MONTH OF July
Share the love, Virgo! The Sun is making its annual visit to Cancer and your eleventh house of group activity until July 22, putting you in social spirits. It’s a great time to collaborate with like-minded people or to join a trailblazing crew. Got a digital venture to launch or a world-changing message to spread? Your inner activist could be lit up during Cancer season, so take to the social channels and let the world know. In the mood for summer loving or excitement? The July 13 Capricorn full supermoon awakens your passions.
If things feel a little slowed down, that’s okay. Three of the outer planets (Saturn, Neptune and Pluto) are in their annual retrogrades all summer, and at the end of the month, Jupiter joins the retrograde parade. As the red-spotted planet reverses through your eighth house of intimacy and investments starting this July 28, you might downshift a close connection sometime before late November. No need to fret: Just consider this an opportunity to evaluate things from an objective distance. Jupiter in this intense placement has made you unusually driven by instinct and emotion. You might actually welcome this less impulsive time, Virgo.
Things get even more mellow after July 22, when the Sun slips into Leo and your restful, healing twelfth house. Take the next four weeks to tie up loose ends before Virgo season and your birthday kick off a new 12-month cycle. An opportunity to travel, start a business or try a completely new path could arrive at the July 31 rare meetup of changemaker Uranus and the karmic north node. Stay ready: Things could really happen fast!
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Cancer season sparks up your social life
Make the rounds, Virgo! For the first three weeks of July, you’re in social butterfly mode. The Sun is in Cancer and your outgoing eleventh house until July 22, heating up teamwork and technology. Connect with like-minded people, both virtually and in person, and combine your superpowers FTW. Get a digital project underway or spruce up your online presence. Dress up and see friends, go to parties and catch up with your social circles. After a busy and productive June, you’ve earned the right to have a little fun. A sweet perk: You’ll accomplish more by networking than you will by holing up in your workspace. Get out and circulate—this month, it’s truly about who you know.
The July 1 Mars-Pluto square sets off fireworks
You want what you want—and you want it now. But are you toeing the line between desire and domination? Power issues (and struggles) could erupt under an obsessive square between hotheaded Mars in your controlling eighth house and domineering Pluto in your drama domain. Watch this especially in your love life. Jealousy and mind games might give you a rush in the moment, but they’ll backfire in the long run. Beware pushing people’s buttons just for a reaction.
Romance and passion at the July 13 Capricorn full supermoon
Now that’s more like it, summer! The casual vibe of July turns white-hot midmonth, when the year’s only Capricorn full moon powersclass=”body-el-link standard-body-el-link” up your lusty fifth house. This potent supermoon could bring a romantic renewal, explosive chemistry and possibly even a pregnancy. If you caught feelings for someone in the past six months and have sensed things building up, that attraction could consummate now. For couples, the lunar lift could make a perfect date night filled with fun and indulgence. (Spare no expense!) Warning: This emotionally reactive full moon could also bring intense feelings to the surface. Keep your knee-jerk impulses in check.
Power struggles ignite aclass=”body-el-link standard-body-el-link” t the July 19 Sun-Pluto opposition
On July 19, the Sun is exactly opposite power-tripping Pluto in Capricorn and your dramatic fifth house. Have you been attracting attention for your talents lately? Watch out for a power grab from a jealous diva type who doesn’t like sharing the spotlight. Does someone in your life always seem to create chaos the minute the focus isn’t all on them? (Yeah, that person.) This annual Sun-Pluto opposition brings out people’s unconscious “shadow” side, provoking egos and domineering behavior. Distance yourself from the troublemakers today and leave the online trolls alone. Allowing others to push your buttons will only drag you down to their low vibration. Resist!
Inner healing begins as Chiron turns retrograde in Aries July 19
No more skimming the surface or distracting yourself from emotional issues with work! Today, “wounded healer” Chiron begins a five-month retrograde cycle in fearless Aries and your eighth house of metaphysics and all things hidden. For the rest of the year, you may get in touch with old hurts, betrayals or unresolved emotions—and this is your opportunity to NOT take on a victim mindset, but rather, to reclaim your power. You don’t hear a lot about Chiron, but when it makes a significant move like this, it can be life-altering. This is a good time to get into, or go deeper with therapy, energy healing or a spiritual practice.
Leo season (until August 22) and the July 28 Leo new moon
Ready for an escape? Take a respite from all of it on July 22, when the Sun slips into Leo and your restful twelfth house, kicking off a month of healing and completions. Tie up loose ends before Virgo season starts on August 22. You may feel sleepier than usual and simply not up for big crowds or energetically demanding projects. Conserve your energy and ramp up the self-care.
On July 28, a Leo new moon appears, bringing fresh-start energy to your twelfth house of endings, transitions and forgiveness. What will you leave behind in order to move forward?
It’s a bit of a paradox to have a NEW moon here since this lunar cycle represents beginnings and the twelfth house is about endings. But hey, one door closes and another opens, right? Today, that could happen all at once. As you release what no longer serves you, a new Virgo is born. Welcome back to you.
Jupiter turns retrograde July 28
On July 28, optimistic Jupiter goes retrograde (backward) in Aries, doing an about-face in your eighth house of intimacy, joint ventures and soul merging. If you’ve rushed your way into a close encounter—either in business or romance—Jupiter starts to pump the brakes. Moving too quickly, while sometimes exciting, inevitably has its pitfalls. Namely, you don’t actually know the other person yet, not in any real, substantive way—and this counts even for those soul-burning connections.
Sure, you may have had an instant recognition of this person at first meeting that felt like a fate-fueled connection. But even if you’ve been soulmates since ancient Egypt, it’s prudent to get to know who someone is NOW. The permanent phase of a relationship is a reward for checking off all the boxes and not skipping any vital steps.
Have you handed your trust to someone a little prematurely? Pull back gently and re-establish healthy boundaries. You don’t have to make any huge declarations about it, Virgo. Just conduct your due diligence before making anything official. With Jupiter in this permabonding sector, it will be hard to disentangle. Use this retrograde period, which lasts until November 23, to set a pace that feels correct.
Seize an opportunity at the July 31 Uranus-north node meetup
Well, that happened fast! On July 31, radical changemaker Uranus and the karmic north node will make a rare conjunction (meetup) in Taurus, activating your ninth house of expansion, luck and growth. Out of the blue—and at lightning speed—you could get word of an opportunity that changes the course of events. It might involve travel, a startup business or media venture. Got a visionary idea? You could be invited to teach or study with a master. On August 1, activator Mars will join the party, accelerating the pace even more.
The last time the north node and Uranus were conjunct was in 2007 (in a different zodiac sign), so this is an extremely infrequent connection. Get ready—and open yourself up to possibilities far outside your usual scope!
So, where is this thing going? Your mind may be on the future of your love life for the first half of the month as romantic Venus marches through Gemini and your responsible tenth house until July 17. If you’re dating someone, you might be eager to find out what the next steps could be. And if you’re single, your radar could be looking for someone you can build a long-term future with rather than a summer fling. Coupled up? Use this Venus-in-Gemini period to create a shared goal that inspires you both and revitalizes your connection.
But fear not, Virgo: July has plenty of excitement and surprises in store. Passionate Mars is in Taurus and your outspoken, adventurous ninth house until August 20, making it easier to air your honest feelings. Just be careful about being TOO blunt. With the red planet in this worldly part of your chart, you’re open to trying things (and people) far outside your comfort zone. A long-distance connection or sexy vacation romance could heat up. Mars here will put you in a “carpe diem” mindset. Like, why obsess over what your ex is doing when you could be dancing up a storm in Ibiza or sunning on a Greek isle? Focus on filling your life with joy-inspiring activities instead of dwelling or brooding. When the July 13 Capricorn full supermoon beams into your romance sector, a passionate connection could turn white hot.
On July 17, take the pressure off even more! Vixen Venus vamps into Cancer and your outgoing, socially oriented eleventh house until August 11. This can lighten some of the angst about meeting someone new. Venus in Cancer could deepen a budding union or, if you’re part of a solid couple, figure out where it’s going. You’ll be in more of a free-spirited mood, eager to spend time hanging out in a group or going out with other couples. Since the eleventh house is also your tech sector, with amorous Venus here, you could finally luck out in online-dating game or fall for a friend of a friend.
When risk-taker Jupiter turns retrograde in your intimate eighth house on July 28, you’ll want to spend the rest of summer and fall getting on the same page with an important person. Have you experienced a betrayal or a trust shakeup? Between now and November 23, some inner work, and possible relationship repair with the help of an expert, could help you metabolize this situation. Fair warning: You’re likely to discover a few of your own blind spots and ways that you’ll want to evolve. Avoid finger pointing and seek wisdom instead.
Ready, aim, achieve! For the first three weeks of July, the confident Sun is in your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. Collaborations could heat up, and you could get involved in a world-bettering project. Keep the lines of communication open with colleagues, and crowdsource to help fill in the gaps. Even if you work independently, invite people to weigh in with ideas and feedback. With go-getter Mars in Taurus and your visionary ninth house from July 5 until August 20, you’ll be ready to scale your ideas to sky-high places.
Downshift a little during Leo season, a monthlong cycle that begins on July 22. This is a great time for creative work or even to take a little sabbatical to refill your tanks. Keep an eye on your investments and spending after July 28, when gambler Jupiter turns retrograde (backward) until November 23. Pump the brakes on any risky ventures or partnerships and consider scaling back a little if you feel nervous about moving too quickly.
Love Days: 13, 17
Money Days: 24, 6
Luck Days: 21, 4
Off Days: 19, 28, 15
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