This year is about to become a lot more exciting, making this a month where you can’t judge a book by its cover. However, even so, what you see at the start of the month is good news, just not as exciting as things are about to become. You begin the month with Venus and Mercury still in your work sector, continuing what the Sun began over recent months. Until leaving on 5th July, Mercury allows you to work smarter, get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open while until leaving on 18th July, Venus will work to fuel your job confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. It is then that both will join the Sun in your relationship sector, with the solar spotlight always on your relationships during the first three weeks of July. Mercury is only here for 15 days but the planet of communication will be here when it counts. It is halfway between Mercury’s visit from 5th July to 20th July and of his mission to get the communication lines open on the relationship front, that a Full Moon in Capricorn on 14th July will put a balance between your personal and relationship needs to the test. Mercury will be on hand to ensure the communication lines are open while Venus, the planet of love will return four days later to exploit the benefits. However, what will see things take an exciting turn is Mars, the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos’ return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on 5th July. Until leaving on 20th August, this first visit in two years will see Mars fuel your romantic and creative passions and fighting spirit while also fighting to ensure life doesn’t become all work and no play. This is something that will be especially important over the coming months when Mars returns to begin a rare seven month visit to your work sector next month.
There are some exciting twists and developments on the romantic and relationship fronts this week and in both cases, it is thanks to a planet returning later than expected, allowing things to catch their second wind. Because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of July in your relationship sector, the solar spotlight is always on your relationships at this time of year. However, while the Sun returned last month to find the dwarf planet Ceres here, with her first deep dive into your relationship needs and priorities in five years an advantage from the start, neither Venus nor Mercury have returned yet. Both have been held back by retrograde phases. Mercury, the planet of communication will finally return on 5th July and will spend just 15 days working to ensure the communication lines are open, until leaving on 20th July. Fortunately, Mercury will be here when a Full Moon in Capricorn on 14th July will put a balance between your personal and relationship needs to the test. Venus, the planet of love won’t return until 18th July, missing the Full Moon but as she returns to work her magic she will benefit from a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you that this will leave you with. The Sun will leave your relationship sector on 23rd July and Ceres on 24th July but Venus will stay on and as the only planet left, will make it less about relationship housekeeping and more about the magic. Meanwhile, slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn later in the year, long after the most active months of the year on the romantic front should have run their course, Mars’ return to your romantic sector on 5th July will see things catch their second wind. Fortunately Venus, the planet of love left just 12 days earlier. By the time the Moon moves through your romantic sector from 21st July to 23rd July, there will be a lot of magic on the romantic and relationship fronts, long after that is normally the case.
When Saturn turned retrograde in your income sector last month, he not only turned the focus onto the rear view mirror while putting income matters into review mode, he put the brakes on. After some very active months on the income front earlier in the year, the heat and the urgency had dialled back but having crossed so much ground in such a short amount of time there is a lot of untapped potential and things that you only glossed over at the time. This is Saturn’s third retrograde phase in your income sector in three years but also the last. Knowing that he will leave in March 2023 and not return for another three decades but also that there is a huge amount of untapped potential from the nearly 12 months that Jupiter spent here last year, this is a valuable chance to retrace your steps. With Saturn in retrograde motion for five months, this first full month is more a chance to adjust to a change in focus and a much slower approach. This also clears the way to give the other side of the financial fence some much needed attention, starting with Mercury’s return to your financial sector on 20th July. Mercury will be the first planet to return this year and apart from the Moon’s monthly visit, your first chance to give your financial situation and money matters some much needed attention. Mercury returns in time to ensure you have the smart head for money needed to keep your head in the game and think on your feet when the Sun returns three days later, with his return on 23rd July always turning the solar spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters at this time each year. It is a day later that the dwarf planet Ceres will return to begin her first deep dive into your financial needs and priorities in four years on 24th July. A New Moon on 29th July will be a good day for new beginnings while giving money matters some much needed momentum.