Forecasts for week beginning Saturday June 28, 2014.

By Jonathan Cainer

July begins with the end of Mercury’s recent retrograde phase. By the middle of the month, the communication planet will have fully regained the ground that it has lately lost (or should I say the space because Mercury’s orbit covers space, not ground). So the further into this month we get, the more we will all start to feel as if long-awaited progress is happening. That sensation of momentum after a frustrating delay will be enhanced still further by the departure of Mars from a sector of the sky that it has been resident in since 2014 began.

ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
There are many different varieties of apples, each just as delicious. It’s the same with different processes of self-development. Teachers of personal growth offer many alternative techniques. Are some better than others? That’s debatable. But most agree that it doesn’t matter what you do for therapy, as long as you do something. July eventually brings the long-awaited departure of Mars from your opposite sign. That’s a promise that tension can be eased. As long as you are doing something. That’s all that matters.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
The more resilient the packaging, the more fragile the content can be. Hence, your big, tough, I-can-cope-with-anything personality. It fools some of the people, some of the time. Every so often, it even fools you! Yet, deep within, you are soft and sensitive. Despite your self-defence mechanisms, your heart is at least partially exposed. Before you decide to cover it up in July, consider the possibility that you are now well placed to make some constructive connections. Sometimes, even the toughest have to let themselves be helped.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
A month that begins with Venus and Mercury in your sign, promises change. Positive change, of course. It can be change of no other kind – regardless of whether or not it yet seems that way. If you like your situation, be reassured. Nothing need alter it. But if you are less than ecstatic about some of the circumstances you currently face, be even more reassured. Even if sharp words are exchanged and worrying developments occur, crucial discoveries are being made and valuable developments are taking place.

CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
The minute we hear a raised voice, we become defensive. Who is shouting and why? What do they want? Is there trouble? We enter a state of high alert, even if we soon realise that we are simply hearing a yell of recognition – one person calling out to another in friendship. Somewhere in your world now, an innocent, harmless, perhaps even potentially profitable message, is being delivered in a tone or context that is both misleading and off-putting. Pay more attention to content in July, and less regard to style.

LEO (July 24 – August 23)
Other people win the Lottery. Other people have it made. Other people get to live in perfect homes with perfect families and drive perfect cars and have perfect jobs. Or do they? Actually, all that other people really do is sit around imagining the other people who are leading a better life than they are! You don’t have to be another person in July. You won’t win the Lottery – but you will find that you can discover, inside yourself, the kind of contentment that others can only dream of. There’s real magic in your outlook now.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Nothing stays the same forever. We all understand this. That’s why we cling so tightly to all that seems stable. It’s why we make so much of the apparently permanent. It is also why we create distractions, dramas and diversions. Far better to get caught up in a fuss about nothing than to feel overwhelmed by the idea that nothing is worth making a fuss about. Or so we think. But to be deeply philosophical is not to be nihilistic, even if there’s a slight superficial resemblance. Keep your sense of perspective in July.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
There are some things that you definitely cannot do. You have other options, though, which are very real – although they will require you to make much effort. Nothing is going to be easy. But, then, that includes nothing – if you see what I mean. In other words, even if you resolve to take no action at all you will find yourself struggling to repress the urge to do something. And that is as it should be – for something now can be done, something very positive indeed. Do what you can in July, and trust that this is the right thing to do.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
What do you want to do in July? Heal the sick? Feed the hungry? Bring peace between warring nations? Cure a plague? Invent a pollution-free engine? Set the wage-slaves free? Abolish money? Create Utopia? Enlighten the ignorant? End prejudice? Tell you what. Why not just do what everyone else does and go shopping or watch TV. As usual. There are, on this Earth, an awful lot of good intentions. This month, though, if you really want, you can actually do something significant, different and practical about one of yours.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
You can make a little money go a long way. Might this, we wonder, be the reason why you can also make a lot of money go a very long way  –  away from you! Nature, after all, abhors a vacuum. If there is no great need why should there ever be any great fulfilment? I’m not suggesting that you will be able to increase your income by becoming profligate. But you do need to create psychological space for an improvement. Believe that a change for the better can happen to you in July  –  and it will be much more likely to.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Edward de Bono, the great lateral thinker, once invented a special word, ‘Ebne’. It is an acronym. It stands for ‘Excellent, but not enough’. There is a reason why I am mentioning this to you, as we enter July. Somewhere in your world, there is something that is good but it could be even better. Now I know that there is a famous old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ But is that really a reason to stop exploring the possibility of progress? You want the very best this month, and you may well find a way to get it.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
Faith, they say, can move a mountain. Indeed it can, but it can move it all the more efficiently if it happens to be equipped with a large stack of dynamite and a bulldozer. You now fervently believe that something is possible. You have high hopes  –  and rightly so. This does not mean, though, that you can now sit back and wait for everything to fall into place. Your great objective is only just attainable. To reach it you will have to expend a great deal of effort. So roll up your sleeves and sharpen your focus in July.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
Acupuncturists believe that invisible lines of energy run round the human body. By tweaking them lightly with a needle, it is possible to change the nature of these meridians and make a vast difference to a person’s health and state of mind. Some insist that states of far greater consciousness can be reached simply through gently touching crucial pressure points. A similar principle applies to you in July. One tiny, seemingly insignificant (and almost painless) intrusion into your life is about to make you a whole lot happier.

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