The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
by Kathy Watts
Welcome to summer at its highest. July starts on Sunday, the Sun’s day, with the Moon in fiery Sagittarius. As a bonus, we also start with a Moon Mercury trine. Make this a month to set your world on fire, in a good way!
Tue Jul 03 the Moon in Capricorn has a busy day. In the early morning, the Moon conjuncts Pluto. Be more sensitive if you must, but don’t get tweaked. Twenty-one minutes later, the planet Mars enters Libra. This can mean more energy for beautiful things. Six hours later is the Full Moon at 12 Cap. See how productive you can be all month long.
Wed Jul 04 the Moon enters independent liberty-loving Aquarius in the afternoon. Let your thoughts tend towards the big picture rather than the small. Morning, we have a genteel Mercury Venus sextile when flattery may come almost too easily. Then four hours later is a Mercury Uranus trine. Here’s the creative antidote to any patriotic overload. It’s Independence Day in the US, also the death day of both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Write with sincerity and heart, and let freedom ring!
Sat Jul 07 the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces. This has to be good for dream work. Dreams are always rich in creative material.
Mon Jul 09 the Moon conjuncts Uranus in Aries. This day can spur you on to pursue some personal project. (Remember, Mars the ruler of Aries is in Libra now, so you can do this in a more mannerly way than Uranus might usually permit.)
Wed Jul 11 the Moon is void of course in Aries until afternoon when it finally enters Taurus. Settle down and get some solid work done, if only in the closing hours. This month we have Wednesdays with the Moon void of course in cardinal signs, moving into fixed signs (except for next week, Wed Jul 18). Void of course times don’t have to be unproductive. They can be settling and reflective. Settle into making good use of the day.
Fri Jul 13 the Moon is in Taurus when Uranus goes stationary retrograde.This happens a lot, tones down our natural artistic rebelliousness, and good thing. It’s also the day before Mercury goes stationary retrograde for the second time this year. Heads Up. All the standard Mercury retrograde cautionaries apply. Charge phone batteries, be good to your car, back up files on the computer, but mostly establish a calm and steady frame of mind so no matter what happens (and probably nothing will) you won’t be knocked sideways. In addition, it’s Friday the 13th and some of us consider this to be a lucky day. You can, too.
Sat Jul 14 the Moon enters Gemini in the early morning.We get to indulge in manic mercurial creativity from now till mid Monday. Mercury stationary won’t stop us; in fact it might help with our focus. Two hours later, Mercury goes stationary retrograde. Heads Up. Forty whole minutes later the Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Gemini. Have a day of abundant happy summer, perhaps a social outing. Happy Bastille Day!
Sun Jul 15 the Moon conjuncts Venus in Gemini. Being gregarious and clever is rarely this much fun. Take a breather, though, if it’s only a glass of wine and a sparkling chat with a friend.
Mon Jul 16 the Moon in Gemini trines Saturn in Libra, then goes void of course in Gemini until late afternoon when the Moon finally enters Cancer. This is a good time to write with care and see how your accuracy and precision increase. The Saturn in Libra part might refer to your audience, who wants to like your work. Do your best for them as well as for yourself.
Tue Jul 17 the Moon is in Cancer all day. Mars trines Jupiter in the morning. There’s abundant energy to cheerfully solve minor problems (perhaps ones generated by Mercury retrograde). Afternoon, Mars squares Pluto. Stay calm, collected, and let the Mercury retrograde keep the lid on. This won’t last forever. Mars moves fast. It’s also the day before the New Moon. Heads Up. Heads Up. Heads Up. Don’t do anything rash, if you can help it.
Wed Jul 18 a very dark waning Moon is in Cancer when Mars opposes Uranus. Dissatisfaction may be high, but don’t let it get to you. One and a half hour later is the New Moon at 26Can. Shine light on your feelings, desires, and loves, but don’t abandon being thoughtful. You can make this a powerful and productive day. Keep your focus.
Fri Jul 20 the Moon conjuncts Mercury in Leo in the very early morning. Thoughts, conversation, and social interactions can be grander and more luxurious than usual all day long. Be smart, as ever, but smile and enjoy.
Sat Jul 21 the Moon is in Virgo for most of the day. Use this level-headed (and only apparently sedate) sign to make the most of the last day of the year for the Sun to be in the sign Cancer. Feelings may run deep, but you can channel them into your work and not into your dealings with people. Tomorrow the world may be much more dramatic and energetic. Heads Up.
Sun Jul 22 the Moon is in Virgo (Mercury’s nocturnal home sign) when the Sun moves on and enters the sign of Leo the Lion. The Sun rules Leo, you know, so this is the Sun’s annual homecoming month. Be prepared to shine and enjoy the brightness of others. Also today, Mercury sextiles Mars. This can add a few more flickering flames to your mental processes today. Mercury retrograde won’t dampen this much. Have a warm rich end to the weekend.
Tue Jul 24 the Moon conjuncts Mars in Libra. Think resolutions, compromises, and maybe the finalizing of a plot complication. Think happy endings.
Wed Jul 25 the Moon conjuncts Saturn in Libra, then goes void of course until the evening when the Moon slips into Scorpio. Try to work well with people (including fictional ones), be forgiving and patient with yourself, and save those super-serious thoughts and concerns for later.
Sat Jul 28 the Moon is in Sagittarius when the Sun conjuncts Mercury retrograde. This might be a great time to veg out at someone else’s party, a drink in hand, and do some constructive listening, or even eavesdropping. Speak sparingly. Relax. Some nights, it’s enough just to be seen.
Mon Jul 30 the Moon conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Not unlike how the month began. At least this time it is not also the day of a full Moon. July begins and ends with intensity. Put it into some big work effort, if only for a short time. The Moon doesn’t stay anywhere for long.
This can be a month of amazing accomplishments, even if you wait a while and don’t release your work out into the world. Creativity and productivity are not the same as finished and matured. Timing and luck also play a big role (like anyone into astrology doesn’t already know this), so the time to create often isn’t the same as the time to go out into the world. Be good to yourself all month long and remember to smile and shine. Let your work shine. Do and be your best. Expect others (and their work, too) to shine, although when it doesn’t, don’t put them down for it. We all have struggles and demons to contend with, and you know, fighting those private battles is a way of shining, too.
Have a month that’s golden in all ways! Heads up!