Astrology for July 2018

Last year on November 11th, Saturn Trined Uranus; they are within orb of this Trine all month (and next month too), but they never reach exactitude again.  We are trying to balance our urge for innovation, even revolution, with our need for stability.  With Saturn in Capricorn, his own sign, and Uranus in his fall in Taurus, Saturn is strong and Uranus is weak. Tradition, fear, and conservative thoughts patterns will dominate world consciousness.  This is a learning experience. Short-sighted strategies, fueled by collective fear, create limiting points of view.  Courage may be in short supply; Mars (personal assertion) is now Retrograde until late August. However, forces for deep personal change, in motion for the last three years, continue to build pressure. We must construct comprehensive solutions.  With two Eclipses this month, and Mercury turning Retrograde on the 26th, we’re likely to have fundamental assumptions challenged and changed.  Both Eclipses promise violent upheavals.  Our response can be through self-editing during Mercury’s three week backward motion. Is this sufficient? With the Sun in Cancer until the 22nd, the Trine between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces is emphasized; empathic bonds are strengthened, first with family, and next with a widening circle of people in our lives.  This gives us a firmer foundation to take advantage of the Mercury Retrograde period.  We express ourselves with greater clarity in the last 9 days of July.
The New Moon Eclipse on July 12th at 10:48 PM EDT at 20 degrees of Cancer (family), reveals a pattern of coming turbulence.  Pluto in Capricorn (government) is Opposing the Eclipse. There will be a continuing struggle between personal rights and public concerns.  The Sun and Moon complete a Grand Trine in Water with Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio showing deep underlying emotional energy which Pluto releases. Because Pluto (lord of the underworld) carries us to extremes, this combination ushers in a month where we do things all or nothing.  Mercury (perception and reasoning), while Squaring Jupiter (expanse), sits near the midpoint of Neptune/Pluto; this forces a gigantic advance in the mental arena.  Advice?  “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” Venus in Virgo forms a Grand Earth Trine with Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. We need some tangible expression for our feelings. With Mars (energy) Conjunct the South Node in Aquarius, our desire for change can be overwhelmingavoid a “revolution for the hell of it” mentality.  There is enough violence in the world.  Our love of beauty and harmony applied to practical issues helps overcome impulsive reactions to the recurring insanity of the world situation.
The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd at 5:01 PM EDT.  With the Sun very close to the North Node as he crosses into Leo (his own sign), we are reminded to be true to ourselves.  Earth and Fire dominate the chart; this solar month requires us to focus on our own lives, our own plans, to move practically toward our goals. Venus (love) is Trine Pluto (power) and Sextile Jupiter (abundance).  There will be winners and losers in the financial market.  Each of us can do our part to raise the world perspective toward an attitude of win/win, where we all improve together.  Mars on the South Node is Square Uranus; abrupt earth changes will surprise us all month.  Our personal lives can be stable if we stay on a regular schedule, approaching every task methodically.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse July 27th is on 4 degrees of Leo/Aquarius at 4:21 PM EDT.  Hard choices need to be made now, what to keep what to throw away?  With Moon Conjunct bothMars and the South Node while Opposing the Sun, we have an explosive combination. Uranus Squares the Sun and Moon. This pattern is emotional, tense, profound, chaotic, and unrelenting.  Procrastination is not an option. Venus (goddess of harmony) in Virgo (eye for detail) plays the pivotal role in our consciousness now.  She is Opposite Neptune, Trine Pluto, and Sextile Jupiter.  Luck comes through careful analysis of factual situations and correct timing.  Saturn in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, Sun in Leo are the three planets of synthesis in their own rulerships. This is a unique moment for organizing and committing to spiritual principles as the guiding force in our lives.

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