This week’s posts will hopefully be behind none of the doors Oleanders mentioned! I think I may have enough fresh material to keep going despite having no games to watch (and maybe even get to catch up on movies stacking up in my queue!). While we take a break in the action, let’s indulge in the monthly horoscopes for the Nationals. This month, Andrea Mallis focuses on the All Star players (although, Soriano is notably absent from her article).
Happy Birthday to Bernie Castro on Friday and belated birthday to Daryle Ward (6/27)! Yeah, I know, most people wouldn’t recognize Castro. Maybe we’ll get to see him someday.
Mercury, the planet of communication, will be retrograde July 4-28. The All-Star Game will be played during this challenging cycle, so it will be interesting to see if there are any delays, last minute changes, and hopefully, no ties!
[...] A special note to GM’s concerning the July 30 trade deadline: Be careful when signing on the dotted line with the Mercury retrograde, as due diligence takes on new dimensions! Trades ought not be cause for regret.
Challenging – nice. Probably a good thing the Nats aren’t playing again until Friday night, eh? Maybe we’ll miss some of the challenging bits. As to the trade warning to GMs – oy! No comment necessary there! Without further ado, on to the fun!
ARIES: (Cristian Guzman, Ryan Drese)
With Mercury retrograde, it’s possible you may hear from an old friend or relative who’s been out of the picture. Mars moves into Virgo on the 22nd-the perfect time to step up your workout regimen. You have lots of energy available, so be sure to channel it in upbeat, productive ways.
Umm, yeah, same two on the DL as before. Repeat last two months.
TAURUS: (Jose Guillen, Jim Bowden)
Although important plans are in the works, you may have to wait a few months to implement them. Luckily, Taurus is a patient soul. In the meantime, enduring Taurus will have a great many tasks at home to handle. With the Sun in Leo after the 22nd, home improvement rules.
Patient?! Guillen? Bowden? BAHAHAHA! Sounds like Guillen should be on the disabled list and attending to tasks at home (like maybe opening a bank account).
GEMINI: (Ramon Ortiz, Mike Stanton, Bill Bray, me)
Communications hit a snag this month, as your loquacious ruler Mercury retrogrades. Time is better spent tying up loose ends and finishing projects before embarking on something new. Double check all details, don’t mistake activity for accomplishment, and relish your down time.
Uh oh. Where for art my loquacious ruler? I didn’t even realize I had a ruler! Ask me about my boat. Here I thought I tied up loose ends on that one only to find double checking details that my mechanic completely flaked on me. Sigh. Definitely no accomplishment there and now I have to start from scratch finding someone to fix this hunk of junk. Bill Bray is relishing some down time, I think, as is Stanton. If it weren’t for the all-star break, more arms would fall off.
CANCER: (Daryle Ward, Bernie Castro)
Happy Birthday July Crabs! It’s the beginning of a fresh new cycle for you. However, this year you have to deal with maddening Mercury retrograde in your sign. You usually keep to yourself, but with Mars in the mix you’re unusually outspoken. People are looking at you with new respect.
I’d like to see Daryle Ward become outspoken. Heck, I’d like to see him say anything! July Crabs – hee!
LEO: (Damian Jackson, Mike O’Connor)
New Moon on the 24th in your dramatic sign heralds new beginnings. Use your charm and charisma to ask the universe for what you truly desire. Mercury retrograde may delay, but it rarely denies. This is a good month to take a retreat to replenish energies.
New beginnings, eh? See ya, guys!
VIRGO: (Brendan Harris, Jose Vidro, Marlon Byrd, Nick Johnson, Alex Escobar, Frank Robinson)
Mars moves into your analytical sign on the 22nd, jump-starting a vigorous cycle. It’s a time when much energy is focused on yourself. Since much of your time and attention is usually given to others, it’s healthy for you to be more selfish this month. Double-check all details, which you habitually do anyway!
I can’t think of a darn funny or wise thing to say about that one.
LIBRA: (Jason Bergmann, Jon Rauch, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Church)
You have plenty of opportunities in your career sector this month. Put your best foot forward. Still, with Mercury retrograde, disorganization results in communication problems in business all month long. You’ll do yourself a world of good if you take a few days off.
Well, luckily they’re all taking a few days off right now. Ryan Church better watch his body language, which tends to cause communication problems.
SCORPIO: (Micah Bowie)
During the first three weeks of the month, your focus is entirely on career and work. As you may be known for having a sharp tongue, Mercury retrograde requires you to be diplomatic in the way you talk to bosses, colleagues, and clients. When the path clears in additional areas, your love life opens up.
Heh! Well, that’s very apt. Micah Bowie made his premiere appearance for the season last week, so I would expect his focus is on his career right now. I’ll have to watch for comments printed in the press for that sharp tongue.
SAGITTARIUS: (Brian Schneider, Pedro Astacio, Saul Rivera, Matthew LeCroy, Larry Broadway)
Enjoy the good vibes! At times your energies are scattered, but now with Mars in Virgo in your 10th house, you will work unceasingly toward an important goal. Be careful that you don’t ignore finances at this time, since Mercury retrograde could signal a time when mistakes are the norm.
o/~ Goood Vibrations o/~ Well, I became hopeful reading the first couple sentences since all have had a somewhat shaky couple of months. But if “mistakes are the norm” and we’re not talking finances here, uh oh.
CAPRICORN: (Royce Clayton, Marlon Anderson, Alfonso Soriano)
Full Moon in your ambitious sign on the 10th could represent a chance to leave behind a problem or worry that has been vexing your spirit. As a workaholic, there are times when you have to be convinced to take a vacation, but with Mars in your 9th house of travel, it’s a good time to take a trip, as long as you allow for added time.
Ahh there’s our All Star (Superstar)! He shares that sign with Albert Pujols. Ambitious chance to leave behind a problem… hmmm… long-term future?
AQUARIUS: (John Patterson)
Things cautiously move forward with Jupiter going direct in your career house on the 6th. From now through late November, you can expect many good things to manifest in your professional life, if you’re willing to take advantage of them. Relationships move onto the back burner.
Considering the Nats “ace” starting pitcher may end up back on the DL – I’m not sure whether to interpret that as good or bad. Cautiously move forward.. yep yep, totally makes sense. But many good things from now through late November sounds positive, right? RIGHT? Hope Miss DC is comfortable enough with herself to be moved onto the relationship back burner.
PISCES: (Livan Hernandez, Gary Majewski, Chad Cordero, Robert Fick)
Romance has its complications this month, with Mercury retrograde in Cancer. Venus in Cancer mitigates some of the misunderstandings, especially if you depend on non-verbal cues. Bad eating habits, brought on by stress and overwork, could come back to haunt you during the retrograde this month.
No soup for you! Ok, sorry, enough with the Livan and food jokes. Although, seriously, it sounds like he better lay off the Twinkies for the sake of that bum knee.