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July Astrological Energy Forecast

The month of July lights up like Fireworks as we get ready to move into fiery Leo season and brace for a powerful once in every two years alignment of Mars and Uranus on July 15th.  Although we’re deep in Cancer season – Cancer being a water sign representing home, nurturing, and nourishment - the first three weeks are highly charged as we are building up to a powerful, high-voltage Mars/Uranus meet-up in Taurus.  Mars represents action and assertiveness while Uranus represents independence, freedom and uniqueness.  This much anticipated alignment will have a strong energetic influence over notable events occurring in the states such as the upcoming sentencing of former president Donald Trump and the GOP convention.  July does start out with a very positive and auspicious New Moon in Cancer and a very healing energy as Neptune makes his annual shift to retrograde, but things start to get spicy as Mercury, the planet of communication, and Venus, the planet of love and beauty, move into fiery Leo mid-month.   As we work to rebound from the reeling, liberating, potentially shocking energy around the 15th, we end the month with a deeply powerful and transformative 2nd full moon in Capricorn on the 21st, the first one having been back on June 21st.  Uranus rules the nervous system and the crown chakra in medical astrology so it's very possible the month can personally bring you divine synchronicities, downloads, breakthroughs or a feeling of freedom and liberation.  All that said, let’s take a detailed look at the alignments that will aid in this cosmic energetic shift that July brings:


Jul 2nd – Neptune goes retrograde – Neptune, the planet of spirituality, healing, and unconditional love, turns retrograde until December 7th.  This is Neptune’s final retrograde in his home sign of Pisces until he makes his major shift into Aries in 2025 – Neptune has been in Pisces since 2011.  When the planet of intuition turns backward, it can a bring powerful re-assessment and healing in areas around love, compassion and areas of our life where we have sacrificed or felt victimized.  There is beautiful potential here to remember just how phenomenal we are and to remember we are divinely supported every step of our journey. 


Jul 2nd– Mercury moves into Leo  – The planet of our thought processes and communication leads the charge into Leo season by being the first planet to move into Leo.  Shortly after, he will oppose Pluto, the planet of power and transformation.  Mercury in Leo for the next 3 weeks says, “speak with clarity and confidence!” 


Jul 5th – New moon in Cancer – a very positive and auspicious new moon as it lines up with the Royal Star Sirius, also known as our “spiritual sun.” This new moon occurring at 14 degrees asks us, “where do I need more comfort and nurturing in my life?”  What would comfort me at this time?  Where do I need more emotional nourishment?  Cancer is connected to our roots, our ancestors, our home and our family.  Ruled by the moon herself, Cancer energy is connected to our emotions, our soul and nurturing figures in our life.   This is a great new moon to set the intention to connect to what makes you feel safe and secure in life.   


Jul. 11th – Venus moves into Leo – the planet of beauty, love and money steps center stage as she graces Leo until August 4th.  Leo rules the heart chakra and when the planet of love and beauty enters this realm, it’s a wonderful time to embrace your inner “Lioness!”    Be confident, take pride in your appearance, go Big or go Home!  Venus in Leo is a great time to try a new hair style or upgrade your look!  Infuse yourself with dignity, grace and confidence.


Shortly after, Venus will trine Neptune, the planet of romance and oppose Pluto, the planet of passion.  July 11th and 12th are great days for going on a date, romance and passionate intimacy so mark those calendars you lovebirds. 😉


Jul 15th – Mars Conjunct Uranus – The most anticipated alignment of the month, Mars, the planet of action, drive and assertiveness will join Uranus, the planet of freedom, liberation, shock and change at 26 degrees of Taurus.  What’s fascinating about this alignment is that the 26th degree of Taurus, in itself, is a very powerful degree as it is the location of the fixed star Algol, which is considered a malefic star and is associated with the head of Medusa.  Now I’m not going to go into the mythical story of Algol and Medusa as there will be ALOT of talk surrounding this astrological alignment giving warnings and such (you can google it if you choose) but in a nutshell, there are two ways to use this astrological energy:  coincidently this day hosts the U.S. GOP convention, just days after former president Donald Trump receives his sentencing.  There could potentially be A LOT of heat and protest around these events (this is not political – I’m merely stating the astrological energy.)  People could potentially be very angry, protest (Mars) and metaphorically “lose their head” (Algol) around this time.  The energy is that powerful.  However, there absolutely is another way we can use this energy in its highest, purest form.  People are going to potentially be looking for a way to blow off steam (Mars/Uranus.)  I highly recommend that you don’t adopt other people’s agitations.  Breathe.  Ground Yourself.  Go out and get in nature and connect to the Earth.  Remain practical and logical as best you can.  Go slow and avoid “road rage” when driving.  On a higher note, Mars and Uranus is extremely exciting!  It’s liberating, strong and exhilarating!  With Mercury and Venus in Leo, this is a great time to own your own uniqueness, and step into a sense of newly found freedom and confidence!  This can be a powerful time to liberate yourself from outdated relationships and limiting beliefs about yourself that keep you playing small in the world.  Leo is about “This little light of mine; I’m going to let it SHINE!”  Shine Bright my friend – ‘cuz baby you’re a Firework!  This energy could finally give you the inspiration and motivation to make big changes in your life, aligning with the real authentic you - the you, you truly wish to be.  Katy Perry couldn’t have said it better in the lyrics of her song “Firework” below:


Do you ever feel like a plastic bag

Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin

Like a house of cards, one blow from cavin’ in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?

Six feet under screams, but no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know there’s still a chance for you?

‘Cause there’s a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light

And let it shine

Just own the night

Like the 4th of July

‘Cause baby you’re a Firework

Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth

Make ‘em go, “Ooh Ooh Ooh”

As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you’re a firework

Come on, let your colors burst

Make ‘em go “Ooh Ooh Ooh”

You’re gonna leave ‘em all in awe, awe, awe!


Jul. 20th – Mars enters Gemini for the next six weeks.  Our actions will shift from slow and steady to quick and restless.  Gemini is an air sign that is exciting, but also gets bored easily.  The next six weeks are a great time for multi-tasking, but take note if you start something, you might also find you change your mind a lot too. Mars in Gemini loves debate so coming on the heels of the recent political events, you may find a lot of people debating over what occurred.  If debate is your thing…. you’ll enjoy this time period. 


Jul. 21st – Full moon in Capricorn – This is the second full moon in Capricorn occurring at 29 degrees, the first full moon occurring at 1 degree Capricorn back on June 21st.  This will be a powerful one as the most potent aspect this full moon makes is a conjunction to Pluto, the planet of power and intensity, itself.  Occurring at the last degree of the sign, there is a heightened energy of endings and manifestations, especially in whichever area Capricorn falls in your birth chart.  If you use this energy with maturity and integrity, it can bring a strong sense of empowerment and accomplishment.


Jul. 25th – Mercury moves into Virgo -   The month winds down with Mercury moving into the analytical and detail-oriented sign of the Harvest Maiden.  Mercury is now slowing down and getting ready to start his second retrograde of the year on August 5th (more on that in August’s forecast.)  Mercury will be in this practical earthy sign all the way until September 26th, due to his retrograde and because Mercury loves to be in Virgo it will be a super beneficial retrograde season for re-doing and re-assessing, as well as making improvements on ourselves along the way.


That’s all the major alignments for July – see you all in August!

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