Astro Doings July 2013

Hi Everyone

Hope you had a great June and enjoyed the last “Supermoon” of 2013 on June 23rd.  July promises to be busy with three planets changing direction and a very rare configuration – a Grand Sextile – at the end of the month.

The first planet to change direction is Saturn.  He is going to basically stop at 4 degrees Scorpio on July 8th at 1:12 a.m. and begin moving forward (direct) as opposed to backwards (retrograde).  It will take him six days to get moving, so he’ll pulse Saturnian energy at early degrees Scorpio.  Those with planets or other points on their charts in early degrees, i.e. 0 to 10 degrees Scorpio (of course), Taurus, Aquarius, Leo, Pisces or Cancer are likely to feel this influx of Saturnian energy more strongly than others.  Saturn’s principles are discipline, delay, fear, old age, wisdom, limitation, and persistence.  It tends to constrict while Jupiter expands, and so brings things into balance.  I should also note that Saturn and Neptune are in a very easy flowing relationship right now, called a trine.  (When things are easy we tend not to pay attention to them – or use the easy flow to our benefit.) Both are in water signs, feminine, psychic, without boundaries, flowing, healing.  One way to use this easy flow of energy is to bring structure (Saturn) to our dreams (Neptune).  However, we all tend not to pay attention when things are easy!  🙂 It could also have something to do with all the rain we’re having here on the East Coast. . . .

The planet of disruption, dissolution of what no longer serves, lightening bolts, the higher mind and rebellion, you guessed it – Uranus – will go retrograde on July 17 at 1:20 p.m.  He’ll be at 12 degrees Aries.  It will take Uranus 11 days to get moving – I use the term loosely – again, so attention all those with planets at 6 to 16 degrees Aries, Libra, Capricorn, Cancer, Leo or Sagittarius. You will be more likely to feel this change of direction.  Uranus remain retrograde until December, so we have plenty of time for inner revelations, breakdown of inner patterns that no longer work, inner attitudes that keep us from expressing ourselves (Aries) and a general mental overhaul.  Uranus is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury, which rules the concrete mind. Uranus rules our “higher” or abstract mind.

At last—but certainly not least – with much relief, Mercury, goes direct on July 20 at 2:22 p.m.  He’ll be at 13 degrees Cancer.  He actually makes a grand water trine with Saturn and Neptune – emotions could be running pretty high that day or we could have floods or our psychic skills could be very sharp – or all of the above.  However, communication, including telepathic, will be easier with Mercury going direct, as will travel and your computer, iPad, and other electronic gadgets should be more cooperative. . . .  Well, hopefully anyway!  It’s important to remember that Mercury was the only god in the Roman pantheon who could go to the underworld, Earth and Olympus without getting caught.  He was considered the messenger of the gods, so all communication, including that from our guides and other messengers, could flow more easily for us – or better put, we could be more aware of the messages and information coming to us.

Grand Sextile:  This is a very rare configuration and occurs on July 29th.  Seven planets, Pluto in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, Moon and Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter and Mars in Cancer, and Venus in Virgo, will be sextile to each other. If anyone remembers their geometry, it will look like a hexagon in a circle.  A sextile is an aspect (how two or more planets relate to each other) that represents opportunity and a congenial flow of energy.  All these planets are in either earth signs or water signs and earth and water complement each other.  Water softens earth so it is more easily used and earth gives water boundaries.  I find it interesting that all these planets are in feminine or yin signs.  This leaves only the Sun and Uranus in the male or yang signs (Leo and Aries, respectively).  Saturn is also in a yin sign (Scorpio which is a water sign) in July.  This is a large influx of feminine energy.  Perhaps a time of more collaborative efforts on all levels and/or bringing our creative (water) ideas into form (earth) . . . .   Anyone choosing that day to incarnate will have a most unusual chart.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22 and there is also a full Moon that day.  The Moon will be at zero degrees Aquarius.  Both Sun and Moon are squared by Saturn, which represents an time for growth – sort of with our feet to the fire.  The Sun represents our essence; Moon, our emotions and emotional intelligence.  Saturn provides an opportunity to restructure how we work with our innate nature and our emotions.  It’s a powerful new moon.  The new Moon occurs on July 8th at 3:14 a.m., the day after Saturn goes direct.  She’ll be at 16 degrees Cancer.

Stay cool (and dry?) and have a great July!

Peace and abundant blessings,


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