At the same time that relationship matters take a turn for the better, something very ordinary but also game changing is developing on the romantic front. Ordinary because this will come disguised as an ordinary event that is set to have extraordinary consequences. Before things can happen things are coming together on the relationship front, with your relationships benefiting from two different situations. The first is the fact that Jupiter is now in his first full month in direct motion in your relationship sector. Having turned direct early last month, relationships matters are not only facing the future and not the past, but things are starting to move. Jupiter will leave in October and not return for 11 years, so there is a chance for some serious relationship building over the coming months. The second factor is that with the faster moving planets no longer moving through Aries, there is no longer pressure and tension between your own and your relationship needs. However, it is on the romantic front that the real magic is happening this month. The Sun will always return to your romantic sector in July, so in that respect this is an ordinary event. While the Sun won't return until the 23rd July, Mercury will return on the 6th July, kicking things off early. Apart from meeting up with the North Node for the first time here in 17 years, there is still nothing to suggest how fateful things will become. This is something that will only be born over the course of the magical 15 month journey that starts in the early days of the month.
To move into July with Venus, planet of love still in Taurus is unusual, though not unheard of. Venus follows an eight year pattern that will see a retrograde phase hold her back. The last time Venus left this late was in 2009 and the next time will be in 2026. While this meant that you had to wait much longer for Venus to return this year, on the other side you get to benefit from her still being here. While Venus will leave on the 5th July, her late departure will have unexpected consequences, though not until three weeks later. Three months separate the Sun's departure from Taurus and return to your romantic sector. That will never deviate and will always be the same. As Venus normally travels with the Sun, this can create a three month gap between the time Venus spends setting your romantic expectations for the coming year and a chance to turn desires into reality. This year you have just three weeks gap between the two. That is because on the 26th July Mercury will become the first planet to reach your romantic sector this year. Because of a retrograde phase Mercury won't leave until the end of September, on hand as a parade of planets move through during that time. You have a month that starts with high expectations but nothing solid and ends with the most romantically charged months of 2017 underway.
The best part about July for you and especially your relationships, is that it is no longer June. June was a tough month on both you and your relationships and especially in the final half of your birthday month. It was in fact during the final days of your birthday month that things may have been most challenging. During that time both the Sun and Mercury moved into opposition with Saturn in your relationship sector, for the last time for another 28 years. Saturn not only refused to let you compromise your relationship truth for your own needs, the Sun and Mercury were refusing to compromise your own truth for your relationship needs. This forced you to confront balance issues. This month is all about rebuilding. Mercury was the last planet to move into opposition with Saturn and will be the first to return to your communication sector on the 6th July. Normally here for just 15 days Mercury, planet of communication will not only spend the rest of July here, but won't leave until the end of September. Now that everything is out in the open, the rebuilding can begin. Venus, who finally returns to Gemini on the 5th July will move into opposition with Saturn on the 24th/25th July. However, as the planet of love and guardian of your relationships, Venus will have a vested interest in finally achieving an authentic balance.
Apart from during the Moon's visits to your romantic sector there is no focus on matters of the heart, with all the focus on your relationships this month. However, you may have missed that small 's' that says monthly visits and not monthly visit. For while the Moon only returns every four weeks, returning in the early days of the month will return before the month is over. With each visit taking you closer to the start of your luckiest year for love in over a decade, that's a big deal. The Moon will first move through from the 3rd July to the 5th July and then again from the 30th July to the 1st August. While Jupiter won't return to your romantic sector until October, each visit is nudging you in the right direct and lining you up for what lies ahead. There will always be a lot more focus on your relationships in July, mainly because they rebel against the focus on your own needs. This is because a planet can't move through Cancer without moving into opposition with Pluto and Juno in your relationship sector. Yet with Pluto here from 2008 to 2024, this is part of the annual pattern. There will be various standoffs during your birthday month. This is your personal and relationship needs clashing, something that happens at this time every year. This is all about having the right balance between your personal and relationship needs.
Things become a lot easier on the romantic front this month, after a bruising few months for Saturn. In his last full month in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, Saturn has experienced an opposition with Mars, the Sun and Mercury over the last few months. The last two within a week of each other, last month. Yet if anyone can handle a bit of pressure it is Saturn, the hard taskmaster of the cosmos. Due to leave in December and then not return for another 28 years, this is more a case of Saturn refusing to back down or accept old excuses. This month Saturn has one more opposition, but this time from Venus, planet of love. That won't happen until the 24th/25th July, when Venus is in her final days in a social and serendipitous part of your chart by then. This time both sides will be committed to pushing through any remaining barriers. Where there could be some tension this month is on the relationship front, but it's important that you don't see this as anything broken. On the 10th May the South Node returned to your relationship sector and the North Node to Leo. This is when a balance between your personal and relationship needs began to be policed. Until now it has only been the Moon policing things. The Sun, Mercury and Mars will all return to Leo this month, putting your personal and relationship needs to the test. Fortunately Mercury, planet of communication will return in the early days of the month and stay here until the end of September.
With Neptune spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and Pluto in retrograde motion in your romantic sector since April, the doors are open to the past and second chances on both fronts this month. Yet that has been the case since Neptune returned to your relationship sector in 2012 and Pluto to your romantic sector since 2008. For the last two years this has been challenging for Neptune and your relationships, but not this time. With no planets in Virgo until Mercury returns on the 26th July, there is no pressure on your relationships. Even then, as the planet of communication, any pressure Mercury might create will be offset by the communication support. If anything, this will increase the potential for a breakthrough. By the time the Sun returns later next month, relationship matters will be ready for their annual wakeup calls. Not until then though. Romantic matters will always have mixed fortunes at this time of year, with the Sun always on the other side of the sky. While this might create some roadblocks or tension at times, this is at the heart of Pluto's five month retrograde phase. Matters of the heart need these wakeup calls, just as your relationships will need them by later next month. This is being compensated for by a Full Moon in your romantic sector on the 9th July. Since 2008 this romantically charged Full Moon has always fallen while the doors are open to the past and second chances.
Things quieten down on the relationship front this month, but in the process the rebuilding moves into overdrive. It was Mars' return to your relationship sector in January that kicked off an active phase that included the nearly four months that Venus, planet of love spent here. This coincided with some major alignments on the relationship front. If this had happened in any other year you wouldn't have had the problems you have had, but you wouldn't now have the rewards. The problem is that the relationship gods chose 2017 for a major relationship thrust, just as Jupiter is spending his first year in Libra in 12 years. What followed was a series of oppositions over the first five months of 2017, peaking in March and April. Things only really dialled back when Venus left your relationship sector early last month. Yet rather than anything broken, this was Libra giving you your power back, just as your relationships needed your attention. What resulted was a major standoff between your personal and relationship needs. Yet the rebuilding has already begun and it began in earnest late last month. It was on the 22nd June that Eris in your relationship sector aligned with Saturn, in retrograde motion in your communication sector. This is an alignment that is still underway and will be until the 7th July. This is the start of some major relationship rebuilding, with communication the key to turning this into an opportunity to create something real and authentic. Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, what you expect from your relationships has been forever changed.
To move into July with Venus still in your relationship sector is unusual, but then it is no wonder that she doesn't want to leave. Why would she? Venus returned after four months of planetary activity, with a parade of planets having already moved through your relationship sector. These included the Sun, Mercury, Mars and even Ceres, making her first visit in four years. Venus returned to find the hard work already done. The Sun had performed the reality checks, Mars had shaken and spiced things up, Mercury had given your relationships a voice and Ceres had got to the heart of what you really want and need from your relationships. Not only that, instead of moving through in 24 days Venus was given a month this year and without a single planet in opposition. Even the Moon, who returns every four week, has failed to move into opposition. The Moon was in Scorpio when Venus returned last month and will be in Scorpio when she leaves on the 5th July, but in a twist of fate they haven't and won't move into opposition. Venus returned after the Moon last month and will leave before the Moon can move into opposition this month. Like a magic bullet, even the Moon is unable to put any pressure on Venus and your relationships. By the time Venus leaves she will leave you with a rather exaggerated sense of what's possible, but then that's her job. This comes in a month when the doors are also open to the past and second chances on the romantic front.
On both the romantic and relationship fronts there have been challenges this year and all because of planetary oppositions. Uranus and Eris, one in your romantic sector since 2010 and the other since 1924, have had Jupiter in opposition since last September. But the real pressure didn't come until this year, when a parade of planets moved through your romantic sector. Any pressure started dialling back when Venus left your romantic sector in early June. Since then matters of the heart have become more settled. It was as though the pressure that was on romantic matters got up and walked on to your relationships instead, which in effect is almost exactly what happened. For the very planets that had seen romantic tensions and pressure rise, one by one returned to your relationship sector and into opposition with Saturn, in Sagittarius. The last two were the Sun and Mercury, in their final days in your relationship sector last month. Yet with Saturn spending his last year in Sagittarius for another 28 years, this was your last chance to really confront a balance between your personal and relationship needs. This is a month where there is a heavy focus on rebuilding and it is all thanks to Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships' return to your relationship sector on the 5th July. This is late in the year for Venus to return and her latest since 2009. However, knowing that Saturn will leave in December and how important it is to have the right balance between your personal and relationship needs, Venus will work with Saturn. Their opposition on the 24/5th July might see relationship tension rise, but this is a chance to address things once and for all.
To move into July and still have Venus, planet of love in your romantic sector is a real treat, something that last happened in 2009. Held back by a retrograde phase earlier in the year, Venus was late to return and therefore late to leave. July is a month where the spotlight is on your relationships and often in a black and white way. To have Venus in your romantic sector, even if it is just for a few days, is a chance to balance that out. Venus will leave your romantic sector on the 5th July, but after five months of planetary activity by then, there is no reason why the spirit of romance should go off the boil. The Moon will move through from the 17th July to the 19th July and every four weeks after that. These romantically charged lunar vibes are the key to keeping the spirit of romance alive all year. Yet while Venus won't return to your relationship sector until the 1st August, she is happy to wait until after all the housekeeping has been done. For with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your relationship sector, this is what it is all about. Mars is in your relationship sector until the 21st July and the Sun until the 23rd July, but it is their oppositions with Juno and Pluto that might keep you on your toes. Yet this is simply your own needs fighting back, something that happens at this time every year. This makes it important to work with Mercury from the get go. Mercury, planet of communication will leave your relationship sector on the 6th July, but hopefully by then you can have the communication lines open.
You have reached an important month for romantic and relationship matters. It is not surprising, for there is often a crossover period between the two. The Sun will always leave your romantic sector around the 22nd June and return to your relationship sector on or around the 23rd July. While Venus and Mercury travel with the Sun, all it takes is for one to move through a little later and the other a little sooner and you have a cross over. And that's exactly what you have this month. Held back by a retrograde phase Venus, planet of love won't return to your romantic sector until the 5th July. With Ceres here until the 10th July, while the spotlight has moved off matters of the heart, the planet of love will have no trouble kicking off what will be some of the most romantically charged weeks of the year. Not due to leave until the 1st August, once she arrives Venus will spend the rest of the month here. While the Sun won't return to your relationship sector until the 23rd July, in the same way that Venus is running late, Mercury is running early and will return to your relationship sector on the 6th July. This is during Venus' first full day in your romantic sector, with some friendly competition from the get go. Yet in reality the right planet is in the right place. There is no better planet than Venus, planet of love to support the last romantically charged weeks of 2017. And there is no better planet than Mercury, planet of communication to kick off what is destined to become the most important relationship journey in two decades.
No matter what, the one thing you can always count on, is that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your romantic sector. Even if there are no other romantic influences, if you can hold on until the Sun's return on the 22nd June your patience would pay off. This year you didn't have to wait quite so long, with Mars having returned 16 days earlier. Those 16 days might not sound like much, but the warrior planet of the cosmos can fuel a lot of confidence and passion in that time. By the time the Sun and Mercury returned Mars had not only taken charge, but was even aligned with dreamy Neptune, who is spending his first full month in retrograde motion in Neptune. This is not just fuelling your communication confidence and passions, but your dreams as well. With Mars not leaving until the 21st July and the Sun until the 23rd July, the warrior planet of the cosmos is on hand to make this month as romantically charged as possible. Knowing that Venus, planet of love will return on the 1st August the Sun, Mercury and Mars will all focus more on what comes next. They will be working to clear romantic barriers and address anything that needs to be addressed, in order to clear the way for August. July might be the month when the solar spotlight is always on matters of the heart, but August is set to be the most romantically charged month of 2017. This could have created a gap, but Ceres' return on the 10th July will ensure there is no drop off. Just as well, for Mercury will turn his focus onto your relationships from the 26th July.