Happy July, Virgo!
Virgo: Your Month Ahead
Virgo, this month will help you focus on your friends, business network, and volunteer projects as well as health, solitude, and spirituality.
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 Friends And Associates
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, Virgo, planets in Cancer always activate your eleventh house of friendship, business associates and other contacts you meet at industry groups, and acquaintances at clubs or organizations. The Cancer planets this month can help you nurture close friends, build financial security through networking, and express caring sensitivity through a leadership role at an event or organization. These energies also may inspire you to invite family members or other people you know to join you on a volunteer project or at a fundraiser, as this house governs humanitarianism and your highest ideals for making the world a better and more friendly place.
Your Health And Spirituality
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, Virgo, planets in Leo always activate your most private house. They may inspire your creativity to work on a project you want to keep secret for now, or they may help you take on something with a child that needs careful nurturing before you can announce it. Planets in Leo also stimulate your desire to spend time alone, increase meditation and prayer, and improve health through rest or even rehab. This area also governs dreams, the subconscious, and psychology. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to embrace more solitude than usual, make health improvements, begin working with a therapist, or start a dream journal.
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, Virgo, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your eleventh house of friends, networking, clubs, and charities, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to your job, nutrition, fitness, pets, or daily routine.
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. For you, Virgo, Mercury retrograde typically affects you strongly because Mercury is your ruling planet.
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 business associates and friends area aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your sibling house, so if you want to introduce a friend or colleague to an unattached sibling, make your move now. Also, Mercury in your behind the scenes house faces off against Mars in your job area, so someone at work may pressure you to reveal information, disagree with your approach, or create friction with employees, so avoid scheduling meetings and wait to discuss sensitive projects.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your marriage and partnership house. Invite your spouse or business partner to attend a fundraiser, as your partner’s compassion will help your favorite cause dramatically. If you’re single, consider dating a friend, as romance and a soul connection may bloom.
July 9: Mercury in your house of sensitive health concerns will challenge Jupiter in your sibling house, so wait to share personal information about an ailment with brothers and sisters; these areas also could affect a hush hush communication project at work, so hold off on launching anything or setting up meetings with key connections. Also, loving Venus enters your sign, Virgo, in your personality, health, and pet projects house. Indulge your senses with dance, yoga, and sweet treats after dinner with your beloved. If you’re unattached, dress up and go out, as your charm and good looks favor meeting someone.
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 communication and sibling house, giving you a green light to start improvements or expansion you planned in recent months. You also may discuss religion, philosophy, or taking a major trip with your brothers and sisters.
July 11: Venus in your meaningful projects and personal style house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your overseas and education house. You may have a breakthrough in a creative project involving international publicity or visionary technology, or your sophisticated style or attractiveness may win you attention from someone at school or from another culture.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your friendships, club or industry memberships, or volunteer work. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your children and romance house, suggesting you’re better off waiting to ask connections for favors related to a youngster or starting a relationship with a friend or business associate because you or your children may appear controlling or overly fixated on your desires. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your personality house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your children and romance area, giving you a magic touch in persuading youngsters or forming a lasting attachment with someone older or highly distinguished. These planets also could give you staying power and creativity when it comes to an arts project dear to your heart.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your twelfth house of psychology, dreams, health, solitude, retreats, and solo projects you work on secretly. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your personality house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your communication and sibling house, suggesting your charm will bring major success in a publicity or writing project or that you’ll be able to enjoy good times and loving conversations with brothers and sisters.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune in your partnership house, so if you’re negotiating marriage details, a business partnership, or a legal settlement, your desire for compromise may be met with vague responses or lack of clarity, so put off signing anything and wait a day or two to meet with others. This alignment also may bring concerns about balance between your wishes and a partner’s needs or push you to keep an eye on your spouse’s health so you can offer kind support and work together to avoid overindulgence.
July 25: The Sun in your behind the scenes house squares off against Uranus in your education and international house, so a technical issue may create snags on something sensitive you must complete or a benefactor may object to your out of the box ideas for education or travel.
July 26: The Sun in Leo challenges Mars, across the sky in Aquarius, and your ruler, Mercury, goes retrograde in Leo. In general, a good day to keep a light schedule and prepare for unexpected developments, especially related to health and spirituality. Watch your temper at work and steer clear of volatile people, as communication may snarl or you may irritate someone without realizing it. Work solo to polish a communication or tech project, and if plans fall through at the last minute, enjoy time on your own or working out with a colleague.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to health, a pet, fitness, employees or coworkers, or your job and routine 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 personality house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your creativity and romance area, so someone important or powerful may ask you out or help you leverage a hobby or artistic talent into a money maker.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Virgo, 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, Virgo! I wish you a wonderful month!