July is a busy month with the Sirius Gateway, two Eclipses, and a total of 5 planets in retrograde including Mars and Mercury. All of this energy is going to create a stop and go type of month that is really going to be requiring us to get balanced and stay centered with whatever comes our way.
Eclipses always indicate major changes, shifts, and transformations. Everyone feels Eclipses differently, but their intensity is often something that is not easy to miss.
The last Eclipses we had were back in January-February so it is likely that whatever was occurring around this time may be revisited for closure. You may find that whatever you were dealing with around this time comes back in a new way and you may be able to resolve things once and for all.
Eclipses are always testing the strength of things in your life. If there are any weak spots, or things that have needed to be cleared for some time, Eclipse season often takes care of things for you.
This is the good thing about Eclipses- they put you wherever you need to be, and highlight areas of your life that are no longer working for you. They do this in such a clear way that it helps to take the guess work out of it and allows you to know exactly which way the Universe wishes to steer you.
If things fall away or break off during Eclipse season, it is usually a good idea to pay attention and go with the flow. Trying to go against the current of energy is likely to not work in your favor, so surrender and be open to wherever it may take you.
The first Eclipse is a Solar Eclipse on July 12th in the sign of Cancer. We have not had an Eclipse in Cancer since 2011, so this is definitely going to be a new energy we are all working with.
Solar Eclipses usually signify new beginnings. Think of them as super-charged New Moons that help to light our way forward and get us thinking about the new.
It is likely that events from 2011 may reappear, or you may find that life shifts you in a new direction.
Around this Eclipse the planet of action and motivation, Mars, will be in retrograde which means that even though this Solar Eclipse may bring some new energy, we may not be able to fully work with it just yet. We may need to give things time and let things marinate before moving ahead.
The next Eclipse falls on the 27th in the sign of Aquarius. This is a Lunar Eclipse and is linked back to whatever was unfolding around February 2018.
This Lunar Eclipse is going to be helping us to clear things and wrap up lessons from our past. You can think of this Eclipse as a super-charged Full Moon.
Emotions are likely to be high, and there may be some big developments. Secrets may be revealed, or tensions that have been bubbling beneath the surface may overflow and need to be dealt with.
Eclipses are always something to pay attention to, and are always a good time to really listen and check in with your surroundings. Even though their energy can be intense, they are always guiding us and helping us to know exactly what direction we need to be traveling in for our highest purpose.
Eclipses have long been revered as powerful omens, but they are really nothing to fear. Instead we can look at them as powerful messengers from the Universe and an opportunity to be shown the path forward.
Mercury also goes retrograde on the 25th, just a few days before the Lunar Eclipse, making a total of 5 planets in retrograde.
With so many planets in retrograde mode, things are going to slow down and we may not have a lot of motivation or ambition to move forward.
In fact, July is not the best month to move forward with big grand plans. Instead, it really is a time to sit back, pay attention and surrender to the flow of the Universe.
Being patient may be a good strategy, as July may stir up things up and bring some surprises your way. Don’t try to push ahead, instead try to go with the flow and follow what feels natural.
This is not to say you can’t take action and follow your instincts, but tread carefully and be sure you are listening and tuning into your heart.
With so many planets in retrograde and with some intense Eclipse energies, self-care and self-love are also going to be super important.
Use this month as an opportunity to recharge and restore your batteries, and make the time to check in with yourself
July is an interesting month with a lot of energy. This energy is slow moving, but it is also intense. The best way to navigate forward is to surrender and allow yourself to be guided.
Use this month to focus on looking after yourself and strengthening your inner connection, as this is what will help you the most.
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