Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.
June 21–July 22
July gets off to a bumpy start as Venus and the sun have to contend with the outermost heavyweight planets. Your desires seem to be thwarted by other people or simply by life, as yearning Venus runs up against Saturn, Neptune and Pluto. And Venus’s location in your worth zone suggests that not getting what you want may have an adverse effect on your confidence. Don’t take a temporary defeat personally, but rather, adjust your wants to external circumstances for now. Issues over money or priorities are likely to be in the eye of the storm, and clinging to your full list of demands is probably futile. The ego-oriented sun’s battles with Pluto and Uranus underscore the feeling that this is personal, but try to believe that it really isn’t. If someone with the power to stand in your way does so, allow the challenge to strengthen you and help you to delineate what’s most important to you. When Venus syncs with wild-card Uranus later in the week, a new person, situation or approach may surprise you and show you an alternate route to satisfaction.
July 23–August 22
Wish-list Venus in Leo has challenging encounters with stern Saturn, elusive Neptune and dominant Pluto this week, making you feel like you’re not getting what you want. But when Venus eventually makes nice with inventive Uranus, looking at things from a different angle would seem to be the key to gratification. Home, family, work, health, a partner, joint resources and duties may put pure pleasure just out of reach, but the various obstacles can help you to clarify your priorities. And although you have to deal with resistance, tweaking either your desires or your methods of fulfilling them should make it a better week for you. Be spontaneous and flexible, and get a little creative in working around problems. Since your ruler the sun is in your subliminal sector and also sparring with a couple of powerful planets, stay mindful of the unconscious role you might be playing in conflicts. Whenever you feel tested this week, focus on what you can do about it, short of mowing down whomever or whatever is in your way.
August 23–September 22
You’re apt to put head over heart this week when skeptical Saturn in your mindset zone blocks desirous Venus in your subconscious sector. Your emotions may be invested in someone or something that your pragmatic thought process is inclined to nix. And if the object of your affections is a person, it doesn’t help that they’re confusing you in some way. Your own heart is a bit of a mystery with Venus hiding out in this secluded part of your chart. Understanding what you want and how you feel is more fruitful than reading someone else’s mind. The sun in your network house struggles with Pluto in your self-expression zone and Uranus in your sharing sector, complicating your relationship with friends or associates. Your role in the group and others’ expectations of you conflict with your love life, your personal pleasure or an urge for independence. Finding an impromptu—and possibly unconventional—outlet for your feelings and desires will save your week.
September 23–October 22
Lovely Venus, your ruling planet, runs into some trouble this week when Saturn, Neptune and Pluto form harsh angles with her. Your social life may be constricted by finances, work, family responsibilities, your to-do list or a health issue, and you may feel underappreciated by friends or a group. Being valued by others means a great deal to you, but you put your self-worth at risk when you place it in someone else’s hands. The sun in your career angle has his own problems with Pluto and Uranus, hinting that this isn’t the easiest time to balance ambition with home, family and relationships. Appease your need for tranquility by accepting that perfect balance is often unattainable, and make a choice not to succumb to the tension that’s in the air right now. Things might work out in an unexpected way later in the week, so be open to surprises.
October 23–November 21
Your forward progress is checked this week when I-want Venus in your ambition angle tussles with not-so-fast Saturn in your sign, dissolving Neptune in your fulfillment sector and controlling Pluto in your mindset zone. In addition, the vitalizing sun in your vision house has his own brushes with Pluto and Uranus. You feel a push to reach your goals, but the planets aren’t cooperating quite yet. Forcing the issue is not the answer, nor is giving up. Your challenge is to reevaluate and regroup (re- words are the name of the game during Mercury retrogrades) and come through these tests even stronger. Some of the holdups are external, but ultimately, only you can stop yourself from succeeding. With cautious Saturn turning direct at a snail’s pace in Scorpio, you have the sensation of moving in slow motion. There’s a continual tearing down and rebuilding going on in your life; trust that process rather than rushing it. You felt the beginnings of all this in October, but since February things have been somewhat stalled. Over the next few months, you should start to recognize the potential manifestation of this in-between phase. For now, keep aligning yourself with change without expecting to dictate the pace.
November 22–December 21
Your sunny outlook is likely to become overcast this week when amicable Venus in your vision sector is challenged by three heavy-duty planets. A dark mood creeps in, or your predilection for travel and adventure succumbs to delays and obstacles. Family chaos and financial concerns could also impinge on your freedom, and a close relationship may be a little rocky, with the sun in your sharing house quarreling with Pluto and Uranus. A power struggle, money issue, possessiveness, unreliability or incompatibility are possible causes of strife. You’ll have to call on your Sag buoyancy to shrug off these annoyances and rescue your mood. Winging it will also help immeasurably. Surprise-loving Uranus in your play zone syncs with Venus, hinting that unplanned fun is the way to go. Creativity, romance, children, games and hobbies are your best bets for a good time. And since this house rules both sports and gambling, something daredevil-ish should hit the spot.
December 22–January 19
Interpersonal dynamics are a source of potential strain this week, as soft Venus in your closeness house bumps into withholding Saturn, confusing Neptune and controlling Pluto. The sun in your partnership angle also has trouble with Pluto (in Capricorn) and unpredictable Uranus. To feel connected to someone now, you’ll need to be open, honest and flexible. But the main thing you can do to spare yourself future trouble is to ease up on your drive to be in control. Control is an illusion to begin with. With a planet as intense as Pluto in your sign for many years, it’s natural to think that getting the upper hand will make you feel better. But whenever it sinks in that other people or the whims of the universe are calling the shots, you end up feeling worse. Better to aim for self-empowerment than control; parsing the distinction is your long-term project. People’s reactions to you will shift if you shift the locus of your self-transformation.
January 20–February 18
It’s only natural to feel like you’re not getting what you want from others this week, when desirous Venus in your relationship angle is obstructed by stingy Saturn in your authority house, foggy Neptune in your resources zone and power-player Pluto in your subconscious sector. Taking responsibility for your own happiness should ease the friction, as Venus’s current position in your chart makes it all too easy for you to tie your attitude to the behavior of others and then wind up disappointed or upset. You want to connect with people when Venus is putting so much emphasis on partnering, and if you can adjust your expectations when others don’t come through 100%, you’ll be fine. Your career, your finances and the persistent turmoil in your psyche are possible areas of frustration, and coworkers or health may fall victim to your stress now. Don’t allow yourself to stew. Wipe the slate clean in your head and take a fresh look at people, giving them the leeway to be human and fallible. And cut yourself some slack while you’re at it!
February 19–March 20
Your work-related hopes and your rapport with coworkers could be marred by Venus’s disputes with limiting Saturn in your beliefs house, wavering Neptune in your sign and domineering Pluto in your group sector this week. Group dynamics, evolving objectives, powerful contacts, self-doubt, passivity, confusion and pessimism about new ideas are all potential problem areas. And your energy for creativity, romance, leisure activities and children may be diluted by the demands of friendship or professional networking and erratic funds, thanks to the sun’s squabbles with Pluto and Uranus. But whatever you do, don’t throw up your hands in despair just because it’s a vexing week. Proving to yourself that you can navigate choppy waters will boost your self-esteem. If you find your escapist tendencies kicking in, remind yourself that you need to be present, because you’ve got something unique to contribute. Continuing to liberate your self-image by casting off the elements of it that hold you back can help you to properly value your contribution.
March 21–April 19
You really want to enjoy yourself, but it’s not so simple this week, with Venus in your fun sector getting it from all sides. A committed relationship, agreements with others, a boss or other authority figure, your ambition, heavy changes within you, pining over an ending—any of these might appear to be standing in the way of your happiness. And this isn’t the easiest time to give equal energy to both your home and work lives, with the sun in your domestic angle feeling pressure from Pluto in your career zone. Since abrupt Uranus is in your sign and involved in Venus’s and the sun’s difficulties, you’ll probably be tempted to run for the exits when things get sticky. But the path of least resistance is not the path of growth. Your patience is being tested, and if you beat a hasty retreat you won’t exactly ace the test. Uranus is known not only for its rebelliousness but also for its ingenuity, so during its time in Aries, you’re called to invent new ways of being you. An unorthodox approach will help your week fall into place.
April 20–May 20
You could hit a rough patch at home or with your family this week when your ruling planet Venus in your domestic angle catches flak from Saturn, Neptune and Pluto. Venus wants everything to be warm and fuzzy, especially when she’s in the part of your chart associated with comfort. But Saturn is putting a chill in the air, probably between you and a partner, parent or roommate. And murky Neptune in your group sector is making you feel ill at ease with friends or another circle of people in your life. Meanwhile, dominant Pluto in your perspective house is making it hard to feel grounded and secure when you don’t have a sense of control over your future. The sun in your cognition-and-communication zone has got your synapses firing, but his confrontations with Pluto and Uranus could mean a disagreement or slip of the tongue. The bright spot: Venus’s pleasant encounter with Uranus late in the week implies that, ironically, change may be the key to feeling settled. Freeing yourself from past patterns and being open to insights into your repressed impulses can bring you closer to a new kind of security.
May 21–June 20
Despite chatty Mercury—your ruling planet—being retrograde, you’re into connecting with people, due to social Venus’s presence in your talk-and-community sector. But when Venus is hassled by three other planets this week, your communication and personal interactions get even trickier. Trying coworkers, a restricting physical issue, your confusing boss, idealistic aspirations, dark personal issues, jealousy, mistrust or a financial conflict could contribute to the displeasure that’s threatening to take over your brain. And a power struggle between you and another person or the erratic behavior of friends or a professional organization doesn’t help your frame of mind either. But you’re one of the best signs at maintaining flexibility and shifting gears, talents that will come in handy this week. As circumstances change, be willing to change your mind along with them. A positive attitude will also see you through, since pleasant Venus in your mindset house is intent on planting some happy thoughts in your head one way or another. And don’t give up on everyone just yet, even if they’re frustrating you, because Uranus in your humanity sector gels with Venus later in the week, hinting that people may surprise you in a good way.
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