Author highlighted July 2022 Ephemeris used with permission by Astro.com
July begins and ends with big bang punches. Firstly, on July 1 in the US, Mars in Aries forms a challenging 90° square to Pluto in Capricorn. Even before the month begins, we should expect added turbulence with the Moon in Cancer at the same angular square to Mars plus in opposition to Pluto. So, emotions can run high with forceful power struggles on both June 30 and July 1.
Under these configurations, stock markets, governments and personal relationships will likely be heated with a buildup of tension. Mars in Aries is bold and courageous if not brazen while Pluto in Capricorn demands to control structures. At or near this time we may see more protests over lost abortion rights, or a flare up of the Russia-Ukraine war.
If feeling any cosmic anger surging inside, look within to see how you can best control your own situation and individuality and seek to regain your power practically and peacefully in an organized manner. In spite of this Mars-Pluto turbulence, the July 1 Leo Moon is speaking in harmony with benefic planets in trine to Jupiter and sextile to Venus. The Moon’s domain is overseeing people, public relations and our emotional moods. The markets may ultimately bust out to the upside to start the month on a positive note.
Luckily most of July is relatively calm and status quo without any major upsetting geocosmic whammies. July 4 to July 5 depending on which US coast you live Mars enters Taurus and Mercury enters Cancer. This suggests our actions will become more laser focused on money and values with our thoughts and communications centered on family and security. Cybersecurity and financial stocks might be auspicious investments at this time.
Outer planets Saturn, Neptune and Pluto continue to hum along in apparent retrograde motion. As these are slower transits, they afford us ample time to review our daily life structures (Saturn), imaginative visions or deceit (Neptune) and ability to siege power (Pluto). For investments, Saturn in Aquarius reflects limits or restrictions in technology, Neptune in Pisces relates to expansion of liquids like crude oil, and Pluto in Capricorn is all about the government.
Poignant timing regarding Neptune and deception: on June 28 the very same day as Neptune turned retrograde, we learned Ernst & Young received a $100 million government fine for its auditors cheating on ethics exams. How about that for a Neptune re-examination!
Speaking about Neptune as the planetary ruler of crude oil, here’s a brief comparison for past and future price forecasting. Back on April 12, 2022 Jupiter conjoined Neptune in Pisces which inferred a peak period for oil and gas prices. Even since Jupiter entered Aries, oil and gas prices continue to hover around similar highs.
It’s interesting to note that in a heliocentric chart (planets viewed from the Sun rather than Earth) Pisces co-rulers Jupiter and Neptune are still conjunct (see picture below). This is a good rationale explaining why oil and gas prices are still high. However, on July 1 in the helio chart, Jupiter at 25° Pisces is conjoined but beginning to separate from Neptune at 23° Pisces.
By July 31, heliocentric Jupiter will be at 28° Pisces inching closer toward zodiac sign Aries. On August 17 helio Jupiter will finally enter Aries. It’s my astrological forecast and hope that gas and oil prices will reflect this significant movement so we'll see lower prices at the pump.
July 1, 2022 Heliocentric Chart created using Astro.com
Wednesday, July 13 a Full Moon at 21° Capricorn activates the ongoing USA Pluto return, an extended transit that’s been wreaking havoc with the US markets and economy. Coincidentally this is the same day that our latest Consumer Price Index numbers will be announced. Frankly due to the timing and aspects, I don’t expect we’ll get significant good news. Batten down the hatches.
This Full Moon period also combines with Venus (money) in Gemini (communications, travel) in a provoking square to Neptune in Pisces (oil, deception). A difficult Venus-Neptune combo typically results in disillusion and unanticipated spending. I personally have had car problems with unexpected needed repairs during this kind of geocosmic meetup.
Loving and money-minded Venus joins Mercury in Cancer on Sunday, July 17 adding a tender touch and infusion toward creature comforts like food and home. However quickly on July 19, Mercury moves into “stroke me” Leo saying buh-bye to Venus. On the same day Chiron in Aries turns retrograde reminding us to reconsider self and make time to heal wherever we’re feeling wounded.
One added spoiler alert during July 17 to July 19 is dwarf planet Ceres in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Ceres signifies the environment as “Earth Mother” along with food and grains. We might see some pronounced global issues surrounding farming, food distribution, or other ecological woes cropping up, so to speak.
Ironically, we shouldn’t underestimate the full strength of the Sun in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn also exact on July 19. The Sun indicates our life force energy and this aspect with Pluto is a head-on culminating meeting for the year about control and achieving power. All this collective mid-month activity will no doubt be intense. You may prefer retreating like a crab into your shell rather than deal with hard core authority figures.
In the northern hemisphere temperatures will flare as the Sun enters its home sign Leo on July 22 in closely followed by Ceres entering Leo on July 23. With this conjunction of a hot Sun burning bright on “Earth Mother” Ceres one might imagine a start to another fire season or other similar fiery natural disaster(s) on the horizon.
Immediately following this pairing Juno turns retrograde signifying a good time to review all personal and business partnerships.
The last four days of July are jampacked with astrological action, coincidentally right around when the Federal Reserve meets and is expected to raise interest rates again. Also, on July 28 the second-quarter GDP estimate will be announced. July 28 has a proud Leo New Moon timed with Jupiter turning retrograde and Mercury in square angle to Uranus.
As they say, timing is everything! On July 30 to July 31 Mercury in Leo opposes Saturn in Aquarius. This kind of sky symbolizes news and communications from those in leadership positions that the economic business cycle has reached a stressful breaking point. Trading and investing in the markets will surely test your patience now.
In particular, Jupiter turning retrograde might foretell a reversal of expansion. Think of it like a car speeding along then coming to a road block where cops signal you must now cruise away in reverse. It’s a good time to reallocate your portfolio and stock holdings, regroup or firm up any travel arrangements that previously went awry or are still pending.
Whatever rattling these combined cyclical movements may trigger, their relevant shift is transitory and carry less impact compared to the bigger sky event of Mars conjunct Uranus and North Node event exact July 31 to August 1. These three dynamisms joining together highlight one of the most powerful thunderbolts of 2022 that will likely send shockwaves around the entire world and awaken our future.
Exactly what that is, I can’t say. Odds are it will somehow involve the realm of finance since Mars, Uranus and the North Node will all conjoin in money and true bull sign Taurus. I’d wager banking, currencies, financial markets, crypto, or all the above will become electrified with surprising upsets. Mars equates with action, anger and aggression while Uranus accentuates freedom and rebellion. The North Node represents the human collective so everyone should feel this energy unfold one way or another, whether as a personal event, or public media story.
Mars and Uranus aligned together especially by conjunction, square or opposition often foreshadows large earthquakes or volcanic disruptions. Especially with them meeting now in Earth sign Taurus it can also manifest and result in newsworthy events. If you live near the Ring of Fire or other hot spots, have an organized earthquake kit and evacuation plan ready. As we end July, please stay safe with mindful positive intent, and remember to drive carefully with focus!
Important note: While astrology reveals sky influences over consumer sentiment and market trends, people are always the variable. Free will and every choice we make allows us to transform our destiny in different ways. This is why astrological forecasting does not guarantee 100% accurate predictions.
© 2022 Trudy Carol