Forecast for July 2016

Long-Term Shifts in 2016

In 2016, a gathering of four planets in Mutable signs—Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune—assures that the world’s Virgos, Pisceans, Geminis and Sagittarians will not be allowed to sit still for long (as if they ever could!). Natives of these signs will be going through a lot of changes over a 3-year period, in which we are presently in year 2.

Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius this year. Thank goodness it’s done with Scorpio! Fixed natives (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) can finally relax their vigilance—Saturn won’t be bothering you for another 5 years. Now Mutable natives come under the gun because while in Sagittarius, Saturn squares Neptune—see  this: Fear Turns Dreams Into Nightmares.

This year Jupiter travels back and forth in Virgo, bringing luck and fortune to Mutable signs everywhere (Virgos, Geminis, Pisceans, Sagittarians). While in Virgo, Jupiter will trine Pluto, oppose Chiron and square Saturn.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2016.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

Mars is recently direct (moving forwards) again, heading back to the place where it turned retrograde in April. If there have been explosions of anger and assertion—especially if they happened where least expected—we may all still be cleaning up the results of this until Mars gets back to 8º Sagittarius around August 19.

Chiron has recently turned direct and is now finishing his span for the year. If you’ve been involved in a healing process this year, that is heading for closure.

Venus leaves introverted Cancer for flashy Leo on July 11 and will be there until August 5th. Party time? Definitely. Also a great time for revamping your style and your wardrobe to be a splashier expression of who you are.

Uranus turns retrograde on July 29, triggering a period of reflection: what area of your life is ready for a radical change? Where is it that you just can’t take it anymore? A little thoughtful experimentation and innovation may be called for in the next few months.

Mercury is moving swiftly this month. The little rascal enter Leo on July 13 and Virgo on July 30. Writing, learning and office-related projects can proceed forward at good speed but beware of pontificating while Mercury is in Leo and being overly critical while Mercury is in Virgo.

Moon Signs Teleclass Series Coming In October

Your Moon sign is the key to contentment, happiness and the ability to rest deeply. When you engage in the self-care suggested by your Moon sign, you feel deeply secure because the Moon describes how you like to be mothered.

This year I’ll be doing a free teleclass series about the Moon signs. Each Moon sign’s teleclass will fall on a Thursday inside that sign’s month. It begins in October with Libra. Watch for more news about this in my August and September newsletters. And in the meanwhile, if you don’t know what sign your Moon is in, this page will help you find out: How to use Astro.com to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

Mercury is moving forward at speed this month—hooray! Expect things to go swiftly and smoothly at the office and in your personal communications too. July 6th is Greater Epiphany Day, the day when Mercury catches up with the Sun and conjuncts it. Clarity and insight abound—if you’ve got a project that’s been going on for more than a month, aim to catch a wave of peak mental energy that day. For more about optimizing this, look at This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.

Seasons

July begins with the sign of Cancer and ends in Leo. During Cancer (until July 22), let yourself rest in the arms of the archetypal mother. Cancer is the sign associated with mothering, nurturing and care of all kinds. Cancer is also a water sign, so spend some time in the water! Summer solstice is the peak of the year’s sunlight. From here the days will grow shorter until we arrive at the winter solstice. Play through the warm days of summer while you can, because winter will follow soon enough.

No sign of the zodiac exemplifies the relentless heat of midsummer better than Leo, ruled by the steadily burning Sun. This year Leo runs from July 22 through August 23. Leo is both a Fire sign and a Fixed sign. From Fire, Leo gets its heat and from Fixity Leo gets its consistency. All Fixed signs are prone to being a little stubborn (or sometimes more than a little) and Leo is no exception. But this same stubbornness is the flip side of a powerful persistence which keeps Leo’s creative fires burning once they’ve begun.

 

Lunations

Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

New Moon in 12º Cancer:  Saturday, July 4, 2016

A loquacious Mercury in Cancer conjuncts July’s New Moon while cosmic Neptune trines it from Pisces. This has a very emotional feel and it’s likely many passionate words will be spoken. But an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, which trines Jupiter in Virgo, brings in opposing views which may add a colder, more logical tone to the conversation. Or perhaps I should say argument. Think before you speak under this Moon or your feelings may carry you away before your ideas are fully formed.

Full Moon in 27º Capricorn: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July’s Full Moon is ever more complicated than the New one. And the Moon doesn’t like being in Capricorn much—Cap’s cold realism is too harsh for the gentle, nurturing Moon. The mood is a hard-working, self-sacrificing one so beware of overworking because the square to Uranus in Aries may bring a spontaneous overreaction in the form of rebellious, freedom-seeking behavior. This might cost you something you actually do want. The ability to focus productively during this transit is almost nil. Take action, yes—just not in a knee-jerk fashion.

July’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Buck Moon. for the abundance of deer in this season.

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7/1/2016, Venus sextiles Jupiter: Great aspect for a Friday night! Get your friends together for a party. Eat, drink and be merry!

7/3/2016, Sun trines Neptune: Feel the inspiration. What vision for your life are you manifesting? Where do you see yourself in ten years?

7/4/2016, New Moon in Cancer: How can nurturing others help you nurture yourself? Set clear boundaries despite your urge to get involved.

7/5/2016, Mercury trines Neptune: Your imagination is soaring—and that’s a good thing. Put it to good use by engaging with something creative.

7/6/2016, Venus trines Mars:  What steps can you take to make more money? Take action towards acquiring whatever it is you want.

7/6/2016, Sun conjuncts Mercury: Greater Epiphany Day—now that Mercury is direct you finally have clarity on things that may have been confusing you.

7/7/2016, Mercury opposes Pluto: Today your mind may go to the worst case scenario first. Don’t let fear dictate your decision making.

7/7/2016, Venus squares Uranus: Sometime you might feel like you need more space. Take some time to yourself, but don’t push others away.

7/7/2016, Sun opposes Pluto: Do you have self-sabotaging habits? Shine a light on vices you know you should leave behind.

7/8/2016, Venus trines Chiron: “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” -Rumi

7/8/2016, Mercury sextiles Jupiter: How do you communicate your faith and integrity to others? Read inspiring words that motivate you.

7/9/2016, Sun sextiles Jupiter: Expand yourself! Study other cultures or anything that broadens your horizons and worldview.

7/10/2016, Mercury trines Mars: Today you’re less inclined to naval gaze than to act upon your thoughts. Now’s the time to be decisive.

7/11/2016, Mercury squares Uranus: Yes, there are men in power acting behind closed doors. But don’t overreact with irrational conspiracy theories.

7/11/2016, Mercury trines Chiron: If you see a therapist, today can bring a very productive session with easy articulation of painful feelings.

7/11/2016, Love goddess Venus enters flamboyant, splashy Leo (till 8/5): What grand gesture can you make for people you love?

7/13/2016, Communicative Mercury enters Leo, sign of The Performer—how can you express your ideas with better showmanship?

7/16/2016, Sun squares Uranus: Wanting to break free from your routine? Feeling too penned in? Don’t act impulsively or you may compromise yourself.

7/16/2016, Mercury conjuncts Venus in Leo: Be wary of being too attention-seeking today. Give other people a chance to speak or show off.

7/16/2016, Sun trines Mars: It’s Saturday and a great day for something energetic! Get out of the house and go for a hike or a long bike ride.

7/16/2016, Sun trines Chiron:  Scars may last forever but they eventually heal. How has your early wounding become an integral part of who you are?

7/17/2016, Mars trines Chiron: Be proactive in your self-improvement. Sign up for therapy, join a support group, or express yourself through art.

7/18/2016, Mercury trines Saturn: Great aspect for Monday! Get organized about the rest of your week and set goals you’ll accomplish.

7/19/2016, Full Moon in Capricorn: Which people in your life have the most integrity? Make sure you show them how appreciative you are.

7/20/2016, Venus trines Saturn: Call up an old friend. You may meet new people all the time but, in friendship, oldies can be goodies!

7/22/2016, Sun enters Leo: Our closest star enters the creative, fun-loving sign of Leo. Summer’s coming to an end, so get out of the house and play!

7/27/2016, Mercury trines Uranus: Turn on Brilliance Radio—the airwaves are humming with ideas and you might catch some.

7/29/2016, Mercury squares Mars: Pull up your sword! Hold back the verbal barbs and snarky comments. Gossip breeds antagonism.

7/29/2016, Uranus goes retrograde: When the paradigm-shifting planet goes retrograde, you can expect the unexpected.

7/30/2016, Mercury enters Virgo: The planet of mentation enters the discriminating sign of Virgo, so be critical AND constructive!

7/31/2016, Venus trines Uranus: Did you just see someone on the street who you think is outrageously hot? Electric love thunderbolts are in the air.

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