Monthly Forecast for July 2015
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July begins with a full moon in the sign of Capricorn on the 1st. This full moon triggers the Pluto station of April 2012 and the Uranus/Pluto square of June 2012. Power brokers at any level may feel the reverberations – if things are going to change, they will do so only with resistance. North Korea’s missile program, Chinese dissidents, and Myanmar are all possible revisits from 2012.
The charged energy continues throughout the month, as Mars, the Cosmic Warrior, swims through security-oriented Cancer, joining the sun in the sign of the crab. The 6th, 12th, and 15th are particularly charged days in early July, times when tensions may erupt (give a day on either side as things often manifest when triggered by the moon or another factor). During the first half of the month, we’ll be looking for change and simultaneously resisting it, an uneasy combination that can result in irritability or transformation.
Venus, the planet of love and relationship, starts the month with a meeting with expansive Jupiter on the 1st. If we look at things from a more personal perspective, this meeting of two social planets on the full moon suggests a nice time for social gatherings and romance. That feeling should extend through at least the 4th, as Mercury forms a series of easy aspects that will help grease the wheels of communication.
Get it while you can, as the mood shifts around the 14th, when Venus squares Saturn. Rather than the sociable vibe of early July, this aspect has a heavy feel to it. It could be decision time in relationships, and while that may mean moving to a higher level of formal commitment, with the new moon just a day later, it could also be a time of endings. Mars and Mercury both oppose Pluto on the same day, suggesting that words will be spoken honestly but maybe harshly. We’re certainly unlikely to gloss over trouble spots in our relationships with this energetic configuration. Finances could also be a matter of contention.
The new moon on the 15th is in the sign of Cancer, bringing us to consider what we’d like to grow in the areas of home and family, and where we need to strengthen our sense of security. With rocky astrological weather through much of July, we may overestimate our needs for self-protection. Be aware of Us-versus-Them thinking at every level.
Honesty is the best policy, but with Mercury meeting Mars on the 16th and squaring Uranus on the 18th, we may encounter a kind of brutal honesty that shows us just how much words can hurt. A more positive use of this energy is the fomenting of brilliant ideas that can truly be brought to manifestation on the strength of the Cancer new moon.
Venus just puts her toe in the water of Virgo from July 18th to the 31st, as she stations to retrograde on the 25th. Venus retrogrades are famous for bringing back old loves, although usually more to reminisce than to rekindle. Yet this time around Venus seems to be revisiting Leo in order to bring a little Virgoan sparseness to the excesses of Leo after Jupiter’s year-long visit. This may help to downsize our aesthetics, after Jupiter has supersized them. The goddess of love backpedals through Leo until September 6th.
Matters of love may not be our first order of business in late July, as Uranus stations to retrograde a day later, on the 26th. Uranus stations highlight our need for individuality and freedom from constraints of all kinds. With Venus now retrograde, you could be thinking about extricating yourself from a partnership that isn’t working – probably as you consider your own needs and aren’t willing to compromise. Remember that you need to be true to yourself before you can really share openly with others. Yet Uranus stations aren’t necessarily focused on our needs in relationship, and any area of life is up for review. There’s an impulsive, erratic energy in the air that may have you surprising yourself and others.
The full moon on the 31st, in Uranus’ home sign of Aquarius, will keep the freedom loving, impetuous energy going, hopefully tempered by some cool Aquarian detachment. The last week in July is certainly a time when we may see dramatic changes in a number of areas, on both the personal and collective levels. By the way, this will be the second full moon in July - hence it is a blue moon, which happens every once in... well, you know.
(actually about every 18 months).
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