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July 23-August 22
Anything that isn’t working for you this week is a blessing in disguise, because it will highlight a problem with your thinking. You might feel like you’re losing yourself in a job or relationship and sacrificing too much. Or maybe you’re experiencing tension with someone you see all the time, like a sibling, neighbor or coworker. The crux of it is you’re stuck in an old thought pattern that’s contributing to your frustrations more than you know. Entrenched habits and beliefs are tough to overturn, but the new moon in your sign is a gift that will keep on giving for months to come, if you avail yourself of the opportunity. Find the potential flaws in your perspective, then set new intentions based on new thinking.
August 23-September 22
Money has no doubt been tight, with stingy Saturn parked in your financial sector for the last few years. When provocative Mars slams into Saturn this week, your fiscal shortfall is foremost on your mind. The challenge is to dig down deep and discover hidden resources. That could mean anything from strength you didn’t know you had to skills that can increase your earnings to a source of funds you hadn’t thought of, such as a grant. Friends, acquaintances and networking contacts can be good tipsters now, but proceed delicately in your search for information. Money and control go hand in hand all too often, so only consult people who sincerely want to help, no strings attached.
September 23-October 22
I’m preaching to the choir (and admittedly repeating myself) when I tell you that Saturn in your sign this past couple of years has been a challenge, to say the least. This fact bears repeating, because it’s strangely comforting when astrology can validate that yes, life actually has been harder than usual lately. Better yet, it’s going to get easier relatively soon. This week’s Mars-Saturn collision triggers your continuing aggravation, and it’s tempting to push hard now to force things to go your way. But they won’t budge if you do. Recognize that your competitive side is taking over, and all the while there’s a coalition around you that’s worth gold. Think in terms of the team that will help you to cross the finish line.
October 23-November 21
This week finds you still valiantly seeking to unearth inner truths, especially those pertaining to love. The quest intensifies when your efforts to change your career, habits, thinking and communication style all come up against these nuggets of truth you’ve been mining for. You’re busy transforming several aspects of your life while figuring out how you want your future to look-—and now the nagging sensation that you’re spinning your wheels creeps in. The good news is you actually can jumpstart at least one area of life, your career. A new moon in your profession angle partners with bold Mars and ambitious Saturn, boosting your determination to achieve great things. Mars’ and Saturn’s placement in your chart offers a clue as to where this inspiration will come from: your spirituality sector. Tap into your spiritual reserves to keep the whole machine running.
November 22-December 21
Freedom-loving Sagittarians generally avoid situations that will make them feel tied down, so when Venus—goddess of love—in your intimacy zone faces off with jealous Pluto in your possessions sector this week, expect some mild discomfort. It may not even be a relationship that’s weighing on you; it could just be clutter. The sight of all your stuff reminds you that you can’t pick up and move across the globe at a moment’s notice. Though you’ve got an urge to bolt, much of what you’re trying to accomplish now involves working with other people. If you can harness the patience that you’ve learned lately from all that teamwork and combine it with your trademark optimism, new beliefs about the future will start to take shape.
December 22-January 19
It can be tricky finding a healthy balance between possessiveness and detachment in relationships to begin with, but when Venus in your others angle gets caught in the middle of intense Pluto and dispassionate Uranus midweek, good luck finding a happy medium! What’s too much space and what’s not enough? To make things even more interesting, your career reaches critical mass at exactly the same time. You’re about to get the brass ring, and now you’re not sure you want it. It doesn’t look nearly as shiny close up. Where can you turn for relief? Turn to the people you trust. Who do you feel genuinely close to? Who will support you no matter which way your career path goes? The too much/not enough space thing will work itself out with your most trusted allies.
January 20-February 18
Your job could be a trouble spot this week when Venus in your co-workers house gets pushed around by Pluto and Uranus. Keep your communication in check. You don’t want to say or write something rash that you’ll have to clean up later. Although you’re feeling a bit prickly, chances are you’re not entirely sure why, so don’t engage if colleagues rub you the wrong way. Part of your stress stems from the fact that your hopes for the future, such as travel plans, seem to be fizzling out. Ride it out until Friday or Saturday when a friend, sibling or boyfriend manages to reignite your enthusiasm. You work hard on your relationships, and they’ll come through for you.
February 19-March 20
Venus in your romance-joy-and-creativity zone is under attack, pitting your heart’s desire against groupthink and your budget. Your sign is thought of as more of a dreamer than an accountant, but with revelatory Uranus in your financial sector during the past year and a half, you’ve become more money savvy. And though you may not consider yourself a conformist by any stretch of the imagination, Pisces’ merging nature makes it difficult to ignore the general consensus. So you’ll feel it when these principles clash this week. Does that mean you can’t have what you want because it isn’t agreed upon and affordable? Nope. But you will have to do some heavy lifting. Recommit to hard work, better time management and psychological transformation.
March 21-April 19
Get-up-and-go Mars, your ruling planet, is weighed down by Saturn in your partnership angle this week. A close relationship seems rather heavy or stagnant now, and you feel pressure to make a commitment or move forward. Either you or the other person is resistant to putting down roots—whether that’s being said or not. You don’t feel like your freewheeling self at the moment, due to the lack of autonomy and control. And it’s likely that your family or living situation is contributing to your current state of uncertainty. Wednesday and Thursday will feel particularly oppressive, but by Friday and Saturday you’ll feel much lighter if you do the following: Let loose, have fun, speak from the heart, enjoy spontaneous romance, hang out with children, and be astonishingly true to yourself, even if that means reinventing your relationship.
April 20-May 20
With your ruler, affectionate Venus, in your communication zone now, you so want to connect with people and express your feelings for them. But when Venus encounters two heavyweight planets in your truth and secrets sectors this week, information could come to light that makes it hard for you to know what to believe. Or the intensity of your own emotions could be overwhelming enough that you try to grapple with them on a mental and philosophical level to avoid drowning in them. Trust that what you’re feeling is part of a bigger process. You can re-center yourself not by overthinking, but by overworking, oddly enough. Burn off excess energy at your job, the gym or just on everyday tasks, and it’ll take your mind off personal frustrations. Wear yourself out just enough to get great sleep.
May 21-June 20
An issue with a friend arises this week—possibly involving money—and pushes some ego buttons. You’d really prefer not to spend your time jockeying for control, especially since you haven’t been having as much fun lately as you’d like. Maybe a creative project has stalled, or there’s no romance on the horizon. Whatever has taken the wind out of your sails, a new moon in your thought-process house on Friday is telling you to take a fresh look at the friend issue, the fun issue and anything else that’s bugging you. And Venus in your values zone is asking, “What do you want?” It’s a simple enough question, but answering it may prove more than a little complex. Try talking it through with someone on Saturday.
June 21-July 22
A power struggle with a close friend or your significant other. A “Huh? What was that?” moment with your boss. Frustration with a parent or roomie. All of these bothersome scenarios could play out this week, as the planets spar with each other, affecting different areas of each sign’s life. How to handle it all? Lovely Venus is in Cancer now, so you’re allowed to focus on what you’re trying to attract into your life. Keep working on building a foundation that helps you to feel more self-reliant. Hint: This entails shoring up your finances and your self-esteem, so you should be thinking about your income, your career and the proud satisfaction that comes from reaching your goals.
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