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July Horoscopes 

Aries (March 20-April 19)

The time has come to confront a sense of loss and angst that seems to take up all the space you need for pleasure and abundance. It’s as if someone took something from you, and you now have the opportunity to go on a hunt for just what that may be. It may seem inappropriate to bring any aggression to this deeply sensitive endeavor, but you must assert yourself in a way that is unusual for you. You are more accustomed to directing your energy outward rather than inward; to seeking answers surfing the usual channels of ideas and emotional sentiment. What you do over the next few weeks will feel like more of a struggle, or even an upheaval against the ways in which you tend to be set in your ways. Just remember, you are looking for a lost item of some kind, but here is a clue: It’s an emotional, spiritual, or sexual quality that you not only did not lose yourself, but which you were never properly given. Someone else lost it, long before you were born.


Taurus (April 19-May 20)

You seem to be hesitating, or creeping around the edges of a romantic situation or creative endeavor without entirely understanding why. You need to live through this one, but I can take an educated guess that the moral of the story will be reassessing why you are so self-critical; indeed, admitting to yourself that this is so. If you can feel this basic condition, you’ll be able to understand how it is that you are so easily paralyzed when it comes time to take certain kinds of chances in life. You may be sad that this quality has cost you so many opportunities, yet the greater loss has been approaching what could be physical and emotional experience from an intellectual perspective. This quality, commonly called “being in your head,” is so natural to you that you may not even notice, though I trust that at times you may be fully aware of the tendency. Yet note, it is only experience—not analysis—that will teach you to liberate yourself.


Gemini (May 20-June 21)

There are some places within yourself that it’s not entirely comfortable to go, but you seem to be going there. There are feelings about yourself that you don’t entirely like to admit, but you seem to be aware of them now. This trip is taking you back, back, back, to places you forgot long ago; to events that shaped your awareness; to the things that were said to you as a child, the impact of which was predominantly emotional. Yet your emotional reaction shaped your relationship to yourself and to existence. I recognize that in these weeks of your life, you may feel out of your element, and be struggling with deep insecurity. You may feel like you’re in a struggle with your own integrity, and, worse yet, you may feel like the entire future is masked from your awareness. At the moment, you don’t need to see the future, or even think about it much. The way to finding the present is through the past, or what is commonly called the past.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Focus your intent, but do so gently. Take your time and reflect, and consider how you feel. Make sure that timing your moves is utmost on your list of priorities. You don’t want to take action too soon, and you may choose to temporarily slow down your outer-world progress, tracking the current path of Mercury retrograde in your sign. If you seem to be getting nowhere, you can count on the station-direct of Mercury on July 9 to help you shift your energy in a constructive direction. In the meantime, I suggest you make no attempt to judge your progress. The hitch you are looking for, so you can unhitch it, is a point along that delicate membrane where your feelings dictate what you think is possible, and where what you think is possible dictates your feelings. This thin sheet of psychic tissue is only a few cells thick. Allow the material of the past and of the present to filter through gently until you get the perfect balance. And while you’re at it, drink a lot of water.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)

Planets are now quite active in the corner of your chart known as the 12th house, which is the sign Cancer, giving you the feeling of living in two entirely different worlds. Mercury and the Sun are quite literally illuminating the dark, like an underwater opera where the stage lights were suddenly thrown on deep in the crevices of coral reefs, caves, and the wide plateaus of your inner awareness. You may notice what seems like your whole life going by before your emotions. Long-forgotten memories will have a tendency to bubble up to full awareness. You may wonder what to do with them, and the only answer to that is to be aware. What Carl Jung called “big dreams” are possible—those revelatory journeys that show us the most poignant symbols of our lives, and reveal the myths we live by. Clearly, it is time for new stories to guide your existence, but to have them you will need to witness and release the old ones. Be gentle with everyone as you do.

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