While the focus will always fall on home and family matters at this time of year, with the Sun spending the first three weeks of each July in your home and family sector, there is almost too much going on to pay this much attention, which is why it is so important that you do. With the second half of the year and the next few months in particular due to be the busiest of 2016, with lucky Jupiter moving into his final months in your work sector and things starting to come together by as early as late this month, having the right work/life balance is essential. Yet this is more than a chance to address any work/life balance issues and focus on home and family matters, with a chance to centre yourself in the things that give you roots, provide a sense of predictability and routine. With Venus leaving your home and family sector on the 12th July, Mercury on the 14th July and the Sun on the 22nd July and with this a chance to focus on things close to home will be over. Yet as the month progresses another much neglected part of your chart will finally get some attention as well, with each planet leaving your home and family sector returning to a fun, playful, creative and romantically charged part of your chart, finally giving matters of the heart some much needed attention. Whether it is work/life balance or a balance between work and play, with a Full Moon in your career sector on the 20th July and work matters taking off at around the same time, finding some kind of balance is essential this month. You can also expect a turnaround on the financial fronts, with your focus on money matters shifting from the rear view mirror to the road ahead.
In a month where matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, creative and romantic are getting a major shot in the arm, the communication and relationship gods come together in the early part of the month in particular in a stunning way. The 1st July is not only Mercury, planet of communication's first full day in your communication sector but Mars' first full day in direct motion in your relationship sector, with a turnaround in the closing hours of June making this the new month and move into the second half of the year, a chance to draw a real line in the sand. With Mars' first retrograde phase in your relationship sector in 17 years having ended less than 24 hours before you're starting, with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but also with a need to put the past behind you and move on. With Mars spending the whole month in your relationship sector but Venus leaving your communication sector on the 12th July, Mercury on the 14th July and the Sun on the 22nd July, the early part of the month is the most important for ensuring the communication lines are open. As the month progresses there will also be a chance to make home and family matters a priority as the planets begin returning for the first time this year. Yet with your relationships remaining a priority and matters of the heart continuing to strengthen over the coming weeks and month there is a lot of focus on making your home and your life as love and user friendly as possible. While things are more settled on the financial front this month the professional gods are standing back, with a fairly low key month giving you a chance to catch your breath before major new developments kick in on the work front over the coming months.
Despite the fact that your birthday month ended on the 21st June it is only now, as you move into both the new month and the second half of the year that you're finally ready to embrace this new solar year, the future and the journey ahead. It wasn't until Mercury left Gemini on the 30th June, less than 24 hours before July began that you were ready to leave the gates, but with your head in the game, ideas on the table and clear intentions, this is when the real journey begins. From this point on there is no looking back, except on the professional and relationship fronts, but that is a different story. With Saturn in his last full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and Neptune and Chiron in their first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector the focus there is on the past, but not in a way that will slow down the march of this new solar year. Another thing that ended with Mercury's departure from Gemini was the personal and/or relationship tensions of recent months, taking the pressure off both you and your relationships, while leaving you with a clearer sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. With the doors remaining open to the past on the relationship front until mid August it is once Venus returns to your communication sector on the 12th July, Mercury on the 14th July and the Sun on the 22nd July that the communication and relationship gods will start working together, with a chance to start giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. In the meantime, with Mars in both his first full month in direct motion in your work sector and his last before leaving early next month, as new doors open on the income front a turnaround is in effect on the work front.
With your birthday month always underway as you move into the second half of each year, July is often more like the New Year to you than January ever is. This year, once the Sun leaves Cancer on the 22nd July, there will be no more planetary activity and with your birthday month over the real journey will begin. Yet you move into the month with not only your birthday month and new solar year underway, but with Venus and Mercury on board your heart and mind engaged. This year the month long wind down of your old solar year was fairly challenging and chances are you're glad to say goodbye to June and in fact the whole period back to the final 10 days of May. Forced by circumstance or life itself to spend time in the slow lane, you'll be glad to feel your physical, emotional and spiritual strength return, ready to embrace new adventures and get back into life again. If a snapshot of the heavens in the early weeks of this new solar year is any indication of what to expect over the coming year, which it is, then you have in front of you a real balance between work and play and if anything, an enforced go slow has helped you to appreciate how important that is. With work and career matters continuing to evolve over the coming months and new income opportunities opening up this month, especially from the 12th July, you're moving into the best months of 2016 for income, work and career matters. Yet matters of the heart, your relationships and even your social life all get a boost this month, revealing a new era, one where you can have it all.
The early weeks of July and of the second half of each year will always see a lot of focus on the rear view mirror as you move through the final weeks of your old solar year. This is a time of reflection, of looking back and spending time at the rear view mirror, not just for personal reflection but this year matters of the heart, financial and work matters all benefiting from a respective focus. This creates a need for an unhurried approach and even before your birthday month and new solar year begins on the 22nd July there will be a call to work smarter and to adopt the right work/life balance. The days of all work and no play are a thing of the past, with the gods making it clear that this won't be allowed this year. This is partly because with Venus returning to Leo on the 12th July, 10 days before your birthday month and new solar year begins, your heart will have a chance to get in first and have its say, with Mercury's return on the 14th July also giving you a chance to get your head around your options before the lights have fully turned on. By the time your new solar year begins heart and mind will already be on the same page, looking to the future. One area of your life where you will find growth and a growing push forward, especially towards the end of the month, is on the income front or on a sense of entitlement across all the currencies in your life. If you want it and you deserve it, this is a month for going after it. Home and family matters are also set to feature strongly this month, with a lot of things falling into place.
With Mercury having just left your career sector on the 30th June you're able to benefit from the professional thrust of the previous six weeks and both the intellectually savvy edge and the momentum this leaves you with, without having the pressure of recent months. This really does create an opportunity for a fresh start and to a draw a line in the sand from the 1st July, aware of not only what you want professionally but across all your personal and professional goals and ambitions. With the second half of the year playing host to some major income developments, there is also a need to believe in yourself and in what you're worth from the get go as well. However, July is likely to have a very different feel to previous months, with friendship, teamwork and social matters a lot more important, whether that be personal or professional and/or relationship networking, friendship and relationship building. With both planets in your relationship sector spending their first full month in retrograde motion and with support from Mars, in your communication sector all month, the doors are open to the past, second chances and with the support to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice, to a lot of healing as well. As is always the case at this time of year, the Sun's return to Leo on the 22nd July will begin the month long wind down of your old solar year, bringing a need to spend more time in life's slow lane and looking back through the rear view mirror, as you begin the job of closing old doors and laying old ghosts to rest.
With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your career sector this is always going to be a professionally focused time of year for you, though not as potentially successful as it is likely to be. With Neptune and Chiron both spending their first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector and Mars both his first full month in direct motion in your income sector and his last before leaving early next month, the doors are open to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the work front and to the potential for a real breakthrough on the income front. This is Mars' first double dip visit to your income sector in 79 years and before he leaves in early August he's determined to take a sledge hammer to any glass ceilings, especially those in your own mind. What makes Mars more likely to succeed is the fact that he is travelling the same ground for the third time, ground he first crossed in the early weeks of the year, with much of what you've been working towards all year finally coming together. You can also expect good things on the relationship front this month, with the communication and relationship gods working together to create something real, special and authentic. Friendship and relationship building will also be supported from the 12th July, which is when the element of fate and the potential for serendipitous moments or encounters begins. Yet behind the scenes there is also a growing need for time to hear yourself think, wanting and needing to put out the 'do not disturb' sign every now and then.
There is a real sense of adventure in the air in the early part of the month, one that throws up a bit of a smoke screen, disguising what a professionally focused month this is destined to become. It is not unusual to have a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure in the air at this time of year and in fact it's impossible for that not to be the case, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery. This year Venus and Mercury are on board as well, fuelling a desire for adventure and bringing a chance to keep your mind and options open. However, as first Venus returns to your career sector on the 12th July, then Mercury on the 14th July and finally the Sun on the 22nd July the month will take on more and more of a professional focus. This comes during a month where powerful income forces are consolidating, ahead of Mars' return to your income sector early next month and as you start to get a clearer sense of what you want and need on the work front, especially in terms of job satisfaction and a sense of purpose. However, you're also waking up to the fact that life can't be all work and no play and that no one is asking for that to be the case. With Neptune and Chiron both spending their first full month in retrograde motion in a fun, playful, creative and romantically charged part of your chart there is even a chance to make up for lost time, as the doors open to the past and second chances. As the month progresses expect personal and professional friendship and relationship building to become a lot more important.
With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your financial sector the focus is always going to be on financial and money matters at this time of year, except this year the money gods seem to be in a hurry to get things over fairly quickly. Where last year it took the planets 10 weeks to move through your financial sector this year, starting with Venus' return on the 18th June and finishing when the Sun leaves on the 22nd July, you have just five weeks and 1 day to take care of all your financial housekeeping, get money matters out in the open and on track. In terms of fuelling your financial desires and expectations and getting your head in the game, you have even less than that, with Venus leaving on the 12th July and Mercury on the 14th July, together leaving you with clear expectations, a smart head for money and hopefully a smart financial game plan. Despite the fact that you will move into the most powerful two months of not only this professional year on the 9th July but probably the most important two months for career and professional matters in a decade and income opportunities are going along for the ride, as the month progresses expect a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure to deepen. While this is ultimately a good month for financial, income, career and work matters, something has shifted that has you wanting and needing more from life and it stems from a growing belief that you deserve to have it all. This makes work/life balance not only more important than ever, but fairly easy to achieve.
The focus is always going to be on your relationships at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your relationship sector. This year there is a fairly short relationship review and update, with the relationship gods giving you just five weeks and 1 day to put as much focus on your relationships as possible. Until Venus leaves your relationship sector on the 12th July she's working to establish what you want from your relationships, until he leaves on the 14th July Mercury is working to ensure the communication lines are open, while the Sun until he leaves on the 22nd July will keep the spotlight on your relationships. By the time the Sun leaves the aim is to have a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and the communication lines open. While there may be some personal and/or relationship tension at times, for the most part this is focused on a narrow period between 1st July to the 9th July and again around the time of the Full Moon on the 20th July. However, this comes with such a lot of support from the communication gods that this lends itself to some real friendship and relationship building and a chance for a breakthrough. As the month progresses financial and money matters will also become a lot more important, even before your annual financial review begins on the 22nd July. A smart head for money will kick in mid month and stay with you for the rest of the month. While things are likely to be less busy and hectic on the work front next month, with the professional gods now saving everything up for some major career developments in September, what is likely to take you by surprise is the support that matters of the heart get from the 17th July onwards.
July is always going to be a busy month for you, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your work sector, with conditions not usually as good as they are this year across the income, work and career fronts. With Neptune and Chiron both spending their first full month in retrograde motion in your income sector the doors to the past, second chances and untapped potential are open all month, while Mars' first full month in direct motion but also his last full month in your career sector sees a major professional turnaround in place. This is Mars' first double dip visit to your career sector in 97 years and having only just turned direct on the 30th June, in the early part of the month he is tentatively crossing the same ground for the third time, bringing the potential throughout the month of bringing things together that you've been working on and towards all year. While the Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 22nd July will, as is the case at this time every year, turn the solar spotlight onto your relationships, the relationship gods aren't waiting until then. Venus becomes the first to visit your relationship sector this year when she returns on the 12th July, while Mercury's return on the 14th July will bring the support needed to ensure the communication lines are open. Yet from the get go the communication gods are already on the job, with Mercury simply a back up. From the get go it's clear that the relationship gods have been busy behind the scenes, with not only support from the get go from the communication gods, but for friendship and relationship building as well.
This is always going to be a month when there is a challenge to find a balance between work and play, with the Sun always starting the month in a fun, playful, creative and romantically charged part of your chart but ending the month in your work sector, but this year the lines are blurred and this becomes a priority from the get go. In fact, while the work/life balance tensions of recent months won't follow you into July, their importance will and you'll realise why they were such important lessons to learn. Even before Venus returns to your work sector on the 12th July and Mercury on the 14th July it's clear that the professional tides are turning, with a new sense of confidence emerging on both the income and career fronts. With Mars returning to your career sector early next month, the doors open to the past all month and the doors opening to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the income front by the end of the month, the professional gods aren't waiting for the Sun to return. Your biggest challenge is not likely to be finding a balance between work and play but keeping it in play once the Moon moves on, for unlike previous years there will be no planets in a fun, playful, creative and romantically charged part of your chart after the 22nd July. Another growth area is on the relationship front, with the conditions improving as the month progresses, with some surprise and unexpected support from the communication gods from the 17th July onwards. All in all you have a good month for friendship and relationship building, matters of the heart, income, work and career matters, with your biggest challenge likely to be juggling it all. This is where moving into the month with a clear intention to achieve the right work/life balance and the right balance between work and play comes in.