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Astrology Forecast, July 2018: Lunar Eclipse ☌ Mars

Astrology Forecast - July 2016: Lunar Eclipse Conjunct Mars

In episode 162 of the podcast astrologers Kelly Surtees and Austin Coppock join the show to talk about the astrological forecast for July of 2018.

Our main focus this month is a tense lunar eclipse that occurs towards the end of the month in Aquarius, which is closely conjunct Mars and square Uranus.

We also discuss a Mercury retrograde in Leo, a partial solar eclipse in Cancer, and Jupiter stationing direct in Scorpio.

At the top of the show Chris discusses the possibility of writing a Sun-sign column, and some of the pros and cons that go along with that.

Jo Gleason recently wrote a thread on twitter saying that every astrologer should write horoscopes at some point in their life.

This forecast episode of the podcast is available in both audio and video formats, and you can find links to both below.

News and Announcements

Major Alignments for July

Here are the major astrological alignments for July:

  • Venus ingresses into Virgo on July 9.
  • Jupiter stations direct in Scorpio July 10.
  • Partial Solar eclipse/New Moon in Cancer July 12
  • Mars conjunct south node in Aquarius July 20
  • Sun moves into Leo on July 22.
  • Mercury stations retrograde in Leo July 26
  • Lunar eclipse in Aquarius July 27

Auspicious Electional Chart for July

The auspicious election this month is set for:

There are three more electional charts that we found for July, which are available in our private subscriber-only podcast on auspicious elections that was released yesterday.

If you would like to get access to that discussion, then all you have to do is become a patron of The Astrology Podcast on the $5 or $10 tier through our page on on Patreon, and then you will get access to the 40-minute Auspicious Elections Podcast immediately.

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  • Time to review the Bernadette Brady interview with Chris from 2017. The Saros cycle of the eclipse explained in that podcast is very informative. Watching this one, July 27th,due to a natal midpoint being in 2 degree orb and a solar arc degree of Moon and Saturn the same as the eclipsed Moon. (will that matter?)I do not work with Solar Arcs so am very curious. Last August eclipse changed my life in a deeply felt way and for months. My life will never be the same due to events then and secrets revealed which unfolded for months to follow. That was in my 12th H ruled by a natal Sun in the 8th. Secrets, Death and Endings for sure. Hoping to dodge the bullet this time around. PS the Saros cycle calculations figured very exact to my natal chart so I think this is really something to consider. Natal Pluto was within one degree orb.

  • Thanks for this interesting session. I am listening to it on 7/2/18 and I think the whole Supreme Court issue has come up since it was recorded. The retirement came up as a big surprise (Uranus), and has the possibility of radically upsetting the current power structure (Uranus, Mars, Aquarius, Taurus). The decision has to be made before the new court session begins in Sept. (lots of Mars pressure). The hostility and turmoil of the transits, especially with Mercury RX suggest that the confirmation fight will be a very bitter and explosive one with some very significant consequences for all. The fireworks should be very interesting to watch.

  • Hi,
    Very nice episode. Your forecast videos are extremely good and very insightful. (YouTube). Wonderful initiative. I think it is important for normal people to actually know what’s happening around them or what they are vulnerable to. It is always a good thing to educate the people around with what we know and I think your forecast videos on Youtube for each sign (especially with the way you bring the rising sign into play) is very significant to the future of astrology. This helps the community grow further in terms of attracting more new astrologers into the field.
    Kelly and Austin were wonderful as ever!
    My warmest regards,

  • Regarding the full moon Eclipse on the 27th of July it is important to point out that the moon is very close to its apogee(which is at 29° of Capricorn on the 27th of July) that means that the moon is at its most distant point of its orbit and is therefore very slow and appers much smaller in the night sky! One should do research about this in order to figure out what that means for the delineation of lunations in general… I think this is a very neglected aspect very few people are aware of ! And Mars is near its perigee(which is currently at 23° of Aquarius) which means that Mars is very close to the earth at the time of the Eclipse…. Could that mean that Mars influence is much more significant for example ?? maybe !? We have to do research about such”basic” things in Astrology but it is very rarely done to my current knowledge if at all ….
    Enjoy your last days on earth !

    • Oh my – moon plus mars or aries is so combative. Austin did mention that Mars was at its midpoint of the retrograde – and I do think many understand that the retrograde puts a planet closest to earth. I just bought The Eagle and the Lark by Bernadette Brady and am looking for clues there about this eclipse cycle. Regardless of the meaning of the natal eclipse chart there are degrees of planets in that chart that are important to consider relative to natal and to my mind the progressed. Meaning can be very basic. Last summer eclipse natal chart according to Brady was not a hard eclipse but the way it figured into my charts made it so – and extreme. Meaning held true – about relationships, but the event was a fire.

      As a side note – I think the Mars retro opposition to Mercury has been very much about travel irritation and crazy drivers going way too fast. Accidents. I find Mercury to be very much about transportation. Was in a near miss this morning on the way to get medication for inflamed eye (Mars rules head and I am Mars ruled).

    • i just correct a wrong orthography…… : and appears much smaller …. thanks ! i have Mercury in Virgo trined by Saturn in Taurus ..hahahaa

  • IN REVIEW – THE ECLIPSES – Source: The Eagle and the Lark, by Bernadette Brady.
    July 12 Partial Solar eclipse 20 deg Cancer. Solar eclipses are externalized events being reacted to. Saros Series No is 2 Old North. Meaning (paraphrased): Action concerning personal relationships – what to do will be quickly grasped.
    July 27the Total Lunar Eclipse 4 Aquarius 45. Will more likely be experienced on the feeling level vs externalized event. Saros Series is 2 New North. Meaning “…This eclipse family changes a person’s direction through the sudden collapse of an existing structure.” “Sudden collapse of plans or lifestyles. Confusion may reign but the long term effects are those of rebuilding and transformation.”
    Notes – the natal chart of this eclipse shows Jupiter at 2 Tau 42 , which is partile the degree of the Transiting Uranus on July 27th. This T Uranus is a leg of the T square of this eclipse. Eclipsed Moon/Mars retro is the apex, Sun of course creates the 3rd leg. Perhaps this will emphasize the “sudden collapse of an existing structure”? Which seems like external event so this is interesting in the more internalized lunar eclipse.

  • This is picky, but when doing ‘noon’ charts while on DST, we should use 1pm, which would put the Sun closer to the MC. Personally I would like to do away with DST, and just keep the clocks on the ‘real’ time all year round.

  • I enjoyed this podcast thank you all for your input. I have Mars opposing my Venus at 9 degrees my natal Aquarius on and off atm and Venus will ping my natal chart Mars at 26 degrees Virgo soonish, I am not freaking out guys, it is time for me to open my heart. I love these actions. thank you