Here's what the planets have to say about every facet of your life in the month ahead.

By Maressa Brown

When the days are spent soaking up sun and chilling in the closest body of water, and evenings are peppered with backyard BBQs and watching fireworks explode in the starry night sky, you know July is in full swing. Astrologically-speaking, the month was made for all the joys and pleasures of summer, as it encompasses both Cancer and Leo seasons. Until July 22, the sun moves through Cancer, a water sign ruled by the emotional moon and known to be sentimental, romantic, and imaginative. Then, until August 23, the star at the center of our solar system shifts into Leo, a fire sign ruled by the sun itself, which is known to be confident, loyal, charismatic, and optimistic.

The two seasons pair up to offer us a month filled with finding yourself in your feelings, wearing both your heart on your sleeve and rose-colored glasses, tapping into your creativity, cinematic displays of affection, and getting after your boldest goals. (Related: Is There Any Truth to Astrology?)

But that's far from all July has in store. The dynamic month plays host to some of the most dramatic astrological events of the year, like not one but two game-changing eclipses. The first is a total solar eclipse and new moon in Cancer on July 2, which will spur reflection on what brings you comfort and fulfillment, how best to bond with your loved ones, and when and how you'll do best to open your heart. The second, a partial lunar eclipse and full moon in Capricorn, occurs on July 16 and requires you to think about areas where it has paid to put in the work (perhaps your professional path or a challenging relationship) and areas that simply aren't worth your efforts.

Adding even more intensity to the mix: From July 7 to 31, Mercury, the planet of communication, goes retrograde in Leo (backing up into Cancer on July 19). Taking time for revising, reflecting, refining, and reconnecting will be necessary in order to move forward. And from July 27 to August 21, Venus moves through Leo, bringing a self-assured, spotlight-loving tone to romance and self-expression. (Related: The Best Workout Clothes Based On Your Zodiac Sign)

Here's how July's planetary vibes will affect your health and wellness, relationships, and career, based on your sign. (Pro-tip: Be sure to read your rising sign/ascendant, if you know that, too!)

 Aries (March 21–April 19)

Health: Around July 2 when the new moon and total solar eclipse falls in your fourth house of home life, you could be reflecting on old emotional patterns, mental blocks, and other types of stress in your personal life that are holding you back from feeling fit physically and emotionally. Trust your intuition to lead you to a productive new way to care for your mind and body.

Relationships: It's possible you'll have just about zero chill when date plans keep shifting while Mercury moves backward through your fifth house of romance from July 7 to 19. The best fix: embracing spontaneity, as well as flirtatious, playful self-expression. The more creative and flexible you can be, the hotter the result.

Career: Around July 16, the partial lunar eclipse and full moon light up your tenth house of career, and you could rethink your best game plan for hitting a major professional goal. Focusing on your end game, then approaching talks with higher-ups in a direct, confident way can set you up for sweeping, positive change.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Health: While Mercury moves backward through your third house of communication from July 19 to 31, you might need to dig through backup data on fitness apps or touch base with health care providers you haven't seen in a minute in an effort to gather info and address ongoing wellness concern. You might be initially frustrated to retrace your steps like this, but it could provide valuable insight.

Relationships: A serious heart-to-heart with bae or someone you've been seeing could happen sooner than you anticipated around July 2 when the new moon and total solar eclipse occurs in your third house of communication. You'll want to make a case for your needs, especially as they relate to your comfort level and security, and in turn, you'll get a better read on your compatibility.

Career: You could be driven to take a bold risk related to your career around July 16 when the full moon and partial lunar eclipse lights up your ninth house of higher education. Think signing up for a class that allows you to hone your skill set or taking a long-distance trip. The experience could lead you to a key strategy for making major professional dreams come true.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Health: Revisiting a regular fitness routine you used to love could come naturally while Mercury is retrograde in your third house of communication from July 7 to 19. This time, you'll be learning even more and pushing yourself even further—especially if you involve friends as accountability partners.

Relationships: You may have been brushing it aside for a while now, but a soul-searching reality check related to your closest relationship is a must around July 16 when the full moon and partial lunar eclipse falls in your eighth house of sexual intimacy. If your needs aren't being met, you'll want to start designing a concrete game plan for transforming the situation from toxic to truly fulfilling. (Related: What I Learned From Eating and Exercising According to My Zodiac Sign)

Career: Around July 2, when the new moon and total solar eclipse lights up your second house of income, a headache during your hustle could push you to get more clear about what you ultimately want to achieve professionally. It could be freaky to make a leap to a different gig, or even from one field to another, but being true to yourself is your best bet.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Health: You could have a breakthrough about the self-care you want to start weaving into your routine that will have you feeling your best, thanks to a total solar eclipse and new moon in your sign on July 2. Whether that's therapy, cleaner eating, going to your favorite workout class more regularly, or meditating before bed, the practices that feel like you are the ones that you'll have an easier time sticking to now. (Related: How Jupiter Retrograde Could Boost Your Mind and Body)

Relationships: If you've been clashing with your significant other or FWB lately, it's time to hash it out around July 16 when the partial lunar eclipse and full moon fall in your seventh house of partnership. The mood of the moment may be that you've been compromising your individual needs for this relationship for too long. You'll want to strike a balance—or decide that you've sacrificed too much and need a new path forward.

Career: You've likely been inclined to say "yes" to all the projects with hopes that having a beyond full plate professionally will benefit your bank account the most, but you might be tempted to streamline while Mercury moves backward through your second house of income from July 7 to 19. You could find that doing less, at least right now, and focusing on the projects that really speak to you actually benefits you—and your bottom-line the most.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

Health: Stress and your jam-packed schedule could have you feeling burned out, rundown, and maybe even on the brink of sick around July 16 when the partial lunar eclipse and full moon land in your sixth house of wellness. Bandaid-like fixes you've relied on before—like grabbing extra sleep on the weekend or downing an immune-boosting juice—won't feel like enough right now. Instead, pinpointing bigger changes that will benefit you on a day-to-day basis can make for long-term healing and vitality.

Relationships: While Venus is in your sign from July 27 to August 21, you'll feel magnetic, radiant, and, yeah, downright sexy. Owning it boosts your confidence in all your romantic situations—whether that means rocking that hot outfit on a date night, opening up about your feelings for that potential partner, or sharing and pursuing a bold fantasy with your S.O. Get it.

Career: While Mercury moves backward through your sign from July 7 to 19, you'll do well to zoom out and reassess your big picture game plan for career advancement. If you've been overcommitted to certain people or projects that you feel are holding you back from reaching your full potential, now's the time to move them to the side. At the same time, circling back on a passion project that's been on the back burner could be the first step toward a win.

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Health: You'll be reminded why social support is so integral to your wellness routine while Mercury moves backward through your eleventh house of friendship from July 7 to 19. It could happen when you head back to a group fitness class you haven't taken in a while or lean on your BFFs for advice about a health concern. Either way, knowing and embracing the fact that others have your back is a crucial lesson of the moment. (Related: Susan Miller On the Astrological Themes That Will Affect Your Health and Fitness In 2019)

Relationships: You'll be driven to take a risk for the sake of what your heart is craving around July 16 when the partial lunar eclipse and full moon lights up your fifth house of romance. Showing all your cards in a heartfelt conversation with bae or a potential partner could have you feeling crazy vulnerable, but it might also be deeply gratifying for you emotionally. Speak your truth.

Career: Around July 2 when the total solar eclipse and new moon is in your eleventh house of networking, you'll feel more empowered to pitch your most creative, even quirky and out-there ideas to higher-ups. Let your freak flag fly. Bringing your most unique self to the table is inspiring and freeing. Plus, friends and colleagues might line up to be a part of your genius proposal.

Libra (September 23–October 22)

Health: Around July 10, the sun in your tenth house of career forms a harmonizing angle to Neptune in your sixth house of wellness, inspiring you to daydream about a tweak to your schedule or work life that would benefit your health (like being able to break away for a mid-day vinyasa sesh or investing in a treadmill desk). If you land on something that resonates, consider pitching it to your bosses, as it might not be as wild an idea as you think.

Relationships: You'll be even more of a social butterfly than usual while Venus moves through your eleventh house of friendship from July 27 to August 21. If you're attached, group dates and big events set the stage for sweet moments and photo ops with your sweetie. If you're single, you could meet someone special at a friend's wedding or while volunteering. Either way, you'll be psyched to be spending more time with and boosting bonds within your circle of friends.

Career: You might have to make a tough decision related to your work-life balance around July 2 when the new moon and total solar eclipse light up your tenth house of career. This could look like agreeing to an eyebrow-raising schedule, making a major move, being given more responsibility—or opting to put your personal needs first. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and consider how the move you make now will shape your long-term path, and you'll have your answer.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Health: Around July 2, when the new moon and total solar eclipse is in your ninth house of adventure, you could feel called to take your fitness practice to the next level by honing your skills. This could look like picking your instructor's brain for a few minutes after class, or actually signing up for a instructor training that could lead to teaching your favorite workout or simply acquiring deeper knowledge of a beloved practice (like Reiki). You'll do well to give in to your urge to learn.

Relationships: Butting heads with your partner or a potential S.O. might be inevitable around July 16 when the dramatic full moon and partial lunar eclipse fall in your third house of communication. It could be a matter of you both digging your heels in and struggling to get on the same page. Think about how this impasse plays into big picture patterns. It could be time to make over the way you connect with one another or frame the relationship.

Career: While Mercury moves backward through your tenth house of career from July 7 to 19, you might have to revisit responsibilities or presentations that you thought you had moved beyond. Instead of getting aggravated, see it as an opportunity to knock it out of the park even harder this time around. Your bosses will applaud your positive, proactive approach.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Health: If you could use a passion boost when it comes to your fitness routine, look forward to July 11 when the moon in your sign forms a harmonizing angle to Mars in your ninth house of adventure. A burst of take-charge motivation can have you fired up to take on a new challenge (like a half marathon or hike) that amplifies your confidence. Having checked this off your list, you'll feel even more capable of taking your regular efforts to the next level.

Relationships: You might need to ask yourself how you've been prioritizing your S.O.'s comfort and needs over your own—or how you've been settling for a hookup scenario that's not emotionally (or even physically) reciprocal, around July 2 when the new moon and total solar eclipse falls in your eighth house of sexual intimacy. Just acknowledging that this is happening can be initially healing in and of itself. Then, you'll resolve to figure out how to remedy the imbalance.

Career: Around July 16, when the full moon and partial lunar eclipse lights up your second house of income, you'll be compelled to take a microscope to the ways you've been pursuing short- and long-term security. While it may be anything but fun, sitting down to look at your cash flow and redoing your budget (maybe even downloading an app like Mint or You Need a Budget) can ultimately help you feel more centered and calm going forward.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Health: Around July 16, when the full moon and partial lunar eclipse is in your sign, you'll be empowered to start taking charge of your wellness in a whole new way. Blowing off active recovery days, pushing yourself too hard, not getting enough sleep, or beating yourself up mentally when you don't get to the gym might seem like NBD if you're getting your workouts in and eating clean. But you'll start to feel like approaching your health in a holistic, self-compassionate way not only feels better but can make for more kickass results. (Related: Spending an Entire Weekend Focusing On Workout Recovery Opened My Eyes to Just How Much I Need It)

Relationships: You'll be driven to meditate on how your love life could be more fulfilling around July 2 when the new moon and total solar eclipse falls in your seventh house of partnership. If you're attached and want to deepen your commitment, or you're swiping and want to find someone who feels more like a soulmate than a casual hookup, now's the time to envision and then maybe even write down or share your ultimate scenario. Next stop: manifestation.

Career: On July 9, when the sun in your seventh house of partnership squares off against Saturn in your sign, failing to see eye to eye with your boss or a colleague on a major project could intensify tensions and lead to a conflict. Drama is not on your agenda; all you'll want to do is get the job done. But extricating yourself temporarily can help you pinpoint the bigger issue underlying the situation and make for smooth sailing ahead.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Health: Around July 2, the total solar eclipse and new moon falls in your sixth house of wellness inspiring you to hit the brakes on a daily routine that's just not serving you anymore. If you've been paying for a gym or studio membership that you're not using, or you're following a stale nutrition protocol that has you feeling stuck, you'll want to shake things up. Do your research, but there's no need to make a move immediately. Simply setting your intention now can get you on a more healing track.

Relationships: Thanks to Venus in your seventh house of partnership from July 27 to August 21, you'll be thirsty for one-on-one time with bae or someone who could end up being your S.O. Your independent nature can make it challenging to express this need, but this transit makes it easier to acknowledge it—then act on it. And by being real with yourself about your desire for companionship, you could find you end up feeling far more fulfilled emotionally.

Career: If you've been freaking out that you're falling short of your higher-ups' expectations or holding yourself back from pursuing a lifelong dream, you could reach a breaking point around July 16 when the full moon and partial lunar eclipse lights up your twelfth house of spirituality. You'll be through with leading from fear and ready to take a chance on yourself. This time period may be more for planning than acting, but know that the emotional and mental prep work you're doing to make your move is significant in and of itself.

Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Health: A blast of take-charge energy makes it easier to experiment and level up your workouts and healthy eating plan while Mars moves through your sixth house of wellness from July 1 to August 17. The only risk related to this transit is that you might get a little too militant with your game plan. Do your best to intensify your efforts while taking care of yourself in an equally energetic way serves you best.

Relationships: There's no shame in desiring more attention from your partner or another love interest and wanting to be extra flirtatious around July 2 when the new moon and total solar eclipse falls in your fifth house of romance. You might feel like there's been a major lack of light-hearted fun and playfulness in your life recently, and now's the time to get your fill. Whether you're daydreaming about going on an impromptu road trip or enjoying whimsical date night plans, making that happen can set you up for magic in love. You deserve it!

Career: Yes, you're capable of handling all the moving parts of a crucial effort at work, but around July 16, when the full moon and partial lunar eclipse affects your eleventh house of networking, you might find that leaning on colleagues could make or break the project. When everyone can bring their skills to the table, the end result will be even stronger. Plus, you'll feel a sense of camaraderie that only serves to make everyone involved more successful individually. The moment could inspire you to think about collaboration in a whole new way.

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