The Astrology Of July 2021 – Venus Conjunct Mars

July 2021 comes with several tense T-squares, a creative concoction of Leo energy, and Jupiter back in Aquarius.

After a tense first week of the month, Venus and Mars join forces in Leo, clearing the dust (or the dusk?) of the previous cycle, and infusing fresh energy into our relationships. 

Mid-month, Chiron retrograde and Sun opposite Pluto ask us to be honest with ourselves. We can no longer ignore our conflicting feelings and ideas. Some things can no longer be avoided, some feelings really need to be processed. And no one can do this on our behalf – it’s totally up to us.

Time for introspection – even if that means we will get humbled in the process.  

Towards the end of the month, the energy showy shifts into Virgo, inviting us to turn the exciting ideas we birthed with Venus and Mars in Leo into something tangible. 

But let’s take a look at the most important transits of the month:

July 1st, 2021 – Mars Opposite Saturn And Square Uranus

On July 1st, Mars (at 12° Leo) is opposite Saturn in Aquarius.

Two days later, on July 3rd, Mars also squares Uranus. Mars is now a part of a tense fixed T-square with Saturn and Uranus.

Warning: anger levels will rise.  We may feel that the whole world is against us.

At the same time, we won’t take no for an answer. The Mars-Uranus square will push all our buttons. Change is around the corner, so we need to act, despite the blockages, despite the difficulties.

Thankfully, Chiron (now at 12° Aries) comes to support us with a harmonious trine. When we finally deal with our blockages and take action, healing quickly follows. 

July 7th, 2021 – Venus Opposite Saturn And Square Uranus

On July 7th-8th, Venus in Leo is opposite Saturn in Aquarius and square Uranus in Taurus

Just like with Mars, Venus’ T-square with Saturn and Uranus will initially push us outside our comfort zone.

Venus is how we feel about life, and when Saturn is opposite Venus, the way we feel about life is restricted, confined and controlled.

Yet, Uranus wants us to break free from emotional patterns that no longer serve us. Uranus wants us to transform instant gratification into emotional freedom, stripped of unhealthy emotional attachments.

Just as with Mars, Chiron comes to save the day. This back and forth process of rewiring our heart to higher frequencies will be extremely healing and cathartic. 

July 9th, 2021 – New Moon In Cancer

On July 9th, 2021 we have a beautiful New Moon at 18° Cancer.

The New Moon is trine Neptune in Pisces, sextile Uranus in Taurus, and opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Basically the New Moon makes aspects with all outer planets, so it will have a surreal feel.  Expect serendipities and divine guidance.

Cancer is the sign of conception, so New Moons in Cancer are great for birthing personal projects that you’ve been nurturing and creating for some time. 

July 11th, 2021 – Mercury Enters Cancer

After a long journey in the sign of Gemini, Mercury enters Cancer.

If Mercury in Gemini is outward-looking, Mercury in Cancer is private and introspective. After 2 months of paying attention to the world, now it’s time to tune in, and listen to your own narrative. Your emotions and perceptions are just as important as facts and logic. 

July 13th, 2021 – Venus Conjunct Mars 

On July 13th, 2021 Venus is conjunct Mars at 19° Leo. Venus and Mars are like the opposite poles of a magnet.

They attract each other, and as a result of their passion, something new comes into existence. Whether it’s a new life, new relationship, or a new creative project, Venus conjunct Mars is our cosmic go-ahead to get our creative juices flowing

The Sabian symbol of the Venus-Mars conjunction is “Zuni Indians performing a ritual to the Sun”, suggesting a return to the source.

Creativity doesn’t mean being trendy or cool, or doing “creative” or geeky things like watercolor painting or Instagram reels.

Creativity means going back to the source, understanding who you really are – and then simply unleashing your truth, whatever that may be. Maybe your authentic creative expression is crunching the numbers. The Venus-Mars conjunction will reveal something very fundamental about yourself that will set you on a new path. 

July 15th, 2021 – Chiron Goes Retrograde

On July 15th, 2021 Chiron goes retrograde at 12° Aries.

Chiron is the wounded healer, and Chiron transits always trigger a desire to heal what has been broken, to integrate what has been separated.

When Chiron is direct, we look for healing outside. We go to the doctor, the shaman, the spiritual guru, the coach. When Chiron goes retrograde, we look for answers inside. We become our own medicine. 

July 17th, 2021 – Sun Opposite Pluto

On July 17th, 2021 Sun (at 25° Cancer) is opposite Pluto (at 25° Capricorn).

The Sun is our personal identity. Pluto is the power of nature.

When the 2 oppose each other, there is a conflict that requires integration.

On one hand, we want to affirm our identity (Sun). But being human means that there are always forces outside of our control (Pluto) that we need to deal with.

An extreme reaction to this conflict is attempting to control the world around us, which leads to power struggles and ego wars. Pluto doesn’t like this. The other extreme reaction is feeling helpless and resigning to circumstances. The Sun doesn’t like this. 

The solution? Learning to let go of egoic concerns while at the same time building inner strength and resilience. Yes, we can change our circumstances, yes, we are not always at the mercy of fate, but the secret is acting from our Higher Self, not from our Egoic Self. 

July 21st, 2021 – Venus Enters Virgo

On July 21st, 2021 Venus enters Virgo. Virgo is a practical Earth sign. Virgo is also a mutable sign. Mutable signs move things around. That’s why Virgos like to be of service – they move practical stuff around, where that “stuff” is needed. 

Venus is the planet of feelings. Venus in Virgo has the unique ability to “use” her feelings to get stuff done. This may sound like a practical approach to what is not supposed to be practical (our feelings), but this emotional pragmatism may be a “useful” quality to have, at least from time to time. 

In the next weeks, Venus in Virgo will teach us how to be more pragmatic and down to earth with our feelings. Do you feel energized? Then do some work. Do you feel down? Write poetry. Do you feel emotional? Have a chat with your Water sign friends. Do you feel angry? Clean the house. Channel your feelings and do something useful. 

One nice thing about Venus in Virgo (and any Virgo transit), is that it makes harmonious aspects with Uranus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn, which is a great transit for any practical projects. 

July 22nd, 2021 – Sun Enters Leo

Happy b-day to all Leos out there! On July 22nd, the Sun enters its favorite sign, Leo. There is a certain magic to the Leo season. No matter what your Sun sign is, this is the best time of the year to embody Sun’s qualities: authenticity, confidence, courage, radiance, warmth, and generosity.

July 23rd, 2021 – Full Moon In Aquarius 

On July 23rd, we have a Full Moon at 1° Aquarius. The Full Moon is conjunct Pluto, and 10° away from Saturn – not too close, but close enough to feel its influence.

At this Full Moon we may feel like we did back in early 2020, when we had the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.

But this time the Moon and Saturn are in Aquarius, so there is a sense of moving forward. “Look at how far we’ve come!”.

Full Moons are when things are revealed and we gain clarity about something that has previously been kept in the dark. The Full Moon will illuminate some hidden truths about the Saturn-Pluto conjunction from January 2020, as well as the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in December 2020.   

July 27th, 2021 – Mercury Enters Leo

After a 12-day sprint in the sign of Cancer, Mercury enters Leo. Once we’ve done our introspection (thank you Mercury in Cancer, that was quick) it’s time to speak out. To deliver our message. To roar the truth. 

July 28th, 2021 – Jupiter (Re)Enters Aquarius

On July 28th, 2021 Jupiter leaves Pisces and re-enters Aquarius. This is your time to revisit any “unfinished” Jupiter in Aquarius business.

Hopefully, Jupiter’s brief transit through Pisces has stirred your imagination, broadened your horizons, and helped you find answers outside the box of logic and reason. Now it’s time to go back to logic and reason, and finish what you have started. 

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