Forecasts for week beginning July 2, 2011.

By Jonathan Cainer

July begins with a rather weak, weedy “partial Solar Eclipse.” It will only be visible if you happen to be on a boat in the Antarctic and, even then… you’ll have to be looking out for it. But from that, we should not conclude that the astrological outlook is without power or strength. Exceptional opportunities await us all, not least because Uranus is entering a retrograde phase, and Mars is forming a sharp alignment to Jupiter. If there’s something you believe in, campaign for it. If there’s something you deserve, expect it. You’ll be amazed by what proves possible.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
“Halt. Who goes there? Friend or foe?” How crazy is this old wartime phrase? Even if the intruder is an enemy, is he going to reply, “I’m a foe. Go ahead and shoot me”? Now. Let’s turn to your big question for July. How do you tell an enemy from an ally? Our friends often say things that make us defensive. If they care, they have a duty to be honest. And those who want to exploit or even harm us know the value of flattery. This month, you’ll find out who really is (or isn’t) on your side. That will help in more ways than you yet imagine.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Patience can sometimes be a sign of weakness, sometimes a sign of strength. A person may wait because they dare not do anything else or they may hold on because they want to see what else will happen if they don’t assert themselves. Alternatively, they may feel they want to help someone else reach an important conclusion at their own pace. I mention this because we need to identify the reason why, in July, you are refraining from pursuing an option that is open to you. It is not cowardice; it is actually a combination of courage and cleverness.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
A situation is “less than ideal.” What’s so bad about that? This is Planet Earth, where things have been messy ever since that unfortunate incident with the apple and the serpent. It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do, there will always be a piece missing from the jigsaw. A perfect paradise may exist elsewhere in this infinite cosmos but here on this big blue ball of rock, if you want to feel perfect, you’ve only got one option. You must learn to love reality, warts and all. In July, if you look at what’s good and truly appreciate it, what’s bad will get better.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
People like repetition and uniformity. That’s why cities and shopping centres are so similar. It’s why, almost no matter where we travel in the world, we can get the same food and buy the same drinks. It is as if we value consistency more than excellence. Who cares whether it’s great as long as it’s average? Is there are part of you now operating on similar principles? Are you settling for mediocrity when you could be achieving brilliance? July brings your chance to dare to be different. Everything can improve if you’re brave enough to seek change.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Why not steel yourself for the worst? It’s not going to happen but if you prepare for big bad news, a minor difficulty will seem easy by comparison. The secret of success in July, involves appreciating what you’ve got. Don’t waste time feeling upset if this doesn’t match your idea about what you ought to have. Develop love and appreciation, even for things you are not so sure of, and for the people you are in conflict with. Then you will find that, somehow, others direct love and appreciation towards you – and with this, comes the best, not the worst!

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
It’s easy to be strong. You just have to lose your fear of seeming weak. When we dwell too long on our social standing, we become disempowered. By caring too much about how we may be judged, we grow dependent on approval and applause. The integrity of our individuality is compromised. We must, of course, be aware of people’s feelings – and sensitive to them. Weakness that stems from a desire to avoid doing harm, is strength. Strength shown out of a desire to look good – is weakness! Remember that, in July, and all will be well.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
If you are a passenger on a non-stop train, you will arrive at your destination regardless of how enthusiastic you feel about making the journey. Once you have taken your seat and the doors are closed, you are on your way. You can spend hours telling yourself that perhaps it is not such a good idea to be travelling, or trying somehow to “will” the entire expedition to a standstill. It will make no odds. Remember all that in July. You are on your way to somewhere good now. You have developed many doubts but thankfully, they are all irrelevant.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
When you come to look back over the story of your life, how important will this month seem? Will it be part of the padding or will it contain an integral piece of the plot? Life can easily provide you now, with a straight continuation of a recent scenario. Simply make no changes and no changes will come about. That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t make July truly special. You can – without even achieving or accomplishing any great material goal. Just set out to think about things differently and you’ll experience magic of a most moving kind.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December)
What comes after an uphill struggle? A downhill cruise. You may feel as if you have recently reached a plateau. You have climbed hard and high. There has, though, so far been no real sense of reward for all this effort. It’s as if you haven’t really gone anywhere or done anything. You feel slightly cheated. Yet, your perception of the situation is not a clear one. Either you are about to go racing “down the other side” or hurtling back the way you came. That’s your choice. But whichever it is, July will bring a great sense of fulfilment and excitement.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Most of us are good at talking. Few of us, though, are quite so skilled in the art of listening. There are times when we simply cannot hear what we are being told. We are too wrapped-up in our emotions and opinions – our passions and our prejudices. When, though, we can find some way to go beyond these, and to pay close attention to the people near us, we can make the most amazing and potentially profitable discoveries. In July, someone wants to let you know something. Ask the universe for what you want and you could actually get it.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
If you want to keep a piece of information private but your conscience is nagging you to share it, just make a long and boring announcement. Then everyone will ignore it. If you want to get a message round the world as fast as possible, whisper it into a couple of carefully chosen ears and insist that it is a great secret that must not go any further. There is now something you need to find out more about. The information is available, but it is not necessarily to be found in the most obvious place. Be clever in July and you’ll get all you need.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
What would you do if you were somebody else? Where would you go? How would you behave? You cannot possibly answer this question. You have no idea. You can only be yourself. Why, then, do you sometimes feel inclined to emulate the examples of others? Or even to assume that their ideas and actions are worth more than your own? Without becoming arrogant, and whilst remembering that it is important to listen and be sensitive, it is imperative to trust your own judgement in July. You’re about to make a once in a lifetime choice. So be wise.

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