The Universe welcomed June with a solar eclipse at the start of that month -- and the same thing is happening again in July. The cosmic purpose of an eclipse is to help you improve and develop specific aspects of your life, and since these events can involve major changes, experiencing two in a row definitely presents a challenge.
While June 1's eclipse was in Gemini and all about communication, July 1's solar eclipse occurs in home-centered Cancer, so it's no surprise that it will shine a spotlight on family issues and matters of the heart. If you can focus your energies on these areas of your life, you'll surely emerge more satisfied and fulfilled.
However, this month's eclipse is anything but ordinary: The eclipsed Sun also opposes Pluto and squares off with Aries and Saturn, so expect to feel pulled in four different directions!
How can you best handle this? For starters, don't try to tackle every problem in front of you; instead, step back and carefully assess what's manageable. Only concern yourself with issues you know you can fix, and let everything else fall away. Just keep in mind that it won't take long for things to pick up again - and once they do, you'll feel better for having accomplished what you did! A great deal of change is coming your way, and how you handle it will depend on how comfortable you are with yourself.
As was the case in June, the Universe has decided to kick July off with a solar eclipse. Having two consecutive months begin with a solar eclipse is uncommon enough, but with the rest of the planets adding their own colorful energies to the mix, you're in for an entire month of fireworks!
July literally starts off with a bang, as a solar eclipse occurs in Cancer on July 1. Cancer is generally associated more with home, family and emotional bonds than it is with excitement; in this case, however, the solar eclipse will form a rather stressful alignment with Saturn, Aries and Pluto. You'll feel pulled in four different directions, and it simply won't be possible to resolve every problem that arises.
Your best strategy will be to take a few deep breaths, fix as much as you can and put everything else behind you. Just be prepared to make peace with the fact that you won't be able to remedy everything.
And that's just the first day of the month! On July 2, Mercury moves into Leo, adding more wit to your conversations. On the following day, July 3, the Sun bumps into Saturn, and while this transit might feel downbeat, it's really quite practical and helpful.
Venus then joins the Sun in Cancer on July 4, upping the emotional factor. July 6 sees Saturn reappear with Mars, and while whatever you do at this time may require great perseverance, don't give up! Finally, July 7 shines as a bright spot on the month's calendar as Jupiter and Pluto offer the necessary motivation to make things happen.
The ensuing week may continue to feel a bit bumpy, but things should start to calm down on July 15 when the full Moon in Capricorn brings a sense of practicality to an overly emotional month. Life will take on a completely different tone on July 23, when the Sun moves out of Cancer and into Leo, a transit that's sure to bring on a much livelier and flamboyant mood. Throw friendly Venus into the Leo mix on July 28, and you've got nothing but good times ahead!
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