Planetary Transits for July 20 – July 26

The first part of this newsletter describes the position of the (Vedic astrology) planets this week.
The second part describes the impact of the transit planets for each rising sign.
Note 1:  Sun is conjunct Mars until Aug. 9th. This connects governments with fire, police, military and property matters. (Thousands evacuated; 46 major wildfires burn across 12 states.)
Rahu and Ketu remain stationary until Sept. 8th, which causes problems worldwide.
Note 2:  President Trump has Sun, ruling his  Leo chart, and Mars, ruling property and his ninth house of good fortune, transiting his 12th house of losses, expenses, separations, prisons, hospitals and foreign lands until Aug. 16 and 26, respectively. Both of these planets now lack the power to protect and promote their own significations.
Moreover, transit Saturn, ruling his seventh house of relationships and life abroad, is afflicted by his natal Rahu and Ketu and his most malefic planet, Moon, ruling the twelfth (inauspicious) house, untilNov. 1st.
These slow-moving transits, taken together, are likely to bring stressful and unexpected events — and some level of vulnerability to his status, health, and administration.
Sun transits Cancer, from 03:34 to 10:16°. Sun is closely conjunct Mars until August 9th. This connects leaders and governments with fire, police and military activities and property matters. Taurus, Virgo, and Scorpio rising sign persons should be careful and patient as Mars rules their 12th, 8th, and 6th (inauspicious) houses, respectively.
Moon is waning/waxing and transits Taurus, Gemini, Cancer and Leo.
Mars transits its debilitation sign, Cancer, from 05:42 to 10:12°. Mars is closely conjunct the Sun until August 9th. Virgo, Capricorn, and Pisces rising sign persons should be careful and patient, as Sun rules their 12th, 8th, and 6th (inauspicious) houses, respectively. Mars is debilitated until August 26th. This is not ideal for the police, military, athletes, surgeons, construction, engineering, property matters, et al.
Mercury transits out of Cancer and into Leo, July 20 at 10:50 p.m. CDT.  Mercury is closely conjunct Rahu until July 25. Expect an eclipse or fluctuations with stocks, business, computers, technology, communications and intellectual property. (Back up your hard drive and make sure you have virus protection.)
Jupiter transits Virgo, from 21:27 to 22:16°.  Jupiter is outside the orb of influence of other planets, which should be helpful for law, religion and education. Aries, Libra, and Aquarius rising sign persons, however, should be careful and patient as Jupiter is transiting their 6th, 12th, and 8th (inauspicious) houses, respectively – until September 11th.
Venus transits out of its own sign, Taurus, and into Gemini, July 26 at 5:38 a.m. CDT. Venus is under the 5th aspect of Ketu, July 22 – 30. Take care of the women in your life and be vigilant with the arts, luxuries, entertainment, and transportation.
Saturn transits Scorpio, from 28:05 to 27:45°.  Saturn is in retrograde motion until Aug. 25th. The adverse effects are primarily for Cancer, Virgo and Pisces rising signs – but only when Saturn is within 5 degrees of the person’s rising sign degree, or another planet by conjunction or aspect.
Saturn remains in Scorpio until October 26th. Aries, Gemini, and Sagittarius rising sign persons should be careful and patient as Saturn is in their 8th, 6th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses, respectively.
Saturn is under the 5th aspect of Rahu until Nov. 6 and is weak in degrees until Dec. 12th.  This is not helpful for the elderly, the poor and needy, and working-class persons.  Expect issues relative to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as well as for immigration, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, the environment, and the oil, gas and minerals industries.
In the SAMVA chart/horoscope* for USA, Saturn’s transit causes serious issues relative to debts, setbacks, accidents, health and legal issues and even deathlike experiences through October. Be vigilant, take care of your family, and avoid stressful people and situations. *Systems’ Approach to Mundane Astrology.
Rahu and Ketu transit Leo and Aquarius, respectively, from 00:20 to 00:11°.  Rahu and Ketu are stationary in the 0°range until September 8th.  Those persons with 0 – 2° rising signs or with any planet at 0 – 2° in odd signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius) should be careful and patient. Additionally, those persons with 28 to 30° rising signs or with any planet in the 28 to 30 to 28°range in even signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces (including USA) should also be careful and patient.
Whenever Rahu and Ketu are stationary for 3 months, the difficulties intensify. The 1st month the person says, “something is wrong”. The 2nd month the person says, “something is seriously wrong.” The 3rd month, the person needs to seeks legal, medical, financial, spiritual, astrological or psychological help. Those doing the planetary remedies for their horoscopes will have smoother sailing.
Transit Planet Effects for Each “Rising Sign” (not “Sun sign”): 
Aries: Enjoy relationships. Focus on property, vehicles, fixed assets and home life – recent challenges with same dissipate.  Consider property investments through mid-Aug. Get extra rest through Aug. Be patient with father and religious figures through mid-Sept. and with income and friendships through Oct.
Taurus: Connect property, home life, and long-distance ventures with independent projects, but be careful with expenses.  Be patient for one more week with debts, disputes and health. Work from home on business and communications. Take care of your children and investments through mid-Sept. Build career partnerships through Oct.
Gemini: Expect improvement with health, leadership and entrepreneurial ventures. Speak up as an authority figure. Focus on business, technology, communications and intellectual property. Be patient for one more week with children, education and investments. Connect partnerships with property through mid-Sept.
Cancer: Expect a lift. Take a leadership position and make decisions. Focus on writing, business, technology, communications and your own initiatives. Gain from property, women, and creativity. Be vigilant to avoid debts and disputes through mid-Sept. Take care of your children, education and investments through Oct.
Leo: Get extra rest and consider a retreat, vacation or long-distance venture through mid-Aug. Be patient with expenses or separations. Focus on independent projects in the workplace and connect your career with women, luxuries, and creativity. Your children and investments should do well through Aug.
Virgo: Get extra rest and consider a retreat, vacation or long-distance venture. Take care of your health and avoid authority figures. Be patient with income, friendships and older siblings, which are vulnerable to setbacks. Gain from large organizations. Teach, publish and advise through mid-Sept.
Libra: Be patient for one more week and don’t take risks. Focus on research, language, and knowledge. Recent losses in the workplace dissipate. Connect your career with joint venture and large organizations. Work on long-distance projects through mid-Sept. Be conservative through Oct.
Scorpio: Be patient for one more week with relationships to manage expenses and separations. Expect gains in the workplace and focus on writing, business, communications, technology and intellectual property. Teach, publish and consult through mid-Sept. Work and property matters are on the forefront through Oct.
Sagittarius: Be patient for another week with income and friendships, and then expect improvement. Recent setbacks in the workplace dissipate, but expect less through mid-Aug. Take care your children and investments through Aug. Teach, publish and advise through mid-Sept. Entrepreneurial expenses are likely through Oct.
Capricorn: Spend another week working with children, education and investments. Your mind is creative; study the arts.  Be vigilant at home and with property and transportation to avoid accidents. Long-distance ventures are possible through mid-Sept. Gain from work through Oct.
Aquarius: Spend another week on home life. Recent setbacks with money and marriage dissipate; but your partner may be vulnerable to debts, disputes or health issues through mid-Aug. Be vigilant with your own initiatives through late Aug. Be patient with income and friendships through mid-Sept. and focus on your career through Oct.
Pisces: Be patient with entrepreneurial setbacks for one more week. Be vigilant before speaking and with family life for 3 weeks to avoid conflict. Relationships may be vulnerable to short-lived debts, disputes or health issues from time to time through late Sept. Focus career partnerships through mid-Sept.
About the author: David Hawthorne