As July unfolds, it brings in lots of positive energy. The time is right to get realistic and be practical about your hopes and dreams for the future and to begin taking action. This is the month to go forward with your plans!

Now that Mars is direct, you’ll be able to build up the momentum needed to act on new ideas and move forward with plans. Saturn in Sagittarius has been squaring Neptune in Pisces since 2015 and will continue that aspect through the end of the year. This month, on the 17th, the square is exact while both Saturn and Neptune are retrograde, which can temper the tension that is typical of this square. You will be feeling an inner pressure to manifest your ideals.

We are all being called to take ownership of our dreams by committing to a plan of action. A favorable sextile between Neptune and Pluto will help us to feel more empowered about tapping into personal strengths; this is a month to manifest what we truly desire. Several other aspects loan their support during the first half of the month, including Jupiter trine Pluto (tightest through July 14), Mars sextile Pluto (tightest through July 11), and Mars sextile Jupiter (tightest through July 9), that support business expansion and financial growth.

The Uranus-Pluto square continues to be in orb and in effect this month, but we are likely to feel a milder version of this intense aspect. Pluto, being retrograde, loosens the square and generates a contemplative energy that can help leaders and authority figures to consider their next moves more carefully. On the 29th, Uranus will station retrograde, kicking off a cycle that will last through December 28. During the next two months, Uranus and Pluto will be simultaneously retrograde. Pluto will station direct on September 26, further tempering the volatile energies of this aspect. From July 29 to September 26, it can be easier for people to control their anger, so expressions of rebellion may take a more passive form.

Paramount this month is the Saturn-Neptune square (in effect 2015-16), which continues to be in very close orb this month. While Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius (December 23, 2014, to December 18, 2017), violence and political unrest stemming from religious fanaticism can take the world spotlight and raise our awareness of such problems. We will be given the opportunity to restructure organizations whose zealotry is overriding practical judgment. Saturn, the planet of rules and restrictions, can help limit extremist actions that are harmful to the greater good. During the time that Saturn is retrograde (March 25 to August 12, 2016), the emphasis will be on reworking existing systems to eliminate outmoded beliefs and encourage ideals that benefit all of humankind.

On a personal level, the Saturn-Neptune square offers its powerful energy to support the actualization of our dreams. Neptune in Pisces is retrograde until . . . . READ THE FULL COLUMN!

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Every month on the day of the NEW MOON, the energy in the atmosphere opens to receive new seeds. For centuries, farmers have used these New Moon cycles for planting their crops. We can use the same potent energy for stating our dreams and goals. To use a New Moon POWER DAY, simply write down, by hand, a maximum of ten wishes or goals that you would like to manifest in your life.

Because this month’s New Moon occurs in Cancer, you may want to include some wishes on your list concerning the following categories that are especially related to that sign: the home and real estate, family, gut instincts, security, feelings of belonging, mothers, protection, tenacity, nurturing, growth, caring, empathy, vulnerability, changing moods, tenderness, and emotional closeness.

Sample wishes:

I easily attract, recognize, and purchase the right happy home for me
I attract, work with, and list with the right real-estate broker who sells my home easily at a price I am happy with
I easily find myself initiating the refinancing of my home at the right time with an institution that gives me a fabulous deal
I easily attract, recognize, and find myself living in the right happy __________ (room/apartment/condo) for me at a price I can easily afford
I easily find myself experiencing a reciprocal feeling of caring in my relationships with others
I easily find myself asking for help in a way that is empowering for myself and others
All fears around intimacy are easily and totally lifted from me
I easily find myself co-creating intimacy in a way that is healthy for me
I consciously experience empathy and constructive emotional closeness with others
This month’s NEW MOON takes place on the 4th at 7:01 A.M. EDST. The first 8 hours after the New Moon is exact are the most powerful for wishing, but up to 24 hours later will still work. For the exact best times for writing your wishes at monthly New Moons, check out New Moon Wishes within the three days prior to each New Moon.