July Birthstone: Ruby
Birthstone Color: Red
In ancient times, rubies were thought to represent heat and power. Ancient tribes used the gem as bullets for blowguns, and it was said that a pot of water would boil instantly if a ruby was tossed into it. Ground to powder and placed on the tongue, this crystal was used as a cure for indigestion.
The word ruby comes from the Latin "ruber," meaning red. The history of ruby mining dates back more than 2,500 years ago. The most beautiful crystals are thought to be from Burma, but high quality rubies are also found in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States.
It has been said that the ruby's red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love. With its hardness and durability, it is a perfect engagement stone for any ring. If worn on the left hand, ancient cultures believe that the Ruby will bring good fortune to its wearer as well.
DEGREE & SIGN
12 Capricorn 14
19 Aries 11
26 Cancer 55
03 Scorpio 47
Planets in the morning sky:
Venus and Jupiter. Venus is brighter.
Planets in the night sky:
Mercury through the 21st, Mars and Saturn.
Mercury on 15th; Uranus on the 13th; Neptune and Pluto all month.
The sun will go into Leo on:
ARIES - March 20 – April 18
Romantic partnerships may cause you too much worry. The more you worry about your issues, the more you will attract negative energy. So, let’s be more positive and optimistic about your future. If you truly communicate with your partner, life will flow more smoothly. Just because there are little inconsistencies in your relationship doesn’t mean that your partnership is over. These are small bumps in the road of life which need to be discussed and resolved. Work may have a problem, but you probably know what the problem is already (hint: it’s not you!). Deal with issues in a straight forward manner and get back to enjoying your job. Don’t let others make you doubt your potential.
TAURUS - April 19 – May 19
Money is a key issue this month. Figuring out how to be more financially secure and keep up your obligations is a neat trick. You have decisions to make about where and how to spend your money as well. Concentrate on savings and buying only what you absolutely need now so that you will feel financial stable during the rest of the year. Your career is going in a very good direction and you feel as if things will change soon. Opportunities abound and the only reason you will miss out on an opportunity is if you are afraid to take the risk. Be careful that you are not spreading yourself too thinly because health issues may arise. Rest, take care of yourself and have some fun for a change.
GEMINI - May 20 – June 19
Travel, fun and education all seem to be rolled into one now, so find a place that you want to travel to as well as learn new things that you’ve always had an interest in. You may be meeting someone knew as a romantic partner. If this is what you want, it looks very promising. Give the person a chance even if he/she isn’t exactly who you are normally attracted to. A kind and compassionate heart will go a long way in a relationship if you are hurt or in pain. Buying new clothes, perhaps getting a new haircut or style, seems to make you feel really good about yourself and your ever-changing fashion sense. Much more luck is finally coming your way, so be open to the many blessings from Above.
CANCER - June 20 – July 21
Your career is of major importance. Things are going in the right direction, but you need to be careful about putting your trust into the wrong person at work. People seem to be jealous and envious of you, although you are not sure why, and do not have your best interest at heart. Watch what you say and be very careful with your words. Those around you just want to find fault in everything you do but you will soar over any issues that have been started and before long, you will definitely finish anything that has been left incomplete.
LEO - July 22 – Aug. 21
You will be sharing many ideas with your friends as well as talking up a storm about so many new topics. You just don’t know where to begin and you certainly aren’t stopping anytime soon. Joining new groups and associations for work or fun help you meet new people who want to expand their horizons and then indirectly expand yours as well. You are on a quest of this nature, so more friends, traveling, and getting out of the house seems to be “in the stars.” Don’t let others tell you what to do or make you feel guilty about any of your decisions. The good ideas you have now will one day turn into pure magic. Jot them down in a journal for future reference. Talk things over with a partner so that the misunderstandings are minimal.
VIRGO - Aug. 22 – Sept. 21
This is a wonderful time for reflection, meditation and to get back into the spirituality that you had in the past. Your spirituality is taking a detour until you take the effort to move forward and do whatever feels right to you. Taking any type of classes or going to lectures and seminars will help expand your mind and give you insight into many things you’ve always wanted to know. You may be somewhat at a standstill or you are procrastinating too much. Once you get yourself in gear and move forward, no one can stop you from accomplishing great things. Long distance travel is not recommended now, so read, stay closer to home and finish all of those projects that keep adding up on your “to do” lists.
LIBRA - Sept. 22 – Oct. 21
You are trying to discover the new “you.” Whether that means buying new clothes, a new hair style or a makeover, you are becoming a stronger, more confident person with good self esteem and a positive attitude for the future. You may be going clothes shopping as well to get new items into your wardrobe. Even though money may be tight, you are a good shopper and will certainly get your money’s worth. Saving more in the future is indicated so that you can feel more financially secure and stable. It seems as if you are wondering why you can’t just marry someone rich so you won’t have to worry about all of these mundane lessons.
SCORPIO - Oct. 22 – Nov. 20
Spending and/or budgeting money is a vital issue. You should make a list of things that need to be purchased and put the things that you want on another list for a more suitable time when you can pay for them in cash. Family issues may be somewhat annoying, but with patience and tolerance, you will be able to resolve everything quickly. Money plays an important role in many of the decisions you have to make so be sure you are deciding things for the right reasons. Be careful with your words and intentions and life will be just fine. Try to be supportive of your romantic partner’s dreams and goals so that you can both move forward in a positive light.
SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 21 – Dec. 20
Emotions may be very sensitive now, so try very hard not to take everything to heart. Not everyone is out to hurt you. You may be at odds with your desires and goals now but have such good intention of helping those in need, such as charities or animal shelters. You get involved in so many good endeavors that you feel very proud of your accomplishments. It is always important to finish whatever you start since your tendency is to start too many things and then procrastinate so much that nothing ever really gets totally completed. If there is a health issue, be sure that you get to the doctor immediately so that it can be diagnosed and then resolved.
CAPRICORN - Dec. 21 – Jan. 19
Many positive changes are coming your way. Be open to them so that the universe can gently guide you onto the right path. Home life changes and you feel as if new energy and opportunities will be made available to you so that you can implement these new activated areas of life. Creativity is important now so it is important that you continue on a creative or artistic path. This is one of the ways that you relax and you need more of this calming energy around you. Work may be an issue as far as being overwhelmed, stressed and confused. Leave work at the office and things will go more smoothly at home, with your family and when you are spending some relaxing times with friends.
AQUARIUS - Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Romance is in the air, but are you ready for it? It’s also time for you to have a little bit more fun. You are moving into a new direction but still have too many memories of the past to lock you in a depressed or negative energy field. Friends will help you adjust to anything that needs to be handled. Take time to read, rest and cultivate your own interests rather than helping everyone with theirs. Do you have time to take some short walks around your neighborhood? Any type of mild exercise is fine now. Children also play a significant role in your life now as you make many decisions that concern them. Be strong and move forward even if you don’t want to.
PISCES – Feb. 19 – March 19
Procrastination needs to be nipped in the bud. Deal with situations as they occur so that you will quickly go into a positive direction. Instances at work may be confusing since you are doing your best on the job, but either people are complaining about you or just don’t know the extent of your expertise. If there is a medical issue, you must be sure to see a healthcare professional quickly so that your issue will be resolved with little effort or treatment. Creativity needs to be explored. The potential for great work is almost assured, but you must stop procrastinating and hop to it!