InStyle July 2017 horoscope
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Susan Miller is InStyle's resident astrologer and founder of Her latest InStyle sign-by-sign column appears in the July issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now.

This month, all signs will be productive and there will be great opportunities for travel and fun. Venus will tour Gemini from July 4 to July 21, favoring air and fire signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Active Mars will be in Cancer until July 20, and then move on to Leo from July 20 to September 5. Mars in Cancer will favor Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, Mars will take care of the other signs after the 20th. So, as you see, there's something for everyone in July.

On Independence Day, July 4, the Sun and Neptune will be nicely aligned, giving a lyrical, happy tone to your activities. It'll be the perfect time to reconnect with relatives and friends. Neptune, the planet of unconditional love, will be in ideal alignment, bringing a spirit of warmth and happiness to the time you can spend together.

The full moon on July 8 will be in Capricorn and be conjoined with Pluto. Within four days of this date, aim to close financial deals, or, if you like, apply for a business loan, bank line of credit, mortgage, or student financial aid. Capricorn also rules antiques and things of historical value, so stop by your favorite shops or to a flea markets to find hidden treasures. Another great day for picking up something new? July 14, when Mercury and good fortune Jupiter will be in sync, making it ideal for travel or shopping.

One day to avoid confrontation with anyone in your path would be Monday, July 17, when Mars will be in hard angle to Uranus. Things won’t go the way you anticipate—instead they'll take a slightly twisty course. You could be flirting with disaster if you make a big announcement or sign papers on this day. Go ahead, if you like, test this theory and tempt fate, but later—whether immediately or months later—you may see this day was not the right moment to launch or make any big moves. Instead, sign papers for the formation of a long-term relationship and steady growth on July 19, for Mercury and Saturn will be aligned, and bring steadfast stability.

Action-hero Mars will enter Leo, the sign of royalty, from July 20 to September 5, coaxing us all to crave a bit of luxury and fun during coming weeks. Going away for the weekend? It might be the time to reserve a room in a seaside resort that’s a step up from your usual retreat. Leo is playful, so how great is it that Mars will be in Leo during the summer months, only leaving Leo the day after Labor Day. The universe seems to be coaxing you to let out your inner five-year old. Experiment, experience joy and curiosity, and leave your inner critic at home. Summer is time to have fun, and this particular summer may bring a happier time than ones in your recent memory.

The new moon on July 23 will glow in Leo, and bring opportunity in matters related to creativity, entertainment, and the arts—it just may bring out a breathtaking and original artistic expression from you. The July 23 new moon will be the first of two in Leo that will arrive four weeks apart, which is highly unusual. Typically, we have one new moon a month in a different sign—twelve months, and twelve new moons in twelve different signs. This means wherever you have Leo in your chart will become an important area to watch for change and growth in coming weeks.

Next month we have two major eclipses due, one, a full moon lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7 and the next, a solar new moon eclipse in Leo on August 21. These will be powerful moments of 2017, marking events we will all long remember. These eclipses are unusually friendly, no matter what comes up, you are likely to benefit. Get ready. The eclipses, especially the one on the 21st, will bring lots of news, so keep your antenna up.