General predictions for July 2018

Affirmations of the month for all 4 Elements:

For Aries, Leo and Sagittarius: When I feel angry or irritated, I practice patience!

For Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn: I give myself breathing space and feel my new power!

For Gemini, Libra and Aquarius: I watch what I think and say around friends, especially on social media.

For Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces: I am thankful for spiritual protection and a fresh start!

Well, dear friends we’re now in the Eclipse season! The second part of this year poses both challenges and opportunities; both endings and beginnings.

Because so many of you asked… before we move on to the forecast, I will attempt to make sense of the two recent high profile suicides, namely those of designer Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Of course, no one can truly say what triggered these tragedies, but astrologically speaking, these two very successful celebrities had more in common than you think. First of all, they were almost exact opposites, looking at the Sun’s placement. Mr. Bourdain was a 3 degree Cancer (June 25th) and Ms. Spade a 2 degree Capricorn (December 24th.) That means both were experiencing very harsh Saturn transits for the last several months; he by opposition and she by conjunction. On top of it, Anthony was undergoing his malefic Saturn Maha Dasha (planetary period). His natal Mercury was also in conjunction with Ketu, the Karmic South Node that can make a person both brilliantly successful and deeply dissatisfied with life in general. Ms. Spade was in also in her difficult Moon Maha Dasha, a most emotionally vulnerable period, especially if she was having interpersonal relationship problems, as reported in the media. In short, they were both deeply affected by feelings of being old and despondent (Saturn) with no way out of their pain without taking such drastic measures (Rahu and Ketu). As we feel sad for them, we must also respect their Karmic journey. In the case of Anthony, if only he would have seen a good astrologer who would’ve pointed out that just in few years, his Mercury Maha Dasha would be the most youthful, joyful and productive of his life! Alas, Ms. Spade’s chart was much more afflicted. Now, let’s move on to July…

What do we need to note in July? Here are some critical dates:

Mars retrogrades in Aquarius until August 28th

Jupiter in Scorpio goes Direct on July 11

A Partial Solar Eclipse is in 20/47 degree of Cancer on July 12

A Total Lunar Eclipse is in 4 degree Aquarius on July 27

Mercury in Leo Retrogrades on July 26 Chiron, the “Wounded healer” asteroid Retrogrades on July 4


Over all, I suggest caution, patience and self care for all signs.

The first week of July does have some sweet aspects, specifically a sentimental trine between the Sun and the Moon. Since Chiron is involved on July 4th, we may have to deal with old wounds, bring them up and heal once and for all. (That includes the USA in general.)

July 5th is a particularly fortunate day in terms of luck when the Cancer Sun trines Jupiter in Scorpio. What a great transit for real-estate transactions!

Do be careful with communications if you’re a Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio when Mercury will oppose Mars. Also drive carefully and avoid cuts or burns.

The Last Quarter Moon in 14 degree of Aries is accompanied by a darkly intense, confrontational square from Pluto affecting Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Avoid conflicts with females.

Another misty water trine will color the rest of the weekend when the Sun will trine Neptune in Pisces.

The 2nd full week in July is a week of an intense Super Moon/Solar Eclipse and it starts with Venus changing signs as well as a Mercury/Jupiter square. Tropical Virgo isn’t exactly a fun placement for Venus; it’s both too serious and overly critical. The square is most optimistic and though expanding, however it’s also sloppy and can signal mistakes in plans or projects. Take your time and think about everything twice!

Jupiter finally stations Direct in Scorpio the very next day. The Water and Earth signs should feel much better for sure.

Some exciting news or meetings regarding love or money matters may come on July 11th when Venus trines Uranus. Early Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn will benefit the most; with Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio benefiting as well, if a bit less.

The Partial Solar Eclipse can be an intense one because Pluto (crisis and transformation) is involved by opposition. Folks: sorry to say that this is not a time of auspicious beginnings, but rather being extremely prudent and avoiding any new projects or critical changes. This advice goes doubly for anyone whose birthday falls a few days before after or if your Natal/Progressed Chart or has planets around 20 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Capricorn.

The Fixed Star, Castor is highlighted by this planetary show. Traditionally speaking, Castor is not a fortunate star. It can be associated with broken bones, accidents, fevers, shipwrecks, injuries to the face and other pretty scary stuff. Do take care of all car repairs promptly and watch your possessions.

Now, for the good news: I think because we do get help from the Grand Earth trine, all the bad stuff maybe just fear based. I think cricises may be averted by careful actions, watching for unnecessary ego struggles and making constructive changes without clinging to the past. Usually, the Eclipse energy lasts close to 6 months; however this one will only go on until the next Solar Eclipse on August 11th! So hang on and stay focused on the good.

 Also, my own experience shows, Partial Eclipses are simply not that strong. In fact, the NASA map shows very little visibility on land. People in some parts of southern Australia, including those in Adelaide and Melbourne, will see a very small fraction of the eclipse. A majority of this partial eclipse of the Sun will take place over the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The eclipse can also be seen from a very small part of the northern Antarctic.

The transits during the next few days may darken the fun and game mood further, thanks to a somber, hard working meeting between Venus and Saturn. Don’t fight it: work, organize and feel good about being responsible and productive.

The week of July 16th is relatively peaceful and trust me, we need a break! An intuitive water trine between the Sun and the Moon means you can trust your gut. Go ahead and do want you like to lessen the stress and have some time to rejuvenate your soul and your body.

Communications flow nicely, so if you’ve been sitting on your hands during the previous week: go right ahead and communicate.

The weekend is both romantic and fortunate, especially on Sunday when Venus sextiles Jupiter. Virgo and Scorpio as well as the other Earth and Water signs are downright lucky!

Topical Sun leaves Cancer and enters its natural home in Leo.

The following week is a tricky one at best: heads up, folks.

On Monday, Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces and Gemini may need to grow up or face some rather unpleasant consequences. Do not trust anything you are told unless you have verified the information or consulted with an expert. Otherwise, you may be bitterly disappointed in love or money or both.

Wednesday the 25th is a double red flag day: Mercury stations Retrograde just as the Sun squares nerve wrecking Uranus. Watch your nerves, take a step back, review, look for mistakes and put your ego on the back burner for a few weeks.

The next two days hold possible physical danger when the Sun opposes Mars Retrograde, still close with Ketu. And to make matters more complicated or unexpected, we get to experience an intense Full Blood Moon Eclipse in 4 degree Aquarius the very next day! Since Venus and Pluto are involved as well. I think the conflict will involve, love, sex, passion and money. (I’d avoid love triangles.) 

This one is a something else, that’s for sure thanks to Mars and Uranus. So, if you are angry or frustrated, you may feel compelled to act rashly or recklessly and as we all know too well, nothing good will come out if it. The answer is calm and detachment. If you need to, get anger management counseling. By the way, do avoid situations or places where you may be vulnerable to be sexually attacked. (Remember, we’re still dealing with the last Solar Eclipse until August 11th.)

The total eclipse will be completely visible over Eastern Africa, and Central Asia, seen rising over South America, Western Africa, and Europe, and setting over Eastern Asia, and Australia.

Early Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus and Leo and Cancer by inconjunction are stressed. Again, don’t make any snap decisions, think carefully and wait it out. On the other hand, this is a good time to practice being flexible and going with the flow.

July ends with more potential drama when Mars squares Uranus. Since we’re just a few days away from the Blood Moon energy, I expect volatility, bad storms, more political upheaval or passive, aggressive attacks. Balance and harmony are the only paths for successfully navigating July of 2018.

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