Into the Forge
With fires stoked high this month your choice is clear: epic meltdown or allow the heat to forge you into something stronger than you’ve dared imagine.
Consider the “Hero’s Journey” as Mars, the Cosmic Warrior, takes center stage July 2017. Though valiant Mars is usually eager to embark on the quest, slogging through the sign Cancer in recent weeks has left him feeling a bit water-logged.
Nevertheless, sometimes it’s in the moments when we’re feeling our least heroic that challenges matter most. Because it’s when we’re feeling vulnerable, out-of-sorts or defensive, and yet we still choose a higher road, the stronger we become because of it.
Mars meets his underworld dragons around the July 8 Cancer Full Moon, followed by a rebirth of his essential creativity at the July 23 Leo New Moon.
While the journey may not be easy, if you journey with eyes open, the treasure you’ll return with will make your quest worth the effort.
Here’s the story’s week-by-week unfolding…
Week 27: July 2-8
July opens with a tense face-off between the gods of War and the Underworld. You don’t need to be an astrologer to guess what that might mean: tempers flare as the Machiavellian “the ends justify the means” approach rules the week.
Though Venus counsels reconciliation, her shift into Gemini on July 4 leaves many with a short attention span and a preference for instant gratification. Mercury’s move into Leo a day later turns minds further toward light-hearted entertainment rather than deep thought on the issues of the day.
The July 8 Capricorn Full Moon aligns with the Mars-Pluto standoff, upping the ante on all-or-nothing thinking. What we do without forethought we may come to regret later. Don’t take on the role of Nero fiddling as Rome burns. Engage with the world, if you can do so without lighting fires yourself.
Week 28: July 9-15
After the annual Pluto opposition on Sunday, July 9 — that’s the moment when Pluto is at its perigee, the Earth’s closest approach to the dwarf planet for the year – this week is the welcome quiet lacuna in an overheated month.
An opportunity knocks on Friday, July 14, as Mercury and Jupiter align to reveal the truth you’ve been seeking, or even bring someone new who can help you see your situation more clearly.
Week 29: July 16-22
We’re back into the thick of it as the July 16 last quarter Moon aligns with quirky Uranus, squaring off with Pluto on the one side, and the Sun and Mars on the other.
Flip a coin for this pair – Moon Uranus may bring the flash of insight you’ve needed, or the lightning strike that breaks you out of an impasse. Difficult aspects between Venus and Neptune, Mars and Uranus, the following day could leave you struggling to make sense of the rapidly-changing world. Have patience with yourself; this too shall pass.
Catch your breath quick on July 18 and 19, as a pair of fortuitous trines between Venus and Jupiter, Mercury trine Saturn, will once again have you looking for the silver lining — how you can turn even the difficult bits into an opportunity.
The heat is on at the end of the week as the two blazing planets – Mars and the Sun – race together into fiery Leo July 20 and 22 (respectively). On a mundane level, heat waves and wildfires make headlines. On a personal level, it’s an opportunity to learn how to channel your internal heat into creative pursuits.
Week 30: July 23-29
Get ready to roar. Sunday, July 23, sees the first Leo New Moon of two (the second one being the upcoming Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21.) The New Moon with Mars brings your first opportunity to get your creative juices flowing. If you overdo it, don’t worry; consider it a practice round for your next opportunity.
Tap into the cosmic inspiration field on July 24 as Mercury aligns with think-outside-the-box Uranus, then enters its shadow period for the upcoming Mercury retrograde. Over the next week it enters its home sign Virgo, all the while slowing dramatically to begin its three-week retrograde on Aug. 12. Don’t expect perfection; continuous quality improvement should be your mantra for the week.
Week 31: July 30-August 5
The slow-burn friction generated by the titanic square of Jupiter and Pluto climaxes at week’s end on Aug. 4. With Uranus also near its Aug. 3 retrograde station point, we may feel the urge to “fish or cut bait,” especially with regards to relationships or other partnerships that feel stagnant or holding you back from what you really want.
Venus blows Uranus a good-bye kiss as she saunters into Cancer on July 31. In Gemini, the love goddess may have sampled the field, but in Cancer, she’s now looking to meet her essential needs. Get ready for some adulting; you are the one best able to care for your own inner child’s demands.