Happy July, Aries!
Aries: Your Month Ahead
Aries, this month will help you focus on your home and family, parents, and real estate as well as children, fun, and creativity.
July will bring opportunities to slow down so you can get perspective on everything you’ve been working on over the past two years. It also will supply deeply imaginative energies to help you envision what you truly want as you ease your pace to reflect and review many aspects of your life.
Read on to see how July’s astrology will affect you. With a sense of humor and a dash or two of patience, you can focus its energies to help you enjoy your home and family, remember past joys, and appreciate how honoring your emotional sensitivity actually makes you stronger.
July Astrology – Headline News
Your Home And Family
July opens with a lone planet in Cancer, the warm and powerful Sun, who always shines his light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world.
The Moon will join the Sun in Cancer from July 11 through 13, giving greater sensitivity to general energies before the Sun changes signs on July 22.
Cancer is a water sign symbolized by the Crab, a soft and mysterious creature of land and water who carries her home, a hard shell, with her wherever she goes. Crabs are famous for moving sideways before making their move to grab what they seek, hanging on tightly with their enormous claws. The Cancer Crab mixes a soft, emotional inside and tough outside. With a secure home base, we can let our sensitive inner selves show and release the fear that may prompt us to hold on to feelings, people, and things we no longer need. When in balance, Cancer bestows precious gifts of memory and imagination that feed our creativity and allow us to share it with the world.
Find out more about Cancer in my article, Cancer Time: Feel And Change. Also, you can tune in to this sign’s watery mystery and sensitive imagination with The Cancer Meditation, an uplifting guided meditation.
For you, Aries, planets in Cancer always activate your fourth house of home, family, parents, and real estate. The Cancer planets this month can help build security, strengthen family ties, and improve property you own. These energies also may inspire you to explore your family history or delve into your inner self, as this house governs family heritage and the spiritual traditions that support your life and well being.
Your Children And Creativity
On July 22, the Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, which will start the month of the Lion. You’ll feel the energies shift from the emotional, imaginative power of Cancer to the heartfelt, regal world of Leo. This annual change brings a welcome warmth, charisma, and desire to show off our talents after Cancer and its brooding emotions and tendency to remain at home with its family and memories.
For you, Aries, planets in Leo boost your energy because their fire aligns well with your own fiery sign. They inspire your creativity and zest to share yourself and work publicly; they also stimulate your desire to spend time with children or express your inner child. This area also governs fun and pleasure, romance, and speculation through stocks. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to add more romance to life, review your investments, start an art project, or relax and play more, especially with children.
Each year brings two sets of eclipses, six months apart. Typically, each eclipse period features a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse; sometimes an extra eclipse may occur at these times, depending on planetary alignments. This year, we will have a third eclipse in the current set; it will happen next month. Check next month’s horoscopes for details.
An eclipse happens either at a full Moon, giving us a lunar eclipse, or a new Moon, giving us a solar eclipse.
Eclipses help speed our progress, both on the spiritual plane and the material plane, because they ramp up the power of the new or full Moon involved. They may bring dramatic news and changes to our lives if they occur in a sign and degree of the zodiac already highlighted in your birth chart.
Lunar eclipses typically point us toward the past: we see something come full circle or reach a conclusion. Solar eclipses point us toward the future: we see a door opening that leads us toward something new.
This month brings a partial solar eclipse in Cancer, 20 degrees, at the new Moon on July 12. It also features a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius, 4 degrees, at the full Moon on July 27. (NOTE: Next month will bring a solar eclipse on August 11 at 18 degrees of Leo.)
For you, Aries, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your fourth house of home, family, parents, and real estate, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to friends, group activities and clubs, business associates and networking, or charitable involvement.
Slow Down: Mars Remains Retrograde
As last month’s horoscope explained, Mars will be retrograde all this month. Similar to Mercury retrograde, this phenomenon will coincide with a slowdown that gives us time to pause, reflect, and redo. Mars will continue its apparent backward motion for two months, until August 27.
For you, Aries, Mars retrograde looms large because Mars is your ruling planet. See your June horoscope for more details on how Mars retrograde affects you.
Mercury Retrograde: Slow Down Some More
On July 26, Mercury will go retrograde once again, adding to Mars’s messages to slow down.
From our vantage point on Earth, it will look like Mercury is moving backwards in the sky. Although it won’t actually be moving in reverse, this Mercury retrograde period will feel like all that is associated with Mercury will be in low gear or moving backwards.
Mercury rules everything related to communication, from computers and cell phones to speaking, writing, and listening. It also governs anything with moving parts, such as electronics, cars, and appliances.
When Mercury goes retrograde, generally three times a year for three weeks at a time, the areas it rules also slow down and often experience challenges.
This retrograde occurs in Leo, a passionate fire sign that can create drama when frustrated by the inevitable surprises or obstacles that occur during a retrograde.
Prepare now by backing up your computer and other devices and updating software by mid-July. After that, you’ll begin to feel the slowdown and may see issues arise with equipment or interactions with other people.
Learn how to use Mercury retrograde to your advantage and get all the retrograde dates for this year (and coming years) in my article, Mercury Retrograde Dates, Advice.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates In July
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here so your efforts can bring progress in all areas.
July 5: The Sun in your home and family area aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your shared money house, so if you need a home improvement loan, mortgage, or other financing, apply now. Also, Mercury in your creativity house faces off against your ruler, Mars, in your networking area, so wait to share an arts initiative with friends or associates.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your health and spirituality house. Create a meditation area at home or explore home-based treatments or recovery options to address a health concern for yourself or loved ones.
July 9: Mercury in your house of children and creative expression will challenge Jupiter in your shared finances house, so wait to bring up child support concerns with an ex and hold off on a stock investment or seeking investors for your genius idea. Also, loving Venus enters Virgo in your work, health, and fitness house. Socialize with coworkers or invite someone to work out with you or try a health challenge together.
July 9 – 12: The Moon enters its balsamic phase, the “dark of the Moon” time before the new Moon. Slow down and review the past month since the new Moon that arrived on June 13. Meditate, rest, and reflect on what you want to do in the coming month. Find out more about this mysterious monthly time in my Balsamic Moon Phase article. Also, this period is excellent for spiritual work, meditation, and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
July 10: Jupiter ends its retrograde in your shared money house, giving you a green light to start improvements or expansion you planned in recent months regarding insurance, credit, loans, or venture capital. You also may discuss finances related to taking an international trip with your partner.
July 11: Venus in your job and health house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your earned income and values house. You may hear about a raise or promotion, sign a new client, or find a creative way to pay for dance lessons or stylish fitness gear.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your home, family, or real estate holdings. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your career house, suggesting you need to bide your time for a day or two before initiating anything because VIPs at work or in your industry may press your buttons or make demands affecting home life. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your work house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your career area, giving you VIP support for a project and perhaps winning you a raise, promotion, or lead role on a creative initiative.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your fifth house of children, creativity, stock investments, romance, and fun of all kinds. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your health and job house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your shared finance house, suggesting money may be available now to address a health or fitness matter or that your financial health will blossom, thanks to a raise, gift, bonus, or commission.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune in your privacy house, so if you’re working on a secret project calling for creative talent, remain discreet with coworkers and put off meetings for a day or two. This alignment also may bring a health concern to a head or push you to create better balance among work, fitness, and everyday demands so you can attend to spiritual needs.
July 25: The Sun in your children house squares off against Uranus in your earned income house, so you may need to free yourself from debt or be more creative or realistic about covering costs for fertility treatments, a child’s activities, or investments.
July 26: The Sun in Leo challenges Mars, your ruler, across the sky in Aquarius, and Mercury goes retrograde in Leo. In general, a good day to keep a light schedule and prepare for unexpected developments. Watch your temper around children, friends, and business associates, as you may misunderstand communication. Work solo on a volunteer or creative project instead or enjoy last minute plans for fun.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to a club or association, networking, friends, or charities will peak, and you may see a door close in one of these areas. Remember that full Moons (and the day before and day after) favor spiritual work, so plan time for meditation and prayer and be philosophical if it’s time for something to leave your life. Also, Venus in your job house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your career area, so a VIP may tap you for a project using your artistic flair or people skills, and you may see advancement and more money, too.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Aries, between the eclipses and retrogrades, July will bring many changes along with time for reflection and meditation. Slow down this month, take excellent care of yourself, and encourage loved ones, colleagues, and friends to do the same.
With awareness, patience, and humor, you can find the hidden opportunities in anything you encounter this month and find fresh ways to leverage them.
Do bookmark this page and revisit your July horoscope throughout this month to track all the many astrological happenings so you can be at your best all month.
To see your horoscope from last month, go to our horoscope archives.
Happy July, Aries! I wish you a wonderful month!