If July is anything like the Full Moon at the end of June, it’s going to be quite the month! Back up your important files and stay focused on your goals and your vision.
There are two eclipses this month, one of which takes place around a SuperMoon. As you may know Mars is retrograde, and let’s add a Mercury retrograde to the mix also. Whew! Oh yes, and don’t forget – Happy Birthday USA!
I’m sad to report that the solar return (birthday) chart for our country looks painful and contentious. We’re carrying on with America First, the Cancer Sun is in the first house; but our Moon (the people) is exactly conjunct wounded Chiron in Aries making everything very personal and painful. Chiron in Aries brings identity issues to the foreground and shows us the danger of acting only for one’s self. It also reminds the co-dependents amongst us to take care of their own business first. The Moon’s position will always be important in a USA chart because our Cancer nation is ruled by the Moon. Keep in mind we recently had two eclipses to the USA Moon one of which cast a moon shadow over the country. America truly is “we the people”.
In the solar return chart there’s an exact Mercury/Mars opposition across our money houses. With Mars retrograde for the USA chart for the year ahead I take this to mean two steps forward, three steps back economically, especially for businesses who rely on international trading partners. The debate over gun violence continues accompanied by more mass protests. Every opinion is entrenched.
Civic action is a big part of the USA’s year ahead. Get involved. The First Amendment is what makes us strong! Lift your voice! That’s what Mercury (communication) oppose Mars (action) is about. Net neutrality is a big subject this year. With Venus in Leo in the house of communication added to the theme of contentious conversation it appears as if money is to be made from communications. To see how this plays out in your chart look to the Leo/Aquarius axis – that’s where all the energy is. That’s also the place where your courage is needed.
There is some good news! There’s a lovely water trine between the Sun, Jupiter and Neptune. This can indicate a sense of hope and faith. Don’t compromise your vision of a healed world! Elect intelligent, reasonable people to office. Apathy will not work. A tremendous amount of progress can be made toward sustainable goals, but we must not resort to hate. Hate will take us all down. Please apply the six principles of non-violence when dealing with those who have different view points than yours. http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-philosophy
If you don’t like Martin Luther King’s use of the concept of evil, switch it to something that works for you, but please, don’t hate.
In the USA natal chart we are bang smack in a Saturn opposition to our Jupiter and Venus (restrictions of value and ideology. Loss of aesthetics. Financial hardship. Stern father. Family matters.). Saturn will oppose the USA Sun early in 2019 and remain there for much of 2019. This will be a hard time for our country,a time when we will have to work hard for not much. Like most Saturn transits though, we will emerge at the end of it with a clear sense of personal responsibility. Saturn opens our eyes to our karma and our nation’s karma (Saturn) is in Libra (partnerships). This can be a good time folks, it really can, but it will be tough. Shop local, vote smart, reduce your carbon footprint, and treat water like the true wealth it is.
In the natal Sibly chart, wounded healer Chiron straddles the nadir, or root of the chart. We are breaking apart before we can come back together. Yes, it’s as painful as it sounds. I see all of this through the lens of Radical Forgiveness (thank you Colin Tipping). A giant toxic pimple that’s been festering underneath society since the birth of this nation is bursting. Issues of slavery, separation, racism, lack of compassion, intolerance, ignorance, and greed to name a few, are emerging into the light for healing. Please scroll down to the article I wrote in October 2016, just before the last election. As I wrote there, we’re approaching our Pluto return. This will occur in 2020. There’s a tremendous amount of energy then, much of it in Capricorn opposite key celestial bodies in the USA chart. We must be mindful of restrictive beliefs, fascism, reductionist tendencies, fear mongering and lack of tolerance.
The month of July features the energy of Cancer, the archetype of the Mother, nurturing, kind, interested in food and farming, Cancer is the energy that helps make a home a home. Happy birthday to all you Cancers. You are special to us.
It’s beyond belief that our Cancer country has taken children from their parents. The only way that can occur is to dehumanize them. Yes of course people need to enter the country legally, no-one’s in favor of illegal entry but this… this is unconscionable. President Trump’s Saturn (karma) is in Cancer conjunct his ruling planet Mercury (he’s a Gemini born at a Full Sagittarian Moon). His actions exhibit the shadow of Cancer – the use of fear as a means of protection – think ‘wall’. Trump’s mother was a Scottish immigrant and worked as a domestic. This is a nation of immigrants – including him!
On a personal note, sometimes when I wake in the morning the first thing I feel is the pain of the world. I worry about little children, about wild animals losing habitat; I think of the island of plastic three times the size of France and sea horses clinging to plastic Q Tips and I don’t want to get up. And then, despite the pain in my heart and the sadness of my soul, I hear the birds singing, I see the sun’s rays and I begin to fill my mind with gratitude. Little by little I count my many blessings and I remember that my spirit incarnated at this time for a reason. I recommit to using my gifts and talents for the highest good. I remember I am not alone. I feel the millennia of spiritual evolution that lies behind us; and the spark of light that never goes out flares inside of me. It’s then I know huge spiritual work is occurring on our beautiful planet and I thank all that is for all that is.
July opens with Mars inconjunct the Cancer Sun which can feel a little frustrating. Perhaps whatever it is you need to get moving isn’t working that well; Mars is retrograde after all. Rest up instead. The 3rd feels much better when the Sun, Moon, Neptune and Jupiter meet in a delightful trine. This watery energy continues on the 4th providing a backdrop of hope and compassion.
Happy birthday on the 4th USA! As discussed, it’s a bit tough. To top it off, Chiron turns retrograde for the next four months. We’ve got some serious healing to do, as individuals, a nation and a world. There’s an exact Sun/Jupiter trine on the 5th – very good news comes your way! But, be cautious with your words as Mercury and Mars oppose each other and things could get blown out of proportion.
The Sun and Neptune trine each other over the next couple of days hopefully bringing rain to the desert southwest. This is a soft and gentle transit and is most welcome. Try not to overindulge on the 8th when the Taurus Moon opposes abundant Jupiter.
The evening of the 9th (MT) Venus leaves confident Leo for finicky Virgo and takes all the fun out of the party. It’s not that Virgo isn’t fun, it’s just that Venus in Virgo has a lot of dishes to wash and things to clean up. The next weeks are good for exactly that.
Jupiter turns direct on the 10th. Hallelujah, good luck flows again, though Jupiter is in intense Scorpio and we may get more depth than we bargained for. Venus trines change-agent Uranus on the 10th and 11th shaking things up in a good way. On the 11th the Sun opposes Pluto indicating a power shift.
The partial solar eclipse Cancer New Moon July 12th is transitional! It’s a SuperMoon (closer to Earth than usual) and is opposite transformative Pluto, oh my! Something is trying to emerge. Someone or something wants control, and it looks like birth pangs to me. This energy is more than a little over the top and may have something to do with the child camps, housing market, refugees and/or homelessness. On a personal level it’s a good time to fast and cleanse.
The 13th and 14th feel supportive with a nice earth trine between Venus, Saturn and Uranus. It’s a good time to be out in the garden. Take care of the things that matter to you, move them around, being new life into your space. Organization and cleaning up continue over the next two days as the Moon enters Virgo and connects with Venus and then trines Pluto. It feels so good to declutter!
On the 17th the Moon squares Saturn, and on the 18th squares Pluto – don’t be despondent! Count your blessings instead. On the 20th the Scorpio Moon connects with Jupiter, another opportunity to practice moderation.
The afternoon of the 22nd the Sun leaves motherly Cancer for royal Leo. Things heat up even more under the power of the Sun in its home fire sign. Happy birthday Leo! It’s time to play, create and enjoy life. Get out there and socialize.
Through the 24th the Moon travels through optimistic, and sometimes dogmatic Sagittarius, in harmony with Mercury and the Sun, both of which are in Leo. This can be an enjoyable time and perhaps you might take a little trip somewhere or throw a party. Be warned though: Venus and Neptune oppose each other on the 24th – what you see may not be what you get. Be discerning!
Things get tricky on the 25th when the Sun squares Uranus – things can change quickly under these skies – and Mercury turns retrograde (yes, again). Now both Mars and Mercury are retrograde. Good luck getting anything right. It’s time to go on holiday. Mercury turns direct August 19th, about a week before Mars turns direct.
Over the next few days the cosmic environment may feel intense, blocked and/or frustrating as the Sun opposes Mars and both square Uranus. There’s a lot of Leo energy now that Mercury is going backwards in that sign. Drama abounds! Is it more ego related, or are you okay not taking it personally? The Moon is getting very full and fat as it prepares for a total lunar eclipse on the 27th.
The Aquarian Full Moon lunar eclipse features two earth trines, one between Venus and Pluto, and the other between Saturn and Uranus. Aquarius lunations are social affairs and there may be gatherings or protests centered on care for the Earth, climate change, innovation and so on. Get involved if you like. Again, the energy may be a bit over the top, so perhaps some on-line activism followed by a nap may work better for you.
Mars square Uranus makes for volatile times. Please be careful out there. Even though Mars is retrograde it’s no less hostile, just a little more repressed. Use the energy to push forward on projects. Encourage yourself, keep your spirits up.
The month ends on a gentle Pisces Moon. Dreams bring mercy and insight. August is up next with a partial solar eclipse and planets turning direct. Keep taking care of our Mother. Be mindful of wasting water – don’t run the tap unconsciously. Here in Colorado we’re deep in a drought and the planet is getting hotter. Catch that water and put it on your plants. Plant trees, paint your roof white, wear a hat. And remember, you matter, we are all connected, Earth is our home and love is our destination.