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Welcome July 2018


"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jewelled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
- Ada Louise Huxtable

 
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Faery Guidance for July 2018

The Returning





 







 

What is the Returning? Is it the end? Hardly! There is no end in Faerie. Where has this Faerie been? What has she seen and what has she brought back with her? A pearl of wisdom A unicorn horn? What tales will she tell you?

The paths you follow flow into each other and an end of one path is the beginning of another as you journey deeper into the heart of the realm. The returning is coming home, coming back to a place that is no longer only where you started from but somewhere much more profound. You can't return and expect things to have remained the same while you were away. Everything shifts and changes, moving on and metamorphosing into something new.

Having this Faerie appear asks you to think about what it is that you really wish to change in your life. As you sit with the Returning before you, visualize what will happen if you just walked out of the room for a moment and upon returning found that your understanding of the present situation had changed in a profound way.

What would it take to make that change happen? What could you do, how would you need to feel, to shift your perspective? Sometimes, by taking a moment to return to where you are now, you will be able to see the moment to return to where you are now, you will be able to see the moment with greater clarity and insight and the next step on your ongoing journey will become clearer as well.


From The Heart Of Faerie Oracle - Brian & Wendy Froud.

 
Celtic Tree Month July 2018

July 8th begins the Celtic Tree Month of Tinne (Holly) - Holly symbolizes the strength of the hearth and home, and its prickly leaves offer protection against hostile energies, especially those that endanger the family, the vulnerable, or those under threat. Slow-growing and tough, it also offers support for long journeys. Some stories tell that when winter came druids advised the people to take holly into their homes for it would shelter elves and fairies. There was a warning, however, to remove the holly entirely from the house before Imbolc eve because just one leaf in the house would spell misfortune.

It is felt to be unlucky to fell a holly tree or burn the green skinned holly. Yet luck was increased if a small branch kept from a Yule decoration was hung on the outside of the house where it would protect against lightning.

Holly people have a strong sense of personal integrity and a firm set of values. They are also affectionate, loyal and trustworthy with a deep devotion to family. They are known to have abilities that help them in work involving protection, shape shifting and sensitivity to the other world.
 
Astro - Days to watch for your sign -  July 2018

Aries
Rewarding Days: 1, 6, 7
Challenging Days: 1, 2, 28, 29

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 8, 9
Challenging Days: 3, 4, 30, 31

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  10, 11
Challenging Days: 5, 6, 7

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 12, 13
Challenging Days: 8, 9

Leo
Rewarding Days: 14, 15
Challenging Days: 10, 11, 12

Virgo
Rewarding Days: 16, 17

Challenging Days: 13, 14

Libra
Rewarding Days: 18, 19
Challenging Days: 15, 16

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 20, 21, 22
Challenging Days: 17, 18

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 23, 24
Challenging Days: 19, 20

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 25, 26, 227
Challenging Days: 21, 22

Aquarius
Rewarding Days: 1, 2, 28, 29 
Challenging Days: 23, 24

Pisces
Rewarding Days: 3, 4, 30, 31 
Challenging Days: 25, 26, 27
Void of Course Moon Schedule for July 2018

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
July 1st 23:56 July 2nd 18:31 Pisces
July 4th 10:47 July 5th 05:50 Aries
July 7th 08:09 July 7th 13:51 Taurus
July 9th 17:10 July 9th 17:58 Gemini
July 10th 21:00 July 11th 18:59 Cancer
July 13th 03:48 July 13th 18:31 Leo
July 15th 00:12 July 15th 18:31 Virgo
July 17th 11:49 July 17th 20:42 Libra
July 19th 20:52 July 20th 02:13 Scorpio
July 22nd 10:18 July 22nd 11:12 Sagittarius
July 24th 09:22 July 24th 22:49 Capricorn
July 26th 14:41 July 27th 11:41 Aquarius
July 29th 10:25 July 30th 00:28 Pisces
July 31st 23:41 August 1st  11:54 Aries

 
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What's New This Month 

July Blessings everyone! Yet another month has zipped right past us and we find ourselves at the midway point of the year. This month we have the 4th of July and Bastille Day to celebrate. We have an Eclipse in Cancer and a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius as well this month.  

July  Monthly Specials include some Faery readings and the Midsummer's Dream tarot reading, which focuses on what your heart's desire is. Many of you will be travelling now so I have a special reading just for you as well! There is also a Spiritual Journey and the Fool's Journey readings for those who are looking to start off in a new direction. So be sure to stop by and have a look at the July specials!  You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

If you have a website or blog that you need some creative content writing for, I offer my services as a freelance writer. You can check out my basic prices at Faery Scribe. I've written for several sites, such as Natural News, Jules of the Earth, Hirewriters and a number of private clients.

If you're looking for some unique handcrafted items, come visit  Faery Trinkets where I will have my Barefoot Sandals, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and crochet items on display for sale. I'll be adding some crocheted items as well soon, and you can also find these items in my Etsy shop.

In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now, you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

You can follow me on Facebook and keep up with the latest planetary transits: www.facebook.com/pages/Earth-Spirit-Tarot/202568966439


And don't forget to check out the Tarot Oracle Club: http://earthspirittarot.com/tosub.htm For a membership fee you get a free one card reading each month, discounts to in-depth readings, a free Natal Report package, one free in-depth reading for every one you buy, and access to a private Facebook group for members.
 

And now to announce the June 2018 raffle winners:

N. Barbara and J. Young

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter July's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

"Best Of Snippets for lazy summer days" 

"It's summer (here in the Northern Hemisphere) and lazy, warm days make it difficult to digest long articles. Here are some of the most helpful snippets I can think of, for when it really is too hot to think ;)".

** Forgiveness is a process that I see as meaning you will no longer pay the emotional price for the actions of another; you’ll no longer take responsibility for that person, and you accept the part you played in everything. In some cases, it is easy to forgive and continue to enjoy that person’s role in your experience. Sometimes, taking responsibility means no longer allowing that person in your life.

 

** Forgiving another either gives them a second chance, or enables them to continue their bad behaviour. After several kiss and make-ups, or gentleman’s handshakes, if you are still not seeing real change, ask yourself why. Are you forgiving or validating that person? This life is your journey, remember that.. and do not feel guilty for making a hard choice if it ultimately is the best way for you to grow. You are not here to carry anyone else through the entirety of their life.

**Facing your demons in cold, stark truth, allows you to grow, thrive and learn about yourself, far, far more than keeping an asshole around in the hope that they might change.

**Thinking you can change another is a fallacy of co-dependence. Right up there along with the thinking that sacrificing yourself makes you a better person and that you are somehow needed.

**Sometimes the best way to help other people is to let them go… and the best way to help yourself is to say “No.” You regain your personal power by taking the initiative to end an unhealthy relationship. By never being willing to cut anyone from your life you are handing your own power over to them. By being a slave to guilt, you do the same.

**People come into our lives for a day, for a season, or for years. We can learn from their departure as much as from their presence. “What if?” Is a path that you’ll never be able to fully explore, and guilting yourself with it will drive you mad. Why live your life in a constant state of second-guessing and questioning your actions? Trust yourself!

**If you wake up and feel overwhelmed by sadness, jealousy or anything else that makes you feel less than smiley, try one of these techniques:
*  Play some music that reflects the emotions you are experiencing.
*  Draw or doodle your thoughts.
*  Cry, scream or punch pillows
...but most of all, do not beat yourself up for being human!

 

**We ALL, every single damn one of us, make mistakes. “There but for the grace of God..” and all that. If someone judges you unfavourably because of something you can’t help right this second, then boot them from your life; don’t waste time trying to please an asshole.

**Putting an end to intolerance and stigma starts with the individual. Show the same acceptance and love to yourself that you extend to other people. Deal with your own fear, hate and embarrassment.

**Every time you get all worked up about something you cannot control, you are handing over your power. You are saying that someone, or something outside of you can dictate how YOU feel. With a million-and-one bugbears passing through your sphere, you’re in for a long time of feeling powerless. I am not here to please you, and nor is anyone else. YOU are here to please you ;)

**Take back your personal power! Don’t allow anyone else to dictate how you feel. We are sovereign beings who’s only true control is over ourselves. Trying to change other people is a waste of time and doesn’t work. If you find another’s aesthetic distasteful then figure out what it sets off within you, and understand yourself that bit better.

**We make conscious choices about who we interact with, but at the same time take note: Avoiding every possible “triggering” situation will make your world smaller and smaller. True power over one self, true self-mastery, is to fear nothing and no one! Go get ‘em, Tiger!

**I say this as someone who has dealt with trauma; I am not sitting in an ivory castle.. but ultimately there is only one person who is responsible for the offence we take, the hurt we feel and the reactions we have and that is OURSELVES.

**A victim mentality only attracts victimization, but when we stand up to the bullies in our lives, we take back our personal power.

**Reading old diaries.. ever done that and cringed at what you wrote? Hell, I have, and then I’d ripped out the pages and disposed of them.. which is why I no longer keep a diary.

Life is a journey, as is getting to know oneself, and that our ideas form, grow and change with time and experience. While we may look back and think “oh boy, was I wrong!”, the experiences we had at that point may still help others who are at the same life stage. Our memories document events and discoveries that shaped us at that time. They are part of who we are and while maybe not quite in line with current thinking, they are a record of how we got where we are at today.

One cannot go from one to sixty without passing through two, three, four……fifty-eight, and fifty-nine. Or maybe you could, but you’d not understand the principle of acceleration.. a car journey would be a magical thing, but that made no sense to you. Self-improvement is like that.. you can’t wave a glittery wand and have everything just go Zzzzap! ..You need to make sense of the process and the work you do.. else it isn’t conscious living is it? ;)

I’m confident your “old” life is still of value.. it is *experience*, and something that is best shared.

So, read through your diaries.. and don’t be embarrassed at the you from five years ago who believed in unicorns and the Great Cosmic Cash Machine. Look how far you have come, and appreciate the deep and rich understanding you have gained in that time, of yourself and the path you are on...,

 
                                                                                               
  July 2018 Celebrations


 
INDEPENDANCE DAY - July 4th -

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence. Though it is the Constitution that provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion "all Men are created equal," is equally beloved by the American people. On the Declaration's first anniversary, many citizens of Philadelphia had a spontaneous July 4th celebration. But it wasn't until after the War of 1812 that observing Independence Day became commonplace.


For more information on Independence Day and it's origins, and traditions, click here: 4th Of July

 


BASTILLE DAY - July 14th

Americans have 4th of July; the French have Bastille Day. Bastille Day, on the Fourteenth of July, is the French symbol of the end of the Monarchy and the beginning of the First Republic. The national holiday is a time when all citizens can feel themselves to be members of a republican nation. It is because this national holiday is rooted in the history of the birth of the Republic that it has great significance.

Discover more about Bastille Day!

Star Transits For July 2018


SUN TRANSITS

The Sun has been in Cancer since June 21st    

The Sun's entry into Cancer marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of Winter south of the equator. It's a major turning point of the year in which we grow more conscious of our roots and the family patterns that continue to shape our lives. The point, however, is not to reinforce fearful habits by constructing barriers to the world. It is, rather, a reminder to give birth to ourselves, to connect the past and present and create a future appropriate for tomorrow instead of clinging to the limits of yesterday.

When the Sun is in Cancer, things may get a little moody and emotional. While Cancer motivates us to reflect on our pasts, to draw our loved ones near to us and to nurture others without asking for nurturing in return, this Moon-ruled Water Sign can really make us grumpy. That said, Cancer could be a time of heightened emotional sensitivity, a time when the cerebral connections forged under the Gemini Sun move to a more intimate plateau. Flirtatious affections take on a greater gravity during this time as the Cancer Sun exposes our emotions and lays bare our vulnerabilities. Socializing takes a backseat to nostalgic memories and quiet nights at home. Food and family become very important at this time, as they provide us an opportunity to nurture one another and give us the most basic and unconditional of loves -- the very thing we need most right now.

The Sun in Cancer is a good time for:

  • Taking personal relationships to more substantial, serious levels
  • Staying in and looking through old photo albums and scrapbooks
  • Perform nurturing, domestic activities like cooking or gardening


The Sun then moves into Leo on July 22nd  

The Sun's entry into Leo encourages us to make more time for play but we first need to clear up some of our responsibilities to make that time. When the Sun is in Leo, we are at our most dramatically persuasive. The influence of this Fire Sign is electric -- it can invigorate the most indifferent among us with its jolt of self-confidence and vibrant energy. We all benefit from the theatrical aspect of Leo: By playing the role of bold, confident individual, we begin to feel like the bold, confident individual, absorbing into our new character like a great method actor. Since Leo makes us willing to take a chance without a second thought, spontaneity takes the place of apprehension. Leo has come to be known for its ego, vanity and self-obsession, but it's not as simple or as narcissistic as it seems. What we really seek under the influence of this sign is heart-felt appreciation and affection. This influence is playful, warm-hearted and loyal.

We can benefit from this signs influence by allowing ourselves to revitalize, rejuvenate, and rekindle our own fiery spirit…the one that shouts who we are! It’s a time to celebrate our own existence so do things that help to remind you, or reconnect yourself to who you are. Use this time to take back control of where your life is going and what you are doing in your life to express the passion that moves you. This can be a good time for those of us who feel we have lost our sense of purpose and direction.

The Sun in Leo is a good time for:

  • Planning and hosting a party
  • Going out on the town for dancing and socializing
  • Performing in or enjoying the theatre


MOON TRANSITS

On July 14th we have a Leo New Moon  

In Astrology the New Moon us seen as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. But in spell working the New Moon is also a time for getting rid of what is not wanted in our lives. It can be a time for reversing spells cast by another or used for warding and banishing work negative energies. I like to do a good home and chakra cleaning using reiki and some sage smudge sticks.

The New Moon in Leo speaks to our "inner child". The focus is now on creativity, self-expression and our sense of "self". It's a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention--when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It's a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well. Pay attention to the messages coming in at this time. Think outside the box! Who or what are you channeling at this time? Is it the energies around you or truly yourself? This is a time for you to be true to yourself and make sure you are in touch with your own inner truth and not those around you.

With Leo adding it's energies to this New Moon, it makes it a good time for igniting passion. From the day of the New Moon to three days after is said to be good for doing any type of work involving drawing love or creativity into your life. If you are starting a new venture, path, or project in your life, this energy can be used to draw positive opportunities to you that will help you along the way. Leo is a fixed sign as well so projects that are started now usually tend to last.

Things to do under a Leo Moon:  tell jokes; send funny pictures on Facebook; surprise someone with a just-for-fun gift; encourage someone you love; accessorize; style your hair in a way that gets attention; wear warm colours (red, orange, yellow); smile when walking down the street; dance to your favourite music; have a girls night out; go on an adventure with a child; take a creative risk; work on your screenplay or play; decorate your home for the holidays.

On July 27th we have an Aquarius Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse

Aquarius Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse 

The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. In Aquarius, we get a sense of emotional coolness or detachment at a personal level, combined with an emphasis on idealism. This can often help us in dealing with issues that have emotional ties, as Aquarius let's us detach a bit and see things in a new perspective. It's ideas that count for you now, more than narrowly personal concerns - and you may have little tolerance for people who do not operate at this level. The new, the unusual, the avant garde - these are the things that instinctively appeal to you.

Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us. 

This joyous Full Moon in the agreeable sign of Aquarius is excellent for making new friends and broadening social horizons. Sharing the spotlight is essential in this egalitarian sign that places cooperation on a higher level than self-importance. There is, though, a danger of spreading ourselves too thin or buying into proposals based on incomplete information. 

Things to do under an Aquarius Moon: getting energy work, like acupuncture or reflexology; attend a community-building event; conceptualize a plan; brainstorm at work; send a mass email to friends and family; update your social networking profile; break free of a social convention; mix with those outside your usual circle; conspire to rebel or reform; break out of the matrix! 

PLANETARY TRANSITS


July 2nd through July 13th – Grand Trine in Water (Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces)

Grand Trine - Jupiter, Neptune, Sun

This is the third incarnation of the Grand Trine in Water signs that involve Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. The previous appened on May 27th (with Venus) and June 6th (with Mercury). With this one we have the Sun completing this triangle. As with the last two Grand Trines, this one will be focused around combining ideals, beliefs, creativity and optimism. With the Sun taking part in this one, the impact is on our sense of self. What does your self-image say about you? This is a chance to polish up your self-esteem and let your inner glow shine out. Find ways to flash your best qualities out into the world, or maybe just beam them into your self-awareness.

If you tend to let your feelings colour your thoughts or slant your viewpoints in such a way that you become elated with hope and then crushed by feelings of depression when things don't pan out, it can be a tricky time. The best way to handle this energy is to slow our reactions and emotions down just long enough so that we can really see what is going on. Go with the flow and observe are the key words here.

July 3rd - Mercury conjunct Lunar North Node (Both in Leo)
 

The skies are pretty quiet today but early tomorrow Mercury will be making a conjunction to the North Lunar Node. The North Node shows us our future path, the things that are beckoning us forward, new roads that can open up for us. It is our forward motion point in our lives indicating what our overall life lessons are. Many believe it shows our destiny.

With the North Node in a conjunction to Mercury our ideas are in focus more, especially those that we share with others around us. During this time we may notice something new that gives us a fresh perspective, one that we may mull over for the next few months. Some of us will be called upon to give talks or presentations, anything that shares information with others on a broader scale. This can be a really active time with social media, email, and texting. It’s all about communication and collecting thoughts and ideas so make sure you keep you curiosity, mind, and eyes open. The Universe could be showing you something that is important or just plain fascinating now.
 

July 5th - Sun trine Jupiter (Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio)

Today the Sun moves into a supportive trine aspect with Jupiter. According to the ancients this is one of the most positive transits. With the Sun and Jupiter working together we are able to work in harmony with our environment radiating warmth and generosity to those around us. It is a time when our understanding of the great Big Picture clears and we start to understand just how we fit into it all. As a result of this, our self esteem and confidence soar. We start to see new possibilities and opportunities, to the point where we feel we have a bit of luck on our side.

It’s a really good energy for situations where we need to present an idea or project and need to get other people on board. Our own sense of confidence and optimism can more easily sway others to see our view of things. Public speaking gets a boost here as well as well as writing because we feel we can express ourselves easily. Our minds turn to philosophical and idealistic subject matters and our physical energy gets a boost too.

Our insight into our lives becomes a bit brighter, inspired, and optimistic and some may feel very connected to spiritual energy right now. This can help us to find new meaning for ourselves and the world around us. Some may feel inspired to fight for a cause or some justice they feel passionate about.

One thing to watch for is allowing our sense of “knowing” and self assurance go overboard, leading us to being too overly confident or over indulgent. We need to make sure that we are grounded in humility and realistic views to make it all work well.

July 5th - Mercury opposite Mars (Mercury in Leo, Mars in Aquarius)

This is a time where a lot can be said since our communication is charged with passion, some of which may come across as combative. Choosing what and how we hear something can make the difference between an angry, knee jerk reply and making a more thoughtful choice of words. Knowing just what we want now can motivate us to convince those around us of our desires. This can work to inspire some and antagonize others through being overly forceful. The chances of taking any kind of comments as criticism can have some quickly defending their positions, whether it needs defending or not. It is important now to really listen and hear what others are trying to say to you because there may be some important advice that we can use. Try to keep it in balance and not be so impulsive with words that you find you can't stop yourself in time from saying something unnecessary.

July 5th – Chiron Stationary Retrograde (in Aries)
 

Today Chiron goes retrograde in the sign of Pisces. Many may feel the energies of this retrograde station for up to a week prior and after today. Chiron, also referred to as the “Wounded Healer” usually focuses on things like healing, health, and pain (spiritual, physical and psychological). Some may see some health issues coming to the fore during this time. It’s also a time when we have the opportunity to discover previously unrecognized abilities within ourselves. These are usually the most battered and beaten down parts of ourselves which are, in truth, our greatest strengths. They just have not been developed or nurtured so remain in a state of woundedness. This causes a lack of growth in our lives that can hold us back and keep us from breaking through to that next level of our evolution.

For many this can be a turning point where issues of pain and woundedness are concerned so we need to make sure we take the time to heal and bring things back in balance in our lives. Chiron’s retrograde station starts this this process and it will gradually unfold over the next few months. This is the time to let those wounds heal, let go of our old grudges and choose to no longer hide behind or cling to our pain as a means of defines. By doing so we become powerful in our own right and let go of being a victim.

Remember, Chiron is an initiator which assists us in breaking through to those new possibilities that we may not have been able to even dream of until now. Use this time to focus your energies on those areas in your life that need healing, acknowledge them and give recognition to how far you have come on your path towards healing so far. It’s time to stop accepting “life as usual” and step outside of our comfort zones…you won’t regret it.

July 8th - Sun trine Neptune (Sun in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces)
 

Under this transit we find that our imagination is stimulated which is great for those who work in a creative field because they will find expressing themselves flows easily through their specific artistic outlet. We tend to have faith in the Universe’s bounty at this time, even to the point of feeling that everything we want or need will be magically granted to us. It’s a time for wishing and positive thinking as optimism and hope spring eternal. Those that have been feeling the heaviness of depression will find their spirits uplifted, reliving them from the heavier weight of sadness and discouragement that has been felt up till now.

We do need to take care under this transit because the tendency to get lost in daydreaming and fantasizing could draw our focus away from our responsibilities and what needs to be taken care of. We are also more sensitive to the feelings of those around us which gives us the ability to be more sympathetic to others and them to us.

This is a transit where out sense of Self gets infused with uplifting visions and we feel we have a mission in this life, that we are truly linked to the Universe and all that is around us. It’s a inspiring energy spiritually, romantically, creatively, and compassionately. It is a brief transit so enjoy this while it lasts and remember that before we make any changes that are based on what we feel is a permanent situation or condition, this is mainly a temporary influence with us now. Be careful not to make optimistic promises which we may not be able to fulfil once this time of optimism wears off.

July 9th - Mercury square Jupiter (Mercury in Leo, Jupiter in Scorpio)

This transit brings an information overload and it can become all too easy to miss or neglect important details. We can be tempted to exaggerate or overstate our situations and views, or we could have a hard time putting our ideas to practical use. What we need to be careful of is that “pie in the sky” thinking, or having ideas and making plans that are a bit too grandiose.
We can start to see the weak links in our knowledge, understanding or beliefs as our ideas and words fall short of what our mind actually envisions. It can also be hard to convince others of our point of view. There is a real need to be careful of trying to over-compensate with more self-confidence, faith or optimism than we actually have.

Another angle here is a tendency to over explain or give out too much info that comes across as nervous rambling. Or we can encounter others who are doing this and become a bit too judgmental. So this can be a good opportunity to learn something about how we jump to conclusions or place blame, especially if a situation triggers something that challenges our beliefs.

July 10th - Venus enters Virgo

Love takes a practical turn as Venus moves into earthy Virgo. Be careful though, because relationships could suffer from nitpicking and self-worth may be diminished by being overly critical. However, this transit also represents opportunities to make the minor adjustments needed to put partnerships on a more productive track and to develop talents that increase one's economic value

This is a cycle that calls you to purify and get more efficient. It may not be the most fun cycle of Venus, but it does help us to get a bit more practical and clear the way so we are able to enjoy Venus's more social and romantic cycle after August 6th. Basically we are looking at a work now, play later scenario. This is a time when we express our love through practical means and gestures--running errands, doing detail work, or just being there for our lovers. Love needs to make sense and have a purpose with Venus in Virgo. Virgo is an Earth sign, which is sensual but also quite practical. Besides our romantic natures, what we decide to buy and the types of entertainment we enjoy during this cycle is ruled by whether or not things make sense. We could easily feel guilty if we are too self-indulgent at this time. Rendering services to others can fill a need, and can be an expression of love. The shadow side of this position is being overly critical of our partners, picky, or worrisome.
 
July 10th - Jupiter Stationary Direct (in Scorpio)

Jupiter finally ends its 4 month retrograde journey and starts shifting forward now. Jupiter's effects are to expand our experiences, our knowledge, and our understanding. Jupiter represents optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a surge of idealism, inspiration and confidence. A quest for knowledge, truth, optimism and faith could become a beacon of energy in your life. On the other hand Jupiter could also bring an increase of judgement, blame and elitism. Jupiter has been retrograde for about 4 months. It is now changing direction again and resuming its normal direct motion.

You may have been exploring and developing the deeper qualities of spirituality, beliefs, confidence, knowledge, faith and/or optimism during that time. Or you might have found ways to expand your horizons—directly through travel or indirectly through the study of other cultures and languages. For the next 3 months (as Jupiter retraces its steps through the Shadow), you can start to apply and integrate what you've learned over the past 4 months. For example, if you have been taking a course or exploring your religious beliefs, this might be a time when you are able to put your discoveries into practice or place them into your worldview.

This turning point may be uplifting, overwhelming, inspiring and/or illuminating. You could discover new meaning in areas of life that had become stale or worn out, or you might realise that your old ways of understanding don't work for you anymore and need to be let go. Whatever you've learned or gained over the last 4 months, it is now available to be expressed and used more openly and directly in your life.

July 11th - Venus trine Uranus (Venus in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus)

This is a transit where liberation and spontaneity flood into our relationships, resources, finances, and those little pleasure we so enjoy! We feel more at ease in the company of others and an old friend may be there to give you a boost, or to try something new. We tend to desire the more thrilling and exciting activities now and changing the patterns of our interaction can be quite interesting as well.

We have a taste for the unusual and may find ourselves trying things (food, people, activities) that we would have overlooked in ordinary circumstances. We want to shake up the routines and break free from some old habits in order to allow ourselves to get a breath of that fresh air in our lives. it brings a chance to meet unusual and eccentric people that could broaden your views of the world around you.

One thing we do need to be careful of however, is the we could spend impulsively beyond our budget, or become reckless in our relationships and social interactions. The key is to allow ourselves to break free from what is holding us back without breaking down the order and structure that we need in our lives.

 

July 12th - Sun opposite Pluto (Sun in Cancer, Pluto in Capricorn)
 

The gentle Cancer Sun is travelling through a rocky road right now. It's opposition to Pluto can foster mistrust and power struggles. And it's square with Uranus can bring some unexpected surprises. There is an upside to this though. It can awaken our creativity and consciousness which will allow us to tap into this potent and transformational energy

Let's look at the Sun's opposition to Pluto first. A battle of wills may surface as our encounters with others seem fraught with power plays and manipulative behaviour. And we may not be satisfied with merely standing up for ourselves..oh no! Having someone pressure you to dance to their tune could bring you to the point of plotting revenge if we aren't careful here. All this approach will achieve is to escalate issues further until we have an all out war (keep an eye on the big global picture here as well). Pressure that has been building could throw an issue out into the open. It may be best to put off taking action until things have calmed and you can see more clearly.

There is a positive to this transit too though. It can give us the opportunity to empower and assert ourselves in a new way. Tap into that inner strength you've been working on. When facing the person or situation in question, make sure you are rooted in your own inner honesty. try to find balance by striving to work together without either being torn down along the way. And don't let ego create a blockade. We may need to face the fact that what we are fighting our "opponent" over could be a reflection of something about ourselves that we don't like.

Now let's take a look that Sun/Uranus square. It's quite possible for us to experience a shake-up of sorts at this time because the Universe has decided it wants to make life a bit more interesting. This is meant to be a wake up call aimed at untangling you from those old and outdated habits that have us stuck or feeling inhibited. For some, there will be a desire to stir up a bit of trouble. This can be good in some instances where a push is needed. It can also be very disruptive as well as destructive too. We may find a silver lining in the cloud of a crisis or accident now. Many will feel that their sense of purpose has been rattled, causing them to feel unsettled. Keep in mind that a bit of room is just being cleared in order to make way for new growth and possibilities. This is the time for breaking free of old habits and restrictions. Just remember that it could create a mess that we will have to clean up later on.

July 14th - Venus trine Saturn (Venus in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn)

This is a transit whose characteristics are about stability in both relationships and finances. We tend to have an increased ability to be a bit more disciplined where spending and investing our time is concerned. During this transit, taking care of the necessary, even unpleasant, tasks seems less of a burden. Assuming responsibility earns you the appreciation of others who admire your commitment. It’s a time where pleasure is made to last rather than immediate gratification. Some may feel an extra need to prove their responsibility to others.

We can also find it easier to focus on projects that are creative in nature. We have a better ability to grasp realistic, solid facts that can help us choose our investments more wisely in our interactions with others and money. Our self-worth can also benefit from this transits' energy because we tend to be less inclined in giving in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to bouts of depression, you may want to be cautious about becoming so stable and grounded that you lose touch with your sense of potential and hope. This is a good transit for making concrete progress in matters that involve love, balance, beauty and harmony.

July 24th - Venus opposite Neptune (Venus in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces)
 
This can be a tricky transit for us, where happiness can become addictive. There is a tendency to see what we want to see and to gloss over those points, details and flaws that are more realistic in order to gain instant gratification. We need to be especially careful when dealing with others because some may feel inclined to sacrifice their own needs now, or to compromise their position more than necessary.

This is a time where it’s important to hold off on making any big, important purchases, as well as starting a new relationship until that rose coloured veil lifts. Also, try to avoid legal, financial, and social involvements, contracts, or formal agreements under this dreamy
 
July 25th - Sun trine Chiron (Sun in Leo, Chiron in Aries)
 
Chiron has been influencing us to heal those chronic struggles in our lives for a few months now. With the Sun making a trine to Chiron, we will start to see our recent efforts to mend and heal these things coming together. We find that we just may have the confidence we need to try out those new solutions. Or we may find we are able to at least approach those problems from a different angle, one that actually sheds light on the situation in question.

Some of the progress we are seeing could be a result of having the courage to walk a different path, one that we have made our own. Or it may be due to us finally having that courage to face our shadow side. I'm sure many will find that there are a few wounds and struggles in their lives hat will benefit from the kind of healing this transit brings us. The worst thing you could do is let it pass you by without allowing yourself to tap into its potential. try to find a balance between jumping off into the deep end of troubled waters and just poking a toe at the surface to see what kind of waves it creates.
 

July 25th - Sun square Uranus (Sun in Leo, Uranus in Taurus)

Under this challenging transit our world can experience some shake-up's as the Universe decides its time for change and time to make things a bit more "interesting." This is our wake-up call folks and it is designed to loosen us up from old habits and cycles that keep us stuck or inhibited in life.

It also stirs up a restlessness and draws out the trickster/rascal in us to want to stir up a bit of trouble. Sometimes this can be necessary and useful but in other situations it can be disruptive and destructive. So it's important to try and resist that urge to rebel just for that sake of doing something different.

This is also a time to be more alert to any new insights and opportunities that come along disguised as accidents or crises. Sometimes it takes such a crisis for us to realize the need for change.

Our usual sense of self and purpose also become unsettled under this transit, but it's also a time where room is cleared away for new growth and new possibilities. So if you are looking to break some old habits in your life or break away from current restrictions, this is the best time to do it! Just bear in mind that it could also create a bit of a mess that you will have to contend with later.
 
Friday July 27th - Sun opposite Mars (Sun in Leo, Mars in Aquarius)

We have the Sun in a challenging opposition to Mars, which is still in retrograde. Anytime Mars is opposing the Sun, it will be in a retrograde cycle. This transit also marks that halfway point for Mar’s retrograde meandering. Over these next six weeks we will find ourselves getting deeper into the work that has been brought on by the first six weeks of this Mars retrograde. This is the time where we need to pause and ask ourselves what we have been investing our time and energy in over the past six weeks of this cycle. Take some time to look at areas where you have been busy developing new ideas, or struggling with any situations that have involved those Mars traits of aggression, anger, assertiveness, hostility and confrontation. Some of you may have directed your energies towards building yourselves up in a physical way through new health and fitness regimes, maybe even giving your physical appearance a total makeover!

Now that we are at this midway point in the Mars retrograde cycle, these next six weeks will call for more commitment to our goals, challenges, ambitions and issues. One example would be situations where we have felt overwhelmed by feelings of anger, impatience, passion and frustration that are getting a bit out of control. For these you will need to find yourself a safe and constructive outlet for these energies. It’s all about being in control of our feelings rather than our feelings being in control of us.

We do need to be careful that we don’t push ourselves so hard that we end up burning ourselves out now. If you suddenly feel a bit of hesitation about taking action, then your higher self may be telling you something that you need to listen to. These moments tell us that there is a reason for holding back, and that reason is that we need to work on some aspect of ourselves, to look at what it is that has been making us feel stuck and to find a way to break free of this. Some may feel that they are in a position where they have to prove or validate themselves for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with the situation before them.

The best advice for dealing with these energies is to make sure you take breaks and let yourself acknowledge all of the successes you have accomplished, both big and small. Also, if you are nearing that time where a big decision is going to be made, or a big idea is to be presented, you may want to hold off until we are past the Mars retrograde cycle. Use these next few weeks to check over your plans, kick the tires, make sure all of your t’s are crossed and I’s dotted. It’s all about honing things and buffing the sharp edges.

Venus trine Pluto (Venus in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn)

Deeper aspects of love become apparent, without the usual stresses and strains under this transit. If you have been wanting to deepen or renew a previous commitment in a relationship, now is a good time to do so. This can be an excellent time for finances and for relationships. Your feelings are intense and impassioned, but not in an offensive or destructive way. You may experience karmic attractions now, or, at the very least, strong feelings and attachments. This is a sensual transit--a time when a little charm goes a long way. Something touches you now, and you could discover something intimate and relevant about a partner or about your own love nature.
 
July 28th - Sun conjunct Lunar North Node (Both in Leo)

When the Sun dances with the North Lunar Node it is usually seen as a favourable energy where we are more likely to have important or prominent people coming into our lives. Financial matters tend to improve and positive discoveries are made. For a couple of days before and after this aspect we will notice that our sense of self purpose is much sharper and in better focus. We could come into contact with individuals who seem to understand us more or are on our “wave length”. We could also find that courage needed to let ourselves shine brightly.

Transits are never without a challenging side though and with the Sun conjunct the North Node we are challenged to discover and fulfil our potential in a much broader context. Take a step back and look at your vision of your future on both a personal level and a wider level.

Something to take not of is that New and Full Moons that occur just before and after this transit are usually Eclipses. It can be helpful to check if these Eclipses are forming any major aspects in your own natal chart. It will help show us the direction of things for the next few months. This Sun/North Node transit will help us to focus on those changes ahead.


What to watch for in August 2018!

The Pagan celebration of Llamas takes place in August, Uranus turns retrograde, Mercury and Mars end their retrograde cycles.  There's a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and a New Moon solar Eclipse, Venus enters Libra, and Mars enters Capricorn. 

Well my darlings, this wraps up our Jule newsletter!  Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!

 

Blessings!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

http://earthspirittarot.com.