MONTH OF July
It’s relationship high season for you this month as the Sun travels through Cancer (until July 22) then Leo (from July 22 to August 22), heating up the most commitment-oriented parts of your chart. Take stock of your inner circle and think of the people who deserve top-tier status. Are you nurturing or neglecting those bonds? Get back into balance with your most important connections. If you’re hoping to upgrade a business alliance or romantic tie to a more official status, this is the month to do it.
But no need to rush if the timing doesn’t feel right just yet. Three of the slow-moving outer planets—Saturn, Neptune and Pluto—are retrograde (backward) all summer, sounding the call for a more mindful pace. On July 28, Jupiter will join the retrograde parade, downshifting in Aries and your domestic fourth house. Spend a little more time feathering your nest and tending to your family ties too. No need to fret about all these retrogrades, Sea Goat: The outer planets all spend four to five months every year in reverse.
One day that IS set for action is July 13, when the year’s only Capricorn full moon beams into your first house of self. With this potent supermoon putting the spotlight directly on you, it’s your moment to make your mark.
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Another day that could bring some hype your way? The July 31 rare conjunction between the karmic north node and changemaker Uranus (with energizer Mars circling closely). As this dynamite duo connects in Taurus and your fifth house of fame, you could find yourself in the headlines fast. Remember, there IS such a thing as bad PR, so avoid any volatile situations that could attract the wrong kind of attention.
Power up your partnerships during Cancer season (until July 22)
Relationships are your focal point this month, Capricorn. The Sun is making its annual sojourn through Cancer and your partnership house until July 22, then it dives into Leo and your intimate eighth house, deepening your bonds even more. Correct any imbalances where things don’t feel fair or harmonious. Carve out dedicated and undistracted time for your most important ties, the people who are often put on hold as you fulfill your duty to work and the many others who count on you, Cap. For once, let them have the best of your attention instead of the leftovers. Looking to sign a contract or make things official? Read everything over carefully, but don’t overthink it. Sometimes, you have to take a calculated risk. Don’t let your head interfere with what your heart and intuition know. If you feel excited about this, jump in!
Moody much? Emotions flare at the July 1 Mars-Pluto square
Don’t lose your composure, Capricorn. As fiery Mars in your hypersensitive fourth house clashes with manipulative Pluto in your sign on July 1, you could misread someone’s behavior as a life-or-death affront to your ego. Your normally unflappable facade could crack, causing you to lose your cool. Get the facts first, then collect yourself. A person who comes off as domineering could simply be holding up a mirror and showing you the qualities you need to be mindful of…in yourself. Reflect on that before you blow up. Start the day with some “anger management” strategies, which you may need to deploy at a moment’s notice.
The July 13 Capricorn full supermoon is your day to shine!
Step away from other people and focus on numero uno! This class=”body-el-link standard-body-el-link” July 13, the year’s only Capricorn full supermoon puts the spotlight on YOU and your prized personal dreams. A solo endeavor you’ve been working toward all year could come together with a flourish. If you’ve been biting your tongue, this self-assured full moon helps you voice your truth. Thinking of changing your hairstyle, getting a tattoo or adding more color to your wardrobe? A bold change to your appearance gets the cosmic thumbs-up today.
Me or we? The July 19 Sclass=”body-el-link standard-body-el-link” un-Pluto opposition is a tug of war
On July 19, the Sun is exactly opposite intensifying Pluto in Capricorn and your first house of self. As exciting as a new chapter involving partnerships may be, you could still feel an undercurrent of resistance, a fear of being totally consumed by this pairing and losing control or sovereignty. This is likely rooted in some deep childhood wounds since Pluto rules the unconscious. Therapy, hypnosis, even past-life regression work could help you overcome this newly identified block.
Chiron turns retrograde in Aries July 19
Could your inner child stand a little more attention, Capricorn? You live by the motto “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” but sometimes it’s valuable to stop and delve into a few of those “tough” issues. Today, as “wounded healer” Chiron turns retrograde in your home and family sector, you may not be able to turn a blind eye to old wounds or unhealthy dynamics. When Chiron makes a major move like this, it’s a good time to explore things on a deeper level, perhaps with a therapist or energy healer.
Leo season (until August 22) and the July 28 Leo new moon
You’ll need breaks to decompress starting July 22, when the Sun plunges into Leo and your private, intimate eighth house. This intense, monthlong solar cycle turns your energy inward, so seek out depth over breadth in your interactions. Better to meet one or two people with whom you REALLY click than to have a zillion superficial “likes.” Slip off for some one-on-one time—which could get steamy with your erotic eighth house ablaze—or cocoon yourself away for some focused research while your mind is razor-sharp. The eighth house rules long-term finances, from investments to real estate to retirement planning. There’s a lot on your mind, so minimize the distractions!
On July 28, the Leo new moon in your intimate and erotic eighth house opens a sensual new six-month chapter. You could plant the seeds for a soulmate-type relationship or move into a deeper level of commitment over the next half year. This new moon also brings a fresh wave of energy to your work and finances. Cast a bold net for a new client, job or a lucrative investment.
Strengthen your bonds: Jupiter turns retrograde July 28
On July 28, abundant Jupiter in Aries turns retrograde (backward) in your fourth house of home and family, and it will do backstrokes until November 23. During this four-month stretch, take some distance from family issues that have either become too enmeshed or are simply draining your life force. After October 28, Jupiter will back into Pisces for the duration, encouraging healthy distance or a cooldown from domineering friends.
Perhaps there’s a situation with a tricky relative or member of your crew, someone who’s always asking for help or demanding you live up to their standards. Space can help you sort out what’s what. Also, chances are good you’ve been overly focused on your domestic life, perhaps home-hunting or starting your own brood. This period will give you some much-needed reflection time. Is your home life expanding in ways that delight you—or scare you? Take things one step at a time, Capricorn.
Fame and fireworks at the July 31 Uranus-north node meetup
On July 31, changemaker Uranus and the karmic north node will make a rare conjunction (meetup) in Taurus, electrifying your fifth house of passion, creativity and drama. This could be a moment when the spotlight suddenly finds you (lights, camera, Capricorn!). Or intense reactions could lead to a major blowout fight. With Mars hovering nearby—and joining this duo on August 1—the energy is palpable and off the charts as the month ends. Do your best to steer it in a positive and playful direction. Take special care to avoid people who are combative and ego-driven now.
The last time the north node and Uranus were conjunct was in 2007 (in a different zodiac sign), so this is an extremely infrequent connection. Things could happen at light speed, so be ready for your close-up—and to exit any histrionics stage left! If you have a creative project to debut, this would be a perfect moment.
Summer fling or rekindled romance—bring it on! Lusty Mars is in Taurus and your passionate fifth house from July 5 to August 20, bringing out your earthy, Goaty randiness. My, my! You’re in the flush of summer heat with red-hot Mars in this realm, so divert from drama by flirting, refreshing your dating app profile pics or confessing your raw desires to a partner. The fifth house is an active zone, so moving your body (think: dancing with abandon under the summer stars) will turn up the temperatures even more.
Getting physical in every sense is great for your love life now. Until July 17, romantic and beautifying Venus is in Gemini, your health-conscious sixth house. Working out will boost your libido and life-force energy. And if you happen to bring your partner along to crush those summer fitness goals together, all the better. Even mundane missions like a shared cleanup project (tackle that clutter) or planting a garden can cement your bond. The sixth house is all about being supportive, so focus on the “acts of service” love language now.
Things start getting serious in the second half of the month. From July 17 to August 11, amorous Venus puts down roots in Cancer and your seventh house of committed relationships. Whatever your status, you’re thinking of the long haul, filtering out the players and commitmentphobes. Couples could take a serious next step, from engagement to pursuing a shared bucket-list dream together. If there’s trouble brewing in paradise, stop sticking your head in the sand. Harmonizer Venus will help you face the issues with diplomacy instead of drama.
Dynamic duos are heating up! This month, Sun is in Cancer and Leo, activating the most partnership-driven zones of your chart. Forget about that lone ranger routine, Capricorn. Joining forces with compatible collaborators can take your efforts so much further.
The July 13 Capricorn full supermoon is your moment to share and shine. Let the world know about a passion project you’ve been developing. Put some energy into a goal that lights you up, especially if you’ve been busy taking care of everyone else all month.
But really, the whole month of July is yours to make a splash (and let the cameras roll). With magnetic and motivating Mars in Taurus from July 5 to August 20, your creative fifth house is on fire. Share your artistic talents and post a few more personal and heartfelt stories on your social media feeds. Get some glam new headshots and a few summer wardrobe upgrades—with Mars in your sector of fame, you’ll be attracting attention without much effort. Might as well make the most of it!
Love Days: 21, 26
Money Days: 6, 15
Luck Days: 4, 13
Off Days: 24, 28, 11
Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut (The AstroTwins), have been ELLE.com‘s official astrologers for over a decade. They are the authors of several astrology books, including their popular yearly horoscope guides, and have read charts for celebrities including Beyonce, Karlie Kloss and Emma Roberts. For their spot-on predictions, books and online courses, visit them at astrostyle.com.