Sidereal Insights Astrology

                                                            Welcome to Sidereal Insights, every month we explore the  astrology
                                                          of the current planetary transits across the heavens from  a western
                                                          sidereal perspective. 
                                                       Be sure to read for your sidereal sun and rising sign, which may be different
                                        than the sign you’re accustomed to. Sidereal astrology is different from traditional tropical astrology, so your regular sun and rising signs may not apply in a sidereal reading or forecast.  If you need to look up your sidereal sign placements, use the easy online calculator at to find out for free.

July is an astrologically busy month as eclipse season gets into full swing, beginning as Venus moves into Leo on the 5th. For the remainder of July romantic encounters, love, and partnerships take on a lighthearted and childlike optimism. We feel stimulated to pursue creative pastimes like acting and theater, music and dance.

These types of activities make the perfect outlets for Mars’ energy and aggression, especially once he goes out of bounds on the 8th. Mars’ best and worst qualities will be on display in all of us through late September, so be sure to take advantage of Venus’ time here in the next three weeks to give renegade Mars a healthy and constructive outlet. If creative activities don’t appeal, try competitive sports or other high energy outlets.

When Mars is out of bounds we have a tendency to become more headstrong, driven and ambitious than usual. Our courage runs higher, though with Mars retrograde that may be a courage to face our inner adversary over an outer one.

We can also be far more self centered, impulsive and overly aggressive than we might otherwise be, and coupled with the tendency of Mars retrograde to make us collectively irritable and frustrated with delays and detours, out of bounds he’s even more likely to influence us to over-react in rash and perhaps uncharacteristically violent ways.

We pick fights unprovoked, and overreact in anger. Be aware of this tendency and cultivate patience and compassion for yourself and for others. Practice forgiving and forgetting. This influence lasts until late September, when Mars returns from out of bounds travel on the 24th.

This month’s July 12th new moon in Gemini marks a powerful solar eclipse, presenting an opportunity to rise from the ashes of our own destruction--to return from the dead, to be reborn, transmuted, having been consumed in the heat of the crucible.

This new moon solar eclipse occurs at 25° 41’ Gemini, and will affect those readers with a planet or point at 25° or 26’ degrees of an air or fire sign such as Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius most of all.

In Gemini, eclipses can be erratic, affecting our thinking and the mind, writing and writers, communication and communication equipment, travel and transportation. Gemini eclipses can be intensely insightful. Avoid taking people a their word and disregard any promises made to you in the days/weeks around this new moon.

Keep your schedule free and open during this time, so that you can better react to any unexpected changes which are bound to come up at eclipse time. If you are traveling, keep room in your itinerary for delays, reschedules, and detours.

Intense birthing pangs may accompany this new moon. As with all eclipses, avoid issuing ultimatums as they are likely to backfire, badly.

Mercury stations retrograde on the 26th, at 28° Cancer, but we’ll feel his slowdown before then--beginning on the 6th, when he enters the shadow of his retrograde.

He’ll be retrograde until late September, and in that time all the typical Mercury retrograde admonitions and recommendations apply. Visit for a free excerpt of the Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide for my best tips on what to do and what not to do between July and September, and how you can adjust your approach if you just have no choice about proceeding during the retrograde.

Finally, the late July full moon in Capricorn marks the month’s second eclipse, bringing sudden structural change and upheaval, altering our traditions and potentially “forcing the matter” as it relates to unmet obligations. Reputation can be affected, especially when private behavior is made public.

There is an element of surprise associated with this eclipse, and a likelihood of unexpected outcomes and sudden turns of events.

The July 27th full moon eclipse will affect readers with a planet or personal point at 9° or 10° degrees of an earth or water sign, such as Capricorn, Taurus Virgo, Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces the strongest so be sure to check your sidereal natal chart.

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Phaedra Mitchell is a western sidereal astrologer with more than 20 years of experience working with spiritually conscious individuals to recognize their soul purpose, reveal karmic life lessons, and discover where they can be of joyful service in the world. For sidereal or tropical consultations, personal readings, or to learn more, visit

Apr. 14 - May 15: Aries - This month, go back to a previous goal or structure armed with knowledge you’ve acquired since establishing it and create a new approach. The new moon solar eclipse July 12th could bring life changing news or travel experiences. Get together with friends, and bring your partner if you have one. A major professional project may be coming to a culmination near the late July full moon lunar eclipse.

May 15 - June 15: Taurus - An income opportunity could arise within the week before and after the new moon solar eclipse July 12th. This opportunity would likely have a profoundly transformational impact on your debt picture and overall finances. Later, the July 27th full moon lunar eclipse will light your long distance travel and communication sector. This is a great time to take a trip if you’ve been planning one, or to host a visitor from a distant place. You can also finish a course of study.

June 15 - July 17: Gemini - You could experience a mini identity crisis in connection with the new moon solar eclipse at mid month. Watch for an opportunity to reinvent yourself or to step into a new role within +/- one week of July 12th. The full moon lunar eclipse later in the month augers structural changes to your financial picture, especially in regards to your access to or use of other people’s resources.

July 17 - Aug. 17: Cancer - The chance to explore an new path of spiritual transformation could arrive with the mid July eclipse, or perhaps you find yourself undergoing profound changes in your private life. Alternatively, you could begin an influential new solo project, one you would be working on largely behind closed doors. Then, with the July 27th full moon lunar eclipse a significant joint project reaches conclusion or a partner may be wrapped up in the final details of an endeavor which has consumed their time and attention over the past year or longer.

Aug. 17 - Sept. 17: Leo - Focus on socializing and expanding your network near the new moon solar eclipse July 12th and a life changing friendship could blossom. You may decide to move on from a place of employment in the weeks around the July 27th full moon lunar eclipse in Capricorn, which would be a major change for you. Alternatively, you could use this time to wrap up a long term work project you’ve been focusing on in preparation to move on to new undertakings. Release an old habit permanently with this full moon.

Sept. 17 - Oct. 18: Virgo - Watch for a professional opportunity to arise this month, and if one doesn’t, make your own by taking action towards a career goal or by making a change in the days just after the July 12th eclipse. If you’ve been uncertain about a romantic interest you may finally break it off near the full moon at month’s end, but more likely the universe will do that for you, especially if the connection is one you’ve outgrown or is otherwise holding you back and you’ve been resisting making the change.

Oct. 18 -Nov. 17th: Libra - If you’ve been wanting to travel, write a book, or go back to school, make your initiation in conjunction with the new moon July 12th. What you gain from doing so could be profoundly life changing. More change is on the way at month’s end when the full moon lunar eclipse could force a real estate, home, or family matter to its conclusion.

Nov. 17 - Dec. 16: Scorpio - You have the potential to utterly transform your financial picture in the wake of this month’s new moon solar eclipse in Gemini, in a way that has permanent long term impacts. Use this valuable opportunity by acting to take control of your financial picture in the days near July 12th. A neighbor or sibling could move away as the late July lunar eclipse brings an ending in your solar 3rd House in the weeks around July 27th.

Dec. 16th - Jan. 15: Sagittarius - It’s been a challenging past eighteen months for you, dear Sagittarius, as you find yourself loaded up with long hours, lots of hard work, and plenty of responsibility. Now, an income source could be coming to a permanent end--unless, of course, you took steps to add to your income at the new moon in Capricorn last January, in which case your efforts may finally be bearing fruit as the late July eclipse lights up your earned income sector.

Jan. 15th - Feb. 13: Capricorn - An employment opportunity could come your way in the week before or after the July 12th new moon solar eclipse, one that could be influential in establishing your authority and expertise. This is more of a lateral move, but one which could profoundly affect what goes on behind the scenes for you. Then at the full moon lunar eclipse in your sign July 27th you could finally move on from a role you’ve been fulfilling, or even find yourself forced to let go of a part of your identity which you’ve outgrown or is otherwise holding back your own personal evolution.

Feb. 13 - Mar. 15: Aquarius - Romance is in the air at the new moon solar eclipse mid July, so single Aquarians looking to meet someone new will want to be sure to be out and about in the weeks around this eclipse. If you’re already involved romantically, you can use this time to initiate a major creative project, or even to start a family. If you’ve been working on a major solo project or other behind the scenes effort, the July 27th eclipse in Capricorn could bring things to a sudden conclusion, or trigger an epiphany which unexpectedly alters the final outcome late in the game.

Mar. 15 - Apr.14: Pisces - You could decide to upgrade your digs at the July 12th new moon, whether that means starting the search for your dream apartment or beginning a home improvement project, possibly involving your basement or sub level, or plumbing. Then at the full moon lunar eclipse coming late July, your involvement with an organization, club, or association could end. Alternatively, if you’ve been working on a humanitarian issue, volunteering, or been involved with a group project, your efforts may finally be coming to a culmination in the weeks around July 27th.