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July brings with it a cosmic dance of significant planetary movements and alignments, including a much-anticipated Venus retrograde - a celestial event that graces us just once every 18 months - and a powerful Mars-Saturn opposition that unfolds about every two years.
So, let's embark on this enlightening journey and discover what the planets have in store for us this month!
July’s Astrology Spotlight: Significant Transits and Alignments
This section provides a comprehensive overview of July's key astrological events and the basics of their potential impact.
Remember that these influences can manifest differently for each person. Your personal birth chart, current planetary periods, and other individual factors play a crucial role in how these transits might affect you.
7/22 - 9/3: Venus Retrograde in Leo and Cancer
Venus retrograde is an introspective time for re-evaluating our romantic relationships, creative projects, values, and experiences that bring us pleasure and joy.
The retrograde movement of Venus can bring unresolved issues into consciousness, offering an opportunity for closure or deeper understanding, especially as it relates to the area of the birth chart where Venus is retrograde.
For those of you who are interested in learning more about Venus as it embarks on its retrograde journey through the potent stars of Magha and Ashlesha Nakshatra, be sure to check out my special Venus retrograde forecast.
Packed with in-depth insights, it offers a comprehensive look at Venus retrograde helping you unravel the deeper meanings of this transit and potential impacts in your life. Click here to dive into the full Venus retrograde story!
Clash of the Planetary Titans: The Mars-Saturn Opposition
The opposition of Mars and Saturn is exact on July 20 at 12°Leo and 12°Aquarius (R).
Throughout July and extending into mid-August, Mars, the fiery warrior planet, is in opposition to Saturn, the Karmic taskmaster of the zodiac. This cosmic event takes place as they transit sidereal Leo (Mars) and Aquarius (Saturn) respectively.
Saturn's retrograde status endows it with great strength, particularly as it moves through its mulatrikona zone of Aquarius. Meanwhile, Mars regains its vigorous and fiery nature in the fire sign of Leo, after finally leaving Cancer, its most challenging zodiac terrain.
The clash of these two strong planetary titans may stir up some tension, as the forward-driving energies of Mars encounter the methodical and disciplined nature of Saturn. It's a cosmic call to balance our ambition with patience, ensuring we don't overstep or rush into action without careful consideration and planning.
As we navigate through these dynamic planetary energies, let's harness the assertive problem-solving skills of Mars in conjunction with the disciplined patience of Saturn to overcome challenges with wisdom and perseverance.
Remember, this celestial configuration may actually strengthen our resolve and equip us with the perfect tools for effective problem solving.
Cosmic Rhythms: Your Vedic Astrology Planetary Guide for July
July's Transit Highlights
Please note that while these aspects are exact on specific dates, their influence tends to extend over a period, due to the nature of Vedic astrology's whole sign and whole house aspects.
It's important to remember that the energy of these alignments can be felt for several days, weeks or months (depending upon the planets involved) before and after the exact date of the aspect. So, don't be surprised if you start feeling the effects a little early or notice them persisting a bit longer than the dates listed below.
7/10 Mercury Oppose Pluto 05°Cn12' D 05°Cp12' R
7/20 Sun Trine Neptune 03°Cn24' D 03°Pi24' R
7/20 Mars Opposition Saturn 12°Le09' D 12°Aq09' R
7/21 Sun Opposition Pluto 04°Cn56' D 04°Cp56' R
7/22 Venus retrograde (Leo/Magha) 04°Le25' R
7/27 Mercury Planetary War Venus 04°Le00' D 04°Le00' R
7/28 Mercury Trine Rahu 04°Le59' D 04°Ar59' R
These are not isolated events but part of an ongoing cosmic conversation, with their themes resonating before the exact aspect and lingering for some time after.
Moon Phases: Riding the Lunar Waves
July 3 - Full Moon: An excellent time for releasing that which no longer serves you and for harnessing this heightened emotional energy towards your goals.
July 11 - Last Quarter: This is a time to review and reflect on what has transpired since the New Moon and make necessary adjustments. It's a wonderful time to let go of old patterns and refine your path forward.
July 17 - New Moon: New Moons are typically a time of new beginnings and setting intentions. Use this time to initiate new projects and endeavors.
July 25 - First Quarter: This phase can be a period of challenges that prompt us to stay committed to our new Moon goals and overcome obstacles.
Sidereal Sign Ingress:
July 6, Venus enters Leo: This transit can bring a heightened sense of sentimentality, nurturing, and a desire for emotional security in relationships. This is a time to cherish your loved ones and create harmonious domestic environments.
July 8, Mercury enters Cancer: During this period, communication and thought processes may become more emotional, intuitive, and focused on matters of security and comfort.
July 16, Sun enters Cancer: This transit signals an overall shift in focus towards home, family, and emotional security. This time may illuminate our deepest needs and feelings.
July 24, Mercury enters Leo: As Mercury transits Leo, our thoughts and communication might become more confident, bold, and expressive. It's a period where you might enjoy being the center of attention or expressing their ideas openly.
July 3: Mercury enters Punarvasu - Under this influence, conversations may lean towards intellectual pursuits and curiosity. Punarvasu encourages exploration and growth.
July 7: Ketu (R) enters Chitra - This transit may lead to a focus on self-reflection and individuality. Chitra inspires creativity and the desire to stand out.
July 9: Mercury enters Pushya - With this shift, communication might become more nurturing and protective. Pushya's energy is associated with nourishment and care.
July 16: Mercury enters Ashlesha - As Mercury transits Ashlesha, our thoughts and communications could become more introspective, even secretive, as Ashlesha is known for its mysticism and depth.
July 20: Sun enters Pushya- As the Sun transits Pushya, there's a broad focus on caring, nurturing, and protection, affecting our self-expression and overall life focus.
July 22: Mars enters Poorva Phalguni - With Mars in Poorva Phalguni, actions could be driven by a desire for relaxation and enjoyment. Poorva Phalguni is associated with rest and pleasure.
July 24: Mercury enters Magha - Upon entering Magha, conversations may become more authoritative and self-aggrandizing. Magha is associated with power and respect.
July 25: Neptune (R) enters Poorvabhadrapada- As Neptune transits Poorvabhadrapada, there may be a collective drive towards spirituality and seeking the deeper meanings of life. Poorvabhadrapada is a mystical and deeply spiritual nakshatra.
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