The Cancer New Moon that began the current cycle () on June 25th trines both Jupiter and Uranus in Scorpio and Pisces, and also aspects numinous Neptune, which can be exhilarating and also somewhat confusing. There is a great deal of sensitivity in the feelings that we share with each other that is reflected by this Grand Trine in Water. Saturn continues to oppose Chiron, squared by Jupiter in Scorpio, although this configuration fades as the monthly cycle unwinds.
The First Quarter Moon of Monday July 3rd () aspects Saturn, bringing the more limiting parts of our situation to bear, as we attempt to discern exactly what of our high ideals is really doable.
The Cancer – Capricorn Full Moon () of Monday, July 10th, aspects both Neptune and Uranus. Neptune and Uranus are in mutual reception at this time and reinforce each other, bringing an entirely otherworldly touch to the realism brought by Saturn. In the meantime, Mercury has turned retrograde while Jupiter has changed to direct, remaining almost motionless in the sky and hence more significant. This is also a time when we are more willing to share our ideals with others around us.
The powerful Last Quarter Moon of Monday, July 17th (), is also the time of a Sun - Mercury conjunction, one crux of the retrograde cycle. This is a time when mechanical and communication breakdowns, the hallmarks of the retrograde cycle, are likely to be more pronounced. Another Grand Trine is formed at this time, in Fire, with Pluto and the Moon and Mars all participating, while Venus opposes Pluto, so look for intensity in the already overly sensitized interconnections with our partners in transformation here on planet earth.
The final week of the month brings a New Moon in Leo (), so that the Fire element again predominates. This signals growth, of both a personal and a transpersonal kind, and the chance to respond with our hearts and our sense of intuitive truth of the situation rather than with our heads that so often get us into trouble.