Relationship reticence takes over in July thanks to Venus moving into discerning Virgo on July 9. Until August 6, the planet of love and harmony will take on a tone of functionality that initially seems less than romantic. The practical side of love will prevail, but this isn't really such a bad thing. After all, if you aren't sure what role your mate serves in your life and what role you serve in his or hers, you may start to wonder what the purpose of you being in each other's lives actually is. Now you'll get to explore and define it.
Singles out there will be busy making checklists about the qualities they truly want in a person and in a relationship. Just remember not to make it an impossible one! No one is perfect and the more you have in your head about the "shoulds" the less you're likely to actually have. Let go of ridiculous expectations without selling yourself short. There is a happy medium here.
Mercury will also turn retrograde in Leo on July 26 and remains out of phase through August 19. You might literally spend time talking to old flames during this time, either to rewrite the ending of your love story together or to gain closure. For some, it might be an attempt to begin writing the second act and seriously considering giving it another go. Be careful. Your ex is your ex for a reason.