Which end is up? Normally, you’re happy to let that question go unanswered, Gemini. A little bit of pandemonium keeps life interesting for you! But as the Sun makes its annual visit to Cancer and your second house of work, money and daily routines until July 22, you’re ready for some post-birthday stability. Grab it while you can this month. Amidst your attempts to be practical and grounded, the stars serve up two topsy-turvy eclipses AND your ruling planet Mercury turns retrograde. The only constant seems to be change! Our advice: Roll with it. Now’s the time to root into your sign’s “mutable” nature, which helps you stay flexible and adaptable.
So, what’s going on upstairs exactly? For starters, July kicks off eclipse season, with two of this summer’s three scene-shifting lunar events sparking radical change. Eclipses sweep in four to six times a year and shakes up the status quo, removing anything that’s past its expiration date 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 second house of finances and security. Is it time for a new source of income, a different working style or some affirming habits? Solar eclipses mark bold beginnings and can set us on a whole new (and unexpected) path. Efforts you undertake now could really pay off in the coming six months.
This is the inaugural eclipse in a series that will fall on the Cancer/Capricorn axis between now and July 2020, initiating a wave of changes around the way you spend, save, invest and share both money and power. If you’re living check to check, prepare for an eye-opening (and unavoidable) education on how to make your money work harder for you. The second house also rules self-worth, and you could get a crash course in confidence, learning how to advocate for what you truly deserve.
This is the only eclipse from this series in 2018—a “sneak preview” of the changes that will take flight in 2019—but it will still be an intense start! On July 12, the Sun and new moon are exactly opposite power-tripping Pluto in Capricorn and your eighth house of joint ventures, shared finances and intimacy. The annual Sun-Pluto opposition is a time when domineering behaviors can manifest, along with abuses of authority. Pluto rules the unconscious, and this transit can draw out the “shadow” sides of people driven by fear and scarcity. Watch your own jealous or undercutting thoughts, which can be intensified by an eclipse. Fights around sex, money or the division of power could erupt, and with these two ego-driven planets at loggerheads, it will take extra effort not to sink into low-vibe behavior.
Some of this angst is spurred by magnifier Jupiter, which will end a four-month retrograde two days before the eclipse, on July 10. Jupiter will go direct (forward) in Scorpio and your sixth house of health, fitness and organization. That will be a boon for your wellbeing but could also bring up dormant control issues and anxiety, especially around money.
Keep calm and Gemini on: Jupiter will remain in Scorpio until November 8, giving you ample time to get back on the wellness wagon and straighten out your finances. Start with an epic decluttering and purge stuff that’s been taking up psychic and physical space. With stressful Mars now retrograde until August 27—and in Aquarius and your ninth house of excess until August 12—there IS such a thing as “too much,” even for you. Prioritize. Streamline. Focus. If you tend to the handful of projects that are most aligned with your values, you’ll get the right return on investment. The sixth house rules helpful people, so refresh Team Gemini with some savvy service providers and delegate duties to them.
On July 22, the Sun swings into Leo and your social third house, helping you get out of your head and talk things through. With el Sol in your communication and kindred-spirits zone, synergies can spark up quickly. But don’t rush to sign someone on as a partner too quickly! From July 26 until August 19, expressive Mercury will be retrograde in Leo, scrambling signals and causing chaos with technology, transportation and interpersonal affairs.
Explore small (and low-risk) joint undertakings where you can test your chemistry rather than incorporating an LLC together. Hold off on inking contracts if possible, and if you need to have a “difficult” conversation, make sure you’re prepared to listen as much as you talk—if not more. Since the third house and Mercury both rule anything with wheels (and electronics), think twice before getting a new car, bike, scooter, laptop, phone or gadget. Research now, then make an informed purchase after August 19.
Mercury will join Mars, Saturn, Neptune AND Pluto in powered-down retrograde as July ends, and it may feel like a lot of things are stuck in a holding pattern. Once again: roll with it. Retrogrades are ideal times to revisit the past, reunite, reflect and redo. Surely you have some unfinished business or back-burnered projects that could use your attention while you wait?
Retrogrades aside, there’s one day that things WILL happen, come hell or high water. That’s June 27, when the Aquarius full moon total lunar eclipse commands the cosmos, sweeping through to radically move the needle. This game changer of a full moon will blast into your outspoken and expansive ninth house, prompting you to completely ignore every Mercury retrograde “rule” and address an issue head-on.
The ninth house also rules travel, study, entrepreneurship and long-distance connections. Out of the blue, you could hop on a plane for a big opportunity, see your work published or get an exciting indie business opportunity. A person or situation that’s no longer aligned with your vibe could be “eclipsed” out of your life. This eclipse will conjunct fiery Mars, which is retrograde in Aquarius for the next couple weeks. If you’ve been biting your tongue, a LOT could come out in a heated way. Watch that temper—and that famous Gemini sarcasm!
This is the final Aquarius eclipse in a series that’s been touching down on the Leo/Aquarius axis since February 2017, shaking up your mindset, beliefs and communication style. Reflect on the past couple years: You could now live in a different neighborhood, acquire an entirely new set of friends or have a platform to share your ideas. 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. And if you DO have something to get off your chest, remember all that you’ve learned from these eclipses—make your point in a kind way that brings people together rather than dividing and alienating them.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
With relentless Mars off-course in Aquarius and your excessive ninth house all month (June 26 to August 27), you might be feeling overwhelmed or like things have moved too fast and now you need to pull back. Some Geminis may contract a case of “grass is greener” syndrome, having gotten a bit too hopeful about someone only to discover that their “adorable quirks” are possible deal breakers. Action planet Mars spinning retrograde can help you go back a few squares and reassess things before making any major decisions.
Whether with a new love interest or your longtime sweetie, you’ll be able to talk things through while diplomatic Venus is in Leo and your third house of communication until July 9. But she’s opposing Mars in your larger-than-life ninth house, so watch out for overthinking or forcing conversations before you’re both ready.
On July 9, Venus darts into Virgo and your nurturing fourth house until August 6. Take time to relax at home, feather your nest, focus on self-care and strengthen bonds of unconditional love with family and intimate friends. If you’re in a new relationship, this is a perfect time to meet each other’s parents or siblings or to exchange keys. Longtime couples will enjoy this homey vibe and hosting some lovely gatherings or revisiting a nostalgic spot. Bring on the misty-eyed moments!
Venus will form flowing trines to innovative Uranus in your twelfth house of fantasy (July 11), then structured Saturn (July 14) and transformational Pluto (on July 27), which are both in Capricorn and your erotic, soulful eighth house. These could be powerful moments for pulling out all the romantic stops and having some unforgettable encounters in the boudoir, however many shades of gray you fancy!
July 11: Venus-Uranus trine
You could drop your emotional guard spontaneously, perhaps even sharing a deep, dark secret. Seeking love? You might meet a fantasy-sparking soulmate type out of the blue.
MONEY & CAREER:
Easy does it, Gemini. You’re percolating with big ideas, but it might be too soon to unleash them fully on the public. Mars, the planet of drive and ambition, is retrograde in Aquarius and your expansive ninth house until August 12 (the retrograde lasts until August 27). Rushing into anything is not advised, especially ventures that involve the media, education or a startup business. In your eagerness to “make this happen!”, you may have overlooked a few small but crucial details. Don’t worry about upsetting anyone, Gemini—if a deal’s not working in your favor, it’s okay to hit pause or renegotiate.
Besides, the month’s two eclipses may bring opportunities you couldn’t have imagined. On July 12, a partial solar eclipse in Cancer activates your second house of work and money. An intriguing job offer or a new client could appear out of the blue. You might have an epiphany about the kind of work that best suits your soul, and home in on that. Take methodical steps to build that over the next six months, and you’ll have some awesome progress to celebrate in early 2019 (or sooner).
A total lunar eclipse in Aquarius arrives on July 27, electrifying your visionary ninth house. You’ll be glad you didn’t rush into anything because this could take your passion projects in a whole new direction. This powerful surge of purpose and optimism can bring one of your world-changing ideas to a global audience or push you to leap far outside your comfort zone. (Since this eclipse will sync up with Mars retrograde, be sure to pack a parachute for backup.) An opportunity to travel, teach or publish your work could appear out of the blue. Look back to mid-February, when an Aquarius solar eclipse planted the seeds for what will come to a bold turning point now. Stay open to opportunities and input from afar—you never know where it will come from.
July 5: Mercury-Mars opposition
You can get sucked into some petty (or significant) squabbles over expenses or the division of time and resources. It might not be possible to precisely balance everything, but find a way to make it work for everyone on a grander scale and people will be happy.
Love Days: 18, 23
Money Days: 30, 12
Luck Days: 10, 27
Off Days: 8, 19, 25