STARS & SIGNS

HORO­SCOPE READ­INGS FOR THE MONTH AHEAD

Town & Country (Philippines) - - STARS SIGNS - By Katharine Mer­lin

LEO JULY 23–AU­GUST 23

With in­vig­o­rat­ing Mars in your sign this month, now is the time to pur­sue your most cher­ished aims. Try to fi­nal­ize as much as you can be­fore Mer­cury changes di­rec­tion on the 13th, though. And un­til Venus en­ters your sign on the 26th, give your­self plenty of time to mull over per­sonal is­sues, and be ready to tune into oth­ers’ hid­den agen­das. For you the ma­jor so­lar eclipse of the 21st is all about changes of heart that set you on a new path.

VIRGO AU­GUST 24–SEPTEM­BER 23

The Sun in Leo is urg­ing you to step back and re­new your per­spec­tive, so go ahead and give your­self a break. With your rul­ing planet, Mer­cury, turn­ing ret­ro­grade from Au­gust 13 un­til Septem­ber 5, de­tails aren’t likely to be very co­her­ent any­way. And Venus in Can­cer means the time has come to re­new con­nec­tions that re­ally mat­ter. Af­ter the 25th go ahead and act on prop­erty-re­lated de­ci­sions.

LI­BRA SEPTEM­BER 24–OC­TO­BER 23

Au­gust seems to be a turn­ing point for Li­bras. With spirit-lift­ing Jupiter surg­ing for­ward in your sign and Saturn turn­ing di­rect, you’re right to be op­ti­mistic, and you should fol­low through on re­cent de­ci­sions you’ve made. Venus at the top of your chart in­di­cates that oth­ers are now in­clined to see you in a fa­vor­able light, so don’t avoid the spot­light—in­stead, be proac­tive and self-pro­mot­ing.

SCOR­PIO OC­TO­BER 24–NOVEM­BER 22

Feisty Mars at your zenith makes you a force to be reck­oned with in Au­gust, so try not to be over­pow­er­ing, but do get out there and go af­ter your dreams. Wires can eas­ily get crossed once Mer­cury turns back­ward af­ter the 13th, and while no one is to blame, you may end up feel­ing frus­trated by oth­ers’ in­ef­fi­ciency and in­de­ci­sive­ness. But with Jupiter on course for your birth sign, all bets are on.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS NOVEM­BER 23–DE­CEM­BER 21

The big news is that Saturn’s di­rect mo­tion in your sign means that you’ve paid your dues and are on the brink of a break­through. And with Jupiter mov­ing for­ward in the part of your chart re­lated to your aims and as­so­ci­a­tions, your world is open­ing up and it’s time to fix your gaze on ideas that in­spire you. And re­mem­ber, changes of plan at month’s end are not an in­di­ca­tion that you’re on the wrong path.

CAPRICORN DE­CEM­BER 22–JAN­UARY 20

Get­ting a bet­ter grip on fi­nances is a theme this month, and you’ll find you can work out fa­vor­able ac­cords as long as you’re will­ing to be re­cep­tive to oth­ers’ ideas and sug­ges­tions. Venus in your re­la­tion­ship an­gle sweet­ens the ties that mat­ter most, and Jupiter at the top of your chart height­ens your pop­u­lar­ity and im­age. Don’t hes­i­tate to con­sider life­style changes as Au­gust winds down.

AQUARIUS JAN­UARY 21–FE­BRU­ARY 19

The ac­tion in Au­gust is fo­cused on close re­la­tion­ships, both per­sonal and busi­ness. Other peo­ple ap­pear ag­i­tated and self­in­volved, but Jupiter in Li­bra urges you to ex­tend an olive branch and show your will­ing­ness to lis­ten. Be pre­pared for de­lays re­gard­ing var­i­ous ar­range­ments af­ter Mer­cury changes di­rec­tion on the 13th, and make sure you keep your hand in. Au­gust closes on a clar­i­fy­ing note.

PISCES FE­BRU­ARY 20–MARCH 20

With Saturn turn­ing di­rect later this month, you’ll fi­nally be able to see which path to fol­low to get your pro­fes­sional life on track. And the Sun and Mars in Leo ac­cent busy­ness in gen­eral, so you’re likely to have your hands full as you en­gage in myr­iad pur­suits. As for close re­la­tion­ships, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is what it’s all about, but be ready to let part­ners mull their op­tions af­ter Mer­cury turns tail on the 13th.

ARIES MARCH 21–APRIL 20

Be­cause the Sun high­lights the most cre­ative and play­ful an­gle of your so­lar chart, Au­gust is al­ways a month when you should give your in­ner child free rein. Work is­sues will en­ter an am­bigu­ous phase once Mer­cury turns ret­ro­grade on the 13th, but your per­sonal life ap­pears to be full of warmth and mean­ing­ful en­coun­ters— so you’re right to let cer­tain mat­ters slide for a while and fo­cus on the now.

TAU­RUS APRIL 21–MAY 21

Work may be de­mand­ing as Au­gust be­gins, but what you re­ally need to fo­cus on is a per­sonal mat­ter and—most im­por­tant—any life­style changes you’ve been con­sid­er­ing. Your plan­e­tary as­pects seem to be urg­ing you to fol­low your heart and open up and com­mu­ni­cate more frankly. If you take steps to bet­ter or­ga­nize your fi­nances, you’ll breathe more freely as the month winds down.

GEM­INI MAY 22–JUNE 21

Be­ing fo­cused and force­ful will work in your fa­vor, but try to ac­com­plish as much as you can be­fore Mer­cury— your ruler—turns ret­ro­grade on the 13th. And don’t pres­sure your­self to make de­ci­sions about mat­ters you don’t feel clear about, be­cause all the ev­i­dence is not yet in. Jupiter ac­cents so­cial plea­sures, and to­ward month’s end a close re­la­tion­ship is en­ter­ing a more re­ward­ing phase.

CAN­CER JUNE 22–JULY 22

Venus’s pres­ence in your birth sign this month lends a bit of magic to all that oc­curs—espe­cially in your per­sonal life and close re­la­tion­ships. Au­gust will also be a time when you can get a bet­ter grip on fi­nan­cial af­fairs and re­solve con­tro­ver­sies about work-re­lated projects. How­ever, with Mer­cury ret­ro­grade af­ter the 13th, you’d be wise to de­lay sign­ing any new agree­ments or con­tracts un­til af­ter Septem­ber 5.

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