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The astro-atmosphere changes as romantic Venus moves from earthy Taurus to airy Gemini on Friday. So much for relying on your senses; now you'd better be verbal and/or versatile if want to attract attention. Sunday's new moon in Cancer begins a month-long appreciation of your relationship to family and food. On Wednesday Mercury makes the leap from cautious Cancer to bright and bushy-tailed Leo; however that party doesn't last long. Mercury retrograde starts on#&151;of all terrible traffic days#&151;July 4th and lasts until July 28.From the full moon on July 10 until August 10, the Messenger transits Cancer again.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
You may think you've had your fill of domestic bliss when your Mars ruler, currently in Leo, was in Cancer for the first time in two years. But now that the sun is passing through your home base, there's more family affiliation (or, depending if you're already fed up, affliction) to come. Despite Mercury's move from Cancer to Leo on the 28th the phone calls and conversations won't stop for long; on July 4th, the Messenger turns retrograde and revisits Cancer from July 10 until August 10. Consider checking into a hotel for the duration.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Money matters could have greater impact when your Venus ruler transits your Gemini house of personal finances from June 23 through July 18. Cherished opinions may change during this transit; what you thought was valuable last week might not count for much after the 4th. Nonetheless, don't discount the contribution a partner makes, especially during the extremely fortunate weekend of June 30th. That's when the nurturing Cancer sun trines generous Jupiter in your Scorpio marriage house. Accept the offer, share in the bounty.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
The Cancer new moon on the 25th could inaugurate a new financial venture, one that you may find satisfying beyond expectations. Not that you're destined to reap a huge profit, although that is a possibility, but the emotional payoff can be especially rewarding. On a purely superficial, outward appearances level, having attractive Venus in your sign until July 18th couldn't hurt. You'd be foolish to ignore the drawing power the goddess adds or downplay the importance of the people eager to enter your charmed circle. Start the summer romance already!
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Of all the lunar phenomena that resonate in the tender soul of the Moon Child, none strikes as significant a note as the annual Cancer new moon. The Cancer full moon in the dead of winter is a close second. But a new moon promises new beginnings, a fresh start and a propitious moment in the astrological year for you personally. So take a moment to envision how you'd like to see the next four weeks play out, remembering that Mercury is retrograde from July 4th until the 28th, most of that time back-pedaling in your sign.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
The two times a year that your sun ruler trines lucky Jupiter calls up my favorite I Ching pronouncement, "Extreme good fortune." So no matter what you're doing around the 30th or who else is on the scene, you'll be in an excellent position for the favorable events or emotions that follow. Since expansive Jupiter is in Scorpio, family, neighbors and real estate matters could be the areas that'll offer the biggest payoffs. Although there is a chance that they'll also be the folks with their hands out asking for "more, please."
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
A head's up for Virgos who live by email and phone: your Mercury ruler turns retrograde on July 4th. Can you imagine the hell the holiday traffic will be! It's not until July 28th that the Messenger faces forward again, so if there's a vacation in your future, those would be the weeks to take it. Few people attract new business or connect with new people during retrograde; however, a visit to old friends could reveal information you now need to know. Retrograde is a good time to reevaluate, repeat and, if necessary, repent.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Like the summer solstice, the Cancer new moon accentuates the top-most position in your solar chart. Since the new moon marks the beginning of a fresh lunar cycle, look for an opportunity that'll take your career arc a little further out there. The Cancer vibe also emphasizes family connections and how they can be strengthened. So if a relative makes a suggestion, think twice before summarily dismissing it. You never know for sure how things are going to turn out. Besides, there's a surprise in store when your amenable Venus ruler contacts innovative Uranus around the 4th.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
As if you weren't feeling lucky enough, you're due for an extra blast of good fortune when the water-sign friendly Cancer sun trines protective Jupiter in Scorpio around the 30th. The next time something this spectacular will occur is in November, on the very last day of solar Scorpio. So make sure that you maximize every opportunity you're given to become a more prominent, more prosperous player in the game of your life. But if the reward isn't immediately apparent, look again after Jupiter, currently retrograde, turns direct on July 6th.1
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