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Please note: These horoscopes, like emoji, are meant to add fun and color to your month. Take what feels good to you, leave what doesn’t.
Cancer season is here! Cancer is a natural nurturer, a sign that loves the home, babies, and anything cozy and cuddly. But this month won’t be all cooing and soft blankets. Cancer is also a water sign, ruled by the moon. So even more so than other water signs, Cancer’s emotions tend to fluctuate daily as the moon moves from one sign to the next. With two major eclipses slated for July, a total solar eclipse on July 2, and a partial lunar eclipse on July 16 and 17, this month will stir up big emotions. But don’t be frightened! Eclipses bring important, hidden things to the surface so we can feel them and heal them. If you’re a crab yourself, you already know the importance of tending to your very tender feelings. And if you’re another sign, this month is a perfect time to think about how you nurture and how you like to be nurtured.
Other notable transits:
The sun in Cancer will be opposite Saturn in Capricorn from July 7 to July 23. Saturn is a powerful planet that can make things feel quite heavy and serious. The sun is, well, the sun and wants us to shine and express ourselves. This month, don’t be afraid to speak your mind, even if it doesn’t come easily. Facing this challenge will increase your confidence, and you may catch the attention of some powerful and important people!
On July 21, the sun in Cancer will be conjunct Venus in Cancer. Venus wants us to love and be loved, and with a boost from the sun, the end of the month will be a perfect time to focus on friendships, love, and all the things that bring you pleasure. Don’t overindulge, but do make time to really slow down and smell those roses. They’ll smell sweeter than ever.
It’s your birthday season, sensitive one, and while you like shrink back into your shell, you also secretly love it when the sun shines on you. This month kicks off with a total solar eclipse in your sign and will bring you plenty of challenges, but you will also get lots of genuine support from people who appreciate you for exactly who you are. This is no time to hide your true self. The more you show up as you this month, the more successful you’ll be whether it’s in love, business, or just boogying down on a summer dance floor.
Work isn’t what you usually associate with summer, but this month, the big picture will be on your mind. You may be hoping for more status at work or that someone important will notice your efforts. It’s nice to get a gold medal, or at the very least, a pat on the back from time to time! But this month, your challenge is to be your own biggest fan. Can you root for yourself the way you wish others would? The more you cheer yourself on, the farther you’ll get this month. Whip out that megaphone, shake those pom-poms, and chant your own name!
Your ruler Mercury is stationing retrograde this month. Mercury is a trickster, so things may go missing, or you may feel like there are delays at every turn. The solution? Be prepared. No one organizes and plans better than you, Virgo. This month focus on the things you can control, and let the rest slide. Things don’t have to go perfectly in order to go well. And sometimes, delays create space for daydreaming and downtime, something you most likely haven’t been giving yourself enough of lately. If the gears grind to a halt, it’s OK to take a day off or head to happy hour an hour early. You work hard enough for a team of 20, so don’t fret. You’ve earned your summer Fridays! Enjoy them!
This month gives you a welcome pause from all the hard work you’ve been doing. You’ve spent much of the past year calculating, questioning, and reorganizing. These are not a Libra’s favorite pastimes. But the stars are encouraging you to slow down this month, and when your ruler Venus is conjunct the Sun on July 21, you will likely receive a nice reward for all your hard efforts. It may come in the form of a raise, a surprise gift, or a special visit from a loved one. Whatever it is, this is a moment where you will feel supremely cared for. So let all that intense thinking you’ve been doing go for a bit, and let that love right in.
You may be having intense, almost life-like dreams this month as Neptune forms a sextile to your ruler Pluto. You tend to imagine the worst, but these dreams might be very good ones! Consider keeping a dream journal and jotting down some of the lovely images that visit you in your sleep. They could contain helpful clues about what to do to move forward in areas of your life where you’ve been feeling stuck or unfulfilled. Doors that are closed to you at the moment will be opening up shortly, but it’s up to you to decide how to proceed once they do.
You love to move, and this month, you will be on your feet plenty. Mars in joyful Leo will form a trine to your ruling planet, Jupiter, which has been stationed in your sign for some time now. You’ll get a boost of energy, and most likely lots of recognition for your efforts! This is a great time to take risks, explore, and have fun doing it. Just remember that you’re allowed to reflect and pause, too! You love to move forward, but this month you’ll want to make choices that draw on all the knowledge you’ve accumulated. Look before you leap, and you’ll land somewhere wonderful.
You are known for being a bit self-serious, but you also have a wonderful cheeky nature and a sly wit. This month, the stars are encouraging you to get in touch with your sunny side. Yes, you have a lot to do and not much time to do it, but bringing a bit of levity right now will get you much further than plodding along and worrying. With a lunar eclipse in your sign on July 16 and 17, you may even surprise yourself by letting people see you in a whole new light. Whether you want to impress a new boo or a new boss, you’re likely to delight people with your charm and your wit, but you’ll have to let go of any self-limiting notions of identity that you’ve been hanging on to.
You’re often a lone wolf. You like to do things on your own, your own way, with little to no help from others. But this month, if you’d like to make progress, you’ll need to help others—and let them help you. Perhaps you shy away from collaboration because you fear you’ll lose your unique edge, but consider this: The way you collaborate doesn’t have to be traditional. Whatever you do will be marked by your individual style and perspective, and the ways others contrast with you can even make you shine a little brighter. Be open to partnering and sharing this month, and people will notice your ingenuity in no time.
The sun in loving Cancer will be trine Neptune in Pisces this month, meaning lots of support and good luck are coming your way. In fact, this month, it might feel like anything is possible. This is good news, but it could overwhelm you. You tend to let your fears get the best of you, and you can be overly sentimental about your past. Your challenge is to dream while remaining rooted in the present. Start a new exercise routine, or spend some time in nature. Whatever you can do to stay in your body and get in touch with your senses right now will support you and all your big beautiful dreams—which could very soon come true!
This month is a good time for you to think about areas where you’d like to learn or grow. You’ve made some big moves this year, and you’ve also had some big roadblocks. Instead of taking action or leaping to your next step, this month asks you to consider direction. If all limiting factors were erased, where would you go and what would you want to learn when you got there? Think of this as a time to make a road map for your next big adventure. By the end of the month, you’ll be ready to make moves again.
You can usually be found burning the midnight oil, but this month, you’ve got it made in the shade. Even if you’ve got some big projects on your plate, you’ll probably be offered many opportunities for sweet relief and rest. Whether it’s an impromptu beach day or a phone call from a friend who makes you laugh, the little escapes you need to survive your workload will seem to come at magical moments. That doesn’t mean you’re allowed to work without caring for yourself. Be grateful for the rescues that come your way, but also take note of why you’re so thrilled to have them. Consider how you can consciously add this kind of care to your future routines. You’ll need to make more of an effort to make this much-needed rest happen in the near future.
You may be feeling extra wistful this month, which isn’t like you at all. You live for the moment, but with your ruler Mercury stationed retrograde in dramatic Leo and moving into sentimental Cancer, you may be focused on dramas that have been blown out of proportion. You might also be looking at the past through a warped lens. This month, your challenge is to use any messages from your past to fuel dreams of your future. Don’t get caught up in how things could have been. Right now is a time to imagine how wonderful things can and will be. When Mercury forms a harmonious trine to Neptune on July 24, your vision will clarify. Your new perspective will be so great that you’ll have a hard time believing you were ever caught in the muck to begin with.
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Nayomi Reghay is a frequent contributor to the Daily Dot, covering body positivity, feminism, sex, relationships, and gender. She is also the author of the advice column “Swipe This!” A former New York Teaching Fellow, her writing has been featured in Reductress, Rolling Stone, Mic, Someecards, and more.