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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 21

Thrilling changes are on the horizon for Taurus and Scorpios should trust their intuition. Read on for more of what the week has in store, from Diane’s astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries
March 20 – April 18
Because you’re inquisitive, you’ll happily explore intriguing ideas or offers, even if they’re impractical. From your perspective, at minimum, it will be interesting, enough that what you experience could add to your life. However, what you do and who you meet this week won’t just be intriguing, they could be life-changing. Clearly, you’ll delve into these further. How far you’ll go remains to be seen.

Taurus
April 19 – May 19
Watching certain familiar if not crucial elements of your life come undone may seem worrying, at least initially. By midweek, however, you realize what’s going is clearing the way for developments that have been in the air for ages but which you’d assumed would take forever to happen. Now, not only is the pace speeding up, these thrilling changes could be settled before the month’s close.

Gemini
May 20 – June 19
However straightforward plans seem, and clear as you are in your own mind about the order in which they’ll be done, ensure arrangements are flexible. Why? On the 30th, your ruler Mercury goes retrograde, triggering the usual unexpected changes. While some will be welcome and others less so, the better equipped you are to ride out unexpected developments, the more smoothly the coming weeks’ events will go.

Cancer
June 20 – July 21
Recent events have given you good reason to be hyper-sensitive to both anything worrying and those who’re in a tricky mood. Take note of what arises, however, since it’s unlikely those that make you gasp will turn into problems. This is mostly because the pace is swift and, better yet, each day’s developments are an improvement on those before, enough that by the week’s close, everybody’s smiling.

Leo
July 22 – August 21
Life’s been exciting but now the focus shifts to practical matters in general, and to finances in particular. While they’re a bit dull you’ve known you should do your sums, in terms of money but, as much, considering the of time, effort and, possibly, heart, you’d have to invest in certain plans. The simple act of gathering the facts will do wonders to clarify your thinking.

Virgo
August 22 – September 21
Planning ahead may be a virtue but with your ruler Mercury going retrograde, in Virgo, on 30 August, even simple arrangements will change, probably often. For now, focus on tidying up anything unruly, whether of a business, practical or personal nature. That way, when the inevitable twists and turns arise, you can deal swiftly with those that are uncomplicated and explore those that are more complex.

Libra
September 22 – October 21
Over the past several weeks you’ve focused on calming potentially tricky situations, in the hope that somehow events would deal with the rest. Now that it’s clear they won’t, and you’ll need to step in, probably soon, and seek workable solutions. The secret is to get others involved. They’re unaware of worrying problems. Tell them all about these, and in detail. They’ll be amazingly helpful.

Scorpio
October 22 – November 20
No matter how much you weigh up the combination of circumstances you’re facing and the peculiarities of the people involved in already tricky situations, the way ahead will be unclear. However, your intuition is both sharp and trustworthy. While you can’t tell everybody you’ve based crucial decisions on those feelings, things will work out so well others will want to know how. Simply smile and say nothing.

Sagittarius
November 21 – December 20
When certain longstanding and, in some cases, crucial arrangements come undone, you’re anxious. However, you’re kept busy rethinking plans, sometimes every day. While, as a Sagittarius and a fire sign, you rather enjoy this swift pace, others worry. Reassure the individuals in question but make no promises. Instead, encourage those who’re anxious to get involved. This keeps them well informed without relying on you.

Capricorn
December 21 – January 19
As a Capricorn, you won’t be thrilled about others high-jacking decisions that are yours to make. Yet the fact is, they’re better informed than you are and, as important, can be trusted. That being the case, leave these matters up to the individuals in question and, meanwhile, focus on more personal, and more complex dilemmas currently coming to the surface. These need a personal touch.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
Unsettling as recent events were, they were also no surprise. For ages you’ve been conscious certain arrangements, some longstanding, would need to change. However much of a relief what’s happened thus far seems, you’re anxious things will go too far. That won’t last for long. In fact, you’ll soon exchange those concerns for an eagerness to take what’s currently being rethought considerably further.

Pisces
February 19 – March 19
For ages you’ve known elements of your domestic or working life couldn’t remain as they are. Despite that, how and in what way things would change has been unclear. Until this week. Wednesday’s encounter between courageous Mars and practical Saturn get things moving, and so swiftly that, despite your doubts about plans, neither you nor others are able to slow the pace or extent of events.

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Diane’s Edit:
The Vacation Read

Whether you’re stuck in traffic on the Jitney or luxuriating on the Riviera, Diane’s recommended vacation reads should help you pass the time.

The Girls by Emma Cline
A brilliant and lauded debut by 27-year-old Cline set in 60’s California, zooming in on the girls of the Manson cult through the eyes of Evie, a lonely and inquisitive 14-year-old, whose thirst for belonging and becoming draws her into their circle. Cline manages to write a distinctive coming-of-age narrative in beautiful, poetic prose, with startling psychological insight.

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. Blume
Blume flawlessly resurrects 1920’s Paris, Spain and everything in between as she recounts Hemingway’s raucous adventures just as his star began to rise. It is an exhaustively researched and deftly told tale of the Lost Generation and their anointed voice.

My Brilliant Friend: Neopolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante
The first in a four-part series from one of Italy’s most celebrated authors, My Brilliant Friend sets the stage for the life long friendship between Lila and Elena, two young girls growing up together on the outskirts of Naples. The stories are as complex and tightly woven as the bonds the two women share.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
An illuminating and informed capturing of the life and mind of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and mastermind behind such innovations as Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City. Vance explores just what makes Musk one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history and probes such pressing questions as, What’s next?

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 28

A new chapter for Gemini, twists and turns for Virgo. Read on to see what the stars have in store this week, from Diane’s astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries
March 20 – April 18
Once you understand you’re in a cycle that’s about discovery, instead of battling changes, you’ll recognize them as an invitation to explore, and do so. With eclipses on September 1st and 16th shaking up elements of your life, work or daily routine, you’re urged to be flexible about both existing arrangements and new ventures. Explore everything. What’s least expected could work out brilliantly in the long run.

Taurus
April 19 – May 19
You know the activities and people you enjoy and, just as much, what you don’t. So when the events triggered by Thursday’s eclipsed New Moon force you into unfamiliar territory, you are not happy. Despite that, don’t say no. This is kick-starting a cycle of growth and exploration that will shake things up a bit, but in wonderful and, often, long overdue ways.

Gemini
May 20 – June 19
The confusion introduced by your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle, which begins Tuesday and lasts until 22 September, is nothing new. Now, however, that disarray highlights crucial questions about your domestic or working life and, especially, the need to do things differently, if not make serious changes. So when certain of those arrangements come undone, as is likely, recognize that as the beginning of a new chapter.

Cancer
June 20 – July 21
As a Cancerian, you’ve an instinctive understanding of the lunar cycle. Thus, you welcome the stillness of Thursday’s New Moon. Yet it’s the first of two eclipses, the second’s on September 16th. Both are about breakthroughs, some welcome, others less so. Urgent as decisions about these and other matters seem, this period is as much about rethinking your perspective and priorities as the changes, ultimately, you’ll make.

Leo
July 22 – August 21
While there’s no way around complications involving everything from practical or financial matters to issues with loved ones, the clarity you gain will prove valuable. These and other perplexing questions are preparing you for the thrilling, if unexpected, developments that arise next week. Every fact you must gather and informative conversation you have now will provide information that will be crucial to decisions you’re making then.

Virgo
August 22 – September 21
You’re superb at organising your own life and others’, but occasionally over-plan. However with your ruler Mercury retrograde in your sign, from Tuesday, and the Virgo eclipsed New Moon, on Thursday, shaking things up, life’s about the unexpected. While you can’t predict the nature or extent of developments, at least you can ensure whatever you organize is flexible enough to ride out those twists and turns.

Libra
September 22 – October 21
If it seems destiny is determined to declutter your life, that’s true. While you’re undoubtedly relieved to see certain situations, alliances or obligations go, saying farewell to others is far more difficult. Yet in every case these are decluttering your mind, and your life, and making way for the powerful cycle of growth and good fortune triggered by mighty Jupiter’s move into Libra on 9 September.

Scorpio
October 22 – November 20
Over recent weeks often you’ve been forced to either go along with others’ questionable decisions or abandon your plans in favour of those made by certain individuals. While, at the time, you were fuming or struggling to escape, you now recognize how beneficial these were. Better yet, they’ve prepared you for the easier, if not actually thrilling, but as unexpected, changes unfolding between now and mid-September.

Sagittarius
November 21 – December 20
It would be no surprise if you’re still wrestling with the seemingly unfair demands or, possibly, unwelcome changes triggered by potent aspects involving Mars and tough Saturn, in Sagittarius. However, you’re already recognising their potential and, over the coming weeks, will actually be thankful they took place. For now, focus on learning about these and the people they’re introducing into your life. You’ll be fascinated.

Capricorn
December 21 – January 19
Capricorn may be the most decisive sign of the zodiac. But it’s only now that circumstances are preventing you making plans or taking action, that you recognize the importance of being in control. Still, with Mars in the most strategic portion of your chart until the end of September, your life’s about reflection. Dull? No way. You’re preparing for the dynamic cycle that October is all about.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
Annoying as certain bizarre and often perplexing situations may be, they’re introducing you to fascinating people or the kind of ideas you really enjoying exploring. If there’s any problem, it’s that others won’t always share your enthusiasm. It makes no difference if it’s family, close friends or colleagues, take a break from them, too. In every way these changes, even if temporary, will hugely enliven your life.

Pisces
February 19 – March 19
As an intuitive Piscean, you already sense change is coming. And between Thursday’s eclipsed New Moon, and the lunar eclipse, on 16 September, both of which raise questions about elements of your life you’ve struggled to keep as they are, you could be anxious. However, your intuition rightly tells you these aren’t just inevitable, they’re exactly what’s needed. Undertake them, and you’ll learn why.

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 14

A full moon brings clarity for Cancer and Gemini and heightened emotions for Aquarius. Read on for what else the week has in store, courtesy of Diane’s astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries
March 20 – April 18
You hate wasting time, so rarely dither over decisions. However, you’re already in a state about the situations triggered by the upcoming encounter between your ruler Mars and tough Saturn, on the 24th. These involve commitments, possibly those that would restrict your freedom, be long term or demanding. Yet, you’d benefit. Immeasurably. If in doubt, consider this; would you regret not going for it?

Taurus
April 19 – May 19
Recently you’ve witnessed elements of your life changing, if not coming undone. Still, admittedly, these were overdue. While those shifts will continue, you’re beginning to recognize new ways of living, working – or loving – coming your way. Explore these out of interest but don’t hurry into plans. Whatever is good now will just get better when, on the 27th, your ruler Venus meets fortunate Jupiter.

Gemini
May 20 – June 19
With so many changes in the air – situations involving your domestic, working, and social life, and equally future plans – even you, who thrives on intriguing ideas, are overwhelmed. This is partly the pressure triggered by Thursday’s Full Moon. While the resulting heightened feelings clarify your priorities, avoid committing just yet. There are many more options yet to appear before lasting decisions can be made.

Cancer
June 20 – July 21
During the recent unsettling weeks, you’ve wrestled with issues that involve the wise use of your resources, personally and by others, at home or in professional settings. Although you’ve discussed these frankly, it’s unlikely to be until Thursday’s Full Moon that either the facts or your feelings are clear enough to make decisions. Even then, with ongoing changes, even simple plans are best regarded as tentative.

Leo
July 22 – August 21
While there’s plenty of excitement in the air, you’re grumpy. That’s mostly because coming events involve changes that are disruptive or you regard as unnecessary. You may even be battling them. However, the link, midweek, between your ruler the Sun and inventive Uranus triggers ideas or offers so thrilling, even you say yes. And, not surprisingly, within days, your mood and your plans are vastly improved.

Virgo
August 22 – September 21
Since late July you’ve dealt with disputes, some serious, a few irritating but most you regarded clashing views. You’re now realising how informative these were, about existing arrangements and future plans. Enough you’re now seriously considering ideas or offers you’d once have dismissed as unrealistic. Still, regard any arrangements as tentative, since circumstances and your priorities will change, and substantially, over the coming month or so.

Libra
September 22 – October 21
Although your clever mind’s an asset, you sometimes over-analyse options, to the extent decisions seem impossible. Actually, you needn’t worry, simply because next week’s events will force you and others to commit. But, by then, you’ll benefit from the coming week’s revelations, from various sources and of various types. Knowing that, for now, wait, watch and learn. Soon those decisions will be crystal clear.

Scorpio
October 22 – November 20
Exciting as the ideas and plans being discussed are, you’re wary. It’s partly because of recent challenging experiences but, as much, they’re worryingly unfamiliar, far out or unrealistic. Actually, that’s the point. They’ll enable you to break away from increasingly unrewarding alliances, activities or pursuits. Take that first step. It may seem impossible. Nevertheless, after that, each will build on what you learn and experience.

Sagittarius
November 21 – December 20
Over the past weeks, you’ve been disentangling yourself from several unrewarding arrangements and, more important, are exploring other, far better options. Between now and the life-changing link between Mars and Saturn, planet of achievement, in Sagittarius, on the 24th, things will come together. And spectacularly. Focus on details such as time and money. And aim high. This could be part of your life for a long time.

Capricorn
December 21 – January 19
When your ruler Saturn moved into the most reflective portion of your chart in 2015, you began a lengthy cycle of reflection. Uninteresting as that seemed initially, you’ve since understood elements of your nature that were holding you back, if not denying you happiness. Between now and August’s close you make decisions that, only recently, you’d have battled. These could change your life, and miraculously.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
As an air sign, you rightly pride yourself on your clear-minded approach to life’s up and downs. What’s more, friends rely on your rational take on their dilemmas. Still, even you are subject to the heightened emotions triggered by Thursday’s Aquarius Full Moon. Unsettling as some of the resulting feelings may be, you’ll recognize your heightened appreciation of who and what means most to you.

Pisces
February 19 – March 19
Everybody has dreams. Now fortunate circumstances could make these reality. However, you’re unsure exactly what approach you should take. While in some situations, events are a payoff for your efforts in the past, as many involve those ideas that others said were unrealistic. Once, perhaps, they were. But now they’re not, which means your biggest challenge is deciding what’s next. The choice is yours.

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 28

A new chapter for Gemini, twists and turns for Virgo. Read on to see what the stars have in store this week, from Diane’s astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries
March 20 – April 18
Once you understand you’re in a cycle that’s about discovery, instead of battling changes, you’ll recognize them as an invitation to explore, and do so. With eclipses on September 1st and 16th shaking up elements of your life, work or daily routine, you’re urged to be flexible about both existing arrangements and new ventures. Explore everything. What’s least expected could work out brilliantly in the long run.

Taurus
April 19 – May 19
You know the activities and people you enjoy and, just as much, what you don’t. So when the events triggered by Thursday’s eclipsed New Moon force you into unfamiliar territory, you are not happy. Despite that, don’t say no. This is kick-starting a cycle of growth and exploration that will shake things up a bit, but in wonderful and, often, long overdue ways.

Gemini
May 20 – June 19
The confusion introduced by your ruler Mercury’s retrograde cycle, which begins Tuesday and lasts until 22 September, is nothing new. Now, however, that disarray highlights crucial questions about your domestic or working life and, especially, the need to do things differently, if not make serious changes. So when certain of those arrangements come undone, as is likely, recognize that as the beginning of a new chapter.

Cancer
June 20 – July 21
As a Cancerian, you’ve an instinctive understanding of the lunar cycle. Thus, you welcome the stillness of Thursday’s New Moon. Yet it’s the first of two eclipses, the second’s on September 16th. Both are about breakthroughs, some welcome, others less so. Urgent as decisions about these and other matters seem, this period is as much about rethinking your perspective and priorities as the changes, ultimately, you’ll make.

Leo
July 22 – August 21
While there’s no way around complications involving everything from practical or financial matters to issues with loved ones, the clarity you gain will prove valuable. These and other perplexing questions are preparing you for the thrilling, if unexpected, developments that arise next week. Every fact you must gather and informative conversation you have now will provide information that will be crucial to decisions you’re making then.

Virgo
August 22 – September 21
You’re superb at organising your own life and others’, but occasionally over-plan. However with your ruler Mercury retrograde in your sign, from Tuesday, and the Virgo eclipsed New Moon, on Thursday, shaking things up, life’s about the unexpected. While you can’t predict the nature or extent of developments, at least you can ensure whatever you organize is flexible enough to ride out those twists and turns.

Libra
September 22 – October 21
If it seems destiny is determined to declutter your life, that’s true. While you’re undoubtedly relieved to see certain situations, alliances or obligations go, saying farewell to others is far more difficult. Yet in every case these are decluttering your mind, and your life, and making way for the powerful cycle of growth and good fortune triggered by mighty Jupiter’s move into Libra on 9 September.

Scorpio
October 22 – November 20
Over recent weeks often you’ve been forced to either go along with others’ questionable decisions or abandon your plans in favour of those made by certain individuals. While, at the time, you were fuming or struggling to escape, you now recognize how beneficial these were. Better yet, they’ve prepared you for the easier, if not actually thrilling, but as unexpected, changes unfolding between now and mid-September.

Sagittarius
November 21 – December 20
It would be no surprise if you’re still wrestling with the seemingly unfair demands or, possibly, unwelcome changes triggered by potent aspects involving Mars and tough Saturn, in Sagittarius. However, you’re already recognising their potential and, over the coming weeks, will actually be thankful they took place. For now, focus on learning about these and the people they’re introducing into your life. You’ll be fascinated.

Capricorn
December 21 – January 19
Capricorn may be the most decisive sign of the zodiac. But it’s only now that circumstances are preventing you making plans or taking action, that you recognize the importance of being in control. Still, with Mars in the most strategic portion of your chart until the end of September, your life’s about reflection. Dull? No way. You’re preparing for the dynamic cycle that October is all about.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
Annoying as certain bizarre and often perplexing situations may be, they’re introducing you to fascinating people or the kind of ideas you really enjoying exploring. If there’s any problem, it’s that others won’t always share your enthusiasm. It makes no difference if it’s family, close friends or colleagues, take a break from them, too. In every way these changes, even if temporary, will hugely enliven your life.

Pisces
February 19 – March 19
As an intuitive Piscean, you already sense change is coming. And between Thursday’s eclipsed New Moon, and the lunar eclipse, on 16 September, both of which raise questions about elements of your life you’ve struggled to keep as they are, you could be anxious. However, your intuition rightly tells you these aren’t just inevitable, they’re exactly what’s needed. Undertake them, and you’ll learn why.

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 21

Thrilling changes are on the horizon for Taurus and Scorpios should trust their intuition. Read on for more of what the week has in store, from Diane’s astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries
March 20 – April 18
Because you’re inquisitive, you’ll happily explore intriguing ideas or offers, even if they’re impractical. From your perspective, at minimum, it will be interesting, enough that what you experience could add to your life. However, what you do and who you meet this week won’t just be intriguing, they could be life-changing. Clearly, you’ll delve into these further. How far you’ll go remains to be seen.

Taurus
April 19 – May 19
Watching certain familiar if not crucial elements of your life come undone may seem worrying, at least initially. By midweek, however, you realize what’s going is clearing the way for developments that have been in the air for ages but which you’d assumed would take forever to happen. Now, not only is the pace speeding up, these thrilling changes could be settled before the month’s close.

Gemini
May 20 – June 19
However straightforward plans seem, and clear as you are in your own mind about the order in which they’ll be done, ensure arrangements are flexible. Why? On the 30th, your ruler Mercury goes retrograde, triggering the usual unexpected changes. While some will be welcome and others less so, the better equipped you are to ride out unexpected developments, the more smoothly the coming weeks’ events will go.

Cancer
June 20 – July 21
Recent events have given you good reason to be hyper-sensitive to both anything worrying and those who’re in a tricky mood. Take note of what arises, however, since it’s unlikely those that make you gasp will turn into problems. This is mostly because the pace is swift and, better yet, each day’s developments are an improvement on those before, enough that by the week’s close, everybody’s smiling.

Leo
July 22 – August 21
Life’s been exciting but now the focus shifts to practical matters in general, and to finances in particular. While they’re a bit dull you’ve known you should do your sums, in terms of money but, as much, considering the of time, effort and, possibly, heart, you’d have to invest in certain plans. The simple act of gathering the facts will do wonders to clarify your thinking.

Virgo
August 22 – September 21
Planning ahead may be a virtue but with your ruler Mercury going retrograde, in Virgo, on 30 August, even simple arrangements will change, probably often. For now, focus on tidying up anything unruly, whether of a business, practical or personal nature. That way, when the inevitable twists and turns arise, you can deal swiftly with those that are uncomplicated and explore those that are more complex.

Libra
September 22 – October 21
Over the past several weeks you’ve focused on calming potentially tricky situations, in the hope that somehow events would deal with the rest. Now that it’s clear they won’t, and you’ll need to step in, probably soon, and seek workable solutions. The secret is to get others involved. They’re unaware of worrying problems. Tell them all about these, and in detail. They’ll be amazingly helpful.

Scorpio
October 22 – November 20
No matter how much you weigh up the combination of circumstances you’re facing and the peculiarities of the people involved in already tricky situations, the way ahead will be unclear. However, your intuition is both sharp and trustworthy. While you can’t tell everybody you’ve based crucial decisions on those feelings, things will work out so well others will want to know how. Simply smile and say nothing.

Sagittarius
November 21 – December 20
When certain longstanding and, in some cases, crucial arrangements come undone, you’re anxious. However, you’re kept busy rethinking plans, sometimes every day. While, as a Sagittarius and a fire sign, you rather enjoy this swift pace, others worry. Reassure the individuals in question but make no promises. Instead, encourage those who’re anxious to get involved. This keeps them well informed without relying on you.

Capricorn
December 21 – January 19
As a Capricorn, you won’t be thrilled about others high-jacking decisions that are yours to make. Yet the fact is, they’re better informed than you are and, as important, can be trusted. That being the case, leave these matters up to the individuals in question and, meanwhile, focus on more personal, and more complex dilemmas currently coming to the surface. These need a personal touch.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
Unsettling as recent events were, they were also no surprise. For ages you’ve been conscious certain arrangements, some longstanding, would need to change. However much of a relief what’s happened thus far seems, you’re anxious things will go too far. That won’t last for long. In fact, you’ll soon exchange those concerns for an eagerness to take what’s currently being rethought considerably further.

Pisces
February 19 – March 19
For ages you’ve known elements of your domestic or working life couldn’t remain as they are. Despite that, how and in what way things would change has been unclear. Until this week. Wednesday’s encounter between courageous Mars and practical Saturn get things moving, and so swiftly that, despite your doubts about plans, neither you nor others are able to slow the pace or extent of events.

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 14

A full moon brings clarity for Cancer and Gemini and heightened emotions for Aquarius. Read on for what else the week has in store, courtesy of Diane’s astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries
March 20 – April 18
You hate wasting time, so rarely dither over decisions. However, you’re already in a state about the situations triggered by the upcoming encounter between your ruler Mars and tough Saturn, on the 24th. These involve commitments, possibly those that would restrict your freedom, be long term or demanding. Yet, you’d benefit. Immeasurably. If in doubt, consider this; would you regret not going for it?

Taurus
April 19 – May 19
Recently you’ve witnessed elements of your life changing, if not coming undone. Still, admittedly, these were overdue. While those shifts will continue, you’re beginning to recognize new ways of living, working – or loving – coming your way. Explore these out of interest but don’t hurry into plans. Whatever is good now will just get better when, on the 27th, your ruler Venus meets fortunate Jupiter.

Gemini
May 20 – June 19
With so many changes in the air – situations involving your domestic, working, and social life, and equally future plans – even you, who thrives on intriguing ideas, are overwhelmed. This is partly the pressure triggered by Thursday’s Full Moon. While the resulting heightened feelings clarify your priorities, avoid committing just yet. There are many more options yet to appear before lasting decisions can be made.

Cancer
June 20 – July 21
During the recent unsettling weeks, you’ve wrestled with issues that involve the wise use of your resources, personally and by others, at home or in professional settings. Although you’ve discussed these frankly, it’s unlikely to be until Thursday’s Full Moon that either the facts or your feelings are clear enough to make decisions. Even then, with ongoing changes, even simple plans are best regarded as tentative.

Leo
July 22 – August 21
While there’s plenty of excitement in the air, you’re grumpy. That’s mostly because coming events involve changes that are disruptive or you regard as unnecessary. You may even be battling them. However, the link, midweek, between your ruler the Sun and inventive Uranus triggers ideas or offers so thrilling, even you say yes. And, not surprisingly, within days, your mood and your plans are vastly improved.

Virgo
August 22 – September 21
Since late July you’ve dealt with disputes, some serious, a few irritating but most you regarded clashing views. You’re now realising how informative these were, about existing arrangements and future plans. Enough you’re now seriously considering ideas or offers you’d once have dismissed as unrealistic. Still, regard any arrangements as tentative, since circumstances and your priorities will change, and substantially, over the coming month or so.

Libra
September 22 – October 21
Although your clever mind’s an asset, you sometimes over-analyse options, to the extent decisions seem impossible. Actually, you needn’t worry, simply because next week’s events will force you and others to commit. But, by then, you’ll benefit from the coming week’s revelations, from various sources and of various types. Knowing that, for now, wait, watch and learn. Soon those decisions will be crystal clear.

Scorpio
October 22 – November 20
Exciting as the ideas and plans being discussed are, you’re wary. It’s partly because of recent challenging experiences but, as much, they’re worryingly unfamiliar, far out or unrealistic. Actually, that’s the point. They’ll enable you to break away from increasingly unrewarding alliances, activities or pursuits. Take that first step. It may seem impossible. Nevertheless, after that, each will build on what you learn and experience.

Sagittarius
November 21 – December 20
Over the past weeks, you’ve been disentangling yourself from several unrewarding arrangements and, more important, are exploring other, far better options. Between now and the life-changing link between Mars and Saturn, planet of achievement, in Sagittarius, on the 24th, things will come together. And spectacularly. Focus on details such as time and money. And aim high. This could be part of your life for a long time.

Capricorn
December 21 – January 19
When your ruler Saturn moved into the most reflective portion of your chart in 2015, you began a lengthy cycle of reflection. Uninteresting as that seemed initially, you’ve since understood elements of your nature that were holding you back, if not denying you happiness. Between now and August’s close you make decisions that, only recently, you’d have battled. These could change your life, and miraculously.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
As an air sign, you rightly pride yourself on your clear-minded approach to life’s up and downs. What’s more, friends rely on your rational take on their dilemmas. Still, even you are subject to the heightened emotions triggered by Thursday’s Aquarius Full Moon. Unsettling as some of the resulting feelings may be, you’ll recognize your heightened appreciation of who and what means most to you.

Pisces
February 19 – March 19
Everybody has dreams. Now fortunate circumstances could make these reality. However, you’re unsure exactly what approach you should take. While in some situations, events are a payoff for your efforts in the past, as many involve those ideas that others said were unrealistic. Once, perhaps, they were. But now they’re not, which means your biggest challenge is deciding what’s next. The choice is yours.

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Diane’s Edit:
The Vacation Read

Whether you’re stuck in traffic on the Jitney or luxuriating on the Riviera, Diane’s recommended vacation reads should help you pass the time.

The Girls by Emma Cline
A brilliant and lauded debut by 27-year-old Cline set in 60’s California, zooming in on the girls of the Manson cult through the eyes of Evie, a lonely and inquisitive 14-year-old, whose thirst for belonging and becoming draws her into their circle. Cline manages to write a distinctive coming-of-age narrative in beautiful, poetic prose, with startling psychological insight.

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. Blume
Blume flawlessly resurrects 1920’s Paris, Spain and everything in between as she recounts Hemingway’s raucous adventures just as his star began to rise. It is an exhaustively researched and deftly told tale of the Lost Generation and their anointed voice.

My Brilliant Friend: Neopolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante
The first in a four-part series from one of Italy’s most celebrated authors, My Brilliant Friend sets the stage for the life long friendship between Lila and Elena, two young girls growing up together on the outskirts of Naples. The stories are as complex and tightly woven as the bonds the two women share.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
An illuminating and informed capturing of the life and mind of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and mastermind behind such innovations as Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City. Vance explores just what makes Musk one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history and probes such pressing questions as, What’s next?

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DVF x The Empowerment Plan

We are thrilled to announce the DVF x The Empowerment Plan Match Campaign. DVF will match dollar-for-dollar the first $50,000 raised in support of the non-profit, founded by Veronika Scott, recipient of the People’s Voice Award at the 2014 DVF Awards. The Empowerment Plan, based in Detroit, aims at breaking the cycle of homelessness for single women and their families. The Empowerment Plan hires women living in local shelters and trains them to become full-time seamstresses, providing them and their families with access to a stable income and secure housing, as well as independence and freedom.

Both those behind the Empowerment Plan and DVF share a similar belief in the importance of giving women the opportunity to gain control over their lives. As Scott has said, “Diane emanates all that we stand for and continues to prove that despite the struggles one may face, we are all able to accomplish greatness. By matching the first $50,000 raised through this campaign, she is giving back to women looking to change the direction of their own lives by conquering their own fears. Her belief in our work will empower women facing homelessness to break that cycle and to become the person they have always wanted to be.”

Not only will donating help empower women in need, but with every $30 you donate you will be entered for a chance to win a free DVF wrap dress of your choosing!

To donate: DVF Match on Crowdrise.

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 7

Libras need patience and Virgos should go with the flow. Read on for what the stars have in store for you this week, courtesy of Diane’s astrologer, Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries

March 20 – April 18

While you’ll usually do all you can to avoid getting bogged down with tedious details, there’s no escaping the fact certain matters need attention. Some will require some time and a bit of thought. But others are more complex and, ultimately, more interesting than you realise. By midweek, in fact, you’ll be learning so much from these, you’ll put other tasks off until later.

Taurus

April 19 – May 19

Often close relationships are a dance, one in which life’s practicalities are balanced with its pleasures. This is currently the case in several situations and with several individuals. The trick is to anticipate a change in the place while you can still steer the course of events. While other signs couldn’t handle the complexity involved, you’ll do wonderfully and, equally, find you rather enjoy the challenge.

Gemini

May 20 – June 19

For ages you’ve known you’d have to deal with tricky matters involving family or the structure of your life. While you’ve done little, mostly because both circumstances and your priorities were unclear, suddenly things come together. However, a combination of exciting encounters and your own new ideas means what you’ve decided and are doing is very different, but far more exciting, than anything you’ve previously conceived of.

Cancer

June 20 – July 21

Nobody enjoys watching crucial practical or financial arrangements coming undone. Yet for weeks your instincts have been saying there’s something amiss or that unexpected developments could change everything. Judging by the planetary activity between now and the Full Moon, on the 18th, you’ll be dealing with a bit of each. Explore absolutely everything. What seems least promising now could prove most worthwhile in the long run.

Leo

July 22 – August 21

Although you’re undoubtedly still mulling over some of the insights ushered in by the recent Leo New Moon, you’ve probably already put others into action. While this is wise, you’ll need to rethink plans as you go. While ordinarily you’d battle sudden changes, once you accept they’re inevitable, you’ll be flexible, enough you’ll merrily explore each and every idea and opportunity that comes your way.

Virgo

August 22 – September 21

The key to dealing with this complex but ultimately worthwhile week is to recognise that it’s all about teamwork. While flexibility is easy when matters involve joint interests, others being involved in decisions you regard as strictly personal is tricky. Still, for now, go with the flow. The guidance and support that comes your way will be valuable now and in the future.

Libra

September 22 – October 21

Usually you sense when to remain silent versus times when you should speak up. The problem is you’re short of facts, but won’t always be aware what’s missing, which means trusting your instincts. The real challenge is others are unsure of their own priorities, so are in no position to discuss plans. Be patient with them. Meanwhile, busy yourself with certain personal matters you’ve been neglecting.

Scorpio

October 22 – November 20

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that, in giving up ground in certain matters, you’re losing the respect of others. On the contrary, the more you leave up to those who’re interested but also better equipped than you to deal with these, the more time you’ll have for those you’re passionate about. Also, talk this over. The resulting discussions could transform even tense relationships.

Sagittarius

November 21 – December 20

Feeling jet-fuelled? It’s no surprise, because Mars’ move into Sagittarius on 2 August kick-started a period of both review and action. While this boosts your energy, before making changes you’re urged to assess what, and who, you’ll be dealing with. This slows your pace now. But it also means you’ll have both the facts you need and vital clarity of mind when life-changing decisions arise, later this month.

Capricorn

December 21 – January 19

Watching existing arrangements or plans you’ve worked hard to organise come undone is no fun. Yet you rightly sense these are a trial run for something new you’ll be undertaking later in August, when dynamic Mars stages a rare encounter with your ruler Saturn. Prepare for this by joyously relinquishing those outdated ideas and exploring others that both embody your dreams and truly inspire you.

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Tensions about your own plans and, equally, issues regarding certain close alliances aren’t new. Yet until recently there’s been no urgency to deal with these. Now, however, you’re in the run up to the pivotal Aquarius Full Moon, on 18 August, and sense the nature of coming changes. Tempting as it is to try to second-guess these, you’d only confuse matters. Live life one day at a time.

Pisces

February 19 – March 19

Over the coming weeks, you’ll finally be able to deal with certain complex matters once and for all. The turning point is the Pisces Full Moon, on 16 September. That knowledge takes the pressure off you to make swift decisions. Even more, it means that you can explore certain ideas and even alliances, confident you’ve plenty of time to delve into them in depth.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of July 31

Exciting opportunities for Libra, anxiety for Capricorn. Read on for what’s to come this week—from Diane’s astrologer, Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries

March 20 – April 18

While you’ll often do things at the last minute, the urgency you’re feeling to tackle and resolve certain practical or business matters is about your ruler Mars’ move, on Tuesday, from the portion of your chart that accents these, into a new position. This is about broadening your horizons, via study, travel or meeting new people. Better yet, it’s happening just when you’re craving change.

Taurus

April 19 – May 19

Obviously, changes in your domestic setup, work or finances need thought. However, the ideas or offers currently coming your way are so exciting, and things are moving so swiftly, that it’s either say yes or bypass those thrilling opportunities entirely. Out of character as such impulsive behaviour is, you’re tempted. If in doubt, remember this; you’ll only regret what you didn’t do, not what you did.

Gemini

May 20 – June 19

A lively debate is fun, but serious discussions about work or lifestyle are another matter. First, they’re dull. And second, while ideas are intriguing, you’d rather let things unfold in their own time. However, with both your ruler Mercury and, on 5 August, Venus moving to accent changes of this nature, these conversations aren’t just vital, the ideas being raised will soon excite even you.

Cancer

June 20 – July 21

For ages you’ve known you’d have to rethink your priorities, but haven’t felt the time was right. Now the sudden need to make decisions, some crucial, forces you to both examine your position and think about what, and who, should come first. While decisions are pressing, they’re not final. So tell others what you intend to do and put plans into place, but continue exploring your options.

Leo

July 22 – August 21

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself changing plans suddenly or, perhaps, rethinking your way or living or working. The mood behind these is triggered by Tuesday’s Leo New Moon, which constitutes a sort of personal new year for you. Be bold. Venturing into new territory, in terms of your life, loves and pursuits isn’t just timely, it will make you feel you’re being reborn.

Virgo

August 22 – September 21

Having talked over both future plans and potential obstacles in the past, you’re surprised that certain individuals want to conduct a review. That’s not only wise, with the actual circumstances you’re dealing with shifting, possibly several times, discussions will be ongoing. Once you have a chance to review the matter in question, it’s likely you’ll decide your role in certain arrangements needs a rethink as well.

Libra

September 22 – October 21

While you delight in the unexpected, the sudden developments reshaping your life seem too good to be true. Actually, they may be even better. However, the pace of events is rapid, which means you’ll need to review existing arrangements and future plans, and without much discussion or investigation. Still, once any questions are answered, it’s worth moving swiftly. Ideas and offers this good appear only rarely.

Scorpio

October 22 – November 20

If you feel under siege, it’s no surprise. You’ve been battling to maintain the status quo in your domestic or working life. Besides, you’ve watched other familiar, if not longstanding, arrangements come undone, and with nothing to replace them. This Tuesday’s New Moon brings timely developments, in the form of promising ideas regarding existing arrangements and activities that will bring new excitement to your life.

Sagittarius

November 21 – December 20

Being an inquisitive Sagittarius, you always explore intriguing ideas, confident you’ll learn something from them. However, what’s currently on offer thrills you. While you can see how this would work, benefit you and fit into your life, certain individuals can’t. And you need their support. Invest time in gathering the kind of facts necessary to relieve others’ doubts. What you discover will prove helpful for you, too.

Capricorn

December 21 – January 19

It’s the rare Capricorn who’ll trust anything to destiny. No matter how straightforward arrangements seem, you’ll double check timing and facts. Yet, thrilling as current ideas and offers are, they have a life of their own. This rouses anxieties. But also, suddenly you’ve time to spend with those who complain that you’re always too busy for them. Since you’re not, you’re fresh out of excuses.

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Ordinarily, watching longstanding arrangements come undone would be worrying. However, for ages you’ve been trying to disentangle yourself from certain once-rewarding activities or alliances. Now destiny’s doing it for you and, better yet, there are intriguing new options on the horizon. Explore these, bearing in mind that, good as these are, by mid-August’s Aquarius Full Moon, there’ll be yet more appealing options to choose from.

Pisces

February 19 – March 19

It’s time you edited your life. This refers to several situations where you’re struggling to keep things as they are, either out of sentimentality or because you fear changes would upset others. They might. But everything in life must grow, and that means making changes. Deep down you know they’re vital, as do others. So instead of battling the new, from today onward, say yes.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of July 24

Today begins the reign of the Leo who is “venturing into the unknown.” Read on for astrologer Shelley von Strunckel’s take on what the week has in store for you.

Aries

March 20 – April 18

Tempting as it is to find a quick fix for certain persistent or complex issues, you’d soon regret it. Deal with these in depth and you’ll not only leave them behind, what you learn will hone your thinking about decisions in a range of upcoming matters. Some are merely ideas, others are more serious offers. They’ll all shape your future, a few for years to come.

Taurus

April 19 – May 19

Unsettling and, often, inconvenient as last minute changes in existing plans or developments may be, at least explore them. Some will free you from restrictive alliances or arrangements you feared you’d just have to live with. But it’s those that will take you into new territory, in terms of people, activities or goals that will have the most lasting, and positive, influence on your life.

Gemini

May 20 – June 19

As a Gemini, your trademark inquisitiveness is one of your greatest charms and strengths. Yet you’ve written off certain people and pursuits as being so deadly dull or restrictive you’ll avoid them, no matter what. Continue that way now and you’ll soon regret it. Bizarre as saying yes to everything seems, doing so ensures you don’t refuse the miraculous ideas or offers soon to come your way.

Cancer

June 20 – July 21

Several of the practical, business or financial matters currently worrying you are nothing new, yet you’ve been unable to resolve them. Others are more recent but as perplexing. Just when you’re ready to give up, sudden events clear the way to unexpected but sensible solutions. True, they’d mean overcoming certain familiar fears or negative feelings about certain individuals. You can do it. And will never regret it.

Leo

July 22 – August 21

Since early July you’ve faced unsettling events and, often, unwelcome changes. Yet now that you’re viewing these in retrospect, you realize that what seemed most upsetting were actually breakthroughs, if in disguise. Remember this and you’ll be more welcoming to developments in the run up to the Leo New Moon on 2 August. Here, too, it’s about venturing into the unknown, not sticking with the familiar.

Virgo

August 22 – September 21

Obviously, being cornered into making decisions when you’re short of facts or getting involved in arrangements that are poorly organized is worrying. Yet, with both your ruler Mercury and Venus, which accents money and close alliances, moving into Virgo between now and early August, you’ll be able to turn those around. Often, in fact, you’ll do it so swiftly that you’ll be impressed by your cleverness.

Libra

September 22 – October 21

Although you’re always interested to meet new people and hear about new ideas, actually making plans is another matter entirely. However, the current superb planetary activity involving the inventive Uranus suggests even seemingly bizarre events are worth taking seriously. While you may not spot how they’d fit right away, the process of exploring them will be as rewarding as the arrangements that, ultimately, you make.

Scorpio

October 22 – November 20

For ages you’ve been conscious certain longstanding arrangements weren’t working, but didn’t know how to kick-start the necessary changes. Between now and mid-August a series of events make it clear how even seemingly impossible difficulties can be remedied and, as much, what must change, or go. Complex as some of this seems, you’ll feel bizarrely confident it will all work out brilliantly. Which it will.

Sagittarius

November 21 – December 20

Usually you’re the first to get involved in new ideas, plans or ventures. If your instincts are positive, you’ll plunge in without asking a single question. After the tricky past few weeks, however, that seems risky. Your real challenge is being willing to let go of certain arrangements, some longstanding, others deeply meaningful. Saying farewell is vital if you’re to clear the way for what’s next.

Capricorn

December 21 – January 19

After a powerful and often demanding period of questioning, your mind’s clearer about which elements of your life work and where changes are necessary. Challenging as this might be, you’re ready. So when events very different from any you’d conceived arise, and are as uncomplicated as they’d be worthwhile, you worry you’re missing something. It seems too easy. For once, things really are that good.

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Nobody’s better at dealing with permanently uptight individuals and, equally, tricky situations. Between your gift for viewing matters philosophically and the clever solutions you devise, recently you’ve sidestepped numerous disasters. However, you could use a break. This week you get it. Still, you’ll have to cope with various uncertainties until mid-August’s pivotal Aquarius Full Moon. By then both your own priorities and plans will be much clearer.

Pisces

February 19 – March 19

Ordinarily you’d feel terrible if you confronted those individuals who’ve almost made a career of suffering. But suddenly you’ve had enough, and say exactly that. This is perfect timing. First, because somebody needed to speak up. And, second, you are rightly drawing a line. While you’ll happily help those who’re making an effort, you’re finished with those who aren’t. And if that upsets anybody, too bad.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of July 17

Unsettling changes for Scorpio, intriguing people for Pisces, read on for more unexpected twists to come this week—from Diane’s astrologer, Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries

March 20 – April 18

Promising as existing plans and this week’s ideas or offers are, things are unlikely to proceed as anticipated. Instead of organising things in detail, regard simple arrangements as tentative. This may not seem important now. However, that flexibility will become crucial in early August, when your ruler Mars’ move into the most expansive angle of your chart indicates you’ll be broadening your horizons, and in many ways.

Taurus

April 19 – May 19

For weeks you’ve known decisions about your domestic or working life were looming. But you’ve been short of options. Now that both your ruler Venus and Mercury have moved to accent these matters, it’s time to talk thing over. Tempting as it is to make swift decisions, wait until early August, when ideas or options far beyond anything that, currently, you’d imagine possible appear from nowhere.

Gemini

May 20 – June 19

Because Tuesday’s Full Moon heightens anxieties about your resources, from time to money, you’re seeking swift solutions. Be bold. Ask those who you respect for advice. Then listen carefully to their suggestions and, if they make sense, take them. Because this is all about doing things in new and different ways, this may be the first of many plans, but each will bring valuable insights and progress.

Cancer

June 20 – July 21

Often when those closest, at home or at work, are worried or uptight, you’ll try to distract them. But not only are the issues causing them concern inescapable, they can be easily resolved. Knowing that, encourage discussion and by midweek most will be in hand. This gives you an opportunity to raise other persistent conflicts. Here, too, discussions lead to amazingly easy resolution.

Leo

July 22 – August 21

Think back over the unexpected but ultimately amazing developments of the past few weeks and you’ll realize why there’s no need for concern about the twists and turns you’re currently facing. So tempting as it is to rein in changes, these fast-paced events are breaking up old and often restrictive arrangements and patterns. Acknowledge how worthwhile even unsettling changes can be, and you’ll embrace them enthusiastically.

Virgo

August 22 – September 21

Although certain matters seem clear cut, others remain either puzzling or you’re restricted by the need to be diplomatic. While you’d rather get to the bottom of things, with the actual circumstances in question shifting, you’re better off disentangling yourself from increasingly restrictive past alliances. This ensures you’re free to move swiftly when, in a month’s time, you’ll be exploring, meeting people and making life-changing plans.

Libra

September 22 – October 21

You’ll frequently imply you’re leaving decisions up to others while, in the background, you’re encouraging them to focus on certain plans. Usually this Libra diplomacy goes smoothly. But between now and early August it could boomerang on you. So leave things to others, while you focus on untangling confusion in close alliances. Act swiftly and there’ll be no problems. Wait and you could regret it.

Scorpio

October 22 – November 20

When you make plans, you think them through, so rarely need to alter a thing. But even at your canniest, you couldn’t have anticipated the current dramatic changes. Unsettling as these are, each is encouraging you to break away from familiar but increasingly restrictive habits, alliances or long term arrangements. Any worries about what’s next will be swiftly relieved by events as exciting as they are unexpected.

Sagittarius

November 21 – December 20

It’s all about details. Yes, this means tackling dull practical or financial matters. The irony is, once you get involved with these, you’ll realize dilemmas are actually fascinating and, better yet, the solutions you’re seeking are far more easily achieved than you’d imagined possible. Instead of doing the minimum, begin asking questions. What you learn could prove useful, in numerous settings and over the years to come.

Capricorn

December 21 – January 19

Usually you’re unsentimental about saying farewell to what must go. However, because Tuesday’s Capricorn Full Moon heightens your emotions, you could battle even necessary changes. Happily, there’s time to talk. Ask questions and listen carefully to others’ advice. Ironically, what you learn, about these matters and, equally, about unspoken feelings helps clarify your priorities. Consequently, within days, you’re undertaking even more dramatic changes, and with conviction.

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Sometimes obstacles are no more than that. Those you’ve been facing recently are about examining certain longstanding arrangements. Resist the temptation to battle to keep these afloat. Some need a rethink while others are on their way out, to be replaced by something new and, occasionally, unexpected. Knowing that, explore absolutely everything, since what seems least likely now could work out brilliantly, and within weeks.

Pisces

February 19 – March 19

Watching plans you’ve worked hard to make happen come undone is disheartening, but you’ll soon realize these were but a first step to something new. While your intuition may already have given you a glimpse of what’s next, you’re urged to take it slowly. This gives you time to acquaint yourself with the fascinating ideas and intriguing people you’ll be encountering over the coming months.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of July 10

A charm offensive for Cancer and a Full Moon in Capricorn—it’s that time again. Read on for astrologer Shelley von Strunckel’s take on what this week holds for you!

ARIES

March 20 – April 18

Just when you thought persistent problems couldn’t be overcome, sudden ideas or changes in circumstances clear the way for plans to proceed. While they’re not as you intended, things have moved on since then. That being the case, you’ll want to review existing arrangements and even unchanging priorities. This proves surprisingly informative and, better yet, discussions lead to exciting new ideas involving others, too.

TAURUS

April 19 – May 19

The past weeks’ events have been as exciting as they’ve been unsettling. Now that you’re discussing plans, present and future, you’ll also need to rethink certain longstanding arrangements. Unsettling as this seems, with your ruler Venus, Mercury and, on the 22nd, the Sun all moving to accent a new approach, the more options your explore now, the happier you’ll be with the outcome.

GEMINI

May 20 – June 19

After an exciting, but chaotic, couple of weeks the pace slows, enough you’re able to consider where things stand now and future plans. You soon discover these need to be rethought. However, with so much still in transition, your focus should be discussion, not firm arrangements for what’s next. Besides, once you begin, you’ll realize you must rethink your priorities, personally and in close alliances.

CANCER

June 20 – July 21

With the Sun, charming Venus and Mercury all in Cancer, you’re at your most persuasive. Yet you’re still unsure about certain changes and questioning future goals. Clear-cut decisions aren’t necessary. What’s most important is that you discuss both existing plans and where things should go next. While often others’ ideas will differ from yours, the resulting conversations will clarify your thinking and, ultimately, your plans.

LEO

July 22 – August 21

Recent discussions were complex and, on occasion, triggered confrontations. While these tensions won’t vanish, at least you can now talk things over without those conversations turning into dramas. Bear in mind, however, that nothing’s settled. Rather, with the actual circumstances in question changing, often suddenly, there’s little point in trying to organize plans. If you must, regard what you arrange as tentative.

VIRGO

August 22 – September 21

While you might have a right to blame recent dramas on others’ poor planning, nobody could have anticipated recent twists and turns in events. So although your feelings of wariness are justified, you’ll want to focus on teamwork. This means encouraging others to make suggestions and ensures you maintain crucial alliances, personal and professional. Better yet, everybody will benefit from the resulting analysis and exchange of ideas.

LIBRA

September 22 – October 21

Looking back on the past week, you faced complex situations. In some, even simple plans didn’t last long but, despite that, you had to deal with others’ differences. Happily, things are calmer, so you can relax a bit. Still, certain individuals are determined to have things their way. This isn’t your problem. Back off. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up playing the role of peacemaker.

SCORPIO

October 22 – November 20

Having struggled to achieve an accord in already tense arrangements, when they start coming undone you won’t be pleased. Yet with so much in transition, around you and in your own life, such changes are inevitable. Regard what’s arranged as one of a series of plans, and when you need to rethink things, you’ll regard it as yet another step towards achieving something lasting.

SAGITTARIUS

November 21 – December 20

When the remarkable events triggered by late June’s powerful link between your ruler Jupiter and Pluto took place, you set about turning them into lasting plans. However, things weren’t as simple as they seemed, and you’re still wrestling with unexpected developments and a few uncooperative individuals. Tempting as it is to deal with these swiftly, aim to do it once, and in depth, and those arrangements will endure.

CAPRICORN

December 21 – January 19

Certain of the situations you’re dealing with may be complex, but for you as a thorough Capricorn, they’re no problem. However, while other arrangements are far simpler, issues are strangely upsetting. These involve emotional matters and are being triggered by the Full Moon in your sign. Although this isn’t until the 19th, the time has come to face and, where possible, discuss these matters in depth.

AQUARIUS

January 20 – February 18

As obstructive as certain individuals and the obstacles you’re facing seem, each is slowing your pace and, in the process, preventing you from making arrangements you’d later regret. Deep down you sense the truth of this. It’s just you’re determined to see certain plans through. While that’s admirable, both circumstances and your life have changed. The vision you had for the future must change, too.

PISCES

February 19 – March 19

Eliminating your idealistic Piscean nature isn’t possible. Instead, for now, you’re urged to adopt an uncharacteristically cynical perspective. That way, during this complex period, you won’t be shocked when certain individuals are uncooperative or, worse, actually cause problems. You’ve long known they were like this. Accepting it enables you to take the upper hand when contending with their antics, as you soon will have to.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of July 4

A New Moon for Cancer and broader horizons for Virgo, the week of Independence Day brings excitement on many fronts. Read on for astrologer Shelley von Strunckel’s take on what this week holds for you!

Aries March 20 – April 18

Unnecessary complications may be annoying. This week, however, it soon becomes clear these details are crucial. On one hand, they’re essential to exploring intriguing but vague ideas or offers. Some involve your domestic life, others activities out in the world. In every case, making the best of these requires serious investigation. Do so, and you’ll soon recognise why they’re a worthwhile investment of your time.

Taurus April 19 – May 19

There’s no avoiding complex practical issues and differences with others. But once you understand that each offers valuable insights of some variety, you’ll focus on what you can learn. Some are straightforward. However, as many are so complex they require patience, effort and, often, negotiation. The time you invest will prove informative, both about circumstances and, equally, about the otherwise puzzling attitude of certain individuals.

Gemini May 20 – June 19

Dealing with those who lack imagination is always challenging. What’s more, delve into current obstacles in depth and you’ll soon realise how few options there are. Consequently, when tackling business or finances, you’re better off simply doing whatever is required. Misunderstandings are another matter. Invest time in exploring ideas with others and what you learn, about them and your options, will revolutionise your thinking.

Cancer June 20 – July 21

Although there’s no sidestepping certain obstacles, they could prove unexpectedly informative. Link these with Monday’s Cancer New Moon, which constitutes a sort of personal new year for you, complete with a fresh perspective, on the present and the future, and you’ll soon be rethinking your priorities. This makes it easier to say farewell to unworkable arrangements and focus on those that are new, and more exciting.

Leo July 22 – August 21

After an exciting and fast paced couple of weeks, suddenly circumstances involve difficult individuals and precise detail. While initially shocking, you’ll soon realise how much you’re learning from these demanding situations. Knowing that, resist the temptation to do the minimum and investigate what, and who, is involved in depth. This won’t just be informative, it could lead to substantial changes in your thinking and priorities.

Virgo August 22 – September 21

As a Virgo, once you have the facts, you can deal with almost anything. However, between frequent and unexpected revelations and sudden changes in circumstances even the simplest of plans won’t last. Disastrous as that seems initially, it means you can explore intriguing ideas without committing. Take advantage of this opportunity to broaden your horizons. What you learn and who you encounter could be life-changing.

Libra September 22 – October 21

Exciting as recent ideas, offers and events have been, turning them into lasting plans is another matter. While, obviously, you’d prefer to talk these over, pressure from events or the demands of certain individuals leave little time for even brief discussions. Knowing that, ensure what you organise is flexible enough that, as circumstances change, so can arrangements. This buys you time to consider your options.

Scorpio October 22 – November 20

When you know who and what you’re dealing with, being decisive is easy. However, you’re at the end of a complex, if exciting, period. While you can’t go for much longer without making plans, things are too unsettled to commit. So don’t. Instead, do something out of character and make tentative arrangements. This gives everybody time to explore what’s exciting and consider what should go.

Sagittarius November 21 – December 20

Since late May circumstances have forced you to be patient. Then, suddenly, everything happened at once. Exciting as this has been, you’re left making decisions about plans, some sudden, and either in a rush or while short of details. You can’t avoid organising things, but you can ensure arrangements are flexible. While this will suit you, others will be thankful as well.

Capricorn December 21 – January 19

Between the recent rare alliance between fortunate Jupiter and Pluto, which is in Capricorn, and this week’s potent planetary activity, life’s exciting. While you’re eager to make plans, facts are in short supply. What’s more, things are moving so swiftly you’re hesitant about committing. The solution? Do something out of character and make halfway arrangements. This approach gives you welcome room to manoeuvre.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Few things annoy you more than those who simply refuse to consider changes or, equally, pointless rules and regulations. Yet that’s what you’re facing. Urgent as things seem, you need only make loose plans. The trick is to put off arrangements where possible and if you must organise things, ensure they’re flexible. That may seem a compromise but you’ll soon realise how wise it was.

Pisces February 19 – March 19

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that others are aware of either existing arrangements or your thoughts for the future. While you may have discussed them, times have changed and so have your priorities. Although the resulting debates will slow progress in the short term, what you learn as a result won’t just be informative, it will lead to a breath-takingly exciting vision for the future.

 

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