The Uplift – July: Nurturing New Structures

Aries (March 20 – April 20)

Knowing where you come from helps inform you about where you’re going and what you’d like to create in life, Aries. July is all about you getting in touch with your familial roots. Home, family and the gifts and burdens that part of your life imparts to you is the big theme for you during July’s eclipses. On the 2nd, consider your family lineage and how it’s influenced you and your ability to find joy in creating. If things have been a little crabby around the house this would be a good time to shift that energy towards something positive. Perhaps you and your loved ones need a good shouting match followed by a cleansing cry to clear out the bad mood that’s been lingering these last few weeks. The point is to lean into the vulnerability and the charged emotions rather than running away or reacting in defensive anger. Venus comes to visit your home sector as well by the 3rd, so if you’ve been meaning to do some beautifying, socializing or just enjoying spending time at home please do so. This is the perfect time to be a homebody that wants to cook, eat and relax. Mars your planetary ruler will be making use of this energy by inspiring you to play, create and have some fun. If going out isn’t the vibe for you right now, bring the party to you by inviting loved ones, friends and potential lovers to your place instead.


Taurus (April 20 – May 21)

Relax your mind so that you can expand your mind, Taurus. July is a month for indulging in your curiosities and letting it guide your actions. Anything that stimulates thought and conversation, even if it’s not particularly deep is the way to go. Head to the library, do some research, chat with your close friends and siblings and see the world from their point of view. You don’t have to be attached to any outcomes or perspectives, instead just try listening for the sake of listening and learning. What you learn this month can support you in self-development so leave yourself the time and space to get back into those creative activities that help clear your mind. Journaling, writing poetry, singing, making art, anything that gives a voice to your thoughts and mind will be highlighted as the Solar Eclipse energizes this part of your life. If you have any opportunities to take a class or even a day trip just for the change in scenery, it will provide you with inspiration and a sense of expansion. There won’t be much time to be bored this month, and if you are it could because you’re not stepping out of your comfort zone enough. Use what you discover to facilitate deeper thought about what makes you tick. Think about where you come from and where you’d like to go ultimately. A little probing of the mind and soul never hurts, Taurus.


Gemini (May 21 – June 21)

July promises to be a busy month for you, Gemini. Your planetary ruler, Mercury will be starting his retrograde journey starting on the 7th, asking you what you want to learn, what do you value and what do you hope to possess in the future. The key is to not stay in your own head about it. Talk about it with your close friends, journal, read up, do some research and even create mantras for yourself about the things that you value most and want to see appear in your life and your bank account. This month’s eclipses are sending tons of energy into your House of Money and Resource, so if there was ever a time to take a closer look at where your money is going, this would be it. Look at all the ways you can create more wealth and stability for yourself, maybe you have more skill sets than you previously imagined that could be monetized. Try to keep a cool head when conversing with others about your inner thoughts, Mars will be adding a little fire to your words and you could come across as ubrupt and pushy. No one is doubting your genius, Gemini, so you can relax. Things should feel more relaxed and positive around the end of the month as Jupiter comes in with the good luck from your partners who’d like nothing more than to help your ideas come into reality.


Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Prepare for some tears, Cancer. July is a highly emotional charged month that may leave you feeling a bit raw, but ultimately it’s all for the better. The month opens up with a super sensitive Solar Eclipse in your sign, asking you to take a serious look at who you are and who you are in the process of becoming. Self-reflection can be challenging so try not to retreat into your shell when the emotions run higher than usual for you. If anything, this is an opportunity for you to use your intuition and feelings to guide you forward. Think about what parts of yourself you’d like to nurture. It could be your physical health, or learning how to put yourself out into the world, or even just feeling more secure and ease in general. It’s okay to be a bit self-centered at this time as this is all about you. Venus comes through to soften some of the aches and pains of this lunation on the 3rd, so try to love up on yourself and not shy away when people want to show you extra care and attention. Focus on creating more stability for yourself as Mars and Mercury take a spin through your money and self-worth sectors. By the time the Lunar Eclipse rolls around on the 16th you should have a bit more clarity about where you stand in relation to others as well as what habits and interactions need to be revised or ended. Keep your eyes and ears open around the people that you meet this month, the heavens could be sending those fated and karmic relationships your way to support you in your self-discovery.


Leo (July 22 – August 23)

You may find yourself at odds with your own desires this month, Leo. With Mars stepping into your sign on the 1st encouraging you to be bold, active and assertive, followed by a Solar Eclipse that wants you to find someplace quiet to retreat and reflect on the inner longing of your soul, July may just be one of those confusing months. The best way to tackle it is to simply listen to your intuition and your body without question. Follow your instincts as opposed to the competing voices in your head. This isn’t about looking good to others (which you tend to do quite naturally, anyways) but listening to what feels good instead. If you want to stay inside and cry, while listening to music and writing poetry, go for it. If you want to go and try out that new activity you’ve been dying to get to, go do that too. Wherever your energy flows is where you need to go no questions asked. Choosing the path of least resistance this month will help you to see where you tend to get stuck in stubbornness rather than going with what feels right in the moment. Consider this an excursion into the playground of your heart and mind. The Lunar Eclipse on the 16th offers the flipside of this energy by turning the spotlight onto your physical health and all the day-to-day responsibilities that make up your life. There may be endings regarding previously unresolved health issues or even situations related to your job. Whatever comes up, you’ll have the peace of mind and energy to handle it.


Virgo (August 23 – September 23)

July will have you dancing between being social with friends, engaged in doing acts of service for the wider community and also wanting to retreat from the world so that you can recoup your energy and recharge. Mercury your planetary ruler will be asking you to reconsider your place amongst your family or friends, the ideals that you share and the visions of the future that you want to build. Where do you fit in the mix and how can you contribute? You’ll spending time playing around with concepts and ideas regarding your changing philosophies and views of the world and whether they sit well with you overall. The Lunar Eclipse on the 16th will ask you how you’ve been putting your creative abilities to good use, not just as a task, but as a way to bring joy and growth into your life. Note that spending time with children and young people can open you up in positive ways around this time. Try having some fun just for the sake of it. By the time the Sun and Venus enter Leo at the end of the month you’ll be feeling ready to retreat and reflect in peace about where you stand and the gifts you provide to the community at large.


Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Looking at where you are now in your career and social standing, is this what you had in mind when you began your journey, Libra? Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the sauce as we climb the various ladders to success and July is the month to really get clear on whether or not the path you’re currently on is the one that you want to continue to nurture. The challenge for you this month is rely less on trying to be logical, and listen very carefully to your inner voice and the feelings you have when you’re working and making plans for your professional life. It can be a little too easy for you to rationalize your way through situations and environments that aren’t right for you in the name of being fair and balanced. This is your career, your image and the lasting impression you’ll leave on the world, it may be to your benefit to have an emotional investment that goes beyond what looks good on paper. In other words, put your heart into your work, and if that’s too uncomfortable, ask yourself why that is. You’ll be fine Libra, if anything allow your friends to help you out by giving you feedback about how they see you and your work out in the world at large. Get involved in the larger community, volunteer, dabble in new social groups and see what feels best.


Scorpio (October 22 – November 22)

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, Scorpio. This month, do everything you can to go beyond the borders of your mind. If you can go someplace far and remote, do so. Hop on a train, plane or automobile to see the world from another point of view. If long distance travel can’t fit into your schedule or your budget, indulge in expanding your mind locally. Pick up a new language, try out that new foreign cuisine, talk to people who lead lives that are completely foreign to your own. While most people are freaking out about what the eclipses may bring, you’re grateful for the clarity it brings to your belief systems and how you see the world as a whole. Feeling secure in your philosophies and beliefs will be to your benefit as the Sun rolls into Leo and energizes your career and reputation sector. You’ll be feeling more secure in letting yourself be seen and sharing your talents in such a way that people appreciate your leadership and your vision. If there’s a position you want or a raise that you think you deserve, don’t hesitate to go after it at this time.


Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

You may have to let some things go if you want to see your dreams come true, Sadge. The challenge of this month is learning how to be vulnerable so that you can have your needs met. Trust that working closely with and merging your resources with others can be to your benefit, but that only works if you allow them into your space to begin with. Remind yourself that it’s okay to admit that you don’t always have all the answers or even have it all together and that in and of itself is part of the process of transforming. Although you’re typically flexible and easy going, note where you’re challenged by change that’s beyond your immediate control. Note where you’re feeling the most pressure and strain, it could be in your close relationships or in your finances. Note where you could stand to make foundational changes that allow for more ease in your life. Releasing some of your burdens now will leave you more room to visualize your dreams and have faith for the future. Regardless of your faith or beliefs this would be an ideal time to reconnect with those touchstone philosophies that fill you with hope and optimism so that you can weather whatever storms come your way.


Capricorn (December 21 – January 20)

July wants to prove to you that “no man is an island” Capricorn. As self-sufficient and single minded as you can be about life and attaining your goals, it’s important to remember that our relationships with others is what makes the world go round. This doesn’t mean that you have to rush into a committed relationship, or sign your life away in a new business partnership, but hopefully the Solar Eclipse on the 2nd will open your eyes to the possibilities. What kind of relationships do you want to see in your life? What can you do on your end to nurture them into existence? The best way to figure it out is to allow yourself to be in partnership with others, as in don’t isolate, Seagoat. You will figure out all your responsibilities and to-do lists in due time, but for the next few weeks let your one-on-one relationships take center stage. Pay attention to the people you meet and the ones you’re spending time with as they can give you the insight you need to some of your deeper questions.This is also an excellent time to do some internal digging for all the hang ups and fears that could be getting in the way of you bonding with others. If it’s been a while since you’ve laid it all out with a trusted confidant or therapist then this would be the perfect opportunity to make that appointment. You’re undergoing a lot of transformation, Capricorn, it’s not always comfortable but it’s usually necessary. Allow yourself some grace and let others be there for you during the process.


Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

July is a month for organizing and strategizing, Waterbearer. If there’s a mess to clean up now is the time to do it, or at the very least start making to-do lists that will set you up for success. The Solar Eclipse on the 2nd will be pouring energy into your day-to-day activities, so pay attention to your routines, your health and even your coworkers and pets as they’ll all be vying for your attention. This would be an ideal time to get into the mindset of committing to improve your health and general wellbeing by setting up schedules and regimens that will get you the results that you want to see the most. If this feels overwhelming, don’t fret, you can definitely get by with a little help from your friends who are more than willing to help if you feel brave enough to ask. Mars in your House of Partnerships wants you to get into the habit of acting with a partner, learning how to share tasks and being willing to compromise instead of doing it all on your own. Just be careful when tempers flare about who should lead or how things should be done. Find the middle ground where possible. The Lunar Eclipse on the 16th will show you the balance between mental and physical health and where heavy negative thinking, or lack of solo time spent to recharge your energy can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and taxed during your everyday activities. The point is to find a balance between achieving tasks and also knowing when to let things go for another day.


Pisces (February 18 – March 20)

Your task for July is an enjoyable one, Pisces. Get out there and go play. Even if it’s on your own, make the time to see the joy not only in the world but in yourself as well. The Solar Eclipse on the 2nd will be flooding your House of Creativity with potent energy and encouraging you to dig into your talents. When’s the last time you doodled, sang out loud or ran around like a child until you were completely spent? Take a look at your projects, especially the ones that are dear to your heart, and see if you can find the energy to get back into them again. If you’ve been longing for affection and romance, make an effort to put yourself out there. Summer is a time of love, so say yes to the dates and parties, throw yourself into the art of thrill seeking pleasure. Believe it or not, having a good time makes everything else a lot easier. Watch how allowing yourself the time to laugh and play makes it easy to tend to your to-do list and tasks. You could probably make a game of that as well if you try. Pay attention to the balance between your own creative energy and the energy you put into your friends and social groups. Perhaps you’ve been putting a lot of emphasis on the collective dream and taking on too much responsibility in making those dreams happen for others at your own expense. If that’s the case, try setting some boundaries and say no to getting involved in certain projects if they bring more burden than joy.

Janelle Belgrave

Janelle Belgrave is an astrologer, a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, clairvoyant intuitive, and meditation instructor. Becoming who you’re meant to be and listening to your heart’s calling is no small endeavor, and it’s her mission to assist in guiding you toward living the inspired, authentic life that’s in alignment with your greatest joys and desires. She is honored and overjoyed to able to use all her tools to help you become your most amazing physical, emotional, and spiritual self.

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