Metaphors for the Month: July 2016

By Suzanne Wagner

Venus will bring out your inner flirt, making things very va-va-voom during its transit in Leo. 
Osho Zen Tarot: Participation, Projections, Creativity

Medicine Cards: Ant, Rabbit, Wolf

Mayan Oracle: Language of Light, Transparency

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Queen of Disks, Seven of Wands, Three of Wands

Aleister Crowley Deck: Queen of Disks, Lust, The Empress

Healing Earth Tarot: Seven of Wands, Ace of Rainbows, Medicine Wheel

Words of Truth: Heart, Understanding, Feeling

Astrologically, a few things are working for us this month. On July 7 the stars create mental overdrive that can trigger some stubborn, negative, but also some very deep thinking. Expect challenging and stuck emotions as you try to separate truth from fiction. Don’t overreact. This may be the moment to heed the call to freedom.

On July 11, lively and energetic discussions may trigger some sudden inspirations but also some overtly honest responses. Remember to be kind.

Venus goes into Leo on July 12, making things more playful and fun. Suddenly there is a light inside. Allow yourself to explore. It might be the most interesting to use this aspect in the sexual realms. Leo is a childlike, enthusiastic sign. Venus (goddess of love) will bring out your inner flirt, making things very va-va-voom during its transit in Leo. Expect things to get stirred up and excitement to be the driving force from the middle till the end of July.

We are still navigating Neptune retrograde, which heightens intuition and awareness. Do not shove the truth as you see it under the carpet. You may have to pull someone aside and ask the underlying uncomfortable question but it is better to find out the truth than wait too long, because when Neptune goes direct in November, hiding from the truth could come back to haunt you.

Mercury also enters Leo on July 13 and let’s just say it is going to be a great time for socializing and connecting with those you love. You will feel warmhearted and generous. Communication will be extra interesting because everyone will be paying more attention to all conversations.

On the 19th there is a full Moon in Capricorn so expect to get pulled in two directions; you might have a hard time making a decision.

The Sun enters Leo on July 22. As we turn into the hottest time of the year, there are more warm social interactions to be enjoyed. On July 29 Mercury squares Mars, making arguments likely. Uranus goes retrograde till late Decem­ber, sending all plans back to the drawing board. Be prepared with the understanding that things will not go as smoothly as you wish. But at least the details will be easier to deal with. And solid discussions will bring clarity to some critical issues.

The cards also reflect the blend of fear and fighting. Look squarely at the dualities in your life. Where you want power, you will need patience. Where you want grounding, you will need to find others who are willing to participate from a place of heart understanding.

It is best to be as transparent as possible because there is a strong feeling to want to protect and defend your position on things. Just remember that others may or may not share in your enthusiastic truth. Accept that extreme emotions are prevalent and many will not be behaving rationally. You have to find creative solutions to the situations that are still bothering you. You have to allow a new space to open in your life. Often that means letting old patterns and behaviors go. It’s best to let the universe fill the emptiness than for you to decide what you think you want.

Many obstacles lie ahead but you cannot look that far into the future because so many things are changing; what you thought you wanted, you may not actually desire to put the time and energy into now. You have only to look at what is presented each day and do what’s right in front of you.

The beginning of July is the most conflicted and the most controversial. The good news is that as the season warms up, so will the emotions. A better disposition will unfold naturally if you allow it to.

Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She now lives in California, but visits Utah for classes and readings frequently.

This article was originally published on July 1, 2016.