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of our daily in­ter­ac­tions can be per­fectly af­fa­ble this week. How­ever, we will no­tice chal­leng­ing un­der­tones lurk­ing be­neath as Jupiter squares Pluto and stirs the pot of all on­go­ing power plays. It would be lovely to make plans about the fu­ture be­fore Mer­cury ret­ro­grades on Aug. 12, and then take the next month off to re­lax and par­tic­i­pate in the en­ter­tain­ing cir­cus of events. Store up good mem­o­ries and good will for the fu­ture, as long-term goals may be eas­ier to pur­sue af­ter the mid­dle of Septem­ber, and re­ally kick into gear af­ter the new year.

We can get tense when we try to make things hap­pen. It is tempt­ing to push for great changes now but hard to find the pa­tience and tim­ing to get things right. Or we may find that we’re bonded with oth­ers by some dif­fi­cult event, like a wild­fire or the loss of a friend’s pet as Jupiter squares Pluto on Fri­day, fol­lowed by a lu­nar eclipse on Tues­day. In an in­ter­est­ing per­sonal para­dox, Venus and Mars give us very dif­fer­ent in­struc­tions. Venus in Can­cer en­cour­ages our in­tro­ver­sion and in­ti­macy this week, and keeps our heart sen­si­tive but some­what guarded, while Mars in Leo pumps up our ex­tro­verted need to jump into the crowd or cre­ate a scene.

On Fri­day and Satur­day, a de­ter­mined, com­pe­tent Capricorn moonP­luto con­junc­tion brings our at­ten­tion to the world’s strange power dy­nam­ics and makes us hum­ble in the face of nat­u­ral forces. We can bor­row that de­ter­mi­na­tion to plow through our chores and en­gage in com­pet­i­tive events. Over the week­end, a chal­leng­ing sun-Nep­tune as­pect soft­ens that edge, leav­ing us de­ter­mined but not quite sure ex­actly in which di­rec­tion we are go­ing. On Sun­day and early in the week, a wax­ing Aquarius moon in­spires us to gather to­gether, and at mid­week, a sen­si­tive and drift­ing Pisces moon pumps up our imag­i­na­tion and en­cour­ages both a lazy streak and a com­pas­sion­ate heart.

FRI­DAY, AUG. 4: It won’t be com­fort­able to sit around do­ing noth­ing — strong goals help, or we can waste time will­fully un­der a de­ter­mined Capricorn moon. With di­rec­tion, we can ac­com­plish much. Tonight, re­turn to the heart.

SATUR­DAY, AUG. 5: We may wake up with an ach­ing heart or a sense of ex­is­ten­tial dis­con­tent as the moon con­juncts Pluto, but we can turn this fo­cus into pos­i­tive ac­tion. Tonight, a con­fus­ing men­tal mist helps us to imag­ine, es­cape, and rest, but blurs what hap­pens next.

SUN­DAY, AUG. 6: Greet the crowds as the moon waxes in Aquarius. Our loved ones may be more aware of other peo­ples’ opin­ions than our own, as we can miss things close to home.

MON­DAY, AUG. 7: A lu­nar eclipse can trig­ger changes based on ten­sion be­tween the needs of the in­di­vid­ual and the needs of the col­lec­tive. Seek a win-win so­lu­tion and keep hearts open. Tonight, the moon trines ex­pan­sive Jupiter, which can sta­bi­lize our feel­ings and help us brain­storm about pro­duc­tive next steps.

TUES­DAY, AUG. 8: Per­sonal obli­ga­tions need at­ten­tion this morn­ing. The moon en­ters soft­en­ing Pisces in midafter­noon, and our tears come close to the sur­face. We may ex­ag­ger­ate events to de­scribe our emo­tional re­sponse.

WED­NES­DAY, AUG. 9: Honor the po­ten­tially sweet sen­si­tiv­ity in the air — show ex­tra kindness to loved ones as the moon con­juncts Nep­tune. Re­spond to a call for com­pas­sion, but work around those who try to jus­tify re­cent self­ish­ness.

THURS­DAY, AUG. 10: It’s an im­pres­sion­able day. Let’s use this sen­si­tiv­ity to cre­ate and con­nect, or search for beauty and grat­i­tude as the sun sex­tiles Jupiter. Take an op­por­tu­nity to re­lease a grudge and be flex­i­ble if plans need chang­ing. Watch for wa­ter-re­lated ac­ci­dents.

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