The action phase of summer continues. July will be a month of movement, clearing and free-flowing ideas. You’ll find your mind moving rapidly, thus your work will be to aim it (tame it?) in the direction that supports you rather than stagnates. We have some powerful astrological support that will inspire the optimist, ignite the activist and reveal the limits of the pragmatist. We are best served to recognize all three are within and bring the Three into One unified force of positive Flow. It is the optimist that brings forth inspiration, dreams and the thrust of feeling into life.
The optimist within is the nature of Life, constantly changing, refining, improving. Optimism alone is merely a thoughtform, requiring the activist to speak it into existence. The activist speaks, steps and begins to congeal desire into form by formulating the ideas into a call to action. In our old world of struggle, the battle cry was ‘fight the power.’ This is the New World you are creating. The battle cry is being replaced with the Call of Love. It is only Love that heals the tears of the battlefield. The activist realizes there is power within the Force of Love. Not forcing Love, allowing Love its naturally flowing function of building new life into form. Dreams almost come true. The activist requires the pragmatist to form a solid structure. Observing all the angles, gathering the proper materials, budgeting resources, managing the details of the actions required to build the new. But a pragmatist alone is just a doer of what has been learned by what has been before, it requires the optimist to dream the new. The circle is complete and the Three become One. Three and one is four. That is 2011. July brings the uniting point to your phase of form that action began in June and you have opportunity for great momentum if you allow the optimist, activist and pragmatist to co-create new and stable structure. What do you want to build in this world? As we usher in the Age of Aquarius, all that serves the Whole serves the One. Making the world a better place by sharing the gift of You isn’t just an idealist’s fancy, it's congruent with the Inherent Pull of Life. How pragmatic is that!
The Eclipse and the Cardinal Grand Cross
We begin the month with a powerful new moon solar eclipse in Cancer. The moon rules Cancer. On July 1, as the sun and moon align in an eclipse, we also enter into a potent alignment of the Cardinal Grand Cross, which began around the summer solstice in June. A Cardinal Grand Cross is four planets squaring each other in the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – each sign heralding a new season. This Cardinal Grand Cross has a retrograde Uranus in Aries (combustible change), Saturn in Libra (refining balance), Pluto retrograde in Capricorn (transforming structures) and the sun (and moon for a few days) in Cancer (Active Compassion). The fire of the summer alchemizes the new You. What will you burn away? What will arise from the Flame of Compassion? This is the gift of You.
Uranus turns retrograde on 7/10 (through 12/10), our only change in retrogradations this month. It is retrograde in Aries and part of the Cardinal Grand Cross. This is a massive catalyst for inner alchemy that you will quickly see reflected in the outside world. Also part of the Cardinal Grand Cross, Pluto is still retrograde in Capricorn (4/9-9/16). There is a deep cleansing of our structures ruled by Capricorn, so you will continue to see corporations, governments – all sorts of public structures undergoing a massive upheaval and renewal. The deconstruction is the messy part, so keep your eye on the prize as you continue to see and hear the destruction that is making way for the new. Neptune is still retrograde in Pisces (6/3-11/9) so we are continuing the refinement of our ideals of All and One, Mystery and Form – finding them Connected and Separated.
Three new/full moons this month – the catalyst to bring Three into One. The month begins with the new moon solar eclipse in Cancer on 7/1. Cancer is ruled by the moon, our inner tides reflecting the light of the sun. On 7/14, the full moon in Capricorn shines forth our inner ambition. Will you or won’t you? I hope you Will. The world needs your strong-willed determination founded in Love to build anew. The pragmatist within is called to action from the emotional inspiration. Build the dream! On 7/30 we have a new moon in creative and bountiful Leo. Just the flair your new creation needs!
July is a month of opportunity. Embrace the change, inspire the new and create in Joy. It is a powerful month beckoning your Mastery out into the world. It doesn’t matter if it feels personal, familial, community-al (?) or larger – they are all interconnected and influencing one another. Your work is to inspire yourself to action as the building/action phase has begun. What does that look like? Your Joy.