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Aries, on July 3rd Mars (action and drive) moves into Libra which happens to be your solar 7th house of committed relationships. This is important for you for many reasons. How do I count thee? Let me start by saying Mars is your ruling planet, and transiting Mars shows where your energy and focus should go. I’m no rocket scientist, however, both point to a shift of focus from your ‘self’ (Aries point of view) to the ‘other’ (Libra point of view). Unlike your opposing sign, Libra, where they are being asked to shift the focus to themselves, the Universe is asking that you shift your focus to your partner and to their needs. The balance between both of you is very important and mastering this might be challenging for your sign since you are so self motivated. It’s ok if this feels uneasy at times, it’s at that point where change happens and new opportunities flourish.

Taurus, the transiting Sun is in your solar 3rd house of communication and…this is also the house of contracts. Hmmm, love contracts? Could be. New beginnings? Possibly! It’s clear that the theme for you this month is communication…and you know…schmoozing. Also, with transiting Mercury in your solar 4th house of home and family, it’s a good time to settle any loose ends on the homefront. Have you been meaning to talk to your family about something lately? Maybe you want to tell them about the new girl/guy you met on JDate? Now is the time to get everything out in the open, and you may actually be surprised with how happy they are for you. Bubbe says it’s about time!

Gemini, double whammy for you this month. Mercury (communication), which is your ruling planet, is in Leo, which loves to express itself, AND it’s in your solar 3rd house of communications. Now this is where the said double whammy comes in. Mercury will go retrograde (“backward”) on July 14th – August 8th. Fact: If there is one thing I can say for sure, it is that you love to talk…a lot. But, what the Universe is asking of you this month, and until Mercury goes direct in August, is to really get to the heart of the issue. It’s time to take the top layer off and dive deep. Channel your inner Scorpio and get to the heart of a matter that has been bottling up for some time now. This is an excellent opportunity to go back and fix something so you can move forward in the right direction. U-turn anyone?

Happy birthday dear, sweet Cancer! I would wrap you up in a blanket of love that’s covered in chocolate, of course, if I could, but then again…that might be kind of weird. Eh, let’s try it! I feel like you need to be held right now. Or is that me? In any case, happy birthday! Fact: we know your bark is way worse than your bite…so…with the transiting Sun in your solar 1st house of SELF, this month the focus is all on you. Time to step up and shine just like your Leo neighbor always does! This year on your birthday, celebrate YOU! Glorious, fabulous, YOU. Trust me; I can vouch for you that you’ve earned all your stripes this year…and even your spots…I know you’ve been secretly getting frisky like the little leopard that you are. Don’t worry; I won’t blow your cover. Scouts honor. Enjoy your birthday month because it’s all about YOU!

Leo, last month you had transiting Mercury in your solar 12th house and it was encouraging you to take a step back with your communication. This month the transiting Sun is following in Mercury’s footsteps and also making its way through your solar 12th house of the subconscious. Big things are soon in store for you when the Sun comes to your solar 1st house next month, however, you’ll need to use this time to clean out your ‘closets’ before that can happen. Get rid of the ‘junk’ that you don’t want and/or need anymore and make space for the new to come in. Sounds like a fancy job, I know, but someone’s gotta do it…and this month it’s Leo! And, of course, with all this time spent ‘making space,’ I hereby allow you to buy a new outfit for your upcoming birthday celebration…let’s be honest…we know it’s gonna be grand!!

Virgo, it’s a good thing you’re generally very neat and organized because with Mercury, your ruling planet, transiting through your solar 12th house of the subconscious, and hidden, you are going to be doing some spring cleaning mighty early this year. This affects you more so than some other signs because Mercury will be going retrograde (“backward”) from July 14-August 8th. This is the time to dig up those skeletons buried in your subconscious, address them, and clear them out for good. It is only when we go back and do the cleaning that we can move forward and attract the ‘right’ people in our lives. Since everyone we meet is a reflection of us in some way it makes sense to take the time and get rid of the ‘junk’ that is slowing us down. Old ideas and habit patterns that are no longer serving you need to go. Hasta la bye bye! And after August 8th you will have a clean slate to bring in who or what you really desire in your life. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a deal with the Universe that I would shake on.

Libra, Mars (action and motivation) moves into your sign on July 3rd and this is a big deal since it’s been in Virgo for 7.5 months! (That’s a longer time than normal). Mars in your sign is asking you to master your balance in relationships. I know, I know, here she goes again with the balance thing. BUT, I only speak the truth. Your sign is the epitome of balance and now, with Mars in Libra in your solar 1st house of self, it’s time to make sure there is an equal balance, and give and take between you and your partner. Since your first instinct is to usually do what your partner wants, take this opportunity to ask yourself what you want. Give to yourself just as much as you would your partner and you will see the universal law of cause and effect will be more balanced for everyone. In summary: balance, balance, balance! Did someone say balance?

Scorpio, on July 3rd Mars (action and motivation) moves into Libra which means it is now transiting your solar 12th house of the subconscious and asking you to dive deep into what is hidden beneath. This I know you are good at! Whenever it comes to research or investigating, you are nothing short of Sherlock Holmes. Is there something, or someone, that you’ve been holding onto that you really need to release? Now is the time to part with it, or them, because Venus (the planet of love) is giving you a second chance. Since it moved out of retrograde motion on June 27th, it is now transiting back through your 8th house of intimacy for the second time. Let’s make a deal: clear out the old, and there is a chance that you can be making some real lovin’ with someone soon. I know you liked that one Scorpio! Note: If there is a tie on the door…it means, do not enter!

Capricorn, the transiting Sun is in your solar 7th house of committed relationships and asking you to think more clearly about what you want, and in some lucky cases…which one you want. It’s time to get serious about the qualities you are looking for in a mate. We know you’ve been spending plenty of time in the office these past few months so perhaps it’s that certain someone you’ve been having lunch meetings with? In any case, take a chance and take your relationship to the next level. How are you going to know if you don’t try? If it makes you feel better, pretend like this is a business meeting and plan your strategy. Either way, go for the gusto because they’re waiting for you to show your interest!

Sagittarius, the Sun is currently in Cancer and transiting through your solar 8th house of intimacy. It’s time to get real and honest with your loved ones. Cancer rules the moon and it’s all about…drum roll please…nurturing, feelings, sharing, and love. Yes, we know, all the things that you usually look at, but from behind your Great Wall of China. Hey, you like honesty and again, I’m just the messenger…don’t hate me because I know what I’m talking about. Deep nurturing, comfort, and emotional security – these are the themes for you this month. Yikes! Someone put a muzzle on this chic. I know, I know, just take some deep breaths and you will get through it. In fact, I think you will even like it. Just ask Mikey, he liked it too.

Aquarius, second time’s a charm! Since Venus (love and money) is now moving direct again, it is going back over the same territory that it did some time ago. Oh! And lucky you because it is doing so in your solar 5th house of romance, fun, and creativity! Some things we know about you, Aquarius: 1) you’re different, 2) you shine so magnificently that you make all the others stare in wonder and 3) you’re looking for love like everyone else. Alright, so number three was slightly obvious, but the point is that you have a great opportunity to make this happen right now. Allow Venus transiting your solar 5th house to work for you and with you. Go have fun and you might just find the love of your life!

Pisces, the transiting Sun is currently in your solar 5th house of romance. Ooh la la. I can already feel you dreaming of your beloved. But that’s ok because day dreaming is part of your soul. It is how you manage all the divine…and then again…some not so divine (you know what I mean) information that you receive on a daily basis. With the Sun in your solar 5th house, the spotlight is on you having F-U-N. Remember, transits are about opportunity and this is a great opportunity to spice up your dating life. Yes, out of all the signs, I truly believe in your ability to dream, fantasize, and then manifest your lover. Get started by going out and letting your soul shine…and with no judgment of course.

Danielle Paige is a writer, astrologer, and healer who is passionate about helping people understand the energies they were born under and using them to live the life they’ve dreamed of. This column is meant for entertainment purposes and to give a general overview of each sign. For an in-depth, personalized reading on your own birth chart, which will help you gain insight into your love life, career, money, your strengths, soul’s purpose, and even your karmic past, you can contact Danielle at
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