by Lina Elisabeth Preston 2 min read

July begins with a rare and favorable planetary configuration.

However, there is also a difficult conjunction between Mars/Rahu and Uranus during the end of the month.

A String of Opportunities from July 2nd to July 12th

A rare planetary configuration takes place when Mercury moves into Gemini on July 2nd and all the five planets are in five consecutive signs. And, in addition to this lining up of planets, the five planets are also in their own signs. Starting with Saturn in Aquarius, followed by Jupiter in Pisces, Mars in Aries, Venus in Taurus and, finally, Mercury in Gemini. Even the Moon is in Cancer on July 2nd, making it a total of six planets in a consecutive order. However, the Moon enters Leo later that day.

This is a good time to start new projects, and someone born during this planetary configuration would have a very auspicious birth chart.

This string of planets in consecutive signs is broken when the retrograde Saturn moves back into Capricorn on July 12th and Venus moves to Gemini.

Mars in Aries from June 26 to August 10

Mars is in its own sign Aries the entire month of July until August 10th. Mars enjoys sports and can put out physical energy. We can establish a good exercise routine now while Mars is strong.

Mars is together with Rahu and Uranus the entire time he is in Aries. Mars is technical and Rahu is innovative and progressive. This energy can help us sharpen our technical skills, and we may see breakthroughs and new inventions emerging in the world during this time.

However, when Mars gets close to Rahu and Uranus, this can also bring out a difficult side of Mars.

During the last days of July through August 1st the three planets will line up on 24 degrees Aries. This can be a difficult time, so it is good to be cautious and centered.

A difficult Mars can be explosive, sometimes expressing anger and violence. Mars is responsible for fires. Mars is hot in Aries and Rahu expresses the air element, which can fan fire. Uranus is also rebellious and unpredictable.

This energy can also affect travel, so you may want to avoid traveling at this time if you can.

Jupiter Retrograde

Jupiter joins Saturn in moving retrograde on July 28th. Jupiter will be retrograde for almost four months.

When Jupiter goes retrograde, it is a time to reflect, study and reconnect with ourselves. It can also be a time of going back and reversing earlier decisions.

Jupiter retrograde supports inner growth.

July 2022 Astrological Dates to Remember

  • June 26 - August 10 Mars in Aries
  • July 2 - 16 Mercury in Gemini
  • July 12 Saturn retrogrades back to Capricorn
  • July 13 - August 6 Venus in Gemini
  • July 13 Full Moon in Sagittarius
  • July 16 - August 16 Sun in Cancer
  • July 16 - July 31 Mercury transits Cancer
  • July 28 New Moon in Cancer
  • July 28 - November 23 Jupiter is retrograde in Pisces


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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