Your horoscope for July 27 to August 2, 2017

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      Over this past week, the sun and Mars in Leo have been close travelling companions. They’re sufficiently refuelled and are now ready to have a fresh go at it. Together they are a bring-it-to-life, personal-renewal, consciousness-raising duo.

      Leo is a creator influence, a self-actualization archetype. When it is activated, it’s time to realign with your beating heart, to find your shine again, to recognize how special you are, and to make others recognize how special you are. To live, to love, to play, to feel rewarded; Mars, continuing in Leo through the first week of September, keeps “I desire” and “I deserve” on maximum drive. Even if you are presently coping with a harsh reality, know that desire for more and better is a gift. Essentially, it is not allowing you to give up on yourself.

      Overall, Mercury’s recent trek out of Leo and into Virgo is productive for getting onto tasks, especially regarding fix-it repairs and cleanup projects. If it isn’t working for you well enough or if it needs an upgrade, Mercury will make it too obvious to ignore. If there’s something useful to get out of it, Mercury will give you the opportunity to extract what you need.

      Upping the emotional quotient yet again, Venus in Cancer, starting Monday, puts more attention on home, real estate, family, comfort zones, and the past. Go by feel; express how you feel. Late Wednesday, Uranus in Aries turns retrograde. It can produce an instigating, unleashing, rerouting, or cut-to-the-chase effect.

      Two eclipses and another Mercury-retrograde cycle are on the way. More on this next week.

      March 20 - April 20

      Ready to take it on? You bet. The sun and Mars have you good to go. They also ignite a sense that you are at the start of something quite significant. Plenty will unfold over the month and the months ahead. Venus into Cancer, starting Monday, favours home and family upgrades. Uranus retrograde, starting Wednesday, prompts a faster cut to the chase.

      April 20 - May 21

      Sun, Mars, and Mercury set you onto a great upward swing. Make the most of it. Friday through Monday are good for topping it up or working it out with someone. Venus into Cancer, starting Monday, can increase emotionalism, nostalgia, or attachment. Tuesday and Wednesday are full to the brim. Something unexpected could arise. Take it as it comes; don’t overdo it.

      May 21 - June 21

      A fresh idea, talk, trend, or hot spot can perk you right up. Someone new can too. The stars keep you well occupied through the weekend. Sunday/Monday go by feel. Venus into Cancer, starting Monday, increases emotionalism or food sensitivity. Venus also helps you to retain information and to read people even better. Tuesday to Thursday puts you onto something fresh.

      June 21 - July 22

      Put creativity into action and watch the good it does you. Mars and the sun now give you an added vote of confidence; make sure to give yourself one, too. What’s lost can be found again; Mercury in Virgo will help you to zero into what’s most expeditious or useful. Venus into Cancer, starting Monday, begins an attraction cycle.

      July 22 - August 23

      What’s new with you? Whatever it is, it has a particularly vibrant life force to it. You are just at the start of so much more to come. Mars in Leo and next month’s eclipses will see you break plenty of new ground. Don’t hold back. Play it up; go for it with all your heart. Take a risk; reinvent a little; reinvent it all.

      August 23 - September 23

      Plenty to think about, to plan, to work out, to upgrade or improve upon; never a dull moment, Mercury in Virgo keeps you well on the go. Whether you witness it as a subtle or strong shift, the sun, Mars, and Venus on a new page boost prospects, vitality, and can-do. Gift yourself with today; soak up on here and now. Tomorrow comes soon enough.

      September 23 - October 23

      Top it up, make the most of it while the getting is good. Mars and the sun set up a great backdrop for getting your pleasure fill. As of Monday, Venus into Cancer puts added emphasis on goal-setting or -reaching, on making it official or getting it nailed down. Wednesday, Uranus shifts the momentum or attention onto something or someone specific.

      October 23 - November 22

      Can you make that good thing better yet? You bet. For this next month or so, Mars and the sun in Leo boost ambition and success ratios. Both are good for taking charge and/or getting something new off the ground. Special attention or recognition can come your way. Venus into Cancer, starting Monday, adds nicely to opportunity, pleasure, and reward.

      November 22 - December 21

      Feel yourself coming back to life? Over this past week, Mars and the sun in Leo have been kicking it up a great big notch. You can expect this positive surge to keep going strong. For the next six weeks, Mars in Leo will continue to supply you with the best of the best. It’s a heart journey for sure!

      December 21 - January 20

      Mars and the sun have been lighting a fresh spark in the self-love department. Intimate relationships and money matters are also primed to gain a great big boost. Mercury in Virgo helps you to fill in the missing blanks. Venus into emotional Cancer, starting Monday, has you feeling it even more. The heart grows fuller.

      January 20 - February 18

      Something new is firing up. Expect it to fast-track from here. Leo month sets you up to break major new ground in an important one-on-one relationship and/or regarding your social and career worlds. Venus in Cancer, starting Monday, calls more attention to safeguarding. Uranus retrograde, starting mid next week, cuts to the chase with better precision.

      February 18 - March 20

      Getting there… Yes, you are. The evidence is starting to show. Mars and the sun in Leo will continue to help you gain better ground, for yourself in general and regarding something specific in the area of health, work, and fit-it and improvement projects. Venus into Cancer, starting Monday, warms the heart/hits it just right, too.