TUE JULY 29 As this day begins and the last 72 hours of July 2014 are etched into the record books, Mercury – which started the month motionless in its switch from retrograde to direct – now is traveling at approximately 2 degrees per day. The Messenger of the Gods planet will keep up this speedy movement for around another two weeks. The faster Mercury travels – relative to the Earth’s vantage point – the quicker human senses and response times to a wide variety of stimuli may become. In addition, right now Mercury makes a constructive, 60-degree rapport with Pallas (2:09AM) – reinforcing problem-solving skills across the board. Interest in martial arts programs and exercise regimes is on the rise – thanks to a 135-degree contact between Mars and Chiron (5:36PM). Learn more about the stock, bond, currency, commodity and real-estate markets to enhance your investment planning during a fairly rare and inspirational, 72-degree link between Vesta in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn (6:52PM). Sewing, knitting, repairing equipment, weeding, clean-up campaigns, arts, crafts and hobbies capture you via their gravitational pull with the Moon energizing efficiency-oriented Virgo. Some sensible souls like to simplify their lives under this multi-talented sixth sign of the zodiac. However, illusions and fantasies can temporarily trump reality later on when the Sun forms an off-kilter, 150-degree link-up with Neptune (9:45PM). It is wise to avoid signings, legal agreements, and long-term commitments in the several hours leading up to this celestial formation and for several hours afterwards as confusion and chaos may be a haunting presence in the psychic atmosphere.
WED JULY 30 Take a good look at your dietary and nutritional needs under Virgo Moon. Learning more about vitamins, minerals, seasonings, herbs and all the little things that lead to better health are second nature to this zodiacal influence. Experiment with different artistic media and techniques to enhance your creative repertoire as the Moon forms a supportive, 60-degree sextile with Venus (1:27AM). Keep the productivity going strong in your main fields of expertise despite a potentially sour note being sounded as Mercury in Cancer squares off with Ceres in Libra (3:12PM). However, this 90-degree liaison between alert Mercury and nurturing Ceres can be just the catalyst helping you more fully explore the various ways to strengthen your body and immune system. Vesta and her themes associated with home and hearth, safety and security, insurance and investment concerns, secretive organizations (like the FBI, CIA, NSA), esoteric groups, fellowship and sisterhood gatherings, and the Eternal Flame are back in the spotlight as this important asteroid switches allegiance from Libra to Scorpio (4:43PM). Vesta remains in this powerful, intense sign – joining forces with Mars and Saturn, which are already strongly activating Scorpionic archetypes – until October 6. Don’t let any wayward emotions get the best of you as Wednesday night morphs into Thursday morning. Helping you be mentally clear and intuitively sharp is the lunar orb making its monthly rendezvous with Pallas (reaching exactitude at 12:18AM tomorrow).
THU JULY 31 If you were anticipating an uncomplicated and sedate end to July, look elsewhere. While the monthly Moon-Pallas union in Virgo (12:18AM) is definitely an enhancement regarding problem solving and strategic thinking, and a Moon-Mercury supportive, 60-degree tie (7:49AM) sounds friendly enough, there are celestial rumblings afoot that may be auguring for a testy, disturbing start to August. The Moon-Mercury accord at 7:49AM also begins a short void-of-course lunar cycle that continues until 9:10AM when the Moon enters Libra – reminding you to focus attention on improving primary partnerships. Mercury – quickening its pace, as reported in this calendar two days ago – now enters fiery, heart-centered, and outgoing Leo (3:47PM) until August 15. There is additional good news coming from a mentally-expansive, enthusiasm-building 60-degree contact between the Moon in Libra and Jupiter in Leo (4:03PM). However, sustaining these ebullient and gregarious themes is the hard part today as tensions mount due to Mercury squaring Vesta in fixed, power signs (8:48PM) while Venus in Cancer forms the same kind of potentially vexing, 90-degree aspect with radical-change agent Uranus in Aries (9:44PM). Not only are these two possibly discordant alignments tough cosmic cookies to deal with, but they set the stage for a frenetic Friday August 1 when Venus moves on to connect with Saturn and Chiron in a grand triangle, Uranus attempts to short-circuit Ceres, Mercury clashes with healing-master Chiron, and – last but not least – Mars in Scorpio jousts dangerously with Jupiter in Leo. Realize as well that all of these upcoming sky patterns are already impinging on your psyche as the forces nearing exactitude are sending out their dynamic influence before they actually occur. Strive for emotional tranquility and peace of mind overnight in order to be a pillar of strength for distraught loved ones.
Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.
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Highlights of the July 2014 Cosmic Calendar
By Mark Lerner
It is not every month of a year that begins with the bang of Mercury halting its retrograde cycle and turning direct -- especially in its outgoing, home sign of Gemini. This is the cosmic situation as July 2014 gets going with the fanfare of the Messenger of the Gods planet now starting slowly going forward, but eventually reaching a top daily speed of over 2 degrees of the zodiac per day at the end of July and during the first dozen days of August. Most people -- who learn about astrology, on any level of knowledge -- distrust the Mercury reverse cycle and feel much more confident to be successful in worldly projects when this crucial celestial body moves in tandem with the Sun and Moon, which never go backwards in the zodiac. Thus, it is wise and sensible to give thanks to Mercury in its capacity to strengthen your five senses, communication skills and learning abilities across the board since this planet will not go retrograde again until October 4.
July's Full Moon -- the time-period of maximum solar-lunar enlightenment pouring into humanity -- takes place on Saturday the 12th. It represents the crescendo of what was released into our earthy life back on June 27 during the most recent New Moon. The Full Moon activates 21 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn - degrees that just happen to coincide with the Heliocentric Orbit of Pluto. These two degrees of our zodiac are where the entire orbital life of Pluto impresses itself into the human, animal, plant and mineral kingdoms on Earth. Therefore, even though every Full Moon is powerful, the one coming up this month carries a lot of deep-seated emotion and underworld vibrations that can either increase your spiritual willpower and mental concentration or pour salt on old psychic wounds.
The planet Jupiter takes about a year to go through one sign of the zodiac, and this important planet of social activity, the power of positive thinking, and success in Big Business enters the regal sign of Leo on July 16. The Sun will catch up with the striped, giant planet on July 24, and they will still be only 1+ degree apart during the New Moon of Leo that takes place on Saturday July 26 and which ushers in a new 29.5-day solar-lunar dance in the heavens. The unmistakable message of having the largest planet in our solar system -- forming its first alliance in 12 years with the Sun in the Sun's own sign of Leo -- is for each of us to become formidable agents of goodwill and to help redirect the Earth toward its higher destiny in the universe.
In between the entry of Jupiter into Leo on July 16 and the Sun-Jupiter annual conjunction on July 24, two other crucial planets take center stage in all of our lives. Back-to-back, on Sunday July 20 and Monday July 21, Saturn and Uranus make stations -- with Saturn in Scorpio turning direct and Uranus in Aries turning retrograde. Nevertheless, it is always rather disconcerting for human souls when planets of very opposite meaning become ultra-powerful (something that occurs when a planet is motionless from the Earth's vantage point). Plus, Saturn and Uranus just happen to be doing their halts nearly simultaneously and almost precisely in an off-kilter, 150-degree link to one another. How will you react when Saturn's conservative, traditional and highly structured themes play out on July 20 only to be forced to shift one day later to responding to a Uranian onslaught of surprises, topsy-turvy conditions, shockwaves, flashes of genius and the totally unpredictable being in the driver's seat?
The end of July and the onset of August is no walk in the park due to a sudden flare-up of Mercury, Venus and Mars altercations with other members of our solar systemic federation. In particular, Mercury will be at loggerheads with sisterhood-enhancing Vesta while Venus duels with eccentric Uranus, and Mars in passionate Scorpio decides to rage against King of the Gods Jupiter in heart-centered Leo.
This seventh month of a numerological 7 year (2014 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 4 = 7) offers the chance to make fantastic gains across the board -- especially with Mercury in forward motion and Jupiter reinforcing the Sun's mighty presence in Leo. Nevertheless, you want to have your psychic radar working 24/7 since the Saturn-Uranus stations of July 20 - 21 may heavily influence events for up to a week before and after.
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