Leo Monthly Horoscope July 2018

Leo (Born July 23 to August 2)
AND Leo Ascendant 0 to 10 degrees Leo:

July 2018 Leo Horoscope: Love, Career, & General Trends

Overview.

The Sun this Month: Central Focus, Consciousness

Until July 22nd:

The Sun continues to shine its light on your solar twelfth house. This is the time to listen to your intuition, to take a break from the hectic pace of your life, and to reflect on what you have learned in the past year. You might naturally retreat a little and take more private time for yourself now. Your physical energy levels may not be up to par for the time being, and this is your body signalling you to take a break. This is not an ideal time for pushing forward with new personal projects and plans. It is better to finish up projects and tie up loose ends now.

From July 23rd forward:

The Sun illuminates your first house now, bringing issues surrounding your personal identity, appearance, outward behavior, and self-expression to the forefront. This marks the peak of your physical solar cycle, and you are in the position to make an impression on others, and to assert your personal influence. Spontaneity of expression is what this transit is about. You are ready to put your past behind you and to start a new personal cycle. You have presence and you project confidence. Increased energy and a renewed feeling of confidence is with you now, so take advantage. It's a great month to do something entirely new and pioneering—to go solo in some area of your life. This particular season of the year smiles on your personal endeavors. This is a time when you more easily get in touch with a true sense of your identity and purpose. The most enterprising side of your nature surfaces, and it's time to seize opportunities. Existing problems in your life may be overcome now by bravery and a straightforward approach to your life. There's nothing wrong with a bit of self-centeredness during this cycle, but avoid taking it too far. It's not the best time for teamwork and other cooperative endeavors. The spotlight is on you and your ability to lead, so make it a good one! Take steps to improve how you come across to others. It's time to carve your own path in life.

Venus this Month: Love, Romance, Social Life, Comfort

Until the 10th: 

Venus continues to grace your solar first house now. Something about how you present yourself, your image, and your manner boosts your personal magnetism during this cycle. It's a good time to attract who and what you want into your life experience. You're more charming and you are likely to want to attract things to you indirectly rather than forcefully now, perhaps through charm and playfulness. You have a stronger need to be good to yourself, although a negative expression of this placement can be excessive attention to pampering oneself or taking the easy way out. You especially enjoy making a good impression on others, and peace-making. You might also be paying more attention to beauty and style now.

From July 10th forward: 

As the natural ruler of the second house, Venus feels right "at home" here. This is a rather content position for Venus, although there can be some restlessness when it comes to money and spending it—you are more inclined to want more things around you! Financial security and enjoyment of the good things in life are important to you, although you also value simple pleasures. The ability to relate well with others might enhance your own personal finances during this period. You may find yourself in a position in which there is a blending of financial matters with social or public affairs. This is a stable position for love matters and close relationships. You value those who make you feel comfortable, and familiarity is more important to you than someone new during this cycle.

Mercury this Month: Communications, Learning, Connections, Transportation

All month: 

Mercury continues to transit your solar first house. During this cycle, you are more communicative than usual. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that conversations are at their best right now, simply because you are more interested in expressing yourself than listening! You are especially alert and a little cerebral now. You have a receptive audience for your ideas.

Mercury is retrograde from July 25/26 to August 19th:

All Mercury retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of personal finances, as well as communications with friends or groups, because Mercury rules these areas of your life. Major financial initiatives should be avoided. Remember that friends don't mean what they say and don't say what they mean, and take what you hear with a grain of salt. Group meetings may be delayed or cancelled.

Occurring in your solar first house this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to your body language. Others may misinterpret your body language, and you should be aware of a tendency to give off mixed signals. People in your life may complain that you seem emotionally distant. You may appear uncommunicative and hard to reach, or what you say comes out wrong. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others--not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you. Don't worry too much if others aren't quite "getting" you for the time being. Things will change once Mercury turns direct, so you might decide to try to keep status quo for the time being. You might spend more time than usual when it comes to making decisions now, and this is natural. Rushed decisions may be regretted when you change your mind later on.

Mars this Month: Energy, Drive, Courage

All month:

Mars continues to move through your solar seventh house. During this period, strife is possible in your close personal relationships, as a significant other is now mirroring some of your own issues with assertiveness and anger. Attracting aggression in others during this cycle is a clue that there are unresolved issues within that need tending. You might actually seek some form of conflict, whether intentionally or not, in order to deal with these issues. There can be competitiveness in your life now. Any troublesome issues that have been dormant in a relationship are likely to surface, and can now be handled straightforwardly.

Mars is retrograde from June 26-August 27

All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of faith, wisdom, perspective, personal philosophy, higher education, travel, and adventure in general because Mars rules your solar ninth house. You could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in adventurous ways. Your outlook on life in terms of the "bigger picture" could be a little more cautious, and you might find that you temporarily have less faith.

From June 26-August 12

Occurring in your solar seventh house this time, enthusiasm for a partnership or coming from a partner could appear to be waning. A partner could seem to be less direct or could be harder to reach. Partnering projects or initiatives, or negotiations, could stall, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself well in a one-to-one manner. Watch for pent-up anger and passive-aggressiveness with partnerships. A lover may be especially intense or obsessive, or you could experience this in your own behavior. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now. This cycle forces you to reorganize your energy with regards to people and partnerships. You could be re-assessing the ways in which you approach relationships, as well as what it is you want from your relationships. You are doing very important "work" that can benefit you greatly. You have the chance to reassess how you've been dealing with partners or potential partners, and you may be finding new and improved ways to get along. If you're stimulating angry situations, you need to consider your role in the interaction. If you're coming on too strong, you need to find ways to tone things down.

Overview Horoscope:

16f0d6663c.jpgJuly 2018 Monthly Horoscope Summary for Leo: While you are in strong demand this month, dear Leo, your inner world is especially important to you in July, and a part of you is likely to remain a little reserved or withdrawn. Interestingly, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on the 26th, giving you even more reason to reflect and rest rather than push big decisions. Around the same time, though, the Sun moves into your sign and lights up your world. If others are misunderstanding you in the last week of July, you may very well find new ways of expressing yourself that can be especially satisfying.

The Solar Eclipse on the 12th reinforces a need to look within. If you have resisted taking time for reflection or dealing with the past, this eclipse will prompt you to take charge. The Sun moves into your sign on the 23rd, and while you begin to get even more attention, you're nevertheless still likely to feel hesitant to throw yourself into new situations. The total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th brings epiphanies to your personal life and sudden awareness of relationship needs.

July is important for seeking out a balance between doing and resting, and slowing down can, in fact, benefit you. You'll have opportunities to rise above small problems and gain a sense of peace with the past. You feel at your best now when you let go of frustration or anger, and when you forgive. In fact, it motivates you to be a better person. There can be opportunities to build your faith in yourself and life, in general. Behind-the-scenes matters tend to go very well for you.

There continues to be a strong focus on the past, healing, processing, and digesting, although you seem to come out of yourself as the month advances. From the 10th forward, there can be renewed relationships with loved ones, and projects around the home can resume. Motivation to make happy changes in your domestic life increases now and in the next several months.

Still, there can be some tensions related to pressures related to routines, work, or health. You may feel a lot of pressure to get things done, even if your heart isn't in it or you are not feeling up to par emotionally and physically, challenging your desire to unwind and relax. You want to do it all, and you can be afraid you're missing out! Finding a balance is essential. As well, Mars is retrograde in your partnership sector all month. There can be times when others may seem invasive, or you could be annoyed by someone who doesn't seem to know what they want or is frequently changing their mind.

From the 9th, you're in particularly good shape for making yourself more comfortable and enjoying yourself. For the most part, your judgment is fabulous for the value of things, and you might enjoy a good buy now. Particularly around the 21-22, there can be welcome money news. You might appreciate a reconciliation or a clarification that brings you closer to someone you love. Gifts could come in, or others seem to be unusually generous with you, and they might even be doting! Domestic security, support, and stability can be important priorities in your life this month. You may be going out of your way to make sure that people you love are feeling content, protected, and wanted, too. Increases in income are also possible now.

On the 22nd, a month-long cycle kicks off in which personal influence is strong and personal plans are on the front burner.

The spirit to create and build is strong in you this month, although there may be some discouragement about reaching your goals, perhaps due to problems gaining others' support or securing enough funds to move forward, particularly around the 24th. Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on the 25th and will be retrograde until August 19th. Throughout this period, Mars is retrograde in your opposite sign, and a slowed-down, less aggressive approach will serve you best. Mercury in your sign all month does keep you busy and engaged, although sometimes you can feel a little wired. The retrograde period may help you slow down.

A total Lunar Eclipse occurs on the 27th and can be a reminder of others' needs and perhaps a rather abrupt one. This is because the eclipse aligns with retrograde Mars and the relatively rare Sun-Mars opposition occurs at the same time, pitting will against desire. You may need to take a look at the hard issues in a partnership so that you can later take action to make some crucial changes. For now, sudden moves are not advised. Another influence tied in with this eclipse is excellent for work and money matters, however. Focusing on getting your practical priorities straight can be highly rewarding and even transformative now and in the coming weeks.

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See also 2018 Leo Horoscope.

Leo (Born August 3 to 12)
AND Leo Ascendant from 10 to 20 degrees Leo:

July 2018 Leo Horoscope: Love, Career, & General Trends

Overview.

The Sun this Month: Central Focus, Consciousness

All month:

The Sun travels through your twelfth house now, marking a time of retreat and regeneration. Think about the attachments you have--to things, people, and routines--and consider which ones are dragging you down. This is a time when competitive energies and the ego are on a bit of a break. It's not the time to push ahead with brand new projects. Rather, it's a time of reflection, dreaming, and recharging your batteries. Situations that have naturally outgrown their usefulness in your life can now be put behind you. Endings of natural cycles may be part of the picture at this time of year. Your energy is largely applied to personal and private affairs now. Your disposition is introspective. Rest and reflect, and prepare for a more outgoing cycle when the Sun moves into your first house.

Venus this Month: Love, Romance, Social Life, Comfort

Until the 19th: 

Venus continues to grace your solar first house now. Something about how you present yourself, your image, and your manner boosts your personal magnetism during this cycle. It's a good time to attract who and what you want into your life experience. You're more charming and you are likely to want to attract things to you indirectly rather than forcefully now, perhaps through charm and playfulness. You have a stronger need to be good to yourself, although a negative expression of this placement can be excessive attention to pampering oneself or taking the easy way out. You especially enjoy making a good impression on others, and peace-making. You might also be paying more attention to beauty and style now.

From July 19th forward: 

As the natural ruler of the second house, Venus feels right "at home" here. This is a rather content position for Venus, although there can be some restlessness when it comes to money and spending it—you are more inclined to want more things around you! Financial security and enjoyment of the good things in life are important to you, although you also value simple pleasures. The ability to relate well with others might enhance your own personal finances during this period. You may find yourself in a position in which there is a blending of financial matters with social or public affairs. This is a stable position for love matters and close relationships. You value those who make you feel comfortable, and familiarity is more important to you than someone new during this cycle.

Mercury this Month: Communications, Learning, Connections, Transportation

Until July 6th:

Mercury continues to transit your solar twelfth house. This is a cycle in
which clear decision-making does not come easily. You are paying more attention
to unspoken or hidden elements of any circumstance. You are seeing all sides to
any given story, and forming a definite opinion does not seem "right" for the
time being. Thoughts turn to the past. It's a strong period for gaining
different perspectives on problems or issues in your life, as well as for
reflection and research, but not the easiest time for presenting your ideas.

From July 6th forward: 

With Mercury in your solar first house, you are most inclined to speak up about matters that you previously were only mulling over. Your disposition is more intellectual than usual now, and self-expression comes easily. You are sharper than usual--more observant, and more inclined to "live in the head". Relationships with siblings, neighbors, classmates, and casual friends may become more prominent in your life now. It is likely that you will initiate discussions during this period, evaluate your appearance and the impact you have on those around you, and make contact with others rather than stay chained to any one place or activity. This is the time to be direct and to communicate your needs and interests. You are more inclined to talk about yourself and your personal past now. This may also be a restless time when it is difficult to turn the thinking process off when it would be better to relax! It is an especially fruitful time for any endeavor that requires dealing with words, ideas, and facts and figures. Your demeanor is more youthful, perhaps mischievous, light-hearted, and non-threatening so that others may be more inclined to turn to you for advice or pleasant conversation. Using the power of words to attract what you want or to further your interests works best for you now.

Mercury is retrograde from July 25/26 to August 19th:

All Mercury retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of personal finances, as well as communications with friends or groups, because Mercury rules these areas of your life. Major financial initiatives should be avoided. Remember that friends don't mean what they say and don't say what they mean, and take what you hear with a grain of salt. Group meetings may be delayed or cancelled.

Occurring in your solar first house this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to your body language. Others may misinterpret your body language, and you should be aware of a tendency to give off mixed signals. People in your life may complain that you seem emotionally distant. You may appear uncommunicative and hard to reach, or what you say comes out wrong. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others--not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you. Don't worry too much if others aren't quite "getting" you for the time being. Things will change once Mercury turns direct, so you might decide to try to keep status quo for the time being. You might spend more time than usual when it comes to making decisions now, and this is natural. Rushed decisions may be regretted when you change your mind later on.

Mars this Month: Energy, Drive, Courage

All month:

Mars continues to animate and energize your solar sixth house. Energy and initiative for work, health, and other daily activities increase. You are self-motivated when it comes to these matters. If there are disagreements and disputes that erupt on the job now, they may be due to a feeling of stress or impatience, or they could come from your desire to get things done independently. It's best to apply energy productively to completing projects that are unfinished or even to get ahead of yourself. It's a strong period for feeling motivated for starting a new health or fitness routine.

Mars is retrograde from June 26-August 27

All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of faith, wisdom, perspective, personal philosophy, higher education, travel, and adventure in general because Mars rules your solar ninth house. You could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in adventurous ways. Your outlook on life in terms of the "bigger picture" could be a little more cautious, and you might find that you temporarily have less faith.

From June 26-August 12

Occurring in your solar sixth house this time, enthusiasm for your work or health regimes, or for work projects and daily routines, could wane perhaps due to setbacks or stalling. Work itself could seem to be less straightforward or satisfying. New initiatives with these matters may appear less exciting, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in these areas of life. For some, there can be much preoccupation with your health or work endeavors, and possibly frustration with daily routines. Watch for pent-up anger and passive-aggressiveness on the job. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now. This Mars retrograde emphasizes practical and work matters. How you organize your time is in question now.

Overview Horoscope:

leo7sm.pngJuly 2018 Monthly Horoscope Summary for Leo: While you are in strong demand this month, dear Leo, your inner world is especially important to you in July, and a part of you is likely to remain a little reserved or withdrawn. Interestingly, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on the 26th, giving you even more reason to reflect and rest rather than push big decisions. Around the same time, though, the Sun moves into your sign and lights up your world. If others are misunderstanding you in the last week of July, you may very well find new ways of expressing yourself that can be especially satisfying.

The Solar Eclipse on the 12th reinforces a need to look within. If you have resisted taking time for reflection or dealing with the past, this eclipse will prompt you to take charge. The Sun moves into your sign on the 23rd, and while you begin to get even more attention, you're nevertheless still likely to feel hesitant to throw yourself into new situations. The total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th brings epiphanies to your personal life and sudden awareness of relationship needs.

July is important for seeking out a balance between doing and resting, and slowing down can, in fact, benefit you. You'll have opportunities to rise above small problems and gain a sense of peace with the past. You feel at your best now when you let go of frustration or anger, and when you forgive. In fact, it motivates you to be a better person. There can be opportunities to build your faith in yourself and life, in general. Behind-the-scenes matters tend to go very well for you.

There continues to be a strong focus on the past, healing, processing, and digesting, although you seem to come out of yourself as the month advances. From the 10th forward, there can be renewed relationships with loved ones, and projects around the home can resume. Motivation to make happy changes in your domestic life increases now and in the next several months.

Still, there can be some tensions related to pressures related to routines, work, or health. You may feel a lot of pressure to get things done, even if your heart isn't in it or you are not feeling up to par emotionally and physically, challenging your desire to unwind and relax. You want to do it all, and you can be afraid you're missing out! Finding a balance is essential. As well, Mars is retrograde in your partnership sector all month. There can be times when others may seem invasive, or you could be annoyed by someone who doesn't seem to know what they want or is frequently changing their mind.

From the 9th, you're in particularly good shape for making yourself more comfortable and enjoying yourself. For the most part, your judgment is fabulous for the value of things, and you might enjoy a good buy now. Particularly around the 21-22, there can be welcome money news. You might appreciate a reconciliation or a clarification that brings you closer to someone you love. Gifts could come in, or others seem to be unusually generous with you, and they might even be doting! Domestic security, support, and stability can be important priorities in your life this month. You may be going out of your way to make sure that people you love are feeling content, protected, and wanted, too. Increases in income are also possible now.

On the 22nd, a month-long cycle kicks off in which personal influence is strong and personal plans are on the front burner.

The spirit to create and build is strong in you this month, although there may be some discouragement about reaching your goals, perhaps due to problems gaining others' support or securing enough funds to move forward, particularly around the 24th. Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on the 25th and will be retrograde until August 19th. Throughout this period, Mars is retrograde in your opposite sign, and a slowed-down, less aggressive approach will serve you best. Mercury in your sign all month does keep you busy and engaged, although sometimes you can feel a little wired. The retrograde period may help you slow down.

A total Lunar Eclipse occurs on the 27th and can be a reminder of others' needs and perhaps a rather abrupt one. This is because the eclipse aligns with retrograde Mars and the relatively rare Sun-Mars opposition occurs at the same time, pitting will against desire. You may need to take a look at the hard issues in a partnership so that you can later take action to make some crucial changes. For now, sudden moves are not advised. Another influence tied in with this eclipse is excellent for work and money matters, however. Focusing on getting your practical priorities straight can be highly rewarding and even transformative now and in the coming weeks.

See our Time Line Forecast report for a personalized forecast for the year ahead.

Get your unique Personalized Horoscope for the year ahead—over 100 pages long—for a detailed guide to your best days and your most challenging days for attracting love, career success, communication, and more.

 

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See also 2018 Leo Horoscope.

Leo (Born August 13 to 22)
AND Leo Ascendant from 20 to 30 degrees Leo:

July 2018 Leo Horoscope: Love, Career, & General Trends

Overview.

The Sun this Month: Central Focus, Consciousness

Until July 12th:

The Sun continues to put a spotlight on your solar eleventh house. During this cycle, you are planting seeds for the future, dreaming up plans that you might begin to develop two months down the road, if they still seem viable then. You are more aware of the benefits of networking, and you might find some great ideas through others now. You might be working in a team now. You could be questioning some of the rules you have been living by and you could be ready to try something totally new. You are more attracted to that which is progressive or unconventional during this cycle.

From July 12th forward:

The Sun travels through your twelfth house now, marking a time of retreat and regeneration. Think about the attachments you have--to things, people, and routines--and consider which ones are dragging you down. This is a time when competitive energies and the ego are on a bit of a break. It's not the time to push ahead with brand new projects. Rather, it's a time of reflection, dreaming, and recharging your batteries. Situations that have naturally outgrown their usefulness in your life can now be put behind you. Endings of natural cycles may be part of the picture at this time of year. Your energy is largely applied to personal and private affairs now. Your disposition is introspective. Rest and reflect, and prepare for a more outgoing cycle when the Sun moves into your first house.

Venus this Month: Love, Romance, Social Life, Comfort

Until July 28th: 

You could find it hard to deny yourself anything during this cycle! This is a
time when you naturally let loose your softer, receptive side. Romantic matters,
as well as pleasure-seeking activities, come to the fore now. You are more
likely to pay closer attention to your physical appearance and mannerisms,
aiming to improve and enhance your attractiveness. Others find you especially
agreeable and cooperative. You are more gracious, well-behaved (superficial if
you are not careful!), and likeable now. Take advantage!

From July 28th forward: 

As the natural ruler of the second house, Venus feels right "at home" here. This is a rather content position for Venus, although there can be some restlessness when it comes to money and spending it—you are more inclined to want more things around you! Financial security and enjoyment of the good things in life are important to you, although you also value simple pleasures. The ability to relate well with others might enhance your own personal finances during this period. You may find yourself in a position in which there is a blending of financial matters with social or public affairs. This is a stable position for love matters and close relationships. You value those who make you feel comfortable, and familiarity is more important to you than someone new during this cycle.

Mercury this Month: Communications, Learning, Connections, Transportation

Until the 17th: 

Mercury continues to transit your solar twelfth house. This is a cycle in
which clear decision-making does not come easily. You are paying more attention
to unspoken or hidden elements of any circumstance. You are seeing all sides to
any given story, and forming a definite opinion does not seem "right" for the
time being. Thoughts turn to the past. It's a strong period for gaining
different perspectives on problems or issues in your life, as well as for
reflection and research, but not the easiest time for presenting your ideas.

From July 17th forward: 

With Mercury in your solar first house, you are most inclined to speak up about matters that you previously were only mulling over. Your disposition is more intellectual than usual now, and self-expression comes easily. You are sharper than usual--more observant, and more inclined to "live in the head". Relationships with siblings, neighbors, classmates, and casual friends may become more prominent in your life now. It is likely that you will initiate discussions during this period, evaluate your appearance and the impact you have on those around you, and make contact with others rather than stay chained to any one place or activity. This is the time to be direct and to communicate your needs and interests. You are more inclined to talk about yourself and your personal past now. This may also be a restless time when it is difficult to turn the thinking process off when it would be better to relax! It is an especially fruitful time for any endeavor that requires dealing with words, ideas, and facts and figures. Your demeanor is more youthful, perhaps mischievous, light-hearted, and non-threatening so that others may be more inclined to turn to you for advice or pleasant conversation. Using the power of words to attract what you want or to further your interests works best for you now.

Mercury is retrograde from July 25/26 to August 19th:

All Mercury retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of personal finances, as well as communications with friends or groups, because Mercury rules these areas of your life. Major financial initiatives should be avoided. Remember that friends don't mean what they say and don't say what they mean, and take what you hear with a grain of salt. Group meetings may be delayed or cancelled.

Occurring in your solar first house this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to your body language. Others may misinterpret your body language, and you should be aware of a tendency to give off mixed signals. People in your life may complain that you seem emotionally distant. You may appear uncommunicative and hard to reach, or what you say comes out wrong. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others--not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you. Don't worry too much if others aren't quite "getting" you for the time being. Things will change once Mercury turns direct, so you might decide to try to keep status quo for the time being. You might spend more time than usual when it comes to making decisions now, and this is natural. Rushed decisions may be regretted when you change your mind later on.

Mars this Month: Energy, Drive, Courage

All month:

Mars continues to animate and energize your solar sixth house. Energy and initiative for work, health, and other daily activities increase. You are self-motivated when it comes to these matters. If there are disagreements and disputes that erupt on the job now, they may be due to a feeling of stress or impatience, or they could come from your desire to get things done independently. It's best to apply energy productively to completing projects that are unfinished or even to get ahead of yourself. It's a strong period for feeling motivated for starting a new health or fitness routine.

Mars is retrograde from June 26-August 27

All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of faith, wisdom, perspective, personal philosophy, higher education, travel, and adventure in general because Mars rules your solar ninth house. You could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in adventurous ways. Your outlook on life in terms of the "bigger picture" could be a little more cautious, and you might find that you temporarily have less faith.

From June 26-August 12

Occurring in your solar sixth house this time, enthusiasm for your work or health regimes, or for work projects and daily routines, could wane perhaps due to setbacks or stalling. Work itself could seem to be less straightforward or satisfying. New initiatives with these matters may appear less exciting, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in these areas of life. For some, there can be much preoccupation with your health or work endeavors, and possibly frustration with daily routines. Watch for pent-up anger and passive-aggressiveness on the job. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now. This Mars retrograde emphasizes practical and work matters. How you organize your time is in question now.

Overview Horoscope:

leo7sm.pngJuly 2018 Monthly Horoscope Summary for Leo: While you are in strong demand this month, dear Leo, your inner world is especially important to you in July, and a part of you is likely to remain a little reserved or withdrawn. Interestingly, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on the 26th, giving you even more reason to reflect and rest rather than push big decisions. Around the same time, though, the Sun moves into your sign and lights up your world. If others are misunderstanding you in the last week of July, you may very well find new ways of expressing yourself that can be especially satisfying.

The Solar Eclipse on the 12th reinforces a need to look within. If you have resisted taking time for reflection or dealing with the past, this eclipse will prompt you to take charge. The Sun moves into your sign on the 23rd, and while you begin to get even more attention, you're nevertheless still likely to feel hesitant to throw yourself into new situations. The total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th brings epiphanies to your personal life and sudden awareness of relationship needs.

July is important for seeking out a balance between doing and resting, and slowing down can, in fact, benefit you. You'll have opportunities to rise above small problems and gain a sense of peace with the past. You feel at your best now when you let go of frustration or anger, and when you forgive. In fact, it motivates you to be a better person. There can be opportunities to build your faith in yourself and life, in general. Behind-the-scenes matters tend to go very well for you.

There continues to be a strong focus on the past, healing, processing, and digesting, although you seem to come out of yourself as the month advances. From the 10th forward, there can be renewed relationships with loved ones, and projects around the home can resume. Motivation to make happy changes in your domestic life increases now and in the next several months.

Still, there can be some tensions related to pressures related to routines, work, or health. You may feel a lot of pressure to get things done, even if your heart isn't in it or you are not feeling up to par emotionally and physically, challenging your desire to unwind and relax. You want to do it all, and you can be afraid you're missing out! Finding a balance is essential. As well, Mars is retrograde in your partnership sector all month. There can be times when others may seem invasive, or you could be annoyed by someone who doesn't seem to know what they want or is frequently changing their mind.

From the 9th, you're in particularly good shape for making yourself more comfortable and enjoying yourself. For the most part, your judgment is fabulous for the value of things, and you might enjoy a good buy now. Particularly around the 21-22, there can be welcome money news. You might appreciate a reconciliation or a clarification that brings you closer to someone you love. Gifts could come in, or others seem to be unusually generous with you, and they might even be doting! Domestic security, support, and stability can be important priorities in your life this month. You may be going out of your way to make sure that people you love are feeling content, protected, and wanted, too. Increases in income are also possible now.

On the 22nd, a month-long cycle kicks off in which personal influence is strong and personal plans are on the front burner.

The spirit to create and build is strong in you this month, although there may be some discouragement about reaching your goals, perhaps due to problems gaining others' support or securing enough funds to move forward, particularly around the 24th. Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on the 25th and will be retrograde until August 19th. Throughout this period, Mars is retrograde in your opposite sign, and a slowed-down, less aggressive approach will serve you best. Mercury in your sign all month does keep you busy and engaged, although sometimes you can feel a little wired. The retrograde period may help you slow down.

A total Lunar Eclipse occurs on the 27th and can be a reminder of others' needs and perhaps a rather abrupt one. This is because the eclipse aligns with retrograde Mars and the relatively rare Sun-Mars opposition occurs at the same time, pitting will against desire. You may need to take a look at the hard issues in a partnership so that you can later take action to make some crucial changes. For now, sudden moves are not advised. Another influence tied in with this eclipse is excellent for work and money matters, however. Focusing on getting your practical priorities straight can be highly rewarding and even transformative now and in the coming weeks.

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