MONTH OF July
In the mood for a little summer lovin’, Pisces? Start lighting those fireworks early. The Sun is in Cancer until July 22, heating up your fifth house of passion and romance, and you won’t want to miss a moment of the fun! It’s your annual time to let your desires lead the way—from beachy escapes to frozen drinks and desserts to steamy escapades that match the sizzling temperatures.
With the July 3 Capricorn full moon setting off Independence Day, you’ll feel especially free to express yourself and let loose. These lunar lights will flash into your eleventh house of groups and friendship. Sparks could fly with someone from your social circle, or you could have an epic summer celebration.
This July, there’s even more reason to turn up the heat sooner rather than later. On July 22, love planet Venus will downshift into a challenging six-week retrograde that can test even the strongest of ties. Venus makes this U-turn every 18 months, and when it does, relationship issues that have been swept under the rug come up to be dealt with.
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July 22 is also the first day of Leo season, when the Sun enters your orderly sixth house for a month. Venus is on an extended trip through Leo from June 5 until October 8, and during the retrograde, you may find yourself feeling critical of yourself and others. Little things are likely to get under your skin now, so keep stress at bay as much as you can.
Mid-month brings a major turning point for everyone as the lunar nodes end an 18-month trip across the Taurus/Scorpio axis, which revolutionized your communication sectors. As the nodes move across the Aries/Libra continuum from July 17, 2023, until January 1, 2025, money becomes the new area of transformation for you. While Venus may disrupt your relationships, shift your focus to revving up your revenue and exploring new investment paths that will bring you greater stability.
It’s Cancer season until July 22
Turn up the volume, Pisces! Your inner mermaid is eager to pop above the ocean’s surface this month, with the Sun in Cancer and your fifth house of passion and self-expression until July 22. You’re in the mood to live life to the fullest, and it won’t take much prompting for your hedonistic side to take the wheel. Even if you don’t literally have gelato in Italy or catch rays in the Greek islands, tap into that spirit of adventure and life force energy now. It’s okay—actually, it’s cosmically mandated—to prioritize pleasure and fun!
Summer love could be on the agenda now, too, so make time in your schedule for a few glamorous nights out, impromptu beach trips and buzzy barbecues. You could meet someone promising or just enjoy some memorable times with your current amour.
Got a talent or passion project that’s gathered more dust than momentum? Cancer season is a great time to get back to your creative happy place. Sign up for a voice lesson, pull out the craft or art supplies and let your inner child have the playtime it needs.
The Capricorn full moon is on July 3
Start the celebrations! No need to wait for the July Fourth holiday to set off fireworks and festivities. This July 3, the annual Capricorn full moon swings into your eleventh house of group gatherings and teamwork. This is a five-star day for networking, making a collaboration official or hanging out until the wee hours with your closest friends.
And who knows what kind of conversations and chemistry could ignite with the people you’re around, Pisces? Auspicious Jupiter, which is in your house of communication and local activities, will form a flowing angle to the full moon. A meeting of the minds can happen anywhere you go, so chat up the people that you meet now. You’ll want to screen them later (you’re a compassionate Pisces and your picker isn’t always as discerning as it should be). But if they pass the trust test and their references check out, a fast friendship could ensue.
A friendship or key alliance could also go through an important transformation. Something may come up that turns the tides between you, or an important conversation could come out into the open. Clear the air, Pisces, and get back in sync. You may also decide to cut ties with a certain friend or group whose low-vibe energy is bringing you down.
The north node enters Aries on July 17
Get ready for a big shift, Pisces! From July 17, 2023, until January 11, 2025, the lunar nodes will move to the Aries/Libra axis, activating the parts of your chart that govern your income, values and resources (to name a few things). Over the next year and a half, you’ll host the north node (true node) in Aries and your prosperous, productive second house, which could radically change the way you spend, earn and invest. Surprising new career and relationship opportunities can spring up, ones that will require you to adopt an evolved new mindset around your money.
With the lunar south node in Libra and your sector of intimacy and shared resources, prepare for karmic awakenings around your closest ties. Who are the people you surround yourself with? Are your values and priorities on the same wavelength? The way you share everything from energy to finances to power will be overhauled in one way or another. Some Pisces could get engaged or move to a more official relationship status. Others could invest in new ventures, from real estate to cryptocurrency to a joint business endeavor.
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 similar themes repeating now.
The July 17 Cancer new moon brings romance and fame
Summer lovin’ has arrived—and just in time! July 17 welcomes a Cancer new moon, bringing a fresh start to your romantic and creative life. With love planet Venus turning retrograde July 22, there’s a tricky six-week cycle ahead for us all (more on that in a moment). This new moon gives your mojo a boost that you can keep as a backup generator. Since the fifth house rules fertility, some Fish could have, er, a guppie in the making between now and the December 26 Cancer full moon. Consider yourself notified!
Got something to say? It’s sure to come out in vivid expression as this new moon hands you the mic. An artistic venture could get an exciting jump-start as the Cancer new moon awakens your creativity. Fame could come calling, so be dressed and ready for the attention you could draw, especially for an artistic or a DIY project. If you need to stir up some positive PR, this is a great day to proactively post and share.
Whiplash! The July 20 Mars-Saturn opposition
Speak your truth, but do so diplomatically. Hasty Mars is blazing through your partnership zone, and today it faces off against restrictive Saturn in your sign. You may feel inclined to catapult yourself toward (or away from) something official, but what’s the rush? Cautious Saturn flashes the yellow light, nudging you into a much-needed period of reflection.
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, make sure everyone’s expectations and values are aligned. Address red flags and keep your personal goals in view before you agree to make anything permanent. In order for a relationship to truly thrive, you may need a better balance of give-and-take. Use this transit and the surrounding days (you’ll feel it for about a week) to do any necessary recalibration.
The Sun enters Leo July 22—and Venus turns retrograde in Leo
On July 22, it’s time to wrap up the revelry as the Sun begins its monthlong visit to Leo, activating your sixth house of health and organization. Hopefully you’ve gotten all that decadence out of your system—and enjoyed every second. Now you’re craving more order and simplicity, a scaled-back approach. No longer will lime margaritas pass as “green juice”—and even a kale martini won’t entice you as a compromise.
Also on July 22, Venus will turn retrograde (backward). This is a time for reflection, not action, since retrogrades slow the pace and turn our attention to the past. Venus turns retrograde for six weeks every 18 months, which can be a tricky time for romance as people tend to be argumentative, selfish and uncharitable. Even the blissful harmony of a solid relationship can experience interruptions. Perhaps there’s something unresolved between you?
Astrologers warn against getting married during Venus retrograde, and while you can’t exactly cancel a wedding just because stars don’t align, anyone tying the knot now might want to renew vows in a year, just to be sure. Until September 3, Venus will be retrograde in Leo, your sixth house of well-being. You could feel out of sorts, need extra pampering or experience some body image breakdowns. Be kind to yourself, Pisces!
Chiron turns retrograde July 23
Is money a source of struggle for you, Pisces—or maybe something you just ignore? Starting on July 23 as “wounded healer” Chiron turns retrograde in your second house of finances and values, you’ll have five months to explore the emotional aspects of your relationship to money and material “stuff.”
You don’t read much about Chiron, but when it makes a significant move like this, it can be game-changing. Between now and December 6, you can get in touch with beliefs around self-worth and how you use money in both healthy and counterproductive ways. A lot has to do with the morals you were raised with, so dig into your past and intergenerational patterns. Is it time to break a long-held family cycle or superstition around prosperity? Chiron will light the way.
Need a little time to think about it, Pisces? Your love life is going through a “system software update” this summer. Romantic Venus is making an extended trip through Leo and your discerning sixth house from June 5 until October 8. And Venus’ sidekick Mars is also rounding out a seven-week stint in Leo this July 10.
Romance doesn’t usually consist of a checklist for you, Pisces—and if it does, that’s still offset with potent intuition. But now, you could take a step back and infuse more logic than usual into your love life. From this analytical but loving place, you can listen to your partner more objectively or take an uncharacteristically sensible approach to love.
Your mindful moves could certainly pay off. On July 10, lusty Mars relocates to Virgo and your partnership zone until August 27, turning your attention to more serious levels of commitment. A connection could turn serious, and couples may organically start talking about making things more official. Single Pisces might need to get clear about what you want to call in for a relationship.
In order to do that, your love life might require a little bit of housekeeping. And you’ll have plenty of chances to smooth out the rough, blurry edges of your love life later this month.
From July 22 until September 3, Venus will turn retrograde (backward), throwing some complications into your happily ever after.
This six-week cycle, which happens every 18 months, can challenge even the closest ties. A budding relationship could hit a roadblock. You might have second thoughts about someone and whether you’re truly compatible for the long haul. Perhaps that ex resurfaces—the one who ALWAYS just “knows” (some bizarre sixth sense?) when you’ve started moving on, and texts you right after you’ve had a great date or started to explore things with a new person. Perhaps it’s time to expunge this person from your contact list for good or to do a cord-cutting ritual on your own!
All sorts of doubts and misunderstandings are par for the course during Venus retrograde, though, so don’t rush to any conclusions. As Venus backs through Leo and your nitpicky sixth house, you could develop a case of “analysis paralysis” or obsessively focus on all the flaws of a person or relationship. Self-criticism can also run rampant, and you could be unnecessarily hard on yourself. Your perspective will be skewed, to say the least, so do everything you can to manage your anxiety. Take your time with decisions, and go easy on yourself and others, Fish. Visualizing this phase of your love life as a meandering stream instead of an emotional flood will take the “heat” out of the retrograde—and the hot summer months.
Your creativity is the key to your cash flow for the first three weeks of July. As the Sun moves through Cancer and your expressive fifth house until July 22, you’re handed the proverbial mic to share your message in the most colorful way you want. On July 3, the Capricorn full moon lights your eleventh house of technology and teamwork. Before signing off for the holiday, make sure everyone on Team Pisces knows where to direct their best energy!
On July 22, the Sun moves into Leo and your orderly sixth house, putting you in more analytical spirits. But that very same day, magnetic Venus, which is associated with beauty and the attraction of wealth, will turn retrograde until September 3. Is there karmic or energetic clutter in your space, Pisces? This Leo season, dismantle those invisible and subconscious blocks, whether that’s by cleaning your work area, organizing your projects or shifting your mindset.
Ready for a new path to prosperity? On July 17, the (true) north node moves into Aries and your second house of income until January 11, 2025. Keep an open mind—you could be introduced to unexpected sources of income. But you may need to heal a few limiting beliefs around money from your past. On July 23, wounded healer Chiron turns retrograde in Aries until December 6, a chance to break through inherited stories that no longer empower you.
Love Days: 18, 24
Money Days: 3, 12
Luck Days: 1, 10
Off Days: 21, 26
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.