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July 2008

For the New Moon Cycle in Cancer :
July 2/3 to August 1, 2008

Jul.02 � NEW MOON in CANCER (11:32 of Cancer)


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Jul.03, 12:19 PM AEST

"What's a New Moon?"

Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.

Read more about how you experience CANCER energy in your life.

When we venture into the area of human relationships, as we do at the Cancer New Moon, we enter sensitive territory. In close relationships, there always needs to be a balance between freedom and commitment; bonding and detachment; being needed and being wanted. Everyone has slightly different needs that will change the balance point between these opposites. Perhaps you need more freedom and are okay with a little less commitment. Or maybe you feel too disconnected and ungrounded without a deep level of bonding with the other person. The New Moon in Cancer is the ideal time to explore what you need in relationships, whether you�re getting what you need, and how you can change what isn�t working for you.

Our first relationships are with our family: parents, siblings, extended family members and other primary caregivers. Even if you grew up without a family environment, there would still have been parental figures in your life. These relationships set the tone for what we come to consider �normal� throughout our lives, regardless if those relationships were �good� or �bad.�

We all have preconceptions of what typically happens in a close relationship, and these expectations have their roots in those early bonds. If your experience of closeness was healthy, strong, loving, supportive and stable, you are more likely to recreate these qualities in your adult relationships. On the other hand, if those early connections were confusing, abusive, neglectful or distant, you are more likely to encounter these experiences in later relationships.

This is not meant to be depressing or fatalistic! It is intended to guide you into greater understanding of how relationship patterns get established and how to change them if you wish to. The reasons for this echo effect are many and complex, but the most basic reason is that our early experiences remain the most familiar to us. And when we�re feeling uncertain, confused, stressed or unsafe, the Inner Child comes out and back we go to whatever was the most familiar from our initial years. If you felt a safe refuge in your early years, you will instinctively seek out circumstances, people or situations that can recreate that safety for you. If you felt unsafe, vulnerable, misunderstood or disconnected, you are likely to revert to the same coping mechanisms that enabled you to survive those experiences.

So the Cancer New Moon poses the question: what is most familiar to you? How do those old patterns repeat themselves in your adult life? Which old patterns are healthy resources that help you get your needs met, and which ones hang like albatrosses around your neck? Do you feel like you�re caught in a hall of mirrors where every new relationship seems to repeat the same problems as the last one? What negative patterns have you begun to heal, change and respond to differently?

This particular New Moon has an abundance of resources to help you on this quest, as well as some challenges to motivate you. The New Moon is conjunct Venus and opposite Jupiter. You could be unusually sensitive to the interactive dynamics between yourself and others. This is especially true with people who �push your buttons� or who block you from getting your needs met.

On the other hand, with the New Moon trine Uranus, being this open could also bring some spontaneous, unexpected connections. Jupiter, in this case, could indicate a more personal bond with a Higher Power of some sort � God(s), the Universe, higher principles, expanded philosophical perspective, etc.

Mars is conjunct Saturn, which could be seen as both a resource and a challenge. On one hand, an overly critical attitude or knee-jerk reactions are likely to be blocked by Saturn�s brick wall of circumstances, discipline and limitation. On the other hand, this can also help to maintain some stability by keeping any conflicts from getting out of hand. Mars and Saturn are trine to Pluto, which can help establish a healthy balance of power�provided you can stay focused on the productivity, stability and effectiveness of the Mars-Saturn, and don�t get distracted by fighting against the limitations or structure that are necessary to bring that about. There is much power and achievement to be gained by buckling down to hard work and a serious, responsible attitude, even if that is hard for you.

Mercury, at the end of the Retrograde Shadow, is trine Chiron, Neptune and the North Node. This should add an optimistic attitude toward any restrictions or frustrations brought on by the Mars-Saturn conjunction. We are more likely to see the best in others, and to adopt a tolerant, accepting attitude about the rest. The catch is to be careful your hopes and wishes don�t obscure your ability to see the person as they really are. This can give you the opportunity to observe what those hopes and fantasies are, and assess if they are positive resources or if they tend to make you lazy in dealing with the less-than-ideal qualities in others. If the latter, you might get some unexpected flashes of truth that disrupt your serene picture of the person.

As the Moon waxes and increases in light over the next two weeks, your awareness of these themes and issues is likely to increase. This could �hit home� on Jul.06-07, when the Moon catches up with Mars and Saturn. You might need some help to make sense of what comes up for you. A personal astrology reading can help you know how to take best advantage of this challenging yet productive energy. Find out more�


Jul.03 � Venus opposite Jupiter (18:15 of Cancer/Capricorn)

This is a time when your desire for pleasure is wide open. Sexual desire could reach out using seduction. Desire for delightful tastes could become overindulgence in foods that may not be in the best interest of your health (e.g., sweets, alcohol, etc.). Spending can be impulsive and easily grow beyond your budget. Money-making opportunities could spill over into workaholic obsession. It might feel like nothing is "enough" and you feel compelled to continually reach out for more and more � a bottomless well of desire. On the other hand, this energy can also bring out your natural beauty and charm in social situations if you are shy or inhibited. If you've done your research and your comparative shopping, this could be the time you make a big purchase. Or you might find the feeling is right to make your move with a love interest and expand your intimate connection with that person. Or perhaps you feel generous and decide to donate your money or talents to a cause that reaches for a higher purpose. Enjoy, but don't blow your budget. 


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Jul.03 � Mercury trine Chiron (20:23 of Gemini/Aquarius)

Your mental focus and communication now get an injection of healing energy. Cynicism and depression may soften now, as you become more receptive to a more optimistic viewpoint. If you have been caught up in escapism or "stinkin' thinkin'" (thinking you're more in control of your impulses than you really are), you may now find some relief and healing. Mental argument and critical "self-talk" can now find some reconciliation and acceptance that brings some peace of mind. You have increased ability to find the right words and understanding to help others with their problems. Compassion and empathy may be more accessible because you can identify your own experiences with what you see in others. You might also find someone who can give you good advice or support about your own problems � possibly a teacher or mentor � or you could become this to someone else. 

Jul.04 � Mercury leaves the Retrograde Shadow (until Sep.04)

Mercury finally leaves the shadow�the part of the zodiac where it went retrograde from May.26 to Jun.19. This means the confusion, delays and miscommunications of the last 2 months have mostly dissipated and things should be more or less back to normal (whatever that is). The difference is that you now have the benefit of seeing things from a different perspective, which gives you more choices than you had before. If you've been waiting until Mercury finished with the retrograde cycle before you made a final decision about something, this can be a good time to decide what direction you want to go. Just don't forget your common sense. 

Jul.05 � Mercury square Uranus (22:38 of Gemini/Pisces)

Flashes of insight can show you new clarity but you might not like the answers you get, since they could disturb your logical perception of what's what. You might get some news or learn come information that shakes you up in some way. This isn't necessarily bad, since this may be necessary to open your mind to something you've been resisting. There's a Higher Truth here that wants to be told (by you or to you), but the way it's phrased can make a big difference in the reaction. There is a risk of "shooting off your mouth before your brains are loaded," as the saying goes, and impulsive or reckless communication and ideas could create more problems than they solve. It will probably help to listen inside yourself first to discover what you really need to say, and then figure out how to say it in a way that doesn't cause unnecessary damage. Strive to shine a light of truth without blinding anyone with it. 

Jul.06 � Mercury trine Neptune (23:50 of Gemini/Aquarius)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground. 

Jul.06 � Venus trine Uranus (22:37 of Cancer/Pisces) (Jul.07 in AU)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life. 

Jul.09 � Sun Opposite Jupiter (17:28 of Cancer/Capricorn)

Your confidence and ambitions may become amplified, possibly to the point of becoming a problem under this transit. It may be difficult to judge how much is too much versus just enough, and it could just be easier want more and more..."just in case." You may feel the urge to travel or do something that could expand your horizons (literally or figuratively). However, satisfaction may seem just out of reach under this transit, so there is a risk of pushing too hard and lacking perspective or good judgment. You could find that tolerance, compassion and understanding are hard to find, either in you toward others or in others toward you (or both). You are seeing things through a mental magnifying lens, which may be distorting your perceptions or reactions. On the other hand, this can be a good time to take an honest look at how closely you are living by your integrity and values. Feedback might come from others who could be seeing something more clearly than you can see it in yourself. Or, you might find that a minor irritation about someone or something outside of yourself suddenly becomes a major problem. This is probably because you're seeing it more clearly (although not necessarily more accurately). The lesson of this transit is that everything gets amplified together � the positive and the negative, and at a certain point the difference between them may become meaningless. Reaching a balanced understanding of all that lies within that expanded view is the key to gaining wisdom from the experience. 

Jul.10 � Mercury opposite Pluto (29:20 of Gemini/Sagittarius)

This transit brings powerful words and ideas! They require you to strike a balance between personal perceptions and trans-personal implications. Your communication can be more penetrating, forceful or persistent than usual now, and a little will go a long way, so use this ability sparingly and carefully. In the same way, the words and perceptions of others may have a deeper and stronger impact on you than they normally do. This could be a mixed blessing � you may discover some profound insight and psychological truth in what others say to you, but you might also be receiving their unconscious projections too (meaning their perceptions and feedback might say more about them than about you). Deep self-honesty can help you decide what is true and what is being distorted. Avoid reacting on "automatic pilot" and give yourself some mental and psychological breathing room to avoid becoming overwhelmed. 

Jul.10 � Mars conjunct Saturn (05:26 of Virgo) (Jul.11 in AU)

This is one of those good-news/bad-news kinds of transits. The forceful, exuberant energy of Mars meets the cautious, serious energy of Saturn. This combination can create a lot of productivity or a lot of frustration � and often both. The wild horse of Mars energy can become a workhorse when combined with Saturn's discipline, capable of sustained effort that can bring concrete results. But it may also bring impatience from having your efforts blocked or delayed, or having to be accountable for impulsive actions. If having to conform to discipline, limitation and responsibility tend to trigger you into resisting and fighting back, you might feel a lot of anger and frustration under this transit. On the other hand, it could also help you come to terms with a difficult reality or decision, to take the necessary initial steps that can lead to long-term achievement and development. It is a good time to take action that has been carefully considered and planned out, or to start making plans for a long-term project. 

Jul.10 � Mercury enters Cancer (until Jul.26) (Jul.11 in AU)

Intuition, sensitive perception, and communication of feelings flow more easily during this transit. Your empathy may be deepened now, as you can be more able to imagine and pick up on what other people feel and need. Because of this, you may also find that it's easier to say difficult things in a sensitive, caring way. However, your open connection to others might also increase the risk of communicating in a hurtful or callous way, if you are not used to treading gently. Your creative imagination is also more accessible now. To take advantage of this, try doing some journal writing, expand your emotional awareness, have some creative fun, or think of ways to make your environment more homey and comfortable.

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Jul.12 � Venus enters Leo (until Aug.06) (Jul.13 in AU)

This can be a very creative time, as Venus' love of beauty combines with Leo's creative flair for the dramatic. Find ways to feel good by making your surroundings and yourself beautiful and reflective of your inner spirit! High fashion and vogue style are "in," and crudeness and ordinariness are out...unless you want to turn them into a fashion statement. ;-) However, it's probably wise not to become so identified with the outer appearance of yourself or others that you lose sight of the person, situation or context that it's all happening in. The aim is to pamper yourself with pleasures that enhance your quality of life, without inflating your ego with synthetic self-esteem and glamour without substance. Relationships, interaction, finances, values and resources all need to include ways to express your identity, valour and "heart." Some light-hearted fun and play can be a good place to start. 

Jul.14 � Mercury sextile Saturn (05:48 of Cancer/Virgo)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and decisions now. It's a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your ambitions. Or, you may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals, by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the past several months. This will probably require a bit of effort on your part to make it happen, but the opportunity is there if you choose to take it. This transit can bring mental stability and the ability to apply your mental focus in a practical and grounded way. It may be easier to see things realistically and objectively. Creative energy can become productive and rewarding, if you use it methodically or logically. 

Jul.14 � Sun trine Uranus (22:32 of Cancer/Pisces) (Jul.15 in AU)

You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are let loose during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. You may get a flash of insight, a burst of courage or a surge of inspiration under this transit. The spirit of who you are can become released now, possibly leading to you behaving a bit "out of character." It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual routine...so much so, that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. If your self-confidence, self-expression or self-esteem have been stifled or dampened lately, these could come flying out rather erratically, carelessly or chaotically. Strive to have fun pushing the envelope without ripping it. ;-)  

Jul.15 � Mercury sextile Mars (08:32 of Cancer/Virgo) (Jul.16 in AU)

There is a potential now to find the courage to speak your mind and say what needs to be said, if you focus consciously on doing so. In fact, your ideas and words may come so quickly and easily that it's hard to stop them from tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to evaluate the best way to say them. Communication is probably easiest and most effective when it's direct, concise and quick, although it might also be a bit blunt or pointed. If you need to confront someone about a difficult situation, this transit can provide courage and clear words to help you do that � although perhaps a bit too forceful when a more delicate, sensitive touch is called for. It is a time when you might find the nerve to take risks, or to defend yourself if the need arises (especially verbally). This is a good transit for creative problem solving and trying on decisions to see if they fit. 


Capricorn 27 : Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.

Sabian Symbol for the
Full Moon in Capricorn

Capricorn 27

Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.

To climb a mountain is to persevere and keep moving toward the peak that is your goal. Even if you need to detour around obstacles, it's important to get back on your path.

This Sabian Symbol ("What's a Sabian Symbol?") shows an athletic pursuit that becomes a sacred pilgrimage when it focuses on a "higher" purpose, in more ways than one. As you climb whatever mountain is before you in your life, what is the highest motive that inspires you? Are you aiming as high as you are capable of?

Even if it takes a long time and a lot of effort to get there, you might find more fulfilment or a greater reward by setting your sights on a higher peak. This symbol advises not to sell yourself short. Allow your long-term aspirations to reflect a perspective greater than the short-term payoff you could get.

If you get stuck and can't seem to progress, set some short-term mini-goals, but keep the peak goal in the background. This will help you remember what you're doing it all for!

Reach beyond yourself a little to "touch the face of God." It may take more time and effort to get there, but there are special rewards when you aim for the best you can be.

Find out more about the Sabian Symbols in these recommended books:

The Sabian Symbols in Astrology,
by Marc Edmund Jones

An Astrological Mandala,
by Dane Rudhyar

The Sabian Symbols: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed,
by Blain Bovee


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Jul.18, 3:59 AM EDT

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"What's a Full Moon?"

Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.

Read more about how you experience CAPRICORN energy in your life.

Jul.18 � FULL MOON in CAPRICORN (26:04)

The Full Moon in Capricorn brings an opportunity for manifestation, completion, closure and/or recognition. This is a time to appreciate what has been, honour what has been achieved and welcome what is becoming.

The Mars-Saturn conjunction that has been with us for the last few weeks emphasizes this theme. This transit is especially important right now because Saturn is the planetary ruler of Capricorn, where this Full Moon takes place. Mars and Saturn are now separating and dissipating in intensity. The focus is shifting toward beginning projects, goals and developing efforts, and away from closure, limitations and endings. In a way, the question has gone from "What is coming to a close?" to "What can now be opened up?" As if in the calm after the storm, you might be moving from "When will it end?" to "Okay, now what?" From the foundation�or debris�of what was, we now start to build something new.

Capricorn is all about long-term developments. Things don't usually happen quickly in this sign. It pays to be patient! Yet, the Full Moon is typically a time of fruition and emergence. This could be a time when the goals you've worked for over the last couple of years are finally starting to take form. This is when you get to see just what you've been creating. Is it what you had planned for? Are you able to stand back and appreciate it with the pride of achievement and say "I accomplished this!"

On the other hand, what emerges can sometimes look more like an ugly duckling when you were expecting a swan! Oops! It can be a bit like moving all your stuff into a new house, but it doesn't fit quite the way you envisioned it. That doesn't mean you failed or that you throw it all away and look for a new house and furniture. It takes some tweaking, adjustment, trying different things and seeing what works and what doesn't. This is more like finally getting the house and moving all your stuff in, but there's still work to do to get your household running smoothly and comfortably.

Emergence and manifestation is like that�it doesn't happen in a straight line, but requires a lot of fine-tuning to get it to work well. Whatever is emerging right now could look a bit rough around the edges, but can be smoothed and shaped into something that you can be proud of. Have patience, give a chance and stay focused on your overall goal, even if you have to change it a little to make it work.

Focused Yod with the Full Moon, Neptune and Pluto

There is a Focused Yod aspect configuration involving the Sun-Moon opposition (the Full Moon), as well as a sextile between Neptune and Pluto. This combination urges you to take a broad view of what's happening. Try not to focus on the little annoyances, frustrations or obstacles in your way, but keep your greater purpose and plan in view. Don't sweat the small stuff! Find whatever "towel" you need to deal with it, and get on with your journey. If you can't manage to get on with it, then perhaps that "small stuff" is actually attached to some "big stuff" and deserves a closer look.

On the other hand, it might sometimes feel like the little stuff keeps getting in the way of being able to reach a broader perspective. Or, perhaps the larger implications, possibilities and repercussions of your situation could feel overpowering or unnerving as you attempt to make simple decisions about what to do next. It may not be possible to go on "automatic pilot" for a while. The next lunation is the Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug.01, so events and situations now will likely lead to more important changes over the coming months. Proceed mindfully now, so that you're more prepared for the increasing intensity of the upcoming eclipses.

Take each step as it comes and make the best choice that makes the most logical sense. Small changes and short-term goals may be your best bet. If in doubt, get a "reality check" from a trusted friend, advisor, counsellor or expert. A reading with your astrology can provide you with some understanding and support if you're not sure which way to turn.

Jul.19 � Mercury opposite Jupiter (16:08 of Cancer/Capricorn) (Jul.20 in AU)

Your thoughts and words can become amplified under this transit, which could bring a sense of adventure, a surge of ideas, and/or imbalance due to exaggeration. You may find it's hard to stop talking (or writing), your head is filled with so many possibilities. However, your judgment about the validity of your ideas may be a bit off, or you might feel the urge to overstate your position to keep from being misunderstood. Blame and judgment could creep into your perceptions of others or the other way around. This might spring from a need to find a greater meaning or truth in the facts, having difficulty bridging the gap between the raw information and the big picture. The trick is to keep a balance between simplicity and elaborate complexity. The challenge is to find ways to express, think about and understand the vast range of possibilities and meaning within the perceptions of everyday life. Not all of it will survive the translation, but enormous spiritual creativity can be generated in the trying.


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Jul.22 � Sun enters Leo (until Aug.22)

Happy Solar Return to all Leos! Today the Sun moves into its own sign, so its radiant energy is extra bright during this time. Leo's focus is on identity, individuality, self-esteem, creativity, self-expression and fun. You can benefit by rejuvenating, revitalising and rekindling the fiery spirit of who you are. Celebrate your existence! Do something that reminds you about who you are. Recharge your batteries and do things that help you return to the centre of the orbiting circumstances in your life � not spinning around at the edges where you feel at the mercy of everything around you. What are you doing (or what do you want to do) in your life that express the passions that move you? What is the focus of your sense of purpose in life, and what is your next step in moving toward that? If you've been feeling like you're stuck or have lost your sense of purpose, do something that uplifts you. If you could do anything with your life that you wanted to, what would it be? And what one thing (even just a small thing) can you do to take a step toward that goal? Rejuvenate your sense of self and do things that help you to just BE who you are. Hang out with children and watch how they play and are spontaneously free. Find ways to connect to your joyful Inner Child. Celebrate your existence!

Jul.22 � Mercury trine Uranus (22:24 of Cancer/Pisces) (Jul.23 in AU)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.

Jul.26 � Mercury enters Leo (until Aug.10)

While Mercury struts through Leo, your creativity and self-expression are flying high! Your communication strives to express more than just facts or information  �  it wants to convey the dramatic energy that tells a story in larger-than-life proportions! How you perceive and experience life right now can be vivid, dramatic and fun, as you pick up more easily on the expressive and "feel-good" elements of what's happening around you. You may become very creative, inspired and motivated during this time. The downside is that it may also easier to indulge in a mindset that is self-serving, egotistical or overconfident. Your motives are likely to be noble, heroic and full of good intentions, but you could also become so in love with your vision of what's possible that you miss valid criticism or drawbacks. This is a time to enjoy the playful delights of sports, games, humor, fun and children.

Jul.26 � Mars trine Jupiter (15:17 of Virgo/Capricorn) (Jul.27 in AU)

Energy, assertiveness, aggression and sexuality are amplified during this time. Physical, mental and emotional energy can run high. Your motivation can take on an air of confidence and purpose. If you normally shrink back from asserting yourself, this can be a time when it's a bit easier to find the courage to take a stand. It can also make you more sensitive to this amplified energy in others around you. If you are distressed by Mars energy in general (afraid of anger, intimidated by aggression, cautious about sexuality, etc.), this transit might bring a bit more of it than you can comfortably handle. However, it can also give you an opportunity to experience and make friends with this energy. If you typically enjoy high energy, this can be a time when you can make progress with plans and projects, and have flirtatious or impish fun along the way.

Jul.27 � Venus opposite North Lunar Node (18:36 of Leo/Aquarius) (Jul.28 in AU)

This is a good time to let go of the "things" you don't need, release your creativity and transform them into new resources and assets. This could mean cleaning out your closets and selling the discards in a yard sale. You might decide to change your hair style or something else about your appearance. Perhaps you discover that you're making a different impression on people than you intended, and this leads to a revision of your social skills. Or you could get feedback from someone close to you that challenges you to change your self-image. Something that has been prominent in your life � in relationships, pleasure, partnerships, finances, possessions, beauty or appearance � is ready to be let go. You might simply assimilate it into the background where it is no longer "front and centre," or you might need to cut ties altogether. Or, you could be ready to express something that has been brewing for a while, like creative self-expression or giving someone feedback. "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" (as my grandmother used to say), but be on the lookout for something that is ready to subside from your priority list.

Jul.28 � Venus opposite Chiron (19:15 of Leo/Aquarius)

You may be extra sensitive to other people's suffering, struggles or dilemmas under this transit. Your own ongoing issues in relationships or finances may undergo a kind of "healing crisis" in which you endure increased problems and must use extra tolerance, compromise or negotiation to keep things from collapsing into a worse state. At the same time, you may be able to reach a new level of acceptance and peace � not necessarily by solving the problems, but by letting go of the struggles that are not as important as you thought and by making the best of the ones that are left. Other people or outside circumstances may give you a push in this direction, which might feel at first like old wounds are being opened up. But this is an opportunity to find new ways to bring healing and balance to old problems, especially using tolerance, compromise and acceptance.

Jul.29 � Sun conjunct Mercury (07:03 of Leo) (Jul.30 in AU)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act.

Jul.31 � Venus opposite Neptune (23:15 of Leo/Aquarius) (Aug.01 in AU)

Romance, idealism, fantasy and imagination are blossoming into a bright aura right now, which is likely to influence your relationships, interactions, finances and values � for better or for worse! Compassion, caring and selfless giving can be good ideals to aim for, as long as you remember that ideals tend to lose some of their shiny glow when they're translated into hard reality. If you forget this, the end result may be disappointing or disillusioning. Disappointment may also indicate that there have been hidden hopes or high expectations that no one can really live up to. Aim to balance your innocence and longing with the judgement of your older, wiser, mature self; and do a reality check with a trusted friend or adviser if in doubt. That said, this can also be a very creative and inspiring time � just remember to keep one foot on the ground.

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