Posted by: Necci – Jul 16, 2012
If you’ve got the time, reread the first part of last week’s scope before moving onto this one.
The astrology world calls planetary threesomes like the one happening now “T-Squares”, and they are never to be taken lightly. Uranus is now lining up in a three-way tug-of-war with Mars and Pluto. All that Mars gung-ho pulling against the forces of explosive Uranus and destructive Pluto? Talk about tension. We can either add to it, or get out of the way… but we’ll all somehow be affected by the line of fire.
In some aspect of our lives, we are all very close to completely losing our cool. And it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why. Some people blame the president. Some people blame religion. Bosses. Financial institutions. Mom and Dad. The list can go on and on, but alignments such as this one force us to try and take a solid look at where we are now, and how we’re going to keep on keeping on. And sadly, some people won’t. Violence is inevitable. Serious accidents are bound to occur. And sudden deaths will shock many of us. It’s definitely a test. As I’ve mentioned before about this, “We’ll watch it on the news, and we’ll feel it in our bones.”
Also keep in mind that Mercury and Uranus are moving retrograde now. Communication and technology gets a little bit wonky and we find ourselves having trouble getting things across. Double check your emails and get those oil changes and inspections done. The sun moves into Leo on the 22nd, bringing on some of that summer sizzle. The heat is on.
Aries, I hope by now you have taken some time out of your busy schedule for some much needed R&R with your loved ones, because despite your best efforts to take it all in stride, something is really bugging you. And the support of people that care about you is paramount. If it seems right now like the same old problems keep arising, it may be time to consider the source instead of simply treating the symptoms. The new moon on Wednesday should give you a little boost in your career goals, but try and remember that you can’t rush greatness. With Mercury AND Uranus retrograde, you really shouldn’t try to force anything through for your own sake. Your temper is likely to be attached to a short fuse for a couple weeks.
Like our Sagittarius friends, steadfast Taureans tend to suffer in silence rather than blather on about injustices and things out of your control. However it isn’t always the best practice when you find your anxiety levels increasing. It’s likely that you’ll be reaching out to somebody, perhaps a brother or sister or an overlooked friend, to get something off your chest. Some plans just don’t work out exactly as you had imagined, so rather than trying to stubbornly force the universe to submit to your will, you may have better luck with a bit of compromise. You might find some new inspiration this week to help improve financial matters. You know better than anyone that it takes money to make money, and you’ve been putting this idea into theoretical practice. In the meantime, work on your nest.
Thank goodness that wily mind of yours manages to keep somewhat cool during this financial crisis, Gemini. It’s not that you aren’t concerned about the future, because lets face it; it’s coming just as quickly for you as it is the rest of us. But you’re smart, Gemini, and you’re resourceful. The more you use that creativity to implement plans for the future, the more you’ll thank yourself later for the extra efforts. I say extra, because it is going to take exactly that. You’re a serial collaborator, which is all well and good, but be prepared for a couple bumps in the road. Forgive the brashness, but it will prove to be a bit of a cluster-fuck later this month. Too many cooks in the kitchen, and all.
Just when you think you’ve relaxed and you’re feeling strong and confident, something or somebody has to come and rain on your parade. It’s always something, or somebody, isn’t it? For one thing, it can seem like people call you only when they need to vent or talk about their problems, sometimes forgetting that you might have your own plate full of issues. It often leaves you feeling emotionally drained. Thank goodness you have people that can help absorb some of the psychic injuries. You may be a softy at heart, but there is a very tough part of you that knows you’ll stand to weather yet another storm. Now is a time to forgive someone for past transgressions, and prepare for some power struggles. This is your personal new year, so write down some goals.
On one hand you’re so fiercely independent you resent those that seem to want a piece of you to have and hold forever and ever… amen. But on the other hand, you long for a place of refuge, a warm hug, and someone to snuggle up with at night (often mistaken for confinement). We all need a little TLC from time to time, Leo. The mind and body need rest, even when your head is spinning and dying to break out there and show em all what you’ve got. But it’s likely that things you are trying to accomplish are a bit premature now, and need more consideration and tweaking. The next few weeks, while Mercury and Uranus are retrograde, you should refine your plans. You’ll notice that you can cut the social tension with a knife, so it isn’t the best time to burn yourself out. Plus, people are going to be a bit on the aggressive side. You wouldn’t want to get caught up in matters that won’t move you forward.
Hopefully you’ve been enjoying some social activities lately, or will be soon, because you can definitely benefit from the social connections. However, with some people that you are already acquainted with, it makes you crazy when you see repeated destructive patterns, especially when it causes you to have to work harder. You feel that you’ve not only been a good example, but you’ve cleaned up one mess after another for them, and now it’s become one mess too many. What’s with all the drama?! Well, consider the source. After this week, the planets are asking you to try and rest up a little bit. The planets in retrograde, Uranus and Mercury, might be bringing about an old temptation of yours, but you may want to let that one go and call it a loss. At any rate, there is going to be a change in direction for you, whether you like it or not. So stay open-minded, and for now, try and keep a low profile.
We’ve all got to commend you for your ability to put on a smiling face for the people. You endure, and you really do handle yourself well despite the naysayers. You have an uncanny way of tuning criticism out if it’s not constructive. Remember last week when I mentioned the old adage “Rome wasn’t build in a day”? It rang true then and still does. Throughout the rest of July your bullshit-tolerance is lower than usual, so if you have surrounded yourself with fast-talkers and users, you’ll probably be supplementing their company with more serious conversation with friends. Professional goals should be in focus at this point. Your life is changing rapidly, and whatever you decide to do is inevitably going to shape your life, hopefully for the better. Self-reliance and education is pertinent to where you are right now.
You need some sort of break from your routine. By all means, go for it, but use the time to think about your plans. Right now, you’ve been secretly withholding a part of yourself that wants to expose your enemies and feed em’ to the wolves--so to speak. At the very least, you wish people were held accountable for their actions. It’s hard to keep a “correct” attitude when it seems like something or somebody is purposefully working against everything that you want. Taking the high road means expelling paranoid thoughts and remembering that none of us are without fault. You can work towards that next step in your life without destroying somebody that you seem to think is holding you back. We’re all taking things a bit personally right now. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Or them.
People often don’t know when you are suffering. You’re not inclined towards leaky emotions and showy displays of fragility and neediness. Despite your upbeat outlook, however, there are more fragile aspects of your personality, whether people see them or not. Some of that alienation you’re experiencing has as much to do with your actions as the actions of others--it’s something that we all experience with great change. Financially, you have some ownership issues, and it’s possible that you will have to give up some privileges in order to cut some restrictive financial ties. Fortunately, Sag, there are people there for you to help with the uncertainty and anxiety. And as far as your most intense passions… well, they are right there, just waiting for your attention.
As much as you’d love to sacrifice your precious time to listen to other people problems, and get swept up in their dramatic whirlwind, you’ve got that survival instinct reminding you that you’re busy. Sure, it seems a bit selfish to be completely caught up in your own physical, emotional, and mental fitness, but you are smart enough to see a storm brewin’, and you know better than anyone that it’s best to look out for #1. Nobody else is gonna do it, right? Well, you might step on more than a few toes with this attitude this month, but I can’t disagree with the sentiment. And fortunately for you, all that self-observation is probably going to bring you some insight into old conflicts that have needed resolving for a while now.
Some sort of emotional healing is coming to a close, possibly once and for all. You’ve thought it over and over, and played it out in your head more than 1000 times. You were treated unfairly, you hooked up with the wrong person, or you simply have had to let go of something you wanted that no longer serves you. This isn’t to say it wasn’t right back then… but most situations have an expiration date. Aquarius, it’s time to come back and see the bright side. You are flirty and fearless, and the world needs you to come out and play. You may still feel the phantom limbs of old times passed away, but try not to focus on the things that don’t work. Focus on what will! Treat your body well right now. It will boost your spirits.
I mentioned last week how you adopt characteristics of all 12 signs. It makes you a wonderfully empathetic person, but be careful about being something different to each person, as it can cause you a bit of an identity crisis amongst people that know you. Remember that there is an essential Self in there with needs. On that note, it’s a good time for a little self-promotion. You’ve been somewhat shy about asserting your plans regarding a new project, but the time has come to take it to the next step. You will likely run into some people from the past, including an ex or two, as Mercury retrograde has a funny way of doing this. If there are shady personalities surrounding you now, you need to pay special attention to the signs and take affirmative action. It’s a time to clear out the situations and people that draw negativity into your life.
By Rachel Braford