We had a New Moon in Cancer on July 8, 2013 at 3:15 AM EDT. Cancer is associated with nurturing and nourishing qualities. It is the archetype of the Great Mother. This New Moon is a wonderful time for rejuvenating our homes or gardens, starting new domestic projects, planning family reunions or taking a cooking class.
Also on July 8, 2013, the planet Saturn stations direct in Scorpio (it has been retrograde since February 2013). This suggests a MAJOR readiness to get focused and committed in all areas having to do with authority and responsibility. Scorpio energy is associated with delving beneath the surface, intensity of emotion, finance, research, intimacy and healing old wounds. Where does Saturn fall in your birth chart? This is a key area of focus for all of us at this time.
On July 13, 2013, Mars, the action planet, enters Cancer and joins several other planets in water signs this month. A harmonious grand trine in water signs will foster a flow of emotion, creativity and imagination. However, grand trines sometimes have the opposite effect, as an easy flow of energy can breed inertia or laziness.
On July 17, 2013, change agent Uranus stations retrograde in Aries in square to transformational Pluto! This is a powerful time for change both on a personal and collective level. Whenever a planet stations, its archetypal energies are amped up and needing expression. Uranus symbolizes the urge to break free. It is also associated with rebellion, independence, uniqueness, ingenuity, sudden change and revolution.
Mercury will station direct after a three week review period in the sign of Cancer on July 20, 2013. Its station direct in Cancer, in dynamic aspect to Uranus, suggests sudden new ideas or plans put into action. Communication matters will flow more readily in late July.
Later this month on July 21, 2013, assertive Mars aligns closely with boundless Jupiter, followed by the Sun entering fun loving fire sign Leo on July 22, 2013. Many of us will feel an optimistic boost of energy or a readiness to take a risk with confident enthusiasm.
A Full Moon in Aquarius follows on July 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM EDT. This is a great time to think of ways we can inspire others to work for collective goals. Aquarius energy is innovative, humanitarian oriented and inventive. Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus, which is really potent at this time in aspect to Pluto. Full Moons are also wonderful releasing times. If there is something you really want to change (Aquarius), a letting go ceremony or ritual is a great idea.
The last week of July 2013 is pretty intense with several challenging or dynamic aspects! Venus opposes Neptune on July 26, 2013, suggesting potent creative and imaginative energy to be tapped into, however, the shadow side of this aspect is disillusionment or escapism. This is a great time to get an intuitive reading, as right brain symbolic language is more readily accessible. Venus-Neptune aspects do not favor left brain analytical thinking! Let inspiration be your guide at this time.
On July 27 through July 31, 2013, stressful energies are heating up in the sky. Assertive Mars will trigger the Uranus-Pluto square, suggesting powerful actions taken to either effect lasting change or expose corruption. This is a forceful, confrontational energy, however, a great energy to uncover deeply rooted problems and come up with solutions. In addition, with Sun in Leo in challenge aspect to Saturn in Scorpio, the mood is serious and intense at times. All of these aspects can facilitate dogged determination and achievement of goals.
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