Your July Love & Sex Horoscope: Summer Love Gets REAL
What's not to love about July? Dazzling fireworks, Fourth of July festivities galore, bright sunny days spent poolside, piles of great beach reads and sipping spritzy summer cocktails—all leading into evenings devoted to the company of loved ones while grilling or sitting by a fire. These are just a few of the sweet summer activities you might be reveling in during July.
Given its jubilant, celebratory, and warm-hearted energy, it’s no surprise that July spans both two weeks of romantic, family-oriented Cancer season, and two weeks of spotlight-loving, sexy Leo season.
This year, July is setting up to be a season of game-changing, eye-opening, and heartwarming moments. It’s going to be the ultimate time not only to reassess relationships but to act on your most burning desires.
Astrological ‘Love’ Dates to Watch for in July 2019
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From July 1 to August 17, Mars (planet of passion) moves through confident fixed fire sign Leo, bringing a self-assuredness and playfulness to our actions and sex lives. It'll be about luxurious seduction and boldly pursuing romantic dreams and sexually-satisfying fantasies.
Around July 2, the total solar eclipse and new moon in Cancer will take the vibe of the moment to a fever pitch, requiring massive, emotional self-reflection. The main themes include how you find comfort, seek fulfillment, relate to family, and show compassion.
Then, from July 3 to 27, Venus (planet of love) will move through Cancer as well, keeping us swimming through deep, sentimental waters in terms of how we seek connection with our significant others or potential matches. Relationships benefit from emotional synchronicity and intelligence—and maybe a slightly goofy, fun-loving sense of humor.
But traditional forward movement is bound to be slowed or even halted from July 7 to 31, because Mercury (planet of communication) will be retrograde in Leo and move back into Cancer for its latter days (from the 19th to 31st). We all know by now that Mercury retrograde may create some chaos in our lives, but in Leo and Cancer it'll focus more on addressing old business in order to heal. It may have you reconsidering a past relationship or unearthing emotional wounds from the past.
Around July 16, the full moon and partial lunar eclipse occurs in Capricorn, bringing a focus to doing the work, either in your actual career or the work of give-and-take or getting on the same page as a lover. On the heels of this dramatic astrological moment are two challenging aspects for Venus. The love planet, traveling through Cancer, opposes Saturn (planet of foundation) in Capricorn on July 17 and then transformative Pluto on July 21, throwing various challenges and obstacles into whatever path we’re on in our love lives. We’ll do well to focus on the big picture lesson that can be learned from any sort of setback or frustration.
Thankfully, a bright spot—quite literally—pops up from July 22 to August 23, when the sun moves into Leo, inspiring creative self-expression, glitzy, dizzying displays of affection, and the confidence to make even the wildest-eyed wishes come true.
On July 24, Mercury’s backward movement brings it up close and personal and into a conjunction with Venus, making it the ideal time to open your heart, perhaps to someone from your past.
Then, from July 27 to August 21, Venus follows the sun into exuberant, natural-born leader Leo, fueling us with even more drive to share and chase down our most “fairy tale-esque” dreams, especially when it comes to romance and our closest bonds.
Around July 31, another new moon occurs, this time in Leo, setting the stage for passionate, magical intention-setting.
Here’s what each sign can expect between the sheets this July. (If you know your rising sign, you’d do well to check out that sign’s forecast, too.)
Your Love Life in July 2019, Based on Your Sign
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Aries (March 21–April 19)
Around July 2, when the new moon and total solar eclipse lights up your fourth house of home life, you’ll do well to have a straightforward heart-to-heart with your significant other or potential lover about your current living arrangement. If you could use a refreshed game plan to bolster your security Aries, you’ll be compelled to address that ASAP. And while communicator Mercury moves backward through your fifth house of romance from July 7 to 19, you’ll struggle to making concrete plans with your S.O. or dates, so leaning into spontaneity is your best bet. Don’t be surprised if a lover from the past resurfaces, as well.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
While romantic Venus moves through your third house of communication from July 3 to 27, lively, intellectually-stimulating conversations are even more appealing than usual and can serve as major fodder for foreplay. Short-distance travel might also be a major focus Taurus, so consider planning that romantic road trip or weekend getaway with your sweetheart. Around July 31, the new moon in your fourth house of home life could inspire a meaningful, emotional conversation with your significant other or a potential mate. Sharing your needs, especially those that will bolster your feeling of comfort and security, can get you even more on the same page now and moving forward.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
While research-savvy Mercury moves backward through your third house of communication from July 7 to 19, you might feel like you’re speaking a whole different language than your partner or potential S.O.s. You’ll do well to use your frustration to fuel a new approach to any chronically troubling patterns. On July 17 and 21, relationship-oriented Venus in your second house of values opposes taskmaster Saturn and then transformative Pluto, both currently in your eighth house of sexual intimacy. You’ll be driven to stand up for your needs while accepting that they may not be entirely in sync with your lover’s.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Around July 2, the total solar eclipse and new moon in your sign spurs your desire to reinvent or refresh the way you’re presenting yourself and expressing your dreams to the world—and to those you’re most intimately connected with. This period of self-reflection and intention-setting is a powerful one that will have reverberating effects for weeks and months to come, so use it wisely. And while Venus moves through your sign from July 3 to 27, it’s easier than usual to stumble into and enjoy pleasurable activities, from lazy Sundays with your sweetheart to uber-romantic texting sessions with a new crush. Wearing that sensitive heart on your sleeve can offer emotionally and physically-gratifying rewards.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
While romantic Venus moves through your sign from July 27 to August 21, others pick up on your radiant, charismatic glow even more than usual, which has you feeling downright magnetic and empowered. Take advantage by being extra assertive about your needs with your partner or a potential lover. Your most confident moves could set you up for your very own fireworks show. Around July 31, the new moon in your sign offers a green light to envision a big, wild, and wonderful personal goal you want with all your heart to bring to life. From there, making a step-by-step plan can set you up for success. If you’re able to connect with a lover on this, you’ll feel even more supported on your path!
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Communicator Mercury’s retrograde through your twelfth house of spirituality from July 7 to 19 could have you feeling like bowing out of—or at least limiting—crowded, super-social activities. Instead, you’ll be craving quiet time to rest and recharge. If you feel like opening up about your feels with your love or someone you’ve been building a connection with, the deep talk can boost your bond Virgo. Around July 16, the partial lunar eclipse and full moon lights up your fifth house of romance, you could be torn between work you love and a relationship that may or may not be worthy of your attention. Tuning into your intuition for answers is your best bet during this energetically dramatic time.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Around July 16, when the partial lunar eclipse and full moon falls in your fourth house of home life, you could be torn between responsibilities on the job and the pleasurable downtime you want to enjoy with your partner and other loved ones. Though your diplomatic Libra ways aim to please everyone, the best way to strike a balance could be clear boundary-setting. While romantic Venus moves through your eleventh house of networking from July 27 to August 21, your calendar is bound to be packed with group dates, work happy hours, and other activities with friends and colleagues. You may love spending time with your partner or potential love in the company of others or find yourself craving even more one-on-one time later on. Either way, you’ll do well to be aware of your needs.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Around July 2, when the total solar eclipse and new moon falls in your ninth house of adventure, you may feel unusually inclined to get out of your comfort zone and have an eye-opening experience with your partner or a potential match. In fact, if you’re a single Scorpio, meeting and clicking with someone who’s quite different from your usual type may prove exciting and feel like a bit of a game-changer. Around July 16, the partial lunar eclipse and full moon lights up your third house of communication, and connecting with your S.O. or romantic interest could prove frustrating and maybe even ignite dramatic conflict. You’ll do well to see how the moment informs and colors your perspective on the relationship going forward.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Around July 2, when the total solar eclipse and new moon falls in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, you’ll be focused on asserting your physical and emotional needs. If you’re an attached Sagittarius, you’ll be expressing yourself within your current relationship, or, if you’re single, you’ll be putting your vision into the universe to manifest. It’s time to map out that new game plan for boosting security and comfort while forging a deeper emotional bond with someone you adore. While communicator Mercury moves backward through this same house from July 19 to 31, consider sharing your desire to try a fetish or sexual craving you previously enjoyed but haven’t experimented with in a while. Your renewed perspective on it could make major sparks fly.
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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Around July 16, the partial lunar eclipse and full moon falls in your sign, you could be feeling particularly sensitive emotionally and want to share everything that’s in your heart with your S.O. or a romantic interest. Expect to reflect on your own personal growth and long-term goals in relation to your self-image now, as well. It’s all tied up in pretty deep feelings, which you’ll do well to face and contend with now. And while communicator Mercury moves backward through your seventh house of partnership from July 19 to 31, you’ll do well to take a microscope to your closest relationship or your ideas about your ideal one. Zeroing in on ways you can make your path more clear can set you up for more fulfillment.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Around July 16, when the partial lunar eclipse and full moon lights up your twelfth house of spirituality, you could feel energetically burnt out and need rest to recharge. Give yourself a break Aquarius—spending some solo time meditating, and caring for your heart, mind, and body can boost your overall emotional wellness. While romantic Venus moves through your seventh house of partnership from July 27 to August 21, you’ll be craving more one-on-one time with your lover or a potential partner and maybe even feeling a bit more lovey-dovey than usual. Though you tend to be fairly conscious of maintaining independence, you’ll be feeling empowered about being able to do that within your current relationship.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Around July 2, when the total solar eclipse and new moon lights up your fifth house of romance, you could kick off an emotionally thrilling relationship or find a chemistry-boosting new way to connect with your current partner. At the same time Pisces, you’ll do well to embrace your need to express what’s in your heart creatively and let go of stale narratives that are holding you back from getting what you want in all areas of your life. While communicator Mercury moves backward through that same house from July 19 to 31, going with the flow on date nights can set a magical, whimsical tone. You might even unwittingly retread a romantic path from the past and feel a wild burst of chemistry as a result.
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