Cancer (21 June – 22 July)
You have lovely Venus in your sign of Cancer from the start of the month until the 26th. Venus rules love and money, art and beauty, all the good things in life. So this is a fine time to attract other people into your life and to be attractive to others.
It’s a two-way contract. If you look good, you feel good and when you smile at other people, you get noticed. So what do you want more of this month? If you want a new relationship, bring it on. If you would like more abundance in your life, be open to it. If you want to surround yourself with beauty, buy flowers or art.
Certainly it’s important to focus on the positive side of your astrology this month because we are in for a roller coaster ride. Venus too will be facing challenges and in fact, you could be aware of what’s coming up for you personally in the first week of August.
This is because of two major planetary events which involve the slower moving planets Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. These are the planets that Venus clashes with on the 15th (Pluto), the 17th (Jupiter) and the 24th (Uranus). So you get a sense of August’s themes in your life early on in the month and here’s what’s happening.
On the 3rd, Uranus turns retrograde in Aries and your career sector. Uranus is an unpredictable element, it’s about change, plans turning suddenly. You might be off work for a while or setting out on a new work path. Uranus is restless and is always keen to embrace what’s new rather than go back over old ground.
The following day, the 4th, Jupiter in Libra and your home and family sector clashes with Pluto in Capricorn and your relationship sector. This combination could flag up an ending for two reasons. Firstly, Pluto often negates what it touches and it can be linked to loss. Secondly, this is the third and final Jupiter-Pluto clash. The other two aspects took place in November 2016 and March 2017.
So perhaps it’s the end of the road for a relationship in your life or changes at home have a knock-on effect in other areas. Certainly this whole astrological combination feels as if you’ve reached a crossroads and you’re taking a good long look at the major components that make up your life.
It may be that you can’t yet make up your mind or perhaps someone else makes your mind up for you. As a general rule of thumb however, this is a good month to move away from any relationship that’s toxic in your life and instead look after no. 1. Treat yourself with Venus in Cancer, be kind and good to you.
This means not to go back to an ex for the umpteenth time or fool yourself that it will be different this time around with a family member who insists on being negative about you. Put yourself and your own needs first and draw people into your life who you enjoy being with. Seek out the loving relationship that you deserve.
On that note, the end of the month could be interesting for love and partnership. Saturn is your partner planet and it turns direct on the 25th and almost immediately makes a supportive planetary aspect to Jupiter in Libra and your home and family sector.
So perhaps you decide it’s time for someone to move in with you or maybe you recognise the person you want or need to be with. This might be linked to your past. Either way, create relationships that are respectful and built to last.
There are other key factors this month that demand attention too. Firstly, this is an eclipse month which means that one area of your life in particular could be dramatic. The Lunar or Full Moon eclipse takes place on the 7th and the Solar or New Moon eclipse takes place on the 21st. They cut across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac highlighting money matters in your chart.
So hold tight to your money and be wary of other people trying to take what’s rightfully yours. The Lunar Eclipse in particular could indicate a battle over money as the Moon is in Aquarius ruling joint finances. This often means that money is an emotional issue and financial ties cut deep.
You could find that someone withdraws an offer of money or stops paying you a regular amount. If you’re worried about money, the astrology suggests that it’s best to be financially independent now. Rather than get caught up in other people’s games, put your energy into earning more or make good use of the money you already have.
The Solar Eclipse on the 21st could be especially powerful and bring in a new money-making opportunity. The Sun in Leo is closely connected to the Jupiter-Saturn combination and this pattern is repeated throughout August. The long weekend of 10th to 13th could be significant in this respect and the period around the eclipse from the 20th to the 22nd.
Money and security are highlighted and you can improve your financial situation via your home and family or your work. Don’t let other people take control of your affairs and do ensure you keep on top of your finances.
You do have to work hard and be courageous when it comes to money matters. Come the 26th however, when Venus moves into Leo and your personal money sector, you may feel that at last you’re on stable ground or can at least see what next. Eclipses often bring what’s hidden to light.
Finally this month it’s also important to note that Mercury turns retrograde on the 13th in Virgo and your communication sector. So get important correspondence up to date before then and have any key conversations early in August.
After the 13th, there might be more misunderstandings and muddles than usual and it’s wise to double check everything. Post could easily go missing or you can’t find that vital piece of information. Wait until September before making any further moves or big decisions when new information comes to light.