July is shaping up to be quite a powerful month, especially as we enter into eclipse season next week. More on that to come next week, for now, though we are witnessing a different kind of energy. The primary influence comes from Mars in opposition to Mercury. After already mixing things up by opposing Venus, this week retrograding Mars stands in opposition to Mercury. As noted many times, Mars is the planet that represents aggression, anger, ambition and action in general. Whereas Mercury rules over communications, correspondence and always seems to come across rapidly and with a distinct impulsivity. What happens when these two powerful inner planets oppose each other? There is a wide array of positive and negative possibilities that could arise from this opposition. On the positive side we could see a lot of mental activity, a genuine spirit of enterprise, a desire to accomplish, and an intellectual fervor. Since ambition is one of Mars’ great qualities we could witness a series of successful negotiations, for example. By contrast though we could see a pervasive hastiness; an exaggeration of the truth; or irritability at the slow pace of events; all of which could lead to a rush to judgement or criticism.
To counter that influence we also have a harmonious connection between the Sun in Cancer, Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio, and Neptune retrograde in Pisces. Since all three planets are sitting in water signs we could expect to see an abundance of artistic expression and a heightened intuition. SInce this time of year often heralds big box office movies we could easily see how this might play out on the marquis across the world. Since both Jupiter and Neptune are retrograding their influence might be diminished in some capacity which might limit the impact with regard to Jupiter which typically amplifies, whereas Neptune’s reversal might actually deepen the mystical quality of its influence. We should not be surprised if colorful fantasies and otherworldly adventures are on the top of the lists of must-sees this summer. We might also see a strong universal desire to escape. Movies, books, and the arts are great escapes and they may be the best respite we can find in these disruptive times.
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ARIES (March 21- April 19)
Be on the lookout for opportunities that might come on quite rapidly this week. You may be in a constant state of searching lately and as you scan the horizon for possible connections you might be overly eager to dive in. While the impulse of the moment might be intoxicating, you might be wise to move slowly.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
Watch for tension that might arise from a combination of events involving your occupation and your family life. You could find yourself discussing your future plans with your partner for example. Conversely you might be pushing to gain a better salary. The important piece is to act with caution and avoid acting too quickly.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
You may be tending to some documentation concerns with one of your siblings this week. Due to your animated and enthusiastic attitude you might be just the right person for such a task. As your ruling planet, Mercury stares across at Mars be aware of acting too rashly or looking for a quick solution.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
You may be enjoying your time in the Sun lately, but be aware of discussions that involve money and large institutions such as banks and insurance companies. You might be eager to reach for solutions that address a cash flow issue. If you respond quickly to the first option that comes your way you may regret it later.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Tread carefully with any and all conversations you may have with your significant partner this week. This influence can go in a variety of directions so be aware. You may stumble upon a topic where there is great ambition on your part but not so on your partner’s. Issue restraint and patience for peace.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You may find yourself overly eager to bring completion to a project only to be thwarted in some capacity. Your intellect may be on fire with ambition and goals, but you may find that acting in haste delivers just the opposite. Your restless desire to accomplish and create may be admirable, but be aware of a rush to judgement.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You may have a powerful powerful desire to create something unique this week. However, be mindful of pushback from business partners and associates who may not share your vision or drive. You may find that the best approach is to find the most compelling rationale possible for seeing your plans through. Diplomacy may be your best bet.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov 21)
You may feel as if you are trying to accommodate two important parts of your life this week: home and career. While you can’t be in two places at once, you may be able to find an amicable solution that addresses both. Be wary of pushing too hard from the homefront lest you create problem with your career.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Keep an eye on travel plans. You may be tempted to make changes to your itinerary and act in haste due to the circumstances at the time. In your haste you may find that you have struck on a novel arrangement that works in your favor, perhaps with some quick thinking. Striking while the iron is hot seems apropos.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Conversations may emerge that address your monetary obligations and large institutions. With such a combination of influences you might be looking to refinance or to pay down a past due bill. You might find that a little research goes a long way towards solving your dilemma. Open inquiries may be your best negotiating too at this time.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Mars may be motivating you as it transits through Aquarius. With that in mind you might be a force that is unstoppable and immovable. If you find yourself in discussions with significant partners or close friends you may experience some push back as plans change rapidly. Avoid impulsive action if possible. Quick resolutions.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You may be overly eager to complete a long-standing project this week. While motivation is a valuable asset, you might have to negotiate a contract of some sort to speed up the process. This may be a great opportunity to follow any intellectual pursuits and put your ideas into action. Enterprising and inspired.
©2018 Chris Flisher