Astrology Forecast for July 2024

July is a good month astrologically.  But, a heads-up that astro-weather will deteriorate in August. Mercury will turn retrograde on August 4, and Jupiter and Saturn will be getting ready for a major face-off on August 19 (a square) -  and that can stunt growth. It's the energy of expansion and contraction battling one another. It's the first of 3 Saturn-Jupiter squares we'll experience over the next 12 months, and if they hit your natal chart, you can experience impacts on a personal level.  You can read all about this energy here

So let's enjoy all the goodness July brings! 

Mars is very active this month, providing an unusually high number of excellent dates for business or career-oriented pursuits. 

For the first 10 days of the month, the Sun and Venus are both in Cancer.  It's a very helpful energy for connecting with your roots - your home, family, or whatever makes you feel safe and secure in life. 

Leo energies will be at their strongest between July 22-25, when the Sun, Mercury and Venus will all be travelling through showy Leo. It also means that throughout the month, Mercury, Venus and the Sun will take turns glaring at Pluto (in an opposition), and guess what - Pluto tends to win. Those would be the days to stay out of power games, and I've indicated them in this forecast.  

The New and Full Moon are happening in Cancer and Capricorn this month, highlighting the need to balance nurturing and ambition, the need to spread your wings and accomplish something in the world, but also to grow roots.

Saturn, freshly retrograde as of June 29, is still moving very slowly this month.  It will spend the entire month crawling from 19° Pisces to 18° Pisces. If your Sun, Moon, personal planets or angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC or IC) are between 15-23° of Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius or Virgo, you may be dealing with some foundational matters in your life (jobs, relationships, home, responsibilities and commitments).  I've covered Saturn Retrograde in more detail in my forecast for June.

And, another planet turns retrograde this month: 

Neptune Turns Retrograde:  July 2 - Who Should Pay Attention? 

Neptune turns retrograde once a year, and stays retrograde for 5-6 months at a time.  

This year, it will re-trace its steps, from 29° to 27° Pisces, before turning direct again on Dec. 7.

Neptune Retrograde is a gentle nudge from the Universe to connect with your spiritual side, your intuition, or your artistic abilities. 

The days when Neptune is repositioning in the skies, about to turn retrograde or direct, can be fraught with inability to see things clearly. But, our intuition, compassion, and creative abilities can be at their highest, too.

There will be a slight overlay of the Neptune energies throughout the first 2 weeks of July.  Pay attention to your dreams, work on your boundaries (if you're an empath, work with a protective crystal, such as smoky quartz or tourmaline), and do tap into your imagination!  If you have any energy vampires in your circle, stay away from them during this time.

And again, if Neptune connects with your natal chart as it's changing direction, it will be an important period for you, to pay attention to.

At best, you will experience a period of "bliss", or perhaps of an increased spiritual or artistic awareness. At worst, you may be dealing with outright deceit, or you might not be seeing your life clearly at this time. I have had a number of clients experiencing a major disillusionment in relationships when Neptune was crossing their Ascendant. But, I've also had clients reporting a period of being on cloud nine under Neptune transits! 

Neptune will be stationing at 29° Pisces, as it's getting ready to turn retrograde.

    Chances are, you will feel this energy if you have natal planets or angles between:

    • 27-30° Pisces
    • 1-2° Aries
    • 27-30 Virgo°
    • 1-2° Libra
    • 27-30° Sagittarius
    • 1-2° Capricorn 
    • 27-30° Gemini
    • 1-2° Cancer

    If that's you, you may wish to book a reading

    Now, let’s look at each week in detail.

    Note that all the dates I mention are for Pacific to Eastern time.  The energies I mention peak on those dates, but we’ll feel them for 24-72 hours in advance.

    I don't provide the times the Moon is void of course in my monthly forecasts - there is only so much I can cover in my monthly forecast! But, t it's an important astrological feature to pay attention to as well. There are many free web resources and apps out there. 

    And, if you like this post so far, don't forget to sign up for my free weekly astro-newsletter. You will also receive a free gift! 

    July 1 - 7: 

    Happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers, and Happy 4th of July to those celebrating in the USA. 

    And what a lovely week this is for holiday celebrations! Mercury moves into Leo on July 2, bringing in a social, celebratory vibe. 

    On the same day, July 2, Neptune turns retrograde, softening the entire week with its dreamy vibe.  It's also a good week to connect with your intuition - or do something creative! 

    ✨ July 1: Canada Day

    The Moon moves through Taurus and makes several pleasant connections. It's a great day to enjoy good food, good company, and have a pleasant time overall. If you're into bargain shopping, today is also a good day to look for bargains.

    ✨  July 2 3:57 p.m. to July 5 3:57 p.m.. PDT:  Balsamic Moon

    This is one of those times in the Lunar Cycle when starting anything new is not to your advantage. 

    The Balsamic Moon is our time to tie up loose ends for the month, in preparation to plant seeds for new beginnings on the upcoming New Moon.  Get an extra hour of rest if you can.  Donate those old clothes you know you're not going to wear again. Unsubscribe from mailing lists you never read. 

    Now, on July 2 Mercury is going to trine Neptune and Venus is going to trine Saturn.  If you're in a relationship, it's a great day to do something nice together. Your bond can strengthen as a result. 

    ✨ July 3:  Mercury opposite Pluto; the Moon is in Gemini

    Words can have a powerful impact today. A great day for therapy, because deep break-throughs are possible. But, stay out of power games and manipulative behaviours.

    It can be difficult to quieten the mind when the Moon is in Gemini. Turn off electronic devices at least an hour before bed.  Do some yoga. Take a bath with lavender bath salts. 

    ✨  July 5 3:57 p.m. PDT:  New Moon at 14° Cancer

    Astrologically speaking, the New Moon is the time to set intentions, to attract what you desire into your life. This New Moon is in Cancer, which is THE day of the year to set intentions for healthy eating habits and everything related to home or family. 

    You're not limited to what I mention here. Setting intentions for anything you want to bring into your life is a fair game on any New Moon! 
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    July 8-14:

    This is an excellent week, with many supportive energies, especially for love and romance. Venus enters Leo on July 11 and invites you to open your heart to love (and maybe to splurge a little, too 😉)

    ✨  July 8: Venus sextile Uranus;  Mercury sextile Jupiter

    If you meet someone new today, your relationship could be magnetic and stimulating! For those in a long-term relationship, it’s a great day to do something new and exciting as a couple, to break out of the routine.

    And, it's an excellent day for contracts, negotiations, and important presentations. The Moon and Mercury are both in Leo, which boosts your ability to showcase yourself (or your business and your products). 

    ✨  July 9-10: Waxing Moon in Virgo; Sun trine Saturn

    A great couple of days to make changes to your routine, especially if they are health-oriented.  If you're thinking of starting a new fitness routine or making a healthy change to your diet, now is the time.

    The Sun-Saturn trine will help your new routine to stick. 

    ✨ July 11-13: Venus trine Neptune; Venus opposite Pluto; and....drumroll...a nice long Opportunity Period!

    Ohhh! How nice!  An excellent couple of days to approach your romantic interest or go on a first date. Well, as long as you're not afraid of some intensity, that is. 

    Venus in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces - this is a day when fairy tales could become reality and anything could happen!  Oh, and don't say no if a family member tries to set you up on a blind date.

    And, for some extra oomph, the stars align into a nice looooooong Opportunity Period, from July 11 7:06 p.m. to July 13 3:49 p.m. PDT.

    Opportunity periods are super-auspicious periods when the planetary alignments aid specific undertakings, and this one is good for relationships and projects related to beauty, art and networking. 

    July 15-21:

    This week brings strong Uranian energies. Break free from routines, be daring, and take the road less travelled!

    ✨ July 15: Mars conjunct Uranus at 25° Taurus; waxing Moon in Scorpio

    Focus on career ambitions. Seek the job you truly desire.  Chance encounters can lead to new opportunities, so go to networking events and have your business card ready! 
    Now, the downside is this: Mars-Uranus connections can also be accident prone, especially if they directly connect with your natal chart.  If your natal Mars is between 22-28° Taurus, Aquarius, Leo, or Scorpio, be extra careful around electric appliances or when driving, between July 12 - 17.  It's also not the best week for you personally to go paragliding, motorcycle racing, or anything long those lines. Not to say anything will happen, but better safe than sorry....! 

    ✨ July 16: Waxing Moon in Scorpio
     
    The Moon in Scorpio boosts grit and determination.  You can get a lot accomplished today! Just don't bite off more than you can chew. 

    ✨ July 18: the Sun sextile Uranus; waxing Moon in Sagittarius 
     
    Another auspicious day to try a new approach and shake up your routine.
    If you want to signal to the Universe that you're ready for new opportunities, do one thing differently today! Maybe it's a new route to work.  Or a new shade of lipstick you haven't tried before. Invite the energy of new, unexpected, and delicious opportunities into your life today.

    ✨ July 20:Mars sextile Neptune; Mars enters Gemini
     
    For all of you artists, practice your craft today.  You might make a lot of progress. It's also a good day for a non-profit or charitable event.

    Mars enters Gemini, adding to the refreshingly innovative and freeing vibe of this week. Try new things! Experiment! But don't be too scattered. Keep your attention on what's important.  Mars will stay in Gemini until Sept. 4.

    ✨ July 21 3:17 a.m. PDT: Full Moon at 29° Capricorn, Venus sextile Jupiter, Mercury square Uranus, the Sun trine Neptune, and Mars trine Pluto! 

    Wow!! What an action-packed day in the skies!  First of all, we also had a Full Moon in Capricorn in June, so we're getting another celestial reminder to set intentions to balance work and family, to release fears of incompetence, especially at work, and the fear of getting older. And what an incredibly powerful Full Moon this is! 

    If you're not into intention-setting, this is also a great day for career or business matters (too bad it's a Sunday!), and for love and romance.

    July 22 - 31: 

    July closes out with some very good energies, but….Mercury enters its Storm on July 27, getting ready to turn retrograde on August 4.

     July 22:  The Sun enters Leo at 12:44 a.m. PDT;  the Sun opposite Pluto 

    Happy Birthday to all my Leo readers! It's my birthday season, too ♌🦁🍾🎉

    Overall, it's a good day for socializing, with the Moon in Aquarius trine optimistic Jupiter. But, beware of the Sun-Pluto opposition.  Don't get sucked into power struggles - and don't start one yourself, either! 

     July 23-24:  Waning Moon in Pisces aaaand....an Opportunity Period! 

    Imagination and intuition are high, especially when the Moon aligns with Neptune in the early hours of July 25.  It's a good couple of days for spiritual pursuits and emotional healing. 

    And, even better, the planets align into an Opportunity Period! It lasts from July 24 1:31 p.m. to July 25 7:31 a.m. PDT. 

    Book a Tarot reading. Work with crystals. Meditate. Or just relax and get an extra hour of sleep if you can! 💤 Your body and soul may need some more rest when the Moon is in Pisces. Listen to it. 

      July 25:  The Sun sextile Mars, Mercury enters Virgo, and another Opportunity Period! 

     A fantastic day to make great strides on projects already in progress, especially during the Opportunity Period:  July 25 7:52 a.m. to July 26 3:14 p.m. PDT.

    This is your last good chance to move things forward, as Mercury will be entering its Storm on July 27, getting ready to turn retrograde on August 4.  

    ✨July 27: Mercury in Storm

    Mercury is starting to slow down in the skies, getting ready to turn retrograde on August 4. If you have anything important to do, related to communication, contracts, booking trips or purchasing cars and electronics, wrap up it in the next few days.

    Projects initiated during Mercury Retrograde (August 4 - September 3) may not work out as planned. And it's 4-5 days immediately before and after Mercury changes direction that can bring a lot of errors and misunderstandings.

    ✨July 30: Well-positioned Moon in Gemini

    Socialize. Network. Have fun! Just keep in mind that a Gemini Moon is very restless, and it can be difficult to get a good night's sleep.  Turn off your electronic devices at least a couple of hours before bedtime. Take a bath with lavender bath salts. Do some calming yoga. 

    So there you have it! Have a wonderful July. 

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