note: all dates and times in this article are based on Universal Time Zone
This month’s ASTRO CALENDAR lists major planetary placements & patterns plus movement of the Moon.
Cancer Season began at solstice on 21st June and continues until the 22nd of this month, when the Sun moves into its own sign of Leo. July is a solar blend of water and fire elements, which helps us to combine creativity and confidence in ways that enable us to shine like the stars we truly are.
Here are the highlights in this month’s astrological cycles. Invite them to guide and empower your manifestation projects and ask for their assistance when you struggle to cope with the harsher aspects of life on Planet Earth.
2 July Mercury in Gemini trine Saturn in Aquarius, square Neptune in Pisces. Listen carefully to information from respected sources with a proven reputation for reliability. Ignore the flights of fancy you hear from silver tongued svengalis who are trying to sell you something you don’t really want.
Mars in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn. This burst of intensity must be channelled constructively or it might blow a hole in your carefully laid plans. A surge of uncontrolled impatience could sabotage the success that you have worked so long and hard for. The energy is well used when directed towards overcoming any self-made obstacles that have been holding you back from achieving your goals.
3 July Ceres in Cancer trine South Node in Scorpio. There is a deep well of untapped power hidden within your ancestral line, placed there by your predecessors. It can help you to bring your creative projects to fruition if you take the trouble to engage with it and invoke its assistance.
You might be feeling you have had more than enough socialising and are now in need of some privacy. Time spent in your own space will help you to come up with creative ideas that are fed by your personal memories, thoughts and impressions. It is important not to get defensive about things you hear. Words can be hurtful but try not to let them upset you to the point where you take offense and hide away. Dissect the content in case it contains information which could be of use to you. If not, label it as silly and spiteful and let it pass you by.
The pace may begin to feel slower and less dynamic, but at least you get some valuable catch-up time. Spend it on reinforcing the structures that underpin your goals, and improving the strength and quality of your game. Try to take a well-earned leisure break, especially if your situation has become too stressful. Give your adrenaline levels a rest and focus on generating the happy hormones which can help you to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. If you really need a target to aim for, let it be one which makes good use of your resources by offering a constructive outlet for your natural talents and abilities.
8 July Sun in Cancer square Chiron in Aries. Hiding behind a defensive shell will not help your self-healing process. Feeling sorry for yourself prevents you from creating the courage and motivation you need to fight any tendency to assume the role of victim, rather than Captain of your circumstances.
9 July Mercury in Cancer square Jupiter in Aries. You go to school to learn how to read, write and do sums. All other knowledge you acquire during your life will be thanks to your willingness to explore the unknown, even when the thought of going out there makes you feel like curling into the foetal position!
12 July Ceres in Cancer square Eris in Aries. Impatience is your enemy when it comes to fostering your projects, plans and designs through from seed stage to fruition. Creativity is an organic process that cannot be rushed.
Hopefully by now, you will have been rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and a feeling that your efforts to achieve results have been worth while. But this is not the time to turn your back and walk away. You are still responsible for the continuing survival of your creation, which will require your personal input for some time to come. Do not underestimate the remaining potential within your project which needs your emotional involvement if it is to be fully realised. An earth trine from North Node in Taurus to the full Moon offers a promise of tangible rewards further on down the line, to mark your ongoing investment of creativity and commitment.
13-14 July Sun in Cancer trine South Node in Scorpio. Neptune in Pisces trine Ceres in Cancer. Mercury in Cancer square Chiron in Aries. Inspiration flows to you from sources that are felt rather than seen. Images and impressions may drift into your dreams, evoking strong emotional responses. It could seem as though you are in touch with a force that is familiar yet unknown to you. There may be a loving ancestor from the spiritual realms who wishes to contact you in order to offer you support with your self-healing process.
Venus in Gemini trine Saturn in Aquarius & square Neptune in Pisces. Platonic pals could be the best format for interacting with others, especially if you have confused thoughts about entering into an amorous union with someone you are attracted to because of the kindred spirit quality you share. Romance could come later, but for now it might be wiser to keep the friendship vibe going – at least for the time being.
15-17 July Mercury trine South Node in Scorpio, square Eris in Aries, trine Neptune in Pisces, opposing Pluto in Capricorn, conjunct Ceres in Cancer. Creative communication is a complex issue, especially if you have something deep and meaningful to say. The trick is to grab and hold your listener’s attention by engaging them with an inspirational, multi-layered storyline that ebbs and flows, moving from light to shadow and back again.
You may feel like shying away from social activities for a while, to focus on the comforts of home and family. A period of privacy will allow you to get creative with your natural talents and abilities. It could also be helpful if you are trying to bring harmony to personal relationships by introducing an atmosphere of mutual care and proposing ways of nurturing one another’s physical and emotional needs. This is not the time to outlay earnings on high-status stuff that you do not truly value, however much it might impress others. Spend your money in ways which offer you personal joy and fulfilment. You will be creating memories to gladden your heart for a long time to come.
Do not be shy about showcasing your ideas by exhibiting them in front of an audience. Put some energy into your presentation by giving it the kind of entertainment value that will keep your spectators’ attention fixed on you. Your communication style should be confident but if you suffer from stage fright, do not be afraid to show it. Just the right touch of honest self-deprecation will endear you to your fans and help them to identify more strongly with your message.
The most important impact that the Wounded Healer Asteroid Chiron has while it wanders through the first zodiac sign is to test our resolve to resist the urge to feel sorry for ourselves. Of all the energies we could call on in times of difficulty, disease and distress this is the most destructive, for it drains our fighting spirit and turns us into victims of circumstance. Chiron Retrograde can help you to review the process which brought you to where you are with your problems but only for the purpose of reigniting your courage and determination to outwit the illness (physical, mental or emotional) which might be sapping your strength. You are the motivator, the driver, the director of your own life experience. You are the healer of your own wounds.
20-22 July Sun opposing Pluto in Capricorn conjunct Ceres in Cancer. The times when you feel forced to fight your corner, even though confrontation goes completely against your nature, challenge you in all the wrong ways. But however shy, gentle, creative and caring you may be in your personal life, you stand strong and defiant when it comes to defending your territory. Woe betide anyone – however powerful or high placed – who threatens the people, pastimes and places you are emotionally attached to.
The world has seen enough enmity and Planet Earth has borne far too many of its devastating effects. The only battle humanity should be fighting is against the destructive forces of immaturity, selfishness and greed within itself. Only when we achieve victory over these base instincts will we be released from their heavy chains and free to function at our true level of consciousness.
The Sun has entered the realm of its rulership in the regal sign of Leo. The element is Fire in a rather spectacular form which is why astrology elects this time of year as the best to celebrate your Self and give thanks for the Star Quality that makes you Special. Take your place centre stage, stand in the spotlight and radiate your waves of charismatic charm. Accept the applause and admiration that you so rightly deserve. Bask in the warm approval of those who love, cherish and respect you. Say it loud: I’m Me and I’m Proud!
The parenting instincts of Ceres are strengthened while she passes through the 5th zodiac sign, making it the perfect time to generate a stronger connection with your Inner Child. You are looking to nurture the self-esteem and foster the self-respect which will create true confidence and pride. If you struggle with the concept of lavishing care on your Self, it might be more constructive to witness the way children normally behave, react and respond. How they suffer when they are ignored or neglected and how they thrive in the sunshine of admiration and approval. The attitudes of these youngsters reflect the child within You, who craves attention and needs to feel wanted, welcome, valued and loved.
23-28 July Venus in Cancer square Jupiter in Aries. Concerns over the key relationships in your life could be holding you back. While it might satisfy your need to be needed to know that your loved ones struggle to do anything without you, it would be better for you (and them) to encourage a more independent approach, so that everyone gets to go on their own adventure.
Mercury in Leo trine Jupiter & Chiron in Aries, square Mars & Uranus in Taurus. You might have an absolutely brilliant idea brimming with the potential to heal wounds and solve problems. But there’s a strong sense of being blocked whenever you attempt to communicate your message. Do not let sudden, unexpected events throw you off course or prevent you from carrying your concept through to the finishing line.
At the end of the day, everything begins with you. You are the Captain of your own enterprise and it is up to you to make a success of your life. This is the right time to set your intentions to create plans for showcasing your Star Quality, for that is the special gift you have to offer the world. The magic ingredient which will attract the rewards you deserve is your confidence in your own potential. The stronger your sense of self-respect the more brightly you will shine.
This is the perfect time to plant the seeds of a pioneering project. You might need courage to take the first steps as you set out on your new adventure, but the urge to expand your horizons and the drive to discover fresh opportunities will carry you forward.
Watch out for a fall in certainty and conviction levels as Jupiter turns Retrograde in Aries. Perhaps you embarked on a voyage of discovery full of excitement and enthusiasm but now you are starting to feel less optimistic about the outcome of your adventure. Maybe the experience is proving to be less direct or straightforward than you expected. Please do not allow disappointment or frustration to stop you in your tracks. Wherever this learning curve is taking you, you will not return empty-handed. The final destination is far less important than the knowledge you will gain along your journey.
29-31 July Mercury in Leo forms grand cross pattern with Nodes in Taurus & Scorpio and Saturn in Aquarius. Uranus conjunct North Node in Taurus. You are standing on the threshold of the future, poised and ready to move into a new era of existence. What could possibly be holding you back? Probably some form of stubborn resistance which stems from deeply engrained thought patterns. You have been indoctrinated with ideas that are well passed their sell-by date, yet they still exert a strong influence. It might take a while for you to extricate yourself from their clutches but once you have, they will no longer be able to prevent your progress.
31 July Sun in Leo trine Jupiter in Aries. Venus in Cancer square Chiron in Aries. It is important to respect and admire your own adventurous spirit. Do not allow painful memories from the past, especially those that involve emotional wounds inflicted on you by other people, to deprive you of the joy and happiness that is to be gained by going out in search of your Destiny.
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