MONTH OF July
Relationships are the major theme of July for you, Capricorn. From leaning on supportive people to exploring new levels of commitment, July’s planets emphasize your inner circle and the health of your closest bonds.
So what’s causing your self-sufficient sign to suddenly crave all of this camaraderie? The Sun is traveling through Cancer (until July 22) then Leo, energizing the most commitment-centric zones of your chart. Cancer rules your partnership house, and when the Sun is here, you’ll see which dynamic duos have the potential to shine. When el Sol plunges into Leo and the depths of your intimate eighth house, the rubber meets the road. Only those that can go the distance will make it through this period!
During this year’s Leo season, you’ll be especially discerning about your inner circle. Venus, the planet of love and attraction, is making its once-every-18-months retrograde backspin from July 22 until September 3. As it reverses through Leo, you could encounter anything from an old flame returning to a flame-out with a current amour. Relationships will be tested, along with loyalty and trust.
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There IS one day that’s all about you, and it arrives early in the month. The July 3 Capricorn full moon puts the spotlight on your personal passions and accomplishments. Who needs fireworks when you’re giving off so much light and color and energy yourself? A goal you’ve been working toward since early 2023, perhaps one of your birthday wishes, could come together beautifully. Take a well-deserved bow!
Some of the drama in your life could dissipate after July 17, when the lunar north node ends an 18-month stint in Taurus and your flamboyant fifth house. The north node will shift into Aries and your domestic quarters until January 11, 2025. If you’ve been looking for a new place to live, thinking of starting or growing a family or itching for a home reno project, the next 18 months will bring new opportunities to explore this more personal side of life.
It’s Cancer season until July 22
Flying solo yet again, Capricorn? No need to go it alone this July. With the Sun visiting Cancer and your seventh house of one-on-one relationships until July 22, a month of partnership and intimacy is written in the stars. Even better: When el Sol leaves this zone, it will swing into Leo, your eighth house of soul-merging and intimacy.
For the first three weeks of this month, work on gaining more balance and harmony within all unions, personal and professional. If there are commitments to be made, keep an eye on fairness. Is there a mutual give-and-take? Your sign is often the responsible one, but it’s important that you partner up with those who pull their weight. Just because you CAN do more than your fair share doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
The Capricorn full moon is on July 3
Fortunately, the month kicks off on an autonomous note, thanks to the full moon in Capricorn on July 3, which will spotlight your first house of self, identity and independence. This is your once-a-year prompt from the universe to assert yourself and get your agenda on the front burner. What is it that you want—in work, love, life? Use these peak and powerful energies to really express your true self.
You don’t have to know exactly where you will land or how everything will turn out before you can express your passions. As the saying goes, sometimes you have to throw your hat over the wall and THEN figure out how you’ll get it! You have the metaphorical microphone, so use it to share your unique message and gifts from this far-reaching cosmic platform.
Trust us: Fans and admirers are surely taking notice. The Capricorn full moon will form an opportune 120-degree trine to lucky Jupiter, which is in Taurus and your fifth house of fame, romance and self-expression. This could really be an all-eyes-on-you day, so be conscious of the image you project and put a little extra effort into your appearance. You never know who you’ll meet, so be sure to look—and feel—your best.
The north node enters Aries on July 17
Work-life balance: incoming! From July 17, 2023, until January 11, 2025, the lunar nodes will move across the Aries/Libra axis, spotlighting your (Aries-ruled) domestic sphere and your (Libra-governed) professional house. With the destiny-driven north node in Aries, home is where much of your focus will be for the next 18 months. From expanding your family to moving to shifting characters under your roof, this is a powerful time to make sure all of your ties are healthy and interdependent.
Anything that’s out of alignment in these areas will be up for major review now. Things you’ve tolerated, like sweeping aside a parent’s emotional demands or not speaking up when your sister leaves you holding the bag yet again, will become impossible to endure. Your nodal awakening can churn up anger or feelings you didn’t know existed. Warning: There may be a few messy moments to clean up later.
The north node only visits Aries every 18.5 years; it was last here from December 27, 2004, to June 22, 2006. If you can remember back to that time, you may see some of those themes arise again, from a big move to a fresh career focus to a new chapter in your family history.
The July 17 Cancer new moon powers up your partnerships
Make it a double, Capricorn! On July 17, the Cancer new moon powers up your seventh house of one-on-one relationships, bringing your closest ties into the spotlight. Your practical sign feels better when things are running smoothly in the partnership department, and on this day, you’ll have a fresh gust of wind in your sails to start anew.
In an existing relationship, you could plant powerful seeds to move to the next level or just renew your bond in an important way. You could also cross paths with someone who really complements you—and you’ll feel the gravitational pull to connect.
Between now and the Cancer full moon on December 26, pour some extra energy into the relationships that are mutually fulfilling and have a truly even give-and-take. This new moon could magnetize someone with amazing long-term potential for romance, business or both!
Whiplash! The July 20 Mars-Saturn opposition
Say what? On July 20, a touchy opposition between brash Mars and cautious Saturn clips your communication zones. While you may feel eager to unveil your lofty plans, a naysayer could throw cold water on your dreams. Is this person a hater, or might they have a valid point? The Mars-Saturn square could cause you to seesaw between self-doubt and anger.
When impatient Mars and cautious Saturn are opposite each other, it’s like having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. To avoid a case of cosmic whiplash, don’t let a temporary setback get you down. See the detour as an opportunity to do a little more research and strengthen your case. The worst that can happen is that you’ll be better poised for success.
The Sun enters Leo July 22—and Venus turns retrograde in Leo
Leo season begins on July 22 as the Sun plunges into your intimate and erotic eighth house for a month. This would be welcome news except that it comes with a plot twist this year: Love planet Venus will begin its choppy retrograde in Leo on July 22, which could hinder a promising love connection, bring back an ex or stir up more arguments than usual until the peace-keeer planet corrects course on September 3.
This six-week Venus retrograde cycle occurs every 18 months, and it can interrupt the harmony in your closest ties. Overall, it’s not a great time to make dramatic declarations or rush to the altar. You may decide to take a break or cool things off with someone, or perhaps to work on a relationship with the help of a neutral third party, like a coach or therapist. Any issues that surface during Venus retrograde were there all along—there’s just no sweeping them aside now, so you might as well deal.
Some astrologers link Venus to money and wealth, specifically the attraction of it. With Venus retrograde in your eighth house of long-term finances, you might want to look at any less-than-pretty facets of your fiscal planning. Where might you cut back on draining costs or re-allocate funds so they can grow better? If you’ve been following the same formula for saving and investing for too long, explore some different paths during Venus retrograde—but wait until Venus turns direct before taking concrete action.
Chiron turns retrograde July 23
Could your inner child stand a little more attention, Capricorn? You live by the motto “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” but sometimes it’s valuable to stop and delve into a few of those “tough” issues. On July 23, as “wounded healer” Chiron turns retrograde in your home and family sector, you may not be able to turn a blind eye to old hurts or unhealthy dynamics. When Chiron makes a major move like this, it’s a good time to explore things on a deeper level, perhaps with a therapist or energy healer.
Between now and December 6, looking at ancestral wounds and generational trauma can provide clues to some of the areas where you feel blocked today. This is not meant to keep you stuck in a victim mindset or grant permission to blame your family for any setbacks in your life. But bringing compassion to your younger self—and to the person you are today—can help you approach life from a grounded and balanced place.
Get ready for a steamy start to July! Both of the love planets, Venus and Mars, are in Leo for the first part of the month, adding white-hot energy to your eighth house of soul-searing connections, intimacy and transformation. Venus is on an extended trip here from June 5 until October 8, and Mars is wrapping up its seven-week stint in Leo on July 10. Hang that “do not disturb” sign because you’ll be feeling more private than usual for these first few days of the month. Slip into the cocoon with your favorite plus-one or even by yourself.
But don’t plan on staying in there forever! On July 10, passionate Mars sets sail for Virgo and your adventurous, outspoken ninth house until August 27. Single Caps could start to feel trapped by anyone who tries to prematurely tie you down. You’re more interested in spreading your romantic wings and soaring upward, checking out the view from those dizzying heights! (With Mars putting the “lust” in wanderlust, no less than ten thousand feet should do—so make sure that passport’s up-to-date.)
It’s a rare partner who can keep up with you, but if you manage to find one, keep them around! Attached? Doing adventurous things together will get the adrenaline pumping, which is great for your bond. Plan a trip, even a weekend getaway. Just watch for a flareup of the “grass is greener” syndrome, which could tempt you to frolic in the wrong field!
Such miscalculations become even more likely starting July 22, when Venus turns retrograde (backward) until September 3, interrupting the feel-good vibes. Venus will reverse through Leo and your intense eighth house, which could bring up serious issues of jealousy, possessiveness and suspicion. Trouble is, you’re probably not sure if your shaky trust comes from a real or imagined threat. Slow down and get the facts before you go on the attack. You might feel uncharacteristically vengeful during this retrograde, but acting in a punishing way will NOT be one of your proudest moments.
Venus retrograde in this sensual part of your chart could make you feel like you’ve lost your “it” factor. This six-week stretch may not be a carnal cakewalk, but it does serve a larger purpose—getting you on a more solid relationship trajectory—and weeding out the undeserving candidates!
Retrogrades can bring back the past, so don’t be surprised if a bygone flame or fling pings your phone out of the blue. Hmmm…should you avail yourself for an “old time’s sake” hookup? Proceed with caution, and don’t underestimate the possibility that one or both of you could get a little obsessed here. Maybe it’s better to keep the past in the past.
Partner up for prosperity! With the Sun in Cancer and your seventh house of dynamic duos, you could be making things official with someone whose skills complement yours to a tee. The July 17 Cancer new moon is an especially fortuitous day for negotiations and possibly to sign a contract. But make sure whatever you’re getting into is sustainable.
With the lunar nodes starting an 18-month journey across the Aries/Libra axis, having a proper work-life balance is going to be paramount. For you, Capricorn, that can be especially challenging, since your personal life is often in competition with your professional aspirations.
The day to circle is July 3, when the year’s only Capricorn full moon beams into your first house of solo ventures and visibility. You could attract the spotlight or hear exciting news about one of your cherished personal projects.
Love Days: 14, 18
Money Days: 26, 8
Luck Days: 24, 5
Off Days: 16, 21, 3
Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut (a.k.a. The AstroTwins) are ELLE.com’s resident astrologers. They have written several astrology books, including Momstrology and Supercouple, and star as the astrological matchmakers for Prime Video’s Cosmic Love. The Eduts have read charts for celebrities the likes of Beyoncé, Karlie Kloss, and Emma Roberts. For their spot-on predictions, books, and online courses, check out our horoscopes coverage or visit astrostyle.com.