Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - www.roan­rob­bins.com Heather Roan Rob­bins

ON THIS FOURTH OF JULY WEEK­END, benev­o­lent Venus, thought­ful Mer­cury, and en­er­giz­ing Mars all in­ter­act with free­dom-lov­ing Jupiter. Just what does free­dom mean to us?

Be­cause the plan­ets like to work across the board, we’re asked to con­tem­plate this ques­tion ev­ery which way — po­lit­i­cally, eco­nom­i­cally, and spir­i­tu­ally. The Venus-Jupiter con­junc­tion sug­gests that what­ever we do will tend to be on a grand scale. Mer­cury sex­tiles Jupiter and wants us to dis­cuss free­dom in all its many forms. Mars chal­lenges Jupiter and en­cour­ages us to wres­tle over plans or play fiercely. Be care­ful around flammable ma­te­rial, po­lit­i­cal top­ics, and per­son­al­i­ties.

This hol­i­day week­end be­gins un­der a com­mu­nal pic­nic-ori­ented Aquarius moon. We re­spond well to fire­works, pa­rades, and all other events that pro­mote group ac­tiv­ity more than in­ti­macy. Keep the agenda loose, be­cause we re­sist heavy ex­pec­ta­tions.

On Sun­day the energy turns mus­cu­lar, com­pet­i­tive, and yet sen­si­tive. Mon­day calls us to rest up and con­tem­plate the ephemeral qual­ity of beauty as the sun op­poses Pluto. We also feel rum­bles in the back­ground at the edges of a power play.

Mid­week we’re asked to clar­ify our work for the next few months as the moon en­ters feisty Aries while Mer­cury en­ters in­tro­spec­tive Can­cer. We can use the time for strate­gic plan­ning and no­tice how much sup­port is ac­tu­ally avail­able.

FRI­DAY, JULY 3: A com­mu­ni­ca­tions snafu re­minds us of un­fin­ished busi­ness. By noon, peo­ple start get­ting va­ca­tion-minded and have trou­ble com­plet­ing tasks. Tonight we can easily open lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion as long as we make room for ev­ery­one.

SATUR­DAY, JULY 4: Watch out for a slightly ac­ci­dent-prone or cranky phase tonight — be care­ful with fire­works and watch out for a ten­dency to overdo things. En­joy an un­usual ca­pac­ity to ap­pre­ci­ate the buzz of hu­mankind — as long as we know our es­cape route. The crowd’s fine, crowd­ing is not.

SUN­DAY, JULY 5: We be­come more sen­si­tive and edgy as the moon en­ters in­ti­mate, del­i­cate Pisces just as Mars chal­lenges Jupiter and brings out our pug­na­cious streak. Be hon­est and car­ing rather than ma­nip­u­la­tive, even if feel­ing needy. If we’re pre­sented with dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions tonight as the sun tan­gles with Saturn, let’s set clean, clear bound­aries.

MON­DAY, JULY 6: Sleep in as the moon con­juncts Nep­tune this morn­ing. The hol­i­day fog be­gins to clear, and we see the work that needs to be tack­led in the months ahead as the sun op­poses Pluto. It’s easy to feel we are un­able to tackle the work at hand, but we can gather our forces rather than get de­pressed. If we’re not judg­men­tal to­ward oth­ers, we’ll feel bet­ter about our­selves.

TUES­DAY, JULY 7: Our brains want to stay on hol­i­day. Mo­men­tum picks up around noon as the moon en­ters edgy Aries. A hid­den or de­layed am­bi­tion de­mands our at­ten­tion. Tonight we tend to think other peo­ple are do­ing things all wrong.

WED­NES­DAY, JULY 8: We spin our wheels be­cause we’re feel­ing am­bigu­ous about mat­ters. The sit­u­a­tion is more com­pli­cated than ex­pected as the Aries moon squares Pluto this morn­ing. Later, we need to clear our minds and find our vi­sion again. Our sto­ries be­come more im­por­tant tonight as thought­ful Mer­cury en­ters re­flec­tive Can­cer.

THURS­DAY, JULY 9: We may long for a more beau­ti­ful world and are will­ing to work for it as the Aries moon trines Venus and Jupiter. We need to feel an in­tense con­nec­tion, and if ig­nored, we can be­come ornery. Mid­day, a spe­cial kind of ge­nius needs chan­nel­ing. The mood-set­ting moon en­ters a more set­tled and sen­sual Taurus tonight.

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