Astrology of July 2011
by Henry Seltzer (
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Pisces Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Mutable Water. Your ruling planets are Neptune and Jupiter.

You are in a fantastic place right now, Pisces; this is your time. Although lately you can be more sensitively alert to the ups and downs of your surroundings than is usual even for you, your self-expression and dramatic presence is a torrent when you let it out. You have only to ensure that you disregard lingering voices of negativity and self-criticism that seem to come from nowhere but are actually holdovers from the past. When you get out of your own way you are constructively engaged in the process of finding your true self and crafting future plans that are more consistent with who you really are. Putting all that positive energy to good use feels like a win-win because it is.

As the month begins, you are infused with the compassionate and otherworldly energy of your ruler Neptune, and it is quite a lot to handle. This is a sweet and sensitive energy, but a truly transformative one as well, and it is changing you from the inside out by the path of understanding rather than of domination. You are in some manner more yourself now than ever before, and in other ways just finding out who you really are or could be. There are huge boulders to be encountered in the road to your progress but these can be surmounted by an effort of will and by remembering that those critical voices that seem to come up from time to time are in fact self-created and might in actuality be more mirage than real. The Solar Eclipse and New Moon takes place in the afternoon of Friday, July 1st, and presents you with tons of energy for both work and play. Your real work in the world is play in a sense, since what you have come here to accomplish is to find yourself. By letting your creative expression loose you are actually accomplishing just that. You are deadly serious about your internal aims at this time and are capable of a remarkable degree of integration when you step back and take in the largest possible picture of what is going on. There are definitely fluctuations in financial matters to contend with, and a dawning sense that where you thought you were headed is only a small part of the real story, so that group associations that you had formerly cherished and even friendships could radically alter. Everything that happens to you over this powerful summer is happening for a reason and that reason is connected with your future growth; it is essential that remain in touch with this basic fact in spite of any form of dark suspicion to the contrary that might arise. The First Quarter Moon of late Thursday evening and early Friday, July 7th and 8th, throws a few kinks into your path forward. You are energized in the direction of intimate connection with others at this time but it is a desire that does not easily find its realization. Your real mission now is working on yourself, and others that you meet along the way are definitely an aid and an adjunct to that process. If you combine relationship requirements with a growing and almost philosophical understanding of where you are at in your life right now you are on the right track. Communication with everyone around you is an important component of what you are up to as you sort things through and discover new ways to reach out to intimate partners. The Full Moon comes a week later on, taking place on Thursday night and Friday morning, July 14th and 15th, and presents you with the concept of balance. As you find a way to approach a new synthesis, you are taking a strong stand for yourself, reaching a new plateau of self-understanding and self-realization. The Last Quarter Moon of Friday, July 22nd, is traditionally a time of summing up what you have learned over the preceding three weeks of the lunation which in your case has been an extremely intense one. You will find yourself mulling over your potential and absorbing powerful lessons regarding what you want to get out of life right now and what also you do not. As you prepare to enter another cycle of development with the following month you are making strides toward discovering what exactly it is that you are trying to accomplish in this incarnation.