Happy July, Libra!
Libra: Your Month Ahead
Libra, this month will help you focus on your career, professional standing and recognition, and the legacy you hope to leave as well as friends, business associates, clubs, and volunteering.
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 Career And Professional Recognition
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, Libra, planets in Cancer always activate your tenth house of your professional life, including your career, awards you win, and your standing in your industry and community. The Cancer planets this month can help build security in your vocation, put you in the spotlight for your accomplishments via special recognition, and inspire you to nurture others in your field through mentoring. These energies also may inspire you to explore your family’s role in your career, the ways people you work with begin to feel like family, and the potential for leaving a legacy through your work or in your community.
Your Friends And Associates
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, Libra, planets in Leo inspire joy by spending time with friends or making new friends. They also stimulate your desire to network for business, meet new people by joining a club or business group, or plan events to broaden your connections. This area also governs humanitarian ideals and activities. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to volunteer, attend a fundraiser, plan a trip with a service component, or meditate on how you can make the world a better place, especially for young people.
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, Libra, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your tenth house of career, public image and standing, and mentoring, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to children and their activities, sports and other pleasures, a romantic relationship, stock investments, or your creative expressions through the arts or hobbies.
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 career area aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your earned income house, so you may see expansion on the job through a new client, leadership opportunity, promotion, or raise. Also, Mercury in your friendship house faces off against Mars in your creativity and children area, so you and a friend may disagree about an arts project, or a child’s needs or sporting event may prevent you from spending time with friends.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your job house. More good financial news could arrive through a boss or mentor, or your highly creative work may win you an award or other recognition. You also may organize a charity function for your company to benefit a dance or arts group, and others will hail your efforts.
July 9: Mercury in your networking house will challenge Jupiter in your personal money house, so if you want a referral, recommendation, or other job help from a business associate or friend, wait to make your request. If someone wants you to support a charity, ask for details and wait to commit. Also, loving Venus, your ruler, enters Virgo in your health, spirituality, and privacy house. If you need medical help, you may find a sympathetic clinician now. Shower your soul with personal love and attention through meditation and solitude and enjoy beauty and creativity on your own.
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 money and possessions house, giving you a green light to start job related improvements or make purchases you planned in recent months. You also may connect with an international or media leader who can supply lucrative contacts or an offer to travel on business.
July 11: Venus, your ruler, in your spirituality house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your house of the soul and sexuality. If you’re in a relationship, explore the spiritual side of physical love together and let your electric passions inspire you. If you’re not attached, use this magical energy to meditate or work on something creative behind the scenes.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your career, ability to receive recognition, or public standing. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your house of home and family, suggesting challenges in balancing work and family. Loved ones may pressure you, or work demands may keep you from seeing a beloved parent or other relative. Hold off on making changes or holding sensitive discussions. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your privacy and health house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your home and family area, giving you long term family support for starting therapy, healing after surgery, or overcoming addiction or other serious concerns. This pair also could help you support an elderly family member anonymously or vice versa, or you may get help for pursuing a creative dream.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your eleventh house of friendship, networking, charitable activities, clubs and associations, and high ideals. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your behind the scenes house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your money and possessions house, suggesting you may enter secret negotiations to acquire a valuable piece of art or jewelry, earn money from a project you’ve worked on privately, or earn valuable career help from a benefactor who wishes to remain unknown.
July 24: Your ruler, Venus, faces off against Neptune in your health and job house, so if you’re addressing a medical concern, you may need to clarify treatment plans or benefit payments. If you’re working on a project that cannot launch yet, your creativity may be met with vagueness, confusion, or miscommunication among project leaders or coworkers, so put off meetings for a day or two.
July 25: The Sun in your friends and groups house squares off against Uranus in your shared income house, so if someone wants you to invest in a new company or invention, wait to commit so you can get complete details and ask hard questions. Also, if a charity taps you for a board position or asks you to manage a major event, put off decisions until you can speak with your spouse, as the price tag in time and money may be too steep.
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. Children or someone you’re dating may show outbursts of temper, and you may feel defensive, so watch what you say and seek clear communication. The retrograde may bring a call from a friend or associate from your past; if so, say yes to invitations, be prepared for last minute changes in plans, and have fun.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to your children, romantic partner, hobbies, sports, stock portfolio, or creative work 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 spirituality house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your ancestry area, so you may feel drawn to explore your genealogy, especially from a spiritual or soul perspective.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Libra, 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, Libra! I wish you a wonderful month!