July 2024

We come into July wanting to create a suspension bridge from our past into our future, taking things slat by slat, while we rely upon past experiences without being curtailed by who we were then.

Early July may have us engaged with family members, reunions, and reconnections with old friends.  It’s summer, and we want to fully engage summertime fun activities.

We do need to be careful around water.  The currents may be ripping, the summer rains pounding down, and nature at its most aggressive.

The 2nd of July has Neptune turning retrograde at the last four minutes of Pisces.  We may have recently felt the cusp influence of Neptune at the end of Pisces with a sense of Aries influence, the Sign which Neptune will enter in 2025.  For now, Neptune retraces its last three degrees of Pisces before turning direct at the end of the first week of December.

Mercury trines Neptune on the 2nd just before Mercury exits Cancer to enter Leo [8:50 AM EDT], and Venus trines Saturn.  Our intuitive sense may be strong, but our intention might be more geared for good times with old friends than utilizing the understanding of larger issues. 

This first week of July in the US can be fun and games as we take time from our regular routine to enjoy the celebrations associated with the 4th of July.

Although we could be energized by the intensity of summertime, we need to avoid grandstanding or getting stuck in our own opinion, as may occur on the 3rd of July when Mercury opposes Pluto. Discussions might get heated with people pontificating their understanding of issues, often based on too little information, too much personal bias.

The Cancer New Moon on the 5th of July when the Sun conjuncts the Moon [6:57 PM EDT] and with a Mars Saturn sextile highlights the next two weeks with a structured clear up and clean out.  Ridding ourselves of the extraneous allows us to be more effective and more focused whether we are staying around our home base or traveling.  We can be highly functional over the next two weeks, all the while that we are clever with our finances and our expenditures.

The 8th of July might provide some serendipitous encounters that give us an uplift with a feeling that all is right in our personal world.  Venus sextiles Uranus, and Mercury sextiles Jupiter.  We need to be open to the unexpected and engage an attitude of awe and wonder.  Our disposition goes a long way towards our circumstance.

July 10th has the Sun trine Saturn.  We can take a serious look at our structures and our methodologies.  This is a time when we can hone our technique and work smarter rather than harder.  Drawing upon our experience and our developed expertise would allow us to strip away the irrelevant or time consuming so that we can be more effective and more productive.

Venus trines Neptune on the 11th of July, just before Venus exits Cancer to enter Leo [12:19 PM EDT].  Relationships with family members and close friends could seem close to idyllic and even karmic, as if we had done this dance in lifetimes before.  Creating a sanctuary for ourselves both in our social relations and our home base can provide the support and nurture for us to move towards expressing our creative self.  Summer fun is calling, and we are likely less reticent to give voice to our personal expressions and more ready to stand in our light and share our light.  Optimism, enthusiasm, and self-confidence are contagious, and the people around us might sense our better appreciation of our personal self.

The question of balance is a challenging one and especially during these volatile times of the paradigm shift.  If we have found our voice and outlets for our creative expression, not everyone may applaud or encourage our transformation. 

While the 11th might have had our relationships close to ideal, the 12th with Venus opposing Pluto could bring out a naysayer[s] who would prefer to rain on our parade rather than advocate for our now found sense of empowerment. 

The divide in our society is not merely a partisan political one.  The division is also an age-old one of those who see the half glass of water as half full and those who see it as half empty. Negativity is a drain, but there are those committed to seeing everything wrong in the world and expect other people to see life the same way.  As the saying goes: “misery loves company”, but I always suggest an addendum: “just don’t make it your company.”

Whatever the radical metronome swings in our relationships on the 11th – 12th of this month of July, extreme changes could occur on the 15th when Mars conjuncts Uranus.  This energy may prove too hot to handle, and we need to be wary of impetuous actions and sudden unexpected developments.  There can be indications of liable structural problems both with society’s institutions and natural phenomena. 

Mid-July suggests we be extremely cautious in whatever we decide or choose to do with a recognition that the conditions of one day may significantly alter the next day.  Major shakeups are liable to happen, often a prelude to what might occur as we end August and come into September.

Although we may not like the metronome movements of these times with its roller coaster effects of extreme ups and downs, the volatility of these times of paradigm shift provides a dynamic where things, and ourselves, can change radically and suddenly.

Our trajectories of several years ago may be quite different from where we are headed now.  Conformity and reliance on the ‘tried and true’ may have been tried, no longer true.

The more we listen, even heed indications given to us, the more we shall embrace our individuality, our power, and choose to go our own way.  This impetus to better engage our personal journey is encouraged by the Sun sextile Uranus on the 18th of July. 

Increasingly during this paradigm shift, we may become aware that the universe with its serendipity and synchronicity is leading the way.  We might realize that we are no longer in control, no longer the sole arbiters, of our life’s direction [as if we ever were].  On the contrary, we are being asked to accept our role as co-creators with the universal unfolding of our life’s journey.

We are living during ‘interesting times’ as the Chinese proverb, some would call a curse, states. 

The 18th of July is also the last day of the Republican National Convention when the Republican Presidential nominee accepts their party’s nomination.  I wonder what surprising development might arise with the Sun Uranus sextile at play.

As an aside, I have written it before, shall write it again.  The Vice-Presidential candidates are the ones to fully consider and determine your selection when voting in the upcoming US Presidential election.  In the incoming US Administration’s chart there is a Sun Pluto conjunction opposed by Mars, not a great augury for the President, as adverse aspects of Mars Pluto threaten acts of violence.

Coming off the various aspects during the week, the weekend of July 20th – 21st has a crescendo of various energy configurations.

The 20th has Mars sextile Neptune and would allow us to draw upon finesse by combining both our foresight of what could be with a persistent determination to provide the appropriate structure for what we are looking to achieve.  Following the Mars sextile Neptune aspect, Mars exits Taurus to enter Gemini [4:43 PM EDT].  We might seek to be here, there, and everywhere with a likelihood of quick alighting on one thing before taking off in search of another.

The Capricorn Full Moon on the 21st when the Sun opposes the Moon [6:17 AM EDT] is right on the cusp with the Sun about to enter Leo on the 22nd and the Moon entering Aquarius shortly after the Full Moon on the 21st.  Venus sextiles Jupiter, Mercury squares Uranus, the Sun trines Neptune, and Mars trines Pluto. 

There is a great deal of energy with this Full Moon on the 21st.  The two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, are in harmonious connection.  Mars and its higher octave of Pluto are connected giving greater force to whatever we do.  And one of my least favorite aspects, the Mercury Uranus square, is in play. 

We need to maintain a handle around this Full Moon.  While the will is there to proceed assertively forward, we need to pay attention to any curveballs or unexpected developments that could knock us off track.  This is a time when it is important that we be mindful, maintain awareness, and be willing to shift and change if conditions necessitate.

The Sun moves into Leo on the 22nd, briefly triggering a Stellium of three planets in the Fixed Fire Sign as the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in Leo until Mercury exits Leo to enter its own Sign of Virgo on the 25th.  We may be feeling the heat of summer with our focus turning to good times with good friends.  The next four weeks can have us engaging re-creational activities, social occasions and fully enjoying ourselves.  It’s summertime, traditionally the season to relax, restore and reinvigorate.

As the Sun enters Leo, the Sun opposes Pluto on the 23rd.  The intensity of the past weekend could have us feeling blocked and the wind knocked out of our sails. 

Even if we are thrown for a loop by disempowering incidents, we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again on the 25th when the Sun sextiles Mars, and Mercury enters its own Sign of Virgo.  Not only can we be more judicious in our actions, but now we are less liable to grandstanding and more likely to engage brain as well as brawn.  Our critical thinking skills are enhanced with an ability of deciphering the right approach in any of our endeavors.

July 2024… in the heat of the summer sun…