As we enter July we can see the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the night sky. The two planets are so close – less than a degree apart – that they look like a double star. We will experience two more Venus/Jupiter conjunctions this year: On August 4th and on October 25th, both in Leo. It has been pointed out that the current string of Venus/Jupiter conjunctions closely resembles a similar series between the year 3 and 2 BC. It has also been suggested that it was this joint appearance of Venus and Jupiter that came to be known as the Star of Bethlehem. Interestingly, both planets are associated with guidance. Adding to the beauty of the night sky is the full moon in Sagittarius on July 1st.
See the Jupiter/Venus conjunction in the night sky.
Transits of Venus and Jupiter
Both Venus and Jupiter are about to make significant transits. Venus moves into Leo on July 4th and Jupiter moves into Leo on July 13th after a year long stay in Cancer. Both planets are now moving towards the star Regulus which is situated in Leo. If you are looking at the night sky you can now see Regulus next to Venus and Jupiter.
Jupiter in Leo
Jupiter has been exalted in Cancer for a year now. Jupiter is also quite comfortable in Leo where he will be after July 13th. The Sun, ruler of Leo, is a friend of Jupiter. Leo will benefit from the presence of Jupiter,as will the other two fire signs, Aries and Sagittarius. The energy of Jupiter in the fire signs is active and dynamic. The sign of Aquarius will also feel Jupiter’s energy because it recevies a direct aspect from Jupiter in Leo. Jupiter stays in Leo until August 11th, 2016.
While making his transit in the deep and intense sign of Scorpio, Saturn has been receiving a soothing influence from Jupiter in Cancer. This will change when Jupiter moves into Leo. From this sign Jupiter will no longer aspect Saturn. Instead Jupiter in Leo will now “receive” an aspect from Saturn. During Jupiter’s transit in Leo, this planet of optimism and hope, will be restricted by Saturn. Due to Saturn’s influence we may have to work harder for expansion and growth.
The very last 48 seconds of the water sign Cancer and the first 48 seconds of the fire sign Leo are known as Gandanta, places of transformation and change. Gandanta transits can create turbulence and insecurity and bring up karmic situations that need to be faced..
Jupiter will be in Gandanta between July 9th and July 17th.
Venus will move into Leo on July 4th but will go retrograde between July 25th and Sept 6th. Venus returns to Cancer on Aug 12th and comes back again into Leo in September. This means that Venus will cross the Gandanta position three times: On July 4th, on August 12th, and on September 30th.
Both Venus and Jupiter are connected to finances. Jupiter governs wealth and expansion and Venus can give us comfort and prosperity. Venus also governs relationships. We are experiencing turbulence and financial uncertainty. For example the debt crises in Greece is very serious and other places in the world are also under severe economic stress.
An energized Mercury
Mercury will go into his own sign of Gemini on July 5th but will only stay there for two weeks and then move on to Cancer. Mercury gets energized by Mars and the Sun while in Gemini. He is in an exact conjunction with Mars on July 15th. Mercury is the planet of communication, trade and commerce. The conjunction between the two planets activates and agitates Mercury’s energy during this time.
It is interesting to know that Gandanta transits of both Jupiter and Venus can also awaken spiritual consciousness. Our attitudes can change and allow us to gain fresh insights and perspective. However, it is good to allow Jupiter to become more settled in Leo before making important decisions.
Astrological dates to remember: July 2015
- Full Moon in Sagittarius on July 1st
- Venus moves into Leo on July 4th
- Jupiter moves into Leo on July 13th
- Mercury is in Gemini between July 5th and July 20th
- Venus goes retrograde between July 25th and Sept 6th