* weekly * horoscopes - june 28 / july 4, 2016
- aries : the ram - aries
march 20 - april 19
There is a continuing focus on your home life and family affairs in particular. But in celestial terms, the resumption of forward motion by your traditional ruler Mars, is the most momentous event this week. Due to complex astrophysics and the Earth’s voyage through space, the Red Planet has been in retrograde motion and heading backwards through the zodiac, since the middle of April. This is roughly usual for these regular cycles, but it has seemed an age to you. For the planet of action, dynamism and initiative, travelling over old ground and revisiting issues you thought you had settled, isn’t what you’ll have in mind.
taurus - taurus : the bull -
april 20 - may 20
After seventy-three days, the retrograde cycle of Mars in your opposite sign finally concludes. From here on, it builds to meet with Saturn during the final week of August. To say there have been issues in your closest relationships is an understatement, with your anger often perilously close to overflowing. When the situation grows heated and the dynamic between you and those closest to you takes on a life of its own, a logical perspective on why you feel this way is the last thing you’re inclined to cultivate. But in the heat of passion or even rage, considering what stirs up these feelings in you, teaches you about your motivations.
- gemini : the twins - gemini
may 21 - june 20
An end is in sight. An awkward and troublesome planetary configuration that has dominated the skies for the past four months, only has next week left to run. It won’t vanish without a fight though, so particularly on Saturday, you will find the demands of your family and domestic interests, your relationships and professional affairs all conspiring, to proffer the opinion there is little time left for you. And it’s true that temporarily this might even be so, but feeling bitter or resentful proves less productive, than resolving to consider the energy you expend on all kinds of issues and whether your schedule is realistic and effective.
cancer - cancer : the crab -
june 21 - july 22
Three planets in your sign, becomes four around the new moon on July 4. This is an important day across significant swathes of the globe: like the United States, the Philippines and Rwanda. You can join in the celebrations regardless of your location, as this juncture marks the earliest beginnings of a new way of life. You might accept this challenge or ignore it, stumbling along making the same mistakes you always have, just like many do. Or you can acknowledge that in your dealings with the world there is scope for improvement, matching your right to meet your needs, with the expectation others have of accountability.
- leo : the lion - leo
july 23 - august 22
Where an unforgiving reality fails to level up with your expectations, think about how crucial alterations in your attitude and outlook, could make a substantial difference to your state of mind. There are times when by a sheer force of will, you can effect huge updates in the world around you, but currently you are unlikely to prove successful no matter how hard you try. It won’t always be like this and in fact, will not be staying this way for very long at all. Meanwhile, you are better going with the flow rather than swimming against the tide, knowing patience and a cultivated idea of perspective will most reliably see you through.
virgo - virgo : the maiden -
august 23 - september 22
You are struggling to get to grips with the full ramifications of good fortune and wonderful luck, that are traditionally associated with Jupiter. Linked with travel, freedom and a broad overview, you can’t help but feel it is life at home and with those closest to you, that is holding you back and undermining your intentions. Maybe you have a number of family responsibilities, with your parents a big burden or your children a prodigious pain. Perhaps where you live is in need of repair, a substantial investment of time and money, or a complete makeover. Those around you seem unsupportive: flaky, unsound and evasive.
- libra : the scales - libra
september 23 - october 22
Symbolised by the Scales, you spend ages weighing up the pros and cons of every option open to you. In fact, this process easily takes longer than implementing your decision subsequently or dealing with the fallout afterwards. You see both sides of every issue, what is advantageous to you and on the other hand works to your detriment. Take romance for instance and close personal liaisons in general, what you gain on the swings you can see yourself losing on the roundabout. Sometimes you’re right favouring your own needs and at others, putting your companions first. The stars imply this week, the latter will be your goal.
scorpio - scorpio : the scorpion -
october 23 - november 21
Mars has spent much of 2016 in your sign. You can think of tougher planets, such as Saturn for example, especially since you only saw the back of its influence a matter of months ago. But firstly between January and March, then again from late May until early August during a second innings, Mars has been conferring all the energy, you rather wish you’d had at your disposal while Saturn was around. Mars turns direct on June 30 and ends a retrograde cycle that has lasted over ten weeks. As these two planets move towards their biennial conjunction, it is time for slow and steady progress, that yields safe and predictable results…
- sagittarius : the archer - sagittarius
november 22 - december 21
A certain number of annoyances have been allowed to fester. Perhaps you have felt unjustified airing these gripes, unsure of your ground and uncertain how to get your point across, without causing others to think badly of you or giving them the impression you are someone you’re not. A challenging configuration involving Saturn in your own sign, Jupiter at the apex of your horoscope and Neptune passing over its foundations, has led to a sense of fundamental doubt and insecurity, belying your achievements in the world. You wonder whether to expand or retrench; so why not share your concerns with those who count?
capricorn - capricorn : the sea-goat -
december 22 - january 19
Pluto is a place you wouldn’t take your holidays, but there is much going on in the extreme reaches of the solar system that we don’t understand as yet. The mysterious dynamic with its five known satellites exerts a combined influence, far beyond a simplistic correlation of size, distance and gravitational pull. This week, the Pluto subsystem continues opening your eyes to a range of outcomes and possibilities you’d never have considered beforehand. No doubt by now you are craving some stability, but where what exists currently is in need of a complete overhaul, the only way this will ever occur is once you embrace change.
- aquarius : the water-bearer - aquarius
january 20 - february 18
This week’s cosmic machinations are characterised by two challenging configurations, each involving a different set of three planets and with both becoming a stellium of four bodies at a couple of separate junctures, due to the swifter motion of the Moon. While indisputably a source of tension and dissatisfaction, these alignments each contain, the seeds of their own resolution. But you’ll need to take an objective stance and be ready to work within the framework these patterns dictate. Balance is the key in many respects: feeling free to find yourself, while not riding roughshod over other people’s sensibilities, either…
pisces - pisces : the fishes -
february 19 - march 19
For many, your professional interests and career affairs are not something you can ignore. Nevertheless, this week there will be time for a few distractions and some things you enjoy. Your hobbies, any pets and your children if you have them, all help you to express your creativity and take your mind off your duties. Those looking for a new relationship could find that they strike lucky too: especially with someone from a different walk of life, age group, cultural and ethnic origin or region of the world. Ongoing relationships that maintain a certain element endure, while anybody new must be given the scope to prove themselves.
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