Previous Months Forecast

Belinda Dunn

What’s Up! by Belinda C. Dunn

Solar Eclipse New Moon – July 2 @  3:16 pm Mercury Retrograde – July 7 – 31 Lunar Eclipse Full Moon – July 16  @  5:38 pm Leo New Moon – July 31  @  11:58 pm Marking the halfway point of 2019, July begins with a sense of destiny for our nation and the world. Long standing and consequential circumstances have remained suspended for months, if not years. This is the month of push comes to shove, patience is exhausted, the limit has been reached. Despite the chaos and turmoil, solutions emerge, and there is a clear pivot to the future. Between a Solar Eclipse on July 2, a Lunar Eclipse on July 16, and Mercury retrograde, this is a month to proceed cautiously with a hefty dose of optimism and confidence. I am reminded of Star Trek, and the crew beaming down to potentially hostile and treacherous terrain. Preparation is essential, and in terms of planetary trends, I aim to shine a spotlight on the most positive, productive and healing direction. Let’s unpack each of these significant factors in a step by step methodical way and discover the silver lining in the stormy clouds appearing on the horizon. First of all, eclipses are cosmic wild cards. Typically, significant events occur; shifting the terrain, altering perspective, realigning the trajectory of goals. They take the covers off and reveal what is truly going on beneath appearances. Startling revelations can occur, and eclipses serve to shake humans out of complacency by revealing undercurrents of emotion that cannot be denied or hidden. This process can lead to comprehensive assessment and redirection. In last month’s article, I wrote in detail about the North Lunar Node in the zodiac sign of Cancer. This shows the most optimal direction which is along the lines of finding home, and cultivating a deep abiding security within and without. This is propelling individuals to find practical solutions in terms of living arrangements, family structure, income and environment. The Solar Eclipse on July 2 closely conjoins the North Lunar Node. This beneficial combination supports clarity and direction while opening doors of opportunity. Two days before Independence Day, this eclipse also conjoins the USA Sun. In recent years, the collective identity of the nation has been demoralized and uprooted in deteriorating conditions threatening the stability of democracy. No doubt, these eclipses can serve to bring these matters into the light of day with repercussions for years to come. Astrologers have been following the trends for both the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), and the United States Constitution (September 17, 1787). Considering these charts and current trends, Neptune, the planet of confusion, delusion and glamour has been weaving a spell, undermining the original tenets of the founding fathers. More than likely, it is time for an upgrade, but governing structures are in a state of disarray, and this process will take time. Recently, I came across a a fascinating reference to the Constitution in the long time bestseller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Written in 1989, author Stephen Covey states, “The United States Constitution is the standard by which every law in the country is evaluated. It is the document the president agrees to defend and support when he takes the Oath of Office. It is the foundation and the center that enables people to ride through major traumas such as the Civil War, Vietnam, or Watergate. The Constitution has endured and serves it vital function today because it is based on correct principles, on the self-evident truths contained in the Declaration of Independence. These principles empower the Constitution with a timeless strength, even in the midst of social ambiguity and change. “Our peculiar security,” said Thomas Jefferson, “is in the possession of a written Constitution.” Covey’s book is written for the individual, yet remains so timely in the search for meaning and mission in the current social climate. This brings us to the other half of this astrological equation, the South Lunar Node in Capricorn. On July 16, a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse activates across the zodiac polarity of Cancer and Capricorn. Along with Saturn and Pluto transiting through Capricorn, pressure has been building for real evolutionary change. This is all fairly clear on the national level, just turn on the news, but let’s take a look at the possibilities on a more personal level. Both of these zodiac signs are about governing systems. Symbolically, Cancer represents parenting, the family unit, and the essential balance of proper discipline while providing sustenance and safety. Capricorn represents larger governing bodies designed to provide structure for cohesive social organization.  These eclipses can highlight and expose systemic weakness in these structures, and the reality of pervasive dysfunction on many levels. Therapists will be busy this month, as people are waking up from the trance of conditioning, ready for healing around early childhood experience. These deeply embedded emotional layers can easily peel off and resolve, once and for all. There is an impulse to move beyond external authority to internalize discipline that comes naturally as a function of participation. With these new eyes, it is possible to take steps toward healthy function, including a genuine sense of belonging. However, the flip side of belonging is alienation and separation. These themes are painfully present as individuals come to terms with family of origin issues, generational differences, potential effects of addiction, financial limitations, and a host of various stresses threatening to undermine the sanctity of this most basic unit of family. These planetary trends are putting pressure on households across the country as well as the globe. As Saturn slowly moves toward a conjunction with Pluto in 2020, economic and political conditions are calling for adjustments, putting the squeeze on large segments of the population. For example, loss, deprivation, desperation and untold suffering is the backdrop for the refugee crisis along so many borders. Additionally, mass migrations are taking place as natural disasters displace whole communities. These times are not for the faint of heart. Even though the eclipses in July can exacerbate these conditions, as the common adage states, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” The overall tone for July is adapt and adjust, get real, and take care of business. Whenever Saturn is involved, there is a need for patience, endurance, forbearance, maturity and discipline. Another planetary factor pointing to an attitude of patient allowing is Mercury retrograde. From July 7 – 31, this important planet of communication is pausing for purposes of review. The pressure to evolve, improve, change and grow is enormous right now on many levels of personal and collective experience. Mercury goes retrograde 3 times a year for approximately 21 days. There can be a wide range of effects depending on zodiac signs and planetary aspects. In general, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research, gathering more information, and widening perspective. The more troubling and frustrating issues can include misunderstandings, technical problems, breakdowns, and delays. This particular Mercury retrograde begins in the zodiac sign of Leo, suggesting that autonomy, freedom, humor and creativity will play a significant role in solutions. Mercury joins our Sun on July 21st, and this is always an important day in any retrograde cycle. Look for key insights and communication supporting clarity and resolution. When Mercury goes direct on July 31, it has retrograded back into the  zodiac sign of Cancer, emphasizing the on-going themes of home, family, security and belonging. Additionally, Mercury touches back into Saturn/Pluto territory, bringing long term issues full circle. For those that have done their due diligence, there will be more perspective into complex matters. Synchronously, just before midnight on July 31, a Leo New Moon comes along to seal the deal. By month’s end, there is a sense of moving forward with realistic, productive and effective plans. One more fascinating twist in July’s planetary picture features an alignment with Mercury, Mars and Uranus.  Exact on July 8, with significant influence during the first two weeks of July, Mercury joins Mars in Leo. Bringing issues to the table for discussion, this is a frank, bold, “tell it like it is,” combination. Additionally, on July 11, Mars is in stressful alignment with Uranus, one of the most rebellious and freedom seeking of planetary combinations. Be prepared for surprising turns of fate and fortune during this breakthrough week. In considering this Mercury/Mars/Uranus alignment on a symbolic level, it shows possible disruption of power. There are a number of possible manifestations, especially in terms of electricity, power grids, cyber-security, science and technology. This unusual combination is erratic, high intensity, pulsing with energetic downloads. On the personal level, it is an excellent time to journal, express and create. This planetary configuration can heighten sensitivity, and consequently jangle the nerves. Activities that calm the nervous system can help to ground and nourish the body. In recent weeks, I have noticed the frequent use of the word “existential,” to the point of looking it up in the dictionary, and researching its meaning. I came across, “If something is existential, it has to do with human existence. If you wrestle with the big questions involving the meaning of life, you may be having an existential crisis.” It appears the collective mind is questioning the meaning and purpose of life. Even though the word existential tends to be coupled with negative words such as threat, angst and crisis (fill in the blank), this is actually a good thing. It is essential, necessary and healthy to question this reality! It’s part of waking up and staying awake to find meaning in this extraordinary cosmic experience. Look around you . . . really take it in. Every part of life is a miracle, happening right now. .
Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.;