All Signs: It’s been a drag putting up with Mercury retrograde but yay! It’s over this week because on August 8, Mercury “stops” and slowly moves forward. But take note: Mercury doesn’t catch up to where it was when it first went retrograde until August 22. This means if you’re spending mucho dinero on a computer or a vehicle, you might want to wait until then. But for day-to-day transactions, communications and dealing with transportation, websites and e-mail, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. But in some way, it hasn’t been all bad. In fact, for many, it’s been fascinating and thought-provoking to run into people from our past. (I know it made me realize that when I was younger, I was shorter and I weighed less.)
Aries March 21-April 19
By all means, continue in party mode because that’s what it’s all about for your sign right now. Slip away on a vacation! Enjoy parties and socializing! Revel in a romance! And be a kid again with playful times with children. Because old flames are back on the scene, some of you will strike up a new love with someone, especially younger. Tension with partners or a close friend still linger so do be polite and patient. (Why be otherwise?) In the next month, you’ll have an increasing interest in redecorating where you live and entertaining at home. In fact, real-estate opportunities or chances to find a prettier home will exist.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Everything about home, family and your private world is back to normal (as if one’s life is ever normal). Earnings continue to look good for the coming year. (Money is so handy when you want to buy things.) And you have lots of energy to work and get better organized. The next few weeks are particularly good for schmoozing with siblings and neighbours, writing, teaching, selling and marketing because your words are golden! You can make money from your communications, and you will write or communicate with exquisite grace and ease. (Yeah, yeah, this might be an exaggeration but you sound that way because you have such a gorgeous voice.)
Gemini May 21-June 20
Your luck continues, so fear not because this good fortune will continue for a year. (Come to Momma — baby needs a new pair of shoes!) This week you’re busy with short trips, conversations with siblings and neighbours plus running around doing errands and talking to everyone. But it’s a fun busy-ness. Fortunately, all those crazy snafus and errors in your communications with others and your daily life — yes, you have suffered — will subside greatly this week. Look for ways to boost your income in the next few weeks because they exist. You’ll also be spending money on beautiful treasures for yourself and loved ones. This is a very strong time for those of you who write, sell, teach, act or drive for a living.
Cancer June 21-July 22
Well, your focus is certainly about money, finances and cash flow, isn’t it? (“Slip the juice to me, Bruce.”) This week fair Venus enters your sign to stay for the rest of the month. This is good news because when Venus is in your sign, you become unusually gracious, diplomatic and oh-so-charming. It’s also a good time to shop for wardrobe goodies because you like what you see in the mirror. (This could also be why you’re focused on money and cash flow.) Be patient with family members at home because tension here is possible, perhaps due to renovations or some kind of chaotic activity. (It’s important for you to have a warm feeling in your tummy about your cozy nest.)
Leo July 23-Aug 22
“Is everybody happy?” It’s your turn to shine, dear Leo. And because Mercury retrograde is technically over this week, your life will settle down considerably. Secret love affairs are a strong possibility in the month ahead for many. (Who takes their love life more seriously than Leo? I ask you.) You are also unusually direct and forceful in all your communications with others. (It’s Mars.) That means this is an unusually powerful time for those of you who sell, market, teach, act, write or need to persuade anyone about anything. Yes, you’re hot! This is why everyone wants to see you right now. (Be mindful of the possibility of a change of residence or change of jobs in the next year or so.)
Virgo Aug 23-Sept 22
It’s your birthday in a month. That’s why the next few weeks are the perfect time to look back over your shoulder and see how well you’re doing at the art of living. How do you want your next year to be different? It’s appropriate to play it low-key and work alone or behind the scenes right now but one influence will definitely counter this. As Venus changes signs this week, it will encourage mucho schmoozing and perhaps even romance (especially where a platonic friendship becomes romantic) for the rest of the month. Quite likely, you’ll be hanging out with artistic friends or meeting creative people this month. You’ll also be spending more money. (There’s no time like the pleasant!)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This continues to be a wonderfully popular time for you! Others admire you now (including bosses, parents and authority figures) because Venus, high in your chart, makes you look charming and capable. In fact, your appeal is so strong, you might strike up a romance with someone older, richer or in a position of authority. You’re revved up because Mars is in your sign, which is wonderful for sports, sales, teaching and anything where you have to be assertive and aggressive. (Mars rules your ego, your sex drive and your muscles.) Travel plans continue to beckon. Ditto for exciting opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing and the media. Whee!
Scorpio Oct 23-Nov 21
The Sun is still at high noon in your chart, which puts you in the limelight. (This is why everyone notices you, especially bosses, parents and VIPs.) It’s important to know that this light is flattering! Therefore, accept increased responsibilities and requests that come your way because you will shine. Travel for pleasure and romance with someone from another background or a different country is very likely this month. Meanwhile, in another hotel, some of you are having secret love affairs. (Scorpios are into recreational sex.) Continue to work at settling disputes about insurance matters, inheritances and shared property because things look great for you this year!
Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21
You so want to get outta Dodge! All Sagittarians are craving adventure and new experiences. Some of you are keen to learn more and so you are wrapped up in course work or studies. Others are exploring opportunities in publishing and the media. But without question, you want to travel! Since Mercury retrograde technically ends this week, you’ll feel a sense of “getting ahead” with future plans. This will feel like a relief because you hate to be stalled about moving forward. Tension with a friend or members of a group might arise because of competition or just plain old conflict. Be your sweet self. Meanwhile, romance with someone who is “different” could blossom.
Capricorn Dec 22-Jan 19
You don’t feel casual about anything right now. Oh no. Everything matters! For starters, this is an intense month, which is why you feel passionately about everything, especially your love life. And when it comes to work, you’ll be so ambitious! You’re determined to make a name for yourself. Fortunately, partnerships and close friendships will be unusually warm and friendly this month. (Nice.) In fact, your relationships will be so successful this is the perfect time to mend broken fences. And if you have to tear one down, before you do so, find out why it was put up in the first place. (Haste makes waste.)
Aquarius Jan 20-Feb 18
It’s all about partnerships and close friendships. In fact, it’s almost as if you are defining who you are, either by seeing yourself reflected in the eyes of others or by your relationship with them. The notion of travel appeals because you want to spread your wings! You want to see new places, talk to new faces and learn new things. Work-related issues are surprisingly smooth. It’s easy to get along with co-workers; in fact, some of you might develop a new friend or even a romance that is work-related. This year continues to bless you in terms of activities with children, vacations, fun, social occasions, the arts and anything to do with sports. You rule!
Pisces Feb 19-March 20
You’ve been working your butt off. But hey, it feels great to accomplish things, doesn’t it? Yes, retrograde Mercury has dogged your steps but you can relax. In fact, you can really relax because fair Venus is now in the part of your chart that promotes fun vacations, entertaining outings, social occasions, romance, love affairs, sports events and playful times with kids. (Yay me!) Meanwhile, while all this is going on, your sex drive is super-amped. (You can see why Pisces people are tripping the light fantastic, skipping along doing little pirouettes!) You will defend your best interests now if disputes arise about shared property, inheritances and the like. Despite all this fun stuff, you’re more than a pretty face.