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Love horoscopes: July 22 - July 28

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com which is his idea of an on-line, subscription-based, interactive Astrology Magazine. It is based on his bestselling book Ruling Planets, which was published by HarperCollins in 200...

Kick him to the curb

Venus in Virgo is usually pretty discriminating, but not when she’s opposite Neptune on July 26. This is when you could find yourself making all kinds of excuses for a boyfriend who isn't worth your trust or love. Intellectually, you know he's a heel, but your emotional logic will be all over the place. It's amazing how for a lover, we will bend rules that we would never think of bending for a sibling or a friend. Apply the same criteria to him as you would to any loved one and you'll have no problem kicking him to the curb.

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Kick him to the curb

Venus in Virgo is usually pretty discriminating, but not when she's opposite Neptune on July 26. This is when you could find yourself making all kinds of excuses for a boyfriend who isn't worth your trust or love. Intellectually, you know he's a heel, but your emotional logic will be all over the place. It's amazing how for a lover, we will bend rules that we would never think of bending for a sibling or a friend. Apply the same criteria to him as you would to any loved one and you'll have no problem kicking him to the curb.

aries

ARIES (March 20-April 18)

It's a psychological cliché that we marry our parents. Not everyone agrees, but this week you might be wondering if there's some truth to it. Your Ruling Planet Mars is currently traveling through that part of the sky that pertains to your father, and you may be seeing traces of his behavior patterns showing up in your boyfriend or spouse. Is this projection or are you playing out a familiar family drama? If you want to avoid a self-fulfilling prophecy, then schedule a sit down talk on the 26th.

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TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

You were born under one of the most steadfast signs of the zodiac, but when things pass the point of no return, then there really is no turning back. This is where you are right now and it's where you should be. The Sun/Saturn square on the 27th shows that you can no longer play the role of the long suffering girlfriend or forgiving spouse. It's time to pull the plug and move on. Surprisingly this will prove to be easier than you ever imagined it would be.


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GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

You say that you're looking, but are you finding? Everyone has their “type” — their list of characteristics that they're searching for in a mate. It's OK as far as a working draft is concerned, but it certainly isn't anything you should be married to. The rules of attraction simply don't work that way. That's because we are often attracted to people we find familiar rather than people that we fantasize about. Be honest with yourself about what you're looking for and the universe will be honest back.

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CANCER (June 20-July 21)

The Mars/Jupiter conjunction on Monday shows you getting together with that guy you've been fighting for. This is when the last obstacle to your happiness will dissolve and the two of you will be free to pursue a future together. And if you're already spoken for, then these two planetary energies will renew and refresh that bond between you. What if you're single? Then pick up the clue phone, because there's someone right nearby who could make you very happy if you would only give him the chance.


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LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

You'll want to call him, but is that really for the best? There's a reason why you made the decision you made and you need to stand by that because going back on it will only lead you around full circle to where you are today. What you'll come to discover as the week unfolds is that it wasn't dissatisfaction that led to the breakup; it was losing touch with yourself. You need to reconnect to who you are first before you can connect to anyone else.

virgo

VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

Venus enters Virgo on Monday. This transforms you into the object of everyone's desire for the next three and a half weeks. It sounds fun, but it can get complicated — especially if you discover that people desire you for things that have nothing to do with you. For instance, they may see you as their means to an end or the person who stands between them and something they want. You can never be too sure of others' agendas during this time, so don't let the attention go to your head.


libra

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

You said you'd always be there, and on July 26, you'll have to prove it. This is when a loved one will turn to you for help, a friend divulges a pretty dark secret or a co-worker shares information that is extremely sensitive. Hear this person out and then take all the time you need to consider what comes next. Remember that just because this person came to you for help doesn't mean they have any idea of what they're asking for. You are probably the best judge of that.

scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

Call “time out” on July 22. Tell him you're confused and need time to yourself. Then take the next few days to ask some honest questions like are you trying to have your cake and eat it, too? Your libido wants to play the field while your heart worries about hurting people's feelings. Saturn in Scorpio says you can't have it both ways and that you'll have to decide. If you're damned if you do and damned if you don't, then you'd best be clear on what you want.


sagittarius

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

You were born under Jupiter, a planet that's famous for being generous to a fault. You give of yourself without thinking and often attract a lot of takers and people who are looking for a free ride on your coattails. The Mars/Pluto opposition on the 27th shows that this would be a good time to practice Nancy Reagan's famous mantra: “Just say no.” Don't be afraid to be choosier about who you give your heart to. Set a high price because a high price begets a classier clientele.

capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

You're used to being the expert in other people's lives, so maybe it's time to let them be the expert in yours. Friendship should be a two-way street and you're lucky to be surrounded by a pretty sage and supportive group. Try sharing some of those deep-seated worries of yours on the 26th. You'll find that friends have a lot of valuable insight to impart. While you're at it, you might want to do the same with your partner. He's savvier about you than you give him credit for.


aquarius

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

You know that rule “what happens at the office stays at the office?” Well, it looks like you've been bending it lately as you've been bringing work home with you more and more. Now your boyfriend or spouse isn't going to say anything outright. He knows what it's like to work as hard as you do and he respects that. However, he's been going through some things as well and he could really use a best friend to talk to. Make a point to touch base over the weekend.

pisces

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

Are you in love with him or the idea of him? That's the question you'll need to answer when Venus forms an opposition to Neptune. Let's face it. When you get to talking about love, you can make it sound so enchanting that even you will fall under your spell. But you don't want the mesmerized to be leading the mesmerized. Shake yourself free and take a sober look on Friday. If you know that you're not right for each other, then it will be up to you to say so.

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