This July, many remain gripped by World Cup fever, but in the field of Astrology a few substitutions are also occurring. As this month sees the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter undergoing transfer signings, beginning the month in one Zodiac Sign and finishing in another, making this month feel much like ‘a game of two halves’!
July kicks off with Gemini, the Sign of two halves, also remaining prominent, with Mercury and Venus situated in the Sign of the twins. However, things are looking more promising from the outset, as Mercury is off the substitution’s bench and moving forward once again from the 2nd. So, day to day life should start running a bit smoother, as retrograde Mercury is no longer causing mix-ups and mishaps and instead, harmonious Venus takes effect. Therefore, daily emphasis is on pleasurable pursuits as Wimbledon and the remainder of the World Cup plays out, stirring up the tendency to splash out a little.
While on a State level, governments turn their attention to the idea of improving provisions for early years and their education, along with neighbourhoods and local transport links. However, as the month progresses Mercury and Venus advance into Cancer, shifting the focus and finances to mothering and the domestic situation. As the realisation that achieving a stable, nurturing home environment is of primary importance, impacting on how well children learn and interact in the wider world.
This theme is further emphasised all month, as the Sun and Jupiter begin the month in compassionate Cancer, but then proceed into child orientated Leo, narrowing the focal point from the entire domestic situation to the specific condition of youngsters. Nevertheless, action should be activated from the start of July, as Jupiter in Cancer until the 15th supporting the Sun provides the opportunity to set in motion new initiatives, particularly regarding the family, spotlighting care at home, childrearing and health matters.
Meanwhile, Mercury’s movement into Cancer from the 13th, sustains day to day attention on these matters, as well as following through with the necessary legwork. However, with Jupiter’s presence there can sometimes be over-optimism, meaning ideas may appear more promising on paper than they actually are in reality. For uprooting Pluto and shocking Uranus are still forming difficult aspects, enlightening quarters to the fact that proposals may have failed to take into account all angles, and there could be some unexpected issues to tackle.
This is no doubt exacerbated by the Nodes still conjunct Mars in Libra until the 25th, continuing to thrust unresolved concerns into the centre circle, especially where legal requirements are crucial. Therefore, red tape may appear essential in theory, but in practice it becomes more of a red card, hindering progress. Although, some relief arrives from the 26th, as final time is called on Mars’ uncomfortable long stay in opposing Libra. Instead, tension disperses by weakening this Cardinal square formation, this having been the cause of so much external conflict.
While, ruling Mars finds a home goal in Scorpio, but as it moves Signs the 26th’s New Moon in Leo puts up a defence. This match up amplified by the Sun and Jupiter’s movement into Leo and Saturn’s continued placement in Scorpio. So expect disagreements over maintaining a balanced lifestyle, especially regarding children, as attention turns to the necessity for enjoyable outside classroom activities to establish a fully developed personality. Whilst the protection of children will take centre stage once more, regarding legislating, as further sexual abuse and illegal child trafficking comes to light.
Furthermore, legislating and taxing will not stop there with these planetary aspects, encouraging governments to take a harsher line and use taxes more effectively. Those receiving benefits will feel the penalty especially younger groups, as pleasurable pursuits are restricted, creating a backlash from people as their sense of personal choice is sidelined. This is unaided by the Capricorn Full Moon on the 12th, as it may see an end to some official demands, but only to replace them with more unreasonable ones.
This Full Moon also arriving before the finalising of the World Cup, as strangely the event also opened on last month’s military degree Sagittarius Full Moon degree, hence rioting accompanied the opening ceremonies. While on a wider scale, we witnessed troubles in Iraq escalate, the repercussions of which continue to play out this month as secrets emerge about what is occurring. In terms of secrets there may also be further information regarding the disappearing Malaysian flight, as Mars is highlighting fuelling anger of some sort. Whereas on a positive note, Vietnam seems to benefit from this month’s Moon activity, perhaps in a partnership as shared financial benefits are starred. Meanwhile, in the U.S the Whitehouse is prominent in terms of shared relationships, perhaps bringing new greatly beneficial partnerships, but also the possibility of legal implications.
Furthermore, looking at the U.S in general sees positivism, as last month’s New Moon is activated in the area of personal wealth, even suggesting that the U.S could do well in the World Cup Final. However, Germany, France, Baltic countries and Greece are also significant this month, with Argentina receiving a concluding effect, particularly in terms of young people’s situation. Although, Planetary movements on the World Cup Final day should not be overlooked, as Mercury transfers into Cancer and is at the critical 0 degree, as lucky Jupiter resides at the Millionaire’s degree.
Therefore, this month action remains equally divided between both ends of the field, energy is directed towards public enthusiasm and celebrations as global sporting events continue, but caution is necessary to avoid this expansive energy getting out of hand. For exuberance can easily turn into disorder, especially with remaining challenging Planets in Cardinal Signs and Jupiter, representing not only enjoyment but legality too. So on balance, this month seems somewhat of an equaliser of good and bad, in sum a score draw!