Welcome, friends, to “+4 To Initiative: Astrology for Geeks!” My name is Ryven Cedrylle and I’m thrilled to have a column here on Geek’s Dream Girl. Each month, I’ll be giving you a heads-up on the upcoming planetary trends and cycles so you can make the best of all the information astrology has to offer. (Go here for last month’s article!) As you read the forecasts for your sign, remember that astrology is not meant to predict some inescapable destiny but to open up opportunities where you may or may not have seen them before. Now – draw your weapon, ready your mind and don’t forget to add your +4 To Initiative!
July 2010 Horoscopes
July 5 – I couldn’t quite decide which event to pick for ‘most significant’ this go-round but as it turns out, two of the contestants are occurring on the same day, which makes my job here a lot easier. Uranus stations and goes retrograde on July 5, the same day that Mercury enters true heliacal rise. What the heck did I just say, you ask? Theory time!
First, retrograde. I know I’ve mentioned it every time so far, but it’s one of the broadest events I can discuss, so expect to see it often. Imagine you’re driving in a car and you pass another car in a lane next to you. Though that car is moving forward in reality, it looks like it’s going backward to you. That’s what happens in a retrograde – Earth passes another planet in space and so relative to the backdrop of the Zodiac, it appears to be going backward. When this occurs, the meaning of the planet in question changes direction also, from either “outward” to “inward” or vice versa. In this case, it’s Uranus’ symbolic meaning of rebellion, innovation, and liberty that change focus from the outer world to the inner world. It’s not so much time to rage against the machine or the system as it is to free one’s self from unhelpful self-imposed boundaries and limitations. The proximity to the U.S. Independence Day makes me wonder if the Tea Party movement (highly Uranian) is due for some public faux pas around then; just a thought. More practically speaking, watch for a diminishing of loud dissension and for people to decide to break bad habits or have new, out-of-character experiences.
We’ve also got Mercury going into true heliacal rise having just broken free of combustion (being in the same place in the Zodiac as the Sun). This is sort of a fancy way of saying that it is now visible in the night sky after sunset. Venus and Mercury are both said to ‘prefer’ being visible after sunset rather than just prior to sunrise. Without going into a lot of detail, this is a good time to begin publishing things – like a blog, or a 4th edition D&D class as a certain friend of mine will be doing around this time – writing a book, starting a class or any other intellectual/communicative pursuit.
OK, enough of that. Let’s get to the individual signs.
Jupiter and Uranus, who just broke into your home sign in late May/early June, suddenly do an about-face and begin marching backward towards Pisces again. Try not to get too attached to any good fortune that may have come your recently for while it’s not necessarily leaving, it may not be quite as awesome as you first thought. That being said, if you are following Virgo’s directives to conquer by skill and diligence as I mentioned last month, you may be in the right frame of mind anyway. Mars spends a lot of time in tight proximity to the asteroid Vesta and then, having escaped her, runs headlong into Saturn right near the end of the month! July is a “Spin Dash” month for you.. don’t look at me like that- you know, Spin Dash? In Sonic the Hedgehog where you press Down and then rev up a bunch of times to go shooting off in one direction or another? Yeah, that’s the one. You’re in the revving phase, not the shooting phase, so start building up that momentum and don’t worry if you don’t see a ton of progress.
Like Granny Weatherwax’s head while Borrowing, Taurus, your home sign is still vacant this month. We’re going to have to look to your ruling planet, Venus, and the rest of the Fixed Cross (Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius) to have any idea of what’s going on. As it turns out, Venus is moving through Leo and into Virgo, another Earth sign like yourself. Have you been paying enough attention to your loved ones recently or have you been all tied up in your own business? Cancer may need to strengthen her relationships but you need to rebuild or repair some. Don’t make everyone always come to you. Your natal Sun is taking assorted opening squares and trines from Mars, Venus and Vesta indicating the need to be more assertive and forward in your signs of affection. Sensuality, security and material pleasure are a few of your fortes. One of these things is probably the reason your loved ones chose you so start there when mending fences.
July comes and this time of year, there’s not much going on in your home sign. Now that being said, all the activity happening in Virgo is square (90°) to you and shares a rulership planet – Mercury – so its applicable. Last month I told you to be a mediator, which was correct for the time, but not anymore. Mars, Venus, Vesta and Saturn in that opening square in Virgo show that you have a lot of ideas, energy and power that needs to come through. If June’s disputes still aren’t solved, it may be time for you to take charge of them rather than simply try to smooth things over. If they are clear, though, assert yourself somewhere else and move on. In fact, better idea – hop onto crunchyroll.com and watch the first couple dozen episodes of Durarara. You are Izaya Orihara, broker of information and grand chessmaster. Someone has to put the pieces in motion and its your job to do it. Just don’t be a jerk about it like Izaya.
You’re still sailing in on the excitement of June but get yourself organized quickly since by the end of the month, only Juno will remain in your home sign. This month’s New Moon (not eclipse – that astronomical event happened on the 26th of June and the movie on the 30th ::groan::) is in Cancer giving you the opportunity to reflect on what you have gained from all your interpersonal interactions over the last few weeks and make a plan to move forward, with a little help of course. In fact, go find yourself a Scorpio – you make a great pair this month. Focus on strengthening your relationships and finding your focus as being a Cancer is sometimes a lot like playing Fluxx.
Venus spends a lot of time in your home sign this month, so perhaps one of those friends you met in May and got to know better in June blossoms into something more in the near future? Here’s hoping it doesn’t take as long as Ted Mosby! Venus is always good for attracting people, money and generally good stuff. Don’t try hard to get what you want; figure out how to make it want you. Your ruling planet, the Sun, is mostly in Cancer during July though it will come home near the end of the month. Keep house, home and family in the forefront of your mind as you go about your daily routines.
Holy cow, did I feel the Saturn-Jupiter/Uranus tug this last month. I’ve been tapped for more RPG design projects and games than I know what to do with or whether I’m qualified for!! Fortunately for us, Saturn bows out of our home sign for another 29 years on July 15th of this month, relieving a lot of that pressure. We’ve also got Venus, Mars and Vesta gracing us with their presence this month and our ruling planet Mercury is breaking into heliacal rise, so as soon as you hear the bell ring, come out swinging! This month is go-go-go, and go we shall. Love, promotions, finding that last Green Arrow comic to complete your collection, whatever – chase that stuff down with your trademark calculated pursuit since much more is in your reach this month than you’re used to.
The Jupiter/Uranus conjunction is still directly opposite you in Aries, Libra, but they turn retrograde this month so it’s time to come home from whatever adventures you went on in June. Furthermore, Saturn steps through your front door to stay until late 2012 on the 21st of July meaning that it’s time to get serious and figure out what the heck you’re doing with yourself. If you feel areas of your life come to a screeching halt all of a sudden, don’t panic. Obligatory religious waxing for a moment – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, for you know your testing produces perserverence.” Easier said than done, I know, but it’s the truth. You’ll make it – just keep going.
There’s not a ton happening for you this month, Scorpio, since only Pallas is in your home sign and Mars is in kind of a weird spot in Virgo between Vesta and Saturn. You have the Sun, Mercury and Juno sending you support from their positions in Cancer, but that support isn’t necessarily for you. July is a really good “wingman” sort of month. Given Venus’ current traipsing through Leo and Virgo that could be a very literal thing. You already carry a sort of mysterious, intense sexy vibe just for being a Scorpio; aim that vibe at helping your friend score that (cutie, hottie, hunk, proper term for attractive person per sexual orientation) and watch the magic happen! More generally though, your propensity for deep reserves of energy and weird knowledge benefits others more than you for a little while, so either pay off some favors or earn a few new ones. You are Goose.. well, minus the ejecting into a half-broken cockpit, but you get the idea.
Ceres continues its backward jaunt through your home sign in July and, what’s more, your ruling planet Jupiter turns retrograde over a phase change on the last day of the month so it’s another internal time for you. What is it that fuels you? What makes you feel whole and present? Use July to recharge that personal battery. Jupiter also takes a hard square from Pluto around the 13th with Venus interfering so beware of not going far enough when you have to because it looks ugly. Sometimes, like Orpheus and Inanna, you must descend to depths in order to bring out what you or the world needs to survive.
Your ruling planet, Saturn, makes a full sign transition this month into Libra while its secondary agent Juno sits across from you in Cancer. Saturn happens to be exalted or ‘on its best behavior’ in Libra which trickles down to you and makes your spouse, partner or significant other the crux of this month, much like Taurus. Unlike Taurus, who has a need to rebuild relationships, your challenge is to balance or readjust them. Is the ‘contract’ of your relationship working well for you? Is it working well for your partner? Sit down and at least review that contract if you don’t outright renegotiate. Regardless of your political alignment, Glenn Beck has written a book called The Overton Window about changing people’s opinions on a large scale that is based on a persuasion technique I learned when I taught martial arts several years back. If you’re in the middle of a lot of negotiations, you might find the information worth a read.
You have the Full Moon this month, Aquarius. The Full Moon is a reminder to consider how fulfilled and on-path you are, so in this case you and Sagittarius are kind of in the same boat. Furthermore, Venus and Mercury make full passes across Leo – your opposite – this month which may indicate a propensity to run your mouth and talk about your little pet topics to your detriment. Gamer Aquarians – we don’t want to hear about your character. I’m sure he’s awesome and has some really unique build options, but seriously. Lay off. You have tons of ideas and plans swirling around up there in your noggin but avoid verbal diarrhea. Plan where, when and to whom you pitch your stuff carefully and you can succeed.
Though Jupiter and Uranus are still out of your home sign for the moment, you have Saturn, Mars, Vesta and Venus opposing you in Virgo. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though. You may strongly feel the need or desire to take over, to command and to dominate. It’s uncharacteristic for you since you tend to be a passive, support type but the best of us are well-rounded. Own that leadership position and bring to it your natural compassion and ability to see beyond the obvious; just be careful to keep both ideals in balance. Think of the iconic cleric – normally you throw around heals and buffs and stay in the mid to back ranks, but when the fighter drops, you and your chainmail step in to fill the gap.
Ryven Cedrylle is a Christian, husband, scientist, gamer and astrologer – in that order. He contributes regularly to the At-Will Blog and the Power Source Podcast. Find out more about astrology and Ryven’s unique services at Christian Astrology.