July is always an important month for you, but also a transition month, where the past makes way for the new. As is always the case at this time of year, July begins with the Sun in a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart and the month long wind down of your old solar year underway. Until the Sun returns to Leo to begin your birthday month and new solar year on the 23rd July, the solar spotlight is on the past. Yet you begin the month with Mercury and Venus already in Leo, with their focus already on the future.
Yet while the month begins with the lines between the past, present and future blurred because you are still winding down your old solar year, you end the month with the lines still blurred. That is because while the Sun will return to Leo on the 23rd July, Mercury’s retrograde turn on the 26th July will continue to hold the doors open to the past and maintain your view of the rear view mirror. This will also keep things at a measured pace, especially with so many other planets in retrograde motion this month.
This will make it easier to maintain the right work/life balance, in a month where there is a lot happening across the income, work and career fronts. That theme of balance also includes a balance between your personal and relationship needs. With so many planets in Leo, the focus is always going to be on your own personal needs at this time of year. Yet with Mars not only in your relationship sector but spending his first full month in retrograde motion, your relationship needs are just as important. A total lunar eclipse on the 28th July will see those needs clash, but fortunately, you have Mercury, planet of communication in Leo all month.
Leo July 2018 Love Horoscope
Starting the month with Venus, planet of love in Leo is giving your heart a jump on your new solar year, before it even begins. Last year Venus didn’t return to Leo until the 26th August, returning to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year, three days after your birthday month ended. This year Venus is not letting that happen and leaving on the 10th July, she will have updated your romantic and relationship desires and expectations before your birthday month and new solar year even begins on the 23rd July.
And just as well, for there is a lot for Venus to work with. This is Venus’ first visit to Leo since Saturn left your romantic sector last December and with Mars having only left in March, there are over three years of momentum for her to tap into. Chances are you have a clear sense of what you want from love, but an even clearer sense of what you don’t want. If you’ve been through love’s boot camp over the last three years, Venus is able to capitalise on that, creating a new sense of romantic conviction. The Moon’s return to your romantic sector from the 22nd July to the 25th July will see your new solar year begin with romantically charged lunar vibes in play. Now that’s what I would call a good omen.
On the relationship front, Venus has something even more present and relevant to work with as Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos is not only in your relationship sector but in retrograde motion. This is Mars’ first retrograde turn in your relationship sector in 47 years and having just turned retrograde late last month, this is his first and only full month in retrograde motion, before retrograding back out next month. With a total lunar eclipse in your relationship sector on the 28th July, Mars is not only opening the doors to the past and second chances, but a potential breakthrough.
Leo July 2018 Money Horoscope
There is a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar and the ordinary and the extraordinary this month, with even the familiar and the ordinary pretty extraordinary. On the familiar and ordinary side of the fence, you have dreamy Neptune, in his first full month in retrograde motion in your financial sector. What makes this both familiar and ordinary is that Neptune has been here since 2012 and since returning six years ago has always spent from June to November in retrograde motion. Yet what also makes this extraordinary is that this is Neptune’s first retrograde phase without Chiron and a need to confront old financial ghosts and demons.
With the support of the Sun in an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart, Neptune is able to focus on revisiting old financial dreams, with the two working together to fuel your financial confidence, instincts and imagination. What is both unfamiliar and extraordinary is to have planetary activity in your income sector or the calibre of that activity. With the Sun not returning to your income sector until the 23rd August, while Venus and Mercury can and often do return in July, it is typically later in the month.
This year you start the month with planetary activity in your income sector, thanks to Ceres’ return on the 28th July. As the queen of nurturing, Ceres has returned to update your income needs and priorities, getting past the money to what you really value. The timing couldn’t be better, for on the 10th July Venus, planet of money will make an early return to your income sector. Venus’ return will always trigger the most potentially lucrative weeks of any year and not leaving until the 7th August, she’ll spend the rest of the month here.
Leo July 2018 Career Horoscope
There are some stunning developments across the income, work and career fronts this month, all the more stunning because of the different things that fall into place at the same time. Take any one feature away and this would see the dynamics deflate, with the money and professional gods working together to create a situation where the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. On its own, having Saturn and Pluto in your work sector is not a game changer. Pluto has been here since 2008, Saturn since last December and both have been in retrograde motion since April.
If anything, having to juggle the pressure from the Sun as you wind down your old solar year, things have been more challenging. Yet this was more about knowing when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off. While last month’s work tension and job pressure is dialling back, Saturn and Pluto are offering nothing on the job front that they haven’t offered every other month. At the same time, Uranus has been in your career sector since April, in the early months of a journey that will take until 2026 to unfold.
At the same time, Ceres’ return to your income sector late last month and Venus’ on the 10th July, while earlier in the year than you would normally expect new income opportunities, is not a game changer. Even Juno’s return to your career sector on the 1st July doesn’t have the power to change anything, other than foster a sense of determination. Yet when you not only add all the forces in play across the income, work and career fronts together, but when they work collectively as they are doing, then this creates a stunning month across all three fronts.
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