Horoscopes for the Week of July 26th – Aug. 1st

(Mosaic Art – Terry Nicholls)

This week I’m asking myself “how many ways can Leo find to make sure he dominates the stage?” Tonight the Sun in Leo moves into an exact conjunction with Mars. If you’ve been waiting for lightening to strike to start the project you’ve been considering, or have been delaying for awhile, the time is now – especially if it demands the full engagement of your heart and a forceful flow of creative energy.

Fortunately Mercury just moved into the sign of Virgo. She sharpens the mind and is capable of integrating a myriad of factors and moving parts into any project you have in mind. She may slow the process as she perfects it. Leo Sun/Mars is impatient and might find this hard to tolerate.

Harnessing Leo’s energy and directing him without diminishing his creative spirit is tricky. Cooperating with Virgo can determine whether the results of your project fall into the “just kind of good” category or into the much smaller “masterpiece” category. Virgo’s well worth the extra time and attention it takes to perfect whatever you’re creating.

Venus moves into the final degrees of Gemini and into the sign of Cancer on Monday. She’s pretty stressed this week. Her energy collides at various intervals with Chiron, Pholus and the “Galactic Core messaging” continually being broadcast into the world.

Venus in Gemini is an artist. Her tools are her words. She beautifully arranges information into something persuasive and heart-opening – something clarifying that reveals higher levels of understanding, timeless wisdom, and the essential truths that connect and heal.

Venus in Gemini values the connecting power of information – kind words, healing words, poetry, unbiased journalism, or song lyrics that bypass the brain and head straight for the heart. She’s the curious “goddess of learning and conversation.” She rewards those who remain receptive to the truth – no matter how painful or disruptive it is.

This week Venus in Gemini challenges Chiron in Pisces. Chiron in Pisces can be avoid of a truth that will set her free to heal and recover. She can refuse to hear the message if it potentially upends the life she knows. But that life is often marked by victimhood and acquiescing to things that hurt her. So therein lies the challenge – staying receptive to important incoming information, listening for the truth, and using it to transform and heal.

Venus in Gemini and Chiron in Pisces spells “potential magic” to me. If the project you have in mind involves these two ingredients expect assistance in the form of something that feels extraordinary and beyond the realm of where you thought your skills would carry you.

Pholus is urging you to “come home” – to come back to your true self, by initiating something small that will ultimately have profound and far reaching effects. Depending on how far you’ve strayed – or how lost you actually are – it may be a daunting challenge to think of deconstructing and reconstructing your life. Because of the eclipse effect, whatever you may be expecting, expect to be surprised – pleasantly so is my prediction.

Venus transits into the sign of Cancer next Monday. She cares about the nature of your home and whether or not you feel at home with yourself and your circumstances. She is a soul-soothing influence that enables and promotes the “soul highlighting” effects of the impending eclipse. Venus in Cancer is highly supportive in your quest to find your true home. Expect to make progress between now and August 26th.

Uranus is slowing to a crawl this week as he prepares to shift (next Thursday) into retrograde motion. Mercury’s shift into retrograde motion is not far behind. Both of these planets seem tired. They’ve been working overtime to advance change and promote breakthroughs – disrupting everything in their wake with torrents of information, wild “off the wall” antics and things you never thought you’d see.

The wild, unpredictable energy you witness in the global social/political arena is shifting. The outer world grows quiet (by comparison) as the deepest levels of your being begin receiving all “the wake-up calls.” Potential breakthroughs in consciousness may be stunning. Long held perspectives change and what you used to think about the world – and your limited power to transform it – may be severely undermined. The chaos and upheaval shifts into the mysterious, hidden levels of your being. In the weeks ahead I’ll have more to say on this.

Have a dynamically creative week, get some exercise, showcase your strengths, and thanks, as always, for reading what I write.


Holly RePenn
RN., MS., NMH., RYT., C.A.P.
Professional Astrology
31631 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA.


ARIES (March 21-April 21)
Some horoscopes are difficult to write. But this one’s a no-brainer. Aries is now, or soon will be, in the mood for a playful, courageous, wildly talented, passionate lover, that mirrors herself. There are lots of things and a variety of circumstances that could make this very complicated or essentially too risky to pursue. But just acknowledging the urge to feel the passion that brings one back to life is important. It does seem that old patterns of feeling unworthy are about to be severely challenged possibly by a potential lover who recognizes your true worth. He or she may be the catalyst that destroys your old diminished beliefs about yourself and elevates your potential to engage in an affair that is beautifully healing in every way. Instinctively you’ll know if you’re on the right track. But qualities of playfulness and evidence that a child-like nature has survived the rigors of adulthood seems very promising.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21)
Your current approach to relationships and to life in general is about to change. That’s a good thing because your current approach may be a distorted version of your true self. You’ve been twisted into a way of being that was designed to protect an old wound. It served its purpose. But there’s an indication that the old wound is about to enter a stage of accelerated healing. The healing process is energized as Venus seriously challenges your need to be further hobbled or victimized by a wound that’s been festering for far too long. Healing may be connected to a change in the nature of your foundation – your home, your family, your mom, and your perspective on the past. Setting powerful intentions to heal what’s been broken within you, assisting the universe in any way it requires, tuning in, and making the kind of changes that promote your health and happiness is your mission for the next month.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Venus confronts Chiron this week challenging you to be receptive to messages that have the potential to seriously undermine your current flow – and maybe your current “low.” Chiron wants to heal you but he needs some space. He needs you to stop insisting that everything stay the same…or that you not be subject to letting go of something you would find very difficult to let go of. It may be time for some reconsideration though your home, family, and security may feel at risk. Make a very conscious effort to stay “tuned-in” this week even when you don’t want to hear what’s being said. What seems to be required is that an “essential” piece – maybe the central piece – of your vision for the future may need to be abandoned and you can’t imagine how to let go. There is something very fixed that could stand to be infused with something a little more flexibility. Listen to what you don’t want to hear then mull it over for awhile. Just because it all seems impossible doesn’t mean there aren’t happier options. Think spacious.

CANCER (June 21-July 21)
Cancer may be happily in the process of feathering her nest, making her home (spiritual home) more comfortable, nurturing a partner (or the other half of herself), and setting in place an entirely new foundation from which to launch her future self. Letting go of an old way of thinking about relationships and responsibility and some matter of “renaming” may be part of the process. It’s all very pivotal and profound and there is something that feels lighter and cosmically “assisted” – though the “hard part” has yet to be addressed. There is something that needs to die and you may be resisting it – though the situation may be reversed in your mind. It may be time to consider that what seems like another’s resistance may actually be your own. This is a “double-reverse-backflip” kind of thing that requires high levels of clarity to unravel. It seems that in higher states of awareness you could expose the truth and let something needlessly undermining go. I expect this will happen sometime over the next couple weeks.

LEO (July 21-Aug 21)
The secure, confident feeling you have about being supported, encouraged, and nurtured in life may be running on empty at the moment. It seems you are in danger of jeopardizing something that is essentially irreplaceable with your assumption that inflexibility – especially when it comes to your approach to work, responsibility, and your soul – is a privilege you are entitled to. I hate to hurt your feelings if this does, but you may be in need of a wake up call. Something delicate is in danger of being destroyed as you pretend you have all the time in the world to be fully present and receptive to your deeper needs – and the needs of those you love. You don’t. Father time, otherwise known as Saturn, is prone to doling out harsh consequences. Now is the time to get serious about designing a life where work is more like play, where you have more freedom to come and go, to be less fearful, to make your own schedule, to travel, and to be with the ones you love. You have until the 1st of the year to make some real progress in this regard.

Virgo (August 21 – Sep 21)
For the past month you’ve been somewhat distracted, working diligently behind the scenes to arrange a personal celebration or event. Currently it’s time to rest and recover, to regain a degree of clarity, and to settle back into a routine that feels transformative and healing. Your old life of service and self sacrifice is fading in some regard. It is likely you are tasked now with letting go of the past and moving on. Astrologically you’re allotted 14 months for that. It’s time to get reacquainted with your soul, what inspires you, the dreams you’ve always had for yourself, and your profoundly creative inner life. You may be “the power behind the throne” of some artistic endeavor. There is the possibility you may be minimizing your own talent. Now is the time to lay back and entertain the thoughts you haven’t had time to entertain for awhile. There is gold to found in unlikely places as the relaxation, letting-go process progresses.

LIBRA (September 21-October 21)
Libra is holding up well under the circumstances – as usual. And I’m a little concerned about her as usual. But the cosmic message is making me think I shouldn’t be. Libra is Jupiter personified at the moment – abundantly generous, open-minded, powerful, promoting through example something extraordinarily just and balanced. You seem to be a match for unpredictability and systematic destruction of old, supportive foundations. You may also be a match for cold-hearted, vindictive relatives who routinely test your patient. You’re a stunning model of grace under pressure when many seem to be losing their grip. At the moment you’re in a position to lead and my feeling is the more who choose to follow you the better. We need optimism, honesty, inspiration, and someone to make us laugh. For the next two and a half months (at least) that looks just like you.

SCORPIO (October 21 – November 21)
The seeds of fame and fortune have been sown. Those seeds, born of love and something mysteriously timeless and unsettling, may produce something for which you become well known. But it’s not the final product or the finished masterpiece that’s most important. It’s the remarkable transformative process of creating and perfecting that seems infused with with a rare power that can’t specifically be defined. At root it’s love in one of its most powerful expressions. And magically the process heals you. For Scorpio love can be long suffering or transcendently healing – sometimes an excruciating alternation between the two. Living life courageously on the most precarious, outer edge extremes of what is possible has its rewards – and you may be in the process of discovering what those are. If you have an idea it’s time to get the ball rolling. If you’re in process congratulations. It is impossible to underestimate what you’ve endured to earn the spot you occupy today.

SAGITTARIUS (November 21- December 21)
It appears you may be starting to answer the wake-up calls you’ve been receiving for awhile – but attempting to put “on hold.” For you the blame game may be ending. Mercury at the highest point in your chart has given you a broader perspective and the ability to see the lay of the land. Where you currently stand is in a better position than you may have assumed. It’s potential is to energize you. The willingness to take control and to begin to steer your own ship in the direction you most want to go seems to be a pivotal turning point in your life. It is now possible to make your life much bigger and much more interesting than it’s even been – maybe because you’re attaining a higher level of mastery over old patterns (love and money) that traditionally kept you stuck. Take advantage of the very disciplined “approach to life” you’re capable of assuming between now and the end of the year. It will move you in the direction of your true home and your most satisfying life much faster than you anticipated.

CAPRICORN (December 21-January 21)
For many Capricorns, your work is your life and success is not optional. Unless you can see consistent concrete results and steady progress, it’s just not happening. But the nature of your work has been and will continue to be until the end of the year mastering your fears and the dark depressing energy that periodically threatens to consume you. This week what’s highly energized is the need to expose and deconstruct old programming that consistently undermine’s you. Sounds like a daunting task. The weird thing is that exercise or something relaxing and enjoyable comes to mind when I think of what might accelerate your progress – something like a “runners high” or a sudden expansion of awareness during a hot yoga class, or playful sex. Maybe an epiphany occurs as you walk on the beach, gaze at a work of art, or hear a child spout something profound. Pay attention, keep moving, and notice if you feel less confined and more settled. This is the kind of progress that matters most now.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 21)
Gaining a higher level of mastery over your life involves gaining control of your social life – releasing the old role you’ve traditionally played within the realm of relationships. Something about your old approach victimized and depleted your self-worth or net worth – maybe both. Venus is seriously challenging you to take full control and responsibility for the life you create from now on. Chances are you’ve gotten the wake-up call and may be well on your way to finding the tribe to which you truly belong. It may be a “nomadic life” among those who rarely stay in one place for too long, traveling from one interesting place to the next – in their mind or in reality. You belong in a group that values your intelligence, your unusual creative work, your need for privacy, and to be respected as a powerful healing force for good in the world. You’re in the process of finding your true home. Holding onto old patterns and roles (possibly inherited) within the realms of love and money must be resisted.
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PISCES (February 21-March 21)
Chances are you’re being encouraged to advance your skills in some practical way. Maybe you’ve already taken steps to commit to a level of mastery that takes more effort – maybe something you’ve avoided for awhile. You are in the midst of a profound transformation and accelerated healing of something deeply embedded that kept you “in your place.” Jupiter is in charge of this healing. He’s known for wielding the kind of power that completely destroys all remnants of confinement and sets you free. He’s kindly and abundantly generous. He lends a hand and makes it all much easier than it might otherwise be. It may be that the nature of your relationships, or your need to play nice, or your need for security may have seriously confined you. That’s all being reworked and restructured in the interest of setting you free. You can’t go back. In fact it’s time accelerate your forward motion in preparation for a higher level of service that involves something profoundly heart-felt.

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