Hello lovely ones and happy July 1st! What an intense, emotional whirlwind the last few weeks have been, both on the global stage and for so many on a personal level.
I have debated long and hard about whether I wanted to write in depth about recent political matters and have decided not to at this juncture...
Instead, I feel it is important to focus on each of us and how we can work with the energies at play this month for our highest good and ultimately the greater good of all. So moving on to this month of July...
Let's start with the good news which is that Mars has finally stationed direct! The fiery red planet stopped his retrograde dance at 23 degrees of Scorpio and will now move forward in Scorpio and then back into Sagittarius. Even though the retrograde period is officially over Mars is still in his shadow retrograde retracing his steps.
By August 23rd he will be back a 9 degrees of Sagittarius - which is the position his retrograde started in - and we can expect matters that have been sluggish since April (likely to be in the Scorpio and Sagittarius ruled parts of our charts) to pick up pace now and by the end of August to be in full flow once again.
I have to say I am not a fan of Mars retrograde periods and am very glad that they only occur every couple of years.
As my ruling elements are fire and earth I actually embrace working hard, being practical and reaping the rewards of my efforts.
I dislike the lackluster energetic shift and actually find that there is more conflict in the world when people are more passive aggressive rather than direct with their anger issues which ultimately leads them to explode! Eeek!
For each of you as Mars picks up pace you will hopefully start to feel the energetic shift in the part of your chart that is ruled by Sagittarius and Scorpio. As many of you know I enjoy working with exact degrees so if you can check out your chart online and see what has 9 degrees of Sag - 23 degrees of Scorpio to see where mighty Mars will be back in full flow.
Also you can read my Instagram post which has a sign by sign guide to the impact of Mars going direct which also takes into account your solar chart (namely the chart which applies to each of the zodiac sun signs which each have their own solar chart as well as their unique natal chart).
Back to this month and the title of this blog post.
With the sun in watery, emotional Cancer for the majority of the month and indeed a beautiful new moon on July 4th in Cancer making a lovely aspect to dreamy, romantic Neptune in equally dreamy Pisces, this month has a much softer, more feminine, emotional energy.
It's a welcome break from Gemini season which had a more frenetic left brained, jittery feel to it.
Now many planets will cluster together in the Cancer part of the zodiac making for a much more right brained and heart centered time.
In perfect divine timing too because post certain political events, (alright, I will name the elephant in the room - post Brexit!) and with the US election creeping up, there has been so much debate with point scoring, arguing and debating and even friends falling out over their differing political opinions.
The thing is that Cancer season has returned with a timely reminder that ultimately we (largely) all want the same things. For us and our loved ones to be safe, happy, healthy, loved and thriving.
Of course there are some people none of us can ever find common ground with and/or who are just spoiling for a fight/like to troll and I think these people are best avoided and/or blocked - both online, and in real life.
But as for the rest of us, sometimes we just need to learn to respectfully agree to disagree and to stop trying to intellectually point score and 'win' our debates and instead to focus on what unites us rather than what separates us.
Cancer in the natural zodiac is the ruler of the 4th house of the home, family, our roots and our childhood - the private, domestic us. The deepest part of our soul's roots can be found by exploring the planets on the 4th house in our natal charts. Cancer goes deep.
It's a time for us all to delve into our hearts and love, to look around us and embrace those we consider our family - our blood relatives and our 'framily'. It's a time to get in touch with our emotions and embrace them fully (being mindful of the Cancerian shadow which is to get swept up in emotions and sometimes drown in them).
This is the time to allow ourselves to feel all that is coming up for us and not label it 'bad' or attempt to distance ourselves from 'negative' emotions in an attempt to be more spiritual or 'good'.
Feeling is healing and all of our emotions have an important role and necessary place in our lives and it is important that we allow ourselves to feel what comes up, to honor all of our feelings, ultimately to connect more deeply with our heart.
When we think of our home, family and our loved ones (all Cancer zodiac themes) we can all feel very sentimental, protective and fiercely loving.
If each person could work with their feelings and process them to connect to their heart center and the ultimate realization that the world (including all cultures, races, religions) is our family and home, well - then world peace will no longer be a pie in the sky idea.
One day it will happen, of that I am sure.
New moon in Cancer: 4th July
Annual Sun/Pluto opposition: 7th July
Full moon in Capricorn Tuesday 19th July
Sun moves into fiery Leo 22nd July
Uranus goes retrograde 29th July
Sending you all extra love and cosmic juju for a wonderful July