Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - CONTENTS - Heather Roan Rob­bins

THE SUM­MER is about to get slower, if no less com­plex. Mer­cury turns ret­ro­grade Tues­day through Aug. 19 and joins Mars, Saturn, Pluto, Nep­tune, and Ch­i­ron al­ready in ret­ro­grade. When the plan­ets ap­pear to move back­ward, it’s a good time to re­view where we’ve been and re­mem­ber what we’ve learned as peo­ple and as a cul­ture. The past can feel very present with us in ret­ro­grade sea­son.

Ret­ro­grades ask us to slow down, for­get our plans, and tend to the work that shows up. It helps to keep our sense of hu­mor, so the small sna­fus and the strange non se­quiturs amuse rather than de­press us. To thrive over the next month, check for mis­un­der­stand­ings when­ever there’s ten­sion, dis­till re­cent lessons, en­joy some time off, and catch up with the soul.

Our en­ergy flows in and out this week­end as the moon in Scorpio con­juncts Jupiter and en­livens in­ner worlds. Mer­cury in so­cia­ble Leo can make it feel nec­es­sary to be seen, clash­ing with the Scor­pion urge for pri­vacy. On Sun­day, the moon en­ters out­spo­ken Sagittarius while the sun is in ex­tro­verted Leo; th­ese fire signs call us out and ask us to start deal­ing with the larger world.

We won’t get lost in that busy so­cial life, be­cause Venus in in­tro­spec­tive Virgo con­tin­ues to feed the crit­i­cal, creative mind and warm the com­pas­sion­ate heart. But we may need to dig up old re­la­tion­ships and go over them again. Let’s keep the fo­cus not on what hap­pened, but how to do it dif­fer­ently next time. Later in the week, the sun op­poses Mars, giv­ing us en­ergy but test­ing our con­trol over our tem­pers and im­pulses.

All week, new con­nec­tions form with old con­tacts. Stay in the present with any new friend­ships; take all of life one step at a time.

FRI­DAY, JULY 20: It’s hard to get out of our heads and see from an­other’s per­spec­tive as the moon en­ters self-pro­tec­tive Scorpio, but we can look within and get to the root of the prob­lem. If hurt, peo­ple will lash out. Slow down and go deeper. Look at the beau­ti­ful moon-Jupiter con­junc­tion tonight and let it free the heart.

SATUR­DAY, JULY 21: Imag­i­na­tion sings to us this morn­ing, but some lo­gis­ti­cal ques­tions clog up the day. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­porta­tion may snag as the moon squares Mer­cury; pa­tience, hu­mor, and a mo­ment of soli­tude help.

SUN­DAY, JULY 22: For­give­ness is in the air as Venus sex­tiles Jupiter and emo­tional ten­sions soften. The world can be­come more spa­cious if we let it as the moon en­ters Sagittarius and the sun is in Leo. Let this win­dow of col­lab­o­ra­tion help us con­nect.

MON­DAY, JULY 23: The mood is rest­less, but phys­i­cal and emo­tional safety is found in mind­ful­ness. Stay in the mo­ment rather than liv­ing in the past or pro­ject­ing into the fu­ture.

TUES­DAY, JULY 24: We can ac­cess great de­ter­mi­na­tion but maybe not all the facts as the moon en­ters in­dus­tri­ous Capricorn while Venus op­poses es­capist Nep­tune. Seize an op­por­tu­nity for heal­ing or cor­rect­ing a mis­per­cep­tion just by show­ing up and be­ing help­ful.

WED­NES­DAY, JULY 25: If we’re ready to let go, now may be the time to do so. Un­set­tling changes are on the hori­zon as the sun squares Uranus and Mer­cury ret­ro­grades. Hold hands and duck un­der the en­er­getic tur­bu­lence. Find calm in the cen­ter.

THURS­DAY, JULY 26: Put safety first as the sun op­poses Mars. A brush with mor­tal­ity can bring us closer or make us con­trol freaks, it’s our choice. If dif­fi­cul­ties arise, let’s do the right thing rather than re­act. Find a safe place to vent if needed, and don’t drive while an­gry. Con­tact as­trologer Heather Roan Rob­bins at roan­rob­

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