Date: July 26th - August 19th
Mercury once again retrogrades, July 26th - August 19th in the sign of Leo. Leo represents happiness, romance, risks, pleasure, childhood, creativity, entertainment and the heart, to name just a few of its attributes. While this retrograde is in action, as with all retrogrades, it’s a time of reflection and introspection. Outward activity will not go as planned, there will be different outcomes and results than expected. There will also be obstacles, difficulties and delays. Mercury rules travel, communication, business, projects, plans, ideas, learning, siblings, relatives and neighbors. so if taking a vacation during this time, expect problems and with all the other areas mentioned too. Studying a new topic/subject could yield positive results. Also looking at childhood issues affecting happiness and love will bear fruit. However, not a good time to start a new romance or go back to an old one.
The “message” of Mercury retrograde in Leo is, sort out what makes you happy, what you want out of love and how to create a better life overall. The planning of a new creative project would be a good idea. However, the main word to remember is to plan not implement. There will be time later for implementation, right now focus on re-arrangements from within.
Cycle: Solar Eclipse
Date: July 12th
A solar Eclipse will always indicate a major new beginning, a time for planting seeds for better things to come. During this aspect and often a month or so before, opportunities begin to formulate in certain areas of life depending on the sign the Solar Eclipse occurs. In the sign of Cancer a Cardinal water sign, anything connected to the home, security, emotions, water, breast, stomach, fertility and foundation of life, will be a main focus. Because Cancer rules the 4th house, which is considered a house that represents endings, (the other houses that represent this are the 8th & 12th), something new will emerge initiating closure where needed the most, in any of the aforementioned areas.
The symbol of Cancer is the crab, they appear hard and insensitive on the outside but are really soft and vulnerable on the inside, very sensitive and easily hurt. As a Cardinal sign, Cancer will pursue its goals in secret and unconscious ways, demonstrating the Cardinal traits of being initiating, goal oriented and restless. Cancer is protective, resourceful, cautious and shrewd, it therefore takes a while to get to know them well. Their private life is theirs and will resist prying eyes that are not welcome. Therefore when this Solar Eclipse occurs it could herald the beginning of certain secrets connected to the home/foundation of life, being brought to light by the Solar power of the Sun.
Cycle: Lunar Eclipse
Date: Jul 27th
As the Solar Eclipse highlights new beginnings, the Lunar Eclipse highlights major endings in the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, concentrated, stubborn and persistent, expressing themselves through friends and groups of people. Idealistic, independent, revolutionary, inventive and detached with a love for freedom. These are the characteristics Aquarius is best known. Similar to the energies of the Solar Eclipse, the Lunar Eclipse will be felt a month or so prior to the actual aspect.
There will be signs that something is coming to an end, although with Aquarius it’s usually abrupt and very unexpected, the feeling of having the “rug puled from underneath”. The area of life affected will largely depend on the house of the actual Eclipse in an individual’s chart and if you look back to the months prior, evidence of the Lunar Eclipse coming to pass can be seen.
Even though events and timing of the Eclipse can be unsettling, it should be noted that between the time of the Lunar Eclipse July 27th, until the next Solar Eclipse August 11th, there will be indications that new doors of opportunity are opening. Whether these doors lead to a positive outcome or not, will depend on what happens in July and how the effect of the lunar Eclipse is dealt with. However as long as its understood that as “one door closes another opens. The “sweeping” changes of July will be a precursor to new beginnings in the months ahead, foreseen or unforeseen.
Money: The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo on January 31st, affects money, material possessions and self-worth. This aspect indicates the end of your existing format of making money, that probably made you happy in the beginning but quite frankly you’ve outgrown. By the time the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius occurs August 11th, the Universe will have brought several new opportunities for you to choose from. During this time, when Mercury retrogrades in Leo, July 26th - August 18th, the Past and/or sameness will re-enter your life. It may seem tempting to rekindle your financial comfort zone, but be warned, the results won’t be as lucrative as you expect. On February 15th, the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius presents an unexpected offer, to form joint financial partnerships with others. It would be a good idea to at least explore what is being presented, so you have an idea of what can possibly be achieved. Because this Eclipse is in the 8th house, karma is likely to be involved, something form the past being repeated. Therefore, use caution and patience while involved with this scenario. You may even experience deja vu with the person/situation.
The next New moon Spoiler Eclipse is in Cancer, your sign on July 12th, bringing certain problems/difficulties with people in positions of power/authority to a head, influencing you to protect your home, security and/or rights. By the time the last Full Moon in Aquarius happens July 27th, joint financial partnerships that began in February could be over because of not being on the same page. This particular aspect could bring up old issues/memories, especially with Mars retrograde in Aquarius, June 26th - August 27th. Be warned conflict and arguments are very likely.
Currently Jupiter is in Scorpio until November 8th, when it moves into Sagittarius for one year and your house of work, service and health. At the moment you’re dealing with issues of happiness, love, childhood, risk and creativity. Which means you really have to transform your God given talents into something that the public wants and can increase finances. Doing the same thing that you know best has run its course and a new chapter/page in your Book of Life has to be started. Once Jupiter moves into the work sector of your life, employees/employers will feature strongly. Another sign from the Universe to “push” you in a new direction of work that does a better job of serving your needs and you’re surrounded by healthy people. You have time to think about this and come to a better understanding of your own needs, worth and value. Use the Sagittarius cycle wisely, to write things down, plan, map out your way and take action! Don’t just talk about the things you’re planning to do. You should have some amazing ideas during the Sagittarius 12 month cycle, meeting new people who are ready and willing to help you. When Mercury retrogrades in Sagittarius, November 16th - December 6th, you may have to stop and go back to the planning phase, to strengthen your ideas and think bigger and better.
Career, goals and ambitions are all up for change while Uranus in Aries sits in this house until May 15th, then finally November 6th 2018 - March 7th 2019. Without a doubt career change will be a major focus in 2018 and even more so when Uranus moves into Taurus and your house of hopes and wishes, May 15th - November 6th, then permanently March 7th 2019 - July 2025. If you try to hold onto to tightly, with those Cancer crab claws, you’ll only succeed in hurting yourself and personal success. Let the Universe help you step out of your protective financial shell.
Sex: With Jupiter in your house of love until November 8th, you must not ignore the issues that come to the surface as a result of Jupiter's magnifying affect. In spite of this, you must use this transit well and confront things that may have been hidden but are now in plain sight for you to deal with. Regardless of how bad it may seem, you do have the power to transform love into something that brings happiness to you and your partner. So try to avoid repeating mistakes from the past.
With Pluto being joined in Capricorn by Saturn in your house of long-term relationships, a similar situation is indicated, except for the fact that manipulation/jealousy, whether from you or your partner can’t continue to weaken the structure of the relationship. You have to get to the root cause of this once and for all. You both have to take more responsibility for what you want the relationship to be. Throughout this cycle, love your partner for who they are, not out of fear or for who you want them to be, because they’re not able to live up to your expectations. Compassion and understanding, with a does of tolerance, would help a great deal. Unfortunately, you have to face/deal with the fact, you’re still stuck in old traditions concerning love and really need a more updated view of things. Try to come to an agreement/commitment that both you and your partner are happy and comfortable with. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you both agree. The retrogrades of Pluto April 22nd - September 30th and Saturn, April 17th - September 6th, both in Capricorn, could bring back old lovers to “test” the stability/commitment of your love-life. Just remember to stay on the right side of Natural Law and avoid causing unnecessary pain/sorrow to your partner.
Power: With Uranus in Taurus moving into your house of groups, friends, hopes and wishes, May 15th - November 6th and again permanently on March 7th 2019 - July 2025, separation/change with certain individuals during this time is inevitable. This will occur over time but deep down you already know you’ve outgrown certain individuals. In particular, if you have financial investments/partnerships with friends or groups of people, you may experience loss of money because of bad investments. Even more of a sign from the Universe that a new direction is needed.
Neptune in Pisces will also require you to have better discernment when it comes to expansion and growth, your good luck depends on it. At the same time scandals/lies could be exposed and revealed, possibly even through legalities, Ultimately, you can’t expect to “walk blindly” thought life and not expect to be “tripped up” at some point. Starting new creative ventures of any sort should be thought through carefully and mistakes experienced in the past, remembered.
Letting go, in particular of people that no longer serve a positive purpose in your life, a chance for you to learn how to not give people qualities they don’t have, are the two most important factors to remembers in 2018, allowing the Universe to steer you on course to personal achievement.
Date: June 26th - August 27th
The big transit of the month is Mars retrograde in Aquarius for 8 weeks. Mars in this sign can only be described as “explosive”, in many ways literally. Mars is the ruler of Aries and Scorpio, with attributes such as aggression, blood, battles, adrenaline, surgery, sharp objects, congress, fire, assassination, cruelty, danger dentists, leaders, military, passion, illegal activities, resentment, sport and self-confidence, to name just a few.
With Aquarius and Mars together, it’s easy to see the potential of uncontrollable events taking place. Usually when Mars retrogrades in a sign, there are always major headlines about someone or something, that takes the public by surprise. Therefore there is no doubt that in the sign of Aquarius any attribute or characteristic associated with the planet or sign is a lethal/dangerous combination.
On the positive side genius ideas and groundbreaking research can generate amazing unbelievable results during this cycle. Therefore each person individually can achieve, create or manifest a goal far beyond their wildest dreams, be ahead of their time and also help mankind. Plans laid out during this retrograde should be very well thought out and not implemented without forethought or foresight, because that will only bring disaster unforeseen. By the end of August when this transit is over success should be on the horizon.
Aquarius is a fixed air sign, the sign of tomorrow, not yesterday or today.
Those who are self-aware and insightful will benefit most from this aspect, especially people with their Sun sign, Rising sign (ascendant), Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars or Jupiter in Aquarius. They are the forerunners who, with dogged determination, will hopefully shape our world to be a better place, who have the strong, unique, intuitive ability to break through stagnation/inertia and peer through the “looking-glass” of time (Saturn and Capricorn}. Ultimately whatever is created now could be the beginning of a bright new future personally and universally.
Watch and observe over the next few months of summer, this will be a cycle to remember.
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