Mercury is in retrograde this summer from Jul. 7 to Jul. 31, which is already throwing plenty of people for a loop. But that isn't the only astrological phenomenon we have to contend with this month. On Jul. 16, there's also a full moon with a partial lunar eclipse in the mix. Needless to say, there's a lot going on with the cosmos right now, so Bustle spoke to the experts on which zodiac signs the July 2019 full moon and lunar eclipse will affect the most.
"July 16th brings a lunar eclipse in Capricorn which will bring power struggles into play, as well as the need to dominate and control," astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Bustle. "However, if we are willing to let go of the constraints that hold us back we can evolve and blossom into the person of our dreams."
While full moons are typically a good time in the lunar cycle for us to let things go, a lunar eclipse on the full moon will bring any subconscious processing you've been doing to the surface. Eclipses represent the end of an emotional journey, so if you feel like there's something in particular you've been grappling with, then this could the time to make peace with it. Read on to find out more about who stands to feel this month's full moon the most.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Since the July 2019 full moon is in Capricorn, that means the sign opposite Capricorn — that's you, Cancer — is poised to feel it, too.
"The moon will spotlight your love life, and you might gain more clarity about your relationship with your significant other," Lang suggests. "If you're single, you could have profound realizations which help you come out of your shell and open yourself to romantic possibilities."
"This full moon is about a-ha moments and uncovering the truth," she adds. "It invites you to go deep within your subconscious mind to face any fears holding you back."
Stardust warns coupled up Cancers: "Relationship issues may come to a head now. However, if you are willing to evolve with your friends and partner you will be able to power through this luminary."
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Because Cancer and Capricorn — the two signs in opposition this full moon — both square your sign, Libra, you may feel a loss of stability.
"You could feel pulled in different directions, balancing your career, home life, and personal relationships," Lang advises. "You could feel as if everyone needs something from you all at once, tipping your Libra scales out of balance."
But this is a good time for Libras to work on their boundary-setting skills. "It could be helpful to assert yourself," Lang continues. "Try to be aware of how much you’re giving to and doing for others. Is that coming from a place of obligation? Or true generosity?"
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Capricorn, too, is poised to feel tension this full moon, which is in their sign, while the sun is in their opposite sign of Cancer. For the full moon, this "means the spotlight is on you," according to Lang.
"Be discerning about how you spend your time and energy, and avoid doing things out of a sense of duty or obligation," she says. "You might feel tension, pulled between your individual wants and what others might expect of you. Relationships could be challenging, but any tension you feel will help raise awareness for you about unhealthy or unsupportive patterns in those relationships."
Even though it might be an emotionally trying time, Stardust is confident Capricorn has the focus to see it through. "You’re taking control of your life now, which may be met with frustrations and hesitations," she explains. "Don’t be worried; you will succeed as long as you put your mind to it."
It's been an astrologically fraught summer, for sure, but staying in touch with how you feel and embracing the emotional wobbles is part of how we move past these challenging planetary alignments.