Monthly Astrology Forecast for July 2021

Welcome to Pandora’s monthly astrology forecast. Here you’ll find news for the year, for the month and for dates this month when important changes are happening in our skies. You’ll also find words and videos explaining what they mean, how to handle them and how to know if they affect your chart specifically.

Pandora Astrology Monthly Forecast

July 2021 In A Nutshell

“Random Kindness” is the watchword for July 9th‘s New Moon in Cancer, which is spilling over with universal-mother-love and opportunities for creating good karma for yourself through being good to people without taking credit. The Aquarius Full Moon is about “Community Support,” balancing the socially-minded Aquarius Moon against the self-involvement of the very creative Sun in Leo. And we’ve thrown in two videos about transiting planets Neptune and Chiron. Discover how these transits feel, how to recognize their effects in your life and best actions to take (or avoid!) so you can get the best out of these sometimes-difficult time periods. More about all these topics in the videos below.

Long-Term Shifts in 2021

This year began with a planetary conjunction that replaced the heavy feel of 2020 and put in place a new, lighter and brighter, feel which sets the tone of 2021. This is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which happens about every 20 years and combines the hope and promise of Jupiter with the restrictions and discipline of Saturn. These two disparate planetary themes combine to form what I’ve named the “Wisdom Hot Degree,” which is 0º Aquarius, the meeting-place of Jupiter and Saturn. Whatever house this occupies in your chart will be a place where you will experience growth opportunities this year, and you will also face reality checks and some hard lessons. The Wisdom Hot Degree expires in late December 2021, so its effects last all year.  

In 2021, we Pandora Astrologers expect the covid pandemic to end and some state of normalcy to return. One main reason for this is that the Pandemic Hot Degree (P.H.D.) expired in the middle of December 2020, which brought a sense that the light at the end of the tunnel had appeared, though we were not out of the tunnel yet. Such an expiry doesn’t bring effects overnight, because the P.H.D was rooted in a Saturn/Pluto conjunction which has a much longer cycle (approximately 35 years) than Saturn/Jupiter one (just 20 years), but the P.H.D. did drive bad behavior due to a general feeling of oppression among humans, and that feeling has already begun to lift. From here, it gets better, and likely it does so faster than we expect. 

The other reason we expect normalcy (or something like it) to return is that 2021 has a few planetary events in it, but nothing as large, dramatic and heavy-feeling as 2020 did. The P.H.D. was not only heavy and painful, it was also triggered by Jupiter and Mars several times each during the course of the year, bringing those negative sensations of painful entrapment right up in our faces, making them impossible to ignore. This year, nothing like that is happening. The Wisdom Hot Degree is experiencing no multipass triggers from other planets at all, and this does much to lighten things up in 2021.

During 2021 there are just two planetary aspects being formed: one is Saturn in a harmonious sextile with Chiron and the other places Saturn in a stressful square with Uranus. Neither of these multipass transits is being triggered by Jupiter, Mars, or any other planet. These aspects suggest work that needs doing, but it’s work that is doable, not work that feels impossible or insane. 

The toughest aspect of the year is undoubtedly Saturn square Uranus, which pits conservative and authoritarian Saturn against progressive and reactionary Uranus. We’re seeing this in governments all over Earth and while this aspect is in play (from February through December) we’ll see authoritarian governments behave in crushing ways while rebels work to restore or gain freedoms. Expect propaganda and a cacophony of voices. 

The year also begins with a large pile of planets in Aquarius, bringing an emphasis on groups, community and tribe (including tribalism) and also on science and progress. Aquarius is a much lighter and brighter feeling sign than heavy, dour and restrictive Capricorn. This is a distinct shift in tone. 

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During 2021, Pluto is in Capricorn, Uranus is in Taurus, Neptune is in Pisces and Chiron is in Aries–exactly as they were in 2020. This video explains what these long-tern “planetary eras” mean, and for these 4 planets, it still applies: Planetary Eras: Outer Planets In Signs In 2020. As of 2021, Saturn and Jupiter are no longer in Capricorn, so that part of the video no longer applies, but our videos about Saturn in Aquarius and Jupiter in Aquarius will bring you current.

Our 2021 News Playlist includes these topics and more
It will be updated throughout the year with videos that are relevant for 2021.
And if you missed the videos we made about covid during 2020,
Our 2020 News Playlist is still up.

How do July’s planetary movements affect you?

Check this YouTube playlist for Pandora Astrology’s horoscopes this month and watch the one for your Rising sign as well as your Sun sign. 

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts. How will they affect you? Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

How’s your “relationship retrospection” period going?

Juno Retrograde in Sagittarius:
Relationship Growth and Freedom

Juno Retrograde in Sagittarius brings us a time of reviewing our relationships of the past and the past of our current relationships, with a view to how can we create more freedom, space and growth. Juno goes retrograde every year, taking us into a “relationship retrospection” period. Juno’s relationship themes cover committed or contractual partnerships of all kinds, so you might see this in your personal or professional life, or both. This year’s retrograde period lasts 16 weeks, from April 12 to August 2. If you’ve been feeling trapped in your relationship, you will probably feel even more so during this transit. Expect a moment of clarity to come around June 6th, leading to action and resolution by the end of August. 

Neptune Transits–How They Feel and How To Handle Them

Neptune ― the Visionary, Mystic and Dreamer ― moves slowly through the universe, making itself at home in one of our natal chart’s houses (like family or career) for long periods of time. Wherever it plants itself, Neptune sows seeds of escapist idealism which may blossom into delusion, confusion and detachment. But, if nurtured correctly, a Neptune transit is a great time to grow your wildest dreams. It’s a time to reimagine your future through contemplative soul-searching and universal guidance. Watch this video to learn how to stay grounded during a Neptune transit and make your dreams come true. This is the second of a set of 6 videos we’re making about outer planet transits (Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus, Pluto, Saturn). Look for more next month.

Chiron Transits–How They Feel and How To Handle Them

Chiron, known as the Wounded Healer in Greek mythology, is a planetoid in our solar system that weaves between Saturn and Uranus. Chiron’s orbit is wildly elliptical, resulting in longer passage through some signs than others. Transits of Chiron can activate our deepest wounds ― those hurts and fears that keep us from experiencing a sense of happiness and wholeness. Chiron teaches us to successfully navigate our innermost vulnerabilities and to recognize how we can heal ourselves, and others, to lead more fulfilling lives. Watch this video to learn more about Chiron transits and how you can rediscover parts of yourself that had been split off and weave them together into your truest, most whole self. This is the third of a set of 6 videos we’re making about outer planet transits (Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus, Pluto, Saturn). Look for more next month.

Mercury Watch

In July, the rascally messenger planet has recovered fully from being retrograde in Gemini and is pretty much up to his usual speed. It’s “back to business” as we leave the confusion of June behind. This is a good time to begin projects and expect things to happen on a deadline. At month-end Mercury is speeding up even more and getting ready to meet up with the Sun in a conjunction on August 1st. We like to call this “Greater Epiphany Day.” It’s a day of clarity and momentum when projects can attain a pinnacle. Here’s more about Mercury Retrograde.

Seasons

Summer began in earnest on June 20th at the Summer Solstice which marks the longest day of the year and also the beginning of Cancer season (June 21 to July 22). Throughout the month of Cancer, the sun will shine bright and the rain will fall, both lending their rays and water to the growth and maturation of the earthly abundance we call food and flowers. Cancer is a water sign, so spend some of these warm days near the water if you can; it will help you settle. Wish your Cancerian friends a happy birthday by giving them your time and attention. Cancer loves to feel loved and connecting with him or her on an emotional level will make their birthday feel really special. Cardinal Cancer loves to lend its assistance to solving emotional dilemmas — while the Sun is in this sign, use these energies as an opportunity to delve into some of your emotional depths.

No sign of the zodiac exemplifies the relentless heat of midsummer better than Leo, ruled by the steadily burning Sun. This year Leo runs from July 22 through August 23. Leo is both a Fire sign and a Fixed sign.  From Fire, Leo gets its heat and from Fixity Leo gets its consistency. All Fixed signs are prone to being a little stubborn (or sometimes more than a little) and Leo is no exception. But this same stubbornness is the flip side of a powerful persistence which keeps Leo’s creative fires burning once they’ve begun. Our playful and theatrical side comes out in the fun and sun of midsummer, so get out there and play!

If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.

Happy Birthday, Cancer!

Here is your monthly horoscope for July:
“Embody Random Kindness”

The New Moon in your sign prompts you to kind acts which bestow good karma on you. July’s Full Moon in your House of Friends may cause them to reflect you to yourself. This is not poking; it’s support. Juno is still retrograde, so your relationships are under examination, especially work partnerships—how can you help them grow? Mercury enters your sign this month, bringing articulation of feelings you may not usually have words for. ‘Can’t get no respect?’ The Wounded Healer goes retrograde in your Career House, focusing on healing your sense of authority, but it’s likely to bring up some ouchies along the way. Our video about Chiron the Wounded Healer (above in this Forecast) adds to these thoughts. More great stuff in your July horoscope.

July’s Horoscopes Have Arrived

If you want to know how the sky news of July 2021 affects your sign,
check your horoscope here
Be sure to check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. 

”Cosmic Companions”
Beginning Astrology Class

There is so much more to you than just your Sun sign. Your astrology chart describes the drama of your life—bursting with colorful characters wearing odd costumes and occupying lush scenery. Psychologists call these characters “archetypes” and they are a universal part of human experience. In this beginner’s astrology class, you’ll learn the elements of personality and character and how they fit together into complex human beings. If you know bits and pieces about astrology, this will fill in the gaps for you. Covers the 10 planets, 12 signs and 12 houses, as well as giving you a fundamental understanding of the beautifully coherent system astrology is.

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”Essential Archetypes”
Intermediate Astrology Class

In this class we deeply examine 6 archetypes that are essential to understanding a natal chart: the lunar Nodes, Chiron and the 4 asteroid goddesses. The Nodes speak to past lives, evolutionary direction and purpose in this lifetime. Chiron the Wounded Healer shows your primal wounding and how to heal it. Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno and Vesta add dimensions to the chart that cannot be found any other way. We’ll look at the twisted history of these goddesses, from their matriarchal origins through their roles in Greco-Roman mythology. Learn about these archetypes from an astrologer whose knowledge is rooted in 30 years’ practice using them in every chart.

Find out more about the class

Lunations

Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

“Random Kindness”
New Moon in 18º Cancer
July 9, 2021

Supported by harmonious aspects to Uranus (the unexpected) and Neptune (oneness of all), July’s New Moon in Cancer fuels new, emotional connections to family, ancestors, and other loved ones. You may feel inspired to nurture those close to you through random acts of kindness, resulting in a surprising lesson ― the beauty of kindness is that it not only improves your relationships, but it also enlightens your soul. So, now is the perfect time to finally take that family vacation, make that call to your sibling, or research your family tree. The unexpected consequences of kind-heartedness and companionship will be sure to lift your spirits. If you have a planet in your chart between 13⁰ and 23⁰ of a Cardinal sign, you will feel this moon. Watch this video to learn more about how to take advantage of the July New Moon: 

“Community Support”
Full Moon in 1º Aquarius
July 23, 2021

After a pandemic year of isolation, July’s Full Moon in Aquarius inspires us to reconnect with our community, friends, and professional networks. Aquarius’ objectivity balances the egocentric Sun in Leo, encouraging the harmonious flow of communal energy. Supported by Vesta’s focus, Pallas Athene’s wisdom and Ceres’ common sense, this Full Moon is the perfect time to begin manifesting your aspirations through your chosen tribe. If you have anything in your chart between 0⁰ and 6⁰ of a Fixed sign, or between 26⁰ and 29⁰ of a Cardinal sign, you will feel this Moon. Watch this video to learn how to benefit from the communal support of this moon.

Want to capture the beautiful moon on film? Here’s an article I found about how to photograph the moon on nightskypix.com.

Your July horoscope video will tell you more about these Full and New Moons. When checking your horoscope, always check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. Your Rising sign’s horoscope will generally work better.

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