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Rockie Horoscope

Whatever was introduced by the Cancer new moon on the 6th has yet to make its presence known, so tread lightly this weekend. That advice shouldn't be difficult to follow, since Neptune, ruler of movies, music and dance, is so prominently featured; it is a focal point for Mars and Venus and, later in the week, Mercury. Fiery Mars in fiery Aries could ignite temper tantrums Tuesday when it is tested by the emotional Cancer sun. But by the following weekend, anticipate a more than satisfactory resolution as passionate Pluto in Sag and affectionate Venus in Leo perfect a grand fire trine with horny Mr. Macho.

Aries

Another of those critical "push comes to shove" situations may crop up midweek when the Cancer sun puts your courageous Mars ruler to the test. Every two years, while Mars travels through Aries, you're more likely to step beyond established boundaries, particularly those that define the differences between you and your family, the issues that have not been adequately addressed. Decidedly not family fare: an incredibly sexy and satisfying couple of days while Mars, loving Venus and passionate Pluto form a hot fire trine.

Taurus

Too much information? If data-based Mercury's close connection to your Venus ruler is becoming annoying, take time out from your research to fantasize about the possibilities imaginative Neptune offers instead. That beautiful dream might turn into a reality real soon; both insistent Mars and intense Pluto support the goddess this month, and she is glad to return the favor. Nobody has to take "No!" for an answer. Enjoy the little luxuries landing in your lap while Venus is still ensconced in regal Leo.

Gemini

Although charitable, well-intentioned Twins may have on occasion been intrigued by a scam artist's scheme, the one you hear this week won't ring true. While your perceptive Mercury ruler confronts idealistic Neptune, no matter how strong the appeal to your charitable nature, the line between fact and fabrication cannot be crossed, at least not by you. Knowing that your radar is working so well should help you navigate through a steamy sea of desire. It's that time of year; the natives are restless and everyone wants something from you.

Cancer

If you've been waiting for your next career move to materialize, this is a better time than most. Nothing moves mountains faster than the sun's square to Mars in your Aries midheaven. Since this configuration occurs only once every two years, you should make a grab for the opportunity that pops up, no matter how rough-and-tumble it seems or how fierce the competition. Moon Children who are happily employed, or just as happily at liberty for the summer, can successfully pursue a pastime or an assignment, preferably one with a sexy subtext.

Leo

Under ordinary circumstances, Venus' annual transit through Leo guarantees that while it lasts, you are the flavor of the month. However, this week, as Venus captures the attention of horny Mars and intense Pluto, any romantic gesture on your part could imply more than you intend. Genuine affection is one thing, blatant teasing is something else. Fiery Aries and Sagittarius natives may not mind playing those games, but if you fool around with Scorpionic sensibilities, you're liable to get stung, but good.

Virgo

You can't help but toot your own horn while your Mercury ruler travels through proud Leo. But be aware that because the annual transit will last far longer than usual, you're apt to be much more egotistical than your friends and colleagues will tolerate. Mercury first turns retrograde on July 22, goes direct on August 15, and doesn't leave the mighty Lion's domain until September 4. Prepare to fill these weeks with consistently creative activities, entertaining fun and games, and, because it's the hot time in the hot city, a combustible relationship.

Libra

The ball is headed for your partner's court, but it won't stay there for long. While impulsive Mars in your Aries marriage house is lit by the nurturing Cancer sun, a window of opportunity cracks open. Encourage your better half to at least take a shot at what is being offered, before he or she passes the ball to colleagues out for a rollicking good time. You, on the other hand, may be having your own good time. Rarely does your agreeable Venus ruler simultaneously trine macho Mars and Pluto in the heat of the summer. Enjoy the three-way.

Scorpio

Prepare to experience a fabulous few days as Mars and Pluto, your passionate co-ruling planets, form a grand fire trine with affectionate Venus in Leo. No matter how you apply this enormous amount of energy - whether it be to a commercial venture, a charitable event or a community project - that powerfully sexy Scorpio dynamic will come through. Because the easygoing trine aspect usually rewards a challenge you rose to earlier in the year, consider it a legitimate opportunity to strut your stuff.

Sagittarius

While Pluto in your sign puts you through a series of changes that'll transform your feelings about your past, Mars in your house of romance and risk urges you to be more adventurous. Add the allure that Venus in luxury-loving Leo brings to the mix, and you have one grand fire trine that'll be remembered long after this summer is history. Centaurs have an opportunity to integrate their feminine and masculine sides while also displaying their compassionate human qualities and those powerful animal instincts.

Capricorn

You might sense a big change coming as your Saturn ruler prepares to exit the watery depths of Cancer for the sunny Leo climate on the 16th. After two years of TLC, are you ready to become a cheerful, somewhat extravagant exhibitionist? And what about your hair? Can you wear your mane with pride or does it need a good grooming? Slight modifications in your appearance will follow from an attitude adjustment, but since Saturn remains in your partnership area for a while, other people will continue to exert a significant influence.

Aquarius

Early indications that you're the visionary in the crowd appear as Mercury (the script) and Venus (the design) zero in on idealistic Neptune in your sign. Feel free to let your imagination loose, because your ideas can have a demonstrable effect on your fellow students and colleagues, particularly the Lions, Rams and Sagittarius colts. By early August, everyone concerned will be able to see the products of your imagination materialize; however, since Mercury is going retrograde, be prepared for lots of revisions.

Pisces

Not everyone is destined to direct the whole show, but you can exert a visible influence on the tyrant in charge while artistic Venus and your aesthetic Neptune ruler cement their bond. Extracurricular romantic activities are optional; however, while the Cancer sun cavorts in your house of risk and recreation, it would be foolish not to take advantage of the creative, life-sustaining energy the summer sun provides. Once solar Leo begins on the 22nd and Mercury turns retrograde, the course of true love might not flow as easily.

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