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As I sit down to look at the astrology for the month ahead, I almost can’t believe it’s July already! July is one of the most magical months of the year as we experience the Sirius Gateway. The Sirius Gateway happens once a year during the first week of July and is when our Sun conjuncts the star, Sirius. Many ancient cultures revered Sirius, as it was believed to be our Spiritual Sun. As our Sun and our Spiritual Sun come together, waves of high-frequency energy flow through the cosmic airways and into our being, recharging our spiritual and physical bodies.

In 2024, the Sirius Gateway will be amplified by the Cancer New Moon, which falls in the heart of the Gateway on July 5th. The start of a new lunar cycle closely linked to the Sirius Gateway will bring fresh energy for all of us to work with. This will be a positive time that we can use to uplift our spirits, bring new hope, and recharge our beings. When we have strong, powerful energy like this, it can also bring a releasing or a shedding of all that is blocking us or all that needs to be cleared. Sometimes, we can feel lethargic or run down, but as this passes, and as we listen to the wisdom that is on offer, we can bring transformation into our lives.

July also brings the second Capricorn Full Moon for the year (on July 21), helping to bring closure and clarity to whatever was brewing for us around the end of June. By the month’s end, we also have two new planets in retrograde including, Neptune and Chiron. This brings our total retrograde count to four and includes Saturn and Pluto. While most of these retrograde planets are working on subtle levels, we may feel the slow down as the month comes to a close. When we have strong retrograde energy in the cosmic skies, it is the Universe’s way of guiding us to slow, down, reflect, and look over things once again before pushing ahead. I hope wherever the cosmic energies take you this month, you are able to feel that life has slowed down just enough to allow you some space to recharge and reflect.

July 2nd; Neptune enters retrograde in Pisces. This is a subtle energy that will help to expose what is bubbling underneath. Neptune Retrograde can lift the veil, helping us to see what is really at play. Illusions can come crashing down, or we can start to see that things weren’t what we thought them to be. While this can be a confronting energy to deal with, Neptune Retrograde can also inspire a new creativity, allowing us to see to see answers and solutions rather than blocks and barriers. Neptune will remain in retrograde until December 7th.

July 2nd; Mercury, the planet of communication enters passionate and heart-driven Leo. Our heart connection can strengthen under this energy, allowing us to more effectively communicate how we are feeling and what our heart is longing for.

July 5th; A beautiful, soft New Moon comes to remind us that it’s never too late to begin again. There is beautiful energy circling under this New Moon, encouraging us to stay optimistic and to see the softer side. How can we soften our anxieties and see the world from a more loving lens? Loving ourselves is a good place to start.

July 6th; Venus in Cancer will square Chiron (Healer) in Aries, creating some tension, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. But not all tension is bad. This tension feels productive and is there to guide us to deeper healing when it comes to our relationships and the giving and receiving of love in our lives.

July 12th; Venus in Leo opposes Pluto in Aquarius. This can be a potentially challenging dynamic that can highlight power struggles in our lives. Where are we controlling too much? Where are we being controlled too much? We may feel the push and pull of this in our lives and in our relationships. Whatever comes up, see if you can step out of your ego and come into alignment with your heart. Stand in your power, but try not to engage in power struggles.

July 20th; Mars, the planet of action and energy, moves into Gemini. With Mars in Gemini, we may be feeling more social or ready to take on some challenging conversations. Our filters may be down, which could land us into trouble when it comes to oversharing, however, we may just find it easier to express ourselves and easier to get to the bottom of how we really feel. Just be mindful of coming across too harsh, or saying something you may regret later.

July 21st; This is the second Capricorn Full Moon of the year. This Capricorn Full Moon is calling for us to release and let go of things that are blocking us from realizing our true potential.

July 22nd; Mercury (communication) makes a tense square with Uranus, (innovation and freedom). We may feel a little scattered and all over the place and communications may be wacky. We need to still our minds and go with the flow.

July 22nd; We move out of the emotional season of the crab and into the fiery season of Leo! Leo is a fun, vibrant, and playful energy to work with. Leo is known for its proudness, its flair, and its ability to seek pleasure and luxury. The Sun loves being in the sign of Leo and feels most at home in this sign of the zodiac. The Sun is our life force, and our recharger. Find ways to recharge your energy under the Leo Sun.

July 26th; To close out the month, Chiron, the asteroid known as the wounded healer, enters retrograde until December. This is a time to nourish and love ourselves despite our wounds. Chiron retrograde gives us a chance to go back over the parts of ourselves that have been exposed through trauma or wounding. It allows us time to digest, integrate, and to think about ways we can move forward. Perfect energy to move through Leo and August.

Remember: Each of us carries wounds and scars - none of us is 100% healed and purified. You are spiritual even if you don't meditate, channel or have crystals. We are born spiritual and we will leave this world that way. Thank you all for being here.