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Once again, I took a deep dive into my horoscope for the next couple of months and discovered something terrific that’s about to happen that I didn’t see coming.

For about seven weeks, beginning in August, Jupiter will be slowing down as it prepares to turn retrograde. The station itself occurs on September 4 at 15°35″ Taurus — just one minute away from an exact trine with my 15°34″ Capricorn sun!

The best part of this news is that it’s happening in summer while I actually have vacation time booked at work. My horoscope warns me that I might pork out while these two planets are harmoniously aligned, but I won’t have to worry about that during gardening season; I can eat practically anything I want to eat during the summer months because of my increased activity levels. I’m less optimistic about some of the other things that this particular interpretation promises because I know that Jupiter transits can make me feel overconfident. Nevertheless, that doesn’t change the fact that they can also be a lot of fun. The full prediction reads as follows:

“This is such a pleasant influence that you may be inclined to sit back, enjoy it and do nothing. However, this is really a very important time in your life because you can reach out into new areas of life and have new and rewarding experiences. Your creative potential is enormous at this time, and you can very easily accomplish a great deal that would be difficult at other times. Your inner energies are strong, and you are full of self-confidence and the feeling that you can do anything.

This influence usually indicates good health and a feeling of well-being, although you may be inclined to put on weight if you are not careful. You may not feel inclined toward physical activity, but it would be a good idea to get some exercise. Make a particular effort to be outdoors. Hiking is a very beneficial activity at this time.

If you are inclined to physical activity, especially athletics, don’t take foolish risks through overconfidence. This influence tends to make you overestimate your energies.

This is an excellent time for all financial matters. You will feel like making your surroundings appear more elegant, and you may spend quite a lot of money doing so. This is perfectly fine, and you should think positively in all ways, but don’t let this concern with material acquisition blind you to some very real possibilities for inner growth.

Travel, either physically or mentally, often accompanies this influence. Take this time to broaden your understanding of the world around you. You have a strong interest in ideas that are different from what you normally know and encounter, and you are much more tolerant of different ways of living. Even people’s usually irritating traits do not bother you at this time. Also your sense of humor is much greater than usual, and you can appreciate the dance of life in all its glory.”

I needed some good news today. I was just sitting around sort of bored, waiting for the weather to warm up so that I can get outside into my yard for the first time this year. It was sort of serendipitous that I sat back down at the computer to take a second look at my short-term forecast on

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m feeling energized and optimistic about how the rest of this year is going to work out. Sitting at this computer, even for another second, is the last place I want to be . . .

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