Happy Independence Day! From now until the middle of August, the planets continue to make our progress seem like two steps forward and one step backward. Mercury is retrograde this month, so try to get your projects started before July 10. Mercury will be direct in the middle of August. Uranus also goes direct on the 13th.
Keep the middle of July as flexible as possible, since the planets will be very harshly aligned. After the middle of the month, things ease up some. To make the best use of this Mercury retrograde through the end of August, be sure and get all your old projects finished, and contact existing clients or customers.
The sun is in homey Cancer this month, and enters dynamic Leo on the 22nd. Mercury, already in Leo, goes retrograde on the 11th. Venus is in the dual sign of Gemini for the whole month. Mars finishes his long journey through Virgo and enters Libra on July 3. Jupiter remains in Gemini, Saturn in Libra, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces, and Pluto in Capricorn.
Good days this month are the 3rd, 4th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 28th, and 31st. Days to keep your head low are July 13–18.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). You are really feeling the pull from several different directions this month. Family needs are very strong, but a big part of you wants to be away from it all. Work won’t be a good place to hide out, either. Make sure that you stay true to yourself this month. Don’t overstep your boundaries, even if you just want to help someone. Tensions are very high in your relationship during the middle of the month. Find some healthy outlets for the frustration.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Your resources are the hot topic for July. You will be working to get that part of your life in order. You may want to communicate your ideas this month, but people may not be hearing you. Make sure they really understand. Continue to work toward improving your health. More exercise and a better diet would help. Work is still being reorganized. You are ready to move forward, but you have to wait until mid-August.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Can you say busy? You will really be testing your boundaries this month. There is a lot going on, and so much of it is positive. Your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde until mid-August. Review your plans. Clean up what you have on your plate and don’t start anything new until mid-August. Money is important this month. You want to be more valued at work and with your friends.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Happy birthday to the Moon Kids. You are being pulled in so many different directions this month. You are somewhat bored and looking for something to bring a new spark into your life. Relationships, career, home, and self are all vying for your time. Make sure you keep centered. You are going through a real cleaning-out period and letting go of your past. Keep some time for yourself, especially at the end of the month.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Old friends are coming back into the picture this month. You are feeling more chatty and open. Relationships need to be reexamined as you look for new long-term goals. If you don’t find those new goals, your relationship might be heading for an end. Health is important this month. You will be paying more attention to what you eat and which people you allow into your life. Co-workers are testy this month, so step around them if you can.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). With your ruler, Mercury, retrograde, this is a good month to review your inner life and your spiritual dealings. Old aspects of your personality will resurface. There are lots of new options for you, but you will need to wait until the middle of August before you commit to something new. Relationships are a bit confusing. You aren’t sure what you want, much less what your partner might want. Listen to what your partner says, and don’t project.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Mars, planet of action and ego, enters your sign for the next 45 days. Being patient and getting sleep are usually not part of the agenda for Mars. This is a great time to renew your exercise and diet program. You will be speaking directly to people. July 15 through the 20th could be an especially volatile time. You will say what you think, no matter the consequences. Make sure you mean what you say, since you won’t be able to take the words back.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). You are standing back from all the crazy energy as it moves around you. You are in a much more relaxed period and seem to be taking things less seriously. This is a good month to clear up old financial and career problems from the past. Your leadership role is needed at work. Don’t be reluctant to take charge of old problems. Partnerships are improving, as long as you continue to communicate. Your partner is more open to what you have to say this month.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). Relationships are your big topic for July. If you are in one, things are getting better and both you and your partner are more open to suggestions. If you are single, then contacting people you already know is your best bet. Continue to pay attention to your finances this month. Even though there is nothing wrong, you are being extra cautious. At work, you will be redoing some task you thought you had finished. Just finish up the details.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). The big areas of life—home, relationships, career, and self—are all under a fair amount of stress. You are in a time when you’re ready to clean things out and totally rethink some of your choices and directions. You will not be patient during the third week of July, especially at work. Choose your battles carefully. Finances get your attention at the end of the month as you continue to clear the crud out of your life.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are having a big burst of creativity this month and next. You are busy taking care of all sorts of small jobs at work and around your home. Health and exercise head the list in July as you get ready to return to a good nutrition program. You are unusually direct with people, and it seems you have to voice your opinions. Relationships take over the spotlight at mid-month—a great time to spend some time together away from the routines of life.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). Busy is your keyword this year. There is a lot of activity taking place with your family and in your home. Some of you are considering moving, redecorating, or taking an extra-long vacation. Your family needs your advice and attention. Be sure you create some time for yourself so you won’t feel taken advantage of. Use some of your creative outlets at this time—they will really help you. You need some escape from the humdrum.