July 2023 Horoscope: Venus Retrograde & GandantaJul 04, 2023
I mentioned last week how my friend said she wants to get in the best shape of her life this month, perfect with Mars in Leo. But then she got sick. And i got sick too. Most of the people in town got sick actually. It’s one of the quirks of living in a small Mexican village. Things can go around quickly. Thankfully, they also passed quickly.
This inspired me to think deeply about the phrase “best shape of your life.” It’s something many people want, but no matter how healthy you are, we can all still get sick. We all age. So it’s not as much about the external, physical shape, but the internal sense of health and wellness that matters.
Health is something I’ve been passionate about since I became conscious of my diet as a teenager. I was drinking my usual 3 sodas a day (!) when I asked my friend if he wanted one. He said no, because it causes muscle loss. I was shocked. I knew it was bad for my teeth but I never thought beyond that. I immediately stopped drinking soda and began to examine the effects of all foods and lifestyle choices. This eventually lead to me becoming a yoga teacher in 2011 and specializing in Ayurveda; the science of life extension.
Reflecting on this inspired me to offer a new workshop to share the best lessons I have learned about health from Yoga, Ayurveda, Astrology and 20+ years of trial & error since the day I stopped drinking soda. It’s called “Get In The Best Health Of Your Life.”
I want to add that health is an extremely personal matter, and I fully honor your unique diet, exercise and health preferences. Rather than suggest there is only one best way for everyone, I’ll support you to find your unique way.
Now lets look at the transits for this month, there are some big ones!
Sat Jul 1 - Venus Gandanta (15 Days)
Gandanta means “the knot at the end” signifying the transit from a water sign to a fire sign. Venus moves forward and back through this spot 3 times in 2023. This is one of the most powerful times within the next 18 months to heal relationship wounds. You have the potential to untangle some major karmic “knots” in your relationships. Inquiry: What has been stuck in your relationships that you’d like to put attention on now? What would that being unstuck look like?
Mon, Jul 3 - Mercury in Punarvasu (6 Days)
Themes of communication, learning, and exploration. Punarvasu is associated with renewal and new beginnings, making this an auspicious time for starting new projects, learning new skills, and connecting with others.
Mon, Jul 3 - Full Moon in Purvaashadha (Guru Purnima)
Brings the energies of growth, expansion, and new beginnings. It is a time to embrace change, take risks, and let go of old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve you. Purvaashadha is associated with creative expression and spiritual growth, and the Full Moon amplifies these energies. This moon is also known as Guru Purnima; a significant Hindu festival that celebrates teachers. This is a powerful time to honor your teachers. This could be a simple thank you message, a list of gratitude for your teachers, or whatever feels resonant for you.
Thu, Jul 6 - The Sun in Punarvasu (14 Days)
Themes of growth, expansion, and new beginnings. Punarvasu is associated with renewal and new opportunities, and the Sun brings a focus on vitality, leadership, and self-expression to this dynamic energy.
Thu, Jul 6 - Venus in Magha (31 Days)
Themes of royalty, creativity, and self-expression. Magha is associated with the power of the throne and self-importance, and Venus brings a focus on beauty, love, and pleasure to this dynamic energy.
Thu, Jul 6 - Venus in Leo (31 Days)
A passionate and creative energy that emphasizes the importance of self-expression, romance, and beauty in relationships and creative pursuits. With this placement, there is a desire for admiration, attention, and appreciation in love and other areas of life.
Fri, Jul 7 - Ketu in Chitra (28 weeks)
Themes of self-discovery and transformation through introspection and reflection. Chitra is associated with creativity and artistic expression, and Ketu brings a focus on spiritual growth and detachment to this energy.
Sat, Jul 8 - Mercury in Cancer (16 Days)
An intuitive and emotional energy that emphasizes the importance of sensitivity, empathy, and nurturing in communication and intellectual pursuits. With this placement, there is a desire for emotional connection, security, and comfort in life.
Sun, Jul 16 - Sun in Cancer (31 Days)
An intuitive and emotional energy that emphasizes the importance of sensitivity, empathy, and nurturing in self-expression and creative pursuits. With this placement, there is a desire for emotional connection, security, and comfort in life.
Mon, Jul 17 - New Moon in Punarvasu (1 Day)
This transit is all about new beginnings, growth, and expansion. Punarvasu is associated with renewal and rejuvenation, and the New Moon represents a time for setting intentions and planting seeds for the future. This is a good time to focus on your goals and aspirations, and take concrete steps towards achieving them.
Sat, Jul 22 - Venus Retrograde in Leo in Magha (Rx 43 Days / 6 Weeks)
During this period, it's important to reconnect with your desires and find your vitality and creativity by going back to things and places that you love. Old relationship and ancestral issues may resurface to be healed and resolved. Fiery, passionate conflicts may also arise to test your boundaries and ability to be true to yourself without being selfish or harmful to others. Remember to slow down and tune into the true desire underneath the surface level emotions, as love, peace, and harmony come not just from doing what feels good or from short bursts of passion, but from a deeper, more authentic connection.
Mon, Jul 24 - Mercury in Leo (10 Days)
A passionate and creative energy that emphasizes the importance of self-expression, courage, and leadership in communication and intellectual pursuits. With this placement, there is a desire for recognition, admiration, and respect in life.
Thanks for listening!
Keywords: nakshatras, grahas (planets), rashi (zodiac signs), bhavas (houses), mahadasha, antardasha, jyotish (astrology), yoga (planetary combinations), doshas (afflictions), kundali (birth chart), transits, retrograde, aspects, dasha system, remedies, mantras. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Rahu, Ketu.
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