Sweet Scopes is a Sweet July series in partnership with Amber the Conduit. Each horoscope season, we bring you tarot readings specific to your astrological sign, with beauty and wellness tips tailored to help you be your best self.
Once the Sun transits into Leo on July 23, everyone’s mood is “rip us out the plastic!” Until August 22, the vibrancy of the sun shines down on us, fueling the collective with more energy, creativity and confidence. Typically, during this season, we’re influenced to take everything up a notch and be our most extra self, but Venus is also retrograding in the sign of Leo, advising us to leave room for a slice of humble pie. Don’t be overly confident in situations that are still in the development phase. If it’s still in the works, your best bet is to build in private and leave wiggle room for adjustments. Everything about Leo energy is bold and loud, which extends to retrograde revelations. Expect to hear from exes, fall into an intense summer fling, see more tea spilled on social media, experience shipping delays from your favorite brands, or witness a few dramatic breakups and over-the-top relationship announcements.
Unless you’ve thought it through and conducted thorough research, beware of making drastic or impulsive physical changes until the retrograde ends in the fall. Jot down all of the creative ideas that are flowing, but don’t implement a strict deadline to execute them. Let the Universe swoop in and guide you to the right information and people to help you see things through to their highest potential.
Get your tarot readings below! (Read your sun, moon, rising, and Venus astrological signs for the most accurate guidance.)
Leo | Knight of Cups
Your birthday theme is about giving yourself all the flowers! Be the star and co-star of your own romance film. Indulge in your favorite cuisine, the finest bottles of bubbly and the tastiest cocktails. Every year around the sun is a new opportunity to reflect on the person you’re becoming. What are you radiating, and how can you embrace that through your hair, beauty and personal style? Stray away from what’s trending on your quest to reinvent yourself. One thing to note: people you’ve distanced yourself from or set firm boundaries with may use your birthday as an excuse to trickle back into your orbit. You’ve come this far to protect your peace, so you’re advised to focus on the love in your life that’s expressed not just when it’s convenient. You might be surprised by a new romantic interest or general connection. Not only will you be feeling yourself, but your artsy side is popping out, too. You owe it to yourself to explore these budding creative interests that make you feel alive. Your intuition is your compass, so go where the energy flows.
Virgo | The Hermit
In the midst of hectic days, you’re advised to make space for self-prioritization. Your intuition will be sharper this season, and the dedication to navigating your inner voice and building a relationship with your spiritual team will build much-needed discernment. Take more baths, spend more time on skincare and drink a lot more water. Wake up earlier for movement and meditation. These small implantations will move mountains! Create distance between yourself and the people, places and things that cause unnecessary stress. The Universe will send you signs as warnings for anyone around you who has ulterior motives. Change your passwords if you feel the need for extra security. Acts of separation will bring new abundance to you. Steer clear of anything compromising your level up and, most importantly, your peace!
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Libra | The Wheel of Fortune
At least one event this season will be a catalyst for karmic transformation in your life. This is pushing you into alignment with your purpose and destiny. When new doors begin to open up, it’s important to close old ones that are no longer serving you. Anything being cast away from your life has served its purpose. Place your friendships, jobs, relationships and habits under a microscope and set time to reflect on their impact in your life. Do they align with who you’re becoming? If not, it’s time to lovingly release with gratitude. Let a cord cutting bath come to your aid, helping you let go of attachments your energy is harboring. Do a sweep on social media and unfollow accounts that don’t resonate with you anymore. Rather than questioning the Universe, remind yourself that these things are happening for you, not to you. Coming across black birds such as crows is a symbol of the transformations occurring in your life at this time.
Scorpio | 9 of Wands
Put your magic on a platter and serve! When you show the world who you are and what you’re capable of, you align with opportunities that match your energy. Like a volcano, you’re erupting into the version of you that is self-motivated, fearless and not afraid to stand out in a crowd. Brush past the fear of doing too much or being too much. Rather than focusing on how others see you, focus on how you see yourself! Self-sabotage can build up when you think about situations you didn’t give a chance out of fear. It’s shoot your shot season! Ask out that person you’ve had your eyes on, pitch yourself to your dream job, create the content you’ve been too afraid of and wear the clothes you’ve been in your head about. You are on the brink of adding value to your life in a way you’ve always wanted; it just requires a bit more finesse!
Sagittarius | The Wheel of Fortune
This season, you may feel like you’re forging your own path or deviating from what society or your family is telling you to do. Your purpose is so unique that faith is crucial. You may be taking some time to understand what the future looks like for you, but the Wheel of Fortune card confirms that success is your destiny, paired with joy and fulfillment. Even if an idea of yours feels ahead of its time, the Universe is pushing you to go for it. Your abundance comes from going against the grain and exploring new ways to view and interact with the collective. Take the time you need to brainstorm, integrate this new idea, create a plan or simply accept that your path looks different than those around you. Being the blueprint looks like having no one to compare yourself to. Fortune favors the bold, and the boldest thing you can do this season is bet on your divine gifts! Wear this crown necklace as a daily reminder that you are cosmic royalty.
Capricorn | Queen of Pentacles
The Universe is sending loud signals to slow down and pace yourself. Overworking is not the wave. In fact, if you do not prioritize tending to your garden, the Universe will force it on you. This is a warning that if you keep pushing yourself too hard, exhaustion can manifest in physical ways, such as getting a cold, dehydration, body aches or more. In the midst of your busy days, do not neglect the health and wellness practices that keep your machine well-oiled—take your vitamins, breathe, move your body, drink more water and herbal teas, and eat green foods that nourish you. The daily implementation of these things will keep your energy balanced so that you can continue to show up for the many roles that are required of you. Let this also be a reminder to put your discernment into practice; do not accept every opportunity that comes your way, especially if it is taking away the time you’ve allocated for yourself. Say no to the temptation to pull an all-nighter. You will need more rest than usual this season, so pencil in midday naps or readjust your bedtime so you are getting enough sleep.
Aquarius | The Wheel of Fortune
Embrace the spiritual influences in your life. You could be learning more about generational blessings (or curses) or recognizing repeated lessons throughout your lifetime and how they’ve manifested in different scenarios. What are some of those patterns and how are you correcting them? There are natural gifts, talents, blessings, and even traumas that you’ve inherited from your ancestors. With this spiritual wisdom, you hold the keys to heal yourself as well as tap into interests and beliefs that spark your curiosity. It’s a season of remembering. Don’t be surprised by the exposure of talents that have gone unrecognized—be it a creative niche or heightened sense of intuition. In this exploration phase, you’ll unearth new things about yourself that are essential to your purpose. Pay very close attention to your dreams and make note of what’s showing up for you in this subconscious state. As soon as you start to think you know yourself, you’ll find out something new. Or, perhaps it’s not what you’re uncovering that is new but how you apply this interest or gift. Either way, fate led you here.
Pisces | The Tower
Just when you start to pour all of your focus into something, the Universe comes through with a plot twist. Remember that you are an alchemist and can turn anything into gold. Flex those muscles when it’s time to reimagine your work. Be patient and keep your head cool when you’re being tested. It can feel like a maze, but do not give up! The Universe is showcasing responsibilities that were neglected or important information overlooked in the past. Consider this divine intervention coming in to protect your blessings and businesses! Your relationship dynamics are under review and, in that process, the Universe is opening your eyes to what has been sabotaging your growth, plans or ideas. The evil eye energy is strong, so be discreet and wear these earrings to ward off bad vibes. Disruption always comes with change, but amazing news awaits you! Your moment is coming, it just may require you to go back to the drawing board to revise and orchestrate a better plan that covers all your bases.
Aries | Strength
As if your temper could be any shorter, this Venus in Leo retrograde is definitely trying it! Beware of being moodier than usual. Bickering, petty banter and even small arguments are common this season, but it can be avoided. You may have to put a little more effort into tempering your attitude when you feel your vibe being killed. But fall back from relationships that make you feel the need to be defensive, gaslight you or get you entangled in unnecessary drama. Hold your tongue and remove yourself from the equation. You don’t want a temporary emotion to hold too much stain in the future, it probably won’t be worth it. This will steer you away from unnecessary conflict at home or even in the office. Lean into a practice that calms your energy and can help you recalibrate. Because you’re ruled by Mars, physical fitness or even sensual activities can release some of this irritability. And if that doesn’t work, the basics of breathwork and meditation will always get the job done!
Taurus | The Moon
The medicine that the Moon brings you this season is emotional awareness, introspection and intuitive wisdom. Evaluate your relationship with money and the things that you purchase, for it may point to extreme escapism. Having access to the best restaurants, clothes and experiences is great, but if it’s at the expense of your happiness, is it truly worth it? If there was anything you were investing in for surface-level reasons, it’s time to bring more intentionality into your life. Go below the depths of your heart to investigate where you seek happiness. There may also be new contracts requiring your focus and the Universe says not everything is meant to be shared with everybody; this is especially true if you’ve already signed an NDA. Don’t slip up out of the desire to prove yourself to anyone! You have enough and are more than enough. Don’t let the shiny things steer your attention away from what really matters. Don’t sabotage your joy. EFT tapping is a modality worth trying to help open you up and cope with stress.
Gemini | King of Swords
It may be time to initiate important conversations with foundational people in your life. Some of you would prefer to retreat when you’re going through things, which is completely understandable, but it can also throw people off when they’re trying to be there for you. Just give them a heads up, and they’ll understand! It’s OK to let your guard down to those who have proven to be trustworthy, but if someone from your past is circling the block before you re-open that door, remind yourself why you fell out in the first place. Don’t force relationships that you’re clearly outgrowing; instead, put effort into new connections that feel worth exploring. This could be someone in your industry, a social media peer, or even a neighbor. Everyone has a role—these connections may just need to be put into different categories. Create clarity where the lines are blurry. If you need help navigating through friendships, this is a great read.
Cancer | 3 of Swords
The Universe doesn’t mind keeping you in check when you’re not being flexible. It’s teaching you to shed the need for perfection when it comes to learning new lessons and making adjustments. Don’t close yourself off to criticism—it’s an opportunity for new perspectives and information that can help you grow. It may be a gut punch to hear that your way isn’t the only way, but it’s true. Open your ears and heart to insight from friends, family and peers. One of the lessons you’re learning is although you can do everything on your own, you shouldn’t. Past situations where you rejected loving support may resurface in your mind this season. Give yourself a moment to process your emotions, but keep that lesson close to you and journal for reflection. The introspective nature of the next few weeks is dropping gems to support your growth as a reminder that you’re still a work in progress. Be accountable and aware, but no need to cry over spilled milk.