A heads-up warning about Mercury: The planet Mercury zips through a sign every two-to-three weeks. (Mercury is fast!) This week, however, Mercury enters Leo to stay until the second week of September. Oy! Why so long? Because Mercury will go retrograde in Leo (moving back and forth), hence it stays in that sign for the whole summer. Mercury begins to slow down on July 3, then it goes retrograde on July 14; then it reverses its direction and goes forward again on August 8. However, it does not catch up to where it first went retrograde until August 22. (Them’s the facts, folks.) So if you want to buy a car, truck, bicycle or computer, act now! However, this will be a great summer to catch up on old business and finish stuff. “Finish stuff? Stick a fork in me Lord, I’m done!”
Aries March 21-April 19
The power of positive thinking is a wonderful thing. Many books have been written about this and it cannot be disputed that everything you see around you and everything you touch began with a thought in someone’s mind. So thoughts are important. In the coming year (and beginning this week) you will easily enjoy a more positive frame of mind. You’ll be more optimistic and eager to share your ideas with others. But how valid are your ideas and values? That’s always a tricky question, isn’t it? This week something might occur to test your grasp of reality. (Hey, our gene pool always needs a lifeguard.)
Taurus April 20-May 20
You are a tactile sign and you certainly value what you can touch and hold, especially mortgage-free land. As an archetype, Taurus is the country Squire or the banker. You want tangible security in your lifetime. (Preferably surrounded by beautiful things, antiques and excellent food and drink.) However, some of your ideas — about money, assets and possessions and how to keep them, hold them, or what to do with them — are going to be tested this week. For example, it’s true that money and possessions are wonderful to have, but for what purpose? How do they alter you, change you or edify you? When you think about it, you never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.
Gemini May 21-June 20
I’ve been writing (and will continue to do so) about what a great year this is for Gemini. Through a celestial fluke, Venus is in your sign for 18 weeks, a rare occurrence that will not happen again for 105 years. And now, lucky Jupiter is in Gemini where it will stay for a year. Goody for you! But that’s only part of your chart. It doesn’t mean a gallon of paint can’t tip over and ruin the trunk of your car. Even though you have this blessing of good fortune, there are other factors at play. This week something could happen that will put it all in perspective for you. Even though this is a favourable time for Geminis, don’t take risks. Don’t think you’re bulletproof. Nobody ever is.
Cancer June 21-July 22
You might feel as though you’re being tested this week. It is not a midterm exam or a test where there are answers that are right or wrong. It’s more like your beliefs are being tested. As the year progresses, you will feel increasingly idealistic about many things. As a result, you’ll be more inclined to put the interests, needs and wants of others before your own. This is a tricky business because you don’t want to be a doormat; you just want to be helpful to others. This week something will test you or demonstrate in some way just how realistic your ideals are. Remember: True generosity is giving what is needed.
Leo July 23-Aug 22
You’re entering a popular year ahead, which is something you’ll enjoy. But sometimes it’s tricky handling the demands that others make on your time, isn’t it? In your desire to please others or keep them happy, you might feel you’re selling out your own freedom, independence or personal integrity. This is not good. This week something will happen that challenges this very question. In other words, how can you skillfully handle your relationship to others, yet not let yourself down or sell out? Another test might arise regarding your hopes and dreams for the future. How realistic are they? You might find out.
Virgo Aug 23-Sept 22
As Jupiter travels across the top of your chart this year, it will promote your good name among your peers. Eighteen months in the future, your reputation will be shining with accolades and praise that you earn in the coming months. All of this will build up to “send” you in a particular life direction. This week ahead could be a test for you to determine if you’re going in the direction that you really want to go. Perhaps you have some kind of false optimism about what you can achieve? A splash of cold water might help you to be more realistic about where to put your efforts. After all, no one wants to put their money on the wrong horse.
Libra Sept 23-Oct 22
You’re a social sign and you love ideas. Something in your life now encourages you to study or learn more about a philosophy, ideology or life-belief system. You want to learn and expand your world, not just out of curiosity but because you believe it will enrich your life or enhance you in some way. You might do this through reading, listening to teachers or travelling — all broadening experiences. (Especially reading, which can really broaden your butt!) However, how will you know that what you are learning is valuable or even credible? Something this week might arise to show you if you’re on the right path or not.
Scorpio Oct 23-Nov 21
An interesting week ahead! Very likely, your values will be tested. Naturally, you embrace your values because they’re yours; they reflect your core beliefs. But when you look back at your life since you were a young teenager, a few basic values have changed because you learned or experienced more. This week your values might be tested about something, especially related to how your values differ from the values of others, or something to do with shared property, inheritances, insurance matters and debt. If you’re lucky, you’ll be disillusioned, which means your illusions will be ripped away, letting you see things clearly. (Weird, eh?)
Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21
This week, your ruler Jupiter is tested by dreamy Neptune. This is the classic “wake up and smell the coffee” moment. (I hate smelling the coffee.) It means you have to ask yourself if your optimism and faith, especially in partners, committed relationships and close friendships, is well-placed. Perhaps you are not seeing the relationship for what it really is? Are you being suckered in and deceiving yourself? (You know who you are.) It’s so easy to believe in what we want to believe, isn’t it? Something could happen this week that makes you open your eyes to the truth of a close relationship. Could be good; could be bad. Either way, you will know the truth, which is far more important.
Capricorn Dec 22-Jan 19
Your reputation is so important to you. (Scandal is horrifying.) This is one of the reasons you’re careful doing your job because you want the respect of others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs. In the coming year, you can improve your job or get a better job or get a better boss; but how will you do this? In the week ahead, something might occur that tests everything you think about your job or your ability to get a different job. For example, you might be listening to the wrong person or kidding yourself about your job in some way. Your challenge right now is to be as realistic as possible because you’re dealing with your own future!
Aquarius Jan 20-Feb 18
Without question, you’re looking at a fun-loving, playful, romantic year ahead. Many will take a fabulous vacation. All of you will be happier and enjoy pleasurable, relaxing moments. Relationships with children and romantic partners will be a source of pleasure and happiness. But all of this depends on your choices, doesn’t it? It also depends on your ability to balance your need for fun and pleasure with the responsibilities you have to family, job and even yourself. This week could be a wake-up call regarding your values and decisions about how to allocate your time. (On the other hand, according to Mae West, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”)
Pisces Feb 19-March 20
How wonderful that the next 18 months will bring you a happier home life and an enriched appreciation of where you live. In fact, this blessing is so strong it also applies to real-estate transactions. Nevertheless, to make this good fortune work for you and loved ones, you have to be realistic about what you want to achieve and what is actually possible. You have to clearly define to yourself what you want. If you go into a big supermarket and have no idea what you want, when you get home you’ll no doubt discover you need more things. Something might happen this week that makes you realize what you do and don’t need in your personal life.