We are constantly fascinated by what astrology says about our lives, whether it’s about which zodiac signs are most compatible or how each sign handles conflict in relationships. In this July 2021 monthly horoscope, Astrologer Six, creator of BlackWomenBeing, shares the astrological events happening this month that will affect every zodiac sign.
Hooray! Mercury retrograde is finally over! Transiting through the chatty sign Gemini, Mercury — which rules over communication, thinking, travel, logic, and learning — challenged our understanding of the world around us. We can sometimes fall victim to pessimistic thinking or coming to unfair conclusions, but Mercury retrograde forced all zodiac signs to see life outside of a one-sided perspective, encouraging us to appreciate how diverse life can actually be. With Mercury now directly in Gemini, it’s up to us to maintain our ability to think outside of the box. If there were any misunderstandings or communications throughout June, this month provides the ideal astrological timing to clear up any grievances.
The end of one retrograde dawns the start of another. Jupiter, the planet of expansion, luck, knowledge, abundance, and hope, is currently taking a backspin through dreamy Pisces until October 18. With Jupiter retrograde in a mutable water sign like Pisces, we’re encouraged to rethink how we go about showing ourselves compassion and kindness. Do the ways we express ourselves reflect the desire to subconsciously sabotage ourselves? Are we willing to reconstruct or stop certain behaviors if they’re harmful to those we love? The next four months are an ideal time to show deeper levels of appreciation for ourselves and our communities.
On July 9, the new moon rises in the highly sensitive sign of Cancer. Under July’s new moon, we’re better off if we carve out a little time to relax — perhaps schedule a coloring book session with friends. Appreciating your creative talents and getting in touch with your inner child will only benefit you under this lunation. But the tenderness won’t stop after July’s new moon — on July 11, Mercury will enter the sign Cancer, setting the stage for even more kindness and care.
As the month comes to a close on July 23, the moon will be full within the innovative sign Aquarius. July’s full moon may result in certain groups and individuals getting more attention than they might have bargained for, so be mindful of your words and actions. Impulsive and disruptive behaviors could be met with consequences. The main message for the month of July? Approach life with care, consideration, and a willingness to show others compassion.
Before you can transcend beyond your insecurities and subconscious fears, you have to develop a relationship with your inner child. Did people judge you harshly? Were you made to feel that you are too chatty, or that you needed to restrict your methods of communicating yourself? You are supposed to be loud, Aries! Boldness is a core component of your personality. Your ability to speak your mind and live in your truth is exactly what makes you a force to be reckoned with. July brings reasons to reflect positively on who you are and where you’ve been. If you are able to connect with family members or close friends, do it.
The process of opening your mind hasn’t always been an easy task for you, Taurus. July may require more flexibility in regards to your values. You’ll have inclinations and instinctual pulls to act, but it’s wise to learn to distinguish between moments when you’re free to express as you’d like versus when you should curb your reactions. During the next few months it’s important that you recognize how you reflect on your environment. Your friends may have great intentions, but you need to be careful how their unhealthy habits rub off on you.
Congratulations Gemini, you thrived through another Mercury retrograde! Your ability to self-reflect and reconsider the direction of your life will pay off immensely. As a Mercury-ruled sign and as your planetary ruler speeding through your house of self, you’ve learned and grown significantly over the past few months. On July 12, when Mercury enters Cancer, turn your attention toward home and family. Communicating with loved ones will help ease feelings of discomfort, allowing you to better connect with your inner child. Take notice of how you articulate yourself, as your self-expression will be especially bold throughout July.
Your intuition is coming in clear and you should listen to it, Cancer. Disregarding it only hurts you in the long run. You are being called to change, to transform, and to release expired fragments of your being. The “death” that’s brewing for you may come with the side effect of your comfort being compromised. Your personal beliefs and values will encourage you to push forward, but be sure that you’re grounded in reality. For instance, can you afford your lifestyle or are you pretending? Do you need to take a retreat or are you looking for an intervention?
Give yourself a pat on the back, Leo. The efforts you take toward networking will come with significant rewards. Make sure you take time to unwind and catch your breath, as communication is a form of energetic exchange. Beautifying yourself and minding your speech will get you far, but be mindful of the exhaust it takes on your mind and body. July’s new moon will open up your ability to make meaningful connections. You’ll feel driven by your emotions early this month, so let that drive be what helps you establish depth and substantial bonds. Remember, what feels good can still take its toll on you.
Your planetary ruler is finally direct, Virgo! This is a wonderful time to put yourself out there. You spent a good deal of Mercury retrograde reflecting on yourself and the changes that are in store for you. There’s nothing to fear about your future, but if you do have concerns, let that fear fuel you. And trust your intuition because it’ll never steer you wrong. Once you feel that everything is squared away, it’ll be easier for you to recognize how to approach moving forward. Rome wasn’t built in a day; take your time and recognize your metaphorical city.
How do you feel about speaking up, Libra? You are so worldly and capable, continuously emerging toward understanding and harmony. Unlike a lot of people, you have a lot to say and knowledge that should be shared with the world. Speak up and let your words be heard and watch as matters pertaining to your career and reputation start to come in clearly. Developing a relationship with your intuition will make it easier for you to recognize which ideas should run free versus the ones that need to remain inside your head. The best mode of operation is one from knowing. If you don’t feel that you can fully articulate an idea, there’s no shame in allowing it more time to tinker in your mind. Letting your close friends in on your plans can also provide you with the insight you need to make your voice heard.
Moving has been on your mind, Scorpio. Location has a lot to do with who we are. You’ve been undergoing a multitude of mini transformations and July will help you recognize exactly who it is that you wish to be. Remember, you are the driver of your life — not your friends, not your family, not your enemies. Take your time to work through familial issues and commit to the work necessary so that you can thrive. Your growth journey is nowhere near over, which is a fortunate thing. So long as you are alive, you are growing. Be patient and gentle with yourself. You may feel stalled in the creativity department and that’s fine. Experience life, have fun, and soon you’ll find the muse(s) you’ve been looking for.
There’s no need to fear your friends, Sag. Your friends are there to support you — and you’ll be surprised to see how loved and supported you are when you reach out. Mercury retrograde helped you reflect on conversations between those closest to you. Try not to get stuck on a lonely island. Unless you have conversations with people, you won’t actually know what they’re thinking. Reaching out is the perfect way to satisfy your mind now that Mercury is direct. Summer is upon us, it’s time to connect!
Things are moving forward for you, Capricorn! Now that you’re beginning to get your life squared away, you’ll find that it’s easier to apply your knowledge. Try not to slack; your ability to keep yourself in order will pay off for you. Keep your heart open under July’s new moon, as its energy can help deepen your relationships if you’re willing to be vulnerable. When you share more with others, you’ll find the motivation needed to accomplish your goals.
You’re faced with a lot of pressure, Aquarius. Whether this pressure is stemming from your expectations or the expectations of others, it’s important that you humanize yourself. Because you’re human, you were destined to fail and to flourish. If you have spent the past month reflecting on your personal failures, know that you’re not alone. You value strength through holding yourself together, but strength is also learning how to process moments of weakness. There’s no shame in breaking down, but just remember to build yourself up after.
Where are your stresses coming from, Pisces? Your headaches root from a cause, and it’s important that you take the time to figure out the reason(s). The stars would suggest that your daily vices may be a source of relief and can also lead to your downfall. Is it attention or fun that you’re looking for? If you’re looking for attention, there’s no shame in that, but it’s better to attract good vibes over attracting a notorious reputation. If it’s love that you’re seeking, be patient. On July 13, the potential for a romantic attraction begins. The reason? Venus, the planet of love and pleasure, will conjunct Mars, the planet of libido and drive. Get into the routine of reaching out, and you’ll find that love will follow.