By Tracy Allen ~ Week of July 23-29.
July 23-August 22
Having your ruler, the sun, in your sign is like gulping down a triple shot of espresso. You’re revved up, and your excitement is contagious. See your friends as much as possible, and maybe even plan an impromptu getaway. Nothing too ambitious, though! With Mercury retrograde, travel logistics are iffy, so you’re better off keeping it simple, like a beach day. Other simplifications for the week: Don’t try too hard to accomplish or communicate anything of great importance. Retrograde Mercury, along with extreme Pluto in your work sector, will make it difficult for you if you attempt too much.
August 23-September 22
“There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
The sun just moved into your seclusion sector, putting you in the mood to hibernate, despite the fact that it’s the middle of summer. Not only are you not feeling very gregarious this week, but with your ruling planet, Mercury, retrograde, you’re having trouble expressing yourself anyway. You’ve got a lot on your mind, so give yourself permission to spend some time inside your head instead of forcing yourself to be out and about. Your head and your bed are where you most want to be at the moment. Find a slice of peace and quiet, and don’t feel guilty about skipping social plans.
September 23-October 22
With the sun and Mercury in your group zone, you thrive on being around a lot of people this week—even more so than usual. And when Mercury connects with planets in your philosophy-and-travel sector and your relationship angle, there’s a good chance that you’ll meet someone who opens up a new world for you and expands your thinking. One interesting note: Since Mercury is in its retrograde phase, this person could actually be reappearing from your past. In any case, this is not the time to bury yourself in work or hang at home. Get out there and mingle, and recognize how much you can learn from people outside your inner circle.
October 23-November 21
Your mind is probably on work right now, thanks to the sun’s recent move into your career angle and Mercury’s extended stay there. Mercury is retrograde, providing the right circumstance for you to catch up on business that’s carried over from past weeks. Both planets are in confident Leo, emphasizing the need for you to believe in yourself and your ability to achieve what you’ve set out to do. Have you fallen behind because of fear and self-doubt? Tap into the intense power that’s at the core of your being in order to find the impetus needed for your climb to the top.
November 22-December 21
You certainly won’t be lonely this week, with planets in your adventure house linking up with planets in your relationship and romance zones. You may be off visiting a friend you haven’t seen in ages or have a houseguest of your own. If a trip is in the cards, be patient with the various snafus that Mercury retrogrades tend to cause. Even though travel’s dicey now, you’re in no mood to sit around the house. And you’re tired of letting money woes hold you back. If you don’t have a visitor and can’t manage to get away, at least take a break from your usual environment by heading to a local street fair, music festival or museum exhibit featuring a foreign culture.
December 22-January 19
One of the hidden blessings of the much maligned Mercury retrograde is the opportunity it affords to pause and reflect. While the cerebral planet travels backward in your psychology zone and harmonizes with planets in your job and home sectors this week, take advantage of this time by going back over a work, family or living situation in your head. It will be easier to understand it now, though not necessarily so easy to talk about it coherently or to see your part in it. But this process of revisiting the problem can absolutely help to alleviate some of the stress that’s arisen from the situation.
January 20-February 18
Since the sun just moved into your relationship angle, you’re into making one-on-one plans—for dates and/or quality time with close friends. And with Mercury backpedaling in the same part of your chart, your companions might well be people popping up from years ago. Keep these interactions light, because tension between those planets and ones in your values and intuition sectors could throw you off. If things get too deep and heavy, it will be hard to tell if both of you place the same importance on what’s going on between you. So just enjoy the companionship for now without trying to figure out what it means.
February 19-March 20
“À chaque oiseau, son nid est beau.” ~French proverb meaning “To every bird, his nest is beautiful.”
Planets in your money, domestic and tasks zones work together this week, helping you to make some headway in your home-improvement mission. You’re inspired most by the creative aspect of the project, and your dedication to turning your vision into something concrete is what will get the job done. You may experience some momentary confusion over practical details, but don’t make any decisions about how to resolve it now, since the thinking planet, Mercury, is backtracking for the next couple of weeks. And although others may be able to pitch in at a later stage, for now, simplify matters by making it a solo—not a group—effort.
March 21-April 19
The sun just moved into the part of your chart that rules romance, artistic expression and fun, setting the scene for a potentially playful month. Mental Mercury has been traveling retrograde through that house for the last week and a half, so your mind is drifting to a past love, an old creative project or a childhood source of amusement. Follow that stream of thought and see where it leads you, even if you feel like you’ve got too much on your plate right now for such impractical matters. Reconnecting with something or someone that’s brought you joy will feed your soul and boost your energy level.
April 20-May 20
“The heart slips backward, remembering, remembering, where the god had been as he beat his furious wings.” ~Anne Sexton
Don’t be surprised if a wave of nostalgia washes over you when retrograde Mercury in your childhood angle is joined by the sun. Memories may pop up in the form of daytime flashbacks or nighttime dreams. Whether the accompanying emotions are positive or negative, process them in a truly Taurean way…materially. Dig into a box of mementos and make a scrapbook. Create a collage with old family photos or just share them on Facebook. Another productive way to work through this week’s feelings is to mother yourself or someone else in a tangible way. Cooking or baking would be an excellent expression of your need to nurture and be nurtured.
May 21-June 20
You’ve been incredibly fired up lately, thanks to Jupiter in your sign. But things aren’t coming together as instantaneously as you’d like, and that’s causing you to feel impatient. You’ll get more cooperation from other people this week, when Mercury in enthusiastic Leo jibes with Uranus in your networking sector. They may be able to help you see the holes in your scheme—and with your ruling planet, Mercury, in its retrograde period, now’s the time to double back and patch them up. Think in terms of revising, rewriting, reworking, researching. That way you’ll be in good shape to make some forward progress when Mercury goes direct in a couple of weeks.
June 21-July 22
Planets in your values zone click with your intuition and career sectors, but clash with your relationship and future houses. In plain English, here’s how to deal with this week’s complicated configuration: Reassess a goal, and trust what your gut instincts are telling you about how it relates to your money situation or how in—or out—of sync it is with what’s really important to you right now. Look at how this career issue (or other type of ambition) may not be meshing with your personal life or with your long held assumptions about the future. No need to take action right this minute, especially with Mercury retrograde, but it is something you’ll want to address down the road.
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