Your horoscope from July 23 to 29, 2015

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      There’ll be fireworks and a whole lot more happening this weekend. As of Saturday, Venus begins a six-week retrograde cycle. It’s much different than Mercury retrograde, that “oh, not again” transit. When Venus puts it in reverse, it prompts a critical reevaluation and regroup regarding yourself, relationships, or finances. Feel your way along, don’t push what isn’t coming naturally, and make sure to give your full attention to the here-and-now.

      While the start of Venus retrograde often brings a stall-out, this weekend is likely to produce the opposite thanks to Mars/Uranus hitting full steam. On Sunday, Uranus also begins a retrograde cycle. Beyond being a great setup for a vacation or a cut-loose, this bunch-up of transits can feel like the rocks have suddenly been cleared away or that destiny has made a bid for the reins. What do you need? What do you want? Mars in Cancer fuels instincts and emotions. Uranus retrograde in Aries cuts to the chase with a sharper aim.

      Venus retrograde is a fate-in-motion cycle. The next six weeks will occupy you with unfinished business and/or bring you to a time-is-ripe threshold. Either way, the stars set the compass at a karmic intersection. Whether you feel it as a re-meet and repeat or fruition and completion, a sense of the momentous is your clue and your cue. Stay tuned—there’s more coming your way soon.

      March 20 - April 20

      As of the weekend, Venus and Uranus begin reverse motion, but what that amounts to for you is plugged back in, forward, and onward. For the next few months, destiny will revitalize and redirect your life in some obvious way. Your relationship with a special someone—perhaps a lover, a child, a friend, a colleague, or a sibling—features prominently. Monday/Tuesday, your stars are optimized.

      April 20 - May 21

      The weekend has you switching tracks in some striking, perhaps abrupt, or uprooting way. Mars and Uranus retrograde are a cut-to-the-chase, no-bull influence. Planned or unplanned, reconnections are highly significant. Given the karmic nature of Venus retrograde, you’ll revisit unfinished business. What do success and happiness mean to you? It’s a key time for getting back in touch with what really matters.

      May 21 - June 21

      Whether it’s a brainstorm, a vacation, or a marathon of selfie opportunities, the weekend gets it off the ground with a bang. Scheduled or serendipitous, the timing is good, perhaps even excellent. Your good roll continues through the week ahead. Watch for Venus retrograde to put you back in touch with someone special. It can rekindle a friendship or sibling bond.

      June 21 - July 22

      It’s a battery-recharge week­end, perhaps unexpectedly so. Anything goes: stay open to last-minute revisions. Saturday’s Mars/Uranus can spring you free or spring something unexpected on you. Venus retrograde is good for a personal or financial regroup. Through the next two months, the planet helps you to get clearer on your best, most viable options. Monday to Wednesday should prove smooth-running.

      July 22 - August 23

      Mercury enters Leo on Thursday and immediately joins forces with the sun. You’ll feel this as a fresh burst of energy, creativity, and can-do. A rebellious or impetuous mood could strike too. Even though Venus begins retrograde on Saturday, there’s little to slow you down or hold you back. You’ll be especially quick on the uptake through Sunday. Through Tuesday, you rock.

      August 23 - September 23

      Just as you get up and running, Venus in Virgo turns retrograde. Not to worry: Mercury, freshly into Leo and boosted by the sun, pumps up your confidence and sparkle. Even so, it isn’t an on-show influence. It’s one you’ve reserved for special moments and special people. You’ll have many opportunities to shine Thursday through Tuesday. Don’t think—just be yourself.

      September 23 - October 23

      Venus just dipped into a behind-the-scenes position, but she won’t stay there for long. She’s busy now, setting up a significant karmic chapter that will occupy you through the fall and beyond. This acceleration period will affect your lifestyle, financial status, and goals in some significant way. A key relationship, career, or legal matter will hit a fast track too.

      October 23 - November 22

      Thursday’s sun/Mercury makes it official. The day can bring an important announcement, transaction, event, or completion. The weekend is ideal for a cut-loose or vacation break. Venus retrograde, starting Saturday, adds something extra to the mix. It’ll make a significant difference; it’s lucrative and rewarding. Keep the short-term and long-term benefits in mind. You’ll gain good traction both ways.

      November 22 - December 21

      A fresh infusion puts the sparkle back in your eyes. Through Monday, that’s just what you’ll get. Good news, a special event, travel, or a surprise reconnection could make your day. Mercury/sun and Mars/Uranus keep the conversation and action lively, perhaps unexpectedly so. Venus in Virgo draws added attention to the must-do list, but as of Saturday it’s on the back burner.

      December 21 - January 20

      The next few days will produce added excitement. They can produce added expense, too, but it’s likely due to pleasure, indulgence, or making it good for yourself. Someone special could light a spark or a fuse. Love is hot or not. Venus retrograde in Virgo says ditch the guilt and pump up on satisfaction. Tuesday is easier than Wednesday.

      January 20 - February 18

      Thursday to Saturday, something could go pop. Goodbyes or hellos can be said. A special event or a special someone can get the ball rolling. Once it does, it can launch a domino effect. Now through month’s end, the exceptional can come into play. You could feel a strong sense of déjà vu or destiny in the making.

      February 18 - March 20

      Thursday can be a great work, discovery, or solution-finding day. Things can fall into place unexpectedly and well. Keep your time open-ended this weekend. Venus retrograde, starting Saturday, can bring a change of heart or mind. It could see you want or need to back out of a get-together, a plan, or a purchase. Monday/Tuesday is smooth sailing.



      Donna Morgan

      Jul 24, 2015 at 11:04am

      Gosh...a column on astrology and now one on the medicinal purposes of marijuana (quite the wonder drug, illness must almost be eliminated from YVR)...too bad you don't have a regular science or environment column.