07-25-2016 to 07-31-2016
Having trouble reaching people, Taurus? On Wednesday, July 27 an alignment of innovative Uranus and mental Mercury encourages social experimentation. Stop trying to convince people to see things your way. You're only wasting your breath. Instead, take a stab at meeting them where THEY feel comfortable. Leading with logic, for example, won't work for the emo types—these folks need to feel warmth and acceptance before opening up. Introverts need you to start softly, asking questions and waiting for a few extra beats while they mull over the answer. Don't just fill the air with idle chatter because YOU feel awkward. It's better to sit in silence, giving people a chance to emerge and reveal themselves. Challenge yourself to tune in to people's vibes before you open your mouth. You have far more range than you realize, Bull. Even if it feels "unnatural" at first, you'll soon get the hang of feeling out personalities—and enjoying the popularity spike this skill can bring. With both Mercury and Uranus touring the most touchy-feely parts of your chart, you're no doubt longing for heart-centered connections this week. But this is not something that can be forced or manufactured. If you want empathy and compassion, GIVE empathy and compassion. That's the fastest, most proactive way to spark a true, soul-stirring connection.
On Friday, changemaker Uranus slips into retrograde until December 30. This U-turn is an annual event; one that lasts for around five months of each year. From 2011-2018, the planet of revolution and experimentation is touring Aries and your twelfth house of healing, transitions, and spirituality. Ever since then, you've plunged into a deep dive through your own subconscious mind. The retrograde phase is a time to review and reassess all these eye-opening (and downright mystical!) insights. How can all this metaphysical knowledge be used in the material world? Your practical sign needs to know. Uranus in the twelfth house can open your formerly-stubborn mind to all kinds of future-forward ideas. But you don't want to come off like the crackpot conspiracy theorist spouting off nonsensical ramblings about the Illuminati or alien visitations while your friends nervously eyeball the nearest exit. We're not judging your beliefs here (how could we…we're astrologers for Pete's sake!). We're just suggesting that you use this Uranus retrograde to sharpen up your translation tools so that people can actually understand WTH you're talking about. The twelfth house rules the subconscious and with scientific Uranus in the mix, explore the growing research around neuroscience. Fascinating research has been done around the connection between our thoughts and our emotions, physical health and outer world experiences. Check out Dr. Joe Dispenza's work (http://www.drjoedispenza.com/) for some illuminating ideas. If you feel stuck in a frustrating pattern, you could break the cycle with hypnosis, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or sessions with a cognitive behavioral therapist. Vet people carefully for the rest of the year as Uranus’ backspin through your furtive twelfth house can obscure certain truths. The charmer with the killer sales pitch could have hidden motives, even a secret second life. Run the background checks, if for no other reason than to reassure yourself that all is well.
On Saturday, expressive Mercury moves into Virgo and your fifth house of romance and royalty until October 7—an extra-long cycle due to a retrograde from August 30 until September 22. Get ready for a heat wave to blast through your love life! When it comes to sharing your feelings, go big and bold. Send sultry Snapchats and long-stemmed roses; text often (just wait for a response before flooding anyone's feed). Your initiative will be rewarded under this Mercury cycle, as long as you don't apply too much pressure all at once. But if you're getting a warm reception, it's fine to be eager and to take the lead. Rip up the scorecard and keep on planning fun playdates and adventures a deux. The fifth house rules fame and this Mercury phase is ideal for self-promotion. Get the PR campaign going and let the world know what you have to offer. You’ll feel like a royal during this Mercury cycle, but there’s a time and a place for custom ordering everything to your exact specifications. The lunchtime taco truck—with the line of hipsters snaking around the block—may not be the moment to discuss the farming practices used in growing the salsa's lycopene-rich tomatoes. Your leadership skills come to the fore now, so own your bossy streak and take the wheel. As long as you don't turn into a military dictator, your direction will be greatly appreciated.