Your horoscope from June 19 to 25, 2014

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      Mercury retrograde has spent the past 10 days hiking the emotional barometer in Cancer. As of Tuesday—the start of the teachers’ strike and the deadline for the government’s ruling on the Northern Gateway pipeline—Mercury dipped back into Gemini. It will complete retrograde on July 1 in this mobilizing sign.

      The moon in hot-wired Aries at week’s end puts the jazz fest and a lot more into full swing. On Thursday afternoon, Mercury retrograde and the sun conjoin. This is the halfway mark of the retrograde cycle and a spark point for something new to filter into our awareness or into actuality. Monitor your thoughts, conversations, and impulses—they’ll provide subtle or not-so-subtle clues. Note that Friday’s excitable moon, Mars, and Uranus are on a short fuse and can easily be provoked. Use extra caution during the evening rush hour.

      Marking the sun’s entrance into Cancer, the summer solstice occurs on Saturday at 3:51 a.m. The Taurus moon can smooth it out, slow it down, or ease it along, but a building opposition between Mars and Uranus is likely to keep the edgy atmosphere going strong through Wednesday. Softening Venus in Gemini, starting Monday, is a fruitful influence for money talks and negotiations. Wednesday thrusts something new into the equation. This is an icebreaker or tiebreaker day.

      March 20 - April 19

      Something you hear, read, or witness can provoke you on Thursday/Friday. Once you spring into action, reasonable boundaries are easily forgotten. If you can keep your cool, Saturday through Monday, the stars loan you a better ability to sway the conversation. On Tuesday, follow and allow, rather than leading. By Wednesday, you’re onto a productive fresh page.

      April 19 - May 20

      If it jumps out at you again, take it as a sign. Heed your body’s signals and sudden flashes too. Friday’s interruptions or eruptions can make for a challenging go of things. On the other hand, the unexpected could provide a surprise advantage, a second chance, or a lucrative opportunity. Saturday/Sunday, you’ll regain control. Monday/Tuesday, stay creative. Wednesday’s action-taking or forward thrust is well timed.

      May 20 - June 21

      Thursday/Friday, have another talk or look-see, or let nature take its course. Mercury retrograde and the sun can illuminate something that was overlooked or restimulate something critical. Don’t hesitate to revise, or ditch whatever you had on the go. Friday gives you a jump-start or a preview of what’s to come. Next Wednesday springs you into action. Risk; gain.

      June 21 - July 22

      Friday could be jolting, match-strike, anything-goes or turn-a-sharp-corner day. A public event, dancing, or something social can be a healthy outlet for that extra energy, but also take note of the volatility barometer. Although the on-edge atmosphere continues, the summer solstice is accompanied by smoother-rolling stars. Saturday through Tuesday, go with the flow. Wednesday is pivotal.

      July 22 - August 22

      A revisit or rethink could be the ticket Thursday/Friday. Also, a special event, an important piece of news, a surprise, a find, or a discovery keeps the excitement well stoked. From the end of this week through the middle of next, Mars and Uranus are ramping up. Monday/Tuesday, uncertainty continues. By Wednesday, you’ll know the score and how to play it next.

      August 22 - September 22

      Thursday and Friday are synchronistic, get-it-off-the-ground, or jump-start days. Still, there’s no telling how things will shape up. You’ll have little choice but to let the moment dictate the play. Saturday/Sunday, it’s a smoother, easier go. Mercury retrograde takes you on a review of the past, but that’s not where the future lies. Wednesday thrusts a relationship or financial matter onto a fresh page.

      September 22 - October 22

      The end of the workweek keeps the excitement going strong. Fast and furious Friday can bring added expense or the unexpected. Folks can be unpredictable or volatile; then again, perhaps it’s you that’s hot-wired. Starting Tuesday, Venus improves lines of communication. Wednesday hits the action switch. It’s onward and upward from here.

      October 23 - November 22

      It’s wise to research it more, to rethink finances, work, or work-it-out methods. Over the next few days, you could overhear or stumble upon something that’s a good add-on or a better solution. Ready, clean, simple, and straightforward is the right pick, but even so, it could take you several more steps or tries. Mid to late next week does the trick.

      November 22 - December 21

      Mercury’s backtrack into Gemini sparks a second look, another conversation, a revisit, or a revision. Hot or not, yes or no, off or on, which way to go? Thursday/Friday, the message or choice is obvious. Still, it can take another week to see your way clearly. Venus in Gemini, starting Monday, and Wednesday’s Mars/Uranus opposition keep opportunity moving in the right direction.

      December 21 - January 19

      Revise, revisit, redo. Stay alert for signals and build in added flexibility regarding your plans, schedule, and budget. Thursday/Friday and next Saturday to Monday are best for romance, pleasure-seeking, or productivity, for making money or spending it. On Wednesday, buttons can be pushed, but the job gets done.

      January 20 - February 18

      Thursday’s meet-ups, talks, or refreshers can light a good fire. Friday keeps the action, excitement, and volatility on a ready trigger. Through the end of the month, Mercury’s backtrack into Gemini replenishes and restimulates. Monday onward, you’ll get a better handle on what’s best. As of next Wednesday, Mars/Uranus thrusts you onto next and fresh quickly.

      February 18 - March 20

      A spontaneous talk or get-together does the trick Thursday through Saturday. Something could come to light that requires immediate attention. A family member can cause extra concern or need more from you now. Wednesday puts you over the hump regarding real estate, home move, renovation, family visit, or financial negotiation.