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July 24 – 30, 2013

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For All Signs:  Mercury, ancient god of communications, turned direct once again on Saturday the 20th. As this planet begins to regain its normal speed, it will be easier to move ahead with plans that have been pending for one reason or another for several weeks. Have patience with the flurry of phone calls and changed appointments that always accompany Mercury's shift in directions. Decisions are also subject to change, so if you experienced a disappointment in the last 3 weeks you might want to give it one more try after the 20th.  The after-shadow period is complete on Aug. 2 and this interference will become clear.

Aries:  Your energies are high and you can accomplish a great deal of work now.  Hold in mind that you are the one with the energy, so don't critique others if they can't or won't match it.  Avoid antagonizing those in power during this period or you may lose a battle, even if you deserve to win.

Taurus:  You are under the veil of illusion concerning relationships.  You may be perceiving yourself as selfless or the Other as "too good to be true."  Add a touch of realism here, and you will be more accurate.  You are offered support from authority figures and long term friends.  Express whatever pain you feel through the arts or music.

Gemini:  You are experiencing a change in the areas of shared resources, investments, alimony, or inheritance.  At this time you are mentally quarreling with yourself or with others over finding a solution to the problem.  You want things as they were and that is not possible.  Ask your Supervising Self for a perspective change.

Cancer:  It may feel very important to say your piece in a conflict, but if the other has more literal power, you will lose.  Ego battles for the sake of "who is on top" will use a lot of psychic energy and prove very little in the end.  Use your positive thinking and persuasion to gain a powerful ally and you can win the prize.

Leo:  This is a good week to bring fruition to a home improvement project that was conceived in the fall of 2012.  Saturn always gives us what we deserve.  So if you have put work and time into your effort, you will be rewarded.  If not, you may be hit with a repair for property.

Virgo:  You need closeness and as you reach out, the “other” just seems to evaporate or evade you.  This is truly disappointing.  You may have attracted a vampire, one who takes energy but can’t give it back.  You are worth much more than that.  You could find consolation in the world of art, beauty, and music, or even a different person who understands you.

Libra:  Beware the temptation to feel sorry for yourself this week.  If you want attention, then ask for it, rather than sulking because someone cannot read your mind.  Another option is to give what you want to receive.  Support your personal authorities from behind the scenes.  This will have favorable results.

Scorpio:  You will be more than a little bit tempted to pour everything you’ve got into your objectives now.  This energy requires tender handling.  If you push too hard or too fast, you will find others are shoving back.  Use your powers of persuasion to get others on board, so that they add to the energy for good, lest you fail.  Watch the accelerator foot.

Sagittarius:  Over the weekend an opportunity to expand your social life brings smiles.  You may be invited to a party or you might meet someone new.  This aspect is from Venus, goddess of love and creativity.  The muse may be at your side as you produce a particularly creative idea or solution to a problem.

Capricorn:  This summer it will serve you well to allow someone else to be the apparent leader, even if you are the one who holds the power from behind the curtain.  If your control becomes too visible you will experience pushback or lose your supporters.  This period calls for group strength.  That will win the battle.

Aquarius:  Your partner (business or personal) may be a powerful ally or a pain in the patootie this week, maybe both.  You have personal goals.  The “other” may be an arrogant critic right now.  However, it is well for you to consider the point(s) this person is making.  The delivery may be overdone, but if you can get past that, there is useful information.

Pisces:  Beware of any martyr like thoughts in relation to your partner(s).  You could be seeing yourself as all-giving, all-loving.  No one is really like that.  Give what you are willing to give because you love the Other.  Don't do it so that someone will see your actions and think you are wonderful.  Then whatever the outcome, you won't resent it.

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