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July 2023


By Aluna Michaels, M.A.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

 Happy birthday, Cancer! The powerful New Moon works with Pluto, helping you dig into your subconscious and resolve issues that have challenged you for years! They could be about self-esteem, body image, relationships, and even prosperity. Also, Venus moves retrograde, underscoring this healing opportunity! Meditate on the possibility of actually shifting in ways you’ve given up on. Open that door and let insights flow into your mind, then take action!


Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

 Venus moves retrograde in your sign, so meditate on how satisfied you are in relationships. Make sure you’re able to express your full creativity and individuality within partnerships. Also, look at ways you might stand in the way of your own joy. You’ll be able to eliminate negative thinking patterns that are quite subtle, but sabotaging. The New Moon also helps you uncover old resentments that block the flow of prosperity. 


Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) 

Mars moves into your sign, giving you power and courage! You can start a fitness program that you actually stick with. You deserve to be healthy inside and out, as well as look cute! You’ll be bold with others in your life, making the time to exercise, and also eat well. Don’t always put your needs last! Venus retrograde helps you stop tormenting yourself about relationship “failures”. Instead, you’ll be able to move forward with wise insights that energize you.


Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

 As Mars changes signs, meditate on the importance of passion in your life! You might choose to let go of relationships that limit joy, sexuality, and your sense of abundance. If you have artistic talents, resurrect them and make time to nurture that part of yourself. Art, beauty, dance, nature, and sensuousness are essential nutrients to your soul! At work, don't feel seduced by a high-paying offer if it limits your freedom or is a toxic work environment. 


Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

 Meditate on how to make your job more meaningful. You might even want to look into further education to have a more meaningful career. Begin with gratitude about current circumstances. This will open your heart and mind to see a path to even more joy in the near future. Connect with friends with a resilient, positive mindset who can support new plans and actions. It’s common sense, perhaps, but as Venus retrogrades, avoid office romances!


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

 You’ve got great work opportunities coming your way! Be bold about going for a “long shot” position. People can see your potential, and also your enthusiasm and people skills. You might even challenge yourself physically in terms of sports or adventuresome activities like rock climbing. Tap into a dormant sense of passion and joy! Also reacquaint yourself with spiritual prosperity beliefs, techniques and affirmations. If partnered, work as a team in that metaphysical way!


Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

 The New Moon and Venus retrograde help you stand up for yourself in relationships. This could be romantic, family, or even professional. You deserve respect and healthy boundaries! Also, meditate on co-dependent issues you may have to see if you’re giving up your own rights without anyone even asking you to! Gain inner strength from meditation and an inner spiritual connection. Believe you should have the best, and let others adjust to your new confidence.


Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

 It’s a super sexy few months for you! But since Venus is retrograde, be sure that a new partner aligns with your value system and with your financial goals. It’s easy to be dazzled in the beginning, so stay aware and also enlist a trusted friend to look out for red flags. Venus retrograde can also be a wonderful healing time to re-open your heart and to believe in love again, so it’s certainly not “bad”! Meditate to release negativity and “old stories” so you can see a long-term partner more clearly as well.


Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

 Remembers your commitment to yourself! Venus retrograde asks you to love yourself — body, mind, and soul. Think kind thoughts about your body. Plan healthy meals with good food. Take the time to savor. Exercise and also plan for rest and sleep. Meditate and also think supportive thoughts about yourself and your circumstances. In relationships, make sure you can express anger in healthy ways, and that you have good conflict resolution. 


Aries (March 21 – April 19)

 As Venus retrogrades, be cautious with new relationships. As an Aries you bound forward and can overlook red flags. With the New Moon, the situation could have more intensity than you first expect. You might even be a bit shocked at how it shifts from being easy to quite challenging. Resist making big promises or major future plans until mid-September. However, current partnerships can actually be rejuvenated by the retrograde, and breakthroughs of hard issues can happen! If you get a job offer, be sure the finances are clearly in place before accepting.


Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

 Venus retrograde heals yet another layer of childhood wounds that could keep you from feeling joy and passion as an adult. Meditate on ways you shut down to others, especially in regard to communication. People aren't mind-readers, even when they know you intimately! You can change this longstanding defense mechanism and have an incredible new depth in partnerships. You can also have prosperity breakthroughs, as you release unconscious financial blocks!


Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

 Venus retrograde is a great time to re-explore spiritual property principles. By using affirmations, imagery, and positive beliefs, you can attract amazing wealth! You can also heal “snarkiness”, where you’re the butt of your own jokes. Sure, you’re super funny and crack everyone up, but you’re really mean to yourself! Look deeper and extend kindness to your inner child during meditation and see what gentle support you need to hear from the present-day you.

  Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Zoom. Call or text (248) 583-1663 or visit 

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