Cancer Horoscope for July 2020

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Your Horoscope by Susan Miller

You certainly have not had it easy. You have been dealing with Saturn opposed to your Sun, a very difficult aspect, that may have made you feel at times that you were swimming the English Channel all alone. Saturn is famous for temporarily creating isolation, if only to encourage your independence. You have had this demanding trend since December 2017, which will continue until later this year, December 16, 2020. Saturn had left Capricorn (where he was pressuring you mercilessly) for a few weeks this year while he toured Aquarius from March 21 to July 1. During that period, you had a little break from the tension you felt while Saturn was in Capricorn for more than two years.

Saturn is back in Capricorn now as of July 1, but as said, he will leave December 16. You are almost done, and many Cancers are already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. If you are not, you will soon. Once Saturn leaves your opposite sign of Capricorn in December, you will not be tested by Saturn like this again until January 2047. Yes, this is a rare aspect, and you won’t get it again until 2047.

The second visit of Saturn, which happens every 29 years (counting from 2017 when Saturn’s visit first started) is always easier because you will have learned so much from Saturn’s first visit. Also, Saturn rules wisdom and older age, and as you age, you take on more of Saturn’s persona and become more comfortable with his teachings. Keep this in mind: You get to keep goals that you capture under a Saturn period, most likely forever. Saturn teaches us that we value and are proudest of the goals we worked the hardest to achieve.

Saturn teaches using tough love methods, and after a tour with taskmaster Saturn, you are left leaner, stronger, and wiser than you were when the trend started. Think back to where you were prior to late 2017, and you will see how far you have come. Cancers with birthdays that fall in June and from July 1 to 14 are, for the most part, done with Saturn’s tutoring course. Cancers born July 15 to 22 are now feeling the pressures of Saturn the most, but it is almost over—besides, you are gaining so much from this period!

Saturn is an equal opportunity planet—he spends the same amount of time with each member of a sign, so please, dear Cancer, if you were born July 15 to 22, don’t feel singled out for more tutoring. The June-born Cancers had a very hard time from late 2017 through the first nine months of 2018 as Saturn orbited overhead.

Having Saturn opposed to your Sun is hard on its own, but you also had Pluto in Capricorn opposed to your Sun. Pluto is known to be unfair under difficult aspects, particularly in financial matters. Pluto is now nearing the end of Capricorn but has three more years to go before he will enter Aquarius in 2023 and 2024 (Pluto will move back and forth from Capricorn to Aquarius for a while, which is usual.) If your birthday falls from July 11 to 15, you are feeling pressure from Pluto. Pluto keeps moving into deeper degrees of a sign (there are 0 to 29 degrees 59 minutes in a sign), so you only feel the full effects of a planet when it is close to, or matching, the degrees of your Sun (or another planet in your natal chart).

If you feel controlled by someone, you are feeling Pluto. You will likely eventually break free from this person, but sometimes that does take time. Watch for too much pressure being exerted on you from a bossy person later this month at the new moon July 20. You and I will get to that in a minute. We have a major lunar eclipse July 4-5 in Capricorn, but first, we need to go back to last month for a moment.

The eclipses of last month may have already brought changes to your life. We had two eclipses—the first one occurred on June 5, an emotional full moon lunar eclipse in a new family of signs, Sagittarius-Gemini, that we will be seeing more of in the coming two years. The June 5 eclipse could have brought shifts in your day-to-day routine at work when it comes to duties you were expected to perform, so you may have changed jobs (or soon will), or your company may have reorganized staff.

Wherever you happen to be, you seem to be walking down a brand-new path, working on a product or service that didn’t exist only a few years ago. You’ll enjoy getting experience on something you have never had the opportunity to work on.

Your sixth house, which rules your health, was highlighted, so I hope you are wearing your mask and gloves in public, washing your hands often and thoroughly, and are determined to keep up social distancing—this virus is strenuous and deadly. An eclipse in the sixth house, as you had last month, could work to lower your resistance to viruses and other illnesses in the weeks to come, so continue to be careful.

The June 21 eclipse in Cancer, a new moon solar eclipse, may have been a ray of light. You may have received an opportunity, and depending on how you felt about it, you may have taken advantage of it. Mars was in a difficult position to the Sun and new moon, however, so there were drawbacks, but all things considered, if the job was interesting, you may have taken the offer anyway. The closer your birthday falls to June 21, the more you felt that eclipse.

Now, we come to the full moon lunar eclipse of July 4-5 in Capricorn at 14 degrees that will bring your full attention to how you feel about your close partner, someone you are aligned with in love or business. If you have been unhappy for a long time, this eclipse may be the straw that makes you realize this is it, you can’t go on with this relationship anymore. All the pressure from Saturn and Pluto described earlier will come to bear under the lunations this month (particularly later at the July 20 new moon). If you were thinking of leaving but hoping against hope that things would improve, this eclipse will help you make up your mind.

If you are happy, you might want to get engaged, but I would say eclipses swirl up so much dust that you may not be seeing the clear road ahead. Mars in Aries will be at odds with Mercury and the Sun, not a time to make a promise. Fortunately, Venus is moving ahead now, having been retrograde from May 12 to June 24. Mars will retrograde from September 9 to November 13, never a good time to wed. Next year, 2021, will be better, but until we have a vaccine, it might be best to watch and see what happens before setting a wedding date.

On the flip side, if you are anxious to leave the relationship, the same rules apply—think things over slowly, but don’t make any moves just yet. A big rule of eclipses is this: React, but never initiate. That means you can respond to someone else’s actions or questions, but don’t take an assertive action ever during an eclipse period—it never works out the way you suppose. All eclipses have a second act, and it’s best to wait to see what will happen next as the dust settles, and you can see the road ahead.

Adding to the general feeling of confusion is Mercury, which is out of phase. Mercury started to retrograde last month on June 17 and will begin to normalize on July 12. This is another reason you may not be thinking clearly—Mercury retrograde is known to make us impulsive, eager to rush forward without having all the details in place. Leaving a long-term relationship often requires plenty of planning. It could involve deciding where you will live if you share a space. There are also economic considerations of living separately. You may have to find a way to afford to live on your own, especially if you have children, as living together usually costs less. Thankfully, Venus went direct recently on June 24, and Venus rules your living situation and also family matters for Cancer. After Venus’ brother Mercury goes direct on July 12, you will find it easier to work out your plans.

The saving grace of the July 4-5 lunar full moon eclipse will be that Uranus, planet of surprise, will be in perfect angle to the Sun and Mercury. The Sun is the natural ruler of your financial second house of earned income, and Uranus is the ruler of your eighth house of other people’s money, so a surprise bundle of money might come in out of thin air. It may be a commission, bonus, or birthday gift. Mercury rules your third house of contractual deals and all written and spoken communication, so you may make a big sale at work, or you could get a writing assignment or sell your book or screenplay.

The July 4-5 eclipse falls in your partnership sector, but this may not point to your spouse or steady boyfriend/girlfriend, although it might. It could just as easily point to a development in your relationship with a business partner. That person is anyone you work with closely in a one-to-one relationship. It could be a business partner or your agent (or if you are an agent, the talent you represent), or it could be your accountant, lawyer, publicist, or just about any expert you hired to help you. If you are the expert, then perhaps you were hired to help another. Often at eclipse time, someone is eclipsed out of your life, such as if a business partner announces a move away or a departure to join another firm. There are almost endless possibilities.

You have Mars in your house of honors, awards, and achievement, so it is clear you are serious about your work, and you will go to the mat to win accolades by doing the best job you can. You are razor focused on your job, and you seem to be ascending to a higher title and influence now. Certainly, you are not having any problems getting to see high-level people. You’ve earned that right, and so the door will open for you—much to other’s amazement. Mars in Aries is quite entrepreneurial, so you might start your own business, or you might work for a start-up. Wherever you happen to be, you seem to be walking down a brand-new path, working on a product or service that didn’t exist only a few years ago. You’ll enjoy getting experience on something you have never had the opportunity to work on.

Mars will be in conflict with the Sun in Cancer and full moon eclipse in Capricorn on July 4-5 in your partnership house, so your partner in love or business may be jealous of your success or feel neglected because you will be preoccupied with your work, so your spouse or established partner may act out in ways that seem weird, childish, or unacceptable. Or it may be that you find out about something your partner has been doing in secret, and by keeping this part of life hidden, you realize your partner has betrayed you.

No matter what news you receive, the fact that the news is coming at eclipse time automatically tells me this is an important episode in your life. If you were born on July 4, plus or minus five days, you will almost certainly feel this eclipse strongly, and your life will be changed by it in some way, most likely regarding a partnership matter. Eclipses offer a floodlight of information that you had not been given previously, and when you get that news, it changes the entire complexion of the matter. If there is someone near you that has not been honest with you, then you don’t really want that person in your life.

Some eclipses deliver news on time, within five day of the date it falls. (This one falls over two days, July 4-5, depending on your time zone.) If no news is delivered, you need to wait until Mars makes an aspect to 14-degrees Capricorn in your house of partner, and you won’t have to wait long. Watch the days surrounding July 22 when Mars in Aries reaches 14 degrees and challenges the degree of the eclipse at a 90-degree angle, which suggests an obstacle or unexpected development will come up.

Two weeks after the lunar eclipse we have a normal new moon (not an eclipse) on July 20 in Cancer, 28 degrees. You might be saying to yourself, wait, didn’t we already have a new moon in Cancer at zero degrees last month on June 21? Indeed we did, and that new moon was a solar eclipse. Now we have a second new moon in Cancer, only this time it will fall at 28 degrees and be just a normal new moon. It is not usual to see two new moons in a row in the same sign, but it shows you how focused the universe is on you, dear Cancer, and how anxious the universe is to bring you substantial changes, quickly.

This new moon is not an easy one. On July 20, Pluto and Saturn will be aiming their arrows directly at the tender new moon and Sun in Cancer, so you may encounter someone who is controlling and demanding. Not only will you have no cooperation, but you might feel pressured to cave in and agree to this person’s dictates. That is a tough spot to be in. This new moon will affect all Cancers, but doubly so if you were born within five days before or after July 20. (This means it could affect Leos born on the cusp of Cancer and Leo.) If you have Cancer rising 28 degrees, or within four degrees, you will also notice this trend.

As I pointed out, Saturn and Pluto will be directly opposed to the Sun and new moon, and that’s an emotional mix of tension. Saturn rules your business partner or spouse. Pluto rules your sweetheart, your children, a pregnancy, the topic of children (yours or your partner’s), and also your creativity. This won’t be a hot live-wire new moon, but rather one that has oppressive or depressive qualities. There is no predestination in astrology, so you will decide what to do. It might be a good idea if you want to talk to a professional therapist.

I know these times have been trying, dear Cancer. I am so sorry to see the pressure you have been under, yet every Cancer I know has carried their responsibilities with grace. Eclipses force us to adjust, and sometimes making those adjustments in relationships or conforming to new situations can be hard, and sometimes sad. If there is anything I have learned studying astrology, it is that everything in life moves toward strength, purpose, and productivity. The universe sweeps away situations that it deems to be marginal, weak, unproductive, or stagnant, or to have outworn its value. The universe uses an eclipse to make swift changes.

Please Note: On October 1, 2020, there is a full moon in Aries 9º, not Aquarius 9º. We apologize for this error in our 2020 calendar.


Last month and this one will be two of the most important months of the year for you. We are in eclipse season, and two of the three eclipses are highlighting your sign. Last month, you had an eclipse on June 5 in Sagittarius, bringing changes to your everyday work routine. You are under strain, so take good care of your health. The eclipse on June 21 was in Cancer, making life feel different in some important way. If your birthday falls within four days of June 21, you already have an idea of where life is taking you.

Now, we have one more eclipse over July 4-5 in Capricorn, the sign opposite yours, indicating a romantic partner or close partner you are aligned with in business will be your focus. This is a full moon, so a relationship is reaching a culmination point, and news may be unexpected. It appears that at least part of the surprise news will involve a sum of money that may be on its way to you. This may be a commission, bonus, severance check, or an insurance payout, divorce settlement, or check from a government program. You either don’t expect the payment at all or you do, but are happily surprised by the amount.

At the same time, a partner has posed a dilemma. On one hand, you feel you need this partner, but on the other, you see definite problems. This new moon, with its opposition from Saturn and Pluto may make you feel the “cost” of this relationship—emotionally, financially, and spiritually—is too high for you, that it asks to much from you, and that recent events seem to have caused something in you to snap, making you realize that you might have no choice but to leave.

Your chart shows considerable strain in your constitution. When you go out in public, be careful to wear your mask and gloves, and keep up social distancing. You will have a lot going on, and you could easily run yourself down. When it doubt, rest.

Your career is going well, and you will be quite intent on doing a bang-up job that will quickly mark you as a winner and critical member of the company. Mars will light your house of honors, awards, and achievement, so if you are looking for a new position, it’s clear you’ll meet the right influential people, and they will listen to what you have to say. You have every reason to expect that you can now be given an impressive title, even though a large number of people are looking for jobs. Indeed, often a crisis allows some to display hidden talents that come to the fore now—talents that the market prizes.

Mars would ordinarily tour your tenth house of honors, awards, and achievement, where it is now, for six weeks, but this year, Mars will continue to light your house of prestigious professional responsibility for six months, from now until January 6, 2021. Mars will go retrograde from September 9 to November 13, the reason Mars will spend so much time at the very pinnacle of your chart. You won’t make as rapid progress later (during that retrograde period) as you will now, so go after your biggest goals now, before the slowdown that will extend from September through the first half of November. During Mars retrograde, talks will lag, and people will be indecisive, taking a wait-and-see stance. Mid-August, at the new moon August 18, is your only window to capture your new position, launch a new product or service, or find a new job. After that, you’ll need to wait until December, which will favor you, too.

On the sidelines, Mercury and Mars will be at odds at eclipse time, July 4-5, making it a very poor time to agree to an important deal, either verbally or by signing papers. The world will be confusing, and with an atmosphere of smoke and mirrors, you will need time to think and see how things play out, even without this aspect.

Mercury will remain retrograde until July 12, a holdover from last month when Mercury started to retrograde on June 17. Someone may come on strong and attempt to dominate you into agreeing to something this month, particularly near the July 4-5 full moon, but it seems to me that you will want to resist. If this resonates with you, break the conversation, and suggest you revisit the topic during the last days of July or, better yet, in late August. On other matters, do not sign papers or launch a new product until after July 12. While Mercury retrograde is not usually the right time to take a new job, with so many people out of work, if you find a good job, take it. If you discover you don’t like it, you can always change jobs later.

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