Star Wisdom: Watch Your Emotions, Expand into You


astrologyHOW WE DEAL with emotions continues to be key in July, with Mercury retrograde in Cancer through the 20th. A surge of powerful energy early in the month pushes us to transform and step into an expanded version of the self.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…A tree needs healthy roots to grow tall and strong. If you want to rise to your station in life, spend time digging this month. Because whatever seems to be holding you back right now actually has its roots in the past. Facing your family of origin issues opens up the security you need to truly reach for the stars.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Play devil’s advocate with your perspective this month. Your thoughts exert such a powerful influence on the people in your life. What might happen in your relationship(s) if every day you replaced a handful of egocentric, security-conscious thoughts with expansive, joyful, abundant ones?

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Step right up! It’s time to play “Connect your money with your self-esteem.” A prize for everyone! You can’t win if you don’t play! You can’t lose if you do! Seriously, though — there’s plenty of money in the world. Find out what makes you feel unworthy of having enough and you’re halfway home to abundance.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Be patient with yourself because you’re evolving — again! The person you’re transforming into is both stronger and more flexible than you’ve ever been before. But you need rest and gentleness and time and space to allow all of this inner growth to come to fruition. Give yourself the same nurturing you give everybody else.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…It’s important to stay aware, and what’s happening inside you is at least as important as your outer circumstances. You can’t afford to be in a hurry right now. But, if you’re willing to acknowledge everything you’re feeling, you can transform yourself in a very vital way. Remember that real abundance happens when you remove the internal blocks that keep it at arm’s length.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Name what you want from life — even if you’re afraid, even if you don’t feel worthy, even if you doubt it will ever happen. How can your soul help you if you’re not willing to commit to your own dream? Once you’ve named it, start to claim it by making at least one new connection with a person or group that shares your ideals. A shared vision feeds the soul.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…You’ll need to be on your toes, because the landscape could change in an instant. Fortunately, you know what you want and you’re particularly willing to fight for your goals this month. Keep your reputation at the forefront of your mind and use your life’s work as a barometer for your decision-making. Even false starts, truly taken, will work for you in the long run.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You’re getting clearer and more confident in your own philosophy of life. So make like a saint and live your beliefs, not like a preacher ranting at the infidels. Remember that Saturn is teaching you to be the author(ity) of your own life; that means trusting your deep intuitive sense of what’s right for you regardless of what anyone else thinks.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You’ve got to get clear on what you owe another person, as well as what you feel you are owed. This is some of the hardest stuff to own up to, because there’s an element of shame involved — possibly mixed with pity or a false sense of obligation. Once you can actually speak these feelings out loud to yourself, however, you can begin to open your heart to being abundantly supported by life.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…Now more than ever your key relationships need to support your ongoing evolution. Relationships based on old security patterns just don’t feed your soul anymore, so use this powerful energy of transformation to reach out and connect with people who see the world the way you do. You deserve to be supported!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Finding what the Buddhists call your “right work” is a major theme now. When you align with what your soul is calling you to bring forth into the world, you automatically begin to attract the company of like-minded souls. Right work places you in a context where other humans benefit from your gift, and offer you the support you need to grow into your true self.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…You can’t afford to hold back anymore, waiting for the time when you’re finally good enough or conditions are just right. The lack of money or support you’re feeling is a function of you stifling your creative energies. Now is the time to plow through self-doubt and fear of rejection and just put it out there. Once you get your energy flowing out into the world, you’ll be amazed at what comes back to you.

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D.K. Brainard
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:


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