Summer is a time to slow down, shed our ambition and relax our expectations. We are in the sign of Cancer (the great mother), and the pace is gentler and our needs are simpler—a cold drink, a cool breeze, a day at the beach. Yet this month is filled with potential land mines.
On July 2nd, an aggressive Mars challenges Pluto; watch out for power struggles and grandstanding. At the Capricorn full moon (July 8th), the sun and Mars (in Cancer) are pitted against powerful Pluto and the moon (in Capricorn). On July 17th, there’s a volatile class between Mars and Uranus. These edgy aspects can actually help us break old patterns and ingrained habits. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. The mood shifts on July 22nd when the mighty sun enters dazzling Leo, its own sign. The very next day is the charismatic Leo new moon. The sun and moon are further enhanced by brave Mars, also in Leo, and creative projects, recreation and romance soar.
This month can be stressful for kitty—apart from the intense aspects early July, there is the July 4th holiday with the usual fireworks. And let’s not forget the heat. Keep yourself and kitty well hydrated. Be lavish with your self care and with kitty’s care.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
A domestic situation could suddenly escalate July 5th to the 9th. Rams are known for their tempers, but you have a choice, you can fight with the sword or with the shield. Choose the shield. Circle July 18th, something you initiated and put on the back burner could actually come through. The impossible-to-ignore Leo new moon on July 23rd falls in your zone of pleasure; let the summer fun begin!
Aires is a fire sign and needs a lot of water. So does kitty. It’s important over the summer months to refresh his water bowl often. Adjust his diet as well.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Forget about foreign travel. Thanks to the sun, Mercury and Mars all in cozy Cancer, the fun happens at home or in the hood this month. July 22nd, the sun (in Leo) enters your domestic zone followed by the Leo new moon and you’re in the mood to make your home a palace. A creative project involving food, entertaining or children could inspire you and set you on a whole new path.
Did you know that Florence Nightingale was a cat person? It makes sense; she was a Taurus!
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Magnetic Venus enters Gemini July 4th, so all eyes will be on you. Consider a makeover or a chic hair style because you’ll be attracting new opportunities, friends, and fans. On July 9th, a relationship may need to be renegotiated. Geminis can speak about everything except their feelings but Mercury, in expressive Leo, helps you articulate your emotions. All could be resolved July 18th when Venus and Jupiter rendezvous.
Geminis love to travel, especially weekend jaunts to the mountains or the beach. Make sure kitty has everything he needs while you are away. If you hire a cat sitter, have him or her meet kitty beforehand while you are present, which sends a positive message to kitty.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
It’s Cancer season through July 23rd, so you’ve got the power to create something of lasting value. Make your wish list; the universe is listening. There could be some unexpected roadblocks July 5th to the 9th. Just keep calm and carry on. The sun enters Leo July 22nd, and then the outgoing Leo new moon takes place on July 23rd. Enjoy the party; just be careful not to overdo or overspend.
Like Cancers, kitty is extremely sensitive, especially to sudden noises. Over the July 4th weekend, make sure the air-conditioner is on (for the cool air but also to block out the noises). Spend some extra time with kitty before you leave the home. It will be healing for both of you.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
A tribe of planets passing through your solitary 12th house makes early July the ideal time to release the old year and focus on what is really calling you. Your birthday season begins July 20th when heroic Mars enters Leo, followed by the sun (July 22nd) and the Leo new moon (July 23rd)—your cosmic New Year. Your confidence is high, your creative juices are flowing and anything is possible!
Leos love to entertain and do so lavishly. If you’re having people over for a party or a barbeque, make sure that kitty has a safe place away from the action and open doors.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
A platonic relationship (possibly with someone at work) could develop into something deeper in early July. A creative project you’ve been working on may lose momentum at the July 8th full moon. No worries. A change of scenery (a yoga retreat, a weekend at the shore) will motivate you. Once your ruler, mental Mercury, enters Virgo on July 25th you’ll be on fire with fresh ideas and inspiration.
It’s not unusual to be away for a couple of weeks (or more) over the summer. Many kitties need meds and some require injections (say, for diabetes). Virgos are both health conscious and detailed oriented, so you understand how important it is for your cat sitter to do it correctly. Not only show your cat sitter how to do the meds, etc. but make a video (on your phone) for her or him.
Did you know that Cher, Kesha and Russell Brand are all cat lovers and Virgos?
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
Lovely Venus makes a harmonious relationship with jet-setting Jupiter on July 18th and love could blossom on foreign soil. The full moon on July 8th may expose a conflict involving home or work. Confrontation is not your style but if you deal with the situation directly, you’ll not only succeed, you’ll gain confidence and self-respect. The July 23rd new moon expands your social circle and networking possibilities.
Daily grooming is essential but even more so during the summer months. Kitty’s matted hair traps heat so brush often. Kitty will love you for the extra attention.
“If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace I would surely vote for the purr.” – Barbara L. Diamond
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
If you want to get away for a sexy weekend, July 7th is ideal. July 18th those two wealth planets, Venus and Pluto align in your favor and an investment you make now could pay off later. The Leo new moon on July 23rd falls in your career zone; if you’ve been trying to get the attention of a boss or authority figure, now’s your chance. Be prepared and leave nothing to chance.
People who have cats live are in the presence of angels. More than other species, cats have an angelic quality, a healing presence. We are blessed to live with these great beings.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Venus sashays into flirty Gemini and your zone of true love on July 4th. Circle July 18th, the goddess hobnobs with to your patron, Jupiter, in your social zone; spontaneous parties and fun could lead to something more serious. Sagittarians are gypsies and the Leo new moon plus red-hot Mars could inspire a big adventure. Just don’t go overboard; you may be a Sadge but you’re still human.
Sadges love to travel the globe so it’s not unusual for you to be away for long periods. You miss kitty and no doubt kitty misses you. Consider having your cat sitter Skype with kitty so you can stay in touch.
“When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me.?” -Montaigne
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
The Capricorn full moon on July 9th falls in the zone that governs appearance and personality. There’s no better time to upgrade your style, adjust your mindset, and let go of anything that’s not working. On July 18th, Jupiter (in your public zone) and Venus (in your work area) align; that new look and attitude could help you land a promotion or a raise. Single or taken, July 20th romance heats up.
Weekend jaunts and vacations means there’s a lot of things to prepare for your cat sitter or the friend who will be taking care of kitty. Do you have a list with feeding instructions, meds (if needed), cat litter box directions, favorite toys, where to order extra cat food and litter, plus the name and phone number of your vet and other emergency numbers? Keep your list on your computer so you can update it.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Artistic Venus enters Gemini and your creative zone July 4th ushering in one of the most inspired times this year. It’s also one of the most romantic! The sun, moon, Mercury and Mars all spend time in your commitment zone this month. Late July you could meet “The One” or your current relationship may go to the next level. There’s drama brewing July 20th, but remember, you don’t have to join in.
If you’re planning a trip, make sure to bring kitty to the vet beforehand for a check-up. That way any potential problems can be handled early. You’ll feel more relaxed when away knowing kitty is in good shape. And so will kitty!
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Planets in comfy Cancer early July promise good times with family, friends, and children. The Leo new moon on July 23rd falls in your zone of health and habits. Pisces are known for their inspiration and not their organization skills. Consider refreshing your home with some Feng Shui and strengthening your body with yoga. Venus enters your zone of rest and recreation July 31st, making it the perfect time for a vacation.
Is kitty ignoring you? There could be a reason. Or, as Mary Bly said, “Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”
Virginia Bell is an astrologer and writer based in New York City. She writes a horoscope column for CBS, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has written astrology columns for brands including Refinery29, TV Guide and US Weekly.