July 1, 2017
Happy July Star Spangled Friends!
Here in the US July 4th Independence Day celebrations are around the corner with fireworks displays galore, and full out summertime takes off like a rocket’s red glare!
Astrological fire works flare up too, especially later in the month when the fire signs, particularly Leo, get your boost. Early in July water signs rule especially Cancer, and Scorpio and Pisces get a lovely cosmic bath too. Air signs are not left out either – Gemini you get a lovely visit from Venus this month.
Every July 1st the Sun glows in Cancer, the first water sign in the zodiac wheel. Water = emotions and Cancerian energy is one of the most nurturing and healing in the zodiac. Cancer is ruled by our beautiful Moon which reveals the changing emotional tides of this deeply sensitive sign. Cancer in its highest form is the embodiment of unconditional love with an effortlessly creative nature treating all with kindness and appreciation. Cancer’s symbol is the crab, the sea creature who is marshmallow soft on the inside with a hard protective shell on the outside. A perfect emblem for the Cancerian nature which is so sensitive they must learn to create an outer shell to protect them from the harshness of the world.
Cancer is the sign which rules home and family and is associated with mothers, children and women in general. Cancer is the great healer of the zodiac. It is creative nurturing, generous of spirit and kind. When the Sun is in Cancer it’s easier to relax, leave judgment behind and be gentle with yourself and others.
When born with Sun in Cancer you are here to ride the emotional currents of life like a pro. Sun in Cancer tunes into the ever changing rhythms of life and embraces this never-ending flow. You are learning to open your heart to more love and like the Moon herself, reflect and radiate it back to all.
People born with Sun in Cancer often have a large impact on the Heart of the World. Here are some quotes from some wonderful Sun in Cancer natives to give you a sense of this gentle, loving sign:
Goodness is the only investment that never fails. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. ~ Helen Keller
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. ~ The Dalai Lama
My wish for you this July is to obtain peace within yourself and spread peace and beauty to those you love and on into the outer world!
Heavenly Messages for July 2017
Your Handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon ( 17° Capricorn) is on 7/8 at 9:07p and on 7/9 at 12:07a PT. The New Moon (1° Leo ) is on 7/23 at 5:46a, Mars enters Leo on 7/20, and the Sun enters Leo on 6/22 at 11:16a. Unless noted, all times are EDT Read July’s Individual Sign Messages HERE
The astro brew for July is a mixed one with frothy water, airy and oaky notes and has a toasty finish. The month begins with the Sun, Mars and Mercury in watery Cancer blending well with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, and at the same time the Moon in airy Libra connects with Jupiter. Venus is still in earthy Taurus while Uranus, Saturn and the North Node continue their fiery connection.
Mars is a major player of the month, traveling in temperamental Cancer stirring up emotional waters which either help soothe and create powerful healing experiences, or make everyone around you, and your own self too, take everything too personally. You have to walk on slippery slopes everywhere you go. The Sun in Cancer adds to this sensitive energy and so does communicator Mercury.
On 7/1 the Libra Moon makes an exact conjunction with mighty Jupiter. An uplifting aspect which ordinarily brings beautiful potential for peaceful times and harmonious relationships. However this conjunction also forms a tense square to both Mars and the Sun in Cancer, and since Mars is also opposite potent Pluto an even more challenging T-square is formed.
Cancer is one of the signs connected with healing and we don’t have to look far to see this square in action. The USA was born on July 4, 1776 with Sun in Cancer and also has Venus, Jupiter and Mercury retro in Cancer too. The Republicans in the US Senate (represented by Pluto in Capricorn) are in the midst of trying to overturn the ACA act aka Obamacare and institute their own health care plan AHCA aka Trumpcare, but a large, very emotional outcry (did you see the people in wheel chairs being thrown out of senate offices?) from average Americans, 22 million of whom will lose their health insurance, caught them off guard. So did medical organizations like the AMA, the American Cancer society, and Federation of American Hospitals, and more who also oppose the plan (equate to Mars in Cancer). While the Moon/Jupiter connection equates to everyone else trying to find some sort of middle ground or just find their own peace away from all the angst, please! The outcome of this clash remains to be seen since the Republicans retreated until after their July 4th holiday recess.
On July 4th Venus enters airy Gemini where she’ll be the rest of the month. Venus is all about peace and harmony and reaches out directly to Jupiter in Libra (from 7/17-19 ) forming a positive trine. Venus in Gemini has sparkling wit and brilliant communication skills and these abilities could help ease tensions. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the politicians dropped their divisive banners and just agreed to scrap the whole US health care system and start over from scratch to create something good and workable for all Americans? Well, I can dream on can’t I? And for those of you sick of hearing about it all, Venus in Gemini on the July 4th holiday bodes well for fun gatherings and for those of you in other countries you’ll have extra fun at your parties, backyard barbies and celebrations too!
On 7/5 communicator Mercury swims out of his watery journey to fly into fire sign Leo where he’ll be through 7/25. Mercury likes to be in Leo where his communication abilities roar to life with creative flair. During his Leo flight Mercury forms Grand Fire Trines with both Saturn and Uranus between 7/19 thru 7/24, and also crosses over the karmic North Node in Leo during that same time. This connection creates major oratory ability which can convince dogs to buy fleas!
On 7/20 Mars lifts out of the frothy Cancerian waters and bounds into Leo too. Mars hasn’t visited Leo for 2 years and he’ll be so happy to be in a fire sign again! Mars in Leo is one of the most creative and powerful placements for this planet of action. So many famous actors, singers, artists and other creative people are born with Mars in Leo that it would take pages to list them all. George Clooney and Beyonce are examples. Mars in Leo will add to your own creative flair too, so tap into his energy and roar!
You want to use it positively, because Mars in Leo on the down side can connect to the worst of Leo too. Mars/Leo can be control freaks, manipulative, domineering, bullying, my way or the highway types. President Trump has Mars in Leo and interestingly enough, so does Hillary Clinton (no wonder they clashed!)
Mars travels in Leo until 9/5 and in August around the time of the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo (8/21) Mars triggers Grand Fire Trines with Saturn and Uranus. This triangle of fire is way too hot to handle! But that’s a story for the August issue.
For now, enjoy the energies of July by taking time off from the daily grind. Have the spa day with the seaweed wrap you’ve been promising yourself; go have fun at the beach or float on a raft in lake or pool; relax on your chaise lounge in the garden with your journal at hand to write down creative ideas that pop up like fireflies on summer evenings. Have more fun with family and friends and create more heart-time all around.
Here’s another quote from Thoreau to inspire you, Live your beliefs and you and turn the world around. ~ Henry David Thoreau
IMAGE NOTE: Rachel Dobson is an artist, writer and researcher with more than three decades of experience in fine art painting and illustration. For the past few years she has been incorporating meditation and mindfulness practices into her work, which in her own words are “opening a new world of imagery for me. ” I chose her painting “Thrashing to slough off the skin -1” (she has several more with this theme) because mermaids resonate to watery Cancer and with all with all the unsettling changes in our world recently we’re all being encouraged to slough off our old skin and approach our lives in new ways. Fine more of Rachel’s work at Spiralmeander