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WHAT’S UP – July 2020 by Belinda C. Dunn

Capricorn/Cancer Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
July 5 @ 12:44 am

Mercury Direct
July 12 @ 4:27 am

Cancer New Moon
July 20 @ 1:33 pm

Welcome to the July forecast, and my annual astrological “state of the union” based on the Declaration of Independence as the inception point for the United States of America. In observing planetary trends, the majority of astrologers refer to the chart for July 4, 1776 at 5:10 pm in Philadelphia. Over the decades, this chart has proven most reliable in terms of characteristics, general trends and timing of historical events.

Red, white and blue, stars and stripes are flying high over this land of the free, waving in the early twilight. As fireworks explode, this awesome sight has been reenacted for 244 years. As the flag flies, waving above it all, the founding principles of democracy waver, floundering below in the mucky turmoil of messy affairs on earth. Storm clouds have been gathering for some time, thunder gods announce their warning, lightening flashes all around.

The country’s overall destiny is illustrious, abundant, progressive and humanitarian . . . but not easy. In fact, thus far, the path has been complex, arduous and steep. How is it possible to climb the mountain to reach the stars, and actually manifest the superlative vision of life, liberty and justice for all? It is a grand experiment, and as in any experiment, it is a matter of try, try, and try again.

There are whole books written on the United States astrology chart. For purposes of this article, I am touching upon a few key points that are relative to current trends. This is by no means an exhaustive interpretation. However, as I share with clients, anything happening now is always reflected back to the basic blueprint as shown in the birth chart.

As I shared in recent articles, Venus is transiting through Gemini skies (April 3 – August 7). This lengthy stint includes a retrograde period (May 21 – June 25). Throughout these months, Venus has been activating two very important planets in the nation’s chart, Uranus and Mars in Gemini. This combination enhances the out-spoken, inventive, thinking outside of the box, freedom loving nature of the populace.

Symbolized by the twins, Mars in Gemini is mentally astute, bestowing curiosity and intelligence, especially in regard to social interaction. However, Mars will fight for what it “thinks” is right, and Mars in Gemini has a propensity for tense debate, heated arguments, and blind allegiance to unfounded information. Additionally, the nation’s Mars is prominent in the area of the general public, partnerships and open conflict.

Another dimension to this complicated configuration shows Mars in very stressful alignment with Neptune, lending itself to false narratives, manipulation, propaganda, subterfuge and other forms of deceit and faulty thinking. This combination also intensifies emotional response, giving rise to extreme and dramatic displays of patriotism. Historically, this planetary combination has manifested in a multitude of ways.

Now, fast forward to 2020. Embracing the positive evolutionary potential of Gemini, the twins can look toward each other, and discover ways to connect based on similarities rather than differences. For example, the observant twins can see through and beneath skin color to find their common humanity. The twins can approach daily interactions with an open attitude of considerate and kind curiosity.

Thanks to Venus in Gemini, this attitudinal shift is very visible now; it is to be encouraged. Instead of fanning the flames of division, it is advisable to fan the flames of warm caring and heartfelt connection. Together with Mars, Venus is speaking truth to power, bringing many underlying conditions to the surface, specifically around relationships, and the essential need for honest and transparent communication. Together with Uranus, Venus is addressing social issues in unprecedented and surprising ways.

In many ways, this combination is like a pressure cooker, volatile and difficult to contain. Along with the North Lunar Node in Gemini, the growth potential supports shaking up established points of view, non-biased sharing of ideas, innovating solutions for the collective good, creating community alliances, translating and integrating new perspectives into daily conversation.

For purposes of this article and July’s planetary trends, let’s consider slowly moving Pluto, orbiting at the outer reaches of our solar system. In 1776, Pluto was in Capricorn in the area of possessions and monetary wealth. When early settlers arrived on this continent, they recognized an abundance of natural resources to own, possess, develop, and take advantage of. In no time, the dark side of Pluto became the order of the “new world.” Greed, avarice, brutality and cruelty gained a foothold. A social order based on hierarchy, power, control and domination quickly became the order of business, and the nation has been fighting this battle ever since.

Astrologers track cycles, and since Pluto has a 246 year orbit, it is returning to the exact position of the country’s founding. A planetary return of this magnitude is always proceeded by breakdown of the established order, closure and completion. The Pluto return will be exact three times in 2022.

Meanwhile, Saturn and Jupiter are currently transiting through Capricorn. Like a perfect storm of gigantic proportions, these planets are manifesting the conditions for a systemic breakdown to ultimately lay the ground for a complete restructuring over a period of the next five years. It is interesting to note that Saturn conjoined the USA Pluto on February 23 and will again cross this sensitive point on August 4 and November 20. As 2020 draws to a close, Jupiter conjoins Pluto for the final pass on December 7.

Considering these long term trends as well as more immediate trends, July is an especially important month. Not only is Mercury retrograde in Cancer, but the Lunar Eclipse on July 5, exactly conjoins and activates the nation’s core identity and destiny as shown by Sun in Cancer along with three other planets, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. Since Cancer is the zodiac sign of safety, security, home and family, issues that have been put on the back burner in the immediate threat of a pandemic, are now arising front and center.

It is during July when the pressing issues of the economy, personal finances, employment and housing come to the forefront. Whether we welcome it or not, like it or not, basic survival needs surge into plain view. Saturn is retrograde and has slipped back into Capricorn until late December. As the taskmaster planet, Saturn tends to restrict and delay, implying a need to pull back, cut back. Remember, these trends are part of an enormous reset that cannot happen overnight, but will require fortitude, discipline and sacrifice.

Occurring at a very critical time with so many essential matters hanging in the balance, the current Mercury retrograde is especially important. Going direct on July 12, Mercury conjoins Jupiter in the United States chart. While this implies talk of another infusion of cash into the system, it also stimulates generosity and goodwill. However, Jupiter is prone to excess, and some rhetorical voices may fuel false hope and unfounded optimism. Coming into balance means accepting Saturn’s limitations while encouraging Jupiter’s enthusiasm and confidence in positive outcomes.

The current Mercury cycle is very dynamic. Big decisions are in process, big moves are underway. Due to the retrograde phase, Mercury is in stressful alignment with Mars throughout July, exact on the 8th and 27th. There is a lot of pressure here. Many individuals and groups will attempt to fight, force and argue their way through necessary changes. Outspoken and loud voices can drown out the voices of reason and restraint. The lazy days of summer are hard to come by, the heat is on.

Charging forward, no matter what, Mars entered Aries on June 27, and will remain in Aries for the remainder of the year. This lengthy transit is due to an upcoming Mars retrograde this autumn. In harmony with Venus throughout the month, these planets support creative solutions, especially when people work together. Artfully crafted alliances can push through barriers and overcome hurdles. On the flip side, there will be those individuals making unilateral, snap decisions without considering repercussions. Overall, these planets stimulate spontaneous action, along with surprising twists and turns, but with a majority of planets retrograde, it is essential to consider long term repercussions, even in the heat of the moment.

Finally, on July 20, a New Moon sets the stage for a new cycle. In the zodiac sign of Cancer, this New Moon is in exact opposition to the Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto alignment in Capricorn. Oppositions catalyze crisis with a tendency to polarize in one direction or the other. Deeply rooted survival and tribal instincts are pervasive in the “us vs. them” mentality, keeping humanity stuck in the past.

Culminating this year, the rare historical conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto has a distinct planetary signature. Long standing conditions, in place for years, decades and generations, are erupting in “enough is enough!” A pervasive aura of threat and trauma has left many people feeling as though they are backed into a corner. Jupiter and Saturn are social planets, providing the glue of agreed upon beliefs and laws, holding society together. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth. Purging and churning, inequities and injustice beg to be addressed.

The necessity to work together, get real, effectively address challenges, overcome obstacles, and administer aid to those in need is a heavy weight on the country. Sometimes things don’t make sense, many times there are no readily available solutions. But the starting point is seeing others not as statistics or objects, but as people with similar needs, hopes and aspirations.

Consider for a moment the early founders at the time of the Declaration of Independence. White and wealthy, privileged and patriarchal, they did the best they could with the mindset of the time, a mindset that is very difficult to fathom now. They weren’t perfect, but thinking outside the box of previous possibility, they carved new idealistic principles into the halls of history. Carried around the world, these ideals are embodied in the Statue of Liberty on the shores of America, the melting pot of the world.

Something profound is happening on planet Earth. Each of us are being asked to participate in an upgrade of gigantic proportions, a complete reconfiguration of meaning and purpose. This is an opportunity to imagine anew and challenge the unconscious assumptions that have led us to this point.

This is not a dead end, but civilization will be held hostage until the true lessons are grasped. These lessons are not as apparent outwardly, even though many fingers are pointed out there. These are the eternal lessons of the human heart and spirit, clearly visible for those that turn within. Receptive, still, listening . . . the true love is waiting with answers that will blow our minds, break open the boxes, and lead the way out of discord into the true meaning of being human.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.;