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July is highly charged as we exit the first chapter of 2014 and transition into a new energy. Jupiter enters Leo on the 16th, amping up our need for self-expression, joy, and personal freedom. And Mars finally ends his challenging seven-month tour of Libra and enters his home sign of Scorpio on the 25th.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Scan through your mental photo album to a time in the past when you felt strong, confident and secure. What was going on at home back then? Can you think of one very small action you could take to recreate some of that energy in your current environment? You need to feel safer in your own skin; start by carving out safe space where you live.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…If it feels like you’re fighting for survival in a work or health matter, you have a right to ask for help. But remember that other people are struggling, too, and they’re probably not as strong as you are. Now might be the time to strike a hard bargain in a key relationship. Before you hold the other person to the fire, be sure you’re both willing and able to give as good as you get.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Money and creativity continue to be the driving forces behind a project of personal reinvention. It’s OK to have needs, you know. It’s even better to commit to changing your personality in order to get those needs met in easier and more fulfilling ways.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…This is make or break astrology. Make a firm commitment to honor yourself, then back it up with your force of Will. You can’t expect others to respect your needs if you’re compromising on your boundaries and ignoring your own needs. Venus’ move into Cancer on the 18th brings support and a sense of grace.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Things start to change for the better once lucky Jupiter enters your sign. You’ve got Jupiter’s blessing for the next year, so don’t be a nervous field mouse. Instead, be like the Lion and conserve energy until opportunity comes within range. Use the fortunate New Moon-Jupiter configuration on the 26th to set your intentions for a year of expansion and abundance.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…The connection between money and your passion continues to beg for your attention. Mary Poppins would be a great role model this month — upright, firm, and efficient, yet also joyful and adventurous. Look for the intersection of purpose and passion — that’s where the money flows.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…You can’t be afraid to push for what you need. There’s a lot of chaos around you and the best thing you can do for your career and your relationship is to get real about what you can and can’t handle. Elegance and diplomacy are great virtues in times of ease; times like these require firmness and strength of character.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…As Mars ends his seven-month transit of your unconscious mind and moves into your sign on the 25th, you’re going to feel your sense of agency returning. Your sphere of influence starts expanding as Jupiter moves into your career house mid-month. And Saturn’s direct turn on the 20th brings back your personal power. Hang in there for three more weeks!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Following your bliss and making the money you need might seem mutually exclusive. And this may be true — in the short run. But if you are willing to use your unhappiness with the status quo (a relationship seems to be involved here) as motivation, you can solve this puzzle. You need to get serious enough about your passion to create — and commit to — a long-term action plan.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…So many areas of life are demanding your attention, it can be totally overwhelming to the “little you” of your personality. But a higher purpose raises you beyond your personality and into the nearly infinite resourcefulness of your whole Self. Start each day with an affirmation of your purpose and let this commitment pull you through the sea of competing demands.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…A sea-change in your life circumstances is underway, but you’ve got to hang in there for a couple more weeks. Jupiter enters your relationship house on the 16th, opening a year of expanded options in love and business. And, as Saturn goes direct and Mars enters your career house later in the month, opportunity starts to materialize where before there were only walls.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…You don’t like to fight about money (or much else), but you need to be willing to battle for what you need in order to be who you really are. A Pisces without a dream is a limp fish indeed. The opportunity to follow your bliss is right there, but you have to find the guts to seize your chance. Remember that resistant people are only mirroring your own lack of self-belief.

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D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website: www.wordsforthepeople.com.

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