We start off July with Mars in a new sign. Mars is the warrior, the activist, and he’s right at home in firey, independent Aries. Mars will be here through the beginning of 2021 thanks to a long retrograde in the fall. But for this month, Mars will want to fight for healing, care, and compassion. At the same time, Mercury is halfway through a retrograde in Cancer that is examining our history of who we care for and protect–and who we don’t. On July 1, Saturn retrogrades back into conservative Capricorn after spending a few months in humanitarian Aquarius. Then three days later, a lunar eclipse in Capricorn unearths some of our nation’s darkest orthodoxies. On our nation’s birthday, we’re being asked to interrogate American exceptionalism and the systems that keep people poor, sick, and disenfranchised.
This month will set the stage for a six-month-long faceoff between the individual and institutions, indicating that the protests are precursors to a larger power struggle. To dismantle structures of harm, we first have to question the outdated ideologies within ourselves. As we investigate our internalized racism, sexism, and homophobia, we also need to take a hard look at how we’ve changed our bodies and behaviors to fit the harmful ideals of our industry. We admire actors who have the ability to transform because illusions are beguiling. But when you bring your authentic self, scars and all, to everything you do–that’s where the real magic happens.
Remember to read your rising sign before your sun sign.
- Cancer (June 21–July 22)
- Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
- Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 21)
- Libra (Sept. 22–Oct. 22)
- Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
- Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
- Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
- Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
- Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)
- Aries (March 21–April 19)
- Taurus (April 20–May 20)
- Gemini (May 21–June 20)
If it feels like you’ve been spinning your wheels, July is the time to come forth with your creative projects. Mars, the planet of motivation and drive, is in your House of Career and Public Roles for the next six months. Even though Mars loves being in Aries, this combination is not exactly known for its staying power. Take advantage of your newfound energy this month, but put the systems in place that will keep you from burning out in the fall. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Then on July 12, Mercury goes direct in your sign. Integrate what you’ve learned about nourishing yourself and infuse it into your work. The most gifted healers are the ones who have learned how to tend to their own wounds.
You’ve been keeping your head down and working hard, without getting much credit. It’s not that you need to be praised, but a little recognition goes a long way. Luckily, there’s a shift in July that gives you an opportunity to step into your natural role as a leader. All the little frustrating details you’ve been working on will culminate in a long-term project, one that will define the rest of the year for you. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be a worthy challenge. Then on July 22, the Sun (your ruling planet!) moves into your sign. After a solar eclipse AND a Mercury retrograde in Cancer, we all need a little sunshine. Find a safe way to celebrate and show off a little–you’ve earned it.
The past two years have been asking you to step into your authority as an artist. On July 1, Saturn will make sure you really got the message. What have you been learning about trusting your instincts? How does tuning out the noise of what you think you should do allow you to stay present as a performer? If you’ve been doing the work, the next six months will be very affirming. If not, that familiar critical voice might creep in at the worst possible moment. It’s probably much easier for you to be a cheerleader for your friends than for yourself. Tell the people you trust about your insecurities and let them lift you up the same way you do for them.
The beginning of July will have you re-examining your career and how it relates to the stories you tell yourself. No matter how independent we are, we’re all inextricably linked with our family history: it exists in our genes, our inherited trauma, and the patterns we can’t quite shake. How did you decide to pursue this career path? Was it to make your parents proud or to distance yourself from them and their expectations? What entrenched beliefs were passed down to you as a child and which ones are no longer serving you? These are the questions that the astrology of the moment is asking you to investigate, but don’t feel like you need to have all the answers. Just asking and noticing what comes up is enough.
What you say and how you say it is more important than ever this month. You know that words are powerful–a line of dialogue you heard years ago can still cut you to the core–so don’t underestimate the effect your words have. On July 1, Saturn will be asking you to be scrupulous about your communications. You don’t have to be afraid of saying the wrong thing, but you do have a responsibility to speak up even when it’s hard. It might feel unfair, but Scorpios know better than anyone how to unearth an emotion that most people would rather leave buried. It’s the kind thing to do and the people who can internalize your message will thank you later.
July is all about getting in touch with your resources, the ones you possess and the ones you inherit. It’s a good time to take a look at your finances and be more deliberate about the ways you’re supporting yourself. At the same time, don’t forget your resources that go beyond the material. You provide other people with perspective and help them see the big picture. You can go both wide and deep. The way you stand up for your friends allows them to stand up for themselves. You supply pep talks, humor, and endless energy even when your reserves are low. Channel those abundant resources and untapped potential into yourself this month. You are your own greatest investment.
You’ve been learning a lot about yourself for the past two years and in July you’ll return to that shadow work. Have a conversation with the parts of yourself you feel are shameful and unlovable, and see if you can be a little kinder to them. Being soft with yourself isn’t a weakness. Giving yourself a break doesn’t mean you’re letting yourself off the hook. You were born capable, which often puts you in a mentor role when it comes to creative partnerships. Own your ongoing struggles rather than framing them as something you’ve already overcome. This gives other people the opportunity to relate to you as an equal and it gives you a break from the heavy burdens you carry.
The last few months have been rough for practically everyone, but it might have felt especially pointed for you. On July 1, Saturn eases up on the personal attacks and returns to the realm of your behind-the-scenes projects for the next six months. This might feel like familiar territory: this is material you’ve been learning for the last two years and you still have a final review coming up. This area of your life represents the things that would rather stay hidden, so doing this work requires honest confrontation. What have you learned about the patterns that keep you from doing your best work? What structures have you put in place that help you defeat your defeatist attitude? This is a great month to start a journaling practice or read “The War of Art.”
You’ve been excavating some big truths with the help of your closest friends. Maybe this process has been in conversation with your shared histories or maybe it’s helped you understand your relationship patterns. Either way, it’s helped you shed some light on a part of yourself that has been hidden for too long. Starting July 12, you’ll have a renewed sense of who you are as an artist and a desire to generate. For the next six months, think about how you can channel the energy you dedicate to your creative projects into your financial life. You’re full of ideas. Don’t waste them on making someone else’s dreams come true. Come up with a side hustle you can do your way.
On July 1, Saturn is dipping back into your House of Career for the last time–he won’t be here again until 2040. The next six months are about making sure you really internalized the hard lessons from the past two and a half years. You might be going through a career change or addressing the dark underbelly of the industry. Either way, it hasn’t been a walk in the park. Saturn forces us to take a hard look at ourselves and do the work that we’d rather avoid. Lucky for you, Mars is going to be in your sign for the next six months, giving you the energy and drive to power through the career goals that used to feel impossible. Uncertain times call for strong leadership. Now more than ever, it’s time to answer the call.
Sometimes you have the ability to work harder than anyone else you know and sometimes just returning a text feels exhausting. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break, but July will bring you face to face with your self-defeating tendencies. Get honest about the underlying reasons for your fluctuating energy instead of beating yourself up about it. Is there an emotional component you’re not addressing? When the world gets too overwhelming, ground yourself in your routine. There’s power in keeping a small promise to yourself every day. Carve out a space where you can create in complete silence and surround yourself with objects that you find beautiful. Replace the word “discipline” with its softer, kinder cousin “devotion.”
As an actor, it’s easy to fall into the mentality of “I can be whoever you want me to be.” Having the skills and talent to tackle any role doesn’t mean you should: making yourself malleable to fit other people’s expectations can lead to bitterness and resentment down the line. Being viewed as a commodity is the price of doing business as an actor, but losing sight of who you truly are has a far greater psychic cost. Instead of taking your cues from the people around you, think about what you and you alone can bring to your community to make it stronger. If something feels wrong, oppressive, or outdated, call it out. Your lightness is just as valuable as your shadow. Vulnerability is just as healing as laughter.
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