Cosmic Weather: July 2017 by Jane Lyle
Thought for July:
‘No one can flatter himself that he is immune to the spirit of his own epoch, or even that he possesses a full understanding of it.
Irrespective of our conscious convictions, each one of us, without exception, being a particle of the general mass, is somewhere attached to, coloured by, or even undermined by the spirit which goes through the mass. Freedom stretches only as far as the limits of our consciousness.’
‘Paracelsus the Physician’ (1942) Carl Jung
Welcome to July 2017. A playful time, potentially, bubbles up alongside Sun and Mars in Leo later in July. We’ll crave fun, beauty, holidays and laughter to counterbalance the numerous weightier concerns and shifting shadows around us.
But July begins with a serious – even sombre - mood, as we look back over recent years and wonder how we can make vital changes in our world. An intense full Moon on the 9th is an emotional wake-up call too. Striving for balance is crucial, for creating harmony within ourselves and in the natural world around us is our huge collective challenge. So here’s to love, hope, and peace this July - there’s work to be done.
Image: PLM poster via Wagons-lits-diffusion.com (stations of the Cote d’Azur)
Wednesday 5th July:
Venus enters Gemini
Venus in Gemini is fickle, flirty, curious and witty.
From the 16th July – 31st July, Venus meets Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus bringing us some lively, changeable romantic and social moods day by day.
Don’t try to pin anything down just yet – even if you think you can. What you’re hunting will wriggle away, or morph into something else in front of you.
Image: The incorrigible Dolly Sisters, 1920’s, via Wikiwand
Thursday 6th July:
Mercury enters Leo favouring plans involving positive thinking, promotions, entertainment, and romantic declarations until 25th July.
Sunday 9th July:
Full Moon rises at 17 degrees Capricorn.
A deep, dark full Moon rises in Capricorn today. Finance, property, history and security are highlighted. It aligns with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. It’s dynamic, for what comes to a head this July heralds big changes of direction and status – or major shifts in how we understand what we usually take for granted.
This full Moon is a very important one for the UK. It’s opposite the UK’s own Moon in Cancer – representing the public as a whole. Groups of people are experiencing strong emotions, and seek out ways of expressing themselves collectively. The Moon will trigger the longer-term presence of Pluto challenging the UK Moon in the national horoscope. This flags up an intensely transformative, yet turbulent, phase for the UK population as a whole – now, and on into 2018.
We’re in a time of very sensitive feelings, deep emotions, and hidden depths. There’s more in the Moon Diary.
The full Moon’s aspects are:
Full Moon is conjunct Pluto, 18 Capricorn; square Jupiter 14 Libra; opposite Mars, 22 Cancer; sextile Neptune, 14 Pisces.
Our next full Moon will be the August 7th lunar eclipse at 15 degrees of intellectual Aquarius. This is the final lunar eclipse of 2017, and its messages and meanings are brewing up right now.
Image: ‘The Good Fairy’ by Kay Nielsen, PD
Thursday 20th July – Sunday 23rd July:
A Pride of Lions – Planets in Leo
Purr! We’re having a golden feline moment.
Mars enters Leo on 20th July, adding a touch of flamboyant drama to our actions until 5th September. Then the Sun enters Leo on 22nd July. Chatty Mercury is still in sunny Leo until 25th July, while the Moon’s North Node is also padding through Leo. So when July’s new Moon rises on the 23rd, there’ll be a royal pride of lions for sure – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and the nodes shining brightly from this vibrant fixed fire sign. There’s a total solar eclipse in Leo in August too. It’s a good time to open our hearts, be playful, and squash chilly cynicism underfoot.
The Leo characteristics thumbnail sketch goes something like this:
Although Leos can sometimes be portrayed as flashy party animals, there are many kinds of big cat. And there are reserved, even shy Leos amongst them. At best, this is the sign of the heart – and in its highest expression, its cosmic mission is to radiate the light and warmth of altruistic love, just as the Sun radiates light and heat.
You may not be a Leo, but many of us – or those we love - have generational or outer planets in Leo. These are activated now, both by planets in Leo and by the passage of the Moon’s Nodes through Leo – plus an accompanying series of eclipses in Leo and Aquarius between now and December 2018. Bear in mind that there are times at either end of these dates when the planet moved back and forth between signs. An astrologer, or an ephemeris, can tell you more.
Pluto in Leo: 1939 – 1958
Uranus in Leo: 1956 – 1962
Saturn in Leo: 1975 – 1978; 2005 – 2007
Jupiter in Leo: 1966 – 1967; 1978 – 1979; 2002 – 2003; 2014 – 2015
Neptune was in Aquarius from 1998 – 2012, and last transited in Leo from 1915 – 1928, when the film industry, ruled by Neptune, was just getting it’s glamorous self going.
You may also have a Leo Moon, Venus, or Mars.
Leo rules the fifth house in the natural zodiac. And what a lovely house it is. The fifth house is all about creative self-expression, from children to works of art, literature, music and invention. This is the playful house of romance and gambling, sternly separate from the serious seventh house of marriage, partnerships, and erm, open enemies.
Some delightful Leo-ruled things to enjoy now include:
Entertainment – movies, theatre, gigs, and parties
Oranges and lemons
Pleasure, flirtation and love affairs
Lilies and lions
And if you need some holiday inspiration, here are some places traditionally ruled by Leo:
Bath, Bristol, and Blackpool, UK
The planets’ ingress dates are:
Thursday 20th July: Mars enters Leo
Saturday 22nd July: Sun enters Leo
Image: ‘Venus and Anchises’ by William Blake Richmond (1890) PD
Sunday 23rd July:
The New Moon rises at 0 degrees Leo the Lion, conjunct Sun and Mars in Leo.
Our next new Moon is also in Leo, and is a total solar eclipse, also known as the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on 21st August. This is the final solar eclipse of 2017.
This new Moon in Leo says feel the love. It’s a great big sunny burst of generous life-affirming energy to tune into as you wish. This would be a favourable time for setting intentions about all things Leo – love, children, and creative self-expression. There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Image: ‘Sol et Luna’, allegorical illustration, by Moritz of Hesse (1596) via Bavarian State Library, PD
Tuesday 25th July:
Mercury enters Virgo for a long stay.
Nifty, witty, neat-footed Mercury is happily at home in Virgo. Mercury in Virgo favours writers, list-makers, and all those with an eye for detail. Its transit here is a good time to do research, tidy up, have elegant conversations, and try to avoid telling everyone you meet about your ailments.
Mercury will be in Virgo for a good stretch. We’ve got pretty much two whole months of Mercury, strong and nimble in its own sign.
Mercury is backtracking between 13th August and 5th September, with a quick return visit to Leo between 31st August and 10th September. It then stays in Virgo until 30th September. Time to cultivate the Mary Poppins side of your personality, and enjoy a few word games.
Image: ‘The First Quadrille at Almack’s’ from The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Grownow (1810-1860) The British Library via Flickr.com. PD
Monday 31st July:
Venus enters Cancer.
Venus is the planet of love, art, and cash. Dreamy Venus in Cancer loves comfort and security, close relationships, silver, and the sea. Home is where Venus in Cancer’s heart is located.
Venus in Cancer works well with Mercury currently in Virgo to bring a positive phase for home improvements and family get-togethers in August. Widen that out, and it’s helpful for a more sympathetic, imaginative attitude towards housing, ideas about what family might mean to us, and perhaps finding ways to blend reason with intuition and empathy. There’s a strong sense of history too.
Image: 'Nyx, goddess of Night’ (1880) by Gustave Moreau via Wikimedia Commons