“Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves” – E. Joseph Cossman
Achievement. Where do you find satisfaction, fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment in your life? Is it through your work, relationships, family life, creative or community activities? Each of us has our own definition of what we want, what we need and what we strive for. And each of us has our own personal strengths, talents and abilities we can draw on. To feel fulfilled we need to understand how we can use what we’ve got to get what we want!
As humans, our basic needs are all similar – food, water, shelter and someone to share it with. But our personal purposes and what we want to achieve are as unique as the stars in the sky! There is no single right path, perfect course or correct answer for any of us. What’s most important is what YOU find to be significant, empowering and satisfying in your life. Your mindset, your feelings, your experiences and your spiritual evolution all go into providing you with the answer.
For July, two Full Moons help us acknowledge and express more of our individual energies! The first Full Moon in Capricorn strongly magnifies our need to accomplish. As it oppositions the Cancer Sun, it’s our opportunity to gain awareness of how our personal ambitions both spring from and contrast to our roots, background, what we were raised to believe. An additional boost of Mercury in Cancer, a Cancer New Moon, followed by the Sun and Mercury leaping into Leo and a second Full Moon in Aquarius makes this month a prime time for realizing and expressing our personal life path. A wide window opens in July for us to view the meaning of our lives from an individual perspective. What are we here for? What do we want to achieve? What will we be remembered by? This month will help you to know!
What meaning do the Astrological energies have for you this month? Here’s your #AstroMotivation for July:
*2 July (1 July in U.S.A.): Full Moon in Capricorn – Ambitions Accentuated!
As we seek to incorporate greater feelings of security, emotional strength and purposeful perseverance in our lives, our personal and professional goals become accentuated. Now is the time to advance our purpose while securing the foundations of our world. Ridding ourselves of the time robbers, money wasters and self-sabotaging hesitations is key. Use this magical lunar energy to empower yourself by taking charge of your life and being responsible for your needs. Full Moons illuminate areas that we need to focus on, prompting us to release what’s not in keeping with our vision or cause. Recognizing what we want for our future, while relinquishing the reigns of the past, allows us to grow stronger. Consider now what needs eliminating in order to embrace greater personal power and achieve more of your life purpose and ambition going forward!
*9 July (8 July in U.S.A.): Mercury into Cancer – What’s Shaped You! In our quest for understanding who we are and what our lives are about, we often reflect on what we were taught, our upbringing or family input. These certainly contributed to who you have become, but what really has shaped you is your personal experiences, trials, triumphs and lessons you’ve learned on the road of life. The meaning of your life is what you make it. Now is the time to honor your personal makeup – nurture your needs and applaud the person you have become. By appreciating your inner strength as well as outer accomplishments, you take responsibility for the unique and individual spirit that YOU have created!
*16 July (15 July in U.S.A.): New Moon in Cancer! – Self Acceptance! We are encouraged now to start a new cycle of self acceptance, appreciation and emotional support – of ourselves and what we do. Often this is more difficult to achieve than giving or doing for others, hence this is an important time to consider how you are treating yourself in this life. Self care is not selfish – it is self preservation. How well are you taking care of yourself? This says a lot for your quality of life and regard for your place in this world. Use this time for furthering your intuition, honoring your creativity and using your instincts to achieve greater personal and professional security. Realize that you deserve comfort, support and appreciation, from yourself and from others. Put into place now what can contribute to your emotional well-being and greater self esteem and respect
*19 July (18 July in U.S.A.): Venus into Virgo – Feeling Your Function! A lovely opportunity emerges for bringing more practical work, healthful habits and creative routine in our lives. We can now put into place constructive plans, organized activities and detailed goals for realizing our dreams and furthering the function of our lives. Who we are, how we care for ourselves and what we can offer in assisting others becomes clear. As we get on board with productive plans for our future accomplishments, we find new disciplines and practical ways of improving ourselves. Love issues are more prudent now, while our business dealings become more pragmatic. On 25 July, Venus goes Retrograde, giving us the ability to take another look at what we want to achieve. As Venus moves backward from Virgo into Leo at the end of the month, we can review, rework and rehash our plans with a more creative, expressive and optimistic view! For the weeks ahead (until 6 September) our critical eye can find ways to fix what’s not working in order to advance our creative goals!
* 23 July (22 July in U.S.A.): Sun into Leo – R.E.S.P.E.C.T! Self respect, self assurance and self awareness are what we have the opportunity to learn in the School of Life. This new period encourages more of these lessons to be realized and utilized! Use this Solar cycle to take on more creative and social activities to enhance your life meaning and validate the unique journey that you’re on. Honour your playful spirit, express your youthful dreams, allow your visions to be realized and let your beautiful energy sparkle! As you allow you to be YOU, greater courage and confidence will be rewarded. Respecting your talents, applauding your accomplishments and emphasizing your gifts now, brings you the appreciation, validation and recognition that you seek! This is your time to allow your inner Lion to roar in celebration of the marvelous spirit that you are!
*24 July (23 July in U.S.A.): Mercury into Leo – Creative Self Expression! One way we have of honoring our unique life path comes through our self expression. Our thoughts, views of life, philosophies and individual knowledge can be appreciated more now as we have greater opportunity to share them with others. This begins a new cycle of utilizing our creative knowledge, dramatic ideas and enthusiastic insights to advance our lives and celebrate our connections with others. It’s a great time to get social, go with your gut and dare to be recognized for the sparkling spirit that YOU are! Speak up now with greater confidence, keeping your thoughts determined and definite, while sharing life affirming energy!
*26 July: Uranus goes Retrograde – Rethink Your Invention! We are encouraged to reflect on what we need for greater freedom in our lives. Honouring unique forms of self expression, liberation from oppression, new technology and inventive pioneering action is now highlighted. Strength, assertive energy, inspirational vision, intuitive understanding and new innovation helps us to open up to new dimensions. Consider your life path and how you can re-work or re-structure it’s course to be more inventive in highlighting your unique and amazing abilities!
*31 July: Aquarius Full Moon – Liberate Your Life! This second Full Moon of July brings forth a strong sense of self liberation, new freedom of expression and greater individualization! We are pushed out of our comfort zones in order to release any hangups, allowing us to blaze new trails and share our inspirations! This full lunar illumination encourages us to do our own thing, in our own way while sharing our unique abilities. We can feel more secure now in being different, being original and honouring the individual way we view and experience life. Let go of inhibitions, brainstorm what has been holding you back and unleash your multifaceted potential – grow in the discovery of yourself in order to share your gifts with the world!
*The Outer Planets in their current positions: Jupiter in Leo, Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio, Uranus in Aries, Neptune Retrograde in Pisces, Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn and Chiron Retrograde in Pisces. The outer planets stay in a sign for a longer time, so their effect on us is more gradual:
*Jupiter in Leo: Look back at what you experienced 12 years ago, when Jupiter was last in this sign, and notice similar themes arising for you. The difference being you now have more experience, wisdom and knowledge to help make the most of this period of expansion and happiness! A favourable time to develop your leadership abilities while advancing creative and financial activities. From now until August we have greater opportunity to excel in many life areas!
*Saturn in Sagittarius/Scorpio (Retrograde until 2 August 2015): This is an ideal cycle for realigning, reviewing and reconnecting with our true purpose, readdressing the steps that need to be put into place to achieve our goals. Overall, for the next three years we’ll have greater opportunity to move forward with our passions, plans and pursuits. We can now pay closer attention to what we want to experience, advance in and learn about ourselves and life for greater personal fulfillment.
*Uranus in Aries: (Retrograde from 26 July to 26 December 2015): We are encouraged to reflect on what we need for greater freedom in our lives. Honouring unique forms of self expression, liberation from oppression, new technology and inventive pioneering action is now highlighted. Strength, assertive action, inspirational vision, intuitive understanding and new innovation helps us to open up to new dimensions. Uranus will be in Aries until 7 March 2019.
*Neptune in Pisces (Retrograde until 19 November 2015): Assists us in honouring greater spiritual awareness, creative inspiration and intuitive insight in our lives. We-are-all-one compassion is emphasized now along with humanitarian expression. Readdressing ways to embracing greater sympathy and empathy along with universal understanding is highlighted. Neptune will be in Pisces until 31 March 2025.
*Pluto in Capricorn (Retrograde until 25 September): This pairing will continue until 24 March 2023. The overall theme of this time is uncovering the misuse of power and authority to enable change for the better. It represents a major cycle of energy that brings transformation to our society, government, world order and Mother Earth. It also pushes to bring about much change to our personal lives and belief structures, especially as Pluto aspects the planets in our natal chart.
*Chiron in Pisces: The ability to open our hearts to others while working to heal ourselves is highlighted. Greater spiritual awareness, empathy and compassion can be gained during this time but it’s important not to loose ourselves in the effort to assist others. Keeping personal boundaries in place is key for self care too. Chiron will be in Pisces until April 2018.
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