July 2018 – Don’t Let Frustration Drive You

Important astrological energies for the month of July 2018:

  • Jupiter in Scorpio turns direct on July 10, 2018. Jupiter went stationary retrograde on March 8, 2018.
  • Partial Solar Eclipse with Sun and Moon in Cancer occurs on July 12, 2018. This is the third eclipse of the year.
  • Mercury in Leo turns stationary retrograde on July 26, 2018. It will remain retrograde until August 19, 2018.
  • Total Lunar Eclipse with the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius occurs on July 27, 2018. This is the fourth eclipse of the year.

Don’t Let Frustration Drive You

By Misty Kuceris ©2018

As the month of July begins, Venus forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde on July 1st. With Venus in the sign of Leo, you’re concerned about how you approach life and love. You want to go out and have fun. You want to be the center of attraction. Yet with the quincunx to Pluto retrograde you feel as if other people aren’t respecting you. You feel as if others are trying to find a way to manipulate you. What you need to do is find your center of power so you can learn that true love doesn’t come with conditions from others. And, more importantly, true love comes from your own sense of well-being.

You may find it difficult to communicate on July 2nd as Mercury forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde. You feel as if other people aren’t listening to you. Or, if they are listening to you, you feel as if they are criticizing your concerns. This is an important time to pay attention to what others are saying. There may be some value in their words. Or, you may need to pay attention to your own form of communication style. Perhaps you are criticizing others and they are only reacting to what you’re saying. If you believe that you are communicating openly and still feel some hostility from others, pull back on your words and realize you’re not speaking with the right people.

On July 3rd, Mercury forms a conjunction to the Moon’s North Node and a few hours later Ceres forms a trine to Uranus.

As Mercury forms the conjunction to the Moon’s North Node, you find yourself thinking about future plans and how you want to achieve those goals. This is a good time to write down your thoughts and perhaps even create a story board of important goals. If you haven’t created a story board before, it’s actually easy. You write down goals, if possible in one word, and find pictures or affirmations that represent those goals. Paste those pictures or affirmations on a poster board (your story board) and place the board in a location where you can look at it. What this does is enable your subconscious mind to focus on your goals without distracting you from your daily routine.

If you don’t want to create a story board, take the time to identify your goals by writing them down on a list and determining a date when you want to achieve those goals. If you do this, make certain that the goals are incremental so they are achievable. For example, you don’t want to say I’d like to be happy or I’d like to have money. Instead, you list what you need in life to be happy or financially secure and create a plan to achieve the specifics on your list.

As Ceres moves into the trine to Uranus, you’ll feel inspired as new ideas just seem to flow into your conscious mind. You may want to make changes in either your home or work environment. You may realize that you need to compromise on some of your steps as you move towards achieving your goals. With Ceres in Virgo, the lesson to learn is to simplify your life: Learn to delegate tasks to others.

When Ceres forms the quincunx to Chiron on July 4th, you may want to make certain that people in your environment are supporting your efforts. This isn’t always easy with a quincunx because other people may feel that you aren’t moving in the right direction. Chiron is sometimes called the wounded healer. Ceres is sometimes called the great compromiser. What you may find is that you’re too busy helping others to the point that you’re not taking care of your own needs. Any stress that you’re feeling today may actually be your body’s way of telling you that you need to take care of yourself first.

On July 5th, Chiron in Aries turns stationary retrograde and Mercury forms an opposition to Mars retrograde a few hours later. You may feel a little frustrated today without totally understanding why.

Chiron will be retrograde until December 9, 2018. It re-enters the sign of Pisces on September 25, 2018 when in retrograde motion and is in the sign of Pisces when it turns direct.

Chiron retrograde means it’s time need to look to the so you can understand how you make life more difficult by holding on to pain instead of healing from the pain. Usually with Chiron in Aries it becomes easier to let go of past pain because you just want to move forward with your life. But the fact that Chiron retrograde will return to the sign of Pisces on September 25, 2018 means that you may be letting your fears control your life. Take time during this retrograde period to understand what happened in your past and determine if any negative energies from that event. What you aren’t able to release now, you will be able to release in September 2018.

As Mercury forms the opposition to Mars retrograde you may feel anger emerging from your subconscious mind. Part of this may come from a sense that other people aren’t respecting your opinions. Or, you may feel that other people are taking you for granted. This is not an easy time to communicate with others if you let your anger or emotions drive you. Do the best you can to think before you speak so you don’t say something in anger that you’ll regret later.

It’s important to continue watching what you say on July 9th as Mercury forms a square to Jupiter retrograde. Once again you may feel frustrated about some real or perceived slight that someone in your past has committed against you. You may even feel as if you want to get even with someone since Jupiter retrograde is in Scorpio. But vengeance is not a good idea. It will only make the problem worse. The best way to release any negative attitudes today is to use the energies of Mercury and Jupiter to realize what a wonderful spiritual being you are.

Later in the day, Venus enters the sign Virgo. Venus is not always comfortable in the sign of Virgo because Venus represents passion while Virgo represents detachment. But this detachment can be very useful. If you were frustrated with another person because you felt slighted, you’ll be able to detach from that frustration and realize there is something else going on. Once again, you’ll be able to realize what a wonderful spiritual being you are. You may also be able to disentangle yourself from anyone else’s negativity.

When Ceres forms the trine to Saturn retrograde and Jupiter in Scorpio turns direct on July 10th, you realize you can create a plan for success.

Ceres forming a trine to Saturn retrograde is very powerful. You understand what’s important in life and you’re willing to do what it takes to achieve your goals. For this reason, you know if and where you need to compromise. You also realize that you have the right structure in place to succeed. Since Saturn is retrograde, take a look at some past projects you worked on that were successful. This retrospective will give you the information you need to know how to create a pathway to success.

Jupiter turns stationary direct a few hours after Ceres forms the trine to Saturn retrograde. Jupiter went retrograde on March 8, 2018. During the time period that it was retrograde, you may have considered various options for future changes yet you weren’t sure where to begin. Now you have a lot of answers to those questions. With Jupiter in Scorpio you may need to throw out a lot of debris that is hampering your ability to move forward. It’s possible that you accumulated too much baggage, either emotional or physical.

On a professional level (especially if you own your own business), you may have looked at your financial situation and realized that you needed to make changes in how you approached certain projects. Perhaps you were evaluating a marketing plan. Or perhaps you were considering looking for a new job with better financial stability. Now is the time to put many of your plans into actions.

When Venus forms a trine to Uranus on July 11th, you find new experiences entering your life. Perhaps you meet a new individual which can lead to romance. Or, perhaps you’ve been looking for a new job and an offer is made. You may even receive some unexpected information regarding a family member that brings you joy. If you’re open to new ideas and concepts, you’ll find this to be a very exciting day.

Before the third eclipse of the year occurs on July 12th, Venus forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde and Mercury forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. These energies will be felt in the eclipse.

When Venus forms the quincunx to Chiron retrograde you need to be careful. While you want to help others, it’s important that you continue taking care of your own needs. Don’t let other people take advantage of you.

With Mercury forming the quincunx to Neptune retrograde, it’s easy to be deceived today. You’re not getting all the facts. Even if you are getting some form of information, that information keeps changing. If possible, don’t make any decisions today which could impact your future. If you have to make a decision today, don’t be surprised if you need to change it later on.

The third eclipse of the year occurs on July 12th when a partial solar eclipse with Sun and Moon in Cancer occurs. This is going to be a very intense eclipse. Both the Sun and Moon form an opposition to Pluto retrograde. This could indicate a problem with the bond market. Or, it could indicate problems with taxes.

On a personal level, you may need to throw garbage out of your life. Or, you may need to be careful that other people don’t try and manipulate you to do things that they want and things you don’t want. Eclipses obscure matters so you won’t necessarily understand the power struggles that are occurring in your life. Be wary today and don’t make any commitments unless you totally understand what that commitment means in your life especially since the energies of Venus forming a quincunx to Chiron retrograde and Mercury forming a quincunx to Neptune are so strong in this chart.

On July 16th, Mercury forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde and Venus forms a conjunction to Ceres.

When Mercury forms the quincunx to Pluto retrograde, be very careful with communications. People may be trying to convince you of situations which may help them but not you. It’s important that you don’t let other people get you angry. They don’t have your interests at heart. And, they may be trying to get you angry in order to keep you off balance.

As Venus forms a conjunction to Ceres later in the day, you feel better. You’re able to understand your needs. You realize that compromise may not help the situation today but at least you’ll realize how important it was that you didn’t let anger keep you off balance.

On July 20th, Mars retrograde forms a conjunction to the Moon’s South Node: Both are in the sign of Aquarius. This is the second time this conjunction occurs in this triad sequence. The first time that it occurred was on June 8, 2018 when Mars was direct. The last time this will occur is on September 26, 2018 when Mars is once again direct.

In mundane astrology, Aquarius represents allies, social organizations, and Congress. Mars represents the desire to move quickly into action: not always thinking about the consequences. The Moon’s South Node represents either the fears that a leader uses to motivate the public or past events which need to be reviewed before you can move forward.

When Mars formed the conjunction to the Moon’s South Node in June, several major events occurred: President Donald Trump attended the G7 meeting in Canada on June 8, 2018. He left the summit early so he could travel to Singapore for his meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un from North Korea on June 12, 2018. In addition, Trump had adopted a zero tolerance policy on illegal immigrants which forced many children to be separated from their families once the families asked for asylum in the United States. On June 20, 2018, Trump rescinded a portion of this policy with an Executive Order stating families would no longer be separated when they crossed the border. However, Trump did change from his stance of a zero tolerance for illegal immigrants.

All the events created a shift in world politics among former allies. After signing a joint communique at the G7 summit, Trump decided that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during a press conference, insulted him. In several tweets, Trump removed the United States as a signatory. With Kim, Trump insisted that he met a wonderful man and they signed a statement working towards peace although there were no specifics. Trump also cancelled military exercises that were scheduled between the United States and South Korea in August 2018. Religious leaders, including those who supported Trump, stated that the separating families was inhumane and cried out for its repeal.

When Mars forms a conjunction to the Moon’s South Node, events from the past need to be addressed so they don’t create problems for your future goals. With Mars now retrograde, you need to re-evaluate any steps you took in June. Finding answers or solutions won’t be easy at this time. You may not even know all the facts until September when Mars is in direct motion and this aspect occurs again.

The United States government isn’t the only government that in June 2018 reached back into the past to try and create new policies for the future. Nor is it the only government which tried to change the status quo. Any government actions which occurred in June 2018 won’t show their results right now. Rather, there will be more actions occurring behind the scenes which the public won’t see until September 2018.

In your personal life it’s important to review what occurred around June 8th when this conjunction first occurred. You may have rushed into situations without understanding all the consequences of your actions. If you did, you’ll need to make some adjustments or corrections now so the end result in September 2018 can be a positive one. If you don’t remember any important events around the start of June 2018, take the time today to review past experiences and see if there were any lessons learned which can help you plan for your future. You may want to limit commitments you’ve made to social organizations. Or, you may want to spend more time refining your goals so you can have increased success. You may even want to re-evaluate your relationships with friends to make certain you’re receiving the emotional support you need.

As Venus forms a sextile to Jupiter later in the day, you feel more optimistic. You know that you can refine your goals. You feel that situations will occur in your favor. You may even want to spend more time with your friends.

When the Sun enters the sign of Leo on July 22nd, you want to go out into the world and relax. You don’t want to take anything too seriously. Both the Moon and Chiron retrograde form a trine to the Sun indicating that this is a good day to take care of your needs. You’ll even feel that you can heal from some old wounds which were preventing you from moving forward with your life.

Be very careful on July 24th, as Venus forms the opposition to Neptune retrograde, especially with financial matters. You aren’t getting all the facts. There are hidden costs involved. You may end up paying a lot more for things later.

This is also not a good day for relationships. You may think that you’ve met your soulmate. But you’re only seeing what you want to see and not what’s really there. If you believe that you’ve met your soulmate, take time to get to know the person. Don’t rush into any commitments.

Mercury in Leo turns stationary retrograde on July 26th. It will remain retrograde until August 19, 2018. When Mercury is in Leo, you tend to try and see the positive in life. You may also overstate the value of situations in your life. You may boast too much. When Mercury in Leo goes retrograde you understand the importance of humility. You can get into trouble if you boast too much. Also, you don’t quite want to be the center of attention right now. You tend to step back a bit and let other people get their way.

On July 27th, two spectacular astronomical events occur. You’ll only see one of them if you live in North America, but you’ll see them both if you live in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. These events? The Mars opposition and the Blood Moon total lunar eclipse, with the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius. On top of that all Venus forms a trine to Pluto retrograde a few hours later.

As Mars forms an opposition to the Sun, it is at its closest approach to the earth in fifteen years and shines a brilliant red in the sky. The total lunar eclipse which occurs will be the longest in this century. It won’t be until June 9, 2123 that an eclipse this long will occur next. The total portion of the eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes while the partial phases will last over six hours.

With Mars retrograde in Aquarius right now, you may feel as if you can’t get thing going. You may even feel as if other people aren’t giving you the support you need. But this Mars opposition also indicates that you need to understand how important it is to stand up for your rights. This energy is about understanding who you are and embracing the best of your nature.

Even with the eclipse, you may feel conflicted between putting yourself first and helping others. On one hand, you want to do things which promote your need to succeed. On the other hand, you want to help other people who are confused about their own direction in life. In actuality, this eclipse represents the importance of finding a balance between helping yourself and others. Since the Sun also represents your heart, it’s time to feel some compassion for people who are in need. And, since the Moon represents emotions, it’s a time to realize that one of the best ways of helping others is to let them move on with their own lives while you show support for their growth.

With the Moon forming a conjunction to Mars retrograde, you may find old situations are coming back into your life that you need to resolve. These old situations may cause frustration today because you thought they were resolved before. But you may feel some anger. The best way to use this energy is to pay attention to any anger which may surface. It could be your body’s way of telling you not to ignore the matter anymore but face it head-on and solve it once and for all.

It helps that Venus forms a trine to Pluto retrograde later in the day. You feel passionate about your life and how you want to solve problems. You realize that you don’t need to take these matters on just by yourself. You find that other people are willing to support you in resolving old problems.

As the month of July ends, Ceres forms a sextile to Jupiter on July 31st. You know what you need to do in life. If you have to compromise, you know just what needs to be accomplished for the best results. If you want to take care of your environment, you feel comfortable about making changes in your home.