July 2nd New Moon
This is a time of fresh energy in the feeling depths of our being, as the lunar nature of this sign plays itself out more fully in our lives. Venus is exactly opposite Jupiter at this time so that beneficial relationship energy surrounds us. Mars is also drawing nearer to its conjunction with Saturn, leading to a recognition of greater obstacles than usual, but creating long-lasting eventual gains in reward for the extra effort expended.
July 9th First Quarter Moon
This is a time when we must take cognizance of difficulties posed in making the intention seeded at the time of the New Moon into concrete reality. In parallel with this symbolism, Mars and Saturn exactly conjunct, so that it will be quite difficult at this time to get anything done. The Moon's degree as it squares the Sun also squares Jupiter, creating a sense of optimism that may prove exaggerated and pushing us to take unnecessary risks that may not in fact pan out for us. Chiron is also involved in this configuration, and old patterns of dysfunctional behavior may come up for greater awareness and eventual integration, especially with regard to groups that we espouse and social situations that we favor with our support.
July 18th Full Moon
This Full Moon will be most visible on the evening of the 17th and provides a peaceful respite from the difficulties symbolized by the previous week's square relationship. There will also be a degree of tension represented in the aspects that the Full Moon makes to Mars but these are largely superseded by the positive Mars trine to Jupiter, which is forming for most of the remainder of the month.
July 25th Last Quarter Moon
This is traditionally a time of increased awareness of the parameters of our situation, based on the knowledge gained from the previous three weeks of the cycle. This is what eminent astrologer Dane Rudhyar called the "crisis of consciousness" that accompanies our increased understanding of what has and has not been successful over that period of time. In this case, we are gathering our strength and our wisdom for the eclipses of August, which will rock our world, hopefully for the better. Any shock to the system, such as those prefigured by these powerful August configurations, has the potentially beneficial effect of shaking us out of our collective rut and stimulating our imagination of a better world that is in actuality more than possible, were we simply to rise up as a body to meet it.