This month provides a bit of everything on the personal front, which includes a more confident and relaxed feel. This is a time of year where work/life balance becomes an issue, but chances are this will be more a case of preaching to the choir. Mercury will return to your work sector to open the door to new work and job opportunities from the 26th July, but it will be clear from the get go that he's in no hurry. With Uranus in his last full month in retrograde motion in Aries, there will be a more relaxed feel. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your home and family sector and this is what puts the pressure on Pluto, since 2008 always in retrograde motion in your career sector at this point in the year. This puts your home and professional lives into conflict. Yet this year there just isn't the urgent professional push. You have enough support if you need it, but you may find that you have lost some of your killer instinct. For now anyway. You will get it back. What is adding to this are the remarkable developments across the playful, romantic and adventurous fronts this month, not to mention a nice turnaround on the relationship front. Life can no longer be all work and no play and work/life balance is something you're more likely to crave, than a challenge to overcome. As Saturn spends his last full month in retrograde motion in an adventurous part of your chart, he is being supported by a flood of planets through a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart. Here there is even something fateful developing.
As Jupiter spends his first full month in direct motion in your work sector the wheels are turning on the job front, but not in the manic way they are likely to become later in the year. It was Jupiter's direct turn last month that allowed you to turn your back on what had been a challenging few months. However, in hindsight this has given you the foundation for all the success you're likely to encounter in the second half of the year. There are two things that make it hard for a sense of urgency to develop. The first is that until the Sun returns to your work sector in late September, it is more about moving forward at a pace that work and job matters themselves set. In addition it is support from the South Node in your career sector and Venus, in your income sector from the 5th July that is fostering a lot of job confidence this month. It is when Venus and Jupiter come together that as the planets of money and luck they'll create some real opportunities on the job and income fronts this month. In addition you're likely to find that you're working smarter and more efficiently, not just on the job front but across all aspects of your life. The biggest challenge you may face this month, is creating challenges where there are none, just because you have come to expect them. However, there is still a need to be aware of when to have your work hat on and when to take it off. Home and family matters will become a lot more important this month and while work/life balance might become an issue, this is something that has been policed since May. Yet even Jupiter knows that life can't be all work and no play.
Your birthday month ended when the Sun left Gemini on the 22nd June, as happens at the same time every year. However, when it comes to the job of getting your new solar year off the ground and on the right track, just when you should be tying up loose ends, the real journey is just getting started. By the time you move into July the Sun, Mercury and Mars have all been and gone from Gemini and have all turned their attention to your income situation and matters. In terms of knowing what you want from your new solar year and the path things will continue on, this should be a done deal. Instead, for the first time since 2009 you'll move into July and find that Venus has yet to return. Not only is Venus the planet of love, but the planet that gives your heart a voice and the planet who helps you to decide what you want from this coming year. If your heart has yet to have its say, then you can't cement any resolutions. This will work to your advantage, for returning to Gemini on the 5th July and not leaving until the 1st August, once Venus is here she's here all month. Returning this late Venus is able to miss the mundane aspect of your birthday month and focus more on her role as planet of love and this month, that's important. Saturn is in his last full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and Jupiter his first full month in direct motion in your romantic sector. It will be another 28 years before Saturn is back in your relationship sector and another 12 years before Jupiter is back in your romantic sector. No wonder Venus, planet of love has delayed her return.
Whether you are a June or a July born Cancerean, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in Cancer, this is your month. Your birthday month begins on the midyear solstice, so for you this really does feel like a fresh start and a chance to take your power back. For the first time in two years you have Mars in Cancer until the 21st July and Ceres, when she returns on the 10th July, will be making her first visit in four years. With Venus not returning until the 1st August, Ceres is able to fill in, giving you a sense of what you want and need from this new solar year. The difference between Venus and Ceres is that Ceres goes deeper. Venus looks at what you want and what you can get now. Ceres looks at your deeper needs, not just now but moving forward. To have Ceres return during your birthday month and help influence the decisions and choices you make, will ensure you have someone looking out for you. Ceres is the quintessential Earth Mother, with her focus on nurturing. In all you do, she will be looking at what's in it for you. This month also has some lucrative surprises and developments. It was in the last eight days of June that a major alignment between Eris in your career sector and Saturn in your work sector began and this will continue until the 7th July. Yet a powerful backbone of job and career support will remain all month and in fact all year. This is important, for from the 6th July the planets will start returning to your income sector, first Mercury and then Mars on the 21st July and the Sun on the 23rd July. For the first time in 17 years they will return to find the North Node. What follows are 14 of the most potentially lucrative months in decades.
Don't be put off by the slower pace that the month will start out at, for there are some major new doors opening this month. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in Cancer, before returning to Leo on the 23rd July. Until returning to Leo to kick off your birthday month and new solar year, you're in the closing weeks of your old solar year, a time of reflection and navel gazing. When the Sun returned on the 22nd June Mars has already been here for 16 days, bringing you to the closing weeks of a two year Mars cycle as well. If the Sun can take the wind out of your sails here, then Mars can take the air out of your tyres. This brings a need for some serious time in life's slow lane, as you recharge your batteries. Yet by the time Mercury returns to Leo on the 6th July, expect a sense of restlessness to set in. You know that the coming year is going to be exciting and also fateful. For your birthday month and new solar year will not only start with Mars in his early days, but for the first time in 17 years, with the North Node here. The North Node is already opening new doors and already lining up for next month's total solar eclipse in Leo, which brings the promise of major new beginnings. This is the first of two New Moons you will have in Leo this year, the first on the 23rd July. The month begins with a major alignment of playful and adventurous forces in play and they will remain in effect all month. From the get go it is clear that there are some exciting journeys ahead. With Pluto in retrograde motion in your work sector and Venus leaving your career sector on the 5th July, you shouldn't have a problem finding a balance between work and play.
As we move into the second half of the year there are two realities playing out. On one hand life is accelerating and rushing forward, but on the other hand there are still some things holding or staying back. Fortunately they are not in the same areas of your life, where you would have one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator. Instead you are likely to have a slow and a fast lane and a chance to spend time between the two. In the slow lane are income, work and career matters. The Sun, Mercury and Mars all left your career sector last month, so career and professional matters should be all tied up for the year. Instead, with Venus not returning until the 5th July and Ceres here until the 10th July, the professional gods are in no hurry. Venus won't leave until the 1st August and will be happy to stay behind, playing her part in supporting Jupiter, in his first full month in direct motion in your income sector. Neither Jupiter nor the South Node in your work sector are in any kind of a hurry. This created an unhurried but confident feel across the income, work and career fronts. What is accelerating is the pace of your solar year. The month long wind down of your old solar year doesn't begin until the 23rd July, but just two days earlier Mars will also return to a nostalgic part of your chart, beginning the month long wind down of a two year Mars cycle. Mercury will get a jump on both, returning on the 6th July. Yet as much as this is fast tracking this current solar year, a nostalgic influence will add to a lack of a rush mentality. It is Mercury's return to Virgo on the 26th July that will give you a window into a new solar year still nearly four weeks away by that point.
You get to a point, especially if you've been under pressure for a while, that you would settle for anything, as long as there was no pressure. There is no doubt, whether you realise it or not, that you have been under pressure this year. This was a combination of the relationship gods putting up their most intense parade in decade, just as Jupiter is spending his first year in Libra in 12 years. Major oppositions between Libra and relationship forces created months of personal and/or relationship tension. That started to scale back when Venus left your relationship sector early last month, but it was Jupiter's direct turn on the 10th June that really turned the tide. This is Jupiter's first full month in direct motion in Libra and not due to leave until Libra, he is back on track to help you build for the future and take your power back. As long as the challenges of the past don't follow you you'll be happy. Just as well Jupiter isn't so willing to settle, for he's here to help you embrace the future. Ironically, the challenges of the year to date haven't harmed you or your relationships. A major alignment of communication and relationship forces is exact until the 7th July, but will dominate the whole month. The rebuilding has already begun and whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, something new and authentic is emerging. Jupiter is having a flow on effect, with life itself opening up. You have a good month for both career and job matters, with the professional gods preparing for major income developments ahead. There is a special mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia in the air from the 5th July.
This is one month where you can't judge a book by its cover. First impressions are accurate, it is just what the month is set to become that you need to be alert to. And what it will become is both busier and more professionally focused, fortunately for all the right reasons. However, the danger this creates is not appreciating the adventurous influences in play at the start of the month. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery. It is that familiarity that can breed complacency. Hopefully Mars being here will make a difference, for he will continue to fuel a passion for adventure until leaving on the 21st July, two days before the Sun. However, they are not the first to leave, with Mercury leaving this adventurous part of your chart on the 6th July. While any planet here will always return to your career sector, the difference this year is not only what is set to unfold on the career front, but how long it will continue to unfold for. Fortunately Ceres returns on the 10th July and won't leave until late September, still here when Venus returns early next month. However, in the face of what is set to unfold professionally, they will have their work cut out. The month starts with a major alignment between Eris in your work sector and Saturn in your income sector and while exact until the 7th July, they are more focused on the big picture. What kicks off on the 6th July is a 14 month chapter of career growth, including a total solar eclipse next month, with its promise of major new beginnings.
There is every reason to be excited about this month, for it had a really nice balance and the promise of some exciting, fun and adventurous times. The month will begin with Venus in her final days in your work sector and therefore there will be a need to have your work hat on from the get go. However, Venus is more interested in seizing opportunities and putting work and job matters on a lucrative path. When Venus leaves there will be no more planetary activity in your work sector until 2018 and none in either of your two professional houses until Mercury returns to your career sector on the 26th July. It's as though the professional gods step back and let life itself have its turn, with their only word to you being 'enjoy'. July is the month you deserve. This doesn't mean that you can take the month off, for there are bills to pay and responsibilities, but the professional gods will take time out. This is to make way for playful, romantic and adventurous forces to have their turn. Even on the relationship front, the scene of some real challenges over recent months, something special is on the way. That something special is Venus' return to your relationship sector on the 5th July. July is of course a month that is all about money matters, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your financial sector. Yet every planet that starts the month in your financial sector will end the month in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery. Not only that, they will team up with the North Node here for the first time in 17 years. They will also team up with the planets in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart.
Every month has a pattern that centres on the Sun. Because Venus and Mercury always travel with or close to the Sun, this creates seasons to any year. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your relationship sector, having left your work sector on the 22nd July. Therefore this is a point in any year when the professional gods have either already tied up loose ends on the job front or are about to and the focus is shifting to your relationships. This year at a fundamental level this is the same, for the Sun will always turn the spotlight onto your relationships at this time of year. However, work and job matters have far from run their course. Instead, Venus' return to your work sector on the 5th July will open the door to the best opportunities on the job front this year, extending out to early August. For the first time in 12 years Venus will return to find Jupiter, in his first full month in direct motion in your career sector. Between them Venus and Jupiter are set to create an unexpectedly good month for both job and career matters and potentially a lucrative month as well. This is definitely not the norm. The focus is still on relationship matters, but in a deeper and more profound way. Mercury will work to ensure the communication lines are open until leaving on the 6th July, with Mars staying on until the 21st July and the Sun until the 23rd July. It is Ceres' return on the 10th July that begins something special. Her first visit in four years is a chance to get to the heart of what you want and need from your relationships, ahead of Venus' return early next month.
This is always going to be a busy time of year for you, especially on the job front but in everything in life that keeps you busy. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your work sector. The ancients called this the 'sector of hard work and service to others', so includes everything that takes your time and energy, whether paid or not. This is also the area of your chart that rules your health and here you have a real advantage this month. With Mars here until the 21st July, you have the warrior planet of the cosmos' passion and drive pumping through your system. This creates a lot of nervous energy. While this is when you can really get things done at work or with personal projects, Mars loves to get your body moving as well, with exercise or just becoming more active. With Mars leaving on the 21st July and the Sun on the 23rd July this active push will run its course after the first three weeks. However, work and job developments will continue to unfold through to late September. Where there is something special this month is on the romantic and relationship fronts. Venus, planet of love is running late this year and won't return to your romantic sector until the 5th July. Returning after the more mundane updates, Venus will kick off what could be the most romantically charged weeks of the year, right in the middle of the busiest weeks of the year. Yet it's just a day later that Mercury's return to your relationship sector on the 6th July will kick off something equally special and more than a little fateful. Venus is only here for four weeks, but what is developing on the relationship front will take 14 months to unfold.
There is something very exciting developing on the job front this month, something that might creep up on you slowly. It begins with Mercury's return to your work sector on the 6th July. Don't be deceived by this relatively low key start, for once Mars returns on the 21st July and the Sun on the 23rd July, this will start to grow teeth. Yet it is less what will happen this month and more what this opens the doors to. Even a New Moon here on the 23rd July will be fairly benign, until you realise this is a practice run ahead of a second New Moon next month, this time a total solar eclipse. What is extraordinary about what is happening on the job front is less what is happening this month and more what will unfold over the coming months. An active planetary push will normally run for two to three months if that, sometimes as short as five weeks. This run won't stop unfolding until September. September 2018 that is, not September 2017. The biggest danger is not appreciating the playful and romantically charged forces you encounter at the start of the month. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart. This year Mars is making his first visit in two years and on the 10th July Ceres will return, making her first visit in four years. First impressions will suggest a fun and playful month, but not a particularly busy one. But oh how this will flip on you. Fortunately you have Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos on board, for the battle to find and maintain a balance between work and play needs to begin on day one.