A stormy weekend as loving Venus in “perfection please”
Virgo opposes idiosyncratic Uranus in the emotional Pisces. At the same time,
rambunctious Mars tests Saturn's rigidity and respectability. Don't expect to
see things clearly while retrograde Mercury confronts imaginative Neptune midweek,
the second of their “Lies and the Lying Liars” oppositions. The third
is scheduled for, irony of ironies, Women's Equality Day. Thursday's new moon
in optimistic Leo could alter the mood of the past month, but information relayed
while the sun and retro Mercury meet on the 6th should reveal more about what
occurred around the Cancer new moon – G8,the London bombings.


After a problematic weekend, Rams may need to regroup. Step back and let the
rules a family member wants you to live by settle in. Rest assured that
your trail-blazing Mars ruler will let you find a way around the restrictions
Saturn hopes to impose. The same advice applies to a problem concerning the
house or the landlord. Remember that while Mercury is retrograde until the 15th,
“time is on your side.” The Leo new moon-sun-Mercury merger this weekend
should present new info or another approach to better serve your interests.


A sudden change of heart, a sudden change of plans; a determined Bull could
weather shifts in the emotional climate more easily than expected, especially
once you realize there soon will be a resolution to a problem you're currently
facing. No problema? Then it's safe to assume that for the next six months,
militant Mars your sign can decimate any obstacle that dares arise in its presence.
The kind-hearted Leo new moon directs your attention to your blood and soul
siblings or to another mom-and-pop issue.


Twins could be caught between the she-devil and the deep blue sea while Venus
focuses on the unpredictability of your current gig. Will you experience something
strange and wonderful or simply an unexpected turn of events? Be patient and
let the information relayed during the sun's meeting with your Mercury ruler
on the 5th take hold before opting for one direction or another. Treading water
until retrograde Mercury turns direct on the 15th makes sense. Waiting a week
longer, if you can, makes more sense.


Even if you're perfectly agreeable to suggestions, you might encounter resistance
on the job or from other members of your community. Why do you appear so formidable?
Is it a preference for doing things by the book or a desire to help others benefit
from lessons you've learned by having Saturn in your sign the past two years?
Chances are the Leo new moon will bring a new financial matter to the table,
something that'll draw on your wealth of experience and inherent kindness. Maybe
it'll introduce a fresh face with a forgiving set of values.


Plan a big birthday celebration as one reward for facing a bunch of challenges
you would rather avoid if only you could. Try to make every astrological event
– from the Leo sun-moon conjunction on the 4th and the informative sun-retrograde-Mercury
merger on the 5th, through the sun's brush with lucky Jupiter and its inspiring,
but possibly delusional, encounter with artistic Neptune the following week
– count as a positive experience. And if things get delayed because Mercury
is retrograde until the 15th, simply reschedule.


Venus, the vixen, stirs the pot when she opposes erratic Uranus in your Pisces
house of partners. Let things settle a bit before you rush in where other fools
fear to tread. Until your Mercury ruler merges with the Leo sun on the 5th and
you get a better idea of what's in store, actually until Mercury turns direct
on the 15th, you shouldn't make any long-term decisions. Venus in Virgo is not
unlike a virago, hell-bent on having you repair what may or may not need fixing.
Friends help you see clearly, humorously as well.


It's getting to be par for the summer course; when your Venus ruler opposes
unpredictable Uranus, anything goes. Whether you're upset or delighted by what
happens depends in part on how involved a neighbor or sibling is in the outcome.
Left to your own devices, you're due for a stroke of good luck when the Leo
sun favors Jupiter in your sign the weekend of the 6th. While you may have taken
Jupiter's bounty for granted, this could be the last decent opportunity you'll
get before Jupiter moves on to Scorpio.


Let's hope that the issue comes down to a minor financial matter. When couple-conscious
Venus tests Pluto, your intense co-ruling planet in your house of the money
you earn and the values you hold dear, you could be thrown for a loop or a small
loss. Since a lot of strong emotions are generated by this seasonal square,
try to keep a lid on your temper and desire for revenge. In about another week,
when the sun favors Pluto and Mercury goes direct again, the matter may resolve
itself. Until then, don't bank on anyone's version of the truth.


The luxury-loving Leo new moon introduces an entertaining twist to a joint
financial matter. No reason why you shouldn't enjoy the entire process of making
money and spending it. What could become a pain, however, is venal Venus in
critical Virgo challenging your version of family values, as well as your ability
to rise like the phoenix from the ashes of a past indiscretion. Until midmonth,
when Mercury is facing forward and Venus moves on to Libra, a friendlier sign
for Sag, don't take a position you'll later regret.


Too bad it's not the Summer Olympics. Instead you seem to have
entered a contest you wouldn't mind winning if it isn't too arduous. Ambiguity
concerning the prize, suspicion about its value, and mixed messages from teammates,
coaches, agents or lawyers can contribute to your feelings of malaise and confusion.
Let the results of whatever you're involved in reveal themselves. Chances are
the decisions will be reversed after the 15th, after Mercury turns direct and
picks up some speed, also after Venus enters fair and balanced Libra.


Give it up: Admit that during solar Leo you can't get no satisfaction. You
can try, but while the “Might is right!” sun in your house of partners
dominates, especially when it opposes nebulous Neptune in Aquarius, it's practically
a foregone conclusion that you'll cave. Find something else to amuse yourself
– e.g., hunting for flea-market treasures or bonding with a creative kid – until
Mercury changes direction midmonth and amenable Venus enters Libra, a friendly
air sign that'll support you and your preferences.


Are the summer storms a reflection of the inner turmoil Fish are experiencing?
Or are the oppositions to both your impressionable Neptune ruler and unpredictable
Uranus in Pisces the cause of your dilemma? Patience, please; this too shall
pass, but probably not until a week after retrograde Mercury turns direct on
the 15th. That's when the disinformation, misinformation and plain old fantasies
will be dispelled. Like your Water-Bearer neighbor, find entertaining people
and ways to entertain yourself in the meantime.

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