July 1, 2015
Does time’s fluid nature catch you off guard like it does me? Suddenly July is upon us which means half the year has passed! Here in the US the July 4th Independence Day celebrations are around the corner when the summer holiday season takes off like a rocket!
The astrology in July gets off to a star spangled start too. July 1st begins on a Full Moon and there are major planetary configurations the same day. One ignites beautiful fireworks the other opens up a waterfall of emotions. Interestingly different yet complimentary too, setting the tone for a vibrant month! Later in the month Venus begins her every other year retrograde dance and Coyote Uranus turns around too. Fire signs, especially Leo and Aries will feel the blast, and Cancer is inundated by the watery flow and all the water signs will feel this turbine too. Taurus and Libra pay attention because Venus is your ruler and Aquarius too since Uranus rules your sign.
Then at the end of this wiz-bang month there is another Full Blue Moon on 7/31. Read all about it below. Here’s a fun article What’s up in July which covers all the celestial firework events in this exciting month including the amazing Pluto flyby by New Horizons spacecraft on 7/14 in the works since 2006! (Note to astronomers: We now know that Pluto has FIVE Moons orbiting it, so don’t tell me it’s not a full fledged planet!)
The Sun shines through the gentle flowing water of Cancer every July 1st reminding us of the healing power of love Cancerian energy brings. Cancer rules home and family, is the sign must connected to nurturing and healing, and is associated with mothers, children and women in general. At its highest level Cancer is capable of unconditional love, like that of a mother for her child. Cancer is creative, nurturing, generous of spirit and kind. The silver Moon herself is the ruler of Cancer indicating the changing cycles Cancerians must embrace, and the sea-creature The Crab is its symbol signifying the need for soft hearted Cancer to develop a protective outer shell.
When born with Sun in Cancer you are learning to open your heart to more love and like your ruler the Moon to reflect and radiate it to all. Sun in Cancer tunes into the ever changing rhythms of life and embraces this never-ending flow. Ultimately Cancer recognizes the value of Be-ing versus Do-ing.
People born with Sun in Cancer often have a large impact on the Heart of the World. Here are quotes from some to help you tap into this loving tone:
By our trust in the divine beauty in every person we develop that beauty in ourselves. ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~ George Washington Carver
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks… ~ Helen Keller
Let’s all create more love in our hearts, spread it around freely to all and have fun watching the devil die in his tracks!
Heavenly Messages for July 2015
Your handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon (10° Capricorn ) is on 7/1 at 10:20p. The New Moon (23° Cancer) is on 7/15 at 9:24p, and another Full ‘Blue’ Moon (8° Aquarius) is on 7/31 at 6:43a. The Sun enters Leo on 7/22 at 11:31p, Venus goes retrograde on 7/25 at 0° Virgo (thru 9/6) and Uranus goes retrograde on 7/26 at 20° Aries (thru 12/25). All times are EDT. Read July’s Individual Messages HERE
This star spangled month begins with an astrological bang! On 7/1 the Moon is Full with all the energy (lunacy!) that brings, and the planetary good luck charms of Jupiter and Venus meet together in the “You’re gonna hear me roar!” sign of Leo and send a connecting ray beam to broadcaster Uranus in “Look out below!” Uranus. Huge Jupiter always has a large impact and joined with “I’ve got your back babe” Venus spreads love and creative expression far and wide. When connected to broadcaster Uranus their power is magnified to maximum potency. This kind of vibrant astro-ray doesn’t come around often folks!
Fire signs – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius – will be very jazzed up by this energy. For example President Obama is a Leo – consider the vindication his administration received with the recent Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare. And it affects all signs in specific ways. See your Individual Messages for more personal insight.
This amazing cosmic configuration which is so potent on 7/1 was already coming into alignment on 6/26 with Venus approaching Jupiter then. It’s pretty evident how this has already affected us here below with the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage on that day. What a historic moment for our country! Yes, there will be divisive backlash but this 5-4 Supreme Court decision makes it the law of the land. For LBGT folks who have been oppressed for so long it is a shining victory! As the hashtag says #LoveWins! I don’t know about you, but when I heard the news tears of joy flowed down my face. For my LBGT friends and because in my opinion this is an indication that the US is finally maturing into a more inclusive country. May it be so!
And that’s not all – on the same day 7/1, there is a lovely waterfall flowing from the heavens created by an exact trine of the Sun in Cancer to Neptune in Pisces. Mars in Cancer for the first time in 2 year also brings his muscle to this watery flow. This trine aspect creates healing opportunities at many levels especially focused on family. Adding to this is the power of the Full Moon also on 7/1. The Moon is full in earth sign Capricorn the sign opposite Cancer and she too forms an exact trine to asteroid Juno in earthy Virgo. Pluto also plays a role with an opposition to the Sun and a sextile (favorable potential) to Neptune. It’s not exact, but still vibrationally active.
P.S. Any babies born on 7/1 are going to be amazing!
Cancer is the archetype of the Great Mother representing unconditional love and nurturing while Capricorn is the archetype of the Good Father, representing the one who provides the structure of resources and safe boundaries. Pisces at it’s ultimate is the most spiritual sign while Virgo is the most hands-on practical problem solver. Combine all these energies and plug in the muscular motivation of Mars along with the transformational capacity of Pluto, and the potential to heal dysfunctional family dynamic issues is powerful! In fact it is so potent that family lineage wounds could be healed back through eons of time. If you initiate this kind of healing it means you now along with future generations never have to repeat those old wounding patterns and behaviors. Wow, this really is blowing my mind, how about yours?
Since this all happens on the first day of the July these vibrations charge through the entire month, but the New Moon in Cancer on 7/15 might be the day to tap into these deep healing vibrations. The New Moon is always a good time to set intentions and the Cancer New Moon is perfect for intentions around healing. The Moon and Sun are conjunct at 23° Cancer and form a trine to wounded healer Chiron at 21° Pisces, and Saturn at 28° Scorpio completes a Grand Water Trine reflecting back to similar trines in 2013-14 which opened flood gates of healing flow. Communicator Mercury is in Cancer then too and is traveling next to Mars at the exact degree (14° Cancer) and they are exactly opposite Pluto at 14° Capricorn. This creates super-charged emotionally transformative communication channels. Seems like a day to take advantage of, so do your soul retrieval then!
Another active phase begins later in the month when Venus goes retrograde on 7/25 and the next day on 7/26 Uranus turns backward too.
Venus only goes retrograde around 18 – 20 months, less often than all other planets except Mars which goes retrograde every 2 years. Venus turns retrograde on 7/25 and direct again on 9/6. The last time Venus reversed was 12/21/13 through 1/31/14. Think back to that time period and you may sense these retro effects. Venus is the ruler of both Taurus and Libra so these signs tend to be more affected by Venus retro. See your Individual Messages for how this affects you.
In general Venus = peace, love, beauty, harmony and governs issues of concern to women. In Taurus, Venus reflects high values, a peaceful tolerant, kind nature, and is also connected to resources like finances. In her Libra garb Venus rules all relationships, specifically love and marriage, along with fair play for all and cultural refinement.
Venus has a combo-sign retrograde phase. She enters practical earth sign Virgo on 7/18 and goes retrograde on 7/25 at 0° Virgo, then re-enters Leo on 7/31 and goes direct on 9/6 at 14° Leo and stays in Leo until 10/8 when she renters Virgo. This means both Virgo and Leo get longer doses of Venus being in your sign. Virgo has Venus for a total of 6 weeks versus the usual 4 weeks, while Leo gets her for a grand total of 16 weeks – 4 times longer than usual! With all her positive qualities, even retrograde, having Venus kiss your sign this long is a good thing.
I’ll relate more about Venus retro might mean on the world’s stage in upcoming issues and here is my article with more general information Venus Retrograde.
The day after Venus turns around Uranus backs up too. Uranus goes retrograde each year for 5 months. On 7/26 Uranus goes retro at 20° Aries and returns to 16° Aries on 12/25 when he turns forward again.
Uranus rules Aquarius and represents higher mind, inspired thinking and fine tuned intuitive abilities. Uranus is also noted for coyote-like unpredictability. When Uranus comes around you never know what or who will jump out of the bushes at you! Uranus’ astrological function is significant – to amplify the urge toward enlightenment. Uranus’ symbol looks like an antenna tower, befitting his job of helping us here below tune into higher cosmic wavelengths. This is also why Uranus is considered the ruler of Astrology.
Uranus is one of the outer planets and as such represents larger, more universal themes rather than personal in its 84 year cycle through the entire zodiac wheel. When Uranus retros the affect is subtle for most, but Aquarians might notice your own antenna have more static than usual. You may have to pull more on inner focus to grasp things rather than expect the outer clarity you are accustomed to.
Uranus stays in a sign 7+ years, has been in Aries since Spring 2011 and will remain in this aggressive Mars-ruled fire sign until 2019. You Aries have been feeling Uranus’ effects for a while and for several years when the Cardinal Cross was in effect it was not very pleasant. Uranus has finally moved away from that tense challenging position and now has vibrantly positive connections to other planets, specifically Jupiter and Venus as discussed above. Retro Uranus will make similar connections next month to the Leo Sun and Mercury in Leo too. So Aries can breath a big sign of relief!
Having said that, if you are born from April 6-10 you’ll have Uranus re-crossing your Sun sign (the first round began this past March). This means you have a second chance to get enlightened and if you’re already there you’ll be able to re-tune your higher frequencies to a better vibe. That’s the upside. If you are intransigent (def: refusing to alter an idea or a position in response to others’ wishes; uncompromising, unbending, willful, pigheaded!) you might feel the downside effect of Uranus. Meaning that shocking events, situations, conditions, or even whacked out people come at you out of the blue in order to help (force!) you to finally make more enlightened choices for your life. If your ascendant or your Moon or other significant planet is at 16 thru 20° Aries you’ll feel Uranus’ electric energy again too.
Then on the last day of the month on 7/31 there is a Blue Moon -another Full Moon in the same month. This one in Aquarius, which features Uranus again since he rules Aquarius.
So with this combination of fire and water July is a great month to escape to inspiring locations to relax and rejuvenate and get your creative batteries recharged. It’s also a wonderful time to get together with family and share healing love which can ripple through generations – past and yet to come. As another Sun in Cancer native, architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller said: In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.
IMAGE NOTE: This lovely pastel Floating Hibiscus at the Beach is by Alex Timchula a fabulous artist and I’m also proud to say my cousin! Alex spends much of her time in the Bahamas where she got her inspiration for this pastel. To me it captures the essence of July’s Cancerian energy, floaty, relaxed and beautiful, like a dream at the beach. Alex’s art has been featured in galleries, magazines and in the Central Bank of the Bahamas. Find more of her work on Instagram @alextimchula on FaceBook and at Volts Clarke