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Aries: July 2017
The Best Things in Life Are Free, But…
The Beatles, the birds and the bees tell you that the best things in life are free, but then comes the big ‘but’ in the equation. How could July be about anything other than your money, business, house, apartment or land when you have so much activity in Taurus and Cancer? The month opens with Venus, the planet of relating skills (plus or minus) in Taurus, the sign which rules your finances, company, mortgage, investments, rent and so on. You have until July 5th to do show-and-tell with someone who is not even on your radar, but could have something important to bring to the table. Sometimes it takes two but you will never know until you stop sitting on the laptop and actually use the laptop.
Of course, grounding yourself in your place in the world is just as important as money. It’s that classic situation where your house, apartment, land, garden, home town and/or homeland is also your wealth generator. It is easy to lose sight of the priceless value of belonging somewhere, having roots and really embracing where you are – in favour of the rising value of your property, for example. Your chart is telling you that with the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Ceres in Cancer (from July 11th) it is time to look at who and what grounds you.
Nothing comes from nowhere and yet you appear to be looking at the finances rather than the deep, hidden truth of history, culture and local, regional, national or tribal identity. That could teach you so much. It could be a great source of gain.
Action Versus Thought
Your ruler Mars is in the picture. He describes action. Without him, nothing happens. Mercury rules the mind and the computer. What may happen is that you do an awful lot of thinking or mouse-resting – and not a great deal of anything else. That would be a mistake. The situation in front of you is bursting with potential. In October, Jupiter (the planet of abundance, wealth and solutions) moves into Scorpio, the sign that rules your company, property, bank, cashflow and the rest. Harvesting later means hard work now. Effort and energy. Interestingly, with all the head miles you are doing – the speculation and calculation – you may be missing something of tremendous value, right at your feet. The ideal way to use July is to combine the computer and the rest of your body. Mars is Russell Crowe in Gladiator or Peter Cundall sorting out the garden. Mercury is Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
Ceres in Cancer
Ceres is a powerful dwarf planet who is very much associated with roots (the deep layers in your family tree) and also with seasonal harvesting. When you see her in sculpture or painting she is inevitably shown with wheat or corn. Her daughter Proserpina and son-in-law Pluto are part of her legend.
Ceres entering your property, family tree and home town/homeland zone on July 11th is also a call to action. How are you going to cultivate this situation? It’s a time for chopping and changing, to be sure. Yet – some things may also have to be left where they are. It’s complicated. There is so much to be gained, though. Don’t waste this. I realise Ceres transits do require a tremendous amount of willpower, grit, dedication and the rest – but she was found in the same year that The Four Seasons made its debut and ‘to everything, there is a season’ as the Byrds sang. Turn, turn, turn Aries and do what is required. Ceres is a symbol of the seasons. In fact, the Romans believed she controlled them. I began your horoscope with the Beatles and I will end it with the Byrds. Good life gardening music for the seasonal changes in your life in July. Premium? Go on.
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Taurus: July 2017
It’s All About The Message
With not only the Sun, but also Mercury (communication), Mars and then Ceres in your laptop and notebook zone, July is all about the message.
Communication and Information
What is this news and negotiation all about? It may be the rather heavy reality of your money, business, charity, house, apartment, investment, company, shares and so on. You do have Saturn rather unavoidably placed in Sagittarius, the sign which rules all that you own, earn or owe; usually with complicated paperwork.
Perhaps the issue is travel, moving or a distant place or person. You also have quite a lot of activity in Capricorn, the sign which rules other regions or destinations, in July.
The real heart of the matter is how to listen, though. How to read. How to interpret and decode. Then it goes back the other way – how to effectively communicate?
If you have your personal birth chart from me you can see at a glance if you have a stellium (three or more factors) in Gemini, the sign which rules multimedia, education, publishing and so on. If so, July is crucial for one big project or idea but everything depends on that two-way process of hearing/reading and then speaking/writing. It is also high time that something was planted in the real world so it can stop travelling across the internet – or from face to face, and place to place – and be well and truly nurtured.
Work, Education, Academia, Unpaid Work
Jupiter is the planet of growth and he is in Libra which rules your work, education, academic commitments and unpaid work – like your blog or evening class. If July does turn out to concern a specific concept or class then see the potential and know that so much can grow in four short months. Jupiter leaves this zone of your horoscope on October 11th, 2017.
It’s All About the Message
It really is all about the message in July. This may concern you with public relations, advertising, self-promotion, the media, YouTube, Google, Twitter and the rest. Perhaps there is a speech to be made or a round-table discussion to be had.
It might help to remember that. Don’t be distracted by the personalities. There is a fair amount of defensiveness around in July as Mars goes through your Third House of communication. Mars was the Roman god of war as I am sure you know. Mars is also in Leo so there is usually a bit of drama, or even theatricality, around. Overlook this in yourself or others, because the issue is what must be understood and then planted on terra firma. As a practical earth sign, Taurus, you intuitively know that.
Mercury Retrograde reverses the process of communication, paperwork, information, media and the rest. The last time we saw this cycle people voted for Theresa May. And against Theresa May. To the point where we temporarily saw a hung parliament in the non-United Kingdom. There are many examples of Mercury Retrograde in my files if you want to hit Search. It's often about suspension, or hanging in the breeze - finding oneself stuck.
For you, it all happens with the first shadow, on Monday 24th July. Mercury will move forwards and backwards from that date, in the sign of Leo, which as you’ve just seen, rules your communication in general. Do all you can to complete negotiations, say your piece, ask every question – and ground that crucial plan or process – before 24th July. After that date, you may well find things go in all directions and one of them may be backwards. This retrograde continues into September. So you see – this could be an awfully long and winding road unless you a) finish things earlier in July and/or b) make special allowances for the twists, turns and delays ahead. Mercury Retrograde can be a doozy, depending on your personal birth chart. Premium? Go on.
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Gemini: July 2017
Money, Money, Money
Money is power, and there are power issues when Pluto rides his dark horse through Capricorn, the sign which rules your bank account, business interests, house, apartment, land, possessions and charity. How you handle this in July, and what you decide to do, is very important. There is long-term potential here, because a great deal can be done with a very little. It really depends how much vision you have, and how hard you want to work. However, you do need to look at the way a person or organisation which has been ‘dwarfed’ (Pluto became a dwarf planet in 2006) deals with cash.
Pluto and Downsized People and Organisations
We associate Pluto with demotion, downsizing, shrinkage, minimisation and reclassification. It’s rather like waking up to find your suit has been shrunk by the dry-cleaner. This is exactly what happened to you or others and so it’s a factor in the deal ahead.
This is a trade, exchange, payment, donation or negotiation where hearts and minds have to be read. Why? Because Pluto people are still Pluto people, yet they are in the peculiar position of not being who or what they were before. Sometimes you see this in the corporate world where you have the classic and chronic case of the suit who buys himself a big, shiny black sports car to over-compensate for the fact that he’s just been demoted. Nothing seems to fit any more, because he is not the person he was. We can see it in corporations. Bits and pieces of the old image or trappings are still there – all Pluto’s old intimidation, and force, and power and essential sexiness – yet the truth is, there’s been a huge downgrade or downsizing!
The psychology is pretty easy to see in July, either for you or others. It may be helpful in the process if you can at least read hearts and minds – or your own.
The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing
I am sure you know that old phrase to describe people who are constantly hanging price tags on things, in conversation. ‘He/She knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.’
July is about finding out what things are actually worth. That’s your own personal budget and exchange rate; nothing to do with Wall Street or the property market. Asking ‘What is X worth?’ is a really useful question. What might you or anyone else pay to feel utterly relaxed? That’s an interesting one. Put a price tag on that. What about the cost of being caught up with disempowerment and empowerment issues, or questions about the power and control one had, or still has? That also costs and perhaps it’s worth a closer look.
Travelling and Moving
In the background in July is the question about a trip away (perhaps an ambitious one) and the idea of moving. There may also be a question here about developing property. It’s there, if only in a dormant way. But it needs to be factored into the general trade-off or deal. Have you seen The Durrells? Larry (Lawrence) Durrell is a wonderful symbol of priceless values in this brilliant television series. He does not care about money. In fact, nobody in his family cares about money at heart. He is a born novelist (and in fact would go on to write Justine among other acclaimed titles).
Like his brother Gerald Durrell, the naturalist, he put a higher value on country, culture, landscape, and the things that money cannot buy – than mere cheques. The family did not have electricity and essentially dropped out of normal life, but in the process they learned the glittering value of the most precious things. What happens in July could be a revelation for you or others, because it is astonishing how a small but significant sum, or asset, can come to mean so very much. Premium? Go on.
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Cancer: July 2017
Mars in Cancer and Strategy
There are a couple of things going on in July. One is Mars in Cancer, your own sign. It’s time for strategy. You’re going to have to turn yourself into Action Woman or Action Man as well, because time is finite. However, having a cunning plan, as Baldrick so frequently didn’t, is paramount. There is something about your chart in July which reminds me that you need to see the whole picture. There are houses or apartments there too. Maybe holiday homes. It’s all within grasp as Jupiter goes on providing rich, enticing and tempting property possibilities. Yet – you are going to need a hell of a plan.
Clans, Tribes, Groups
There is a related question here about the dynamics within a clan, tribe or group. This may be your political party or your share household. I know that Venus is sinking over the horizon in this zone of your chart (she vanishes on July 5th) but you need to leave this in a good place, if you can. Why? Because from May 2018 a huge new cycle begins in your life, as Uranus changes signs and it will run for many years. Among this group of people may well be the friend, or the face, that is going to matter a great deal. So communicate, communicate, communicate. That’s not just going to be about saying the right words. You’ll need to put your money where your mouth is. Actions will speak. In fact, actions will telegraph to this clean or community – better than anything else. You might be in the rather odd position of needing to move quickly, by July 5th, at the same time that you have to tiptoe in waving big semaphore flags. If you view your family or household as a tribe, it’s about them. If you are more concerned with a team, club, society, association or similar, it’s about those people.
Preparing the Ground
If you prepare the ground so that the potential for conflict is removed, there will be no conflict. It’s really that basic. Oh, there might still be a few things tucked away, or in the far-off distance, but you must turn to the most striking and obvious thing about July, which is the chance of crossed swords. Mars was the god that the Romans invoked before doing battle. Roman soldiers worshipped him as their very own. We talk about ‘martial law’ and Mars is very much the red planet – he still looks red to the naked eye today – and we link red to all kinds of symbolism. Our faces turn red in the heat of the moment when anger flares. We may have blood spilt and that makes our hearts pump faster – a natural response. Red is associated with fire engines, fire alarms and flashing sirens on police cars and ambulances. It’s an interesting one, because it’s also the colour of the traffic light that tells you to stop – or else.
There is always this issue with Mars in Cancer about how fast and hard to push. It’s that combination of Mercury the planet of strategy, intelligence, theory, advice, plots and plans – along with Mars – which will help you most. In fact the two planets travel through Cancer, your own sign, for that crucial first week, when I think you’ll be most aware of the family, household or property issues – and perhaps a specific group.
Your Place in the World
You also need to look at your place in the world. This goes beyond the actual house, apartment or garden into questions about belonging. Here, there or somewhere else? Cancer above all other zodiac signs needs to have a sense of home, home town, homeland. The more thoughtfully and effectively you can remove any potential for issues – the more time and energy you can devote to your choices, which are special, inviting and all laid out. Premium? Go on.
Leo: July 2017
Will you Strike Out or Sort Out?
Leo, once Mars changes signs on July 21st you are in a position to either strike out, or sort out. You will be dealing with the aftermath of a challenging situation which could go in any direction at all. Yet, the best action you could take is to bury, or remove, any further potential for issues.
Unseen or Invisible?
We have a ton of patterns in your Twelfth House, where you operate behind the scenes or unseen. You may be dealing with people who literally don’t have you in their sights, or on their radar. There is something clandestine about you in July, but then again, sometimes the best remedies and solutions in life come when nobody else knows what you’re actually up to. Stealth can work.
Remember You’re the Queen or King
Leo is the sign which sets an example. The lion with its famous mane is King of the Jungle and the lioness is the Queen. We think of Richard the Lionheart when we think of you, or your fellow Leo, noble Princess Anne. You can and should take the lead on this somewhat complicated issue in July - the stage will be set; play your destined part. If you have forgotten you’re a Leo, it’s time to remember. Oozing certainty and effortlessly showing others how things are done – that’s part of the lion’s job!
Friends and Groups
In the long-term picture July is not really terribly important. I do feel you’re looking at classic complicated friendships or group situations, though, as Venus is passing through Gemini and your Eleventh House. This is where we find teams, clubs, societies, parties, bands, unions and the rest. Crucially we also have Ceres in Gemini, in the same spot. This may be the Democrats or your Olympics team but as a true Sun Leo, you understand why the court matters to the Queen or the King. Why King Arthur and Queen Guinevere were nothing without the Knights of the Round Table. What happens when knights spar? Never mind ‘Have at ye’ – you will be far more interested in fixing things. Now.
Ceres in Gemini and Your Chart – Strong Feelings
Strong feelings are common with Ceres and there is always a question about sharing, compromising and dividing. It may be a question of rights, roles and responsibilities. It may be about ‘irrational’ emotions – yet it is irrational emotions which can influence action and outcomes. Ceres teaches us ‘All for one, one for all’ to quote Alexandre Dumas in Les Trois Mousquetaires. How on earth you get there this month is up to you, but once a decent amount of time has passed, you should all remember that the tools of life, between you and others, are there for something positive, practical and productive. Can the miracle happen? Don’t underestimate yourself. At the very least you can tidy things up, sort them out and leave them in a good place.
There are a couple of background issues. Don’t take your eyes off travelling, moving or exporting as the coast is clear. Maybe you should all be looking at that. It’s the kind of conversation that could turn people’s attention in a different direction! Communication is your great gift in July as Mercury goes through Leo, to the week ending 23rd July (thereafter Mercury Retrograde Shadow begins).
The Right Words at the Right Time
The right words at the right time can bring much faster progress. I do feel that with Mercury, the Sun, the North Node and Mars all in your own zodiac sign the time has come to remember what a Leo does. You were born to lead. To guide, mentor and inspire. You were born a fire sign, so you can bring warmth, energy and light back to situations which may seem hard, cold or grey.
Long after July has passed you by, it is others’ enduring memory of your resourcefulness, your sense of humour, your leadership and your self-confidence that will go on.
Walk Away or Stay?
It really is up to you what you do after July. You can continue with these faces, or walk away. If you do continue then you will likely be eyeing those distant horizons together. There is something so intriguing about another part of town; another part of your country; another part of the world. Leo, one final point. Look below the surface!
What Are You Unconsciously Creating?
You have transits in your Twelfth House in July so you do need to consider how you may have unconsciously set the situation up. You’re not seeing that. You’re only seeing the others, or the need to face issues and fix them. It could be enlightening to go down, down, down into aspects of yourself and your world that are apparently invisible or unseen. Interpreting your dreams may help you do that. Meditation may allow you to delve into your soul to find out how you may have been unwittingly programming your world. How have you blindly or unwittingly helped to co-create the story? Premium? Go on.
Virgo: July 2017
Your Former, Current or Potential Lover
In July we find Pluto with all its power and passion in Capricorn, which rules your sexuality, and the distant chance of pregnancy, adoption, godchildren, grandchildren, nieces, nephews (those who come with a partner) and so on. We also find Neptune retrograde in Pisces. There’s a lot of delay here, but also a really potent month full of huge decisions about that crucial man (or woman). I’ll look at that for you first.
You’ve heard of Mercury Retrograde when communication gets stuck or goes backwards. Neptune Retrograde is similar. It’s like a cloud which stops moving. Neptune is associated with froth, sea mist, vapour and anything which is real and yet not real. If you have ever walked through the pink and purple bits of a rainbow (which I did on the beach recently) you will soon see that there is nothing there. And yet – a rainbow is a rainbow. It exists. No wonder you two feel as if there is something there – but not there – about the two of you! It’s a mystery wrapped inside a marshmallow enigma.
Thus, July is a time when you must both look at the strange unreality of the actual reality. You may be husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend. You may have just met. You may be separated or divorced, or considering moving apart. The Seventh House of your chart, which is where we find Neptune Retrograde, is about the unique chemistry that two people make, and it may be the naked truth of reconciliation, or the rather exposed way we feel, when it is time to part company.
Sometimes life is like a Go-Betweens album. Part Company. Bachelor Kisses. Streets of Your Town. Quiet Heart. I could be trite about this and say at least July won’t be boring. It’s like the greatest album never written yet. Your relationship, such as it is, with someone important is just about the most fascinating and enthralling thing that’s happened for months. Yet, you need to decide which song you’re going to sing together and that brings in all those questions about what is real, wishful thinking, imagination or guesswork. Is there something there or is it all going to just drift into nothing? To find out one or both of you must act.
Timing and Delays
When faced with decisions to stop/start, stay/go, throw pasta at each other – or make the pasta together – you need to figure out the timing. Neptune Retrograde can feel like a freeze-frame. There may be an inability to get going, for whatever reason. Confusion? Neptune has a reputation for mystifying us. Neptune also rules what we see and know to be true, even if others might say it’s all mythical. Perhaps there is a protracted period of questioning, ahead in July, as you pore over the horoscope, the Tarot, the telephone psychic’s words or signs from God.
There is another reason for this state of suspended animation and that is Mercury, your ruling planet, going into Virgo, your own zodiac sign, and then also turning retrograde. At a time when you should be sorting out your very Virgo-ness (and that has a lot to do with the skin you’re in, let’s face it) there may be a delay.
This happens from shadow to shadow, starting July 26th and taking you until September to fully resolve – near your birthday. I do feel that your birthday and your birthday suit (your naked self) is part of the story here. In fact you could probably write a book about what it means to be born under Virgo the sign of the virgin.
Can you two really stay stuck like this forever? I mentioned the Go-Betweens before. This also reminds me of another great band, and that’s the The Cure – with their anthem about sexual paralysis - Let’s Go To Bed.
Popping Bubbles of Possibility
Parallel universes are potential worlds (many worlds) and until you make choices, you don’t pop them into life. Everything is everywhere, all over the place, in your sexual destiny until you set off to find out. Strange but true. How strange is quantum? Einstein didn’t like it and Bohr though it was shocking. It’s the honest truth behind what you two are experiencing, though!
What we have here, having such an impact on your self-perception, is Mercury in Virgo, in your First House of the self, the body, the image and the rest – getting stuck. This is the cycle when we tend to face our appearance and ask questions and come up with plans. That brings us back to your birthday suit again. The First House describes who you see in the mirror; what you look like in a photograph. How do you look for your age? How does the other person? What about fertility, sexual performance and the rest? At a time when you should be getting to grips with all that, because of him (or her) – it would appear that nothing is really rolling.
It won’t roll until you see what you are both co-creating (and it really did take two people to whip this mystery up). Clearly a talk is called for. Maybe several talks. At the same time you both realise that with a rush and a push, action would pretty much settle everything.
Only you can decide what is out there for both of you – and you are only going to figure that out by fronting up to quantum uncertainty and seeing who and what is actually there by banishing some other parallel universe. In another reality you two are in bed together. Or you’ve parted company. Or found other lovers. And on the stories go.
Virgo, this may take time, because it’s that kind of month. Yet, the outcome will have long-term consequences for your sex life and the other person’s too. I’m going to finish with another song. Temptation by Heaven 17 (one of them used to work as an astrologer, you know). Something is awfully tempting here and it’s close enough to touch. I suspect when the powerful little asteroid Aesculapius moves into Pisces, alongside mystifying Neptune, you are going to see who/what can be miraculously brought back from the point of no return. It’s the kind of month when you really should put a record on. Musicians understand these kinds of stories. Premium? Go on.
Libra: July 2017
July is Dangling Time
Mercury turns Retrograde Shadow in July. This commonly produces suspended animation, or a state of suspension. You can choose what you want to do. You can either summon up all your energy and be proactive enough to free yourself from ‘stuckness’ – or you can go on dangling until nature takes it course, or someone comes along to set you free. There is a purpose to your rather static position, though. It's rather like those yoga poses where people prod you to find out if you're still alive. In the process of doing the twist - permanently - something happens to your brain and you have one of those prolonged 'Aha!' moments of truth that change you forever. So it is in July. You have Saturn in your zone of the brain, Libra, and that only happens every 29 years. Mindfulness is more than colouring in pictures of Kate Middleton, as we all know. Saturn in Sagittarius in your Third House of the mind, in July 2017, is really about what happens to your awareness when you are forced to do nothing for a while. Is it worth it? Oh yes.
Uranus and the World Turned Upside Down
Uranus continues to transit your Seventh House too, Libra, which describes the relationship you share with your former, current or potential partner. Also the relationship (because you do have one) with your opponent, rival or enemy. This planet symbolises the world turning upside down and although it happened some time ago, you are still there, seeing the world from downside-up. (If you are one of the few Librans who hasn’t already experienced this classic ‘What?’ up-ending of your universe, perhaps it’s unfolding as you read this.
Because of the enormity of the situation involving him, or her - you may need time to adjust. To accept. To absorb. To wriggle a bit and feel stuck. Uranus has a way of going backwards and forwards, twisting in the breeze, which may explain why you find yourself (having been turned upside-down) now unable to move much at all.
I am also looking at Ceres and Venus in your Ninth House of spirituality, knowledge, faith, belief and understanding, along with Saturn in Sagittarius and all its emphasis on your mind. So what do you believe or know to be true? Some people are from the Paul Davies camp; some are from the Pope John Paul camp. Which are you? This rather unusual month gives you a chance to explore your soul. Perhaps once you are satisfied you will see the world the right way up again – either because you get yourself out of a rather stagnant situation – or because the universe decides it’s time for you to get moving. In any case it would be highly unusual for things to stay static beyond July, Libra.
Once all this is beyond you, it may be that you realise what a turning point July actually was. Uranus, the planet of shocks and reversal, has done his work on/with your partner. Your former partner. Your potential partner. Your opponent. Your rival. Your enemy. Now, as is common with shocks or peculiar positions, you must do the deep breathing and the long recovery. The long recovery can sometimes be dressed up as procrastination or wriggling; the stuck yoga pose of 'can't move' or even 'won't move'.
This may have all been intensely personal (your love life) or purely professional (career clashes) but as Libra is about balance, and symmetrical scales, it is also true that if it takes you a very long time - and a rather complicated process - to sort out this red corner/blue corner stuff - then you will do what it takes. And this may be your husband or it may be the woman at work you now find yourself in a difficult partnership with.
Your Family Tree and Roots
We associate the sign Capricorn with your family tree, roots, and the beams which support the roof over your head – as well as the gum tree in your garden. I am sure you are well aware of just how much this matters in July, but it is hard for you to really do anything unless you feel certain that it’s time for you to make your move. That really will come down to faith, instinct, belief – call it what you want. I mentioned the planet Uranus before. The symbol itself resembles a pylon and in 1781 when the planet was found, the first steps towards the development of the battery were taken along with the discovery of what Galvani hopefully called 'animal electricity'. Thus we associate Uranus with feeling wired – and also with the lightbulb that appears over our head, whenever we have a Eureka moment.
It looks as if this is directly connected with your experience of the family tree at the moment, your roots (cultural or historic) and perhaps the actual structure of your home. You can’t really begin to do what is required – and that takes a lot of effort and energy – until you have well and truly had your electrifying moment of truth. The zap factor. The suspended bulb over your head. Long-term, Libra, that is actually more important than any of the short-term considerations. Once enlightened (and Uranus also coincided with The Enlightenment) you don’t just forget these things. It's a head trip, because Saturn is in Sagittarius. However it's also a soul trip. A real moment. And it's all tied up, as are you, with issues about the roof over your head, or the roots in your family tree.
People Against You
Libra is really not about love, peace, happiness and Snoopy holding up a peace sign. That’s just the hackstrology industry making coffee mugs. Your sign is about the scales and sometimes people or large organisations end up on the other end of the scales, challenging you to find the justice; the fairness; the balance; the symmetry. You will declare war to have peace. That's really what Libra is about.
This is why so many Libran types intuitively understand yoga, which I mentioned earlier, because it is about postures which teach us how to balance, in times of great challenge. What happened to up-end you and turn you upside-down may have been months ago or years ago. Maybe it happened yesterday. If you have been thrust into the most lopsided situation, though, it would not be a tremendous surprise; you can’t stop Uranus in your opposite sign of Aries. So what works? Working on yourself. That works really well. Once you have done what you need to do – you can then address the question of scales, tightropes and other balancing acts with that crucial man or woman. You are coming from opposite angles but are essentially the same as he/she/they. While you are dangling, strategise. Premium? Go on.
Scorpio: July 2017
Digging for Your Family Tree Roots
You could be digging for your heritage, culture, roots and sense of place in July. The South Node is in Aquarius, which describes where you come from, and who you are – in terms of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on. The past is a foreign country and they do things differently there, but it also matters, because it is your foundation. I am not entirely sure if you are aware of this in July or how much rests on who/where you originate, but it would make a world of difference if you saw what was in plain sight and began to explore it.
Distorted vision is pretty common when Neptune transits your chart. Blind spots – not seeing – is par for the course. Where does it get you? Well, it gets you into a kind of permanent ‘other world’ but it also stops you from enjoying what is on offer – and what you already have. In fact, you may appear ungrounded to other people in July, or feel as if you are not quite on planet earth. Neptune is particularly important in terms of past, present and potential relationships. Babies, children and younger people. Former, current and possible lovers. The seeds of future generations to come after you. This is where you may not be seeing what you possess and what you could have. This may be why your chart suggests it would be useful to connect with your roots and start developing, growing and progressing – by turning back to the people or place which describes where you come from. By doing this, you alter the whole picture. And you get a new angle. July is really about perspective and vision and nobody can force clarity on you. When Neptune is around you really have to reach for it.
With some important activity in the sign of Cancer, which rules the next horizon, you could also travel or even move at the moment. “Let distance lend enchantment to the view” as Patric Walker once wrote, about the Ninth House of the horoscope. So it is with you. The far distance really is distant, though! It’s a distant possibility. Again, nothing is going to happen until you change your angles, see what is on offer and above all, ground yourself in what and who is actually all around you. The fact is, you can meditate under the Bodhi tree all you like and you’re not really going to pick up the glittering prizes. Some bonds, attachments, people and achievements are solid gold. They are yours to take. So you might want to ask yourself why you’re not exactly reaching for them in July.
Scorpio is a Fixed Sign
Scorpio is a fixed sign. Hard to shift. You can be stubborn when you wish and also lock yourself into a position where it takes a great deal to budge you. Being so fixed can sometimes work very well for you, but in July it may be preventing you from being flexible enough to enjoy your world, as much as you might be. I mentioned Neptune before. Sometimes the unreality is preferable to the reality, for whatever reason. Maybe because it means you can avoid ever having to do anything. Only you know exactly what that unreality means to you in July. Scorpio has been put through some of the hardest, heaviest transits of any sign. No wonder you are fixed into position and avoiding/evading. You need to heal. You have scar tissue from Saturn in Scorpio which must have made you feel as if something had come up and bitten you – or something had run over you. You are a survivor, ruled by the scorpion, a powerful creature which can live through just about anything. Part of your survival may be down to the fact that you have bought yourself time and space to recover, revive and the rest – by removing yourself from the real world. Anyone looking at your chart now could understand that, but the fact is, you have something so special on offer that it would be a deep shame not to gratefully receive. To quote INXS, ‘Welcome to Wherever You Are’ because where you are, has a history and you need to know it, and feel it, in order to relish what is there. Premium? Go on.
Sagittarius: July 2017
It’s All About The Group
I have mentioned the Jupiter in Libra cycle to you a few times this year, Sagittarius. Jupiter, your own ruling planet, is passing through a zodiac sign we associate with groups, teams, clubs, bands, charities, societies, unions, associations and so on. Obviously groups thrive on Twitter and other social media these days.
Jupiter is really about luck. Something about your group is about to fall right way up. I really don’t think there’s any conscious planning in this, or any strategy. You are all travelling separately, within the actual network, so there’s no real cohesion here. I don’t see a leader, particularly, or any kind of system.
What you can all (hopefully) gain from, though, is Sod’s Law. Just when you think you and all your ideas, opinions, concepts and plans might fall to earth with a resounding thud, along comes Jupiter to make sure you fall where you can grow. That’s luck. And if you believe it’s possible, then it can happen – of course. Thrown around by the currents of destiny, you find that you have all landed in the right place, at the right time, to thrive and prosper. There are other options, though.
Someone Has to Do Something
Someone has to do something in situations like this. Put the word out that there may be another way. A different direction. Again, with a little Jupiter luck, it might just be that the precise moment you point out a superior option to everyone – is the precise moment that fate makes it possible.
Sameness of Ideas and Thought
There is something odd happening in July. It reminds me of the famous scene from Life of Brian, where Brian reminds the waiting crowd ‘You are all individuals!’ Your circle of people is also composed of individuals and you are all notably separate from each other. Libra, an air sign, happens to rule your friendships and communities in your horoscope. Thus, there is a light, breezy, airy feeling to the way you all relate. Words not hearts.
Perhaps that’s why you all seem to be on the same page. Having virtually the same Tweets or opinions, or whatever, creates unity. Yet the truth is, you are utterly disconnected from each other. Perhaps this remoteness or detachment helps you avoid things becoming too complicated. It can happen. And really, nobody likes complication!
Choices, Choices, Choices
You have important choices with these people in July. You could separate yourself from everyone and head off in a different direction and see where you land. Your potential, especially on the worldwide web, is excellent. Maybe you could pair up with someone, or get into a sub-group within the wider collective. There is a really major question here about ‘What next? Where are we all headed? Where is this going to end up?’
Judging the Environment
You need to judge the environment and the trends – the astrological weather and ‘human’ weather – so carefully. If you are going to grow and your ideas and opinions are going to flourish in the right setting, there must be a rapid assessment of what’s on offer, where that is, and how/when to shift position to make sure you end up where you need to be. I don’t think you have a great deal of time to do this. However you can and should use Mercury in Leo in your Ninth House of exploration to good effect. Sagittarius rules the Ninth House anyway so it’s all in your favour – for a brief period. Ask questions. Touch base. Canvass opinion. Get the coordinates. Ask for other perspectives. The Ninth House is about what lies across your city, region, country – or the world. There are an awful lot of questions about that and if you want to get ‘there’ (that intriguing destination) then you’ll have to ask others what they are seeing and what they know. With Mercury in this zone of your chart July is really about communication.
Up, Up and Away!
There is always an ‘up, up and away’ feeling about Jupiter in your Eleventh House of groups and friends. It can all feel quite random, at the same time that it feels quite exhilarating. Where are you, he, she and they all going to end up? In what looks like a slice of paradise? With the perfect conditions to support something amazing, if you are thinking of long-term growth?
I am sure you are famously optimistic if you are a typical Sagittarian, but no matter if this is a football team or a political organisation, you may want to do a lot more than trust to Lady Luck. It’s absolutely true that luck is on your side on this cycle (which ends in October) but you also need those other ingredients – judgement, timing, good questions and better answers. And as your particular budding potential is so tied to the destiny of the others, eyeball that as carefully and cleverly as you can. Premium? Go on.
Capricorn: July 2017
Everything in the Garden is Lovely
Capricorn, you have enough encouraging activity in your Second House of money and Eighth House of property, business and finance to celebrate July. The Sun enters Leo and your Second House on July 23rd, following the North Node (earned karma; the harvest) and Mercury, which always helps to focus the mind. Mars also joins the Leo parade later on in July and of course the South Node is in Aquarius, picking up the rather circular theme in your chart. The thing is, Capricorn, you’re experiencing the ‘round art’ of astrology as everything goes around like a bicycle wheel. There really is nothing new under the Sun, especially when it changes signs to an area of your chart, where a very old cycle is repeating. As ye reap, so shall ye sow.
Your House, Apartment or Business
Your house, apartment or business is in the picture and with Uranus the planet of change always in the background, there is never anything truly settled for very long about the premises or the people – yet all in good time. In July your focus is more likely to be enjoying what you have been building or growing. There is also a key question about what to do next. How can you take what you have and do more with it, on a financial, business or property level?
Communication and Information Flow
The news, when it comes in July, will result in some juggling or a few definite moves. However, the news is not about merely responding or reacting. You also have to engage and negotiate. In fact there is a lot more you need to find out, because the core source is one thing and the message itself is quite another. It will pay you (literally) to ask the right questions, articulate the right message and make July a fact-finding exercise with the financials.
Throwing Down the Gauntlet
Mars in Leo in your Eighth House of deadly serious finance, or sexually intimate property (a marriage or mortgage is typical) looks busy. Mars moves in from July 21st and you appear to be more than ready to throw down the gauntlet. Are you about to throw money at the problem? Maybe the situation just requires a rather firm gesture, even if there is no problem in sight. Mars tends to bring a ‘gloves off’ feeling to proceedings but far be it from me to harsh your mellow. You can play this any way you want. Capricorn is famously slow and steady, like the hare that wins the race, the snail that edges over the finishing line – and in pure zodiac terms, like the goat that ambles to the top of the mountain.
There is an interesting conflict going on here with the need to throw down the gauntlet (gloves off) and the opposite approach, which is not hands-on at all, but rather slow. I am reminded of Brian the Snail in the Magic Roundabout. You have some interesting choices.
Setting priorities will be part of it all. You may be so consumed by the news – the message – the matter at hand – that you overlook the real issue, which is long-term growth and reward. Don’t be too distracted by the more dramatic or obvious developments in July. There is a lot of organisation and management required, if you are to turn to the really lucrative and rewarding long-term possibilities and behind that, of course, lies the question about a particular apartment, house or premises and how that will ultimately be played.
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Aquarius: July 2017
Money Changes Everything
It’s amazing how many songs there are about money. Then again, musicians experience rags-to-riches in quite a dramatic way – and then have to pay tax. Cue The Beatles’ Taxman. You have a small but important sum to play with in July. But don’t play with it. Take the time (and there will be time) to put a proper price on what the digits are actually worth.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
Virgo rules business, land, banking and the rest in your chart. I dare say one of the reasons you’ll have time to figure out what the numbers mean, is the circular nature of what unfolds from July 26th. Mercury, the planet of news, communication, negotiation and paperwork moves forward then, shortly before he moves backwards, over the same spot – until he again retraces his steps in September. This will be a process of many weeks. It buys you time to look at your own life budget. For a modest sum (compared to the price of a London house) you can now buy a large tract of British woodland and preserve it for future generations. You may not build on it. But you can be the custodian of it – and presumably sit by the river and write poetry. This is what I mean, by figuring out what something is actually worth. What price could you put on several summers’ worth of riverside poetry writing, surrounded by wild creatures whom you are protecting from developers? Then again, if it rocks your world, you could use the same amount of money to buy yourself a few Hermes handbags from the waiting list.
Venus in Taurus and Your Space/Place in the World
Taurus is the sign that rules your sense of belonging to a place and space. Taurus the bull is of course associated with land. This little transit in your chart ends on July 5th but it’s important. Why? Because from May 2018 the most radical changes of your life are set to unfold, and by the time this new cycle (Uranus in Taurus) is over in 2026 you will have seen nothing short of a breathtaking, jaw-on-the-floor revolution. It will affect your angle on property, family, household, home, home town and homeland – everything.
We associate Venus with values and evaluation and she has rulership over Taurus in the zodiac. To experience Venus in Taurus in your Fourth House of place/space/residence/nationality/heritage is a double whammy, then. I mention heritage because every family tree has roots. This may be on your father’s side of the family or your mother’s side, but those roots go down very deep. In a world of globalisation (which began with the Uranus and Neptune cycles in Sagittarius in the early Eighties) roots are often ignored. Your horoscope says this is a background issue, now. In fact, you may be so fixated on the money, or the assets, that you’re unaware of the psychological, emotional and spiritual import of where you come from. Starting in May 2018 when your ruler Uranus changes signs, though, it’s going to matter a great deal. Getting a feel for these kinds of issues in July 2017 can help you feel more certain, more sure, when the changes arrive.
Change Versus Preservation and Conservation
The fundamental difference between Taurus, where we find Venus, and Aquarius – your own sign – is that you are dealing with the idea of hanging on and holding on – versus the idea of change. Is there a way to trade off one against the other from July onwards?
Mining spectacular landscapes is all about the money, honey – but there is a value (perhaps a priceless value) attached to views which have existed for thousands of years. That’s one example I can give you. This sends us back to the idea of buying land to write poetry on! There is a very strong theme in your chart in July about resources. Using them, or exploiting them. Measuring the worth of a potato farm with all its supermarket turnover, against the priceless value of history and beauty.
Look for the certainty, stability, history and solidity in your life and you will see the issue. Then look at what is already underway in your life – a kind of exploitation or practical use. Further ahead in time, when Uranus your ruler changes signs in May 2018, more extreme change could occur. How is change ever let in the door? Because of the thin end of the wedge. If small inroads are made now, it makes larger-scale change (even the uprooting of those roots beneath your family tree) that much easier.
I mention the family tree because of course you can never travel very far away from it, Aquarius. Whatever is relatively new and recent in your life – no matter how appealing that might be – can’t really compete with solid growth over many, many generations. It’s like comparing the rings on an old oak tree with this year’s flowers. I know that the money is centre-stage in July but you can’t really ignore what/who is lurking in the background.
Blind Spots, Vision Issues, Altered States, Unreality
Neptune is the planet we associate with blind spots, fuzzy vision, distorted perspective and unreality. Why? It rules the ocean. Dive under water with your eyes wide open in the sea and your eyesight is the first thing that goes. It’s the real world – for as long as you can keep your eyes open – but it’s also not the real world at all. There’s the conundrum. It's rather like being drunk in charge of a credit card. The shopping seems to be real but the experience is unreal/not-real. That's not real money, honey. It's fantastic plastic!
Neptune is in Pisces in July where he has been for so long that your eyes appear to have misted over. This is quite funny on one level. This month, the money or the other assets/possessions finally feel real. You can hold this stuff in your hands. Yet, to even a casual observer there is nothing particularly real-world about your way of seeing the situation.
We associate Neptune with hypnosis (what used to be called mesmerism) and the idea of being mesmerised is very strong on this transit, which comes to life now. The Church had a wonderful song called Tantalised on an album called The Blurred Crusade. This reflects your current experiences with money, and perhaps your land or home turf, so well. Blurred. Blurry. Not only The Church but Blur and Oasis too - the money appearing like the oasis in the desert.
Of course you always come round from hypnosis. Someone snaps their fingers, or claps, or gives you the magic word. Just as the word ‘Constantinople’ was part of Woody Allen’s riff on hypnosis in one of his best-loved films, so too is there a word that either takes you under, or gets you out.
You need to blink long and hard to find out what that words is. What puts you under or gets you into that tantalised, mesmerised, fuzzy-vision state? And who or what can return you to the real world? July is the month to reach for that, because long-term, these things are going to matter a great deal.
Beyond the immediate question of your place in the world, your base or your space – there are larger questions about your particular neck of the woods. Your home town or homeland. Your region. Your state, territory or county, perhaps – and maybe your village, city, suburb or neighbourhood. Part of the reason that finding the word that gets you into that hypnotic state, and finding the word that gets you out of it – is the great truth about your part of the map. Where is that, these days? Or where was it once? And given that the passage of time on this forthcoming Uranus transit in Taurus stretches far, far into the distance – what might some of the outcomes be? Aquarius, if this is not land under your possession, but under the possession of a grasping council or government, then once you are out of your reverie over the actual money this month, take a long, hard look at the earliest signs of what appears to be quite dramatic change – and it will get you where you live. You need to know! Premium? Go on.
Pisces: July 2017
Jupiter in Libra and Your Horoscope in July
Every 12 years or so, Jupiter – always associated with breakthroughs, relief and release – moves through the sign of Libra in your horoscope. This sign rules the Eighth House in your solar chart, which is where we find your last will and testament, life insurance and legacies - and those of other people - usually spouses or family.
In the natural zodiac, the Eighth House is associated with Scorpio. I am sure you know that scorpions are the only creatures in the zodiac who can die while having sex. They can eat each other (charming) or sting each other (painful). For this reason, astrologers around 2000 years ago, perhaps longer than that, began associating Scorpio with sex, death, money and property. Why money and property? Because when you mate and breed (I’m afraid scorpions don’t do anything as romantic as become parents and get married) it’s hard to avoid.
In fact, centuries ago, marriage meant dowry, and weddings also meant ‘Until death do us part.’ The first thing husbands and wives do after the obligatory night of passion in a hotel room with cigarettes at the ready - is sit down and figure out the new will. The new life insurance. In other words, as Scorpio Dylan Thomas nearly observed, it’s not about going gentle into that good night – it’s about raging when you discover neither you, nor your other half, did the boring paperwork about the mortgage.
The other great truth about Scorpio and the Eighth House, which equates to Libra in your own chart, is that divorce means a payout and once again, the terms of the last will and testament are changed. Nobody wants to leave their vintage Laura Ashley dressing-gown to their ex and his new wife. What kind of relationships matter to you in July, Pisces? Financial and property-based relationships with a major family twist. That's what. And as with all Jupiter transits (this one aspects your ruler Neptune) there will be the most tremendous sigh of relief. Maybe a Wow factor.
Of course, there is more to the relief, release, breakthrough and the rest this month than just sexually intimate relationships with a property or financial twist. With marriage, or divorce, come families, as I've mentioned. And families also have paper trails. Who owns what and who owes what? Who is giving what to whom, and when? This may be either side of your family and it may be this generation, the one back, or even one further back in your collective past. Perhaps you have a dynasty. Rupert Murdoch does. He's a Pisces.
I hasten to add that just because you have Jupiter in your Eighth House doing cartwheels in July, does not necessarily mean that poring over your will is a matter for here and now. What this transit is concerned about, is the stuff that might eventually end up there. Or the stuff that might eventually be revealed in someone else’s papers. Thus, we are not talking about trifling sums or transitory possessions, like laptops or handbags. That's the point.
The Eighth House is about houses, apartments, gold and silver bars, platinum-plated assets, estate jewellery and the rest. The weighty stuff. The stuff that is counted in relationships, be they sexual, marital, regarding the children, or the wider family – perhaps into your own history. That’s why July is so important. One or more doors are about to swing open and it’s going to change everything. It could feel fresh, new, exciting and timely – like a contract that just thumped onto the doormat – but realistically, the old horoscope rules still apply. You can bet that the contract covers the kind of serious money that would make its way to your clan or your lover, a few decades from now. The serious stuff.
This epic changeover month for you, Pisces, could also be about the important bits and pieces in the trunk you keep in the attic. The art. The rings. What the Egyptians would have thought were ‘grave goods’ tucked away in their pyramids - and what was considered to be useful in the afterlife. You should draw the line at a mummified cat, though, Pisces, you really should. I mean, have you seen those things in the British Museum?
Ceres in Gemini and the Family
We also have Ceres transiting Gemini this month and your Fourth House of family, clan and tribe. She stays there until July 11th and so you have around the first half of the month to organise and allocate, or be organised and allocated to!
Ceres was herself obsessively concerned with family matters. She loathed her son-in-law Pluto and had extremely mixed feelings about her daughter, Proserpina. I find it really interesting that this is the second horoscope hint about your Eighth House. Pluto of course rules Scorpio, and thus this house belongs to him. You can’t look at Pluto without automatically looking at Ceres and so there is a powerful circular story taking place in your chart this month – especially in the first fortnight. If you're curious about Ceres, Pluto and Proserpina, get thee to Robert Graves.
Emotional month, much? Yes. Ceres is often painted by Renaissance artists with all manner of feelings etched on her face. The story of Ceres is one of pride and love, loss and despair, rage and power – and then passion and possession. For you in July it's all there. Your face. His face, her face, their faces. Thus, you get to weigh the true value of those box files, that apartment, those gold rings - by seeing how it translates into the raw stuff of family or sexual relationships.
There is something about Ceres which has found its way into the Italian character. The body language in Rome today is still like no other body language in the world. It’s the language of powerful feelings, write large in the imploring hands, the outstretched arms and the rest. If you don’t believe me go and watch an Italian team play football some time.
Thus, Pisces, July looks like being about the feelings within the family, not just the larger question of the mortgage, the credit card debts, the jewellery box or the apartments. Or, it has to be said, the Swiss bank.
Ceres is about division. Sharing. Enforced compromise. In the myth it was between mother, uncle, brother, daughter and son-in-law. In your life, who knows.
As I write this I am aware of the financial year ending in Australia and a few other things besides. The British are proceeding towards the Brexit exit and of course, that takes us back to Swiss banks and perhaps the Swiss model of managing the break from Europe. From big, big waves around the world in July (which is all about the global economy) come the small ripples that get you where you live, Pisces. And this may be about the rent on the attic in your shared apartment or it may be about your shares.
In July, Pisces, the truth is - it is only by dealing with the realities of the property, possessions or money that sometimes you get to see who matters, why they matter and how they matter. And that’s the most precious truth of all that no amount of Swiss cash is going to purchase. Ceres in Gemini may very well redefine your extended family or marital relationships - in the context of property, valuables or money - for many years to come. Premium? Go on.
Copyright 2017 Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown.