July is a very active month for star watchers……
Even though Mercury goes direct on July 9th and communications should begin to improve, it looks as if it could be later in the month before projects begin to move forward.
The delays and ’summer doldrums’ seem to loom as the dark Moon has its effects on our emotions and our activities and Saturn lingers at the cusp -sandhi point - of Cancer before it moves into Leo on the 15th.
Saturn’s transit into Leo after being in Cancer for over 2 1/2 years is worthy of note. When Saturn is in the last degree of a water sign (Cancer) and moving into the first degree of a fire sign (Leo), it is said to be ‘gandanta’ or ‘drowning’. This is viewed as a ‘tricky’ time and requires us to make prudent choices - not the time for sky diving or bungee jumping! And, it will take Saturn awhile to free itself from the emotionally charged sign of Cancer so we will still have opportunities and challenges around any lingering emotional issues we haven’t yet resolved.
Since Venus and the south node of the Moon, Ketu, are also already in Leo, it also looks as if relationships, marriages, and romantic ventures will be charged with Saturnian responsibilities. Old patterns can be altered by better choices and being personally accountable as well as being open to those personal insights that help us consider consequences and the highest good for everyone involved. This seems even more prominent when Venus itself goes retrograde on July 27th.
Additionally, Jupiter is also still retrograde in Scorpio and this position can keep us focused on the deeper or more profound areas of life and spiritual pursuits, but we will need to work hard to maintain the faith, hope and optimism that Jupiter offers so freely when it is direct and in more auspicious circumstances.
The Full Moon on the 29th is also an important time to determine those areas of life and work that are emotionally fulfilling. Intuition can be very strong during the full Moon period in the lunar mansion of Shravana, so listening to others and to our own higher wisdom can help us align with the heavens in a postive way as we move into August.
Many blessings to all,