Star Wisdom | July 2012


A strong emphasis on the cardinal signs pushes us hard in July towards personal and global evolution. We might actually be grateful for the Leo Mercury Retrograde that starts July 14, forcing us to slow down and focus on what feels good.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…With your ruling planet Mars moving into your relationship house, you finally get a break from some of the drudgery that has so characterized the year thus far. Your challenge now is to know what you want from other people and be willing to fight for that. But you’ve got to fight fair, and that starts with being honest about what you want and what you need.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…With lucky Jupiter joining your ruling planet Venus in your money house, financial inspiration is knocking at your door. Three attitudes that can help you shift into more financial security: be willing to branch out and make money in different ways; get clear on family patterns that tell you that you don’t/can’t have enough; set an efficient schedule and ruthlessly stick to it.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…You are the good luck poster child of the zodiac this month! With Mars and Saturn both inhabiting your 5th House of creativity, it’s essential that you’re channeling your heart/pleasure energy with integrity. Don’t dissipate this sacred gift in chasing after ephemeral pleasures. Create, create, create.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…You’ve just got to be willing to see how your relationship issues flow naturally from the emotional patterns you absorbed in childhood. Seeing your unresolved family patterns playing out in your current relationship(s) is the final puzzle piece that can free up everything else in your life. Resolve to stop making the same mistakes your parents did and be willing to do whatever it takes to step into your own truth.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You make great connections this month with powerful people who can help make your dreams come true. The challenge is to say what you really mean without pushing people beyond what they can handle – think assertiveness, rather than aggression. With Mercury retrograde in your sign after the 14th, you’ll have to practice a little patience. Rest assured everything is still on track!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…With Mars finally out of your sign, much of the upset and frustration that has been so prevalent this year will dissipate. Mars’ parting gift is a new connection to your personal power; use this power in July to create more self-sufficiency. How to do that? Your stars say it starts by being willing to share your creativity in healing and helpful ways.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Mars finally leaves your 12th House and enters your sign on July 3rd. This puts your warrior energy much more firmly at your disposal. It’s important to recognize what you’re angry about and direct that inner energy into meaningful action! With Venus and Jupiter in your 9th House, your connection to your Higher Self has never been stronger. Trust your intuitive guidance.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…I hope you’ve exercised due diligence in discovering what you really want out of life with your ruling planet Mars in your house of dreams for the future for the first half of the year. With Mars in your 12th House for all of July, you get to work on the subconscious blocks and beliefs that keep you from truly going for your big dream. Other people want to help you now, so remember you don’t have to go it alone.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Your ruling planet Jupiter moves into your relationship house for the next year, bringing helpful, positive, inspiring people into your field. Mars in your 11th House of colleagues and community is pushing you to make new connections and expand your sphere of influence. This is no time to hide your light under the proverbial bushel!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…You can’t postpone your quantum leap any longer. With Mars in your career house pushing you to take the next step and Pluto in your sign saying “evolve or die,” the pressure to grow and expand is intense this month. But you know what? You’ve got your mojo working again and things are lining up for you. Deep down, there’s no place or time you’d really rather be than right here, right now.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…There’s a huge connection this month between your creativity and your spirituality. Did you know that a creative practice (writing, painting, playing music, studying astrology or writing computer code) is just as valid a form of meditation as sitting and focusing on inner silence? Finding a spiritual path that’s pleasurable could blow things wide open for you.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…A giant emotional healing is taking place as your ruling planet Jupiter joins Venus in your 4th House. Be willing to experience miracles this month, because life wants to free you from an emotional or family pattern that has kept you from feeling safe and feeling like you belong in this world. Start by developing a vision of what your life would look like if you were flowing with your emotions rather than fighting or repressing them.

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D.K. Brainard
D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website:



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