July 2023: Astrology Top 5

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July is here, marking the start of the second half of 2023. And, there’s lots to look forward to in the coming month. Here are the top 5 astrological events to take note of, so you can use the astrology to better your own life.


The Sun is in water sign Cancer up until July 23rd. Cancer is the star sign linked to the home and family, your connection to the past. It can be a sentimental time when memories come to the surface.

Ruled by the Moon, emotions can ebb and flow more than usual during Cancer season. Be in tune with the tides of the sea and your own emotional compass. The Full and New Moon phases are tied in tothis cycle:

1. Full Moon Capricorn – July 3, 2023

During the Full Moon, the light of the moon is at its peak, shining a light on your current situation. Traditionally, a Full Moon is the time to trust your intuition, make important decisions and bring matters to completion or culmination. 

This is the start of the waning phase of the Moon cycle, an ideal time to release and let go of what’s no longer needed in your life. 

This Full Moon falls in earth sign Capricorn. It’s a stabilising Full Moon with support from the slower-moving planets Jupiter and Saturn. Stand firm on the earth, be committed to your path, bring matters to completion.

2. New Moon Cancer – July 17, 2023 

A New Moon is a symbol of new beginnings. Traditionally, a New Moon is the time to launch a project, begin something new and start over. 

This is the beginning of the waxing phase of the Moon cycle, an ideal time to set your intentions for the month ahead. Make a wish when you first catch sight of the crescent Moon, a couple of days after the New Moon date.

This month’s New Moon falls in water sign Cancer, an emotional and sensitive star sign. Plus, the planet of endings Pluto is involved. 

Therefore, dig deep and use the New Moon energy to get rid of anything toxic or dark in your life, to grieve or move through loss, so you can then start over.

3. North Node enters Aries – July 17, 2023

The karmic nodes change star sign mid-month moving back from Taurus/Scorpio to the Aries/Libra axis. 

The nodes – the path of destiny – play a key role in the eclipse cycles and Aries & Libra will be the star signs in the cosmic spotlight until January 2025. 

Wherever the nodes/eclipses fall in your horoscope, this is where you can expect accelerated growth as the wheel of fortune turns. 

I’ll be telling you more about this mid-month on the Astrology Blog. Alternatively, you could sign up to the Weekly Newsletter to ensure you find out what it means for you and how to make the most of this new karmic cycle – sign up below.

4. Sun enters Leo – July 23, 2023

The Sun enters Leo on July 23rd. Plus, as the month begins, the lovers of the heavens, Venus and Mars, are in Leo and close together. This combination is passionate and fun, a red-hot combination.

However, even if you rush into love, things may slow down once Mars leaves Leo on July 10th. The planet of action then enters dutiful Virgo, the star sign linked to work and service.

Leo remains the dominant star sign though, as talk planet Mercury is in Leo from July 11th to 28th. Wherever Leo falls in your horoscope, this is where there’s passion, excitement and a chance to take centre stage.

5. Venus Turns Retrograde – July 23, 2023

The big planetary news this month is love planet Venus turning retrograde. When a planet turns retrograde, its energy is said to be weakened. Venus will disappear from the night sky and return as a morning star. She’ll be hidden from view for a short while.

This gives you a clue as to the themes of Venus retrograde. What’s hidden from you or is changing direction? 

Traditionally, this is not the time to engage avidly with Venusian pursuits, i.e. don’t marry, have cosmetic surgery or make a major investment – love, money & beauty. This is because you may regret your decision or choice once Venus is back up to speed.

When planets are retrograde, it’s time to turn your attention inwards. You may be reflecting about love, what it means to you, whether you’re in the right relationship, what sort of relationship you want, etc.

Money too falls under the cosmic microscope during this retrograde phase. A time to let go of some of your long-held beliefs or ideas around money or explore new ways of making money. It’s a time for contemplation rather than out-and-out action.

As with all retrograde phases, Venus retrograde connects you to the past. You may hear from an ex or a childhood sweetheart. Or, perhaps you’re drawn back to your past.

If you still have strong feelings for someone you loved previously, this can be a good time to get back in touch to explore those feelings once again. And, with Venus in fire sign Leo, it may be a passionate encounter. Yet, sometimes, a lover goes absent or quiet on you during Venus retrograde. Alternatively, you’re the one who’s in retreat. 

Venus retrograde in Leo is a symbol of self-love, a reminder that it’s only when you love yourself deeply that you find more ease in your close relationships. Focus on your own happiness while Venus dives deep into Leo, the star sign linked to self-expression and artistry.

Venus gathers energy and strength in her retrograde phase. The turning point will come mid-August as she gets ready to re-emerge as warrior woman early September.

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