Martial law or another revolution? This weekend, for the first time in the USA's 230-year history, progressed Mars will turn retrograde. ("A day for a year" is how secondary progressions work, e.g., 230 days after our July 4, 1776, birthday, Mars stopped moving forward and flipped into reverse.) That's the direction it'll be heading for the next 80 years. That this astrological event takes place at 18 Libra, which is Bush's natal Jupiter (what, me worry?), adds another dimension to what is already a scary scenario. Let's hope that the favorable trine progressed Mars in Libra makes to its original spot in the USA chart at 21 Gemini (in our seventh house of allies and adversaries) will soften whatever blow we're in for. As luck would have it, a very lucky Venus-Jupiter trine occurs this week as well.
So much for the fun-and-games portion of the summer. On Saturday, your Mars ruler moves out of entertainment-oriented Leo and enters detail-driven Virgo for seven weeks of crossing T's and dotting I's. However, because Mercury is retrograde until the 28th, take your time checking facts and figures. Don't sign off until you absolutely must. Solar Leo also begins on Saturday, followed by the Leo new moon Monday night. For many Rams, such friendly fire-sign energy could offer an opportunity to infuse warmth and humor into a relationship with a relative.
Pay attention. Your Venus ruler in early Cancer is probably still transiting your area of assets and income. The favorable trine it forms with prosperous, generous Jupiter in Scorpio, the sign of your significant others, is a one-shot deal. Jupiter moves on to Sagittarius in late November, but Venus can move out of your money house any day now. So be sure to take advantage of the benefits you're afforded when Venus, the "lesser," and Jupiter, the "greater" benefic, align on the 26th - give or take a few days before or after.
Since the cheery Leo new moon occurs early enough in that heartfelt sign (2 degrees), there's a good chance that the blessed event takes place in your second house, your money house. So spend a moment Monday night contemplating all the good you could do if, like Midas, you perfected your golden touch. Meanwhile, as Mercury's retrogression winds down, it wouldn't hurt to consider what you'll rectify once your ruling planet turns direct on the 28th. Just remember that the days just before and after Mercury's flip are when you're most likely to feel distracted and disoriented.
Even after the sun moves on to Leo, magnetic Venus in your sign will ensure that you still receive more than your fair share of attention, perhaps adoration as well. Plus, Mercury in the last third of Cancer will continue to tell you things you may or may not need to know. Although retrograde Mercury turns direct on the 28th, it stays in your sign until August 10, which is two days before Venus leaves Cancer. So you're covered for a few more weeks, and possibly blessed while loving Venus and protective Jupiter trine on the 26th. Ask for the moon.
Happy birthday to the frisky felines celebrating this week. Not only do you receive a valuable gift - your life-sustaining sun ruler shining on your very own sign - but you and the rest of the pride get rid of macho, sometimes malevolent, Mars. Since the God of Discord doesn't enter Virgo until Saturday, try to be extra nice until then. However, there is an upside to having Mars in your Virgo money house. If you need a stronger killer instinct to attain a financial objective, from now until Labor Day would be the time.
The Lion's loss could be the Virgin's gain. Only once every two years do you become infused with the abundance of physical energy and ambition that Mars brings to your sign. You might have to wait until your Mercury ruler turns direct on the 28th before taking action, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't use the week intervening to make plans. Or appointments. Mars rules all sorts of surgical procedures, from dental implants to tummy tucks. Incidentally, Virgos born in mid-September could benefit from a supportive woman or a good-natured artist in your field.
The Leo new moon on Monday can refuel a career matter that may have stalled when Mercury went retrograde at the end of June. Look for similarities, such as a call from someone you were in touch with then. Because your amiable Venus ruler is about to magnify the benefits you've been receiving from having lucky Jupiter in your Scorpio money house, feel free to assume that a financial bonanza is on the way. Even if the funds don't arrive until November, you won't be disappointed. Something just as fortuitous could happen now instead.
Two things to keep in mind. On Saturday, Mars, your co-ruling planet, leaves showy Leo for a tour of duty in service-oriented Virgo. Prepare to apply yourself with diligence and devotion for the next seven weeks. On the other hand, without any effort on your part, Jupiter in your sign is attracting affection and goodies from Venus in Cancer. And while the emotionally fulfilling grand water trine is not perfect yet, next weekend, when Venus trines innovative Uranus in your Pisces house of romance, it will be.
Once again, Sag and Scorpio are on the same page. As long as your Jupiter ruler is transiting your neighbor's sign, it won't be difficult to maintain the affinity you feel for each other. Especially this week, while agreeable, amiable Venus is rewarding the jolly giant with her considerable favors. Cancer, Libra and Taurus, even an uncommitted Pisces, could join in this group hug, so if there's a people-pleasing event scheduled for midweek, try to make it. You never know who'll show up when Mercury is retrograde.
Even though the sun leaves your Cancer marriage house this weekend, because it occurs so early in the sign, the Leo new moon Monday night could reinvigorate an existing partnership or initiate a new alliance. Besides, with loving Venus in Cancer, there should be plenty of romantic interaction and other goodies. Plus, while Venus trines generous Jupiter midweek, more money and mazel. So cheer up. Mercury will soon go direct, and the youngsters you're worried about will smarten up soon enough. Probably when school starts.
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If there's a summer romance waiting in the wings, this is the week for its debut. Or maybe you'll receive great reviews for a stunning performance on stage, screen or playing field. Whatever. While popular Venus in your creativity-and-love zone allies with fortunate Jupiter in your midheaven, where your reputation is made, good things are bound to follow. Expensive things as well. The Leo new moon in the sign of your significant others can make the self-involved act like they're more significant than they were last week.
Although Fish are not directly involved, you too may benefit from the positive feelings and material rewards generated by the favorable water-sign trine between lucky Venus in Cancer and even luckier Jupiter in Scorpio. Particularly if your birthday is Leap Year Day. However, all you romantic souls can take heart because the creative Leo new moon Monday night inaugurates a new cycle of love and light, be it through work, service or simply hanging out. But you may have to be patient a bit longer, say until Venus trines Uranus in Pisces next weekend.