Your biggest challenge this month is likely to be the same challenge I'm facing now, with so much happening that I don't know where to start, which means you'll be juggling a lot of hats. Yet the real standout, apart from Saturn's first full month back in your financial sector and the fact that this will force you to take care of any financial housekeeping, is the movement of Venus, for by tracking her movements you'll get a general sense of the juggling act you're facing. If you could put this juggling act into a single phrase, then it would be juggling to find a balance between work and play, something that you need to get used to. To start with that shouldn't be a problem, for with Pluto in retrograde motion in your career sector and new doors not usually opening on the work front until next month, this is always a month when the solar spotlight begins by falling on home and family matters but invariably shifts to matters of the heart. This is simply the time of year when professional matters don't feature strong and especially not busy work forces and to start with there is a huge amount of support behind this. However, on the 19th July, just 17 days after a Full Moon in your career sector on the 2nd July, the doors open to the professional gods and to work forces that you'll find impossible to close until May 2017. To start with all this will do is present an early opportunity to seize new work opportunities, with Venus' retrograde turn a week later creating a situation where the doors are open to second chances on the work and career fronts at the same time. However, what Venus is doing is opening the door to lucky Jupiter's return early next month and the avalanche of support and opportunities that will continue to be unleashed for months if not years. This is when fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged forces are likely to call foul, with matters of the heart far from ready to see work matters take over, beginning a battle to find a balance between work and play that will rage for several months.
This is a time of year when the focus is always on communication, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of July in your communication sector. That's still the case this year and with Mars spending the whole month here and Mercury, planet of communication moving through from the 9th July to the 24th July that's even more the case, with communication across all aspects of your life but especially on the relationship front always going to be important. It's not that the focus is on communication this month that makes this so important, for that was going to happen regardless of the circumstances and more because of how auspicious the timing is. For with Saturn having retrograded back into your relationship sector last month but July his first, last and only full month in retrograde motion, this is when you're most in need of having the communication lines open. While the doors are open to second chances and this is a month for taking care of old relationship housekeeping, with Mercury in particular bringing a chance to give the past and unsaid words a voice, this is all about laying old ghosts to rest in order to move on. In the meantime, this is a month where home and family matters are not only featured strongly, with some very auspicious developments, but where all that you've been working towards since as far back as last July is finally coming together. The real surprise this month is Venus, planet of love's return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, with clues in her early days that suggest that this is not just an annual update, with the doors open to second chances by the end of the month. With lucky Jupiter returning early next month to kick off your luckiest year for love and all things creative in over a decade, this is a taste of things to come.
On a number of fronts there are strong partnerships being forged this month, in particular a partnership between social and communication forces, another between personal, heart and adventurously charged forces and another partnership between income, work and career forces, each important in their own right. This puts you in a bit of dilemma for what is more important, Saturn's first full month back in your work sector or Jupiter's last full month in your communication sector? Yet it is the fact that there may be a lot of urgent forces in play this month, but they're all grouped around three central themes that allows you to better manage your time. With Saturn spending his first full month back in your work sector and his only full month in retrograde motion, Neptune and Chiron their first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and the Sun, Mercury and Mars pushing things forward on the income front, you're able to put income, work and career forces together as one unit, holding the doors open to second chances on the work and career fronts, while pushing forward new income opportunities. Likewise having the communication lines open will not only help maximise an important month for personal and professional networking but keep your relationships ticking over. Meanwhile, by following your heart and keeping a sense of adventure alive you'll keep another whole group of cosmic forces happy. However, this does mean you'll need to adopt some smart time management.
For the first time in three years you have a birthday month with no dramas, no over the top challenges and at the same time no over the top expectations, just a chance to move into a new solar year on your own terms, benefiting from the challenges faced in the past, but ready to take your power back. Both last year and the year before you had lucky Jupiter in your sign and while that was advantageous, last year because you were tying up loose ends on the foundation year of a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion and the year before you were getting this off the ground, there was a lot of hype and expectation. Last year this was also challenging, bringing you to a point where you just want to get back to a more normal pattern, albeit a new normal. What made last year so challenging is that Jupiter wasn't just coming under pressure from Pluto, bringing personal and/or relationship tensions to a head, but you were also dealing with work/life balance tension, with a chance this year to learn from the lessons learned without having to repeat them. This month's secret weapon is Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos. Mars was here during Jupiter's early weeks in your sign in 2013 but didn't return last year, which means he played no part or has no memory of any challenges, with his only memories when he returned late last month, those that involve the enthusiasm of a new Jupiter cycle. This allows you to get excited about life again and Jupiter's original intent, before you became jaded. This will underpin everything this month, a month that is likely to see income matters come together, matters of the heart get a second chance and your relationships benefit from both a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 2nd July and from Venus' return to your communication sector on the 19th July.
This is the month that has been a year in the making, the point where you're not only ready to move into your birthday month and new solar year on the 23rd July but commit to this new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion, one you've been laying down the foundations for since July 2014. It was last July, just days before your birthday month and new solar year began that Jupiter returned to your sign to bring you to the start of a Jupiter cycle, with these two major cycles coming together at the same time. However, while the Sun has moved on Jupiter is still here, but due to leave on the 11th August, by the time the Sun returns this year you'll be ready to bring home what began a year ago and commit to both the short and long term future. Of course nothing is ever as clear cut as that, with Venus already in your sign at the start of the month and her and Mars staying on long after the Sun and Jupiter leaves, continuing to open new doors and exploring new possibilities. At the same time, while your birthday month and new solar year beginning on the 23rd July, with Mars not returning to your sign until the 9th August, just 2 days before Jupiter leaves, old doors will remain open until then. What you are doing this month though is laying down the foundations for both the coming year and a Jupiter cycle of expansion that won't run its course until 2026. In the meantime, there are clues this month to what the future holds, with Venus' return to your income sector on the 19th July opening doors ahead of Jupiter's return next month. This is also an important month for home and family matters, especially those things you've been putting off or have been put on hold. While there are two Full Moons this month, the first in your work sector on the 2nd July and the second in your relationship sector on the 31st July, both speak for underlying themes all month.
A month with two Full Moons is always going to be interesting, especially as they both speak from important areas of your chart and to what could be an ongoing challenge this month, finding a balance between work and play. Both the Full Moon in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 2nd July and the second, a Blue Moon in your work sector on the 31st July will act as a voice for planetary activity that is in play, behind the scenes all month. That need for balance is essential and especially in the early days of the month, with Mercury's final days in your career sector requiring you to keep your professional hat on until at least the 9th July and even then to stay on top of things, with the Full Moon in your work sector on the 31st July coming just as the professional gods are ready to give things one last push. Yet this comes when there is a lot of nostalgia in the air, especially on the personal front. With Pluto in retrograde motion in your romantic sector from April to September each year, Neptune and Chiron spending their first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and Venus in a nostalgic part of your chart since early June, your heart is being taken on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. While this may be bringing up some old issues on the relationship front, with Saturn having retrograded back into your communication sector last month the relationship gods even have that one covered, with a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. While there is a huge amount of nostalgia in the air, even before the month long wind down of your old solar year begins on the 23rd July, Venus' return to your sign on the 19th July will break the past's stranglehold, with your heart starting to look to the future just weeks before Jupiter's return to your sign on the 11th August is due to open the door to some major new beginnings.
While July is always going to be a professionally focused month, there will be a familiar feel to the income, work and career forces coming together and Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos will spend the whole month fuelling your professional passions and fighting spirit, you won't get away with making this your only priority. Instead, with Jupiter spending his last full month in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking and a huge amount of support in their final weeks, especially from Uranus in your relationship sector, this is an important month for both personal and professional friendship and relationship building. In the meantime, while a Full Moon in your home and family sector on the 2nd July might bring any work/life balance tensions to a head, there is a much better relationship between home and professional forces this year, making this more a reminder of the lessons learned in the past. What you want to achieve is to maximise the huge potential that comes from having the doors open to second chances on the work and income fronts and the real progress possible on the career front, without letting other areas of your life suffer. With Saturn having begun a 3 month break from your communication sector last month, but having spent the previous 6 months teaching you how to keep the communication lines open, this is a chance to put what you've learned to the test. In the meantime, Venus' return to a reflective, intuitive and imaginative part of your chart on the 19th July is likely to see you crave those times or stolen moments when you get to put out the 'do not disturb' sign, finding time to hear yourself think.
There'll be a need to have your professional hat on from the get go, despite the fact that with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of July in your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery, you'll also need to keep a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure alive. In fact with Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos spending the whole of July in this adventurous part of your chart, fuelling a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences, keeping your professional hat on 24/7 is unlikely to be an option, calling for some smart time management. For with Jupiter spending his last full month in your career sector, a huge amount of support from work forces, from Venus who is not only in your career sector as you move into the month but aligned with Jupiter on the 1st/2nd July, the Sun returning on the 23rd July and Mercury on the 24th July this is the month where everything is coming together professionally. It all boils down to realising that while this is a month where, as far as career matters are concerned that everything until now has been leading up to and everything from now will lead on from and Jupiter is leaving on the 11th July, that the professional gods themselves have until October to tie up loose ends. Nothing is as urgent as you think it is and there is no reason why, with smart time management you can't have it all. It's your social life that will get an unexpected boost from Venus' return to a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 19th July, opening the door to big developments over the coming months.
On Christmas Eve Saturn, hard task master of the cosmos returned to your sign to begin a new 30 year Saturn cycle, while bringing an old cycle, that began in 1985 to an end or so you thought. While this brought all the pressure of having to take ownership of your future and a need to step up to the plate, when Saturn retrograded back out last month it revealed this was simply a practice run. While Saturn will return in September and this time he not only won't leave until December 2017 but this new 30 Saturn cycle of learning will be locked into play, you've got a chance until then to learn from the past 6 months. You should have a fair idea by now of the things you'll be tested on, where any challenges will come from and what the hard task master of the cosmos is demanding from you, giving you a chance to learn from this while enjoying having the pressure gone. This gives you a chance to reflect on the past, but if you think life is going to move aside so you can spend the next 3 months navel gazing, think again. Instead you'll be thrust in to life full on, in what is an important month for relationship building, money matters and even for embracing a sense of adventure. The one thing missing is any professional focus, but that is normally the case at this time of year so you're unlikely to notice anything different, until the professional gods swing in with a vengeance on the 19th July. It's not so much Venus' early return to your career sector that makes this such a game changer and more what this opens the door to, which is a period of expanding professional opportunities and developments right through to May 2017, with your luckiest professional year in a decade kicking off early next month.
A Full Moon on the 2nd July might bring some personal and/or relationship tension to a head, but it's bringing you to the halfway point in this current solar year and is the wakeup call you not only need but will always get at this point in the year. This year the wakeup calls are a lot fewer and far between than in previous years and as the month progresses this will prove to be an opportunity in disguise. This always comes at a point in the year when your focus is on your relationships, bringing a timely reminder of your own needs. In the meantime, this is also a big month for money matters, with what has been building on the financial front since as far back as mid 2014 finally coming together. While the early part of the month is more a sense of what's possible and an effort by the money gods to boost your financial confidence, by the time the Sun returns to your financial sector on the 23rd July and Mercury on the 24th July you'll have your eyes open, head in the game and the smart head for money needed to bring things home. In the meantime, a Full Moon in your income sector on the 31st July will come just as the door is about to close to untapped potential, with the money gods giving income matters one last push. What is coming into play this month is something that has been missing from your life for too long, which is a sense of adventure. From small beginnings, starting with Venus' return to your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery on the 19th July, big things are destined over the coming months.
While the focus is always on work matters at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of July in your work sector and for the last 2 years you've also had Saturn in your career sector at the same time, for a while there it looked like this wouldn't be the case. When Venus returned to your work sector in May to get the ball rolling, there was no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses and it was she that broke the professional drought and even when she left on the 6th June that was still the case. However, it was in the 16 days from Venus' departure from your work sector and the Sun's return on the 22nd June that everything changed, with old doors opening on the income front just as Saturn retrograded back into your career sector. This is a double dip visit for Saturn, with his only full month in retrograde motion coinciding with the only month all year where there is planetary activity in your work sector. Yet as important as this month is for income, work and career matters, this is also the most important month of the year for relationship matters, with your relationships demanding just as much, if not more of your attention. The key to having it all and making the most of what is a good month for matters of the heart, relationship building, financial, income, work and career matters is not only smart time management, but continuously working to ensure the communication lines are open. You'll also need to factor in time to hear yourself think, ultimately achieving more if you find time now and then to hear yourself think.
On face value you have a real dilemma on your hands and the reality is you do, but it's one that is easily achievable, with the right attitude. The problem is that you've got too many opportunities coming together at the same time, with an important month for work and income matters coming during what is always the most important month of the year for matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative. This will be complicated further by Venus' return to your relationship sector on the 19th July, not just because this brings relationship matters forward by a month, something that doesn't usually happen until August, but what this will open the door to. This might be a huge month for work matters, so much so that this is the month that everything until now has been leading up to and everything from now will lead on from, but this is also the gateway month to some stunning relationship developments over the coming months. While the Sun, Mercury and Mars' visit to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart is mundane, in that it happens at this time every year, the very fact that when Mars leaves on the 9th August that's it for the year, makes embracing your romantic and creative passions even more urgent. The key to having it all lies in first believing that you can, which then leads to smart time management, but the real key comes from listening to Saturn, who is spending his first full month back in an adventurous part of your chart. It's by remembering that it's all about the journey, with work forces having until October to play out, relationship forces until May 2017 and matters of the heart having just this one month to get your attention, you'll find it easier to prioritise. Having the right balance between work and play and the right work/life balance is a priority, but it's also your responsibility. If you wait for it to magically happen it probably won't.