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Your AstroTwins Weekend Horoscope for July 18 & 19

Love thy body! On Saturday, luminescent Venus moves into Virgo and your sixth house of self-care for a brief stint (until July 31). Glow from the inside out with plenty of physical activity and fresh nutritious ingredients. As Venus is a social creature, you could be inspired to combine playtime with your pals and your health quest. Meet up with your friends at yoga class, catch up over a powerwalk, organize a Paleo potluck. On the love front, romance is magical when it’s unexpected, but stop waiting to be swept off your feet. The person with the plan will win. Heads-up: Venus will turn retrograde from July 25-September 6, so get everything underway as quickly as you can before this temporary slowdown. Sunday’s moon-Neptune faceoff could trigger a craving for solitude. You could be knee-deep in a project that requires your full concentration. Or, you might be in the mood for reflection. Regardless of the reason, honor what you need. Instead of half-heartedly going through the motions on the social front, take a raincheck or reschedule. You won’t be doing others any favors by forcing yourself to go. Save it for when you’re truly able to be present and enjoy yourself.

This Saturday, Cupid enters your corner until July 31. Your cosmic ruler Venus moves into Virgo and your passionate fifth house, turning up the heat. Self-expression is the name of the game now, so wear your heart on your sleeve. Be bold, and take the initiative. Some Bulls could be struck with a case of baby fever, as the fifth house rules fertility. If you’re not interested in producing a brood, don’t take chances. Coupled? You might feel a little more needy than usual, but don’t pull out all the stops to get the attention you crave. Just ask for what you need, straight up. Mark your calendar: Venus will turn retrograde (backward) on July 25 for six weeks, so make your romantic moves before then. Sunday calls you to get your head out of the clouds. Propping people up on pedestals will be easy to do today, thanks to an opposition between the moon and illusory Neptune. While you revel in the warm fuzzies, remember that people aren’t perfect. Make room for all facets of your personalities. Conflict on some level is inevitable, even in solid, happy relationships. What’s important is how you navigate the bumpy bits.

Move over, Martha Stewart. This Saturday, beautifying Venus settles into Virgo and your domestic fourth house until July 31, summoning the interior designer within. Survey your space, and make adjustments for maximum effect. Switch up the art you display, hang a funky light fixture, purchase some brightly-colored accent pillows. Women also take center stage, so carve out bonding time for the high-pri ladies in your life. On the romance front, talk of kids or taking your union to the next level are on the table. While you tend to go weak in the knees for those bad boy/girl types, be receptive to the “nice” ones. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Heads-up: Venus will turn retrograde from July 25-September 6, so be especially kind to your loved ones to avoid any fallout. On Sunday, a faceoff between the moon and foggy Neptune obscures your future with a certain someone. Instead of driving yourself mad trying to anticipate where things are headed, lap up the lovin’ (or lustful) vibes that are happening right now. Take care not to get swept up into the emotion ocean by pacing yourself. It’s hard to predict the staying power of this bond, but it really doesn’t matter. This person has come into your life for a reason. Be open to learning the lessons this dynamic will bring.

Coquettish Cancer in the house! Your flirtatious ways are out in full force, thanks to love planet Venus decamping to Virgo and your social sector from Saturday until July 31. Bring out the witty banter and flirty moves, but be careful you’re not batting your lashes at a friend of a friend’s love interest. Single Crabs would do well with speed-dating or even Tinder hookups during this cycle. An amigo might even reveal a secret crush on you. If, deep down, your feelings aren’t reciprocal, don’t cross that line. Already attached? The couple that plays together stays together. Explore shared activities and co-created projects. Note: Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6. You may need to work through communication issues and misunderstandings during that time. It will be easy to slide down a slope of negativity on Sunday, but only if you choose to go there. Instead of feeding pessimistic thoughts, assume an attitude of gratitude—or at least, find ONE thing to be grateful about. A moon-Neptune opposition promises an emotional day, but you don’t have to drown in your fluctuating moods and sentiments. Believe it or not, you can uncover joy today. All you have to do is open your eyes and look around.

When it comes to caring for your loved ones, Leo, only the best will do. Now it’s time to apply the same logic to Numero Uno. Indulgent Venus cruises through Virgo and your sensual second house from Saturday until July 31, turning your attention to self-care. Besides booking all your requisite beauty and spa treatments, don’t put up with people’s dramatic or attention-seeking behavior. When it comes to love, slow and steady is the way to go. Take a page from the “olden” days: log out of Tinder and foster some real-life relationships. Already attached? Revel in shared pleasures. Create comfort food together, give each other foot massages, kick back with a glass of vino listening to jazz. Heads up: Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6, backing into your sign on the 31st. A slowdown or even a short sabbatical from hot-and-heavy romantic pursuits might be in order. Beware second-guessing syndrome on Sunday, Leo. An opposition between the emo moon and smoke-and-mirrors Neptune could make you question your own convictions. You might even worry if a certain someone really cares for you. Don’t torture yourself obsessing, and please don’t subject the other person to a deep discussion about it. Instead, settle back into your personal power by engaging in activities that bring you joy. Dance, paint, write poetry, tune your guitar. Added bonus: activating your creative side will ground you again.

When it comes to amor, start with the person you see in the mirror, Virgo. On Saturday, romantic Venus moves into your sign until July 31, sounding the call for self-love. If you’re in a LTR, making time for “me, myself, and I” is necessary to maintain a healthy balance. Regardless of whether you’re coupled or not, make your passion projects a priority. You’ve got a cosmic free pass to pamper yourself, too. While you take more time for yourself, just be conscious of not going to extremes. You don’t want to push people completely out of your life. Also, tame the diva within. Relationships work both ways, so be willing to get what you give. Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6—and it will backtrack through Virgo for the first week of this wayward journey. Step back from any drama and don’t push an agenda. Let everything proceed at its own course. Although you’re aching for attention from you-know-who on Sunday, don’t belittle yourself because of it. If this person isn’t acknowledging all of your awesomeness, don’t sulk or seek out validation any further. Redirect your focus on yourself, and nurture your own autonomy. While engaging in activities without your beloved may trigger anxiety, recognize that by taking a step back, the object of your affections will likely long for your presence and seek YOU out for a change. Absence truly can make the heart grow fonder, Virgo, so back off and see what happens.

Ah, sweet romance. There’s nothing a Libra loves more than fairy-tale happy endings. And with amorous Venus (your ruling planet) occupying your twelfth house of fantasy from Saturday until July 31, you’ve got cosmic clearance to be the hardcore romantic you are. While you adore the view those rose-colored glasses give you, just make sure they don’t come with a set of blinders. Recognize that no matter how smitten you may be with one special soul, no one is perfect, Libra… present company included. Take the time to find out the good, bad, AND the ugly. Then, you can decide if you’re willing to accept it all. Caution: Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6, which can interrupt the harmony of your closest ties. Batten down the hatches and prepare to be extra understanding during that cycle. Emotions are bound to bubble to the surface on Sunday, Libra, so don’t fight it. The more you try to control or suppress them, the stronger they’ll get. Honor what you’re feeling by facing any fear or discomfort head on. It’s only then that you’ll be able to liberate yourself. Rather than ruminating in silence, the best plan of attack is to talk it out with a trusted confidante. Giving a voice to what you’re experiencing makes it that much easier to move past it. Before the day’s out you might even have enough perspective to see the humor in it all.

When it comes to affairs du couer, you’ve got planetary permission to write your own rules. From Saturday until July 31, amorous Venus transits Virgo and your unconventional eleventh house. If you’re excited about a shared prospect—anything from babymaking to tying the knot—take the bull by the horns. Who cares if you don’t want to put a ring on it? You might even veer way off the conventional path by discussing an open relationship or living in different cities. If your union is more traditional, use this cycle to socialize as a couple. Single? You could strike gold with dot-com dating. Heads-up: Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6. No matter how eager you are to officialize, some of these lofty plans may need to be put on pause until the fall. On Sunday, you can run, but you can’t hide, Scorpio. Feel free to fantasize about starting fresh elsewhere with new friends. But just don’t kid yourself that it will be that much different. Today’s cosmos prod you to look in the mirror, and own up to your role in things. Also, challenge yourself to be real with others, rather than sweet-talking your way into their hearts. Let down your guard. It brings out the stuff that authentic and satisfying relationships are made of—and that’s what you want, right?

Mapping out your long-term trajectory isn’t something your sign is keen on, but dreaming is a different story. From Saturday until July 31, amorous Venus transits Virgo and your goal-setting tenth house, calling on your inner creative to conjure up an inspiring love life. Stop settling for second (or third) best. Don’t plod along in a relationship without any idea of where you’re headed as a couple. Carve out time for creative visualization to get a clear picture of your romantic future. Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6, so don’t get carried away. Pace yourself and trust that your lofty visions will be realized, but it might take a little longer than planned. Embrace the power of now this Sunday. While you’ve got some lofty goals you’re ready to dive headfirst into, don’t put the cart before the horse. A moon-Neptune faceoff could stir up anxieties about the future, putting your inner control freak at the helm. If you remain in the present moment, there is nothing to fear. Practice taking things one minute at a time today, Sagittarius. You’ll not only liberate yourself from unnecessary worry, you’ll also have much more space to be creative. Enjoy the process!

Variety is the spice of life, Capricorn, especially when it comes to amor. On Satuday, love planet Venus cruises through Virgo and your international ninth house until July 31, opening your mind when it comes to romantic prospects. Remain receptive, even if a certain someone isn’t your type. Your next paramour could have a spicy accent, a worldly lifestyle, or come from a completely different background than yours. Already attached? Autumn travel is just what the love doctor ordered—the farther away from your current locale, the better. Expand your horizons, individually and as a couple. Just make sure you’re on solid enough ground before you buy those non-refundable plane tickets. Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6, which could test the strength of your closest ties. Not everything is as it appears on Sunday, Capricorn. You know that you’re missing a key piece of the puzzle, but nobody’s willing to fess up yet. Instead of pushing for the whole truth, take a step back. Putting on the pressure will only cause others to be even more tight-lipped. Instead, show people that you can sympathize with difficult situations. Try opening up; be vulnerable. Sure, it’s scary, but that way you’ll send the message that you can be trusted with sensitive information. No judging allowed!

Meow! This Saturday, enchanting Venus settles into your magnetic eighth house until July 31, making you simply irresistible. Silence all smartphones in the name of some behind-closed-door fun. While you can’t help but attract people into your sphere, you’re saving your last rose for one special someone. This Venusian energy may also lead to an engagement… or even an elopement! Just keep your wits about you, Aquarius. Don’t let yourself get played or sucked into a secretive affair. Moving into dangerous terrain could bring disastrous results. Don’t settle for anything less than a mind-body-soul connection—one that you can share with the world. Another reason not to rush? Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6, which could press pause—or at least, slow the pace—on your committed relationships. If you’re going to be together for the rest of your lives, what’s the hurry? Sunday’s moon-Neptune opposition gives you an urge to retreat from the world. Even social butterflies like you need to rest their wings every once in a while, Aquarius. Push back on any pressure to discuss an issue that you’re still processing. Carve out quiet “me, myself, and I” time to reflect: meditate, journal, or take a long walk after dinner. Also, if a relationship blip is weighing on you, don’t feed the rumor mill by sharing your worries. Voicing your concerns will be so much more productive with the person in question.

All you need is love, Pisces—or at least, that’s how it feels. On Saturday, amorous Venus decamps to Virgo and your seventh house of commitment until July 31. Say buh-bye to booty calls, and hello to a monogamous match. Hold out for someone who truly makes you happy on many levels. If the object of your affections is apprehensive about moving into exclusive terrain, tactful Venus helps you spell things out diplomatically. Identify your bottom line, then make it known. Just be prepared to part ways if common ground can’t be found. Already attached? Consider couple playtime a priority. Co-create a project, throw the party of the season, get plans in motion for a whirlwind weekend away. Heads up: Venus will turn retrograde (backward) from July 25-September 6, which can give you second thoughts about a close connection, or sound the call for necessary repairs. If you find yourself in a funk on Sunday, know that it comes courtesy of an opposition between the emotional moon and your planetary ruler Neptune. Don’t feed the beast, Pisces. First and foremost, that means muting your inner critic. Keep those negative thoughts at bay by spending time with those who adore you and aren’t afraid to let you know why. Even if you have a hard time believing your loved ones, pretend like you do. These dark clouds will move on soon enough.