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July horoscopes

by Sun Ray J (they/them)

Illustration by Khanya Kemami (he/him)


Keywords


Epiphanies Aplenty - Inner and Outer Resonance - Emotional Intelligence - Embody Heaven on Earth - Love Leads the Way - Time to Shine - Reevaluations and Revelations - Imagination, Life is Our Creation


Transit Dates


  • Mercury Cazimi: 1 July Moments of Emotional Fulfillment, Epiphanies Aplenty

  • Mars enters Virgo: 10 July

  • Mercury enters Leo: 11 July, Mercury enters Virgo: 28 July

  • Nodal Axis Shift, North Node in Aries, South Node in Libra: 12 July

  • Full Moon in Capricorn: 3 July, New Moon in Cancer: 17 July

  • Sun enters Leo: 23 July

  • Venus Retrograde in Leo: 23 July

  • Chiron Retrograde in Aries: 23 July


Overview


July is all about fated fulfillment, embracing epiphanies, pursuing pleasure, and riding the retrograde season. The month starts off with the sun in Cancer and a sweet meet between Mercury and the Sun, known as a Cazimi. It is known to be an auspicious moment when the cosmic messenger reaches the same degree as the sun. By New Moon, emotional intelligence is peak so set your intentions from the heart. Retrograde calls forth reevaluating and renegotiating. Venus is teaching us all about ease over effort and flow over force this season. In her shadow since June 22, the planet of Amor stations retrograde in fierce Leo and will be all the way until October. It’s best we heed her siren song now by focusing on matters of the heart, and your money honey. The very same day Chiron, the wounded healer, stations retrograde in independent Aries. This makes a potent blend of feeling, healing, and revealing leading us this season.


No surprise we see the modern-day release of Barbie at the same time, certainly pointing to an energetic shift that is being overseen by Venus’ trek through bold and confident Leo. The movie is set to release just a few days before Venus is retrograde, let’s see how the celestial powers that manifest as energetic shifts. Guided and lead by Venusian energy, it’s safe to say the time has come for us to overthrow the binary and reclaim our sovereignty beyond the confines of gender, patriarchy, and oppressive reign. This is the era of the erotic, which is reborn in us at our command. Let pleasure lead the way beloved. Giving ourselves and each other pleasure is the highest form of love, which Venus responds happily to.



Keywords: Inner Fire, Ripple Effect, New You, Attention, Emerge Renewed, Refresh


Aries, the month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, allowing moments of alignment through your immediate environment. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes reawakens your inner fire! You’re about to undergo the rebirth of a lifetime. Breathe into your new energetic skin through a new hairdo, piercing, or bold new tattoo to celebrate all you have become. Adorn yourself and watch your reflection glimmer the radiance you possess within. This will ripple effect into your relationships and love will be on the brain, whether new, old, or returning. Use your discernment to only allow in those who are deserving of your new sense of worthiness. By New Moon, a fresh sense of calm could come from your nest, so bust out the scented candles, fresh flowers and set the mood. End of the month the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, finding yourself enwrapped in quite the steamy love sitch or a recurring pleasure pursuit drawing your attention could have you hot and bothered in the best ways. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, bringing in a needed dose of self-loving could be the bridge between who you are at the top of the month, and the being you emerge as at the end. Decide what will make the difference and embody all you know yourself to be.


Keywords: Mental Relief, Inner Warrior, Dream Weaving, Roots and Home


Taurus, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, emotional and mental sparks fly. Try to formulate insights received onto paper or your notes app. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes inducts your inner warrior into the spirit realm. This is the month for incredible spiritual guidance, ready your body by receiving plenty of rest. Attune to the daily flow you submit to, and welcome the spirit of balance into your schedule. Tap into what helps you transform the ordinary into something extraordinary. By New Moon, revisit those ideas you jotted down at the top of the month, as you may notice some of those seeds starting to sprout. Tend to your mind like a sacred garden you cultivate from within. End of the month the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, bringing ease through your connection to family, try radiating some shine in your home space, get creative through a DIY, and renovate to your heart's content over the next season. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, bringing back attention to more energetic or subconscious woundings you’ve been addressing for some time. Fortify your healing through deep rest and surrendering to your omnipotence. Your dreams could reveal keys that unlock the new season's lessons and blessings.



Keywords: Money Maker, Pleasures, Fun, Financial Wisdom, Material World, Ideas, Mental


Gemini, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, shining on your money honey. Count your gains and prepare for a major financial focus. Your desire to provide for yourself and cater to your own needs is strong now. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes arouses your community and the relationship you hold with your pleasures. Create a bridge of support between that which brings you harmony and the people you share with harmoniously. It’s a powerful time for making connections that take you to the next level. Hone in on the pursuits that tickle your fancy. By New Moon, those money-making actions from the beginning of the month pay off and a powerful time to set new financial goals begins. Come through with intentions rooted in your worthiness and let the abundance flow. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, you could be the star of the bestie group chat, share your hot takes with a side of humor, and let levity lead your way in all comms. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, prompting you to tend to any pains you sense surfacing in your community connections, online spaces, and the ideals you share within groups. You are deserving of the same grace you extend to everyone else. Let your shortcomings be a stepping stone along your path to greatness.



Keywords: Set the Mood, Self-Care, Public Image, Deep Rooted, Clarity, Ease, Resources


Cancer, this month begins with the sun in your crabby domain, placing the spotlight on you! It’s about time to see you shine. Get deep into your self-care bag, shower yourself with praise, and make the next season yours with every breath you take. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes actualizes through your public life, career endeavors, and your roots, home, and ancestral connections. Get deeply rooted through remembrance of where you have come from, beyond the physical, in order to fully stand in your destiny. You are primed for external success now, just embody your knowledge of how much you and your ancestors deserve it. By New Moon, that self-care work you began starts to pay off, as you access even bigger dreams than you could conceive when the month began. Yes darling, you truly are allowed to own all you are and more. See yourself and you will know your power. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, get crystal clear on how you wish to shine your money-making ways. Recurring financial concerns have support to bring you more ease, once you reassess the ways you are open or closed off to ease and flow. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, giving you indicators of where you are relying on external validation, in place of internal acceptance. Instead of giving up on your most cherished dreams, cheer yourself on!


Keywords: Snooze, Rest Up, Time to Shine, New You, Rebirth, Intuitive Healing


Leo, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, encouraging some snoozing and nap time. Journal any messages you receive. Let yourself be well rested so that your batteries are fully charged for your season. You naturally shine, get into your element by illuminating from within. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes calls you to answer your higher self. They may have valuable lessons to impart to you, take time to get out of your head and into the world. You may need to balance between the smaller fish and the bigger pond you wish to swin in. Get your gills into deep water and let your higher wisdom guide your way. By New Moon, read over those messages from the top of the month and see if there has been any progress. There is a hidden area of your life which has been developing behind the scenes for some time. Set the intention to peak behind the curtain and see what spirit has in store for you next. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, it’s your time to shine baby! Get out there and spread your rays of radiance onto the world. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, let the higher nature of your being guide you though any upsets or internal rewiring.


Keywords: Group Groove, Shadow Warrior, Community Connection, Dreamer, Inner World


Virgo, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, get into the groove through your groups! There’s ample opportunity for you to be all you are, and then some. Find the way to connect what you naturally exude into the communities you comprise. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes gives you the green light to deep dive into the shadow work of your hidden self. Ask your intuition through prayer, oracle cards, or better yet your own inner senses, whatever helps you to comune beyond the veil. Cultivate this connection and watch out for old financial programming withholding you from harmony. You are worthy of the resources you need. By New Moon, you’ll see the gains from putting yourself out there and connecting with your kin. New doors open for you to be supported through your networks. Harness this power by taking excellent care of yourself during your down time. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, giving you access to new portals through your dream world. Become an astral surfer and ride these waves of subconscious minutiae, retrieving all the gold you can carry into your conscious waking world. Reality is your dream to mold and make into what you wish. Wish with wisdom, and let your manifestations marvel you. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, get into the intimate parts of yourself and prepare for major gains.


Keywords: See Yourself, Long-Term Perspective, Your Moment to Shine, Group Chats


Libra, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, you are being seen in all your wonder. Your natural charm and ability to harmonise is accented through the public spaces and roles you occupy. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes brings on the battle between who you are and the people you connect and collaborate with. Whether through business or intimate partnership, contracts and long-term agreements come into perspective. Make sure to honour the call to submit to your becoming by tending to your needs and urges to change. By New Moon, the wins from the top of the month are leading to even more moments of public shine. Set your intentions on the career goals you are cultivating. New chances are waiting for you to take them and get to where you wish to be. This energy can really propel you towards accomplishing your loftier goals. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, your group chats light up and there’s a chance to rehash any past issues you could’ve faced. Bring ease and peace into the chat by leading with what you wish to receive. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, if partnership tension comes creeping up, bridge these through seeing with the eyes of love. It’s time to put down the struggle.


Keywords: Higher Self, Intuitive Nudges, Shift Reality, Rejuvenation, Public Shine


Scorpio, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, you already know what you need to do. The messages from your intuition are loud and clear. Obey their musings and watch your external reality shift accordingly. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes sets your daily life ablaze with opportunities a plenty. As well as insights from beyond the physical. Get into harmony with your rest game and you’ll be playing in the big leagues with ease. Your subconscious mind is extremely capable of granting you anything you wish. Submit your desires to them before you sleep, and watch as they materialize during the day. By New Moon, there’s no doubt your higher self is guiding you as you witness the results of your intuition’s unique intelligence. Let that inner guidance system be the light which beams your way. Set your intentions on inner clarity. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, get ready for some major career movement. There’s a change for you to really make your mark and reevaluate how you go about it. Move with love and let that be what moves all else. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, take a break if the daily toil is overwhelming your mind, body or soul. You deserve rest without earning it, tend to yourself tenderly.


Keywords: Go Deep, Please Me, Don’t Tease Me, Sharing is Caring, Lift Off, It Gets Better


Sagittarius, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, go deep into yourself. There are parts of your soul only you know, which are deserving of excavation if you wish to get in tune with your depth and inner truth. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes sets your desires on fire, you could really be reignited in pursuits of pleasure, hobbies, and the fertility of your imagination. Have some fun and welcome harmony by connecting within your groups and networks. Find a balance between your personal pleasures and the supportive communities you give to. By New Moon, there’s gold to be found from the excavating you’ve been doing internally. Go back and read some old journal entries, or get nostalgic to revel in your inner growth. Accept your shadow aspects with compassion and accept the natural gifts you have to bring into the world. Set your intentions to love yourself wholesomely. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, get ready for cosmic downloads and synchronicities with every step. There’s a unique pathway being lit up for you, reevaluate your navigation if fear holds you back from the ease and grace you deserve to experience along the way. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, get the tender love and caring you need. A reiki session, spa day or full body massage could help you unwind. Surrender to the wisdom of knowing you are worthy of pleasure and enjoyment.


Keywords: Making Love, Ancestral Gifts, Career Connections, Partnerships, Shadow Work


Capricorn, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, make love and be adored! Let the connections you value fill your cup and overflow. There’s a sweet symphony at play through your partnerships. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes reawakens the ancestral gifts that have been bubbling beneath the surface. There’s a harmonious element to your public relations which gives you insight into how far you have grown in your career. Let your connections and collaborators lift you up to new heights as you stay grounded by your energetic roots. By New Moon, your lovers and loved ones are showering you with new hope. Let the love in and watch your connections thrive. Set your intentions to receive the love you crave, you may have a stoic exterior but there is a softer side to you, which deserves tenderness. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, get deep about the shared theresources and ways you share with others. There’s a balance for you to achieve between relying on others and allowing the cosmic guidance you seek to open doors you and others cannot. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, and navigates any wounds around family and home with utmost sensitivity. You can have the security you want, don’t let temporary emotional states take away the blessings you are grateful for.


Keywords: Work Groove, Insights, Intuition, Lovers and Friends, Repair Chats


Aquarius, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, get into your work groove! It’s time to let your daily flow be more emotionally fulfilling. Take a longer lunch break, or finish earlier if you need to. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes gets you fired up with ideas and desires to communicate them to the world. Balance this influx through harmonising with your higher self and letting them lead your way to discern the best ideas for you. By New Moon, there are new doors opening for you in your daily life and workflow. Get into the routines that bring you into alignment with the resources you need. Consistency isn’t lost in a little flexibility, go easy as you find your groove. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, your partnerships are illuminated. Take time to reconsider any contracts or agreements as you get in deeper resonance with what truly brings you ease. Bring a sense of luxury into your connections and remember that harmony can be found when we work together. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, let any upsets with besties or beloveds be like water off a duck’s back. Your sense of peace is most important, prioritise your calm when engaging and communicating with others.


Keywords: Feel Good, Payfullness, Inner Child Guidance, Work Flow, Easy Does It


Pisces, this month begins with the sun in the crab’s domain, giving you the go-to feel-good. Tap into your inner child, sense of play, and the wonder you find in the world. Whatever gets your pulse going, let the pleasure flow. As the month progresses, a powerful shift in the moon’s nodes calls forth the inner warrior in you to take the reigns on your financial wellness and the resources you share. Find harmony between feeling needy for needing and acceptance that your needs are valid. This is a powerful moment in your life where you are taking charge of your ability to be well-resourced with and to support those you share with. By New Moon, there are new developments emerging in romance. Let there be emotional fulfillment in the things that bring you pleasure. Tap into the pursuits that make you feel alive and aligned with the divine. End of the month, the sun enters luminous Leo, and Venus is retrograde, work life is ignited and you could be called to take the lead in the routines which sustain you. Shine and be proactive in reevaluating the ways you can bring ease into your everyday. The same day Chiron, the wounded healer goes retrograde, get in tune with the money stories hampering you from the freedom you seek. Get to the root and coat yourself in a balm of worthiness.


 

I’m Jordan, also known as Sun Ray J or @galacticbaddies_ (they/them).


I’m a queer, non-binary Astro Healer (Astrologer), Moon Whisperer (Moonologist) and Sonic Motion artist. I grew up in East London, Eastern Cape. I’m creative at heart, and I studied Motion Picture, specialising in television head writing and sound engineering.


I currently have a 2023 Astro calendar for sale, illustrated by Khanya Kemami.


I’m in love with the stars and how they live through us, and I have been a student and practitioner of astrological arts for about eight years. I’m a Pisces Sun, Gemini Moon (Mx Chatz) and Pisces Rising! A textbook Pisces - I emote, am always dreaming, and must find the silver lining! Oh, the ESP, the transmutation, the alchemy of it all. It’s giving Paulo Coelho storytelling to the sounds of South African house music, Badu, and old-school grooves.


I live in Johannesburg, where I am a founder and co-director of Queermunity TV (@queermunitytv), a queer-owned production company where we co-create magic with and for the Queers of the world. We also offer social media management and content creation services.

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