Horoscopes (July 9 — 15) 

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ARIES (March 21-April 20): More than the usual amount of interference has you wondering how to get around it. The same old thing seems to be tripping you up. It could be that you’re too far ahead of your time, or just too honest, to feel right in a world that is still mesmerized by all the things that have brought the planet to its knees. Your efforts to remain true to yourself have cost you a lot. Don’t let elements of confusion blind you to the one thing that makes it worth getting through the stuff that dissembles when we start cleaning things up, and get smart enough to stick with what works.

TAURUS (April 21-May 20): You have a lot of soul searching to do. The merry-go-round has brought you back to square one and it’s time to get real. Lots of things have to change. That fact isn’t lost on you, but you’re averse to the idea that you may not be able to keep this going forever. Changes in the way things were supposed to go, along with safe bets and sure things that have led you down the bunny trail, are now at a point where everything you’ve invested in them is open to question. The impulse to hang on competes with the notion that you’d be nuts to keep beating a dead horse.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’re coming to terms with the one thing you never thought you’d have to address. It’s like some sort of myth that sees you as the centerpiece in a self-fulfilling prophecy. When our worst fears hit us in the face, there’s only one way to handle it. Coming clean about what we do to create things goes hand in hand with turning even our worst nightmares into a more doable fairy tale. You’re living with the consequences of actions that were set in motion a few years back. Getting to the bottom of what led to this will redeem you from the sense that all is lost.

CANCER (June 21-July 20): It’s never just one thing; there are always at least three issues dancing around the totem pole. Between the everyday-ness of things, and the voice in your head that can’t find any fulfillment in them, many of you are ready to snap. And if you’ve gotten Zen enough to just chop wood and carry water, you’re still feeling a little ho-hum. When it’s time to change, no amount of “Well I really need to stay here and hold space for everyone else to drive me nuts” is going to cut it. As much as you love it here, you’re more than ready to light a fire under your ass and move on.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 20): You’ve made so many adjustments in the last few months, it’s hard to figure out what’s going on, or know why things are so crazy around here. Whenever we start to repair things, it stands to reason that stuff is going to get stirred up. No matter how your story looks, from a bird’s-eye view this is one of those crossroads where fate and free will come together. At times like this, the truth is the only thing that matters. Your choices are about to reverberate far beyond the present. Have the foresight to see where this is going and be wise enough to do the next right thing.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 20): Sitting here in limbo isn’t your favorite place to be, but you’ve learned how to float — and you’re smart enough to know that life happens in spite of us, not because of us. The next good thing is about to include a trip, and enough time away from the daily grind to help you get the balance back into your life. You don’t have to go any farther than your own doorstep to connect with the idea that it’s time to find something to fall in love with. Restoring the passion is what’s on top of the stack. This isn’t just about sex; it’s your passion for life that’s gone missing. Go out and find it.

LIBRA (Sept. 21-Oct. 20): The workaholic syndrome has just about run its course. As much as you’ve accomplished a great deal by putting your heart and your shoulder to the wheel, it’s time for you to wind things up and reap a little from what you’ve sown. God knows how the next few weeks will unfold, but I get the feeling your life is about to get a transfusion of love and money that’s been a long time coming. However it goes, don’t spend it all in one place, or settle into the same old thing. You’re on the cusp of an experience that will open you up and take your spirit to a whole new level.

SCORPIO (Oct. 21-Nov. 20): You’re at one of those points where you’re beginning to realize that everything comes from the level of honesty and purity that we bring to each situation. For the longest time, you’ve been trying to get to the bottom of whatever the truth is for you. In the last year or so, it’s been about authenticity. And the extent to which you’ve been able to embody that, in your work and in your relationships, you have been successful. Look closely at the successes and failures of the recent past and notice how all of them have combined to open your heart to what’s in front of you now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20): You’ve got to find a way to make things work. Keep in mind that everything happens in spite of us, not because of us, and step out of the way. You will be able to make your influence felt, but only up to a point. Others keep bringing too much of their stuff to the table. As much as you love them, you don’t want to deal with what they can’t handle, and you’re tired of making things work for them. It goes both ways. Don’t be too quick to assume that you’re the one doing all the giving, and don’t discount the fact that none of this would be happening if it weren’t for them.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 20): Christ, this has been such a heavy-duty period of time, you’re either feeling like a piece of road-kill, or in a state of total spiritual renewal. The fact that there’s such a fine line between the two isn’t lost on you. With more than a few disturbances ruffling the surface of your so-called perfect life, you keep coming to the rescue and being the one who gets to smooth it all over and make everything perfect. Your magical abilities could use a transfusion. With you the message is about finding a way to replenish yourself in the wake of too much strain and responsibility.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 20): I don’t know how all these bridges got burned, but you are plowing through the wreckage of stuff that has nothing to do with you. You can stick around and try to be here for this, but only up to a point. There’s a lot to be said for being accountable — but once you’ve met your quota, you’re free to make new choices. Let others find ways to deal with themselves and start to realize your own dreams. Many things are subject to change. Your reasons for needing to maintain the status quo contradict a deeper need to get outside the box and create a life that allows you to shine.

PISCES (Feb. 21-March 20): Skirting the issues is getting old. You can’t be objective to any of this when your biggest lessons are in the midst of playing out in front of your face. Regardless of what you’re doing to veil your experience, the deeper part of you is totally aware of what’s going on. As you give everyone enough rope to hang themselves, be wary of the need to always be there when they fall. Keep an eye on your soft spots because your blind spots are right behind them. Whoever’s out there got your number a long time ago; open your eyes. Pull yourself together and be smart about this.

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