Astrology forecast for June 30-July 13

By Cortney Litwin/ Staff Writer

The flirtatious tête-à-tête between talkative Mercury and romantic Venus in Leo continues through the 13th, a cosmic combo that encourages us to come straight from the heart and includes a walloping dose of drama. More enthusiasm and the temptation to get carried away takes place when the sun collides with optimistic Jupiter on the 1st. Next, the new moon in home-loving, emotional Cancer on the 6th includes an energizing (or irritating!) hit from Mars; try to avoid squabbling with a family member, for the problem may blow over in a few days. And finally, Mercury and Venus dance with dreamy, poetic Neptune on the 11th-13th, which takes romance (and pedestals) to new heights.

If you know your rising sign from your time of birth, read that also.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Romance blooms this month, with a burst of idealism on the 11th-13th; try to keep at least one toe on the ground. The new moon says, Redecorate! Remodel! Do something new with your home-but expect a few hiccups in the process.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Love and communications dance nicely together through the 13th, especially at the new moon. However, clarity is needed on 11th-13th, when a misunderstanding may occur. Additionally, your artistic talents soar in your home this month.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Your Mercury ruler merges with romantic Venus through the 13th, making you especially eloquent in love. Express yourself! On a more practical note, the new moon encourages you to look for moneymaking opportunities.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

The new moon in your sign signals a new cycle in your personal life-the more clearly you visualize your desires now, the more likely they are to manifest. Also, finances get a boost, but watch out for a mix-up around the 11th-13th.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Love and communications are divine thanks to Mercury and Venus in your sign, but don’t let your expectations run amok around the 11th-13th. The new moon energizes your spiritual life and encourages reviewing the past.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Venus and Mercury illuminate your past and can facilitate the healing of prior relationships, especially if harsh communications took place. At the new moon, a friend and/or humanitarian activity may present a new path.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The new moon can bring a career opportunity, but you may need all your talents in diplomacy to bring it to fruition. Mercury and Venus in your friendship sector promote networking for profit and socializing for fun.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Show off your creativity and ingenuity in your career, but watch out for a miscommunication around the 11th-13th. The new moon encourages you to explore new personal and professional territory (physical travel is encouraged, too!).

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The urge to travel, which may include a journey for spiritual development, is revving up your sense of adventure. Seek out social connections on your trip. The new moon highlights relationships and financial reorganization.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The new moon brings a fresh start for committed relationships, and may bring in a business partnership as well. Relationships get close and can trigger vulnerability or trust issues. Clarity in communications is key.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Mercury and Venus illuminating your partnership area can help manifest a close relationship or heat up an existing one. The new moon urges a reevaluation of your health regimen as well as getting involved in charitable activities.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You may feel pushed to take action in the romance arena, when the new moon energizes your love sector. Let your creativity shine, too. Leo planets encourage you to get healthy and use your talents to help others.