July Astrology 2023
Working at having fun is what July is all about. July begins with Mercury conjunct the Sun. When Mercury is with the sun it is a time to download information from cosmic sources. The first weekend in July is a full moon weekend with Venus in Leo connecting with Uranus, finding joy, fun, and love in unusual experiences is available.
The Full Moon in July in Capricorn.
The Capricorn full moon has us questioning how do we protect and facilitate our youthful ideas. How do we grow and move forward in a sustainable way where we are building our future on solid ground that will support what we love to do well into the future. The north node of the moon, (the path forward) is in its lasts couple of weeks in Taurus from which it will not return for another 17 years. For the last 18 months, each new and full moon was a reminder to listen to what Venus was offering and to incorporate those values into our lives. This month with Venus in Leo she reminds us to follow our bliss, listen to our heart, and appreciate the journey.
On a more ominous side the Capricorn full moon is connected to the trans Neptunian planet Hades, who is connected with the underworld. If you are holding deep grudges against life in general dark emotions from the depths within can erupt to the surface. This is a time to discard and eliminate that which has served its purpose, whether it is anger so “that” doesn’t happen to you again or old jars in the refrigerator whose expiration date came due many moons ago.
Mars in Virgo July 2023
Mars, the action planet, moves into Virgo July 10th helping us to take care of our health and normal routines of life. With Mars in Virgo completing projects is on the agenda.
July Cancer New Moon
The July new moon on the 17th is at 25 degrees of Cancer with Venus at the midway point between Pluto and Neptune. This new moon is all about tapping into the dream of your beautiful life and allowing for the emergence of dedicated focus to bring it into existence. The Cancer new moon demands that we tap into our emotional body and cleanse negative emotions from our aura and energy field. It is a time of releasing and letting go first by acknowledging anything we may be holding onto that is keeping us back, whether through fear of disappointment that it isn’t working out.
Venus Retrograde in Leo
Venus is meandering in Leo during July and coming to a standstill before she goes retrograde on the 22nd at 28 degrees of Leo. Venus is in a configuration called a yod, or sometimes referred to as the finger of God. She is 5 signs away from both Pluto and Neptune. (Quincunx.) On one hand this represents the need to adjust or develop the skills of creative imagination along with deep focus towards what we desire. With Venus retrograde we can pause to consider if what we have been pursuing is still worthy of our time and effort.
The sun moves into Leo just minutes after Venus shifts retrograde, another message of listening to what brings joy to your life. There is a deep element of taking your time to mull over what you want to do, then taking a leap of faith, making a decision to change. These changes will leave your friends and family scratching their heads trying to understand why you would make that change. Not in a bad way, just in a wow, didn’t expect you to or didn’t see that one coming sort of thing.
The last weekend of July ends with Mercury, our winged messenger, returning for an extended stay until early October in his hometown of Virgo, the sign which it rules. This year Mercury is making its 3 retrogrades in the earth signs, Virgo being the second retrograde of the year. Our rethink mode is to pull in the earthy practical details needed for what we want to make happen. The 2 plus months that Mercury will be staying in Virgo will help us iron out the details of any adventure ahead. Just be ready to go back to the drawing board more than once.
Have a wonderful July.
This full moon is a time to release fear and frustration from the past; let go and move forward. Cancer wants to be safe and can retreat from situations that challenge your comfort zone. Where do you play safe in life because you fear failed expectations or hurt feelings? Now is a time to challenge old patterns and break free from the cloak that once brought you safety but now is a deterrent to your growth.
Mercury is the strongest planet in the sky now (in its rulership), and is in a harmonious connection between Uranus and the Jupiter/Venus conjunction. In quiet moments you can have sudden insights that open up new possibilities to love and a happy heart. This can come through suddenly recognizing what your next step is, or from clearing out negative thoughts that have blocked your path.
Affirmations for the Capricorn Full Moon.
My work life and home life is in balance and brings me satisfaction.
I let go of any feelings of embarrassment or regrets from the past.
My emotional body is healthy. Others emotional tantrums do not alter my inner emotional space.
I am motivated to do what is needed for personal and professional growth.
I make time to listen to my higher self and open my mind and heart to new insights.
I feed my body mind and spirit nourishing food.
I surround myself with respectful caring individuals.
July is filled with several significant astrological events, including the Venus retrograde and Uranus station retrograde.
July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.