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This month makes for an exciting and illuminating follow-up to the retrograde of your Ruler, Mercury, lasting into the present month. Since the retrograde has traversed your sector of career and professional life, the implications are clear for job task reviews and reversals; there could also have been missed connections or misrepresentations of information during these recent weeks. Relationship is a many-splendored thing for you right now, with mystical meaning that draws from unconscious inner drives. Your creative self-expression itself is in deep-seated transformation that perhaps partakes of clashes over values and principles, of a sense of life purpose, and of sticking to agreements. The use that you want to begin putting your creativity to is up for grabs as well right now, and you will want to move slowly, keeping in mind your most profound values. The Cancer New Moon of the 9th represents a fresh start and a determined go in that area, while the Aquarius Full Moon of July 23rd is another extremely potent lunation for you, again speaking to the continued complexity and overall significance of relationship and inner knowing in your life.
The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge-Aubut of Ninth House Astrology
The Gemini Solar Eclipse in June may have brought a large degree of focus to career and professional life. Perhaps there was an influx of networking opportunities related to your work. This has been a busy time, continuing into the present month, when you are also called to fulfill your social obligations especially now that Mercury is moving direct again in your career sector. Mercury escapes its retrograde shadow by the 7th, so that the last vestiges of the intense June Mercury Retrograde period of time is winding down over the first week of July. The fast pace of the last few months may also have brought stress or fatigue that could finally be catching up with you.
Saturn in Aquarius opposite Mars in Leo on July 1st highlights hidden tension that could be felt physically or emotionally. You could be experiencing a sense of frustration without knowing exactly where it’s coming from. Mars in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus from the 2nd to the 4th, and this might be your cue to tune in to intuitional information available to you now, allowing new insights to begin filtering in. Denying your intuition could leave you more frustrated. Not everything needs to serve a logical purpose and sometimes allowing your experience to unfold naturally may be just what the doctor ordered.
On July 5th and 6th, Mercury in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces for a third time since the end of May, highlighting the stories you like to tell yourself. It might be necessary to remind yourself that it is not because you are ignoring something that it will go away. Discrimination could be necessary to help you prioritize your goals versus what someone else thinks you should be doing. In the same timing, Venus in Leo opposite Saturn in Aquarius calls for contemplation before making a decision. Finding quiet time may be the surest way to clarify your needs and desires. You could be getting the support of someone close to you but you may also have to ask yourself if a particular alliance is worth it, or if your needs are being met.
The Cancer New Moon takes place on the evening of the 9th and this is always a soothing place for the Moon to be. The sign of Cancer relates to what supports and nourishes you; like something comfortable and familiar. The New Moon in Cancer takes place in the part of your chart that speaks of friendship and communities that feed your soul. A new cycle begins in relation to your dreams and your community that can help you find meaning and sustenance in this changing world. Virgo’s ruling planet Mercury enters Cancer a few days later which again symbolizes your desire to connect and socialize with like-minded folks. Mercury comes into a beautiful trine with Jupiter in Pisces on the 12th – and this aspect could bring conversations that help you gain perspective on your current dilemmas.
Venus and Mars conjunct in Leo during this mid-month timing could bring powerful longings; this is especially so as the Sun in Cancer begins to trine Neptune in Pisces from the 14th to the 15th. Summer is in full swing and a romantic breeze is blowing through. This pleasant vibe could bring some inspiration and creativity or simply more ease and passion for the things you love to do.
Mercury in Cancer squares Chiron in Aries and sextiles Uranus on the 20th which could bring new insights related to independence. You might have to open up and share an idea with someone which is not something you are always comfortable doing but it could yield a new opportunity. Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and everything nice, enters your sign on the 21st and will be transiting there until mid-August. This is good news for you although self-discipline may be lacking during this time. You may want to book yourself some time off if you can. The Sun enters Leo on the 22nd, one month away from Virgo season, and while the Sun is residing there you are drawn to the inside to contemplate what is below the surface. It might be a good time to take stock and recharge before the Sun returns to your sign on August 22nd, signaling the beginning of a new Solar year for you.
The Aquarius Full Moon takes place on the evening of the 23rd – or early on the 24th if you live in Europe or points east – and brings light on your need for space. Your creativity is closely linked to your ability to disconnect from the crowd and return to your own ideas. This may be a fine balance to hold as you love to hear about other people’s perspectives and ideas. However, this Full Moon brings up the importance of spending time by yourself so you can hear your own thoughts.
The end of the month may continue to highlight a certain dichotomy between your desires to be accepted in your community versus your need for freedom of expression. You may very much want to share your work with the world while simultaneously finding the world too noisy to be comfortable with.
On the 27th, Mercury enters the sign of Leo, joining the Sun there, and by evening Jupiter returns to the sign of Aquarius after having been in Pisces since mid-May. You could find yourself re-visiting an idea that was left on the back burner for the last two months. Jupiter will be in Aquarius until the end of the year and this could bring a desire to get your ducks in a row when it comes to your routine and your health. Mars enters your sign of Virgo on the 29th and will be bringing its power and energy to you until mid-September. Next month will be an active time.
This ending of July could feel vitalizing, to say the least, especially if you give yourself ample room for solitude and experimentation.
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