Leo July 23 – August 22
Intrigue, drama, entrances and exits – there’s never a dull moment this month. Luckily, Leos tend to enjoy the drama. Much of the action happens in the first three weeks before the Leo birthday year begins. Around the July 2nd and 3rd, a total eclipse of the sun signals a new start in the solar house of your private life, institutions and in-laws, often arriving in the form of news or a message. This will lead to the release of something on the second eclipse on July 16-17 regarding your daily routine, job or health. Mercury, which rules cars, computers and communications, is in trickster mode all month and will influence your image, sense of self or appearance until mid-July when it too begins to affect your private life. Change is definitely afoot here but with Mars boosting your drive and determination you can get to grips with any unexpected events. The Sun is happiest when it’s in your sign so you’ll be feeling its rays lifting your spirits from July 23. Then on the 28th it is joined by love planet Venus, which continues to ramp up the warmth.

Best days: July 5-6, 15

Virgo August 22 – September 22
A powerful eclipse in your solar house in the first few days of July signals a favourable time to set goals or intentions involving a creative project, hobby, speculation or love affair. This intense event plants a seed that will lead to a shift at mid-month to do with groups, friendships or dreams for the future. Be sure your focus is on what you truly desire.

Best days: July 7-8 

Libra September 23 – October 23
A solar eclipse heralds a turning point in your 10th house of public life, attainments, dealings with authority and ambitions in the first few days of July. Flowing on from this, on July 16-17, there is action in your house of home, roots and early beginnings, where you are likely to see a closure.

Best days: July 9-10

Scorpio October 23 – November 22
Your eyes swivel towards far horizons as the rocket-fuelled energy delivered by the July 2-3 eclipse is likely to spark thoughts of overseas travel, study and spirituality. Where will it take you in body, mind or spirit? Meanwhile, a door slams shuts on July 16-17 as you release a matter involving your neighbourhood, home or childhood issues.

Best days: July 11-12 

Sagittarius November 23 – December 21 
You’re thinking seriously on the July 2-3 eclipse when you turn a corner with a positive event centred on investments, debts, alternative health or your sex life. However, because Mercury is acting up all month don’t be tempted to play games in these areas. The second eclipse on July 16-17 will call time’s up on a matter relating to your personal finance, possessions or values.

Best days: July 13-14

Capricorn December 22 – January 20
Take opportunities to speed up the changes that are on the cards this month as the eclipses deliver surprise events and open up possibilities for growth in your closest relationships: both with others, especially on July 2-3, and most importantly with yourself, your habits and the way in which you tackle things on July 16-17.

Best days: July 15-17

Aquarius January 20 – February 18
What could you do to improve the way you handle your daily routine, job, diet or exercise this month? A new start will see the eclipse in Cancer on July 2-3 put its power behind you to boost your good intentions to make these real. The lunar eclipse on July 16-17 brings some kind of ending in matters of your private life, subconscious or issues involving institutions.

Best days: July 18-19 

Pisces February 19 – March 20
Pleasure and leisure, gambling and creative pursuits are top of your agenda in July’s first week as the eclipse in Cancer opens wide a window on these activities. This may feed an unexpected change of direction on the July 16-17 eclipse in Capricorn to do with friends, groups, your future hopes and wishes.

Best days: July 20-22

Aries March 21 – April 19
Home and family, relatives and domestic affairs have your attention as July’s eclipse on the 2nd and 3rd is favoured to deliver a surprise package to your door. The lunar eclipse on July 16-17 brings a halt or conclusion to an issue in the area of your public life, career and official matters.

Best days: July 23-24

Taurus April 20 – May 20
Finding a faster way to get to work, how to get on better with your neighbours or relatives and fine-tuning communications are favoured by the opportunities the new moon eclipse presents on July 2-3. This new beginning is followed by a second eclipse on July 16-17 that may see an ending on issues around foreign affairs, higher learning and spiritual concerns.

Best days: July 24-25 

Gemini May 21 – June 21
Ka-ching! Money and assets are in the frame for you now. Caution and due diligence will be rewarded so keep any tendency to gamble under strict control. In July’s first days, the solar eclipse on the 2nd and 3rdhelps you fine-tune finances, possessions and personal values. Then around July 16-17, a conclusion may emerge centred on investments, debts or even your sex life.

Best days: July 1-2, 28-29 

Cancer June 22 – July 22
There’s a lot of ongoing action in your solar first house and this moves at warp speed with arrival of the July eclipses. Your image, the way you begin projects and your habits get a positive boost to evolve on July 2-3. This will be on your side as some powerful planets link to your sign. The second eclipse intensifies these effects on July 16-17 likely to be involving significant others, whether they’re your partners in love or business.

Best days: July 2-3, 30-31

This article first appeared on Reader's Digest