Happy July, Sagittarius!
Sagittarius: Your Month Ahead
Sagittarius, this month will help you focus on joint finances, sexuality and other great mysteries, and deep spirituality as well as travel, foreign cultures, and higher education.
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 Money And Mysteries
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, Sagittarius, planets in Cancer always activate your eighth house of money you share with others through debt, insurance, and inheritance as well as life’s greatest mysteries such as sex, the afterlife, and your inner self. The Cancer planets this month can help you build financial security; improve child support or alimony agreements; and manage debt, insurance, or probate matters. These energies also may inspire you to explore your inner self through spiritual seeking and meditation, deepen intimacy and sexuality through heightened encounters with your partner, or research arcane subjects you feel drawn to magnetically such as life beyond this physical incarnation or the mysteries of birth and love.
Your Travel And Education
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, Sagittarius, planets in Leo boost your energy because their fire aligns well with your own fiery sign. They inspire your creativity and zest to travel, especially to faraway places, and they give you the energy to overcome anything related to international concerns such as clearing up a visa or immigration issue, working out contracts with global partners, or securing foreign rights or publicity. They also stimulate your desire to align with big media such as publishing and broadcasting or to pursue philosophy, work on a degree, or apply for college. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to fill out a university application, attend a lecture by a noted professor, try a cuisine you’ve never had before, book a trip overseas, or speak to an expert or attorney about an immigration or passport concern.
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, Sagittarius, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to spirituality, sexuality, or money you receive in a lump sum through insurance or inheritance or in shared finances such as loans or child support, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to brothers and sisters, communication, short trips, or your local community.
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 deep spirituality area aligns beautifully with your ruler, Jupiter, in your solitude house, so if you want time alone to meditate, explore your inner desires, or address a psychological or other health concern from a mystical or spiritual angle, do it now. Also, Mercury and Mars in your travel houses face off against each other and will affect communication, media, and education, so if you’re planning or taking a trip or working on something related to international or education issues, keep watch on your emotions and how you speak to others as tempers could run high or mixed signals may create challenges.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your home and family house. You may hear good news about a mortgage, insurance payout, commission, or other money that allows you to redecorate or buy the house of your dreams. This placement also may help financial arrangements with parents or other relatives or inspire deeper physical intimacy at home with your partner.
July 9: Mercury in your house of publicity and media will challenge Jupiter in your house of behind the scenes projects, so if you’re working on something that needs to be kept secret for now, be careful what you say to others and especially to the media. Higher ups may insist on launching or leaking details, so stay under the radar if possible so you can focus on what’s true and what’s hyperbole. Also, loving Venus enters Virgo in your career and honors house. Socialize with bosses or colleagues, open talks related to a raise, or apply for a coveted award for yourself or your company.
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 privacy, health, and spirituality house, giving you a green light to start improvements or expansion you planned in recent months. If you need help for wellness, you may start working with a therapist, academic medical professional, or spiritual guide or consider a retreat in another land.
July 11: Venus in your career and recognition house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your job house. A gifted employee or coworker may fuel your success or help you win a leadership role or promotion or your own technical skills and maverick ideas may garner recognition in your industry.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your sexuality; interest in life’s mysteries including spirituality; or joint financial arrangements such as insurance, a loan or mortgage, alimony or child support, inheritance, bonuses, or your partner’s income. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your work, earned income, and possessions house, suggesting a power struggle or disagreements over values, purchases, or money. If you need to discuss or negotiate anything in these areas, bide your time for a day or two because emotions may run high. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your reputation and public standing house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your work and values area, allowing you to shine as a leader in your community and even win an award or kudos at an important event or from an older person you respect highly. These planets also could net you financial gain through your job and career connections.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your ninth house of expansion through travel, higher education, philosophy, religion, and beliefs. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your career house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter, your ruler, in your secret projects and solitude house, suggesting a benefactor who wishes to remain under the radar may help your business financially, recommend you for promotion or pubic leadership, or serve as a mentor to take your career to the next level.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune in your house of home, so you may feel torn between demands from bosses and loved ones. This alignment also could affect a home improvement project, and contractors or a designer may provide vague or incomplete proposals and lack clarity regarding your need to be on site. Listen carefully to everyone, read between the lines, and put off heart to heart talks or design discussions for a day or two.
July 25: The Sun in your travel house squares off against Uranus in your health and fitness house, so a medical concern could delay a vacation or arise while you’re out of town. Use common sense and slow down to give your body more rest if needed. If you must travel for business, this pairing could bring sudden objections over budgets or itineraries.
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 regarding travel, siblings, and communication of all kinds. Watch your temper around brothers and sisters, media representatives, publishing connections, and international contacts and make extra efforts to achieve clarity in all discussions or travel arrangements. If last minute opportunities come your way to see someone from your childhood days, say yes and have fun.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to your siblings, a writing or research project, a speaking engagement, a neighbor, or a short trip 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 career house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your earned income area, so your powerful presence and ability to charm others may earn praise from your boss or another mover or shaker or an opportunity for advancement, leadership, or a raise. This pairing also could polish your public status, making you beloved in your industry or community.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Sagittarius, 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, Sagittarius! I wish you a wonderful month!