There’s a New Moon lighting up your house of home on July 4th, Aries Rising, and it looks like the perfect time to cozy up behind closed doors with the ones you love. Venus, the Goddess of love and attraction, along with chatty Mercury will be bracketing this new moon much like a pair of bookends.

What I see in the middle of these bookends is a new beginning and that beginning has something to do with your home, family, mother, traditions, or how you were raised. Pluto will be opposing this energy at 16 degrees of Capricorn and he will be encouraging you to find a way to transform some situation that needs attending to.

This could indicate a fresh start when it comes to family members or possibly a move to a new house. Maybe you’ve been dealing with aging parents or are welcoming in someone new into your home. If you have been working on yourself emotionally and psychologically, this could be a great time to form a solid bedrock on which you can stand. The stronger you are in your 4th house, the more you can give out to the world in the 10th, which is your house of career.

With a Moon/Pluto opposition, you should have the ability to drill to the core of any issue that is confronting you, either on the home front or at work. Beware, however, if you become a furtive little digger in order to learn that which you seek for Pluto can have a somewhat obsessive quality when it gets involved with such things as family secrets, finding and/or renovating a home, understanding power complexes at work or unearthing hidden information regarding your business or bosses. Just be careful, in the process, to use what you uncover wisely. I say that because there can be a strong tendency to manipulate or emotionally blackmail others when this combination is present.

On a lighter note, this is also a great placement for starting a genealogy search so you can uncover your family tree and learn about your lineage. Cancer energy likes to have links with the past. That’s why traditions, family albums and home gatherings are so important for this sign…they all represent ways of connecting on a heart-felt level while strengthening and exploring family history.

On the 12th of the month, Venus will enter Leo and for many of you that will set a blaze in your 5th house of fun. Someone stately may light up your heart or you could choose to go out on a regal date. Leo energy does nothing in half-measures and a Venus Leo loves to radiate joy. Appreciate, admire and court them grandly and they will return the love warm-heartedly.

This could also represent some very loving energy that you beam out to your kids on this day. Chances are that they will want to be the center of attention right now so show them your warm and generous nature and take time out to simply have fun.

If you are into creative adventures, this is also a wonderful placement for shining a light on your talents. A Leo Venus can make you feel flamboyant, on fire and inspired. Dare to be the center of attention and put your skills to use. You have the heart of a lion right now, so ROAR.

Mercury, the planet of communications, will saddle up next to this Leo Venus on the 13th. This is a great time for pillow talk, writing a romance novel, or creating a plan for some fun endeavors. If you were to go out on a date on this night, you could literally say “it was written in the stars” for this looks like an astoundingly fun night for a romantic adventure.

Enjoy the fun while it lasts for on the 19th, life gets more serious when a Full Moon in Capricorn lights up your career (10th house) and/or worldly standing. Capricorn energy always bears a good measure of hard work, discipline, delays for rewards and elbow grease. Lately, with Pluto hulking up there in your 10th house, you’ve been trying to transform your career sector. Under the light of the Full Moon, you should now be able to see where you stand.

If you’ve been stirring up secrets at work, you could feel the backlash now for Pluto has a way of revealing long-buried skeletons in the closet. Hopefully if you have been playing detective, you’ve been digging up data for the purpose of bringing something important to light so it can be dealt with and healed. This is also a great placement for making some sort of transformative discovery at work through a rigorous research project

If it is your home or family that is more impacted by this Capricorn Moon, just remember that revealing things for the purpose of facing them courageously is not a bad thing, especially if it sets a better trajectory for the future. Only you know what secrets are worth revealing. Some things are better left hidden, while shining a light on others can be necessary for moving forward in a more positive and loving direction.

On the 22nd of the month, the Sun will enter Leo which will light up the 5th house for many of you (or the 4th for some others, depending upon birth date). The sun is more than a blazing ball of gas, it is our vital will and purpose in this life. In Leo, the sun has the heart of a King or a Queen and your life force should be bubbling out of you.

What brings you joy and passion? A 5th house sun could indicate a man showing up in the romantic department or, possibly, a male child is needing your love, warmth and attention. If you own a business, the 22nd is a great time to pour energy into projects so your creative voice can be heard. Things you invest into the 5th house can be reaped in the 11th, so allow that sassy, flamboyant sun to shine!

Uranus, that maverick planet that loves to disrupt things and herald in change, is going retrograde on the 29th in Aries in your 1st house. He is positioned at 24.5 degrees which leads me to look up two sabian symbols to garner his intention.

At 24 degrees of Aries, the message is: a harp that plays itself. What could be more perfect for a 1st house Uranus! This planet of revolution wants you to be your true, authentic self and since the 1st house has much to do with your outward expression into the world, you have been daring lately to say it like it is as you define the new you. During this retrograde period you get to mull over if you are happy with the changes you’ve made…and if not, what additional work on the self needs to be done?

If you tip the scale and look at the 25 degree mark instead, the message is: A great dragon asleep in a cave. This too is perfect! If you have been holding back on revolutionizing yourself, this retrograde Uranus is giving you the encouragement to dig deep, to enter that woman-cave, and pull out who you are meant to be. Sometimes a sleeping dragon simply needs to be poked in order to rouse him or her to change. Quiet meditations on the self can likewise encourage the birthing of a new, more awakened you.

So many people on the planet are trying to wake-up and with Uranus in your 1st house, Aries Rising, the Universe is giving you the green light to evolve…so think things over. Uranus will continue his retrograde motion until the 29th of December. By mid-April of 2017, he will be moving forward into new territory…and so should you be!

Mercury will enter discerning Virgo on July 30th. This is a perfect time to plan out a health regime that focusses on whole foods and spiritual practices that make you feel well in mind, body and spirit. Your daily schedule will likely be zooming at this time, so it is extra important to take care of your health. With Jupiter and the North Node also located in your 6th house, great blessings are to be reaped by focussing on wellness this year. Create a disciplined plan that works for you, then go for it!

This is also a great time to consider learning new job related skills. Virgo is the sign of the craftsman. Working with the hands, analyzing things and perfecting systems at work are all highlighted. Would some additional classes help you in any of these areas?

July, for you Aries Rising, has a lot to do with your home, family and psychological roots. There is an opportunity for a fresh start in this part of your life and what you build on the ground floor will impact you on the world stage and possibly in your career. Spend time with those you love and nurture that new you that wants to be born from within the dragon cave of your soul.

You have fire in your belly, Aries Rising, and it is time to birth the new you.

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