we swing into the month of July and officially enter the second half of this year, the Cancer Sun will keep things on an emotional level rather than a practical one for all of us – a time of feeling and connecting.
On July 5, Uranus turns retrograde – as it always does at this time of the year. When Uranus is retrograde, expect the unexpected. Wonderful and startling surprises are very possible. This retrograde may set your wild side free, or it could make a notoriously outgoing person uncharacteristically shy.
The main challenge this month will be around the total Solar Eclipse on July 11. This will tend to make the cosmic energies even more Cancerian since it brings together the Sun and the Moon into a particularly potent New Moon.
Solar Eclipses and New Moons signal the beginning of new cycles in life. This is the time to act and make decisions that we may have been hesitant about before — not just during the eclipse period – but for the immediate future, since the influence of eclipses can last up to six months. Now is the time to make changes in those aspects of our lives that we may be dissatisfied with. Any change — however small it may be — will ultimately prove beneficial for us.
On and after July 10, when Venus joins Mars in earthy Virgo, we may all find ourselves much more enthusiastic, with a greater sense of contentment and may feel more of a sense of accomplishment even in every day chores.
However, the planetary activity really racks up from July 21 when Saturn moves into Libra to stay firmly in place till late 2012. This will be a time for goodwill and greater understanding and cooperation, although it may create additional work and increase commitments.
The Sun moves into fiery, fun loving Leo on July 22 for four weeks and with it comes more glitter and glitz, as well as a yen to live in the five-star track!
Jupiter turns retrograde in Aries on July 23, and it may seem that our forward progress is impeded and things that seemed for sure suddenly come to a full stop. However, Jupiter retrograde periods give us the opportunity to find inner wisdom and expand internal knowledge. Jupiter may also push common sense to one side as it squares Pluto on July 25. Beware of over confidence! Jupiter and Pluto aspects run on a theme of ‘might makes right’ so you may think you can break a few rules, even a law or two and get away with it. But be careful — it sometimes bounces back!
The Full Moon in Aquarius on July 26 is enhanced by a lucky trine between the Sun and Jupiter. However, it may feel like a roller coaster ride around July 27, when Saturn in Aries opposes Uranus also in Aries. And just to make things more complicated, Mars moves into Libra to aspect both Uranus and Saturn in the final two days of the month. This aspect brings about accident prone times and an environment that is certainly argumentative, and not conducive to calm discussions or agreements. Mars-Uranus combinations can be explosive or at least disruptive. Mars-Saturn aspects tend to be impatient, teeth gritting and slightly volcanic since you’ll only sit on your temper for so long. The best way to utilize these tricky planetary energies constructively is to keep your head down and plough ahead with difficult tasks requiring focus and perseverance.
-Taken from http://www.astrology.com