July 15 - 21
Your ruling planet and currently retrograde rebel Mars meets the south node again on Wednesday, bringing up themes from mid-June. This is another opportunity to reconnect with community members from your past, work out old issues with your current community, and figure out where you belong. Activist feelings are being renewed, as Mars in Aquarius is the archetypal revolutionary. There is the possibility of going berserk with the current placement, letting your values lead you on a rampage against the forces threatening yourself and others. As you know, this isn’t wise or sustainable. Share your passion with others and do what you can. Strategy and alliances are everything right now.
July 8 - 14
Venus into Virgo on Monday brings some healing balm to your daily routine. Mars retrograde is likely to have you feeling more enervated than usual, as the planet of action turns inward. Venus in the sign of the maiden is literally healing, through the beauty of herbs, teas, grains, and all manner of natural potions. Turn toward self-care this week with some witchy herbalism. Jupiter stations direct on Tuesday, continuing to lead you through an exploration of mystery throughout the next four months. You may not be making headway with mundane action right now, but you can certainly learn something from Jupiter about the mysteries of the occult, magic, money, sex, or death. It’s a good week for ancestor work, with Thursday’s partial solar eclipse in the sign of Cancer, the mother. Changes are happening at the foundations of your life. Your direction is shifting; you are moving; your career is changing in some way. Ancestors can help to guide and protect you through these types of changes. If you don’t already have a practice, consider setting up a few photographs of your beloved dead and making an offering--fresh spring water, coffee, or whiskey will do. Delve into the mysteries of the past at this new moon. Knowing where you came from helps to orient you when you don’t know where you’re going yet.
With Mercury on the north node in the friendly fire sign of Leo, the 4th should be a good time. Yes, Mars is retrograde, which pretty much forces you to stop moving forward and relax. Use this time to chill out and play. An independence day get-together will go well when you keep a positive attitude. Chiron stations retrograde on the 5th to go back over the same territory he’s been covering since April. Rest and heal if you have a break. This is what the Mars retrograde cycle is all about.
“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
— Desmond Tutu
This summer’s Mars retrograde is about revising or renewing your wishes, and that necessarily includes your wishes for your community. Ubuntu is often translated to “I am because we are.” Given that the ram’s signature phrase is “I am,” it’s worth thinking about who you are as a result of your society, the community who raised you, and the people you surround yourself with. Relieve any frustration you may have about achieving your own goals by giving back this month. You are an individual, and you are also a part of the greater whole. Chiron stations retrograde in your sign on the 5th, trekking back over the first two degrees for the rest of the summer. You could feel unusually unsure of who you are and what you want, which is why it’s a good idea to wait on any big actions until at least September. Eclipse season takes enough energy. The partial solar eclipse in Cancer on the 12th begins a mini-cycle of change in your home and/or vocation. Directions are shifting. Pay attention to your emotions around the changes that happen, as they will tell you something about what you want. Leo season is always about fun and self-expression for you, but that will probably be more internalized and private this Leo season, with Mercury stationing retrograde in that sign on the 26th. The total lunar eclipse on Mars retrograde follows one day later, on the 27th. The combination of these two events suggest that big changes are taking place in your community, and you’re revising the way you express yourself in order to adapt to those changes. You may find yourself going back over conversations that you’ve had before, returning to old creative projects, or considering new creative goals. Find an outlet for your inner fire this July, as we do all of this waiting and sifting. It will help to think of yourself as part of a greater whole. When in doubt, put your faith in others.