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Saturday's new moon in nurturing Cancer coincides with Bastille Day, so if you need another reason to celebrate, to feast divinely or simply feed your face, there it is. Cancer protects, but it also encourages change. Once you outgrow your shell, when it feels too tight, it has to go. Also on Saturday, vivacious Venus leaves the lush surroundings of Leo, with its glam and glitter, for a short stay in discerning Virgo. On July 27th, just before the moon is full, the planet of beauty, romance and the NYSE goes retrograde for the next six weeks. And you think Mercury retrograde sucked!
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Call it infatuation, call it fun; whatever is making your heart race could become the kind of physical and emotional challenge a courageous Ram is glad to rise to. But perhaps not right away; Venus suggests that you play hard-to-get when she leaves lusty Leo for virginal Virgo. However, early in August the goddess changes her mind and returns to that other playful fire sign. You could also be in flux then, more mobile than you are right now. But right now, for the Cancer new moon, it's Home sweet Home Life.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Try not to con yourself into believing what you want instead of whats really going on. Fantasy fulfillment and/or successful visualization comes later in the month. Focus instead on reaching out to a different audience than the one you already have in your pocket. This attempt at expansion can be accomplished with relative ease if you wait to make the Cancer new moon your point of departure. Also if you use local politics, shared memories, musical tastes and comfort foods as bait -- the typical Cancerian attractions.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Some Twins are eager to delve into a tricky money matter like they would a puzzle; others prefer to avoid them like the plague. Nonetheless, it would serve both types well if everyone took a moment during the Cancer new moon period this weekend to think about a financial situation that needs to be updated. Just like the proverbial bolt out of the blue, thrown by unpredictable Uranus in your Pisces career zone, a novel solution could land at your feet. This is an opportune time to take stock of all your assets, the obvious and the hidden.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
The Cancer new moon may feel mysterious because the area it energizes can only be seen in your dreams. Keep a notebook handy so you can record what happens during your sleeping hours this weekend (starting Friday night). Chances are those issues, people and places will be important all month long. Adding to a growing sense of insecurity is Venus' exit from your sign on Saturday. Nothing to fret about; the planet of popularity and pleasure returns in August to make you feel, like it has for the past six weeks, that you still are the favorite flavor of the summer.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Summertime and the living is easy for Leos who don't have to juggle more than one group of friends at a time. For the rest, the next few weeks could turn into three-ring circus complete with the unexpected arrival of a carload of clowns. If you're currently planning a birthday celebration, you'll need more than excellent managerial skills; unpredictable Uranus, by concentrating his attentions on your sun ruler, can suddenly change whatever you have in mind. Let's hope it also inspires a novel use of your creative powers.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
The good news is that amiable Venus enters your sign this weekend. The bad news is that the fickle goddess changes her mind and turns retrograde before the month ends. Venus officially vacates Virgo on August 8 and doesnt return until October 8. Therefore, whatever happens, whatever promises and pleasantries are exchanged between the Cancer new moon on Saturday and July 27, which is when Venus flips, probably should be taken with many grains of salt, limes and tequila shots. Even a trustworthy colleague may not be able to deliver.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Try to maintain that enviable sense of balance during what could wind up being a tricky weekend for the Scales. Thats because your Venus ruler leaves cheery Leo at the same time that the Cancer new moon initiates a lunar cycle that focuses on your reputation and career. During the next three weeks, while Venus is in Virgo, youre likely to be a lot more critical of everything that passes your way, including a job offer. Then Venus returns to Leo, and a more optimistic state of mind, for most of August and September. Take the long view, be patient.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
A month devoted to exploring your higher mind? The Cancer new moon inaugurates new activity, either more brain waves or better waves at distant beaches. Travel, be it physical or mental, is whats indicated when your ninth house, the one ruled by the water-friendly Crab, is highlighted. Meanwhile your Leo career zone is also in the spotlight. Although magnetic Venus leaves the sign of entertainment on the 14th, itll be back for most of August and September. By then your creative juices should be flowing, warmed by the heat of the sun. Uncomfortable? Maybe.1
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