Mercury is retrograde from the 7th, this month, flagging up a time for all signs of the zodiac to return to issues, plans, people and places to resolve any matters that have been left in the pipeline. It’s a good time for getting rid of unwanted clutter or renewing your surroundings, whether at home or at work. However, the most important event this month is the solar eclipse on July 2nd in the sign of Cancer.
Whatever sign an eclipse occurs in, has the effect of putting a focus on the opposite sign. So, for you Cancerians, out there, expect to find yourselves acting more like Capricorn during your birthday month. So you’ll be making good use of positive Capricorn traits like organising and administrating. You’ll still be your own Cancerian caring and nurturing selves but more objective and less sensitive to others’ criticisms.
How does it work for the other Zodiac signs? Read on to find out…
June 21 – July 22
Happy Birthday, Cancer! As you are the sign most concerned with home and family, you’ll be planning lots of get-togethers in favourite family haunts, this month. The long summer holidays for the children are just around the corner and you’ll be looking at ways to keep everyone occupied, happy and learning new things!
You’re not usually the impulsive type when it comes to money but you may be tempted to splash out on a treat for friends in the first half of this month. If you can resist the urge and give yourself a day or so to think it through, you’ll be glad for the savings you can make.
Venus moves into your sign on the 3rd and stays there until the 28th, bringing happiness and increasing the love and affection that you and your partner share. Unexpected appreciation from a group or organisation with whom you’re connected brings you personal joy in the first half of this month.
With the sun in your sign until the 23rd and Venus there until the 28th, you should be feeling happy, well, relaxed and good about your health, in general. Be careful about taking on extra responsibilities in close personal relationships in the third week to keep this good feeling going all month!
You are one of the best mums in the world for looking after not only your own children but other people’s too, when they come a- visiting. In the first half of July, new friendships in your children’s lives will show just how good you are at this, providing fascinating and original venues and pastimes for them all to share.
July 23 – August 22
When the planet Mercury turns retrograde in your own sign on the 7th and stays there until the 19th, you’ll have time to re-think your personal life in terms of how you want to organise it and what is most important to you. So, don’t hesitate to take some time out to give yourself time to think and plan those changes that give you more freedom to be yourself ready to put them into place next month when Mercury moves forward once more.
Solar Eclipse: The solar eclipse highlights your tendency to escape from stressful everyday pressures. Time to get organised and set down some rules to make sure that your daily routine and working environment are easier to manage in the future.
If you are involved in career issues, the first half of this month brings sudden advancement that may cause you to think carefully about the implications of accepting it. Give yourself a couple of weeks to think about it, if you can, and you will have a clearer picture of exactly what is involved.
It’s quite a passionate month for you, Leo. Someone new may suddenly catch your eye, reminding you, possibly of a special person who meant a great deal to you, in the past. It could be that your close partner suddenly seems new and different in a very exciting and attractive way. Because of this, a planned romantic outing or short break in the last few days of July will be a sparkling success and delight for you both!
As a Leo, you love relaxing get-aways that involve some sort of fantasy or theatre and can tend to overdo your enthusiastic involvement with these experiences. Look out for the temptation to do this during the second week so that you are not too tired to enjoy what is on offer!
Leo mums are naturally playful with their children but can easily set down rules if the kids get too boisterous! When the summer holidays begin, later in July, arrange some outdoor trips to funfairs, circuses or exploring new locations for entertainment that will enable them to let off steam in ways that are fun for you all.
Aug 23 – Sep 22
Your ruler Mercury turns retrograde in the area of your chart dealing with hidden matters – someone who’s been keeping a secret for some time may now tell you exactly what it is all about. After Mercury changes signs and moves into Cancer on the 19th, an important aim or wish that seemed difficult to realise begins to look achievable.
Solar Eclipse: Your social circle and involvement with groups will quieten down under the influence of the solar eclipse so you’ll have more time to pursue creative interests, whether they are just for you or plans and hobbies you share with your children.
Venus moves into your area of friends and your wider social circle bringing new attachments and happy times with existing ones. Group efforts result in surprising benefits and may even lead to a trip abroad during the second half of July.
As a Virgo you are often seen as one of the most practical and no-nonsense signs of the zodiac but a side of you that is not often seen is your appreciation of the beauty and poetry in the world around you. A new interest that you take up around the time of the full moon on the 16th helps your partner to appreciate this more sensitive side to your nature.
An encounter with a dynamic and even charismatic figure may get you re-thinking the importance of quiet time where you put your own needs first in order to boost your energy levels, once more. You might shock yourself at just how much you give to others and neglect your own interests. However, this leads to more effective ways of helping others and freeing up more space for you!
As a Virgoan mum, providing your children with firsthand knowledge and understanding of life is very important to you. The long summer holidays are just around the corner and you will find yourself planning activities and outings to new and exciting places for them and their friends. A sit-down discussion with them around the full moon on the 16th will help the plans along in a big way.
Sep 23 – Oct 22
There’s a focus on career and domestic life for you, now, Libra. Achieving more balance between professional commitments and home interests will occupy your thoughts, especially in the first week. With Venus in your career area from the 3rd, colleagues will be helpful and supportive of your plans to spend more time at home with your family.
Solar Eclipse: Around the time of the solar eclipse on the 2nd July, you may find yourself thinking about your family roots, perhaps because of a conversation or exchange of ideas with a parent or someone you look up to for guidance and support. You’ll feel a strong sense of belonging to your own family tribe, as a result.
Your personal hopes and wishes may meet an unexpected obstacle in the form of financial support from like-minded others in the first half of July. Some frank discussions, in the last week, about how to resolve this will help get things moving in the right direction – particularly after Mercury returns to the sign of Cancer on the 19th.
Libra is the sign of zodiac most connected with close relationships and this sign values a loving and understanding partner above most things in life. Your partner’s support in a career matter may come as a surprise and bring you both emotionally closer to each other.
July can often be a month when you find yourself working hard in every direction of your life and taking on more responsibilities, consequently. Take advantage of the link between Venus and Neptune on the 18th to relax and lose yourself in your favourite pastime. Music and peaceful country settings will boost that harmony that is vital to your well being.
You’ll be putting a lot of energy and effort into your children’s interests. Competition is the buzz word so don’t be surprised if you find yourself running a three-legged race or helping out with other sports at your children’s end of school summer fair.
Oct 23 – Nov 21
Although you are autumn born, you love the warm, bright days of summer because you can spend them on the water and that is one of your favourite places to be. Houseboats travelling on canals or sailing along coastal waters with your family make this time of year a real pleasure for you.
Solar Eclipse: The solar eclipse for you, Scorpio, takes the emphasis away from your natural curiosity for other cultures and countries, bringing into focus just how fascinating the people close to you, like siblings, cousins and even people in your neighbourhood can also be.
The holiday theme is strong for you, just now, even though the long summer holidays start well into this month. You can combine a vacation experience with a fascinating educational course that reveals knowledge for you to engage and entertain your family and friends on those warm summer evening get-togethers. Look for something close to home but in a beautiful location around the first weekend for the best learning break this year.
Venus in your travel area from the 3rd brings an opportunity for you and your beloved to spend some personal time together – a surprise romantic trip may occur during the second week. This will help balance out the times, later in the month, when you may have to put in extra time at work with less time available to be together. After the full moon on the 16th, another romantic trip will make it all worthwhile.
Scorpio types are very strong and very determined, and you can push yourself beyond what would be normal limits for others, even in very difficult circumstances. You may have extra travelling to do in July, helping out in your local community. People rely upon you because you always keep going but remember to take breaks between requests and your energy levels and sense of wellbeing will keep you going.
After the full moon on the 16th, your attention will turn to the coming long summer break and what sort of activities and holidays you can arrange for the children. Inspiration will arrive in the third week – water activities and locations, once more, strongly appeal.
Nov 22 – Dec 21
Sagittarians love the social scene and its ever changing quality. July is likely to find you sipping cool drinks on café terraces, catching up with friends and making new ones along the way. You ‘ll have plenty of venues to choose from as you like to walk long distances just for pleasure so your local café could be someone else’s short drive away! So what? You just get to meet more people, that way!
Solar Eclipse: Support from others, both emotionally and financially, may not be so readily at hand around the time of the solar eclipse on the 2nd but the opportunity to show others how well you manage your own resources will only improve your relationships.
You’ll be doing your usual thing of travelling as much as you can, this month, and someone you meet on your travels may inspire you to do even more. As Mercury is retrograde from the 7th, check your travel plans for any necessary changes, especially around the 11th – resist the temptation to impulsive agree to someone else’s arrangements and all will work out well for you both.
You need a lot of personal space in your close relationships, Sagittarius, and if you could arrange a bolt-hole where you can spend time alone, such as a summer house in the garden, it’ll provide the perfect solitary time you need every so often, to be alone with your feelings and thoughts. The solar eclipse in your area of shared feelings gives you the opportunity to make those thoughts understood so that your partner truly appreciates what makes you and them happy together.
A close friend may have some good ideas to help you introduce new routines into your daily health rituals during the first half of July. Give yourself a little time to realise the benefits even if you feel impatient in the short term. When Mercury moves back into the sign of Cancer, you’ll see just how valuable that advice actually is!
As the long summer holidays approach, your children will be looking forward to spending more time with their mum and all the great experiences that you will already be putting in place as the month begins – picnics in the woods, outdoor performances specially written by you and them to entertain grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, trips to the circus, theme parks and mystery trips to unknown places!
Dec 22 – Jan 19
Why is it that at this time of year, Capricorn, you find yourself so much in demand – organising school summer fetes, visits to national gardens and country houses with groups of friends and organising friendly competitive activities for the people in your community? The answer is that Capricorns take naturally to authority and responsibility, and they are grand masters at placing the right people in the right positions to support their endeavours. You are fair to all, your judgement is well-respected – and that’s the answer!
Solar Eclipse: The solar eclipse on the 2nd July occurs in your opposite sign of Cancer and brings you the opportunity to introduce new frameworks into your lives together that you will find gives you greater freedom but brings benefits to you both.
As a Capricorn you have a great talent for getting the most out of your resources and if those who matter most can benefit in the process, this is all the more satisfying for you, personally. You’ll find that your talents for managing your own finances well will result in benefits for those special people during July. Resisting an uncharacteristic impulse to trust fortune mid-month leads to good results and appreciation from others by the month’s end.
Mars moves into your area of shared interests: money, feelings and possessions so you may find yourself putting a lot of energy and effort into providing the things that make your partner happy, this month. After the third, when Venus moves into your relationship area, you’ll be truly appreciated for all the happiness that you bring to your beloved. A romantic evening together in the second week will surprise and delight you both – and the more unusual the occasion, the better!
The Solar Eclipse on the 2nd gets you thinking about a healthier diet and with Venus in your area of health from the 3rd you’ll find it easy to source new recipes for creating nourishing but very enjoyable ways of achieving maximum health through eating well. By the time of the full moon in your sign on the 16th, you should have totally achieved your goal.
Although the long school holidays may not start until well into July, as a Capricorn mum, you’ll be planning the budget for their activities and travels during that time. You are very good at getting value for money so you’ll be searching the web for family tickets to special events and good deals on weekend and week-long breaks for them in places where you know they have had great fun before. By the time, the holidays arrive, you’ll be pleased with the schedule you’ve put together for them.
Jan 20 – Feb 18
The best thing about this month that marks the height of summer for you, Aquarius, is the open air events and celebrations that are so easy to find, now. You love anything unpredictable and new so long warm summer evenings at an “everyone is welcome” party rounded off with an amazing fireworks display will draw you like a magnet! You don’t need to be told to make the most of this time of year and your friends naturally love you for it!
Solar Eclipse: If you have spent the first half of the year taking on more and more responsibilities and finding less time to relax and spend with friends, the time around the solar eclipse makes it possible for you to catch up with them in unusual settings, like an Ashram or even glamping(!) so “carpe diem” and go for it!
It’s a good time to think about re-decorating or introducing different furniture into your home environment during the first half of July. You’ll have some really inspired ideas during the first week but leave it until the middle of the month before you start to put them into practice!
Look out for a more passionate bond when Mars moves into your area of relationships at the beginning of July. You’ll find that you are both sharing more with each other and getting closer emotionally, as a result. Recollecting past happy times and making plans to re-visit those treasured places should be a truly sensuous experience for you both. The time around the full moon on the 16th could be extra special!
Mercury returns to your area of health and well being from the 19th, giving you the opportunity to take another look at that mind body relationship that is a natural part of your life. If you’ve been overdoing the socialising bit you may need some quiet time with a night under the stars. Pack a tent on a clear night, choose the best location and head off, just you and the open road. A short break in the last week could work wonders!
Being an Aquarian mum you’ll be very happy to help your children with their end of school projects and inject some fun into the learning process, too. You may even find the entire class turning up at your door when they see how much your children are enjoying their last school task before the summer holidays. And if they do, you won’t mind a bit – the more the merrier!
February 19 – March 20
As a Pisces you are fascinated with differences: differences between cultures, people, countries and nature. You can take a walk in the park, beside a lake, and find as much detail in the flora and fauna there as you would if you were taking a walk beside the Nile in Egypt. For you, the abundance of nature that builds and builds as summer takes hold throughout this month is one endless delightful adventure of discovery.
Solar Eclipse: For you, Pisces, the solar eclipse highlights the importance of getting creative and using your talents to broaden your social circle, make more friends and realise those special hopes and wishes. Get together with people who share your creative gifts and see what happens!
Life should be pretty good all round for you with some very pleasant trips to your favourite places in July. You could get a real kick out of a surprise visit to a place from your past that will bring you a great deal of happiness in the first half of this month.
You are a deeply romantic and loving soul although this is not always obvious to the one you love the most. You are wonderful at giving appreciation and reassurance, so much so, that your partner forgets, from time to time, that it is a two way street and you sometimes need to be loved and reassured, too. An idyllic romantic evening together, mid-month, will provide them with the opportunity and you may even be swept off your feet by it all.
Mars enters your area of health and well being on the 1st, giving your energy and vitality levels a boost, lifting your mood and making you feel better than you may have felt all year. This upward arc goes on rising when the Sun joins Mars there on the 23rd so that by the end of the month you are ready for anything!
This month you are likely to be going over ways in which you keep the children amused in the holidays and thinking up new approaches to keep them happy, now. As a Piscean mother, you’re not that into discipline and boundaries but a discussion on what is practical and achievable with them around the time of the full moon on the 16th will deliver good results for them during the third week and equip them to handle any challenges well that may come up in the second half July.
March 21 – April 19
Being born under a fire sign, Aries, the bright and warm days of summer suit you perfectly. You’ll be getting out and about, meeting friends and catching up with family that you haven’t seen in a while. You’ll be touched by the warm welcome which your energy and enthusiasm will bring you from all.
Solar Eclipse: You may have found that home and family have taken up a lot of your time, recently, but the solar eclipse on the 2nd July makes it possible for you to re-organise your domestic environment so that you have more time to pursue those important career interests. Someone in authority may be very helpful to your plans.
The first half of this month places an emphasis on home and work and using your special talents to transform your home environment. A surprise windfall around the 8th makes it easy to buy that special something around the full moon on the 16th – just make sure you can return it, if you change your mind!
Your ruler Mars describes you as a very passionate person – you love with all your heart and soul and you are very ardent about it. Your partner values your support and devotion so you can always bring them around to your way of thinking. This is likely to be the case, mid-month when there could be some disagreement over the cost of a special event that you may have organised for both of you. Your partner will soon see that it is all because you love them so much!
The phrase “slow down” does not really feature strongly in an Aries guide to healthy living. You love exercise and action and the outdoor life. This keeps your constitution strong and you are one of the strongest signs of the Zodiac. As July is likely to be a very busy month for you, take the opportunity to spend some quiet time in one of your favourite places, around the time of the full moon on the 16th. You’ll feel super-charged and better for it, if you do!
In the area of children, your ruler Mars sees you putting yourself wholeheartedly into activities that you all love to do. You may be tempted to overspend on a special trip mid-month for them so try to budget for this – not something an Aries naturally likes to do – but this will help you with the holiday plans you have for them when the long summer holidays begin.
April 20 – May 20
One of the greatest delights in life for a Taurean is spending a warm summer evening in the garden, sipping wine and eating a delicious supper with those you love. July is one of the summer months you love because of this and all the beautiful foliage that is at its best, at this time.
Solar Eclipse: Taureans love their creature comforts and their own home environment but the solar eclipse is likely to urge you to travel more and get involved with people from very different backgrounds with new approaches to life. Believe in your ability to adapt (yes, you can) and enjoy the new perspective on life that this will bring.
With Venus in your area of communication from the 3rd, you’ll find it easy to get others to agree to your ideas and suggestions. In fact, you’ll be using your home as a meeting place when your neighbours need to discuss plans for the community. A gathering during the second week may deliver surprisingly good results.
July is a month when your partner may surprise you with what they say and the little notes they text and email to you. There is a lot of love in the air and it’s being expressed in words that touch your heart. Any issues on which you feel differently, in the second half of July, can be smoothed over when you find a special wish is just as important to your partner as it is to you.
As a Taurean, you like to take regular periods of rest and relaxation in comfortable and familiar surroundings but July may see you doing quite a bit of running around, helping out with friends and family whether they live nearby or some distance away. Take a friend’s advice, mid-month, and share a picnic in the park with them – it will be just perfect for letting all that stress go.
You’ll find yourself more involved than usual with your children’s social arrangements, helping them to get together with others and making sure that their arrangements work well. And you may find that your children’s best friends, in particular, will love you for it!
May 21 – June 20
There’ll be plenty of temptations to spend your money on lovely outings and shopping trips with friends where you will have great fun with the new summer fashions and the bargains that become available as July unfolds. After Mercury, your ruler, goes retrograde on the 7th, those bargains will be much easier to find.
Solar Eclipse: If your thoughts have been preoccupied with money matters and the impact they have on you, emotionally, the eclipse on July 2nd will bring in a time when you are able to look at how your partner’s money management skills can help you improve this area of your life so you both feel emotionally happier with each other.
If you have any contracts to sign or agreements to make, Mars (in this area of your life) may make you want to get them done and out of the way. But your ruler, Mercury, retrograde here, from the 7th, urges a careful look at the details (not something you are noted for doing, Gemini) to be sure that everything is the way it should be.
Venus in your area of personal feelings will help to keep you feeling happy even when you have to resolve a shared tension around the time of the full moon on the 16th. Your ability to reason your way through a difficult emotional situation will gain you appreciation from your partner so that by the month’s end you’ll feel that you understand each other’s emotional needs bringing more happiness for you both to share.
Being ruled by Mercury, you have a very quick witted mind and you can think and plan in lots of ways, simultaneously. This can take its toll on your mental energy and you can feel stressed out as a result. The unusual benefits from a trip to a spa with a friend in the second week will amaze you and teach you interesting techniques for calming the mind and thoughts in your every day life.
As a Gemini mum, you get just as much fun out of your children’s interests and activities as they do and they love having you around because of this. First thing’s first, though. You’ll be concentrating on making sure that they get all their school projects completed well before the long summer break. After that, with your lively imagination, they can look forward to some wonderful times as July comes to a close and August begins!
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