Astrology of July 2020

by Henry Seltzer
editor Victor Daniel

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The month of July brings along with it further transformation, as indicated by the ongoing T-square to Pluto from new planets Eris and Haumea, in opposition. They aspect by partile square alignment the tight Jupiter-Pluto conjunction at 24 plus degrees of Capricorn. Eris represents a Feminine Warrior archetype in support of soul intention, as well as taking individual responsibility, very fitting in the current social context where each individual has to contribute to either the solution or else the problem. Haumea, less well understood, represents profound connection to Nature, and to natural law, as has come up recently in the worldwide protests for equality in criminal justice.

Additionally, we have the recent solstice eclipse New Moon, at 0 degrees of Cancer, a configuration that serves as an indication for the final six months of the year. This showed a continuing powerful presence of transformational Pluto, the Lord of Death and Rebirth, and of limiting Saturn. Pluto was opposed by the eclipse Sun and Moon, by sign, and the eclipse degree made a partile inconjunct (quincunx) aspect to retrograde Saturn, at 0 Aquarius, bringing limitation and structural societal change firmly into the picture. This is just as Saturn is preparing to slip backward into Capricorn, there to join Jupiter and Pluto. These planets are stationing to direct motion next September and October, as they work their way back toward their triple conjunction with Saturn that is taking place in mid-November. All this Pluto/Saturn/Capricorn energy reminds us that the immense societal metamorphosis of this climactic year of 2020 is still underway, including the ongoing battle against the pandemic. This, as also the civil rights crisis and the business slowdown continue, and as the Covid situation appears to worsen, dashing hopes of a quick economic recovery.

As indicated above, both Saturn and Pluto once again stand out in the cosmic stew that presents itself to us, with minor variations, during all this year of change. Pluto is the focus of the Eris T-square described above, while Saturn, closely aspected by the eclipse degree from ten days prior to the beginning of July, remains prominent as well. These two were in precise conjunction in the timing of the January 10th lunar eclipse that began the year, coincident with the January 7th recognition that a novel coronavirus had arisen and needed naming. Now, nearly six month later, as Covid has ravaged all the nations of the world, in the current astrological configurations that signal prominent Pluto and equally prominent Saturn, we can see a resurgence of the virus. The smart move by states with rising infection rates would seem to be that they pull back on reopening the economy, as painful as that revised approach might prove to be.

Another difficulty coming up these days is indicated by Mars moving into its own home sign of Aries, thereby squaring the eclipse degree of 0 Cancer. Indeed, over the final few days of June, when this aspect has been in effect, and when also Saturn remains on the 0-degree mark of Aquarius, before slipping backward into Capricorn, we have seen an even greater surge, and greater necessity for social distancing measures being hammered home to skeptical decision makers. This might also clue us in that another time of relative trial awaits us when Mars reaches the Eris degree of 24 Aries, in mid-August, with Eris still in square with Pluto. The Red Planet goes on to retrograde on September 9th, and then, somewhat ominously, there is another retrograde hit of transiting Mars to transiting Eris as Mars returns to the Eris degree by October 4th, just as the cold weather sets in, and the normal flu season begins.

In the current month, the July 4th lunar eclipse, the Full Moon moment following up 14 days after the solstice eclipse of June 20th reveals a fascinating detail, in that the Sun is closely parallel Pluto, thus indicating that further transformational effects are in the offing for us as the month continues to unfold. The Full Moon Sun sextiles Uranus, also aspected in the solstice New Moon from last month. Because the July 12th and the July 20th lunations additionally aspect Pluto and then Saturn, we do have plenty of evidence in the entire July picture for a continuation of massive structural change, and further outbreaks.

On a personal level, we all have the mandate to individually manage our own psychological-spiritual development, in order to become the most authentic version of ourselves that we can muster. This is indicated as well by the presence of Eris and Haumea in this ongoing T-square, active through November of this year. As the dire situation in which we find ourselves in these fraught times continues to remind us, we are, all of us, very much bound by circumstance in the midst of this ongoing cultural crisis. Only when we can fully subscribe to what uniquely drives us, from deep inside, will we truly be free.


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This may well be another difficult month for you, Aries, although it has its compensations. Even as the stay-at-home life style is becoming more or less old hat, you are simultaneously more fully invested than ever in home and family concerns, especially when you can stop to consider the deeper meaning. Last month’s solar eclipse New Moon directly on the solstice has had its ripples through your consciousness. You are dealing with potential financial instability, and that has its darker side. However, in a brave move of figure and ground reversal, you can also find your way through to a bigger picture of abandoning conventional attitudes toward material compensation, and, when you half-close your eyes, to see, all this becomes somehow meant and purposeful. You are then partnering with the cosmos as you make your way forward, allowing Nature and the Universe to have their say, yielding to the moment. Although necessity drives you, in some super-aware lightening flash you can suddenly declare that, after all, everything is perfect.



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With a current focus on home and family, and core issues, stemming from the recent solar eclipse in Cancer, you are devoting quite a bit of your attention there, and with also Mercury currently retrograde in this same sector of your solar chart, and conjoined with the Sun as the month begins, there is a quite a bit of introspective attention being paid to these issues of family life and your actual dwelling space.

As you start the month, Mars, your ruler, has just ingressed into your sign, and this gives you an advantage, providing stamina and renewed energy to tackle difficulties. You might be feeling more impatient than usual to get to the point, and yet you can get a lot of work done. Issues of relocation or renovations, as well as issues of home and family, are on your mind during the beginning of July. A complicated scenario is pulling at your heartstrings and decision-making might seem impossible.

With Saturn also retrograding back into your career sector in the sign of Capricorn, beginning on July 1st, you are also getting hints that will help you decide your next step, balancing issues of pubic expression versus private life.

The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on the 4th of July highlights a tension between your home and your work. You have made efforts in your career in the last few years or spent a lot of time rethinking your trajectory. This eclipse in your vocational sector brings the culmination of a process of hard work, and a time when things are being integrated. You might also feel polarized between your desire for quiet time at home, and the work needed to fulfill your ambitious goals.

Around the 8th of July, impatience with a situation could escalate when retrograde Mercury squares Mars in Aries. Short fuses and arguments are likely to surface under this aspect so pick your battles wisely. It helps to weigh your words carefully to avoid misunderstandings.

On July 11th, Chiron stations retrograde in your sign while the Moon and Mars are conjoined with it, leading to the Last Quarter Moon in your sign on July 12th, with Mars still conjunct Chiron, and as Mercury stations direct in Cancer on the same day. There is confusion between what your intuition is telling you, and what you think you should do. You might have a harder time trusting your emotions or feel a need to disengage from your emotions in order to protect yourself. There is also an opportunity to get to the root of your discomfort by expressing how you truly feel. Self-protective reflexes could be your barriers to a more authentic expression of your feelings. Your desire for independence coupled with your need for connection and intimacy could be sending mixed signals to people around you. Polarizing needs are part of being human. The first step in reconciling seemingly irreconcilable desires is to acknowledge your inner contradictions. Because Mercury is now moving direct, this starts in the following days to bring a perspective change, together with perhaps relief or good news, on the home front.

At the time of the First Quarter Moon and in the days following, especially from July 13th to the 15th the Sun in Cancer opposes the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn carrying more polarizing pressure for you as an Aries. You might be feeling a divide between your obligations and what you really want, although there are ways to diffuse the tension. Manage your time and attention equally. Be prepared to stretch your energy between your home, your career, and your own personal desires. Delineate a plan of action to make sure you don’t forget anything or act on impulse. Focus on your long-term goals, and accept that you might not be able to solve everything right now.

On July 20th, the New Moon at 28 degrees of Cancer precisely opposes Saturn in Capricorn. A powerful desire for safety and nurturing does not find easy expressions with the stern planet Saturn blocking or delaying the free flowing nourishment of the New Moon. There is a sobering effect to this lunation as your emotions and your sense of duty come together. You might be in a position where you need to roll up your sleeves and bring support at home or to a family member. This New Moon in Cancer indicates a time when you need to attend to practical matters with maturity and patience. Inner wounding could raise its head and call for new ideas regarding its influence on your life. Alternatively, a ton of sweetness can be found in your private life once you can accept the challenges being presented to you. Two days later the Sun enters his home sign of Leo, soothing your happy place.

The First Quarter Moon – on July 27th – takes place in Scorpio while the Sun is in Leo. A flirtatious connection could reach a new level of intimacy. If you are single, or in a stable relationship, this First Quarter Moon could relate to your creative ideas and the need to find supportive relationship energy to back them up, also the need to resolve difficulties in point of view with a partner.

Mercury in Cancer squaring Mars in Aries at the beginning of this final week of the month brings a lot of drive and ambition but this aspect also relates to rushed thinking and impatience. Take this timing as your cue to find positive ways to release inner tension. Communications could become convoluted, or you might need more patience than usual in your negotiations. Mars does not moves out of your sign until January 2021, By that time, you might very well have become an expert at handling conflicts.

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This is, once again, quite a month of change for you, Taurus. Your world view has been doing somersaults all these past months, with deep intuition more involved there than surface consciousness, and this continues. Your ruler, Venus, in retrograde motion until the last week of June, through your second solar sector, has had you rethinking everything that has to do with your finances and other resources, while your current focus on communication and learning has also a distinct introspective mode to it. This is in part due to the current Mercury Retrograde, as the month begins, with effects lasting right to the end of the month. Your understanding of the world around you grows in proportion to the extent that you can trust the deeper elements of your psyche; these connect up more directly to the Universe that surrounds you, and in which you have your being, than you might oftentimes give credit for. You do best at this time to take everything that happens as it comes, allowing yourself to simply trust in the ultimate beneficence of the cosmos itself to see you through.



The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology




You are very focused on career as this month of July begins, and the question is whether you might also begin thinking about outer world achievement in a new way and have the curiosity to explore new ideas there. Also, your ruling planet Venus only just turned to direct motion on June 25th after being retrograde for 43 days in the sign of Gemini, involving your resources and your values. All of the areas associated with Venus have therefore been undergoing a face lift, including love, beauty, harmony, money, worth, and pleasure. You might have felt like your relaxed and charmed demeanor was hijacked by a tense tormentor or that what usually appeases your senses wasn’t available. Venus is now direct and retracing her step in Gemini covering much of the same territory. She is moving forward and is also better informed, which means the lessons of the last month and a half are now being integrated these first three weeks of July. You might feel as though you can start breathing again. The realignment of values and self worth that occurred during this Venus retrograde will help you find a more stable ground on which to launch yourself and share your talents with the world. Finances will continue to be an area of focus directly linked to the appraisal of your worth. Communications and feelings inter mingle and it could be harder to adopt a rational mindset. It might also feel easier to be demonstrative and affectionate with your loved ones.

Saturn retrograde also moves back into Capricorn to begin the month bringing attention to unfinished projects. Saturn transiting back in the sign of the sea-goat until December is your cue to integrate the bigger philosophical frameworks you have been exploring in the last two years. The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th highlights an educational or teaching journey. Perhaps it’s a learning process that has helped your thinking evolve, and brought significant changes to your communication style. Saturn entered Capricorn in 2018 and brought opportunities to refine your worldview. In your search for meaning, you have found profound truth that has changed your perception of reality. Currently, Mercury is also retrograde in Cancer, as well. Old assumptions are falling away making room for bigger possibilities. It will start to feel easier and easier to share your unique viewpoints with the world as opportunities to do so present themselves.

On July 8th, Mercury Retrograde squaring Mars in Aries could test your ability to communicate clearly. Any lingering resentment could surface under this aspect and it's important to be aware of buried grudges.

On July 11th, tension continues to build up during the second week of July with Chiron stationing retrograde while conjunct the Moon and Mars in Aries. This is a sensitive time in the month when you need to tread carefully, especially around difficult conversation. You might not be aware of how much pent up emotions you have around a particular situation until it is too late. The Last Quarter Moon in Aries on July 12th takes place with Mars still conjunct Chiron, just as Mercury stations direct, offering painful but cathartic opportunities for healing. You might be called to assert yourself in a way that feels uncomfortable.

Also on July 12th, the Sun in Cancer opposes Jupiter in Capricorn, and moves to opps Pluto as well over the next few days. There could be new opportunities on the horizon especially in connection with group participation. You might feel the need to be of service in your community driven by a stronger philosophical ideal than usual. There is an urge for transformation of your worldview that does not easily find its resolution.

The New Moon on July 20th occurs at 28 degrees of Cancer in direct opposition to Saturn in Capricorn; efforts will be needed to complete a project, and this is your cue to get to work. You should have a greater ability to set a realistic timeline on this New Moon. Regarding your beliefs and worldview in evolution, this is the last mile of the journey but there is still a lot to do before you get to the end. Jupiter also begins to sextile Neptune in Pisces representing a calmer period of growth and faith.

The Sun enters the fixed fires of Leo on July 22nd illuminating your base of operation for the next month. Home and family issues could arise. Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces on July 25th blurring the reality of a situation. This could relate to your finances or your place in a group. You might be idealizing a scenario and missing out on an important detail which could bring disappointment later. It might be best to wait until the end of the month to make a commitment if you are not certain.

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio on July 27th brings up important conversations around independence and commitment. Complications around shared assets might surface again without a clear solution in sight. Uranus in your sign is making you less willing to compromise these days. If you keep that ongoing factor in mind, it will be easier to express your need for space and independence while preserving your balance in important relationships.



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This is a difficult and yet rewarding month for you, Gemini. With Venus recently retrograde in your sign, and with Mercury currently in retrograde in your second solar sector, you have been in past weeks dealing with issues of self and other, and finding that alterations loom regarding the way that you do relationship. Currently you might find that partnership slow-downs lead to extra attention being paid – and to further transformation – in this important area. Your finances and other resources, along with certain elements of your corporeal existence, have also been subject to introspection, revision, and limitation. The times might be dark, and your choices restricted, and yet your sense of personally taking charge has never been stronger. You are a child of the universe, held in its loving embrace, and it is more important than ever that you exercise individual control and responsibility in all that you do, or contemplate doing. This allows your own unique authentic Self to shine, as a new future begins to take concrete shape before you.



The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology




There is a special focus this month on your values and resources, since the recent solar eclipse and New Moon ten days before the beginning of July landed at the first degree of Cancer, corresponding to this sector of your chart. Your ruling planet Mercury is currently retrograde, and conjoined the Sun in this same sign, while sextile with Uranus in Taurus, corresponding to deep intuition and unconscious process. You might be caught in a financial scenario that carries too much tension. Your income could be in a state of flux, and the responsibilities associated with your revenue could be weighing on your conscience. Uranus in Taurus in your soul sector is helping you release outmoded patterns in your behaviors, but the process is not necessarily pleasant. What was hidden is surfacing and you need to be honest with yourself.

Saturn moves back into Capricorn at the beginning of July for one more survey of your eighth house where you have been busy learning what it means to have contracts with others. What binds you to other people has brought profound lessons in the last two years. You could feel ready to let go of really complicated intimate scenarios, contracts or a situation with someone who does not have your best interest in mind. There are ample opportunities until December to finalize lingering issues, and responsibilities towards others that burdens you without giving anything in return. The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th will drive this home by highlighting where you are wasting your time and resources.

On July 8th your ruler Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries highlighting tensions at work. Then, on July 11th, Chiron stations retrograde in Aries while the Moon and Mars conjoin it, leading to the Last Quarter Moon on July 12th with Mars still conjunct Chiron. These tense aspects have the potential to bring a degree of bickering and argument to the surface. Weigh your words carefully before making any final statements. The second week of July must be approached delicately as people will tend to be easily offended or argumentative. Mercury also stations direct on July 12th and begins to bring some relief to communication issues. However, Mercury squaring Mars again at the end of July foretells that a conflict could take the entire month before getting resolved.

The Sun in Cancer comes into a trine with Neptune in Pisces in your career sector and then opposes Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn on July 13th to the 15th. Jupiter will then come into a sextile with Neptune on July 19th. These series of aspects carry a lot of momentum in the financial and vocational sectors of your chart. Opportunities that allow you to expand your reach are possible at this time especially if you adopt an optimistic albeit realistic approach.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 20th opposes Saturn in Capricorn carrying an impetus for autonomy. This brings up issues of self and other, in general, including shared resources. You might have to rework the terms of an agreement before you are totally relieved of your obligations but the wheels are already in motion.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd shifting your attention on your social pastures. Interactions with close friends that were left on hold recently could start to pick back up after spending the first part of July attending to financial obligations. Mars transiting in Aries and the Sun in Leo carries a passionate energy in your social sphere. This is your cue to enjoy the summer season and find simple activities to do with your friends.

Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces on July 25th, and this could distort the reality of a relationship. This is not a tremendously difficult aspect but caution has to be taken especially in the realm of romance. Neptune tends to bring idealization while making us more susceptible to deception. If a situation or a person doesn’t seem straightforward or honest you might want to take a step back until you have a clearer picture. Romantic feelings are heightened under this aspect that are best utilized in creative ways. You might need to apply what you have learned since May in regards to self-worth. Venus in Gemini square Neptune could also be associated with either self-deception or dishonest behavior coming from someone else.

Your ruler Mercury, still in Cancer, squares Mars in Aries for a second time this month on July 27th, while the First Quarter Moon takes place in the sign of Scorpio. A conflict or a difficult situation that has been dragging on might surface again. It’s a good time to pay attention to what your body is telling you, as accumulated stress is likely to be felt. Even though you still have to contend with nebulous uncertainty in some parts of your life, you do have control over your health. Practicing mindfulness and meditation or breathing exercises can help you deal with inner tension, while giving you a greater sense of agency.

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There is a way that you have been reinventing yourself over all the past weeks of this climactic year, Cancer, and these efforts reach some sort of culmination for you in this potent monthly cycle. Remembering that the recent solstice eclipse New Moon in the very beginning degree of your sign initiated a significant new cycle for all Cancerians, you are invited to a fuller participation in the soul-level evolution that you came into this lifetime to fulfill. This can manifest as a new sense of destiny and self-identity, one that accepts the limitations of your situation, potentially including hidden complexes within you that stem from past trauma. Your better self could now be willing to avoid fantasy escapes or superficial distractions, moving into a new high water mark of self-acceptance. This inner transformation is based upon self-study and introspection, and also in partnering with important others in your life in a creative way. Your relationship dynamic is undergoing a sea change, and you cannot help benefiting from the results.



The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology




The month of July begins with the Sun in your sign, following the recent solar eclipse from ten days before the month began, which is especially good news for you. It’s the time of the year when you are given an opportunity to revitalize, recharge, and clarify your direction. This is the beginning of a brand new cycle. Mercury Retrograde conjoined the Sun in Cancer at the end of June while both were sextile to Uranus in Taurus. You might expect information to come at a faster pace than usual. Even though Mercury is still retrograde for half of July, the beginning of the month offers clues on how to proceed next. There is a buzz in the air and your conversations could bring a lot of interesting ideas to the table.

Saturn moves back to your opposite sign of Capricorn on July 1st, and may carry with it an emphasis on situations or people you thought you were done with. Saturn officially enters Aquarius later in the year, in December, but until then Saturn transiting in the partnership area of your chart means lessons around boundaries and engagement will be surfacing once more, to make sure you stand on solid ground. A partnership or a situation that has been in a state of flux will have the opportunity to get consolidated. The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th highlights this process. Trust that you are now in a perfect place, and hold the wisdom to deal with what arises after two years of heavy lifting in the realm of relationships. Something either gets consolidated with renewed commitment or vanishes into the void of the eclipse.

On July 8th Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries currently transiting in your career sector. This aspect will take place once more at the end of the month when Mercury is moving direct. A career or vocational dilemma could take the whole month before it makes sense. The pressure to comply with career obligations could bring some tension as you try to reconcile your immediate needs with a longer vocational trajectory.

On July 11th, Chiron in Aries stations retrograde while the Moon and Mars are conjoined with it, leading to the Last Quarter Moon in Aries on July 12th, with Mars still conjunct Chiron. This represents a tense period in the month, when ambitions run high. However, the rational and the emotional collide. You might feel like you know exactly what you want especially when it comes to your work or career goals. If someone or something stands in your way during this time you might not have the patience to negotiate. Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squaring Mars can indicate conflicts. However, these conflicts can be avoided if you weigh your words carefully and don’t rush or act on impulse. It could also be that you are presented with two different options, and that this renders decision-making impossible.

Mercury stations direct on July 12th, and throws even more decisive energy your way. You could feel a sense of urgency or be cornered into making a decision. Think twice and think wisely before committing to anything major. Make sure you know exactly what it entails as you might be asked to compromise something.

A second New Moon in Cancer occurs on July 20th, directly opposite Saturn in Capricorn. Renewing a commitment is possible under such influence. It could also indicate the beginning of a contract or the awareness that you must head in a beneficial direction by adopting a stoic stance. You could be confronted again with an inability to reconcile emotional safety, and obligations. You might have to be the mature responsible adult under current circumstances. This New Moon is the culmination of the emotional lessons that took place in the last two years. It’s time to integrate the experiences while planting fresh visions in connection with your emotional life, and more extensively your partnerships. You have recently gained a lot of lucidity, especially in your relationships. You are in a perfect place to know who is there for you and who isn’t. This New Moon is your call to become more mature, as well as honest when it comes to what you need.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd gradually bringing focus on financial matters, wealth, and resources for the next month. The Sun transiting in Leo also illuminates what you value, and your sense of self-worth. Venus in Gemini since May has brought a process of returning to yourself while you connect to your inner sense of beauty. Reckoning with feelings of self-worth while learning to delineate your boundaries with others is not an easy task to do, especially in your intimate partnerships. This is a time however when you harvest the fruits of your labor and savor the new awareness you hold when it comes to your own worth. Be grateful for the unique contribution you have to offer to the world. Connectivity and vision play an important role as you feel driven by an ideal.

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio on July 27th highlights a project and the financial backing needed to get there. Mercury in Cancer squaring Mars in Aries a second time on the same day could push you to make a final decision on something that has been dragging on since the beginning of the month. Even though these aspects carry a certain level of pressure, you will know exactly what to do. This might be especially so, if you have spent the first two weeks of July weighing your options, without making your final decision until the end of the month.



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This is another quite interesting month for you, Leo, and one in which your focus remains on inner matters. This reflects your recent restlessness with ordinary pursuits, and a determination to allow your goals to become more expansive. The recent solstice eclipse New Moon took place in your twelfth sector of unconscious process, the wellspring of self-understanding, and there is additionally a great emphasis on revising your worldview in such a way that you are more closely aligned to soul-level values, thus incorporating a process of natural law that borders on the spiritual. You are also after greater understanding of inner wounding that occasionally trips you up. This sounds difficult but it is more detrimental to continue to ignore these factors arising from deep within. You are also attempting to better know your most fundamental mission statement for this lifetime, the “discipleship to your Higher Self,” and this involves clarifying your sense of responsibility to yourself, and to the Universe. By trusting your deep intuition above all else, you will succeed.



The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology




Your ruling planet the Sun was involved in a solar eclipse and New Moon directly on the solstice, at the beginning of the sign of Cancer, some ten days before the month began. This indicates a focus on areas of dream imagination and unconscious process. You might want to start journaling your actual nighttime dreams or writing down any daytime visions, as well, that come to you from intuitional places deep inside. The Sun joined retrograde Mercury there at the very end of June, illuminating your inner world and potentially bringing you new insights in regard to self-care and what effect overall that might have, what that truly means for you. You begin the month riding the wave of ideas and realizations that have been flowing through. Your inner awareness is simultaneously affecting your career by helping you navigate unknown territories with renewed confidence.

On July 1st, taskmaster planet Saturn retrogrades back into the sign of Capricorn, where it has been transiting for the last two years. Saturn will ensure that lessons around your health are understood, and the discipline you have instilled to feel optimal vitality. Feeling healthy is a very unique experience and varies from one person to the next. Saturn’s calibration process in the last two years in your health sector has supported a pragmatic and diligent approach. You are now better equipped to know what is right for you, but also aware of your limitations.

The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th illuminates your mind-body connection and reminds you of how much you are able to accomplish when you feel good in your physical and emotional bodies. Saturn moving out of Aquarius and back into Capricorn also means that it is easing the grip on boundaries you might have recently erected around partnerships. You could feel more open to others, and to relationships, until Saturn returns in Aquarius in December, and challenges your sense of boundaries once again.

On July 8th, Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries. Pay attention to conversations, negotiations or dilemmas that arise at this time, as they are likely to somewhat confronting, and could come up again at the end of July. Mars in Aries is fuelling the philosophical and ideological sector of your chart as well as being in a trine with your sign. You are now super powered by your ideas with a desire to expand your understanding on issues that are dear to your heart. Mars in Aries until January 2021 brings an immense focus on expanding your reach, educating yourself or being a mentor. This is a good time to be deliberate with your words, since the square between Mercury Retrograde in Cancer and Mars in Aries can translate into combative communications or pushing ideas forcefully upon one another.

On July 11th, Chiron stations retrograde in Aries while the Moon and Mars conjoin it, leading to the Last Quarter Moon on July 12th, with Mars still conjunct Chiron. Mercury also stations direct in Cancer, corresponding to your soul sector, on July 12th. The second week of July leading to the Last Quarter Moon in Aries has the potential to be tense but also productive. The secret lies in directing your energy wisely, and not wasting time or starting any pointless arguments.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 20th is opposing Saturn in Capricorn. This is an opportunity to intentionally tune into your needs one more time before the Sun enters Leo on July 22nd. The Sun in Leo for the remainder of the month and on into the next is your time to shine. If you have been thinking about changing your appearance, getting new clothes, or even just adding a few sparkles to your looks, now is the perfect time to do so.

The First Quarter Moon occurs in Scorpio on July 27th. A multitude of aspects take place on the 27th that colors this last week of July. Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces while Jupiter in Capricorn sextiles Neptune. Mercury in Cancer squares Mars in Aries for a second time this month but this time with Mercury being direct; your unconscious process is fully invoked by this set of aspects, so that everything that you do takes on a coloration of mystery and deep imagination.

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio brings attention on your home, on your family dynamics, and your need to feel safe. There could be tension and the inability to see eye to eye with someone. Mars in Aries currently caught in a battle of words with Mercury in Cancer could create problematic emotional scenarios and conversations. Venus in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces, an aspect that occurred earlier as well, at the beginning of May, could create a fog of deception regarding future plans or your relationships. You do best not to not let your desire for harmony create a situation where you sacrifice your integrity. It could feel difficult to know who has your best interest in mind during this time but remember the lessons of the last two months! You hold the torch of self-care and nurturing. You alone know what is right for you. Confusion around shared resources or contracts is also possible, and since this aspect already occurred at the beginning of May, it is likely about something that has been in the works for a while.

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This month provides an interesting contrast of inner and outer, Virgo, as you continue to reinvent yourself in the area of your own artistic creativity. Along with your self-expression, your sense of your own identity is transforming. This is in part based on delving down into your inner world, there to uncover hidden complexes, the residue of early childhood trauma. This unlocks great talent and is like finding a pot of gold in an undersea cavern, once it is that you can get past the dragon guarding the entrance. Relationship continues to be another important focus. You are developing in many important ways, and your vision of upcoming pathways is seeing great growth as well, based on your rapidly evolving worldview. There is an entire process going on with your prospective plans; first inspecting then rejecting or altering existing ones, as you proceed to re-think your future, and your career choices lately have been suffering a similar fate. You are essentially a voyager for greater meaning, and you benefit by embracing this concept more completely.



The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology




The recent Cancer solar eclipse New Moon, that took place on June 20th, ten days before the beginning of the current month, landed in your sector of societal involvement and future plans, making this area of life a focus for you during July. Your ruling planet Mercury is also still retrograde in this same sign of Cancer (until July 12th) emphasizing your social sector, so that you could find yourself busier than usual as the month gets started, perhaps moving around a lot and trying to get too many things accomplished. You might also have to contend with logistical issues – one of the side effects of Mercury Retrograde. This implies nothing major, although small annoyances could quickly derail you if you have a busy schedule; so try to not overbook. A solution for an ongoing conundrum could be emerging, or a complicated situation might seem to be reconcilable. On another front, Venus is now moving direct again in your career sector, and after a pause and much reconsideration, you will soon be able to get back on track with your bigger projects. More possibilities are emerging right now to help you progress in your chosen field. However, it could also be that responsibilities are weighing you down.

Saturn in retrograde returns to the sign of Capricorn on July 1st to ask you once again if you are serious about doing what you love. The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th is a marker in the timeline of your creative life, where there has been a huge emphasis in the last two years. This focus in the Capricorn part of your chart has allowed you to hone in on your skills, and create an awareness of the unique contribution you have to offer in your community. A pet project, a child, a new love that has received time and attention is your focus at the beginning of the month.

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries on July 8th, carrying tension between your social duties, or contracts, or the agreements you have with other people. This is especially so regarding the ones you rely on for support. There could be a conflict of interest with no resolution in sight.

On July 11th Chiron stations retrograde in Aries while the Moon and Mars conjoin it, leading up to the Last Quarter Moon in Aries on July 12th with Mars still conjunct Chiron. These aspects highlight your understanding of your depths, also intimate others, including elements of inner wounding that could also come up for you at this timing. Mercury stations direct in Cancer on the same day. Problems in partnerships are likely to arise. Sensitive issues around shared assets could need to be addressed. There is pressure surrounding your intimate connections or what binds you to other people. Mercury is squaring Mars again at the end of the month potentially delaying reconciliation on personal matters, financial agreements, or contracts. A lot can be accomplished around these issues but it might be good to keep in mind that not everything can get reconciled right away.

Jupiter retrograde in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces on July 19th can be good or bad depending on your ability to tap into this creative aspect. This third weekend of July is excellent for the arts, pleasure, romance, and stepping out of the mundane humdrum with music and cinema. However this aspect also has the potential to cloud your judgment with regard to partnerships.

The New Moon in Cancer occurs on July 20th, two days shy of the Sun entering Leo. This is a potentially serious New Moon, as the Sun and Moon oppose Saturn in Capricorn. This is a time of renewed commitment to what brings you joy, and what makes you feel connected to life. Acknowledge your social life, your connections, your extended family, and groups that enrich your social participation. The pressure from the Saturn opposition does highlight your role and contribution in such groups and calls you to greater presence.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd. As the Sun progresses through Leo over the next thirty days, it will gradually emphasize the need for you to stop, take stock, and find the self-reliance to look inside, and to recharge your batteries. Leo season is for you a good time to plan a solitary retreat or to take time away from work if you are in a position to do so.

The First Quarter Moon occurs in Scorpio on July 27th. A multitude of aspects take place on this day, coloring the last week of July. Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces, while Jupiter in Capricorn is still sextile with Neptune. Mercury in Cancer squares Mars in Aries for a second time this month but this time with Mercury being in direct motion, rather than in retrograde. The conversations or issues with contracts and partnerships agreements that occurred on the Last Quarter Moon in Aries on July 12th are likely to resurface. With Mercury now moving direct in Cancer, and having had the month to think about it, you are in a better framework to make decisions.

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This is another intense month for you, Libra, especially in terms of your outer world presence, a huge focus for you all this month. With Mercury retrograding through this same sector of your solar chart, there is a process of introspection taking place, so that your ruminations on your career and professional life take on a decidedly inner slant. Transformation is in the air for you at this time, as with everyone, and many of your changes involve home and family issues, whether family of origin, current family, or your actual dwelling place. You could be contemplating a remodel of some kind, or another alteration in the makeup of your home environment. Your most important activity now reflects changing worldview and beliefs, and this requires a closer look at what is going on beneath the surface layers of your psyche. Your hang-ups and hidden complexes, based on inner wounding, are an important factors. When you can remain open to possibility, you can make great strides forward in your own personal evolution.



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As July begins, the recent New Moon in Cancer that was also a solar eclipse is still coloring your responses some ten days later on. You are making a fresh start in terms of career and profession, with also a sobering influence from Saturn in Aquarius, in your fifth house of creative pursuits, which was highlighted in the New Moon by being in close aspect to the eclipse degree. With Mercury Retrograde in Cancer, your career path has also been in something of a holding pattern. Something went on pause there, either of your own accord or involuntarily, and you have been mulling things over. Mercury conjoined the Sun on the last day of June, perhaps clarifying the situation, or this timing has perhaps brought new information for you to work with. You enter the month of July in study mode, and over the first two weeks arrive at a renewed sense of coherence especially when it comes to what you do for a living.

On July 1st, Saturn in retrograde motion leaves the sign of Aquarius, returning to Capricorn and your home and family sector. Pressure and responsibilities associated with your family or the place where you live could be felt more acutely all the way through to November and early December. The Lunar eclipse in Capricorn taking place on July 4th highlights this ongoing process in connection with your roots. Saturn transiting in Capricorn for the past two years has in many ways helped you return to yourself. Questions of home, family, ancestry and what this all means for you have surfaced. Dissatisfaction with your current place of residence might have felt more acute during Saturn’s stay here. You could for example have moved or are still in the process of relocating. Saturn re-entering Capricorn shows a period of integration in connection with these topics but also signals pressure and limitations that you will have to contend with.

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries on July 8th, emphasizing a difficult negotiation process in your partnerships. Mars stays in Aries until January 2021, due to his upcoming fall retrograde, and there brings an intense focus on all your partnership and collaborations. During this time, your energy and drive could come to be based on teaming up with others. However Mercury square Mars also implies that difficult negotiations are in the works, especially since this aspect takes place again, with Mercury direct, at the end of the July month. Even though your energy investment is directly on collaborating with others, it could remain a balancing act if you want to keep the peace.

On July 11th, Chiron stations retrograde in Aries while the Moon and Mars conjoin it in Aries, leading to the Last Quarter Moon on July 12th also in the sign of Aries with Mars still conjunct Chiron. This could be a sensitive time of the month for you, as a Libra, that must be handled with care. Chiron stationing retrograde in your house of partnerships could bring up issues or resentment especially around power, sexuality, and independence. Because Mars is also transiting in Aries, this could aggravate things and bring heated discussions to the table. At its best, this time contains potent energy to deal with recurring issues. This is a sensitive and raw few days where you are likely to get a pushback from others. You might also want to recognize that these themes are likely to reoccur down the road.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 20th is directly opposing Saturn in Capricorn, which brings an emphasis on your vocational trajectory. There is a need to find the proper supportive structures for your aspirations. You have had to contend with delays or literal opposition when it comes to your goals. This New Moon allows you to incorporate current restrictions, and reset your intentions, within the limits of your current circumstances.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd and will gradually bring more opportunities to socialize and network over the next thirty days, extending into August.

The Moon in Libra on July 25th and 26th emphasizes the square involving Venus in Gemini with Neptune in Pisces. Since Venus is your natural ruler, there could be a mysterious energy drain that is difficult to pinpoint; or it could also be that your desire for pleasure overrides your better judgment. This is a romantic aspect, but the square alignment with Neptune indicates that such dealings have to be handled with care. Neptune, being the higher octave of Venus, creates a desire to transcend the mundane with longings that are difficult to satiate.

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio on July 27th highlights your financial sector. There could be issues that arise with the material world versus your goals, or in your finances. It could be that an unexpected trip or an outing with friends ends up costing you more than you anticipated.

Mercury in Cancer squares Mars in Aries once again on the same day, bringing up residual tension or similar topics to be wrestled with. The opportunity is there to resolve a conflict at this end of the month timing although finding middle ground could still feel arduous. Be patient with yourself, and with difficult topics of conversation. Mercury opposite Jupiter on July 30th will help you gain perspective.


This makes for another quite interesting and perhaps challenging month, Scorpio, with your attention taking a decided turn to the inside. Your worldview and associated beliefs are one major area of focus, in flux in a thoughtful way, with introspective mental activity directed toward that end. Your values in general are evolving with the changing tides of your interior situation. Although these internal vistas continue to fascinate you, all this emotional churning will have their consequences in terms of outer world concerns. Going to your depths comes naturally to you, and if in a relationship, or even if not, you might be used to counting on intimate others to keep you moored in the ordinary world that you can see, taste and touch. You might find, however, that these partners have lately their own inner and erratic explorations that they are equally caught up in. They are therefore less available, but nonetheless, you still find the partnership connection to be soothing, just in new and unexpected ways.



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As the month begins, the Sun is still in Cancer, corresponding to your higher mind sector, and is just coming off of the powerhouse solar eclipse and New Moon from ten days before the July month began, indicating a potent new start in this important area. Mercury Retrograde also conjoined the Sun there on June 30th. This aspect is sometimes called a ‘’cazimi’’ and most often interpreted as a moment of clarity or illumination. This particular cazimi occurred while in a sextile with revolutionary planet Uranus offering a serious boost to intellectual projects. Stimulating ideas and a renewed excitement are present in your long-term projects and for your evolving worldview. You therefore start the month of July riding this inspirational wave of insight that is specifically filtering through your conversations with others. You could feel your perspective widening thanks to the ingenious outlooks of a partner or a friend.

Saturn retrograde re-enters Capricorn on July 1st for one more sojourn there, before officially entering Aquarius until mid-December. Saturn in Capricorn in recent years has carried lessons of time management for you Scorpios, bringing awareness of the ways in which you spend your time, how you communicate with others, and how much energy you spend on social media. You’ve possibly thought a lot over the past two years about your level of productivity, versus the time-wasting habits that keep you busy but that do not yield tangible results.

The lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th triggers all of these themes and you could find yourself wondering if you have learned your lessons. There is also a connection to surprising ideas that emanate from partners and that help you to recognize shifts in perspective and in your fundamental beliefs. As your schedule fills in at the beginning of the month, you may also need to apply all that you have learned regarding proper time management, boundaries, and your ability to say no.

On July 8th, Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries. This aspect could bring added emphasis to the red planet in its home sign of Aries, by raising the temperature of your interactions. Mars is the traditional ruler of your sign, and its transit in the sign of Aries will be significant for you, especially when it comes to health and workplace concerns, and regarding the way that might sometimes wind up pushing yourself to the limit. Mars stays in Aries quite a long time, due to his upcoming fall retrograde, until January 2021, and brings his energy to your sixth house of health and day-to-day activities. It might be time to pay attention to your health, and get serious about establishing good habits, dealing with the stressors, and getting rid of accumulated tension in your body.

On July 11th, Chiron stations retrograde in Aries while the Moon and Mars conjoin with Chiron. This is all leading up to the Last Quarter Moon on July 12th. Chiron turning retrograde in Aries is your cue to pay attention to what your body is telling you. It would be a good time to explore various healing modalities, bodyworks methods, and address lingering physical symptoms. Mercury stations direct in Cancer on the 12th while still in a close square with Mars could bring an important piece of information in the days following it’s stationing direct.

The New Moon takes place in the sign of Cancer on July 20th in an exact opposition with Saturn in Capricorn. This lunation is asking you to put your philosophical ideas into practice. All the wisdom you have acquired through the years is of no use if you do not find tangible ways to apply it. This New Moon in Cancer is your invitation to become practical about your knowledge by creating tangible structures or formats for what you know. It’s time to get serious about your skills whether you are thinking of teaching or of taking them to the next level.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd ushering the Leo season and the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun in Leo will shine his powerful rays in your career sector over the next thirty days.

The First Quarter Moon on July 27th takes place in your home sign of Scorpio while the Sun is in Leo. You might need to reconcile a tension between your personal needs and your career goals. This is a busy time. You need to favor a clear headspace, and to establish healthy patterns in order to deal with your workload. You can definitely get it all done, however you need to have a clear strategy in place, and manage your time wisely. Mercury in Cancer squares Mars in Aries again to close the month, showing tension between your long-term goals and immediate logistical issues. One of the most important things to remember while Mars is in transit in Aries is the need to find equal balance between work and rest. You could have the tendency to keep pushing, which could lead to strain and fatigue later. You must deal with tension as it arises, and make sure to schedule some down time.


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This is another in the series of interesting and perhaps challenging months for you, Sagittarius. With Pluto still prominent in your second solar sector, what continues as a major focus would be your dealings with – and understanding of – the material world. One possibility is that you might encounter alterations or difficulties with finances, as well as other resources you require, but the most important process that you are engaged in this area involves the ultimately meaning. Your values, too, are undergoing a sea change in these strange days, and it could be that your entire attitude toward the 3D world that can be seen and touched is irrevocably shifting, along with your inner development and your evolving trust in the Universe to see you through. You are also looking more closely into your relationship dynamic along these same lines. As you plan for a future that you can really live for, you may find yourself taking these spiritual priorities into account to a greater extent than you would formerly have considered.



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As the month begins, you are still riding the wave from the powerful solar eclipse that took place in the sign of Cancer, corresponding to your eighth house of intimacy and personal evolution, bringing a tremendous focus to this area that goes to depth within your psyche. You are making a huge fresh start in this arena. Business or intimate partnerships have been problematic for you, ever since Venus stationed retrograde in Gemini mid-May, causing you to re-think your partnership connection. Revising your alliances, and your agreements, along with the responsibilities that bind you to others, has been a big part of the last month and a half. You’ve still had good chances to collaborate, and to assume your role within your partnerships. Major logistical issues have however arisen, plus potentially a degree of dissatisfaction on your part; you have been mulling over the details of your relationship dynamic with important persons in your life. You begin the month of July with working your way through to better footing in these matters, planning to arrive at the proper headspace to handle the second half of the current year. There could still be things bothering you that will need to be addressed.

On July 1st, Saturn in retrograde motion also returns to Capricorn, where it had been transiting since December 2017 before doing a brief recent stint in Aquarius. Saturn in Capricorn corresponding to your financial sector will therefore perform another round. When it comes to being proactive financially, the great teacher and Senex gave you a good push during the last two years. You’ve probably become smarter about money, while also practicing a form of austerity, dealing with detrimental behaviors that had you spending in the wrong places.

The lunar eclipse in Capricorn taking place on July 4th is all about your financial realm, and highlights the progress you have made. Perhaps there are still some adjustments needed that could involve contracts or business partners. The support coming from other people in your life is undeniable, even though it doesn’t always feel like a great deal. Shared resources and teamwork is indicated for quite some time down the road. You just have to sharpen your negotiation skills.

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries on July 8th creating tension, especially in verbal or written exchanges. The best way to handle conversations at this time is by being actively aware of underlying forceful attitudes on your part or on the part of someone else. This aspect occurs again at the end of July, suggesting that a tense negotiation process could take the whole month to get resolved.

On July 11th, Chiron stations retrograde in Aries while the Moon and Mars conjoins it, leading up to the Last Quarter Moon on July 12th in Aries, with Mars still conjunct Chiron. Intimate or creative partnerships are especially susceptible. If anything painful comes up at this time, moving right through it could be your key to successfully getting to the other side. Paying no attention to difficulties could work in the short term, but like any festering wound, avoiding the issue could create a bigger infection down the road. It is therefore wise to humbly accept the challenges that present themselves. Mercury stations direct on July 12thalso, with the promise of clarity returning to you although it might take a few weeks for that to come to pass.

The Sun in Cancer opposes your ruler Jupiter currently retrograde in Capricorn on July 13th to the 15th. A negotiation process is still taking place as you work out the pros and cons of branching out on your own in a complicated matter. It gets fuzzier by July 19th to the 27th, when Jupiter sextiles Neptune in Pisces; you might feel like you are getting a handle on a situation by taking it to a higher level and exploring a big picture version of ongoing events.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 20th opposes Saturn in Capricorn, prompting a sober approach to a dilemma. You might have to bide your time in a matter that you are impatient to resolve. The good news is that the Sun enters your fellow fire sign of Leo on July 22nd initiating a warmer and more productive cycle for you that will gradually help you gain perspective over the next thirty days.

For the entire month of July, Venus in Gemini retraces the step she just covered last month, which leads to another square with Neptune in Pisces on July 25th. This is the same aspect that initiated her retrograde at the beginning of May. Neptune offers idealization and poetic longing which often leads to disillusionment or disappointment later down the road once the veils are lifted off. This could be felt most strongly again at the end of July when the square between Venus and Neptune is exact. This square is especially significant for you since Venus is in your opposite sign corresponding to your house of partnerships. Venus square Neptune is not entirely negative, although caution has to be taken when judging the potential of a relationship, a situation, or a person. There could be factors missing from the equation or it could be difficult to see the issue for what it is.

It is wise to take some time to contemplate your options in the final week of the month. The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio on July 27th is your cue to step back from the hustle and bustle to think about your current trajectory, where you are going, and what you want to accomplish in the entire second half of the year.

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This is another in the series of transformational months that you have been facing, Capricorn. With the recent solstice eclipse New Moon in your opposite sign, from the weekend of June 20th, there has been even more pressure upon you regarding the personal evolution that you have been in the midst of all this year. You have lately had quite a lot of attention and also introspection focused upon key relationships in your life, including business partnerships. Your understanding of your own identity is also changing, and your concept of what you are up to in this incarnation, your sense of life mission. It would seem that your task would then be to sort out what is truly going on for you, below the surface. Issues stemming from family of origin actively come into this, as well as your relationship dynamic with important partners. Astrology can be helpful here, in allowing you to recognize that you are on the cusp of major change. You benefit by paying the closet possible attention right now to everything that is going on inside you.



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In the aftermath of the recent and quite powerful solar eclipse New Moon in your opposite sign of Cancer, taking place ten days before the July month began, you are undoubtedly focused to a large extent on the issue of partnership in your life. Your relationships are playing a major role in bringing you comfort these days, and also there are issues that have likely arisen regarding exactly how to understand the place of relationship and helpful partners in your life as you move forward. I am tempted to say that the recent Venus retrograde in Gemini from mid-May to mid-June didn’t even affect you regarding relationship issues per se, but on the other hand the recent retrograde of Mercury in mid-Cancer, from the last half of the previous month, certainly did. The eclipses on the Capricorn-Cancer axis from the last two years have taught you a lot about relating to others. You’ve come to truly appreciate your partnerships. You’ve learned the meaning, the joys, and the rewards of vulnerability. And yet there are nagging questions, perhaps about your own responses. July begins with Mercury still moving retrograde in your house of relationships showing that adjustments and negotiations are taking place.

On July 1st, your ruler Saturn, currently retrograde, which has been in Aquarius since March 21st, returns to Capricorn for one last round of consolidation. Saturn returning to your sign until mid-December is a strength, and yet in combination with Jupiter and Pluto represents powerful transformative effects that will utterly change your life path. This doesn’t have to be daunting. It will mainly be a period of integration for the inner and outer mastery you have acquired in the last two years.

The Lunar Eclipse on July 4th in Capricorn challenges you to step up your game and asks where you want to take your newly acquired awareness. Jupiter and Pluto in your sign emphasize a deep regenerative process that has been occurring for you which is opening your perception to new possibilities, perhaps some that you hadn’t even dreamed of. This expansive influence is allowing you a broader framework to envision your future.

On July 8th Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries, bringing attention to private matters at home. Mercury rules communication while Mars rules self-assertion, indicating that arguments or tension could be hard to reconcile. There could be confusion between caring and imposing something forcefully, whether this is coming from you or someone else. You will want to be mindful of your interactions. Everyone, including yourself, is likely to have less patience and more abrasive words.

On July 11th, Chiron stations retrograde in Aries while the Moon and Mars conjoin it, leading up to the Last Quarter Moon in Aries on July 12th, with Mars still conjunct Chiron. This again brings attention to your home and family situation. Compromise will likely be needed to keep the peace. By the same token Mars in Aries in your home sector, which it rules, for the next six months will bring a tremendous focus on your base of operation and your core psychological beliefs. Self-sufficiency is a Mars word, and with the red planet in your home sector you might be feeling a need to invest your energy in modalities that allows you more independence. Also on July 12th, Mercury stations direct in Cancer in your house of partnerships while the Sun in Cancer opposes Jupiter in Capricorn on July 13th to the 15th. After some hiccups, perspective starts opening up again in your relationships.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 20th takes place with the Sun and Moon directly opposite Saturn in Capricorn. Commitments are renewed with more pragmatism after the conversations of the last two weeks. While this New Moon in Cancer signals a time of maturity and compromises with others, it is also a time of integration in connection with your partnerships.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd ushering the Leo season and the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun in Leo will gradually shine its powerful rays on intimacy connections, as well as your contracts, agreements, and what you obtain from others, thanks to their resources and support.

On July 27th, the First Quarter Moon hits, in Scorpio, while Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces for a second time, and while Neptune is also sextile Jupiter in Capricorn. This end of month timing can be an inspirational. Your future goals are communicating themselves to you in mystical fashion. Make sure to carry a notebook with you because original ideas are likely to come up that could be applied to your work. Mercury in Cancer also squares Mars in Aries a second time on the 27th, and this time Mercury is direct. You have good problem-solving intuition, and people around you will feel it. Expect to have a little bit of pushback from others when you try to implement these new ideas, and don’t be afraid to ask for help or to keep dialoguing in order to find common ground. With some patience plus a little elbow grease there is not much you can’t do; especially if you have your team pulling for you and on your side.

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This is a month when you are gathering information, Aquarius, preparing for your next move into relatively unknown mental and emotional territory. The retrograde of Mercury through your communication sector implies an introspective curiosity about where you are going, and to what end, and wins out over more normative activities. Your everyday world is suffused with higher meaning, and you have a dramatic urge to get to the bottom of these mystical stirrings. This is also related to your co-ruler, Saturn, retrograding backward out of your sign, another indication of inner voyages that you are this month engaged in. This is all about shifting self-identity and self-definition, along the lines of a larger conception of life purpose. You may be struggling to define your core beliefs, and if so, this activity should be encouraged. It is only when you know without doubt your true bottom line, what you and only you most sincerely believe, that you can begin to act upon this knowledge in a truly authentic way.



The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology




A powerful solar eclipse and New Moon in Cancer, ten days before the month began, is still affecting you for the first three weeks of July. This was located in your sector of day-to-day activities, your workplace, and your health, so that as the current month begins to unfold, these subjects are definitely up for you. You are making something of a fresh start in these areas, and you could find the mundane details of your life suffused with a sense of numinousity and meaning.

On July 1st, your co-ruler, Saturn, retrogrades back into Capricorn and out of your sign, although it will return there in December. For now, you can get back to the massive house cleaning that has been occurring over the last two years in connection with your unconscious process. What motivates you on a deeper level has become clearer. Issues around authority could come up that are still being worked through. You might not have a choice, except to face some ugly truths about yourself, and attempt to really understand them. Your role as a teacher or a mentor is still being clarified and you might spend a lot of time redefining your direction, your goals, and more especially what underlines your ambitions.

The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th is related to this process and the gradual liberation of inherent, albeit invisible, concepts deep within your psyche that could be stifling to your growth unless more fully resolved and integrated. Free your mind and the rest will follow.

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer squares Mars in Aries on July 8th. This is a brief but difficult aspect, and it could signal a wrench thrown in your plans, especially if you have to collaborate with others. Mars newly ingressed into the sign of Aries will bring a ton of energy to your written and spoken communications over the next six months, due to the upcoming retrograde of Mars in September. This aspect could however deliver a few verbal conundrums during the second week of July, and it occurs again at the end of the month once Mercury moves to direct or forward motion. If you have difficult negotiations in the works, you should plan on choosing your words wisely. Forceful or tense communications are possible as everyone tries to navigate the new realities of the world.

Tension continues to build up as Chiron stations retrograde in Aries on July 11th and the Last Quarter Moon takes place in Aries on July 12th, while Mercury stations direct in Cancer on the same day. The days leading up to and including Mercury stationing direct, through the 15th, could be riddled with logistical issues so give yourself ample room to deal with unforeseen circumstances.

A second New Moon in Cancer occurs this season on July 20th in direct opposition to Saturn in Capricorn. An opportunity is available to you now, to get serious about your health habits. Reset your stance when it comes to scheduling time for yourself. The pace of things will start to increase over the next few months, thanks to Mars in Aries. This New Moon in Cancer is your cue to get your routine in order, and to clarify your intentions, so that you can be in optimal shape to tackle your goals through what could amount to a fairly dicey time.

On July 22nd the Sun enters the sign of Leo, your opposite sign, initiating the Leo season of the year, in fixed fire. For the next thirty days, your attention will gradually shift from dealing with your health, and logistics, to thinking more about your relationships. The mood will also lighten considerably in the second half of July. Anytime after the 22nd is a great time to take a few days off if you have the opportunity to do so.

The Moon in Libra on July 25th and 26th emphasizes the square between Venus in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces. You will feel inspired to think about your creative projects and where you want to take them. There is an expansive atmosphere surrounding the last weekend of the month that gives you permission to dream big. If you are an artist or a creator, this aspect is great for projects that are not too rigid. The square between Venus and Neptune tends to diffuse and confuse. It signals a romantic and poetic few days that are excellent for free-flowing improvisation, although not great for having to think analytically. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, and this creates a desire to transcend the mundane with longings that are hard to identify and even harder to satisfy.

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio on July 27th is all about your vocational sector, continuing on the themes of ambitions, goals, and what you want to accomplish during the second half of the year. At this point you might need to rely on the support of a partner or a friend to get things done.

Mercury in Cancer squares Mars in Aries once more on July 27th, bringing up residual tension that first came up around the second week of July. There is greater chance for resolution at this end of the month timing, although dialoguing or finding the middle ground could still prove arduous. Be patient with difficult topics of conversations; it is easy to get your back up under this aspect. Mercury opposite Jupiter on July 30th should help you gain some perspective, bringing new solutions to something you have been trying to resolve all month.


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This is another transformationally oriented month for you, Pisces, when there is a focus on your societal connection, favored groups or friendships, and future plans. These have been subject all this year to evolutionary changes. If one secret of life is to sense the direction your life is moving, and to head that way, you do well to pay careful attention to your developments in this important area. This of course reflects back upon what you are up to in this lifetime. You are still in some sense deciding what you want to be when you grow up, and yet you are getting closer all the time. As you continue to explore your possibilities, there could as well be greater consciousness emerging as to painful places inside, the residue of early childhood trauma, that still have the ability to trip you up. With your self-expression, and your artistic creativity, on the line and subject to studied introspection, you have everything to gain, and nothing to lose but your chains.



The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology




As July gets underway, the very potent solar eclipse and New Moon in the sign of Cancer from the final ten days of June has had repercussions for you, and still does, affecting fifth house matters. Your creative self-expression, including romance and pleasure, takes on new energy and becomes a general focus for you during the fist three weeks of the July month. Then, Mercury Retrograde conjoined the Sun in Cancer at the very end of June, shedding momentary clarity on things that have become confused or redefined during the retrograde period that began in the last half of June. You thus begin the month of July feeling a wider sense of possibilities opening up in front you after a period of limited vision. You might feel confused as to what to prioritize. You are also experiencing a change of perspective on recent dilemmas in order to get over a dead-end situation.

On the July 1st, Saturn retrogrades back into the sign of Capricorn emphasizing your social engagement and your future plans. You could be called upon to attend responsibilities at work that had been put on hold in the recent months. The need to assess the roles you play in your community will be felt again while Saturn moves back into Capricorn until December. With your traditional ruler, Jupiter, currently in Capricorn you will feel naturally inclined to accept work that is being offered, and to transform your relationship to your outer presentation to be more in tune with your core values. Your attention is also moving towards social service, and your participation in a broader context.

The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 4th highlights your position and calls you back to the task of bringing support to your community. Your aspirations are currently colored by a sense of unity and devotion thanks to Jupiter in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces, more or less exact for all of July. With both the traditional and modern rulers of Pisces aspecting each other positively, you are naturally altruistic right now, magnifying your better qualities. You must be mindful however not to devote yourself to any lost causes. It will be easier for others to take advantage of your kindness at this time. It is important to use discrimination when choosing whom, where, and what to devote your attention to.

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer on July 8th squares Mars in Aries carrying tension between your endeavors and what they are costing you. You could feel conflicted about pouring more money and energy into a pet project. Mars in Aries for the next six months, due to his retrograde in September, brings power and mojo to your finances. However, Mars energy can be impulsive. It’s important during this period to take a deliberate approach with financial matters, as you are more likely to act on impulse and might regret it later.

On July 11th Chiron stations retrograde in Aries, while the Moon and Mars conjoin it, followed by the Last Quarter Moon taking place on July 12th. This lunation is calling your attention to recent expenses, and more extensively your budget. Painful awareness of lack regarding your approach to financial matters could arise and it is vital not to let it derail you. It is important to take this time to assess your situation realistically. Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12th, and will begin to loosen its grip little by little, so that you have eventually greater cosmic support to help you better balance finance and leisure.

Mid-July you are called to equally divide your attention between social obligations, and your own personal projects, which could be easier said than done. Your creative ideas are bringing you greater pleasure but that cannot happen without you attending your pre-existing engagements.

The New Moon in Cancer on July 20th is opposing Saturn in Capricorn and highlights a divide between pleasure and your creative expression on the one hand, and on the other your sense of duty. You are being asked at this time to accept and attend to your heavier responsibilities as these are the supporting your dreams. The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd, and for the next thirty days the Sun in Leo will gradually shine its light on your daily routine and the health adjustments required to reach optimal vitality.

As Venus in Gemini retraces in forward motion the steps she just covered in June, this leads to another square with Neptune in Pisces, beginning on July 25th. Interestingly, this is the same aspect that initiated her retrograde back in the beginning of May. Neptune offers idealization and poetic longing which often leads to disillusionment or disappointment later down the road once Neptune’s veils are lifted off. This could be felt most strongly during the week following.

The First Quarter Moon, in Scorpio, taking place on July 27th, colors the last week of July. Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces, while Jupiter in Capricorn is still sextile Neptune. Romantic scenarios are in a state of flux. Venus square Neptune is not entirely negative but caution has to be taken when judging the potential of a relationship or a domestic situation. There could be factors missing from the equation or it could be difficult to see a situation for what it is. It is wise to take some time to contemplate your options, and this First Quarter Moon on July 27th allows you to do just that by broadening your sense of possibilities.







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