Monday Morning Horoscope for July 18, 2016


Aries (March 20-April 19) — You must proceed with care on the career front. You have some unusual opportunities that are opening up with this week’s Full Moon. Yet there is also the potential for drama and power struggle. I suggest you use your creative energy to avoid the dramas — specifically by fostering cooperation, and knowing when to step back and get out of the way. This will leave you plenty of space and creative energy to make some excellent moves of your own. Just remember: as David Bowie once said, small moves count for a lot. Do only what feels right. Test out modest advances and see what the response is. If you’re going to be innovative, do it with a commitment to quality and practicality with just a little finesse (a little goes a long way). Most of all, delete the concept of ‘power’ from your lexicon. Stick to loving service and you will make some worthwhile progress.


Taurus (April 19-May 20) — It’s important to know where you place faith in your strength. Do you trust to luck? Do you trust the universe? Do you know that your friends have your back, and count on them? Do you trust your own strength? Right now, I suggest you draw on a little of each. Experiment and feel where you have support. Yet the thing to remember is that you have an inner source. It’s not exactly you; it’s more like some cosmic flow of energy with your name on it. That’s the thing to learn to work with, to nourish and to cultivate awareness of. It doesn’t go anywhere; you have times when you pay more attention or less attention. There are times when you receive the benefits more and others less. Now is a time to tap into something that is like a natural birthright. Feel good about yourself. Allow yourself to inhabit the moment you’re living in, setting aside the past and the future.


Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Those born under your sign are said to have a way with words. I have found few astrological ideas to be so true. You have a gift and you also have the potential to turn it into something that sustains you. Yet for that to happen, you must make your ongoing investment, and you must collect on what you’ve invested in the past. Though more words are spoken and written now than ever before, genuine literacy is not doing so well. By that I mean actual, grounded knowledge that has context, and can be referred to on paper and ink. You may not consider yourself a writer or a scholar, but you’re an intelligent person doing interesting things with your life. Every last endeavor you might explore will benefit from your ability to read and write well, and with passion. And if this means anything to you, such will increase your value as a collaborator, leader or team member.


Cancer (June 21-July 22) — This week, there’s a Full Moon in your opposite sign Capricorn, which happens once a year. This is the aspect that for you describes your relationships. Full Moons work two main ways. One is that they can stir up controversy and polarity. The other is that they can help you move a situation that is stuck, or what might be more poetically called an impasse. Now is the time to be aware of any such scenarios in your life. Look and feel around your relationships and your physical environment. What needs movement? What needs to be unstuck? You might empty a closet or reorganize a room that’s been gathering clutter. Go in deep — empty the whole thing out and work on the level of structure, organizing the space from the ground up. If you have some money to invest, it might be time for a new bed, or at least bedding. This energy will come back to you many times over.

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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — The Sun will soon arrive in your sign, beginning your birthday season. You may already be feeling the positive vibes, with Mercury and Venus running a few paces ahead of the Sun. They’re describing what is possible, and giving you a sense that there really is a future if you appreciate what you have now. If you find yourself hung up on some issue rooted in the past, be patient and present. This may relate to the affairs of someone who was on Earth before you, or who has left before you. Any confusion you’re feeling is unlikely to be your own. Family baggage is passed down from generation to generation like some kind of heirloom. Many, many people live in a state where the past is left unresolved. Ask yourself what you can do to have closure, so you can live your life in the moment.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — It’s time to purge any misgivings you have about sex. By any, I mean any and all. This process may take a while, though it’s also been going on for a while: the process of setting yourself free from false morality. The solution to what seems like a complicated equation is that you came to this planet to create, and therefore expressing your creativity is your natural birthright. There are no valid moral issues with painting, sculpture, photography, theater, dancing or cooking food in a stylish way. Therefore, there need be no moral issues with sexuality. The feelings you feel are your own, and they are legitimate. To place any sort of ethical dilemma or power struggle around it is merely a misunderstanding of your purpose. You don’t need anyone’s permission to feel; it would help if you negotiated agreements with people that you can genuinely abide. Just remember, guilt is not a virtue; it’s merely toxic, and should be treated that way.


Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — For the next few weeks you may be the flavor of the month, so have fun and make friends. Do whatever you can to feel like you were just given a million dollars; step out into society and shine. The astrology you’re under favors both business and pleasure, in such a way that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. In other words, one will facilitate the other. Therefore, be bold about who you are and what you do. By bold, I mean friendly and outgoing. Introduce yourself to anyone you want. Walk up to them, say hello and extend your hand. They will feel good meeting you, and were probably already curious about you. Then just let the conversation roll. The key to your success is to go out, be visible, and converse with people about real things that actually interest you. Trust your charm and beauty.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Mars has been big news all year. It’s still in your sign and it will be for a while, moving slowly and thoughtfully. Because Mars is the Scorpio planet from ancient astrology, this has some unusual influence for you: I suggest you consider it a once-in-a-lifetime blessing. It has a specific message, which is that it’s time for you to be yourself despite what all those other people think. It takes strength, courage and integrity to stand apart from the crowd — especially the well-meaning people who tend to think like everyone else. You are different and you’re now learning to express those distinctions that you and only you possess. While it’s not necessary to be in any way hostile or combative, there may be times when you must confront others, and I suggest you not shy away from that. You are in a process of emergence, refinement and tempering, and will benefit from some heat and friction.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Your chart remains fine-tuned for high achievement. The feeling tone is essentially this: you are being called to do things that you may think are over your head, above your level of talent, or above your pay grade. That’s the place to lean into any resistance you feel and do what you must do that feels outside your comfort zone. If you get the sensation that all eyes are trained on you, it means you’re doing it right. If you have the notion that you’re somehow accountable for more than just your own life and your own choices, that’s a sign of progress. If you feel yourself needing to connect to something larger than you, you’re catching the vibe of your astrology. Maintain awareness of the broad vision you have, and be the one who also attends to the many details necessary to get anything done.


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Your chart is resonating, or perhaps rumbling, with the feeling of deep and inevitable inner change. Most of the time you take this in stride, or have the occasional meltdown requisite of total personality reformation. Then there are times when you get some perspective about where you are, when you are and what ways you are adapting to and rising to the occasion of the moment. You sense the distances involved, and can see their scale. Deep down you also know of the potential of the world, and the abyss over which society seems to be treading some edge. This, by extension, would include you. Or is that a total projection? Are you experiencing ‘I am changing’ as ‘omg, society is about to spin out of control’? As one born under your star sign, you are normally cool enough not to go places like that. Cool, though, is not what you get with a fire like yours burning.


Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Your role as an Aquarian is to love everyone equally. On some level we all know this is the transcendent love that’s both impersonal and intimate. Not everyone would like this experience. Humanity’s taste for jealous love seems to be persistent, though we’ve barely ever been told that basically just loving everyone is possible. If anything, this would seem a phenomenon of soul. To others it might seem cool and indifferent. To others it might seem impossible. Others are in love with the idea of special love, and nothing else counts. Yet you need to be undeterred, and build up that peculiar, singular strength of loving for the sake of love, and remembering that we are all children of the Earth or we are nothing at all. This does not preclude people playing specific roles in your life, and of course you feel something different for your cat or dog, but in that same gesture you love all cats and dogs. It works the same way with people.


Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — If Pisces needs one thing, it’s fire. Yours is the wateriest of the water signs and Neptune, the planet of water (and of Pisces), is right in your neighborhood. There are many other water placements in the sky at the moment. You might be up to your ears in inspiration, or you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of, well, of everything in your life. Jupiter in Virgo is helping you out: that’s about cooperation, and you’re in a rare moment for that. Take advantage of everyone who shows up to help you, and help them as you can. Yet you need fire — and some has just arrived. This has come in the form of two planets in fire sign Leo: Mercury and Venus. For you, Leo is the sign of work and wellbeing. This is putting some fire in your heart, motivating you to accomplish great things. Just remember to use that energy for work, and for your wellbeing, in approximately equal proportions. In other words: get stuff done, and take good care of yourself as well.

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