Mercury still Retrograde in Gemini – 24 degrees
From the beginning of July, Mercury is retrograde, but has been stationing for several days to go direct later. At the onset of the month computer glitches are either trying to cause issues one last time or they are subsiding. How are your health issues? Waning? Mercury goes direct later on July 1 in Gemini – 24 degrees. See below for more information.
Saturn still Retrograde in Scorpio – 16 degrees
Saturn’s appointment for non-discernable discipline continues to cause issues on a personal level, which stretches into our personal lives. Folks are recognizing the fact that you aren’t your “normal” self when it comes to self-discipline and routine. Later this month, Saturn goes direct on July 20 in Scorpio – 16 degrees. Stayed tuned for an update on this event.
Neptune still Retrograde in Pisces – 7 degrees
Ah, the simple pleasures seeing more clearly. July’s Retrograde of Neptune raises a few eyebrows. The realization of the clarity of futuristic vision and how we need to continue certain aspects will shine light on any subject as a higher echelon. Neptune usually likes to cloud issues, especially when love is in order, but that fades away during a Retrograde. Neptune goes direct on Nov 16 in Pisces – 4 degrees. This information will be updated throughout the summer until Neptune goes direct.
Pluto still Retrograde in Capricorn – 12 degrees
Issues surrounding transformations are still an issue. It’s difficult to make changes when the time isn’t right. The summer is going to be one of sticking to your guns and doing what you know and do best. When the season changes, so will you. Pluto goes direct on Sept 22 in Capricorn – 10 degrees. Monthly updates will continue until Pluto goes direct.
Mercury goes direct in Gemini – 24 degrees
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – 1:06 pm EDT
The Planet of Communications enlightens us for great conversations when it sits in Gemini, its ruling Sign. You can carry on a conversation with perfect stranger. When you engage in talking though, be aware of how much information you divulge to the other party. Sometimes you can say too much about yourself or others, the other person may not invite to hear or understand.
Independence Day – Sun in Cancer at 12 degrees
Thursday, July 4, 2013 – 5:49 am EDT (sunrise) and 8:36 pm EDT (sunset)
Happy 4th!! Ruled by the Moon, the Sign of Cancer dwells on the emotional side. Be nostalgic and patriotic as you feel best suited for the occasion. For the holiday, the Moon closes in to its 1st Quarter phase and sits in Libra bringing balance in courage and motivation. If you plan to be on the road to watch fireworks, it would behoove you to know the road you’re taking and with whom you’re meeting. Plan ahead, if you need to. Bring a blanket to watch the fireworks on the grass or take a couple of chairs to sit on. Rushing will not be beneficial, so plan ahead. Leave earlier than you think you should.
Grand Trine (Sun, Saturn and Chiron) July 9, 2013
A Grand Trine is noticeable throughout the month but is quite significant around the 9th of July. As a third Harmonic Syndrome, the Grand Trine is Elemental in nature, where this particular one is Water. Trines are generally soft aspects and offer easy-going energies. Although, a Grand Trine can be construed as “silver-spoon” (meaning that it is expected to be given everything), folks will still have to put effort into what they are doing before anything is offered in abundance. Grand Trines hold a wealth of talent – it’s getting off your duff and using the energy of the Planets that can be challenging. Water Grand Trines are quite creative. It can be subtle, yet instinctively intuitive.
Here is where the planetary energies lie within this Water Grand Trine:
*Sun at 16 degrees Cancer trine Retrograde Saturn at 16 degrees Scorpio – Independence and Power emote kindness, which favors random conventional sensitivities. When a situation occurs where a compliment is needed by another, offer compliments with encouraging and profound words to raise self-esteem in others.
*Retrograde Saturn at 16 degrees Scorpio trine Retrograde Chiron at 17 degrees Pisces – When offering kind compliments, you can inspire others to offer profound words of encouragement as well.
*Retrograde Chiron at 17 degrees Pisces trine the Sun at 16 degrees Cancer – Profound compliments will offer positive approval for independent growth in others. Folks will appreciate a kind word of encouragement.
*A Kite aspect with Rx Pluto at 12 d Capricorn opposite the Sun at 16 degrees Cancer – Although Retrograde Pluto doesn’t promote personal transformations, it will inspire folks to make considerations later. Sometimes you have to mull things over, before you make any major changes.
Full Moon in Capricorn – 20 degrees
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 7:24 am EDT
When the Full Moon is in Capricorn, we tend to experience stability within our emotions. It is easier to make peace and find serenity within. Meditations can be profound at this time. This Full Moon is determined to be cautious though. Although emotions are practical, they are also safely tucked away to avoid disorder and chaos. Try to find time to let loose a little and be yourself with an air of inhibition.
American Native Lore
In July, some tribes of the Native Americans referred to the Full Moon as the Full Buck Moon, because it was a time when the antlers began to emerge on the bucks with soft velvety coverings. Other Natives called it the Thunder Moon, because it is the time of the year when thunderstorms are most prominent. Farmers sometimes refer to it as the Full Hay Moon, because the hay fields were beginning to dry out enough to harvest the grains and bale the hay for future bedding and fodder for the animals.
Mercury enters Cancer
Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 12:33 am EDT
Mercury’ ability to converse abates a little bit, but becomes more emotional. Don’t cry over spilt milk. Keep your facts short and simple. Getting into minute details may only bore others into boredom. For now, health issues are really good. If you have an ache or a pain, soak in a hot tub or take an extra long hot shower. You’ll notice how water is the universal healer.
Jupiter enters Leo
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – 5:20 am EDT
The grandiose Planet of blowing things out of proportion can erupt ill feelings at home, if you’re not careful. Family matters most in your life, so take care to enjoy the time you have. Find time and energy to have fun.
Venus enters Cancer
Friday, July 18, 2014 – 9:54 am EDT
Love is blissful when Venus enters Cancer. There is deep concern and caring between partners. Love making is true to heart and offers emotional connections. Until Venus exits Cancer, be passionate and compassionate with your partner and the benefits will astound you.
Saturn goes direct in Scorpio – 16 degrees
Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 5:12 pm EDT
Saturn represents restrictions and limitations. It can also represent caution and concern. On a personal level, it represents self-discipline. When it moves forward in Scorpio, there is determination to follow thru on your convictions. If you have made any commitments, now is the time to complete them or make a big step to accomplishing your tasks.
Uranus goes Retrograde in Aries – 16 degrees
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 5:15 am EDT
goes direct Dec 21st
Uranus is that Planet that hates to be confined. It is known as the “break out” Planet for that reason. When retrograde, Uranus can be responsible, more traditional and relaxed. As Uranus goes retrograde in Aries, there is a feeling of enthusiasm and courage to take responsibility. It is not a time to worry about what others think about you. Do your own thing at your own pace and life will be grand.
Sun enters Leo – Happy Birthday, Leo!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 5:29 pm EDT
Leo people are very family oriented. They are loyal and trustworthy people. The Leo you remember as a child will still be the same at retirement. Because Leo is ruled by the Sun, they typically seem to think the world revolves around them and they are the center of attention. They appreciate having their friends and family around them, thus they make excellent hosts. Leos need regular exercise to attain their strength and agility. Leo people tend to be quite generous, so never refuse a gift or they will be quite insulted.
Leo people are prone to back and spine ailments due to emotional strain or physical exertion. When they feel the weight of the world upon their shoulders, they feel it physically in their back.
Sun conjuncts Jupiter in Leo – 1 degree
Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 4:23 pm EDT
The Sun is feeling good in its ruling Sign, Leo, so when it conjuncts Jupiter, it augments the energy of Jupiter in Leo. This is a great time to spend time with family and have fun! Make it personal…
New Moon in Leo – 3 degrees
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 6:42 pm EDT
Emotions run high when the New Moon is in Leo. As a Sign, Leo tends to be rather loyal to family matters. So, when a New Moon happens in Leo, we see a variety of emotional aspects within the family. It’s a good time to spend time with the family and start something new that helps tie the bonds of family.
Mars enters Scorpio
Friday, July 25, 2014 – 10:13 pm EDT
Mars can be quite combative when it enters its ruling Sign, Scorpio. Actions can sting most hurtfully when it’s not appropriate. Be careful what you do on the physical level to ensure you aren’t hurting yourself or others.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 – sun sets at 8:19 pm EDT
Names: Lammas, Lughnasadh, Festival of Lugh, August Eve, Festival of Bread, 1st Harvest, Bread Harvest, Festival of First Fruits, Gwyl Galan Awst (Welsh)
Date: Aug 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – July 31st)
Astro Correspondence: 15 degrees Leo
Color: tans, oranges, yellows and reds
Food: grains, cakes, breads, fresh fruits, mushrooms, lamb, berry pies, wine, ale, beer
Common Info: Story of Lugh, Handfasting/Handparting, 1st Harvest Fest (grains mostly), Story of John Barleycorn as the Corn King (corn is synonymous with grain),
Lughnasadh is the Sabbat that celebrates Lugh, the God of the Sun. The date is typically the 1st day of August although some folks begin to celebrate at sunset the day before, July 31stor when the Sun enters 15 degrees Leo, which is ruled by the Sun. It is the first harvest festival. Foods sacred are typically grains of all sorts, vegetables off the bush or fruits off the vine. Breads and barley meads are custom as well. This Sabbat is also known as Lammas or the Mass of the Loaf (Loafmas). Sheaths of grain are usually hung on walls to represent prosperity. John Barleycorn is sacrificed and buried in the fields to promote a healthy growth for the following growing season.
The Tailtu Games are warrior games that honored Lugh’s mother. They are reminiscent of the Olympic Games, but from another time and culture.