Mars has already left its footprint on the year. Named after the Roman god of war and mayhem, it means you don't have to look very far to see his handiwork. One would think that the planet's retrograde (Mars turned retrograde on April 17) would have cooled the fiery anger, but retrogrades tend to make this planet worse. That's because the backwards motion switches Mars’s energy from fight to flight. This creates an atmosphere of fear, panic and hysteria. We see it in our politics, we see it in our media and we see it in our society. But Mars also stands for good things as well, like chivalry, honor and heroism — qualities we aspire to embrace. Over the next five weeks, Mars will be winding up its prolonged stay in Scorpio. We've done the ordeals part. Now it's time to witness the transformations that will arise from them.
All of us have talents that we've neglected over time and aptitudes that have remained on the back shelf of our psyches collecting dust. But not all of us have an opportunity to resurrect them. This week, you will be invited to take up something that you put down years ago. This might come through the encouragement of an old friend, talking to an organization that you used to have dealings with or a sudden irrepressible urge to see if you still have what it takes to succeed in this area. The answer is yes. But bringing things up to speed will take time.
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Months ago, you got the message that you needed to be somewhere else in your life. Maybe it came to you in a dream, a vision or a travel brochure. Whatever the means, the planets urged you to pursue a new path and so you made certain changes in your life in order to do that. That was months ago and right now you're probably feeling like you're chasing some mirage in the desert. Thankfully, the sun/Neptune trine on July 3 will reassure you that sacrifices weren't made in vain. You truly are entering one of the most fulfilling and enriching chapters of your life.
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Your ruling planet Mercury enters the realm of the moon on June 29. You'll notice it right away because all you will want to do is sleep. Resist the urge to grab some coffee or gulp down a Red Bull, because the next two weeks are all about making the switch from the conscious to the unconscious part of your brain. This is a recuperative period for you. Believe it or not, you're more sleep deprived than you know, so you need this time to power down, nod off or simply veg out. By July 13, you'll feel refreshed, rejuvenated and rarin' to go!
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Last April, you were just a stone's throw away from a long sought-after prize or goal. It should have been yours, but then you were somehow overtaken by a series of unforeseen circumstances that were beyond your control and that demanded your immediate and undivided attention. You probably assumed that your moment had passed, but you will learn on June 29 that retrograde planets work a peculiar magic of their own. Astonishingly enough, it appears as if that prize or goal is still available. It may be impossible to believe, but you'll see for yourself when the sun trines Mars on July 16.
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On June 29, you will fulfill a longstanding obligation or heavy duty. It looks like this has something to do with your family. For months, you've been carrying the lion's share of a financial burden, taking care of a loved one who's been going through a hard time or patiently helping your child to find his or her way. In any case, you've done your job and this person is over the hump. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back and start making plans for how you want to spend your free time. After all, you've earned every single minute of it.
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Pay attention to the signs of good fortune that will be popping up for you this week. These could range from someone helping you out in a pinch to a debt being forgiven. These good turns are to be expected when Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and higher purpose, is traveling through your zodiac sign, and Jupiter's sextile to Venus on July 1 makes it an especially auspicious day to ask for a favor or to make a request. The only thing you have to remember is to pay it forward. Jupiter's maxim is the more you give, the more you'll get in return.
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It took a long time to climb to the top, and now that you're here, you can already see that others are eyeing your spot on the roster. You face the dilemma that many leaders and managers face. You don't want to squash anyone's ambitions — after all, that's what makes people who are worthwhile go the extra distance — but you don't want to lower your guard either. This would be a good time to remember that competition doesn't have to be cutthroat. It can actually bring out the best in everyone if it's directed towards reaching for a bar that's always being raised.
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Mars comes out of retrograde on June 29. This is good news because Mars retrograde can make you withdrawn, timid and fearful of rejection. It can also make you the target for enmity. Yet the past few weeks haven't been taken up with hiding out somewhere, waiting for the controversy to blow over. If anything, you've resisted the impulse to flee and decided to stay and face the music. Whether that means staring down your critics or absorbing what they have to say remains to be seen. What's abundantly clear is that you're ready to change the habits of a lifetime and live fear free.
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Home runs rarely win baseball games. What matters most are the walks, bunts and hits that get you on base. Build on these and you can score big. This is the message of the Venus/Jupiter sextile that will be taking place on July 1. It won't bring you that lucky break that you've been looking for, but it will show you how to build strategically on the momentum of the past few months. This isn't the time to let up. If anything, it's the time to push like you've never pushed before. Do this, and you will see small steps turn into great strides.
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You'll have to choose between the hell you know and the heaven you don't on June 27. You've reached the end of the road with a certain situation and can't continue as is. This could pertain to a relationship, job or even the street where you live. But this change needn't be dramatic or world-shaking. It looks like it will be more along the lines of a transition. Simply let go of those things that have outlived their purpose and invest more creative energy in those dawning affections and aspirations. Do this, and you'll discover that you really can get there from here.
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You've had a helluva time trying to make any headway these past two and a half months. Whether it's roping in a client, putting the finishing touches on a sale or simply coordinating schedules, Mars retrograde at the top of your solar chart has introduced more delays and complications than you originally anticipated. It's been like herding cats in a crazy house of mirrors! If you had known then what you know now then you probably would have sidestepped these headaches altogether. Thankfully, Mars out of retrograde on June 29 promises forward movement. Things won't click into place overnight, but they will by July 16.
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There's always this secret worry that if you make your dreams comes true then you'll have nothing left to strive for. You used to regard it as a silly thought when you were at the bottom of the barrel looking up, but now that you're at the top of the heap looking down, you can't help but wonder if there might be some merit to it. Don't worry. You were born under the zodiac sign of the collective unconscious. The well will never run dry when it comes to dreams and visions. If anything, fulfilling each and every one of them will enrich your life.