On July 10 Mercury retrogrades from Leo back into the more watery sign of Cancer, and communication issues will be focused more on family and those around the home. Home equipment and media may break down and family issues that we thought were resolved will erupt again for renewed consultation. Mercury will remain in Cancer for the remainder of the month.

The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs July 11. Capricorn is the sign of responsibility, of structure, of commitment. The Full Moon illuminates our deepest desires and evokes a sense of power that comes from integrating fully within. In Capricorn, we gain the power to manifest those desires into form. The Capricorn Full Moon is the time to set goals, to make plans and commitments. After the intensity of June’s events and the lack of earth of early July, this Full Moon will help ground us. Still, patience will be required as the wheels turn slowly during this heavy retrograde period.

Around the 12th or so of July, Mars will move into position to form a trine (harmonious aspect) to Pluto on July 14. Mars represents our will and desires, and Pluto as the will of the higher self. Together they form a powerful duo that can assist us in manifesting our dreams and desires. Venus in Gemini is opposite Pluto at this same time, and Pluto may intensify our emotions and brings out the darker emotions such as jealousy and envy. However, the sextile dance between Mars and Venus helps to create an environment that is friendly and sympathetic.

The overall planetary influence is still difficult, with the Jupiter/Chiron dance combining with the pressures of Saturn to force confrontation on many levels. Use the energy of this Full Moon to improve the structures and to make plans, to create a vision on a global and also a personal level.

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