Your Weekly Horoscopes: July 12 to 18, 2020
We could all use some good news, and we get some this week when Mercury finally leaves its retrograde on the 12th. Since June 18th, we’ve been dealing with tech glitches, transportation woes and communication mishaps—anyone else’s texts to their crush just disappearing into the void? Things are sure to run smoother now, but let’s not forget the lessons we learned through the stillness of the delays.
On the 14th and 15th, the sun (our life force) opposes Jupiter (our wishes) and then Pluto (our collective transformation), bringing a flood of potential opportunities that can only come through a commitment to change. It’s no wonder the innovative and legendary Alexander McQueen had both of these aspects in his birth chart. What comes at us this week is difficult and unavoidable but ultimately, it’s rewarding. We promise.
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that will provide further insight.)
It finally feels like your season this week after an intense month of eclipses and Mercury retrograde rocking your world. If you’ve been avoiding a heavy conversation or just a simple text, words flow easily on the 12th. Don’t miss the chance to say what you have to say. Your hubby—or your work wife—gets an amazing job offer on the 14th that means a huge shift for both of you. If you’re feeling like a supporting character in someone else’s story, give more input so you can realize these dreams together. Through compromise, you expand.
This week’s mantra: Know your own strengths.
Though you may look back on this week in the future as one that was “uneventful,” you’re definitely making huge internal strides. With the sun spending its final full week in your unconscious sector, there’s plenty of information to be mined from your thoughts—especially your dreams. On the 14th, with great patience you get through a dentist’s appointment, an oil change or the dreaded weekly full office Zoom without the usual stress. Maybe it’s the daily seven minutes of meditation or maybe you’re just finally optimizing your daily routine.
This week’s mantra: Not every win gets applause.
Though this summer has felt like nothing but a missed connection, with your ruling planet Mercury no longer retrograde on the 12th, you’re finally able to make solid plans. On the 14th though, what’s meant to be just a chill catch up with a friend or former coworker turns into an exhausting networking palooza. Though she might leave you feeling guilty for not doing enough to get ahead, remember that 2020 is not the year to place bets on a big break. Spend the weekend catching up with people who can draw better boundaries between work and play.
This week’s mantra: Be with friends who let you be yourself.
Though you might be majorly stressing over your finances this week—the looming end to unemployment insurance is no joke!—you’re also feeling way too confident to get caught up in insecurities. On the 14th, you get a lead for a job that could take you to a new city or require you to seriously upgrade your WFH space. You’ve wanted a big change, so how can you make moves without feeling completely overwhelmed? Look at the big picture rather than getting caught up in the minutiae.
This week’s mantra: Who has time for insecurities, anyway?
On the 12th, you get some heartbreaking news: Your honeymoon in Tokyo is canceled, your publishing date is pushed back or your first semester of grad school is exclusively on Zoom. The anticipation was the light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, so now what is there to look forward to? Around the 14th, whether it’s a weekend getaway, launching a simple newsletter or reading through your syllabus, you realize that satisfaction is simpler than you thought. The more you curate and cultivate your environment, the less you’ll rely on the release of extremes.
This week’s mantra: There’s no pleasure too small.
You are the queen of stacking paper, dear Sagittarius. While your friends were curing their quarantine boredom with fast fashion splurges, you were funneling all those extra funds away. During this month’s Mercury retrograde especially, you gave up a lot of delivery sushi to build this nest egg! On the 14th, though, you’re charmed into making a purchase that puts a considerable dent in your savings, delaying one of your long-term goals. How can you continue to sustain your finances without giving up so much pleasure?
This week’s mantra: You can have more than a little treat.
For the last year and especially during this month’s Mercury retrograde, you’ve really grown as a partner. You no longer relish in being a lone wolf who does all the group projects herself. You’re learning to thrive as part of a team. On the 14th, though, you might find yourself selfishly missing the feeling of singular achievement or a satisfying meal at a table for one. Pop a bottle of prosecco or buy yourself a tiny gift, and don’t tell your partner, kids or even coworker/confidante. Keep a secret to stoke the flame.
This week’s mantra: It’s OK to be a little selfish.
With Mercury no longer retrograde (as of the 12th!) in your daily grind sector, you’re able to get through your to-do list without a major glitch for the first time in weeks. But by the 14th, you realize that when you’re not waiting out a tech issue or someone else’s mistake, you have a lot of extra time to sit with your own insecurities. Experiment with doing some yoga in between calls or taking a full digital detox over lunch. You can declutter your mind just like you declutter your space.
This week’s mantra: Silence isn’t scary.
An awkward situation arises on the 14th when you’re set up on a FaceTime date with a friend of a friend and even though you’re just not into it, he simply can’t get enough of your vibe. Though it’s good to build your trust and expand your dating pool, that doesn’t mean you have to take in every stray puppy that gets sent your way. Cut it off before you lead him on and spare yourself the drama. When you enforce your boundaries, you’re making space for the romance you actually need.
This week’s mantra: Keep your heart safe.
A meeting with your boss on the 14th confirms that—though you just found the perfect piece of rose quartz to adorn your WFH space—she’s going to need you to head back into the office more regularly or may have some opportunities that will take you (safely) out of town. Though this offer brings more responsibility and even more pay, is it worth it to be forced out of your comfort zone? Being a good leader requires staying grounded through it all so pack your crystals, your rosewater spray and your special cat mug to keep you centered.
This week’s mantra: You can take it with you.
After a string of miscommunications, you finally take a quick trip to get together with family and old friends around the 14th. Though it’s so sweet to be in the familiar company of loved ones, conflict arises when you realize that not everyone is on the same page. Your aunt refuses to wear a mask. Your BFF has a shocking opinion about the election. And your sister keeps showing her ignorance about Black Lives Matter. Staying firm in your own values and beliefs makes it clear who’s worth giving your time.
This week’s mantra: What’s familiar isn’t always what’s comfortable.
The constant brain fog you’ve been lost in since mid-June clears up this week as your ruling planet Mercury stations direct on the 12th. It’s time to sort out those email miscommunications and return all those shoes you bought while emotionally panic shopping. Though you’re already a bit pressured by your current workload, some new opportunities or clients present themselves to you on the 14th. Whether the added responsibility excites you or leaves you feeling catatonically terrified, remember that you always grow into the change. Say yes whether you’re ready or not.
This week’s mantra: Movement needs momentum.