July 2013 Vedic Astrology Horoscope

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini – June 26-July 20

A retrograde planet appears to be moving backward relative to our position on Earth. It can be compared to a slower moving car that we pass on the highway. Although it is not actually moving backward, it appears to be doing so based on our speed. The retrograde planet is not really keeping up with the pace of our life on earth. This causes us to go back and pay close attention to what it is doing.

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini – June 26-July 20 – VIDEO


The retrograde planet interrupts the visible things it produces, both mergemas a karaka (natural indicator) and as a house ruler (as the houses are related to the forms a planet produces). It is the interruption wit those things the specific things the planet rules that keep getting our attention, causing us to “reflect” on that planet – to go backward – inward, toward its deeper meaning – and slow down more with it.

A Mercury Retrograde Plan
All planets appear to go retrograde (except the Sun and Moon), but Mercury retrograde happens with more frequency, usually 3 times a year on average. Because Mercury rules so many things important to human interaction (especially now in the “information age”), his retrograde cycles can seems to really mess us up.

Six things to keep in mind:
~ Pay attention to what you communicate – be thorough!
~ Don’t assume others “get it”.
~ Double and triple “spell check”.
~ Be wary of new technology intense projects (and be very thorough if you undertake a new massive load / data migration, etc).
~ It is a good time for editing what already exists
– See more at: http://www.mydailyastrology.net/join/news/mercury-retrograde-in-gemini-june-26-july-20/#sthash.QIrgTHUg.dpuf

There are many interesting twists and turns on the way for July 2013, including mercury turning direct after a retrograde cycle in Gemini – and an exact Jupiter aspect to Saturn (and Rahu) in Libra – helping to open us up to greater relationship ease and healing.

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How do you catch a butterfly? A lesson in stillness by Jill Militzer

IT IS OFTEN said that life is made up of many moments — and that to live within the stillness of the moment without expectations brings the greatest joy.

Butterfly encounters remind me of such an example. We have all seen their beautiful, colorful and intricately patterned wings. They flutter about, weaving in and out of flowers with a simplistic carefree style. They catch our attention out of the corner of our eye, gliding in and out of sight until we can no longer follow their trail, as a tree suddenly blocks our view. And sometimes if we are lucky, they’ll even land on us, revealing their quiet majesty by slowly opening and closing their delicate wings.

It is a moment we treasure, as it conjures up feelings of childlike wonder and awe. Something deep inside of us wants to keep it, beckoning the memories of summer days from long ago with safari hats and butterfly nets. Yet, we know now that catching butterflies would only result in a dismal life for them, short-lived in a jar.

The question still begs, “How do you catch a butterfly?”

Do you run around the yard flailing your arms madly when you spot one, demanding it to come to you? Or…would you have better success if you just stopped and perhaps…stood still? If only for a moment….

People, animals and even insects respond to calm energy. For people, this is evident at parties, work, school, the grocery store, at home, and everywhere in between. It’s even more apparent when our beloved pets don’t want to be around our bad moods, yet cannot wait to curl up on our laps when the opposite is true, if only for a moment.

Forcing a desired result through our thoughts and actions interferes with the purity of moments.

So, the next time you see a butterfly, try doing nothing at all. And if the butterfly decides to be caught, enjoy the moment for as long as it wants to stay.

Copyright © 2013 Jill Militzer. All Rights Reserved.

Jill Militzer is a writer/illustrator, and Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Practitioner. She has self-published six books, spoken locally and state wide to schools, libraries, and businesses, as well as presented at the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention.

No Mistakes!: How You Can Change Adversity into Abundance by Madisyn Taylor, Sunny Dawn Johnston, HeatherAsh Amara

Have you ever wondered if there was any truth to the adage, “Everything happens for a reason”? Wonder no more. This is the book that demonstrates the truth in that old piece of conventional wisdom. Madisyn Taylor, Sunny Dawn Johnston, Heather Ash and twenty other motivational and inspirational authors and speakers explore how synchronicities, blessings, and miracles can be found even in the most seemingly daunting circumstances.

Written from the perspective that every experience that you have is designed to be an opportunity for growth, No Mistakes contains over twenty-five uplifting chapters, each contributed by a different author. Each story demonstrates in concretely how what appear to be dire circumstances are ultimately opportunity for blessings. Drawing on situations ranging from financial hardship, divorce, and even death of a loved one, these accounts leave no doubt that even in the darkest moments of our lives, a divine hand is at work.

For anyone traveling a rough road or experiencing difficulties, this will provide the fortitude to move ahead. There is indeed a silver lining behind every dark cloud.

Madisyn Taylor is the co-Founder and editor-in-chief of DailyOM.com. Created in 2004, DailyOM serves well over 1.1 million subscribers with daily essays on all areas of self-improvement and creating a better life. Madisyn is an award-winning author of 2 books and has a regular column on Oprah.com. Previously, Madisyn was the creator of an aromatherapy line of products sold worldwide. madisyntaylor.com

Sunny Dawn Johnston is an angel communicator, psychic medium, and author of the bestselling book Invoking the Archangels: A Nine Step Process to Heal Your Body, Mind, and Soul. For more information, please visit her website at sunnydawnjohnston.com

HeatherAsh Amara is a teacher, guide, and author of numerous books. As the founder of the Toltec Center for Creative Intent (toci.org), she has facilitated hundreds of workshops in the Toltec tradition and taught extensively with don Miguel Ruiz. Visit her at toci.org.

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