BY GEORGIA NICOLS July19, 2020
All Signs: After months of self-isolation, social distancing, flattening the curve, comes complacency and the desire for normalcy. “Surely this is enough?” Cautious reopening leads to increased infections. Oh no! What’s the prognosis? I have no answers but I do see that from the beginning of Sept. until the middle of Nov. when Mars is retrograde in Aries, we will feel adrift. Our confidence and certainty will be eroded. Our convictions about our place in life will become shaky. We might doubt our jobs. We might doubt our relationships. We might doubt ourselves. Could this be the second wave of Covid 19? I cannot say but it does look suspicious, doesn’t it? If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it’s an Anatidae.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Twice a year for a four-week window, the Sun “shines” on you. (This is when the Sun is in your fellow Fire sign Leo or Sagittarius.) This phenomenon begins this week, which is great news because it brings balance and equilibrium to your life. It will boost your energy level. It’s a great time for a vacation because amusements, recreation, hobbies, fun socializing and playful activities with kids are higher up on your list of priorities. You will feel lighter and more free-spirited! Romance is favoured, and new love will begin for many. (In fact, this is likely because Venus makes your communications with others charming and diplomatic at this time.) Woot!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
In the next four weeks, you might encounter circumstances that test you and the validity of what you’re doing. You might encounter people who seem to work at cross purposes with you. You might be forced to prove to someone that what you’re doing is worthwhile. (This will get your goat.) Meanwhile, your focus will turn to home, family and your private life. If you can, you will choose to be by yourself and cocoon at home. You might work on a home project that requires consultation with someone else. The next few weeks are a time of self-evaluation. (Does this room make me look fat?)
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
The pace of your days will accelerate in the next four weeks because suddenly, you’re busy! Short trips, increased reading, writing and studying, plus, more time spent with siblings, relatives and neighbours on top of a busy schedule of errands, visits and appointments will keep you on the run! (Gasp.) Actually, you will work effectively with others because your goals will harmonize with their goals. It’s time to examine how far you have achieved some goals that you set for yourself this year. How are you doing? Your ability to communicate to others is wonderful in the next four weeks. Yada, yada, yada.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reflecting about your values in the next four weeks because as the Sun changes signs this week, you will start to give more thought to money, possessions and movable property. When it comes to things that you own, it’s time to take a hard look at them and decide do they help you or are they a hindrance? Let’s face it, you have a tough time letting go of stuff. (Packed drawers, full cupboards and bulging closets.) You know who you are. Nevertheless, you might want to make an important purchase and show it off to others? Meanwhile, this focus on money and possessions could lead to deeper self-scrutiny about what is really worthwhile in life? (Aside from dark chocolate.)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
For the next four weeks, the Sun is in your sign giving you an amazing boost of energy! (This happens only once a year.) It’s a time of new beginnings because you are setting out on a fresh new cycle! During this time, it is totally appropriate to put yourself first. You’re not being selfish. It’s all about you, and that’s how it should be. You have a need to express yourself now, personally and creatively, and this is valid. Don’t deny yourself this out of a misguided concept of duty or modesty. When the Sun is in your sign, your first allegiance is to yourself and if you don’t respect that– you will be of little use to anyone.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Because your birthday is a month away, this means your personal year is coming to an end. Therefore, the next four weeks are the perfect time to think about what you want for your new year ahead. Now is the time to set goals for your new year. (You love lists!) Define some goals because they give you a clearer focus on what is important to you. If you have goals, they help you to make decisions in the future. Goals also give you better control over your future and they certainly give you a sense of purpose. Take some time in the next four weeks to jot down some things you hope to accomplish in your new year ahead. You won’t regret this because it will only benefit you.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The next four weeks are more social! You will enjoy the company of others and vice versa. Not only will you be happy to be with friends, you will work more effectively with groups and organizations. You might even take on a leadership role? Look for ways to integrate your efforts with the efforts of others because you will be rewarded by achieving this harmony. Meanwhile, study the people that you hang out with because they are a reflection of yourself. It’s time to think about whether your friends are beneficial to you or not? Never underestimate the influence that your friends have on you because that influence is great. Your friends affect your thinking – hence, they affect your choices, which in turn, create your future.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
The Sun is at the top of your chart for the next four weeks, which is the only time all year this occurs. Symbolically, it represents a spotlight on you that makes others notice you more than usual, especially bosses, parents, teachers, VIPs and the police. Fortunately, this spotlight is flattering, so people think you’re great! This is why you might be asked to take on increased responsibilities. If so, say yes because you don’t have to do anything special to impress them. (Never underestimate the power of good lighting!) Nevertheless, both your successes and your failures will seem more obvious now. Someone might want you to prove that what you’re doing is worthwhile. Believe in yourself.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You have a lovely four-week window ahead because the Sun is in your fellow Fire sign. (This happens twice a year.) This means that your life will run smoothly. Nevertheless, don’t be tempted to slack off. (Admittedly, this is an excellent time for a vacation and a fun time to travel.) Nevertheless, examine what is working in your life and what is not. It’s time to think about which projects are worth saving and which are not. This is also an excellent window of time to learn something new through study, training or taking courses. You might also expand your world by hanging out with cosmopolitan people or people from other cultures. “Por supuesto!” (I had to look that up.)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The next four weeks will be more intense than usual. For some of you, this intensity will be passionate! It could be a sexual passion or passion about what you’re doing or passion about art or a new kind of experience. One thing you will be passionate about is your desire to improve yourself in some way. Deep down, you have a desire to be the best that you can be! And why not? If not now, then when? (You are the perfectionist of the zodiac.) Ironically, just when you are doing some soul-searching, you might encounter someone who prompts you to do this even more so. Time for a reality check.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
In the next four weeks, certain things in your life are reaching a culmination. You’re bringing some affairs to a climax, which means you might need to be careful dealing with bosses, superiors and people in authority. This is also a time when you see what is working and you see what is not. Always remember that your first loss is your cheapest loss. If something is clearly not working – let it go! Up until today, you have built certain structures and organized your life in a certain way and now, you see how they influence your world. What changes do you want to make?
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The next four weeks are a change of gears for you because suddenly, you want to work hard and be productive and effective in every aspect of your life. Because you will set the bar high, your personal aspirations will include your health as well. (Yeah, you want it all!) Nevertheless, as you focus on getting better organized and being physically efficient, remember that you might have to work for the benefit of someone else, which is not your first choice. But think of the Brownie points: What goes around, comes around. Relations with parents are better. Redecorating your digs will also appeal. (If you don’t paint, can you see yourself cleaning mirrors?)