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Astrological Forecast for July & August 2014

by Armand Diaz, PhD


This summer we continue to integrate macro-level changes into our daily lives, as questions of where we are moving collectively will be echoed by the decisions we make as individuals. Because the first half of the year featured so many inner planet retrogrades (Venus, Mercury, Mars, Mercury again), we will probably find that as the summer progresses we are revisiting—and hopefully resolving—issues that have been on the table for some time.

July

Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, ends three weeks of retrograde motion on July 1st. Although we can expect that things will ease up in terms of communication and electronics, expect an escalation of Mercurial mishaps for the first few days of the month.

On the 4th of July, the Sun opposes Pluto, an intense aspect that could mean some fireworks in our personal interactions. Amidst the holiday fun, there could be an air of tension that is not expressed directly, at least not at first. On the collective level, this particular birthday for the United States may be underscored by the deep tensions that divide us as much as the shared ideals that unite. Although this aspect is exact early on the 4th, look for its energy to be building several days beforehand.

Experi-mentation is encouraged by Uranian as-pects on the 7th and 8th. The planet associated with individuality, rebellion, and revolution makes a harmonious sextile with Venus on the 7th, suggesting that we play with our sense of romance and aesthetics. With the Goddess of Love already in playful Gemini, an easy, flirty energy prevails that should be helpful to lighten the mood of any social occasion and allow a great deal of latitude to break the rules. The next day, however, when the Sun in conservative Cancer not only makes a tense square to Uranus but also trines Saturn in Scorpio, it will probably be time to take the lampshade off your head and straighten your tie.

The July Full Moon falls on the 12th, in the sign of Capricorn. More conservative energy flows our way, as we examine our institutions and traditions. Although we may also be inclined to question authority, we do so not from the perspective of rebellion but to see if the structures we have put in place are truly meeting the needs they are meant to serve.

Venus and Mars make a lovely trine from Gemini to Libra on the 13th, a fun and potentially passionate aspect that flies in the face of the more conservative tone that prevails midmonth. This cosmic pairing should help to make the weekend fun, propelling the Full Moon energy into more playful dimensions on Saturday night.

The traditional tone continues, however, with both Mercury and Venus moving into Cancer, on the 13th and 18th, respectively. Mercury will be revisiting issues from late May and early June, before his retrograde, and we may see some problems from that time re-emerging and resolving. Venus in the sign of Cancer is more focused on home and family than on going out and partying, and family picnics may be favored over more boisterous activities.

Jupiter changes signs on July 16th, moving into Leo for a yearlong stay. Jupiter enjoys Leo, which can help him (and us) to express his regal energies more directly. Jupiter in this sign is progressive, giving, and dramatic. Jupiter in Leo tends to favor the more regal side of leaders, potentially making administrators into kings. A bit of arrogance and egotism are the possible downsides of this otherwise upbeat placement.

The energetic highlight of the month is no doubt the 19th through the 22nd. First, the Sun squares Mars on the 19th, pushing us into action. Having some direction is key with this aspect, as free-floating energy can be problematic. Watch for irritability and anger flare-ups, especially with frustration already mounting for Saturn’s station to move direct on the 20th. Saturn stations have a heavy, slow, and sometimes depressing energy, as we feel that nothing is moving fast enough for us. With Saturn’s station sandwiched between the high-energy Sun/Mars aspect on the 19th and an impatient Uranus station on the 21st, we are truly in a position where we are jamming on the accelerator with the parking brake on. It’s a difficult energy to keep in balance, and it helps to have some way to constructively let off steam. Sensible exercise or a quiet retreat could both be good ideas.

With Mercury opposing Pluto on the 22nd, we could be tempted to say what’s on our minds. There’s nothing wrong with that, except that the previous few days might have us in a mood that doesn’t necessarily reflect our true (or usual) feelings. Extremes of anger and resentment are real, but they aren’t necessarily more real than the other feelings we have for the people in our lives. It may be better to note what you’d like to say at this time, but wait a bit before actually opening your mouth.

The Sun moves into his home sign of Leo on the 22nd, and meets up with his houseguest Jupiter on the 24th. In the midst of the otherwise challenging energies, this configuration should help us to feel confidence in the future, although it could also tip us towards excesses of egotism.

Mercury will square Uranus and trine Saturn on the 24th. Brilliant ideas and sudden insights may occur, and the aspect to Saturn can help us to constructively express some of the feelings we’ve been dealing with over the past week.

Mars shifts into Scorpio on the 25th after an extended stay in Libra. Mars in Scorpio is protective and potentially reactive, and a defensive mood sometimes prevails with Mars in his second home.

The New Moon in Leo is on the 26th, the same day that Venus opposes Pluto. Relationship issues are likely to be prominent at this time, as we consider our personal needs in light of the demands and benefits of partnership. Are we getting all we need from our relationships? Should we look for something better? Go it alone? These questions are likely to be prominent around this time. The New Moon energy is internal, so we may be more likely to meditate on the possibilities than act, although the tensions of the past week may have already pushed us into action.

August

The month begins with a series of meetings among Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter on the 1st and 2nd. Expect that we’ll be expressing ourselves both verbally and with direct action around this time. Decisions made at the New Moon may be put into place as we approach the First Quarter Moon on the 3rd.

Around the 8th and 9th, we once again get two opposing viewpoints simultaneously, as the Sun and Mercury make nice trines to Uranus, then square Saturn. The first set of aspects encourages freedom, easy change, and openness, while the second demands accountability and responsibility. With the Full Moon in Aquarius on the 10th, we’ll have to find a way to meet both expectations. Following your heart and acting from your core is what’s called for, as that way you can both be yourself and stand tall among your peers and stand up to authority figures.

Venus moves into Leo on the 12th, lightening the social mood a bit, especially when she meets up with Jupiter on the 18th. Mercury opposes Neptune on the same day, and our enthusiasm and playfulness could lead to a bit of bending the truth or creating melodrama. That’s fine as long as we realize what we are doing, but it could be problematic if we invest too much emotional energy in what turns out to be a game. We may be called to account for our words on the 21st, when Mercury trines Pluto.

As the month ends, the Sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd. The New Moon on the 25th is once again a time to consider relationship, although this time the Moon is accompanied by an easy Venus/Uranus trine that helps us to express ourselves more freely and release expectations and assumptions that aren’t helping us to move forward. At the same time, a meeting of Mars and Saturn suggests that we focus our energies. With Venus squaring the two over the next few days, the decisions that seemed easy to make on the New Moon may be challenging to implement as the month ends.

The last major aspect of August is a Sun-Neptune opposition on the 29th. This aspect is great for helping us to back away when things become too intense, although if we try to take practical steps forward we may find that the ground beneath us is less firm than we expect. A long weekend might be just the thing to end the summer.

Armand M. Diaz, Ph.D. helps clients make decisions that are in harmony with their greatest potential, offering a truly integral approach to astrology. Armand has practiced divination for more than twenty years, working with the I Ching and Tarot in addition to astrology. He has published in various astrological journals, including The Mountain Astrologer. His most recent book, Separating Aspects: The Astrology of Breakups, Divorce, and Other Partings, is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. He can be reached through his website at www.integralastrology.net


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