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Astrological Weather Report
June 28 - July 28 (2022)

By Alexandra Blair

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Alexandra Blair

Expert Astrologer

Alexandra Blair is an astrologer, artist, and dark moon sorceress living in the American south. Astrologically, she blends traditional Hellenistic methods with contemporary interpretive techniques. In her practice, she draws from a lifetime of creativity to design rituals, artefacts, and spellcraft to bring honor to the Aesir. She is a lifelong student with special interests in art, esoterica, and ruthless self-development.

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JUNE 28TH TO JULY 28TH
2022

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JUNE 28TH TO JULY 28TH
2022

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Monthly Themes

 

Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune are in retrograde for essentially the entire month–starting the slowing down that will carry us through late Fall. This time will feel much more introspective than Spring & early Summer’s whiplash-inducing Aries-fueled drive. 

 

The theme of this month seems to be shadow work, emotional candor, and healing in Cancer. The new moon in Cancer that closes out June looks like a powerful emotional new beginning. When Mercury enters cancer on July 5th we have a period of two weeks to really think and talk over this emotional issue. The Full moon on July 13 is a period of us letting go of what we’ve seen during that period that we really don’t like–habits and behaviors that no longer serve us. Finally, on the 16 we have a powerful Cazimi that will be a spiritual download around that issue and also a time when we can–with great confidence and cosmic favor–step forward and make a public sort of proclamation about this issue. When Venus moves into Cancer on the 17th, we’ll be feeling the beauty in this process and be able to see ourselves and the world around us and our emotional landscape with 

 

This cycle will be big for those with prominent Cancer & Cardinal placements (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Look to where Cancer falls in your chart to see where you’ll be doing some emotional D I G G I N G this month. Cardinal signs are great at starting things, which means this is a transformation that will start with you and possibly a good deal of agency. If you’re able to plan for some shadow work in the coming month and work within this cycle, this could be a powerful healing journey for you. 


Look at all transits and aspects for the month of July here.

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Neptune stations retrograde - 28 June 2022 at 02:55

Neptune stations retrograde - 28 June 2022 at 02:55 (chart)

 

Once Neptune stations retrograde in Pisces, it will stay there until December 3rd. Neptune is in retrograde movement for about 40% of the year and so it’s a feeling we’re all mostly familiar with–particularly the Mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and especially Pisces which is ruled by Neptune in modern Astrology.  This transit puts an end to delusional, idealistic thinking. It can feel  like a reality check and the magnitude of that reality check will correspond directly with the distance you’ve allowed your dreams to travel from reality. Neptune retrograde can also highlight areas where we feel we have martyred ourselves, sacrificed, or played the victim. In addition to some of the Lilith movements from mid-end July, this may feel like an examination of a cycle you’re trapped in that has created some shame or humiliation. This is probably not a recent thing, it feels more like a lifelong issue you’ve been navigating.  Much as with the long cold winter analogy discussed on previous episodes, we’re used to these retrogrades after the first few weeks. Hang in there, know that it will pass and use the Cancer cycle of this month to work through your unhealed emotional habits.

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New Moon in Cancer - 28 June 2022 at 21:52

New Moon in Cancer - 28 June 2022 at 21:52 

 

With Venus and Mercury in Gemini and Jupiter and Mars in Aries this new moon is a great time for manifesting. Use the 28th for visualizing and actively building power in the days to come. Cancer is also a Cardinal sign (in addition to Aries), so this will feel like a powerful burst of energy and awareness about a possibly quite emotional topic. Cancer is a ruler of emotions and the Water sign that brings feelings out into the surface to expose and lay them bare. Just following Neptune stationing retrograde, this looks like a sudden realization followed by a burst of energy in service of taking action on a new beginning. 

 

Look to where Cancer governs in your natal chart to see which area of your life will have a burst of new energy and awareness during the new moon. 

 

Spend the days leading up to the new moon caring for yourself and building power you’ll need for the coming task. Cardinal signs are incredible at starting things and not always so great at following through. Use the New Moon itself to take a symbolic first step–like a ribbon cutting at a new real estate development. Once Mercury moves into Cancer (about a week after this) it will be easier to talk about what you’re doing. Keep in mind that it’s ok to hang on to something and keep it inside for a little while as you work on it. Use the Cancer/Mercury transit to start to verbalize and launch this idea for the general public. 

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Mars enters Taurus - 5 July 2022 at 1:04

Mars enters Taurus - 5 July 2022 at 1:04 

 

Mars is in its Detriment in the Fixed sign of Taurus. Where Mars is all about action, desire, and movement, Taurus inspires stubbornness, patience and passivity. Mars is a planet of passion and sometimes anger and Taurus, the bull, is a slow-moving, consistent and thorough beast that only attacks when provoked to ire. The beginning of this year was a time of action. As we’ve discussed, summer is a period of slowing down and this transit is a big part of that. 

 

Mars will be in this turmoil until late August when it enters Gemini. Mars in Taurus is a challenging transit that means we won’t be feeling any “absolute certainty”. This transit inspires stubborn belief in something with no foundational knowledge of why. It can also feel like standing still while the world is rushing around you not waiting for you to make your decision.
 

Depending on other placements in your chart (if you’re prone to overthinking), this energy through July and August may feel like overthinking, overthinking, overthinking and then–in the end–behaving impulsively anyway.

 

Look to where Taurus governs in your chart to see where you’ll be feeling this tension. Know that Mars is a planet that affects us all and you may be feeling this slowing down and grinding to a halt. Know that you’ll be feeling this tension and plan for it while Mercury is still in Gemini by using the first few days of July to do some writing and make affirmations for yourself while you’re feeling indecision. Having those affirmations to get you through can help a lot.

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Mercury enters Cancer - 5 July 2022 at 01:25

Mercury enters Cancer - 5 July 2022 at 01:25 (chart)

 

Right in the middle of Cancer season, this Mercury transit will be a welcome shift. When Mercury is in Gemini, we are inspired to think quickly, curiously, and in sometimes exhausting amounts. When Mercury finds its way to Cancer, we are less focused on the volume of new ideas and more concerned with thinking deeply about high quality ideas. 

 

Cancer is a Cardinal Water sign and much like the New Moon a week prior, this transit will have us feeling compelled to start deep (possibly even emotional) conversations. Cardinal signs are great at “starting things” and water signs–particularly cancer placements–are comfortable talking emotions.

 

Look to where Cancer falls in your chart to get a preview of where you’ll be investing deep emotional thought energy. This transit (which will last two weeks) would be a great time to do some deep journaling and reflection in that area. Consider having a conversation with individuals associated with that area if you’re able and up for it.

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Full Moon in Capricorn - 13 July, 2022 at 13:37

Full Moon in Capricorn - 13 July, 2022 at 13:37 

 

Content warning: I use some language that refers indirectly to disordered eating in this section, so if you’d like to avoid that, skip this section. . 

 

Here we have the Sun and moon in opposition–obviously this is what gives us the Full moon!–but what’s interesting about this Full Moon is that the sun is conjunct in Cancer with Lilith and Mercury while the Moon is conjunct in Capricorn with Pluto. 

 

In astrology the Lilith asteroid represents a cycle of shame and ownership and can refer to parts of ourselves that we were shamed for in youth or young adulthood (or possibly past lives depending on your paradigm) and now have an outsized hunger for. In an unhealed context, this presents much like a cycle of binging and purging or self-denial and then overindulgence. Look to where Lilith is in your chart to see how this cycle has manifested for you in your life, though most natives are hardly surprised to see where. The sun is a luminary of the animal soul and our own radiant vitality and Mercury is our planet of curiosity, communication, and intellect. Together with Lilith, they will fall under the sign of Cancer which rules our domestic and emotional landscapes. 

 

Direcly opposite all that tension, we have the Moon–which rules Cancer and therefore also speaks to our domestic and emotional landscapes, though in a different way for everyone–along with Pluto the “planet” of rebirth and transformation. This “planet” is also associated with the cycle of binging and purging and the trope of the “darkness before the dawn”. 

 

And so, this opposition between the Sun and Moon is actually a duality that is really a singularity. We have all these seemingly opposing factors working together towards the exact same goal. 

 

In general, Full Moons can be thought of as times to let go of things that don’t serve us anymore. We let those things go as the moon will begin to wane in the following nights! Full Moons can also be used as a sort of power grab to charge our objects and intentions with power.

 

Use the days leading up to this lunation to do some serious soul searching and shadow work around whatever healthy or unhealthy coping mechanisms we’ve developed to address that foundational wound of being shamed or unseen in a core area of your life. You can use your natal Lilith to guide this, but if you’re reading this with something in mind, using that will be just as powerful. Then, use this lunation to ritually let go of any unhealthy behaviors and emotional coping habits you’ve developed.
 

Take a look at where the Cancer/Capricorn duality falls in your natal chart to figure out where you’ll be receiving a sense of this cyclical and emotional Full moon.

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Sun Conjunct Mercury in Cancer - 16 July 2022 at 14:37

Sun Conjunct Mercury in Cancer - 16 July 2022 at 14:37

 

This powerful transit is called a “Cazimi” which is an old Arabic-language term meaning “in the heart of the Sun. This transit will be particularly powerful for natives who are ruled by the Sun or Mercury (that is: Leo, Gemini, and Virgo risings and suns, particularly) but will be fortunate for all signs at this time.
 

I love the way the Chani Nicholas describes a Mercury Cazimi, she says: “[When Mercury and the Sun are in] exact alignment — the messenger is granted VIP access to the Sun’s private chambers and the wattage is both purifying and electrifying. “
 

A Mercury Cazimi is a conjunction that is really blessed in two ways. On these days–much like gate days–downloads of information or “upgrades” from your higher self and your guides are so much easier to receive. Cosmic knowledge is much nearer to us than usual. 

 

On the flip side, this is a day that is really great for saying big things, making announcements or proclamations. This Cazimi is happening (as with so much else this month) in Cancer. So if we think about this month, we have a new moon in Cancer to close out June which looks like a new emotional beginning. When Mercury enters cancer on July 5th we have a period of two weeks to really think and talk over this emotional issue (wherever cancer falls in your chart). We have a new moon on July 13 which is a period of us letting go of what we’ve seen during that period that we really don’t like. Then on the 16 we have a powerful Cazimi that will involve a spiritual download of revelation about that issue and also a time when we can with great confidence and cosmic favor step forward and make a public sort of proclamation about this issue. 

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Venus enters Cancer - 17 July 2022 at 20:33

Venus enters Cancer - 17 July 2022 at 20:33 (chart)

 

After spending the first part of this month really digging and working in shadow, Venus moving into cancer is going to feel like a breath of fresh air!! This transit will allow us to once again feel the romance and beauty in our emotional journey. It will be a sensual reminder that there are pleasures and things to enjoy about the process. And what a journey it will come at the end of! This is going to really move us into a lovely little interlude towards the end of this month.

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Mercury enters Leo - 19 July 2022 at 7:35

Mercury enters Leo - 19 July 2022 at 7:35
 

Mercury will depart from Cancer and give us our first taste of Leo season on 19 July. Interestingly, this transit is sandwiched by first Mercury and then the Sun opposing pluto. This will feel a little rocky. Know that this is ok, breathe through it. These two oppositions may present as a sudden feeling of doubt of the journey, or maybe even a realization that makes you feel like you’ve miscalculated or that your progress or that your proclamations aren’t as good as they seemed in the moment. Ride through this, the sun will soon enter Leo and we will feel the full weight of the pride in ourselves that we deserve for making it through this shadow work period.

 

Look to where Leo falls in your chart to see where you’ll be feeling this energy and for a preview of what next month’s Leo energy will be illuminating in your life.

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Mercury enters Leo - 19 July 2022 at 7:35

Mercury enters Leo - 19 July 2022 at 7:35
 

Mercury will depart from Cancer and give us our first taste of Leo season on 19 July. Interestingly, this transit is sandwiched by first Mercury and then the Sun opposing pluto. This will feel a little rocky. Know that this is ok, breathe through it. These two oppositions may present as a sudden feeling of doubt of the journey, or maybe even a realization that makes you feel like you’ve miscalculated or that your progress or that your proclamations aren’t as good as they seemed in the moment. Ride through this, the sun will soon enter Leo and we will feel the full weight of the pride in ourselves that we deserve for making it through this shadow work period.

 

Look to where Leo falls in your chart to see where you’ll be feeling this energy and for a preview of what next month’s Leo energy will be illuminating in your life.

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Sun enters Leo - 22 July at 15:07

Sun enters Leo - 22 July at 15:07

 

I don’t love spending a ton of lip service on these pieces of the month because they’re so exhaustively covered by other astrologers, but Leo season isn’t all about divas and drama. It’s so much more than that! The Sun is in its domicile in Leo–it loves being here and anyone with Leo’s in their life knows this! This is a time of play, gratitude, fun, and glitter. This Leo season is all about pride–feeding that animal soul and the radiant vitality in us all. A Leo Sun is intensely individual and will inspire joy and pride in being ourselves. This energy will factor into the month of August in many ways, so look to where Leo falls in your chart to get a preview.

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Venus conjunct Lilith in Cancer - 27 July 2022 at 9:44

Venus conjunct Lilith in Cancer - 27 July 2022 at 9:44

 

Lilith and Venus will be in conjunction at the end of this month, bringing a harmonious close to the whole cycle shadow work and our monthlong healing journey. This will feel like an intense, sensual, emotional reprisal. It’s possible that a trigger for these issues you’ve been working through the whole month may surface. This transit moves so fast, it may come and go before you’ve really even noticed it… but set aside some time on this day to tap into the Leo energy of the coming days and journal some pride for yourself and your accomplishments this month. You may find yourself finally feeling that ownership and main character energy right here. 


 

Notes on process

  • All referenced times are in 24h format CST (but will be relevant within an hour or two for anyone in North America); Find exact times for your location by using a Transit calendar like this

  • I use traditional Hellenistic and modern techniques within a Western/Tropical astrological framework and calculate using Whole Sign/Fixed Houses

  • See which areas of your life these transits will illuminate and activate by calculating your own natal chart. Astrologer Chani Nicholas has a fantastic tool to generate your whole sign house (different than some other apps) natal chart with Whole Sign/Fixed houses that is free to use here

  • For more information about astrology, witchcraft, and other pagan paths, visit the Pathways of the Pagan discord channel here

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