The sun and Mercury both move into Leo this week. Enjoy a boost in self-esteem, but do your best to avoid acting boastfully or displaying an excessive pride. And try to complete projects before Friday, July 24, when aspects are unfavorable and tempers short.
Venus stations retrograde in Virgo on Saturday, July 25; romances begun now may not last very long. Wait until next month to purchase clothing, makeup, or home décor — then Venus, ruler of beauty, will be highly dignified in graceful Libra.
Leo (July 23–August 22)
The pace of your life is about to pick up, and you’re able to express yourself effectively and eloquently. Although you may feel sluggish and low in energy, you are actually able to accomplish a great deal now. People are easily swayed by your sunny disposition, and you are about to enter a very lucky phase during which you’ll be almost invincible. Set lofty goals and achieve them, because you have the power to succeed.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
Do not let rifts with friends or groups of people upset you. Instead, focus on ways you can improve your life by narrowing your social circle to a few close confidantes (for the moment, at least). If things between you and some friends are not what they used to be, gracefully cut ties and find new and appealing friends whose positive outlooks and fresh perspectives will improve your life.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
Your social life will be a whirlwind for the duration of this summer. You will have a great time socializing and attending parties with large groups of people. Although this may be a trying time for you financially, take your mind off monetary worries and simply enjoy yourself. Things will soon change regarding your income, but in the meantime, it is best not to overspend — make sure that you are not the one paying for everyone when you go out.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
Your career is your main focus now, and you have the chance to rise to great heights. You will receive accolades and compliments from your employers, and your superiors will at last notice all of your hard work and effort. Remember, however, to express yourself with tact and respect — if you plan to ask for a raise or promotion, write down your ideas before you present them. Keep other people’s feelings in mind as you climb the ladder of success.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
If you are able to travel to an exotic destination, your experience will be eye-opening and highly gratifying. You will acquire new knowledge and meet interesting people who can enrich your life. Expand your mind and take up new subjects of study. The world seems like a bigger place than usual to you now, and you will get the most out of this transit by exploring uncharted territory — this can mean actually journeying somewhere or simply reading or learning about different people or cultures.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
Take the time you need to focus and rearrange things in your life that have fallen out of balance. If you and a spouse or business partner are experiencing conflict or having disagreements, you may need some time apart to regroup before you come to a place of compromise. Independently assess the value of this relationship — are you both satisfied with this arrangement? It is possible that such connections have expired their usefulness. Only you can decide, and it will take serious contemplation.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
If you are looking to partner with someone officially, whether with wedding vows or through a business pairing, now is a very fortuitous time to do so. Whatever the case may be, make the most of this illustrious transit by coupling up. Together, you can triumph. However, be wary of inferiors at work; this may be a difficult time for such relationships if you are not careful to take people’s feelings into consideration while making decisions.
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
This may be a difficult time for your nerves, so have the sense to take a break from socializing if you are feeling at all worn out. Wellness is your focus now. Choose heart-healthy foods and light exercise over drinking and partying. Hopefully you had your fill of fun last month, because now it is time to enjoy peaceful rest and quiet time at home.
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Amusement, joy, and laughter are in your near future. Expect lots of fun with friends and even romances and sexual encounters. Summer love may not last very long, but a fling could be just what you need to unwind. The remainder of this summer will go by very quickly — just be careful not to overdo it. It is possible that your health will suffer later if you overindulge in alcohol or rich foods. Counter the negative effects of this transit with temperance.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Your home is on display, so invest in repairs or begin construction, if necessary. Real-estate purchases are also favored under this influence, so if you are looking to move, now is a good time. Since Venus is in detriment, however, this is not the best transit under which to redecorate or refurbish. Begin looking for things now and wait to purchase them in a few weeks when aspects are better for beautifying your space.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Communicate with people and share your ideas. Write down your thoughts and do your best to express yourself to those around you. Your words are golden, and you have the ability now to persuade others. Have the courage to speak up in meetings and you will certainly impress your superiors with your unique approach to problem-solving.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Expect more money very soon: Your funds will increase this month. When you do receive this boost in cash, be wise and save. The negative effect of this transit may cause you to spend unwisely on lavish items that you do not really need. Instead, think about important purchases or investments that will improve your quality of life somehow, rather than just impress people.
David Scoroposki is a professional astrologer working in New York City. GIF reporting by Leah Rodriguez.