On JULY, you have the following main events (New York time, USA): 

On July 22nd, the SUN ingress in LEO: Happy Birthday for all natives!

Retrograde planets: Jupiter (until 10th July), Mercury (starting with 26 July), Mars (until 28th of August), Saturn (until 6th September), Pluto (until 2nd October) and Neptune (until 26th November). Because of all these you may feel that nothing is working. But this period is the best time to rethink, review any ongoing plans or to take a longer holiday.

The fixed cross is activated and invites all of us to change, although the resistance to change may be quite high. The more you resist you spend more energy, time and nerves because changes are inevitable. Those with the Sun, with their Ascendant or with planets in fixed signs try to be flexible and adaptable and to give up your stubbornness and pride. This phrase is valid for me as well, having ascendant in Leo. It still saves me the Sun, the lord of the Leo’s sign being in Pisces, the absolute adaptability sign. I remind you that fixed signs are: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

This month we have two Eclipses: The Partial Solar Eclipse on July 13 and the Total Lunar Eclipse of July 27. They are not visible from USA.

MOON PHASES (New York local time):

NEW MOON in CANCER on 12th July 2018 at 22:47 and a Partial Solar Eclipse on July 13: Eclipses are powerful and have the role of accelerating change and growth, and often triggering major endings and beginnings. Moon in Cancer is the sign of home, family, roots, and foundation. Cancer represents your physical home and body. Spend more time in nature, and walk with bare feet on the grass, eliminate stress accumulated during last year.

Any Eclipse put yourself in out of standard comfort zone. The challenge is to stay open to the intense feelings, let them move through you, and use them as fuel for change. The house in your birth chart that contains Cancer sign to the areas of life that don’t serve your highest good and are ready to be released.

FULL MOON in AQUARIUS on 27th July at 16:20 and a Total Lunar Eclipse: This total lunar eclipse in Aquarius with South Node and retrograde Mars, bringing a strong focus to completing unfinished business and breaking free from the past. People from previous lifetimes, literally and figuratively, may reappear in your life. The Leo North Node shows that your heart’s desires and passions will guide you to fulfillment.

Mars retrograde in Aquarius makes you to search within and rethink your contribution to groups and reclaim your individuality and freedom. As the Full Moon conjoins Mars on the South Node, you can get clear feedback about what no longer inspires or motivates you. Anger could also be triggered, especially anger that’s been repressed for a long time or is completely unconscious.

Because Mars is out of bounds from July 7 to September 24, which can correlate with extreme manifestations of masculine energy beyond the rules and norms of social convention. Unexpected events, erratic behavior, sudden changes, and radical breaks with the past are possible.

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MERCURY transits:

MERCURY is in LEO between until 5 September, including a retrograde period: You are enthusiastic in your quest for knowledge. You are proud of your learning abilities and believe in the saying that learning is fun. You may feel like a a know-it-all person. This is the retrograde cycle of Mercury:

Mercury in direct motion in Leo starting with 29 June 2018

Mercury in retrograde station in Leo starting with 25 July 2018

Mercury in retrograde motion in Leo starting with 27 July 2018

Mercury in direct station in Leo starting with 18 August 2018

Mercury in direct motion in Leo starting with 20 August 2018

VENUS transit:

VENUS is in LEO until 9 July: You enjoy fun and creativity within relationships. You will take great pride in your partner. You will also value appearances and may be proud of your possessions. VENUS is in VIRGO between 9 July and 7 August: You will seek meaningful relationships with a practical basis. You will want your partner to be precise, neat and punctual. You may expect perfection. You will enjoy having detailed conversations about serious topics.

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MARS transits:

MARS is in AQUARIUS and is included a retrograde cycle:

Mars in direct motion in Aquarius starting with 16 May 2018

Mars in retrograde station in Aquarius starting with 27 June 2018

Mars in retrograde motion in Aquarius starting with 29 June 2018

Mars in retrograde motion in Capricorn starting with 14 August 2018

Mars in direct station in Capricorn starting with 27 August 2018

Mars in direct motion in Capricorn starting with 29 August 2018

Mars in direct motion in Aquarius starting with 12 September 2018

Mars forms a complicated and dynamic square aspect with Uranus on August 1 and September 18. It is up to you to find new ways of expressing the Martian energy or to make unexpected changes that you have no control at all.

During this retrograde cycle of Mars, it is preferable to avoid extreme sports and events involving imprudent and risk-of-accident actions. Try not to respond to challenges of any kind during this period. Do not rush things, if you see obstacles in your actions, try to find constructive solutions to move forward. The more you resist the changes, the more you will have conflicts with others. Take more care of yourself and avoid surgery especially in the following areas: hips, thighs, femurs, blood vessels (arteries), sciatic nerve, pelvis, pituitary and liver, genital and excretory system, nose, ovary, bladder and the prostate. Also, male activities may encounter problems during the relegation period of Mars: everything related to cars, army, police and so on. The affected zodiac signs are: Aries and Scorpio and in the signs where the planet is retrograde (Aquarius and Capricorn).

JUPITER transits SCORPIO until 8th of November 2018. Until 10 July Jupiter is in retrograde motion. During this retrograde cycle of Jupiter, people tend to learn from their own experiences some faith-related lessons, and situations may arise when certain adjustments are required for some large-scale projects. If you are traveling during these times, try to organize your traveling better and do not panic if you lose your luggage. You will learn not to rely on the help of others and you will become more adaptable to reality. The affected signs are: Virgo, Sagittarius and Scorpio.

SATURN is already in CAPRICORN, until March 21st, 2020.  Saturn is in retrograde cycle:

Saturn in retrograde motion in Capricorn starting with 19 April 2018

Saturn in direct station in Capricorn starting with 7 September 2018

Saturn in direct motion in Capricorn starting with 9 September 2018

During this retrograde cycle of Saturn, you will feel a slowdown or a jam in certain activities, it depends a lot on what home in the natal chart Saturn in transit, and if Saturn meets the personal planets, then the situation is personalized altogether. You will work harder, or you will make a bigger effort in making plans, and some adjustments or expansions are not excluded for better efficiency. Saturn usually requires a better organization or structure of information. Relationship with certain authorities is complicated, so any action, to be completed, requires patience and perseverance. And do not forget, Saturn demands fairness in everything you do!

URANUS is already in TAURUS, read my article about this transit here: https://goforastrology.com/uranus-ingress-in-taurus-on-15th-of-may/

Starting with 1st of July 2018 I will not make forecast for each zodiac sign anymore. If you need a forecast I will do it only through my CONSULTATION SERVICES. Find more information here: https://goforastrology.com/consultations/

IMPORTANT NOTES: In all my astrological research and interpretations, I use the Whole signs (house system) because it is the oldest house system (used by ancient Greek astrologers) who has proven its real value during history. When I am writing about aspects between planets, I use aspect from sign to sign; I am using a traditional way of interpretation of aspects. An aspect is not a must to be at perfect orb to have an effect. It is enough if we have a planet in a sign that forms an aspect with another planet from another sign. The most powerful aspects are: conjunctions, oppositions, squares and trines. 

I wish you the best transits!

Monica Lazar