Ready to get healthy, wealthy and wise? The Sun is in Cancer, your sixth house of well-being and organization, until July 22. Boosting your vitality, lucky Jupiter entered Cancer at the end of last month, heralding thirteen months of healthy indulgences, such as immune system-boosting massages and one-on-one sessions with a trainer or even an acupuncturist. Since Jupiter rules travel and indulgence, you might get your glow on overseas, booking a transatlantic yoga retreat. On July 8, the new moon in Cancer is an especially good day to kick off a new chapter around your health and habits. If you want to stop being so permissive with the intake of fried foods, alcoholic beverages or sugar-laden desserts, this is the day to state your intentions loud and clear. Toast your new beginning with a fresh glass of carrot-ginger-kale juice and you're on your way to a brand new YOU. No more waking up with hangovers—and that includes from sweets and other additive-heavy foods.
A word of caution: Until July 20, messenger Mercury is retrograde (backward) in Cancer, your sixth house of efficiency and health, so you may have to manage a range of stressors. Watch out for sneezers, pack that bottle of natural hand sanitizer and beware of barbeque guests who bring six-packs AND their summer colds to your shindig. A nice preventative measure is doubling up on your green juices, taking probiotics or buying a wellness formula from your local natural food stores. Other Mercury surprises could show up in the form of miscommunications around data and plans. Instead of waving your hand breezily and saying, "I'm SURE the party I'm about to drive three hours for—even though I'm six months pregnant—is still on," double check with your hostess. Don't take anything for granted…not an empty gas tank, not a precious file, not a meeting time with friends, not even the route you've driven a million times. (Hello, unforeseen construction!) Indeed, now the devil is in the details—and your GPS system.
Though you may have to battle some minor communication annoyances, professional matters improve significantly when taskmaster Saturn goes direct (forward) in Scorpio, your tenth house of career and long-term goals on July 7. Since February, Saturn's backstrokes in your ambition zone caused a slowdown on the work front. Some Aquarians might have experienced challenges, possibly with an authority figure or even just managing recent opportunities heaped on your plate. The weight of demands and obligations may have felt oppressive at times. Saturn's direct motion will ease the job sitch greatly. (Whew!) While serious Saturn is still here until September 2015, you will find yourself getting closer to some kind of clarity around what you're meant to do, or where you are heading. Amen!
Midmonth and at the end of July, things could turn into a real s***show if you're not careful. (It's not just you, Aquarius—it's happening to all the signs.) Mercury—and in late July, hotheaded Mars—in Cancer will be embroiled in a T-square (three-way clash) with volatile Uranus and shadowy Pluto. If you've only done a surface sweep on an issue, all that you've shoved under the carpet could explode. Have you been keeping fears, resentments or some other emotion under a tight lid? You could find yourself at a stressful breaking point. Ultimately, this could be the clear-out that you need, but holy volcano! You may find that your body expresses the pent-up emotions with a rash, fatigue or 24-hour "mystery" flu. Tea and sympathy will help a little, but ultimately, you must face whatever you've been avoiding. Trust us: it's not as scary as it seems.
Adding to the potential shock waves? Your ruler Uranus, planet of unpredictability, goes retrograde from July 17-December 17 in Aries, your third house of communication. Arguments could erupt, or you may find yourself feeling wrongly accused by a hotheaded relative or even a saboteur. Try to express yourself responsibly—meaning, no finger-pointing, blaming tirades. If you've agreed to something without your heart being 100 percent in it, that's on you, Aquarius. Not to be harsh. However, your sign can veer into people pleasing (you're the zodiac's politician), so if you've promised more than you can deliver, it could come back around to bite you. You may have to tuck your tail between your legs and apologize to a few people, rather heartily to boot. Ah well. It's better than trying to make everyone happy while you sweat bullets in secrecy.
Is it time to form a dynamic duo? Synergy is the name of your game when the Sun moves into Leo, your relationship sign, on July 22. Circle that day as a major one for you, as it also boasts an Aquarius full moon. Having a full moon in your sign puts you and your personal agenda in the cosmic spotlight. Look back to birthday wishes you made, or goals ventured near the February 10 Aquarius new moon to see what today will bring full-circle. Even better? Normally, we get one full moon in our sign per year, but in 2013, there will be TWO in Aquarius (the next is in on August 20). Summer could certainly get interesting!
Mark your calendar for horoscope history: Monday, July 29 features an incredibly rare aspect known as a Grand Sextile. It's essentially a six-pointed star, or hexagram, comprised of seven planets that form harmonious angles (trines and sextiles) to each other. This synergistic seven are all in "feminine" (earth or water) signs. Many astrologers view this as the moment our culture will take a step toward embracing feminine principles.
Aquarius is a future-focused sign, but sometimes all that visioning means you get lost in your head, forgetting to be present. The Grand Sextile brings you back into your body, helping you hear—and heed—what your heart desires. It's great to think stuff through, but too much pondering just leaves you even more confused than when you started. Now, you learn the joy of taking things one day, or moment, at a time. It's like the metaphor of driving through the dark: your headlights only show what's 25 feet in front of you. Yet, if you just focus on those 25 feet, you can drive through the night and reach your destination. Now is the moment you've been waiting for—so snap out of it and be where you are!
LOVE & ROMANCE
Cue the sexy, skin-baring nights! With spicy Mars in Gemini, your fifth house of passionate romance, you're feeling more than a little frisky. Your libido is in high gear…a day at the beach could turn into a day of endless flirtation with the lifeguards (all of 'em) or another hottie hanging at the beachside bar. Truth be told, you might even want to take the bold coquettish act beyond the niceties and into the boudoir. A steamy rendezvous might be just what the summer goddess in you ordered. Coupled Aquarians will be feeling the heat, too. Since the fifth house rules drama, you and your honey might engage in some amorous role-playing. Maybe you become the TWA flight attendant who asks the dashing patron in aisle five if you can get them anything. Or you two pretend you're meeting again for the very first time. Ooh la la! The options are endless…and so is your sex drive. Now you might be looking for some no-strings-attached action. A dose of down-and-dirty fun never hurt anyone, did it?
Partnership is still on your brain, though, with magnetic Venus in Leo, your seventh house of committed partnerships, until July 22. Are you and a certain someone coming closer to a real-deal commitment? Perhaps you and your sweetheart go ring shopping, or take your partnership to the next level in some other way. Whatever the development, you're feeling playful, hopeful and in the mood to make your love happy (even if that means curtailing your notorious independent-bordering-on-rebellious streak). Single Aquarians are looking for a sweet companion to feast on lobster rolls, gaze out at the open ocean or hit a cool summer concert. Again, if a potential suitor speaks to your sense of levity and longevity, you're bound to be one smitten kitten. Meow!
On July 22, harmonious Venus burrows into Virgo, your eighth house of intimacy and soul-merging…and here's where your love life gets interesting. Instead of skimming the surface, making small talk about your jobs or social calendar—always keeping things lighter-than-light with your amour—you're ready to get real. Yep. What layers have you been hiding underneath? Shed away, Aquarius! Whether single or coupled, now is your time to inch closer to what you truly want out of a soul-mate relationship. That horrible thing you think it is so hard to accept in yourself? Imagine if your beloved came to you, confessing the same issue. (Bet it wouldn't be so hard, then.) Since the eighth house rules transcendent sexual unions, this is officially the time to get your tantra on! The deeper the sexual bond, the better. So get moving, breathing, anything and everything it takes to feel totally in your body. For those looking to bone up on their sex-as-spiritual-contact approach, we recommend The Art of Sexual Ecstasy: The Path of Sacred Sexuality for Western Lovers by Margot Anand. Clear your schedule and fancy up your boudoir…the whole month looks pretty promising in the passion department. Hello, fireworks!
MONEY & CAREER
Details, details, details. We know, Aquarius—being meticulous, going granular, tending to your filing systems—might not usually be your thing. This month, however, the Sun and expansive Jupiter are in Cancer, your sixth house of efficiency and organization. You have a five-star opportunity to address the finer points of your life, both professionally and personally. Handling protocol takes on added importance, and this is actually a refreshing change for your rebellious sign. Like it or not, doing the "little things," like asking for a day off in advance or going through the proper channel of communication, really does matter in your day-to-day life. Improve your daily environment by taking care of task-oriented items on your to-do list. Envisioning a new business in Southeast Asia can wait…now you're better off handing concrete tasks, such as rearranging your office's workflow or coming up with a new system for sharing files. If your list is particularly long, you might want to hire someone to take care of detail-oriented to-dos, since the sixth house rules support. Can you really be bothered to reorder Molton Brown hand soap for the bathroom (lovely as it smells)? Think practically, Water Bearer. Now is not the time to take on extra responsibilities just so you can be "down with the people." This isn't about hierarchy. It's about getting the job done.
The only wrench in your organizational plans is messenger Mercury's retrograde (backward) action in Cancer, your systematized sixth house, until July 20. Despite your grandest intentions, you might have a hard time staying organized. We know, you purchased that cool new app and all, but you still have to, you know, actually use it. During the retrograde period, tackle those annoying files…or that stack of paper you've been meaning to shred since long before the Mad Men finale. Give your systems an overhaul. If after careful review, they aren't helping your bigger cause, then streamline, streamline, streamline. If you're tempted to bring on someone new in an administrative or service capacity, hold off until after Mercury is direct on July 20. During this time, you could have some mishaps, e.g. the babysitter's car breaks down en route to your house the morning of a high stakes meeting. Whenever possible, pad your schedule with extra time. You never know when you might really need it.
Speaking of help being on the way, structured Saturn turns direct (forward) in Scorpio, your tenth house of ambition, on July 7, effectively ending a challenging five-month career cycle. Commission-based or freelancing Aquarians might have found themselves in a dry spell with work, scrambling not only to pay the bills but also to line up soul-centered or otherwise meaningful gigs. These could have been tough times with clients/bosses/authority figures…anyone to whom you have to answer on some level. At the end of the day, your freedom-obsessed sign loves a good jailbreak, whether from an oppressive situation or a controlling boss. During the retrograde, perhaps you got to the root of your occasionally self-destructive instincts to throw the baby out with the bathwater. You don't have to fire off a hasty resignation signature…you just have to own your own power in the situation. You DO have choices, Aquarius. Another consequence of the retrograde period was perhaps difficulty sticking to a schedule and structure. If you felt adrift around long-term goals, that soul-searching period is coming to a close. Why yes, Aquarius, that IS the shoreline within view.
As soon as you spot that metaphorical land, you'll be racing for the spotlight. The month closes out with your big debut, as the Aquarius full moon on July 22 lights up your first house of personal goals and fresh starts. This is definitely your day to shine, so let your innate Aquarian freak flag fly…be proud of every single zany or outrageous thought that runs through your electric brain and shout it out! (Think: unforgettable lines from fellow Aquarians, like, say, Sarah Palin, who maybe really COULD see Russia from her house, or the late George Burns, who famously said, "Happiness is having a loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.") Your originality is your calling card, so miss no opportunity to tap into your innately unique self. You don't, in fact, want to be like everyone else. And on the day of this full moon, you get an exciting glimpse into how your identity as a pioneer plays into your long-term goals. Once you know what you want and are not, trying to fit your circular self into someone else's square peg hole, you're ready to charge full steam ahead.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Easy does it, Aquarius. With the Sun and abundant Jupiter blazing through Cancer—along with backstroking Mercury—now is not the time to overextend yourself. Optimistic, energetic Jupiter here may lead you to think you can, say, totally complete two large projects, meet with two potential assistant candidates in a 24-hour time period AND accompany your mother to her doctor's appointment, but your body may not agree. While you may be able to physically complete those tasks, you will also be prone to getting sick and/or picking up germs through hand contact and airborne means in the process. Yikes! Stock up on some extra sanitizer and also get used to cleaning your smartphone regularly with alcohol. No need to get OCD if someone breathes within a twenty-foot radius, but definitely don't put up with the close talkers (unless you're going to actually make out with them, in which case that's a more exciting story!)
On July 8, the new moon in Cancer lights up your sixth house, setting off a new six-month cycle for wellness and health. Jupiter's recent entry into this sector of your chart also gives health matters a giant boost. Set clear goals and positive intentions for where you'd like to be by the holidays…ready to run your first marathon in Hawaii? Eating only foods that were grown locally and sustainably? Reaching a healthier BMI or goal weight? Whatever your ultimate aim, this new moon provides fresh inspiration, helping you cruise ahead on positive vibes. Your optimum health is a-calling!