Happy July, Aquarius!
Aquarius: Your Month Ahead
Aquarius, this month will help you focus on your job, fitness, pets, and daily routine as well as marriage, business partnerships, and agreements of all kinds.
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 Job And Health
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, Aquarius, planets in Cancer always activate your sixth house of work, health through fitness and nutrition, pets, and everyday life management. The Cancer planets this month can help build security in employment, strengthen ties with employees or coworkers, and improve your health through proper diet and regular exercise or by adopting a pet. These energies also may inspire you to explore the nature of service and how you express it on the job as well as daily life, as this house governs the ways we support others by taking care of ourselves and willingly providing selfless assistance when needed.
Your Marriage And Other Committed Relationships
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, Aquarius, planets in Leo bring creativity and zest to your marriage and all other one on one relationships such as with a business advisor or work partner. They also stimulate your desire to team with another person, perhaps even a child, to bring out your playful side or add a touch of drama or creativity to your life. This area also governs diplomacy, agreements, and cooperation. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to resolve a legal dispute, work on ways to make the world more peaceful, spend more time with your love partner, consider taking on a new agent or other business partner, or find ways to have more fun in your closest relationships.
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, Aquarius, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your sixth house of health, fitness, pets, work, daily routine, and service, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to your personality or character, style and image, personal projects of greatest meaning to you, or health and body.
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.
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 work area aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your career house, so if you want to ask for a raise, change jobs, get a promotion, or step into a leadership role, opportunities may arrive now. Also, Mercury in your partnership house faces off against Mars in your personality area, so you and your marriage or business partner or another person close to you may disagree about something, and you may feel defensive, so wait to have serious discussions.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your earned income and possessions house. Use intuition to seize professional opportunities, especially for financial gain, or buy art or something else inspiring for your office.
July 9: Mercury in your partnership house will challenge Jupiter in your career house, so you may see challenges balancing work and relationship needs, or an agent or other business advisor may raise communication or contract concerns over a travel agreement or award application. Wait to hold discussions or make decisions and request full information. Also, loving Venus enters Virgo in your sexuality, deep spirituality, and shared money house. Charm and diplomacy can win the day in child support or alimony negotiations or with lenders or bankers. If you’re in a relationship, your intimate life can take on greater depth and sweetness. If you’re unattached, use this day to explore your inner life through meditation or conversations with other seekers.
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 career house, giving you a green light to start improvements or expansion you planned in recent months. You also may hear about recognition coming to you, business travel or education opportunities, or ways to help your community through benevolent service or giving.
July 11: Venus in your joint financial house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus, your ruler, in your house of home, family, and real estate. Your wish for less conventional living arrangements could come true, thanks to favorable loan or credit terms, good news about a mortgage, or a quick real estate sale or purchase. This pairing also could enrich your intimate life with innovative perspectives on love and passion with your beloved at home.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your job, health, nutrition, fitness, pets, or daily routine. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your secret projects and health house, suggesting you may feel stressed or need to bide your time for a day or two before initiating anything because powerful people at work may pressure you or involve you in dramas over strategy. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your mystical house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your spirituality area, giving you support on all planes to feel universal love and grow in spiritual maturity through meditation, silent service, and prayer. Take time for solitude and meditation.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your seventh house of marriage, business partnerships, agreements, cooperation, diplomacy, and efforts toward peace. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your shared money house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your career house, suggesting money or perks can come your way through your professional life via a raise, commission, bonus, or new benefits or that investors may come through to support your company or a new venture.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune in your earned income house, so if you’re negotiating with an ex over child support, working with your spouse to budget more effectively, or meeting with a business connection to agree on financials for a partnership agreement, put off meetings for a day or two as expectations may be unrealistic and details likely will be sketchy. This alignment also may bring disagreements over spending, values, or possessions, and you will benefit from remaining kind and compassionate, no matter what arises. Give yourself time to meditate and ponder any major moves.
July 25: The Sun in your partnership house squares off against Uranus in your house of home and family, so your spouse may object to something happening with your parents, or the two of you may disagree about home matters. A sudden development with a relative also may cause friction in your business or romantic relationship.
July 26: The Sun in Leo challenges Mars, 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 with all partners, advisors, and other people close to you, as you may misunderstand communication and appear defensive. Channel your energy into a project meaningful to you personally, and if your beloved suggests last minute plans for fun, go and have a good time.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to your health, body, image, wardrobe or personal style, personality, character, or pet projects 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 shared finance house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your behind the scenes area, so a powerful person who prefers to remain unknown may see to it that you receive a bonus or commission, or a gift could come your way. This alignment also may affect your spiritual life, perhaps bringing a powerful meditation experience or lucid dreams about the nature of love or the soul.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Aquarius, 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, Aquarius! I wish you a wonderful month!