The astrology of July features Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. This makes for a potent mix, as Uranus draws nearer and nearer to Eris before stationing to retrograde motion a few degrees away, on July 26th. Neptune and Pluto are both prominent in this month's astrology, being aspected by Jupiter and Venus in the New Moon timing, and because the Sun and Moon in opposition at the very beginning of July make a trine and sextile to numinous Neptune, while Mercury and Mars in close conjunction exactly oppose Pluto at the mid-July New Moon in late Cancer, just as the Sun and Moon make a close square to Eris. Venus was in close aspect to the late-Gemini New Moon that began the current cycle, from the middle of the previous month, as well as being conjunct Jupiter and trine Uranus/ Eris at the timing of the July 1st Full Moon, so that relationship themes are prominent throughout the month.
It is in fact a strong Venus cycle that we find ourselves in all this summer. In recent days, we have been able to see Venus and Jupiter as quite brilliant in the evening skies, drawing closer. They are heading to an exact conjunction in the early hours of July 1st, the same day as the Full Moon, when these two are also in extremely close trine with an empowered Uranus- Eris conjunction in Aries. There is thus currently an innovative spirit at work in all our relating, and our attempt to better understand the way that relationship patterns work themselves out in our lives. This is even more true over the next two months, as we head into the July 25th retrograde of Venus, beginning in Virgo, and subsequently traveling backward through Leo all the way to the 15th degree, where she stations direct on September 9th. She will disappear from the evening skies to begin her sojourn "in the underworld," when closest to the Sun, from August 9th to the 26th. August 26th is the time of her Heliacal Rise when she reappears as the Morning Star to begin a new 584-day cycle, this time associated with the sign of Leo.
Jupiter precisely trined Uranus at the timing of the mid-June New Moon that began the current cycle, and in the Full Moon of July 1st, in conjunction with Venus, remains trine to both Uranus and to Eris, greatly emphasizing their influence, and indicating a month of breaking free of barriers to more fully realizing your deepest soul intention. I have written about Eris extensively, and find her to be a very important planetary archetype, a Feminine Warrior energy for Soul Purpose. Through strong Eris transits such as this one, depending on how her current position at 23 degrees of Aries strikes your natal chart, you will find a greater connection with and determination for what you came into this lifetime to achieve.
The end of July will be an extremely interesting and intense timeframe. Saturn in Scorpio eventually stations to direct motion, but not until August 1st; Uranus stations retrograde in this same timing, on July 26th, only three degrees away from a stationary Eris, thus bringing this brand new astrological archetype into far greater intuitive understanding. The final week of July is therefore a very mystical juncture, jump-starting one's quest for soul intention. With Venus in retrograde in this last week of July, continuing over the course of August and early September, we will be somewhat isolated from free-flowing connection with others, and more greatly invested in our depths, as we are likely closely examining the impact of relationship on our lives and as we seek to better understand ourselves in these deeper layers of the psyche.
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