Your essential guide to the week ahead from Citizen Femme’s resident astrologer, Zana Wilberforce.
As the month draws to a close, there are a few planetary movements to take note of for the week ahead. On 27 July, Mercury enters expressive Leo, bringing a touch of theatre and vibrancy to the way you communicate. This transit simply adds to the main character energy of Leo season – sequins and all (cc Camille Charriere, fellow Leo). Mark your calendar for 28 July when Jupiter backtracks into Aquarius, relaying themes of independence and outside-the-box travel methods. The more unconventional, the better.
December 22 – January 19
With Mars entering Virgo this week, you could be resurrecting a passion project or restructuring your work week. On 28 July, expansive Jupiter backs into Aquarius, a planetary movement that heats up your second house of work. Whether you’re at home or making a return to the office, make the beach come to you with one of these transportive fragrances.
January 20 – February 18
You could be entering a period of reinvention with Jupiter reversing into your sign this week. Perhaps you’re relocating or preparing for a full-on makeover. This transition period also sees Mercury move into energetic Leo, adding a tinge of theatre to the way you communicate. Speaking of transitional phases, Dolly Alderton’s Ghosts is now available in paperback.
February 19 – March 20
With Mars entering earth sign Virgo this week, you could be feeling more in touch with your natural surroundings. Farm-to-fork meals in a pastoral setting would work wonders to alleviate lack-of-travel tedium. Opt for a countryside mini break when Jupiter reverses into the social sign of Aquarius on 28 July.
March 21 – April 19
Mercury entering Leo is a rich time for engaging with new acquaintances. Let conversations with strangers flow into the early hours while sipping flutes of fizz. This planetary shift is all part of your summer glow-up, attracting admirers near and far. Consider Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Mist for a dewy finish.
April 20 – May 20
Your logistical nature counters your hedonism, a paradox that comes to a head when Mars glides firmly into methodical Virgo this week. A short-but-sweet hike in the countryside could well be the answer, followed by a lengthy pamper session. Ever bathed in wine?
May 21 – June 20
You’re feeling extra expressive when your ruling planet, Mercury, shifts into fun-loving Leo on 27 July. This is a great time to tend to your inner thrill seeker – the mischievous twin with a soft spot for whirlwind jaunts. A spontaneous trip to the Cyclades doesn’t seem so far-fetched after all. Staying local? Keep an eye out for nondescript doors.
June 21 – July 22
Jupiter retrograde backtracks into Aquarius, forcing you to turn inward as you regain some career-focused clarity. As a homebody, there’s nothing more pleasurable than a soul-soothing staycation. Consider a stay at Oakley Court for nature trails, jaunts along the river, and a designated room for chugging pots of tea.
July 23 – August 22
Your ego is in for a treat this week when Mercury, the planet of communication, enters your sign. The Sun loves hanging out in your sign as it is, and now you’ll be chit-chatting away with added pizzazz. The stage is all yours. Check out these under-the-radar brands to stand out even more than you already do.
August 23 – September 22
This week’s mishmash of planetary transits calls for a wellness check-in. First, Jupiter backtracks into Aquarius and your wellbeing sector. Then Mars enters your sign on 29 July, a complementary transit that calls for all things slow and steady. Embrace this cosmic action with a pamper day booked in at Linnaean in Battersea for the full works.
September 23 – October 22
You could find yourself wanting to break free from outdated conventions when worldly Jupiter reverses into revolutionary Aquarius on 28 July. It’s a great time to check in on your belief systems and innermost values. Channel this week’s activistic energy with CF’s latest Dispatch #6: The Conscious Citizen while sporting daytime sequins.
October 23 – November 21
Your introspection is doubly intuitive thanks to the expansive nature of Jupiter’s retrograde. There could be a slither of optimism relating to travel when Mercury enters adventurous Leo on 27 July. Embrace this planetary high by reconnecting with nature and trying out Chef Anthony Bisquerra’s signature summer salad recipe.
November 22 – December 21
On 28 July, worldly Jupiter will slide backwards into community-oriented Aquarius. This placement is pivotal for intellectual expansion which, for your sign, is inextricably linked to travel. Consider investing time and research into a long-term travel plan with CF’s seasonal calendar.