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You're playing for high stakes in your career this week. You may feel like you're under the gun, all eyes are on you and that you need to prove yourself to a scrutinizing boss or a high-powered client. It's important in times like these to tune out the expectations and to focus on the task at hand. Remind yourself that you have done what you are about to do a million times before and with great success. Get into the flow of things — rather than pinning all your hopes on one particular moment — and you will pass this trial by fire with flaming colors!

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You wrestled with wanting to make big life changes in the abstract, but it's not until this week that you'll see how to make them in your day-to-day life. Sometimes it takes a crisis (or two) to shake things up and rouse you to action. Friends might say it takes a crisis to knock some sense into you, but it's really about the alignment of circumstances and timing. The wonderful thing about the planetary sextile energy threading its way through all the ups and downs is that you can actually see a through-line. Follow this and you'll wind up with the best life ever.

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You will receive encouraging news on July 5 regarding a negotiation, sale or deal that's been in the works for weeks. On one hand you'll be buoyed by the revival of interest, but you also can't help wondering if you're being led up the garden path because it's taking so long to line up the points and finalize all the details. Unfortunately, that's the price you pay when you're dealing with Neptune traveling through your solar midheaven. Everything seems vague and illusory and specifics are hard to pin down, but you are also dealing with something that — if green lighted — could deliver enormous returns.

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There are times when what we have to say will have an extraordinary impact on someone else's life. It's a time of enormous responsibility. You will find yourself put in this position on July 10. It will be important for you to put your own concerns to one side (especially if you're a boss or parent) and to focus on what would best serve the person who is seeking your advice. Be true to helping her find her higher purpose and you will give the wisest counsel. In fact, it may be so wise that you might even want to follow it yourself.

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It looks like you're sitting on an opportunity that you can't do anything with. It's frustrating, but it's also pretty clear that it would only go to waste in your hands. That said, this opportunity (maybe it's an offer, a contact or even some guy you're dating who you know you're not that into) could really transform somebody else's life for the better. So do you part with it? Will there be regrets? That's the dilemma you face on July 5 when Mercury trines Neptune. It won't be easy giving it up, but you already know that you'll do the right thing in the end.

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Mercury cazimi on July 6 shows you coming up with that brilliant idea that sells a project, salvages a distressed situation or brings insight into a darkened corner. Unfortunately for you, however, the cazimi will materialize in Cancer — the zodiac sign of sneaky grabs — which means that somebody who lords over you will be taking all the credit. You won't like it, but you're going to have to go along with this for the whole thing to work. Rest assured that there will be more brilliant ideas come. Besides, everyone knows that this is your brainchild anyway. It has your signature written all over it.

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It looks like you'll be facing one of those awkward situations where you have to say no to a friend on July 9. She's been in financial straits for a long time and you have done your level best to help her out. You even sat down with her to work out a sustainable budget. It's hard to tell if she ignored your advice, didn't apply herself or is simply experiencing a losing streak. In any case you must tell her that you can't lend her any more money until she pays back what she already owes you. It's best for the friendship.

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Your heart and your head couldn't be more at odds, but that's what happens when you deal with issues that hit close to home. It looks like a months-long battle is finally drawing to a close. It doesn't look like it will end with a bang, but rather a whimper. This might concern a property matter, a dispute with a loved one or difficulties with a parent. In any case it's time to resolve your differences because what you're fighting about is a non-issue, a substitute for the hurt feelings underneath. You can only address those after you put this situation to rest.

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Pay attention to that lucky break on July 9. It will materialize as a generous invitation, golden opportunity or polite request. It will be both delightful and flattering. It might also be overshadowed by unexpected developments on July 11 and 17. Don't let these throw you for a loop. It's important to be mindful of your good fortune and to embrace it. It may feel like you're following the thinnest of leads, but this is the way that sun/Jupiter sextiles work. The planet of good fortune lays a trail of breadcrumbs leading to that pot of gold, but it can only lead if you follow.

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You said "yes" to a lot of people over the past few weeks so you'll be surprised when they all come looking for you this week. They'll run the gamut from top drawer clients and desirable dates to needy loved ones and directionless friends. This is unusual for you. Typically, people say they want to get together but rarely follow through. Evidently the Venus/Mars trine is giving you an unexpected bump in the polls that will put you at the top of everyone's most desirable list. Do what you can to please and appease and don't make the mistake of undervaluing your time again.

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Expect lots of drama in the workplace this week when Venus squares Uranus on July 7. Now you can roll up your sleeves and stride into the heat of battle if you want or you can sit back and watch as the fight unfolds. The truth is you've seen this all before and will likely see it again because it appears as if people refuse to learn from their history or their mistakes. Thankfully, Venus's placement in the sky doesn't directly impact you – just managers and co-workers. In fact, this is one of those rare occasions when you can say without reservation: "not my problem."

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Before this week is over, you will wind up seeing certain people that you thought you knew well in a totally different light. The reason for this dramatic change in perspective will be based on the way they face their particular moral dilemmas. One friend will take the easy way out by passing the buck to someone else while another (and this will be someone you never really respected) will surprise you by stepping into the breach. This will make you revisit past assumptions and long-held judgments and muse on the fact that there but for the grace of God goes any of us.

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