Happy July, Gemini!
Gemini: Your Month Ahead
Gemini, this month will help you focus on your money, budget, job, and possessions as well as your mind and thinking, brothers and sisters, short trips, and communication.
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 Possessions
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, Gemini, planets in Cancer always activate your second house of job and earned income, spending and budgeting, and valuables and other possessions. The Cancer planets this month can help you improve your earning by focusing on your job or seeking a better position. These energies also may focus your attention on keeping more of what you earn through smart spending and a sound budget. You also may sell or donate items you no longer need or better align your values with your livelihood and what you choose to own, as this house governs your values and how you express them.
Your Mind, Siblings, And Communication
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, Gemini, planets in Leo inspire you with creative thoughts and a passion for understanding how your mind works. They also open your heart to your brothers and sisters or close cousins, spark desire to travel to nearby places, and encourage you to put your personal style in everything from social media to body language to written and spoken communication. As soon as the Sun enters Leo, you may feel an urge to call a sibling, plan a trip, communicate with more gusto, learn a new language, start a novel or article, or socialize more.
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, Gemini, the July 12 eclipse may bring financial news or a fresh start in something related to your second house of income, job, possessions, and values, while the July 27 eclipse may spark news or closure related to travel, immigration or other international concerns; higher education; mass media; or people from other cultures.
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, your ruler, Mercury, will go retrograde once again, adding to Mars’s messages to slow down. For you, Gemini, 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 earned income area aligns beautifully with Jupiter in your work house, so you may receive praise from a boss or other person for excellent work on a project, or you may hear about a promotion or raise. Also, your ruler, Mercury, in your communication house faces off against Mars in your publicity area, so if you’re working on a major promotion, publishing project, or media program, wait to make a major move or launch and keep a low profile around volatile colleagues.
July 8: The Sun makes another flowing angle, this time with Neptune in your career house. You may earn an award related to an arts initiative or a charitable or mentoring project, or a highly creative person at work or in your industry may seek your help for a high profile campaign or creative opportunity.
July 9: Mercury in your house of siblings and communication will challenge Jupiter in your work and daily routine house, so a brother or sister may need help that conflicts with work obligations or a higher up may criticize your work on a social media campaign. Watch your words with everyone, avoid over promising, put off sensitive meetings, and do your best to balance family demands with work. Also, loving Venus enters Virgo in your home, family, and real estate house. Beautify your home, perhaps with a new piece of art or redecorating plan. Start using your best dishes and table decorations at every meal, even if you usually eat by yourself. Also, rearrange your schedule to be at home more often, meditate more, and enjoy socializing with immediate and extended family, perhaps by hosting a reunion at your place.
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 work, fitness, pets, and daily life management house, giving you a green light to start improvements or expansion you planned in recent months. You also may travel internationally for business, work with a health expert on a medical issue, or hire a personal trainer.
July 11: Venus in your home and family house makes a flowing alignment with Uranus in your privacy house. You may have an opportunity to help a relative on a confidential issue, improve your spiritual foundation by setting up a meditation area at home, recuperate from a health procedure or treatment with help from loved ones, or start a home business quietly as you work on a secret invention or creative project you will launch down the road.
July 12: A new Moon in Cancer arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your job, income, possessions (especially valuable items such as jewelry), or values. Yet the Sun will face off against mighty Pluto in your shared money house, suggesting you may want to wait a day or two before approaching lenders, your spouse or ex, a business partner, or anyone else involved in your finances because others may be controlling or make demands affecting your livelihood. If you wait, you will find the coming week and a half helpful for the new financial starts you desire.
July 13: Venus in your real estate house connects harmoniously with Saturn in your joint financial area, giving you VIP support for getting a mortgage or home improvement loan or perhaps bringing news of an inheritance or gift from an elderly relative.
July 22: The Sun leaves Cancer for Leo, energizing your third house of communication, travel, and siblings. Enjoy the next month’s playful, passionate energies. Also, Venus in your home and family house makes a helpful alignment with Jupiter in your work, fitness, and pets house. You likely will find it easier to balance home and work or get your family involved in more healthful habits. Also, you may decide to adopt a pet or open your home and heart to foster rescued animals.
July 24: Venus faces off against Neptune in your career house, so if you’re facing extra demands from bosses and family or need to help parents in some way, you may find details sketchy or feel frustrated if others don’t communicate clearly or directly. Wait a day or two for important conversations and use intuition to read between the lines. This alignment also may raise questions about how your spirituality and compassion fit into your career and family life, pressing you to integrate inner and outer more fully.
July 25: The Sun in your communication house squares off against Uranus in your behind the scenes house, so if you’re working on a sensitive work project, be careful around an erratic coworker and watch yourself so you keep necessary secrets for now. This alignment also may create conflict in behind the scenes plans with a sibling, so put off meetings or phone calls for now.
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. Watch your body language as well as whatever you say and write, as others may be spoiling for a fight. Also, if you must travel, delays or miscommunication could make tempers flare, so help the greater good by remaining calm no matter what happens. Enjoy the pleasures of your own mind and thoughts and accept last minute invitations for fun.
July 27: A dramatic full Moon arrives, bringing a total lunar eclipse. Something related to higher education, travel, passports or visas, immigration, publishing, or media 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 home and family house connects harmoniously with Pluto in your joint money area, so a financial connection may approve a loan, or you may hear about a gift, commission, bonus, or inheritance that will help you improve your home or buy your first condo.
July Will Bring Many Changes
Gemini, 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, Gemini! I wish you a wonderful month!