Guest article by Dorene Carrel @ AstroConnections.
July is highlighted by a rare Blue Moon and Venus retrograde. It is a fairly active month, with challenging Mars aspects to Uranus/Pluto. Mid-July looks like a very intense and volatile period, and also later in July when Uranus turns retrograde. We begin this month still under a June lunation cycle in Gemini, with a focus on perception, communication and education.The Full Moon occurs on July 1 at 10 Capricorn. This lunation aligns with Pluto and Mars, which suggests that we are still in an intense period of heavy changes and learning the responsible use of power and control. The Capricorn influence brings focus to the use of structure, discipline and taking an organized approach towards our goals. This is a good period to be physically active, if possible, to work through any tensions. A harmonious trine to Neptune brings compassion, faith and grace. The Sabian symbol keynotes for these degrees in Cancer/Capricorn remind us to be persevering and to have courage: “The arduous training for perfection in order to fully manifest an ideal,” and “The overcoming of fear and its rewards.”