The month of June was an interesting one. In our last newsletter, I’d forgotten to mention that Saturn would turn retrograde in June. Saturn Retrograde tends to increase the demands daily life. I did discuss Saturn retrograde at length in our 2023 Calendar, however, and laughed a bit when seeing I’d failed to take my own advice. I did not (as recommended) keep my schedule light the second half of June. My calendar was packed to its limit and has really left me dragging. So here’s your reminder (and mine) to keep up with the calendar!!!
For July, I’m focusing the newsletter on Venus, who’s star of the show the next few months. Venus has been traveling close to Mars weeks now. Venus-Mars are first and foremost THE LOVERS of our sky. Their proximity has surely sparked some heat in your relationship life. For instance…
Near the end of June, Mars squared Uranus. Mars square Uranus prompted restlessness, high levels of tension, acts of rebellion, a strong impulse for freedom and breaking out/away from anything that constrains us. (We talked about that last newsletter.) Now Venus is doing the same thing. Venus sits in harsh aspect to Uranus now as you read this. What does all that mean???
Venus + Mars square Uranus = relationship drama, surprises, unexpected situations, excitability, reactions, revelations, explosive pleasure and pronounced displeasure. Yet I stand firm on all the hopefulness I conveyed last month. Whatever is happening in your life today (even if it looks/feels messy), I feel really good about the chain of events beginning to unfold. These next few months are all about ensuring our continuing commitment to AUTHENTICITY and HAPPINESS in our lives.
One could easily presume we’re all committed to being happy… but ARE YOU? Are you taking bold action toward happiness when needed?
Happiness is not a place that, once reached, holds us safely and steadily in never-ending bliss. If we’d simply observe the journey of Venus through our sky, we’d know this. Venus (the “happiness planet”) contends with challenges from Mars, Saturn, Pluto, and every other planet regularly. If this tells us anything, it’s that happiness faces hurdles, so we must work to maintain it. That’s what Venus retrograde is about, and why this quote is so fitting for the next 3 months:
Venus spends less time retrograde than any other planet. So for this rare and meaningful event, I’ve written a PERSONALIZED HOROSCOPE for each sign below. Though Venus spends only 40(ish) days retrograde, a much larger segment of time is affected as follows:
Point being, everything I’ve written in this email applies to an unfolding chain of events lasting all the way from now through October 7. Will you remember this email by then? NO! So, jot down some dates and ideas from this newsletter and keep them handy these next few months. Now for the details…
The next 3 months is for doing what needs to be done to renew our satisfaction with life moving forward. Expect to review commitments, make new choices, adjustments, refinements and direction changes where needed. Possible themes (in addition to those listed in your horoscope below), include:
This is your opportunity for corrective action. It’s time to bravely face breakthroughs, revelations, revolutions or total overhauls of whatever isn’t working. You’re reaching the end of an 8-year phase of life and must begin a new one.
In fact, Venus retrogrades this same section of sky every 8 years. Reflect a bit and you may notice some parallels between what’s happening now and what happened in 2015, 2007, 1999 and so forth. Is some experience repeating itself? Did you have any major life changes in any of those years mirroring what’s happening now? Or is some decision, a relationship, job, situation, or way of life that developed over the last 8 years up for review now?
As with all retrogrades, you might feel drawn to GO INWARD a while and do some reflecting. Listen for messages from the universe that point your way forward. It may take 3 months to get there, but I do believe the outcome of this Venus retrograde will be beneficial and absolutely liberating for you!
One CRITICAL NOTE before you proceed to your horoscope, there’s a Mars-Saturn opposition July 20th and a Sun-Pluto opposition July 21st. This will be felt VERY POWERFULLY from July 15 – July 24. This particular timeframe is NOT GOOD WHATSOEVER for assertiveness, pushing or pressing too hard. Give yourself (and everyone else) some grace these 10 days, as we’re all just sailing against the wind. Ideas may meet with opposition, your energy may bottom out, and your efforts feel curbed by external forces. Slow down, focus on yourself, work only on the things in your control, and fly solo when you can.
Feel free to read your Sun Sign, but please read / place emphasis on the message I’ve written for your RISING SIGN below.
ARIES: This retrograde impacts relationships for you, affecting both houses of love and partnership in your chart. The need for fun, excitement and newness never fades for you, and you may need to revive those things in established, long-term relationships now. If things feel heavy in relationships, or if you don’t have a relationship and want one, it’s time to lighten things up. Search for ways to bring back the excitement and adventure you yearn for. Sign up for a sports league, organize a game night, take a cooking class, attend a fancy event. If single, focusing on yourself and what brings you joy is most important. It’s interesting how a little fun lifts our vibration and makes us irresistible to others. Following your joy is the key to increasing your happiness and manifesting potential this Venus retrograde.
TAURUS: This retrograde is an important one for Taurus Rising folks, as it affects two cornerstone houses in the chart – the 1st and 4th houses. Expect profound internal reflections during this period and an urge to improve things at home. Is there something family-oriented that needs addressing right now? Does your emotional baseline / inner attitude need work? Or are you ready for outward upgrades in your body, health and appearance? It’s the perfect time for all these things. The next 3 months are an advantageous time to work on inner healing, emotional health, and the home. (By home, I mean everything from family dynamics to remodeling and reorganizing projects).
GEMINI: This retrograde infuses your mind with creative potential. Your thoughts are idealistic, imaginative, romantic and creative now. It’s a perfect time for doing crafts, redecorating, design work, and writing. Is there something along those lines you started on but never finished? Consider picking that back up. Other activities that suit this retrograde for you are: time with children, dating, concerts, games, reading, resting, and visits to the spa. Actually, anything rejuvenating and lighthearted will do. The aim is restoring your head and heart space. You tend to do 12 things at once and keep lots going at all times, which can undermine you in ways you may not recognize. How can you invite more peace, calm and simplicity into your life between now and October?
CANCER: This retrograde emphasizes home and finances for you. What’s gone on in your home and in your bank account these last 8 years? It’s very likely your income and home situation look much different than they used to. It’s time for a fresh start, some re-organizing, re-prioritizing, and new ways of managing these areas of life. If there’s anything you need to do – especially if it requires expertise or $$$ – reach out to people in your social network and ask for guidance / referrals. Regarding investments and decisions affecting your income, it’s a good time for changes, particularly after August 13. Until then, take your time and do your research.
LEO: This retrograde is TREMENDOUSLY POWERFUL for Leo Rising people, as it affects two critical houses the chart – the 1st and 10th houses. It’s time for changes in your image, body, appearance and how others see you. Your entire approach and outlook on life is under total “remodel” and will hopefully leave you ready for an entirely new 8-year phase of life. There will certainly be changes to cornerstone areas of life. Such changes may have a domino effect on absolutely everything. Themes surrounding your business, vocation, what you are seen to be doing in the world, and your status (i.e., single or coupled, job title, prestige, reputation) are undergoing an upgrade right now. Surrender to a whole new YOU in the making.
VIRGO: This retrograde draws attention to the topics of retreat, rest and healing. You might earn income by offering those services to others. Or perhaps you’re long overdue for taking care of yourself on an emotional, spiritual or mental level. Whatever the case may be, there’s all-around tremendous opportunity for you when it comes to the restoration of spiritual and emotional wellbeing. You’re the first to recognize that a spa treatment goes far beyond the physical act of massage. It’s also the ambiance and the peacefulness of the spa we desire. In the same way, a vacation isn’t all about the destination, and fitness isn’t all about the body. You have a knack for going beyond the physical and recognizing those intangible components of life. Tap into this area of life during Venus retrograde and reap major rewards.
LIBRA: This retrograde affirms your influence in groups, professional networks, and your social sphere. Libra is already known for its social prowess and natural charm. Your ability to see things from all angles is the most powerful tool in your toolkit. You have an unmatched ability to play devil’s advocate, then turn right around and fix rifts / restore harmony. Use this to your advantage these next few months. Turn crisis into opportunity. Reconnect and rebuild bridges where previously lost. Make efforts to expand and diversify your network and support system. Collaborate with others where useful. Your identity is constantly intertwined with others, and it’s time to re-define and re-establish what your circle looks like.
SCORPIO: This retrograde is an important one for Scorpio Rising folks. It affects two of the most important houses in the chart – the 7th and 10th houses. Are personal relationships and your work at odds? Or are they draining you? Do you feel your progress getting lost or held back by others? The last few years have been rough, so if you’ve been pressing hard to get things under control recently, that’s completely understandable. But it may not be getting you far. Now is time to smooth things over and restore peace and harmony with others. Take a step back and relinquish your desire to control/force the outcome. Hands off the wheel, and watch how the universe starts steering the ship for you. We seem to manifest much easier as soon as we let go a little.
SAGITTARIUS: This retrograde has you focused on restoring your sense of meaning and connection out in the world. Your daily life and responsibilities have been difficult and unpredictable lately. That’s not easy for the Sag person who, not just thrives, but absolutely RELIES on personal freedom and fun. It’s time to get your mojo back. Tap back into the social sphere where possible. If work is where you find yourself stuck, create social bonds with folks at work so you can stay in your element at all times. The goal is maintaining levity and some spark of freshness in all areas of life. It’s time for adjustments that make daily living more bearable. In return, you lift your vibration and start naturally doing what Sag does best – attracting opportunity, fun and the results you desire.
CAPRICORN: This retrograde impacts a number of sensitive life topics with one common theme: how you share yourself, your talents, and your money with others. Over the next 3 months, you may find yourself reflecting on all matters of cooperation and interdependence in relationships. In your key partnerships, does each person’s commitment and input feel balanced? If not, how can that be improved? You’re definitely reaching new ground or new life demands in terms of vulnerability, trust, sharing, and intimacy. And if you find trust difficult, consider therapy or other methods of healing to help you move forward. On a strictly financial front, it’s a beneficial time to deal with tax issues, restructure debt, and discuss joint assets and money matters with your partner(s).
AQUARIUS: This retrograde is VERY POWERFUL for Aquarius Rising people and affects two cornerstone houses of the chart. Expect partnership themes to dominate this time in your life. What do relationships mean to you? Freedom trumps all other needs for many Aquarius people. How does that impact your approach to relationships? What type of relationships truly make you happy? Since Venus rules the 4th and 9th houses of your chart, consider how your relationships are affected by the way you were raised and any beliefs about how relationships “should” work. It’s prime time to level up your relationship life by adjusting your approach, breaking free from troublesome patterns, or changing how you chose partner(s).
PISCES: This retrograde impacts your day-to-day routine, highlighting the houses of your chart that govern work, responsibility, mental focus, and physical health. It’s a good time to review your schedule and redefine your priorities. You may have a lot to do over these next few months, whether that’s studying, organizing, or just plain busy work. This is a uniquely powerful period for mental focus, creativity, or writing. Physical wellbeing is also relevant during this retrograde, so make sure your physical health isn’t going by the wayside. In fact, breakthroughs in medical issues and diet / exercise goals are possible now. Take advantage!
As always, there’s much more to talk about, just way too much for a readable newsletter. Keep your Calendar handy for more details, and have a wonderful month of July!
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