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Horoscope: July 13, 2017

Astrologer Shelly von Strunckel reveals what’s in the stars for you today

Shelley Von Strunckel, Special to tabloid!
00:00 August 13, 2017

IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY

Although every sign is influenced by Mercury’s retrograde cycle, during which the planet of communication appears to move backwards in the heavens, and seems to trigger confusion here on earth, the fact it takes place on your birthday indicated you’ll be both reviewing your own thinking and, equally, having discussions with others. Ironically, what’s most important could be the undiscovered issues or misunderstandings that surface as a result of these conversations and which, as a result, you’re able to resolve.

Aries March 20 – April 18

Few things upset an Aries more than facing defeat. It doesn’t matter when, how or why, you’ll do all you can to win. Yet now, ironically, you’ll learn far more from getting it wrong, if not out and out defeat. If setbacks arise, as is likely, focus on discovering what the problem was.

Taurus April 19 – May 19

Everybody experiences ups and downs, even you, as a generally down to earth Taurus. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that because August’s two eclipses will be shaking things up in your domestic and working life, the odds are good that you’ll find that you’re also somewhat unsettled emotionally.

Gemini May 20 – June 20

Although every sign is influenced by Mercury’s retrograde cycle, which begins today, the fact it’s your ruling planet means the errors it triggers could rouse personal concerns. Note and discuss these, with the aim being to learn about those issues, then to do all that you can to remedy them.

Cancer June 21 – July 21

It’s the rare Cancerian who enjoys provoking others just for the fun of it. Which means that you could take the unsettling or seemingly challenging words or actions of certain individuals too much to heart. From their perspective, their actions are for a mere joke, that’s all. Say nothing, just steer clear of them.

Leo July 22 – August 21

There’s an art to stating your case, but keeping discussion to a minimum. Being an expansive Leo, you’ll tend to want to talk these issues through, with an eye to putting them to rest. But with so much in transition, the less you decide, plan or organise, the less you’ll have to undo later.

Virgo August 22 – September 21

Usually a decision is exactly that. But during August, with its two eclipses and Mercury retrograde from today, things won’t be straightforward. Still, that by no means suggests problems are unavoidable. The trick is to organise plans so they’re flexible enough to ride out the twists and turns you’ll be encountering.

Libra September 22 – October 22

Nobody likes lying. It’s morally questionable and, equally, remembering what you said can be challenging. Yet in one particularly explosive situation, you can’t see an alternative. There is one, and it involves speaking the truth, point by point. Challenging as it will be in the short term, ultimately, you’ll be glad you did.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

This is one of those strange periods during which, despite the disarray you’re facing, your instincts are telling you that these changes are in your best interests. Not only is that the case, within days events will take you into unexpected but thrilling territory, and introduce you to equally thrilling people.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 20

It rare something or somebody really angers you. But that’s the case now. The fact is, you’re probably still dealing with the fallout from the clash between your ruler Jupiter and Pluto, on the 4th, which heightened tensions of this nature. Discussions only worsen issues. Firmly put them out of your mind.

Capricorn December 21 – January 18

Planning ahead is wise, but with Mercury retrograde from the 13th until early September, it would be unwise to make complex arrangements or expect what’s been organised to remain as you first conceived it. Disruptive as changes may at the moment, they’ll give you welcome flexibility during the rest of August.

Aquarius January 19 – February 17

Judging by the current unsettling planetary activity, including the recent powerful Aquarius eclipsed Full Moon, even simple arrangements will need to change, and change again. Knowing that, waste no time on refining the details. For now, focus on the big picture. With things moving so swiftly, that will keep you busy.

Pisces February 18 – March 19

Tender moments with dear friends or loved ones are always precious. But they’re especially valuable now, during this period of unsettling, if timely, change. It’s easy to take these for granted, and sometimes you do. These strong emotional experiences remind you of what and, indeed, who is most worthwhile in your life.