In The Stars
Your Weekly Horoscope
by RJ MacDonald
Week of Ju
ly 16 - 23

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RJ MacDonald has been a professional counseling astrologer for over twenty-five years. His background includes psychotherapeutic, transpersonal counseling and professional writing. As well as having maintained a private consultation practice for several years, he has authored a number of horoscope columns in community newspapers and has taught astrology, tarot, numerology and dream interpretation to adult students. He currently writes on metaphysical themes such as dream analysis, personality theory and political and metaphysical philosophy.  Russell integrates astrological analysis with transpersonal counselling and psychic readings.

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Ari Tau Gem Can Leo Vir Lib Sco Sag Cap. Aqu Pis
ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

You are likely to find, at present, that your life is a little confusing at times.  You may have problems in trying to get a clear sense of direction in your life.  There is likely some unfinished business that is keeping you back from making the progress that you want and that holds you back from the action that you would take were you to have more of a substantial basis for your plans.  There are just too many unknown variables at the moment for you to form concrete plans that you feel that you could count on.  At times you may find it difficult to distinguish between reality and your imagination and this may add to the confusion.  The best policy is to take one day at a time and to work with just what is out in front of you.  Patience and faith is important at this time rather than clearly established long term goals that might only end in disappointment.  This should prove to be a good period for the foundational aspect of your life, that is, home and family. You are likely to feel quite complacent, emotionally secure and have a general sense of well-being, at this time, at least in relation to the familiar aspects of your life.  You will likely enjoy quite deep and peaceful sleep now and you may even receive guidance,  pre-consciously, if not consciously, understood, through your dreams.  You may find that the idea of changing residence may enter your mind at this time.  You are likely to find that your home becomes the place of choice for you now, even insofar as entertainment is concerned. 

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)      

This is a time in your life when you will likely experience growth, expansion and development in your one-to-one interpersonal relationships.  Even your dealings with others in general will bring an aura of constructive possibilities.  You may view the outer world more positively now and you may feel significantly less self-centered in general, possibly even having ecstatic moments of self-forgetfulness.  Your tendency now is to see the outer world, socially and politically, in a more philosophical sense and therein you may have a greater sensitivity towards social awareness and responsibility than usual.  You may find yourself more extroverted than typically with a stronger inclination to see the good in others.  Relationships may assume a mode of greater honesty and openness currently.  But with increased interpersonal self-confidence beware of the danger of becoming arrogant at this time.  Relationships in general will tend to go well at this time.  

GeminiGEMINI (May 21 - June 21)      

This will be a good week for time spent at home and with family.  You may be more inclined than usual to want to stay at home as opposed to going out and your daily decisions regarding activities may testify to that now.  This will probably be a good time to catch up on any needed sleep - you may find sleep to be more sound than usual and dreams to more prominent now.  You may want to redecorate your home or rearrange things during this period as you are more inclined to be conscious of the appearance of your home, the color patterns and coordination of furniture and other objects in your residence.  Relations with family members may be contain an extra element of harmony and cooperation now and it would be a good time to resolve any conflicts with family members. 

CANCER (June 22 - July 22)      

At this time your mind is likely to be in a mode of thought which is characterized by harmony and balance.  You are more inclined now than usual to experience a mutually gracious attitude in your communications with others - conversations certainly should prove to be desirable and pleasant now, in fact, this would be a good time to write a letter to another, who you would have relate to you now in a manner of compromise and balance.  This is an excellent time for any type of negotiations and agreements, especially ones that need balance.  Relations with family members should go well now and you may find yourself taking a number of short pleasant trips. 

LEO (July 23 - August 22)   

Your inner life may now become more important to you than your outer life.  You will likely become more introverted and less extroverted than usual and likely more inclined to experience your life now in a spiritual mode as opposed to a secular mode.  At this time you may find your sensitivity towards the arts such as music and poetry and drama increasing.  You may find yourself wanting to spend more time alone and you may even want to become secluded at times.  You may ponder your spiritual life and you may find yourself asking questions such as why you are presently experiencing life in the way that you are as you may simply feel less in control now than you would like to be, in relation to those experiences that enter your life.  This is a good time to ask yourself how you can make improvements to your life by framing it in spiritual terms, in fact this is a very good time to consider how the principal of karma ("As you sow so shall you reap.") is influencing your life and what you can do to increase the grace in your life as opposed to the uninvited difficulties. 

  VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)  

There may be times, at present, in which you find that the romantic department of your life presents some tension and difficulties.  The best way to view and approach this is to maintain your integrity in relation to any situations where you are prompted to compromise your values - you may have to shut the door in relation to another who would be inclined to use you and who may not have sufficient regard or respect for you - do not compromise your values or integrity.  You may also have to be patient now and even if you experience a little bit of loneliness, at times, it is likely that you will see that state as far more valuable to your well-being, in comparison to a situation where you  jump the gun in a mode of impatience and find yourself in a very uncomfortable relationship.  This is a good time for projects requiring a good measure of creativity but you will need to be disciplined and to become quite structured in your methods of procedure. 

  LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)         

Your "frame of reference" for your thinking at this time may be your "ideals," plain and simple, and thus you may be less inclined to compromise those ideals in the face of external social pressures. In terms of decision making though you may find yourself subject to rapid changes of mind at this time and so your ideals may serve as the measuring rod.  You are likely to be more mentally clear currently and thus less affected emotionally in relation to thoughts or decisions that may require logic, regardless of feelings attached to same.  Your communication is likely to be more rapid than typically and that may be reflected in the rapidity of you or your friend's mutually shared speech with each other.  In fact this may be a period in which you are significantly more inclined to communicate with friends.  Others may see you as being or coming across as more emotionally detached at present.  You may even seem to be or feel to be oddly alienated or disconnected from others now despite substantial communications. 


Scorpio SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)  


There are different states of mind and of course there are different modes of consciousness - at this time you are in at least some measure of the state of rationalizing consciousness in contradistinction to the intuitive mode of consciousness including "poetic" states of awareness and creativity.  Cognition is the state wherein we know that we know, that is in contrast to having "hunches" or thinking - but not knowing - that this or that state might be the truth.  And in that vanity the accompanying facts are usually wanted on the table in the clear light of day.   One casualty of the cognitive state of consciousness is to try to frame things in black or white terms as if there were no possible grey area or grey constitution.  This is the deliberate state where there is very little room for zombie-type automatic behavior - in other words, the actor knows what he or she is doing or unfortunately, may have to be told same.  In communications definitive thought and speech will be required or expected.  Anything comatose or dreamy, that is less than fully awake and aware, certainly may not fit the circumstances or situation at this time.  Life may ask you to use deliberation at this time and to be more definitive in your decisions and communications. 

  SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)    

This should prove to be a good time, both financially and socially, for your working life, be that as a job or in your career.  This is a favorable time to promote harmony in your working life, especially in respect to seeking working compromises that accommodate all individuals concerned.  This is also a good time to increase the comfort level of your surroundings in respect to your day-to-day life in the context of work - in other words it would likely be timely now to introduce improvements to your work environment, including any daily, home-based work that you do. 

   CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)     

This should prove to be a good time for involvements and activities with friends, in fact you may meet a new friend or two now.  At this time you will quite likely be actively involved with those things that you see as being more towards the ideal and less of a requirement that serve other purposes in your life, such as money.  In other words this is a time in which you are more inclined to engage in activities and associations just in and for themselves, that is, just for their own direct benefit.  You may thus find yourself becoming more engaged in hobbies and avocations as opposed to work based activities and you are inclined to join company with others who have similar interests to your own or you may simply seek the company of kindred spirits now, to whom you can relate to as sharing common ground with yourself.  Make sure that you are not overly distracted by things that do not really help you with the basic practical necessities of your life.  Make a good effort now to distinguish between what is truly your ideal as opposed to what is just an idea. 


 AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)   

Involvement's with others at this time are likely to be more intense than usual.  It will be important not to let your emotions override your reasoning power at this time - if you begin to feel real emotional intensity that causes you discomfort to the point of wanting to make drastic and compulsive changes to your social life or in respect to a particular relationship, then take a bit of time to think before you act.  In the financial department it would be wise to take a second look at what you might spend your money on - make sure the object that you are thinking about buying is truly worth the expenditure. 

    PISCES (February 19 - March 20)       

In terms of your outer world this may very well be a period in which you are called to duty, so to speak, that is, there may be necessary tasks and responsibilities that must be taken care of and in that sense you may now be in a position where you will be expected to be of service to others in a more direct sense than usual.  This is a time for focusing to the maximum.  Any specialized working skills or knowledge that you have could be really put to the test now and be made direct use of.  You may be required to become more organized in your personal and/or your working life and be called to account for something that others, in your personal sphere or working environment, would like to inquire about insofar as your responsibilities are concerned.  In terms of your inner world you may find yourself a little more prone to worry and anxiety now but that can easily be remedied by getting down to your most practical business and affairs and really getting things done.  Your mind is more prone to think in terms of detail now and you are inclined more towards fussiness in respect to conditions around you being just as you want them to be.  Your mind is probably sharper than usual and you tend to express that in your communications with others, in the sense of coming across in a more critical manner.

















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