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July 20 -- 26, 2006


The Lion (July 22 -- Aug. 22)

The sun returns home to your sign this week. You likely will find it to be energizing. Now is the time to focus on yourself and new plans for this next year of your life. Take a fresh look at where you want to direct your energy.

For All Signs The planet Mercury, ancient god of travel and communications, is prominent this week. His aspects to other planets indicate this as a period for careful and thorough evaluation of all communications, travel and business plans. Some previously conceived ideas may prove to be impractical or unworkable. The worst we may do with this energy is criticize self or others for things that are not flowing easily. It is kinder and simpler to assign guilt to the ancient god Saturn, whose values are exacting.

Aries Keep your eyes on the goal, or your daily regimen. Now is the time to start that diet and/or exercise program. This is also a favorable period to put energy into home improvements and organize your life to optimize efficiency for the future.

Taurus Your focus of attention shifts to the territory of travel, education and communications. Favors and small gifts may come to you through neighbors, siblings and others who routinely traverse your life. Your relationship to your partner is favored at this time.

Gemini Please read the lead paragraph because it particularly relates to your sign this week. Be cautious with what you say now and use the best of your accrued wisdom when you must comment upon someone else's activities. It is time to call on your best self.

Cancer The new moon of July 25th will bring your attention to things financial. You will want to organize your affairs and will probably be feeling conservative about expenditures. Aspects are favorable near the week's end for you love life, future travel plans or special joys concerning children.

Virgo Mars, the red planet of war, enters your sign this week and will be traveling with you until early September. This energy is best used to handle physically heavy projects or take challenging initiatives. You must deal up front with this assertive energy in order to avoid common side effects, such as irritability or health difficulties.

Libra For the next three weeks your activities are on display. Others are noticing your performance, so make it great. Even if this is subdued, you will have cause to feel that you and your work are appreciated. Personal interest in the arts or beautiful things may become prominent on your mind.

Scorpio You are finally moving into a more favorable period. Your love life will shine brighter and there are possibly opportunities to travel, or expand your territory in your job or via educational means. Use care that your expansion is also good for those around you.

Sagittarius You may very well be involved in an ambitious project. You must take care with those who could be thought of as authorities and likely will encounter resistance from these folks. If your plan is good for a number of people, you could make a coup.

Capricorn Your frame of mind is serious and moderately intense. You may be feeling critical of yourself or of others. This feeling is a sign that something is wrong, or that you or the other have failed. Perhaps you need to slow down the rapid chatter of your mind, and thus your endless activity.

Aquarius You are on a physical low at this time, so be especially careful to get plenty of rest for your overdone system. Aquarians can be so headstrong and insist on persevering well beyond the point of fatigue, which could cause you more harm than good.

Pisces This is a time in which you may over idealize a lover or someone that you want to believe can save you from peril. These feelings happen, but in order to not appear demanding and self-serving, it will serve you better if you do not expect that special person to fulfill your hopes and dreams.

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