Astrological monthly forecast for July 2018

The first half of the Year of the Dog is already behind us.

The Summer of 2018 is mainly determined by the past.
The past is the past.
But that does not mean the past is ‘the past tense’, rather the opposite.
Due to this retrograde effect of no less than five retrograde planets and two eclipses, unresolved issues from previous years return to be resolved.

From July 5, 2018, the wounded healer Chiron goes retrograde in the fiery Empire of Aries.
The centaur Chiron builds a bridge between our human suffering and our divine essence to help us process and release collective pain.
Aries, the sign of the Warrior, is associated with individual development.
Chiron in Aries makes us fight for what we believe in and our desires.
Retrograde Chiron in Aries asks us:
How well can we defend ourselves and our rights? Are we able to manifest our needs and desires? High time we say goodbye to old thinking patterns and beliefs and that we focus on our own well-being.

Jupiter resumes its direct orbit around the Sun from July 10, 2018 and that is ’is really something to look forward to! However, take into account the shadow period of Jupiter’ retrograde cycle lasts until October 7, 2018.
There will be a number of challenges in the short-term, but the long-term outlook is very encouraging.
Until the beginning of October 2018, a lot of impurity can still come to light, both in the world and in our personal lives. Much more must still be cleaned up.
Mother Earth is purifying herself, but we are also expected to purify ourselves and our own temple where we live in. Physical cleansing, moral and spiritual purification, but also financial cleansing to re-evaluate our actions on the basis of true values.

Throughout the month of July 2018, the red warrior Mars “triggers” the Blue Moon Eclipse in Leo of January 31, 2018. In addition, the shadow period of Mercury (Mercury goes retrograde at the end of this month) shows that developments from the beginning of this year get a reminder.
All these energies point to developments in public opinion regarding social justice, equal rights for men and women, equal pay, women’s liberation, justice, free choice, press freedom, humanitarian involvement, science and hope for the future, health and well-being.
Because of the dynamic Aquarius energy (Aquarius is connected to Uranus), the cry for freedom still alive. A troubled and revolutionary period of strikes and demonstrations.
The influence of retrograde Mars makes the Summer of 2018 a long hot Summer.
The tense energies are powerful and profound and are focused on letting go of everything that no longer works.
Mars retrograde is a true redefinition of our place of the big picture and energetic determination of our awareness process and collective future goals.
In the last week of September 2018, the red Warrior Mars hits the 11th degree of the Blue Moon Eclipse of January 31, 2018 again, exactly 26, 27 and September 28, 2018.
Once again, vigorous developments must be considered.

Solar and Lunar eclipses are special New Moons and Full Moons.
Eclipses are a shift of energy and symbolize an end and a new beginning.
So a Solar Eclipse is of great influence on the world around us, but also in your own world.

In 2017 we were dealing with two powerful total Solar Eclipses.
This year we are dealing with two powerful total Lunar Eclipses ….
A Solar Eclipse is about the idea and a Lunar Eclipse is about turning an idea into tangible reality.
So now we are going to see the results of whatever started in 2017.

On July 13, 2018 there will be an extra long Partial Solar Eclipse at 20º in the Water Sign of Cancer.
This Solar Eclipse lasts for about 103 minutes in total!
This intense and extraordinarily strong Solar Eclipse is in opposition with retrograde Pluto in Capricorn.
The Sun and the Moon thus take on intense Pluto, making it difficult to control dark desires and passions, at home and in the outside world.
This Partial Solar Eclipse affects Poland, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but Australia will also be affected by this influence.
Cancer is about safety, home, children and emotional well-being.
I won’t be surprised if this Eclipse will be the prelude for another wave of migration.
Circumstances force people to find a new home for their safety.
Read more about the Partial Solar Eclipse under NEWS on this website.

The Total Lunar Eclipse at 4° in Aquarius on July 27, 2018 is also an event to consider.
This is the first total Lunar Eclipse since June 15, 2011 and will be the longest total Lunar Eclipse of this century. It lasts for 1 hour and 23 minutes.
This powerful total Lunar Eclipse is also called a Blood Moon because of the reddish color caused by the light being broken by the Earth’s atmosphere.
Retrograde Mars at 4° in Aquarius is conjunct this Full Lunar Eclipse and the southern Node.
This energy reinforces the strong need to take a new direction.
It arouses a deep desire to manifest independently and to take control of one’s own destiny.
A reference that we have to say farewell to an existing undesirable situation, which gives rise to social unrest, upheaval or unpredictable violent events in the world.
This is to restore the balance and bring about new awareness for everyone who wants to free themselves, unity and solidarity retaining their own individuality and culture.
This Lunar Eclipse is visible in East and West Africa and East and Central Asia, South America, Europe and Australia.
Read more about this Total Lunar Eclipse under NEWS on this website.

Mercury goes retrograde from July 26, 2018 to August 18, 2018, so you need to be extra careful during this cycle. A period of delays and conflicting messages in the media. Mercury is also about trade, transport, data traffic, radio and TV, communication, education, thinking and perception. Because of retrograde Mercury in Leo it would be wise to check facts and information twice, because important details are overlooked.
Mercury drops from 23º Leo to 11º Leo on August 18, 2018.
That is exactly the degree of the Blue Moon eclipse in Leo of January 31, 2018.
Retrograde Mars triggers this degree point this month, but also retrograde Mercury, so the MeToo Movement is far from dead.

Patience is hard to find, but patience will be the key word.
Be careful with what you wish for.
Acting impulsively or speaking out of turn can lead to negative results.

Next month there will be another Solar Eclipse in the fiery kingdom of Leo.

More about this later!

I wish you all a good month of July!

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