VIRGO 24 AUGUST – 23 SEPTEMBER
If tempted to voice your concerns about somebody else’s integrity or dubious way of working, do so before 13 August, when Mercury starts moving backwards until 5 September. There’s a chance you’ll be seen as a whistleblower and you must present the facts as clearly and conscientiously as possible.
LIBRA 24 SEPTEMBER – 23 OCTOBER
Obligations to family or friends must not be allowed to impinge on your own enjoyment or peace of mind. Don’t allow one or two people in particular to use bullying tactics or emotional blackmail in order to manipulate you into a situation that suits them much more than it suits you.
SCORPIO 24 OCTOBER – 22 NOVEMBER
As you deduce that people close by have encountered fairly serious problems, you might wonder whether to offer advice. Be careful because early in August, a Jupiter-Pluto conflict could make others think you are being patronising rather than acting out of genuine concern. Don’t make a move until you are sure of your ground.
SAGITTARIUS 23 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER
Comments overheard or misinterpreted by others could cause problems unless somebody steps in and points out the serious mistakes being made. Since no one else is likely to want that responsibility, you may as well accept that you’re the one for the job. Act fast and refuse to let it become a long, drawn-out burden on you.
CAPRICORN 22 DECEMBER – 20 JANUARY
Fairly valuable resources could be at the root of a problem between certain people you know well. Although you shouldn’t assume you can find an instant solution, you may be the one to persuade those involved that they’re missing out on a tremendous amount because of an unnecessary rift or separation.
AQUARIUS 21 JANUARY – 19 FEBRUARY
You may wonder whether it’s best not to take a colleague or business associate at face value when discussing a transaction that requires trust and integrity on both sides. Obviously, caution is called for. But until you have proof that something’s going awry, you should keep your suspicions to yourself. This is a sensitive situation.
PISCES 20 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH
Try to work steadily through a series of daunting tasks and responsibilities that, rightly or wrongly, have been placed in your care. Set yourself an approximate deadline of 21 August, when a solar eclipse could create so many distractions that it becomes virtually impossible for you to focus on what needs to be done.
ARIES 21 MARCH – 20 APRIL
Refuse to kow-tow to those who assume the right to advise you on professional or private matters. These individuals might insist that they mean well but if you give them the slightest taste of power, they’ll try to dictate your every move. Stand up to them and adopt a no-nonsense tone from the outset.
TAURUS 21 APRIL – 21 MAY
Having hidden your feelings with regard to opportunities within some challenging territory, you need to change tack. The lunar eclipse on 7 August will act as a trigger for you to inform those in authority of how much you have to offer a situation that you’re sure has your name written all over it.
GEMINI 22 MAY – 21 JUNE
Decisions taken on the home or family front should be made concrete in the first half of the month. Encourage loved ones to collaborate with you and bring about changes that are long overdue. If you delay for too long, you’ll find that other issues will crop up, leaving you feeling frustrated and resentful.
CANCER 22 JUNE – 23 JULY
Although you don’t want to appear dictatorial, you must assert your authority within your everyday surroundings. Think in terms of an iron fist in a velvet glove: Ensure that nothing you say or do can be interpreted as outright aggression, but inform others of how important it is that you support one another.