The Astrology of July

July Astrology Report

🔥 July arrives hot on the heels of the intense configurations that June has just introduced us to. Mars stationed for his bi-yearly retrograde on June 26th and will be a leading figure in setting the tone for the entirety of the summer, one full of imperfect movement and increased fiery feelings. There may be times when we feel like we’re sinking in quicksand, and any sudden movements will only make us descend faster into trouble. This summer calls upon our ability to strategize and to call upon a sense of calm in times of chaos. Ultimately, July is jam-packed with astro activity, including Mercury retrograde and an intense lunar eclipse at the end of the month. Let’s dive in.

Astrology of July by Maddie

On July 1st, Venus and Pluto face an uncomfortable aspect, prompting us into some relationship transformation and romantic reworking. When Venus and Pluto face off, we can sense tension in the partnership areas of our lives and we need to seek some healthy adjustments in order to have the relationship keep evolving. This transformational relationship energy can rear its head sexually, verbally, or power dynamically. July 2nd sees a stand off between Mercury and Saturn, one that may have us feeling mentally blocked or potentially caught in a web of depressive, isolating thoughts. Mercury/Saturn pairings tend to make us feel mentally inferior to others, or unintelligent, and incapable. Know that these mental blockages will pass and that you are perfectly capable, despite any mind tricks Saturn may be playing.

On July 3rd, Mercury conjoins the moon’s nodal axis, an axis in astrology that’s representative of fated events. Mercury is conjunct the north node this go around. The north node is symbolic of an intake of energy, the goals we’re moving towards in this life - which is a place that’s not always comfortable for us to lean into, but when we do we feed our souls journey in a big way. Mercury moving over the north node speaks of intaking new thoughts, new ways of communicating, or sharing fated dialogues. Watch the conversations you share around this day, for some of the words exchanged may be ones that stick with you for a long time. July 5th sees a tense opposition between mental Mercury and aggressive retrograde Mars. This configuration typically fires up our mental energy and our ability to be sharp tongued with others. We also can have an increased boost in our ability to get work done, but as it’s an opposition, a balance needs to be sought between overdoing or overthinking.

🌀 Retrograde Mars in this case can create some internal anger and frustration, and with the opposition to talkative Mercury, we can impulsively mouth people off and cut ties in a big way. Watch your communication around these days, especially with Mercury on the nodes, it’s clear here that a major story lies in the responsibility of our words. July 8th sees a moment of relief from the tense whirlwind of aspects with a buoyant Sun/Jupiter trine. This pairing can raise us up, make us feel more spiritually inclined and generally more optimistic about life, if even for a moment. Sun/Jupiter can also be a time of over doing and over indulging, which is Jupiter’s downfall so often. The sun represents our ego as well, and with Jupiter involved, we may take our good feelings too far and become potentially arrogant. This is a more extreme example of Sun/Jupiter, which typically is quite a pleasant aspect.  

❤️♍️ On July 9th, Venus, our planet of relationship, enters the sign of Virgo. Venus, the giver of unconditional warm love, isn’t very comfortable in Virgo’s territory because Virgo is notorious for being too critical or judgmental in partnerships. We may find that we nitpick at our partners or in romance during this time, finding faults at every turn and second guessing if we should really even be in our current relationship. If you’re single, you could be more discerning and picky with who gets to enter into your life. Try not to be too judgmental or harsh on your lover during this time, since we are so hell-bent on finding faults in others, we may need to turn that critical eye inward to see what’s really going on. Another expression of Venus in Virgo is taking an interest in our health, lifestyle, and daily habits. We may find that we’re interested in eating better for our bodies or getting ourselves in better shape, again with Virgo sometimes being a critical workaholic towards its goals, make sure you don’t beat yourself up for the rate of your progress or if you slip up and eat a burger - it’s all good!

🦀🦁 On July 12th, a potent new moon in the mothering sign of Cancer is born, resetting the lunar cycle for the month ahead. This new moon is opposite the wielder of transformation, Pluto, telling us the month that lies ahead is one of deep emotional reform. Plant seeds of intention surrounding your home life and family, for this is what Cancer is concerned with. This new moon is particularly potent because it’s also a solar eclipse. Solar eclipses are known to be amplified with energy, and are powerful indicators of new beginnings and opportunities. They bring in huge periods of growth by removing us from our comfort zones and by showing us where we’ve been unbalanced. On July 22nd, the Sun happily leaves Cancer behind and marches into Leo, the sign of its rulership, and in turn, honors all of us to feel proud, self-interested, and creative. The sun revels in the sign of Leo, giving us all a boost of vitality and force behind our creative actions. Leo energy likes to be seen and praised, so enjoy some self expression and a fresh dose of self confidence.

☁️🌹🌟 July 24th sees Venus in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces. When Venus and Neptune work together, dreaminess is enhanced and illusions become enchanting. These two beautify and make things magical, but they also make idealizations strong and unrealistic. Venus and Neptune basically created rose-colored glasses. When they’re opposing each other, we may need to find a balance between the illusion and the reality. Our relationships are involved in this dream with Venus as the forerunner here. What illusions do we put upon on our relationships? What can we envision that’s healthy or helpful for them to grow? All this aside, it’s bound to be a great day to day-dream, watch a movie, see a concert, or get lost in an ethereal escape of your choosing.

🌀⏲ Mercury joins the retrograde crew on July 26th, the day before the full moon / lunar eclipse. Mercury will be moving backwards through Leo until August 19th when he goes direct. The usual and obvious cautions apply here of course, but at this point they bore me to tears. I rather stand in support of Mercury retrograde as a time of mental reflection. The whole movement of summer is one of picking up lost pieces in time. Join the backwards movement, you can’t fight it. What have you forgotten? Where have you left off? What details can be revisited about the chapters in your life’s story? This retrograde will have us moving backwards through Leo, which is representative of our creative endeavors, our ego’s self expression, our heart center. What do you need to go back and find that you’ve misplaced in your heart?  

🌕♒️ On July 27th, a revolutionary full moon blooms in Aquarius, and with it comes a brooding lunar eclipse. The full moon in Aquarius is not typically the most emotional moon, as it is ruled by a detached and mentally stimulated air sign, but because it comes hand in hand with a lunar eclipse it’s likely to be more emotionally potent. Aquarius moons get us in touch with our friend groups and urge us to find ourselves in the bigger picture of humanity. Lunar eclipses tend to be more emotional than their solar counterparts. Our minds become flooded with dreams and memories as they make us conscious of time passing before us. Eclipses are wildcards in general, bringing new things in and old things out, often in a sudden way. This full moon lunar eclipse has added importance because it’s tightly conjunct retrograde mars, the main character leading the story of summer ‘18. Mars being so strongly involved in this eclipse/full moon configuration is absolutely no coincidence. We will likely be shown exactly what our Mars retrograde story is all about during this eclipse, like it or not. We will be diving head first into our Mars material, exploring our will power and drive, our sexuality, our anger, and the men from our past.

Love,

@MackAndTheZodiac


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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

July: The Slow, Deep Breath Before the August Storm

Hey everyone, here's a little sweet little peek at last week's Scorpio moon from my new telescope. Too cool not to share! We've had some planets shifting signs, shaking up our Earthly energy so let's get to it.

Happy post fourth of July! I must admit that I’m biased towards the holiday because my birthday is July 3rd - yes, your humble Zodiac Mack is indeed a Cancerian and turned the boring, yet oddly ripe age of 26. There’s been some tough aspects coming into play these last weeks that will be setting the tone for the first half of the month. Mercury and Mars have been conjunct in the sky. When these two come together they ignite assertive communication, sharp and fast thinking, competitiveness, and the need to turn thoughts into action. As this pair briefly exchange communications, they run into an opposition with Pluto over the weekend. This opposition will likely intensify conversations and add a potentially heavy depth to them. It’s also likely right now for fights to break out - since peoples actions (Mars) and speech (Mercury) are at odds with Pluto (hidden tensions & power plays).

🌪 🦀  July is essentially the slow, deep breath before the storm in August. While there are no major planetary alignments to note, there are certainly fluctuating periods of tension and relief. Throughout July, we can expect to be exploring the idea of “old wounds” that have embedded themselves in our emotional/physical bodies. Old wounds we’ve kept from childhood regarding our natural instincts; old wounds regarding how we view ourselves in society. There will also be bouts of impulse, anger, or warrior like energy that flare up and potentially go overboard in our personal lives and society at large. Nevertheless, July will prove to be a powerful time for diving deeply into creative endeavors and exploring higher levels of awareness.

🌛  We began the month smack dab in the middle of a power struggle from an opposition between Mars (self assertion & aggression) and Pluto (control & power) on 7/2. There were likely explosive outbursts of unearthed anger that made their way to the forefront of people’s psyches during that first week. Intense bursts of energy emerge, asking to be channeled as positively as possible. This aspect will heighten a tendency towards irritability, moodiness, and willfulness. 

People in your life, or you, may be set on reclaiming personal power and making their stance known in the world, and not so nicely. Pick your battles wisely, people will be looking for a fight. Instead of getting caught up, try to find a physical outlet.

Words and image: Zodiac Mack


Mackenzie Greer is an astrologer, palm reader, and photographer based out of Astoria, Queens NY. She studied palmistry for several years under the esteemed Ellen Goldberg at the School of Oracles in the West Village and is currently working to earn her diploma at the renowned astrological institute of Kepler College. She can be found roaming astrology conferences nationwide. Mackenzie is a Cancer sun, Pisces moon, and Leo rising- which ultimately renders her a shy sensitive emotional creature who dons the mask of a happy go lucky romantic. She can be reached out to for any astro-inquiries over at @mackandthezodiac and @mackenziegreer!

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

July Astro Update: Lightness, Beauty & Making Connections

♀♉️ ➡️ ♊️   Yesterday (on 7/4) Venus (love & relationships) slid out of sensual Taurus and giddily into social Gemini making a most admirable attempt at lightening the mood as of late. She hates to leave lovely Taurus behind, but will fare alright in the sign of the twins. Venus loves to party, beautify, and make connections with the other people in our lives, so while she’s in Gemini she will sparkle with lightness, clever wit, and gaiety. Venus in Gemini isn’t concerned with making long-lasting connections, but about getting out with friends and exploring the local scene. Take the time for exploring neighborhood hang-outs and chatting it up with new friends. Mercury also perfected a square with Uranus - conjuring up eccentric thoughts and breakthroughs in both message and thought. ☿

☿ ♊️ ➡️ ♌️  Today, 7/5 Mercury (communication & logic) jumps into Leo, gearing our minds toward play, creativity, and romance. This is an artistically inclined place for Mercury to spend some time in, but it will have everyone a tad more me-focused than we-focused. Communications get louder and more public, but not necessarily more strategic.

♂ ➡️ ⬅️ ⚡️ ♇ Mars is currently separating from his opposition with Pluto over the weekend, which stirred up his feelings of powerlessness and hidden heavy emotions. With both Venus and Mercury changing signs - we will feel a somewhat lighter shift, if not for a brief moment, before the pretty intense full moon. The full moon in Capricorn gleams through early on the morning of 7/9 and is laden with intense aspects. This full moon will be conjunct Pluto, while the Sun will be conjunct Mars, suggesting that both of the luminaries will be fired up, fighting for control, and seeking a balance for their mutual desire for power. The days surrounding this full moon are bound to be eventful, emotional, and potent. Be mindful that everyone else will be feeling as emotionally riled up as you are. More on this full moon as it grows closer!☽ ♑️

Words and image: Zodiac Mack


Mackenzie Greer is an astrologer, palm reader, and photographer based out of Astoria, Queens NY. She studied palmistry for several years under the esteemed Ellen Goldberg at the School of Oracles in the West Village and is currently working to earn her diploma at the renowned astrological institute of Kepler College. She can be found roaming astrology conferences nationwide. Mackenzie is a Cancer sun, Pisces moon, and Leo rising- which ultimately renders her a shy sensitive emotional creature who dons the mask of a happy go lucky romantic. She can be reached out to for any astro-inquiries over at @mackandthezodiac and @mackenziegreer!

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Cancer Season: Sign of the Mother, the Nurturer, the Psychic, the Feeler

♋️ 🌑  Hey everyone! Happy Summer Solstice and Cancer New Moon! I know what you're thinking. (cough, Mackenzie the solstice was 6/21 and the new moon was 6/23! Girl you are LATE). You must find it in your heart to forgive me! Life has been slow to resume normalcy after a road trip vacation in Colorado. Not to mention, the three planets transiting through Cancer right now all fall in my 12th house - which is an area that highlights hidden things and being behind the scenes. So with all the 12th house stuff going on, I've been quietly hiding in the background, contemplating life. Now, I'll quit begging for forgiveness and give you the scoop on what our planets have been up to!

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🍼 🌊  So as I said, we now have three of the "personal planets" transiting through Cancer. When I say personal planets, I'm specifically referring to the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars - because these five are much closer to earth's orbit than the rest, and are therefore closer to our physical being. They also embody very human like qualities. The Sun is our individuality, the Moon is our emotions, Mercury our thoughts, Mars our drive, and Venus our relationships. After Mars the asteroid belt begins, marking a large rocky boundary. Jupiter and Saturn fall outside of this asteroid belt - and while they're still personal in everyone's chart, they have a more societal and spiritual bent to them. The "transpersonal planets" are Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. They don't have a serious impact on our personal lives because they move so slowly that they're considered to color entire generations. 

🌙 ♋️  Ok, Mini planet lesson complete. Three of these personal planets are falling into the first of the water signs - the crab. The sign of the mother, the nurturer, the psychic, the feeler. Cancer is all about your tribe. Your family. Where you come from. Your roots. Your past. Planets in Cancer are deeply sensitive and changeable - since Cancer is ruled by the moon. Cancer is concerned with how we were conditioned as kids. Stuff from early childhood rises to the surface of the psyche and we can be easily triggered or become defensive. It's a good time to be in touch with your family - in whatever form they take - and get in sync with your tribe. It's also a time when people may be feeling overly sentimental, or scared to move forward - as the crab is typically indirect in it's movements and is known for being attached to the past. It can be a very emotional time as well, where the old pains we may have harbored from being a kid now resurface for re-evaluation - seeking an outlet or integration. The new moon that occurred over the weekend also was in Cancer - marking the beginning of a new lunar cycle. The moon is dark in the sky right now, waiting patiently to be painted with light and infused with energy for the goals that lie ahead in July. 

The end of June and beginning of July looks to be a bit cantankerous. Moods, security, and emotions are at the forefront of peoples minds - as Mars, Mercury, and the Sun in Cancer all come to oppose brooding, heavy Pluto in Capricorn through out the beginning of July. This will be stirring up some intensity in people - conjuring up potential power plays, ego drives, fights, penetrative thinking, and transformations on many levels. Pluto is lord of the underworld - so he will likely be bringing some things out of darkness and into the light. Think secrets being revealed or hidden matters finding clarity. Try to keep your cool and nurture the little kid in you. Everyone wants to feel safe and loved more than usual. Cancer wants to be the baby and the mother - flip flopping between the two. Try to honor both. After finding your comfort grounded and secure - take care of yourself when you need.

Words and image: Zodiac Mack


Mackenzie Greer is an astrologer, palm reader, and photographer based out of Astoria, Queens NY. She studied palmistry for several years under the esteemed Ellen Goldberg at the School of Oracles in the West Village and is currently working to earn her diploma at the renowned astrological institute of Kepler College. She can be found roaming astrology conferences nationwide. Mackenzie is a Cancer sun, Pisces moon, and Leo rising- which ultimately renders her a shy sensitive emotional creature who dons the mask of a happy go lucky romantic. She can be reached out to for any astro-inquiries over at @mackandthezodiac and @mackenziegreer!

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

June Astro Update: A Month of Pleasure, Beauty & More

♀  Let us rejoice, Venus FINALLY enters Taurus today! Venus, our planet of love and relationships, has had an unusually rough year so far. She’s been busy dipping in and out of the firey world of Aries since February due to her long standing retrograde. The prolonged and uncomfortable time she spent in Aries has taught us to re-evaluate the importance of our own individual needs in our relationships. Venus in Aries tends strongly towards self-interest, which isn't a bad thing. Sometimes in our relationships we sacrifice too much without getting what we need in return. We may have dissolved unions that were no longer serving us, or spent time communicating what each partner needs on a personal basis for the relationship to function more effectively.

Venus in Taurus

This week Venus moved into a sign that she absolutely adores. Venus is in rulership in Taurus, so instead of being the pissed off goddess who needs more space in Aries, she softens and becomes an advocate for pleasure, beauty, sensuality, and love. She wants less fighting and more love making. With Venus in Taurus, it’s a great time to redecorate your home and beautify your life. It’s a great time for cooking meals and having long lazy dinners with loved ones, equipped with many a dessert. Theres a desire for harmony which can help patch up any areas of your relationship that may have gotten roughed up the last few months. Venus in Taurus wants to listen to beautiful music and absorb art, go out on a date to a museum or see a show. Warning - this is a time where diets can go a bit awry, because we’re craving sweets and fall prey to over indulging in both alcohol and food. Venus will stay in the sign of the bull until 7/4.

♂ In regard to other planetary movements, our primal aggressor Mars moved into Cancer on 6/4. Mars is in fall in Cancer, which means he has a harder time operating at the true level of his provocative nature. Mars is forthright, while Cancer is indirect. Mars wants to sever, Cancer wants to keep. The sword of Mars doesn’t strike quite as effectively when it’s cutting through the high watery waves of the crab. Expect people to act a bit more passive aggressively and respond more strongly to their moods. 

☿ Mercury also makes a happy move into the sign of Gemini, a sign which he rules allowing his speedy, glib nature to prosper. This fires up our ability to communicate and think fast. Mercury stays in Gemini until 6/21, so take advantage of the increase in ideas and thoughts while you can.

Words and image: Zodiac Mack


Mackenzie Greer is an astrologer, palm reader, and photographer based out of Astoria, Queens NY. She studied palmistry for several years under the esteemed Ellen Goldberg at the School of Oracles in the West Village and is currently working to earn her diploma at the renowned astrological institute of Kepler College. She can be found roaming astrology conferences nationwide. Mackenzie is a Cancer sun, Pisces moon, and Leo rising- which ultimately renders her a shy sensitive emotional creature who dons the mask of a happy go lucky romantic. She can be reached out to for any astro-inquiries over at @mackandthezodiac and @mackenziegreer!

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".