Hello dear Ones!
What a month lies before us. There’s the celebration of America’s birthday and Venus’ retrograde. What a combo. First of all, happy birthday to the sweet Cancers out there. We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for being you!
The month begins with little Mercury conjunct the Sun as the Moon waxes to fullness. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by feelings and demands. Pace yourself and avoid drama (Mars and Venus are both in Leo).
There’s a lovely flow between the Sun and Mercury in Cancer and Saturn in Pisces. Resolution of karma and difficult emotions can occur now.
July 3rd, early in the morning MT, there’s a somber Capricorn Full Moon. In the birthday chart for the USA, this shows up as a desire to change attitudes, especially around sustainability and health (Solar Return has Virgo rising oppose Saturn in Pisces.) We can see from the recent Canadian fires and the poor air quality in the East cities, that we are indeed all one planet. Our stuff DOES influence others. If we’re divided and at each other’s throats politically and ideologically, we’re never going to make the changes we need. We can replace failing, destructive systems with efficient healthy solutions. Think about it. And let this Full Moon help you feel it so you can do right actions.
July 4th, and the Full Moon energy continues to vibrate as the Moon conjuncts Pluto, newly returned to Capricorn, promising one more year of same old same old.
The waning Aquarian Moon provides emotional relief over the next few days (5th and 6th). There’s a stubbornness that helps you get things done when it opposes Mars and Venus on the 6th.
Let yourself recover over the 7th and 8th. Especially on the 8th when the Moon meets Neptune in watery Pisces. It’s a good day for gentle pursuits and resting.
July 10th is an energy shift day. Mars enters fastidious, service-oriented Virgo for the first time in two years. The next few months give you an opportunity to bring order to your life.
Also on the 10th, chatty Mercury opposes Pluto letting you in on secret information you may need to act on. Later that night little Mercury enters courageous Leo. Time to get creative! Be strong. You got this.
Mars and Mercury are now freshly new. What thoughts, attitudes and actions feel bright and fresh to you?
The next few days see Venus preparing to not only change signs (only she doesn’t – more in a bit) but also to retrograde, switching positions from evening “star” to morning “star”. The Moon is waning too, preparing to become new. This is fertile ground for reflection. Evaluate your values.
The Cancer New Moon on July 17th invites a profound re-orientation of what feels comfortable and necessary to you. Venus is almost to the end of Leo, bold, confident, perhaps a little spoiled, like a Princess, wanting another piece of cake. With an opposition to Pluto, it’s time to dig deep. What really is best for you? Think about this adage: live simply so others may simply live. We begin the shadow period for Venus retrograde right after this New Moon. We’re also in the activating period (90 days out) of the April 20, 2023, eclipse. In other words, this may well be a cosmic turning point. Pay attention to what you’re thinking about. Banish negativity.
Take heart and find your voice over the next few days as the Moon builds in warm Leo.
On the 20th, the Moon enters Virgo and connects with active Mars. Take the next couple of days to clean up your act. Although you may need longer to fix the messes around you (and in you?) this is a great starting point. Especially since Mars opposes Saturn now giving you a sense of timing and purpose.
On July 22nd the Sun opposes Pluto. This happens annually and you’ve survived so far. Use the opportunity to once again, dig deep. The Sun leaves the water of Cancer for the fire of Leo as it opposes Pluto. This seems like a great cosmic metaphor for enlisting the help of a midwife for whatever it is you’re birthing.
July 22nd. Drum roll please! Venus begins her sacred retrograde journey. Having reached the tail end of Leo she now turns to go back over the ground she covered since June 19th. Venus retrogrades are not good times for marriage or remodeling. They are times for old loves returning and finishing unfinished creative projects. Venus will turn direct again on September 3rd, 2023.
On the 23rd, Mercury squares rebellious Uranus. A good time for you to think outside the box. Make something new! On this same day, Chiron retrogrades. Healing occurs on the inside. It’s time to let those wounds go.
The rest of the month is full of tension as the Sun, Mercury and Venus come into some form of contact with Pluto. There’s a tremendous amount of Leo energy too. I’m wondering if all this fire means a really hot summer? Or, conversely, with Venus retrograde, a really cold one? It’ll be interesting to see. I also wonder about the price of things. Will rates rise? Or fall? Women’s issues are highlighted, and a woman of high standing makes the news.
On July 27th, Mercury connects with retrograde Venus, and both form an awkward angle with Pluto. It’s a great time to communicate in a loving but firm manner. Avoid drama!
The next day Mercury enters its home sign of Virgo and breathes a sigh of relief. At last, you can get back to business. Keep in mind that Mercury will retrograde in Virgo next month, while Venus is still retrograde making August a bit tricky for planning.
July ends on a serious note as Mercury opposes Saturn.
As always, it’s the perfect time to celebrate. Your life is a precious gift! You are the world and everything that’s in it.
Remember, you matter, we are all connected, Earth is our home and love is our destination.