July 2014

By Henry Seltzer

The astrology of July has on offer a slow-moving Mercury in recovery from its recent retrograde, and as well an interesting Saturn-Uranus aspect that lasts throughout the month. Many planets are also changing signs, to include Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. This is therefore a volatile and yet subtle time of continued change, in the wake of an intense springtime that featured Uranus and Pluto in their fifth of seven exact hits. The changes that have come down upon us during this earlier period are perhaps only now making themselves really felt and truly understood in their total impact on our lives.

The Cancer New Moon from the last weekend of June, that kicks off the current monthly cycle, had a dynamic configuration that possessed several aspects of interest, including the trine that it makes to numinous Neptune, plus Mars opposite Uranus, Saturn trine Chiron and Saturn inconjunct Uranus. This latter aspect is fascinating in that it stays with us all summer long. The outer planet combinations, with Mars included, serve to remind us of the energy for change that is swirling around us now, intensified in the springtime, bringing still more ideas and reactions from the developing storm of our new understanding of the process that we have long been engaged in. This is especially so in view of the reflective and introspective more of the Mercury retrograde period of time. Mercury is now in direct motion and still recovering its lost Zodiacal longitude, as the energy of the retrograde continues to wind down.

Neptune, being so strongly configured now as well, speaks to us this month in subtle ways, directly from inner realms that are discoverable through our earnest inquiry. Neptune is symbolic of otherworldly dimensions intuitively sensed; a reality that is orthogonal to the everyday one, and that yet gives this world its very substance.

Saturn, the emblem of a restrictive and conservative sense of limitation, also highlighted in this interesting monthly cycle, makes an inconjunct aspect to the antithetical energy of trickster and volatile Uranus that is active, exact to within less than a degree, at the time of the recent New Moon and during the first week of July. This presents us with a stifling of the powerfully innovative energy of a prominent Uranus. Because Saturn is preparing to station to direct motion on Sunday, July 20th, this critical and nay-saying planet barely moves throughout the month, and neither does Uranus, which stations retrograde on the 21st. The aspect gets down to a mere quarter of a degree by the time of these stations at the beginning of the fourth week of July. There is thus a strong urge for change and for holding back from change, both, that continues throughout the entire monthly cycle of July and on into August.

In this context, which also has as stimulant Mars in opposition with Uranus as the month begins, we are in some sense recapping the powerful emotions wrought by the transformational impact of Uranus and Pluto in combination, a strong factor in these fractious times which are also terrific time of learning, as environmental and political as well as personal issues continue to challenge us.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This continues to be a season of change for you, Aries. With Mercury just recovering from its retrograde you are very much engaged in the contemplation of further transformation still to come, along the lines of the deeper implications for where your life is heading. It needs thinking over and getting used to, all the changes that have been cooking within you during the course of a dramatic spring. Communicating your ideas more directly is definitely of help right now. You benefit from journaling, or blogging, or sincere intimate conversation. As you continue to reflect on the changes being thrust upon you, it helps when you are able to conceptualize yourself as a willing participant in the cosmic dance. You are on the one hand working with others more fully and yet also establishing yourself in your own unique individual way more completely than ever before.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This month opens up into yet another cornucopia of meaning for you, Taurus, as you contemplate where you now find yourself and where you might be heading. The Mercury retrograde period just ending constituted a great opportunity in that way. Partners serve you as mentors and provide an unusual spiritual component for you now. A fluctuation of expectation between on the one hand a feeling of almost too much freedom from any restraints whatsoever, while on the other becoming even super-practical as you more fully consider ways and means, especially in regard to partnership issues. You find yourself in a very expressive period of time as you seek not validation but communal and partnership support for the amazing accumulation of material that you are struggling to integrate.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is yet another interesting month for you, Gemini, beginning in a reflective mode and evolving into activity more closely aligned with spiritual purpose. Your ruler, Mercury, has only just changed to direct motion, so that you are still caught up in an introspective attitude for the first half of July. This gives you the chance to integrate the deeper impact of the profound changes that have come down over the course of a powerful and transformationally oriented springtime. You are currently envisioning new developments in an impulsive way, and yet also holding back from too much enthusiasm into untried and untested avenues of expression. You win when you carefully track your ongoing changes and have faith in your process. In the latter half of the month the push-pull becomes intense, leading you into carefully considered action that nevertheless represents breakthrough.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a somewhat difficult month for you, Cancer, with also its joys and its new beginnings. The recent New Moon in your sign symbolizes a major turning point. While you are in many ways more comfortable with your changes, including relationship issues that continue to arise, there remain question marks yet to be resolved. This goes smoothly based on how well you are able to integrate the realizations of your recent past. You have been in a contemplative mode for weeks now, diving down to your depths, below the surface layers, looking within for answers that do not appear for you at these more superficial levels. The timing is good for beginning a process of settling down, the prelude to a better sense of self and the steppingstone for further transformation that comes up in the fall.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month represents an opportunity for you, Leo, that comes in many colors and in two distinct phases, changing after the first two weeks of July. For the first half of this monthly cycle you are pulled to the inside. This is your chance to shine with the accumulated wisdom of these past few weeks and months, not in terms of outer but of inner accomplishment. You are in a sense lost in meditation somewhere deep inside yourself, attempting to find out where in the world you might truly be headed. This is the time that allows you absorb and to integrate the lessons of previous weeks, of the pressure cooker of circumstance, that have forged new awareness deep within you. In the latter half of this monthly cycle, you are operating in an entirely different world.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an entirely interesting month for you, Virgo, a fitting coda to your recent preoccupation of inner over outer with the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, that is now ending. You are currently experimenting with different ways of being in your universe of workplace achievement and also within your own depths, and favoring those opportunities that encourage you to be in the world but not of it. If it seems as though your outer production and speech centers are stuck on pause there might be a good reason; fruitful rather than difficult, a timely intervention on the part of the cosmos. You are letting the dust settle and allowing yourself to integrate the received wisdom of the past few weeks and months so as to make the most of your recent growth spurt.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are feeling the pressure, Libra, although in a good way. A burst of energy for outer world accomplishment has its mystical component. This month represents a new stage of the ongoing cosmic adventure of this late spring and early summer time frame, as you voyage onward, toward greater understanding of yourself at the deeper levels of your being. Your finances are full of unusual twists and turns right now, both stop and go. Partners provide surprises also. You are feeling into a brave new world of career achievement opening up for you, even as you question its philosophic foundations in terms of your basic worldview. All along the way it is the transformation within your depths and, as well, your increasing awareness of your own inner universe that is the fundamental driver of your current success.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a month that is full of surprises, Scorpio, and some of a decidedly mystical nature. You are in a place of transition now, between old and new conceptions of what your life is all about, and regarding reality itself. Epiphanies abound. Your way of seeing the world around you constitutes one theme for this month’s development, to including your growing grasp of the hidden world of your own unconscious process. This tells you true whenever you have the courage to look inside. We live in a paradoxical universe, in which the hard and logical, without losing either its reality or its significance, must at times yield in importance to the unseen and essentially unknowable. You could be heading toward the conclusion that there is more going on within you, and outside of yourself, than meets the eye.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is a volatile month for you, Sagittarius, as you move beyond previous high-water marks of self-knowledge, and confirm the value of inner priorities. You are investigating many aspects of your daily activities and relating these back to an energetic exploration of your own private reality and interior realms of motivation. You are proceeding to move forward with agendas that join you to the surface world of events and goings-on that make up the normal run of things, and yet, as you prepare adjustments to career choices that you continue to be required to make, you do so while keeping firmly in mind the capabilities of your intuitive inner compass. Your goal is ultimately a more integrated approach to life that gives your unconscious process its due, and that honors equally both these dimensions of your experience.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an important month for you, Capricorn, and signals a time when many things are changing, as you revise your notions for your path ahead, based in part on the input from helpful partners. With Mercury still recovering from its retrograde motion, you are mulling over several different factors in your life; not least of these is the way that you bond with significant partners. You are connecting up your relationship dynamic with how you handle the day-to-day life of your workplace, and the ways that you have of being of service to others around you in general. You find yourself looking under the covers of your more obvious habitual patterns, and the results are surprisingly enlightening, especially when you allow yourself to open up to magical realms that you encounter on the inside of your mind.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an interesting and somewhat challenging month for you Aquarius, as you roll into summer in the aftermath of changes coming down from late spring. You are continuing to absorb the lessons of what has recently transpired. Your work in the world is productive, and might take all your concentration to maintain, as you continue to explore philosophically what it means to be your own unique individual and yet still function smoothly as a cog in the wheels of social service. A shift in your own psychic weather that is in the works for you could spell changes on many fronts in the way that you do your public presence. As you develop your sense of yourself, you are beginning to view outer world commitment as only one significant part of what you are meant to be.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You have a mixed bag of treats in store, Pisces. There are perhaps somewhat painful surprises still to come and yet you have a month ahead of you where joyful ease coexists in equal measure. Your time of relative comfort arrives with the onset of summer, after a difficult spring that has included a meditative looking back over your shoulder at the realizations that it has brought you. Your sense of who at base you really are is the subject of much reflection, as your self-expression is taking off in radical new ways. Many things in your life are changing, including your creative output. Your financial situation is something of a moving target lately, and an active area for your focused attention, as you strive to make sense of your life by looking more clearly into the bigger picture.


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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