Woodlot Horoscopes for July 2017

This month's horoscopes were written in collaboration with Andi Astre (aka Mystic Sandwich) of The Good Spirit—a curated metaphysical boutique in Vancouver that aims to provide clarity in your spiritual path by way of introspection, intuition, and inspiration. 

July presents an opportunity for us to gain greater mastery over our emotions. With an emphasis on Cancer, and many square aspects, difficult emotions are likely to surface. A beneficial aspect from Neptune teaches that the way through emotions is surrender and acceptance. Feel the emotions fully to understand their message, and to find the gifts on the other side. There is a sweet spot around the 17th to the 19th of the month when feelings are eased and energy is harmonious. This would be an opportune moment for gathering with loved ones, for communicating, for making plans before Mercury enters its retrograde shadow on July 25th. By the end of the month, we shift out of water and into fire, with an emphasis in Leo beginning a period in which we explore our individuality, self expression, and creativity. With the eclipses coming up in August, news and changes may already be coming in. The eclipses signal a shift of energy from group-mindedness toward focus on individuality and self expression (which ultimately serves the group in the long run).  

Zodiac illustrations by Katie Maasik

Aries by Katie Maasik

(March 21-April 19)

This month I remove my shoes and feel my feet on the earth. I connect with Earth as a being and honour her. I honour the land on which I walk, and the ancestors and spirits of the land. I find grounding. I consider Home and Family. What do these mean to me? How can I feel more at home in the world? I put these questions to my higher self, my inner guidance, and await the answers. I slow down. I take time to rest. To feel. When emotions arise I recognize they wish to tell me something, teach me something, and I accept their teachings. I allow what is. I feel the feelings. I right the balance between inner and outer, home and career. In the days around the 18th, I accept the opportunity for harmonious communications with those close to me, and accept a beautiful meeting of the minds. Later in the month, I feel the rumblings of Leo calling me to my creativity and I explore my unique expression and inherent wildness.

Taurus by Katie Maasik

(April 20-May 20)

This month my mind is stimulated and communication channels are open for insight and messages to flow through. I recognize that conflicts are opportunities to learn and grow. When conflict arises, I ask, what am I being shown? I resist blaming others, and seek to understand what it is within me that invited the difficulty. I accept advice and guidance from others, but never defer to them. I always also check in with myself, with my own inner guidance. I trust my own divine connection, my intuitive knowing. I find empowerment in this. A sweet opportunity around the 18th for increasing finances through work and service is offered to me, and I open to it. Later in the month, my focus shifts to home and family. I go within, take time to rest, to find grounding, to feel, to be with loved ones.

Gemini by Katie Maasik

(May 21-June 21)

My mind is on money, and that’s okay. I take this time to sort out my feelings around money, and around self worth. I forgive myself. I allow myself to receive. I accept that allowing myself an abundant life does not take away from anyone else. In fact, when I accept material security and abundance, I’m better able to give to others, to serve others. When loss comes I allow myself to mourn. I don’t fight the feelings, I feel them through. Loss, as difficult as it is, is an opportunity for transformation. When we are brought down into the depths, there’s an opportunity to then emerge renewed. Amidst all of it, I harness my creative self expression as a means to work with difficult energies.

Cancer by Katie Maasik

(June 21-July 22)

The energy is with me this month. I feel the surge, and allow it to lift me up, even amidst many emotions. I honour myself for my own emotional intelligence, for my ability to feel so deeply and to receive feelings’ teachings. I take this time to consider myself and who I am in the world. I refine my identity, how I present myself to others, how I interface with the world. I seek the balance between self and other. I make time and space for both. I take alone time when I need it. I take good care of myself. This is what allows me to take care of the other. I go within. I listen to myself, to my heart. This is what allows me to listen to others, to be present for them. When others seem to overpower me, when others confront me with their outbursts, their drama, instead of reacting out of pain, I withdraw, I retreat, I go within. I ask what the teaching is. What am I being shown about myself through this encounter. Taking this time and space for myself allows me to then respond, with consciousness and freedom, rather than reacting out of habit and fear.

Leo by Katie Maasik

(July 23-August 22)

I seek to understand my unconscious motivations. I seek to make the unconscious conscious. I attend to the thought patterns. I get quiet and still so that I may see more clearly. What are my desires? What is my hunger? What drives me? I seek to see all, to forgive all. When life gets stressful, I see how I’m triggered, how I react unconsciously, and I allow these moments to show me who I am, to reveal my latent patterns and wounds. Even on this rollercoaster ride of life, a part of me stands back, always calm, always loving, just observing. I connect with this inner presence, this part of me from which wisdom and clarity flow. Around the 18th, I accept a gift from my community, I accept the balm of friendship and belonging. Sometimes we must go through darkness to find the light. By the end of the month I am ready to emerge/ I feel the energy lift me up. I find ease, renewal, vitality.

Virgo by Katie Maasik

(August 23-September 22)

With my gifts for precision I find the fine balance between material security, creative self expression, and community. There is some tension between these three areas this month, and an opportunity to resolve the tension through creativity, through seeing from a broader perspective: seeing that what appears to be at odds really need not be. I feel motivated to seek out community, to make connections, and follow this initiative. And yet I remained empowered in my individuality. I recognize that I find belonging by being myself. I express my unique voice, I follow the creative flow, I allow the universal energy to work through me. I allow others to see me. I release the fear of being seen for who I am.

Libra by Katie Maasik

(September 23-October 22)

In this lifetime I am learning balance. This month presents many opportunities for learning. I feel the pull between my work life and my home life. The demands of career pull me away from my obligations at home, and from what needs my attention there. Conflicts arise and I feel torn. Yet I recognize all these tensions, all this instability, is an opportunity to regain balance once again. I seek out philosophy and spirituality and words of wisdom to give me solace when life is difficult. I remember that all conflict is here to teach me something, to show me something. The feelings that emerge from the depths of my psyche ask to be seen, to be felt, and I allow them space. I hold them in my arms. I give myself the nurturance and tenderness I deserve. I harness the mother within to care for the parts of myself that are in pain. I care for myself. I surrender. I accept. I love myself.

Scorpio by Katie Maasik

(October 23-November 21)

This month I reconcile the various parts of my mind that are in tension. I connect with the part of myself that is pure presence, that simply observes without judgement, without trying to change. From this perspective I observe the tensions within, the thought patterns that keep me bound, that hold me in tension. Through bringing presence to what is, the knots may unwind of their own accord, the tensions resolve themselves. I surrender to what is, and trust that peace will come. I see there is no contradiction between my inner knowing and consensus reality. From this broader perspective, there is room for both. Challenges to my worldview are opportunities to go within and find deeper faith, deeper commitment to my personal truth.

Sagittarius by Katie Maasik

(November 22-December 21)

I harness the aspect of myself that is nurturing and loving, that can hold all of me within a field of loving forgiveness, that can nurture and care for the parts of me that are in pain. From this perspective I bring awareness and light to the voices within that tell me I’m not enough, not deserving, that something is wrong with me. I observe how simply holding these aspects in a field of love dissolves the patterns, heals the pain. When life brings loss, I allow myself to grieve. I go into the feelings even when they are unpleasant, because I know they are there to teach me something, I know they are there to be felt. I know the way to the light is something through darkness, through  pain. I know I have to go through to get to the other side. I have trust that there is another side, that after the darkness, there will be light again. I trust in my community for support. I trust I will be transformed and renewed.

Capricorn by Katie Maasik

(December 22-January 19)

I come to learn something of myself, I understand more clearly who I am. I have the courage to see reality, to see all the aspects within me, even those that are hard to look at. I know that all people have darkness within them, and it is only through courageously facing that darkness that we can heal. I see the ways in which I forgot I was free, I forgot to love. And I forgive myself. I forgive myself for forgetting who I am. When others confront me, I look within, I ask what it is within me that invited their confrontation. I let go of blame. I release guilt. I seek the balance between self and other. I give myself time and space and love and care so that I may be full of light, and that I may then offer those gifts to others.

Aquarius by Katie Maasik

(January 19-February 18)

When I feel overwhelmed or stressed by work, when my colleagues act out, I take it as an opportunity to go within and connect to my higher guidance. I resist blaming or getting angry (and if I do, I forgive myself) because I remember that there is a reason for everything. I ask what are these events trying to teach me? What is it within me that invites confrontation or exhaustion? How can I take better care of myself? What about my personal philosophy invites this tension? Are there tweaks I can make to my belief system so that I can live in greater ease and freedom? I find solace, love, and freedom within. I know I can find this inner connectedness whenever I need it.

Pisces by Katie Maasik

(February 19-March 20)

I make use of this surge of creative energy that is offered me. I enjoy moving my body. I allow the energy to flow through naturally, I let the spirit guide me. I feel into my body, I indulge in my embodiment. I seek the pleasures of life on earth, I enjoy my senses. I become a vessel for creative energies to flow through me. I create, I move, I dance, I laugh, I love. Even more so when life is hard, when challenges are thrown my way, when emotions are running high. I work through difficult emotions by feeling and moving them through my body. When difficult energies arise in my community, I seek to understand the deeper meaning. I seek my own empowerment through community. I look to my own individuality and creative self expression as a balance to community involvement. I remember that sometimes we must go through the darkness in order to reach the light.

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