Monday Morning Horoscope for July 4, 2016


Aries (March 20-April 19) — You are still working out a balance with a partner or love interest, which requires an honest dialog about what both of you want. Make no mistake here: without open affirmation of desire, there cannot be honesty. This is because honesty is about what you want. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t feel you can express your desires, it’s worth stopping yourself and questioning what that’s about. Most of the misery in relationships comes from withholds: the things that people don’t say to one another. I recognize that in modern mythology, those might be considered good things because a level of secrecy provides social lubrication. At this stage in your life, you need to do much better than that, and take the risk of being real. The result will be that you have real relationships — the ones that don’t meet the test will dissolve, and you’ll get to move on.


Taurus (April 19-May 20) — For a relationship to work as well as you want, something subtle must happen, and you can help. The key is understanding something about yourself that you’ve now had a while to consider. This would fall under the general heading of knowing who you are. The mistake most people make when it comes to self-knowledge is a kind of false clarity that leads to a stuck point of view. The first thing about who you are is that it’s changing continually, and in unexpected ways. This might seem to conflict with that aspect of Taurus that wants everything to be just so. Yet both forces are working in your personality and both contribute to who you are. Make room for yourself to be a little different every day, and it will make much more sense to you that people you care about are a little different every day. With that understanding, keeping your agreements adjustable and negotiable will help them stay durable.


Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Focus on your most valuable personal assets. Not everyone knows what they are — it’s time for you to figure it out. It’s not enough to be awesome, or a great person. You need a specific inventory of what you know how to do, what you have to offer, and what you have the capacity to learn. Know what you’ve accomplished; and from there, have an idea what you want to do next. The current vogue is to have all this be in some vague form, to be generically talented in some way. This is merely palliative. Your skills are your tools, and you have them for practical purposes. I suggest you take any opportunity to acquire new ones, or to sharpen and maintain the ones you already possess. What you may find is that this goes further toward solidifying your self-esteem and self-respect than any psychology exercise, personal brainwashing or personal improvement campaign. Feel the exquisite beauty of, “Yes, I know how to do that,” or, “I’ll figure that out.”


Planet Waves
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Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Push your limits. Start with the one about how outrageous you’re not supposed to be. Outrageous translates to outgoing, nervy, funny, talented, assertive or sexy. Move from your center, like a well-trained dancer. Allow your presence to expand into wherever you are, and don’t be afraid to take up space and conversation bandwidth. It will help if you hang loose. If you want an example of how much a person can get away with in polite company, watch the film Borat, wherein he pushes every single limit and lives to tell some great stories. I will say this another way. You don’t need to be well-behaved; you want to be real rather than good. By all means, keep your commitments and be professional about your work, though that leaves you a heck of a lot of room for creativity. There is enough space on this planet to accommodate all of who you are.


Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Aspects for the next few days will help you let off some psychological pressure. The way to do this is to let your imagination flow uninhibited. Let off on the brakes, and choose to never be afraid of your own thoughts. The chances are that you’re tapping into the sweet spot of your imagination right now. You have a clue how good life can be, and you know you have the power to make that real. Yet imagination has a way of ‘threatening’ known reality, especially if it’s boring or backed into a corner. Wanting richer intimacy has a way of ‘threatening’ situations where there is little or no intimacy, for example. Visiting an exciting, creative workspace is certainly a ‘threat’ to any job that puts you to sleep. You might feel quaky for a moment at the thought of doing something more fulfilling, but once you spring into action, that won’t last long.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Your intuition is impeccable at the moment, especially in social situations. Your chart is tuned so well that you can trust the first thought that comes to your mind — though by thought I mean something spoken in a calm, clear voice. Intuition is gentle. It speaks just below the level of language. It’s the subtle pull rather than the violent tug or shock. It’s necessary to listen carefully, by which I mean listen to yourself. What you will get for this small effort is genuine guidance. Let that flow through you right now. Once you get a certain aspect of your mind out of the way, you have an abundance of wholesome, useful information available to you. That can guide you on every subject, from what task to do next to whom to talk to in a room with 100 people standing around. That would be useful, right?


Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Be confident of what you want to accomplish and go for it. You can skip over any concerns you might have about doing good or helping others. Those factors seem to be included in your intentions no matter what you do. They are the basis of your plan rather than an add-on. Anything you do that leads to genuine success will be about providing support and some kind of caring to the world. It’s as if your concept of profession inherently stems from the idea that humanity is a family. Yet even a household is a serious business, and you must take that approach. Be clear about your plans and have some idea how you intend to get where you want to be. Make sure you work with a budget; that is, a basic business plan with elements of where revenue comes from and where resources go. Money is one resource to track carefully, though also count the personal gifts you bring to the table, such as emotional energy and time.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Make one decision at a time. You don’t need to solve the whole riddle or tie up all the loose ends. Focus your intentions and set a clear, short agenda. Then address a single concern. It might be something minor, to get an easy task out of the way. You might choose something difficult (saving the easier stuff for later) and build confidence in yourself because you’ve risen to an unusual challenge. It doesn’t matter. What will make the real difference is that you gather momentum in a positive direction. Dissolve or withdraw from what is not working for you while you emphasize what is working. Do everything you can to invest in what actually gets a result. Your chart setup is such that your life will accumulate momentum in whatever direction you’re going. That’s the thing to pay attention to; keep it positive, since that’s what will multiply.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Flexibility is your best friend. Therefore, offer it lots of gifts. Stretch out and stretch your ability to consider many possibilities rather than just one. Lead yourself into coming up with new potentials based on what you want rather than what you think is possible. On that topic, it will help if you recognize when you’ve taken on someone else’s idea about what’s impossible, and decide for yourself whether that’s true. Can you really know until you’ve tried? Therefore, monitor carefully this idea of what you think is ‘possible’. You have things you want to do; you have places you want to go; you have talents that are aching to be expressed. Too many times, petty fears have blocked you from taking action. There comes a time when you must ignore them, and other times when you must rebel. The choice is yours.


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — It would seem that for the great majority of people, allowing themselves to be loved is a challenge greater than loving. Which is it for you? It’s clear that you’re harboring doubts of some kind, perhaps of whether you’re ‘acceptable’ — though if that’s even vaguely true, you just need to get over yourself. There is no orthodoxy necessary; such is merely a power trip. It’s quite enough that we have the privilege, the gift and the ongoing experiment of life. It will be a happy day when that’s accepted by humanity, though you can have that pleasure a heck of a lot sooner if you choose. Just open up and receive. Allow yourself to flow. And remember that you’re bigger than any fear or concern that you could possibly have — if you remember that you are. Said another way, try stepping out of your ideas about life and into life itself.


Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Your work environment must be nurturing, like a greenhouse is to plants. Create the right conditions and you will be able to accomplish great things. Presently this seems to include co-workers or employees who are willing to assist and take part, yet who are in need of positive affirmation and a sense of family. This is too often said and not often enough acted upon. Many workplaces resist being too nice to people, knowing that their kindness is most likely to be taken advantage of. Set that fear aside, and promote a value of ‘We’re all in this together; let’s make the most of our experience’. Speaking of values, decisions are best made based on an underlying agreement about what is important or necessary. Agree to that and the right thing to do will be obvious to everyone.


Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — This is a beginning for you, the kind which you long for the most. There’s passion in your chart; there is personal expression, lavish creativity and a sense of daring. It’s even fair to say you have the potential for some new dimension of love. At the same time, there is the unusual pressure to be sober and realistic. There is you, a sensitive person, and there is the world you live in, the wider world, which is straining for any peace or sanity at all. You live your life as if straddled between the two realities. You might wish that you could dive into the love and the creativity without having to bother addressing the insanity and pain of the world around you. However, the two seemingly separate realities form a polarity, which like a battery is the true source of your energy. Responding effectively to the paradox that you must stretch yourself across both is the essence of your life. The result is what you’ll create and then take with you the rest of your days.

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