock solid conviction. Act with integrity from your emotional center, and do not be deterred. This is one of the more transformational passages of the year, and a genuine breakthrough is possible, resolving endemic issues surrounding the balance of power once and for all.
DEEP HEALING – WATER GRAND TRINE: Chiron/Pisces; Mars/Scorpio; Sun/Cancer
Fresh Perspectives – The New Mercury Cycle
Sun and Mercury conjunct on July 6th at 15 Cancer, establishing a new course of directives and activities extending through the end of October. As always, the retrograde period (occurring in September,) will provide a pivot point or reorientation for the endeavors set into motion at this time. As it ties in closely to the events that occur during the New Moon a few days prior, (Sun and Mercury oppose Pluto on the 7th, articulating the themes of the power dynamics we seek reconciliation for, as indicated by the New Moon) you can expect some heated dialogue around the topics that arose a few days earlier. Exchanges may be prickly, and it can be that the beginnings made now are made under highly contentious influences.
Mercury towards the end of the Retrograde Cycle is in a super close and harmonious angle to Pluto from Virgo, for the whole last two weeks of September, as it stations direct. What seems like a super pervasive obstacle now, or a hindrance or burdensome commitment, actually yields a treasure in a few months down the road. It may be an issue of having to coddle to superiors, or to relinquish some form of power, but that which forces transformation in the current context becomes a genuine source of strength very soon. As perspective shifts over the next few months, we’ll come to realize that alliances formed now (or breaking off with those which have been holding us back,) served us in the long game. Changes we make in this period feed right into the success story we can embrace in September.
Saturn in Sagittarius – Reaching the Destination
Transiting Saturn tends to harshen the area (or themes, in the case of transits to planets,) in which it resides, applying pressure and challenges in order to signal you to what requires work and commitment at a given time to find enduring satisfaction within the realm of experience currently being transited. On an objective level, these transits can be fraught with tension, shortages, blockages and even strife. The intent of Saturn is to stimulate a subjective confrontation that asks you to examine how successfully you have achieved what you sought in these arenas, which only through steady and conscientious effort can the desired results be achieved. By paying close attention to where you feel you are coming up short, not good enough or being slighted your wishes, the truth of what you need to work towards is most readily revealed.
It is worth particular consideration for the next 6 weeks, as Saturn completes it’s retrograde cycle, to examine how successfully you have attended to the work of this transit. Until August 13th, we are still living off the karma we had built up from last Fall, and that karma reveals where we can still do better, and make improvements that will fortify this important topic or issue. Supportive aspects of Mercury (July 19), Venus (July 20) and Sun (August 1) from Leo to Saturn in Sagittarius can provide marvelous opportunities that benefit our long range objectives. Important directives can be initiated and move forward at these times. Creativity and risk taking play a role.
From August both Mars and Saturn are in better form to bring conviction to our efforts and get those long range objectives back into motion and begin to take shape. Use this month to start to set those goals by reflecting on what has and has not worked so far, as well as clarify your own objectives. Sagittarius seeks to take aim, so the more specific you are, the more likely you are going to reach your target.
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MONTHLY HOROSCOPE BY SIGN:
ARIES: A positive turn around regarding a financial/monetary agreement or intimate relationship can be expected, following a highly transformative period over the last several months. An ongoing negotiation, likely stemming as far back as 2012, may finally come to standing resolution. You’ve struggled to finalize this matter, a loan, divorce settlement, or a substantial commitment can now successfully be addressed. The 6th is golden for such an agreement. Professional developments around the 19th are the result of all the hard work you’ve been putting in, good work! Just in time as your romantic and creative prospects blossom from the 13th onward. Enticing vibrations stimulate your passions this month, with a revealing moment on the 6th showing you your hearts’ truest of intentions. Make a commitment on the 20th. This one is built to last. Mercury (July 19), Venus (July 20) and Sun (August 1) from Leo to Saturn in Sagittarius are positive for your academic career, travel or publication. Your creativity and self expression allow you to tap a broader audience and offer exciting serendipities for your love life. Your domestic and personal realm is also super charged through the first half of the month, with significant changes afoot in your family life. The New Moon on July 4th sees you taking a big step forward, possibly into unknown territory.
TAURUS: Your social life is buzzing this month and delays or separations from a partner endemic since early this year are soon rectified. Mid month is magical, though you can also circle the 6th and 10th for very positive developments. Communication is emphasized and daily life will be bustling with excitement. If you have been apart from the one you love, you will see an upsurge in activity. Express your heart’s desire on the 8th or 16th, you will be heard loud and clear and love the response. More vexing will be a matter associated with travel, exploration or education. Stimulation to reach out to the world abroad could prove challenging, as you have some changes in agenda you may have to accommodate to make a situation work. Big indications arrive around the 19th. From mid month the emphasis shifts to home and personal life, with stabilizing influences from the 19th and 20th offering the opportunity you have been waiting for to set down roots or make long lasting changes to your current living arrangements. Financial news you get can assist you in obtaining your objectives, and relationships with family and those closest should run smoothly. You may be welcoming an older relative or flatmate into your house hold who provides a mature perspective from within your household.
GEMINI: It’s been difficult to remain productive with any degree of consistency so far this year, despite a huge dose of inspiration and initiative that likely struck in May. While you’ll likely be attending to financial matters for the first few weeks, (some of these likely quite vexing, particularly if the money of others features here) there is an interesting career prospect or assignment that will capture your attention mid month. If you work in a healing profession or are willing to engage an unconventional route here, you can really succeed at this time. Intense lunar activity this month highlights financial activity and you can make a breakthrough in a situation that has seemed insurmountable. Pay attention to hunches in the first week. Intuition is highlighted and the New Moon on the 4th can bring an unanticipated opportunity into the mix. From mid month the ambience becomes far more social with many events and meetings taking place through August. A partnership can start to see signs of life as well, and the 20th is highlighted for cementing a relationship or renewing your commitment. Someone comes through for you and shows you how much they care.
CANCER: Really dynamic (and potentially confrontational) energy abounds this month, you might seal the deal on a meaningful commitment or see a relationship implode. What occurs of course depends on your circumstances, and in the case of an ending or separation, remain philosophical and move on. Events occurring this month are meant to move you into the right place, so if you are with the wrong person, you are merely clearing the way to let the right one in. For those in the mad throes of passion, you can easily cultivate your connection on the 6th and 16th. The Capricorn Full Moon (July 19th) speaks volumes and signals a fortunate change in your partnership status. Commitments can be made under these auspices, and your emotional center will be tapped right into developments that occur during this vibrant lunation. From mid month, finances are in the spotlight, and a work assignment can be lucrative for you if you are willing to accept and live up to the attendant responsibilities this position will require. Positive developments on the 20th and and 27th send beams of encouragement for your enterprises.
LEO: After a year comprised of highly private and subjective considerations, you finally begin to come into your own this month as energy and initiative begin to bubble to the surface. A family or residential matter that got sidetracked earlier this year can now be resolved. The 6th and 18th stimulate the opportunities for change you have been aching to make. From the 13th, Venus in your sign makes you far more receptive to pleasure and romantic exchange, a rekindling of passion is possible. You’re likely taking your love relationships more seriously in this phase (Saturn in Sagittarius), and positive influences on the 19th and 20th allow these ties to deepen in commitment organically. If there is no one about with whom you feel the urge to “get serious”, examine where your personal standards and reality are (or aren’t) intersecting. While there is no need to rush out and grab for the first available person you meet, Venus can open up a sweet spot you may have thought you had outgrown, reminding you first and foremost that you are deeply romantic soul after all, and helping you lower your guard just long enough to let someone in. Passion is ignited next month, at long last! Use the feelings gestating in this period to tap into your forgotten or abandoned wish. You’ll be surprised what develops through the rest of Summer.
VIRGO: You’ve been in the hot seat for quite some time there Virgo, and for the most part July is a bit of a breather as you prepare for a rock and roll September. (August has a few challenges in store for you in regard to family and residence, and although Venus in your sign will smooth things over in many ways, this one is a bit more mellow for you.) Relationships seem to be paramount this month, and some volatile influences presiding over friendships and romantic relationships (and the conflicts that divide them), figure largely, suggesting turning points within your alliances this month. Having to choose between your crew of comrades over a love interest around July 4th can have harsh consequences. Make it up to them quickly on the 6th, (super enticing) or you might suffer a setback on the 7th (very, very volatile). By the time of the Full Moon on the 19th, you or this person will have made up their mind about the state of this union, and while underlying factors favor achieving harmonious emotional rapport in a relationship, if a separation occurs, accept it and move on. Assuming you have come through substantial obstacles to maintain this relationship (Saturn – Neptune) and the love is still there, this can be a culminating moment with your partner. In two months time, eclipses dynamize this union, or bring an opportunity to begin anew. Stay true to your heart, and you will never go wrong.
LIBRA: A great deal of positive momentum and heightened visibility is present this month both financially and professionally. The New Moon on the 4th portends a big change, a kind of “grab for the brass ring” moment of opportunity. Significant alterations will be required in your personal or residential life to accommodate this offer, but auspices confer success favoring the bold and the brave right now. What you set into motion now has long range implications – in a year from now Mars will come to occupy the apex of your chart, while Jupiter from your sign (from September) confers good fortune and expansion. The whole of next Summer could be among the most significant for your career, reputation and highest aspirations for many years to come. Events and initiatives that occur this July play a large role in how successful you will be. If you go back a year in time, you’ll recall you dealt with some pretty harsh financial realities and wake up calls. Critical in that period was defining your personal sense of self worth and your values. You get a second chance to tackle money matters this month, after a long period of delay or indecision. Projects or assignments that generate revenue and resources can move forward. Scorpio’s involvement with your financial sector can indicate money from outside sources. The 1st, 6th, 8th, and 10th are dynamite for sealing lucrative contracts connected to your career. There is an unconventional twist to all this mid month. Someone close to home assists you.
SCORPIO: After exhaustive and substantial consideration and reconsideration of where and how you can most effectively direct your energy (mostly as it pertains to your sense of identity, values and personal definition) you can come to an inroads that gets you going towards a more clearly defined target. Deliberate and intentional use of your power makes this a potent period for getting what you want, and the emotional resonances abundant within the first two weeks (and also between the 16th – 18th) will put you back in touch with what your innermost heartfelt longings. Desire speaks for itself on the 6th, you can connect readily within a relationship that may have seen delays over the prior months. A sense of urgency is pervasive around the 14th to finish up that which has been, for one reason or another, impossible to resolve since early February. A work matter is likely emphasized and it may be high time to move on to greener pastures. Ultimatums are being thrown left and right, you may be dodging or dealing the artillery. The 7th, 11th and 16th are volatile. It’s time to drop worn out scripts and change your approach entirely. From the 13th, emphasis shifts to your public role, fame and profession. For four super charged weeks, your reputation escalates. The 16th, 20th and 27th are remarkable for making an impression on those who can take you far up the ladder of success. You’ll have a chance to rectify your financials next month, for now focus on where your want or need to be. Slow and steady.
SAGITTARIUS: For months you have been attending to the inner work, the behind-closed-doors super internal soul seeking. July is a significant turning point for you, as transformations, (many of which you have been undergoing since the beginning of the year) really take root, and you can finally find the closure you have sought, possibly aided by an intimate connection. Look to the 6th for a meaningful connection to bring a turning point. The flow of feelings is strong as you realize you can release a limitation or burden. Lunations this month emphasize financials, and there can be some anxiety in this regard. Trust your instincts and values, there is a make or break dynamic present, especially in agreements you make with others. Look specifically to the first week for a breakthrough. A financial commitment you undertake around the 6th plays a big role in the big career news that resonates in September. From the 13th, the preparation you have made internally opens you to a far more fun and appealing new ambience. As Venus, then Mercury and finally the Sun (July 23) all move into Leo, creating the kind of supportive and constructive atmosphere that has been absent for you for much of the year. The 19th and 20th, as well as August 1st offer substantial developments that allow you to engage with real growth experiences. Saturn has asked you to make concessions and remain focused on a few very important topics. You will now see how this has benefited you in the long term. Opportunities for travel and self expression will provide stimulating encounters. Trust in these serendipities now, next month you absolutely take flight.
CAPRICORN: Massive breakthroughs are possible this month, and for those of us Caps who have recently been through the scouring effects of Uranus square Sun and Pluto conjunct Sun can testify, changes of both chaotic and epic proportions have only served to strengthen and fortify our aims. The Capricorn Full Moon on the 19th brings it all home and is infused with a genuine sense of possibility of all that is yet to come. Even the delays and frustrating setbacks experienced since February suddenly click and make sense. Something could not have happened yet, simply because it simply was not ready to. That fruit is now maturing, as Mars collaborates effectively with the Full Moon, you can begin to manifest a significant personal enterprise. Finding the right people has been paramount, and for the most of July, the right partner. The New Moon on the 4th opens the doorways to a very meaningful one on one connection, with the 6th, 10th and 16th elaborating on the possibilities that this union represents. There is volatility underfoot, and groundbreaking energy over the first week (and coupling with the Full Moon in your sign) represents breakthroughs in a partnership, and abandoning scripts that have outlived their purpose or failed to live up to their potential. From the 13th, invigorating and stimulating intimacy coalesces, commitment deepens. The 20th seals the deal on financial or romantic agreements. As you are about to enter one of the most important professional periods of the decade, you are empowered right now to choose who you want to bring into this next, highly significant cycle of growth.
AQUARIUS: It’s a busy month at the onset for work and assignments, and your personal productivity is back on track, allowing you to make real professional progress after months of delay and set backs. Look back to the goals you set last Summer, these are the ones that are now ready to manifest. Serendipities on the 6th, 10th and 16th offer opportunities for advancement and assure progress in your work and daily routine over the first two weeks. Cultivation of good habits is easier in this phase. The 16th – 18th are powerful for you professionally. You showcase your abilities brilliantly and can earn a promotion or new position. Intuition and emotion runs high. You have been working towards these goals since 2012, so the realization of them will feel overwhelming! The New Moon on the 4th opens the door to a new chapter, this will see a positive outcome this Fall. From the 13th the emphasis moves to close partnerships and your key relationship(s). A fun and social ambience from the 13th – 19th can bring an introduction ripe with possibility or see you busy with your sweetheart attending parties and events. The 16th is exceptional for a love proclamation. More divine intervention on the 19th, 20th and 27th sees you and yours deepening your connection. The commitments made now endure, and enhance your ability to realize your hopes, wishes and dreams.
PISCES: You are deep in your comfort zone for most of July, and although friends and lovers may not quite be getting along in this phase, abundant serendipities can provide an outlet for your creative energy. A potent beginning in a love relationship or within an enterprise connected to your self expression is highlighted during the New Moon on the 4th, but don’t let friends be too critical or undermine your growing self confidence. Having to prove yourself to someone, or even a group of friends or colleagues can actually push you into uncharted waters, look to the 6th, 7th and 16th for outstanding developments. Being a creature of comfort, some of these can be disconcerting, though if alliances have out lived their usefulness, you can cut ties graciously around the time of the Capricorn Full Moon on the 19th. A key partnership develops harmoniously in this phase, and the 5th, 8th, 10th and 16th offer welcomed developments here. From mid month, work and productivity is highlighted, with the 13th to 18th ripe for finding a job or assignment in which you can showcase your creativity. Professional endeavors which have kind of taken a back seat to the more immediate concerns of the last few months get a boost on the 20th, 27th and August 1st. Events and developments around these dates set the stage for a massive victory next month, when your career catches on like wild fire. For the first half, recreation and vacation can be fulfilling, while facilitating a necessary recharge. Your time is coming, for now enjoy the beauty all around you!