Woman at top of hill

An end to the
uphill climb

Saturn, the planet of trials and tribulations, comes out of retrograde on July 7. This brings to an end four months of feeling like you were driving up a steep hill with the emergency brake on. You will feel the change in energy immediately, and you can expect to make up for lost time. But don't be so quick to write off the recent past, either. You learned a lot of things about faith, persistence and a little thing called "character." You will be able to draw from this experience and apply the lessons you learned to your life going forward.


ARIES (March 20–April 18)

You were born under the most heroic sign of the zodiac, but just because you'll rush in where angels fear to tread doesn't mean that you're into self-sacrifice. You make a poor martyr. The question on July 3 is whether you've backed a winner or a whiner. If it's a winner — great! You'll be a happy camper, and you'll do whatever it takes to help this person out. If it's a whiner, then you'll need to start inching your way towards the nearest exit. You're not a fan of lost causes.


TAURUS (April 19–May 19)

The best thing to do when you feel frozen out is to leave well enough alone. You can't stand it when a lover or boss runs hot and cold. It makes you see red. But do yourself a favor and go graze in greener pastures for a while. If that means hanging out with someone else or keeping a low profile at work, then so be it. Sometimes, people just need to go through whatever it is they're going through by themselves. Give him his psychic space, and he'll re-emerge with explanation in hand.


GEMINI (May 20–June 19)

Success has many friends, while nothing clears a room faster than failure. Thankfully you're on a roll, so you're not lacking for company. However, you may find yourself questioning the company you keep on July 1 and 3. Do these new "friends" bring out the best in you, or are they hanging around looking for scraps of good fortune that might fall their way? Keep that old group of buddies nearby. These are the friends who serve as your conscience and your memory. That's what makes them a rare and valuable commodity.


CANCER (June 20–July 21)

People keep saying that change is good, and maybe one day you'll believe them. So far, it's brought upset and disappointment. Thankfully, Jupiter in Cancer will reveal the reason why things happen the way they do. Jupiter is the planet of higher purpose in astrology. It points out the moral to the story or the lesson to be learned from recent travails. Put your faith in this planet, and it will demonstrate that change is meant to aid you, not thwart you. You need Jupiter in order to grow.


LEO (July 22–Aug. 21)

Don't expect any wiggle room this week. Saturn is at its most unforgiving when it squares Venus in Leo. Deadlines will be strictly enforced, as will every word in a contract or agreement. Hopefully, you've done everything by the book. If not, then you could be in hot water. The same thing applies to speeding on the freeway. It doesn't matter how many cars are going above the speed limit — yours will inevitably be the one that the cops pull over. Thankfully, this energy lifts next week.


VIRGO (Aug. 22–Sept. 21)

You can dish out criticism, but can you take it? That will be the question when your pet project or creative venture falls under the exacting gaze of someone you admire. He or she will have a laundry list of things that require improvement, and you could have a hard time taking it all in. But these are the moments that separate the dilettantes from the can-doers. You will have to develop the thick skin, the discipline and the resolve to go the distance. Hopefully, this experience will embolden you, not derail you.


LIBRA (Sept. 22–Oct. 21)

This is one of those times when you will feel like everyone in your life got together somewhere and decided to time their crises so that they could all happen simultaneously. It's not true, obviously, but it will feel that way. In any case, these problems are very real — there's nothing made up or overblown about them. Expect to field calls asking for your advice, your support and your love. The people asking for help will run the gamut — from your boss to your ex-lover to your dog walker... and everyone in between.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22–Nov. 20)

You know what you want but don't know how to get there from here. It's why you're impatient with the people and/or circumstances that hold you back. Thankfully, you were born with keen survival instincts. You know that this isn't the time for change, and when you're ready for it, you'll do it on your own terms — which will be in the fall. Meanwhile, look for ways to maximize what you have. It's how you build a bridge from where you are to where you want to be.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21–Dec. 20)

You're going through a time when you feel like you have to make up for past mistakes, but maybe you should just turn the page and be done with it. That's the message of the Venus/Uranus trine on Sunday. There's no way you can go back and make things right. It's physically impossible. The only thing you can do is move forward and invite those whom you have hurt or disappointed to be a part of your life. Make a sincere effort, and you will get a heartfelt response.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21–Jan. 18)

You have truly learned who your friends are these past four months, as Saturn's retrograde burdened you with more tests and challenges than anyone could hope to bear. These tests brought out all of your abandonment anxieties and fear of rejection. Well, it looks like those anxieties were overblown, as Saturn coming out of retrograde on July 7 will prove. Yes, you may have lost a friend or two along the way, but your network of support is stronger and wider than you know. Get ready to feel the love next week.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19–Feb. 17)

Most people would have thrown in the towel long ago if they'd faced the seemingly endless trek to success that you've faced. Yet one of the pluses to being born under Saturn, the planet of time, is that things do come together eventually. And as Saturn comes out of retrograde on July 7, you will begin to see that you could never have enjoyed the fruits of your labors had you harvested them earlier. That said — take time out this week to bask in the glow of your accomplishments.


PISCES (Feb. 18–March 19)

It's time to inform certain friends that they are overdrawn at the forgiveness bank and that there is no overdraft protection. Feel free to scroll down that list and hit the delete button repeatedly. But there's more to this than moving certain names into the trash bin of history. You need to believe in those people who believe in you wholeheartedly. You need to stop taking their support for granted and to draw strength from their faith in you to make the life changes that you've been longing to make.

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