July 2013

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of July features Mercury, Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. Mercury is in retrograde in Cancer throughout the month, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account. Mercury changes to direct motion on July 20th and escapes its retrograde shadow in early August. The usual symptoms of missed connections and mechanical breakdowns are likely to be present, with the inner reflection that is also characteristic of this period as our mental process runs backward. Searching within is made all the more poignant by the realization that important choices eventually need to be made if life is to go on in the most valuable way. This summer might be just the time to rethink core beliefs regarding where your life is taking you; it could be amazing to contemplate what you can indeed accomplish when you reorient yourself to soul purpose.


Perhaps the biggest news of these current configurations is the long-standing trine alignment between Saturn and Neptune, which lasts all month long. Jupiter, having moved into Cancer, forms its own trine with each, making a grand trine, getting stronger throughout the first half of July and peaking on and after the July 12th weekend. The energy of Jupiter is to expand and make more prominent. Saturn in Scorpio represents, paradoxically, a shutdown of emotional connection together with a concentration and a focus there. We stop, look and truly listen to what our deep inner voices are saying. When farmers want the water in the irrigation ditch to really soak in, they slow down the flow. As we do, it helps if we can attempt to be as free as possible from any and all preconceptions or agendas, trying for simple presence.


Neptune is equally prominent, in the Water sign of Pisces, in very nearly exact trine to Saturn, with Jupiter in trine with each for the first two thirds of the month, through the Full Moon of the 22nd. Mars also comes along by the 16th to add an even stronger burst of energy to the Saturn-Neptune trine. Neptune represents the unknown, elusive and illusional part of our inner world that reaches beyond the everyday one of getting and spending, connecting to dimensions that transcend the physical plane. When you enter Neptune’s realm, a certain suspension of belief is required, and this helps in getting closer to understanding yourself at the deeper emotional levels that the Water signs imply. You could think of this powerful mid-month grand trine, with Mercury retrograde, as a respite from business as usual, and from the angst and fraught decision-making of these climactic times; an energetic promotion for our society’s long-overdue evolution toward a more compassion-oriented network of interconnection.


Chiron, the Wounded Healer, also prominent in Pisces, represents another factor in the current cosmic landscape of planetary archetypes. Chiron is aspected by Venus at the moment of the New Moon, and by Mercury when it stations to direct motion on the 20th. Chiron represents, as Neptune does, and as the Water signs in general point to, the deeper and more unconscious parts of ourselves, and the parts most likely to be overlooked by our everyday minds. Underneath the surface there may lurk vestiges of ancient trauma, since we typically could have closed off access to the memories of inner childhood wounding as too painful to admit to conscious awareness at the time. We are being given another chance to accept and acknowledge these walled-off parts of ourselves by the prominence of Chiron in this monthly cycle, together with the inner orientation provided by this concentration in the Water element.


Summing up, this month’s powerful Saturn-Neptune trine gives us a break from day-to-day concerns and angst. This last is represented more by the Uranus-Pluto square, still active and returning with yet another exact hit in the fall. We are on the path, like it or not, and entirely prepared or not, and there is nothing to do about it except to put one foot ahead of the other with as much consciousness as we can muster. We benefit along the road by taking a rest from our labors and peering inside ourselves to obtain what glimpses we can of our deep inner process.



ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are paradoxically expanding your vision outside of yourself by traveling within, Aries. In the midst of an active summer full of the outdoors, you are taking a trip into the vast and yeasty interior of your psyche, delving down to discover your own hidden spaces. Mystical progress surpasses run-of-the-mill achievement in aliveness for you right now, and for the richness of the reward also. Your intuition is sizzling, as it has been for many weeks and months, although with now perhaps a greater edge, since you are more open to receiving the amazing information that comes through your angel guidance from your Higher Self. As you meditate on the ultimate importance to you of home and family, radical change continues unabated in how you see and do your outer world contribution.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a dynamic month for you, Taurus, one where expectations falter and inner trumps outer in significance. Being true to yourself might turn out to be more valid than success by any other measure. Since Mercury remains in retrograde through your communications sector, you might miss the mark on keeping caught up, while staying current within an important meditative awareness of personal issues. There is room for confusion and illusion as well as the excitement of finally taking significant steps with ditching old patterns or at least getting a better handle on them by catching yourself in the act. Partners can appear as mentors now, or else personify that critical voice reminding you of parental issues that you are more than ready to discard and move beyond.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a special month for you, Gemini. With Mercury retrograde in your sector of values and resources, you are spending some serious time rethinking all your possibilities. It is perhaps strange, and definitely confusing, to be so internally motivated. You are questioning your foundations, and this could be a good thing, allowing you to see beyond the superficial reasons for doing what you do. With one part of your being you are very aware of ancient patterns stemming from old wounds that could be holding you back from your life’s fullest expression, while another side of yourself goes along with the daily business of living. The sunlight shines into these darker places at times like this, when you can forge a connection between incongruous parts. Good fortune follows sincere inquiry.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a powerful time of empowerment for you, Cancer, and a thoughtful and almost meditative one as well. With Mercury retrograding through your sign, nothing appears the same as it was. You will come out the other side by month’s end, a little mixed up but definitely further along that when you started. You have all the keys at your fingertips, and have, perhaps, only to find the will to use them, and the daring within your thought process to make sudden departures away from previous norms. The universe is calling you to attempt a mystical slant-wise approach to all your conundrums, so that they disappear as they were and become minimized from the standpoint of this slightly different perspective, as though you were able to apply new combinations to old locks.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The time is right for exploring interior realms even more fully, Leo, as you link your head more up with your heart. Your usual out there persona is taking a break this month and it gives you the chance to meditate on what lies within. Strange happenings could transpire to affect both business concerns and your relationship scene, and these could throw a temporary monkey wrench into anything that you have entirely planned out. In a time of Mercury retrograde you can expect the unexpected. Such starting events do succeed in bringing enlightenment in unusual ways. While not a good time to make anything happen according to a pre-arranged agenda, on the other hand this is an excellent time to journal or to simply reflect on where your life is leading you.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Virgo, but not one for making large-scale investments in a wavering series of targets. Since your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde all month long, in your sector of friendship, societal connection, and future plans, you are likely to be tempted to change course with life direction and social groups that you favor not once, but several times. You are in the midst of deep reflection, that’s for sure, and spending time thinking over and then again re-thinking all that you do to connect up with where you feel your life heading these days, and how you involve yourself in greater social commitment. Although not good for new decisions, this is nevertheless an excellent period for depth research, into these and other, more personal, issues.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an entirely multifaceted month for you, Libra. On the one hand, with expansive Jupiter and the New Moon lighting up your career sector, you have all cylinders firing as you get ahead in outer world pursuits with verve and panache. On the other, Mercury is retrograde there all month, and the recommendation is for allowing the murky stream of your life activities to settle and clear before making any drastic forward-going decisions. If you are stung by vague fears and internal controversies, you are right on time with how the cosmic forces now incline. The good news is that you will emerge out the other side in August both more informed as to your inner world and, from this integrated place within yourself, better able to make good choices.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a mystical month for you, Scorpio. In the midst of an action-oriented summer that is full of surprising turns of events, you are spending much of your time meditating on how you make sense of your surroundings. New perspectives beckon, and threaten to confuse, as you continue to handle a sense of limitation in your activities while simultaneously accepting that a very foggy and unconstrained sense of yourself and your happenings continues to bemuse your soul. You desire above all to get further into your own internal truth of these matters, which is anything now but simple, and in pursuit of that aim are going out on some very spacey and otherworldly limbs. Although the truth will set you free, discovering which of many truths you intend to subscribe to is quite another story altogether.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of emotional logic and intelligent feeling tone, Sagittarius. Key relationships in your life are getting a boost and this involves greater closeness with others, as indicated by the retrograde of Mercury through Cancer and the subsequent entrance of Jupiter there. All this is true, and yet the most important intimacy that you can discover is within yourself. While you encounter greater closeness with significant others you are exploring your depths with similar passion; and the one feeds directly off the other. You are meditating on inner attitudes, and prior wounding, to the point where you almost cannot distinguish your inside from your outside. This can be maddening but ultimately gratifying as you find in the end that you are more integrated in your feeling nature and as a result more whole.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The cosmic energy is right for relating, Capricorn. At the same time you are mulling over the essence of what relationship really means to you as you partake of the meditative spirit that is another hallmark of this month’s energy. As you chart newer and more open paths toward a livable future, attempting to integrate strange information from the very deepest parts of your psyche, you are making a fresh start on joint solutions that include others in the mix as well as yourself. Others count with you very much right now, and can be helpful in business arrangements. You have a tightrope to walk between paying respect to the opportunities represented by honoring your partnership connections of all kinds and continuing to toe the line for fostering your own self-development.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are fairly bursting at the seams this month, Aquarius. Something is pulling you to excel and not in the usual ways of the world but with your own voice, although discovering what exactly that might mean for you might be an odyssey in and of itself. Meanwhile you are also, in view of the retrograde of Mercury passing through your sector of higher purpose, thinking carefully in a deep form of meditation regarding the life choices that you have made in the past and where you are now headed with them. Something important is calling you, and it comes from deep inside yourself, and it is uniquely your own. All the talking and purportedly causal thought process of the normative world around you cannot touch it. Only your intuition holds the key.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of conditional empowerment, Pisces. Your playful expression is sizzling and your sense of what you bring to the table, especially in terms of artistry and creative vision. You are feeling also the constraint of wanting to be fully in alignment with inner purpose as you are coming to know and understand what, indeed, that might truly consist of. Mercury is retrograding all month long through the self-expression sector of your solar chart and you might be spending more time in quiet inner contemplation of who you really are than in spinning out that overflow of personality into the world around you. As you go through this monthly cycle you will come much closer to getting a handle on a big-picture viewpoint that has both its fanciful and as well its practical elements.


Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

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