The Astrology of July features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The primary story line continues to be that of revolutionary activity in pursuit of meaningful change, as symbolized by Uranus in square to Pluto, now slightly fading but still quite active and highlighted by the lunations of the summer months. Venus has just turned to direct motion in aspect to these powerhouse outer planets, emphasizing still further their dynamic alignment that will last through the remainder of this decade. Our desire for connection thus has its dark side now, and epiphanies equally abound. Meanwhile, Mars is about to enter the Venus-ruled sign of Libra on July 3rd – coincident and T-square to a CapricornFull MoonconjunctPluto – there to trine the May 20th eclipse degree and also to make an imaginative and yet problematic quincunx to flighty Neptune. The emphasis on Mars with Neptune takes us away from our mundane selves and out of this world into a shape-shifting multiplicity of points of view, and yet paradoxically has the power to bring us back into the world as more fully realized beings.
Radical transformation is thus once more in the offing as this intense summer begins. And this brings up one of the great gifts of Astrology. Without its benefit one might assume that the worst is over, but this turns out to be far from the case. We know from the repetition and the severity of these transiting positions that things will tend to get worse over the next few years before they begin to get better. We will continue to be amazed by the unending revelations that spur us on to necessary changes, both in our individual lives and in the life of the collective that surrounds us. As Pluto conspires and interacts with the social innovation symbolized by Uranus all hell breaks loose – literally. This is because in order to create a new foundation one first must destroy the old order. Destruction is never pretty, nor comfortable, but it might turn out to be entirely necessary.
Mercury retrogrades in Leo on the 14th, so that this third weekend of the month is fraught with the usual symptoms of introspection, lost connection and mechanical breakdown. With the mid-week New Moon of July 18th the Sun and Moon are quintileMars and squareSaturn, just as MarssquaresPluto and opposesUranus exactly, bringing to the table further surprising realizations and the reliance upon divinely inspired action that is increasingly implicit in our situation. This is an accident-prone time as well, so that we might want to be extra-cautious as befits the sense of limitation symbolized by Saturn.
Since Venus and Mars are also in the mix of energies during this potent month, all types of relationships are up for us as well, and reflect back to us the concept of “right relationship” wherein we treat others with the respect that we owe to them and indeed that we owe to ourselves, but so often overlook. When Marstrines the eclipse degree on the 3rd, also triningJupiter in early Gemini, itself in square with Neptune, we feel both the idealism of this placement and a call to action that might be surprisingly intense in force and tenacious in intention. In many ways, as most in some fashion now realize, the time has come for concerted action, and right relationship is as good a place to start as any. The action required is simultaneously individual and collective; only you know what is right for you, and yet performing the deed in accord with conscious recognition of your true self and your correct path makes a holographic imprint on everything and everyone around you. Never fear that your activity will go undetected. One of the paradoxes of this time is that while you cannot predict the actual outcome, if you put your heart on the line you absolutely cannot go wrong, either.