This is an amazing month for you, Cancer, in this is your birthday season. You are discovering new facets of your unfolding self-concept at every turn, and some of this leads you to further consideration of weeks of ongoing inner work involving your partnerships as well as yourself. With the July 4th weekend and its mid-week aftermath, in the First Quarter Moon of July 6th, you are feeling into whatever it is that might be holding you back from taking your power; and by this, we mean not power over, but rather the potency to be more truly yourself. This is a vital consideration for you these days, as you deal as best you can with inner wounding and yet also with a view for the light at the end of the tunnel. A week later, the July 13th Full Moon in your opposite sign asks you to take yourself seriously, and your partners also. You are negotiating a powerfully climactic monthly cycle of seizing the day and embracing your evolving worldview. And this is not just any day, but rather the very one that you have all along been destined for.
The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge Aubut of Ninth House Astrology
The season of The Crab is well underway as the month begins, and yet July begins on a fresh note for you! This is because the recent June 28th New Moon in your sign offered a reset and initiated a new cycle related to your overall well-being. This fresh energy permeates much of the month and could allow you to clear up residual burdens to make way for new things to come into your life in the months ahead. July is all about what you want for yourself in a larger sense, and you should have the opportunity to at least draft a rough picture of what that might look like for you at this time. Jupiter in Aries in a perfect square with the New Moon brings an optimistic and broadening influence in the part of your chart that relates to your role in the world. This gives you a good sense of enthusiasm for your vocation and yet overdoing might translate as challenges that take you out of your comfort zone. Even though you are the one setting new things in motion, you might feel a certain level of apprehension about the path that lies ahead. Your unconscious process has been strong lately and could have intelligence on its own which sometimes could leave you feeling out of control, although it might also be said that a higher power is at the wheels. Faith in the universe to be on your side serves you well right now when you can muster up the trust that you are being guided and that everything is progressing as it should.
A few challenges are also indicated at the beginning of the month as Mars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn culminating on July 1st. Difficult relational dynamics are possible especially if there is pre-existing tension. Mercury in Gemini trines Saturn in Aquarius on the 1st and 2nd. This is a beneficial aspect that could help you take an analytical approach to conflicts that arise although a simultaneous square from nebulous Neptune in Pisces may bring more confusion. With both Mercury and Venus transiting in the part of your chart that relates to your unconscious process, it might feel easier to rationalize your emotions at this time than try to convey how you truly feel to someone.
Mars entering Taurus and Mercury entering Cancer on July 4th could bring a significant shift. It may feel easier to express yourself, thanks to the communication planet Mercury entering your sign, while Mars in Taurus transiting in the part of your chart that relates to your aspirations could bring an influx of energy for your dreams in the coming weeks.
The First Quarter Moon in Libra arrives on the 6th with a host of aspects that could find you juggling priorities at home and perhaps needing to focus on domestic matters for a few days. The second weekend of July could bring opportunities for integration, especially if you’ve felt out of place. The Sun in Cancer squares Chiron in Aries on the 7th and 8th, which may highlight uncertainties you’ve been feeling about the world and your place within it. You may need to acknowledge an aspect of yourself that is trying to liberate itself from a constraint while also desiring the safety that it offers. These contradictory impulses are actually quite natural – especially during times of change – and you may simply need to observe what comes up without judgment.
The Capricorn Full Moon in lands in your opposite sign on July 13th and will therefore highlight the important relationships in your life. A desire to feel supported may continue to be on your mind as the Full Moon culminates. Venus in Gemini is found in a beneficial trine with Saturn in Aquarius in this Full Moon, which may help you understand a relational dynamic with more maturity and detachment. This mid-July event could bring much-needed clarity, especially regarding your needs; you may be better able to meet others in a way that still respects your personal boundaries.
Mercury conjunct the Sun in your sign on the third weekend of July continues to bring clarifying insights and it may get increasingly easier to ask for what you need. On the days leading up to the 19th however you could meet some resistance as the Sun opposes Pluto. Your newfound solidity could rattle certain pre-existing relationships especially if they are built on shaky grounds.
Venus’s ingress into Cancer on the 17th brings a positive influence on relating. However, you may first have to assess a difficult dynamic with someone before you can fully enjoy her blessings. Tension could peak around the 19th when the Sun in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn and the Last Quarter Moon in Aries on the 20th makes for strong energy supporting transformational change, which might also bring out uncompromising attitudes.
Mercury enters Leo on the 19th, and the Sun follows suit on the 22nd emphasizing values, self-worth, and resources available to you. You might increasingly focus your attention on material security and have more energy to invest towards your goals as the Sun moves through Leo. An optimistic influence permeates the last week of July and it could feel a lot easier to go after what you want. You may be presented with new opportunities, especially when connecting with others. Relationships should feel easier thanks to Venus in your sign receiving support from Jupiter, on the 24th, which should endow you with charm and charisma. The planets are not distributing their blessings equally at the end of July but you are one of the lucky ones who could benefit from the energetic aspects to propel yourself forward.
The Leo New Moon takes place on July 28th, in the sign that corresponds to your values and resources sector. This new cycle also swings the focus to your finances, and with Jupiter well placed, the following month of August might be a fortunate one for you.
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