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The Sun, traveling through Cancer this month, whispers sweet reminders to us that we must listen carefully to our intuition and feelings—until the 22nd when it enters glorious Leo, pushing us out into the world to shine forth with courage and self-exaltation. Cancer's energy deepens us, making us more capable of knowing and honoring the inner world of our emotions. The full moon in Capricorn on the 10th moves us outward with our power. It is the balance between the inner world of feelings and the outer world of personal power and authority that we consider now and bring into a higher, healthier balance. The new moon on the 25th in Leo ignites our passion to live the life of a shining star. This is what we are all here to do.

Mercury turns retrograde in Leo on the 4th, dipping back into Cancer, and then returns to a direct motion on the 28th. In order to communicate clearly with others, we must first know who we are and honor ourselves. People respond to what we present to them about ourselves. Venus enters Cancer on the 18th enticing us to love the lush world inside of us. Mars in Leo trines Pluto in Sagittarius on the 14th and moves into Virgo on the 22nd. Mars is the male energy we all carry. We align with our power and we move forward, boundaried and self-contained. Jupiter in Scorpio turns direct on the 6th after traveling retrograde since March 4. We are all more capable now of handling more energy with a deeper grace and ease. We are all more connected with ourselves.

Saturn continues its journey through Leo, encouraging the pursuit of self-honoring systems of support. Uranus continues its retrograde journey in Pisces until November, deepening our awareness that there is nothing more spiritual we can do than exist in our authenticity. Neptune retrograde in Aquarius confirms and amplifies this truth for us. Pluto moves retrograde in the final degrees of Sagittarius. What are our deepest held beliefs? Chiron retrograde in Aquarius helps us to find the courage to believe in ourselves.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22)—Happy Birthday, Cancer! As your new year begins, you feel empowered to start fresh and with a clean slate. You can make anything happen by simply allowing the strength of your focused intent to propel you toward your goals. Any interfering energies are wiped out and you are unencumbered and free.

LEO (July 23-August 22)—Listening to your intuition is the name of the game for you now, Leo. Forget logic. It has no place here now. You must tune into your emotions and listen with respect to your inner guidance. Then, call upon your wealth of courage to back yourself. Use your magnificence to exalt yourself.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)—Fortune is on your side now, Virgo. Your integrity is always at the forefront guiding you, and now you find life unfolding in ways that benefit you greatly. You are worthy. This is all you need to meditate on now. There is nothing more to do than embrace the great things coming into your life.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—To grow into ourselves, we must give space for all of the emotions that life awakens in us. You, more than most, must encourage yourself to feel permission to go into the less "beautiful" feelings. Know that holding the space for yourself to feel everything makes you so much richer and more lovely. Forget what others might think—all of your feelings are worthy of honor.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—You consider your resources now, Scorpio. You exercise your options in your mind and assess what is possible. This is an element you do well in. There is fulfillment in considering the most prudent pathway and following that. You love exercising your brilliant mind.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—You will be astounded to discover what you are capable of when you clear the energy of pushy people and their thoughtforms out of your space, Sag. You're not interested in being challenged and undermined. It feels like pouring your energy down the drain. Enough is enough!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries. You must construct new and powerful boundaries now, Capricorn. There is nothing to gain by allowing interfering energies into your space. This is the time to honor your own space and sense of self. You are so adept and now you construct the personal support you need.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)—Your playfulness is contagious, Aquarius. By simply being yourself, you are freed up to live a life unencumbered by limitations and the unnatural confines of an unbalanced world. As you exist in freedom, we all become more willing to do the same.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)—Even the Pisces of the world must stand strong and with conviction from time to time. You face strife with strength and dignity and you see that you are mighty indeed. Be powerful and know that until the world is in peace, we all must face uncomfortable energies from time to time.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—As life changes, so do our feelings. By simply allowing all of our emotions room to exist without resistance, we come to see our way to creating better, more fulfilling circumstances. Compassion for ourselves is key to harmony. Loving yourself means being tender and tolerant of your emotions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)—You have the strength, Taurus. No matter what comes your way, you deflect interfering energy with power and grace. You love yourself and your power rises up to protect your beautiful soul. Your beauty is a sight to behold!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—Shine, shine, shine, Gemini. We live in a world where self-exaltation can feel like a forbidden desire and impossible way of life. But now you realize again that it is the only way. We must all be free to shine individually and to exist together in our totality and joy as we co-create a better, healthier world. Shine your light for all to see!


Motavenda Mekchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com, or see www.innerworlddesigns.com.

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