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Your Monthly Horoscope for July 2016
 by Victoria Fugit 

The New Moon this month falls on the 4th of July at 5:01 am MDT. Since the New Moon is an optimal time to set new intentions and it falls on our country’s birthday, it seems appropriate to write a brief overview of the US solar return and set intentions for our country’s future. Three of the most important parts of a chart are the Sun, Moon and Ascendant. Astrology is the study of planetary energies and relationships within those energies. All energies have a light side and a shadow side. America’s birth sign of Cancer is the primordial water sign, symbolizing creation, nurturance, intense emotions and coming to the defense and protection of others and life itself. A well balanced Cancer will be fiercely protective of home, children and their interests.

The shadow side of Cancer is emotional immaturity and self-indulgence. The dark side of Cancer can also manifest as unconscious projections and martyrdom; or “they did it to me, it wasn’t the result of anything I did”. Water must flow and feelings must be fully acknowledged, not necessarily acted out, but felt. Repressed emotions overflow the banks of our defenses.

The US natal Moon is in Aquarius giving a strong innovative, technological and altruistic bent to the American mindset. The solar return Moon this year, however, is in Cancer, suggesting greater emotionality and reactivity.

Both U.S. natal and solar return ascendants are in Sagittarius this year, symbolizing the idealism and principles of democracy and equality on which this country was built. Sagittarius on the ascendant is hopeful, generous, self-reliant, enterprising, honest, and has great respect for philosophy and science. This was the dearly held concept of America, until the shadow side dimmed the light. We seem to have wandered away from our truer nature. Sagittarius in its shadow manifestation can be self-righteous, belligerent and unbendable. This chart, however, foretells a rebirth of original values which will follow a difficult and often rocky transformational period.

A strong Pluto opposition, and soon a Pluto return from the Capricorn 2nd house to Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus in Cancer in the 8th, indicates uncertainty, collapse and re-evaluation of finances, values and priorities. (This may not be destined to bear fruit yet, as the square of Saturn to Neptune casts confusion, ambiguity, delusion and self-deception over communications and relationships from local neighborhoods to the Beltway.) The positive expression of Capricorn is integrity, discipline and dedication. The shadow side of Capricorn worships power and authority, attempts to dominate, control and win at any cost. It avoids taking responsibility and accepting consequences. Pluto’s passage through Capricorn keeps revealing the long-hidden costs of inequity, corruption and materialism through 2024. We have already seen the beginning of the battle between the forces of Plutonian shadow and the higher qualities of Cancer.

This chart also indicates the country will have less control over situations and relationships and will have to accept choices and events as others call them. Specifically the US may have to relinquish the reigns of authority and be open to new concepts which will receive public support.

All together this chart points to our national identity undergoing the pains of rebirth. The new national identity being birthed will hopefully be more in line with what the majority of Americans intend it to be.
This month we have a Full Moon in Capricorn on
July 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm MDT

Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries – Strong possibility of changes in home, foundations or family. Check for any possible water leaks or other plumbing problems. Unexpected good fortune or opportunity could come to you through a friend or at a party through someone you have just met. Don’t be afraid to explore it as it may change your life for the better.
Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus – Little Red Riding Hood was told to be careful in the woods, but did she listen? Well, we wouldn’t have the fairy tale if she had, would we? Listen to the tiny voice within that’s saying “careful, careful”. That handsome wolf that has such a great spiritual façade may not have your best interests at heart. No matter how good it sounds, watch out for education, travel, or spiritual knowledge that promises the world.
Gemini Astrological Sy
Gemini – Either partners or work seem to be hanging you up with ambiguity, confusion or indecision. The New Moon focuses on your 2nd house of money. An investment may come up that seems slow but sure. It will probably serve you well, especially if it has to do with women, beauty or art. The temptation to just buy a big RV and live a life of freedom on the road, leaving all the cares and responsibilities of your home and past may be an illusion conjured up by your partner. Look at the long term prospects.

Cancer Astrological Symbol
Cancer – New horizons, ideas, projects, friends, prospects at work could all be gifts of the new Moon this month. Start writing a new script for your life. What isn’t working? Write a new script and focus on it. Remember the story of the two wolves (what you want and what you don’t want) Feed the one you want. Ignore the other one, even if it seems more real, and watch your intentions start to manifest.
Leo Astrological Sign
Leo – Your dreams may be quite active with the new Moon. They may have information about your past and early family dynamics that you’ve been searching for in order to unravel a puzzle in your psyche. Write your dreams down and read them in about 3 weeks. See everything in the dreams as parts of yourself and ask questions. Your creativity will bear fruit with a little more discipline.
Virgo Astrological Symbol
Virgo – Your social life may take a big upswing this month. Get out and enjoy new friends as well as old. Your tendency to stay home isn’t the best idea right now. Those of you born in the middle of your sign are in sort of a cocoon stage wondering what you will be when you emerge. Let yourself be pleasantly surprised at the end of 2016 when you look back and see how much change has been to your benefit.

libra Astrological Symbol
Libra – You’ve been very serious of late. If you are concerned about your health see a doctor to put your mind at rest. Career projects may bring well deserved benefits. By the full Moon, tension may arise between work and home, leaving you with a choice of juggling too many balls in the air or just letting go of the most difficult ones. You have friends who care about you, ask for help.
Scorpio Astrological Sign
Scorpio – Your intuition and creativity are currently in high gear and you may feel a need for solitude and reflection. The Universe may, however, have travel on or near water set up for you. Either way pay attention to intuitive insights, let go of always being in control and watch the serendipity in your life create small miracles. Count to three before you lose your temper – a few well-placed words can be stronger than an outburst.
Sagittarius Astrological Sign
Sagittarius – Your energy may be low if you were born in the first week of December. Saturn is conjunct your Sun and is asking for slower, more precise action. Creative projects may have happy but unexpected outcomes. Water in or around your home may be a cause of concern around the new Moon.
Capricorn Astrological Symbol
Capricorn – Travel, a long lost goal or relationship, creative writing skills are all possibilities for you this month. Your work or career brings satisfaction and even joy, since Cappies so enjoy the challenge of work they love. Working with the energies of Uranus and Pluto has or will give you a deep inner strength to find your path and thrive in the next few years.

Aquarius Astrological Symbol
Aquarius – More emotionality than usual in the work place may give you some discomfort near the new Moon. For late Aquarians these energies could be stronger, as you are a bit explosive right now. By the full Moon things should cool down and your great sense of inventiveness and innovation will once again arise and you’ll find ways too quietly separate yourself from unpleasant situations.

Pisces Astrological Symbol
Pisces – Love, romance, creativity and children are a strong focus early in the month. Don’t let all these good feelings put you into a sudden rush of overspend mode. Although partnerships may be going well, there are times toward the end of this month when the behavior and reactions of your partner can be utterly baffling. Try to realize that with Neptune on your Sun, you might be a bit nebulous and confusing to your partner, as well.

About Victoria: The passion I have for Astrology began when I was twenty-four. I had been traveling in Europe for months and was becoming more and more curious about the letters my mom was sending me. They were waiting for me in each city or town I went to and it was as if she had a spy following me. She seemed to know my every move. Then she started to give me advice about what was coming up and what to watch out for. Coming home, I was horrified to learn that both she and my dad (LT. Colonel in the Air Force) were involved in Astrology. I asked them how two well-educated and intelligent people could possibly believe a superstitious myth that was so lacking in any proof of its claims. My dad said he had no belief in it. It worked, so he used it, much like electricity – we don’t believe in it, don’t know exactly how it works, but are happy to turn on the lights with it.

So I set out to prove that they were deluded. After three years of study in San Francisco and taking a correspondence course from a school in England, I apologized.
Astrology has been part of my life ever since and has led to my involvement with researchers and teachers in the human potential movement, such as Jean Houston (Institute for Mind Research), Werner Erhardt (EST), Elmer Green (Duke University), Joe Kamiya (early researcher in bio-feedback), Swami Rama (Himalayan Institute) and others.

Sun sign astrology obviously doesn’t give the depth of knowledge available in a full reading. Each chart is unique, like snowflakes. But it’s fun and entertaining. Hope you get both from this column. You can get in touch with Victoria at 435-259-9417 or

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