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Let’s be honest, the first six months of the year have gone by so swiftly, we barely managed to keep up with our resolutions, horoscope predictions and when to watch out for any curveballs life may throw at us. I’d be lying if July looked any calmer – we’ve got a range of eclipses, Mercury going retrograde on the 7th and a bunch of full moons.

Starting with Mars entering Leo, followed by a new moon, this month is bound to make you jump at opportunities, say yes, and take a risk. If you’re feeling unsure, always follow your gut. July will also make you focus on your personal relationships, your self confidence and sorting through what really matters, and what no longer deserves your time or attention. Look out for the lunar eclipse, and your sun sign. Other than that, we hope you enjoyed the 4th of July celebrations and the rest of the summer!

But before we divulge any more predictions, keep scrolling to find out what July has in store for you, the surprises you might encounter, and more!

Cancer

June 21st – July 22nd

Happy birthday fellow Cancers! You’ve been the center of attention for a while now, and we hope you’re taking full advantage of it. This month is a busy one for you – not only is it eclipse season, but your sign is in the solar eclipse, giving you very little down time. You’ll be expected to take action and work on yourself for the weeks to come. When Mercury goes retrograde on the 7th, you’ll find yourself wanting more than you actually need, so it’s important to stay humble and not too greedy. Lastly, you’ll spend some time taking care of your loved ones as it’s a natural part of yourself, and what people love the most about you.

Leo

July 23rd – August 22nd

Before heading off into your birthday month, take the time to clear the air and get some work done. Voice your opinion if there’s something on your mind, and let others take over in situations where you’re not the best to lead. This feeling will keep going until Mercury goes retrograde on July 7th, but you’ll soon feel like your normal self when the sun enters your sign on the 22nd. Towards the end of the month, you’ll be busy reaching deadlines at work, but before you know it you’ll be lying at the beach, and sipping a piña colada in your favorite summer dress.

Virgo

August 23rd – September 22nd

Use this month to make new acquaintances and to find common ground with those with the same vision. You’re communicative by nature, and Mercury in retrograde will give you the perfect chance to review and process who you’d like to be associated with in the next months. Watch out for the lunar eclipse on the 16th as it may tempt you to get out your adventurous and flirty side. Other than that, the next weeks are looking calm, ending with a new moon on the 31st.

Libra

September 23rd – October 22nd

Things are switching up this month for you Libra! Career-wise, you’re about to take on new responsibilities, and even though you might not be convinced you can do it, everyone else believes you deserve it, so go for it! Romance-wise, Venus will give you a push to venture out into the open and follow your instincts. No summer is complete without a fling, and all eyes are on you!

Scorpio

October 23rd – November 21st

Summertime should be all about fun and games – be responsible but be outgoing just as much. July is  powerful month, and the eclipses during this month will spark new joy in getting out there. A few things to look out for – Mercury going retrograde will keep you stable and on your feet, and the lunar eclipse further down the line will make you experience something you’re familiar with. Whether it’s a meal at your favorite local joint, or a memorable beach day, go for it!

Sagittarius

November 22nd – December 21st

Now that we’re already almost halfway through summer, it’s time to look at things with a more serious eye. Are you curious to embark onto a new relationship, but unsure? Take a moment and think it through. It might lead to everything you’ve been looking for. Mercury going retrograde will show you just how much you can learn from those that surround you, and the lunar eclipse will have you feeling slightly exposed. Watch your back, but enjoy summer while it lasts.

Capricorn

December 22nd – January 19th

You’re serious about your goals, and make sure you stay on track with what lays head, but not everything is always about you dear Cap. This month, you’ll get the chance to work on your relationships and focus on everyday interactions. Once you get into the lunar eclipse on the 16th, you can’t help but think about yourself for a second, and for good reason. Look out for your health and improve where needed. Lastly, the new moon on the 31st will offer a clean slate about relationships and a clear view of the future.

Aquarius

January 20th – February 18th

Summer’s a busy season for your fellow Aquarius, and July is no exception. You’ve got your hands full between getting work done, catching up with old friends and tending to your own self. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we recommend you take a sharp look at what’s dragging you down the most and perhaps making some changes in your daily habits. Watch out for the lunar eclipse and the new moon and get ready for some surprising consequences.

Pisces

February 19th – March 20th

Keeping busy during peak summer time is great, but it seems as though you’re holding onto way more responsibilities than is deemed appropriate. When Mercury is in retrograde, this will catch up with your busy life and force you to draw the line somewhere in the middle to create that much needed balance. Instead of always keeping busy, why not venture out, go on an adventure and discover a new side of yourself, we promise it won’t be as scary as you imagine!

Aries

March 21st – April 19th

You’re dreaming about owning a home, standing on top of your throne and ruling the world – or so to say. That’s often easier said than done, and we don’t blame you if the thought scares you at times. Take the time to process new changes, but remember there’s only one way, and that’s forward. Look out for Mercury in retrograde starting from July 7th, and make sure you get all your questions answered. Expect also major changes in your career, the lunar eclipse will lead the way and you’ll also get a little nudge from the new moon on the 31st.

Taurus

April 20th – May 20th

With a new season comes new perspective, and that’s exactly where you’re currently at, dear Taurus. Your spirits are heightened and your ideas are all over the place – set your mind to something and you’ll get it done in no time. While you’re at it, you’ll take the opportunity to run into old colleagues and friends you haven’t seen since your last holiday, and you’ll enjoy those moments more than ever. The lunar eclipse and the new moon will either welcome you home, or send you off onto your next adventure – what will it be?

Gemini

May 21st – June 20th

Now that we’re just over half way through the year, you can start to reflect on what it’s been like in the past months. Are you as fulfilled as you’d hope in your new position? Is your roommate driving you crazy and you wish you lived by yourself? Are you tired of meaningless flings and want a change? The time to make changes is now, and Mercury in retrograde will assist you in doing so. Make the first step, and the rest will follow!

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