Astrological Insights for July 2014,
(Paintings below, first two by Susan, Barbara Schatan and Karen Zelin, from Susan’s painting classes.)
Watery Cancer arrives in summer when the light is strong and families gather. Bonds of belonging blossom with enjoyment of friends. Now the days’ length is waning and the Moon’s influence begins to grow. Sensitive Cancer is a sign easily underestimated. Those born under the sign of the crab, (moon sign, or rising also), must connect with their deep inner feeling source, and learn to navigate those emotional waters. That source than becomes their foundation of strength, from which arises their authentic voice and unique creativity. They naturally tune in to nurture others. This they must learn to do for themselves.
This month Jupiter and Mars move out of the Cardinal Cross alignment, leaving Uranus and Pluto in their square. Our emotions, reactions, and frustrations, become less intense. It is worthwhile to acknowledge what you have learned during the last several months, especially in regards to moving through life events with more ease and gratitude for what is good. The power of our outlooks and intentions create a field around us that can open the space to receive much more fulfillment. As we train ourselves to see challenge as opportunity for growth and new possibilities, life begins to change. It takes strength, perseverance, courage, and a larger overview to sustain this level of consciousness. It is through this consciousness that we perceive the truth of our abilities as creative beings.
We are helped in this endeavor as Jupiter moves into the fire sign Leo, on the 16, and stays there for a year. The Sun enters Leo on the 22nd and meets Jupiter on the 24th, emphasizing the qualities of this radiant sign. Fire is the element of spirit, making available to us inspiration, transmutation, and boldness to break through. Jupiter in Leo brings more confidence in one’s personal creative expression and leadership abilities. As Jupiter meets the Sun it disappears from our view in the West on the 12th. It will reappear as morning star with lovely Venus on August 8th.
Mercury leaves its retrograde position on July 1st, another indicator to now move forward on plans that have been delayed.
Full Moon takes place in Earthy Capricorn on the early morning of the 12th. Venus trines Mars on the 13th, offering us a choice for harmony in relationship, versus a frictional edge as Mars squares the Full Moon. Mars enters Scorpio on the 25th. When Mars enters Scorpio we experiences our depths of feeling as we interface with others. Because of Mars unusually long sojourn in Libra (since December), which it now leaves, we notice a distinctly different quality arising. To make the most of this transition we must review what we have been learning during the last 8 months, about ourselves, our life path, our orientation to relationship, and apply it so that a lasting transformation can take place.
The New Moon takes place on the 26th in dramatic Leo. Seed an intention to trust your intuition and move out into a new adventure in life!
Twelve opportunities for July: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): July is a transition time for you. You’ve learned so much in the last 8 months. You now move into a time of embodying that change. Mark your calendar and give yourself space to enjoy the good energy of the 12th through the 14th. You feel more confidence, as Jupiter moves into Leo on the 16th. Practice letting go and detaching from outcome after the 25th.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Energy and effort around work begins to lessen. You feel its positive results. Lessons in partnership intensify as Mars enters Scorpio. Clear definition of your expectations and needs clarify what actions to take. Give yourself some time at home to be creative and follow it for several days. This brings confidence. Celebrate and begin to change the energy of your home.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This month begins with more harmony. Relationships go smoothly and are enjoyable. It is an excellent time to express yourself. Writing and teaching are very favored this month. Relation with a sibling or neighbor brings benefits to you. Seed an intention on the New Moon, 26th of how you want to bring more fulfillment into your life.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Trust yourself this month. Let no other voices interfere with your realization of what is needed or what direction to follow. Practice keeping your balance, moving with as much ease as possible, as busyness flutters around you. Venus enters Cancer on the 18th and brings sweetness into your life, especially if you are aware of subtleties. It transforms relationships. This is a time to bring forth your talents.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Have friends over for dinner on the 12th for maximum enjoyment. Invite those friends who stimulate your mind and engage you in interesting conversation! The 16th brings Jupiter into Leo, for its yearlong sojourn there. This begins a time for you to expand your world. Try something you always wanted to do, or something radically different. Set your intention to a yearlong goal. Your confidence will grow, if you don’t spread yourself too thin.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Have you expressed yourself publicly lately? Mercury has been encouraging a more public expression of yourself. Now is a time that bodes well for the arts and working with others in general. Your poetic voice, your insightful nature, seems to flow more smoothly, especially in the first part of the month. The second part of the month highlights tackling a larger project. Be careful not to take on too much, so you can complete that which you are intending.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): You are moving into a time when your artistic expression is much more public. Know what you want and continue to pursue it, but keep focused on a few things, not 10. The new moon of the 26th brings out your love of sharing with friends of like mind, something creative is being revealed. Be flexible in relationships as something is being let go of, or changed. Don’t hold on.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This is a great time for learning and generally expanding your point of view to larger time frames. As Saturn goes direct you feel that something is coming to a head. A new understanding is evolving, and patience is required to integrate what has been revealed. After the 25th you have more energy to take clear action. Motivation increases, and physical activity is beneficial.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): During the first part of the month define and sum up situations with others and/or working partners. Clarify anything that needs to be clarified because you are coming to a time of more rapid expansion in whatever it is you are doing or wanting to do. Travel becomes highlighted but be aware of your needs for retreat. A balance between the two is essential.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Others can be of help to you as you formulate your goals. Though you often choose to go it alone be open to suggestions and opportunities that others might provide. Perseverance is important as a new sense of self is being created. Though there can be a sweetness in relationship, ways of relating are changing. Take a risk and challenge yourself by doing something very different and new.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): July is a time for love! Steady progress helps you to move toward your goals. Suddenly situations open up in unexpected ways. You are helped and supported by another and opportunities come your way. On the 25th to the 29th, don’t overextend yourself as there can be emotional challenge around that time.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Soon you are entering a time of leadership. Be confident. Trust your instincts and gut responses. Your natural leadership proceeds humbly but your clarity now is like the North Star, directing, anchoring, generous, inspiring, and very creative. Take care the week of the 25th, for differences of opinion, and perhaps even some vying for power, can take place.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 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.