These July 2021 self-care horoscopes for each of the 12 zodiac signs are based on the upcoming astrological transits, (the movement of the planets around the sky), and some of the general themes that are going to be activated for you in the coming month. As a witch, I’ll be sharing some insight and inspiration on how you can most effectively nurture yourself and practice self-care this month based on the cosmos.
I highly recommend that you generate your birth chart at www.astro.com or www.astro-charts.com and read the horoscope for your rising sign but if you only know your sun sign, you can read for that too or instead. Please note that in order to generate a chart with an accurate rising sign, you will need your exact birth time, as even a few minutes can actually make a difference.
July 2021 Astrological Transits
- Cancer Season (June 20 – July 21): From late June to late July, the sun will be in Cancer, the sign of the crab and of nurturing, restful self-care. Collectively, this activates a desire for days off and relaxing time with family and friends – perfect for a day at the beach!
- Mars & Venus in Leo (Exactly Conjunct July 12): Throughout much of July, both Venus, the planet of love, and Mars, the planet of action, will be in Leo. Leo is the sign of the lion – think of this as king and queen of the jungle energy, activating our desire for personal sovereignty and creative self-expression.
- Full Moon in Aquarius (July 24): Towards the end of the month, after the sun moves from Cancer into Leo, we’ll be experiencing the full moon in Aquarius. This full moon is in the sign of the Rebel, stirring up some revolutionary vibes and inspiring us to fight for what we believe – and to have gratitude for our personal freedoms and privileges.
July 2021 Horoscopes For Self Care (Sun & Rising!)
Aries Sun & Rising
This month is all about self-care for you! You’re feeling called to rest and relax – on a beach or poolside, if possible – and are wanting lots of alone time, although you may also feel drawn to spend more time than usual with your closest friends and family, (or chosen family.) You may want to indulge in some classic self-care vibes with bubble baths and massages. Nourishing your intuition is also called for this month through meditation or tarot cards and leaning into trusting yourself more fully.
Venus and Mars are activating your inner lion and bringing out your creative power. You may feel highly inspired and in tune with your creativity this month, with a strong desire to express yourself and to feel seen and heard. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius will be asking you to find balance between boldly expressing who you are versus uplifting the voices and ideas of your community.
Taurus Sun & Rising
This month, you’re feeling called to express and vocalize your self-care needs and what you need in order to feel nourished physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. All of these components make up a holistic self-care practice and it’s especially important for you to feel that your needs are being heard, understood, and met during this time. Share openly with those close to you about what your needs are and how you need for them to be met.
Venus and Mars are activating your self-care needs as well, asking you to find a creative outlet to nurture yourself. Art therapy, taking an art class, or relaxing with some fun coloring books would be perfect options for nurturing yourself this month. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is asking you to step into your higher calling and to celebrate your contributions at work and to society. Reflect on how your actions and ideas have a meaningful impact on the world around you.
Gemini Sun & Rising
Sensual self-care is the name of the game for you this month. You may have had some upheavals recently with the eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius and Mercury retrograde in Gemini so now it’s time for you to relax and replenish your energy. Nourishing your physical body and your need for pleasure is taking the driver’s seat for you. This includes getting massages or other bodywork, focusing on eating foods that light you up, (either because they’re delicious, because they’re healthy, or both), and taking some time for self-pleasure.
Venus and Mars are activating your desire to share your creativity so this is a great month to write some poetry, go live on Instagram, or start writing that manuscript you’ve been putting off for too long. This transit is highlighting anywhere in your life where you feel called to creatively use your words. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is calling you to not only express yourself through your words but to share your creative works and message with the world – take that next step and share something you’ve written or created, even if it feels a little bit scary!
Cancer Sun & Rising
This month is your time to shine, Cancer, with the sun and the new moon in your home sign! As you are ruled by the moon, the whole month will be an impactful one for you but the new moon in Cancer on July 9 will be especially activating and may feel like “new year, new me” vibes, (even in July.) Take some time this month to reflect on and set intentions for your holistic self-care practices, addressing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. How can you nurture yourself in all of these areas effectively?
Venus and Mars are activating sensual self-love and an abundant, joyful relationship with money right now. Aligned actions you take this month could lead to a windfall of pleasure, money, and joy. Embrace these feelings wherever you can because you are SO worthy – you are a QUEEN. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius may be activating some shadows around these same areas of your worthiness of receiving pleasure, money, and joy. Try to witness these shadows and feelings of lack if they arise, acknowledge them, tell them you love them for helping you grow and that now it’s safe to release them.
Leo Sun & Rising
This month is activating some big energy for you around releasing, setting intentions, and how you relate to the world and the people closest to you. Your needs for intuitive self-care are being activated, with a focus on how you can release distrust and surrender to flow and rest. You may have a tendency to push hard and go-go-go all the time, always believing that you need to be creating or serving, but this month is an opportunity to slow down and take some much needed mindful rest.
Venus and Mars are activating your identity and sense of self, though, so it’s not all introversion time. In fact, you’re likely to be feeling highly creative and inspired to set some goals for yourself around being even more authentic and in sync with your truth so that you can take aligned action to create everything you desire. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is activating your relationships – celebrate the way you relate to, uplift, and lean on those closest to you.
Virgo Sun & Rising
Your need for safety in your community and self-care practices is being highlighted this month. You can be very self-sufficient and self-reliant but you have a deep, tender need to feel safe in order to be able to fully and effectively nurture yourself. Seek out spaces that allow you to create this safety for yourself or where others can hold space for you to feel safe so you can truly rest.
Venus and Mars are activating your intuition and need for release. You’ll be doing a fair amount of releasing over the next 6-8 weeks – letting go of ideas, stuff, spaces, and even people who aren’t serving your highest good and helping you be your best, most creative, and most self-loving self. The release cycle starts now, with Venus and Mars having you tune into your intuition and ask: what do you truly desire? How can you take aligned action on that? And how can you release any desires or actions that aren’t in alignment with that? Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is asking you to lean into your rituals, whatever they look like for you, and to celebrate how they support you!
Libra Sun & Rising
This month is all about work-life balance and how you can serve your own needs while also serving the needs of the collective! You’re feeling called to discover how you can integrate more rest into your workday and what’s expected of you in your professional life. You’ll be amazed to discover that the more you nurture yourself, take the rest you need, and practice self-care, the more effective and efficient you’ll be at achieving your career goals as well.
Venus and Mars are activating your relationship with yourself versus with your community and calling you to use your creative gifts to uplift the collective. How does taking care of and loving up on yourself have a positive impact on everyone around you? Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is asking you to get in touch with your inner child and express your creativity in fun and unexpected ways.
Scorpio Sun & Rising
You’re nurturing your insatiable curiosity and love of learning this month as you expand your mind and horizons. A big part of self-care for you is exploring the options and staying agile in your practices. Take this month to nourish your desire to get out in nature or on the open road and find movement in your physical body, your spaces, and your decisions.
Venus and Mars are activating your career and work life, perhaps asking you to set out on your own and blaze your own trail. You are in command of the work that you do and what you contribute to society and you might be feeling really inspired to start your own business or follow some kind of creative venture now or in the near future. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is a reminder for balance – follow your passions and take aligned action to create the future you desire and deserve, but also take the rest you need so you don’t wind up burnt out.
Sagittarius Sun & Rising
This month, you might be feeling a little bit more tender than usual as you nurture the deepest, darkest parts of yourself and face some shadows. Shadow work doesn’t need to be a big scary thing – it’s actually a way to integrate and come to love the parts of you that you’ve always been told are too much or too messy or too emotional, so shadow work is actually a beautiful act of self-love. It can make you feel a bit raw at times though, so nurturing your heart and creating lots of space for rest and retreat might be a good idea.
Venus and Mars are activating your desire to expand your creativity and the way you express yourself. This would be a great time to take an art class or go on a creative retreat, anywhere you can learn to hone your skills as an artist, writer, or any other tool that helps you express your true, authentic self. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius has you wanting to talk about the weird and wonderful things that interest you and to get curious and playful about alternative forms of communication.
Capricorn Sun & Rising
You’re nurturing your relationships and practicing self-care in the form of connection this month. Getting closer with your romantic partner(s), best friends, and colleagues may come naturally this month and the more you feel intimately connected with them, the more you’ll be filling your own cup as well. This isn’t about serving or taking on their burdens or pampering them, nor is it necessarily about asking them to do those things for you; rather, this is about genuine, mutual connection where you feel safe to share your truth and to witness theirs.
Venus and Mars are activating your shadow self, asking you to question and get deep with the blocks and obstacles that may keep you from boldly expressing your most authentic identity. Be prepared to dive in, ask the big questions, and face some big feelings this month. The important thing is what you do next – once you’ve asked the big questions and felt the big feelings, how will you integrate them into your identity or release what no longer serves you? Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius brings an opportunity to celebrate sensuality and pleasure in your life and perhaps to call in an extra abundance of love and/or money.
Aquarius Sun & Rising
Self-care rituals are a must this month! This is a great opportunity to create daily rituals that holistically nourish your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. This could include everything from setting a timer on your phone for when you have to get up from your desk and go eat lunch to a morning meditation, gua sha, and tarot card pull. Your rituals can include anything, really, so long as they feel right and nourishing for you.
Venus and Mars are activating your relationships, asking you to question traditional gender roles and play with alternative ways you can be a sovereign individual within the context of relating to another person. What do you truly desire to experience and create through your relationships? Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is an opportunity to celebrate your individuality and how your own quirkiness contributes to and uplifts your community.
Pisces Sun & Rising
You’re nurturing your creativity and inner child this month with self-care that lights you up from the inside out. Whatever your preferred art form is – whether it be painting, music, dance, writing, architecture, website design, fashion, cooking, or literally anything else – make it a priority right now. Some inner child work through visualization, meditation, and journaling, such as writing a letter to yourself at 10 years old or meeting your 6-year-old self in meditation, will be very healing and nourishing for you. With Jupiter retrograding through your sign right now too, you’re leaning into how your intuition can help you expand and receive abundance.
Venus and Mars are activating your desire for creative, daily rituals that light you up and inspire you. Reflect on what you want your daily life to really truly feel like – set aside any and all social expectations and just tune into how you truly wish your day-to-day existence felt. Then make a clear plan to make it happen. Meanwhile, the full moon in Aquarius is asking you to celebrate your intuitive ability and to do some visualizations to connect with your spirit guides.