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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.WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 28 JULY 2014
MONDAY: VENUS OPPOSITE PLUTO - INTENSE EMOTIONS
Venus, the planet of affection and relationships, is at loggerheads with uncompromising, potent Pluto, prompting intense feelings, and a more black-and-white expression of your emotions. There will certainly be no half measures when it comes to romance and any hidden conflicts within a close relationship are more likely to force themselves to the surface, and demand to be resolved. Don't allow jealousy or suspicion to ruin an otherwise good relationship.
THURSDAY: MERCURY ENTERS LEO - PROUD, COLOURFUL TALK; PLAYFUL THOUGHTS
Mercury is the planet of mind and communication. It's about how we think, learn and speak. Mercury's a fast-moving planet and changes sign frequently - just under every 3 weeks - so it's change of sign is not hugely significant by itself. It's when Mercury interacts with other planets that it's more relevant, and its transit will also have something more personal to say to you depending on which part of your individual birth chart Mercury is transiting. However, some interesting general points can be made about Mercury's transit of Leo - our communications are likely to be more confident, more expressive (theatrical even!), and more regal. They will most probably be more child-like, playful and spontaneous too. Our thoughts and communication will be closely entwined with our ego and sense of pride - and we will need an audience more.
FRIDAY: VENUS SQUARE URANUS - ROMANTIC INDEPENDENCE; ARTISTIC INDIVIDUALITY
Venus is the planet of relating, Uranus represents freedom and space, and today they are squaring up to each other at right angles in the sky. Don't be surprised if you or your partner feels the need for some space from the other one. If you meet someone today, it could well feel like a bolt of lightning, but the cosmic odds are more in favour of things being over as quickly as they begun, than being a long stayer. Artistically, this is a day of more original and offbeat creativity.
FRIDAY: VENUS TRINE SATURN - SOCIAL AND ROMANTIC RESPONSIBILITY Venus is the planet of love, Saturn is the planet of responsibility. When these two work in harmony, as they do this week, relationship commitments and decisions are not only more likely, it's an excellent time to take the bull by the horn and instigate them yourself, or to discuss any problems in your love life that have been niggling you. Relationships that begin this week are more likely to be characterised by respect and stability than stormy passion or wild abandonment, and have a better chance of standing the test of time. Friendships with older and/or wiser people will bring particular enjoyment and great advice. Venus also represents money, and financial decisions and/or investments made this week are more likely to be restrained and sensible.
'What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth. The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker. They are more easily excited, but they have less energy, less durability, less concentrated power than in the maturer life' - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
VENUS: MARS SQUARE JUPITER - DRIVEN ENERGY
Vigorous, super-physical Mars meets buoyant, bouncy planet of excesses Jupiter, resulting in enormous levels of energy. But squares are challenging aspects, and you need to be careful not to burn yourself out by overdoing things today. You should also guard against taking unnecessary (and unwise) risks. HOWEVER, if you can maintain a sense of proportion and self-awareness, today can be a great day for getting a lot done - you should have considerable amounts of extra energy.
SATURDAY: MERCURY CONJUNCT JUPITER - POSITIVE THOUGHT
The blending of buoyant Jupiter and bright spark Mercury gives an optimistic energy that enables us to all look at life through a more positive lens and be more tolerant of those we may not agree with. It also sharpens our intellect and increases our ability to see the bigger picture, and is helpful for anyone studying or taking tests this week, particularly during the first half of the week when the contact is exact. Writing, public speaking and travel are also favoured. Speech is likely to be more enthusiastic and it's easy to influence others with what you say, so if there's anything important you want to say, make the most of this energy and speak up.
in every difficulty' - Winston Churchill
(As we approach the anniversary of the beginning of the first of two world wars, I make no apology for using two quotes this week from Britain's legendary WW2 wartime leader. Without him and all the brave men and women who gave their lives, we would not enjoy the freedoms we do today.)
SUNDAY: MERCURY SQUARE MARS - CHARGED MENTAL ENERGY
With Mars, planet of action, stimulated by Mercury, the planet of mind, there will be increased levels of intellectual energy swirling about. A greater ability to think on your feet comes with this transit - but so does restlessness and nervous tension. It's important to keep your mind busy today or you could easily waste your hyperactive mental energy on pointless rows. Assertive, no-nonsense Mars' influence on thoughtful Mercury should prove helpful if you need to be a bit more decisive but equally, don't be too hasty, especially as Mercury is still retrograde. Mental competitiveness - and combativeness! - are increased with this transit, and there may well be more heated debates in pubs and bars tonight!