Contributed by Lisa Stardust
July brings mixed energies this month. But you should try not to let the cosmos stand in the way of enjoying the first official month of summer. Generally speaking, here’s what to expect astrologically:
The lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 5th will bring closure to the drama that began in your world last summer. Finally, you’ll be able to move past the challenges that came your way and find a safer emotional place for yourself.
Authoritative Saturn spins back into rigid Capricorn on July 1st, taking you back to the power struggle that emerged with your pet parents in the beginning of March. But I think we all know who’s boss in your dynamic, don’t you?
Mercury, who’s been retrograde since June 18th, ends its moonwalk on July 12th in emotional Cancer. This will be a time of slight instability, making even the peppiest of pups slightly lethargic and the perkiest of kittens act erratic.
The New Moon in tender Cancer on July 20th will give you time to reconnect with your pet mom and dad, as well as old friends at the dog park or at a socially-distanced BBQ.
A few days after the New Moon, the Sun enters Leo on July 22nd, boosting your confidence with a moment to let your star-power shine bright.
Cat and Dog Horoscopes for July
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Sun’s out, guns out! You are feeling vibrant and ready to embrace summer. Channel this newfound gusto into positive recreational activities such as a robust neighborhood walk or run with your parents. You’ve got energy to burn! If you’re lucky, there will be an opportunity to spend some time at the beach for a long, relaxing walk and even a doggy paddle dip in the waves.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You love to spend your days chilling and relaxing at home (to be fair, most pets and their people are doing the same these days). But even the most reclusive of cats need to socialize from time to time, and I’m looking at you, Taurus. Try to be a little more social now, if you can do it safely. Even for just an hour a week, make the time to connect with your crew and tap into the energy of your community. You know it will brighten your ‘tude—and you know you need it.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
In the harsh light of quarantine and all this time spent at home, it’s become clear that your pet parent’s partner is a dud. Clearly, it’s not working out between them—or for you, for that matter. It’s time to put your foot down, loyal Gemini, and let mom or dad know how you feel. Some strategic barking, growling, or shoe-chewing in the direction of the S.O. should get the message across. Once the deadbeat is out the door, there’s a lot more cuddle time for you with your favorite human.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Life has been totally nuts, up until now. Fortunately, thanks to some planetary realignment, much of the confusion you’ve been experiencing with your mom and dad—not to mention your pack—will be scaling back this month. You’ll also find a little more emotional space to better express yourself—and this month, your message won’t be falling on deaf ears, so make it count.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Sheltering in place has made you feel like a hermit. But, this month it’s likely you will have a chance to reconnect with your troop if you can manage some good social distancing. While you may want to lick and slobber all over their faces when you reunite with your besties, it’s best to follow the rules. Focus on how uplifting it will be to walk and just be with your best friends once again, and let that be enough for now.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Let’s start with the good news! The economy is slowly opening back up and that means more opportunities for fun and recreation. By the middle of the month you may even have learned a new hobby! But your ability to recognize these positive changes can be clouded by the haze of boredom that has been your life for the last few months. Try to remember, especially during the first half of the month, the adventures you’ve enjoyed in the past to find inspiration to move ahead.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
You have dreams—and even though you don’t try, you often wish that you could live them out. This month, embrace your fantasy world and allow yourself the opportunity to play out your desires IRL. Who knows? They may even come true if you use your ingenuity and creativity to make it happen. You can create the world you want, but you’re going to have to use your imagination and get resourceful.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
A chance encounter will spark some repressed memories for you. It could be as simple as a familiar scent or sound, or even a critter who reminds you of someone you used to know. As a result of this interaction, you’ll become nostalgic for your youth and the good old days. Just go with it. Times are hard right now, so take it easy on yourself and feel your memories and emotions and try not to feel guilty about revisiting the past.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
The time has come for you to set boundaries with the ‘rents. It’s a total drag being on their schedule all the time! Time for a good reminder that they can work with you, too. Don’t budge when they begin to shake your leash or sprinkle that catnap to get you to play. A vacant stare when they call your name or a scratch at the bedroom door at 4 a.m. will help drop some hints. Of course, there are other things you can do (and you know what they are); keep those in your pocket until you really need them.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Finding time to spend with your mom or dad is harder than ever now. And you’re beginning to miss lazing in their lap while watching Netflix. Give them little hints (sitting on the laptop or newspaper or positioning yourself directly underfoot is always a good idea) that you want and need more TLC. Chances are, they will give in and give you the attention you crave. After all, who could resist spending time with you?
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
This month calls for extra self-care. Even though you often put your needs on the back burner for others, it’s time for you to unapologetically put yourself first. There’s nothing wrong with being a little selfish, especially when you’re in need of a good grooming complete with a head massage and paw manicure. You deserve to have this time to yourself to destress and rejuvenate your mind, mind, and spirit.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Creativity runs deep within you, but you are facing roadblocks in how to express your passions. Instead of pulling all of your chewies, plushies, and ropes out of your bin in frustration and leaving them in a messy pile, use these toys as tools to create the ultimate escape within your home. You can use them to make an obstacle course or to start a new game with mom or dad. You have all the tools you need right now, so get to work and express yourself!
About the Author: Lisa Stardust has studied the zodiac for over a decade as an astrologer and cosmic writer, and has contributed to publications and websites such as Teen Vogue, The Hoodwitch, Cosmopolitan, and O, Oprah Magazine.