July’s soundtrack is the mid-60s song “Little Honda.” Happy California youths will be singing “It’s alright;” “I’ll lean right;” “hang on tight” while we shift gear again and again -- only we’re heading a gear much higher than third, where that song ends. By the end of the month, it will feel as if we’re not merely in a high gear, but also in a different life, body, terrain and dimension. That’s the level of acceleration that July has in store.

The first shift is Mercury stationing direct as the month begins. Communication and transportation snarls are heading for smoothing out, and stalled conversations can finally move ahead. That’ll proceed slowly at first, so continue to sort those piles of papers you’ve been gathering, and address long-standing matters that have landed back on your radar. (A lot of ancient business has been falling into place toward the end of this retrograde) Pay attention to where your thoughts and conversations go during the first week, by the by. They have a course-defining quality, thanks to the easy flow between Mercury and the north node of destiny.  (It’s shaping our collective discussion for the long haul.)

The next and most obvious whoosh comes from a series of time-delayed charges going off in the first half of the month. They were set in June 2012, December 2013 and April of this year and are instigating new ways of relating, some of which could come into being with tremendous pressure. Some connections will change parameters (from friends to lovers, or from friendliness to carefully guarded distance); others will keep their basic form but implement a revised operating agreement.

Developments are falling into place -- or breaking open, up or apart -- that have been brewing for months-to-years and further agendas that you have been pondering, evaluating and working on for that long as well. Marital and family themes figure prominently. (An aphorism from my teenage pediatrician’s office comes to mind: “Choose only a date who would make a good mate.”)  The later we get into the month, the more insistent awareness becomes of nourishment, nurturing, caretaking and respecting/protecting the home.  

This stretch promises to be intense. Two cycles are simultaneously winding up, both affecting relationships, desires and values.  Venus and Mars, the cosmic lovers, are bringing full circle situations and  issues involving matters of the heart that slipped in during her eclipse in June 2012. Warrior god Mars is also making his final pass through the war zone of the cardinal cross and the eclipses of April. As he clears their sensitive degrees, he heads directly into the asteroids Ceres (goddess of grain) and Vesta (keeper of hearthfires), as well as the north node of destiny and our collective experience.  The feminine is looming large. Whether that’s due to respect or disregard will vary by situation. (She’s not going away from socio-political discourse, no matter how much men or the status quo attempt to restrict or appear to assault her.)

The middle of the month brings a brightening and lightening of the mood. Proper summer will arrive at last when Jupiter, planet of expansion and beneficence, begins a one-year stay in vibrant Leo on the 16th. It’s his first visit to the sign in 12 years. Think back in successive 12-year increments for previews of the themes likely to come back around for you. His first weeks in Leo this time around will be gradually fueling the fieriness, impulsiveness and daring of change agent Uranus in Aries. (Watch this space for fun and fireworks come October.)

By this point, you may not be sensing much of a brake pedal. Yet exactly that comes into awareness, not to mention play, when a heavy cosmic foot lifts up and releases it on July 20. Saturn, ruler of time and structure, ends his five and a half month retrograde and turns direct on that day. He’s not moving quickly -- think ocean liner making a U-turn -- but the water (and emotions) his movement churns will be noticeable.  They teem with ramifications and consequences and thus encourage responsibility and commitment (and promise retribution for shortfalls). His turnaround is not all party-pooping by any means, though. He’s in an easy flow with Chiron as he pivots, helping deep-level healing to move along and settle in. We have the opportunity to lock into situations and alliances that could actually be healthy and beneficial.

The final shift may be as welcome as Mercury going direct. Mars the planet of action, is leaving Libra at last on July 25. He’s moving into Scorpio and resuming his usual schedule of zipping through a sign in a matter of weeks. The relationship lab that we’ve been in (that we’ve to large extent had our noses rubbed in) since mid December is shutting down. Watch for last-minute flurries and hurries as he makes his way out the door. We’ll have an exam and graduation exercise when Mars meets up with Saturn in late August. By then, our landscapes will be vastly different, inside and out, from what they were when July began.

For more help charting the next few months, listen to Kathy’s Summer 2014 Astro-Talk mp3.

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