10 to 16 July 2017 Weekly Horoscope

If attached, who is this person you live with? Do you really know them, do they really know you? If single, why is it you keep falling into the same relationship patterns which don't work? How can you break free from that? But the planets are giving you an awareness of yourself. Like any human being you have a right to be loved in the way that suits you. So don't sacrifice those needs and desires because others say 'I know what's best for you', or 'darling, you really look awful in that colour", or 'who do you think you are, anyway?" Be vain, merge and leave again, accept that you're capricious at times, consistent at others. This is you. Look at yourself with honesty and awareness and 'Know Thyself'.

Don't let lovers or admirers distort your sense of love or your sense of who you are.  Gaze within as well as without, and take responsibility for how you want to be loved. It's your autonomy that's now at stake.  And if you're not already a 'Star Trek' fanatic, then this week, you're going to have to act like one at least.  'To boldly go where no person has gone before' could be your catch-phrase. Now outer space and the distant galaxies beyond the solar system have little to do with sun-sign astrology. However, there is something about all that unexplored cosmic infinity that niggles you. It's not that you literally want to jump into a space ship, but outer space is a rather nice analogy for being 'out of one's mind' when we fall headlong into an infatuation. This week you can enjoy this kind of trip.

Romance beckons, and whether single or attached you just can't but help wondering if there's more to life than mere coincidence. Is this meant to be? Is the cosmos telling you something about the synchronicity of life and love? Especially when you fall for someone for no apparent reason (what's reason got to do with love anyway?) They have the right look, the right eyes, body, smell, whatever. Infatuation puts you on a high and the object of your desire is equally infatuated with you. With Venus's influence, you have the energy, cheek, and charisma to move closer to someone, get your way, or fly off to the milky way and leave them floundering in your wake.

There's a mirror somewhere on your home. And if you look carefully at your reflection, you will see yourself in a new light. You may reach out to touch your reflection, but it's just an illusion. You cannot touch yourself in the mirror, but you can see yourself. This is the elusive nature of you, and how sometimes you are more like the one you're with, than yourself. I believe that you're searching for something utterly profound through your love relationships but you're not quite sure what it is. Love too, runs and hides, and 'whoosh',  disappears in a puff of smoke each time you try to claim it, or attach yourself to it. This week, things become much clearer, the mirror reflects your honesty, and you become a lot wiser. Love is intangible, you can't touch it, but you can imagine and see it coming your way.

Are you are ready to climb mountains for love, to free yourself from the chains of routine or boredom and discover real joy in life's adventures? Well, this week Joni Mitchell's song comes to mind. "I am on a lonely road and I am travelling, looking for something, what can it be?" It's likely that you literally either want to upstick and move on down that road, or truly find a new meaning in life and love. So ask yourself, what is it I'm searching for?  Are you happy to be in a long-term committed relationship with the accompanied responsibilites? And if yes, doesn't that relationship require equality,friendship, mutual respect for each other's independence and freedom? Or do you seriously want to go it alone? Time to set your personal record straight.

How honest are you? Perhaps too honest. And this week, the candle that illuminates the truth of your real desires could turn into an explosive stick of dynamite - in fact, you end up expressing yourself with about as much sensitivity as a politician. You stamp your foot, stare at your face in the mirror and wonder, just wonder what it's all about. This life, this love, or lack of it. And if single, you begin to realise that you have the spirit to start afresh. It's time to get on with loving yourself. Whether in love, attached or single, there's a strong desire to go your own way, or find a new way to relate, because admit it, it's not just domestic bliss you're after, but glorious adventure too.

Atalanta the ancient mythological Greek huntress, never wanted to marry, she preferred the company of warriors and heros, won all her races, and drove men wild with desire. It was only Hippomenes who beat her by scattering golden apples in her path. Curiosity overcame her and she stopped to pick them up. How could she resist someone who could beat her for ingenuity? The resonance of this myth to your life right now is particualrly revealing. Because like each curious golden apple on the path, it is the next romance, the next place, the next journey which drives you on. If your partner or admirer can chuck a few of those choice apples down the road, then maybe, just maybe this could be a chance to stop and pick one up. Maybe you've finally met your match?

Probably your pals are wishing they could be like you. Serious, passionate, committed and downright sexy. But you do have a dark side. We all do. What they don't know, is that you do find it hard to live in the so-called 'real' world, because this so-called tangible place is filled with limitations, and it's hard for you to accept the human side of yourself when you'd rather be discovering the truth about alien sex. However, this week, you come down to earth a little bit thanks to Mercury's rationalising influence.  Generous, excited and ready for anything, you prove that however much envy you create in your wake, it's your 'joie de vivre' that rubs off on those who truly count.

This week brings a promise of excitement in any close relationship. It's a time to make a promise to yourself too, or a commitment to someone else. Voice your feelings, air your thoughts. And if you've been augmenting your virtues and strengths rather than diminishing them, this week's lunar energy will work in your favour. Whether it's a new life or a new love, what's most important is that you develop an inner awareness of what you need and value most of all in intimate relationships. And what is that if not to live a bright, sun-shiney life where you also can get out and about and do your own thing?

You now have a chance to modify any zealous long-term plans or wllder intentions you had earlier this year. (And admit it, you did have plans which seemed unusually provocative, but now seem pointless).  The planets this week say, ' tell your partner or lover what gives you a sense of fulfilment and happiness in life and then ask them what gives them that too? And the ongoing influence of Venus and Mars say, "but be ready to compromise, you can have it your way, as long as you both eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive things in life". And if single? A challenging planetary line-up in your chart, brings an equally provocative character into your social world. In the weeks to come, you could be throwing down the gauntlet, not for some silly verbal fight, more of the pillow variety.  Just how you like it.

Right now it's hardly surprising you feel something's 'missing' in your life. Even if you're attached, a fleeting thought occurs that maybe you could have more, do better, have more space and so on. Yet the planets this week herald a new direction. One where you're in command. Where you can at last say to someone current or someone new, 'look I'm pretty sure I know what's right for you, but I've forgotten myself in all this. I need to honour my needs.' And with Mars brandishing self-motivated swords of desire and determination left right and centre, it's time to slay those personal demons of self-doubt and be a champion for a very important crusade. Your own.

Lovers and friends expect a lot of you. In fact, you're exceptionally skilled at being an impartial, non-judgemental observer of their crazy deeds. And you delight in pointing out it's their right as an individual to do what they must do. And subsequently, they're guiltless and enriched for knowing you. But what about your own feelings? You probably know about every psychological theory under the sun, but do you really know what your emotional needs are all about?  Perhaps this week, you can address that fear of feeling. Don't be embarrassed by emotion, don't treat is a weakness or a flaw in your character, because after all, you're only human. Let someone into your private world a little. Join the humanity club -  it's a world-wide one. And it's healing.

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