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Planetary Illuminations - July 2018

Planetary Illuminations - July 2018

MAJOR JULY EVENTS

The biggest planetary news in July continues to be the strong retrograde energies (sometimes planets appear to move backwards as we observe them from Earth, and we call that "retrograde").  With Mars, Neptune, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all retrograde, and with Mercury and Chiron turning retrograde during the month, we will be urged to turn our attention inwards.  Nothing is as it seems when the retrograde influence is strong, and our attention may be turned back to the past.  A strong retrograde influence like this makes it more difficult to begin something new - but not impossible!  It may take superhuman effort to roll that big rock up the hill, but if you are guided from your higher insights you can make it happen. 

The emphasis here is not only on the retrogrades pulling us back into the past, but because so many planets are slowing down to prepare to change direction, each planetary influence is intensified.  Mars is shooting a laser beam of frustration and intense energy.  Chiron is applying pressure to release old wounds.  Jupiter is demanding that we expand our thoughts and beliefs to continue to grow.  Neptune is asking that we let go of our ideas of reality and merge with the Divine.  There is a lot going on now!

We are also being affected strongly now by Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, challenging Saturn, the Celestial teacher.  The interaction between Saturn and Chiron stimulates the emergence of any old wounds that need to be released and healed.  This process can cause us to feel highly emotional or distressed as these old feelings emerge - a "healing crisis" that can lead to great release if we are able to move through them rather than attempt to cram them back into the subconscious.  This will be particularly powerful for those of us whose personal chart is being affected directly by these planets. 

There are two eclipses in July:  A solar eclipse Supermoon at the Cancerian New Moon on the 12th, and a lunar eclipse of a particularly long duration on the 27th.  Eclipses tend to bring a fated quality and often illuminates something that we must let go and leave in the past, also highlighted by the powerful retrograde influence.  I'll be writing more about these eclipse events at Astrological Musings

JULY DETAILS

The first two weeks of July bring new opportunities and insights into ways to improve our health and our relationship to our bodies.  If you have been thinking about starting a new nutritional plan or body mind spirit integration pathway, this will provide the support you have needed! 

The 5th brings competing influences - one to bestow confidence and general good feelings, and the other to create irritation and potential for arguments.  Both of these influences last only a day so it will be easy to sail right through them. 

The 8th is a highly creative and inspirational day.  The imagination is heightened now, and spiritual actions will reap great rewards. 

On the 9th we may experience some dissatisfaction or tension as our thoughts and expectations do not live up to the reality of our situation. This is not necessarily negative as it serves to inspire us to create change and grow into our hopes and dreams. 

Venus enters the modest and unassuming sign of Virgo on July 9th and for a few weeks our interactions with others will settle into patterns of mutual support and improvement.

Between the 5th and the 12th or so with Jupiter stationary in the sky as it prepares to change direction may be an exceptionally inspiring time.  Jupiter inspires and motivates us, but if we don't follow the path laid out for us because of fear or other hesitation we may experience frustration.  There is potential here for our hopes and dreams to be fulfilled, so take the step required to make these dreams come true.

The Cancer New Moon on the 12th is a Supermoon and a partial solar eclipse.  This is not a powerful eclipse, but it is a powerful astrological event nonetheless because the New Moon is exactly opposite Pluto, the planet of complete and total transformation. There is a sense here that the detritus dredged up by the strong retrograde influence will be completely transformed under this New Moon.  Pluto is intense and can bring confrontation and power conflicts, especially since the Cancerian New Moon is deeply sensitive on the emotional level.  But a harmonious Grand Trine in earth will help us to find balance and smooth the way towards a more comfortable transformation. 

This transformation is facilitated by a harmonious Venus aspect on the 14th that aids in repairing and stabilizing our connections with others. 

Around the 18th the pull towards the past may feel somewhat compulsive as we struggle to rectify something that is holding us back.  After the 20th this will ease, and by the 22nd when we are showed with planetary blessings for few days (through the 24th) we will be able to leave that past difficulty behind.

Mercury begins the shadow period around the 20th as its apparent motion slows down in preparation for its retrograde turn on the 26th.  You will probably hardly notice Mercury retrograde this time because of so much retrograde energy from the other planets!  Every cloud has a silver lining. 

The lunar eclipse of July 27th is a total eclipse of the Aquarius Full Moon and therefore likely to have a powerful impact. Mars is aligned with the South Node here as well as sitting right on top of the Moon, so there is a highly charged energy to release something dark from the past.  As i that weren't enough, Uranus challenges us to make a clean break and a deeply radical change. This could feel uncomfortable, but it is a key in liberating us for greater personal development.  Relationships and connections with others are supremely helpful during this process.  Expect the energies of this powerful eclipse to last for a week or so

What a powerful ending to an exceptional month!  Thank you for reading and for subscribing, and many blessings for your personal transformation. 

Lynn

PLANETARY CALENDAR (dates and times are Eastern time zone)

7/4  Uranus trine Ceres
7/5  Chiron turns retrograde
        Sun trine Jupiter
        Mercury opposite Mars
7/8   Sun trine Neptune
7/9   Mercury square Jupiter
        Venus enters Virgo
7/10  Saturn trine Ceres
         Jupiter turns direct
7/11  Venus trine Uranus
7/12   Sun opposite Pluto
          New moon (Supermoon) solar
           eclipse at 20 Cancer, 10:47 pm
7/14  Venus trine Saturn
7/18  Mars opposite North Node
7/22  Venus sextile Jupiter
         Sun enters Leo
7/24  Venus trine Neptune
7/25  Sun square Uranus
7/26  Mercury turns retrograde
7/27  Sun opposite Mars
         Full Moon eclipse 4:20 pm
         Venus trine Pluto
         CrystalWind.ca

Lynn Hayes has been a consulting astrologer since the mid-1980s, working with clients to achieve greater self-understanding and empowerment. She uses the birthchart to identify psychological and evolutionary patterns and systems, and then uses a process using a powerful combination of methods including "vision crafting" to permit breakthroughs in all areas of your life and heal old wounds that can prevent you from moving forward. Clients report rapid progress in breaking through areas where they formerly felt "stuck," and achieving a level of self-understanding not before known. http://www.astrodynamics.net

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