July 2020 forecast – Back to normal?

July 2, 2020 (astrobutterfly.com)

I have good news and good news. July will finally give us some much-deserved cosmic relief.

This is the 1st month of the year that does not feature apocalyptic Saturn-Pluto conjunctions, Capricorn stelliums, eclipses, or Venus and Mercury retrograde at the same time.

Sometimes, no more “bad news” is all we need. And July should not disappoint.

Yes, we have an eclipse on July 5th, yes, Mercury is still retrograde for the first part of the month, but as we move into mid-July, the skies clear up. No more eclipses. No more Venus and Mercury retrograde. And even the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction subsides (we will have a third ‘hit’ in November, but until then, let’s get on with life).

July 1st, 2020 – Saturn In Capricorn

On July 1st, Saturn moves back into Capricorn to take care of some unfinished business.

Saturn in the same sign with Pluto is not the best news of the month, however, Saturn will not conjunct any planet (except for the Moon) while in Capricorn, so there are no more new “Saturn conjunct Pluto” developments, but rather tying up loose ends.

July 5th, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse In Capricorn

On July 5th, 2020 we have a Lunar Eclipse at 13° Capricorn. This is a South Node Eclipse so it is connected to our past.

The Eclipse is opposite Mercury retrograde and trine Uranus. All these aspects are separating. It’s like the Moon has “had enough” and it is now ready to move on.

Sometimes letting go of the past is difficult, but this is NOT one of those occasions. This is the very last eclipse in the Cancer/Capricorn axis. We are now truly ready to let go of what has become so obviously outmoded and out of date. Time to move on to greener pastures!

July 11th, 2020 – Chiron Goes Retrograde

On July 11th, 2020 Chiron stations retrograde at 9° Aries. Chiron is a symbol for healing.

When Chiron is direct, we try to find healing on the outside. We go to the doctor, to the shaman, to the spiritual teacher, to the therapist. We find teachers and mentors.

When Chiron is retrograde, we look for healing inside – we become our own medicine.

July 12th, 2020 – Mercury Goes Direct

Some good news! On July 12th, 2020 Mercury finally goes direct at 5° Cancer, and life goes back to normal.

Although we still have 5 retrograde planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron), keep in mind that when slow-moving planets are retrograde, that’s more or less business as usual.

Slow-moving planets are retrograde 40-45% of the time, that’s why they are not so disruptive. However, Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde ARE disruptive.

Last month we had both Venus and Mercury retrograde. June has been a very challenging month. July looks much better. Thank you, Mercury!

July 20th, 2020 – New Moon In Cancer

On July 20th, 2020 we have the 2nd New Moon in Cancer of the year, and the first “uneclipsed” New Moon in Cancer since 2017.

Life slowly comes back to normal, at least in the area of your life ruled by Cancer. This is not an easy New Moon because it is opposite Saturn. However, with Saturn, we know where we stand. We know that if we play by the rules, we’re fine.

And sometimes… especially in disruptive, unprecedented times, better the devil you know (Saturn) than the devil you don’t (North Node).

July 22nd, 2020 – Sun In Leo

On July 22nd, the Sun enters Leo, its favorite sign. No matter what your Sun sign is, this is the best time of the year to embody Sun’s qualities.

There’s no coincidence that in the Leo season everyone goes on holiday. The Sun is in Leo, that’s why. Similarly, we get more studious and responsible in September, when we are in the Virgo season. More interested in relationships in October (Libra season). And so on.

There’s another reason why Sun in Leo is such a great transit. We’ve been fire-deprived for a while now. All slow-moving planets are in Earth or Water signs.

When there is a Fire imbalance we feel that we’ve lost our compass. The Leo Fire is the Fire of Spirit, what makes us feel alive. No fire, no drive, no motivation to get things going.

The Sun in Leo will be in a sign-based trine to Mars in Aries and sign-based sextile to Venus in Gemini. The last week of July will be especially social, so you want to get yourself out there.

July 27th, 2020 – Jupiter Sextile Neptune

On July 27th Jupiter is sextile Neptune. This is a beautiful aspect between the two “spiritualists” of the zodiac, Jupiter (religion and spirituality in a social sense, e.g. going to church or to yoga classes) and Neptune (spirituality in a transcendental sense, being one with the Source, art, unconditional love).

It is time to find a higher meaning to what has been going on. Because there IS a higher meaning. Always.

–Astro Butterfly

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