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Even though you are not hearing as much about it, the devastation in Nepal will continue for a long time. Be generous and contribute as much as you can to reputable aid organizations to relieve the suffering and help with the rebuilding.

JULY 2015

Venus turns retrograde on July 25. She does so every two years and has a pattern of repeating the sign placement every eight years. Look back to 2007, 1999, 1991 and other eight year intervals to get a sense of what will come up for you. Venus will move from 0 degrees of Virgo to 14 degrees of Leo. The section of your chart that holds those degrees the area of life most effected. Since Venus rules both love and money you need to do some rethinking and reevaluating on those matters. You can renegotiate a mortgage or loan but will want to wait before you spend money on expensive items. See what steps you can take so that you can save more money. It is a good time to rebalance your relationship. Often you meet someone who feels “fated” and many long-term partnerships start while Venus is retrograde. Renew and revise your artistic and creative work. Keep your heart open, love unconditionally, and have fun.

July 1 – Moon in Capricorn. Make your schedule for the Summer season. Today’s full Moon gives you the patience to get everything in order. The Sun and Neptune open your perceptions so you can see and know more about things that are usually veiled. Venus and Jupiter give you luck in money and love. There is a bountiful aura to the day that makes you want to smile at everyone you see.

July 2 – Moon in Capricorn. Focus on work and accomplish as much as you can before the holiday weekend. Take charge and you will make good decisions. Be the leader, not the follower today. Words flow out of your mouth and hands so that you can express yourself quite well. Take care of what comes up suddenly – don’t put it off.

July 3 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 8:21 am. It’s a good day to write applications, proposals, and send in manuscripts. Your mind is active and you will be heard when you communicate your thoughts and theories. Think back to when Mercury was retrograde last month and try to remember the things you wanted to do but waited to initiate.

July 4 – Moon in Aquarius. Stay out of the garden unless you are weeding. Enjoy the holiday as you think of the ideology behind the founding of this nation. Gather with a group to celebrate our freedoms. Today mirrors the USA chart and you can feel the underlying pulse of the country and it’s inclusiveness of different ethnic immigrants.

July 5 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 8:31 am until 10:23 am when it enters Pisces. You can plant this afternoon. It’s a day to relax by or in or on water. Let your dreams lead the way as you go through the day. Check in on elderly or ill neighbors and see what you can do to make their day happier. Meditate under the moonlight.

July 6 – Moon in Pisces. The Sun stands opposite Pluto and you find that you have to stand up to someone who is trying to get his/her way and exert power over you. The best way to handle it is to imitate water eroding away a seaside cliff with a slow steady pressure.  A lot of stuff that was put aside and forgotten about comes forward to be dealt with. Celebrate H. H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday by doing an act of kindness.

July 7 – Moon in Pisces, VC from 10:36 am until 12:37 when it enters Aries. Plant in the morning and weed in the afternoon. You can create your own fireworks today by sparking excitement in the family scene. If you feel your anger rising, it’s best to go take a walk by yourself. Do your own thing this afternoon and evening,

July 8 – Moon in Aries. There’s a sizzling energy to the day, as the fire Moon heats up the watery Sun. You can put yourself forward in a way you haven’t felt like doing for a long time. Mercury enters Cancer and puts on his apron to help you soothe and nurture as you speak your truth. The evening is for appreciating or creating art.

July 9 – Moon in Aries, VC from 9:47 am to 3:49 pm when it enters Taurus. Finish up your own projects today. You want to take advantage of this window to focus on what motivates you. The tempo slows down in the afternoon and your thoughts turn to food and other sensual pleasures. Try out that new restaurant tonight.

July 10 – Moon in Taurus. Buy new art to look at while you work or to dress up your home. Replace the old pictures that no longer stimulate you. Today has a fertile moon for planting. Put in berry bushes and flowering shrubbery. Treat your body to some pampering and splurge on something extra. Eat dessert tonight.

July 11 – Moon in Taurus, VC 5:52 pm to 8:16 pm when it enters Gemini. It’s a perfect Summer Saturday. Let nature dictate your day – garden, swim, walk in the woods, and nap in the hammock. Take your time finding local fresh food to cook for dinner. It’s a day to rest up from the frenzy of your life. Think about what you need to do to make what you own more secure.

July 12  – Moon in Gemini. There’s electricity in the air and it makes it hard to stay still. The Sun and Uranus create tension to move you along to a new level of life. Be open to unexpected occurrences as they are important. Be cautious and pay attention when you are around anything explosive or flammable, sharp or electrical.

July 13 – Moon in Gemini. Things are still jumpy and it’s hard to focus. Stick to short tasks, as you will tend to drift off in your mind when things get tedious. Write down your brilliant ideas. It’s a good day for healing both emotional and physical ills. Try using water therapies or at least take a swim or a bath, but do immerse yourself in water.

July 14 – Moon in Cancer. Today is a serious day when old issues reappear. Saturn and Venus insist that you look at the bottom line of your finances and also of your love life. Let go of jealousy and possessiveness and replace them with unconditional love. Examine why you feel insecure. Tonight is the dark of the moon.

July 15 – Moon in Cancer. This is a very fertile day and is the best day to plant for the next few days. This new moon wants to promote expansion of all kinds and asks you to meditate on the growth of a seed from its beginnings underground to its bloom as a perfect flower or vegetable.  You are very sensitive and can trust your feelings and enhanced psychic ability.  Avoid confrontations, as you could come up against someone’s ouchy places and make them react in an unpleasant way.

July 16 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 7:24 am until 10:15 am when it enters Leo. Mercury and Mars meet to stimulate your imaginative mind to great heights. You’ll do much talking and can get a lot of writing done. Start new creative works. If you have seeds or plants to put in the ground, do it early this morning.

July 17 – Moon in Leo. Enjoy the Summer. Do all the things you can only do in this season. It’s a calm happy day when you and everyone else will be in a good mood. This energy will help you at work and dealing with friends and family. It’s a good night for romance so if you are looking for a partner get out and go to a place where you can meet one.

July 18 – Moon in Leo, VC from 5:41 pm until 8:47 pm when it enters Virgo. It’s a great day to play so leave the chores to tomorrow.  Jupiter offers opportunities for love and fun and all good things. You’ll have fun with the kids wherever you go. Venus enters Virgo for a short stay so take advantage of her gift of practicality. You can receive some brilliant ideas tonight if you open your mind to the unusual.

July 19 – Moon in Virgo. This is the day to get the household errands done. Take stock of what you have and what you need to go buy or order online. It’s a good day to catch up on your work and to reduce those piles of papers and magazines. Weed the garden but don’t plant. Eat healthy food today and leave the sweets for another day.

July 20 – Moon in Virgo. Start the workweek by getting organized. Clean up your workspace and then go finish the things that you haven’t wanted to do. Make a schedule of things that need to get done and when to do them. Make appointments for your health care and those of your pets. Finish up writing projects.

July 21 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 9:21 am. There’s emotional stability to the day when you’ll know if the things you’re doing are on solid ground. Have a good conversation with your partner to see how he/she feels about issues that concern you. We are at the end of Cancer so us this energy to focus on family concerns.

July 22 – Moon in Libra. The Sun enters Leo at 11:31 pm. Today is the last chance in a while when you can speak your emotional truth and have the intuition to find the right words to do so. It’s also a good day to organize the repair and maintenance for your home. Plant flowers for a second harvest. Visit the art galleries.

July 23 – Moon in Libra, VC from 2:12 pm until 10:07 pm when it enters Scorpio. Get the important work done in the morning. Mercury enters Leo and meets the Sun. This is a time when ideas flood into your head. It is a good time to start new projects especially those that use your creativity. You’ll have the confidence to show the world what you can do.

July 24 – Moon in Scorpio. You’ll feel a conflict between holding to what you love and giving it away. Venus is standing still getting ready to start her retrograde phase. Take care of money matters today while she is still in direct motion. It’s a very fertile day for gardening and planting.  You can have a passionate night.

July 25 – Moon in Scorpio. Venus turns retrograde at 5:29 am at 0 degrees of Virgo. It’s time to let go of linear thinking and go into a feeling mode to solve problems. Mars and Uranus are challenging each other and we feel their tension. There will be explosions and eruptions, both literal and figurative. Be cautious when using anything flammable.

July 26 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 8:24 am. Uranus turns retrograde this morning – expect to meet a fire breathing dragon or something very out of the ordinary. It’s a day to do something that is way beyond your comfort level. Your energy and example will be healing to others. Be sure to check the batteries in your fire alarms.

July 27 – Moon in Sagittarius. You can overcome many of your problems as the fiery energy of the day propels you to strut your stuff and sell your work. This is the day to ask for a raise or promotion and to apply for that job/grant/position you’ve been dreaming about. It’s a day to have an adventure in a place you’ve never been to.

July 28 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 9:37 am to 2:47 am when it enters Capricorn. Have as much fun as you can in the first part of the day. Do some daring Summer sports. Contact business colleagues in other countries. You’ll come down to earth in the afternoon with a “the party’s over” feeling and start to focus on what’s in front of you.

July 29 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s time to look over the bottom line of the Summer’s work results and then reschedule and regroup. You’ll get a cold clear look at what is working and what is not. Today is the day to make the cuts and changes that lead to greater efficiency. Act from a practical point of view, not an emotional one. Work long hours to make use of this professional energy.

July 30 – Moon in Capricorn, VC from 2:50 pm until 5:40 pm when it enters Aquarius. Continue on with your work, with reorganizing, and with clearing the clutter around you. Try to end the month with a clear slate. Attend or work for a fundraiser that helps a community group.

July 31 – Moon in Aquarius. Venus backs into Leo where she will spend the rest of her retrograde travel. She will test you to see how open your heart is. Today’s full moon is a time to detach from your ego and see yourself as one of the many souls on earth. Meditate in a group. Saturn is slowing down and exerting pressure on your emotional wellbeing.

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