For All Signs: A difficulty inherent in writing the astrological column is the issue of focus. Astrologers are observing numerous planetary cycles, ranging in time from those requiring many years to complete, to mere hours. The longer cycles are really more meaningful, but if one is writing a daily column, the focus tends to fall on aspects of the day. A reader can gather more understanding by looking at a column from a larger framework of time than what is given. Today’s weekly column might be more accurate for last week or next week. Cycles can be timed with mathematical precision, but human beings cannot. We may think about an activity before we can activate it.
Aries: This is a good time to work on a solitary project that requires concentration and the use of the large muscles in your body. You may feel somewhat edgy and irritable this week. Exercise and focused attention are the antidotes. You are approaching a shift of attention on Aug. 2 so it is important to finish current projects now.
Taurus: You are feeling restless and need to try something new. Commute by a different route or go somewhere you have never visited before. Take your partner on a picnic. Try an entirely different restaurant. Maybe you will need to find something outrageous to perk up a room or your clothing.
Gemini: Your focus shifts to matters of home, hearth, and family. Things of the past may float up in your mind for reflection. If this occurs, ask yourself what you learned from the former experience. It probably would help you now. Family concerns may occupy your attention. It is a good time to open important discussions with those most important to you.
Cancer: The asteroid Vesta has recently moved into your sign. It will be with you until mid-October. The name Vesta is borrowed from the Vestal Virgins of Rome. Certain female children were committed to tend the flame from age 6 to around 30. They were allowed to do little else. You may become devoted to someone or something of value during this period.
Leo: You and the authority figures in your world are cooperating and helping each other accomplish a project. Your mind is both steady and imaginative now, able to see how one thing flows into the next. At times like these, “work” becomes a positive experience. It integrates with your personal rhythm and feels smooth.
Virgo: Mercury travels through your sign between July 30 and August 29. During this period there likely will be greater emphasis on communications, errands, and other short distance travels. Your mind will be quick and your attitude persuasive. Avoid obsessing over details or trivia for best results.
Libra: Follow your partner/friend’s lead into a new adventure. Take a leap beyond your routine and try something fresh. It’s OK to do something outrageous once in a while. It is good for your mental health. It’s possible that you have a new electronic gadget or software to learn and/or play.
Scorpio: This looks like a week in which you really want to say your piece, but you have a sense that would be a bad idea. If you feel so upset that you can’t present your case with compassion, I agree. Say it only if you can do so without shaming or attacking. It’s all too easy to believe that you are the only one with a right answer.
Sagittarius: Activities involving the law, travel, publishing, Internet, education and/or church are highlighted for smooth sailing. Necessary information may come your way to shed light on the next step you need to take forward. Your mind is clear and practical at present. It is a good time to make decisions.
Capricorn: The “rules” and the world’s expectations have you tied up like a pretzel right now. The harder you struggle, the tighter those binds seem to become. It’s like a Chinese puzzle. Sometimes if you relax on the control issues, the solution comes through. Give it some space.
Aquarius: This is a favorable time to enjoy your partner and/or family members. Social life is positive and you feel generally more upbeat. At this time you feel less solitary and alone, which may surprise you. Open up and share yourself and your heart with those whom you love.
Pisces: For the next three weeks you will want to experiment with and try on multiple points of view. You probably will be taking “polls” among friends and associates. Your capacity for objective thinking grows during this period and it is generally a good time to discuss relationship issues with partners and close associates.
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