Arabella

by Arctic Monkeys

“…She’s got a Barbarella silver swimsuit
And when she needs to shelter from reality she takes a dip in my daydreams
My days end best when this sunset gets itself
Behind that little lady sitting on the passenger side
It’s much less picturesque without her catching the light
The horizon tries but it’s just not as kind on the eyes
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Sun in Leo; July 22 – August 22, 2016 ♔☀♌

 

As we emerge from the sweet, sentimental days of nurturing Cancer, majestic Leo blazes forth with exciting, fiery, playful, and joyful energy! Like the flowers and fruit blossoming and ripened under the solar rays, this is a time to show off our unique qualities and turn heads, Leo style!

Radiating with passion and magnetism, Leo’s regal, confident swag is very attractive to most. Sexy and self-assured is the essence of Leo, but this fierceness can sometimes come across as vanity or arrogance.

Ouff, they just looove the limelight and anything that brings them lots of attention. If seducing a Leo is your aim…especially with Venus and Mercury also in Leo, be generous with compliments!

“Like the Sun, Leo heats everything up with its dazzling drama. And when the Sun sets, it’s ice, ice baby. That’s why friends of Leo know to keep them happy and shining…or else..”Astrotwins

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Full Moon in Capricorn; July 19, 2016 ♑

“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” ― Dr. Seuss

This evening, a Full Moon in Capricorn occurs at 6:57 PM ET. Capricorn is tough love personified; it inspires practical realities and perseverance. Not surprisingly, Capricorn is ruled by wise old Saturn, the planet that rules maturity and hard work; they can climb mountains just like their sign’s icon, the goat. This energy is kind of like a diamond in the rough; there’s possibilities to shine, but it’s about rising above what is bringing us down…

“We’re all for creative visualization and the Law of Attraction. However, the fine art of “manifesting” pairs well with personal responsibility. Or, as the saying goes: luck is where preparation and opportunity meet. The Capricorn Full Moon says, do the work and you’ll reap the rewards in due time.” -Astrotwins

The Moon’s emotional pull is super strong and with the Cancer Sun in opposition, some may be tempted to project their emotional shit onto those around them. The challenge will be to stay present and to communicate our truth without placing blame.

This is an opportunity to bring light and love to those long held resentments and wounds from the past that we are still carrying…letting go of our attempts to manipulate the world around us – people who don’t fit into our ideal of how things ‘should’ be.

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” ― Herbert Bayard Swope
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Venus in Leo; July 12 – August 5, 2016 ♀♡♌

“Be the flame, not the moth.”
Giacomo Casanova

The grace, harmony and beauty embodied by Venus absorbs the Solar Fire of Leo from July 12th until August 5th. Under this enchanted Venus spell, Love must be Grand, Once in a Lifetime..Big Love, the kind that rocks foundations and shatters stars!

There’s little subtlety about this combination. Venus’ stay in Leo lights up love like a torch – for both couples and singles. The time is ripe to flirt up a storm with that cutie you have your eye on! It is very possible, however, to go overboard and let imagination turn a shy smile into a hot and steamy love affair.

But, that’s all part of the fun of Venus in Leo! Expect playful dates, grand overtures, loud declarations of love, and maybe even a few jealous tantrums. Big feelings will be expressed now, one way or another!

“She wanted something else, something different, something more. Passion and romance, perhaps, or maybe quiet conversations in candlelit rooms, or perhaps something as simple as not being second.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Those born under Venus in Leo are forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship (they can’t stand it getting dull or routine.) Venus in Leo also loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Surroundings must be lush, lavishly comfortable, and romantic…candles, silk, gold, beautiful blooms, magnificent scenarios…

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New Moon in Cancer; July 4th, 2016 @ 7:01am ET☾♋

by Molly Hall

“The July 4th New Moon is a kind of emotional independence day.  The grand finale may include some explosive feelings, that then start a chain-reaction of change. 

Cancer, as you know, is the sign of moods and the Moon itself.  Sun and Moon — the Luminaries — are at 13 degrees Cancer.

Cancer’s path is paradoxical, as one of nurturing others and being motherly, but the advanced Crabs declare their independence, too.  It’s a cardinal sign, and one that pushes out, but is often mired in emotional enmeshment scenarios.

For this one, Pluto is in opposition, making it a time to face reality, even if it makes you despair at first.

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Summer Recipes🍓

Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie with Poppy Seed Shortbread Crust

Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie with Poppy Seed Shortbread Crust

Kevin, via closetcooking.com has been inspiring me for many years with his beautiful, mouth watering dishes. He has a way of making the most amazing recipes seem effortless to make. I’ve been in a cooking mood lately (yup, Cancer season!), so I thought I’d share these lovely dishes with you!

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters

Jalapeno Popper Corn Fritters

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