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July 2021 Cancer Overview Horoscope
Happy solar return, Cancer! Whether 2021 has been super-intense (likely), adventurous or a bit of both so far, July offers the chance for a do-over. With the Sun in your sign until July 22, Cancer season is in full swing. Feel free to prioritize your passions and get out of the house, too, since you’re probably seriously overdue for some in-person socializing. Spruce up your appearance with a few style updates, especially after June’s particularly tough transits left you feeling frumpy and invisible at moments. Is money on your personal new year’s wish list? If so, you’ll get a special boost in that direction once Leo season begins on August 22. Feel free to budget while you bask on a beach towel or take your work poolside when you can (office reopenings be damned!). Leo is ruled by the life-giving Sun, so catch all the rays you can. The full moon near month’s end could reveal an intimate secret—or perhaps there’s news about long-term finances, a real estate opportunity or merging your superpowers for mutual gain!
Mars, Saturn and Uranus butt heads in early July
Financial friction? For the first three days of July, anxious Mars, which is in Leo and your money zone, will clash with staunch Saturn and disruptive Uranus. Speedy Mars here could bring more opportunities to earn fast cash—or an uptick in expenses. When Mars meets the counterforce of master planner Saturn in Aquarius and your investment sector on July 1, you’ll need to weigh those immediate opportunities against your long-term fiscal goals. Before you spend, splurge or say yes to a project, make sure you have the time and resources to allocate. (Yes, that includes your emotional and energetic capital, Crab.) Is all that hard work and hustle going to pay off? Make sure you’re poised to earn dividends and returns on whatever you put in.
On July 3, Mars will lock into a tense square with volatile Uranus in Taurus and your eleventh house of networks. A collaboration could get heated, or it might go suddenly sideways. Be careful about sharing money with friends or losing hours to social media catfight.
Fresh start! The Sun is in Cancer until July 22
With Cancer season in full swing until Thursday, July 22, you’re ready to get back out into the world, and you’ll want to look and feel your best when you emerge back onto the scene. Lucky for you, the bold Sun is heading up your first house of style and appearances, the perfect time for a wardrobe refresh or a new, head-turning cut and color. While home-loving Cancers probably had an easier time than some adjusting to the restrictions of the past year-plus, you’re also a trailblazing cardinal sign. So when you DO go public, you like to do it in a big way that causes people to take notice.
It’s important for you to cut loose and have some fun, whether you’re grabbing rooftop drinks or getting out into nature for hiking and glamping. But July is also a supercharged month for kicking off passion projects and pushing your solo endeavors to the top of the pile. Getting noticed means being that squeaky wheel, but if it gets you the premium-grade oil, you’ve gotta do it!
Give your social profiles and presentations the same elevated treatment as your summer look. Add updated branding and a sleek, polished look. Got an idea to pitch? Skip the snoozeworthy flat PowerPoint slide deck. Add music, motion graphics or powerful imagery that helps you stand out from the crowd. For a few bucks, you can hire someone on a site like Fiverr to pull that off for you if you’re not the artistic type. It’s worth the investment to get people aboard the Cancer starship!
The July 9 Cancer new moon is your personal new year
Fresh start: incoming! On Friday, July 9, the year’s only Cancer new moon arrives, kicking off your personal new year. Sure, you probably made resolutions like the rest of us on January 1, but you can leave ‘em in the rear view if they don’t inspire you. This is YOUR moment to turn to a clean page in your life and initiate endeavors that matter to you on a deeply personal level. Whatever you embark upon will come to fruition between now and January 17, 2022. If you set intentions at the full moon—or make a Power Wish, the technique we love—think of an area where you’d like to be more courageous, visible and true to yourself.
Chiron turns retrograde on July 15
Want to put more soul into your goals? When wounded healer Chiron turns retrograde on July 15 in your ambitious tenth house, plunge into your feelings and explore hidden possibilities for creating a deeper connection to your work. Even if this provokes a mini-existential crisis, the emotions that come up are the key to the next stage of your journey. Maybe you crave more recognition or meaning from your day-to-day endeavors. You could work with a coach or take an online course that can help you clarify. Or just do some serious soul-searching between now and December 19 without rushing to quit your day job. Remember, Crab: This is a process!
It’s Leo season starting July 22
Boost your bottom line! Leo season starts on Thursday, July 22, activating your second house of work and finances. After an indulgent Cancer season, it’s time to start turning those birthday epiphanies into something tangible—and profitable. Yes, that means taking a more practical approach to life and whittling down the excess, whether your calendar’s cluttered with too many obligations or your expenses have gotten higher than you’d like. Simplify and prioritize to recharge your productivity. Over the next four weeks, revamp your daily routines to support your overall sense of balance. It’s important to get work done, but it’s equally vital to make sure you eat well, rest and move regularly. When’s the last time you had a massage or bodywork done? Leo season gives you permission to pamper yourself, a treat for all your diligent effort.
July 23 brings the first of a rare duo of Aquarius full moons
Lights, camera, intrigue! When the Aquarius full moon sets its glow on your eighth house of intimacy, mergers and shared finances on Friday, July 23, intense emotions could surface. Secrets could be revealed when you least expect them—and maybe you’ll be the one doing the spilling! With this lunar lift in your wealth sector, you could be the beneficiary of a financial windfall or be invited into a joint venture. Is there an investment that’s reached maturity or a property sale on your horizon? Today could be part one of an event cycle that will unfold over the course of the next month. In 2021, the skies serve up a rare duo of Aquarius full moons back to back. The second one will appear on August 22. During this four-week cycle, you may contemplate taking a relationship to the next level or even making things permanently official.
Jupiter retrograde backs into Aquarius on July 28
Press pause on those risky plans for a minute, Crab. On July 28, expansive Jupiter, which has been retrograde in Pisces and your visionary ninth house since June 20, will reverse into Aquarius and your intimate, laser-focused eighth house until December 28. Jupiter first moved into Pisces on May 13, activating this adventurous zone of your chart. With it came a return to optimism and a desire to get back into the wider world through travel and exploring new ideas.
For the next five months, Jupiter will travel through Aquarius, repointing your focus inward. While Jupiter is retrograde through October 18, you may return to your Crab shell for some emotional or transformational work. Structured Saturn is also in Aquarius (and retrograde until October 10), a powerful time to reorganize your financial plans or to do some dedicated work on a relationship.
Funds could be temporarily tight, perhaps due to an expense. If that happens, pool your efforts by creating win-wins or barters. Invent ways to collectively cover costs. As optimistic Jupiter backs through Aquarius, be careful who you get into bed with—literally and figuratively. The eighth house rules sex and intimacy, and over the next couple months, a steamy affair could progress at a slower pace than you’d like. Couples could hit a familiar stumbling block around trust issues. A tempting but toxic ex could also resurface.
If you never fully resolved a trust issue, this retrograde cycle is your chance to dig into the emotional depths and transform that. Maybe you need to get vulnerable in ways that aren’t comfortable for you. Don’t shy away from seeking professional support (coaching, therapy) if a business or romantic relationship hits a wall. Warning: Treating your friends like amateur therapists will backfire now, so make sure you work with a certified expert.
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