Month Ahead and Sun Sign horoscopes July 2018

by Agent 300 Rose Marcus


Mars in Aquarius retrograde: June 26 to August 27 (9:13 Aquarius to 28:37 Capricorn)

Mars out of bounds in south declination: July 8 to September 24

July 12: Partial Solar Eclipse, super new moon, 7:48 pm: (20:41 Cancer)

July 27: Total Lunar Eclipse, 1:20 pm: (4:45 Aquarius)

July 1: Juno enters Taurus: 1:45 am

July 10: Jupiter in Scorpio stations direct, 10:04 am (13:21 Scorpio)

July 21: Eris in Aries stations retrograde: 6:52 am

July 25: Mercury in Leo stations retrograde, 10:03 pm (23:27 Leo)

July 28: Ceres into Virgo: 2:01 am

**Please note all times listed are PDT, please check your local listing

Dates to watch: July 4, 5, 8 -13, 22 -30

Mars retrograde: June 26 to August 27

Mars in Aquarius turned retrograde on June 26. While the transit can let the air out of your tires, take you off your game, and is often experienced as thwarting influence, it is by no means diminished in strength or agenda. Don’t expect Mars retrograde to shoot with blanks.

When Mars travels retrograde, subjective awareness, desires, instincts, and impulses shift. We become aware of inner urges that are not heading in the same direction as they were before the retrograde started. The outer world shifts too. Either we pull the plug or it happens to us. 

Whether it is a natural progression or a radical redirection, Mars retrograde in Aquarius shifts the energy, politics, social climate, personal or sexual involvement. 

While Mars is retrograde, it is a good time for a personal regroup. Don’t struggle against it. This is not a cycle to push, it is a time to check in with yourself and to respond rather than keep on auto-pilot. Exhale. Take another breath. Exhale again. Pay heed to the part of your consciousness is clamouring for your attention. Mars retrograde calls for a pull back so that you can reflect with more objectivity, If or when you come to a sudden snap, that’s okay. It is clearing the debris away and setting you up for a critical next phase.

The Mars transit is of major note. Replacing Jupiter, it will be the fourth brightest planet in the sky for the next couple of months (after Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury). This is because Mars will be in its closest proximity to both the sun and the earth. Coinciding with a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius, Mars will reach its closest distance to the sun at its opposition (perehelic apparition) on July 26/27, 2018. The last time it came so close was in 2003. It had not been that close in 60,000 years! Mars will be at it closest distance to the earth a few days later (July 30/31). An interesting side note: at the start of 2003, North Korea withdrew from the NPT (Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty). 

Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer, July 12:

Although July 12 is a partial solar eclipse, it is sure to pack an emotional punch. Following on the heels of Jupiter ending its four month retrograde cycle, the eclipse is in Cancer, it opposes Pluto in Capricorn, and it is also a super moon. Setting a new reality into play, this eclipse can be eventful for you personally if you are born on or near it or your natal chart holds planets at 20 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn.) If it doesn’t hit your chart directly, you can feel the ripple effect of the worldly reality instead.

The eclipse marks the beginning for an end that has been long in the work. At the same time, it is a defining and cementing time for the new reality. The past serves a springboard or a portal. Note also that while eclipses are acceleration catalysts and tend to bring about sudden and often dramatic or jarring change, the fall-out effect or rebuilding mandate of July 12 eclipse could be long and drawn out.

This eclipse can prove to be a precursor for 2020 when a stellium of planets will line up at 20 Capricorn (where Pluto is right now.)  Expect whatever is in the works now to take time to cement and/or to carry long term influence or consequence. The eclipse puts all matters to do with family (special attention on parent/child and role reversals regarding such) aging, the old and the young; home and real estate; home base/home office; nurturance and nourishment; crops and food production. The eclipse features safety, security, protection, self preservation, borders, boundaries; everything to do with domestic life, our personal and private lives, public and national matters too. An earth trine accompanies the eclipse: Venus in Virgo, Ceres in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus. This earth trine suggests there is good potential to begin important, even critical, healing, correction, repair work, upgrades and improvements.

July 10, Jupiter in Scorpio ends the retrograde cycle it began on March 8. Note that it will be freshly on the move along (moving out of station) at the time of the solar eclipse. Increasing the potential scope and the potential action, Jupiter in Scorpio taps the undercurrents, the hidden sources and resources; it also adds an extra layer of karmic intensity to the happenings of the here and now. 

Total full moon eclipse in Aquarius, July 27, 2018:

Happening 2 days after Mercury in Leo begins its retrograde cycle, the total full moon eclipse in Aquarius on July 27 can be quite jarring or catapulting. Anything goes. The heat turns up, hot buttons can be pushed.  Hotwired for action, Mars, retrograde in Aquarius, is conjunct the eclipse moon. Mars is also opposite the sun (the midpoint of the Mars retrograde cycle) and in its closest proximity to the earth since 2003. Mars triggers the south node a few days before the July 27 total lunar eclipse. This implies a more dynamic/cut to the chase karmic replay to undertakings and happenings. We can see the workings of eclipse for weeks before the actual event. Mars will be in its closest proximity to the earth on July 30/31.

The total full moon eclipse is also in dynamic tension to Uranus in Taurus. In addition to tense social, economic and political climates, the eclipse could produce something notable regarding geo-physical activity or weather extremes, i.e. high summer temperatures, drought conditions, forest fires, more volcanic or earthquake activity. Of no surprise, the effects of global warming are now far too obvious to ignore. An eclipse in Aquarius can also raise the potential for accidents, sudden outbursts, surprise or shock, emancipation bids, rebellions, revolts, violence, and terrorism.

Mercury in Leo is retrograde from July 25 to August 18. Coinciding with the eclipses (present and recently past), expect someone or something from the past to show up again. Mercury in Leo retrograde taps from a creative wellspring. One way or another, it is a consciousness raising transit. Use the transit to re-center, replenish and re-energize yourself.

On a completely different note, the lunar eclipse could simply mark a good time to take a vacation or a break. With Venus trine Pluto during the eclipse, something unexpected could prove to be timely, opportune, or profitable.

There’s one last eclipse to mention – another super new moon partial solar eclipse in Leo on August 11. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is still sparing with Uranus in Taurus, but Venus (ruler of Taurus and partner to Mars) is in trine so it’s a good transit for relationship matters (especially regarding lovers, children and fathers), pleasure pursuits, travel, creative endeavours, making the most of it and getting yourself moving in a new direction. 





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