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July 2018 horoscopes: How will Mercury in retrograde, a total lunar eclipse affect you?

Monch the Mystic
Mercury retrograde *and* a total lunar eclipse? How can you deal?

Fasten your seatbelts folks, the second Mercury retrograde of the year is here!

However, as Mercury takes us for a wild ride, another cosmic event graces the night skies — a total lunar eclipse which, according to Earthsky, is the longest total lunar eclipse of the century.

Here’s a quick Mercury survival guide as well as an Eclipse survival guide to get you though the month.

Let’s get even more specific and see what these cosmic connections have in store for your sign: 

ARIES

July 8: Sun – Neptune trine

Today’s heart-opening aspect is perfect for courageously voicing your feelings and letting go of any resentments. Clear the air and work on forgiveness to unburden yourself from any pain you’re still carrying around.

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo

This month, you’re in for a healthier kind of life. Couples might start a workout or health plan together. Singles should ditch the wine bar and hit the juice bar instead. Treating your body well is the first step in attracting someone who will worship it!

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse) 

Eclipses can bring magic, and this one kicks off a new six-month chapter for your domestic dreams. Whatever defines “home” for you now will become a high priority. This eclipse could prompt bold changes to your lifestyle.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

Here we go again! Mercury, ruler of communication and technology, spins into reverse in your creative, passionate fifth house. A budding romance could stall and there could be unnecessary drama involving egos or an ex.

During this retro period, your assertiveness could also be mistaken for arrogance. Dial down the drama and breathe before making a scene, wild ram!

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

Today’s page-turning eclipse marks a turning point. A collaboration might reach an exciting completion. Or you’ll team up with inspiring people. Don’t be surprised or disappointed if you part ways with one group. When one door closes, another opens leading you into a new direction.


TAURUS

July 5: Sun – Jupiter trine

If you’re trying to convince people to join your crusade, you’ll get support from today’s confident and charismatic aspects. Show your excitement! If you’re pitching an idea, use compelling language to paint a vivid picture of the possibilities. The odds are in your favor.

July 5: Mercury – Mars opposition 

With so much happening in your work life and being the perfectionist that you are, you could burn out soon, Taurus. Regardless of how busy you are, take a break for self-care. You deserve it.

July 9-August 6: Venus in Virgo 

Today the love planet lands in your fifth house of creativity, passion and romance, turning up the heat for some summer love. Instead of playing coy, put your desires out there!

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This annual lunation — a potent solar eclipse — favors any kind of original thinking or communication. Take time to sit down with coworkers or on your own to allow the ideas to follow in — without judgement. The goal is to get fresh thoughts on the table, which you can work on over the coming six months.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

The communicator planet reverses course through your sensitive and private fourth house. It’ll be hard not to take things personally, but to survive these next three weeks with minimal emotional damage, you need to stop yourself from slipping into anything resembling victim mode.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse) 

It’s harvest time! This supercharged full moon in your tenth house of professional success rewards your efforts of the previous six months. Set some intentions for the rest of the year, and get ready for even bigger career developments!

Since this is a game-changing lunar eclipse, a big opportunity or public recognition could come out of the blue. You may suddenly leave one path for a new one.


GEMINI

July 5: Mercury – Mars opposition 

It’ll be easy to criticize or act like an annoying know-it-all, but rein yourself in. Under this tricky transit, there’s likely to be information you aren’t aware of. Lead with compassion. You yourself might be feeling extra sensitive, you’ll be a little too thin-skinned to hear criticism right now.

July 8: Sun – Neptune trine 

This is a powerful day for manifesting — especially involving partnerships that can make a difference in people’s lives. What can you do to give back or pay it forward?

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo

Your nostalgic side comes out full force this summer. Open your heart; let your sensitive, sentimental side out.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This annual event could bring some exciting money news or a job offer. Over the coming six months, you may turn your finances around, change careers, or launch a side business that creates a nicely flowing revenue stream.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

Here we go again! Mercury, ruler of communication and technology shifts into reverse through Leo and your house of expression. You could pull your hair out or you may take it as a divine signal to practice patience and become more cautious about what you say or put in writing.

July 27: Venus – Pluto trine 

Go deep in the name of love today. You can take a union to a whole new level by sharing from the heart.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

Ideas and projects you’ve been working on for the past six months could come to fruition now. This “full-circle” full moon rewards hard work and can catapult you to the next level. The moon in your ninth house of travel, education, and entrepreneurship might help you make a bold change to pursue one (or more) of these areas.

Take a gamble and follow your bliss.


CANCER

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo 

Communication is the key to healthy, happy relationships, and this is a great time to work on improving your understanding of each other through honest dialogue. Sparks could fly with an acquaintance or someone you meet through mutual friends.

July 9: Mercury – Jupiter square

Before you’re off and running on a new project, crunch the numbers. If it’s not financially sound, be prepared to temper your enthusiasm and scale back the plan. This could get out of hand quickly.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This once-a-year event is not just a new moon but also a solar eclipse!

You’ll have cosmic support in kicking off a new six-month cycle and on one of your most precious personal initiatives. And since the moon is your celestial guardian, you’re sure to feel it in your bones.

July 25-August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

The communication planet spins into retreat mode again, scrambling signals and messing up technology and travel. Back-up all your important data. In Leo and your house of finances, Mercury retrograde could force you to reassess your budget or savings.

On a positive note, this can leave you in a more secure position once you sort through the confusion.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

A major turning point in a relationship arrives, and suddenly you know whether you’re in or out. This culminating moon in your intimacy corner could bring a step toward something more permanent. On the flipside, you might decide to part ways.

As long as you do it with integrity, it will be okay in the long run.


LEO

July 8: Sun – Neptune trine

The Law of Attraction is on your side. Do some creative visualization or meditations on manifesting abundance. Your creativity and imagination are your superpowers today.

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo 

With the planet of love in your financial sector, you’re in the mood for security and sophistication. Stability could indeed be sexy. In work, use your style and charm to impress potential employers and clients. You can turn almost any situation into a networking opportunity.

July 11: Venus – Uranus trine 

So serious suddenly? A trine between romantic Venus and unpredictable Uranus could bring a stable partner into your orbit out of the blue. An opportunity to mix love and business may also crop up unexpectedly.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This once-a-year new moon in your empathetic twelfth house helps you see things from someone’s perspective and soften your approach to them. When you can set aside judgement and step into another person’s shoes, it’s easy to forgive and move on.

This, however, is not the same as allowing a person who’s trying to take advantage of your generosity.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

When the communication planet reverses course in your sign, it’s a good idea to not launch any new projects or sign contracts. Work behind the scenes, review your plans. Use some vacation time!

It’s time to go slow, Leo.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

This is one of the most important days of the year for love, as 2018’s only Aquarius full moon lights up your house of relationships and partnerships. Will you make it official or part ways? A joint initiative that’s been slowly gaining momentum over the past six months may come to fruition – or you could end an alliance that you’ve gradually outgrown.


VIRGO

July 8: Sun – Neptune trine

It’s an excellent day for networking and teaming up with kindred spirits. If you feel an instant click with someone, it’s worth exploring to see if and how your superpowers can overlap.

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo

When the love planet shimmies into your sign for her annual visit, all eyes are on you. You know what they say — if you’ve got it, flaunt it!

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This powerful eclipse in your teamwork house could reel in an exciting partnership over the coming two weeks. Write a list of questions and plans so when the times comes, you won’t be caught unprepared.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

When the speedy planet darts into your introspective twelfth house, you have a change to pull back and evaluate your relationships. It’s not the best time to make radical changes. Consider things from a more objective distance. Stay on guard for people with hidden agendas or who aren’t saying what they really mean.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

A full moon eclipse in your sixth house of work, service, and health could help you turn over a new leaf. You may jumpstart a new fitness regimen or find more fulfilling work, whether it’s a full-time gig or a side venture.


LIBRA

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo

Venus slips into your twelfth house of fantasy and escape, which can be a romantic and somewhat unrealistic time. Enjoy this feeling of being swept away but remain alert and aware.

You’ll feel more vulnerable now, perhaps dealing with the end of a relationship or just going through an emotional phase.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse)

Today, the only Cancer new moon of 2018 activates your tenth house of professional ambition and success and plants seeds that could yield an amazing harvest in the coming six months. 

Get busy updating your resume, online bios, and reaching your contacts. Good things come to Libras who take decisive action!

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

Mercury shifts into reverse in your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. You may have to repeat yourself a lot but it’s necessary to try to avoid Mercury’s disorienting effects. Put everything in writing and ask people to sign off on the most important things.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

Get ready for passion! This once-a-year transformational lunar eclipse lands in your fifth house of romance and creativity. All kinds of intense emotions may rise to the surface. A simmering attraction could reach the “irresistible” phase or someone might surprise you by confessing their feelings for you. Over the coming two weeks, things could accelerate, so check in with your heart now to be clear about what you want.

July 27: Venus – Pluto trine 

The love planet teams up with intense Pluto in your sensitive zones which could bring about a situation that forces you to be emotionally vulnerable. Although you would rather avoid anything unpleasant, take this opportunity to deal with this situation once and for all — in an honest and constructive way.


SCORPIO

July 5: Sun – Jupiter trine 

Taking a gamble is encouraged by today’s auspicious aspects. This is one of the year’s luckiest days for you, so if you’ve got a message to share or a project to launch, don’t hold back!

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo 

Sparks may fly with a platonic pal, a colleague or someone you meet through mutual friends. The love planet in your techy eleventh house could also bring some online luck.

With Venus in this casual house, couples can focus on having fun together. Socialize as a couple, attend gigs and events, host a party for your mutual friends.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse) 

This once-a-year lunar event in your visionary ninth house plants the seeds for an exciting venture that could expand your world in significant ways over the coming six months. The rest of the year is great for travel, higher education, or perhaps getting your fantasy startup off the ground.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

The messenger planet shifts into reverse in your tenth house of profession, increasing the chances of creating pandemonium with technology, a team project, or a business plan. If you’re finding it difficult to get everyone on the same page, spend this three-week cycle by focusing on your own behind-the-scenes work. By mid-August, things should settle down and you can make progress again.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse) 

The year’s only full moon in your domestic fourth house also happens to be a transformational lunar eclipse. This could trigger an unexpected emotional outpouring or a tidal wave of strong feelings. Is it time to return home or create one somewhere else?


SAGITTARIUS

July 5: Sun – Jupiter trine 

Today, your mindset is the most powerful magnet. Manifest abundance. Ask, believe, receive. Support could flow from a number of different places today. Expect the unexpected!

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo

When affectionate Venus swings into your future-oriented tenth house, you’ll be attracted by serious people who aren’t afraid of commitment. In work, venus shines the spotlight, giving you the opportunity to be seen and heard.

For the next three weeks, you’ll appear extra magnetic to those around you. What to do is up to you!

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse) 

The year’s only new moon is your intimate and emotionally intense eighth house can spark a strong sexual connection. This eclipse can open the door for a soulmate encounter or pave the way for a major next step.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

As the messenger planet backtracks through your visionary ninth house, you need to tweak your grand plans to make them more sustainable. Technology might fail you at a critical moment so make sure you save your work on the Google Drive!

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

The year’s only full moon in your communication zone hands you the megaphone and invites you to speak loudly and clearly into it. Your message might affect people in more personal ways than you realize, so don’t hold back. Eclipses illuminate what’s hidden, and something unexpected can come to light, changing the course of events.


CAPRICORN

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo 

Romantic Venus sails in your expansive ninth house, opening your mind to people and experiences outside your comfort zone. Get out there and travel!

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 even more.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse)

A potentially game-changing new moon in your seventh house of committed relationships writes a new chapter in your love life and it will continue to unfold over the coming six months.

Set some clear intentious for what you’d like to manifest in a partnership.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

Red alert! Communicator Mercury makes a backspin through your intense eighth house, driving up jealousy, distrust, and secrecy.

July 27: Venus – Pluto trine 

Take an emotional risk and confess something you’ve been holding inside. It may not be easy, but once you get started, you might feel better by revealing these deeper layers of yourself.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse) 

Not only does today’s full moon land in your money house, it’s a total lunar eclipse, which multiplies the odds of you hitting the jackpot. This could come in the form of a new job, promotion, or raise. An opportunity may arise when you least expect it.

How about working to live instead of living to work?


AQUARIUS

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo

Venus swoons into your seductive eighth house, turning up the thermometer and adding some sizzle into your life. A little mystery can ramp up the tension and drive your admirers wild with anticipation.

July 11: Venus – Uranus trine 

Someone may surprise you with a personal confession perhaps even of their attraction to you. Drop the judgement and listen to what they have to say. The same goes to you too. If there’s something you want to reveal, go ahead and say it!

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

Communication may suffer in a relationship as Mercury shifts into reverse in your committed-partnership zone. Misinterpretations and trust issues could arise, an ex may randomly send you a text. This is a temporary transit so if you feel solid in your union, ride it out and don’t hit the panic button.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse) 

This new moon of fresh starts may inspire you to tackle a major decluttering project. You probably don’t realize how much time and energy you waste trying to find that missing item. Over the next few months, slowly make your way to the rest of your closet and shelves. You’ll feel more organized and liberated!

July 27: Venus – Pluto trine 

This intensifying transit can deepen your connection if you can stay open and vulnerable enough to let someone see how you really feel. If you’re hoping to get closer, take a gamble and divulge a secret desire. Just be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse)

Today’s transformational eclipse in your sign catapults you onto the main stage and hands you the microphone. You’re the boss! This is a time to put yourself and your causes out there! Where in your life do you feel stuck and ready to make a radical change? Make some changes in the coming weeks to start building your momentum.

PISCES

July 5: Sun – Jupiter trine 

You’ll have your greatest success today by thinking outside the box and not just following the herd. Express your opinions even if you think you’re a total outlier. Once you break that barrier, others may just excitedly jump on board.

July 9 – August 6: Venus in Virgo

When the romance planet sails into your relationship house, you’re sure to have some wild fun in the sun with someone who’re more than a passing fancy.

July 12: Cancer new moon (partial solar eclipse) 

This life-altering new moon in your romance sector is wonderful news for Pisces in relationships and those who currently aren’t. This lunar lift could signal a new attraction, a romantic reboot. It’s up to you to add more playfulness and passion to your life.

July 25 – August 18: Mercury retrograde in Leo

Before you wave a white flag, Cancer yourself and take the Mercury Retro precautions.

Communication, travel, and technology are likely to get messed up but live doesn’t stop. Back up everything, take pains to explain yourself clearly, double if not triple check schedules for the next three weeks. Review, reconsider, redesign.

July 27: Aquarius full moon (total lunar eclipse) 

The year’s only full moon in your mystical twelfth house shines light on areas that have been unclear. Eclipses reveal things that had been hidden, so if someone’s been stringing you along, the universe offers you a pair of scissors to cut that tie. – Rappler.com

 

 

Monica Lopez Gamboa, also known as Monch the Mystic, completed Debra Silverman’s Online Astrology Program in April 2016 and has been giving readings since. 

Her dream is that one day the entire country (and the world!) will be able to speak the language of the stars as an avenue for self-awareness and self-actualization. Book a reading with Monch on her website.