This Month: Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations
April 5 – July 14 / November 20, 2019 – May 8, 2020 (exact January 12, 2020) Saturn in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: The opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct a new world. A steady and consistent effort can provide a way to work within the world that will honor our values in a noble way. Nature is larger than man, and we need to align with a higher vision as we make a new world, culture, society, and systems. The idea that men are machines or the ideas that our parents and the world has transmitted are not aligned with higher values. Saturn is the lord of karma and Pluto is the great destroyer/transformer/re-maker. Together, they can embody some larger conversations among nature and mankind is part of nature.
April 30 – October 3 (Exact June 16) Neptune in Pisces Trine North Node in Cancer: The divine feminine is a study in depth of receiving rather than pushing forward. Learning to receive and accept; forgive and rely on intuition—these are very different approaches than our cultural indoctrination. Taking a lot of time to learn and experience this approach during the Summer would make a better world, without a doubt, says Astrology.
April 18 – November 6 (exact May 20) North Node in Cancer Oppose Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn: Karma is likely changing the structure of your life right now. If not personally, look around at the environment. In both family and society, you are likely seeing things being reworked. (You may experience many past life memories or have experiences that are linked to past lives during these months.) The nature of nurture and what it means to be together as a culture is up for examination. We can’t keep focusing on profit to the detriment of families without experiencing consequences; the North Node tells us the highest path is to view the world from the stand point of mother. Mother earth comes to mind. Nurture what we have. These are karmic influences, so they are heavy and hard-hitting. I would pay close attention to how they impact your life, were I you. If all you do is work, work, work—you are in need of connecting to the North Node’s Cancer energy. The work mentality is the South Node and Saturn side of this aspect, which is the easy and automatic go-to for problem solving. Life and astrology are asking us to learn to solve problems a different way at this time. We need to find a new way to be together and to make the world “go.” That way is to take the perspective of how a family operates. A mother nurtures a child in her womb and then gives birth using nutrition, but she doesn’t feel she has to create the child all on her own or use her conscious mind to do it all. It is a natural process and she is in tune with all of nature while she goes through it. There is a lot to contemplate there. Once the child is born, what is the process of raising the child? It is done with a lot of love, using resources all around her. What are the options for sustaining a family system? Are we gathering and growing a garden? What is defined as “home?” On whom do we rely? What are our roles? What is good for our growth? What would primarily peaceful community (commerce?) in the 21st century look like? It’s effortless to let things go on the way it seems they have always gone on; to stop and think about virtuous and meaningful shifts is the work of a lifetime as opposed to the work of a paycheck or a contract. In this aspect we face the fears of losing everything we have gained in one fell moment. However, those fears are based on karma—probably past life power struggles we can’t release and present life tendrils linking us to feelings of power that are not the true power that comes from the flexibility of faith in our ability to adapt to a higher level of action and consciousness. Take the opportunity to take care of yourself.
May 10 – September 11 (exact June 8, August 27) Jupiter quincunx North Node: There is a greater focus on how to put together the problems of expanding our horizons and flexible selfhood with finding emotional security and sense of belongingness and family or “home.”
June 25 – July 2 (exact June 27) Sun in Cancer square Chiron in Aries: We may need to take a step back to recover our vitality, energy, self-esteem, ego, identity, self-worth, or even sense of self. In some way our energy is either healed or depleted. You may either find the courage to express yourself or else find your self-expression dampened, for example.
June 29 – July 14 (never exact as Mercury retrogrades at 4 degrees July 9) Mercury in Leo trine Chiron in Aries: You can shed light on your emotional hot spots and take an intellectual approach to them. Journaling, writing, or self-expression is suggested at the end of June to clear out the cobwebs that were discovered during the month.
June 29 – July 13 (never exact as Mercury retrogrades at 4 degrees July 9) Mercury in Leo square Uranus in Taurus: You may have big ideas that won’t quite come together at this time, especially with Mercury going retrograde. Keep your mind somewhere else away from the grandiose and try to stay down-to-earth, despite how fast-thinking it WANTS to be. You may experience sudden inspiration but be unable to get it out. You may feel a little bit overly nervous and “electric.” You may feel rebellious about reading what I am writing and want to do your big idea anyway—lol! That’s the stubborn impulse waving at you. Keep your eyes open for it.
July 1 Mars moves into Leo: Making an impact is important during the transit of Mars in Leo, and since it’s eclipse season, this will definitely be possible if you stay humble and attentive. Mars and Mercury are still traveling together, and they are both trigger planets in Astrology. Following your heart is a must-do during this time period. After a somewhat sober or internal June, we now get to be creative, passionate, and loving in our actions and expressions, even if Uranus does surprise us and Neptune confuse us a bit.
July Astrology Trends
July 2 New Moon Eclipse at 10 degrees Cancer: Cancer’s cardinal quality and water element mean that a New Moon eclipse in this sign opens up the realm of perception in an initiation for you. New Moons are the beginning of things. What new ways of inviting in lunar light can you open up in your consciousness? What primal senses and deep intuitive flashes have you been ignoring by the light of day that come to you in the twilight or the depths of night? What ideas cross over to you in the moonlight? What sweet and romantic and magical nonsense is playing a tune in your mind and has nothing to do with logic and reason? Allow this eclipse to activate the parts of life that are unfathomable to float up into your consciousness and make new paths forward during the next six months (through December) as the Cancer Moon makes magic happen for you. (The July eclipse effects will be active for six months.) This is a fundamental (and fun) part of human life that has been quietly purring along for you behind the scenes and waiting patiently for its chance to stretch out and manifest. Here it is. If you meditate before the noise of life begins on July second, you can probably sense your mood and mantra and psychological cruising altitude for the latter part of the year. They say the center of the moon must be made of a huge crystal because when something strikes the moon, it reverberates for a very long time! Relax and allow yourself to be the channel for the moon’s song and the reflection for the light of the stars moving through you.
July 4 Venus enters Cancer: Your emotions turn to your finances and your family. You will feel you wish to form stronger bonds with your “tribe” this month. People may be considering having babies, may be very tender and romantic, and attached to home. Help others to feel safe during July.
July 4 – 11 (exact July 8) Mercury (Retrograde on the 7th) in Leo conjunct Mars in Leo: On the up side, you will be having fun and learning so much during the beginning of July! Both your intellect and your energy will be in alignment and be turned in. You will find it easy to retain the knowledge you’re acquiring. On the down side, your ego may be ignited, and you will have to look out for acting like a know-it-all and appearing arrogant. Maybe forgive others their foibles during these days, also. Mercury and Mars are loosely opposing Pluto at the month’s start (as well as the square to Uranus adding nervous energy), so watch for obsessive thinking and action—so that they do not come out sideways.
July 5 – 16 (exact July 11) Mars in Leo trine Chiron in Aries: Given your attention, you can purposefully apply fire energy to heal wounds of the past. This means inspirational action, courage, physical movement, enacting a warrior or pioneer role, and even amorous/seductive healing can be your tools. Fire inspires and cleanses. Use your exercise routines as a meditation on wellness and raise energy and your vibration level through physical means during the first half of July to optimize your potential. Use food as medicine. Use essential oils and sage and other cleansing aromas like you might have used use smoke in times past to clear spaces. Fire can move fast in its healing, and Leo is a dramatic energy, so you can also turn to drama, fashion, and any other creative means of expression as part of your healing journey. You can light a candle or LED lights in honor of your ancestors or loved ones who have gone on to the next life.
July 5 – 11 (exact July 8) Venus in Cancer square Chiron in Aries: There is the possibility for family conflicts and arguments during this time. Strong opinions between “head of household” types may emerge. On the other side of the coin, solutions may be found, or wisdom gained, for family problems that have been plaguing you. The tension may arise to the point that issues get resolved around the house, for example. You may also process grief issues.
July 6 – 11 (exact July 8) Venus in Cancer sextile Uranus in Taurus: A relationship may result in unique solutions or ideas that manifest on the physical plane. You might see a way to use your resources that you previously had not considered. You may start some new way of processing things that had not occurred to you before. This is an emotionally-based brilliant-insight kind of deal. Also, this could be money coming in from someone that you were not expecting or a new relationship that you were not expecting that helps you out a lot.
July 6 – 12 (exact July 9) Sun in Cancer conjunct North Node in Cancer: You are now destined to understand how to make use of your energy and self in a way that serves your family and your sell-being in a new and humble but exciting way. You can touch the heart of self-soothing, nurturing, self-care, and self-regulation in a fashion that you have been trying to master. Go for it! Be healthy!
July 6 –12 (exact July 9) Sun in Cancer oppose Saturn in Capricorn: This is an aspect about self-mastery within the karma and limits that your life demands. You need to make sure you’re a responsible actor on planet earth and making good use of your capabilities. There are many dualities to consider as a human being. We have two hands, two eyes, two arms, two ears, and one heart. There is a oneness beneath all dualities to make contact with—the oneness of creation that is like a heartbeat giving us life and energy. The first cells formed physically within our bodies were the cells of our hearts, and I believe there was a unity before there was ever any duality. When we return to the oneness of everything it is like sensing our heartbeat. That is how to synthesize the duality of Cancer and Capricorn that is so prevalent in the astrological occurrences of the past several years, and especially this year. We understand there is much to do and also live in the spiritual truth of merging into universality.
July 7 – 13 (exact July 10) Sun in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces: Allow spirit in (consciously) to peer into the highest self that you can become during this aspect’s time period. You can see your greatest potential if you look. Use meditation, prayer, journeying and any rituals that appeal to you to speak to the heavens. Water is particularly potent as a source of visualization or an actual tool for spiritual practice.
July 7 Mercury turns retrograde at 4 degrees Leo: “Sabian Symbol: Rock formations at the edge of a precipice.” When we get to the edge of a cliff in life and we have to take a leap of faith, sometimes we’re definitely not ready (or else we back up to get a running head start for that leap). I’m not sure which one Mercury (our mind) is doing, but before we take our next leap of faith, Mercury is backing up to 23 degrees Cancer to review the past a little bit more before moving forward. The Sabian symbol of this degree of Leo that Mercury stopped at is poignant for its symbolism because it’s as if we got to a certain point in our journey and said, before we jump off the cliff into an unknown chasm, let’s wait a minute. So this Mercury retrograde has us reviewing our intentions and our safety net before moving forward in life to the next stage. During July and into August (after Mercury turns direct again and moves out of Cancer for good during this rotation of the zodiac), our thoughts will be on safety, devotion, security, soothing, mood & emotion—Cancer’s realm. After that, when Mercury moves into Leo again in August, we can feel confident in taking the leap of faith into the future in terms of our projects and initiatives. There are things we have started during Mercury in Cancer that we will develop with more confidence during Mercury in Leo.
July 7 – 17 (exact July 11) Mars in Leo square Uranus in Taurus: This may work in conjunction with Mercury retrograde to let us know what we need to review and reconcile before we move forward again in August. Mars and Uranus may bring us some unexpected tasks in this square aspect that slow us down and make us sit up to take notice that we need to attend to things that we were not expecting to have to do. This can likely show up in business or our daily life functions, as well as our creative life or with our children. Make sure to avoid impulsive actions if you get caught in situations or flare-ups.
July 10 – 17 (exact July 14) Sun in Cancer oppose Pluto in Capricorn: This aspect is likely to cause a zap to our energy level so keeping up good nutrition and exercise can help to ameliorate the sense that the world is bringing us down. It can also affect our sense of identity.
July 15 – 20 (exact July 17) Venus in Cancer conjunct North Node in Cancer: This aspect can go either very positive or negative, depending on your level of safety and security. It’s great of you have paid your bills and if you’re on the up and up in your relationships and have creative outlets. If you’re feeling hemmed in creatively, you may need to find time and openings to express yourself. If you have unpaid bills, karma catches up with you now, so pay them or make arrangements before this aspect hits. (This is what I need to do! I got a tax letter from the state because I forgot to file state taxes for a few quarters and now we have a tax bill—so all of us usually have something to pay, right? So, you are not alone on needing to deal with financial details if you have some. Except those who are really on top of things…) If you have safety concerns, make a safety plan. If you are feeling insecure, attend to this and get support that is needed. This is a destiny aspect—one among many this month. Our responsibilities are karmic and we need to attend to them sooner rather than later in July. Between the North Node, Saturn, and Mercury retrograde, anything that has not been attended to will be knocking at our doors.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) at 24 degrees Capricorn: Another look at responsibility, duality, and karma. This Full Moon Eclipse holds the Moon next to Saturn, who is karma’s bedfellow in astrology. This is another proof that anything we have not attended to, whether it be physical or psychological, will have its impact mid-July. Any details we have been quietly ignoring, any unpaid debts, any unfair actions on our part—will come home to haunt us. Make sure you are fair and have taken care of your obligations and you will have a much nicer Mid-July week. In the wider world, you may see lots of conversations about justice. Adorn yourself in the fashion of “handled it” for a Venus/North Node opposing Moon/Saturn look to die for—meaning a responsible outfit is a beautiful outfit during this time. Getting dressed/groomed can be a ritual in and of itself—as Mars and Mercury are in Leo.
July 14 – 19 (exact July 15) Venus in Cancer oppose Saturn in Capricorn: Now we are asked to master our relations with others and our self-expression as well as ourselves and our internal state of being. Venus is relationships, creativity, and finances. How we act in the world and take responsibility for our place and identity is Saturn’s test of our synthesis of whether we can feel the heartbeat of how we are all one behind the temptations of identifying with “sides.” We can see male and female has been defined by many cultures but then that there are intersex people and actually a spectrum of possibilities for gender, for example. It renders our binary definitions and institutions arbitrary. Nature gives us circles and leaves and planets and water and winds. We have few straight lines and fewer mathematical planes and edges when you look closer. “Assume a vacuum” they said in science classes—and then went on to say there never was an actual vacuum in space… So to build our institutions and definitions around things that don’t exist when you actually observe them seems folly to me. When we are with people and in relationship to culture—let’s go with our actual observations and unwind the stories and filters we have been living through even if we are old ladies like myself. And even if, like most people, we believe we are right. Saturn asks us to question all assumptions. Venus says—assumptions about relationships.
July 15 – 21 (exact July 18) Venus in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces: This is an opportunity, if you make use of it, to connect with your spiritual gurus. You can do the strange stuff—peer through the window of Neptune into other dimensions. Download via Venus the love and support of the angels and gods and higher beings, or simply connect with your highest self and highest potential. However you conceive of your spirituality—whether that be one God or many, one lifetime or past and future lives—here is an opportunity to connect with your spirituality at the deepest and highest core levels. On the earthly plane, this aspect provides for ease in relationships and finances; creativity and manifestation.
July 19 Mercury retrograde re-enters Cancer: The mind returns to an emotional sign. Thinking becomes based in family life and people want to stick close to home and creature comforts for the Mercury retrograde time period. Sensitivity, nurturing thoughts and re-evaluating self-care may ensue. On the plus side, people also turn their attention towards fertility, devotion, affection, children, care, and concern.
July 18 – 23 (exact July 21) Venus in Cancer oppose Pluto in Capricorn: The honeymoon may be over in many cases in relationships. Which ones empower you and which ones dis-empower you? You are being tested in these waters. Many times, the way you interact changes with this aspect, and sometimes relationships dissolve altogether. People to whom we have looked for answers don’t seem to have those answers any longer as we realize we don’t like what we see. Large scale changes are occurring at Pluto’s hand, and that is why the shake-ups are so profound to the systems surrounding us, and Venus bring that into our daily relationships. Ask yourself if you like who you are when you are around people.
July 18 – 23 (exact July 21) Sun in Cancer conjunct Mercury Retrograde at 28 degrees: What a great time to sense our ability to channel our ancestor’s voices and our own vital strength and power as a part of the river of time. We can get strength and energy from visiting water sources such as streams, lakes, rivers, and the ocean. Focus on the self and recharging ourselves seems like a good idea on these days. Mindfulness of health and traditions and well-being is a high path way of relating to life. If you wish to make creative projects that honor those who have passed, this a great time to get started, for example.
July 21 – 30 (exact July 26) Mars in Leo trine Jupiter in Sagittarius: Here is an opportunity to feel that life is wide open to opportunities to act in generous ways. Opening our minds to a large-spirited way of being is possible. In fact, you may see possibility at each turn. Under the surface of things, your abilities to inspire and provide creative inspiration and support to the world simply glow during the end of July.
July 23 Sun enters Leo: The Sun is at home for this month! Leo adores recognition and the spotlight. The sun is the sign of the heart and loves to do things that warm their heart. The time of Leo is a time of generosity and sharing. We feel a sense of energy and stability. Things appear to glow as Summertime is in full bloom.
July 23 – 26 (exact July 24) Mercury Retrograde in Cancer conjunct Venus: A very intuitive and devoted time in relationships. You may feel reserved and wish to stay close to home as well. You may also sense a lot of psychic ability creatively, as well, and feel sensitive about creative projects.
July 25 – 29 (exact July 28) Sun in Leo trine Chiron in Aries: The nicest feelings come from being able to creatively manifest new and beautiful things. There is an opportunity to do so during the final days of this fiery Summer month. Enjoy indulging yourself in some finery or taking in some entertainment that you have been interested in seeing. You can call upon the wisdom of the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet, who, according to legend, breathed out the deserts and who is shown as a lioness in pictures (Leonine influence). She is said to be a fierce hunter and protector (Aries influence). She protects both before and after death, and evil trembles before her. Her color is red and her blood lust was not always easy to calm according to legend—quelled apparently by beer offerings. She became so drunk that she finally would pass out. This sort of spiritual materialism is for me a meditation on how we conceive of the world, as well. Egyptians used to conceive of flooding as resulting from myths and stories such as this. The river would flood in red from the silt upstream, and their stories would be that it was blood that Sekhmet would drink. So, their offerings and prayers would be for the river to change back to normal and stop flooding. How is that different from last week when I prayed for congested freeway traffic to flow? Our human storytelling and our ways of asking are linked to consciousness in ancient and also emerging ways.
July 26 – 31 (exact July 29) Sun in Leo square Uranus in Taurus: Unexpected things may occur that slow you down. This is life asking you to use the tension to look closer at how you’re doing things. Use it to learn more about how to use what you’ve got.
July 28 Venus enters Leo: We crave attention and others do as well! You might want to plan game nights for the family, pamper your beloved with some romance, and go ahead and indulge your generosity a little bit this month. You might find you’re interested in dressing up and feeling fancy. You can enjoy your creativity. Most people will feel outgoing.
July 29 – August 4 (exact August 1) Venus in Leo trine Chiron in Aries: If you look, you will be able to see beauty where others cannot. Appreciating people and creative endeavor will have a profound effect on them at this time, inspiring them to heights you can only imagine. Take the time to show them some love by stopping and expressing how wonderful their efforts and results have made your feel and how they have made a difference in the world around them. You will be sparking something glorious and grand!
July 31 New Moon in Leo at 8 degrees: This new moon sits between Venus in Leo and Mars in Leo right at the moment when Mercury stations as it turns direct. The personal planets are huddled together in one large gathering at a New Moon! It rather resembles the solar system itself if you think about it. The gas giants are far out and the rocky planets are close in.
July 31 Mercury turns direct at 23 degrees Cancer: When Mercury turns direct, we may feel wobbly, be more prone to making mistakes, or miscommunicate a little more. Give yourself some space to adjust to its forward movement and your brain a few days to move forward again, too.
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