Safe to go back
in the water
Mercury comes out of retrograde on July 20. Since it's the planet of merchants and merchandise, sales often go south when Mercury is traveling backward in the sky. This is why astrologers warn against making any big purchases or business decisions during Mercury's retrograde. Thankfully, this tricky period comes to an end on Friday, when you can go back to buying, selling and trading with confidence. But keep in mind that Mercury's retrogrades aren't all bad. Check in with anyone who turned you down for a position or rejected your bid or application around June 26. You may find that that "no" has turned into "yes."
ARIES (March 20 – April 18)
Don't be surprised if it takes you twice as long to get things done this week. If you're not suffering from bouts of procrastination, then you're probably dozing off at the computer or curling up to take an impromptu nap. What's come over you? Your Ruling Planet Mars is traveling through the realm of the Moon, the planet of sleep. It's bound to make you groggy, but it can also be restorative. Sleep gives us access to our dreams, where we can work out imaginative solutions to problems that elude our more rational minds.
TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)
How can not getting something that you wanted be a boon and not a bane? You'll find out on Friday, when Saturn forms its final trine to Neptune in Pisces. Maybe your desire was based on something you felt you deserved, or maybe you were trying to fulfill somebody else's expectations instead of your own. In any case, news that you've been turned down will strike you more as a relief than as a disappointment. You may even discover that you didn't really want whatever it was in the first place.
GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)
The Jupiter and Neptune trine on Wednesday shows that you have everything you need to create a happy and fulfilling life. You have the dreams, the resources and the discipline to make that vision of yours a reality. There are some things that you don't have (is anyone ever 100 percent satisfied?), but don't let that dismay you. One of the beautiful things about so much water energy flowing through your horoscope is that it teaches you the patience and the wisdom to let things unfold on their own.
CANCER (June 20 – July 21)
Just because someone gets a lucky break doesn't mean he or she knows what do with it. News programs are full of stories about people who come into good fortune (maybe through the lottery, an inheritance or a windfall) only to wind up squandering it all. Thankfully, you have spent years dreaming of the day when Fortune would smile upon you — and now that that the day has come, you know exactly what to do. Dream big and build on what you have, and you'll see those castles in the sky take on a brick-and-mortar reality.
LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)
As a fire sign, it isn't always easy to listen to the whispers of your innermost being — but that's what the grand trine in water is all about. Fire is the element of the spirit, and spirit is the life force that vitalizes, enlightens and excites. Fire signs never stop thinking about tomorrow. Water is the element of the soul, and the soul is the life source that nurtures, deepens and reflects. This week will bring a series of remarkable encounters and experiences that promise to feed the soul.
VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)
Are you trying to fix what happened in the past? It's a worthwhile question when Mercury's retrograde in Cancer, the zodiac sign of hearth and family. Intellectually, you know you can't go home again, but that won't stop you from trying. It could explain why you're overly invested in your marriage being an unmitigated success or your children getting the childhood you never had. Treat all of those past disappointments like water under the bridge and embrace the present moment. It's the only moment that any of us really has.
LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)
Libras are often accused of being wishy-washy and incapable of making a decision. Nothing could be further from the truth, but you don't mind people believing that. You learned long ago that if you act helpless, then someone will come to the rescue or even — if you play your cards right — do the lion's share of the work for you. This week, you will surprise rivals and competitors with how sharply decisive and organized you can be. You will take them by surprise — which was probably your intent all along.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)
There's nothing wrong with wanting the good things in life, but being a Scorpio, you shy away from asking for them. There's something about satisfying an urge or craving that seems base — no matter how much you feel like you deserve it. Thankfully, Jupiter and Mars trines on Wednesday and Friday will have a mollifying effect on that heavy Saturn in your chart. Not only will they ease your fears surrounding spending money, but you'll soon see your finances replenished by a profitable sale or return on an investment.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)
You've just emerged from a two-and-a-half-year eclipse cycle that has dramatically altered the landscape of your life. This has impacted your relationships, friendships and business associations. It's not every day that the Stars clear away the deadwood and give you such a fresh perspective on who you are and what you could be if you gave yourself the chance. You'll want to fill in the blanks with new loves and friends, but leave those spaces empty for now. They'll fill themselves in as you go along.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)
Community is a word that resonates these days. It's so easy to swing like a pendulum between home and work, but there is something to be said for spending time with like-minded people who live outside those circles. Whether it's joining together in a cause, journeying along the same spiritual path or giving back to a group of people who once gave to you, you will find great inspiration and a profound sense of renewal here. There's more to life than checking off items on your to-do list.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)
Uranus turns retrograde on July 17. This will give you the first break that you've had in months. You've been on the go 24/7 with putting out fires, practicing damage control and salvaging situations teetering on the brink. The wear and tear on your body and psyche has been tremendous, and you need to regroup. If you can get away — great! If not, then try yoga or laps in the pool. These are places where you can't take your smartphone, so you won't be tempted to check your messages.
PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)
This would be a good time to review your finances, because living from credit card transfer to credit card transfer just won't cut it anymore. You need to be more proactive. You may never be at the place where you can pay off everything that you owe (Who can these days?), but you can start keeping more money in your pocket by consolidating your debt and renegotiating loans. This week's grand trine in water is very conducive to that. It's also good for getting rebates and refunds and appealing any penalty fees and/or charges.
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