Happy July, Capricorn!
Capricorn: Your Month Ahead
Capricorn, this month will help you focus on your marriage, business partnerships, and agreements as well as deep spirituality, sexuality, and joint finances.
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 Partners, In Love And Business
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, Capricorn, planets in Cancer always activate your seventh house of marriage, business partners such as your agent or other advisors, and other legal commitments and negotiations. The Cancer planets this month can help build relationship security, strengthen ties with people important to your happiness and success, and improve the terms of your commitments. These energies also may inspire you to explore how you can serve as a force for harmony, as this house governs peace, cooperation, diplomacy, and compromise.
Your Money And Life’s Mysteries
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, Capricorn, planets in Leo inspire your passion and creativity in the bedroom as you seek spiritual connection along with physical pleasure. They also stimulate your desire to understand your inner world through meditation and spiritual seeking and to connect with life’s great mysteries of birth, death, and the afterlife through personal contemplation or reading and study with others. This area also governs shared finances such as your partner’s income, alimony and child support, credit and insurance, mortgages and loans, inheritance and gifts, and bonuses and commissions. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to negotiate better terms in some of these areas, increase insurance coverage, address probate or other inheritance issues, or improve your family’s finances through smarter budgeting or investing.
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, Capricorn, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your seventh house of committed partnerships, legal agreements, or actions related to diplomacy or peace, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to your work or income, possessions, valuables such as art or jewelry, money management, or values and their alignment with your actions.
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, Capricorn, Mars retrograde looms large because this planet’s backward motion will occur in part in your sign. 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 partnership area aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your networking and charitable house, so if you and your spouse or business partner receive an invitation to a fundraiser or business mixer, go and have a good time as you may meet people with lucrative connections or a new friend from another culture. Also, Mercury in your joint financial house faces off against Mars in your personal money area, suggesting you and your spouse or business partner may disagree about values or spending. Wait to hold serious discussions, as tempers could flare and words may become harsh; also, if you do attend a fundraiser, watch your spending to avoid conflict.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your travel and communication house. Your compassionate words can cheer your spouse or another person close to you, or your creative ideas for a getaway may inspire tenderness leading to greater intimacy.
July 9: Mercury in your joint money house will challenge Jupiter in your friendship and networking house, so wait to invest in a friend’s business, apply for admission to an expensive club, or speak to contacts for favors related to a loan or venture capital. Also, loving Venus enters Virgo in your international, education, and publishing house. Organize an outing to try a new cuisine, approach authorities to resolve an immigration or visa concern, speak to academic connections about a degree program or publishing opportunity, or contact international people about global trade deals or overseas publicity or arts opportunities.
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 friendship, networking, volunteering, and humanitarian house, giving you a green light to start improvements or expansion you planned in recent months. You also may consider an international trip with a friend or as part of a service project.
July 11: Venus in your travel house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your romance house. A long distance trip may put you in contact with a new love, or if you’re married, your partner may woo you all over again as you explore art and beautiful scenery abroad. If you’re in a creative field, your forward thinking talents could land you international publicity, an award, or financial gain.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your your marriage and business partnerships or in a legal agreement. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your personality and health house, suggesting stress that could drain your energy or a strong disagreement with someone close to you. If you need to have a delicate discussion, wait a day or two to avoid conflict. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your academic house connects harmoniously with your ruler, Saturn, in your personality and image area, giving you a mature presence that can help secure acceptance to a degree program, an offer to write for a prestigious journal, or an offer to play a leadership role that taps your creativity, too.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your eighth house of sex, mysticism, and joint money. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your international and media house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your charitable house, suggesting money from a book deal, overseas publishing rights, or foreign business enterprise may enable you to give more generously to your favorite cause, travel overseas to volunteer, or endow a scholarship or other vehicle to help others.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune in your travel and sibling house, so if you need to take a trip or want to organize a reunion with brothers and sisters and cousins, take extra care in all details and communications, as details may be fuzzy or plans may become unrealistic or costly. If possible, put off discussions or travel for at least a day or two. This alignment also may bring a communication or publicity concern to a head or push you to ground creative ideas in practicality or to increase clarity in expressing your ideas to others. Tap your compassion and love in all interpersonal dealings.
July 25: The Sun in your passion house squares off against Uranus in your romance house, so tread carefully with a love interest if erratic behavior surfaces temporarily. This pairing also could bring money concerns related to a child’s activities or your creative work or hobbies, so put off financial commitments until you have all the facts.
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, especially related to finances. Watch your temper at work and with insurance or banking contacts and strive for clarity, as you may misunderstand communication. Focus on improvements you can make personally, and if you’re in a relationship, enjoy last minute plans for passion. If details shift unexpectedly, roll with changes and have a good time.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to work, income, possessions, valuables, and your feelings about what you most value in life 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 expansion house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your personal projects area, so something you’ve worked on or even obsessed over and that means a great deal to you may win international praise, publicity, or remuneration.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Capricorn, 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, Capricorn! I wish you a wonderful month!