Cosmic Weather Horoscope: July 2018 by Jane Lyle
July 2018 is a moon dance. But we’ll be dancing backwards, wearing high heels.
Prepare, anyway, for a few shifts in focus and a change of pace during July and August. There’s plenty of heat, passion, and jaw-dropping twists and turns, alongside much rewinding.
Vibrant Mars is closer to Earth than at any time since 2003, while summer’s eclipse season shakes up the status quo for many of us. We’ll learn a lot from the past this summer if we take the time to look closely at what’s been under our noses all along. A saying to bear in mind during this time might be ‘More haste, less speed’.
Image: Vintage LNER poster for Butlin’s, Clacton, by Joseph Greenup via travelpostersonline.com
Tuesday 10th July:
Today, lovely Venus enters stylish Virgo, and mighty Jupiter turns direct at 13 degrees Scorpio. There’s an atmosphere of restrained exuberance, extravagance, and earthly delights in one corner of the universe when Venus sextiles Jupiter over the weekend of July 20th – 22nd.
If you’ve got personal horoscope planets or points at around 14 degrees of Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn, Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer – this one’s for you, so do look out for it.
So much is bubbling away in the cosmic cauldron, you might miss this little bit of magic if you’re distracted. It would be a lovely time for creative projects, lucky encounters, loving feelings, attracting money – and spending money like its going out of fashion.
Friday 13th July:
The Power of Love? : New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer the Crab
It’s a big sporting weekend, with the FIFA World Cup Final and Wimbledon Men’s Finals both taking place on Sunday. This solar eclipse presides over the weekend, and beyond – as always with any eclipse, we should expect turning points and surprises.
Lunar vibrations are extra potent as we greet this new Moon and partial solar eclipse in Cancer. This is a supermoon – at the closest point to Earth in its monthly cycle. It’s emotional impact could be intense, with both Sun and Moon in Cancer, the Moon’s own astrology sign, opposing powerful, secretive Pluto in Capricorn.
Intuition and instincts are on high alert, and making cool, calm, rational decisions will be a real challenge – particularly in the volatile days around this eclipse. Much is fluctuating, so wait a few days if you can. Cancer is a loving, deeply sensitive sign – we will also be very much aware of the power of love, and loving feelings.
The Moon rules the public, the general population – so that’s all of us. This new Moon in Cancer will highlight news, secrets, or events about women, fertility, and the oceans. There may be dramatic rainfall, flooding, or storms at sea.
The Sun is at 20 Cancer in the national horoscopes for Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. The eclipse brings up questions around leadership, bosses, and perhaps dealing with dramatic weather conditions in these locations.
The Moon is at 19 Cancer in the horoscope for the UK Union, 1801 – women, and prominent or famous women in particular – are very much in the eclipse spotlight. Events could highlight a need for reform, regeneration, or signal an important, even chaotic, public event.
Mars is at 20 Capricorn in the national horoscope for New Zealand (1907). Mars sits on the Dragon’s Tail or fateful, karmic South Node of the Moon. The Dragon’s Head, or North Node, aligns with the eclipse at 20 Cancer.
An eclipse question New Zealand might ask is “what’s been learned from past actions, and where do we go next?”
This partial solar eclipse is visible, in part, in Adelaide and Melbourne, South Australia. It is visible over the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
This eclipse is important for you if you have planets or points at around 20 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn. People with 20 degrees of Aries or Libra in their personal horoscopes could notice some eclipse effects too.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Image: ‘A Loaf of Bread’ illustration by Edmund Dulac for ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam’, 1909, PD
Sunday 22nd July:
Here comes the Sun!
The Sun enters fiery Leo the Lion (and Lioness) – its radiant home sign today. The Sun in Leo is warm, loving, generous, creative and playful. The qualities of the Sun in astrology are magnified here in the Sun’s home sign.
Leo rules the fifth house of the natural zodiac – the house of children, creativity, speculation, and romance. Lurking in Leo’s shadows are bossiness, vanity, and brashness. But Leo rules the heart, and that’s what Sun in Leo asks us all to focus on.
‘Tonight the Super Trouper lights are gonna find me
Shining like the sun
Smiling, having fun
Feeling like a number one’
From Abba’s ’Super Trouper’ lyrics (1980) by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
Current planet patterns mean that the Sun is crackling with surprises, and the urge for freedom. Between 22nd and 25th July Uranus in early Taurus squares off with the Sun in Leo, symbolising sudden insights, unlikely infatuations, liberation, and brand-new circumstances.
By Friday, 27th July, there’s yet more electrifying energy as the Sun opposes Mars at the spectacular total lunar eclipse. It’s competitive, physical, and potentially aggressive.
So roll with the punches, and hold off on any binding decisions. What July and August’s events and news reveal could mean we need to make important adjustments, or feel free to change our minds more than once.
Image: Vintage Sun Face, via Graphics Fairy
Thursday 26th July:
Slow Down for Summer
Mercury turns retrograde today at 23 degrees Leo. The planet of media, travel, communications and languages is backtracking until 19th August.
There’ll be more slow-downs and snarl-ups to negotiate during 2018’s summer holidays. Do leave extra time for travel, check everything twice, and - as always - take care of your cards and cash, especially when using online services.
At this point, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are all retrograde. In August, once Uranus turns back on the 7th, there will be six planets out of the classical ten used in traditional astrology travelling in retrograde motion. Most of us will feel this slow down, and experience a few blasts from the past.
The big cosmic message for this phase is – try not rush, and aim to deal with – or park - any frustrations before they erupt into messy tantrums. Looking back over the year, or your ongoing dreams and projects, will be fulfilling and productive in the end.
Slowing down can be a beautiful, life-affirming thing to do. It allows us to be in the moment, to notice precious, fleeting details, to connect with the source of life, love, and creativity – and each other. This big retrograde season has a purpose beyond being annoying – ‘busyness’ doesn’t always bring happiness, or the results we’re aiming for.
Friday 27th July:
A Dramatic Weekend
Between Friday 27th and Tuesday 31st July the mighty Red Planet, Mars, is at its closest approach to Earth until 2020. It’s visible in the night sky, all night long.
Veteran astrologer Richard Nolle calls this close approach Mars Max – a time when Mars is just, well, more Martian.
He writes – “..all things pertaining to Mars loom larger and larger in human experience during this period: haste, heat, fire, danger, belligerence and conflict…..Not all of this happens with malice of forethought mind you. Recklessness, haste, and inattention can easily cause just as many fires, crashes, clashes and explosions.”
Mars has been drawing ever closer to us here on Earth this spring and early summer. Once it reaches its closest approach, it gradually begins to fade in our skies as it moves away. However, Mars doesn’t leave the battlefield swiftly and we can expect this edgy phase to resonate on into September.
Meanwhile, as the July temperature rises – literally or metaphorically – Mars could noticeably impact on your own horoscope if you have planets in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius at around 4 degrees. There’s high, hot energy – it’s punchy.
There’s more about Mars retrograde in the Cosmic Weather for June. Basically, it can be a terrible time to confront others, but a positive time to review your actions or projects.
We’ll all be more aware of the energy of Mars this summer, and many people will be inclined to act on impulse, or be on a rather short fuse.
The astrology is:
Mars in Aquarius opposes the Sun in Leo on 26th-27th July
Mars in Aquarius, and late Capricorn, squares Uranus in Taurus 24th July – 25th September – do take it easy everyone.
And then, to round off the month, there’s this little firecracker…..
Image: Fantasy ‘vintage’ travel poster for Mars via spacex.com
Friday, 27th July – Saturday 28th July:
Moon Madness: Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse at 4 degrees Aquarius
The Blood Moon of July’s total lunar eclipse in Aquarius is widely visible, weather permitting.
We can watch it in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Totality is a whopping 103 minutes. The whole show, from the first shadowy ‘bite’ out of the Moon’s silver disc, goes on much longer. This eclipse will have a real, lasting impact on our collective emotions. It is volatile, for it’s aligned with warrior Mars.
The eclipse and its themes are re-energised towards the end of September, when Mars returns to this degree of Aquarius, a degree that is now super-sensitive.
Aquarian themes illuminated by this energetic eclipse include technology, electricity, humanitarian organisations and groups, inventive epiphanies, rebellions and upheavals. There may be spectacular electrical storms or outages. People could be in the mood to call a strike or join a mass protest.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Image: ‘Moon Madness’ by Aleksander Rzcwuski (1893-1983) via tumblr.com