As if being right in the middle of the eclipse season wasn’t enough…Mercury turns retrograde in Leo this week, so tone down the showmanship and communicate more sincerely if you can. It will be retrograde until July 31st and remember mercury retrograde is about misunderstandings, miscommunication, and confusion. As it’s in Leo make sure you’re not telling tall tales otherwise it will come back to bite you.

However, with the Sun opposing Saturn and Pluto and Mars in square aspect to Uranus, this adds to a difficult week–egos and tempers will not give in to reason or emotion. Parental issues raise their ugly heads in the form of problems with authorities and some folks find themselves backed into a corner. Don’t butt heads with authorities and other influential people: They’re likely to react with a strong arm. Work alone if you can. Intense power and control issues are brought to the fore in ways that everyone can see. We’re darned if we do and darned if we don’t.

We try to stick up for ourselves in the face of challenges, all the while trying to avoid appearing overbearing or controlling. Small issues become major upheavals. See things for what they are; go for the real problem and don’t focus on the trigger. Whatever the issue might be, it reflects a real and probably complex and well-established source of anxiety inside us, one that needs to be faced with courage if we ever want it to be resolved.

There are a couple of positive influences this week too–lovely venus forms a sextile to unpredictable Uranus which is a frisky and flirtatious transit so a party with a wide range of people is the perfect solution while the sun forms a very nice trine to Neptune so the artistic, spiritual and compassionate side of life all cry out for attention this week. Take advantage of this radiant, flowing energy amongst the harder influences.

 

ARIES

Your work-life balance is in the spotlight yet again – this is something you really must focus on or it will keep rearing its head. Approach your boss to look for solutions or talk over a potential compromise with your lover.

 

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TAURUS

Priorities may be out of kilter – do what you know is right rather than what you’d like to think could work. Stick to the tried and tested rather than trying to reinvent the wheel. Playing safe will keep disruption to a minimum.

 

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GEMINI

Financial pressures may bite but keep calm. You are more resourceful than you realize, and it’s not until put to a real test that you will be able to surprise yourself. You’ve got this. No need to panic.

 

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CANCER

With your closest relationship under strain, turn to friends for emotional support. Although conflict may flare with your sweetheart, things can be salvaged if you remember that you are both on the same side – aren’t you?

 

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LEO

A lack of confidence may hold you back from pursuing an opportunity. If you dare to say yes, opportunities can come your way – but saying no keeps you confined in your current rut. It’s difficult to take a risk when under pressure – but think about it.

 

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VIRGO

Don’t be misled by your peers, friends or colleagues. You must do what is right for you. While you may appreciate the advice of others, there’s no law which says you must follow it – do your own thing.

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LIBRA

What matters is how you see yourself, not how the world sees you. Meet challenges with your head held high. Believe in yourself; that way you won’t need unconditional support which may be currently lacking from friends and family.

 

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SCORPIO

Communication is easily muddled or may even be deliberately twisted. Be very clear in what you say and how you say it. Don’t leave room for chance, or someone else will come along and say what you should have said.

 

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SAGITTARIUS

Paying your debts is important to you but this week you may be unable to do so, whether literally or figuratively. Ask for more time. If you’re honest about the issue, people will give you the benefit of the doubt – and another chance.

 

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CAPRICORN

When what you want and need is at odds with what your partner wants and needs, you have a problem. Keep talking; the only way through this impasse is to keep on going. Compromise can be found, but not if tempers get in the way.

 

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AQUARIUS

Dreams are all very well, but what you need now is practical action. Don’t beat yourself up for what you have not yet done. Congratulate yourself on how far you’ve come, but take real, tangible steps now to move further.

 

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PISCES

If they tell you it can’t be done, do it anyway and prove them wrong. This week feels edgy and somewhat tense for you, but the key is to recognize that nobody else is responsible for your actions. How you face a problem speaks to who you are.

 

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About Kelli Fox

Kelli was first drawn to astrology during her childhood in Australia where she began recording sun signs for anyone willing to share. She studied at the College of Humanistic Astrology and from there became accredited with multiple organizations: PMAFA, ISAR C.A.P., CA NCGR IV. In 1995, Kelli created astrology.com where she continued to live her passion until 2003. After a near death experience in 2004 she went on to create TheAstrologer.com to continue her life’s work.

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