July horoscopes

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ARIES (21 March – 19 April)

Tension fills the air in early July when Mercury reverses in your love zone. Expect a minor hiccup in your relationship such as a lover’s quarrel or a clash of differences. A little communication will clear the air, and the makeup sex will be amazing! Err on the side of caution and get a second opinion regarding the best treatment for a winter illness. The Moon’s eclipse on July 3 inspires home improvements. It’s time for an upheaval around the house. Do a spring clean and declutter cupboards. Throwing away anything you no longer need or love will get you feeling lighter and brighter. The full Moon drifts into your career sector sparking a change in your workplace. A new boss or co-worker may be hired, or you will move to a position of higher authority. Embrace these changes as you can meet any challenge dished out to you now. Parents may need to put their foot down this month.

TAURUS (20 April – 20 May)

Mars’ shift at the start of the month causes an emotional eruption amongst family members. You will be expected to be the peacekeeper so avoid becoming embroiled in the drama yourself. A dinner party or drinks with your crew sees some feathers ruffled. The eclipse on July 3 tempts you to escape the daily grind, as you find yourself day dreaming about the sound of waves lapping on a tropical island getaway. If you can’t physically escape, expand your mind another way, such as learning a new language. This exercises your brain while creating new neurological pathways to keep you mentally fit and agile. The Sun’s face off with Uranus warns you to steer clear of risky activity or extreme sports. Play it safe. Now is not the time to tempt fate or you may end up with an injury. Be cautious and avoid anything that has danger written all over it.

GEMINI (21 May – 20 June)

Trickster Mercury backtracks through your information zone causing a misunderstanding. News heard along the grapevine could be inaccurate, leaving you feeling frustrated or confused. Don’t react until you have a chance to clarify the facts and speak directly to the source if possible. Mid-month, the Sun clashes with Jupiter marking a time for change. Those that are grieving the end of a relationship should remember that failure is just a further step in learning what you want from love. It may not have lasted ‘forever’ but that does not mean that it was not valuable to you. Taken twins may be on the receiving end of a tall tale or hear an exaggerated excuse from their lover. The new Moon eclipse occurs in your cash zone bringing a monetary error to your attention. Keep careful track of your savings and spending. Business partnerships should make sure all transactions are transparent.

CANCER (21 June – 22 July)

The new Moon eclipse is in your sign this month and it rocks some minorhavoc. Watch out for a cover up or a concealment of facts, there may be something brewing behind the scenes. Be prepared so that it won’t catch you off guard. As long as you are scrupulous and on your best behaviour, you won’t go wrong. The love bug bites when romantic Venus seduces your sign. Singles decide whether to enjoy extra attention from a plethora of admirers or if they want to build on an already established connection. Mars heats up your cash zone at the start of the month begging you to take control of your finances. Sitting around won’t grow your money tree. Remember that a little hard work now, can set you up for a more lucrative future. Mercury helps you brainstorm a brilliant way to improve cash flow.

LEO (23 July – 22 August)

Happy birthday Leo! Mercury reverses through your sign, cooking up some technology mischief for Lions this month. Expect an irritating software or hardware issue. Run a virus scan and back up all electronic devices. The Sun is set to shine in your sign later in the month, providing a positive recharge and sparkle to your vibe. The lunar eclipse appears in your health zone, encouraging you to break any habits which are detrimental to your mental or physical health. Ditch a negative vice such as smoking, gambling or excessive drinking to improve your overall wellbeing. Bad habits can’t be broken overnight, but a little willpower, support and determination will help you slay your demons. Reflecting on the past is cathartic and offers the release of a heavy burden. In order to move beyond an emotionally painful experience it is best to feel all the feels before trying to move forward. Always remember to ask for help and reach out to a support person if you feel overwhelmed.

VIRGO (23 August – 22 September)

There are two epic eclipses this month. The new Moon eclipse appears in your friendship zone on July 3, followed by a full Moon eclipse on July 17. These combined celestial happenings suggest that a friendship may become something more than platonic. Romance blossoms when a long-time friend, associate or co-worker finally makes a welcome move. Committed Virgos should not forget that a healthy relationship requires a strong dose of friendship and laughter. Mercury reverses in your subconscious sphere encouraging you to keep a journal beside your bed to record your dreams. The insight you gain holds the key to problem solving, closure and desires this month. Exploring lucid dreaming takes you one step deeper. Mars dance with Neptune encourages you to practice self-care. Take a mental health day if needed and invest in anything that brings you into a peaceful state of mind.

LIBRA (23 September – 22 October)

July’s eclipse duo stirs up family tension. Parents push all the wrong buttons or demand more of you. Discover the balance between stepping up to your responsibilities and respecting them while still honouring your individual needs. Remember that you are your own person and this life is your unique journey to make. The Sun’s kiss with Venus offers a chance for a wish to be granted. A friend could be integral in helping you slay a goal, so graciously accept any help that is offered. You may be asked to move to a different location, either within your workplace, by accepting a new job or moving interstate or overseas to further your career. Success is within your grasp, but you need to add one more piece to the puzzle first. Research your options and ask around to find the best course of action. Someone with expert knowledge has all the answers you seek. Listen to their advice.

SCORPIO (23 October – 21 November)

Mercury’s reversal creates minor frustration at work. Emails disappear into cyber space, miscommunication occurs, or your car may break down, causing you to be late for an important meeting. Back up your computer and consider leaving for work a little earlier. Venus tangos with Pluto highlighting a sexy foreign connection. A mutual friend introduces singles to a sweetheart from a different religious or cultural background. Taken Scorpios might be considering travelling abroad together. If you do decide to explore an overseas destination, the experience is bound to bring you closer together, deepening your love. The Sun’s clash with Uranus creates unexpected change. Your spouse, child, parent or bestie will be making a surprise announcement or be offered an opportunity of a lifetime. Your loved one’s ambitions might create a small wedge between you, but they will be following a dream. Avoid sour grapes and celebrate their success instead.

SAGITTARIUS (22 November – 21 December)

Get sexy when Venus heats up your intimacy zone at the start of the month. Embracing your sexual prowess unearths a sense of liberation and divine feminine power. Finances receive a small boost, likely enough to clear a debt, pay an overdue bill or a sizeable portion of a loan. Take back control when the full Moon eclipse hits on July 17. Make decisions based on what’s truly important to you, regardless of what others think. Past priorities are slowly being replaced with fresh, updated goals and ambitions. Trust that you are now evolving into a more powerful, assured and improved version of yourself. Spend quality time with family, especially the in-laws if you are married. Personality clashes or misunderstanding may have caused some tension,but it’s time to clear the air. An overdue conversation explains someone’s hurtful words or behaviour. Empathy leads to forgiveness and a fresh start.

CAPRICORN (22 December – 19 January)

The full Moon eclipse on July 17 illuminates your sign Capricorn, leading you to question your needs. What or who offers you the sense of security you are looking for? Is a career change in order? Will shifting your professional direction and aspirations bring deeper fulfilment? All the big questions are likely to come up for review. Venus examines your part in a romantic relationship. Does your relationship elevate your vibe or escalate your anxiety or insecurities? Perhaps it’s time to address an issue with your partner. You will receive a more compassionate response than you expect with a loving resolution close at hand. A sassy female business connection presents herself with an offer too good to refuse when Mars explodes into your financial sphere, giving you a shove in the right direction. Ensure all loans are payed back, even in bite sized chunks if you have too.

AQUARIUS (20 January – 18 February)

July’s new Moon eclipse focuses its attention on your health and diet. Time for a detox Aquarius! Green juices are the way to go but if juicing is not your thing, amp up your fresh fruit and veggie intake. A liver cleansing whole-food supplement such as spirulina or chlorella will give you a kick-start. Mercury reverses in your relationship zone creating some strain. You may feel under-appreciated, as though your efforts towards your partner are going unnoticed. While you feel taken for granted, it’s more likely they are just busy with an issue that is all encompassing. In time, you will realise how much your thoughtfulness has been appreciated. Don’t allow a past relationship failure to create anxiety in a budding new romance. If something is nagging at your core, the chances are it’s coming from a previous experience and not your sweetheart.Have a little faith and learn to trust more in your partner.

PISCES (19 February – 20 March)

Romance overload warning! Singles are swept off their feet when they meet someone who seems too good to be true. And actually, they could quite possibly be the real deal. Enjoy the blush of first love. Taken Fish should not jump to conclusions. Mars’shift at the start of the month provides a boost to flagging energy levels. Get up and go,as you have a very busy schedule ahead of you. Time to hustle, be productive and tick off your to do list. Rearrange your daily activities to better suit your needs. Realise that attention to small details matters. The full Moon eclipse shines light on a trust issue. A friend or close associate may be keeping something from you. You are highly intuitive so trust your gut on this one. Something might seem off about someone even though logic begs otherwise. Listen to what your senses are telling you.