Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac
We have three jobs in July: celebrate, rethink traditions, and appreciate our intuitive connections.
Our first job is to renew the wells as we celebrate life to the fullest while Mercury and Venus run through extroverted, creative, heart-centered Leo at the beginning of the month, and when the sun enters Leo on July 22. Leo encourages us to be the hearth-fire for our family for our community, to be the warmth where people gather. Step away from the Leo shadow that says, “I am the center of the universe and you are not,” and engage the Leo gift that says, “I am one with the center of the universe, and so are you.”
The second astrological assignment is to rethink our political, religiou, and family traditions. Notice which ones feed us and which traditions need to be challenged and changed. This is part of a several-year work assignment from Saturn in Capricorn, now exacerbated by tough Mercury transits in early July, through a partial solar eclipse on July 12 and a lunar eclipse on July 27, and as Mercury retrogrades July 26 through August 18.
Our third assignment is to appreciate our intuitive connection to all sentient beings while still holding healthy boundaries, encouraged by a grand-trine with Jupiter, Neptune and the sun, all in water signs as the month begins. We can be compassionate about people’s troubles, but put that into action rather than feel their pain and just double the world’s woes. We can infuse the collective psyche with our hope and vision for a better world and follow that up with sacred activism.
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Keep lines of communication open, especially when busy. Notice tension between love and creative process on one side, and community responsibilities on the other; don’t choose, instead create balance, particularly around the eclipses.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Remember: a healthy life gives you more to work with, and healthy work feeds your life; maintain a good work-life balance. Learn a new skill and practice healthier boundaries as the month begins. Look for a change of scene or perspective July 11 and stay alert July 24-26.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Be thoughtful with material resources as July begins; practice adulthood now, and life eases later on. Watch arguments with neighbors or siblings around July 5, deal with old memories but do not get hooked on them mid-month, and kick back when Mercury retrogrades.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Rise to a challenge in early June and your self-confidence grows. The world is not against you, it’s building up your soul muscles. Look for a new beginning July 13 and keep a steady hand on the tiller July 23-30.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Grow confidence that is real, not bravado, by doing your inner work and inventorying your accomplishments through July 21. Work behind-the-scenes for the common good, then step in front of the camera after July 21.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…If you have a lot to juggle, prioritize quality of life and connection first. Find your center in work that you love when interpersonal demands get loud mid-month. Become flexible and roll with events after July 25.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…If family responsibilities or echoes of old family dynamics lean in, balance joy in the present moment with completing karmic cycles. Look for positive changes with friends and loves mid-month as Venus trines Uranus. Notice romantic misperceptions July 24-27 and look for the truth underneath.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Take every challenge as a potential for a steep learning curve. Prioritize safety and peaceful communication during the first and last week of July and take advantage of opportunities and peaceful moments mid-month. Stand your ground and be supportive when others’ fortunes fluctuate around the eclipses.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Empathize with those close to you, but don’t do their homework for them. Sometimes they just need you to hold their hand while they work through it. Look for a door opening July 16 -23, use your intuition and listen to your guides to make the most.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…It may be hard to take time off and relax, but work is what you do, not who you are; explore all the possibilities and round yourself out. Some concerns early in July lighten up mid-month. Sidestep others’ contentiousness around July 28 and stay on target.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…When in doubt, be tactful. Don’t get caught in unnecessary conflict. Keep your eye on your chosen outcome. Be spontaneous, but avoid sudden long-term decisions around July 12. Use the second half of July to improve working relationships, because it will make your life easier.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…If people have a hard time seeing you or your needs clearly, don’t take it personally. The focus will tend to be on your beloveds or your creative partnerships now. Honor the spark of the divine between you now, and feel appreciation returning towards you after July 22.