Your July Horoscope

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This month, get ready to accept more responsibility for your actions. On July 1, a retrograde Saturn enters Capricorn. Saturn rules boundaries and authority; when it moves in reverse, we’re given an opportunity to reassess the structures and systems we normally accept unquestioningly. That it occurs in the hardworking sign of the Goat means we may be getting a serious reality check. Avoid the temptation to over-commit, so you can really make the most of this eye-opening transit. On July 5 at 12:44 a.m. EST, our intuition will get a boost with the arrival of a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Eclipses wake people up; this one can help us understand what we need to let go of in order to move forward. Messenger Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, after having been retrograde since June 18. Mercury retrogrades are notorious for blocking up travel and communication, so by this point, we’re more than ready for these areas to flow more smoothly; but manage your expectations, as we're still in a post-retrograde shadow until July 26. Get in touch with your inner performer starting July 22, when the Sun makes his way into his favorite sign, Leo. We'll be craving the spotlight, and ready to celebrate our talents. But we may be more prone to selfishness and vanity during this time, so we’ll have to be careful to check ourselves before we step on any toes. On July 27, charming Venus forms a square against dreamy Neptune. This transit can bring up feelings of discouragement, confusion, and disillusionment, so it will be critical for us to build up our self-confidence, and avoid comparing ourselves to others. We're ready to unblock our thinking on July 30, when intelligent Mercury creates a favorable trine with psychic Neptune. We may enjoy a renewed interest in learning about new subjects, and we’ll feel empowered to use our intellect to help the world. 

<strong>Aries</strong> <br><strong>21st</strong> <strong>March to 19th April</strong><br><br><br>It's time to retrace your steps, Aries. The month kicks off with status-minded Saturn moving retrograde in Capricorn, encouraging you to review your career journey — and to revamp your goals and your strategies for reaching them. Take a moment to take stock of your social life on July 5, during the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. At this time, your pleasure-seeking Sun opposes the domestic-governing Moon, enabling you to actually find a true work-life balance. On July 22, when your entertainment-loving Sun illuminates your <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/12-astrology-houses-meaning" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:5th house of creativity, pleasure, and romance" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">5th house of creativity, pleasure, and romance</a>, you’ll feel a burst of spontaneity and joy — it’ll finally feel like summer has arrived. Wellness-minded Mercury creates a trine with inner growth-ruling Neptune on July 30, encouraging you to slow down and heal your mind and body. Find a peaceful activity to help you quiet your thoughts. <br><br><br><br><br>
Aries
21st March to 19th April


It's time to retrace your steps, Aries. The month kicks off with status-minded Saturn moving retrograde in Capricorn, encouraging you to review your career journey — and to revamp your goals and your strategies for reaching them. Take a moment to take stock of your social life on July 5, during the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. At this time, your pleasure-seeking Sun opposes the domestic-governing Moon, enabling you to actually find a true work-life balance. On July 22, when your entertainment-loving Sun illuminates your 5th house of creativity, pleasure, and romance, you’ll feel a burst of spontaneity and joy — it’ll finally feel like summer has arrived. Wellness-minded Mercury creates a trine with inner growth-ruling Neptune on July 30, encouraging you to slow down and heal your mind and body. Find a peaceful activity to help you quiet your thoughts.




<strong>Taurus</strong> <br><strong>20th April to 20th May</strong><br><br><br>What life lessons have stuck with you, Taurus? July 1 offers up an opportunity to review them, as philosophical Saturn in retrograde enters Capricorn. You might uncover even deeper meaning during this enlightening transit. After retrograding since June 18, money-conscious Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, helping to bring back <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/financial-confidence-money-tips" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:your financial confidence" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">your financial confidence</a>. But continue to be careful with where you spend your cash until July 26, as the messenger planet will still be in his post-retrograde shadow period. Starting July 22, the home-loving Sun brightens up your 4th house of family, instincts, and foundations. You’ll want to nest and spend time with your family. On July 22, materialistic Mercury creates a sextile with career-minded Uranus, giving you a little shot of genius. You may stumble upon a brilliant new idea — run with it.<br><br><br><br><br>
Taurus
20th April to 20th May


What life lessons have stuck with you, Taurus? July 1 offers up an opportunity to review them, as philosophical Saturn in retrograde enters Capricorn. You might uncover even deeper meaning during this enlightening transit. After retrograding since June 18, money-conscious Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, helping to bring back your financial confidence. But continue to be careful with where you spend your cash until July 26, as the messenger planet will still be in his post-retrograde shadow period. Starting July 22, the home-loving Sun brightens up your 4th house of family, instincts, and foundations. You’ll want to nest and spend time with your family. On July 22, materialistic Mercury creates a sextile with career-minded Uranus, giving you a little shot of genius. You may stumble upon a brilliant new idea — run with it.




<strong>Gemini</strong> <br><strong>21st May 21 to 20th June</strong><br><br><br>Embrace abundance, Gemini. July 5 brings a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, opening your eyes to hidden belongings and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-make-money-online-guide" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:unexpected sources of income" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">unexpected sources of income</a>. You can begin to build up your confidence again, after a nearly month-long Mercury retrograde, on July 12 as the messenger planet stations direct again in Cancer. It's easier for you to communicate your ideas and thoughts, especially after July 26, when the post-retrograde shadow passes. Your attentions become more focused starting July 22, when the Sun highlights your 3rd house of communication, thought, and community. Reach out to people who challenge you intellectually during this transit. Passionate Jupiter creates a sextile with status minded Neptune on July 27, encouraging you to stand up for your ideas. You could be on the verge of creating something brilliant.<br><br><br><br><br>
Gemini
21st May 21 to 20th June


Embrace abundance, Gemini. July 5 brings a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, opening your eyes to hidden belongings and unexpected sources of income. You can begin to build up your confidence again, after a nearly month-long Mercury retrograde, on July 12 as the messenger planet stations direct again in Cancer. It's easier for you to communicate your ideas and thoughts, especially after July 26, when the post-retrograde shadow passes. Your attentions become more focused starting July 22, when the Sun highlights your 3rd house of communication, thought, and community. Reach out to people who challenge you intellectually during this transit. Passionate Jupiter creates a sextile with status minded Neptune on July 27, encouraging you to stand up for your ideas. You could be on the verge of creating something brilliant.




<strong>Cancer</strong> <br><strong>21st June to 22nd July</strong><br><br><br>How’s your game face, Cancer? On July 1, affection-ruling Saturn in retrograde makes his way into Capricorn. For Crabs, this transit is a good time to ask yourself how you can better communicate your emotions to friends and loved ones, ultimately strengthening those relationships. Count your blessings on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. The materialistic Sun opposes your ruling Moon during this transit, encouraging you to be mindful of what you've been given. Meditate on how you can give back, and share your abundance with others. Spiritual-centered Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, helping you to reconnect with your sense of inner growth. The money-conscious Sun creates a trine with lucky Neptune, too, making it a favorable day for you. Keep your eyes peeled for new opportunities. On July 22, the Sun lights up your 2nd house of finances, values, and possessions. Make time to invest in your future, whether that means putting a chunk of change into a retirement account or spending on a big-ticket item that you’ll have forever.<br><br><br><br><br>
Cancer
21st June to 22nd July


How’s your game face, Cancer? On July 1, affection-ruling Saturn in retrograde makes his way into Capricorn. For Crabs, this transit is a good time to ask yourself how you can better communicate your emotions to friends and loved ones, ultimately strengthening those relationships. Count your blessings on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. The materialistic Sun opposes your ruling Moon during this transit, encouraging you to be mindful of what you've been given. Meditate on how you can give back, and share your abundance with others. Spiritual-centered Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, helping you to reconnect with your sense of inner growth. The money-conscious Sun creates a trine with lucky Neptune, too, making it a favorable day for you. Keep your eyes peeled for new opportunities. On July 22, the Sun lights up your 2nd house of finances, values, and possessions. Make time to invest in your future, whether that means putting a chunk of change into a retirement account or spending on a big-ticket item that you’ll have forever.




<strong>Leo</strong> <br><strong>23rd July to 22nd August</strong><br><br><br>Embrace your vulnerability, Leo. The ruling Sun in your 12th house of inner growth creates a sextile with affectionate Uranus on July 1, delivering an energy that will support you as you attempt to ignite real change. Practice mindfulness on July 5 upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Keep your ears open for new information; you’ll be ready to shift your perspective today. Money-minded Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12. During the Mercury retrograde, which began June 18, you had a chance to assess your spending habits; now’s the chance to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/what-is-50-30-20-budget-rule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:tweak your budget" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">tweak your budget</a> based on what you learned. The Sun celebrates your 1st house of self, first impressions, and appearance starting July 22, helping you command the spotlight once again. Act with integrity during this transit, and work to be selfless when you can. Care for your belongings and get organized on July 22, when materialistic Mercury creates a sextile with passionate Uranus. You might find yourself spending a few hours reorganizing your closet. These planets complementing each other inspires you to experiment with a new look.<br><br><br><br><br>
Leo
23rd July to 22nd August


Embrace your vulnerability, Leo. The ruling Sun in your 12th house of inner growth creates a sextile with affectionate Uranus on July 1, delivering an energy that will support you as you attempt to ignite real change. Practice mindfulness on July 5 upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Keep your ears open for new information; you’ll be ready to shift your perspective today. Money-minded Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12. During the Mercury retrograde, which began June 18, you had a chance to assess your spending habits; now’s the chance to tweak your budget based on what you learned. The Sun celebrates your 1st house of self, first impressions, and appearance starting July 22, helping you command the spotlight once again. Act with integrity during this transit, and work to be selfless when you can. Care for your belongings and get organized on July 22, when materialistic Mercury creates a sextile with passionate Uranus. You might find yourself spending a few hours reorganizing your closet. These planets complementing each other inspires you to experiment with a new look.




<strong>Virgo</strong> <br><strong>23rd August to 22nd September</strong><br><br><br>Take a trip down memory lane, Virgo. You could rediscover an old hobby starting July 1, when pleasure-seeking Saturn moves retrograde through Capricorn, a nostalgia-inducing transit. Pay attention to your instincts on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. You may be surprised by what you uncover during this transit, as the Moon creates an opposition with ruling Mercury. You're ready to begin making progress in your work on July 12, when status-conscious Mercury stations direct in psychic Cancer. You’ll be chomping at the bit to plough through your to-do list, but don't push yourself too hard; the messenger planet is still moving through his post-retrograde shadow period until July 26. Step back from public-facing projects beginning July 22, when the Sun moves into your 12th house of inner growth, vulnerability, and conclusion. It's time for you to collect your thoughts, and engage with your spiritual side. It’s also a good day to brainstorm on how you can create a better balance between your professional and personal lives, as career-minded Mercury forms a sextile with wellness-ruling Uranus.<br><br><br><br><br>
Virgo
23rd August to 22nd September


Take a trip down memory lane, Virgo. You could rediscover an old hobby starting July 1, when pleasure-seeking Saturn moves retrograde through Capricorn, a nostalgia-inducing transit. Pay attention to your instincts on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. You may be surprised by what you uncover during this transit, as the Moon creates an opposition with ruling Mercury. You're ready to begin making progress in your work on July 12, when status-conscious Mercury stations direct in psychic Cancer. You’ll be chomping at the bit to plough through your to-do list, but don't push yourself too hard; the messenger planet is still moving through his post-retrograde shadow period until July 26. Step back from public-facing projects beginning July 22, when the Sun moves into your 12th house of inner growth, vulnerability, and conclusion. It's time for you to collect your thoughts, and engage with your spiritual side. It’s also a good day to brainstorm on how you can create a better balance between your professional and personal lives, as career-minded Mercury forms a sextile with wellness-ruling Uranus.




<strong>Libra</strong> <br><strong>23rd</strong> <strong>September to 22nd October</strong><br><br><br>Does your home need a little straightening, Libra? You may see flaws around your house that require attention starting July 1, when domestic-ruling Saturn in retrograde enters Capricorn. Meditate on your career goals during July 5's Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Unconscious information may be revealed to you during this eye-opening eclipse. It may be time for you to create new goals that align with your values. It's easier for you to lean on your spiritual side starting July 12, when inner growth-ruling Mercury stations direct in sensitive Cancer. Consider rededicating yourself to a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/30-day-meditation-challenge" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:daily mindfulness ritual" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">daily mindfulness ritual</a>. You're ready to socialize starting July 22, when the Sun illuminates your 11th house of groups, friendships, and goals. Chances are there will still be social distancing restrictions in place around that time, so be responsible as you think about reconnecting with your friends. You may be in the mood to share success stories of your wellness journey on July 27, as communication-ruling Jupiter creates a sextile with health-conscious Neptune. Speak to friends and family to pick up tips that help to lift your spirits.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Libra
23rd September to 22nd October


Does your home need a little straightening, Libra? You may see flaws around your house that require attention starting July 1, when domestic-ruling Saturn in retrograde enters Capricorn. Meditate on your career goals during July 5's Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Unconscious information may be revealed to you during this eye-opening eclipse. It may be time for you to create new goals that align with your values. It's easier for you to lean on your spiritual side starting July 12, when inner growth-ruling Mercury stations direct in sensitive Cancer. Consider rededicating yourself to a daily mindfulness ritual. You're ready to socialize starting July 22, when the Sun illuminates your 11th house of groups, friendships, and goals. Chances are there will still be social distancing restrictions in place around that time, so be responsible as you think about reconnecting with your friends. You may be in the mood to share success stories of your wellness journey on July 27, as communication-ruling Jupiter creates a sextile with health-conscious Neptune. Speak to friends and family to pick up tips that help to lift your spirits.






<strong>Scorpio</strong> <br><strong>23rd October to 21st November</strong><br><br><br>Are you thinking of putting your creative talents to use, Scorpio? You may find a new way to reach your career goals at home on July 1, when the status-ruling Sun creates a sextile with domestic Uranus. Open your mind to new possibilities as you figure out <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/having-it-all-advice" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:how to design your latest professional path" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">how to design your latest professional path</a>. Clear your thinking on July 5 upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn — you could be sitting on a brilliant solution that saves you time and energy, but you’ll need to quiet your mind to see it. On July 14, the Sun forms an opposition against material Jupiter. You may receive some praise for your hard work. Enjoy, but stay modest, as greed reflects more intensely upon your character during this transit. Relinquish control on July 15, when the Sun opposes ruling Pluto. This transit can help you to reflect on how you can pursue your goals without pushing others out of the way. On July 22, the Sun brightens up your 10th house of career, structure, and public image. This is a good day to focus on self-improvement, especially surrounding your people skills.<br><br><br><br><br>
Scorpio
23rd October to 21st November


Are you thinking of putting your creative talents to use, Scorpio? You may find a new way to reach your career goals at home on July 1, when the status-ruling Sun creates a sextile with domestic Uranus. Open your mind to new possibilities as you figure out how to design your latest professional path. Clear your thinking on July 5 upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn — you could be sitting on a brilliant solution that saves you time and energy, but you’ll need to quiet your mind to see it. On July 14, the Sun forms an opposition against material Jupiter. You may receive some praise for your hard work. Enjoy, but stay modest, as greed reflects more intensely upon your character during this transit. Relinquish control on July 15, when the Sun opposes ruling Pluto. This transit can help you to reflect on how you can pursue your goals without pushing others out of the way. On July 22, the Sun brightens up your 10th house of career, structure, and public image. This is a good day to focus on self-improvement, especially surrounding your people skills.




<strong>Sagittarius</strong> <br><strong>22nd November to 21st December</strong><br><br><br>Are you ready to put the work in, Sagittarius? You'll have the opportunity to review your relationship with money on July 1, as financial-minded Saturn in retrograde moves through Capricorn. Invest your energy in creating a plan that helps you to heal from past mistakes and relieve stress. Enjoy a new optimistic attitude arriving on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Use this transit to become more aware of your blessings — and share them with your community, whether <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-donate-money-effectively" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:through donation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">through donation</a>, volunteering, or some other method. Imaginative Mercury's sextile complements this event with dynamic Uranus, meaning literally anything is possible. Love- and career-ruling Mercury stations direct on July 12, helping you to reconnect with your passions. But continue to project your energy in matters of love and work, expecting misunderstandings and miscommunications, as Mercury remains in his post-retrograde period until July 26. Get ready to feed your beautiful brain starting July 22 when the Sun highlights your 9th house of exploration, adventure, and belief. You're attracted to new subjects and are ready to open yourself to new thinking. <br><br><br><br><br>
Sagittarius
22nd November to 21st December


Are you ready to put the work in, Sagittarius? You'll have the opportunity to review your relationship with money on July 1, as financial-minded Saturn in retrograde moves through Capricorn. Invest your energy in creating a plan that helps you to heal from past mistakes and relieve stress. Enjoy a new optimistic attitude arriving on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Use this transit to become more aware of your blessings — and share them with your community, whether through donation, volunteering, or some other method. Imaginative Mercury's sextile complements this event with dynamic Uranus, meaning literally anything is possible. Love- and career-ruling Mercury stations direct on July 12, helping you to reconnect with your passions. But continue to project your energy in matters of love and work, expecting misunderstandings and miscommunications, as Mercury remains in his post-retrograde period until July 26. Get ready to feed your beautiful brain starting July 22 when the Sun highlights your 9th house of exploration, adventure, and belief. You're attracted to new subjects and are ready to open yourself to new thinking.




<strong>Capricorn</strong> <br><strong>22nd December to 19th January</strong><br><br><br>Guard your energy, Capricorn. You're about to embark on a new path of healing starting July 1, when ruling Saturn in retrograde makes his way through Capricorn. Now is your time to create new rules for yourself, that will help to guide your evolution. Pay close attention to your emotions on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. The Sun in your 7th house of relationships opposes your affection-ruling Moon, helping you to understand better how you relate to others. Use this transit to set healthy boundaries with loved ones so that you can both flourish. Routine-ruling Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, helping you to find your natural rhythm again. Try not to bite off more than you can chew while the messenger planet remains in his post-retrograde period, until July 26. The Sun opens up your 8th house of transformation, mystery, and dramatic change starting July 22, preparing you for a brilliant new chapter. Be open to new beginnings during this transit. Wellness-minded Mercury creates a trine with communicative Neptune on July 30, helping you to share your wins with others. Asking for help is also supported by this favorable transit. <br><br><br><br><br>
Capricorn
22nd December to 19th January


Guard your energy, Capricorn. You're about to embark on a new path of healing starting July 1, when ruling Saturn in retrograde makes his way through Capricorn. Now is your time to create new rules for yourself, that will help to guide your evolution. Pay close attention to your emotions on July 5, upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. The Sun in your 7th house of relationships opposes your affection-ruling Moon, helping you to understand better how you relate to others. Use this transit to set healthy boundaries with loved ones so that you can both flourish. Routine-ruling Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, helping you to find your natural rhythm again. Try not to bite off more than you can chew while the messenger planet remains in his post-retrograde period, until July 26. The Sun opens up your 8th house of transformation, mystery, and dramatic change starting July 22, preparing you for a brilliant new chapter. Be open to new beginnings during this transit. Wellness-minded Mercury creates a trine with communicative Neptune on July 30, helping you to share your wins with others. Asking for help is also supported by this favorable transit.




<strong>Aquarius</strong> <br><strong>20th January to 18th February</strong><br><br><br>It's time to take care of your spiritual side, Aquarius. Set aside time to get in touch with your intuition starting July 1, as inner growth-ruling Saturn in retrograde makes his way into Capricorn. When reliable Saturn moves in reverse, he asks us to pick up the slack and do the work. Consider how your priorities have shifted for the better on July 5 upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Your affectionate Sun in your 6th house of service opposes your routine ruling Moon, helping to illuminate how you've changed and making it easier for you to reassess your strategies for reaching your goals. You're in the mood to share with others on July 12, when the passionate Sun in your 6th house creates a trine with money-minded Neptune. Research causes that need attention, and help spread awareness <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/06/9852615/how-to-donate-money-black-lives-matter-budget" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:if you're unable to donate" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">if you're unable to donate</a>. The loving Sun illuminates your 7th house of partnerships, contracts, and business beginning July 22, deepening your relationships. Make sure to invest time by picking up the phone or reaching out to your network to see how they're holding up. You could be blessed with a generous offer on July 27, when lucky Jupiter creates a sextile with materialistic Neptune. Express thankfulness — and pay it forward. <br><br><br><br><br>
Aquarius
20th January to 18th February


It's time to take care of your spiritual side, Aquarius. Set aside time to get in touch with your intuition starting July 1, as inner growth-ruling Saturn in retrograde makes his way into Capricorn. When reliable Saturn moves in reverse, he asks us to pick up the slack and do the work. Consider how your priorities have shifted for the better on July 5 upon the arrival of the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Your affectionate Sun in your 6th house of service opposes your routine ruling Moon, helping to illuminate how you've changed and making it easier for you to reassess your strategies for reaching your goals. You're in the mood to share with others on July 12, when the passionate Sun in your 6th house creates a trine with money-minded Neptune. Research causes that need attention, and help spread awareness if you're unable to donate. The loving Sun illuminates your 7th house of partnerships, contracts, and business beginning July 22, deepening your relationships. Make sure to invest time by picking up the phone or reaching out to your network to see how they're holding up. You could be blessed with a generous offer on July 27, when lucky Jupiter creates a sextile with materialistic Neptune. Express thankfulness — and pay it forward.




<strong>Pisces</strong> <br><strong>19th February to 20th March</strong><br><br><br>Are you struggling to find direction, Pisces? The way that you seek could be in plain view if you allow yourself to see it. Clear your mind on July 5, during the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. You could be surprised by what your subconscious reveals, while your routine-ruling Sun in your 5th house of pleasure opposes your creative ruling Moon. Passionate Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, but the post-retrograde period hangs around until July 26, so focus on being kind to yourself until it passes. Then, you'll be ready to find your stride. Center your thoughts by meditating or practicing yoga on July 12, as the wellness-minded Sun forms a trine with ruling Jupiter. It’s a creative, imaginative transit; enjoy. You could be ready to take on new responsibilities for your well-being starting July 22, when the schedule-savvy Sun highlights your 6th house of health, order, and service. Instead of starting new, work to optimize <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/5-career-women-describe-their-morning-routines" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:your favorite existing routines" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">your favorite existing routines</a>. Get ready to take the lead in a new project on July 27, when career-conscious Jupiter creates a sextile with ruling Neptune. It's time to trust yourself. <br><br><br><br><br>
Pisces
19th February to 20th March


Are you struggling to find direction, Pisces? The way that you seek could be in plain view if you allow yourself to see it. Clear your mind on July 5, during the Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. You could be surprised by what your subconscious reveals, while your routine-ruling Sun in your 5th house of pleasure opposes your creative ruling Moon. Passionate Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, but the post-retrograde period hangs around until July 26, so focus on being kind to yourself until it passes. Then, you'll be ready to find your stride. Center your thoughts by meditating or practicing yoga on July 12, as the wellness-minded Sun forms a trine with ruling Jupiter. It’s a creative, imaginative transit; enjoy. You could be ready to take on new responsibilities for your well-being starting July 22, when the schedule-savvy Sun highlights your 6th house of health, order, and service. Instead of starting new, work to optimize your favorite existing routines. Get ready to take the lead in a new project on July 27, when career-conscious Jupiter creates a sextile with ruling Neptune. It's time to trust yourself.




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    It is day two of fashion’s first-ever virtual couture week, and while the much-anticipated occasion is only just beginning, Giambattista Valli is already strides ahead of its fellow brands. For the Italian designer’s fall ‘20 haute couture collection, Valli dressed supermodel Joan Smalls in 18 gowns, each one bigger and more tulle-adorned than the one before. The collection was Giambattista Valli at its finest, with petticoat-like bubble waists, voluminous skirts, and plenty of dresses of the mini variety, most of which include an eye-catching train and a taffeta bow to boot.Mixed in with a palette of pastel pinks, reds, and blacks are five ivory ensembles perfect for brides-to-be. For the final look (which is often a bridal one in couture), he designed a polka dot-like embroidered veil — secured with a black silken bow — that blankets the accompanying strapless gown and its three-tiered skirt. Smalls also models a two-piece look which includes a taffeta bow bodice paired with a sweeping waterfall skirt, a delicate tulle mini dress with a similar bow centerpiece, and a vintage-inspired ivory number that could easily double as a couture nightgown with the right pair of satin slippers.His fifth white look featured a face covering fit for the modern bride who wants to take COVID-19 safety precautions: a silk chiffon headpiece with cutouts around the eyes. For any non-brides looking to participate, the accessory also appears in red, pink, and black. It’s not exactly PPE, but it’s very pretty.According to the show notes, this season’s collection is an ode to the city where it was conceived, or as Valli calls it, “La Ville Lumière.” The red gowns are meant to mimic the lipstick left around the rim of empty café cups, while black is an ode to iconic LBDs. Pink represents the city’s many rose gardens, and white symbolizes French architecture, specifically the decorative white molding present in most Parisian apartments. Like us, Valli’s been inside for most of 2020, appreciating the indoor spaces that surround him and dreaming of the beautiful city he recalls from simpler times. “In the horror of what we’re passing through, there was beauty blooming at the same time,” the designer told Vogue, a lesson that he brought to life for fall ‘20. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Giambattista Valli x H&M Collection Is HereThe Giambattista Valli X H&M Lookbook Is HereH.E.R. Is The New Face Of Giambattista Valli x H&M

  • 50 Black-Owned Fashion Businesses To Support

    This story was originally published on June 1, 2020. The fashion industry has a long history of exploiting Black creatives — and it’s not a problem that only exists in the past. While some of today’s most prominent fashion designers are Black — including Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Aurora James of Brother Vellies, Carly Cushnie of Cushnie, and Christopher John Rogers — they don't always have the same support. As James noted in a recent Instagram post, it is imperative for both long-established brands and everyday consumers to do the work of helping Black-owned businesses. James calls for brands like Net-A-Porter, Target, Whole Foods, Sephora, and Saks Fifth Avenue to commit to buying 15% of their products from Black-owned businesses, explaining that companies of this magnitude have the power to offset existing racial disparities — they just have to use it.  As important as it is for corporations to support and encourage Black-owned businesses, it’s just as crucial that we as consumers also uplift the Black fashion community. Ahead, we’re helping you put your money where your supportive Instagram post is, by highlighting Black-owned businesses where we love to shop and think you should, too.  To help bring attention to the police killing of George Floyd, you can sign the Change.org petition here, or donate to local organizations like Black Vision Collective or Reclaim the Block via the Minnesota Freedom Fund here.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Brands Lay Out Plans To Help The Black CommunityThis Is What Real Allyship Looks Like10 Books About Race You Should Be Reading

  • Amy Cooper Faces Charges For Her False Police Call. Abolitionists Argue This Is Not The Solution.

    It’s been over a month since Amy Cooper, a white woman walking her dog in NYC’s Central Park called the police on Christian Cooper (no relation to Amy), a Black man bird-watching in the same area of the park. Christian made a video of their interaction, and it showed Amy calling 9-1-1 saying there’s an “African-American man threatening my life;” the video clip soon went viral. In it, Christian is heard repeatedly — and calmly — asking Amy to put her dog on a leash, in accordance with park regulations. Instead of doing so, Amy called the police, and lied that she was being physically threatened by “an African-American man.” The viral clip was an obscene demonstration of the perverse power of white privilege and how easy it is for a white woman like Amy Cooper to inflict it on unarmed Black men in ways that could easily get them killed by police. Although Amy faced instant fallout for her behavior in the video — she was fired from her job and temporarily lost her dog — many people thought she should face more severe consequences, and pointed out that, by calling the police on false pretenses, Amy was committing a crime. On Monday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced it would be indicting Amy Cooper on misdemeanor charges. Amy has now been issued a desk appearance ticket, and her arraignment is October 14, 2020.Many have lauded the announcement as good news. But not everyone is happy with these charges, nor do they feel the charges represent actual justice. Prison abolitionists — who have advocated for initiatives to defund the police and abolish prison systems — took to Twitter to explain why cheering for Cooper’s arrest goes against this movement, and why they don’t support it. “We don’t have to charge Amy Cooper, and we shouldn’t charge Amy Cooper. Charging her is the easy solution. It’s the easy way out. And it reinforces the idea that justice can only be found in the disastrous carceral system we’ve created,” Josie Duffy Rice, the President of The Appeal, explained in a thread. “Our most inherent feelings about ‘what feels like justice’ have been shaped, molded, corrupted by a criminal justice system we still have a lot of trouble shaking.” Rice wasn’t the only person to speaking out about why charging Amy is not akin to real justice. Marc Lamont Hill and Eve Ewing asked on Twitter what the word “consequence” truly means here, and how people can’t transform the system if they allow it to function as usual. “Abolition means abolition,” Ewing wrote. “It doesn’t mean we turn the monster against the bad people. It doesn’t mean we say, ‘well, kill the monster eventually, but as long as we have it….’ It means we stop feeding the monster.”While it might feel impossible, at times, to break free of the commonly held idea that “justice” equals existing justice systems, abolitionists are working to amplify the ways that this mode of thinking detracts from the ultimate goal of abolishing corrupt systems.“If we are really going to do the work of abolition, we have to begin not just dreaming of a world without police and prisons, we also have to begin to engage it in practice,” Marc Lamont Hill told theGrio after the announcement that Cooper would be charged. “That means that we can’t think of punishment and revenge as our first response to problems and crises.” Supporting the arrest of Amy Cooper goes directly against the calls to defund and abolish the police that have become the main demands of the movement in the last month, Hill explained. Even Christian Cooper said he didn’t want her to be arrested for making false charges.“As we interrogate the oppression caused by the prison industrial complex (PIC) and fight for its abolition, we’re faced with the difficult question of what to do with people who commit harmful acts of racism — whether that means people like Amy Cooper or killer cops like Derek Chauvin,” Reina Sultan, an abolitionist organizer and member of the 8 to Abolition coalition, told Refinery29. “This is one of the hardest parts of abolition, because it requires us to work through our instinct of punishing someone who has harmed, and instead look at the environment that allowed this harm to happen.” According to Sultan, abolition “requires us to ask ourselves if prosecution and incarceration would actually protect us from racism or if it would present a facade of justice, further expanding and legitimizing the prison industrial complex. It is most certainly the latter.” The argument’s basis is often found in the industrial prison complex, as abolitionists believe punitive measures like prison — rather than rehabilitative or restorative — are not a means for justice and do not help a people heal or stop the cycle of harm. And by that argument, abolitionists maintain that arresting people is not the answer. Demands for justice must “go beyond the prosecution of the individual perpetrators [of acts of racism],” Angela Davis explained in Freedom Is a Constant Struggle. “Instead of indicting individual people, we need to tackle these issues as systemic issues — because they are. Marginalized communities — especially those that are Black, Indigenous, trans, sex-working, and/or disabled — are much safer abolishing the PIC than they are if we arrested, charged, prosecuted, and eventually incarcerated racists,” Sultan says. “The system itself perpetuates racism, transphobia, and ableism to a degree that is only possible when it exists as an institution. Abolition is the first step to making sure we can prioritize our community’s health and safety.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Amy Cooper's Police Call Is An Act Of ViolenceLayla Saad On BLM, Allyship, & Racist WorkplacesOn The Anniversary Of Philando & Alton's Killings