Scope it Out is an original A Plus Lifestyle series: Each month, we take a lighthearted approach to horoscopes, and provide lifestyle advice based on each zodiac sign to maximize the positivity in your month.
Whether you believe in astrology or not, you have to admit it's fun to see what "the stars" are saying about you. Sometimes they're totally off, sometimes they're seriously vague, and other times they're eerily correct. So, why not? Let's indulge in some horoscopes.
We went through monthly horoscopes for July for each zodiac sign to let you know what may (or may not) be in store the month ahead. Based on these monthly predictions, we have some tips, advice, and products that can help enhance your lifestyle. Whether it's taking time to write down your goals each day or splurging on a pretty new suitcase that gets you excited for travel, we hope you'll find ways to make this July one of the best.
Scroll through this sign-by-sign guide for lifestyle tips based on your sign:
Maria DeSimone at Tarot.com says: "Your confidence will soar and it'll be an ideal time to brighten your appearance in some way. Others will also find themselves mesmerized by you, so if you're single, it'll be a great time to play the dating game. A love connection is possible on July 16. In fact, on this day, sparks will fly. If you're in a relationship, you and your lover will feel extra secure about it on July 20."
This month is your time to shine. Experiment with your look. Hop on a new beauty or fashion trend you've been wanting to try. As for brightening your appearance, maybe it's time to get a new haircut or try wearing more vibrant colors. Summer is the perfect season to get more playful with your style, so don't be afraid to throw some crazy colored hair chalk in your locks or put on a fun temporary tattoo. All in all, revel in your confidence and get excited about the positive month to come.
Astrology King says: "June 29 to July 5 brings positive news and positive thinking. It increases your creative thought and mental activity, energizing all communications and interactions with other people. This is likely to be a very busy period but these interactions are beneficial as you can project yourself strongly and clearly without upsetting anyone. Write down your thoughts in a diary or on the internet, renew old friendships or apply for a new job."
Get those creative juices flowing this month! Whether you love sketching loved ones or strumming your guitar, be sure to make some extra time for your imagination this July. It'll also be useful to be extra mindful of your mental health. Try going to a yoga class or meditating at least once a week. You'll be surprised by how great you feel.
Maria DeSimone at Tarot.com says: "You might not have much time during the first half of the month to enjoy the lazy days of summer. No, that will have to wait until the second half of July. For now you'll want to focus on your professional opportunities, because it appears that an incredible one is on the horizon. You'll switch gears after July 13 and for the rest of the month will want to kick back and have fun. Friends and multiple social engagements will be the priority. Lucky for you, by this time you'll have completed most of the work you needed to and will be ready to enjoy the down time. This will be a perfect stretch for you to take a vacation."
It's important to spend alone time with yourself this month. Pull out a notebook or your laptop and write down some short and long-term goals. Then, create a plan of action for each one. After you've got your goals in mind, do something special to show you care. Take yourself on a weekend getaway, plan a spa day, or just visit that bookstore you've been meaning to check out.
Cafe Astrology says: "This is an excellent period for physical training and exercise of any kind. The desire to be self-sufficient and independent is especially strong now. You are far less tolerant of being restricted by or dependent on others, and this is a good time to identify your personal strengths and to take positive action to rectify situations that may have previously felt frustrating or repressive. You might be especially attracted to personal challenges, and seeing just how far you can push. However, be careful not to push yourself (and others) too far."
It's time to get your butt in gear. This month is perfect for trying to achieve fitness goals you've been meaning to meet, but haven't found the time or motivation to yet. Challenge yourself to try new fitness routines that push your body to the limit. Maybe you've always wanted to run a marathon, but never thought you had it in you. Apps like MapMyRun can help you make it happen. The key to living your best life this month is to push yourself. Find your motivation and don't let it go.
Astrology.com says: "There's so much to do in the world — get out there and have the time of your life! You want to rush ahead and ignore the details on the 8th, 9th and 10th, but there are rules in place for a reason. If you ignore the fine print, you'll probably regret it. You have travel on your mind on the 16th and 17th, so if you get a good price on a flight to a city you've been dying to visit, book it. You can figure out the specifics later."
You heard 'em. Travel. Plan a trip. Don't hold yourself back from having an exciting adventure and experiencing a different place. Screw any excuses you have and just do it. Seriously. Go.
Astrology.com says: "You have total control over your fitness and health regimen. Have you done enough endurance and stamina work and want to try out body sculpting? It's yours. Want to stress aerobics, or mental concentration? You have it. Personal trainers are available. With care and attention, you can do it in a healthy way. You're learning more about your body every day. On the 1st, be more curious and smart about your workout. And be ready for the big weekend of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Get in your steps or bike ride, then maybe enjoy some active fun and group sports with friends. Then relax into your bbq or picnic. Such healthy and gloriously fresh food!"
This month is all about being health conscious. Revamp your workouts and make sure you're pushing your limits when it comes to the gym. Try out a new fitness class. It's also a good time to revisit your diet. See how you can tweak it to ensure you'll get all the nutrients you need. You could even host a healthy picnic or dinner party filled with recipes made from fresh, delicious ingredients.
Cafe Astrology says: "You are more intuitive now than usual, picking up all of the hidden cues from people around you and reading between the lines. This is an excellent cycle in which to do some financial planning and strategizing. Research is also highly favored. It's also easier for you to approach sensitive, intimate, and personal matters with rationality and logic. As such, this is a great time to open up conversations about topics that normally might cause waves, such as those revolving around the sharing of power, intimacy, and finances."
Tune into your heightened intuition this month and feel free to make decisions based off of it. Trust yourself. If something seems like a bad idea, it probably is. As far as your finances go, plan a day to go through all of your expenses. Strategize ways to shop smarter. Your wallet will thank you later. In addition, you should make more of a conscious effort this July to have deep conversations that are both informative and engaging. Embrace and encourage friendly debates amongst your family, colleagues, and loved ones.
Cafe Astrology says: "This is a good time to build your skills, to get organized, and to attend to your health and wellbeing. It's a great time to make improvements to your regular routines. Your self-esteem and your ego are tied up in the work you do and in the services you give. Details are more important to you now. It's time to bring order to your life by focusing on the little things that make up the whole. This cycle presents an opportunity to get rid of what doesn't work in your life, while also discovering what does. You could seek distinction and strive towards perfection in your work. Efficiency should be your goal now. Your physical health, as well as the relationship between your body and your mind, are in focus."
Spring cleaning season may be over, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take time to get organized. Instead of spending a Sunday cuddled up in bed with Netflix, make an effort to clean up your space. Go through your closet and donate the clothes you rarely wear. Buy some organizers (or DIY your own) to tidy up other spaces. You may also want to read Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tiding Up if you haven't already. For you, July is all about purging. So, be sure to take time to do some reevaluating.
Astrology.com says: "July is the time to ponder prospects and begin to draw a picture of the future. This helps get priorities straight before you put your heart and soul into what you do. The end goal should be worth the effort. Teamwork is the keyword between the 6th and 7th. Be there for each other even if it is only a two-person support group. A mentor relationship is beneficial for both sides this month."
Take some time to think about your future and what you want it to be. It may be valuable to literally draw a picture. Think of what you want your work life, home life, and relationships to look like. As for teamwork, consider a gesture that will show a team member or mentor you value them. This could mean surprising them with a gift, sending them a thank you note, or just taking them out for coffee.
Maria DeSimone at Tarot.com says: "Once your ruling planet, Venus, enters your home and family sector on July 12, you might feel like sprucing up your living space. Expensive taste is possible, but you'll justify it by insisting on quality above all else. Besides, there are few better places to spend your money in your opinion besides home. You might also plan to entertain more at home this month. Why not host a BBQ, family reunion, or other party at your place? Everyone will have a grand time and you'll certainly be the best host!"
Hit up your favorite home goods store and buy a few things to make your living space feel more like it belongs to you. If you need an excuse to splurge a little, remind yourself that you deserve to live in a space that feels like home. Hosting an event can sometimes be stressful, but if you plan ahead and manage your time well, it'll be worth it. There's few things better than being surrounded by the ones you love and realizing that you brought them all together.
Astrology King says: "July 11 to 20 increases your opportunities with love and money. You should be feeling keen to show your love and affection for someone special. In social situations you can make a genuine effort to please and to share you warm feelings. You have especially good social skills now so making new friends is favored as people appreciate your friendly attitude and pleasantness. Entertainment, leisure, dating and financial matters are favored."
Slip on your favorite Little Black Dress and go on an incredible date you planned with your significant other's interests in mind. If your SO isn't the person you feel like showing some extra affection to this month, plan a special day for you and your bestie instead. Give them a small token of your appreciation. This could be something as cheesy as a friendship bracelet you made (or bought). This July is a great time for you to be as social as possible so get in the habit of saying yes to plans. We all know how easy it is to pass up a night out with friends for a night in with yourself, but try your best to refrain from doing that too often this month. No good story ever started with "so I decided to turn in early."
Maria DeSimone at Tarot.com says: "This is your month to shine! A New Moon in Cancer on July 4 means that you can expect plenty of personal fireworks. This is all about you, Cancer. What do you want to manifest over the next year of your life? What are your goals? Dreams? Ambitions? It's time to reinvent yourself and know that the universe is on board to support whatever plans you have for the next year of your life. Finances are also a theme this month, and happily, it appears that there is plenty of good news to share. With Venus and Mercury both in your earned income sector after July 13, you can expect cash flow to increase."
July seems to only bring good news for you! So throw on your favorite kicks and a pair of sweet sunglasses and take your town by storm. You'll want to spend some time thinking about your wants, needs, and dreams. Instead of reaching for your phone when you get up in the morning, spend five minutes thinking about your goals for the day, week, and month. This practice can help you keep them in mind throughout your day and get you closer to achieving them. Since there should be good news in regards to your finances this month, buy yourself a brand new wallet you love. You deserve it.