Get ready for a flood of feelings…well, make that a tsunami. July’s emotionally charged eclipses sweep in on the 2nd and 16th, bringing unexpected developments and rapid changes. Deep breaths: Some of these surprises can be pleasant! (In fact, we’re hoping all of them are.) But it’s hard to predict exactly how these momentous moonbeams will play out.
Eclipses always arrive in tandem with new moons (solar) and full moons (lunar), and quite literally reveal a shadow. There’s an undeniable eeriness as the moon’s silhouette appears to blot out the sun, or the earth’s shadow paints the full moon a blood red hue. This is not an everyday event, astronomically or astrologically.
During a solar eclipse, it’s like someone suddenly switched off the lights, leaving you to grope around in the dark. Since you can’t rely on your go-to faculties, you’re forced to activate other “sights,” like intuition. Your sixth sense will be your saving grace on July 2. Cancer governs the way we nurture and “mother” ourselves, our approach to home and family. Can you hear the cosmic self-care wakeup call? Stop slamming coffee and frozen margs, and start chugging those green smoothies. Domestic discords may surface, but also smooth out within two weeks of July 2. Maybe it’s time to move in with bae…or say farewell to your roommate so you can give solo dwelling a whirl. If you’re hunting for new digs, a flood of Zillow alerts could blow up your phone; of maybe you’ll have a Marie Kondo awakening, and find a clever way to reconfigure your studio apartment. One thing’s for sure: You’ll need to set up a sacred space!
Lunar eclipses, like the one that arrives with the July 16 full moon in Capricorn, can be deeply revelatory. Hidden opportunities may come to light; scandals may be exposed. And just as the awe-inspiring effects of an eclipse only last for a short window of time, you’ll need to act on whatever emerges fast to reap the rewards…or prevent a meltdown.
The Capricorn lunar eclipse is a culmination of the January 5, 2019 solar (new moon) eclipse. If you wrote down your resolutions or made a vision board, pull it out for review. Have those dreams been realized? If not, you’ll be motivated to get them going again, perhaps manifesting something major by 2019’s final eclipse, on December 26. If you’ve been hustling diligently since Q1, you could have a lovely payoff already this July.
On a global level, the Cancer-Capricorn eclipse series, which began on July 12, 2018 (and lasts until July 5, 2020), is bringing issues of gender into the spotlight. Cancer represents the archetypal mother and Alpha female. Capricorn teaches us daddy lessons, and calls forth the “divine masculine.” The battle of the sexes has grown fiercer since this eclipse series began. To wit, U.S. women’s reproductive rights are increasingly under threat from a patriarchal administration. Historical numbers of women, particularly women of color, were voted into the House during the 2018 midterms; yet, the U.S. government still remains overarchingly white and male. With both Cancer and Capricorn associated with families, the shadow of the U.S. has been exposed by the gut-wrenching separation of parents and children seeking asylum at the national border.
But every jaw-dropping moment is also a clarion call, especially where eclipses are concerned. They’re simply revealing what was there all along; things that, perhaps, we collectively just didn’t want to see it. Optimistically, July’s Cancer solar eclipse could mobilize action around issues involving women and families. The Capricorn lunar eclipse may bring an alchemical shift among men, who want to rise above toxic masculinity and support the idea that women’s rights are human rights.
On a personal level, July will be anything but predictable. But if you can “plan” for some chaos, you won’t lose your mind when these moonbeams drop you into astrological Oz. Here’s how the eclipses could impact every zodiac sign.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Home sweet home? Turn your space into an Aries oasis, whether that means reconfiguring rooms or literally moving. A new group of women could rock your world and possibly become future collaborators. Family may need additional support, so prepare to jump in as MVP.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Transformation comes for your career, and you’re ready to go “all in” on an ambitious goal. You could get a raise, a line of credit to start a business, or an out-of-the-blue offer. If it’s time to bolt, try to exit strategically (rather than rage-quitting). An important male figure may have news or an opportunity to share.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: The local scene is calling your name, so get involved, Bull. You could find your summer squad at the neighborhood pub, open mic night or a street festival. Transportation is highlighted. Drive carefully; and test a new (electric) car if you’re ready to upgrade.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Opportunity and news may come from afar, necessitating last-minute travel. Don’t miss the chance to get in on the ground floor of a potentially profitable venture. As long as you’ve read all the documentation and know that this is more of an investment than a gamble, this could bring a big win. Some Bulls may enroll in school—or drop out of a program that’s not bringing an ROI.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Get your hustle on! The tide is turning on finances, but you need to bring some integrity back to your budgeting. That might mean a spending freeze until you’ve upped your earnings. Stability is the goal, even if that means returning to the grind to pay some dues.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Intensity alert! This is a soulful, sexy day that could be one of the most passionate of 2019! But watch out, because jealousy could erupt like an active volcano, so watch that vengeful streak. Remember what Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye will only leave the whole world blind.”
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Nailed it! This could be a stellar launch day for any of your initiatives, provided you’ve run the tests are well prepared. But don’t wing it, Crab, and if you’re too nervous, reschedule. Let your spontaneous side guide you for at least a few hours. You could walk right into an unexpected opportunity!
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Commit or quit! There’s no room for grey in your relationships today. This eclipse draws a line in the sand. You’re either in or out. The adventure (shared or solo) begins once you commit to a path and stop looking back.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: White light insights hit you out of nowhere! Have a seat and process this, Leo. You can’t deny your truth, but that might also mean saying goodbye to someone (or something) you’ve outgrown. Summertime sadness might be part of the process, so keep the tissues close. Or, let this be day one of your graceful exit that you make before 2019 is through.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Have you been slacking on self-care? No mas! This eclipse could bring a wakeup call for Leos who’ve been skipping yoga, pounding umbrella drinks and living on pizza. Plunge into a summertime fitness routine and reboot your bod with plant-based fare.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Flex those social butterfly wings! A new friend group is forming, both online and IRL. Submerge yourself in local activities and practice being a joiner instead of hovering on the periphery of a scene. Update digital devices and choose a stronger password before Mercury turns retrograde on the 7th.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Step into the spotlight! This eclipse lights up your zone of fame, fashion and flirtation, drawing attention your way. Put your best foot forward because you never know who’s checking out your Instagram Story under the light of an eclipse. Romantic developments happen fast, and you may have something epic to announce within a month.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: New career opportunities emerge, whether you’re honing a fresh skill or embarking on a totally different path. A nurturing man could be part of this fateful acceleration. Don’t be stubborn about accepting his support.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Where will you hang your fedora next, Libra? A big change may be in store as you close on a house or sign a lease on your dream apartment. Staying put? Shifts within your inner circle could shake up your social life. Take space from certain people and use the time to get closer to friends who are on the level this summer.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Cast a wider net! A long-distance opportunity could rock your world, luring you off to distant ports. Or, you may begin exploring the possibility of traveling or relocating for work over the next six months. Some Scorpios might enroll in school or get to work on a promising side hustle.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: In or out? A work partnership or creative collab could be cemented under this full moon; or you may break free to find a more suitable match. Watch your words, Scorpio. Those little slings and stings could come back to haunt you if you don’t get a handle on your emotions. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people and prune your friend list of everyone else.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Think beyond the 9-5 grind, Sagittarius, as this eclipse activates your zone of big money. You could earn a bundle from passive income, royalties, or an investment like a rental property. Shared finances come under the microscope. Is your partner pulling their weight? This sexy summer awakening could send an electric current through your romantic life, but if you want this to work, you’ll need trust to go with the lust.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Your need for material security becomes greater under this eclipse, which might just serve up a lucrative job opportunity. Some Archers might need to downsize. Tighten up your belt as you figure out ways to drum up more cash. A helpful man could light the path to prosperity within a month of this eclipse.
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Keep your mind and heart open. You might see a relationship in a totally new light. If you’re still searching for your perfect plus-one, a fateful meeting could happen within two weeks of this eclipse. A business partner might also emerge, ready to sign on for a trial project.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Get off the fence, Capricorn. It’s time to commit to the most important person of all—yourself! A passion project could take flight, or you could be vaulted into a leadership role. This eclipse gives your goals major juice. Hit the gas and see what you can accomplish before summer is through!
July 2 Solar Eclipse: Should it stay or should it go? Give your life a deep clean, Aquarius, from your storage closets to your eating habits. This eclipse could get you inspired about work again, so set an ambitious Q3 goal. Ground yourself in healthy routines to keep balanced. Regular exercise will only pump up your productivity.
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Helpful people are all around you, like mentors and “earth angel” guides who can support your inner growth. But they can’t offer you anything unless you open up. Get vulnerable, Aquarius, and you’ll soon be flourishing. No one makes it to the top alone!
July 2 Solar Eclipse: New moon, new you! This fashion-forward eclipse brings a wave of style inspiration and divine creative downloads. You’re ready to be the queen of something, and this eclipse could put you on the path to your throne. An unexpected romance could sweep you off your feet, but don’t start drama just to keep things “interesting.”
July 16 Lunar Eclipse: Your soul squad emerges! Finally, Pisces, you’ll click with people who are into the same things that currently light your fire. This may also mean parting from a group that you’ve outgrown. Update to stronger passwords and be mindful online. One of your posts could go viral…but you want it to be for the right reason.