Happy July, Cancer! And happy birthday to you!
Cancer: Your Month Ahead
This is your special time of year, when the Sun occupies the sign under which you incarnated. It starts a new annual cycle and brings powerful energies for beginning anything new.
Cancer, this month will help you focus on your health, body, personality, and character as well as money, possessions, and values.
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 Personality
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, your ruler, 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, Cancer, planets in Cancer always activate your first house of your body, health, personality, and character. The Cancer planets this month can help you improve health, explore new fitness and nutrition approaches, analyze your personality, and revamp your personal style and image. These energies also may inspire you to align your outer appearance and ways of operating with your true, inner self, as this house governs your character and the self you create through your constructive thoughts, habits, and attention to good health.
Your Money And Values
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, Cancer, planets in Leo inspire your creativity and zest to improve your income and job, and if you work for yourself, to improve your client roster and level of originality and service. They also stimulate your desire to have more money available by budgeting or investing wisely, and paradoxically they can increase your wish to spend on luxuries such as jewelry and fine art. This area also governs your values and how well you align your spending and work with your soul’s purpose and what you most value in life. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to ask for a raise, get a new or better job, review your budget and the contents of your closets, go shopping, have valuables appraised, or analyze how well you’re expressing the spiritual goal of "right livelihood."
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. As a Cancer, you may feel eclipses more acutely, as the Moon is your sign’s ruler.
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, Cancer, the July 12 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your first house of self-image, body and health, personality, and character, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to joint finances such as credit, a mortgage or loan, child support or alimony, venture capital, or your spouse’s income or developments related to a gift, commission, bonus, or inheritance. It also may affect your sexuality, soul development, or deep spirituality.
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 personality and health house aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your children and personal expression house, so you can put your unique flair into an arts project, and spending time with children can inspire them as well as energize you. Also, Mercury in your earned income house faces off against Mars in your shared finances area, so communication challenges around money may surface, especially with a partner or ex. Wait to hold sensitive conversations or apply for a loan, insurance, or higher credit limit.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your travel house. Your dreams of getting away or rubbing elbows with people from other cultures can get a boost now and help revitalize you. Media or publishing contacts could put you in the spotlight for a creative achievement.
July 9: Mercury in your personal money house will challenge Jupiter in your children, sports, and hobbies house, so wait to say yes to a child’s request to join a team, take up a new hobby, or travel abroad until you can gather the facts. Also, loving Venus enters Virgo in your communication, siblings, and local travel house. Call a brother or sister, organize a family trip or reunion, or start work on a publicity campaign that taps your persuasive powers.
July 9 – 12: The Moon, your ruler, 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 creativity and children house, giving you a green light to plan or start a family, make investment decisions related to a child’s education, or travel for a hobby or creative project. You also may discuss taking an international trip with your children.
July 11: Venus in your communication and sibling house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your friends and charities house. You may hear from friends, family, or both about a social event such as a fundraiser, or you may use your diplomatic way with words to help a humanitarian cause.
July 12: A new Moon in your sign arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your health, personality, public image, or personal projects. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your partnership house, suggesting your best course lies in biding your time for a day or two before making a major change in your style, looks, or wardrobe or before taking up a new health regimen or project because your marriage and business partners may not respond favorably or may try to control what happens. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your communication house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your partnership and agreements area, giving you excellent chances for shaping a favorable long term deal with an agent or other advisor or for considering marriage with your beloved. Wait to make anything official until after Mars ends its retrograde late next month.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your second house of money, possessions, job, and values. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your siblings and communication house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your children house, suggesting help for a child from a brother or sister, loving links between generations at a social gathering, or a powerful ability to communicate through the arts.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune across your two travel and education houses, so if you need to work out something related to a visa, passport, or immigration, wait a day or two to approach authorities as details may be fuzzy. This alignment also may bring a school concern to a head or help you realize your need for better connections or creative control on an international or publishing project.
July 25: The Sun in your income and job house squares off against Uranus in your friendship and associates house, so if a friend or business connection is helping you find a new job or meet clients, avoid major talks and review your expectations so you can be realistic or more creative about how much another can do for you.
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 related to money, possessions, insurance, and credit of all kinds. Watch your temper with lenders and with your ex or attorneys if you’re negotiating alimony or child support, as you may misunderstand communication. Work solo on a project and get your own finances in order with a more realistic budget or ideas for doing more with what you earn and own.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to your sexuality or deep spirituality or to your shared finances such as insurance, alimony, venture capital, loans, inheritance, and commissions 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 sibling house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your partnership area, so you may be able to introduce a brother or sister to an eligible VIP who works with you, or you and your partner may enjoy sending passionate texts or love notes to each other to spark evening pleasures.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Cancer, 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.
In addition to all these dates, Cancer, your birthday arrives at this time of year. If your special day came in June, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration. And if it comes in July, may your plans to honor the day fill you with happiness.
Did you know that you begin a new cycle as of your birthday? Your personal new year starts on your birthday every year, giving you 365 days to grow more fully into your personality and your purpose.
Along with cake and candles and whatever traditions you enjoy, take time around your birthday to look back at the past year and reflect on how well you lived up to your best self. Notice any patterns, too: are there particular times of year that seem to be more challenging, year after year, or times that always feel wonderful? With awareness, you can plan ahead to manage challenges more smoothly and savor good times fully.
Also, the first part of your personal new year brings powerful energies for starting anything you wish. Focus your sensitive, imaginative mind on what most inspires you right now and take the first step…and then the next…and so on. Use this time’s momentum to begin realizing at least one of your fondest hopes or wishes.
Happy July, Cancer! And a very happy birthday to you! I wish you a wonderful month!