24 JULY – 23 AUGUST
Crucial messages must be delivered with care and consideration. Mercury entering another retrograde phase means it’s easy to be misinterpreted when you’re trying to manage something of financial or political importance. If there’s the slightest doubt over data you intend to share, it’s essential that you hold back until everything has been double-checked.
24 AUGUST – 23 SEPTEMBER
Listen to too many people’s opinions on the way you’re handling relationship concerns and you’ll become lost and confused. It’s always better to find a time to thrash out the main issues directly with the other person involved. If you’re inclined to speak in tones that are more blunt and direct than usual, feel free to do so.
24 SEPTEMBER – 23 OCTOBER
Not all the signals coming through with regard to a professional or financial undertaking can be trusted. So it is absolutely crucial that you scrutinise every bit of information at your disposal before agreeing to something which could be hugely advantageous, provided everything checks out. This is not the time to be taking chances.
24 OCTOBER - 22 NOVEMBER
Having spread your wings recently, you’ll feel duty-bound to tend to matters close to home. Capitalise on the lunar eclipse in mid-July, which will enable you to access your feelings in connection with family and friends hinting that you’ve abandoned them recently. You don’t have to indulge them but they probably have a point.
23 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER
Evidence bubbling to the surface will suggest that the integrity of a workmate or associate could be in doubt. Initially your inclination will be to judge, or perhaps attack, whoever is involved. But shortly afterwards, you’ll realise that there are several possible explanations as to what’s been going on. Don’t make a hasty decision.
22 DECEMBER - 20 JANUARY
You might be the first to admit that your professional or financial affairs need clarification, but an intensely personal matter is about to become your main priority. When you weigh up how much could be sacrificed unless your private affairs are put right, you’ll be in no doubt as to what you must do next.
21 JANUARY – 19 FEBRUARY
While you can’t be accused of having deserted your post, you’ve been less than conscientious in your responsibilities recently. Make good use of the solar eclipse on 2 July to identify the weaknesses that are beginning to show. But don’t become so intent on getting everything right that you drive yourself crazy.
20 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH
You’ll be so overwhelmed with concern for a friend or companion that you’ll lose sight of ongoing obligations. You must act responsibly and refuse to be distracted or that could become a problem. Often, we must put our feelings on hold until the opportunity arises to deal with them properly and privately.
21 MARCH – 20 APRIL
Loved ones will, quite justifiably, suggest that you should spend more quality time together. However, you’ll feel conflicted when unexpected demands are made on you in terms of your commitments in the wider world. Certain individuals will have to be taught that they don’t have exclusive rights to your time.
21 APRIL – 21 MAY
Those trying to influence your handling of your private or professional life may be taking quite a risk. With the sun opposing Saturn, you’re likely to put barriers in place so that you’re immune to unwelcome comments you find unhelpful and invasive. Keep things in perspective and avoid causing a rift over something relatively trivial.
22 MAY – 21 JUNE
Frustrated though you may be with the way in which business or property issues have been handled, you have no right to punish those doing their best to achieve the right outcome. If you over-react, you’ll lose the support of the one individual who has done everything possible to deliver what’s expected. Apologies may be in order.
BY PETER WATSON