Your Monthly Horoscopes: July 2023

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Happy Cancer Season! July begins with a much-needed dose of emotional clarity as Mercury in sensitive Cancer meets the sun on the 1st. This is called a cazimi—a Latin word meaning “in the heart of the sun”—and it really does get us to the heart of the matter. Soon after, the full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd helps us determine practical ways to implement what was revealed. Unfortunately, these bright and optimistic vibes do not last as July takes a turn for the intense after the full moon.

Mars enters Virgo on the 10th followed by Mercury entering Leo on the 11th. Mars in Virgo is typically a productive energy (this is the placement of organization gurus and project managers), but it comes with frustration this time. Mars spends most of the month approaching an opposition with Saturn in Pisces, an aspect simply described as a major roadblock. It goes exact on the 20th making the middle part of this month the tensest time of the entire summer!

There’s also an aspect of changing fate as the lunar nodes switch signs on the 17th for the first time since January 2022. The nodes bring eclipses and thus major beginnings and endings. As the nodes switch from fixed signs (Taurus and Scorpio) to cardinal signs (Aries and Libra), the changes will no longer come slowly, but with rapid and initiating energy. Things that came up around the solar eclipse in Aries on April 20th come back into focus. Relief comes with the new moon in Cancer on the same day which is a chance to go inward and reflect on where we’re going next.

Yet another complicating factor of July is Venus retrograde! Venus goes retrograde in Leo on the 22nd through September 3rd and inspires us to accept shifting desires and claim the love we deserve. This is a process of review and reflection. What we want at the beginning of the summer will not be what we want by summer’s end. The retrograde also starts just as Leo season begins—Happy birthday to all of our Leo Queens from Kim Cattrall to J. Lo to Meghan Markle.

The month ends with Mercury entering Virgo on the 28th, the sign where the communication planet gets gold stars in articulation and mental prowess. This is when we can finally start putting July’s big changes to words. Until then, it’s best to go along for the ride observing our feelings and taking careful notes.

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(March 21 - April 19)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Time in the spotlight!
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): Fresh bed sheets
  • Other Key Dates: 7/10, 7/20

Things are feeling good for you at the top of the month, Aries. The full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd brings you long-awaited recognition in your professional life. What’s best of all is that while things peak in your career, you’re also finding plenty of time to relax at home, go on dates or spend time with your kids. Enjoy the leisure while it lasts because things get much more hectic when Mars moves into your daily grind sector on the 10th. The best way to channel this energy is through moving your body. So hit the gym, dance it out and make time for those silly little walks.

Love Horoscope

Whether you’re single or partnered, the first half of the month continues June’s trend of being fun and flirty. But after the 17th, you may find that you’re less inclined to fool around and want to get serious! This is not a fleeting feeling but an influence that will last for the next year and a half. Though it may not feel like it now, there’s freedom in defining what you want.

Money Horoscope

Spending lots of time at home in the first part of the month inspires you to splurge on a few home decor items and furniture upgrades. Yes, you do need that chartreuse reading chair and ottoman and that dachshund throw pillow. After Venus goes retrograde on the 22nd, your task is to review your budgets and spending. This is a great time to check in and see if the things you’re investing in are truly making you happy.

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(April 20 - May 20)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Choosing grad school classes
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): Lunch date with your BFF
  • Other Key Dates: 7/2, 7/22, 7/27

This is a month for housekeeping in a literal sense and also a figurative one. The full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd illuminates a longing for travel, education or spirituality that you may not have even been aware of. But before you embark on the next adventure, you have to make sure the foundations of your life are in working order. Whether you’re moving houses, dealing with family drama or getting back in touch with your core needs, Venus retrograde—which begins on the 22nd through September 3rd—is about reclaiming both your home and sense of peace. You may also notice that what you want now is different from what you wanted last year, or even a month ago. Follow your changing desires.

Love Horoscope

Things get very interesting in your love life once action planet Mars enters your sex and pleasure sector on the 10th. Whether you’re falling for a friend or trying to spice things up with your long-term partner, you’re very keen to prioritize pleasure. Despite wanting it very badly though, you also keep coming up against roadblocks and frustrations. Things should flow easier after the Mars-Saturn opposition on the 20th.

Money Horoscope

As Mercury meets the sun on the 1st, your “a-ha!” moment might be around your spending. Though you’re in a comfortable place financially, you probably have a few unnecessary expenses left on Auto Pay. Take time this month to get conscious of where your money is going.

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(May 21 - June 20)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Pay off your IRS bill
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): Shop the sales!
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/7, 7/10, 7/11, 7/23, 7/27, 7/28

The last few months passed by like sand slipping through your fingers. Where has the time gone? July is for going back to the drawing board and grounding into some goals. The full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd brings up some touchy feelings that you were hoping would just go away. Whether this happens during a coffee date with a friend, a juicy therapy session or while idly browsing at the grocery store, this moment sets the tone for the month. Now is the time for resilience. Things get harder before they get easier again, but when they do come together at month’s end, you’ll have a lot of beautiful things to say about it all.

Love Horoscope

As the month begins, you’re feeling confident about your love life. Whether it’s finally getting on the same page with your partner or feeling more hopeful about connecting on the apps. This takes a turn around the 17th when things get a bit more complicated. Are you down to see how this experience keeps growing?

Money Horoscope

Both the full moon on the 3rd and the new moon on the 17th bring attention to your money sectors. The full moon illuminates what you owe and brings up some feelings of scarcity. That’s why the new moon is for initiating a new era of abundance. Acknowledge where you need help so you can make a plan.

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(June 21 - July 22)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Time to have “the talk”
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): New moon, new you!
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/10, 7/21

Happy birthday, Cancer! The month begins with a Mercury cazimi in your sign bringing some profound realizations about your identity and image, as well as ideas about how you want to express yourself. Paired with a full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd which highlights your partnerships, this month is all about coming back to center with the support of those you love the most. It’s an intense process as you’re also on the brink of a lot of change in your career and home life. The new moon in your sign on the 17th gives you the real fresh start that you’ve been craving.

Love Horoscope

The full moon on the 3rd is in your relationship sector bringing lots of attention to your love life. This is a commit or breakup kind of lunation as in true practical Capricorn style, it makes you very aware of what’s working or not working for the long-term. You may also be dealing with mismatched desire this month as the ongoing Mars-Saturn opposition brings roadblocks in the bedroom.

Money Horoscope

Venus retrograde kicks off on the 22nd in your money sector, so get ready for a wide-reaching review of your income and resources, as well as your values. This is a great time to pay off debts, refinance loans and challenge yourself to cut down on spending. You probably don’t realize that a lot of the things you’re buying are things that you won’t even miss.

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(July 23 - Aug 22)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Stuck at the DMV
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): Download a new meditation app
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/14, 7/20, 7/21, 7/22

Cancer season is always a chance for you to take a break and look at things from a bird’s eye view. But the full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd brings you right back to reality with a growing list of responsibilities. It’s important that you find balance between rest and productivity. Sometimes burnout isn’t the result of too much work but actually of not using your energy well. Your season begins on the 22nd (Happy Solar Return to you, bb!) with Venus retrograde kicking off at the same time. The following six weeks are a key time to reflect on how to better take care of yourself so that you can show up for your local community and in your professional life.

Love Horoscope

Though you might start the month on a getaway with your lover, overall, this is not the sexiest time of year for you. 2023 has been all about negotiations and figuring out how to break away from skewed power dynamics, and this month is no different! When conflict arises try to stay present rather than rushing into the blame game.

Money Horoscope

Though it’s felt like money is slipping away lately, you feel more in control once money planet Mercury enters your sign on the 11th. You’re going to need to make adjustments to your budgets and spending this month, but at least it’s in your control rather than something that is thrust upon you.

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(August 23 - September 23)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): A hot date
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): First meeting of book club!
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/7, 7/10, 7/11, 7/23, 7/27, 7/28

July begins on a refreshing note for you as your ruling planet Mercury goes into the heart of the sun on the 1st. This brings a clean slate for not only your identity and public image, but also for your friendships and community ties. The first week of the month is a great time to put yourself out there socially, allowing your goals to come into focus as you connect with like-minded folks. Things shift towards the private when Mercury enters Leo on the 10th, and you commence your most introspective time of year. The month ends with Mercury entering your sign on the 28th which is when you can put some of those behind-the-scenes realizations into words.

Love Horoscope

Romantically, you start the month in a very exciting place. If you’re partnered, the two of you are finally on the same page and making big plans for travel and your future. If you’re single, you meet someone intriguing on the 1st and the relationship will grow steadily throughout the month. Though it’s tempting to get wrapped up in the connection, respect your need for alone time when you need it. This person won’t go away just because you need to rest.

Money Horoscope

This is a month to watch your spending very closely. Money planet Venus is in your unconscious sector and stations retrograde there on the 22nd. This influence makes it very easy to get carried away and buy things blindly if you’re not paying attention. Though you’re inspired to make some big purchases or new investments, you might want to wait until September to be sure it’s something you really want.

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(September 23 - October 21)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): A visit from your ancestors
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): First day at a new job
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/10, 7/21, 7/22, 7/27

Cancer season is always your most visible time of year and your influence is growing. But the full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd also makes you aware of what’s still missing on a root level. Though you might be struggling with your literal family or home, it’s more likely that you’re feeling a bit lost at sea when it comes to friendship and community. Venus retrograde—which begins on the 22nd through September 3rd—is about reclaiming your dreams. The more you let people know what you want, the more you’ll feel like yourself. What you want now isn’t what you wanted last summer, but that’s OK. Embrace change.

Love Horoscope

If you’re in a relationship, your partner is likely very focused on work or away on a trip without you this month. Their absence has you feeling quite lost in your day to day. If you’re single, this month is either a complete dry spell or a chance to connect with a clandestine lover. Keeping a secret is fun…until it’s not.

Money Horoscope

From the 10th when your money planet Mars moves into Virgo and your unconscious sector, you’re going to want to be very careful with your spending. This is a great time to do one of those no-spend challenges or to be generally frugal. If you do have discretionary dollars to throw around, prioritize spending on what improves your mental health and makes life easier behind the scenes.

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(October 22 - November 21)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Bestie’s bachelorette weekend
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): Research fall vacation hacks
  • Other Key Dates: 7/2, 7/10, 7/20

You’re feeling both hopeful and sensitive as the month begins. Sure, you want to go places and make things happen, but you’d also love to get buried in a nostalgia pit. Unfortunately for you, there’s nowhere to hide. With both Mars and Venus in your public image sector, you can’t help but be seen making a scene. Once Mars moves into Virgo on the 10th, your focus is on building community especially if you’re in the midst of a job search or move. But as much as you want to connect, you’re also running into roadblocks and tensions as Mars opposes rigid Saturn. Things should get easier for you after the 20th when you can take your dreams back into your own hands.

Love Horoscope

Venus retrograde kicks off on the 22nd in your public image sector and whether you’re single or partnered, a big theme of this summer is going to be about how you present your relationships to the world. If you’ve been hesitant to make something more official, question whether it’s because you’re scared or it just isn’t the right fit.

Money Horoscope

The month begins with money planet Mercury meeting the sun bringing you an “a-ha!” moment re: big travel or education plans and how you’re going to afford them. Most of your spending this summer should go toward improving your image and professional development, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start saving for a great escape.

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(November 22 - December 21)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Ask for a raise
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): First appointment with new therapist
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/10

As the month begins, you feel like everything is going according to plan. Your partner gets a promotion, your business is picking up clients, and you finally pay off some debt. You’re feeling almost untouchable. That is until the full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd, which doesn’t knock you off the pedestal, but it is a reality check. It’s important that you take time to consider not only what’s making you happy now but what will continue to sustain you in the future. Venus retrograde—from the 22nd through September 3rd—is your time to restructure your daily schedule so that you can live a life full of inspiration and constant learning.

Love Horoscope

You begin the month celebrating some major milestones in your partner’s life. It feels amazing to be able to support them like this but you also feel as if your own life has to take a back seat. Relationships are all about give and take. You can’t be the center of reality at all times, but don’t neglect your own needs just to make them happy.

Money Horoscope

Both lunations this month highlight your money sectors. While the full moon on the 3rd is a culmination for your personal finances and income, the new moon the 17th is a fresh start for your investments. What’s worth spending on now so you can have even more in the future?

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(December 22 - January 19)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): A day for a good, long cry
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): Meet someone special
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/10, 7/20, 7/21

It might be Cancer season but as July begins, all eyes are on you. The full moon in your sign on the 3rd brings attention to your personal image and identity, leaving you feeling quite sensitive and exposed. This is the time of year when you’re most focused on other people and your relationships but that doesn’t mean you should deny your own needs. This full moon likely reveals some pain points around feeling unseen or unheard. Venus retrograde—from the 22nd through September 3rd—is an opportunity to rework collaborations and power dynamics so you can feel more confident and joyous in all aspects of your life.

Love Horoscope

Cancer season is all about your relationships and the first week of the month brings some cute date nights and getaways. The new moon in Cancer on the 17th offers a chance for you to set intentions around partnership for the coming six months. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s time to define what you need even if it feels difficult to ask for it.

Money Horoscope

Venus retrograde starts on the 22nd, and for you this long term transit brings your financial skeletons out of the closet. It’s uncomfortable to face what you owe but there’s no time like the present to rip off the Band-Aid and meet with a financial advisor. You’ll feel better once everything is brought to the light.

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(January 20 - February 18)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): At the lake house with zero service
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): First day back in the office
  • Other Key Dates: 7/2, 7/20, 7/22, 7/27

Cancer season is your busiest time of year. If you’re not at work, you’re chauffeuring the kids to their summer activities and trying to get ahead on all the mundane tasks you were avoiding all school year. To give you a break from the slog, the full moon in Capricorn on the 3rd falls in your unconscious sector forcing you to take a rest. You’re slowly learning how to relax and you’ve come a long way since you were struggling to step away for even a second six months ago. Once Leo season begins on the 22nd, your focus shifts to your closest relationships. Venus retrograde starts on the same day and brings an opportunity to reflect on what you really need from a partner.

Love Horoscope

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, this month finds you questioning what you really want out of love. Your desires are shifting constantly, but still, you’re discovering once again that being alone isn’t the answer. Venus retrograde starts on the 22nd allowing you plenty of space to keep exploring what it is you want.

Money Horoscope

This is not the month to splurge or treat yourself. With Mars and Saturn facing off across your two money houses for most of July, you’re nervous about spending as it feels like any moment could bring an unexpected expense. Things ease up after the 20th but it’s still in your best interest to save rather than spend.

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(February 19 - March 20)

July 2023 Overview

  • Full Moon in Capricorn (7/3): Win award at Charity 5K
  • New Moon in Cancer (7/17): Movie night with besties
  • Other Key Dates: 7/1, 7/10

Joy is your prerogative for July. That doesn’t mean living in fantasy or future tripping, but fully engaging in the present moment. Mercury meets the sun on the 1st signaling a fresh start for getting what you want both at home and in your closest relationships. Projects you begin and contracts you sign now are very auspicious. The full moon on the 3rd falls in your friendship sector and helps you see that you do in fact have a supportive community. Later in the month, especially when Venus stations retrograde on the 22nd, your focus shifts to revising your schedule and routine so you can hang onto this joy.

Love Horoscope

If you’ve been having trouble letting go of a past love, relief comes when Mercury meets the sun on the 1st. Whether you’re single or partnered, this aspect brings major renewal to your romantic life. Overall, this is a summer of accepting one’s shifting desires. Stop holding onto what isn’t for you.

Money Horoscope

Venus retrograde begins on the 22nd and for you, this is an opportunity to review your routine and schedule while also making a plan to increase your wealth. If you’re a freelancer, this is a key time to renegotiate your fees or experiment with changing rates with clients. It’s time to find a cash flow that truly works for you.

Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. Subscribe to her newsletter for more astrological musings.



Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...