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Your Monthly Horoscope for July 2014
 by Victoria Fugit 

The full moon on July 12th Full Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. After the 19th, we will have multiple planets in water signs, squaring Uranus in Aries and Mars in Libra. This could portend an even more severe storm season than usual in the Midwest.

It is also called the “Buck Moon”. July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer, coated with velvety fur, push out of their foreheads. July will be a month then, to catch our collective breath from the appalling headlines of violence, grief and mayhem. We will begin to push out the essence of who we are and check out our foundational beliefs about that identity, as individuals and as a nation.

The moon will appear in the constellation Capricornus, the Sea Goat, a strange mythical creature that is half-goat and half-fish. Capricorn in the U.S. chart, rules the second house of money, material wealth and finances. It personifies our country’s present approach to wealth – the goat -- strong, tough minded, pushy, as well as wanting to get to the top of the mountain, or to get to the top of their chosen field so that they can reap the benefits of success; namely fame, prestige and money. It represents hard work put on a pedestal of virtue.

Capricorn symbolizes the abyss of the ocean, combined with the heights of the mountain. It represents a ‘cross of matter’ between the psyche and its manifestation in the material, and the soul, a collective consciousness challenging the dominance of the rugged individual. The ocean relates to instinctive wisdom, secrets, and knowledge that lies buried within the depths of consciousness. Capricorn, bearing only the tail of an aquatic creature, consciously keeps a head that is free from impressionable thought --- at a rational level Capricorns are affected only by what they can define through logic and reasoned assessment --- but unconsciously, spiritually and emotionally they draw from the deep. Beneath Capricorn’s cool, reserved and calculating exterior lies a profound resource of emotional strength and psychic resilience.

Some see the Capricorn’s scaly tail as that of the sea-serpent, a creature of ‘old knowledge’, wise in matters of the occult and offering a potential for understanding beyond limited, earthly experience. Transiting Pluto is coming to a conjunction of Pluto and Uranus will be squaring the second house from the 4th of home, the people, our foundations, and our collective consciousness. Uranus in Aries is the urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes and circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives.

We can expect that second house Capricorn to eventually pull itself together and transform the American concept of wealth to benefit the whole not just the top 1%. The goat, without his bottom half, can’t exist – no legs, no grounding, just fall down, go boom. Our country can enter a new era where society is transformed, great economic growth and prosperity can happen, and everyone’s life become better. But, with Pluto involved, it won’t LOOK like any of our ideal pictures and we will never go back to half a goat.

We start this month with a new moon in Cancer, emphasis on the home, roots, and foundations. Polarization reached a feverish pitch in June and will now cool down some, as the aspects mellow and open us to more of our core feelings. Life seems to have been crammed with too many changes, too many obstacles and too much to do, without the energy or momentum to do it.

In July, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will be in Cancer and our focus can be on home, nurturing, our own individual lives. Mars and Mercury are finally in direct motion, so we don’t feel so blocked in moving forward. Overall, the tension eases considerably.

Cancer Astrological Symbol
Cancer: If you were born the first week of July, dear Moonchild, you are being asked to change on a very deep level. You can resist, but as the Borg are fond of saying”resistance is futile”. There are exciting and lovely things coming from this inner transformation of Cancer. Did hiding stubbornly in your shell ever get you what you wanted anyway?
Leo Astrological Sign
Leo: Jupiter brings out the best in you. You are more attractive and optimistic than usual and your innovative talents are bursting to get out and create. If you are not involved in artistic, philosophical, or religious work, you are missing an expansion of consciousness that will create your future. If you’re not being challenged by new thought, new music, or an entirely different environment, then you’re missing a life encounter.
Virgo Astrological Symbol
Virgo: Work and friendships have been frustrating, but July should bring some clarity. Communication hasn’t been that easy over the last 3 months. Work at speaking your truth and others will respond. July should bring more socializing, fun and networking, things that you need right now. It’s most important to maintain structure and order with finances, both what comes in and what goes out.
libra Astrological Symbol Libra: You’re still a bit tipsy in the balance department. One day up the next down. Even though you feel like there’s no straight line from where you are to where you want to be, let go and let your own deep knowing take you where you should be. Your big Self knows more than your little self.
Scorpio Astrological Sign Scorpio: Your energy is still not as dependable as you would like. Saturn in Scorpio is giving you structure, deadlines and organizational savvy. It feels hard, but you are in training for a boost in your career and will be happy to have had the experience to fall back on. There are many aspects to your house of travel in July. That should bring a welcome break.
Sagittarius Astrological Sign Sagittarius: It’s been a hard 2 years Sag. Friendships have undergone radical change – finances – one might say, “what finances” have been hard – and you the ultimate optimist have had doubts about …just about everything. The times, however, they are a changing. Through it all you have held on to your creativity and imagination. The harvest is coming and you will see July bringing some of it home.
Capricorn Astrological Symbol Capricorn: Reread the top of this column and get that intuitive fish out swimming. Your intuition is talking to you. It’s time to listen. The voice of reason is sometimes just preconceived notions and tradition. Put some movement and fluidity into your life. Remember Capricorns get younger as the get older. Think about it.
Aquarius Astrological Symbol Aquarius: OK, so Saturn is your co-ruler, that doesn’t mean you have to keep your nose to the grindstone all the time. Uranus is your main ruler and it is giving you new perceptions, questioning old belief patterns and opening innovative channels for you. Make sure the work you do supports your creativity and playful side. Toward the end of July romance is accented –don’t pass it by for work.
Pisces Astrological Symbol Pisces: Love, romance or children are big this July. Money problems of other people may cause some problems if you don’t pay attention. Later this month is a good time to look for more profitable and lasting work if you don’t like what you do now. If you’re happy with work, there may be a raise coming. This is a good month for expansion and just doing what Pisces does best – go with the flow.
Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries: If you were born the first week of April, you may feel erratic, unsettled and restless. Listen to your intuition –make the changes you know you need. The rest of you – home, family and foundations are changing. Let them – Even if you can’t control the outcome it will all work out for the best.
Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus: It’s not comfortable to take care of everyone except yourself, any more. You’re exhausted and tired! Let July be a month of acknowledging what you can and can’t do. Good things are on the way by September.
Gemini Astrological Symbol
Gemini: Focus is on money right now to spend or not to spend – Look before you charge. What you want now may be an illusion tomorrow. If you feel a little out of focus, it’s because Neptune is readjusting your direction and shifting your inner furniture.

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.

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