Updated: July 10, 2012 12:00PM
Predictions for the week of July 8
All signs: Astrology is elemental, my dear Watson. Each of the 12 signs of the zodiac is an element: Air, Earth, Water or Fire. You might say Air is intellectual, Earth is tactile, Water is emotional and Fire is dynamic. Right now, fair Venus, fiery Mars, lucky Jupiter and stern Saturn are all in Air signs, which creates a heady, cerebral influence for everyone (no matter what sign you are). All this Air influence is making everyone vibrantly social and talkative! It encourages writing, study, teaching and the exchange of ideas. Freedom of thought and movement are crucial. (Oh my! “Shops must be visited. Money must be spent.”)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
A mix of influences is present. You’re happy to cocoon at home enjoying your cozy privacy as long as difficulties with an authority figure (a parent or partner) don’t set your teeth on edge. (Grrr.) This might be why you are equally eager to get out and schmooze! You’ll enjoy meeting new people, talking to neighbors and siblings to share good feelings. In fact, this is the perfect time to let others know how much you love them. Plus you’re becoming more aware of how much beauty there is in your daily surroundings. Cool! This beautifully offsets any irritation with others. Meanwhile, you’re pleased with a recent achievement. Yay me!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You’re active. You’ve got places to go, things to do, people to see. You want to break out of your rut, however, this week something holds you back. You feel overworked. Relations with a boss might be tough. Others seem to interfere or get in your way. (These are just some reasons you feel weary with the weight of the world on your shoulders.) You’re singing the Song of the Volga Boatmen: “Yo heave ho! Pull once more!” You’re working hard and delegating to others, which means the good news is your financial picture is going to improve. That’s why you will buy beautiful treasures for loved ones and yourself. And why not? What’s the point of all this hard work?
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Since you’re an Air sign, four planets in Air suit you beautifully. You feel energized, charming and social. You have a desire to relate to others and make peace with your enemies. Naturally, this is a great time for a vacation because pleasure ranks above work. You’re not into self-denial. Au contraire! You feel sexy, flirtatious and ready for all kinds of amusing divertissements. (Physical intimacy is hot.) The only downside is money is so tight. This is a bummer. You feel restricted, especially when you would like to have money to play or go on a vacation. (What’s with that?) Just let it go because this financial crunch is temporary. Hey, this is your year, remember?
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Of course, you’re energized with the Sun in your sign and you’re enjoying all the good things this attracts to you. Nevertheless, difficulties with parents or authority figures, especially at home, might be a drag. Someone or something stands in your way blocking what you want to do. Chaos, increased activity and conflict at home are draining and may be depressing. (Oy!) Actually, this is a test. What do you need to do to solidify your home base? You’ve been working at this for the past few years but the job is not finished. It’s important to have a warm feeling in your tummy about where you live. It’s your nest; you want to feel secure. What still needs to be done?
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your birthday is coming, which means your personal year is coming to an end. Naturally, this raises the question: how well are you doing at the art of living? It’s time to give yourself a realistic assessment of your life. You want to be the best you can be but you’re also a frail mortal. (Indulgent habits, messy bedroom, scary line of credit and you want to lose 10 pounds.) Lately, you’ve been thinking about the past, which is a good thing because it allows you to appreciate the generosity others have shown you. (You always acknowledge this.) Right now, all this Air influence makes you social! When you go out, everyone wants to see your face. Enjoy sharing your Leo charm. (And let others help you.)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is one of your most social months of the year. You’re enjoying increased popularity and interaction with others, especially groups. Unfortunately, you might be at odds with someone, especially about finances or something you own. It looks like someone is giving you static or blocking your efforts. Bummer! Fortunately, people in power think highly of you, so ultimately you’ll come out smelling like a rose. Anyone who attacks you now is foolish because your reputation is going to shine this year! Plus you’re working hard, which is a good thing because you’re buying goodies. (Oh well, money is only useful if you spend it, right?)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Because you’re an Air sign, four planets in Air is good news. This influence boosts your physical energy, heightening your desire to get out and explore the world. In fact, you want to travel! Not only do you want to travel physically, you want to travel intellectually, which is why you’re gung ho to explore ideas, philosophies and systems of thought. Your desire to explore whatever is new and different could lead to a blossoming romance with someone from another background. Meanwhile, get more physical exercise to make the best use of fiery Mars in your sign. Be patient with parents and authority figures who appear to create obstacles for you because this is just temporary.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a fortunate time for you! Gifts, goodies and favors from others are coming your way. This beneficial influence heightens your sex drive as well. Relationships can be particularly sweet and passionate! Small wonder you’re so keen to broaden your horizons, travel wherever you can and explore more of the world. Interaction with people from different cultures is exciting. You’re also learning a lot! This week obstacles related to publishing, higher education, the media, medicine and the law might arise. Phfft! This obstacle might even affect your travel. Look upon it as a test that you have to survive. It’s a test that will make you stronger in the future. (The stuff of Russian fiction.)
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This lovely Air influence benefits your partnerships and close friendships. They feel enriched and they’re more fun! This also means it’s good to work with others because they benefit you whether they’re a friend, partner, a stranger or an expert in their field. Be open to the input of others. (Why not get all the help you can?) But someone in a group might impede your ability to get your fair share of something. Perhaps they feel competitive? Don’t let this get you down because optimism is a survival issue for you. Be like Donald Sutherland in the movie Kelly’s Heroes. “Don’t hit me with them negative waves, man.”
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your ambition is aroused. In part, this is a response to your awakening to the fact this is a time of harvest in your life. (Like the little kid in the back seat who says, “Are we having fun yet?”) Because this is your time of harvest, cut your losses. Figure out what works and what doesn’t work. (You hate waste.) Meanwhile, despite your need for more rest, your health is good and will improve this year. (No seconds on dessert.) This is the perfect time to think about the obligations you have to your relationships. (Wow, that sounds onerous.) It’s time to deal with the real world and not the fantasies in your mind. (Facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable.)
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re an Air sign (yeah, yeah, I know all about the Water Carrier. Don’t let that fool you.) You’re cerebral! All Aquarians are brainiacs. While dealing with ex-partners back on the scene, you really want to get better organized, you want to improve your approach to your job and you also want to improve your health. You’re also keen to travel, enjoy vacations and have lots of fun, even though some kind of obstacle stands in the way of your travel plans. Whatever it is, you can surmount it. Enjoy parties, flirtations and fun times with children. You’re very happy in your own skin now because you know that you can be yourself without fear or apology.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This is a playful time for you! Even though other signs are schmoozing and having fun, for you, it’s your mission in life! (Nothing wrong with that.) Do get away on a vacation if you can. Sports, parties, love affairs, playful times with kids plus the thrill of the entertainment world and the hospitality industry are some reasons you’re so stoked about your life. Things at home are particularly warm and friendly. Many of you are in touch with your inner Martha, enjoying redecorating and entertaining at home. Disputes about shared property or struggles about children are likely this week. Fortunately, it looks like whatever these disputes are, they will come to a head and then be over. (Well, that’s a relief.)