Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

This month the past is with us in the best and worst of ways. Mercury retrogrades from July 7 until July 31, which brings our minds back to old friends and familiar haunts. We’ll appreciate nostalgic comforts, fireworks and picnics, welcome whiffs of yesterday. Since there’s not much point in pushing new work while Mercury retrogrades, let’s let the warmer memories feed us and feed our roots. Finish up old projects, tend a side agenda, and repair broken things.

But this retrograde cycle, along with a solar eclipse July 2 and a lunar eclipse on July 16, also brings us back to old scars, ancient political fights and all too-familiar family dynamics. Emotional defenses can be unusually prickly, but we don’t have to get caught there. Break out of the trance of the past to find fresh options for the future.

All month Mars in Leo energizes summer performance arts and stirs ego issues. Keep an even keel July 7-9; important decisions need to be made and sabers rattle as Mercury conjuncts Mars. July 11- 21 our heart stirs as Venus opposes Pluto. Celebrate full summer after the sun enters Leo July 22 and Venus follows on July 27.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Unfinished work follows you into the summer. Hold healthy boundaries, but know that you’re working on longer-term growth in personal authority and need to make reasonable sacrifices. Use a temper spike around July 11 wisely. Reconnect or repair relationships with children and old creative partners June 17 on.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Tend the neighborhood, tend siblings and sibling-like friendships. Positive changes and new creativity bubbles around July 8. Responsibilities solidify mid-July as Venus opposes Saturn. Look for important connections from the past, which bring a chance to rewrite the story July 19-31.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Tend your resources; investigate where they’re going, where you are leaking valuables, where you carry old debts. Avoid arguments about it mid-month; just shift your habits. Pay off old debts, patch the leaks, and move forward cleanly in the year ahead.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Reclaim some old parts of your identity that had been left behind, for it helps you expand your sense of self. Watch those eclipses July 2 and 16, and notice what you need to release and what now has room to grow in your life. Plan to rest after July 22.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Release stress as the month begins and Mars enters Leo. A lot may be asked of you, so enjoy it the best you can. July 14- 21, don’t try to force events into logic or get thrown by other’s personal storms; keep it steady. The world appreciates you more after July 22.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…This month may be busier than you like — your soul may call for retreat but people buzz in and out. You are unusually sensitive to Mercury retrograde, so watch for misunderstandings and technical snafus; finish old work. The poetry returns as Mercury conjuncts Venus July 24.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Professional work buzzes, and family issues need attention. Don’t let the ball drop; follow through on professional leads and work, but don’t push new work forward until Mercury turns direct. Underneath, long-term family karmic issues simmer; they don’t need you to get sucked into old patterns. Just do your part to complete cycles.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You may long to retreat. Enjoy moments of solitude, but check in regularly with your beloveds and coworkers who may experience some disorienting changes this month. You have a chance to learn so much, but do it vicariously, by supporting others rather than diving into the turbulence yourself.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You may be upbeat when everybody else’s growly; some recent confusion clarifies for you even as others cross signals. Enjoy the wide outdoors as the month begins. Don’t try to tease others out of their discomfort mid-month; go gently with the truth. Your enthusiasm and energy are appreciated more after June 22.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You are in metamorphosis and may feel your age as the month begins. The eclipses on July 2 and 16 help you sort out your life and take more concrete steps towards the future. Some important emotional communication deepens July 19, starting with a fresh level of self-honesty.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Work through old stuff in the back of your psyche and liberate energy for the future. Consider avoiding family mid-month, or walk carefully around old issues and don’t get caught in familiar energetic loops. You enjoy the debate more after July 21; look for intriguing new connections.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Strange arguments and misunderstandings could erupt; instead of trying to work it out now, just witness that you see it a different way and talk about it later. Engage time with young people, and look for new creative and emotional sparks as the month begins. Tend to health habits after July 23.

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