As July begins, our thoughts are called back to our biological and chosen family, home and homeland. We need to work together; our chosen family can help. Let’s engage what nurtures and protects us as Mercury, the Sun and Venus all run together in Cancer, leader of the emotional water signs. Our moods can be oceanic, but like Cancer’s symbol, the crab, we can thrive in these depths. Also like the crab, we may want to guard with shell and claw when we’re feeling vulnerable.
Gardens ripen and sweet intuitive moments flow, but events may challenge us to solve problems in a way that aligns with our spiritual path as Venus opposes Pluto — the planet of death, rebirth, power and transformation — on July 1, and the Sun and Mercury follow on July 7-8. We can appreciate a more celebratory, if melodramatic, mood as Mercury and Venus enter Leo July 12-13, followed by the Sun July 22.
Throughout July, Mars in Scorpio stirs the depths of our psyche, challenging us every day to step away from retribution and aggression, and step towards transformative focus.
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Find a balance between professional concerns and potentially sweet work at home through mid-July. Don’t give into discouragement. If you’ve been unusually private about intimate problems concerning sex, money and resentments, introspectively do your homework and talk it out mid-month. Look for pleasantly rowdy sociability after July 21.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Your neighbors, community and siblings need your strength and stability as the month begins. Don’t try to talk people out of their feelings, just be there for them. Look for heart-opening opportunities July 6, 20 and 31. Use your stubbornness to stabilize, not argue, to enrich the home front July 21-31.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Your material resources need attention as the month begins. Don’t let financial tension interrupt your primary relationships; worry isn’t needed (particularly July 7), but foresight and organization are needed. Engage a good creative outlet for abundant feelings after July 22.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)…You may be in the spotlight whether you like it or not this busy month. Instead of resisting, find a safe, centered way to lead. Where generosity flows from you, it returns back to you from a different source. Stabilize mood swings July 6-8, after July 15 let others take the stage and feed your introverted side.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You may feel unseen as the month begins, but you will be needed; the action is behind the scenes. Be gentle and supportive through July 12. Unexpected challenges can create opportunities mid-month. You come more into your own, life unfolds with more health and graciousness after July 22.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Work the crowd, love your friends, be solid and further your hopes and ambitions as the month begins. Imagination can flow through the first week. Be cautious and exercise great self-care July 7-11. Take a chance to retreat, introspect and make personal changes July 19-30.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Even though it’s summertime, engage opportunities to work effectively and be appreciated as the month begins. Stay centered, rested, and available July 4-8. Make new connections, network, people find it easy to like you mid-month. Work less, rest and renew more after July 20, summer really begins to shine.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…People will take you seriously but won’t see you clearly through the summer. Don’t worry about being understood, just do what needs to be done; you will be appreciated afterwards. You love solitude (particularly July 3-9) not loneliness, but you need to speak up to receive. Watch your attitude late July, it reflects back to you.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Another growth opportunity; small challenges bring a chance to find a balance with both freedom and maturity as the month begins. Don’t try to jolly people out of their rolling emotions until July 16: your enthusiasm is needed and appreciated later in the month. Just be careful with other people’s resources, as carelessness causes tension.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Focus on significant relationships, their presence, lack, or needs (particularly July 6-9). Stand by them, but take as good care of yourself as you do them, and all will be stellar. Utilize an opening to create stable relationships July 18-20, rest rather than get edgy July 29-31.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…As the month begins, if you feel out of your element, review and adjust your relationship to animals, daily health routines, work systems. Use gentle work to stay grounded through mood swings July 7-11. Opportunities expand after July 12; work your network. Be reliable July 19-27, and doors can open.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Mediate and help folks understand one another, but remember that although you can help, you can’t fix them. Work towards steadiness as emotions wobble July 7-8; look for an opportunity that begins as a loss. Local travel furthers, distant travel can challenge but is transformative; share opinions diplomatically.