The waxing Moon cycle begins with some powerful shifts and changes and a strong solar focus. Jupiter has just freshly stepped into the Sun's sign, Leo, for the next year and starts this cycle deeply sandhi (in the gap between signs) at less than a degree. He gains strength and degrees as the Moon waxes which will help us feel more supported by his wisdom. Read more about Jupiter in Leo and the year ahead. Change, momentum and release abound as Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars all change signs in this cycle. Try to stay grounded.
Sun moves to the Moon's sign, Cancer, on July 16th at 15:08 Pacific time, instigating a new solar cycle with increased heart wisdom and emotional body awakening. The light comes to the heart, the home, land and experiences of mother. This is a powerful month of rooting into the heart and finding a sense of alignment with one's needs. Use your compassion, empathy and desire to nourish others, as a way to share, shine and be seen. Let relationships be resources to deepen your need for comfort and support. Lead with your heart in all matters and be sure to connect and co-create.
Work diligently with harmonizing your masculine and feminine energies at this time. The feminine wants to expand, move and flow continuously, while the masculine wants to contain and create support systems. How can you work with both very intentionally for maximum balance and alignment? Sun in Cancer can be a powerful cycle that provides greater emotional body support. As we get used to Jupiter in the Sun's sign of Leo for the coming year, the solar energy of the Sun in the heart-centered sign of Cancer provides us with a chance for inner/outer balance. Auspicious timing in many ways that can truly help us navigate the masculine and feminine paradigm within us in more intentional ways. We must work with both of them consciously or we will be misaligned with our inner power and sense of self.
In the progression of planetary changes, Mercury is the next to move. Our mental body shifts from its own sign of Gemini, into the watery, emotive planet, Cancer on July 20th at 10:21, providing an opportunity to integrate mental and emotional bodies more consciously. Mercury's conjunction with Sun and Ketu's drishti on these two planets, offers spiritual wisdom and flashes of insight and awakening to occur. Listening to your heart and its messages becomes more important at this time. The cycle will intensify at the end of the month once Mars moves to Cancer as well. In the meantime we get a powerful window of time to focus on listening to our inner wisdom. How can you create space for deeper listening and expanded awareness? Can you catch your mind dictating outcomes- rather than listening to the feeling level of your being? How can you surrender to spirit more intentionally?
In the wee hours of the morning on July 25th, Venus retrogrades. This begins an unusual and lengthy dance of returns that lasts until Venus goes direct on September 6th. Venus must re-trace his steps back through the first part of Leo, returning to Cancer for an extended stay. As he moves back through Leo, he works his way through Magha nakshatra, the domain of the ancestors, most notably the father. This increases our attention with power, authority and the need to pay special attention to our personal mythology connected to these themes.
The planet of relationships, creativity, and artistry, Venus is also connected to all things feminine. It offers beauty, fluidity, wealth and life giving powers, most essentially, shakti. Worldly comforts and resources can increase through Venus's benevolence and help us feel more stable in material ways. As Venus moves through Leo, we can expect passions to increase for relationships and connection, while strong desires may emerge. Expect intensified strength, determination and power to materialize, while aggression and agitation may increase as well.
The transit of Venus through Leo is the instigation of an unfolding theme that is ripening within the planets right now. Working with power and authority dynamics is vital, especially the masculine energy within you. Notice where you are pushing, using excessive force and using an over-active drive to accomplish and succeed. Take time to contemplate the meaning of success from different angles. Your ego may feel challenged by this. How can you soften your action steps? Where can you let go and surrender more? How can you be a winner- on all levels of life? How can you meet your relationships with more compassion- both with yourself and others? This work with power dynamics is especially relevant while Venus retrogrades back through the first portion of Leo. Retrograde planets intensify the implications of a planet because they are acting like the nodes Rahu and Ketu.
As the waxing Moon cycle peaks, another planetary shift occurs as Mars moves to its debilitation sign, Cancer, joining Mercury and Sun here. On July 30th at 13:14, the warrior, fire planet moves to the watery and emotive sign of Cancer and will be here until mid September. These two forces naturally oppose each other as Mars is reactive and action oriented and Cancer is connected to feelings and the emotional body. Mars is not a thinker or a feeler, he is a doer.
Conflicts between thoughts, feelings and actions occur in this cycle, however there is opportunity to bring light and greater awareness to our heart wisdom. If you feel irritation and anger, it's time to dig deeper. What are the needs underneath the outbursts? What expression needs to be released, rather than repressed? How can you tend to your emotional body wisdom with greater compassion and clarity? Where are you pushing too hard? Matters with home, heart, mother, land and property feel the extra level of fire and complexity right now. Be gentle and soften your heart wherever possible.
The second full Moon of July occurs on the 31st. This is the most auspicious full Moon of the year in the Vedic calendar. This full Moon is Guru Purnima, a day when we honor our gurus, teachers and guides.
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*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart
Aries: Let your passion move you, stir you and be the momentum you need to take action. It's time to start using your inner power in new ways, moving closer to dharmic alignment. Let your heart wisdom guide you. Where is there tension between mental body and emotional body? Notice how this old paradigm no longer serves you. What support do you need in order to move forward with more ease and grace? It doesn't need to be so hard.
Taurus: Relationships continue to be a focus for you and the basis of new growth and development. Be courageous and lead with your passionate heart- even when it feels challenging or scary. These challenges are a resource for you, places within your shadow that are hindering your strength, power and inner wisdom. Pay close attention. Let the wisdom of your heart be the center of your being. Lead from this place of knowing and let your emotional body be your guide. What do you need for deeper nourishment and support?
Gemini: Work with the tension between thinking and doing very diligently. What do you notice when you take an action step vs. just thinking about it? How is the mental body overwhelming the process? Work towards balancing action and ideas and see how this can inform your creativity, connection and co-creation process. Express and be heard. Let your light out and share yourself with others. Notice how talking supports you and your needs. Who and what has to shift so you can feel more heard and seen? How can you set up more consistent support for yourself?
Cancer: It's time to start shining your brightest and step out from your shadows. Get clear, focused and practical. Consistent meditation will help this process. Make your steps count and put some power behind your goals. Deeper nourishment is available to you now so make this intentional and conscious. Use your inner wisdom to spark creativity and move through the fear and resistance. Use your clarity and focus diligently right now and get your needs met. The next cycle offers challenges with action steps, so make hay while the Sun shines.
Leo: Extract the potent wisdom coming right now from relationships and heart. What is your heart wisdom telling you about your needs for comfort and safety? Can you take the challenges into change and transformation, healing and deeper nourishment? The awareness is coming from very hidden parts of yourself, so listen carefully. Let silence, meditation, retreats and introspection be a resource for this change and healing. How can these shadows help you deepen your capacity to hold what you really want and need? Share this wisdom with others.
Virgo: Your creativity is revitalized and increased with rest, relaxation, meditation and more alone time. Get clear on your needs and wants in your relationships and heal the past. Look into your darkness, shadows and haunts to provide richness, depth and to inform your healing and transformation process. This is a vital resource for how you share your gifts and who you share them with. Let your words and your writing be an offering. Gain from sharing your inner thoughts and ideas with others.
Libra: Gains arrive from shining your brightest, speaking up and being seen. There are challenges with being real, vulnerable and showing your shadows to the world, but this is also a necessary part of your inner progress. In order to get deeper nourishment, you must be willing to face the dark and the light equally. Where are you cutting and pasting over the inner challenges? Where can you get more real? Let your heart wisdom lead you. Let your heart guide and support you and your offerings to the world.
Scorpio: You are going through a deep metamorphosis. Don't forget to cut yourself some slack and remember this process doesn't happen over night. You are learning and growing in such profound ways- share your wisdom with others at every turn. These are your gifts and people are ready to hear them! Your depth, inner perception and profound intuitive knowing is what others long for. Teach, guide and give your awareness to the world as an offering. It's time to expand, grow and increase your impact!
Sagittarius: Right now is an ideal time to be consciously balancing your inner and outer needs very intentionally. Sun in your 8th house requests rest and meditation, while Jupiter in your 9th house is poised to help you share your wisdom. In many ways this is a very dharmic time for you. Resource from your depths. Harvest your inner wisdom- including the old, dark, mystical parts of your being- and let them out of the closet. Share your awareness with others and let your thoughts, knowledge and wisdom be heard.
Capricorn: Relationships prove to be a vital resource for you right now. Use your collaborative efforts for maximum gain. Co-create, connect, reach out and reach towards- in order to be seen, supported and increase creativity. Let relationships be a resource for growth, development and more awareness. What can your heart wisdom share with you and how can it help you deepen your relationships? Resource from your depths and trust your inner power. How can your challenges be a way to transform and heal? Use the challenges to strengthen.
Aquarius: Relationships are making a huge impact on you. Resource from them and take notes. Passion increases as does the nourishment. Learn, grow and share your wisdom with others. Let your challenges be a way to help others. How can you teach what you are learning? Your consistent action steps continue to pay off, so don't neglect the power of time, regularity and being methodical. Your work deepens and expands as a result. Let personal and professional relationships be a resource for your expansion and be open to gains as a result of connection, co-creation and community.
Pisces: Heal and transform. Use your own process of growth and change to help support others. Use your relationship wisdom, the challenges and pains, as a way of bringing light and healing to others. Let your passion, heart wisdom and compassion be resources for how you connect and who you connect with. It's a time of rapid and swift inner change. The planets are supporting you in your own healing and transformation process. Extract the essence and continue to cut out that which does not serve you.
*Pacific Time Zone is used for all planetary timing.
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