STARGAZER JULY OVERVIEW:
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Well, we made it through the prior Mercury Retrograde and Shadow phase, (which officially ended June 26th,) which was particularly bewildering as a long and drawn out square to Neptune was pervasive throughout. Where confusion and illusion reigned supreme, we hopefully have modified our perspective and eliminated some of the delusional bits as they were pointed out to us. Neptune, and the vision/fantasy/dream it stimulates in our life right now, sees much better auspices this month, as planets transiting from Cancer connect fruitfully and beneficially, assisting our quest for connection to the elusive etherial. Dates to look out for are the (Sun) 2nd, (Mars) the 9th and also (Mercury) the 14th. There is an open and receptive quality to events and exchanges at these times, and we can tap reservoirs of deep compassion and imagination. The more abrasive aspects to Pluto (Sun) July 7th, (Mercury) 16th, (Mars) 17th, can indicate severe clashes of will and ego, as there can be very volatile and confrontational events or circumstances to contend with. As always, there is equally potential to break through if we take our ego and personal motives out of the equation and seek to do what is best for the clan (Cancer) through conscientious transformation of the structure (Capricorn).
It’s the New Moon in Cancer on the 16th that proves most pivotal, and offers equal potential for complete breakthrough or when highly contentious or challenging situations are to arise. Likely, it’s a mixture of both, and events transpiring now probably tie into the energy patterns and situations stimulated by the Libra eclipse of April 4th. Mercury and Mars are conjunct at the time of the New Moon at 14 Cancer, square the degree of the Eclipse, which fell at 14 degrees on the Aries – Libra axis. New information about the message of the Eclipse emerges here as well new pathways to explore those directives. Pluto lies in direct opposition, from 14 Capricorn, so there can be vexing and contemptuous vibrations, particularly where we are trying to break free from limiting circumstances that have restricted us unconditionally or for a great deal of time. Emotion is enhanced and emphasized, and there can be a great deal of effusive feeling (good or bad) that simmers quickly to the surface. A theme of removing one’s emotional armor can become apparent, and Neptune harmonizes the polarities from Pisces, lending a supportive spiritual awareness that emphasizes compassion to guide us during this dynamic, potentially stormy, phase of activities. Again, we harmonize with the dream and visionary to make the most of the energy available at this New Moon.
Chiron, now retrograde, also benefits from the Cancer transits, linking to the Sun on the 14th, Mercury on the 19th and Mars on the 27th. These transits signify opportunities to heal, but in a radical or renegade sort of way. Trying alternative therapies – acupuncture, aroma/chroma, crystals or other non-traditional forms of care can be very successful at these time.
Venus continues to galavant through Leo. Her conjunction to Jupiter on the 1st (21 Leo) is highly auspicious for the area of your chart lit up. Very positive vibrations are stimulated and you may turn up help, resources or another form of “good luck” that assists you in the pursuits of the house being stimulated. As it’s a once in 12 year event, (really once in a lifetime since Uranus is still in trine from Aries,) the “where” is going to provide a major asset for you over the coming year! You may have already begun to see the themes emerging during the Jupiter – Uranus trine last month. Venus comes in and offers a major assist now. It’s very easy under this alinement to just want to roll high on the energy of the good vibes emanating. A Full Moon at 9 Capricorn the same day will likely provoke a more attentive if not tenacious response. Attention to matters of business may be highlighted. Nonetheless, a fun and carefree ambience will underscore any more serious activities.
Jupiter leaves the shadow of it’s prior retrograde phase the weekend of the 11th. This will begin a chapter of fresh opportunities for growth and expansion. This sector of your chart is far from being done, as transits of Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus will continue to activate Leo throughout the Summer months. Hopefully the Venus – Jupiter link provides a wonderful opportunity in this area, with the other transits continuing to enhance our efforts with the Leo dash of fun, creativity and self expressiveness.
On the 19th, Venus stations at 0 degrees Virgo, where it remains at through the end of the month, turning retrograde on the 25th. The retrograde period of Venus occurs every two years and lasts through September 6th. The retro phase is not considered auspicious for making expensive purchases, particularly of luxury items or art, taking vows or deepening romantic commitments, or undertaking dramatic changes of one’s appearance, particularly cosmetic surgery. Matters of the heart may be rekindled (resurfacing of past romance) or a relationship ongoing may be reconsidered, or merely set aside, if one or both of the partners need to be away for any reason. It’s a mild transit, for the most part, and does set the stage not only for two more Venus – Jupiter conjunctions, but also two more trysts with Mars. These are highly alluring and auspicious events! Meanwhile, tangent Saturn will also be in the frame, forming an abrasive square on the 14th (28 Leo – Scorpio) with two more upcoming. Duty and obligation may interfere with the connections we seek to make in these phases, though the awareness triggered by feelings of limitation can give urgency to solve the problem or resolve the obstacle Saturn is creating for us, which can be quite useful. Saturn and Venus harmonize more fruitfully in November, and we’ll see a better climate for making and cultivating commitments in relationships and for material or financial concerns in general.
STARGAZER MONTHLY HOROSCOPES:
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ARIES: This will be a challenging month for everyone, so don’t take it personally if not everyone is able to come through for you in this phase. Equally lit are the areas of home and profession, and you may find it impossible, especially around the middle of the month, to reach any accord in either. You also feel moody, and this can trigger volatile reactions. The Full Moon in Capricorn on the 2nd sees a stunning culmination in your career or choice of life direction. A living mate or family member may display envy or challenge you at this time. If issues cannot be resolved, the New Moon on the 16th will allow for a change of residence more appropriate for your evolving needs. The 8th is very revealing of your most subconscious desire where residential matters are concerned. A romance is still on fire and the 1st sees the stunning conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the house of True Romance. Don’t tell yourself a fairy tale romance is too good to be true, because it is, though enjoy it while you can as shifting tides at the end of the month may pull your lover out of your orbit temporarily when Venus retrogrades on the 25th.
TAURUS: It’s a challenging month for all, Taurus, so if folks seem out of sorts or hard to reach, don’t take it personally. Communication and long distance travel will be the most significantly impacted for you, mid month features incredible challenges, and travel should be avoided if possible. The earlier part of the month is far more favorable, and you might try for the 2nd, when a Full Moon illuminates the zone of distant horizons. You can connect with a visionary experience while traveling, and the 8th is also auspicious for articulating your hopes, wishes and dreams through writing or poetry. Domestic and residential concerns will preoccupy you otherwise: a very positive development on the 1st (when Venus is conjunct to Jupiter, affecting your personal life) in addition to very auspicious financial conditions that allow for improvement over the first week augment significant and substantial upgrades to your living situation. A Full Moon on the 31st emphasizes your professional achievements, pushing you into the spotlight. A change of agenda is indicated when Venus retrogrades on the 25th.
GEMINI: Financial undercurrents and the divide between what’s mine/what’s your’s/what’s our’s predominates in July, with some real confrontational episodes if accord cannot be found in the division of equity or shared resources. A breakthrough – settlement, or division of property is possible. The New Moon on the 16th signals a peak of activity in this arena: you might add a source of income, only to see resources dwindling due to debt or expenditures associated with a business or personal partnership. The 15th is highly contentious. You’ll seek reprieve, and revelry though a writing project or friends could be just the right antidote. Jupiter’s last full month in the house of daily life and communication suggests you make the most of it while you can! The conjunction of Venus to Jupiter on the 1st shows you the way through. The first week of the month features some very enjoyable moments, so it’s not all doom and gloom. A strong career emphasis on the 8th and 13th in particular allow for insights or conversations that will lead to added earnings through your professional endeavors.
CANCER: July is pretty stormy by any account with everyone affected, you do your best to not make too much out problems that are not your own. The first week goes very well, with a good deal of information coming in in regards to your profession and linking to positive financial developments behind the scenes. A very auspicious meeting of Venus and Jupiter on the 1st can bring about a really incredible development connected to your earnings, savings or the acquisition of valuable property. It’s around the 6th and into the middle of the month challenging vibrations really begin to present themselves. A very confrontational New Moon in your sign on the 16th can see you at odds with a partner. Mars and Mercury combine in your sign, opposing obstinate Pluto and it looks like someone has their fight face on. Neptune sends in some supportive vibrations, easing your nerves on the 8th and 13th. Try tuning into the bigger picture when these occur. Like everything, no matter how entrenched the challenges are at the time, all things come to an end eventually. Venus retrogrades in Leo on the 25th slowing earnings to some extent, though Mercury steps in around the same time, so finances continue to be a topic for a few more weeks. Use it or lose it, Jupiter is set to move out on the 11th of August.
LEO: Venus and Jupiter conjunct in your sign on the 1st, you feel vital and generous, especially with a loved one. The first week of the month is very satisfying in regard to love and friendship. Behind the scenes and in your most private life things may get a little stormy. The period around the New Moon on the 16th is very contentious, particularly where a secret may come to light that exposes a very inconvenient truth. It’s also possible a health matter surfaces now quite unexpectedly, or there could be friction in your work environment. Perhaps a colleague has been acting surreptitiously and the exposure of these actions affects you personally. Venus retrograde on the 25th bring Venus back to your sign next month. The Sun and Mercury both enter your sign on July 24th bolstering your efficiency and invigorating your spirit. Jupiter complete it’s passage through your sign in the coming weeks, use your good fortune or lose it! Saturn back in Scorpio may see reemergence of a residential issue you had thought was resolved. This issue will be sensitized around the 14th and 26th, with resolution in store next month.
VIRGO: A secret, sultry love affair may be on July’s agenda when Venus and Jupiter combine beautifully on the 1st of the month. A friend may make an introduction to someone that feels like positive serendipity. Events on the 8th, as well as a Full Moon in the house of True Romance conjunct passionate Pluto on the 2nd also bode positively for engaging in a pleasure pursuit. Venus makes a brief transit of your sign from the 19th, going retrograde on the 25th, so you’ll feel oh so smitten… Not quite yet Virgo, seems like there is some thing or some one not quite ready to join your team. Mid month features some pretty confrontational episodes, might be your crew doesn’t see eye to eye with you on your new love interest. You might have some explaining to do, or not! Your choice, and you still benefit now more than ever from reflection and privacy, though a lot of social invitations likely come your way this month as well. You can choose to take it or leave it on the New Moon on the 16th.
LIBRA: Completion in the domestic cycle comes over the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 2nd, tying back to events late last December. A residential move or shift of some sort occurs, possibly for the sake of a career opportunity that comes to fruition mid month. An intense dynamic is at play in your professional sphere, which requires incredible finesse to deal with. Personalities or situations you have to contend with can be volatile, particularly around the New Moon on the 16th. A dark mood on the 14th affects you personally, keep busy to mitigate the blues. Set the record straight on the 16th – the plans you put into motion now set the agenda for the next 3 months. Professionally there can be a significant breakthrough, you have to leave something behind to make the most of or engage this opportunity fully. Intuition will guide you on the 8th, tune into a vision for the future. The Full Moon in Aquarius on the 31st will bring more cheerful vibrations. A creative project or time spent with chidden elevates your spirits considerably.
SCORPIO: Mars from Cancer infuses you with passion and drive, but mid month sees some very contentious vibrations as Sun opposite Pluto (July 6th), Venus square Saturn (the 14th) and Mars/Mercury opposite Pluto (the 15th) make it pretty hard to hear yourself in the crowd. You may or may not notice of course. This is the last full month of Jupiter in Leo, and coupled with the transit of Venus, and a sparkling conjunction between them on the first, there’s a use it or lose it quality this month that will make you want to tune everything out and focus on the incredible developments taking place for you professionally. Sun and Mercury move into Leo on the 24th, roll up your sleeves and get to it! Saturn back in your sign helps you tie up any loose ends, and also gives you a healthy dose of seriousness and endurance you can actually really benefit from in this hardworking phase. A Full Moon towards the end of the month pulls your attention to your domestic sector, and you may be seeing some movement here. Venus retrograde on the 25th sees that you may be generating less revenue over the coming weeks, or that an enterprise may see shifts in personnel. A strong female figure would be the most likely to move on from the crew in question. Love and relationships always seem to suffer to some extent in this period, and while there might not be a change of heart, there can be separations due to circumstances.
SAGITTARIUS: There may be some conflicts this month with a spouse or business partner regarding shared sources of revenue. Disagreement stems from distinguishing the division of what is mine, your’s and ours. These themes resonate as soon as the Full Moon on the 2nd, bringing closure to a personal financial matter, with clashes upcoming two weeks later, during the New Moon on the 16th. If you have debt that needs to be resolved this can manifest in an unwelcome call or correspondence from a bank or credit card company, as well. You can mitigate a financial catastrophe well in advance by keeping up with your bills and having something set aside to cover any shortages that might occur in this period. There will still be several reasons to celebrate this month. A luxe vacation may be in store around the Venus – Jupiter conjunction on the 1st. A Neptune influence is present, so a sea side resort would be appropriate and offer very pleasurable recreation, particularly if you are traveling with a loved one. Venus from Leo sends lovely vibrations, a trend that endures through the 19th, when it enters Virgo. Use it or lose it! This is the last full month of Jupiter in your sign, and you still have brilliant auspices right now to put a personal endeavor into motion.
CAPRICORN: There are some pretty contentious forces at work this month, potentially tying back to issues that surfaced in a relationship at the beginning of the year. Set your intentions squarely at the time of the Full Moon in your sign on the 2nd. A close alinement to Neptune suggests you tune into the vision you really want for your life in this phase. An intrinsic sense of serendipity will bring ease and relaxation of your essence. Really trying energies are present around the time of the Cancer New Moon on the 16th, as the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars oppose Pluto in your sign. Dynamic forces at work here can bring heated argumentativeness into a partnership or with an open enemy or fierce competitor. Uranus is close enough in range at the time of the New Moon to still present a certain X Factor. Also look to your chart for the precise date of the opposition of Mars to your Sun or Ascendant. This will be a very sensitive transit that affects you quite personally. The 14th sees the square of Venus to Saturn, and a dour, depressive mood prevails. It’s choppy waters out there for sure. The first week, on the other hand, has some really marvelous influences. A Venus – Jupiter conjunction on the 1st sets a really positive tone, and can bring fourth a really excellent source of revenue for you, if not deepen the bond between yourself and a lover. Communication on the job through the 5th will be very good, and negotiations and discussions go very well. Venus retrograde from the 25th suggests a slowdown or period of reappraisal of a business partnership or romantic relationship.
AQUARIUS: You’ll move into a more hard working phase in July, as numerous Cancer transits including the Sun (June 22,) Mercury (July 9,) and Mars (June 25th,) signal your attention is shifting to matters of health, life management and productivity. Some challenging alinements to Pluto mid month, around the time of the Cancer New Moon on the 16th, may suggest someone is working behind the scenes to undermine the efforts of yourself or your team. It is possible a secret emerges in this period that has a negative effect on the productivity of your workplace. Very positive indications at the beginning of the month, on the other hand, favor a relationship as Venus and Jupiter connect in Leo. This could mutually factor for a love relationship or a business partnership. With Venus and Jupiter involved, there is more than enough to go around, and you are best advised to use it to your advantage. People just want to help you in this phase, and their motivation is genuinely altruistic. It’s a brilliant opportunity to connect with love and generosity. All is hunky dory with more good news coming in until the 6th. With Pluto involved in contentious aspects for the upcoming weeks, it’s equally possible that global financial issues are at odds with your agenda, and that a feeling of forces at work much bigger than ourselves will likely present obstacles for everyone. Enjoy the good stuff the best you can! A Full Moon in your sign on the 31st brings a wonderful personal culmination six months in the making. Being at ease with yourself puts you at ease with all that surrounds you.
PISCES: The first week of July is very advantageous for making the most of opportunities connected to work and profession. A Venus – Jupiter conjunction on the 1st can bring a significant and lucrative offer of employment. Harmonious contacts through the 5th allow you hash out details and negotiate for a fair salary. Mars enters Cancer (June 25th) activating passion towards creative expression and romantic encounters. Mercury also transits this area, indicating a great deal of communication and energy is flourishing your creative longings at this time. Tough alinements to Pluto around the time of the New Moon on the 16th suggest a group of friends or organization you work with feels threatened by your independent expression, or unsettled with your choice in a romantic affiliation. You can take or leave the opinions of others, the emphasis on following your inspiration and personal power is very strong in this phase. Look to the 1st and 8th to make choices about your life that require both compassion and conviction. Intuition will also feature largely on the 13th. You can tap right into the heart of your desire. A Full Moon in Aquarius on the 31st sees a need for withdrawal from external demands. Venus retrogrades on the 25th, suggesting a period in which you will be redefining your work and professional goals.