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For the week of June 25-July 1, 2008.

Anticipate getting lost in a muddle of contradiction this week. Mercury is direct, which should mean no mechanical malfunctions meddle with forward motion. But — and this is a big but — Uranus begins a five-month retrograde on June 26, and as Uranus turns around, daily life turns a little cranky, at least for the first week or so as some of us struggle to adjust to the new direction. Uranus symbolizes sudden twists of fate that tend to translate into startling turnarounds. On one hand, these Uranian events could be seen as interference, but on the other, and perhaps with the guidance of hindsight, what transpires could just as easily be seen as intervention. How you choose to see the situation, yours or others, is key to handling what might be a bumpy ride, so do whatever it is you do find a positive attitude and to hold on to it.

Much of what Uranus reviews during this retrograde will relate to what was put in motion during the last four months, especially events catalyzed by the Jupiter/Uranus sextile which was in operation during that time period. The positive interaction between Jupiter and Uranus was the epicenter for much of the excitement, personal and collective, during the last several months, and now as that presence is lessening, some of what was put into motion at that time could be refined, and in some cases, contained. The Jupiter/Uranus sextile will return briefly in November, punctuating the end of Uranus Retrograde as well as Pluto's move back into Capricorn. Not that I want to skip five months ahead, but the planetary patterns of November mirror the intensity and significance of the presidential election and its outcome. What we review and reconsider during Uranus Retrograde — the oil crisis, the mortgage crisis, and the weather crisis, and of course, the ongoing crisis of war — will all have an effect on who Americans will choose as their leader.

Pluto Retrograde is also asking us to reflect on choices made during the last thirteen years, particularly personal and political decisions made since 2001, when, from an astrological perspective, the Pluto and Saturn opposition signified the huge contractive response to September 11. As fear permeated the atmosphere, many moved into survival mode, relinquishing civil liberties and living in dread of the future. Sagittarius represents all philosophical themes, and, most importantly, the capacity to integrate philosophy into action. For the last seven years we've had plenty of opportunities to witness the power of fear to override the intellect and prevent positive, evolutionary integration. Now, as Pluto moves back into Sagittarius we will have plenty more opportunities to witness the consequences of our actions.

Of course, Pluto's review presents us with chances to transform those choices. We can reach for courage; we can seek solutions based on wisdom; and while the future has always been uncertain, we can strive to find meaning in the present moment, meaning that could allow hope for the future.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

Aries March 21-April l9

Uranus concentrates on thought patterns, which is why it would be wise to remember this often repeated advice: Whatever we focus our attention on becomes our reality.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Uranus reviews issues of community — who are you connected to and why. Take advantage of this time by reviewing how you interact with others, what your expectations are relative to those interactions, and how you can refine or resolve difficult situations.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Uranus focuses on career issues, and while some of what surfaces may be disconcerting, there are also likely to be several positive opportunities to improve your circumstances. Integrate what you've learned and you'll make good progress.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Uranus stimulates a longing for exotic places, as well as a longing to belong. While these two urges seem antithetical, they are not, and the journey of the next few months is discovering how they are united.

Leo July 23-August 22

Uranus challenges your capacity to transform. The secret to this passage is surrendering beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve. I'm not suggesting you give up everything, but I am advising you to learn how to let go.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Uranus confronts relationship issues, and as part of that process you are rebelling against the status quo. Just don't mistake every interaction for a battle. Remember, love is the answer.

Libra September 23-October 22

Uranus is likely to emphasize health issues, especially if you've been neglecting yourself and working too hard. Devote some time to self-care, and be sure to address stress — physical, as well as mental and emotional.

Scorpio October 23-November 21

Uranus triggers creative surges that must be expressed. So answer this call by actively participating in whatever you do to express yourself, whether it's music, art, gardening, or cooking.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Uranus reviews issues of need, a process that makes you very uncomfortable. How you handle your discomfort is up to you, but whatever you do, don't ignore it. While awareness can be stressful, it can also be beneficial.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Uranus stimulates interesting conversations with a variety of people on a wide range of subjects. Don't be surprised if you can't stop talking, but try not to make yourself hoarse.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Uranus spotlights finances, but while it may look like a money problem, this process could be a crisis of confidence. Try not to give in to negative thinking, and instead, concentrate on positive, profitable solutions.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Uranus ups the ante on your ongoing identity crisis, and while this new level of intensity may disturb your nervous system, you could benefit from this phase, especially if you're willing to grow.


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