by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

July is likely to be an intense month this year. Two eclipses occur in July and a third eclipse takes place in August. The total lunar eclipse on July 27th is the longest eclipse of this century.

Many retrograde planets

Many retrograde planets indicate karmic situations that are needing attention. Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are retrograde and so are the outer planets Neptune and Pluto.

Cancer -  families, women and security

Mercury lines up very closely with Rahu in Cancer on July 2nd. Venus is already in Cancer, a sign governing families, women and the need for security. The strength of Mars and Ketu, who are opposing these planets, is an example of the aggressive energy separating children from their parents at the American/Mexican borders.

Many issues regarding women are now threatened by political retaliation. Mars is in exact opposition to Mercury on Independence day, July 4th.

Partial solar eclipse

On July 12th a partial solar eclipse occurs in Gemini, in the nakshatra Punarvasu. This eclipse will be seen from only a few locations on land. It will be partly visible in southern Australia. A majority of this partial solar eclipse will take place over the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Punarvasu is ruled by Jupiter and the meaning of Punarvasu translates as return of the light. However, a partial solar eclipse in this nakshatra darkens the light, and indicates change. Pluto in close opposition further suggests a deep transformation.

The good news is that Jupiter, direct since July 10th, is giving a close trine aspect to the solar eclipse. Neptune is also in trine to the eclipse.

This positive energy from Jupiter and Neptune is inspiring and the spiritual energy gives us hope. It is an opportunity to send light and energy to the world. This is especially important now as we are at a time that threatens to be very turbulent.

Longest total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century

Mars is close to the earth and very powerful. Mars and Ketu are both moving retrograde and are close to each other. This makes for “hot” energy.  

The total lunar eclipse will occur at 10 degrees Capricorn on July 27th. Mars will be very close to the eclipsed moon and will be easy to see with the naked eye.

The total lunar eclipse on July 27 - 28 will be the longest eclipse of this century.

It will last for a full 1 hour and 43 minutes. From start to finish it will take close to 4 hours to cross the Earth’s dark umbral shadow.

The entire eclipse will be visible from start to end in Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Part of the eclipse is visible in Europe, West Africa, Eastern Asia, South America, New Zealand and Australia. It will not be visible in the United States.

On July 26th, Mercury turns retrograde at the sensitive gandanta point in the last degree of Cancer. We will need to make an effort to be clear in our communications.

There are many astrological indications for instability during the latter part of July. The potential for earthquakes, storms and fires are real. There are many “hot” spots in the world at this time and the planetary energies have the potential to ignite violence.  

Try to remain calm and even minded. Send prayers of peace and harmony during this astrologically challenging time.

Dates to remember:

 July 2nd
Mercury and Rahu close conjunction in Cancer
July 4th
Mercury / Mars opposition
July 10th
Jupiter direct
July 12th
Partial solar eclipse
July 13th
Moon with Rahu in Cancer
July 15th
Sun in Cancer
July 19th - July 23
Mars/Ketu same degree in Capricorn
July 26th - August 18th
Mercury retrograde in Cancer
July 27
Total Lunar eclipse in Capricorn 10 degrees
July 28
Sun in close conjunction with Rahu


Coming Engagements:

June 30 – July 4th

Speaking at the 19th Vedic Astrology Conference: Self Awareness with Yoga and Jyotish at Sivananda Yoga farm, Grass Valley

Nov 2 – Nov 7th

Speaking at the Sixth International Vedic Astrology Conference in San Francisco



Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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