This is a huge month for you, Sagittarius, the beginning of a very intense summer. This is in part because the recent Gemini New Moon, as well as the Capricorn Full Moon that preceded the beginning of July, and also the eclipses of July and August, all line up with significant houses in your solar chart, You will start the month with partnership concerns predominating, and these continue, with a twist to the inside, throughout the month and into August. You might feel almost stopped in your tracks by the predominance of Saturn in your second solar sector of resources – including financial ones – gradually easing after the 12th. In this timing, issues of intimacy and of personal evolution arise, putting things on a more mystical and soul-intentional basis, allowing you to accelerate your learning and growth curve to the extent that you can relax and go with the flow, concentrating your energies inward. You may find, indeed, that you are the one that you’ve been waiting for.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
This month’s astrology features two major eclipses, affecting you in terms of intimacy issues, and the continuation of Mars retrograde in your house of siblings, communication and curiosity, as well as a slew of other dynamic transits to boot!
The month gets kick-started on July 5th when Mercury in Leo in your ninth house opposes Mars retrograde in Aquarius in your third house. This transit connotes a strong mental focus which can have great advantages for you. You might also want to watch out for willful, aggressive, or even domineering communication dynamics, especially surrounding your beliefs and opinions, or within classrooms or learning environments. Although you are naturally passionate about your beliefs, and full of knowledge and charm, this transit might have a “foot in mouth” factor to it, requiring that you be careful of what you say and be careful of what kinds of arguments or debates you entertain. On the other hand your intellectual passion may spark enlightening studies of the hidden wellsprings of your inner nature.
Also on July 5th, the Sun in Cancer in your eighth house will trine Jupiter in Scorpio in your twelfth house, with Jupiter moving quite slowly, getting ready to turn direct on July 10th. The Sun’s trine to Jupiter marks the turning of the tide, the return or renewal of your faith, the beginning or culmination of a deep healing process, and a time of encouragement and emotional enthusiasm. Both the eighth and twelfth houses point us toward the exploration of unconscious material, dreams, and our inner psychic landscape. It’s not easy to for Sagittarians visit these deeper watery landscapes because you aren’t generally a fan of the emotional heaviness of these houses, but the hard work you put into your inner life pays off right now as the Sun/Jupiter trine is like a herald bringing reinforcements, relief, good luck, and support.
On July 9th Mercury in Leo in your ninth house will square Jupiter in Scorpio in your twelfth house. There is an aura of wisdom, faith, bravery and intelligence in the air, although you will want to be careful of bravado, arrogance, and exaggeration. You may be taking an interest in mystical or spiritual studies, or you might be craving to hear from mentors, elders, or teachers. Remember that the measure of a great truth is often whether the truth inspires one to serve, love, and care for others.
Then on July 12th the first eclipse arrives. The Sun will oppose Pluto in your second house as the New Moon (a solar eclipse) takes place in your eighth. This eclipse puts you into some very deep, emotional territory, while raising simultaneous questions about values, money, and resources. Watch for the transformation of personal values and finances or conflicts regarding personal values or finances in relationships, as well as the need to face your fears and shadows around these topics with greater vulnerability and sensitivity. The effects of this eclipse will be rippling through your life for many months to come, so don’t rush past this moment. Try to be as present and openhearted as you are free-spirited, and you will pass through this testing period with flying colors.
July 18th Mars conjoins the South Node of the Moon in Aquarius in your fourth house. It’s a great time for home renovation, purging or eliminating things from your home or property, or possibly even selling your home or relocating, but you should also be careful of going to extremes. This might also be a time when you are confronting ancestral shadows, or suffering from a degree of conflict or tension in your home or family of origin. These larger themes have been present for you much of the summer, and will continue to be as Mars continues its long sojourn through Aquarius.
On July 24th, Venus will oppose Neptune across your tenth and fourth house axis. During this brief time you might want to watch for themes of beauty and romance, creative distractions or divine downloads, also perhaps a taste of longing or lust. This is a fast-moving transit, but it brings an aura of otherworldly energy, sensuality, and sparkle. Be careful to keep good boundaries during this transit and be sure to use your discernment when considering whether to pursue something attractive that suddenly calls to you.
Finally, on July 27th the Sun in Leo opposes Mars in Aquarius at the time of a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, across your 3rd and 9th house axis, while both are square to Uranus in Taurus in your sixth house. This eclipse features a conjunction of Moon to Mars in the third house of your mind, communication, technology, and learning. It’s not a bad moment to simplify or reduce mental clutter, time spent online, or to let go of obsessive thinking. You may also feel compelled to take a stand for what you deeply believe in, or to use your voice to address something that you feel excited about. The call to serve others by means of your mind and speech can be very strong, although remember that self-righteousness and anger rarely work, even in support of a noble cause. You benefit by using your will and your mind together constructively and allowing your ability to make a real impact in the world to dramatically increase.
With the massive changes that are happening now, I highly recommend that folks get a transit report tailored specifically to their chart for the most accurate description of what's in store for you in the months ahead.
Find out with this report that gives detailed descriptions of your transits for a three, six or twelve month period. This report was written by astrologer Henry Seltzer.
All transits are fully interpreted with insightful clues on how to navigate the challenges ahead and gives the date range for when each transit is in effect. Includes transits to planets Mars through Pluto. Also includes interpretations for Chiron - a unique feature of this report!Preview Your Report
The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.