Sweet July, warm July!
Month when mosses near the stream,
Soft green mosses thick and shy,
Are a rapture and a dream.
Summer Queen! whose foot the fern
Fades beneath while chestnuts burn;
I welcome thee with thy fierce love,
Gloom below and gleam above.
~~ George Meredith’s “July” from Poems, Written In Early Youth (1851)
Greetings and Salutations, fellow Earthlings. What a time to be alive! I’d be remiss not to address the chaotic state of the planet as a whole, and the States in particular. Here’s an excerpt from the April astrology column, and the same planetary influences hold us under their cosmic spell.
April 25: Pluto retrograde in Capricorn. We’ve had more than enough of the status quo. Authority figures are called to the carpet and hidden agendas are exposed. The cosmos calls upon the downtrodden to rise and lead, while those who exploited them are held to task. Uprising happens on both local and national levels. Don’t give in to paranoia or fear, trust in the process. Release what holds you back, it’s time to re-choreograph the dance of life. Mercury square Pluto intensifies interaction and mental exploration. Be direct when expressing your needs, yet diplomatic. Dictatorship has had its day in the sun.
Since late April, the people have been fighting for health, justice, and equality at an unprecedented scale. Pluto will go direct on October 4th, but between now and then our explosive social/political environment will continue to intensify. Change is happening fast. Protests work. Keep fighting the good fight.
If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If an egg is broken by an inside force, life begins. Things always begins from inside.
July 1: Sun (Cancer) sextile Uranus (Taurus) and Saturn retrograde in Capricorn.
It’s time to slow way, way down. The past few weeks you’ve been catching up with work, whether it’s been streamlining your responsibilities so you can work from home, “rebranding” yourself, trying to stay on top of childcare/homeschooling, and keeping your chin above water to stay strong —and sane– during these turbulent times. Time to take a deep breath, and move into the new phase as the country reopens. While you can relax into the new changes regarding professional and personal performance, remain vigilant about family health. Saturn is the taskmaster of keeping your nose to the grindstone, but since he’s going retrograde into Capricorn it’s time to cut yourself a little slack. Capricorn’s the “worker bee” of the zodiac, so trust that your own instincts will keep you focused and heading in the right direction. Success comes easily if you let go of hypervigilance, learning to think outside the box.
July 5: Full Moon in Capricorn, lunar eclipse.
Big projects are coming to a close. All that you have undertaken over the past few months is bearing fruit, or you are feeling more clear about how the next phases will go in order to achieve a satisfying conclusion. As with last month’s lunar eclipse, change is in the air, all for the better. Though any major change brings struggle, with the planets helping do the work, you approach change in a clear-headed manner. In romance, expect a question to be answered, secrets revealed, and positive restructuring. Let go of past grudges in order to allow your love connection to intensify.
July 8: Mercury (Cancer) sextile Uranus (Taurus).
Mercury Sextile Uranus. The synastry of Cancer and Taurus is all about harmony of mind and creativity with your love interest, closest friends, or work partner. The open-mindedness you’ve been fine honing over the past week pays off. You’re intellectually inspired, and creative flow –your new comfort zone– motivates you. The status quo continues to be challenged with original approaches. Expect a respite from a puzzling conundrum you’ve struggled with, as the planetary aspects are not only harmonious, but bring on unexpected opportunities.
July 12: Mercury direct in Cancer.
Mercury goes direct, today, so you can let go of that breath you were holding. Communication returns to some semblance of normal, particularly in the domestic front with family-friendly Cancer in the picture. Though fewer mechanical and technological fails are on the menu, continue to keep your eye on the “CHECK ENGINE” light on your car, the cell phone charged, and going over those outgoing DMs with a fine toothed comb while we’re still in the Mercury Retro shadow for the next couple days. Enjoy a picnic in the park with loved ones, or –if that’s not a possibility—why not spread out a tablecloth on the living room floor and serve up summery snacks with icy cold beverages? Time to reconnect with loved ones, and make one another feel extra-special.
July 12: Sun (Cancer) trine Neptune (Pisces).
Cancer continues to work it’s domestic magic, and now with Pisces in the mix you find yourself ready to dream. If you could be anywhere a year from now, where would you be? With whom would you surround yourself? What new skills, habits, or hobbies would you like to incorporate into your life? This is an ideal time to change around the furniture, give your home a fresh protection ritual, and get rid of items which no longer serve you. Sage is always the best for safety smudging, and opium incense will awaken your subconscious intuition. Write down your dreams.
July 14: Sun (Cancer) opposite Jupiter (Capricorn).
You continue to pursue self-improvement under this planetary aspect, and have to fight the tendency to be “Little Mr., Ms., or Mx. Fix It” for your loved ones. Remember that you are a resource, not a the source. While this configuration lends itself to nudging someone in the right direction, try not to push them. Bring the focus back to yourself so that you may best be of service to others. Make Jupiter work for you: While acknowledging that luck is on your side, beware the tendency toward blind optimism. People do what they do. You do you.
July 15: Sun (Cancer) opposite Pluto (Capricorn).
The Sun/Pluto aspect could cause an internal struggle with how to express your needs and desires in a safe manner. Be selective in whom you choose to confide. Try to cut yourself some slack, as the high standards of Pluto opposite Capricorn are nearly impossible to reach. If you find yourself frustrated with your progress, avoid self-destructive behaviors; think in terms of reward rather than punishment. Remember, “Po-body’s nerfect!” Lean into the transformative process. Revel in your uniqueness, celebrate your individuality, and don’t give in to any over-apologetic tendencies. Embrace change.
July 20: New Moon in Cancer AND July 20: Sun (Cancer) opposite Saturn (Capricorn).
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! Turn and face the strange new changes which have surprised you over the past several weeks in general, the last few in particular. Is your role changing? Do you find yourself accepting new responsibilities and roles at which you never saw yourself succeeding? Trust that you have the wear-with-all to take on new challenges, and view each surprise as an adventure or an opportunity. You find your heart is opening in a way you’d never expected. Be brave. You are up for this, and will not only surprise yourself with your new capabilities, but family and friends wonder “Who is this brave new person? Something is different.” Let them wonder.
July 22: Mercury (Cancer) sextile Uranus (Taurus).
Whether yoiu’re single or coupled up, it’s a day for romance. Expect to click with interesting and open-minded folks you encounter, whether online or IRL. Wear something that expresses your uniqueness and creativity.
July 23: Sun enters Leo
Today is going to be a blast. Have fun in the sun or feel no pain in the rain. You’re all about play today, so it may be difficult to focus on the tasks at hand, but you’ll make up for it in spades in the evening. Express yourself. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and buy locally if you can. Healthy reminder: While you’re out and about, wear your mask, wash your hands, and don’t touch your face!
July 27: Jupiter (Capricorn) sextile Neptune (Pisces), Mercury (Cancer) square Mars (Aries), and Venus (Gemini) square Neptune (Pisces).
So many choices, so little time. The planets are busy today, and so are you. Luckily, you’ve got the power of Mars, diligence of Capricorn, dreaminess of Neptune, flexibility of Mercury, and the charm of Venus in your corner. Be selective in choosing confidants today, there’s some behind-the-scenes whispering you don’t want any part of. Go to bed early if you can, it’s been a long day.
July 30: Mercury (Cancer) opposite Jupiter (Capricorn) and Mercury (Cancer) trine Neptune (Pisces).
Today you find yourself full of new ideas and perspectives, so much so that you’ll have a hard time remembering it all. Carry a small notebook to scribble down plans, plots, and theories which intrigue you. You’re energy has been recharged, and you’re filled with ambition. Both intuitive and rational thinking are favored now; you’re channeling from a higher source. Be open to breaking routine today and seeing what beautiful secrets you stumble upon. Words of the day: Fantasy, dream, vision.
July 31 Lughnasadh (Lammas) Eve.
Prepare yourself for tomorrow’s witchy holiday. While not a sabbat, Lammas is its own kind of special, once known to the Anglo-Saxons as “Loaf-Mass.” Get ready to celebrate by incorporating a little kitchen magick into the evening. Did you join the “bread making movement” during lockdown? No? How about baking up some tasty quickbread?
Makes for a mighty tasty breakfast, perhaps with a steaming mug of strawberry tea.
Tonight’s the night to prepare a couple fresh loaves, one for your home and one to share…whether it be to surprise a shut-in neighbor, break with friends and family…or just feed the fairies! Tomorrow you can break off a small piece to leave at the root of a tree, preferably nearby a “fairy ring” of toadstools –don’t touch them—or at the root of a special tree. Feed Mother Earth and her beloved creatures, and give thanks. Bright blessings to you, and cheers to an August full of sunshine, joy, and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Be proud of your newfound strength.
JULY 2020 ASTROLOGY CORRESPONDENCES
Deities: Mars, Ceres, Sol, Dikaiosyne
Stones: Ruby, Garnet, Amber
Plant Magick: Cherries, dill, hyssop, sage, morning glory, lavender, mugwort
Found Treasures: Piece of mirror, fossilized pebble, twine, a small bone
Colors: Red, gold, mauve
Affirmation: I think things out. I catch what I can. I take what comes.