Your Milky Way Horoscope July 31-Aug. 6, 2011
By Milky Way Maid
Venus in Leo trines Uranus at 4 degrees Aries at 12:09 am Monday. What a witching hour, indeed! Possible interpretations include: Pleasant surprises re money; We declare our independence; Expect the unexpected. You may meet quite unusual people or foreigners and really hit it off with them.
Maybe you might back off from making any decisions Monday— the Moon opposes Neptune (at zero degrees Pisces) about 5 am Monday and is conjunct Mercury hardly an hour and a half later. And Mercury is so close to stationing (exact late Tuesday). The facts that seem so solid are form the foundation for your decision can easily turn out to be nothing but wishful thinking (another Neptune thing). We cannot see the truth until the transit is over; we just don’t believe all those true friends who are trying to stop us from jumping off a high cliff…
The Sun in Leo squares Jupiter at 8 degrees Taurus (a critical degree) at 10:41 am Monday. A Sun-Jupiter square usually means the hangover after a period of Jupiter excesses. It could mean facing the stack of bills after making the grand gesture that Leos are so prone to do, where they pick up the check for the whole party of 20 or whatever at the lovely French restaurant with the white tablecloths. Puh-leeze set a realistic budget and hold everyone to it.
Mercury goes retrograde at 1 degree, 12 minutes Virgo at 11:50 pm Tuesday. It will re-enter Leo on the morning of August 8. It’s that time of year again. You can always take your vacation at this time, since you are (almost) certain to come back home! Be sure to try on clothes etc before buying and check them over carefully; insist on a trial period for contractual services.
Mars enters the sign Cancer at 5:22 am Wednesday, an awkward placement; it will be there till late September. On the one hand, Cancer is a cardinal sign, and Mars definitely wants to be in a cardinal sign where it can DO SOMETHING. On the other hand Mars is exalted in Capricorn, so Cancer as the opposite sign is held to be a weak placement (ie in its Fall). Mars in Cancer can be competitive about getting its emotional needs met; try to see the situation as not a zero-sum type of thing. On the other hand this Mars can be acutely sensitive to others’ needs and able to spread comfort and caring. Joan Quigley says Mars in Cancer is capable of working for the universal good, without a personal axe to grind.
Mars trines Neptune at zero degrees Pisces at 6:53 am Wednesday. Intuition (and spiritual feeling) can be very active, so listen to your gut no matter how silly it seems. Events may rouse you to fight for the underdog.
Mercury in Virgo sextiles Mars at 1 degree Cancer at 7:19 pm Thursday. Good for multi-tasking especially if you are under time pressures. Are you trying to get on a game show? This aspect is good for keeping your wits about you. Good for debating and making sales presentations because you can come up with replies to objections posed by client.
Neptune retrogrades back into Aquarius at 10:54 pm Thursday. Try not to join groups or clubs while Neptune is back in Aquarius because the club’s character may change drastically when Neptune re-enters Pisces, and then you will wonder what you are doing hanging around these people. Now, if you have natal planets in late Aquarius, you have another chance to tie up loose ends and do it right.
Venus in Leo squares Jupiter at 9 degrees Taurus at 12:34 am Friday. (This is still very close to the critical degree of 8.) Well let me confess I actually got sick on candy one time under this aspect, and I am not gonna let that happen again. Since Venus also rules cash, be very careful about leaving money out or letting someone borrow your credit card— and double-check due dates on your bills so you don’t get socked with late fees.
Sun in Leo sextiles Saturn at 12 degrees Libra at 6:47 am Friday. (Venus will follow in the Sun’s footsteps and sextile Saturn on Sunday, August 7.) Assuming you have been working very hard and behaving yourself, you may just get some form of recognition for your work. Saturn brings personal and professional rewards; sometimes it comes not from others but from somewhere deep inside where the inner self feels so good about having done this job/task/duty. We feel a well-deserved sense of pride in what we have done. So go ahead, pat yourself on the back, have a cookie break, dare to put a flavor shot in your coffee, etc..
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Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.
ARIES – March 20-April 19 – Venus in Leo trines Uranus in your sign late Sunday/early Monday; you are likely to take a direct hit from that mischievous boy, Cupid. You might have to put the brakes on spending for lottery or entertainment this week, at least until you check what your budget will allow. Mars enters your solar fourth house on Wednesday; you may want to entertain around the grill (just keep safety uppermost) or decorate in warm colors. Saturday may be rather lucky for you especially if you have children along or rub elbows with creative people.
TAURUS – April 20-May 20 – Monday pm poses a chance to use an earth Grand Trine; Moon in Virgo, Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. You can build something lasting, possibly something inspired by idealism (Neptune in Pisces), just make sure it is something doable and pragmatic. (use trusted people as a sounding board before throwing a bunch of money at something)
GEMINI – May 21-June 20 – Mercury goes retrograde on Tuesday night, affecting your solar fourth house of home and family. This means that family events may have to be rescheduled or run into snafus. Nothing very serious, just annoying. Mars enters your solar second house of money, where it pays to check up on taxes, commissions, or other fees OK-ing a quote. You may devote some time this week to mulling over taking on a school board or teaching position, or deal with a child with some type of learning disorder. Friday morn may be your fave day this week, when a boss notices you and your speaking skills.
CANCER – June 21-July 22 – Mars enters your sign on Wednesday morn; you may demand attention from others and it might be more than your fair share of attention, too. Mars in Cancer may take on an idealistic tone on Wednesday, with Neptune’s help; this aspect can sometimes be prone to health problems or allergies so guard your health and eat right. Thursday night favors playing ping-pong and other speedy games, or doing craft work. Best day may be Friday when the Moon is in compatible Scorpio. You might enjoy a trip to the local museum or theatre, or an outing with children.
LEO – July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in Leo from Sunday till early Monday. Try to resist guilt trips laid on you by a parent or authority figure. Venus in Leo trines Uranus overnight (Sun-Mon) so you may be tempted to stay out late playing bingo or whatever, and you may win a nice little something, too. Moon in Leo sextiles Mars very early Monday but may carry thru the day; you put a great deal of energy into creative endeavors or sales presentations, etc.
VIRGO – Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo from 4:41 am Monday till Wednesday morn. Your brain is very susceptible to the effects of Neptune fuzziness this morning, uncharacteristically so. Double-check your facts and figures, and catch yourself before you mis-speak. Mercury goes retrograde in your sign late Tuesday; that’s another reason to be extra careful handling data and facts. You may feel like you are losing brain cells but this phase is just another day with Mercury retrograde where you are forced to show that you really know what you are doing. Oh, and you may have to do a lot of stuff over again but that might be only because a customer changed his mind. Roll with the punches, honey.
LIBRA – Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra from 6:04 am Wednesday till Friday morning. The Moon squares Mars right away Wednesday morn; many times this aspect means you went rushing thru a task without really understanding what others wanted from you, and you wind up doing it over again. This is typical of Mercury retrograde, anyway. You deal with a lot changes of plans midday Wednesday because of a Uranus aspect; try not to let it get to you. The evening looks wonderful for a date, a concert, going out for dessert, etc. Thursday may come in with a depressing mood but the evening favors anything requiring good hand-eye coordination, such as athletics, crafts, or yes, even flipping burgers on the grill.
SCORPIO – Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from 7:57 am Friday till midday next Sunday. Friday is favorable for many things: talking things out, physical effort, reading mysteries, solving riddles, and more. The evening favors enjoying a wonderful boon companion or mate. Saturday can be stressful with the Moon square Venus and then the Sun;you feel that your efforts are not reciprocated; you may even have an exchange with an authority figure of some kind. Some days nothing you say comes out right and this may be one of them.
SAGITTARIUS – Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Best days may be when the Moon is in compatible Leo (Sunday) or in Libra (Wed-Thurs). Sunday you enjoy flirting with a very vivacious personality. On Tuesday, Mercury goes retrograde in your solar tenth house of career; messages or appointments may be broken or have to be rescheduled so just roll with the punches. Wednesday morn may be a bit tense but the evening is particularly lovely for spending time with loved ones, entertaining, or attending arts events. Neptune re-enters Aquarius so your daily life may become more chaotic than you’d like.
CAPRICORN – Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Monday pm poses a chance to use an earth Grand Trine; Moon in Virgo, Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. You can build something lasting, possibly something inspired by idealism (Neptune in Pisces), just make sure it is something doable and pragmatic. (use trusted people as a sounding board before throwing a bunch of money at something) Legal and publishing matters are affected by the fact that Mercury goes retrograde starting Tuesday night. Make sure your documents are in order and that the attorney you choose has expertise in a specific field.
AQUARIUS – Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Mercury’s retrograde this week may be most problematic for you, since it affects your solar eighth house of wills and insurance. Aggravations may pile up until the reason for errors is uncovered and resolved. On Thursday you may wake with a cool objectivity about your feelings and habits, and how to change them. Saturday may be quite stressful in dealing with partners and career demands. You always try to be fair, so make time for the important people in your life in a way that is meaningful for all concerned.
PISCES – Feb. 18-March 19 – Mercury goes retrograde on Tuesday night, in your solar seventh house of partners. Your spouse may seem confused to you altho it may be due to poor listening on your part. Make sure communication is reflected back to partner so you are both clear on who is responsible for what. Monday may be the most confusing day in this regard. Wednesday may be your favorite day due to a feeling of idealism; you may also enjoy dance and music. You are also comfortable with Friday’s Moon in watery Scorpio; have lunch with a sympathetic coworker or friend. You might have dinner with another friend, one who is quite influential.