Note: These influences are working during the entire month, and form a substrate for each individual day.
Its hard to believe, but already the days are getting shorter. Theres a new feeling of urgency, as though we had better do some of those things that are dear to our heartssee old friends and family, go to the beach, enjoy the simple freedom of being outdoors, grow our gardens, build that deck, travel, do a creative projectwhile we can.
During July, we bask in the energy fields of Cancer, the Moons sign, and Leo, the Suns sign. These are the central signs, the heart of the zodiac, connected with the two Lights, which govern our life rhythms here on earth. It is like coming home to our essence.
During this July, both Cancer and Leo are extra-emphasizedLeo because many bodies are now moving through itSaturn, Mars, Juno, and Vestaand Cancer because Mercury moves retrograde in Cancer during most of July.
Mercury is the bridge, the messenger, its special talent. It dives into Leo on July 1, but by July 4, Mercury decides it has unfinished work in Cancer, and turns around for its once-every-90-days review. One of Cancers family purviews is patriotism, and its likely that its time for a review of the meaning of patriotism.
Its also time to connect with family members, many of them distant. This is, in fact, a relatively good month for travel. I personally like to travel when Mercury is retrograde. Although there may be small glitches, any inconveniences are outweighed by the greater receptivity of our perception. We are more sensitive, more thoughtful, and we move more deeply into the richness of our beings. Travel is very good for changing perspectives, which is a special value of a retrograde Mercury.
Mercury especially relates to short-distance travel, and to moving and communicating generally. Jupiter, on the other hand, connects with long-distance travel. After four months of traveling retrograde, Jupiter turns direct on July 6, blessing all Jupiterian activities anew. Jupiter, remember, was King of the Gods. Jupiter, then, refers to all types of governing bodies, and to people in high places. Sometimes I think of it as denoting the old boys club.
Jupiter refers also to higher mind activitiesreligion, law, education, publishingand to politics, sports, and dramatics as well. Jupiter is the biggest of the planets, and its tent is vast.
Essentially, Jupiter refers to beliefs, and those codes and modes of behavior which arise out of group beliefs. There is a fraternal urge with Jupiter, and now that it has turned direct, people will have a renewed desire to join with one another in common cause.
Mercury and Jupiter are particularly dynamic now because of their change of direction. They are both mental planetsMercury connecting with lower, ordinary everyday mind, and Jupiter with higher mind, with understanding and perspective. Mercury gets the facts, Jupiter puts them together into a meaningful picture.
This month their juxtaposition suddenly reverses. Mercury shifts to a more inner focus, and lets us take a new look at the facts and details in our lives, and place them in a more idiosyncratic context, e.g. This is how it is for me. This is how I experience it. Rather than accepting facts secondhand, we look at our own truths. The family relations which are part of this months activities will have a new slant. Family customs will not have their usual compulsive pulls. We can each be more independent.
On the other hand, weve been mulling over our beliefs on inner levels for the last few months, less apt to accept an authority as the word of God, learning to trust our own evaluations.
What will this mean in our lives? Ideas, perceptions, understandings, beliefs will all be making big shifts. With Uranus in Pisces adding to the pot, some of them will be unusual, imaginative, and surprising.
Mercury and Jupiter are both in emotional water signs, so our beliefs and perceptions will be very colored by our emotions. Mercury retrogrades in Cancer, and Jupiter is now in Scorpio. Uranus is traveling through the third water sign, Pisces. Uranus is also a planet of mind, inventive mind. Together Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces make a grand water trine. Both Mercury and Scorpio, in fact, trined Uranus recently and got a shot of its inventiveness. So we have the development this month of emotional attachment to new ideas and inventions.
Water signs, particularly Cancer, and emotions are connected to patriotism. Patriotism in the U.S. now revolves around the war industries, namely weapons. That which is being nurtured now is new war technology, such as mini-nukes, missile defense, and star wars technology, to fight space wars.
I think these weapons will all get a big push during July. Lets see how public opinion fits into this pictureif it does.
Mars in commanding Leo can help such a process move along. And Chiron in Aquarius, who is associated with both technology and space, is squaring Jupiter, giving that big guy a kick to get going, during much of July.
A shift in the war-weapons scene is shown by the U.S. progressed Mars turning retrograde this month. What kind of a shift? Unknownthis is the first such turn in history. However, I expect that we have seen actions leading up to the change. And what we have seen is a very large focus on weapons and war planning. U.S. progressed Mars has been traveling very slowly for the last few years, and it will be slow for the next few years. It acts with more strength when it is slow. It appears that this process is about the development of the United States as a military-police state.
This U.S. progressed Mars is at 19 Libra, where it has been all year. It conjoins the Iran Pluto, and that connection could be an explosive one. Progressed Mars also opposes the U.S. natal Chiron at 20 Aries, who is our cowboy archetype.
The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 10 is at 19 Capricorn, and Sun then is at 19 Cancer. This axis creates a grand cross with the U.S. progressed Mars at 19 Libra, and the U.S. natal Chiron at 20 Aries. We have a cardinal cross, and cardinal crosses must act. They have goals to rush towards.
Furthermore, this month, Moon goes greatly out of bounds, i.e., it orbits outside of the ecliptic (the pathway of the sun and planets). This indicates emotions out of controlout of bounds.
Mars at Full Moon is at 23 Leo, about to make an opposition to the U.S. Moon in Aquarius in a few days. This Leo Mars is contra-parallel to Pluto and Neptune, which is something like defying the universe with a chip on your shoulder. It conjoins Bushs Venus.
Mars continues with its special stimulus on July 14, which is a very big day. There are many well-integrated aspects, which include most of the planets.
One of the important aspects is Mars in Leo opposing Ceres in Aquarius. This is one of the months milestones. At that time Great Mother Ceres begins her several-months journey out-of-bounds. In Aquarius, Ceres is literally the mother of invention. Mars will stimulate Ceres work. What will she be taking out of bounds? Ceres travels retrograde until October. We will get to see more of this Mars-Ceres action after the New Moon in Scorpio in November, when Mars in Scorpio squares a direct-traveling Ceres, still in Aquarius.
An indicator of deep, permanent change this month is Pluto squaring the Moons Nodes for the entire month. Pluto represents extremes, death and destruction, and transformation. At Summer Solstice, the Nodes moved into the Pisces-Virgo polarity, to travel there for the next 18 months. That polarity represents service. It refers to all of those who serve others, from janitors and cooks to healers and teachers. It also represents those who are suffering, and those who are in prison. And not least, it also represents the military and the police.
Pluto squaring these nodes adds an explosive element to the general atmosphere. The nodes represent destiny. We all feel their draw, but they tend to operate at a subconscious level.
The pace and action of our daily lives is apt to slow down in July, at least a bit. But deep change, social change, and subtle changes in the backgrounds of our lives will be strong and lasting.
Family, country, and security will be the major topics of interest.
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SATURDAY JULY 1
We begin this long weekend with a busy moon in Virgo. For the past few years, Virgo Moon each month comes around to square Pluto in Sagittarius, not a fun transit. Sometimes it manifests as a power struggle with someone, sometimes as an obstacle in front of us, sometimes as just a glum feeling. Fortunately it lasts for only a few hours. However, this monthly transit is exacerbated now by both the Moons Nodes and the Eclipse season having moved into Virgo-Pisces. It is also made more acute and unpredictable with Uranus in Pisces, because Moon in Virgo now opposes Uranus in Pisces on the same day it squares Pluto in Sagittarius.
Moon is VOC in Virgo this morning. Yesterdays feeling of urgency is gone, and we might have a late, lazy morning in bed. At 1:52 p.m. EDT, Moon enters Libra, and its time to socialize. We might especially like to be with older people, perhaps our parents. Communication is excellent.
First Quarter Moon at 12 Libra occurs at 12:37 p.m. EDT. This is the first quarter of the Cancer Moon Cycle, where we delve into our emotional needs. Libra shows that the first thing we need is a partner. This partner should be someone with wisdom, with stature, and with authority. In the party we can also include somebody young and playful, and someone with special healing ability. In the bargain we might like to connect with the quality of being a good shopper.
This is an interesting Fourth of July. The morning encourages us to enjoy important things, with others, such as celebrations. At 3:17 p.m. EDT, Moon goes VOC. And while it is wandering aimlessly aroundand maybe so are weMercury turns retrograde. This timing means that Mercurys retrograde journey will hold more surprises than usual.
This is what Neptune does: spreads. It is the universalizing force.
Moon travels through Scorpio today, just the right climate for the Mars-Neptune opposition, which is exact at 8:48 a.m. EDT. Early this morning, Moon squares our freshly-direct Mercury, to create a murky atmosphere. The nearly-stationary Mercury is powerful, and ready to convey something, but what? Neptunes clouds, whether they are made of gossamer or reality, have a ready wind to ride on.
This day begins very earlymaybe you slept very littleand is filled with stellar events. Moon is still in Scorpio, keeping the intensity turned up. The early morning hours are very exciting: Venus squares Uranus to awaken our independence, and let our emotions go off in whatever quirky directions they choose. We might be surprised by ourselves and by the world. And at the same time, Jupiter turns direct at 9 Scorpio, square both Saturn and Chiron. Its a relief to have Jupiter freed to do its collective work, but at the same time, as it turns, it is caught in that challenging fixed T-cross of this year. The pressure, then, is REALLY on.
Moon enters Sagittarius at 10:14 a.m. EDT, and the entire remainder of the day is about traveling and spreading the word. This promises to be a very pleasant weekend. Both today and tomorrow are exuberant, adventurous days. We will want to be on the go.
Moon is VOC in Sagittarius for much of the day. Let your spirit wander! At 3:25 p.m., Moon enters Capricorn, and we may become more subdued. However, in counterbalance to the serious feel of Capricorn, tonight Venus trines Neptune, excellent for partying or for entertainment. Venus-Neptune is all about love, romance, and beauty.
Full Moon at 19 Capricorn occurs at 11:02 p.m. EDT. Cancer and Capricorn work together very well. Cancer is the nesting sign, and Capricorn provides needed structure and protection. Together they are the ultimate business combination. They are also, not surprisingly, the major polarity in the U.S. chart. The Capricorn Full Moon is often accompanied by a major U.S. governmental event.
Mercury has backed out of Leo into Cancer today. Mercury in Cancer is emotional, sensitive, defensive, and has a focus on creating security. It is likely that we have fears about financial security. Capricorn Moon is especially sensitive to those fears, and wants to do something to alleviate them. Moon goes VOC at 4:58 p.m. EDT, and an hour later it enters Aquarius.
Moon is in Aquarius, and the aspects are easy. We like such activities as talking over ideas and communicating about politics. We feel friendly towards others. This morning is good for work, and for serious thinking. Afternoon and evening promote enjoyment of being outdoors, and of immersion in video or music entertainment.
Get up and out early today. Early morning has some creative and stimulating aspects. But at 10:23 a.m. EDT, Moon goes VOC, and the wind may go out of our sails. Moon is VOC for most of the day, until it enters Pisces at 6:59 p.m. Now we move towards exciting vibrations.
As we sleep, a beautiful, harmonious rectangle is forming in the heavens. I can almost hear its lovely song. We have Venus and Mars marking two corners. These are the inspired pair, the lovers. The other two corners are held by Pluto and Ceres, both retrograde. The Great Mother is wielding her vast creative power, most likely to make repairs in old broken situations. Pisces North Node can draw attention to those who are suffering and incarcerated. Moon occulting Uranus in Pisces today might do that very thing.
Moon continues in mystical Pisces, and it plays various chords on the heavenly rectangle as it moves along. Yesterdays events reverberate today. At 3:56 p.m. EDT, Moon trines Mercury, and we can tie up our creative situation. After that, Moon goes VOC for five hours. It enters Aries at 8:37 p.m., and the evening could be lively. With Moon in Aries on a Saturday night, its wise to use caution when driving.
Last Quarter Moon at 26 Aries occurs at 3:13 p.m. EDT. Cancer Sun, aiming for security, and Aries Moon, needing fast action, must cooperate. Last Quarter signifies a crisis in consciousness, when we eliminate excess baggage. Cancer does like to cling, and Aries can be a big help with letting go.
Moon today moves through Taurus, and it emphasizes the resource-financial aspect of life. We are apt to feel stresses in that department. However, we can be productive, particularly in the morning.
Weighty things may still be on our minds. Mercury is given a practical turn today, and we want to accomplish something. Clarity increases as the day wears on. We are apt to be awake late tonight.
Moon is in lively Gemini, and our nervous systems may be revved up. However, there are no compelling aspects until the early morning hours. This is an excellent day for creative communication.
This morning, true to Geminis character, Moon makes a quick change from Gemini to Cancer. This day is very much a changing of the guard. The whole energy field shifts. Besides Moon moving into the introverted, receptive sign of Cancer, we have Mars moving into more cautious Virgo. Sun, however, moves into confident Leo. The King declares himself ruler of his realm, and his subjects are ready to obey him. The planets line up in preparation for the New Moon in Leo on July 24-25.
Moon is in emotional Cancer, and the water flows abundantly. We can express our feelings freely and eloquently. Relax into the stream of life for the next two days. Its time to empty ourselves to make room for the influx of the New Moon. We may be very psychic for these next two days.
Moon in Cancer conjoins Mercury at 5:07 a.m. EDT. After that, Moon goes VOC for the rest of the day. All we can really do is to give ourselves to the energy. At 8:24 p.m., Moon enters Leo, and we perk up. Next stop is Sun. New Moon occurs just after midnight EDT, and at 9:31 p.m. PDT.
New Moon at 3 Leo occurs at 12:31 a.m. EDT. The closest aspect is a semi-sextile to Mars in Virgo. Mars in Virgo can refer to the military services. With Leo New Moon we begin the years Leo moon cycle of taking charge of ourselves. We work at developing our personal command centers. Leo likes to tell others what to do, but the important thing with Leo is to develop ones will so that one can tell oneself what to do. Centering ones integrity is the challenge now. We can practice acting in tune with our personal truthput our money where our mouth is.
Moon continues in dramatic Leo, weaving far-out stories. Romance and intrigue might be on our minds. The grand water trine returns to consciousness. It includes Venus, and we will be feeling really good about someone, perhaps a family member.
Moon is traveling in Virgo, and we return to earth. Moon joins Mars, and they both trine Pallas in Capricorn to make a really savvy group. We are motivated to work hard today, and at the same time we can work smart.
Moon moves right along in Virgo, sign of service. It makes pleasant, productive aspects all day, and we can feel good. There is an undertone of good luck in this day. At 8:40 p.m. EDT, Mercury turns direct, and our thinking can take us into the future.
Virgo Moon has its monthly square to Plutos position in the sky at 9:05 a.m. EDT. Pluto helps us do whatever we feel we have to do, no matter how difficult. If you have something hard to do today, do it early. After nine, Moon goes VOC for the next 12 hours, At 8:27 p.m. Moon enters sociable Libra, and its time for lovers.
With Moon in Libra, we want to have a pleasant day. Connecting with friends, with family, with beauty, or with celebrations would all be satisfying. Heart, and soul, expression are important now. A day spent on or beside water would be fulfilling. Sun is opposing Chiron, and we have a need to do that thing which fills our spirit. Healing is in the air. We may be wakeful tonight.
This is a long, full, and satisfying day. We juggle many and varied balls. Important things are on our minds. For the entire month, Saturn in Leo has been closing in on a quincunx with Uranus in Pisces. Today, on the last day of the month, Saturn made it! This is quite an adjustment, and we have indeed been wrestling with it all month. Saturn in Leo is asking us to give form and discipline to our personal creativity. Uranus in Pisces wants to do away with all boundarieslets be free! They both have fears about the other one spoiling their show. A workable adjustment would be to develop a structure which has room for the freedom of imagination which Uranus requires. Saturn would need to let go of some of its fear of loss of control, and Uranus would have to feel that the reward of creative opportunity is worth the price of putting up with boundaries.
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