July is a month when some of the current astrological influences will begin to shift. The Rahu and Jupiter conjunction, in effect since early January this year, has now reached its peak. Mars moved direct on June 29th, after being retrograde since April 17th, which brings a release of this planet’s energy.
Let us first look at the planetary positions on June 23rd, the time for the British referendum.
Jupiter & Rahu conjunction
Jupiter and Rahu have both been in the same sign (Leo) since January this year. Rahu moves in a retrograde motion and Jupiter mainly travels direct. Consequently the two planets have slowly been moving towards one another and the culmination of their combined effect took place on June 24th when their conjunction was exact. The referendum was held on June 23rd.
Saturn’s aspect on Rahu & Jupiter
The Rahu-Jupiter conjunction in Leo also receives a close and challenging aspect from Saturn. Saturn’s transit through Scorpio suggests a deep change. Astrologically Saturn represents the people and democracy.
One of the main characteristics of Jupiter is to express an opinion and to offer advice. Rahu, the shadow planet, is known to deliver the unexpected. Rahu is ruled by the air element and can create tumultuous and chaotic situations.
The people in Great Britain voted for Brexit on June 23rd, just when the Rahu & Jupiter conjunction became exact. The result sent shock waves throughout the world. The imminent change with uncertain long term effects sent the stock market reeling and billions of dollars were lost in the course of a day.
The combined energy of Rahu and Jupiter begins to dissolve
The closeness between Jupiter and Rahu has reached its peak. These planets are slowly moving away from each other but we may still experience after shocks. Jupiter will move into Virgo on August 11th and this will end the direct experience of the Rahu and Jupiter combination. Saturn in Scorpio will not aspect Jupiter in Virgo but will continue to aspect Rahu.
Mars is direct again
The planet Mars moved temporarily back into Libra on June 17th. Highly charged from his long stay with Saturn in Scorpio and in retrograde, and extremly powerful when shifting from retrograde to direct motion on June 29th, Mars added stress to a sign that otherwise thrives when in harmony with others. Mars will defend his territory and can manifest explosive situations. The United Kingdom is currently deeply shaken, and the European Union is no longer united.
Mars will enter Scorpio again on July 12th. Mars is powerful in his own sign, but also irritable in the company of a retrograde Saturn. The conjunction between Mars and Saturn will be exact on August 24th and Mars will remain in Scorpio until September 18th.
New Moon in Gemini on July 4th
A lot of activity takes place in Gemini during the first week of July. The New Moon is in Gemini on July 4th and is accompanied by Mercury and Venus, and of course also the Sun.
This is a good time for activities that center around ideas, communication, negotiation and trade. Mercury is in his own sign together with Venus, and this is a strong combination, especially for the Mercury ruled signs of Gemini and Virgo as well as the Venus ruled signs of Taurus and Libra.
Planets in Cancer
Venus will move into Cancer on July 7th.
Mercury follows on July 10th and the Sun enters Cancer on July 15th. The energy may now be centered on domestic issues. This is a good time to enjoy family and friends.
Full Moon in Capricorn on July 19th
Activity begins to center in Leo towards the end of the month when Mercury joins Jupiter and Rahu on July 26th. Venus follows Mercury on July 31st. The Sun moves into Leo on August 16th. With so many planets in Leo we may see even more of the quest for power and leadership than we see now. (In case we have not seen enough)
Hope you can stay cool and enjoy the warm summer days!
Dates to remember:
- July 4th: New Moon in Gemini
- July 7th: Venus leaves Gemini and enters Cancer
- July 10th: Mercury leaves Gemini and enters Cancer
- July 12th: Mars returns to Scorpio
- July 15th: Sun in Cancer
- July 19th: Full Moon in Capricorn
- July 26th: Mercury enters Leo
- July 31st: Venus enters Leo