By Aluna Michaels
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Happy birthday, Gemini! Venus turns to direct in your sign, asking you to keep commitments you made to yourself the past two months regarding relationships. Stay true to the values your intuition revealed in meditation. Keep observing your connection with others to see your principles in action (or how you fall short of them). Also keep to a budget that allows for small splurges but adheres to essential payments, since Venus is also about money. Sticking to your truth in all areas draws positive romance and work options, plus keeps your self-esteem high!
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Mercury retrogrades in your sign, helping you develop more self-esteem. Write a list of your positive qualities and meditate about those gifts! Create affirmations about them and repeat them often, both aloud and in your mind. Relationship issues will begin to heal. You’ll even have insights into personal longstanding issues. On the financial front, money that you’ve forgotten about or that you didn’t expect to receive can come to you!
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Revitalize your body by releasing tension in your subconscious! As Mercury retrogrades this month, in meditation become aware that your body is letting go of built-up stressors with each quiet exhale. As your mind and body become unburdened, amazing intuitions that solve major issues will come to you! Areas of healing can include challenges in friendships, problems expressing intimacy and sexuality, struggles with self-compassion, and food addictions.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Mercury is turning retrograde which can cause misunderstandings. This is true especially in your marriage or partnership. Instead of immediately confronting, pause for meditation. Reflecting reveals potential misinterpretations. It also shows how you may have not clearly expressed your needs and/or boundaries — and how you can do that going forward. Work-wise, you can get a delayed promotion or bonus. Soak it in because you deserve it!
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
If you’re frustrated or confused about work stuff, try not to make decisions as Mercury is retrograde this month and next. Instead, use meditation to ponder your needs and values in the job arena. Your inner commitment can draw solutions and options better than actively searching for answers at this time. Late July is better for making moves or implementing changes. Health-wise, think about letting go of foods that drain your vitality (sugar? wheat?). Experiment with eliminating foods and observe energy levels. In relationships, gently but firmly hold to your boundaries without apologizing for having them!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
As Mercury retrogrades, see if your spiritual practice still nourishes you. Perhaps you just need to return to a mediation or yoga practice that worked in the past. Or you might need a brand new approach, and this can be a time of experimentation. Even keeping things very simple and “merely” breathing, with a deep exhale and a passive inhale would work wonders. Using affirmations brings breakthroughs. In relationships, trust yourself if things feel weird. Built-up misunderstandings about expectations likely need to be cleared to let love flow again!
(Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
Mercury goes retrograde, helping deepen connections with loved ones, and also get clear about finances. You can easily manifest money now, so try prosperity meditations! Venus moves forward and illuminates your values as not just “whims” when it comes to both relationships and spending. Sagittarius people love to be busy, but be sure to have a quiet space in your home for reflection, yoga, or meditation. Your sacred space will help you stay centered and focused and keep you efficient.
(Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
Staying physically healthy is vital to a positive mood! Keep commitments to yourself regarding nutrition, exercise, meditation and rest. Beware of shaming yourself for falling away from good habits. Treat yourself with compassion and get back to what supports you! Relationships can feel stressful because Mercury retrograde brings miscommunication. Pause before reacting, since issues can arise from tiny misperceptions rather than big problems. Clarity can come from a mere few deep breaths!
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Meditate on how your beliefs empower or disempower you. Do your thoughts create tension mentally or physically? Get “back to basics” with affirmations that excite you about who you are at your core and what you choose to manifest in your life! Also, a budding relationship can flower in an amazing way this month. If partnered, there can be a renewal that restores passion and fun!
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Neptune is your ruling planet, and it turns retrograde this month. It gives you time to examine your boundaries. Meditate and make sure you’re clear about your needs and that you’re being true to yourself in all sorts of relationships. Reconnect with what is most important to you, with what brings you the most peace and joy. Connect daily with friends who support this side of you to keep your inspiration alive. Run challenging conversations by them, so you can be poised when interacting with the person with whom you have issues.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Meditate on how big your “mind space” is when it comes to work success and financial abundance. It might be time to build a “larger room.” Really feel what it’s like to live in that happy alternate reality, and those feelings can attract that new potential to you! Ponder the limited messages regarding work and money you inherited from your family and how you can eradicate them. Pay attention to dreams, since they can hold clues as to how to move through challenges with ease.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Venus is the planet of money, and as it moves forward this month, you’ll have a better flow of finances! Since that’s in late June, use most of the month to meditate on feeling spiritually centered and safe. When you’re balanced inside, there’s less tendency to overspend. Feeling your internal and intrinsic worth is essential for Taurus. When you come from that space, relationships are healthy, your self-care is strong, and you’ll feel joy and self-love welling up within you!
Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book, Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs, is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call or text (248) 583-1663 or visit