Welcome to Cancer season, lovers! How are your hearts? As we navigate the intense feelings about the brutal acts of violence against Black and trans POC that reveal underlying systemic racism and a culture of white supremacy, turning inward to find our sense of stability and safety is paramount at this time. The safer we feel in our bodies, the more safety we will be able to provide as space-holders for others and agents of change. Cancer rules the home—that includes the home we reside in physically, the home we grew up in, and how we identify the home within ourselves. Deeply sensitive and intuitive, Cancer energy is inviting us to come home to ourselves. Notice when you’re feeling burned out and overwhelmed, and allow yourself to rest. We can’t pour from an empty cup, and we all need to be able to show up at full capacity to do the work, which looks different for each of us on internal and external levels.
July ushers in the second half of an incredibly impactful year. We are still in eclipse and retrograde season and the journey continues as we move from the emotional waters of Cancer into the transformative fires of Leo. The harder you try to grip to an old paradigm, the more resistance you will meet. If you haven’t noticed by now, 2020 is not a year of excess and frivolity; we’re being asked to see that authentic expansion isn’t about the size of our bank accounts, how many followers we have, or showing off the dopest outfits on Instagram. By taking away the external facade of excess, we’re stripped down to our true essence and asked: Who are we at our core? Are we ready to expand into the mature roles that benefit our highest selves, our families, and society?
With so much energy and emotion swirling around during these massive shifts, how is this affecting our sex lives? Where does pleasure and connection factor into the equation? If you’ve been struggling to feel connected to your body, honor that without judgment. The connection you have to your personal sexuality is an integral part of wellness. Take your time this month, and explore your relationship to your beliefs, shame, anger, and how you can work with pleasure to soften into a restorative place. Let your feelings flow through Cancer season and emerge ready to be transmuted in the raging inferno of Leo season beginning on the 23rd.
Cancer & Cancer Rising (June 21-July 22)
Happy solar return, Cancer! Use this powerful time to rest and reset in between the activist initiatives you may be participating in. As we stand amidst a revolution, you have the tremendous gift of your intuition and the warmth of your love to share with the world. Reach out and ask for support in return, and allow yourself to receive from many sources as you refill your reserves. Your sign rules the stomach and the breasts. Make sure to honor them, along with your entire body, as a sacred vessel to be worshipped for the experiences you have endured. Sensuality and pleasure are your divine right. Ask your body what it needs most right now and offer it up lavishly.
Leo & Leo Rising (July 23-August 22)
You may be roaring loudly and feeling extra-sensitive to the collective energy this month, Leo. Your feelings are activating what has been lying dormant, begging to come up to the surface. Express yourself, explore these feelings, reflect on the past, and release what has been stored in your body. Mercury retrograde offers the opportunity to revisit the events of the past month and how they’ve affected you and the ones you care about. Be gentle with yourself during this process; energetic shifting requires much rest. Hold your loved ones gently and accountable, while you hold the same for yourself, as everyone is experiencing profound transformation in their own unique ways. Love yourself fiercely—your big heart is needed now more than ever.
Virgo & Virgo Rising (August 23-September 22)
Your vision for the future is very clear at this time, Virgo, yet Mercury retrograde is not the time to rush into action. Rather, use your gift of analysis and organization to collaborate with others, and make concrete plans. Observe what is working and refine your ideas; you can contribute so much to the world. Have faith in your process and stay open to learning. While you may not be feeling very sexy during this time, the passion you put into your efforts may be attracting partnerships that are beyond the platforms that focus on the superficial. You may not be aware this is happening, as your energy is focused elsewhere, so try to stay open to what and who is presented to you at this time. You’ll know when it’s time to make a move.
Libra & Libra Rising (September 23-October 22)
Your public image has been shifting for some time, Libra. All these societal changes are pushing you to move beyond the surface-level attractions that have distracted you from the bigger picture. You bring your refined aesthetics to your endeavors, and people will be taking notice as you expand your reach. You may find yourself presented with several options, so align yourself with the brands and companies that are built on ethical sourcing and pay their workers living wages. The prioritization of impossible beauty standards over sustainability and inclusivity is crumbling. Help guide those who look to you for inspiration to ways they can support businesses that are putting in the work to do better.
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (October 23-November 21)
Travel to the depth of your feelings, Scorpio, especially if where you live is still experiencing restrictions in some capacity. Researching the subjects you are most passionate about and gathering information is where you find the intensity you crave. Use your incredible emotional intelligence to see into the deeper psychological layers of the collective experience as you fact-check your way through the endless amounts of content. Ask yourself what makes you feel safe and nurtured: Can you access that energy when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Taking a break to rest and reset allows you to return even stronger, so try not to burn yourself out. Connect with your element by going for a swim if you have access to a body of water. Otherwise, a simple bath with a few drops of lavender and epsom salt (or a good cry) goes a long way.
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (November 22-December 21)
Power dynamics are up for review this month, Sagittarius. Notice the correlations between social injustice and the lack of control you may be feeling in your personal life: Does one inform the other? Your enthusiasm and excitement for life is taking on a much deeper tone this month, as you channel your fire into passion for the collective. Try to stay with your feelings and balance your outer work with your inner work. Take breaks when you’re exhausted, and remember to nurture yourself so you are able to bring the best of your gifts in constructive ways rather than screaming the loudest. Be willing to listen with compassion and softness as you filter out what is your truth and what is just noise.
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (Dec 22-Jan 20)
Mercury retrograde has you reconsidering your partnerships, Capricorn. You’ve grown (and perhaps outgrown) certain connections and now is a good time to let go of the ones you no longer resonate with. Own your anger, share your feelings with the people you trust, and be willing to take responsibility for the roles you may have played. Nothing is cut and dry. There are many layers to your experience, and they can’t be quantified and wrapped up neatly with a bow. Save yourself the time and effort of going over every minute detail, and see the bigger picture—forgive where you can, and set yourself free. Notice when it feels lighter. The less heavy you feel, the closer you come to the partnerships that are more aligned with your goals, values, and passions.
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (January 21-February 18)
Pay attention to your health this month, Aquarius. Your mind has been on overload, as you digest copious amounts of content. Be aware of what that does to your body, as they are intrinsically linked. Mercury retrograde is an opportune time to evaluate how you care for your body on a physical level and the quality of your mental state. In order to function at a sustainable level, your feelings must be felt in addition to being analyzed. Name where in your body you feel tension or pain; this could represent sadness, anger, and anxiety. Dealing with what is tangible may assist you in processing what is abstract. After identifying the complicated areas, ask: Where does my pleasure live, and how can I experience it right now? Give yourself that gift.
Pisces & Pisces Rising (February 19-March 20)
You may be feeling confused right now, Pisces, especially regarding your relationships, the state of the world, and your role in being of service. Your incredible empathy and compassion are needed, but not at the expense of your wellbeing. Mercury retrograde is asking you to step back from trying to seek answers through analyzing data and content, and instead, tune into your feelings to inform your decisions. You understand the presence of paradoxes, and are able to hold multiple truths simultaneously and compassionately, while others may condemn and judge. This is one of your superpowers, to stay present with what is uncomfortable. Pour your love into yourself and the ones who are struggling with accepting these changes. They’ll find their way sooner than you think.
Aries & Aries Rising (March 21-April 19)
You may find yourself listening more than speaking this month, Aries. In a shocking plot twist, your energy is focused inward, as you explore the roots of your experience and how your own history fits into the collective unrest. What did you experience as a child? What did you learn from your family, and the echoes of the past? It’s ok to build yourself a safe nest to cocoon into as you explore your foundations. Quiet reflection and self-inquiry is an act of resistance. Loving yourself by getting in touch with your inner child is a huge step in the healing process. You have big work to do this year, so take this time to reset when you can. By the end of the month you’ll be ready to re-engage with your passionate fire.
Taurus & Taurus Rising (April 20-May 20)
Nurture your connection to your mental health and your thoughts, Taurus. You’re being shown where your habitual thoughts have shaped your view of yourself and the world. This information comes by observing the collective’s beliefs and values, how they have remained rooted in supremacy and inequality—if we don’t question the incoming information and take it in as fact, it becomes a physical manifestation that lurks on the peripheral edges of our conscious awareness. Notice what stories you’ve come to believe about yourself that disempower you. Embrace the part of yourself that feels powerless. Know that you can change these narratives and engage with others by having difficult conversations.
Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21-June 20)
Resist the urge to spend frivolously, Gemini. Becoming mindful about where your money goes transforms your relationship to the material world. Research where the products you use come from and who is making them. Ask yourself what type of future you would like to contribute to, what possibilities exist in shifting the economy that you can be part of right now. See beyond the lure of shiny objects and into the depths of what the damage of instant gratification has on keeping society trapped in capitalist patriarchy. Consider how this has personally affected your self-esteem. You don’t need the latest and greatest anything to feel sexy, you come equipped with sexual energy and the most perfect body you’ll ever need to experience pleasure that lasts a lifetime.