Stargazer: July 31 – Aug. 6, 2019

Vivian Carol
Vivian Carol

For All Signs:  Mercury, planetary symbol of communications and travel, has been in apparent retrograde motion since July 7th, 2019.  It changes to direct motion on August 1st, 2019.  This phenomenon occurs about three times per year, at varying intervals.  Astrologers have long observed that during Mercury’s retrograde periods, schedules are changed, routine communications become confused or lost, and people intuitively delay decisions.  The experiences of retrograding Mercury press us to slow down, reflect, and review information.  If we force a decision while Mercury is retrograding, it is often reversed or revised during the planet’s direct motion periods.  Depending upon its relationship to other planets in the solar system, some Mercury retrogrades can be more challenging than others.  Because of the ruffian collection of planets in Capricorn, this Mercury retrograde has brought threats of war.  Now that it is beginning to move forward, the road to resolution of these difficulties may become  less fraught with communication challenges.

Aries:  This is not your best week.  You have concerns about money and people you care for.  It is possible the stressors may affect your health.  Don’t add to your load of concerns.  Normally you can manage multiple tasks and enjoy doing so.  This week is one to stick to your calendar and don’t volunteer for more. 

Taurus:  A friendship that began with gusto in mid-May arrives at a point of evaluation.  The question of commitment may always be an issue in this situation.  The Bulls are careful about commitment because they mean it and know the responsibility it carries.  Some of the other signs are not so persevering.  Watch your step.

Gemini: Your ruling planet, Mercury, is turning direct this week. This represents a shift of attention from financial matters to focus on communications, neighbors, siblings, and others who are in your daily environment.  You may need to consider the needs of your vehicle now.  Give it a checkup and a detailing.

Cancer:  Mercury has been traveling in your sign since mid-July.  It has caused you to reflect deeply on your next direction.  Now that it is turning direct, you feel more capable of making decisions and moving forward.  You’ll be cautious at first, but your moves will pick up steam soon. 

Leo the Lion:  (July 22–Aug 22) The Mercury retrograde spotlight is shining on you so brightly this week that the glare may hurt your eyes.  Make an effort not to offer opinions.  Inquire of others about their attitudes.  If you make a flat statement you are likely incorrect or too adamant for comfort. 

Virgo:  You are finishing a work project and shifting gears into new territory this week.  You will be focusing on communications with friends, acquaintances, and building your network.  It is also possible that you will be bringing one or more networks or relationships to a close as Mercury turns direct.  It may feel as though your business there is finished. 

Libra: You may feel compelled to make impulsive purchases because of their beauty.  Don’t flip out the credit card until you have had a few days to think whether this purchase is really what you want.  Love, social life, and romance may be exciting and attract a lot of your attention. 

Scorpio:  Don’t try to make anything happen this week.  Stick to your regular schedule and take your time, lest you overstress your body.  Authorities are not sympathetic to your cause(s), so don’t push the river at this time.  Your reflexes are off; drive and handle tools carefully. 

Sagittarius: Your new focus will be mind-expanding.  You may be researching a new interest, gazing over travel brochures for your next adventure, or pursuing an interest in philosophy, education, or religion.   You feel on the verge of a decision in one or more of these areas. 

Capricorn:  Mercury is changing directions and signs in your seventh house of partnerships and clientele.  You may be unable to move forward until the decisions of others are resolved.  Meanwhile, take a break.  You cannot make others move forward until they are ready. 

Aquarius:  Health matters that have concerned you are about to take a positive step forward. You may be considering starting a new program that will be good for your health and diet.  Circumstances around you at your work or place of business are shifting toward the better soon. 

Pisces:  Changes may be occurring in your love life as Mercury goes direct this week.  Creative ventures are subject to a change of whims as well.  That which you thought you were building is subject to turn into something else.

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