Relationships are your focal point this month, Capricorn. The Sun is making its annual sojourn through Cancer and your partnership house until July 22, then it dives into Leo and your intimate eighth house, deepening your bonds even more. Correct any imbalances if things don’t feel fair or harmonious. Carve out dedicated and undistracted time for your most important ties, the people who are often put on hold as you fulfill your duty to work and the many others who count on you, Cap. For once, let them have the best of your attention instead of the leftovers.
With two of this summer’s three game-changing eclipses punctuating the month, there could be some big surprises in store. Eclipses sweep in four to six times a year and shake up the status quo, removing anything outmoded and flinging open the doors for a fresh start.
The first, a partial solar (new moon) eclipse, lands in Cancer on July 12, activating your seventh house of committed relationships. Solar eclipses mark bold beginnings and can set us on a whole new (and unexpected) path. An exciting and unplanned move could happen: an engagement, a meeting with a dynamic new person with long-term potential, a business offer that exceeds all expectations. That might not fully unfold just yet because this is the inaugural eclipse in a series that will fall on the Cancer/Capricorn axis between now and July 2020. Over the next two years, these eclipses will overhaul your identity, personal path and approach to partnership. If you’re stuck in the areas of relationships or self-development, prepare for the needle to finally move! The goal of these eclipses? To help you forge dynamic duos without losing yourself.
This is the only eclipse from this group in 2018, a preview of changes that will really take flight in 2019. Still, it will be an intense start! On July 12, the Sun and new moon are exactly opposite intensifying Pluto in Capricorn and your first house of self. As exciting as a new chapter involving partnerships may be, you could still feel an undercurrent of resistance, a fear of being totally consumed by this pairing and losing control or sovereignty. Likely this is rooted in some deep childhood wounds, as Pluto rules the unconscious. Therapy, hypnosis, even past-life regression work could help you overcome this newly identified block.
No matter what shifts come to your relationships, community is calling! On July 10, expansive Jupiter ends a four-month retrograde in your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. A budding collaboration or an online venture could pick up speed. Lucky Jupiter is here from October 10, 2017, until November 8, 2018, bringing new friendships and associations that expand your influence. With the red-spotted planet in reverse since March 8, that energy has diminished a bit. Now you have four powerful months to get a cutting-edge project or group undertaking launched into new heights. With global Jupiter at the helm, like-minded members of Team Capricorn could emerge from far-flung corners. You could connect with a fresh crew through social media or travel. Stay open to new faces and places!
Thrilling though it may be, you’ll need breaks to decompress starting July 22, when the Sun plunges into Leo and your private, intimate eighth house. This intense, monthlong solar cycle turns your energy inward, so seek out depth over breadth in your interactions. Better to meet one or two people with whom you REALLY click than to have a zillion superficial “likes.” Slip off for some one-on-one time—which could get steamy with your erotic eighth house ablaze—or cocoon yourself away for some focused research while your mind is razor-sharp. The eighth house rules long-term finances, from investments to real estates to retirement planning. There’s a lot on your mind, so minimize the distractions!
You really might want to hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign starting July 26, when Mercury—the planet of technology, communication and travel—turns retrograde in Leo and scrambles signals with your closest people. Back up any sensitive data, from racy photos to classified documents. Increase your privacy settings, strengthen passwords and guard against identity theft while tech-titan Mercury’s awry.
This is a fruitful period for addressing any resentments or fissures in your most important relationships. The eighth house governs all the ways we merge our energies, assets and resources with others. If any of that feels off-kilter, Mercury retrograde is a good time to hash out a better distribution of power and energy. You don’t have to split everything 50/50, but the contributions you both make to the collective pot DO have to feel fair all around. Hold off on signing any contracts until the retrograde ends if possible—or at least have everything reviewed by a lawyer and make sure you feel comfortable with the terms.
With five planets retrograde throughout the month, this time is better spent tweaking and revising plans than embarking on new ones. Action planet Mars is retrograde in Aquarius and your money house; structured Saturn and transformational Pluto are retrograde in Capricorn and your first house of self; and foggy Neptune’s reversing through Pisces and your communication corner. Not only might you get mixed messages and unclear directions, you could be deeply evaluating a new path for yourself. Use this time to ask yourself what you really want. Not everyone else, Capricorn—YOU.
With energizer Mars retrograde all month in Aquarius and your second house of work and money, it’s crucial that you don’t rush into any business deals or job offers. You’ll get an eye-opening look at all of your money matters on July 27 anyway, when the Aquarius total lunar (full moon) eclipse blasts into this prosperous zone, bringing a bold push forward on your path. A thrilling career or money-making opportunity might arrive unexpectedly, and you’ll be glad you didn’t settle for just anything. Some Caps may suddenly and swiftly exit a job, as the eclipse says, “enough!” You could have an epiphany about how you’d like to make a living or change your lifestyle to align with your evolving values.
The second house rules self-worth: Get ready for a confidence boost as you OWN your awesomeness. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so celebrate that. With the full moon in this luxe-loving sector, you might mark a milestone with a memorable reward, perhaps a meaningful piece of jewelry or an amazing celebratory dinner.
This is the final Aquarius eclipse in a series that’s been touching down on the Leo/Aquarius axis since February 2017, recalibrating the way you deal with money, work, investments, shared power, sex and self-esteem. Look back to the prior two Aquarius eclipses on August 7, 2017, and February 15, 2018, for clues of what might fully come together now. There will be one last Leo eclipse on January 21, 2019. Between now and then, prepare for a few more plot twists as you create a life (and a living) that matches the person you’ve become.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
With the planet of passion, Mars, retrograde in Aquarius and your zone of work, money and self-worth all month, stress over the job or finances could seep into couple time. And with Mars fraying your nerves, you might be experiencing a confidence dip. If you’ve got too much on your plate, delegate or let some projects go—for the sake of your sanity AND your relationship (or odds of finding one)!
On the other side of your chart, Venus is trekking through Leo and your sizzling eighth house until July 9. This can intensify the sensuality but also bring up strong feelings—which is great if you’re happy as a clam in your partnership but could seriously rock the boat if you’re not. With so many planets in signal-scrambling retrograde this month, words can get misinterpreted. Better to resolve disagreements the old-fashioned way: with hot makeup sex.
On July 9, Venus jets into Virgo and your ninth house of travel and adventure. If you don’t have a vacation on the books, remedy that stat! Couples should focus on their shared interests and making this trip as romantic as possible (hello, upgrades!). Single Goats could have a steamy holiday hookup, perhaps one that continues after you’ve returned home. With the love planet in your “long-distance” zone, you might be open to dating someone who lives in another state or country.
Throughout the month, Venus will form three flowing trines—first with innovative Uranus in your passionate fifth house on July 11, a day when a powerful attraction or strong feelings could bubble up out of nowhere. Then Venus will connect with structured Saturn (July 14) and transformational Pluto (July 27), which are both in Capricorn and can bring amorous breakthroughs AND the opportunity to expand into new terrain. Regardless of your relationship status, that kind of growth can only be a good thing!
July 11: Venus-Uranus trine
Expect the unexpected today as unpredictable Uranus teams up with the romance planet. This could spark a surprising attraction or perhaps more. Couples should do something out of the ordinary—it almost doesn’t matter what as long as it’s not the same old!
MONEY & CAREER:
Hang onto your wallet! With reactionary Mars retrograde in Aquarius and your money house all month, there’s a strong temptation to impulse-spend or soothe stress with retail therapy. Old tensions with a colleague, possibly a jealous rival, could flare up now. Should you lay low or confront them? We say take the high road instead of going down to their level. With lucky Jupiter powering out of retrograde in your teamwork sector on July 10, exciting new connections will blossom between now and November 8.
Focus on forging powerful bonds, especially with the Sun traveling through your relationship houses all month and setting the stage for dynamic duos. The July 12 Cancer solar eclipse sweeps through your partnership sector. Align yourself with people who truly complement you, and don’t be surprised if a synergistic connection sparks up out of nowhere today. This eclipse could bring an exciting contract or a collaboration that will unfold over the next six months.
Pace yourself, because we’re in retrograde high season, with five planets in their powered-down cycles throughout July. The most “famous” retrograde, Mercury, strikes from July 26 to August 19 in your eighth house of shared finances. Inspect and protect: Check statements for errors, balance your books and shield your data, especially if you use online banking or payment apps. Since Mercury retrograde is notorious for crashing computers and messing with technology, back important stuff up to the cloud and password-protect those private documents.
A big money moment arrives on July 27, when a total lunar eclipse swings through Aquarius and your second house of work and money. Traveling neck and neck with unstoppable Mars, this fierce full moon could bring a big change to your career, possibly a promotion or a plum new client. If you’re negotiating a raise or new terms, ask for more than you think you can get, provided you have the confidence and experience to back that up. It’s possible that a position could be “eclipsed” away or that you decide to dramatically exit one path to pursue another. Should something unexpected occur, trust that it’s making room for a much better fit. Stay proactive, but don’t settle!
July 8: Sun-Neptune trine
People are receptive to your ideas under this magnetic alignment of the confident Sun and compassionate Neptune. Communication flows with ease. You could attract the perfect person to partner up with today. No need to force an agenda—just be irresistible! When you’re genuinely excited about your ideas, people will respond to your enthusiasm and naturally want to get on board.
Love Days: 8, 12
Money Days: 18, 27
Luck Days: 16, 25
Off Days: 10, 14, 23