Retrograde Is the Worst This Month
Here's your monthly horoscope by @jakesastrology. This month you have over 4 major astrological shifts happening so keep scrolling to see your monthly astrology and mark your calendar for each date.
This month, you’re in for a wild ride. At the top of the month, three big events hit you back-to-back-to-back—first, on July 1, Mars enters Leo, which is great news if you’ve been feeling emotionally exhausted from the whirlpool of feelings that is Cancer season. With Mars, planet of action, in fiery, bold Leo, you get an instant mood boost and you’re filled with newfound energy and motivation to do whatever the fuck you want. You’re channeling Leo’s lion-esque vibes, so confidence and swagger are at an all time high!
On July 2, there’s a Solar Eclipse in the sign of Cancer. Solar Eclipses are just like New Moons, but on steroids. You can take advantage of regular New Moon energy by planting the seeds of new projects, meeting new people to build relationships with or doing the initial work to help you meet future goals. The difference is with a Solar Eclipse you don’t get an option—you’re being pushed forward to the next chapter of your life, ready or not. This Solar Eclipse is in the sign of Cancer and centralizes around the themes of family, home life and emotional security. Aries, Cancers, Libras, and Capricorns are going to get hit the hardest, but luckily this Eclipse is relatively nice and easy—think of it like doing a few warm-up stretches before you run the marathon that is the month of July.
On July 3, Venus, planet of love, pleasure, and beauty, enters Cancer. The upbeat, chatty and somewhat superficial energy of Venus in Gemini the past few weeks was great for meeting new people and feeling like the most popular kid in school, but you’re feeling ready for something with a little more depth now. Venus in Cancer makes your relationships feel like they’re moving in slow-motion, and your feelings take top priority. You’re not worried about your hundreds of facebook friends or hitting your next Instagram follower milestone—you really only give a shit about the handful of nice people you count among your very best friends and closest relationships. In your love life, the physical side of relationships matters way less, and you’re feeling more romantic than anything. Even if you’re single, you’re mostly in the mood for romantic first dates, not casual hookups.
This Summer’s dreaded Mercury retrograde starts on July 7, and you better fasten your seatbelt—this one’s going to be a real doozy. It lasts all month long and takes place in bold Leo, but backpedals into moody Cancer on July 19. Leo and Cancer are both very self-centered and self-conscious signs, and you run a huge risk of taking everything you hear very personally. You’re feeling soft and tender enough that even a simple misunderstanding or tiny disagreement can cut deep, so try to remember that Mercury retrograde’s whole “thing” is causing miscommunications and general confusion, so if everything feels like a personal attack, it probably isn’t!
The Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 16 is this month’s most drama-filled event—yes, even more than Mercury retrograde—and isn’t nearly as nice as the Solar Eclipse at the beginning of the month. Solar Eclipses represent beginnings and new opportunities, but in order to make room for all of the growth coming into your life, something has to give—and that’s where this Lunar Eclipse comes in. Lunar Eclipses are just like Full Moons—they mark a period of time where a project, relationship, or other major narrative in your life culminates, reaches its apex point, then begins winding down. This Lunar Eclipse is in Capricorn, the stickler of the zodiac, and receives major influence from Pluto, planet of transformation, and Saturn, planet of restrictions, limitations, and responsibility. It’s an aggressive transit, to say the least. It highlights your goals, public image, and reputation—whether it’s your relationship goals, professional aspirations, or just a personal challenge you want to beat, this Lunar Eclipse promises to highlight everything wrong with what you’re doing. It might feel overwhelming and defeating, but the whole point is to help you figure out what parts of your life need to be edited and trimmed down so you can live to your fullest potential!
You can fully come out of your shell on July 22 when Leo season starts! The low-key, quiet vibes of Cancer season evaporate towards the end of the month as the Sun enters its favorite sign. You’re no longer caught in your feelings 24/7 with this energy, and the fun-loving and creative vibes of Leo give you an optimistic attitude that makes navigating all of the drama from Mercury retrograde and this month’s eclipses a breeze. You’re more excited about life when your channeling Leo’s happy-go-lucky vibes, and any crabbiness from Cancer season is exiting the stage.
The month concludes with Venus joining the party in Leo on July 27. After a month of strengthening your tightest bonds and getting seriously in-touch with your feelings, Venus in Leo helps you lighten up a little, have fun with your loved ones, feel more romantic and get way more action, too. Even better, Mercury retrograde ends just a few days later on July 31, and it’s smooth sailing from there on out. Although July has some of 2019’s darkest, scariest astro-weather, the rest of the Summer has some of the best astrology of the year, so do your best to survive and you’ll be rewarded with a nice ending to your Summer!