During the first week of July, if you gaze out into the western evening sky, you might just be able to see Venus and Mars seemingly holding hands. First look for Venus: the radiant, bright star that has been visible after sunset for the last few months. She is so bright and beautiful right now, you can’t miss her. Then take a closer look nearby, for the reddish planet, Mars.
When Mars and Venus come together in the fiery sign of Leo, there is a desire for fun and enjoyment, social engagement and the pursuit of creative endeavors. In addition, relational themes may be occurring, such as passion as well as the interplay between love and anger. This pair of planets will also be making a square aspect to Uranus, bringing in some instability. There could be a feeling of impatience and an urge to explore something different. This could be a ripe time for relationship breakthroughs.
Also happening during the first week of July is a Full Moon in the sign of Capricorn on July 3. The earth sign of Capricorn is concerned with stability and security. This Full Moon invites you to take a realistic look into areas of your life where you need to set limits in order to feel more secure and safe. Undercurrents of instability may be revealed and provide an opportunity for transformation. Use this energy to be productive and focus your energy on what you want to preserve and protect.
Two weeks later on July 17, there will be a New Moon in the watery sign of Cancer. While Capricorn is concerned more with our physical security, Cancer is focused on our emotional well-being. Cancer’s realm includes nurturing and connecting to others, mothering, family and one’s home. While caring for others is important, it’s also crucial to care for ourselves. Take some time for self-care and make sure to tend to your own emotional needs.
The big event of the month will be Venus stationing retrograde. Venus is currently traveling through the sign of Leo, where she will be for four months instead of the usual four weeks. Venus will be retrograde for part of her extra-long time in Leo, from July 22 to Sept. 3. The last time Venus was retrograde in Leo was in 2015. Think back to that time and reflect on the themes you were experiencing. Similar topics and events may come up again for you this summer.
Venus represents love, beauty, how we relate to others, our finances and most importantly, the things that we value. Retrogrades are periods where the planets appear to be moving backwards from the perspective of Earth. This is a time of reflection and reassessment of the topics Venus represents. In Leo, Venus wants to express herself and to be seen for who she truly is. The goal is to make sure that our relationships honor our authentic selves.
The astrology of July pushes us to take a deep look at relationship dynamics. This includes the relationship we have with ourselves, with a focus on our physical and emotional security.
Sun / Rising Sign Horoscopes
Most accurate using your Rising Sign. Use your Sun Sign if you don’t know your Rising Sign.
ARIES (MAR. 21 – APR. 19)
Are you making time for pleasure and fun? This is a good time to get creative and express yourself. Having fun and exploring the ways you find pleasure should be a priority right now.
TAURUS (APR. 20 – MAY 20)
Home is where the heart is. You may feel an urge to connect more with family and realign with your living space. This could also be a time to reconnect with family that you haven’t been in touch with recently.
GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 20)
Be authentic with your communications. Encourage yourself and others to be the best they can be by giving love, approval and support.
CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22)
Themes relating to your self-worth and how you value yourself could come up this month. Remember to have compassion and let go of any shame you may have around your personal resources.
LEO (JULY 23 – AUG. 22)
How are you projecting your appearance into the world? Make sure it’s in alignment with your true self. You may feel like you need to make some changes in order to fully shine.
VIRGO (AUG. 23 – SEPT. 22)
Self-care and alone time may be just the thing you need right now. Although the temptation is there to be out in the world, it’s important to tend to your inner garden and have some time to reflect.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23 – OCT. 22)
Now is a great time for celebrating life with friends. Make sure your friends have similar values and goals to your own. Cultivate the awareness that true friendship honors who you truly are at your core.
SCORPIO (OCT. 23 – NOV. 21)
Ask yourself if the work you do out in the world is in alignment with what you truly value. Are you able to shine authentically and express yourself creatively? Make sure that your work honors who you truly are.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 – DEC. 21)
Relationships with friends, lovers and your resources may come up for review this month. Make sure these relationships can continue to be soulfully aligned without sacrificing your authenticity.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 – JAN. 19)
To be entangled with others is part of life, and is not necessarily good or bad. Now is the time to review your entanglements with others, and investigate if it’s a good fit.
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 – FEB. 18)
A close friend or lover may appear on the scene from the past. Remember that if it didn’t work out then, it probably won’t work now. There’s always a chance, but if there were deal breakers back then, what has changed?
PISCES (FEB. 18 – MAR. 20)
Are your daily routines and habits serving or undermining your health? Take an inventory of what is and isn’t working, and adjust accordingly.