July Fireworks
The planets call for loyalty in July, but what do we mean by that? Do we mean loyalty to our conscience and our path, to our heart and soul, or do we mean loyalty to a person, ideal, or country, even when the relationship feels dysfunctional? We can explore how our loyalty calls us to the opposite of dysfunction, which is a sustainable ecology, a relationship where all receive as much as they give, and the dynamic is healthy enough to sustain. We can seek a relationship with our soul’s home, even if that means standing up to a bad situation in the moment.

On 4 July, our country’s birthday, willful Mars opposes powerful Pluto and stirs a debate about the right and healthy use of fireworks, power and leadership. Mercury enters Leo on July 5 and brings a festive note, which encourages us tell our stories around a dinner table with candles and fireflies. But it also pumps fuel into ongoing world drama. That inflammation intensifies as the Sun opposes Pluto July 9 and as Mars squares electrical, change-producing Uranus July 17.

These turbulent moments are followed by a Venus-Jupiter and Mercury-Saturn trine that encourages us to be emotionally full and mentally competent July 18 through 20.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Rise to the challenges in this unsettled month and your confidence grows. Keep the dance safe and sane as the month opens up. Balance your work and private life, do the right thing and do it with consciousness. After July 20, life may feel more naturally affirming.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Family members and relationships with chosen siblings can complicate; some people act as if there isn’t enough to go around. Hold steady to the simple truth of love and responsibility when others waiver. Confusion mid-month as Venus squares Neptune potentially moves into more heart-centered creativity after July 18.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Sidestep tension early in July; deal with conflict or confrontation with compassionate honesty, or they keep coming back. Notice tension around material goods, resources for funding, and find an open and caring way through. Rather than hide behind articulation, help people find the words for their truth.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…You may be feeling particularly domestic and self-protective in early July; just don’t shut others out. Use mid-month social engagement to weave your safety net of community. Old family patterns try to leak into the present, but you can choose to work towards your ideals of healthy interactions instead.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Face your fears as the month begins, and you can find bravery within you didn’t know you had. You can still ask for support. Your world may take a dramatic shift for the better, if you proactively fertilize opportunities after July 20-23 when Moon, Sun, and Mars conjunct in Leo.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…It will be easier for you to relax after a job well done, so make this a working holiday. Be patient with moods and careful around accidents July 4-8. Then rest and refill the wells. Consider praying instead of worrying mid-month. Fresh insight into future work arrives after July 25.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Don’t get caught in the crossfire; hold the space for upset people, but sidestep the brunt of their ire. If you practice sacred listening, you make a statement and create room for change. Ask good questions July 15-17. Explore creative potential from July 18 on.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Your inner wisdom has the opportunity to grow by leaps and bounds this year if you keep making space beyond your assumptions and look, not for why something happened, but what is the best use to be made of the experience. Stay flexible mid-month, look for satisfying adjustments later on.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Bench-press boundaries; share your generous spirit and worldly goods, but don’t do another person’s work for them, or enable them to stay in dysfunction. Just stay present and hold your ground through tough negotiations. Open yourself to fresh camaraderie at the end of the month.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Ingenuity furthers. A good, obsessive project helps you release stress early in the month; let others take the lead for a change and build their responsibility muscles. Mid-month your ingenious confidence and sanity furthers. Build community towards the end of the month to ease some brewing conundrum.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…You have such a clear understanding of the big picture, but may miss important steps right here. Keep your eye on that far horizon, but pragmatically put one foot in front of the other. Sort your worries in July, look for opportunities mid-month and important meetings after July 20.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Put any inner turmoil into your artwork or music, and keep it out of your relationships. Unwind and dream this first weekend. Own your concerns rather than believe the story of your anxiety. Mid-month fresh relationships sprout. Daydreams are essential for you to process and find source in late July.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years’ experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She’s trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit www.roanrobbins.com.

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