“The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,
Through the flashing bars of July.”
– Francis Thompson,

Dear Readers,

As Summer is upon us, we embrace the warmth of the Sun, as earth begins to unfold and blossom. Astrologically this can be a busy month, as retrogrades may cause to take a break and to think twice before jumping in with haste. It’s a great month to entertain, have fun and enjoy the planetary influences around us.


The FULL MOON on July 1 opposite the Sun in Cancer creates an intense feeling of being a bit overwhelmed as the tug and pull of the Sun and Moon create an intense vortex shifting between energy and emotion.With Capricorn, we may be specifically looking at issues around work, responsibility, success and achievement, taking power in the world, and authority – being the authors of our own lives. The Cancer-Capricorn polarity highlights the balance between our inner and outer lives, asking: Do you feel emotionally secure enough to take the risk of pursuing your goals? Are you putting so much energy toward taking care of others that you are neglecting yourself as well as your own goals? These are thoughts and emotions that may arise. Much again relates to how it is aspecting your own chart. The mood of transiting Moon in Capricorn, emotional force can be applied to whatever is in process.


Saturn retrograding back into Scorpio allows to face our consequences, specifically in areas of money,personal resources and partnerships. It’s a form of unearthing, so to speak in every aspect of our lives. A period in which we rehash, to reexamine patterns from our past, as well as present. Endurance and rethinking are the key points of this retrograde. Those born under Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio, and Capricorn ( since it is your ruling sign). However where every the retrograde is taking place in your chart is where the influence is expressed.


This New Moon on July 15 is time to take stock of all the positive forces in your life in your life and acknowledge yourself to those you love dearly. Secure new beginnings with good intentions as well as good thoughts. The New Moon also comes with a challenging Mars in conjunction adding precision as well as potency necessary to create the changes needed for personal growth.


During the Full Moon in Aquarius, you may notice how your input on an issue has generated change for the collective good. Whether you have taken on the fight of the century or confronted a local community issue, you should feel pleased that you have made a difference in your corner of the world


As the Sun moves into the fiery, independent sign of Leo many of us will feel the spark as it unites favorably with transiting Venus, Mars, Mercury and Uranus. However on the flip side, as Saturn retrogrades back in Scorpio at odds with the transiting Sun, the fire energy of Leo may diminish under the influence of Saturn creating a feeling of disarray, or a scrambling affect so to speak. Those born under Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius are most affected.


As Venus, the planet of pleasure and play is about , continues in the fiery, intense sign of Leo we may find ourselves more enthusiastic, romantic and loving life as a whole. However its conflict with transiting Saturn in retrograde until the 18th may trigger issues surrounding love as well being a bit hasty where spending is concerned.

You may be familiar with the frustration of Mercury retrograde, when the world goes “haywire,” 3-4 times a year. But Venus retrograde can also provide you with a special set of problems you may not know about. Venus only goes retrograde every 18 months (for 40-43 days), as it will from July 25 through September 9, 2015. This important event may have a huge effect on your life.

Venus, is the planet that rules, love, social interactions, beauty, values money and partnerships, both work and personal. When in retrograde it begins to create havoc in areas where it is placed in your birth chart. Not a great time to initiate love relationships, or to end one. More importantly it is a good period to reconstruct your own values, to revisit situations that may need some type of closure. Also, if you are planning for ANY type of reconstructive type of surgery, or to beautify, or to make changes in your home. Or if you are thinking about financial planning, or making a huge investment, re-consider holding off. Think twice. If possible hold off until September 9, 2015 or later.


ARIES – ( March 20- April 19)- With this months Full Moon hovering over the zenith part of your chart, emotions may run high in the work place. Words count be careful of delivery.. In addition, the New Moon on the 15th is about home and family, so maybe it’s time to focus in on nesting. Also, both Venus and the transiting Sun in Leo may trigger a sudden impulse for speculation. Believe it or not, you’re in a lucky phase until it moves retrograde July 25. So be wise..

TAURUS – ( April 20- May 20)-During a 9th house Full Moon your instincts, intuition ignites. In addition, you may find yourself curiosity seeking, delving into new projects, jotting down ideas, being more creative, and/or merely trying out some mediation. Either way this is your month to discover you. Also with the transiting Sun and Venus in your area of home, you may have a sudden impulse to remodel, sell or do something spontaneous. However be aware that Venus turning retrograde on July 25 may have you redoing everything you begin. So hold off if possible.

GEMINI- ( May 21- June 20) – As always with Gemini’s, it’s either sink or swim when it comes to money. You may find yourself way on top of the financial pinnacle, or down to your last dime as this weeks Full Moon in your area of money could be a bit unpredictable. However on a more positive note, the Sun and transiting Venus favorably aspecting your own sign could bring to light positive aspects, however a Venus moves retrograde on the 25th, be aware of driving, and also of words that cannot be taken back.

CANCER -( June 21 – July 20)-A 7th house Full Moon triggers your area of partnerships, both work and personal. This is your week to focus on others while trying to maintain some sort of order. In addition, work relationships can flourish at this time. Taking the right amount of time and effort is worth every second. Plus money could flourish this week with both Venus, and the transiting Sun in balance to your own sign. However as careful as you are with your pennies, you may find yourself during this Venus retrograde a bit out of character. Spending more than even you anticipated.

LEO -( July 22 – Aug 22)- With so much activity taking place in your area of health it would serve your purpose to take care of things that have been on your TO DO list. This may be an excellent week to create some motivation for yourself. Try a new health regimen, get out and walk. Keep a healthy food list going. Break old habits, bring in some new ones. Also, a good week to try your hand at chance-taking. Also, Venus retrograding in your own sign may cause your fire energy to retreat for a while, though in your case it may do you good.

VIRGO - ( Aug 23- Sept 22)- Speculation may peak your interest this week with the Full Moon occupying your area of fun and games. A great time to chance take with a raffle, or something fun and different. Nonetheless, emotions can run high, it’s up to you to set the standards. In addition to all of this, letting go of the past and cleaning house is a must at this time, more so since Venus moves backwards. Time for heavy reflection.

LIBRA – ( Sept 23- Oct 22) – Your home life may be in a tizzy with this weeks Full Moon occupying your area of rest and relaxation. This may be your week to do some remodeling, try your hand at something creative. Also if you are in the market for selling, a great time to do as the influences very much in your favor could spark some interest. Though between July 25 and September 9, maybe plan and not implement with Venus in retrograde.

SCORPIO - ( Oct 23- Nov 21)- Though quiet and somewhat secretive by nature, you may find yourself talking a blue streak this week as this weeks Full Moon occupies your area of chat. Also, a strong bonding period for you and those closest to you. In addition, a good month to try your hand at something creative, like writing, or meditation. Also, Venus turning retrograde on July 25 could trigger more work, as well as confusion in the work place. Be aware that it’s important to coast then to rush.

SAGITTARIUS – ( Nov 22- Dec 20)- As always with Sag’s, you need to set some money limits. This weeks Full Moon taking place in your area of money and personal possessions may cause you to spend without thought. It’s all about impulse control and learning to say no. However as Venus moves retrograde you may have a need to temper your spending, which can be good for most Sag’s. Also, an interesting time for you as you really see yourself in a more reflective state.

CAPRICORN -( Dec 21- Jan 19) – With this months Full Moon occurring in your own sign, you may find yourself in the limelight taking in all the energy you can. A great week for putting your best foot forward at work, feeling the power around you. Also as with most Cap’s, money, security and financial standing is huge on your list of priorities, however at this time with Venus in a retrograde motion, you would do well to take a step back and retrace any financial moves you make.

AQUARIUS - ( Jan 20- Feb 18)- A strong week for emotions and sentiment as you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by what is expected of you as the Full Moon takes place in your area of thought. Nonetheless, this is your week to be the best you can be while trying desperately to put out the fires. Also, as Venus occurs in your area of love, romance can be at it’s peak. though in retrograde between July 25 and Sept, partners, through work or personal may be getting on your last nerve. And/or you may find yourself revisiting former partnerships.

PISCES- ( Feb 19 – March 19 )- So much activity taking place around you as this weeks Full Moon hits the social sector of your chart. A great week to bond with friends and co-workers, to focus on goals and inspirations. A great week for health matters as well. Starting a health regimen, hold off if possible until after Sept 9, or start before July 25, as Venus moves retrograde.

Janet Amid is a columnist that writes for Sylvania Advantage, and has written for IN TOUCH Magazine, and can be seen on Alternate Wednesday’s on Channel 11 and Channel 36, and can be heard on 92.5 KISS FM Monday Mornings between 8:15 and 8:45 AM. She can reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at JanetAmid@aol.com. Check out our web site at www.JanetAmid.com