Cancer  (June 21st to July 21st)
As Mercury straightens up and flies right at the end of this week, you may feel as if you’re ready to step away from your creative or recreational vacay and back into the fray—but not yet. Jupiter goes retrograde on Thursday in your sign and it means that what you’ve been enthusiastic and expansive about has to go on a brief pause. It might look at first as if some projects or endeavors could be scrapped altogether, but don’t buy into that.  You may have to change the pace. This is also a great time to check back in with opportunities that once seemed closed to you over the last 4 or 5 months. It doesn’t mean things will move forward with the modern equivalent of “Open Sesame,” but you can prime the pump so to speak. So when Jupiter gets his head on right in early 2014, you’ll be ready to go.

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