Holistic Astrology & Counseling

July Horoscopes 2016

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Here are the horoscopes, as published in Sonoma County’s Upbeat Times:

Aries (March 19th – April 19th)

We know that you’re no shrinking violet but that doesn’t mean you are always sure of yourself.  You could experience some amazing opportunities to confront your fears and jump out of your comfort zone this month. Your energy levels are high and may lead you to new and exciting terrains. Loved ones might feel that you are moving too fast or far away, so try to explain your intentions as clearly as possible. Your career may also undergo transformation.

Taurus (April 19th – May 20th)

Things that have appeared foggy for a few weeks clear up this month. A romantic or familial relationship could take a turn either for better or worse, but ultimately what is indicated by this is a growing need to follow your own heart, hopes, and dreams. This month favors the pursuit of your heart’s fondest passions and artistic expression. You could be financially compensated for a contribution you have made to your community or society in some way.

Gemini (May 20th – June 20th)

Part of your enigma this year has revolved around discerning what kind of work is worth your effort and what kind isn’t. Friends and/or allies that you have been waiting for will finally show up this month. This means you may receive the help that enables you to recognize where you’re stuck and how to break free and be more successful. Your luck and opportunities in love and money are increasing. The conditions of your existing relationships are improving.

Cancer (June 20th – July 22nd)          

By returning to a beloved source of inspiration this month, maybe within the pages of book, underneath a tree, or some other place or theme, you could experience a deep inner renewal. In general you’ll also be able to relax and accomplish more because the extreme tensions of your previous year are fading away. If a relationship intensifies with your own worries or that of your partner, you’ll know exactly how to restore the security.

Leo (July 22st – August 22nd)

Your creative self-expression is a highlight this month. It may be important that you find a safe way to release a backlog of pent up emotions. It would also be an optimal month to address any health concerns you may have had lately, as they will be easier now to remedy. If you have an interest in someone romantically, your boosted confidence will lead you to discovering if this is mutual. You’re being encouraged to take a few reasonable risks!

Virgo (August 22nd – September 22nd)

There is a lot that you may be reflecting upon, having reached the first half of this year. Your first impulse might be to fix or solve all the issues around you, but you see if you continued in that way you’d never rest. A realization may come to you as to how much you are taking on. It is important to take responsibility for your own actions but know when you can and cannot improve the conditions of others. Fortunately, your powers of influence are increasing.

Libra (September 22nd – October 22nd)

What have you been putting on the back burner? It can’t wait any longer. Problems you’ve been trying to solve and projects you may have tried to launch move forward after a long period of obstacles or stagnancy. You’ll have the freedom you have been craving, with luck on your side. Due to circumstances, you may be prompted into making decisions that you would not have considered before. Significant change is underway in your home life.

Scorpio (October 22nd – November 21st)

With Mars now moving forward thought your sign after a lengthy period of review, things are getting easier overall. Only fear would stop you now, so try to think positive. Conversations with colleagues and coworkers could be very heightened and more interesting than usual. Focus may be drawn toward scientific pursuits, archeological findings and world events less talked about. Your social life becomes a source of enjoyment this month.

Sagittarius (November 21st – December 21st)

The tone of your relationships lightens up in many ways in July. You could experience the powerful release of an issue that has been itching at you all year. It would be wise to make personal investment in something tangible that means a lot to you which might be a house, a child’s education, or something completely different from the norm. If you’ve been working hard or suffering from disappointment, there is more pleasure in the weeks ahead.

Capricorn (December 21st – January 20th)

Even if things start off on an intense note, this will be a month to celebrate some of your greatest achievements. Your nerves might be sensitive so take time to relax in between the hustle and bustle of daily affairs. Be especially careful on the road. A major peak experience that is unique to you is the highlight of your month, which could be challenging whether it is viewed as positive or negative in nature. To help keep your wits about you, laugh a lot!

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

In July your work load might increase, along with your financial flow. Taking special care of your home, health, and appearance are also appropriate ways to direct your energy in the weeks ahead. You or someone close to you may have been discovering things about yourself that might seem shocking, strange, or entertaining. Whatever the case may be, you’re likely to attract some bohemian characters and situations as the month unfolds.

Pisces (February 18th – March 19th)

If you experienced many setbacks and delays this year, you’re getting back on track with your goals this month. You’re also becoming a bit hot and bothered about someone or maybe just in general. It’s time to bring some spice into your life, and you may seek this out with an existing or new partner. It would be very helpful to you now and in the near future if you clearly define what it is exactly that you want to manifest the rest of this year.

What I shared on Stargate Radio this morning at the KOWS station

Sanskrit is a language of spirit and light, capable of effecting profound change and healing…

Dharma Widmann shares his viewpoints on the ancient language of Sanskrit and how it relates to Yoga and Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). Current transits of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Rahu affecting the US and Europe are also discussed in this interview:

 

Here is a radio talk with astro-reporter Willow on this controversial topic – we need to know what’s really in our food and how it’s effecting us! Many people realize how toxic GMOs are by now, which has given rise to huge protests and the demand for GMO labeling. Labeling helps but doesn’t solve the deeper problems. Crops are now being cross-contaminated worldwide.

How we can clean up our act:

Get educated about agriculture, read labels before we buy, avoid excess preservatives, avoid corn, canola, and soy, support small business & local farmers, grow our own food if possible

(sorry but I’m no tech person – the Skype noise every time I chimed in was not something I heard during the show)

Since food is defined as something that we ingest in order to sustain life and growth, it takes many forms that we absorb through senses and functions other than taste and digestion. There could be many reasons why a certain food doesn’t sit right with us, from our mood to overindulgence, an allergic or chemical reaction in our bodies to the fact that it may be downright unhealthy for us. We have “soul food” for our bellies and soul food that actually has an impact on our souls. As for many kinds of plants, both soil and sun are sources of energy for us.

Right now, the Sun is in Cancer moving into opposition with Pluto, and as I began to type this the dark moon prepared to for renewal on July 4th at 12 degrees of Cancer. Many news posts I have seen for the past couple of days have dealt with herb and drug poisoning, child prodigies, child abuse, issues pertaining to internal organs, the California drought, and food.

Cancer is the Cosmic Mother of the great wheel of the zodiac, with a deep sense of caring and empathy for the suffering of all creatures. In one of her highest expressions she does her part to make sure that all are fed and nurtured, safe and sound, comfy and cozy. Her “bad side” may manifest in sulky, snappy, crabby, or loony behavior. In some cases, the mother (or father) is still yet a child herself, seeking for sympathy and solace in seemingly all the wrong places, and retreating head-down in teary-eyed silence when the world does not meet her unfulfilled needs. She may binge eat on comfort food as she hungers for something she cannot quite name or put her finger on, perhaps because it is not tangible.

a summer solstice salad

a summer solstice salad

Food is so much more than just some kind of substance that we put into our mouths when we are hungry. Anything that we take in regularly as food through our senses serves to nourish and heal us or is harmful to us over time. We can feed our hearts, minds, and spirits through imagery, sound, touch and scent, and also through an exploration of and connection with our Inner Worlds.

Although Cancer tends to sensitize us to our environment for better or worse, it also shows us how to navigate the inner landscapes of the imagination. Like the other water signs, Cancer tunes us into aspects of existence that we might not ordinarily pay attention to.

Types of food to consider at this time and in general:

Edible – There is the obvious kind of food that we eat, but in today’s world what many eat is far from nutritious and then they wonder why their health suffers. Also, how can we really digest what we eat even if it is nutritious when the news is blaring, someone is telling you about the poor woman who got mugged in the street, or having a family argument at the table? Audible disturbance can destroy the many benefits of the foods we eat.

Visual – Certain images, expressions, shapes, colors and lights taken in through eyesight can strengthen or weaken us, especially over time. Everything from the artwork we choose to decorate our homes with, the books we read, to the movies we watch are like a sort of food or poisoning for our overall system. There is very little neutrality in these things because we usually either benefit from them or the opposite.

Audible – The manner and use of our speech, the music we listen to, the sounds we hear on a daily basis bring us down, lift us up or keep us stable. No music at all is better than music that grates on our nerves or keeps us awake all night. In several cultures words and letters are sacred. They contain chi, or life force energy. The American culture (America is a 13 degrees Cancer with its Sun being transited by this New Moon) has lost the sacredness of alphabet and its usage. What we say to ourselves and others on a frequent basis functions as audible food, or poisoning. Toning, chanting, chimes and bells are ways to clear energy in a home.

Tactile – We are nurtured through touch just as we are traumatized through physical violence. Cancer certainly won’t come out and say it but craves hugs and snugs, perhaps more than any other sign. Fabrics, textiles, and other surfaces may be coarse and rugged or soft and pleasing to the senses. This is of course a matter of preference.

Ethereal – Since ancient times, sweet incense has been offered to the gods and deities because it “feeds” them on the ethereal levels, just as it does for us. Milk, honey, candy and baked goods have been left outside of homes to “feed” the fairies, or Little Folk, but it is understood that what they feed on is the energy and not the substance of the food. In Buddhist tradition, a bit of each meal may be left on the altar for “hungry ghosts”. Some of us enjoy the use of flower essences which are nurturing on ethereal levels.

Out With the Old, In With the New

This could be the time to take a good look around in our homes and take stock of what we are holding onto and how it is impacting our health. Home is more than a place where we physically live. It is how we dwell inside of ourselves, whether in a state of unrest or peace. Our beliefs and habits form the structure of this inner home, which could feel like a total dump, a funny farm or a temple. If we do not have a calm home to come back to after being out there in the crazy world at the end of the day, week or longer, we eventually become run down, sick, and weary in body, mind, and spirit.

forest wood nymph - Josephine Wall

forest wood nymph – Josephine Wall

The many karmic burdens we have shouldered from previous generations comes to the fore now to be reconciled, recontextualized, and released. Family dynamics that push our buttons the hardest can be some of the greatest motivations for spiritual growth. That is because these tough issues cannot be solved on the base ego levels, where they began. We need skills and tools of a higher nature to be able to see them through, and ultimately to overcome them.

A grand water trine between Venus in Cancer, Chiron in Pisces and Mars recently turned direct in Scorpio helps us access emotions we have not been able to in a while, as it was previously not safe enough to do so. It is easier for us to receive the support we need now as we move through major challenges. However, there is so much to let go of. This letting go can be the most terrifying and simultaneously liberating thing we do in this life. When we are face to face with Death, literal or symbolic, we realize what we are truly made of.

The New Moon’s trine to Neptune in Pisces emphasizes our inklings of realms of the unseen, spiritual awareness and healing, and the power of gentleness and kindness versus force. The things we do, say, ingest through our senses, give and receive throughout this week are likely to have long lasting effects. As we let go of outmoded things, patterns, and beliefs no longer useful to us we will experience deep renewal within ourselves and close relationships.  More energy will soon become available to acquire and achieve that which truly aligns with our innermost wishes.

Breaking Abuse

Left unchecked, abuse in any form – committed or incurred, will slowly break us down, further and further, until we feel there is nothing left of us at all to give.

To break the cycle of abuse, we must first rise above the shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, and craving that keep us locked down in perpetual victimhood. Just one step above these lowly states is anger. To access it to ascend from the murkiness of despair. When anger is rightfully acknowledged rather than suppressed or projected, true healing may begin.

KALI MA, artist unknown

Kali Ma, artist unknown

Affirmations for Mars Direct in Scorpio (6-29-16):

MAY THIS ANGER BE AN OFFERING TO GOD (OR GODDESS) THAT IT MAY BE TRANSMUTED AND USED AS FUEL FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MYSELF AND OTHERS

MAY THIS ANGER LEAD TO MY ULTIMATE AWAKENING

 

Bibliography on understanding emotions:

  • Power Vs Force by David Hawkins, PhD
  • The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren

Back to the Battlefield

Wherever we find ourselves on the face of this earth, the heat is on with Mars slowing down to go Direct at 23 degrees of Scorpio on June 29th. This may not sound glamorous or even “spiritual”, but it’s high time to sharpen those blades and get back to battle. Not that we had much restfulness lately.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting or condoning violence in any way, unless of course a life-or-death situation calls for it. The kind of battle referred to here is the kind that we each experience within our souls that get reflected back to us in relationship dynamics that push our buttons and make our blood boil.

Business left unfinished since mid-February of 2016 is coming back around, and if a position of power is not taken, force may be used against us whether we choose to do anything about it or not. On a broad scale this force could take the appearance of a global stock market crash, martial law, or god forbid – a false flag ET alien invasion. Things are so whacked it could even be all of the above.

In the US politics, people are waking up to the reality of just how rigged the voting system is as we are presented with more ridiculous gimmicks than ever before. Many are so weary and desperate for relief they can barely pay attention to what’s really going on.

Is that a snake in your pocket or…?

Joan of Arc 1882 - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Joan of Arc 1882 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

While stationing Direct Mars has gotten uncomfortably close to fixed star Unukalhai in the heart of the constellation Serpens for the second time this year since Valentine’s day (but just missed the conjunction by one degree). This star has somewhat shady reputation with a war-like, Martian undertone. It can indicate violence, vindictiveness, and lies, especially the kind that sound pretty convincing as they are strategically slipped into conversations and situations at the most uncanny times.

Maybe you caught someone lying to you this year, or maybe vice versa. Many who take the time to read through my articles have certainly caught on to the Big Lie that had been fed to us through the media ever since before white Wonder bread began. The most convincing liars are like snakes in the grass, blending in with the colors of the environment. You don’t expect to see them, and you often don’t see their attacks coming until it’s too late.

Unukalhai, like Saturn square Neptune (from November 2015 until November 2016) exposes toxic drugs and poisoning. This year in the US we have witnessed a fight to release the film Vaxxed since April 1st along with the fight for proper GMO labeling which is coming to a head.

“Hey, what if I never asked for this war (or this fight, or this conflict)?”

If a single criminal or gang came marching or slithering in to destroy, rape, or steal your family and what’s yours would you would probably not stand there and hammer about how you didn’t sign up for this, but you would either hide or go out and fight. Except for those people out there who are doing fantastic and feeling quite fluffy right now (way to go!) those of us experiencing and/or witnessing massive or local crime don’t even have a moment to spare on wondering the age old question: “Why me?”

Ultimately, we are own worst enemy, and our own greatest savior. I have felt rather forced to come to terms with this several times through the years. Now that I comprehend it so well, I can never go back to the particular state of ignorance sometimes called victimhood, and the responsibility that comes with this awareness occasionally feels excruciatingly heavy. This heavy feeling is what humans will do or pay anything they own or anything they think they own, to avoid. For this avoidance, an even heavier toll is taken.

Third Eye Opening

“Prying open my third eye.

So good to see you once again.

I thought that you were hiding.

And you thought that I had run away.

Chasing the tail of dogma.

I opened my eye and there we were”

– Tool

Intuitive faculties become very acute with Mars in Scorpio, so if there has been veil over certain issues during the past two and a half months during the Retrograde the hidden will soon become revealed – but with Saturn still squaring Neptune, don’t expect things to be completely obvious in every way. With Mars in the mix, blazing moments of insight may come as sharp pangs in the side or perhaps they’ll appear as visual sparks.

Just because intuition and psychic abilities may be present does not mean that compassion, wisdom, and true power simultaneously coexist with those psychic abilities. We have numerous examples of this throughout history. The danger with this placement is that someone, or several people such as those nefarious characters of the matrix lumped together under the title of Illuminati uses the knowledge of others’ weakness as weapons against them. Those of us who know enough about ourselves will not fall prey to such tactics used against us, meaning certain degrees of what may be termed brutal honesty and self-appraisal may be prerequisites for self-defense. Most will not venture into that uneasy grey area where the finger is no longer pointed at others but a closer look at role-playing and reactivity is taken.

In my years of doing readings for people as well as working through my own personal issues I have come to recognize that whatever emotions are most prevalent in any given situation, one of the greatest blockages and causes of struggle is the resistance to change. Sometimes we’re afraid to even see what we know deep down inside.

For whatever accumulated reasons, we exert enormous amounts of energy in blocking the inevitable. In the process of this we deny our own power and magnificence, which includes our ability to affect change in the course of our destinies. All of us have taken a fall from Divine Grace at some point.

Return to Grace

In a more positive light the cosmic energy alignments taking place at this time can assist in the transcendence of limited states of consciousness, to comprehend the greater Whole, perhaps even through a triggering of kundalini energy. Yogic practices may have powerful regenerative effects now. The Sun in Cancer highlights our sources of nourishment both physical and spiritual. We are more inclined to reach for the tools and resources that sustain us and enhance our lives.

On June 18th Mars made the second of three transits this year to the fixed star Agena, which brings a counterbalance of favorable results against the odds. Agena is a lot friendlier in its approach than Unukalhai, so as we move into the first week and a half of July this influence will draw allies and help straighten certain affairs that have been awry since April 17th. A trine to Chiron in Pisces is also in effect in July signifying that healing may take place from the woes and wounds incurred during Mars Retrograde. Healing from long-standing illness of any kind could become an important focus.

Venus, consort of Mars, is in Cancer is conjunct Sirius on the 28th through the 30th forms a sextile with Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo and an opposition with Pluto in Capricorn. The influence of Sirius with Venus gives us a deep glimpse into our true motives and the motives of others, which is supported by Jupiter and significantly heightened by contact with Pluto. There may be power struggles or strong projections.  Due to the Cancer and Capricorn polarities as well as Venus still being in the hidden underworld until July 13th there may also be some family muckraking going on. Whether married or single, involved with community or a recluse, to who or what are we loyal may be the great question at this time. What will we do to honor and protect our loved ones?

While Mars switches gears, we’ll have help in stabilizing with a grand earth trine between the Moon, Pluto and Jupiter/NN. With the right attitude and application of energy, anything is possible and miracles may occur.

The Full Moon on June 20th is at the anaretic degree (29th) of Sagittarius, closely aligned with the Galactic Center. Suddenly after a period of stuckness, delays and limitations since late last year there are so many possibilities opening up and so much energy at our disposal that it can be tricky to know which way to go.

The Full Moon T-squares Chiron in Pisces which has been bringing up some very old wounds and painful memories during the past week that we may either feel overwhelmed by or finally ready to acknowledge and release. A lot of us are processing all that has radically changed for us during the past several months.

An opposition to Venus in Cancer increases desires whatever they may be and puts us in the mood for creature comforts. Here is where we may pause in the middle of our rugged voyage and reach for the nearest thing that reminds or gives us the feeling of love, security, wealth and beauty. The full moon’s sextile to Juno in Libra heightens this impulse for connection, goodness, or being able to cozy up to that someone that we are quite fond of. If a alone a blankie, cup of hot cocoa and book or favorite movie could be equally appealing. On the other hand, relationship differences could become a source of irritation, especially in situations where one (or more) feels quite out of place.

A mutable grand square involving Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune is reactivated a second time this month, this time by Mercury paired with Vesta in Gemini (initially by Venus). Whatever we have been waiting or yearning to do, express, or experience is closer within reach but we must continue to put forth effort.

A fire trine to Uranus and Ceres in Aries brings sparks of electricity to creative endeavors. We simply don’t want to hold back what we’re really thinking and feeling right now which could be really great or scary for certain people. It would be wise to take care not to go overboard.

This Full Moon is extra special of course because it occurs with the Solstice, Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. During this time our senses are significantly heightened, our souls indicating to us the progress that we are making in our embodied states. The Sun will soon move into Cancer, signaling a shift of focus from the airy realms of the mind to the watery depths of emotion, dreams, and intuition.

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