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Monthly General Horoscopes - July 2020
While 1st July is always the first day of the second half of each year and symbolically this can draw a line in the sand but never has this been so literal and especially for you. It was 48 hours earlier that Mars, your ruling planet returned to Aries to fuel your passions, drive and competitive spirit but also to begin a new Mars cycle. Mars will usually spend six weeks back in Aries and this is always an empowered point in his 22 month cycle so just having him return just as you are poised into the second half of the year is an advantage and a case of perfect timing. If you ever wanted to put the first half of the year behind you and start again, this is your chance. However, at most this should get you through to mid August when this effect would wear off and rather than impacting the whole second half of the year this would be a good start. However, this is not what will happen and Mars really will impact the whole second half of the year. That is because while Mars returned on 28th June he won't leave until 7th January 2021, with his longest visit in 32 years dominating the whole second half of the year and colouring all your experiences. Having Mars in Aries is different from having him in any other area of your chart, where his passions, drive and competitive spirit are contained to that one specific area. In Aries, Mars influence will spread to every corner of your life. This will manifest as a surge in your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit as Saturn retrogrades back to join up with Jupiter and Pluto again in your career sector. Over the course of the month, this will make its way into your romantic and creative passions and in fact every area of your life that you are able to get passionate about. At the start of the month Mars one of just three planets in the solar system in direct motion, giving you the drive to push forward but also make the most of the multiple doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential.
Even with Venus' direct turn in your income sector late last month and Mercury's direct turn in your communication sector on 12th July, the number of planets in retrograde motion far outnumber the number of planets in direct motion. However, the one planet that is still in direct motion or at least will be until turning direct next month is Uranus, still in the first full year of a seven year visit to Taurus. As Uranus is your connection to the truth and to your true path forward, this will ensure that you don't lose your way or your sense of direction while still making the most of the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential. In every instance but one, even in retrograde motion the planets are staying where they are, with the doors open to the past and second chances on the communication, social, adventurous and even reflective fronts. The exception is Saturn, who begins the month in your career sector before retrograding back out to rejoin Jupiter and Pluto, who are already in retrograde motion in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery. For Saturn, in your career sector for just over three months, this has been more an advance visit to lay down the foundations and groundwork for future growth. For it is in December that Saturn will not only return but with Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion and that will be a game changer. Just having Saturn and Jupiter, the two most powerful planets in the solar system in the same part of your chart at the same time is rare and only happens once every 20 years, while it has been six decades since they were last in your career sector at the same time. However, to have them align is even rarer and the last time they aligned in your career sector, which they will do over Christmas, was literally in the Dark Ages. With Saturn here until 2023 once he returns, it is no wonder that he has returned ahead of time to spend three months setting things up, with a chance to prepare for the future by looking back.
The solar spotlight is always on your income situation, matters and options at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your income sector. At the same time, since his return to your career sector in 2012 Neptune has and will until he leaves in 2026, spend from June to November of each year in retrograde motion. This always means that as the doors open to new income potential in July they will also be opening to the past, second chances and untapped job potential. This year this is even more pronounced, with Mercury in retrograde motion in your income sector until 12th July. While Neptune has just turned retrograde and the dwarf planet Ceres, making her first visit to your career sector since 2017 will also turn retrograde on 7th July, Mars only left on 28th June so there is also a lot of forward professional momentum. Together this suggests that July will not only be a good month for income and career matters but with a mix of both new opportunities and second chances or a chance to benefit or profit from the past. However, this doesn't mean that life needs or will be all work and no play. Now in both her first full month in direct motion and her last full month in Gemini Venus, the planet of love will be working to make it count. While Venus will lose the support of Saturn, when he retrogrades back out of an adventurous part of your chart on 2nd July she not only has the support of Juno in a playful part but they will move into a friendly aspect again midmonth. This will be the third time that they have come together but the first time while both are in direct motion and looking to the future. As always, the Sun will end the month in your communication sector, with his return on 22nd July a turnaround for your relationships. It was in the Sun's final hours in Gemini that it clashed with the South Node in your relationship sector but a month later they are on the same page, able to give your relationships a voice.
Whether you are a June or a July born Cancer this is your month, with the Sun in Cancer until 22nd July. While your actual birthday is a moment in time the whole month that the Sun spends back in Cancer is energising. This is not only a return to the Sun you were born under and the time of year you were born into, this is a chance to push the 'reset' button and this year you have not one but two chances. Apart from your actual birthday, the most powerful point in the Sun's month long visit to Cancer is when he aligns with the Moon to create a New Moon. This can happen at any point during your birthday month and is always a chance to commit to your new solar year, the future and the journey ahead. Because the Moon returned to Cancer just a few hours after the Sun they aligned to create an eclipsing New Moon on 21st June. Walking into your new solar year and being asked to commit to something you haven't even got a feel for yet sounds like a raw deal except it wasn't. This was more a chance to commit to the journey this new solar year will take you on, with the Moon returning to Cancer on 19th July where it will align with the Sun to create a second New Moon on 21st July. This time you will have had a month to get a feel for what you are committing to. With Mercury in retrograde motion in Cancer until 12th July, this also buys you time to explore and reconsider your options. The start of a new solar year is also a chance to get a sense of what kind of year you can expect and upfront there is a lot to be excited about. Mars is in the first full month of his longest visit to your career sector in 32 years, the South Node continues to explore untapped job potential and the most lucrative months of 2020 begin when the Sun returns to your income sector on 22nd July. With Venus, the planet of love in her last full month in a nostalgic part of your chart and Saturn retrograding back in to rejoin Jupiter and Pluto in your relationship sector, the doors are open to the past and second chances on the romantic and relationship fronts.
While the Sun will leave a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart on 22nd July and return to Leo to begin your birthday month and new solar year, with Venus or Mercury often getting out in front the lines between the past, present and future can become blurred. That is not the case this year and held back by retrograded phases Mercury won't return to Leo until early next month and Venus not until early September. That means that when the Sun returns to Leo this won't just begin your birthday month and new solar year but will be the first planetary activity in your sign this year. Until then, with the wind down of your old solar year underway and the majority of the planets in the solar system in retrograde motion, it is more about looking back. This is not just the normal reflecting required during the wind down of your old solar year and covers a diverse area of your life. Saturn will begin the month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector but on 2nd July will retrograde back into your work sector, where Jupiter and Pluto are already retracing their steps. With three planets in your work sector in retrograde motion and Uranus turning retrograde in your career sector next month, a major professional review will continue. You also have Neptune in his first full month in retrograde motion in your financial sector, with the dwarf planet Ceres turning retrograde there on 7th July. You even have Mercury, in a nostalgic part of your chart alongside the Sun in retrograde motion until 12th July. At the start of the month the only planets in direct motion are Mars, Venus and Uranus and they tell a story. Venus is still in her early days in direct motion in your friendship sector so is barely moving, while Uranus is slowing down ahead of his retrograde turn in your career sector next month. The only planet truly racing ahead is Mars and he is urging you to embrace his first full month in an adventurous part of your chart.
While there are twice as many planets in retrograde motion this month as there are in direct motion, in terms of asking for your attention only one comes with any urgency as that is Saturn. After just over three months in your work sector, Saturn will retrograde back out on 2nd July, making the first 48 hours of the month important for looking back, either learning what you can or just reflecting back on developments on the job front since March. This would have been the case without being in this new Covid 19 world, for Saturn is helping you to prepare for massive developments ahead. It is in December that massive opportunities will open up on the job front, all the way through to 2023. Saturn was only in your work sector for seven weeks when he turned retrograde, just days before Venus turned retrograde in your career sector. Venus turned direct late last month so is already giving you a chance to look to the future professionally while Saturn continues to retrace his steps before retrograding back out. It is then that Saturn will rejoin Jupiter and Pluto in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, where they are both also in retrograde motion. While there was never any danger of life becoming all work and no play now, that could be a possibility in the future, so this is something that they will all work on. Meanwhile, as is always the case the Sun will spend the first three weeks of July in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking before beginning the month long wind down of your old solar year on 22nd July. Despite the fact that so many planets are in retrograde motion, when the Sun returns to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart it will be to find that no planets have reached this far. Meanwhile, one planet not slowing down is Mars, who in the first full month of his longest visit to your financial sector in 32 years is fuelling your financial passions and fighting spirit, as the battle begins to take your financial power back.
This is a month where the solar system is divided into two camps and they are the planets moving forward and those that are still in direct motion, the latter becoming a dwindling number. At the start of the month, not counting the Sun who will always move forward and never backwards, there are just three planets in direct motion and two of them are not at full speed, leaving just one planet racing ahead. The three planets in direct motion at the start of the month are Venus, Mars and Uranus. However, Venus only turned direct in an adventurous part of your chart in the closing days of June and is barely moving. At the same time, while Uranus won't turn retrograde in your financial sector until next month he is already slowing down. The only planet that is in a lane of his own is Mars, with the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos in the first full month of his longest visit to your relationship sector in 32 years. Fortunately, the South Node is in your communication sector and is on hand to ensure the communication lines are open. Meanwhile, while there are a number of planets in retrograde motion there are several working in unison. That will be the case for Venus and Saturn until he retrogrades back out of a playful part of your chart on 2nd July. Both turned retrograde within days of each other back in March and today have been holding the doors open to the past and second chances on the playful and adventurous fronts. However, not leaving until August, Venus will continue to carry the torch for both while Saturn rejoins Jupiter and Pluto, who are already in retrograde motion in your home and family sector. It is on the job and career fronts that there is real solidarity, with Mercury in retrograde motion in your career sector until 12th July while Neptune is in his first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector.
While you have the ultimate conundrum this month it is also the ultimate solution. The conundrum you have is that while the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in an adventurous part of your chart and this will always be Neptune's first full month in retrograde motion in a playful part, this is also Mars' first and usually only full month in your work sector. Yet that pull from both the playful and busy sides of life's fence is what will help you manage the coming months, with a chance to develop some strong practices when it comes to a balance between work and play. This should be Mars' first, last and only full month in your busy work sector because he will normally spend around six weeks here. If Mars returns early one month he could leave before the next month is out so you don't even get one full month to explore and exploit the opportunities he has come to hunt down. However, Mars is not just spending the whole of July in your work sector but the whole of every other month for the rest of the year, not leaving until January. This is the start of Mars' longest visit in 32 years and while this is good news for work and job matters and even more so when the Sun returns to your career sector on 22nd July, you will have to pace yourself. While the Sun will leave an adventurous part of your chart and return to your career sector on 22nd July, putting his weight onto the busy and professional side of life's fence, Mercury will remain there all month and Venus won't return until early next month. In retrograde motion until 12th July, Mercury is even holding the doors open to the past and second chances at the same time that old doors are also open to the past on the playful front. The second half of the year is definitely the busiest and the best half across the income, work and career fronts but it would be too much without the right balance between work and play.
While Uranus is one of just three planets in direct motion at the start of the month, slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn in your work sector next month there is no urgency on the job front. With the Sun returning to your career sector just days after Uranus' retrograde turn next month the professional gods seem to have this professional year covered, with an easy transition from a focus on job and onto career matters in a relaxed and natural way. This means that there is reason for job and professional confidence but without any urgency. It is life outside work that is set to dominate not just this month but the whole second half of the year. This is thanks to the only planet in the solar system who is moving forward at normal speed and the Sun, who can't do anything else but steadily move forward. At the start of the month, there are just three planets in direct motion but still in her early days direct in your relationship sector Venus is barely moving and Uranus is already slowing down ahead of his retrograde turn in your work sector next month. The one planet who alone is moving and driving things forward is Mars and in his first full month in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, he has come home. Normally here for just six weeks, Mars has returned but won't leave until January, spending the whole second half of the year here. This is because Mars too will turn retrograde this year but not until September and his contrast to the other planets in the solar system that is setting him apart. You have planets in retrograde motion on the income, communication, financial and home fronts, all looking back while Mars is looking and moving forward. The Sun is also moving forward and after leaving your home and family sector on 22nd July will end the month in an adventurous part of your chart.
What sets July apart from other months, apart from the fact that this is the gateway into the second half of the year is the number of planets in retrograde motion and that Mars has found a new mission to occupy his time. While there are planets in retrograde motion across a number of areas of your life including on the income, relationship and home fronts the majority of those planets are in Capricorn. There are five planets in retrograde motion at the start of the month with the dwarf planet Ceres turning retrograde in your communication sector on 7th July and the dwarf planet Eris turning retrograde in your home and family sector on 21st July. However, while you begin the month with Jupiter and Pluto already in retrograde motion in Capricorn, after just over three months away Saturn will retrograde back in on 2nd July. When Saturn returned to Capricorn in 2017 it was to spend three years laying down the foundations for a new three decade long Saturn cycle, while Jupiter returned in December to spend a month laying down the foundations for a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. Saturn is coming back to finish what he started, going back into review along with Jupiter in preparation for their departure in December. The one planet that is not just moving but racing ahead is Mars, who is not just spending his first full month in your home and family sector but where he will remain for the rest of the year. Normally here for just six weeks, this is a time when Mars' passions, drive and competitive spirit can be channelled into home, family and/or property matters. Mars gives you the drive and motivation to make things happen and get things done and you now have access to this through to January.
Of all the planets either in retrograde motion at the start of the month, who are preparing to turn retrograde or have just turned direct only one will cross the boundary from one area of your chart to the other. That planet is Saturn, who on 2nd July will retrograde back out of Aquarius and back into a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart where he will rejoin Jupiter and Pluto, who are already in retrograde motion here. When Saturn returned to Aquarius in March it should have been to spend three years laying down the foundations for a new three decade long Saturn cycle. However, this was less a false start and more a trial run, with Saturn not only returning in December but bringing Jupiter with him. Jupiter and Saturn will not only return to Aquarius within three days of each other but will align for the first time in your sign in our lifetime. Jupiter and Saturn, the two most powerful planets in the solar system were last in Aquarius at the same time six decades ago but never aligned, something that last happened here literally in the Dark Ages. Jupiter and Saturn will align in Aquarius over Christmas creating a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to begin a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion and a new three decade long Saturn cycle in lockstep. December 2020 through to the end of 2023 are literally your most powerful years in a lifetime. The three months that Saturn has spent here has been a chance to put in some early groundwork. However, Saturn is also going back into his old cycle to both close that down properly but to help Jupiter do the same. Meanwhile, there are some seriously good implications from other retrograding planets. With Neptune in his first full month in retrograde motion in your income sector and Mercury in retrograde motion in your work sector until 12th July the doors are open to the past, second chances and untapped income and job potential at a time when new doors are also opening. Meanwhile, it will be the Sun's return to your relationship sector on 22nd July that will allow you to get the full benefit from Mars' first full month in your communication sector.
While Mars left Pisces on 28th June, gone for just 48 hours this allows you to begin the month with your passions, drive and competitive spirit fuelled and with his hot headed enthusiasm to draw on. Apart from the Sun and Moon, who will never retrograde, Mars is just one of three planets in direct motion at the start of the month but the only one with any real movement. Venus only turned direct in your home and family sector on 25th June so is still in her early days in direct motion and barely moving, especially at the start of the month. The other planet in direct motion is Uranus, who ahead of his retrograde turn in your communication sector next month is already slowing down. Mars is the only planet in direct motion who is moving at full speed and if anything is racing ahead. Mars is in the first full month of his longest visit to your income sector in 32 years and not leaving until January, the most lucrative months of 2020 will span the whole second half of the year. While there will be a chance to better exploit this when the Sun returns to your work sector on 22nd July, with the South Node in the early months of a 22 month visit to your career sector this is already destined to have implications across the income, work and career fronts. Here Mars' competitive and warrior spirit is being directed into fighting for what you deserve and this will be with you for the rest of the year. Meanwhile, as is always the case, with the Sun in an adventurous part of your chart until 22nd July this is a time for embracing the spirit of adventure and with Mercury retrograde here until 12th July there is also an opportunity to make up for lost time. If the bucket list you began the year with has been upended or you never got around to creating one, then Mercury's retrograde phase is a chance to revisit that. Mercury also holds the doors open to the past and second chances, especially when it comes to embracing life.