- The Moon is in Aries.
- The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter Moon phase.
- The Third Quarter Moon occurred yesterday.
- Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are retrograde.
- Mercury is not retrograde but is in its pre-retrograde shadow. Mercury will retrograde from July 7-31.
- Mercury enters Leo today (Mercury transits Leo until July 19th when it will retreat back into Cancer).
**Times are Eastern Standard Time (EDT).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
Mercury begins its transit of your solar fifth house today, dear Aries. Your outlook or attitude is mainly positive, outgoing, and refreshing in the weeks ahead. You express yourself playfully, and your sense of humor is in strong form. Ideas flow very well, and your conversations are mostly understood, although during Mercury’s upcoming retrograde from July 7-31, this may become complicated. Until then, it’s an excellent time for communicating with a lover, siblings, and children, or it can be a time when thoughts and conversations often turn to love, recreation, and creative pursuits. Today is robust for your mood and sense that you can handle most anything. Later today, pre-existing problems in intimate relationships can be working close to the surface, possibly interfering with work and duties. If people have been overstepping their bounds, you can feel frustrated now. It’s a time for seeing the need to make adjustments.
Mercury begins its transit of your solar fourth house, dear Taurus, and in the weeks ahead, you’ll be seeking more security and probably succeeding quite well at the task! There can be a natural and smooth flow of communication with family. Thoughts and conversations often turn to the old days, childhood, home, financial security, domestic pursuits, and personal affairs during this cycle. You’re in an excellent position to work out of your home or in home-related fields. It’s also a sound period for researching, writing, finding ideas, and talking about domestic and neighborhood concerns. Later today, there can be a sense that you’re not able to adequately express yourself or do what you want, primarily due to someone’s watchful eyes, or feelings of guilt or insecurity. Where it concerns money and valuables, you can be on the fence, and it’s better to stay there just for now. Aim to learn from your feelings, as your findings can be precious today.
You’re moving toward a livelier period, generally speaking, dear Gemini. Mercury heads into your solar third house, and in the weeks ahead, you’re communicating, connecting, and getting out and about more than usual. You’re talkative, expressive, interested, and interactive. You express yourself more flowingly, and you’re more inclined to reach out to others. There can be exclusive news or gossip, plenty of information-gathering, a sense of connectedness or feeling on top of your daily affairs, special errands, or increased involvement with siblings or the neighborhood in the weeks ahead. Today’s energies are good for friendships, entertaining, enjoying company, or connecting with your happiness goals and dreams. However, as the day advances, Venus in your sign heads toward a tense aspect with Pluto, and money matters and questions of ownership can be tricky issues, needing delicate handling. Alternatively, there can be doubts about a person in your life or an uncomfortable decision. Aim to find a place of calm before you jump into anything.
Mercury begins its transit of your solar second house today, dear Cancer, and the weeks ahead are particularly rewarding for news, ideas, and research about finances, comfort and security matters, and income. You can come up with very creative ideas for making money and doing business, and it’s also an excellent time for developing talents, pursuing hobbies for material gain, and establishing yourself in a particular field. This period is convenient for putting some of your dreams into motion or fleshing out an idea with practical details to make it more workable or perhaps marketable. Today is terrific for the feeling that you’ve accomplished something worthwhile. Even so, later today, ghosts from the past seem to crop up as Venus in your privacy sector heads toward an awkward connection with Pluto. You could be getting in touch with some of the hidden forces at work in your life that may be undermining your relationships. Consider that fears might be at the root of discontent.
Mercury begins transiting your sign today, dear Leo, and decision-making is more straightforward than it has been, at least for the next few weeks. It’s a time when you’re more forthcoming, and you’re gathering information, thinking, and planning ahead, as well as connecting more spontaneously with others. There can be times when you speak ahead of yourself during this cycle, and you may want to watch for making statements that you haven’t thought through. Otherwise, it’s a fine time for feeling more in control of your thoughts and decisions. Identifying with a friend, pet project, or cause can figure strongly. An upcoming retrograde cycle (from July 7-31) serves to extend Mercury’s stay in your sign beyond the usual. Today is a potentially great day for personal appeal and romantic endeavors, although later on, you may wrestle with reminders of disappointments from your past or feelings of guilt. Try to find healthy outlets for releasing your frustration and make plans to deal with any dilemma that might crop up in a step-by-step manner.
Mercury moves into your solar twelfth house today, dear Virgo, where it will transit for several weeks, bringing some introspective energy to your life. This transit stimulates a need or desire to look at the world around you a little differently. You’re more contemplative and less decisive. You need time to digest and process recent events and ideas. Your intuition plays a more prominent role than usual in the decisions you do make. There can be some challenges focusing and concentrating on mundane matters during this cycle, primarily because you’re more interested in thinking about patterns, subtleties, and emotional issues. Today, family and personal matters tend to fare quite well. In-depth study or research can be useful. Later today, there can be some resentments or fears that distract you from your priorities. If this is the case, try to replace negative thoughts with affirmations. It may be helpful to keep in mind that you can’t please everyone!
Mercury enters your friendship sector today, dear Libra, and will transit this area of your solar chart until July 19th. This cycle is strong for sharing ideas and your expertise with others. You’re more inclined to reach out to others for inspiration, and they quite readily connect with you. Ideas entertained now tend to be especially unique or progressive. Cooperation comes easily in group settings. You are also more inclined to think about favorite causes and long-term aspirations during this period. Today is good for teaming or pairing up and coming up with a perfect idea. Later today, we head towards an awkward aspect between Pluto and your ruler, Venus, which can point to a tricky decision or dilemma. You may be craving more freedom on the one hand with Venus in your adventure sector, but emotions are complicated, particularly regarding family matters or a concurrent desire to play things safe. Interactions can stimulate intense feelings, and something or someone might remind you of issues you’d prefer to forget. Even so, this gives you the chance to face and deal with sticky feelings.
Mercury moves to the top of your solar chart today, dear Scorpio, and this can stimulate your interest in your long-term goals and responsibilities. You may be doing more sharing of your ideas or communicating and mingling on professional or public levels in the weeks ahead. People more readily follow your lead or advice. There may be some restlessness or excessive busy-ness with your work at times, but this is mostly a good time for making executive decisions and getting your message out there. Today, there can be good relations with those you work with or more fun in your daily routines. Later today, though, a Venus-Pluto quincunx comes into influence and can point to some doubts that are difficult to ignore. Old resentments may emerge. There is a strong need for intimacy, but also a desire to control things, and these two things don’t gel well. Avoid overanalyzing, which can take you to frustrating places now.
Mercury moves into your adventure sector today, dear Sagittarius, presenting an opportune period for exploring all-new ideas and topics. Your mind is open and wants some extra excitement and spontaneity to keep it engaged. Rote learning or routine is not very satisfying in the weeks ahead. You’re in a generally favorable position to be understood and acknowledged, and you’re also more naturally inclined to share your ideas and opinions. Travel, education, studies, courses, and cultural activities are favored. Today, you’re inclined to assert yourself and act independently. Creating something and sharing it with others is a satisfying way of expressing yourself now. Even so, feelings can be overwhelming or merely challenging to understand later today as we approach a Venus-Pluto quincunx transit. People may be giving off confusing or mixed signals, but it’s better to accept that things are temporarily out of sync and avoid jumping to conclusions.
Mercury begins its transit of your intimacy sector today, dear Capricorn, bringing increased attention to, or interest in, the mysteries and subtleties of life. Your mind is investigative in the weeks ahead. You’re likely to enjoy interesting insights into inner motivations, behind the scenes activities, and secrets as you naturally read between the lines and seek out the deeper meaning in matters. Conversations with a partner can be especially rewarding now. If you need to straighten out financial problems and issues of ownership or discuss trickier relationship topics, this is a better time to do so. Even so, some of the things you’re talking about and deciding in the weeks ahead may need revision later when Mercury turns retrograde from July 7-31. Today’s energies are good for feeling rooted and secure. Support comes from behind the scenes. Later today, though, a Venus-Pluto awkward angle comes into influence and can point to frustration if someone isn’t quite following your lead or if you’re feeling brushed aside. You could find that others are making too many demands on you or your resources, relying too much on you without giving enough in return. If so, this is a time for recognizing imbalances that may be undermining your progress or relationships.
Mercury begins its transit of your partnership sector today, dear Aquarius, and in the weeks ahead, you especially enjoy bouncing around ideas with someone. Through your interactions, you get to know your opinions and ideas more clearly, and you stand to learn much through one-on-one conversations. You seek out others, and they seek you. Friends are more available, and you might treat a partner more as a friend now. Your ability to see and consider the other side of the coin strengthens, and this not only helps endear you to others, but it also allows for a whole new perspective. Mental cooperation with others is more important to you now. Today is suitable for making connections but also keeping some level of independence or detachment as you do. Good advice can be exchanged. Later today, though, there may be some friction due to heightened sensitivity or touchiness. Defensiveness and resistance are possible. If others are pushing your buttons, try to keep a cool head. It makes sense to acknowledge insecurities or fears that emerge now.
Mercury moves into your sector of habits, health, and work today, dear Pisces, and will spend a little longer than usual in this area of your solar chart this year due to an upcoming retrograde. You’re likely to have a lot on your mind during this cycle, with a more significant focus on practical details, routines, health, work, and everyday life. Keep this to a moderate level, and you’re in excellent shape. You are detail-oriented, but also a little inclined to fret or worry over various issues. Today is good for income, gifts, and money matters in general. As you help and share, you naturally draw resources your way. As the day advances, however, a Venus-Pluto aspect comes into play, and vulnerable spots and insecurities are more evident in your relationships. It may be difficult to confront issues directly with this transit. Mixed signals are likely.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.