It might be summer, but July is no vacation. June gave us a much needed reprieve from the tumult of the last few years, but the astrology of July puts us right back in the ring for another round. That said, though there is a fair share of frustration and difficulty this month, there are also some dreamy and romantic moments to keep us going through the hard times.
Mars and Mercury both change signs on the 5th, setting things up to immediately feel very different than how they did last month. Mars leaves bold Aries for stubborn Taurus while Mercury leaves chatty Gemini to join the sun in sensitive Cancer. Under these influences, our communications become more nuanced and intuitive while our actions slow down. Mars in Taurus only puts energy into what’s absolutely necessary. Try not to push too hard against something unwilling to budge.
A full moon in disciplined and ambitious Capricorn on the 13th comes as a helpful reality check in relation to long term planning and goals. Then on the 17th, Venus enters nourishing Cancer inspiring cuddle fests and crying fits to help us process our big feels.
Mercury enters passionate Leo on the 19th with the sun following on the 22nd. Happy Birthday to our generous, regal and protective lionesses like Meghan Markle, Michelle Yeoh and Madonna. Though Leo season usually comes with a confidence boost, the final week of July has quite a few heavy aspects reflecting intense frustration and sudden change that might put a damper on otherwise glamorous affairs.
On the 28th, Jupiter stations retrograde in Aries, marking a turning point in some of the rapid-fire advancement that’s been going on in the Aries part of our chart since May 10th. A new moon in Leo on the same day provides a confidence boost and some levity amidst all the commotion.
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign may provide further insight.)