This month, Mars is finally in direct motion meaning all our hard earned efforts should finally be coming to fruition. However, July is not without its challenges. The New Moon on 4 July is opposite Pluto which complicates fragile relationships and with Mercury conjunct the Sun on 7 July, we need to be especially sensitive to the feelings of other others. Venus moves in to Leo on the 12 July and a few days later on the 14th, Mercury joins her bringing with them a distinct air of creativity. The Full Moon in Capricorn on 20 July calls attention to our business plans and organisational skills. On 22 July, the Sun moves into Leo marking a time when we can all celebrate and appreciate our collective brilliance.
Your passionate nature has the potential to get the better of you because you find it difficult to accept “no” for an answer. And these days, everything is a temptation for you. The new moon on the 4 July is an excellent starting point for some deep soul searching. Use this time to explore complicated emotions and to take refuge in your inner emotional sanctuary. Being unafraid to face up to the past makes you impervious to problems in the future. This is all great practice for the creative opportunities that will present themselves to you mid-month. The full moon on the 20 July is a time to be honest with yourself regarding your progress towards your goals: are you really working towards them or can you put in a little more effort? Check those little habits that can really add up to wasting your precious time and resources. Sometimes all it takes is small adjustments to make a huge difference. That critical eye of yours misses nothing and your ability to be honest with yourself is surely a wonderful asset.
Although you may not be known for your way with words, July is a very good month for focusing on how you communicate—with the spoken word as well as the written. And very often it is not the content of what you are saying but rather the style in which you say it that causes controversy. Some people prefer your straight talking ways and others prefer a little more panache and elegance when receiving your orders. The only way to work out who needs what from you is to trust your intuition, to use your manners and to aim to make as many people as happy as you can without losing sight of your own needs. Of course it’s a tall order but you like a challenge and by the time of the full moon on 20 July, you should start to see how your care and attention to these important matters have paid off. By the last week of the month, your focus will have shifted to affairs closer to home and hearth. Isn’t it time for a little clear out?
You certainly have had an action packed month and so deserve a little rest. Even more to your liking is that this month is very much a game of two halves: it starts out nice and quiet and then breaks out into a frenzy at half time. Understanding this is the key to making your mind a very happy one indeed. For the first two weeks of the month, your brain really does need to slow down and just enjoy the scenery. Try not to let people push you into making decisions or commitments you’re unsure of during this time: just watch, observe and take notes. The second half of the month is the time to re-emerge as your usual talkative self and begin discussing what you have seen and heard: and no doubt you will be delighted to discover you have much to contribute to every conversation. And if you have really been paying careful attention, there will be a few business deals that reveal themselves around the time of the full moon on the 20 July.
Fasten your seatbelt my friend and be prepared for a wild ride this month. It all kicks off with the new moon on the 4 July with a mad standoff between you and a few powerful people who cause you to challenge some very deep truths about yourself. Are you a lover or a fighter? Be prepared for the surprise answer to that question. The other question you are likely to be asking yourself is if you really need all that stuff. Is it time for a good, old-fashioned clear out? The answer to that question is far clearer: yes you do. Get rid of it, Cancer! There’s no need to hang on to all the clutter. The full moon on the 20 July also promises to be full of drama and emotional complexities. It really will be a time for keeping business and pleasure in their separate corners and digging deep to find fulfilment. Concentrate on renewing old contacts and endeavouring to salvage relationships that have the potential to help you re-discover your inner strengths and resources.
You may not have realised it but you have been pushing yourself to the brink of exhaustion over the past few months. Consequently, it is now time for you to concentrate on replenishing your strength to fortify yourself for the next intensive round of shameless self promotion. If work commitments, resplendent with an active social life, seem to prevent you from taking a rest, there are other ways of finding peace. One of these ways is paying attention to your dreams. Our unconsciousness informs us as we sleep and once we awaken, our dreams can reveal some often startling truths if we have the courage to listen and act on what they say. The full moon on 20 July is a particularly sensitive time for you and events that take place on or near this day are likely to have an effect on you for the rest of the year. The sun enters your sign on the 22 July, thrusting you into the limelight once more when you can smile with renewed hope and vigour.
Much of your focus in the last month has been on your career and reputation—and what a hectic time it has been, eh? With the pressure off, you can now enjoy a time of socialising, networking and increasing your social circles via social media. The days just before the full moon on the 20 July is a particularly good time to spend with family and friends. As the month goes on, however, you may feel it is completely possible to have too much of a good thing and want nothing more than to have a bit of peace and quiet. Lest you are accused of being curmudgeonly, it is a very good idea to let those who have benefitted from your hospitality and gracious decorum know you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. Use the peace and quiet to re-charge but also to re-focus on your long term plans and goals. You have some big ideas that will need careful cultivation is they are to come to fruition and you will also need to be able to guide and direct others to help you.
You’ve been putting in all the overtime you can possible stand but yet there still seems to be something missing: satisfaction for a job well done. What could be the problem? For one thing, you tend to try too hard to please other people and pretend you really don’t mind too much. Isn’t it time you called on a few favours from your trusted wingmen? The next few weeks are a good time for you to consider what truly makes your job worth doing. And if your job isn’t making you happy, perhaps you should think about moving on to something else that does. But here’s betting the thought of job hunting doesn’t appeal to you either! In fact, you may even have the suspicion that nothing makes you feel comfortable or stable. This period of discomfort will subside as the month goes on but what will remain is the need to have people around you who are dependable and willing to support you when the going gets tough. Far too many people follow in your tracks hoping to benefit from all your efforts.
Well, that’s been an interesting few weeks, hasn’t it? You’ve had so many false stops and setbacks that it can be hard to believe things will ever run smoothly again. And so you put just as much effort into what you do as you have always done—and then someone accuses you of being “pushy”. Well, the only thing you can do about that is to maintain an awareness that everything is starting to shift and you don’t need to try so hard. You might even want to take a little time out. This is a month for re-considering your long term goals and for re-assessing where you want to go in life. The full moon on the 20 July is a time of being honest with yourself about how far you have come in life. There’s a long road ahead of you, you have plenty of petrol in the tank so make the most of it. Just a little word of warning: don’t let those little side trips that look so exciting and interesting distract you from the main path.
You’ve certainly had your fair share of setbacks and trials. Whilst there may be a temptation to feel sorry for yourself, you would be better off concentrating on how well you’ve done under such trying circumstances. Think about it: anyone else would have given in and tried something new. This month is a time to think about how you can further empower yourself. Change the way you think, expect to be successful and put so-called failures behind you or even better, view them as learning opportunities. The new moon on the 4 July is a good time to set yourself some financial goals as well as a time to clear away all those items you haven’t even looked at let alone found a use for. Think light, think spacious and think about how you could recondition some of the junk lurking in the back of your closet. By the full moon on 20 July, you be very glad you have decided to travel lightly. You needed the extra space after all.
Well it’s a good job you enjoy a challenge because it could feel like nothing is going according to plan no matter how well you had thought you planned it all out. In times like these, you need the support of a good, steady partner. In fact, finding the right people to make your dreams come true are what this month is all about. Use your skills in diplomacy to get other to cooperate with you and don’t be afraid to weed out those folks who just don’t deliver what they have promised. The full moon on 20 July is an ideal time to make your expectations absolutely crystal clear. Some people won’t like it but oddly enough, the ones who matter will appreciate your honesty and integrity to ensure there are no unwelcome surprises. As the month comes to a close, you will begin to be able to do business with your newly found allies. And isn’t this better than worrying about who you can and cannot trust?
This month your critical eye will not miss anything. There are plenty of things you know could function a lot better if there were clearer instructions, less clutter and more efficiency. And you are in the mood for sorting everything out. Arm yourself with some rubbish bags and be merciless with those things that cannot be re-conditioned, fixed or recycled. It’s time for a minimalist approach. Of course this won’t be to the liking of everyone but you can manage the naysayers, can’t you? The full moon on the 20 July may be particularly stressful if you haven’t been engaging with the needs of your co-workers: did you throw away something of theirs in your feverish attempts to clear some space? In your cleaning frenzy, do bear in mind there will always be people who claim what you are calling their trash is what they would call their treasure. You want to clear your space of unused rubbish not of supportive friends and colleagues. Having said that, you will certainly draw your share of admirers—you do scrub up like a new penny.
July is a month to unleash your creativity. For the first week of the month, have a look in the art cupboard and see what strikes your fancy. Are there unfinished projects or things you have always wanted to try but have never had the opportunity? What are you waiting for? Get some online instructions, gather a few friends and get creative. This is also a fantastic opportunity to re-kindle friendships or romantic interests that have been abandoned for far less enjoyable pursuits like work and other obligations. The full moon on the 20 July is a wonderful time to hold an informal exhibition so you can show everyone just how clever you really are. You will inspire others to get in touch with their inner child as well. Towards the end of the month, you will feel so refreshed by your efforts that you will want to incorporate some new routines to ensure you will always have the time and energy to use your ingenuity. And of course, your vision helps other people find the confidence to use theirs as well.
Alex Trenoweth MA (CAA), DFAstrolS, MAPAI