July 4th Last Quarter Moon
This is traditionally a time of reassessment regarding the impulse that arose from the recent New Moon, in this case the one from early June. Seeds are being planted for the next cycle. There could be a moment of tension that arises now in the body politic as the Sun conjuncts the Sun of our national chart; and individuals will also feel this tension as they attempt to understand what is going on in their lives. That the Moon is in Aries emphasizes once more the Uranus-Jupiter conjunction with its offer of brilliant solutions to dire circumstances, and also the revolutionary T-square Uranus makes with Pluto and with Saturn that presages radical activity.
July 11th New Moon
This eclipse chart is powerful just because of the nature of an eclipse, being a particularly strong New Moon where the effects last for six months or more. This New Moon is in Cancer and there are implications for a fresh start with home and family and whatever we consider our community or tribe. The Sun and Moon aspect Saturn and Mercury just as Mercury comes to an exact inconjunct with Pluto, so that Pluto's square with Saturn is becoming more pronounced. This square, further emphasized by the 21st when Saturn enters Libra, predicts that radical changes and challenges are on the way this month.
July 18th First Quarter Moon
This is traditionally a time of minor crisis, of seeing what part of the impulse from the New Moon is truly viable. The tension of the square between Sun and Moon makes itself felt, and adds to the inherent tension in this month's configurations. The Sun aspects Saturn, and the Mars/Saturn midpoint even more exactly, as Mars begins its conjunction with the planet of limitation and of holding back. Saturn opposing Uranus re-emphasizes the polarity of opposite sides that we see all around us in the political arena, as well as in our own lives. Reconciling these contrary impulses by rising above them is the key.
July 25th Full Moon
Once again, this configuration is an extremely strong one with the Sun and Moon acting as trigger for the Cardinal T-square now completely formulated since Saturn has moved into Libra. Mars is also close to conjuncting Saturn, perfecting in a few days time on the 31st. Rather than seeking to escape the consequences of our actions, we must strive to find a way not around them but through. Only by examining our innermost truth with courage and conviction will we be able to accept necessary transformation and begin to move on with our lives. It has been famously and extremely well said that everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. But spiritual death and subsequent re-birth is not the worst thing that can be imagined; stagnation is worse.