STAR WISE: July 2013

by Mac McLaughlin

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra
Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

portrait of Mac McLaughlin
At a 30-year reunion of a group of old friends, one of them remarked, “Mac thinks he learned astrology through the books.” “Well, of course I have studied deeply,” I replied in my defence. But my dear friend reminded me and the group of the many times I had known someone’s birth sign – and sometimes the date and year of a person’s birth – long before I got to the books. He was right; that is how astrology came into play in my life.

Astrologers are a rare breed and must be wired right in order to decipher God’s handwriting through the stars. You can learn astrology through the books and if you are intuitively gifted you will have some very powerful tools that can be used to help all those destined to come your way. Here’s an example of how it works for me. Years ago, I was on a ferry from Seattle to Victoria. I found a seat across from a middle-aged couple and an elderly gent on my right. After a round of introductions and some light chitchat, the woman across from me asked what type of work I did. When I mentioned astrology, the three of them got busy reading their books. I was relieved because now I could enjoy my book as well. But, of course, I couldn’t help myself. When a pickpocket meets someone, all they see is the person’s pockets. When an astrologer meets someone, they see the person’s planets and signs through their mannerisms, body form and personality, etc. I was pretty sure the lady across from me was a Pisces or a Scorpio. I wrote down two dates that might have been her birthday and I put the piece of paper in my pocket. When the conversation resumed, I asked her if she was a Pisces. “No, I’m an Aquarius,” she replied. “I guess you will have to go back to your studies,” she added teasingly. The old guy next to me said, “Hold on a minute; I’m a Pisces.” At that point, I had a good idea of what had happened. I asked them to please not say anything for a moment. I asked her husband what his date of birth was. He replied November 5. I asked the Pisces for his date and he said March 6. I showed them the dates I had written down. They were shocked and surprised to see their correct birthdays. Well, so much for the peaceful, quiet ride home. We had a great and animated conversation about the magic of the stars. The stars don’t lie.

(March 21 – April 19)
Big changes are in the wind, but you might not be clear as to the direction you want to travel in. Ride with this feeling for a while. You’re in the midst of some deep and profound changes in your search for freedom, love and understanding. The higher powers will guide you towards your destiny.


(April 20 – May 21)
There are a lot of considerations to mull over this month. Finance and romance top the list. You may have to take a deep look at both topics. The last 10 days of July are important and will reveal what stays and what goes and what must be done in order to achieve harmony.


(May 22 – June 20)
New friendships are forming and you may find yourself amidst a very unique circle of people. Your solar second house is strongly activated and matters related to money, family and health take precedence throughout the month. It may prove to be a very busy and demanding time, which you may not mind. Pace yourself accordingly.


CANCER (June 21 – July
Mercury is backing into your Uranus! Doesn’t sound very comfortable, does it? Let me rephrase that. Mercury and Uranus are in square aspect throughout the month and you can expect to be super busy. It’s your time to shine. Do your best, as Jupiter casts very favourable energy your way bringing success and good fortune.


LEO (July
23 – August 22)
The Sun enters Leo on July 22 two hours before a full Moon. You start your solar high of the year with a bang as all kinds of exciting scenarios unfold. July 27 is an intense day and you will have to wend your way carefully. It is time to clear up old business.


VIRGO (August 23 – September
Although you may be busier than you want to be, you might enjoy the times and the challenges that come up this month. Mercury, Lord of Virgo and ruler of communications, negotiations, trade and business is in square with Uranus indicating a time of intense output and high energy. Throw yourself in and enjoy the swim.


(September 23 – October 22)
Your solar career sector is hot. Although there may be challenges and tensions throughout the month, you stand a good chance of doing well. Maybe you won’t get everything you wish or work for, but you are making headway. July is intense for all signs, but more so for Libra, Capricorn, Cancer and Aries.


(October 23 – November 21)
Saturn is practically standing still in your sign throughout the month. He brings you into deep contemplation and consideration of your limitations and fears. He helps you make decisions about what must be done in order to obtain your objectives. It’s a time of letting go of what is no longer useful or worthy.


(November 22 – December 21)
Life’s mysteries deepen and although you must deal with the mundane, your spirit may long for a deeper and more meaningful existence. Travel opportunities come up. Love is in the works as well. Hmmm, love and travel, maybe both. Someone from the past and from afar shows up on your radar. High times are indicated.


(December 22 – January 19)
Keep those cloven hooves sharpened as many a slippery slope is to be encountered in the July time. Astrologers can see the energy of the planets and from what I’m seeing, July and August will be challenging and dynamic months. Do the Capricorn thing and take your time and do one thing at a time.


(January 20 – February 19)
The Aquarius full moon on July 22 will bring forth some pretty strong revelations and realizations of what is what in your world. July promises to be hot for all signs and I don’t mean weather-wise. July 27 is another significant day in which important events and considerations take place. Health concerns are foremost.


(February 20 – March 20)
Your solar fifth house is strongly activated bringing opportunities for increased social activities. The fifth house represents children, entertainment, business and romance. Venus also casts her glance from across the skies in late July and early August. It is another harbinger of good times spent with loved ones. Enjoy the last hazy days of summer.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email or call 604-731-1109.

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