STARS & SIGNS
HOROSCOPE READINGS FOR THE MONTH AHEAD
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.