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Moving into July isn’t the same as moving into just any month, in the same way that moving into January isn’t. Moving into January we are moving into the New Year and moving into July we are moving into the second half of the year. It is at this halfway point that we get to look back over the year that has been and forward to the end of the year, knowing the year is now halfway through.

This might be symbolic, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful or important. This year though this is a little more than just symbolic, for there is definitely a different feel to the first and second half of the year.

Though to start with that might not seem the case. The dominating feature of the first half of the year has been challenges and tension. This was mainly because this year Jupiter is in Libra until October and we had an extraordinary amount of planets move through opposing sign Aries. Not only that, they were spread out. For example, the active point of any year for any particular part of your chart, whether there is long term planetary activity or not, is defined by how long it takes the faster moving planets to move through. By the faster moving planets I mean the Sun, Mercury, Venus and once every other year, Mars. In some areas of your chart it can take as little as five to six weeks from the arrival of the first to the departure of the last.

This year things became active in Aries when Mars returned in January and ended when Venus left on the 5th June. It was just five days later that Jupiter turned direct in Libra, ending a challenging five months and then turning the tide just days later.

Yet it is only now, as Jupiter spends his first full month in direct motion that the Libra ruled area of your chart is starting to move. As Jupiter is the planet of luck and expansion, finally things are starting to happen. One of the reasons why Aries was active for so long, was that Venus’ retrograde phase meant she spent nearly four months there. Yet ironically, the last planet to move into opposition with Jupiter is also the planet that will help turn not only Jupiter and the Libra ruled chart around, but the year itself

This comes with Venus’ late return to Gemini on the 5th July, where she will spend the rest of the month supporting and working with Jupiter, in fellow Air sign Libra.

To get to the 5th July however, we have to navigate some tense days that may cause us to think that nothing has really changed. What we have to get through is a Mars/Pluto opposition from the 2nd July to the 4th July. The planets moving through Cancer at this time each year will always move into opposition with Pluto in Capricorn. Or at least they will while Pluto is there, from 2008 to 2024.

What makes Mars and Pluto’s opposition more intense is that they are the planets of war and revolution and they like to do things in a dramatic and warlike way. Yet strip away the hype and this is simply a balance issue. The same balance issues will continue until Mars leaves Cancer on the 21st July and the Sun on the 23rd July. Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will detail what those balance issues are, along with how the rest of this month’s developments will impact you. 

This month’s Full Moon will fall in Capricorn on the 9th July, which will also be a catalyst for those balance issues. Yet once we clear the early days of the month it will be clear that we have moved into a different half of the year. If there is any doubt that will be allayed when Mercury returns to Leo on the 6th July. In the same way that Venus and Jupiter will come together to create a rise in the Air ruled areas of your chart, there is a real rise in the fire ruled areas as well.

The month begins with Eris in Aries aligned with Saturn in Sagittarius until the 7th July. These are the two planets that have been under pressure, Eris for much of the year and Saturn last month. When Mercury returns to fellow Fire sign Leo on the 6th July, he and all the planets that will return here will team up with them. With the North Node in Leo there is an element of fate in play and as first Mars returns on the 21st July and then the Sun on the 23rd July, this will only expand.

This month’s New Moon on the 23rd July will fall in Leo, as will next month’s New Moon. With next month’s New Moon a total solar eclipse, there are some major new beginnings developing in the Leo ruled area of your chart.

Any remaining tension this month will continue what has been a recurring theme this year and that has been a need for balance. With Jupiter in Libra, the sign of the scales and symbol of balance that is not surprising.

Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you a lot more information on what areas of your chart are being impacted, where, how and when and your Monthly Reports will get right down into the details.

All the very best for the coming month.
Anne Macnaughtan

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