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PURE AND SIMPLE: THIS WEEK'S COSMIC ACTIVITY,
WITH INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE WEEK
You can read my monthly Sun sign column in the UK women's magazine Company, and there are numerous websites where you can read your weekly Sun sign predictions. On this site, however, I offer energy predictions - clear and simple explanations of what the planets are doing in the skies above, and how this is likely to affect us here on Earth. In addition, I am now adding inspirational/ thought-provoking (or simply entertaining) proverbs and quotes, to illustrate and illuminate the week's cosmic energies. I hope you enjoy them, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on these new-style cosmic weather forecasts.
*** Many apologies for the lack of quotes for the week commencing 21 July - I hope to add them very soon...
WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 21 JULY 2014
TUESDAY: URANUS TURNS RETROGRADE
This rebellious, maverick planet is typically retrograde for half of each year, so it's not going to make dramatically big waves in our lives. However, with Uranus being the planet of shocks, upheavals and rebellion, when it's retrograde our desire to break with convention and to express our true beliefs may be expressed more inwardly and we may become more aware of the need for change as we come to breakthrough realisations. On a global level, Uranus retrograde can be a time when more analysis takes place, with the actual changes/rebellion/chaos taking place with Uranus's direct movement. However, these are general energy vibes and Uranus's impact - direct or retrograde - will be most keenly felt when it aspects other planets.
TUESDAY: MERCURY OPPOSITE PLUTO - MENTAL COMPULSION
You will not be content with shallow or superficial approaches to anything, and you'll be in the mood for getting right to the bottom of things - so it's a good day for probing, for research and uncovering secrets, but don't allow yourself to become totally obsessed about one particular thought, as Pluto's energy can be not just probing but paranoid. Pluto's interaction here with Mercury also suggests that you could be involved in a battle of words where either someone tries to convince you of something, or you them - avoid coercion, it won't get you your own way; equally don't allow someone else to manipulate you or talk you into doing something you don't believe in. On a positive note, you will have the mental resolve to finish things you are working on. Self-analysis and therapy is also strongly favoured today, and getting to the bottom of relationship problems will be easier today.
TUESDAY: SUN ENTERS LEO
The Sun moves into Leo, as it continues its yearly transit through all 12 signs. The Sun's monthly change of zodiac sign will produce a gentle change of focus in your life, depending on the part of your chart it is now transiting, as defined by your Sun sign.
THURSDAY: VENUS TRINE NEPTUNE - ROMANCE, INSPIRATIONAL FRIENDSHIP
When affectionate, artistic Venus harmonises with magical, escapist Neptune, the combined energy of these two romance-loving planets spells a very dreamy, fluffy time, and you may well be inspired by a romantic encounter. You'll have increased imagination and a stronger appreciation of music, art and poetry. If you can, postpone any humdrum work you have to do until next week, and indulge your romantic and creative leanings instead! This is a fantastic time to smell the roses and appreciate the beauty around you. New romance will have a fantastic fairytale quality - but wait until your hazy, rose-tinted mist clears to see if it has a future based on any kind of reality! In all things today, enjoy fantasising, but don’t take anything too seriously or act on anything that seems too good to be true.
THURSDAY: SUN CONJUNCT JUPITER - CONFIDENCE BOOST
With optimistic, big, bouncy Jupiter travelling closely next to the Sun, our confidence gets a boost, and this generally increases the positives vibes around our planet. We're more likely to be generous to others, to smile at others, to give of ourselves... to believe that everything will work out alright in the end. Whether it's playing hard or working hard, we're more inclined to live life to the full ... and that includes eating to the full (not a great day to start a diet!). With our strongly boosted self-belief comes one small negative potential… we just need to make sure that our confidence does not cross the line into arrogance. But on the whole, this is a day of big-hearted generosity and good vibrations. Enjoy!
FRIDAY: MERCURY SQUARE URANUS - MENTAL SPARK, BUT MENTAL ARROGANCE
With the two smart Alex's of the heavens meeting up, your brains is sharpened and you may well be struck with some fantastic ideas and lightning thoughts on how to do things differently, but since impatient Uranus is in challenging contact with Mercury, the message here is clear - be careful not to do something really hasty that you cannot go back on later. However, DO write your ideas and plans down (some will be ingenious!), and sit with them awhile before acting on them later. Uranus is the planet of change, Mercury is associated with plans - and you may well find that plans you have made for today may not work out, so don't try to force them - remaining flexible and adaptable will make the day a whole lot less stressful.
FRIDAY: MERCURY TRINE SATURN - PRODUCTIVE THOUGHT AND STUDY
A day of strengthened mental discipline and excellent concentration. Good for tricky/boring paperwork and studies. Ideal time for long-term planning, organisation and serious analysis or discussion of important matters. You may not have a spring in your step today - but you will certainly be able to work out what needs doing, and without getting too fed up either.
SATURDAY: NEW MOON IN LEO
New Moons provides the ideal lunar energy for new beginnings and fresh starts. Farmers have traditionally sown crops by the New Moon, and many continue to do so, as the New Moon's gravitational effect is believed to promote growth (through not only controlling tides but also the flow of liquids and nutrients through the earth's soil). Some people even believe that cutting hair around the time of the New Moon can make it grow faster, so if you want long hair fast, it may be worth a try!
Have a wonderful week!