Ermmm…we don’t want to alarm you or anything, but this month is about to get intense. For some of you, intensely GOOD. For others? Well, you’ll see. From eclipses to the dreaded Mercury retrograde, you can expect July to be transformative. What a time to be alive, book nerds!
Read below to see what the stars have in store for you, plus how to deal with everything they’re planning on throwing your way. And to help you stay calm in the midst of a whole lot of chaos, how about a book, picked out just for you?
Epic Reads July Horoscopes
June 21 – July 22
Keywords: Bold, confident, transformative
June was all about getting your priorities in order so you could make the most of your summer. We hope you managed to do that, Cancer, so that you’ve got some free time to celebrate your BIRTHDAY! You’re embarking on a new year of life, you little crab, you. And as you get one year older and wiser, the cosmos will be whispering “carpe diem” in your ear.
And in this power-packed, eclipse-filled month, seizing the day could make ALL the difference. Deploy those skills you’ve been honing like a general his troops. March into your summer internship like you’re on track to be the boss. Put a 🙅♀️toxic🙅♀️ friend in his/her/their place. This month is going to be huge. But hugely positive if you play your cards right. We salute you, Cancer.
Book pick: Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke
Reason: This book is not for the faint of heart. And your heart, Cancer, is anything but faint. Inspired by the film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and reimagined by Cornelia Funke, this haunting tale set in a darkly magical world is filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous men, and a long-lost princess.
July 23 – August 22
Keywords: Destiny, ambition, courage
Last month you connected with friends new and old, making the most of June’s sunny, social vibes. July, however, is all about YOU, Leo. With a series of eclipses and your birthday approaching, you’ll be feeling like a 🦋butterfly🦋 bursting from its cocoon.
But transformation that big can feel both euphoric and terrifying, somewhere between winning the lottery and standing in front of your class naked. But FEAR NOT. The planets are on your side in July, so while things might be *intense* and the choices before you monumental, this is absolutely the time to take risks. To make huge strides toward your #lifegoals. To go where no lion has gone before you. And to do it with your characteristic charisma, of course.
Book pick: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos
Reason: When you’re feeling overwhelmed by life in July, take heart from this lush, dark, and unforgettable story about the power of the past to shape our futures — and the courage it takes to change them.
August 23 – September 22
Keywords: Retreat, reflect, relax
You embraced your own power in June, Virgo. We always knew you had it in you. July challenges you to continue standing tall, despite a whirlwind of surprise and change about to ensue.
From eclipses to the dreaded ☿Mercury retrograde☿, July is bound to feel intense. So when things outside get crazy, retreat inwards. Head to the eye of the storm. Write about what you’re feeling. Keep a dream journal. Read a book (or twelve). Hang out with the people who understand you EVEN BETTER than you do. Relax into who you are, and when something feels off, know that it is an opportunity for improvement. Because you don’t always have to get it right, Virgo. Sometimes getting it wrong can be much more rewarding in the long run.
Book pick: As Far As the Stars by Virginia Macgregor
Reason: When you’re ready to retreat to a quiet place, take this book about Air and Christopher, two teenagers who come together when a flight goes missing.
September 23 – October 22
Keywords: Slow, soft, kind
In June, you reaped the rewards of your hard work, Libra. July will have you feeling a bit less…diligent. Just getting yourself out the door or off the couch could be a struggle. The stars encourage you to stay positive and move at your own pace, even if it’s barely competing with that snail next to you on the sidewalk.
Slowing down this month can be a GOOD thing, actually. It allows you to see your world for what it is, and to approach others spinning out of control with the empathy and compassion you’re such a natural at sharing. Keep the ☯️peace☯️ and make some friends along the way. And who knows? Maybe by the time August arrives, you’ll be on a new path, and ready to move at warp speed.
Book pick: Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller
Reason: When you’re having a hard time getting out into the world to spread some peaceful vibes, read this genre-bending tale about the life-saving power of friendship for inspiration.
October 23 – November 21
Keywords: Passion, projection, opportunity
In June, you learned the hard lesson of not being too tough on yourself. That’ll come in handy in July. Expect your passions to rear their head this month. And try and point them in a positive direction, okay, Scorpio?
Because July is all about how you project yourself to the wider world. If you lead with a positive mindset, that will be reflected back at you. But if you 🚶♀️slog🚶♀️ through July frustrated and uncaring, that’s what the world will think of you, too. Take this month as the golden opportunity that it is and rethink your public persona. There’s still *plenty* of time to transform yourself and even your path in life before the school year starts up again. Deep thoughts, good deeds, and a new you are at your beck and call. If you so desire…
Book pick: The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair
Reason: If you need a break from all those introspective thoughts about transforming your very being, here’s a heart-stopping contemporary fantasy about a teen girl with special powers who seeks redemption through a dangerous tournament that guarantees the winner a chance to undo the past.
November 22 – December 21
Keywords: Explore, expand, experience
You jumped hurdles left and right with the help of your favorite organizational method last month, Sag. July is going to feel A LOT more adventurous. Be prepared to e x p a n d your horizons, maybe literally! This is a *great* time to get out of your comfort zone. Go somewhere you’ve never gone before. Eat something weird. Read a book you’d never in a million years pick up.
Push yourself to explore your world in a variety of ways as you shake up your daily routine. Because each little adventure you go on — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — is just another experience you can add to your list that will inform the 👉direction👉 you’re headed and the life that you want. So carpe diem, Sag. Carpe diem.
Book pick: Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Reason: Talk about breaking out of your comfort zone. It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and changed Hetty’s life. But when her friend goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her. Even if it means breaking quarantine and going beyond the fence…
December 22 – January 19
Keywords: Inspect, cleanse, release
You deepened your relationships in June as you strode forward into the life of your dreams. Or at least a summer to remember. July is teeing up to be a lot less friendly. Sorry! This month will be *heavily* focused on the unseen. You can expect secrets to be uncovered, buried memories unveiled, and your own communication style and personality under some self inspection.
While this might feel like a lot of pressure and be a bit unnerving, the cosmos are really just trying to tell you that it’s time to make some changes in your life. So take this month for what it is: an opportunity to 🧹clean🧹 out some cobwebs, clear out some skeletons, and make way for more of the good stuff that a fresh start has to offer. Happy cleaning, Capricorn!
Book pick: Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
Reason: When you’re feeling a bit uncomfortable about confronting some of your darker tendencies, pick up this contemporary novel about a teenage boy’s struggles to break free from the cycle of abuse.
January 20 – February 18
Keywords: Drama, dreams, delusions
You steered the ship of life in the direction of your choosing last month. Do you like where you ended up, Aquarius? The stars seem to think so, and now they’re advising caution. It’s okay to be confident — important, even! — but make sure you don’t get TOO big for your boots. You still need to live in the real world, even as you charge ahead into the life of your dreams.
Take some time to disconnect. Maybe by reading a book? Because while this month has the potential for immense change and *intense* relationship drama (both good and bad), the chance of your 😭emotions😭 getting ahead of you is… high. Bring that whirlwind of what-ifs to a standstill by bringing your energy back to what you can control: yourself.
Book pick: This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
Reason: When your life suddenly feels more dramatic than you bargained for, here’s a coming-of-age story that weaves riveting family drama, surprising humor, and delightful romance into one YA novel about family, community and the importance of writing your own history.
February 19 – March 20
Keywords: Surrender, embrace, transform
June forced you to slow down and be more thoughtful about your actions and activities. July will be much more chaotic…internally. Basically, by the end of the month, you might feel like ✨an all new you✨. Which is actually pretty amazing if you think about it. But then… daunting if you think too hard.
So the stars suggest you just go with the flow. Surrender to the changes happening within you or around you. Embrace the new and the goodness it brings with it. And when it all gets to be TOO MUCH, pick up a book and dive into somebody else’s life for a little while. We hope you find some peace, harmony, and passion on the other side of this intense month, Pisces!
Book pick: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Reason: When you need an escape from July, sink your teeth into this Project Runway meets Mulan fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor.
March 21 – April 19
Keywords: Joy, inspiration, positivity
In June, you took yourself on adventures big and small. This month, the stars urge you to examine the things in your life that give you 😆joy.😆 Is there enough of it? If not, what’s missing? Maybe you’ve found yourself hypnotized by your newest Netflix binge, when you’d honestly rather be outside. Or maybe you’ve been so wrapped up in SAT studying and college apps that you haven’t read a good book in MONTHS.
Whatever the case, July encourages you to nip negativity in the bud. You won’t bring abundance into your life with boredom, fear, and stress. Instead, use happiness like a magnetic, pulling good toward you as you send good out. We bet you’ll be smiling more by the time August waves hello.
Book pick: Maybe This Time by Kasie West
Reason: Bring some joy into your life with a story about love blossoming in unexpected places, told over the course of one year and nine events in one small town.
April 20 – May 20
Keywords: Vulnerable, restless, powerful
It sounds like June was just…a lot for you, Taurus. Possibly life changing? Well, the cosmos aren’t done with you yet. July is 🏌️♀️teed up🏌️♀️ to shake your life down to its very foundations. You might be moving somewhere — literally or symbolically. Or maybe you’re off to summer camp, where you’ll reassess your plans for next school year when your eyes are opened to something new.
Perhaps you’ll deepen your relationship with your parents, discovering new things about yourself you’d never even realized. These kinds of changes and realizations are at the ROOT of who you are. Which, we get it, makes you feel uncomfortable. Vulnerable. But growth rarely happens without a little awkwardness, Taurus. Resist the urge to dig in. Instead, push forward.
Book pick: Eliza & Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Reason: If you feel like your life is unraveling before your eyes, dive into this magical novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself.
May 21 – June 20
Keywords: Focus, complete, deepen
You celebrated yourself in June, and hopefully took time out for a little self care, too! Because the July energies are going to feel A LOT more extreme. And chances are, you might not expend this extreme energy in the most efficient of ways. The stars suggest that, instead of running around willy nilly trying to do everything all at once, you pick just one thing to focus on.
Some ideas include wrapping up that novel (#mercuryretrograde is great for completion!), getting a summer 💼job💼, drafting your college application essays, or getting a head start on your summer reading. Whatever your focus, the deeper you go, the more you’ll get out of the craziness happening in the cosmos.
Book pick: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Reason: As July winds down and the extreme energies fade away, here’s a book to give your mind a rest and your heart a little action. Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for… his brother.