Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry,
the philosophy that does not laugh. ~Kahlil Gibran
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
Oh July. The first half is rich with hustle and bustle that is the continuation of the Spring-time surprise we have had going on. But then it drastically mellows to more of a simmer. Then we get some time for recovery, except that we still have the option of obsessing about one thing or another, reruns, particularly that which is supposedly missing or that which could have been, at least in one’s mind. It’s definitely an important time to give yourself the support and internal praise necessary to counterbalance the possible horror of staring various demons in the face. Work through it all with confidence and, more importantly, humor.
There is a solar Eclipse in Cancer at 1:54 am (Pacific) on the 1st. It won’t be simple or easy and we’ve felt the rumble of this one coming throughout June, especially since the eclipse on the 15th. This one forms a very challenging grand cross in the sky that feels almost claustrophobic and will push us all to center, stabilize and hopefully find comfort in these rather turbulent, heavy and uncertain times. Make the changes that you have been resisting, and work towards preserving the recent shifts. Feel through whatever comes up for processing but don’t get dragged into the past or regret fantasies. Nourish the now.
Mercury moves into Leo on the 1st, where he will stay through the 28th before revisiting from August 8th until September 8th, due to retrogradation. July’s phase of this sojourn will focus on being more fully ourselves; a reinvention of sorts, but with a bent towards self-rediscovery. Work on having fun with the learning and keeping things light.
The Sun squares Saturn on the 2nd, pushing us around to see how we hold up. A lot of issues have been frothed up recently and we do need to learn from them, but we also must stay self-supportive and trusting throughout. Lighten the load.
Venus moves into Cancer on the 3rd, where she will stay until the 28th. The first phase of this will be rather bumpy, but it will smooth out after the 13th. Reinvest in that which feeds your being: your comfort zone, the inner-circle of loved ones and circles of friends. Stay healthy and make sure to comfort the body and nurture it well; baths and fresh food always help. Stay nearby, but definitely come out of the shell and play.
Venus trines Neptune on the 4th, lending a reflective and spiritual quality to the day. At some point we need to find comfort inside, beyond the physical, and work on releasing our attachment and dependency on the external. Once done within, external reflection is sponsored.
Mercury trines Uranus, also on the 4th, nudging us towards the untried and far-out. Break out of the mental ruts, not because you have to, but because it’s a darn good time for it. Still, you do have to choose to do it.
Mercury squares Jupiter on the 5th, steering us towards a readjustment of perspective. There’s a magical middle-ground outside of our limited viewpoint but still tapped into our personal mythologies. This can reveal new doorways for growth, or just survival.
Mars trines Saturn on the 6th, grinding down our resistances and gassing up the engines. Cleanse and purge your space, your desires, your fears and doubts and whatever else comes up. Keep it clean, functional and autonomous.
Jupiter trines Pluto on the 7th, marking figurative compost-celebration day. It’s definitely a time for purging, but also for recycling and reusing. This is mostly relating to our belief systems, expectation issues and fears in general. The focus is on composting cynicism and condemnation, getting the nourishment of compassion with wisdom and detachment back into the soil. This requires steady attention and stirring to keep the process moving; so stay vigilant, focused and most of all, consistent.
Venus squares Uranus on the 7th, bringing a need for fun and relaxation to quell the antsy undertones. On a deeper level, if we can embrace the chaos lurking beneath our feet, we can dance in awe and wonder.
Venus opposes Pluto and sextiles Jupiter on the 8th, splashing some hidden intensity into a foamy bath. It really depends how much cleansing has already been going on, but this could be a very deeply cleansing type bath or we may find ourselves still stewing in the same goop we should have rinsed off before taking the plunge.
Mercury sextiles Saturn on the 9th, emphasizing a balanced approach to decision making and communications in general. These two (planets) love efficiency but sometimes betray it by indulging in criticism and judgment of other people instead of moving down the road.
Uranus stations retrograde, also on the 9th, beginning a revision period that will last until December 9th. It’s a long session of breaking through and breaking down old versions of being, so that the newly planted has room to stretch out and embrace the light.
Mercury sextiles Mars on the 11th, speeding up the pace briefly. This supports learning to glide instead of constant exertion. A helpful tactic is to cut the mind off when it starts itching for answers that it shouldn’t have or couldn’t comprehend.
Venus squares Saturn on the 13th, highlighting all of our relationships and asking us to reaffirm and make the effort to stay connected. It would be good to avoid any blame, regret or judgment; but do make apologies or amends or thanks where you feel necessary.
The Full Moon falls in 22 degrees of Capricorn on the 14th at 11:40 pm (Pacific). This is a welcome reprieve from the intensity of the eclipses, but the momentum is still strong and integration is much supported. Digest the experiences and growths, but don’t hang on to unnecessary specificities. Organize and optimize.
The Sun moves into Leo on the 22nd. This time will focus on releasing old visions of the future and other various expectations. Growing into the fullness of our beings is far more of an eternal process than an external show. But we can still have fun watching our own shows, even the plot twists and turns.
The Sun trines Uranus on the 27th, enflaming the itch for more wild exuberances. We need to keep the fires of interest burning bright; so feed them. Stay in calm excitation.
Venus moves into Leo on the 28th, where she will be until August 21st. This demands more playfulness and more fun. Tough times fly by when we enjoy the ride and our fellow passengers.
Mercury moves into Virgo, also on the 28th, where he will stay until August 8th when he heads back into Leo for a month. This is an important period for making critical course corrections, especially those regarding the ego and how tight it holds the reins. Deconstruct and revise the thought patterns.
Mercury opposes Neptune on the 28th, possibly annoying the eager mind by sabotaging clarity. This is reminding us forcefully that the mind must surrender to the intuition and instinct–that which cannot be logically understood. Anyhow, sometimes echoes of the sublime are safer for the ears.
The New Moon is in early Leo on the 30th at 11:40 am. This one is asking us nicely to just ‘be’ instead of trying to ‘do.’ We still really can’t see where this whole thing is taking us and we need to further surrender to the unfolding. Stay open and relish the mystery; it can truly sweeten the song of life.
Venus trines Uranus on the 31st, coaxing us to give ourselves and loved ones more freedom and space. It’s easier to appreciate where you are when you pull off the road and take a breather.
Who knows, it could be rather enjoyable, especially when contrasted with the rapids that we’ve been navigating since this year began. Recuperation and relaxation are definitely on the list of the things to do; though more so after the Full Moon on the 14th. Then fun and openness to joy and light gain prominence. May we all keep the growth-work healthy and well balanced by friends, fun and love.