Skymates, take a deep breath as July begins. The planetary square between Mars in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn can be making the collective energy feel antsy and slightly distressed, but once Mars shifts into Taurus on the 5th we’re going to start stabilizing ourselves, and our lives, from the inside out. At the end of this month, Jupiter shifts retrograde in Aries for the first time in 11 years. Jupiter Retrograde’s pre-shadow period will be felt in the first few days of the month, and when you combine it with the lingering energy of the Cancer New Moon, many of us are likely to feel sentimental and nostalgic about life this month. But that doesn’t mean we need to get stuck in the past, or in our feelings.

Moving our body, spending time in nature, and slowing down to enjoy life’s simple pleasures: that’s big Mars in Taurus energy. With Venus, the Planet of Love, spending time in Gemini, and then Cancer, our social lives may have both an introverted and extroverted flair to them. Honor the moments when all you want to do is chill in bed with yourself and your favorite book, and honor the moments when you want to feel consumed with someone who makes you smile, laugh, feel safe, and climax. You deserve love from yourself, and from others, and this will particularly become clear once Leo Season begins on the 22nd. Our collective desire to feel seen, celebrated, and adored will be felt, and the Leo New Moon on the 28th can help us live life in a way that makes our inner child feel free. Because life truly is as simple as we choose to view, and make it, skymates.

Let’s choose to create a reality that liberates us from our fears, or from oppressive systems. It won’t happen overnight, but trust that it’s already happening, breath by breath. By the time Saturn ends its final retrograde in Aquarius (for the next 29 years) in 3.5 months, you’ll see why doing the shadow work and facing our own inhibitions, personally and collectively, is truly paying off. Stay focused on the new consciousness we’re co-creating, and make this month a brilliantly awakening, and healing, experience.