An Eclipse month always means a heightened sense of anticipation. The emotionally self-protective Cancer Sun until the 22nd starts in enthusiastic and upbeat mood with a Jupiter trine spreading around cheer especially over home and family matters. Then tenses up with Pluto in opposition before the Solar Eclipse on the 13th, an especially powerful New Moon. This is a chance and a challenge to develop, to shake off old habit patterns and expand one area of life. Letting go is never easy under Cancer’s umbrella but living with feet stuck in the past won’t work. Venus moves out of showy, extravagant Leo on the 10th into understated, keen-to-be-of-service Virgo for a few weeks.
Mars continues its contrary, ornery way in Aquarius with a rumble early on and makes its presence felt more obviously in the final days. By that time the Sun has moved into flamboyant, sociable Leo hits a square to rebellious Uranus and then makes an argumentative opposition to Mars on the day of the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, a powerful Full Moon. So it won’t be a peaceful finish to July with a few outbursts and disruptions. In the middle of which the Lunar Eclipse demands balance, finding a way of giving due attention to both head and heart, paying attention to detail keeping the big picture in mind, finding time for friends as well as loved ones.
5: Sun in Cancer trine Jupiter in Scorpio – lucky, lazy, confident.
Mercury in Leo opposition Mars in Aquarius – definite opinions delivered theatrically and assertively.
8: Sun trine Neptune in Pisces – dreamy, kind, vague, evasive.
9: Mercury square Jupiter – confident, promise more than can deliver, carless of detail.
10: Venus into Virgo until August 7th -easier to be helpful than spontaneously outgoing, enjoys chores.
Jupiter direct in Scorpio – cash plans move into more go=-ahead phase, as do intimate relationships.
12: Venus trine Uranus in Taurus – flirtatious, sociable
Sun opposition Pluto – challenging in days before, need to push to overcome obstacles and achieve, power struggles.
13: Solar Eclipse in Cancer – need to get focus on what changes have to be made in the month ahead, especially around close relationships.
14: Venus trine Saturn in Capricorn – cool, sophisticated, charming in a business-like way.
22: Venus sextile Jupiter – sociable, indulgent, frivolous.
Sun into Leo for four weeks – entertaining, sociable, flamboyant, showy.
24: Venus square Neptune – romantic, dreamy, unrealistic.
25: Sun square Uranus – sudden surprises, mood of no compromise, need space, disruptive.
26: Mercury retrograde until August 19 – communication hitches and glitches, minor irritations.
27: Sun opposition Mars – competitive, on short fuse, assertive.
Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – pushed and pulled in two opposite directions, need to find a way of balancing.
28: Venus trine Pluto – persuasive, sociable, seductive, manipulative.
Jupiter in Scorpio from October 11 2017 till early November 2018 – could be a money-magnet, usually good for business and joint finances, or attracting bonuses. Interest in secrets and what lies beyond reality in the hidden realms of the paranormal. Also good for all matters sexual and intimate.
Saturn: In Capricorn from December 20th 2017 till 2020/21 – usually coincides with a time of some financial shortages and the need to push ambitions ahead with persistence.
Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till May 15 2018, returning briefly from early November to early March 2019, when it leaves for good – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead. From May 15 2018 into Taurus – changing attitudes to handling of money, possessions and resources especially in agriculture and our attitude to nature. Stays for seven years.
Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.
Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.