Horoscopes: 13-19 July

22 June to 23 July

The assurance this week is that someone who seems to be forbidding, judgemental or inflexible can actually be won over to your side. How this is achieved is personal to you, but a clue lies in what you say, write or how you go about expressing yourself. Bold charm won’t do it. Show you care about practical details.

24 July to 23 August

There’s no need to assume the worst! Quite soon, in a matter of days, what seemed beyond reach or out of your control will look very different as the Sun re-enters your sign – its favourite sign, by the way. The advice is to keep a hold on expenditure and work steadily: rewards come from timely actions. 

24 August to 23 September

It’s unlikely anyone in your circle regards you as irresponsible or careless, yet with image-conscious Venus in your sign it’s as if you wish certain people (perhaps newcomers to your world) to know that very little misses your sharp eye. Do you think someone’s trying to pull a fast one on you? Well, it’s not likely that they’ll succeed.

24 September to 23 October

An idea you’ve been toying with about the home is ready to be firmed up. Perhaps you fancy turning the attic into another bedroom or cladding the brickwork against winter storms. It’s a very Libran characteristic to vacillate, to ‘um’ and ‘er’, but you’re close (at last!) to making a decision. Loved ones will be amazed.

24 October 24 to 22 November

A business transaction requires a very careful and considered approach – you wouldn’t want to be short-changed – but this should turn out to be a far simpler process than first thought. A Venus-Saturn link strengthens your hand in all negotiations so that a deal may be struck very much in your favour without making enemies.

23 November to 21 December

The social side of life is emphasised with Venus at the top of the solar chart, favouring interactions that serve specific purposes, aside from the joys of light conversation, bubbly and canapes. Do accept party or other work-related invitations because the skies favour mixing business with pleasure. A key person responds well to responsible playfulness.

22 December to 20 January

‘Fresh experiences’ are the big theme and cover anything from holidays to study courses. Those who don’t really know you may think you’re just being escapist, but this is not the case. You sense that more opportunity to advance yourself is to be found in areas beyond your immediate world. Don’t hesitate to follow this instinct.

21 January to 19 February

A relationship is warming up, and with some Aquarians that means the heat could be rising seriously. Now, if you’re typical of your sign, you’ll somehow manage to alternate between mad-deep passion and cool distancing, as you try to preserve that famed independence of yours. But that’s how you are. In the end, people can either love you or leave you.

20 February to 20 March

Ordinarily, in your dealings with people, you like things to be free-flowing and fairly relaxed – serious decisions still have to be made, but you don’t want a formal song and dance. However, in this phase, you really need to be more rigorous in your choice of agents, partners, artisans or friends. Ask yourself: what is this person bringing to my party?

21 March to 20 April

There’s no need to sigh! Yes, heavy work responsibilities rest on your shoulders, but lovely Venus is bringing a lightness of touch that makes all your labours look so easy. Indeed, if you fear a confrontation or a tiresome patch of toil just ahead, the happy news is that things will somehow come together with a minimum of fuss. Next!

21 April to 21 May

What a happy student you should be – though you need not be at university or on a course to understand the meaning of this. Just mastering a baking recipe counts, or anything else that you thought was beyond your range. The reason for this is that you’re studying something you truly love, and it is that which accelerates learning.

22 May to 21 June

To get the better of a loved one, there’s no need to bend over backwards. You are right to hold to a firm line, if only to set an example for future reference. Progress is made this week in getting over what has looked like an emotional brick wall. When you look back, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.