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"Do you have the patience to wait 
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?" 
Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching

The first 2 weeks of July, we will be experiencing Saturn, Venus and Mercury all moving directly.  What is special about this is that Venus was retrograding from May 15 – June 27, and Saturn came out of a 5 month retrograde on June 25, and Mercury moves into retrograde on July 14.  Retrogrades are a time when the planets in the sky appear to be moving backwards.  This energy often translates into our Earthly experience as frustration, delays, hesitancy and the feeling that things are not happening soon or quick enough.  Mercury, planet of communication and short travel, begins its retrograde on July 14th, which will again bring us back into this state of feeling as though things are moving backwards.

The beauty of the retrograde is that it teaches us patience.  So often in our lives, we feel more attached to being finished with something than allowing the process.  We become so obsessed with being finished, that we impatiently rush through the process.  What if life wasn't just about the finish line?  What is it that we are rushing to in our lives?

Patience is very difficult for me, mostly because it requires an extreme amount of trust.  It requires the type of trust that is fully at peace with all outcomes and the course of life.  Yet somehow I can be so attached to the outcome that I forget the trust and peace.  As soon as we fully trust, impatience disappears.  As soon as we let go of wanting things a certainway, things can begin to form in the best way for the highest good.  Trusting that everything is in its right place is something that is an ongoing practice for me and for many of the people I know.  

This month during Mercury Retrograde, let us reaffirm our trust in life and the world.  Let us be accountable to ourselves and others for reminding each other that everything is its right place, and as soon as we release the resistance, we can accept the present right place.

Anyone reading this blog can probably attest to a time where a gift or miracle occurred to you seemingly out of the blue.  Despite some of the ways that Mercury Retrograde is viewed as a time of challenges and hardships, it is also a time where we can step out of our way and into trust and be witness to the miracles of life.

Cancer: Happy Solar Return Cancer!  This month's full moon on July 3rd is the house of relationships and business partnerships, this is a great evening for a new date, exploring new opportunities with people and allowing yourself to be amongst the arts and other mediums that inspire you.  With Venus moving through your 12th house of the deep subconscious, this is a powerful time to examine the patterns amongst your dating and love life that are serving you and those that are not.  No need to judge yourself based on them, but perhaps try some new approaches!  Mercury retrogrades through your house of income, perhaps be mindful of habits of frivolous spending.
Leo: This month Mercury is retrograding through your 1st house of self, personality and ego.  This may result in feeling new ways to express yourself – either in appearance or in your modes of communication.  This retrograde has potential to recharge your voice and practice being vulnerable and speaking your truth.
Virgo: This month's full moon on July 3rd is in your house of expression and creativity.  Perhaps you have been putting aside a creative project that you have been thinking of or fantasizing about for quite some time and using the excuse of time or money for not doing it.  However this month's full moon may bring this idea to the surface and present you with the opportunity to take it seriously and understand its full potential.  Let your creativity flow!
Libra: This month, on July 4th, planet Mars moves into your 1st house of self, personality and ego.  Mars is the planet of action, passion, and fire, and when it tours the 1st house, you get an extra burst of heat and power in your presence.  You may notice that you have extra energy, passion and are receiving some extra attention!  Use the extra energy to take care of yourself and perhaps start a new exercise routine.  Make sure to drink lots of water!
Scorpio: Mercury is retrograding through your 10th house of career and reputation this month starting on July 14th.  This retrograde may actually help you take a step back from work, which might be very healthy for you.  For those Scorpios who put their career before most other areas in their life, let this retrograde help you relax and let go of the tendency to take on many projects and feel over-committed to work.  Let this be a month to commit to yourself and your joy.
Sagittarius: The full moon on July 3rd occurs this month in your house of income and self worth.  The beginning of the month may be quite auspicious in helping you to connect with people of organizations that might be instrumental in bringing some extra income and work to you.  The best part of this situation will be that you will feel that your work is being valued and that you will feel like you are being compensated in the most ideal way!
Capricorn: This month the full moon takes place in your 1st house of self and personality on July 3rd.  The beginning of the month is a powerful time to recommit to yourself and recommit to the hobbies and interests that you love.  Dance! Play music! Sing!  The full moon gives us extra energy to commit and move towards our goals, so don't be shy about those things and don't be afraid to take a risk.
Aquarius: Planet Venus which rules love, partnerships and harmony is in your 5th house of creativity and romance this month.  This is a great month for playfulness and flirting.  You may be even more charming than usual and notice the ability to strike up conversations and engage many types of people.  Have fun with your charm and dwell in appreciation for all the aspects that make you so intriguing.
Pisces: Mercury retrograde is happening this month in your 6th house of work, routine and health.  Give yourself extra time to get to work and extra time at work to finish projects and meetings.  With Mercury retrograding, you may likely notice that your routines may not feel as steady as usual.  Let go of the routines, and embrace your intuition.  Remember your intuition will tell you when the right time is for every and anything!
Aries: With Mars moving into your house of relationships and partnerships on July 4th, you may notice yourself feeling almost a little extra confrontational this month.  Mars, your ruling planet, is full of energy and passion.  When it moves through your house of relationships, you bring this passion into all your encounters.  While this could be fabulous in some ways, it may also lead to disagreements.  Remember to balance all this extra fire energy you are experiencing this month with water (drinking, and swimming) as well as with relaxation.
Taurus: Mars moves into your 6th house of work and routine this month.  This makes July a great month to start a new fitness or exercise routine and have Mars, the planet of energy and passion, help to kickstart this routine.  With Mars in your 6th house, you will have more energy than usual for work and for exercise, and this is great as it will also boost your confidence and ability to enjoy the summer.
Gemini: Planet Venus is in your 1st house of self and appearance all month long.  Venus, the planet of beauty, relationships and arts, was retrograding most of June which may have put a damper on some plans for romance and beauty.  July is all clear though.  This is a great time to try out a new hairstyle, create a new style or just feel inspired by walks through gardens and reading poetry. 

Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and Los Angeles-based, is a student of metaphysics. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga.  For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to 
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