Although Venus has been in its pre-retrograde shadow since June 19, July is when the love-planet’s lessons really begin to make their impact felt! Nevertheless, the cosmic weather is rather quiet until the second week of the month, when Mars enters Virgo. Until then, Cancer season holds space for nostalgic musings and the making of new memories.
Communication gets a bit spicier once Mercury enters Leo. A growing urge to dominate the conversation steers exchanges into dramatic territory. Naturally, approach is everything now. If we invite engagement with our creative ideas, the back half of July can be prime time to make friends and influence people. But if we lead with arrogance, we may repel friends and lose our credibility! Meanwhile, Venus’ backspin asks whether we're settling for less than we deserve! The heart wants what the heart wants, but red flags cannot be ignored.
10 – Mars enters Virgo: The planet of action and willpower trades Leo theatricality for Virgo precision. Timing is everything, so stay on schedule. Attention to detail is rewarded.
10/11 – Mercury enters Leo: Mercury’s stint in Leo makes us competent storytellers, but keep your target audience in mind. Not everyone will find you fascinating, and that’s okay. Be your own hype man!
22/23 – Venus retrograde in Leo: Desires are up for review. Relationship tests arise. Are our romantic needs being met? Do we share the same values as the company we keep?
22/23 – Sun enters Leo: All the world’s a stage as our solar luminary enters its domicile! The sun acts as the dispositor of Venus, helping us to prioritize self-love amidst retrograde challenges.
23/24 – Chiron retrograde: Chiron’s five-month backspin encourages us to examine past pain in light of current events. Will you let old wounds steer your decisions, or ditch the albatross?
28/29 – Mercury enters Virgo: Suggesting we share our cultivated skills and intelligence. Deductive reasoning may hinder our intuitive abilities.
Written by Nyssa Grazda