Friday, July 21, 2017
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July 2017- Spirituality and Astrology: Have you been born again?

This is a delicate subject that sometimes makes people uncomfortable. I used to cringe if someone came up to me and asked me if I knew Jesus, or if a Jehovah’s Witness knocked on my door. Now I’m more respectful and understanding. Usually associated with evangelical Christians, born again is really a broad term. It calls to mind a change of lifestyle, often ascetic, joining a church and a tendency to want to share the good news with the world. I got to thinking about it recently because a friend of mine became born again. She even got baptized. I thought it was very nice and I’m happy for her. Know why? Because I totally get it.

Being born again, epiphany or revelation, can happen to anyone at any time, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been saved, or you “got religion.” It means you have remembered God. That’s it, pure and simple. There are many paths to God. And if not God, then Goddess, G-d (in Judaism), Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna or the Great Spirit. It often happens when a person has a life-changing event or gives up drinking, for example. You surrender to a higher power. You feel different inside and out and nothing will ever be the same as before.

This doesn’t refute astrology or the occult, even though some people will vehemently argue the point. In fact, there are several areas of the horoscope that denote spirituality, religion, church, asceticism, mysticism or transcendental experience. These are the 8th, 9th and 12th houses, and the signs Scorpio, Sagittarius and Pisces. Healing and psychic ability are often spiritual in nature. Sometimes a transit or progression of Jupiter, Neptune or Pluto will bring on a religious awakening, even more likely if there are two or three transits at the same time. I can tell you this from personal experience. I also have Jupiter trine Saturn in the 9th house.

Years ago I knew a lady who had a mysterious undiagnosed illness with a lot of pain. She went to a church, laid down on the floor in the middle of the whole congregation and prayed to be healed. There was a miracle. Not only was she healed with no more pain, but she became born again, joined the church, and put up Bible verses all over her house. She went a little crazy with it. She was a Sagittarius. Saturn and Neptune were transiting her sign at that time.

Funny story about the Jehovah’s Witnesses… Two friendly JW ladies came to my door once and wanted to hear all about the Quakers. (I’m a Quaker.) That’s one of their tricks. They came again and I mentioned astrology. Their faces literally turned white and their smiles disappeared. One of them said there was a long list of references in the Bible that preached against astrology. I said I’d like to see that list! They said sure, that they would stop by with it but they took off and never came back. I had no idea that astrology would freak them out. I couldn’t help but laugh about it.

A word to the wise. It can be an ego trip. But it’s not going to make you any better than other people. In fact I kept my experience to myself. I decided it was between me and God. Being born again defies description. You’ve been to the mountain top. You feel like you are floating. You hear the still small voice and you have nothing but love and forbearance for everyone, even that jerk at the office who is your boss. It can happen more than once. It took a couple of hits for me until I fully understood. I was a young adult. My life had barely begun. I realized I still had to continue my journey. That’s the only catch. After you think you’ve seen it all, you have to live out your life, do stupid stuff, fall down, get up, laugh and cry and so on. But you will have that inner peace to keep you going. Remember it. If you’re lucky and it happens to you, it’s a gift.

CELESTIAL ALMANAC: Capricorn Full Moon July 9, Leo New Moon July 23. Mars, Jupiter and Pluto are still in a T-square in Cardinal signs during the first week of the month. Venus trines Jupiter July 18-19.

Continue reading for the July forecast. Have a happy summer and don’t forget to put on sunblock!

This Month's Horoscope
(Born between March 21 - April 19)
While Mars is still in Cancer, until July 20, you should do stuff around the house like repairs, renovation or moving the furniture. It’s a high energy cycle that may bring a short temper, impatience, a tendency to get into an argument or minor accident. Just relax, take your time and be kind. Because of Mercury, Sun and Mars in Leo your social life will pick up later this month. More high energy but with a positive twist. On July 17-19 Mars squares Uranus. Expect the unexpected.
Taurus taurus
(Born between April 20 - May 19)
While Venus is here, until July 5, get in one last blast. Go shopping for something pretty. Get your hair done and pamper yourself. Mercury, Sun and Mars will call attention to life at home later on. Lots going on in general. Like Aries, you will have projects or fixer-uppers to work on. If you are planning to move this is a good transit for that. You will hear from parents or relatives. This is a good time to plan a reunion or entertain old friends.
Gemini Gemini
(Born between May 20 - June 20)
Venus arrives on July 5. With Jupiter direct now, and while still in Libra, plan activities with children. Babies or grandchildren may be born this summer. Go to parties and ball games. Have fun. You will try new things, make new friends and your love life may bloom too. You are more attractive to the opposite sex. You have more confidence and a cheery outlook. Finances will improve. Like Taurus you should pamper yourself a little as well.
Cancer cancer
(Born between June 21 - July 22)
While Mars is in your sign you can get a lot done. You have more physical energy than usual. You are a little accident prone so take it easy and watch your step. I fell down last week myself. Luckily there was no damage done, but I thought, that’s Mars. Make a list of projects and get busy. Do that stuff on the back burner that you’ve been putting off. During the first week the Cardinal T-square may bring changes, or events that steer you in a new direction. This can’t hurt. Go with the flow. The Capricorn Full Moon on July 9 may be important. Watch out on July 17-19 when Mars squares Uranus. Nothing at all might happen but you never know.
Leo leo
(Born between July 23 - August 21)
Because of Mercury, Sun and Mars in Leo after July 20 life will move into a higher gear. As if you weren’t busy already. But it’s all good. Communications are favored. Lots of meetings, calls and interviews coming up. And you know that Mars will give you a jump start which for most people is a good thing. You can get more done. Take care of your health, get plenty of rest and be careful out there. No rushing. And avoid arguments. Be patient and diplomatic. The Leo New Moon on July 23 will be good for starting a new project.
Virgo virgo
(Born between August 22 - September 22)
With Venus in Gemini on July 5, this is very good for your career and public life. The arts, fashion and entertainment are emphasized. Women may be helpful to you. You can make a good impression at meetings or presentations. More money may be coming your way. It’s a stretch but you might even go on a date with your boss. Mercury arrives in your sign on July 26. There will be an emphasis on communications, as well as organization and craft projects.
Libra libra
(Born between September 23 - October 22)
Read about Cancer. Some of you will notice a change in the wind early in the month because of the Cardinal T-square. Your career may be affected, or your company rather than you personally. It might be disruptive but the Mars transit is brief. Just get through it and be prepared. It may be a change you were looking for. When Mars squares Uranus on July 17-19 there may be some excitement or a challenge of some kind. Be graceful under pressure. The Venus Jupiter trine on July 18-19 will be a pleasant and helpful influence.
Scorpio scorpio
(Born between October 23 - November 21)
While the Sun and Mars are in Cancer until July 20, you will want to travel. Because of the Cardinal T-square (Mars, Jupiter and Pluto) you may have an important learning experience. This isn’t a bad thing, it will just make you think. Mercury, Sun and Mars in Leo will put you in the spotlight later in the month. You might be in the news or something. Now is the time to assert yourself. Meetings, conferences and the like will give you a chance to really shine.
Sagittarius sagittarius
(Born between November 22 - December 21)
Read about Gemini. The trine of Venus and Jupiter will cast blessings upon you. Relationships, friendships and group activities are favored. Single Archers will meet new people and romance may develop. Mercury in Virgo on July 26 helps things along professionally. Communications pick up. There will be meetings, conferences, negotiations and possibly a business trip. Because of the Sun and Mars travel, education and the spiritual life are favored.
Capricorn capricorn
(Born between December 22 - January 20)
Watch the Capricorn Full Moon on July 9. A matter will come to a conclusion. A project may be completed. Mars, Jupiter and Pluto are in a Cardinal T-square during the first week of the month. Because of this and the Mars Uranus square on July 17-19 there may be changes of direction or unexpected developments. Like I told Cancer, go with the flow. Mars in Cancer until July 20 will spark up relationships. Try not to fight, but go out on a hot date and have fun together.
Aquarius aquarius
(Born between January 21 - February 19)
The Leo New Moon on July 23 will be a good influence for a fresh start, or beginning a new relationship. Make a wish. Get out and meet people, you never know what will happen. That beautiful trine of Venus and Jupiter on July 18-19 favors romance, friendship, children, creativity, travel and money. You may be invited out more this month. Read about Leo. After July 20 Mars will influence all one-to-one relationships. Things could heat up, in one way or another.
Pisces pisces
(Born between February 20 - March 20)
Because of Venus and Jupiter home life and finances are favored, especially property or accounts shared with a partner. This is a good time to buy a new home. You can qualify for a mortgage now. Some of you will receive an inheritance or settle a lawsuit. Although brief, this is a lucky transit (July 18-19) for coming into money, or at least getting a bonus or something. Because of Mars children’s activities, romance and your social life will pick up.

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