Your July Horoscope, Revealed

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Get cozy, stargazers. The Cancer sun rules the skies until July 22, putting us on a friends-and-family plan. In between picnics and OITNB marathons, make time for some cuddling — of the romantic variety. Amorous Venus travels alongside adventurous Jupiter until the 18th, supersizing our desires. Vacation romances, cross-cultural connections, and even long-distance relationships could be our new normal. Venus turns retrograde from July 25 to September 6, which could bring some blasts from the past. If an ex sends a Snapchat, think twice before you open it. If you’re getting married while Venus is in reverse, it’s always wise to do a vow renewal on your first anniversary — just for certainty’s sake. July is bookended by two full moons, helping us start and end the month on a productive note. On the 1st, the full moon in Capricorn brings out the movers and shakers in us all. Embrace the team spirit when the Aquarius full moon lights up the night skies on the 31st.
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Cancer
Happy birthday season! With the sun and passionate Mars traveling together through your sign until the 22nd, this is the month to celebrate YOU. Feeling unappreciated? Halfhearted relationships will go the way of '90s boy bands in July. (Bye, bye, bye.) C’est la vie, Cancer. An inspired round of replacements flood in with the full moon on the 1st. Opposites attract: Your missing puzzle piece could come from a completely different social category than the one you fall into. While you regularly play the role of the nurturer, July brings someone who wants to spoil you in return. If you’re already in a relationship, doing LESS (instead of giving ‘til it hurts) is what will wake up the slacker who is sharing your bed. If things are going well, that full moon on the 1st could bring you much, much closer.

Celebrate your independence, too. With the sun beaming through Cancer until the 22nd, you’ll need just as much "me time” as you do “we time.” Pursue your passions and give solo projects their due. The new moon in Cancer on the 15th is like your personal New Year. Be sure to write up a six-month wish list that day. Then, take action by investing in your own growth. Think: workshops, or sessions with a coach. Your productivity kicks in after the 22nd. You’ll wrap the month on an industrious note. Put on your project-manager hat and get your career game organized, streamlined, and simplified.
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Leo
Sweet freedom! Adventure-junkie Jupiter and lovestruck Venus are traveling side by side through Leo until the 18th, bringing crazy levels of independence to your July. You could rewrite the script of your entire life this month, going from company woman to full-time freelancer, or from hardcore monogamist to “lover of many.” Even if the change isn’t that extreme, don’t be afraid to break the rules a bit...especially when it comes to your creativity and romantic pursuits. Should it stay or should it go? With the sun in your dreamy, transitional 12th house for much of July, you’ll have some sorting to do. What do you want to release before your birthday season begins on the 22nd? A clean break heals the fastest. Say your final farewells and mourn if you must; then, close the door for good.

You might even take a little breather from the dating scene in early July, to get centered in your own power again. You’ll make much better choices when you’re solid on the self-love. When the sun blazes into Leo for a month on the 22nd, you’ll feel like your fierce self again. Restore your roar with some “me first” activities. Splurge on that class or vacation you’ve always wanted to take. Make sure your calendar has enough white space for you to pursue your interests, stress-free. And while birthday season always makes you feel like a solo star, the full moon in Aquarius on the 31st could seal the deal on a major partnership, too. If you’re not trading "I love you"s, you could be signing an exciting contract that launches you into a new league.
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Virgo
The more, the merrier for you this July, Virgo — provided you are collaborating with the right people. While you’re on the hunt for your tribe, you simply can’t suppress your individuality to fit in with a group. You’d rather be part of a band of outsiders — people who live life by their own design. If you’re not busy reinventing Andy Warhol’s Factory, you could get involved in an activist group or helping to campaign for the next presidential race. Be proactive about making your corner of the world a better place.

Could your online presence use a refresh? Take down the tipsy tweets and pose for a new round of profile pics. A virtual connection could lead to major opportunity, especially near the new moon on the 15th. Romantic Venus makes a brief visit to Virgo from July 18 to 31. Get back in the driver's seat in love, pursuing your heart’s desire instead of waiting to be noticed. Coupled Virgos may need a longer leash for this two-week phase. But with Venus turning retrograde from July 25 to September 6, don’t let those “innocent flirtations” lead you astray from your personal ethics. The full moon on the 31st will bring a make-it-or-break-it moment. You could bail on a lukewarm romance or seal a relationship in a far more permanent way.
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Libra
Ain’t no half-stepping — no, not for Libras in July. With the sun beaming through your high-rolling 10th house until the 22nd, you are on an ambitious tear. What will it take to get your career game to the next level: sessions with a coach, joining a mastermind group, or working the industry scene like it's your second job? Your sheer determination can open major doors this month. Focus on the power babes: An influential woman may take you under her wing near the new moon in Cancer on the 15th.

Looking for love? The friend zone may be the most prolific place to find it. Let your crew play Cupid for you, setting up casual group hangouts with people who might be a great match for you. And be a joiner, Libra: Dabble in new scenes where you can find people who trek on common ground. If you’re in a relationship, socializing as a pair strengthens your bond. Creative collaborations could take off big time from the 18th to 31st. But, your ruling planet, Venus, turns retrograde from July 25 to September 6. This may scramble social signals at times, so make a point of being ultra-clear with people. Reunions with your girls from back in the day, however, will be heavenly. Get ready for your close-up on the 31st, when a full moon falls in your house of fame and romance.
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Scorpio
Mysterious Scorpios are whipping off the spy goggles this July and letting a lot more hang out. With the sun in your live-out-loud ninth house until the 22nd, you can’t be bothered to keep up with the whole undercover schtick. Keep it real and let the chips fall where they may. When you’re authentic, you’ll see who your true friends are. Wanderlust strikes, too, so follow the urge to explore far-flung locales. The new moon on the 15th could bring an amazing travel opportunity or even the green light to relocate. Career-wise, you’ll have the Midas touch in July, provided you are proactive.

With charming Venus and enterprising Jupiter in your ambitious 10th house until the 18th, get out and network. The sun boosts your career game after the 22nd, too. Socialize strategically, with people who are on the same success-obsessed trajectory as you. You abhor small talk, but if you’re passionate about a topic, you can be the most engaging person in the room. Tap into Venus’ design sensibilities to rebrand your business materials and refresh your style profile. Even posting a new headshot on social media can attract opportunity. With such a busy month, don’t forget your peeps back at home. Clear some space each week to give them your undivided attention. Otherwise, you’ll have to do some major recon work near the full moon on the 31st.
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Sagittarius
Well, look who’s filming another sultry Snapchat. With the sun slinking through your erotic eighth house until the 22nd, you’ll be quite the siren this July. Let your sensual side out to play and weave it into your wardrobe. Those bustier tops and high-waisted shorts can make you feel like a seductress in command. Magnetizing attractive people is the easy part, though; finding the keepers is your challenge. Willpower is required for this quest, as a lusty Venus-Jupiter pairing makes you a bit of a player, too. Resist the sexy — but ultimately low-hanging — fruit and hold out for someone who meets your intellectual and emotional requirements. You could walk smack into The One when Venus collides with your ruler, Jupiter, on the 1st or near the new moon on the 15th.

Travel also yields romantic opportunities. Coupled Archers should plan a getaway for two before July 18. And hey, if single Sagittarians happen to squeeze in a vacation fling this month, the stars will give you a pass. Your financial status could improve in July, especially if you focus on the passive income category. While you don’t have to quit your day job, look beyond the 9-to-5 hustle for investment opportunities, commission-based jobs, or even products you can create and sell on the side. (Hello, Kickstarter campaign.) An entrepreneurial venture, even one involving your own blog or YouTube channel, could take flight when the sun heads into Leo for a month on the 22nd. Or be more “intrapraneurial” at work, pitching ideas for new divisions or campaigns that let you work more autonomously — just the way an indie-spirited Archer likes it.
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Capricorn
Talk about starting the month on a high note! On July 1, the annual full moon in Capricorn puts you directly in the spotlight. Forget the humblebrags. If you’re not ready to shamelessly self-promote, fill your tanks with the full moon’s rocket fuel and head down a new path. With transformational Pluto buzzing alongside la luna, you could give your life an extreme makeover this month.

There’s lots of work to do behind the scenes, too — or with a VERY select group of people. Keep your standards high: Nothing but the best for you, Capricorn, whether you’re selecting construction materials or creative collaborators. Relationships will also be at the forefront of your July agenda, as the Cancer sun illuminates your couple-y seventh house until the 22nd. Drop the mask and let people see the softer side of Capricorn. If you do, a soulful merger could be activated by the new moon on the 15th. Remember this in July: You don’t have to be perfect to be lovable.
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Aquarius
Pause, think; then, act. Mindfulness is the name of the game this July, and you need to slow down and start making smarter choices. Minor changes — like selecting matcha tea instead of coffee or refraining from posting yet another hasty Facebook update — add up to a seismic shift in your life. The new moon on the 15th motivates you to get into a healthier groove overall. Cut the fluff from your schedule, too, or rally your friends into more meaningful activities. Instead of happy hour three nights a week, swap in a spin class one night and a volunteer shift another. (And yes, frozen margs for the third.)

With Venus and Jupiter in a lusty dance through your partnership house until the 18th, July’s romantic forecast looks thrilling. Traveling or even starting a business together can breathe new life into your bond. A real-deal relationship could emerge before the July 4 fireworks light up the skies. If you’re ready to call it quits, however, you might just be celebrating Independence Day for more personal reasons. Don’t worry: Your dance card will quickly refill. Venus turns retrograde from July 25 to September 6, which could bring an ex back into the picture. Already attached? Wrap the month with a sentimental voyage for two. But circle the 31st as Aquarius Day. The annual full moon in your sign gives you permission to put your passions first. You could be tapped for an incredible opportunity, based on your hard work in 2015. Don’t wait for it, though: Let your competitive streak out to play and pursue what you desire!
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Pisces
Let the good times roll. With the sun beaming through your celebratory fifth house until the 22nd, July is the month to let your hair down. Organize your crew and plug those plans into your cultural events calendar: outdoor art exhibits, festivals, and trips to the beach. Lusty Mars rolls through your romance house all month, upping the passion factor. Give the lady-in-waiting role a rest. It’s up to you to take more initiative in affairs of the heart this July — or at least drop some VERY obvious hints. The new moon on the 15th could herald an exciting new chapter in your love story. Bring on the dress-up dates and sexy slumber parties.

But while you’re out celebrating summer, strike a proper balance between hedonist and health nut. Radiant Venus and jovial Jupiter are flowing through your house of healthy living until the 18th, encouraging you to swap out a few frozen yogurts for fresh-fruit smoothies. Get active, too; if you have a sedentary job, get up for hourly stretches or walks. From the 18th to the 31st, Venus tours your commitment house, which could bring a ring or a more exclusive arrangement. An ex could make a comeback while Venus goes retro from the 25th until September 6. (If you’re not in the market for a sequel, you might want to block this person’s number.) The full moon on the 31st brings an earth-angel figure — a helpful mentor who can guide you to the next level of happiness.
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Aries
Right from the get-go, you’re the boss this July. On the 1st, the full moon in your ambitious 10th house launches your efforts of 2015 into the spotlight. Within two weeks, you could be tapped by corporate for a promotion or catch a buzz from the media for your talents. The sun, charming Venus, and lucky Jupiter will all do time in your fifth house of fame, too. Spare us the humblebrags and self-promote. You’re ready to test the waters and show off the results of your hard work. That said, you may feel rather shy while the sun is in Cancer until the 22nd. Keep your girl gang close by to back you up when your nerves get the best of you.

Your love life goes from mild to picante in July, too. Expect epic developments by the 18th and even a dash of drama. With Jupiter in the mix, it’s anyone’s guess who will light your fire. Stay open, because sparks could fly with someone from a totally different culture or lifestyle than your own. You’re going to have to tamp down the diva antics, though. While it’s fine to want attention, stomping your platform sandals to get it is quite unbecoming. Ironically, just when you think you need coddling the most is exactly when you should activate your own nurturing nature and take care of your peeps. Home-decor inspo will be everywhere you turn. Get a redesign or relocation project going before the 22nd.
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Taurus
If you see something, say something. Communication is the name of the game this July, Taurus. The more you speak up, the more connected you’ll feel — to the right people, that is. Kindred spirits come out of the woodwork, and you could strike up a truly dynamic duo near the new moon on the 15th. Explore the locally grown offerings for your social fix. ClassPass your way through all the yoga studios; sign up for that home-brewing or memoir-writing workshop. If things aren’t exactly popping in your zip code, pick up the organizer’s baton and get them going yourself. A hometown business might be keen to collaborate on a weekly event. If it’s simply a lost cause, consider relocating after the 22nd, when the sun beams into your domestic zone for a month. Or, become a remote resident of a sister city by getting involved in the scene of a more happening ‘hood — July is also a great month for Bulls to buy a new set of wheels, which will help with the commute.

Your love life heats up when Venus makes a brief tour to your passionate fifth house from the 18th to the 31st. But the planet of amour also turns retrograde on the 25th, which could bring a dose of drama — and even the return of an old flame. Try not to make any binding decisions about an ex until Venus corrects her course on September 6.
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Gemini
Stretch. We’re talking about your money and resources here, Gemini. With the sun lighting up your financially savvy second house until the 22nd, become a more conscious consumer in July. It’s never hard to accumulate more, more, more. But what about making better use of the things you already have? Adopt a more sustainable mindset. And if you are going to splurge, spend a little more on a quality investment piece, like a go-with-everything leather tote or a timeless, washable silk maxi dress. A job offer could roll in near the new moon on the 15th. Ready to move up the internal ranks? Let the decision-makers know of your desire for growth; you might even schedule a performance review.

Romantically, a Venus-Jupiter duet could bring love from the friend zone before the 18th. You’d rather keep the vibes light and noncommittal until then, giving yourself a chance to sample all the offerings at your behest. Coupled Geminis should plan more playdates. Laughter and fun are the best medicines in the love doctor’s apothecary this July. The social butterfly in you is totally reawakened when the sun zips into Leo for a month on the 22nd. As a Gemini, you can never have too many BFFs, but one kindred spirit may stand out in the crowd. A stellar summer-vacation opportunity emerges with the full moon on the 31st. Or, plan ahead and plant yourself in a far-flung port for the last day of July.
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