By Lilly Roddy
July will be an active and energetic time for us, especially during the second and third weeks of the month. The cardinal signs—Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn—will be impacted the most since they will feel the strongest surge from Mars, planet of action and reaction.
Venus, planet of love and money, officially goes retrograde on the 25th, but we will start feeling its effects as early as mid July. Venus retrograde (like Mercury retrograde) brings up things from the past—especially relationships or old relationship issues, past debts, or the resolution of legal cases. With Venus retrograde, it’s never a good time to start a new relationship, purchase artwork, try new looks or hair colors, or make new investments. (Venus goes direct in mid September, and is retrograde about twice a year.)
July’s days of extra intensity are the 6th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 24th, 25th, and 26th. The days to take a big bite of life are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 31st. Happy Fourth of July to everyone!
ARIES (March 21–April 19). With the emphasis on home and family this month, you are more than ready for some Fourth of July activity. July is a very good month for home projects, and you are interested in making some major changes. Be careful that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. The latter half of the month is more laid-back as you become more interested in having a good time rather than being too focused. Keep your options open throughout the month.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). This month you are getting lots of things done around your home and neighborhood. The first half of the month is a very good time for you to start new projects. You get back to planning for long-term career or financial goals as you reassess your larger game plan. Venus, your ruler, goes retrograde from mid July until mid September. This is a time for you to do some hibernating. You will want to carefully choose the company you keep—both at work and with friends. Home and family play a stronger role in the latter half of the month.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). You are feeling a lot more energetic in July than you did last month! You are trying to make better use of your time, and the first half of the month is a good time to start new projects. You are feeling confident, and that will build throughout July. In the latter half of the month, you are feeling a lot more social and outgoing. Try to rekindle some old friendships! It’s also a good time to get back to the gym.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Happy birthday to the cheerful Crabs! You are especially active as Mars, the initiator, moves through your sign for 39 days. You will be more assertive and pushy this month, and you’ll want to address problems right away. The first half of the month is a very good time to start new projects. Mars also wants you to be in better physical health. The third and fourth weeks could be fairly intense. Don’t be afraid to let the past go, since it holds you back. You are much more focused on your money at the end of the month.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Although you are feeling good, you are in a bit of a retreat mode as you take time for reflection and meditation. There is plenty of activity going on, but you need to recharge and get back to examining some of your long-term goals to see if they still fit. By the end of the month you are back out on the stage. Venus is retrograde in your sign through mid September. Self-examination will be the theme until then. You will want to express a whole new side of your inner feminine self. Meow!
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). July is a much more social time for you. This would be a good time to get involved in community activities and business organizations, or just get connected with friends. You could easily find yourself in a leadership role if you are not careful. In business, this is a great month to get your message out there. People are listening to what you are saying. Make room for some “me” time at the end of the month. August is going to be busy, so you’ll be glad you rested.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Your focus this month is primarily on your career—or whatever you consider to be your career. You are ready to take on a leadership role and get things done. Your sense of self is coming to the surface. You may not feel as balanced, but you’ll be happy to be more decisive. The third and fourth weeks of July can be especially intense, but you’ll be fine if you stay true to yourself. You level out in the last week of July as you look to spend time with your friends.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). With Saturn (planet of future concerns) moving back into your sign, you are slowing down a bit and rethinking some of your long-term plans. This is a good month for you to get out and be more social. You may want to attend a lecture, or even give one! You are continuing to redesign your routines, especially in the latter half of the month. Family urges are pulling at you, and you will have to respond to those in the middle of the month. A career focus takes over at the end of the month.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). July is a much calmer month than June was. Since you’re not feeling as much pressure, you’ll have a desire to explore unknown parts of yourself this month. This can be a good time for therapy or a couples workshop as you reinvent the relationship you have. Watch your spending, as you will be more impulsive. You are much more laid-back in the last half of the month. This would be a great time to get away from your routines. August is going to be a much busier month for you, so enjoy July’s more relaxed pace.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Relationships are the hot topic for this month with Mars (planet of sex drive and natural impulses) moving through your relationship arena. If you have a partner, this is a good month for renewing the relationship. Any problems you are having will come to the forefront. If you are single and looking, this is a good time for you to be out there, especially in the first half of the month. The third week is very intense, especially on the 15th. Keep your options open! You will slow down just a little at the end of the month.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). In the first part of the month, you are getting things done around your office and home that you have been putting off. You are in a very active time of organizing, and you will also want to exercise and eat better during the next 40 days or so. Relationships get your attention toward the middle part of the month, so it would be good to spend time with that special someone. If you are single and looking, this is also a good time for you. Venus, planet of love and romance, goes retrograde in your relationship sector from mid July through mid September. Don’t be surprised if you hear from old lovers from your past!
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You will be operating at a much calmer pace this month (compared to the craziness of June). The first part of the month is a good time for you to get out there and treat yourself to some fun. You had been feeling bottled up, so this is your time to let off some steam. You have also backed off a bit on your career planning, but that will come back into play in August. Toward the latter half of the month, you are in an organizing mood—a good time for planning, getting back into a health regimen, or just taking care of what’s already on your plate. August is a much busier month for you, so get ready!
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