Aries, this is going to be a month where you become more aware than ever before of exactly what is holding you back in life. That's the good news. The bad news, however, is that while you'll have this startling realization, you're not going to be able to do a thing about it … at least not yet. Knowing what's wrong is one thing but being able to actively fix or change the situation in order to make it right is another. You're used to action -- you make things happen. But now with Mars, your ruling planet, being retrograde, you are spinning your wheels in frustration, needing to resign yourself to the fact that for now, nothing will happen according to your personal timeline. You are at the mercy of the cosmic backwash that will force you into the past. It'll make you feel as though you're in a pressure cooker situation that we all know will eventually build up into a tsunami. And when it's time for you to move forward, there might be some fall-out.
Let's get back to the present moment, because July is just not going to be a month where you feel in your power. Do your best to make peace with this and take in what's happening around you without trying to direct it or change it. As early as July 12 you'll notice a significant domestic change happening thanks to a potent Solar Eclipse that falls in your family sector. One of your parents or a person in authority might try to control the changes that are happening in your clan, much to your frustration. It's a "do as I say and not as I do" type of influence you'll be under, and you might need to bow down and concede in this particular situation. Choose your battles wisely this month, especially when it comes to family matters. The truth is, you're out there trying to fight without any weapons and your suit of armor is in the shop.
Adding to the complexity of July, Mercury has decided to turn retrograde on July 26 in your 5th House of Love, Romance, Children, and Creativity. You might receive mixed messages from a romantic partner until August 19. You may also have to address miscommunication with children. An ex-lover might reappear and if this happens, you won't know what to do about it. The best course of action this month -- and next month -- is NO action. Remember, Mars won't turn direct until August 27.
As if this weren't enough, a Lunar Eclipse will illuminate your 11th House of Groups, Friends, Technology Endeavors, and Greatest Hopes on July 27. You might feel completely deflated with a project that is dear to your heart, especially if it involves groups or technology. If there was ever a month for you to make peace with the "let go or be dragged" philosophy, this is it. Trust that anything ending now truly is draining your energy and is making room for what is meant to be in your future.