Happy July, Leo!
Leo: Your Month Ahead
Leo, this month will help you focus on your health, spirituality, and secret projects as well as your public image, body, and most cherished initiatives.
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 Health And Spirituality
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.
Use this time to look back on the past year because very soon you will start a new year with your birthday.
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, Leo, Cancer always activates your twelfth house of spirituality, solitude, health (especially psychological), and secret projects you work on anonymously or behind the scenes. The Cancer planets will intensify your desire for time alone (perhaps to work on something you’re not ready to launch), your wish to attend to health, and your devotion to spirituality and serving others.
Your Personality And Body
On July 22, your ruler, 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, Leo, planets in Leo energize you because they put more fire and greater warmth and passion into your first house of the body and your personality. Even if your birthday comes late in your sign, as soon as the Sun enters Leo you typically will feel a lift that sustains you until your day of cake and candles arrives. You may feel inspired at this time to have a makeover, take up a new sport or nutrition approach, or improve your personality or character by overcoming habits you’ve outgrown.
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, Leo, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your twelfth house of meditation, prayer, health, solitude, or behind the scenes projects, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to partnerships, marriage, agreements, legal negotiations, or a business advisor.
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 your sign, 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, your ruler, in your privacy area aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your home and family house, so if you need to help a relative, or if you need a loved one to help you, take action or start conversations now. Also, Mercury in your personality house faces off against Mars in your marriage area, indicating you and your beloved may disagree, so table sensitive talks. Also, wait a day or two to sign agreements or negotiate with a business partner.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your deep spirituality and sexuality house. Meditate about your inner self and spiritual life, explore soul-inspired passion with your partner, or use your intuition and compassion to address a health concern.
July 9: Mercury in your house of personality and your pet projects will challenge Jupiter in your home and family house, so if you want to redecorate, move, or invest in real estate, wait to discuss your ideas with loved ones, and if you need to help a parent, put off sensitive discussions as your strong will may rub others the wrong way. Also, loving Venus enters Virgo in your job, income, possessions, and values house. If you want more money, approach your boss about a promotion or raise or hire a financial planner to get your money house in order. If you want to buy something elegant for your home, your taste and instinct for choosing something of true value can steer you well.
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 home and family house, giving you a green light to start redecorations, home improvements, remodeling, or real estate investments you planned in recent months. You also may discuss college planning for children or possible travel with extended family.
July 11: Venus in your work and income house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your career house. Your likability and creative diplomacy may win you a sudden raise or promotion, new client, or excellent creative or leadership opportunity on a tech or futuristic project.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your health (especially psychological), inner life, dreams, or need for comfort through solitude. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your work and fitness house, suggesting bosses may demand you work overtime or interfere with your need to address a wellness concern. Stay under the radar, work quietly on your own projects, and plan your next move. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your earned income house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your work area, giving you support from higher ups for a creative or communication project and perhaps earning you new perks or a raise, promotion, or lead role on a long term initiative.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your first house of your personality, body, image, health, and personal projects most meaningful to you. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your personal money house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your home and family house, suggesting your bright financial picture may allow you to start looking for a new home, interviewing contractors or decorators to make improvements at your current house, or seeking property for investment.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune in your financial houses, so if you’re working on a new household budget with your partner, negotiating an assignment through your agent, or working out child support with an ex, wait to sign deals and put off discussions for a day or two. This alignment also may bring an inheritance, insurance, or credit concern to a head or push you and your partner to be more realistic about spending or to examine your values so spirituality and relationships receive more consistent time and attention.
July 25: Your ruler, the Sun, in your personality house squares off against Uranus in your career house, so your vision for a high profile project may clash with that of your boss or the in house genius or IT department. Avoid coming on too strong and bide your time so you can collect your thoughts before presenting your ideas.
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. Be careful about pressing your point, especially with a volatile partner, litigant, or your spouse, as you may miscommunicate or feel more touchy than usual. Go back to a past project to start polishing your work and be receptive to last minute changes in plans for lighthearted fun, perhaps with your children.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to your spouse’s health or personality or to an agreement or business partnership 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 money house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your work area, so a powerful person at your company may recommend you for promotion or a raise, or you may hear about a lucrative opportunity to express your creativity.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Leo, 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.
Your Birthday Is Coming
In addition to all these dates, Leo, your birthday will arrive soon.
You will begin a new annual cycle then, with powerful energies for starting anything new. During the weeks leading up to your birthday, make time to meditate and reflect on the experiences you’ve had this past year and how well you’ve lived up to your best self.
Honor your accomplishments and analyze your challenges. Both have shaped how you grew this year and can help you create wondrous experiences in the coming year by building on what you’ve learned. Look back and enjoy all the times you expressed your best and truest self.
May your reflections bring you useful insights along with many reasons to smile at the love you shared with friends and family, the new people who entered your life, and the great things you achieved.
Happy July, Leo! I wish you a wonderful month!