Astrology for July
Join Susan on July 3rd, 9:30 am to 11:15, for her monthly astrology group, on Zoom.
Susan will speak of this powerful turning point time, its greater meaning, and the timing of what lies ahead. Questions welcome.
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Mercury is retrograde until July 12 th, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are all retrograde
Astrology for July 2020
July 4th Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses are exact alignments of the Sun, Earth and Moon that amplify our experiences, exposing issues that have been ignored, hidden or forgotten, and marking the potential for growing our consciousness. Eclipses occur in sets of 2 twice a year, six months apart. Sometimes the set of 2 becomes a set of 3, as we saw in June with 2 eclipses and the 3 rd eclipse will take place on July 4 th. Solar eclipses take place on the new moon while lunar eclipses take place during the full moon. Knowing this you can understand why astrologers see the eclipses as intensified new or full moons.
Eclipses become markers for the illumination of issues that are being exposed and activated, both collectively and personally. The upcoming lunar eclipse on the 4th, takes place at 13 Capricorn and Cancer, building on the last number of eclipses in this sign pair, which started in January 2019. We can see that this eclipse season, highlighting the signs Cancer and Capricorn, has taken place as Saturn and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn as well. We can imagine the issues of Cancer; belonging, inclusivity, deep feeling, unconscious conditioning, as well as the imaginative realms, are experienced in juxtaposition with issues of Capricorn; authority, tradition, governing structures, power, ambition, the practical world of achievement and success. These eclipses amplify the transformative eruptions of the Saturn Pluto conjunction, disrupting the structures we live by, turning things inside out, and exposing the shadows of our society and personal lives. We are being challenged through disruption and what it reveals to envision a new world, to seek greater truth, to find a balance between the feminine and the masculine, between light and dark, and between soul and the conditioned drives of the personality.
Jupiter conjuncts Pluto, exactly, on June 29, (24 Capricorn). The expansiveness of Jupiter amplifies the Plutonian powers of eruptive transformation. Jupiter can expand our sense of meaning, giving us greater perspective on who we are and our search for truth. Pluto brings in opportunities for profound transformation. Now we see mentors and spiritual teachers streaming on Zoom, with more accessibility for all, amidst these challenging times, an opening for cultivating greater consciousness, deeper engagement, and social justice. How do we want to expand the transformative possibilities within ourselves and within country?
Here is our opportunity. When we are within the archetypal realm of Saturn and Pluto, there is a steely determination that arises to name and disassemble the status quo and to fully re-imagine all structures that have formed our collective life. If you listen for it you hear it all around.
The Lunar Eclipse takes place on July 4 th, our country’s birthday. This eclipse aligns with the Sun in the chart of the USA. As this lunar eclipse perfectly opposes the United Sates Sun, it is a trigger for the US, shaking us into realizing something extraordinary is happening. We face the shadows the eclipsed views provide us. We are at a threshold of the old and the new. How will we align with, and hear the needs, of the soul of our country? This is the work before us.
On a personal level this eclipse highlights our emotions, the deep impressions within our bodies from our histories, our need for belonging, community, and family. The Cancer Capricorn axis highlights as well our conditioning, our drive to achieve, to complete our intentions, and our ability to stand in our own authority. It asks us to see our projected judgments, and our sensitivities to each other. It asks us to increase the feminine powers of inclusivity, moving beyond the forces of separation and blame, to stand witness to this polarized time, providing us with an opportunity to create together anew. Contemplate on how you nurture, embrace, express and act upon your unique soul’s gifts and purpose that only you possess.
Celestial events for July
June 27 – Mars enters Aries for a 6-month stay, instead of the usual 2 month movement through one sign. This is because Mars will retrograde in Aries on September 9 th (at 28 Aries) and turn direct on November 13 th, (at 15 Aries). Mars will leave Aries on January 6 th, entering Taurus. Situations heat up, pioneering spirit is increased, as well as competition and conflict. Courage is strengthened to stand for the new. Time to move ahead with new projects and intentions.
June 29 – Jupiter conjuncts Pluto, 24 Capricorn (2 nd conjunction this year), Jupiter enlarges the transformative processes we are in.
July 1 – Saturn returns to Capricorn, leaving Aquarius until its return to Aquarius on December 16 th.
July 4 – Lunar Eclipse, full Moon, 13 Capricorn, Sun at 13 Cancer on the USA Sun, (see above)
July 12 – Mercury goes direct at 5 Cancer
July 14, 15 – The Sun at 22 and 23 Cancer opposes Jupiter and Pluto conjunction in Capricorn
July 20 – New Moon at 28 Cancer. New Moons are opportunities to seed intention. Envision healing and appreciation for earth and all living beings, for your self and your life.
July 20 – The Sun at 28 Cancer opposes Saturn in Capricorn, slow down and contemplate what you are creating.
July 22 – The Sun enters fiery, expressive Leo
July 27 – Jupiter at 20 Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces, imaginative powers increase
The Twelve signs and opportunities for July 2020: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries, as Mars now enters Aries, you are ready to go! Your energy increases, but pacing is important now as you have an opportunity to balance your Aries energy during the lunar eclipse on the 4 th. Be aware of your sensitivity, keeping yourself grounded by connecting with nature and the earth. You will be activating your gentle heart, your creativity, and imaginative abilities as well as your perseverance. This is a good time to rename your intentions, balancing your need for variety and activity with steady perseverance.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Dear Taurus, as you step up to new responsibilities in your career and/or your aspirations, this eclipse highlights extending your view. Get to the mountaintop. Let the view inspire you. There is a profound transformation taking place for you now if you don’t get bogged down in duty, too much routine, or the familiar way you resist the challenge before you. Something wants to be set loose in you, and you must find what that jewel is. Take the time to meditate during the lunar eclipse.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, your usual busy self has been challenged to stay put and deepen. There have been experiences that have opened your heart with empathy. With your brilliant and active mind keep your heart open as you can now, once again, set your intentions with your hopes for the future. Mars is activating your chart in the area of community, friends, and ideals. There you experience inspiration with new situations percolating.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! Partnership, and the work you do with others, has become more profound, more dense and intense. Be thoughtful now as more may be asked of you, which can either be stressful or inspiring. Find that place of inner refuge for yourself, so you can nurture your deep waters. With Mars conjuncting the wounded healer, Chiron, you may find yourself bringing healing energy into the public domain, or participating in healing circles. Please pace yourself during this powerful month of planetary alignments.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, with Mars now in Aries, you feel the need for movement and change, the need to passionately engage in something. This is best balanced with the need to retreat into imaginative realms, to remember your dreams and work with their symbolism, for your soul now wants to message you. Deeper listening is being called for. The heart of the Leo is generous and wide. Gather a small group of your friends for the sharing of your hearts. There is sweetness among the gathering.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, your hyper vigilance is extraordinary. Your investigative powers are strengthened now. Remind yourself you are not responsible for the world. Take this time to nurture and strengthen your heart. Do some things that you love. Treat yourself to some fun. After and during all this intensity your nervous system can get overloaded. Remember to keep that fine balance between enjoyment and attentiveness to the state of the world.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, you are known for your thoughtful and helpful behavior toward others. With Mars going into Aries, your desire for harmony may be stirred up. Others may have strong feelings and reactions. This is the time to practice your Libra mindfulness. In fact your grounded presence allows others to reflect upon their own responses. If the Aries energy stirs you up, identify your need, and be thoughtful in taking your action. On the other hand, someone else may inspire you, get you going and moving toward a meaningful goal.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, you may experience yourself getting fired up, especially during this eclipse, because you are so tuned in to the emotional waters of the collective. What’s helpful now, is to look toward the larger meaning of the profound change time we are in. As you work with others, or with your children, look to your imaginative qualities. Bring your imagination in to engage, instruct, and activate the inventive possibilities of others. You’re resourceful and strong, but also vulnerable and fragile. So take good care of your deep feeling self and find ways to rest and rejuvenate.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius with Mars now in Aries, your travel lust is activated. Even if you don’t have plans to go somewhere, movement, direction and intention with a goal, is vitally important. Finding ways to play and engage your heart is essential. There is another who loves you and by connecting, you will find that sweetness. It’s a good time to share intimately and with tenderness your heart. These are transformative times for you, so trust your intuitive and what arises during your times of quiet meditation.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, this lunar eclipse is highlighted in your sign. You are capable, resourceful, and responsible. On July 4 th be good to yourself. You may feel more sensitive than usual. And that sensitivity will extend to your relationships especially with Mars in fiery Aries in the cosmic lineup. So take a step back and find that witness in you, as you witness the feelings and emotions of those around you. Find that place in you that changes things up and do something creative, playful and/or liberating that can harness the sensitivity and feeling of this time.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, pay attention to your dreams, dedicate some time to contemplate and explore those inner imaginative realms. Some deep piece from your psyche is arising for healing, for insight. Your thought processes are quick, and creative. Is there something you need to say? Your ability to communicate directly is strengthened. Any writing now can be very creative and powerful, as well as your speech. Watch that Aries impulsiveness, things could just sleep through your lips!!
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, this lunar eclipse highlights the gathering of friends and family with your own deep heart. How does one have social distancing and enjoy those you love? You are sensitive to the disturbance of the collective, which seems to grow in the first weeks of July. So treat yourself well, being sure to find a time of quiet, a little yoga, or perhaps sinking into a really good novel. You are the big heart of humanity, deeply caring and empathizing with the challenges of our time.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 35 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.