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Astrological Forecast for July & August 2016

by Armand M. Diaz, Ph.D

   Summer starts off with the crackle of celestial fireworks, with Mars having just turned to move direct after ten weeks of retrograding. The watery Neptunian energy of June also begins to dry out as we begin summer, and we may finally feel that we have the green light to get moving in 2016. On the other hand, it is summer, and warm weather and the promise of taking some time to chill may have us telling the Cosmos, “Thanks for the opportunity, but we’ll talk about it in September.” And we will...

   The hot astrological weather at the end of June sends us coasting into July. Mars is moving direct, although slowly, adding some fuel to our energetic gas tanks. Meanwhile, in the last half hour of June (Eastern Daylight Time), Venus opposed Pluto, signaling the possibility of power struggles in relationship and perhaps pointing to financial tensions. A compromise is possible on July 1st, as the goddess of love goes on to make an easy aspect to Jupiter in Virgo. This aspect should help us to be practical – if not entirely upbeat – about our partnerships.

   As festivities peak for the unofficial beginning of summer on July 4th, we have a more subdued cosmic vibe, as the moon is new in the sign of Cancer. The Cancer new moon is always a good time to set intentions around home and family, prioritizing house projects and family relationships. This new moon also falls on the birthday of the United States, signaling – as all new moons do – both endings and beginnings. There’s a lot to say about this solar return, and of course it will play out in our dynamic (to say the least) presidential election.

   The next few days give us time to gradually move forward. Perhaps as we come out of the new moon, we’ll join Mars for a jog (not a full run, yet). Venus and Mars make an easy trine, as do Mercury and Neptune. That should improve communication and add in some harmony in relationships, although we might tilt a bit towards tradition and staying with the tried-and-true, thanks to the protective nature of Cancer and Scorpio. 

   Don’t expect the harmony to last very long, however. July 7th has some of the roughest cosmic weather of the summer, as the sun and Mercury oppose Pluto while Venus squares Uranus. At work, socializing, or in our personal relationships, words could be strong and power struggles real. Give yourself and others some space around this time, if you can, and don’t force an outcome to a debate. We’re likely to be ill-disposed to stick to routine in our partnerships, but may have difficulty getting away from entrenched patterns – maybe you need a day off to spend time with your loved one(s), but a big project is due at work. Venus goes on to aspect Chiron after the battle is over, suggesting that even the most difficult experiences could have a healing effect.

   Mercury is the star of the show over the next few days, aspecting Jupiter, Mars, Uranus, and Chiron before leaving the waters of Cancer to dry off in Leo on the 13th. Use the second week in July to communicate, bargain, and resolve issues. Broker agreements between opposing parties, and find common ground while respecting your own interests and perspective.

   Venus also exchanges her Cancerian swimsuit for a Leonine summer dress, on the 12th. With Venus in Leo, we move from family picnics to summer concerts in the park, from lemonade at the barbecue to cocktails at a rooftop bar. Socializing becomes more outgoing and oriented towards having fun, and we are less concerned with tradition.

   As the sun squares Uranus in Aries on the 16th, we may feel a conflict between following our individual will and sticking to tradition. Although a square aspect suggests a great deal of tension, the sun gets along well with Aries energy. This aspect calls to mind parents who are disappointed that their son or daughter is not going into the family business, but ultimately respect the child’s decision to follow his or her own path.

   With Mercury and Venus both in Leo, we can make the most of the full moon in Capricorn on the 19th. Now, Capricorn isn’t exactly the most party-oriented moon, and with Venus making a trine to Saturn the next day, there may be a slightly work-oriented feel to this lunation. Full moons are times when things come to light, when past decisions reach manifestation. They aren’t usually too good for the sort of reflection and focus needed for work. It may be a better time to reaffirm commitment to a course, or perhaps to decide it’s time to go in another direction – even if it’s hard to know what that direction is.

   We can all join the sun as he rejoices at his return to his home in Leo on the 22nd, having completed his yearly round of the other signs. With the sun in Leo, it is time to give free reign to creativity and fun. Yet the sun in Leo reminds us to be ourselves, to be who we are at the deepest level. Enjoyment is one aspect of life, and a healthy self-image is another, but ultimately we are intangible souls that are above and beyond anything with which we can identify – dynamic energy that surpasses any static definition of self. Take the sun’s time in Leo to get in touch with your inner vitality and love.

   Things heat up again as the month ends. Patience is likely to be at a premium on the 29th, as Uranus stations to retrograde. Uranus stations are times when we all buck against constraints – from self or other. Clearly, with everyone out to go their own way at the same time, problems could arise as the collective Brownian motion increases. Once again, give yourself and others some space as July ends. That’s especially true as Mercury squares Mars as Uranus stations, and words are likely to be direct and somewhat barbed.

   Venus is the star of the month in August. The planet we associate with love and relationship starts the month with an easy trine to Uranus on the 1st. This is a great time to try something (or someone) different in the sphere of romance. Break out of your regular patterns, and put the emphasis on fun. Sometimes, a good time is what matters most.

   The new moon on August 2nd suggests the month may begin a bit slowly and not quite the boisterous time Venus and Uranus are looking for. Yet it’s time to recognize where are hearts are telling us to go, who we can be. Take a quiet moment to consider the extent to which you are living from your heart. Don’t expect answers right away, but sit with the questions.

   Venus enters Virgo on the 5th, reminding us that there is serious work to be done. Venus in Virgo is more likely to order an organic quinoa salad than a juicy steak, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t enjoy ourselves. The message of the past year, with both Jupiter and the north node of the moon in Virgo, has been that less can be more. Venus’ trip through the sign of the virgin helps us to remember that message.

   Illusions creep in around the 6th and 7th, as Mercury aspects Saturn and Neptune, while Venus squares Mars. In all areas of life, we may not be seeing things accurately, distorting minor details so that they look gigantic, or missing crucial data. Experience everything, believe nothing. 

   Saturn stations to move direct on the 13th. Saturn stations have a heavy quality, demanding that we work through them, although progress is often quite slow. Watch out for a summer chill around this time, if not in the weather then maybe in a cold that is going around. Relationships may take the brunt of this station, as Venus squares Saturn within hours of his standstill, then goes on to oppose Neptune. You may see the glass as half empty, and could despair of it ever being full again. With Venus trining Pluto on the 17th, you could decide it’s time to let go of a partnership (of any kind) or financial agreement that is no longer working for you.

   The full moon on the 18th is in the sign of Aquarius, and may represent a breath of fresh air after a relatively stifling week. Extend the energy into the weekend, and use it to connect with friends for what may be a kind of last hurrah of the summer. Just a few days later, on the 22nd, the sun enters Virgo, reminding us – even if subtly – that summer doesn’t last forever and autumn is on its way. 

   Mars meets Saturn and squares Neptune on the 24th through the 26th, a series of aspects that may amp up tensions in social and political arenas, as well as in our personal lives. The end-of-summer heat wave also features Saturn squaring an eclipse on September 1st. Although a meeting of Venus and Jupiter on the 27th potentially adds a bit of grace and optimism, we’re reminded that there are things to do, and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get back to them.

   Mercury stations to retrograde on the 30th, adding some mischief to the late-summer heat. Hopefully, we’re rested and ready for the challenges of September. 
Armand M. Diaz, Ph.D. helps clients make decisions that are in harmony with their greatest potential, offering a truly integral approach to astrology. Armand has practiced divination for more than twenty years, working with the I Ching and Tarot in addition to astrology. He has published in various astrological journals, including The Mountain Astrologer.  His most recent book, Separating Aspects: The Astrology of Breakups, Divorce, and Other Partings, is available through Amazon and available on Kindle.  He can be reached through his website at www.integralastrology.net

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