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         Week of August 17th – 23rd  

As the Sun moves from fire to earth, from Leo to Virgo (on the 23rd) we begin to shift from “vacation mode” to a subtle work anxiety. The eminent approach of September casts a shadow over pleasure and freedom – if you let it. The challenge is to be in the moment, or you lose on all fronts. Your peace of mind is dedicated to tasks you can’t do and your ability to relax has been infected with worry. It’s been a challenging summer for all, but there are good things to glean from the struggle. Mars retrograde has made you face issues that you would normally avoid. You’re stronger because of it and that strength will stay with you. The fall is amazing; opportunity is abundant, but you must be ready to say yes to what you want. With Uranus in a wonderful trine to the Sun and Saturn, there’s nothing you can’t do if you commit to it. Mercury goes direct on the 19th and it gets everyone, and everything, moving. Be prepared that some things won’t work, that means a few good ideas will get cut and others will flourish — there’s no way to know which ones will succeed and why. It doesn’t matter what sign you are, what you need now is confidence, if you have it, you’ll leap forward, forge partnerships, make appearances, or just take advantage of everyone else’s insecurities. When you’re not daunted by your environment, when you see the doubt of others as your chance to be heard, then you’ve taken the reigns of your destiny into your own hands and you will succeed.

Aries (March 21st – April 20th)

Career is the focus of Aries and with Mars at the end of Capricorn, it’s time to face your deepest fear: do you have what it takes to succeed? You’ll be over-confident or fall into despair – there is no middle ground. Within you is a desire for change. However, change requires risk and courage – the fabric of your soul. If you don’t use these gifts, you lose your confidence. Just facing your fear makes you stronger. Think of yourself as a matador who gains strength each time he looks a ferocious bull in the eye. The ability to challenge fear and play with life is how you gain strength and experience. With Saturn in Capricorn, your goals are shifting. The problem is your perfectionism. Nothing arrives perfect, your challenge is to take what is and turn it into something better. This is what makes life exciting. Finances can be a source of concern. There’s a lot of unexpected expenses that make you cautious when it comes to spending. Relationships are distant, but only because of their workload. Try and put aside your own needs for a short time and give your partner some support – it will make you closer. If you’re single, relationships will not come without new problems. However, things get better shortly.

Taurus (April 21st – May 20th)

You’re getting a wake-up call, and a chance for a new beginning. Don’t waste your time being obstinate, instead listen to your heart – it has all the answers. When Uranus stationed retrograde in Taurus last week, it was a turning point – it took you back into yourself. You are where you are because of your choices, both the good and the bad. Take responsibility and you’ll break the cycle of escape. You’re not unlike Sisyphus in Greek Mythology, a king condemned for eternity for his hubris, to rolling a boulder uphill then having to watch it roll back down again, so the cycle can be repeated. The difference is you’ve condemned yourself to repeating your mistakes unless you learn from them. This is the sign of desire and temptation so it’s an ongoing challenge. Of course, there are many a Taurus that live by rules and regulations. The challenge is to find a balance. Taking on too much just sets you up for failure. Until you can accept yourself with all your talents and flaws nothing changes, just the players. Relationships are good except for communication. You don’t discuss what’s really bothering you and you should. If you’re single, you may meet someone who is very different than you are – it’s part of the attraction.

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

Your goals have never been more important. They have the power to lift you out of the doldrums of life and reenergize your mind and heart. With Pisces ruling your 10th house of career, you need something steady and strong to help you focus – that’s the power of goals. Mercury is direct on the 19th, but Mars is digging itself deeper into your wounds – not to cause pain, but to give you a chance to heal and release them forever. Wounds are surrounded by fear, and fear keeps you tethered to the past. Mercury, in the sign of Leo, wants to be heard. It’s like the shy soul in the crowd that finally steps forward and speaks from the heart and everyone listens. And that’s the key to lasting success, be real, be truthful and don’t live your life to keep a false harmony that rarely lasts through the day. What you need now is the gentle power of the heart. When you remove doubt, others feel your strength and they leave you alone. Feel weak and you’ll find yourself in a battle. Relationships are strong in their silence. When you do speak, communication may not be easy so, make sure your intention and message is clear; otherwise you won’t be heard. If you’re single, you may meet others that inspire you with their convictions; whether or not it goes further will be entirely up to you.

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)

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Work is your focus as the summer moves closer to an end. It’s not quite time to pack away the beach umbrellas, but your attention has begun to shift. Your career is not where you want it to be. Jupiter in Scorpio has pushed you to look at your life from a bigger perspective; getting out of the details and emotions has allowed you to see yourself as so much more. That’s why we love Jupiter. You now have the confidence to ask for more, either in your present job or for a project you may be trying to manifest. The power to change your life is in your hands. Owning authority has always been a Cancer challenge. You can waste time watching the world from that sacred space inside, exploring your feelings and differences, or you can bring your most amazing ideas to the surface. You have a unique perspective that can change the world Relationships demand attention, Mars’s recent ingress into Capricorn has added tension in new ways. You’re not going to get your needs met this week, so get some brownie points by being supportive. If you’re single, you could meet someone that has you questioning whether or not you want to stay that way. However, with life so complicated, proceed with caution.

                Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd) 

             Happy Birthday, Leo!

Leos know their value and seldom settle for less, and because of this they get ahead. Chances are you’ve been reassessing your plus and minuses for a while and the conclusion is you want more authority and the financial reward that comes with it. The stars are with you.  With Pluto, Saturn, and now the retrograde Mars in your 6th house, work has been intense and extreme, and the prolonged experience has changed you in a good way. You’ve learned a lot about yourself and what you want. You’re like a pioneer who has been kidnapped by the Indians, and when you are rescued, you don’t want to return. Your new self is more satisfying than the one you left behind. It’s time for change; it’s time to up your game. Your career is ruled by Taurus and it’s a very lucky sign when it comes to second chances and opportunity. When you can get behind your talent or ideas, others will pay attention. Think it through and you’ll find your answers. Relationships are ruled by Aquarius. Your partner has been going through some tough times, but it’s almost over. Get ready to celebrate. If you’re single, there are new things happening at work and that means new people – yes, you may meet your next relationship just doing what you’ve always done.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)

Mercury, your ruler, keeps you on your toes by going retrograde every three months. It will go direct on the 19th and everything will appear to go back to normal. Mercury is not unlike the chemical element it is named after; it’s a liquid and a good conductor of electricity. As a Virgo you are electric; you are constantly searching for new ideas and desires to flow through your veins. You are attracted to danger and the shadow – it’s exciting. Your mission is to find your purpose, if you don’t know what it is, help someone in need. When you do, you learn about yourself and it makes you feel alive, confident and it gives you value – that’s the key to strength. Your career and goals are in a battle, perhaps only internally, but a battle no less. You are seeking something more from what you do. You may be in the right profession, but perhaps you’re not choosing the right projects or focusing on what excites you. Life is about experience, and the more you have, the smarter and wiser you become. Relationships are ruled by Pisces, so you’re an idealist who is attracted to its opposite – the forbidden, the lost, and the lonely. Make sure you don’t lose your way, stay on your own path. If you’re single, things are wonderful, there will be a lot of opportunity in your environment; you can stay close to home, just open your eyes and look around.

Libra (September 23rd – October 22nd)

Libra is the sign of peace and love, core elements to all our existence. You have a need for harmony; and to keep that from making you a victim, you need to use your critical mind. Yes, you have the ability to bring common sense into love. If you bring too much of it in, you’ll keep intimacy away, and if you leave it out, you will give too much without receiving and become a victim. Heart and mind need to work together. Libra Catherine Zeta-Jones says, “Being glamorous is about strength and confidence. . . you have to be strong.”  That should not be difficult with Venus in your sign this week, and the Moon, ruler of your career, conjunct Jupiter. There is a stubbornness and perseverance to everything you do now, and it will help you take the next step and achieve. Finances may be an issue, but there are ways to get around whatever is happening. Use your imagination and reach for support — you have it. Your home, the place you go to rejuvenate, is going through some changes and it’s made you uncomfortable. Remind yourself it’s temporary. Relationships are still ruled by the retrograde Mars, so things are improving as it gets ready to go direct. However, continue to face your problems even if the pressure lessens. If you’re single, have a good time; your mind and heart are not at peace so just hang out and learn from all that happens to you.

Scorpio (October 23rd – November 21st)

The desire to expand and the need to be in control is always a dilemma for a Scorpio. This week you may find yourself in this familiar battle. Jupiter in Scorpio has pushed the boundaries of your life, and it’s made you uncomfortable – that’s a good thing. You’re the best when you’re hanging from a cliff by your fingertips – that’s when your genius comes alive. New challenges change how you see yourself and the world. If you’ve been an assistant director and you get a chance to do your own short film – it will change you. You won’t be able to accept less for very long. The key is not to expect perfection but allow it to up your game. Letting go is actually a strength. The famous Chinese philosopher, Tao Te Ching, said, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” With the Sun in Leo in trine to Neptune you have the power of faith behind you – what you believe you can create right now. Be clear, refine your intention and you’ll get what you want. Use your imagination and knowledge to see where you can improve things; then take action; take the risk. The stars are on your side. If you’re in a relationship be aware that your partner has been struggling internally, so be supportive. If you’re single, you’re attracted to chaos. Have fun.

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

The mission of a Sagittarius is to find an environment that fits its soul. Chances are you weren’t born into it, so stop feeling sorry for yourself and realize your destiny is in your hands. If you make the effort to be the best that you can be, the universe will meet you halfway, but you have to take the risk. With the Sun in your 9th house, it’s a good time to travel or reach for a dream you always thought was impossible. The Moon conjunct Jupiter in your 12th house is giving you inner strength, a confidence you haven’t felt in a long time. This Is what you’ve needed to take the next step. You are a great communicator when you choose to be. Now is the time to open your mouth and start to shape the world according to your vision. Don’t see yourself where you are; envision yourself as already successful. Jupiter will be entering your sign in November and your luck will improve along with opportunities. Prepare yourself for the future now – things will happen quickly. Relationships are ruled by Mercury and it’s in retrograde, so partners are not totally present. When Mercury goes direct on the 19th, things get better. If you’re single, your chances of meeting someone improves when you’re away from your comfort zone. Get out of your routine.

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)

The unique thing about Capricorn is they are born wise and mature beyond their years. They actually become younger as they age. Their innate sense of self and what needs to be done is what gives them strength. With Saturn on your ascendant, you’ve been moving toward a new beginning. More independent than ever, you feel the strength of both taking charge and letting go. Mars retrograde is your friend; it will help you see where improvement could make life easier. Pay attention, your critical eye needs to be turned on yourself. You are the cause of many of your problems. Capricorn, LeBron James, had a difficult childhood, but he found mentors to help along the way; you can too. Keep your eyes and your heart open and you’ll get what you need for the next step.  Venus in your 10th house of career is improving your social life and it makes you see how valued you are. Confidence is the key to success, it helps you reach for more, expect more, and most importantly, not get too discouraged when you don’t get what you want, when you want it. Relationships are strong with Jupiter conjunct your Moon and it helps you move forward. If you’re single, you will be attracted to a partner who has inner strength, it’s what you’re seeking in yourself.

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

Mars just retrograded out of your sign and into Capricorn. Some of the crisis that has been swirling around you is coming to an end. However, things won’t be really in place until the end of the month. Your career is strong. Even if there have been delays, you’re clear on your goals and when the time is right it will happen. Don’t worry if you feel powerless, the truth is you need faith to survive — not control. We want certainty in a world that will never give it to us, because it doesn’t exist. Accept the unknown and learn to cope with it and you’ll be ahead of the game. You’ve got a grand trine in earth going on, and the ability to manifest something new from the old is already happening. The power to create is at your fingertips. Follow your instincts. You have a great mind and you gain power over it by your ability to play with your imagination – you are attracted to the ridiculous, a place where the mind has to let go. Aquarian, Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, was used to playing with reality – it’s how he survived his isolated childhood. Your ability to draw from the outrageous and pluck the truth from it, is part of your genius. Relationships are strong, ultimately, they are supportive, but they may lean on you for strength. If you’re single, it’s a good time to explore people who are different from you. It helps you understand yourself.

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)

You are seriously a non-serious person. You have an imagination that reaches the gods, and a power to create that is limitless. Your mind loves to wander, not to distract you, but to take you beyond what everyone knows so that you can think out of the box. Einstein, a Pisces, found school limiting and too structured. In school he couldn’t let his mind roam free. You need a combination of freedom and structure, and only you can decide how to bring both into your life. Capricorn rules your house of friends and my guess is they’re very important to you now. They’ll add the structure where you can’t provide it. Jupiter, the ruler of your house of career, is in your 9th house and your ideas are strong – and you’re feeling confident about the next step. Jupiter is in trine with Neptune, and so your imagination is over the roof. Just remember to give it some structure or it will just remove you from reality. Ideas and communication should be very interesting now. Part of you feels there’s nothing you can’t do, and the other side is afraid to take a baby step. Why not compromise and just get some movement going? It will take a push and some discomfort, but it will be worth it. Relationships are ruled by the retrograde Mercury. They’re not in a secure place until after the 19th, so you’ll have to depend on yourself. If you’re single have fun, and don’t expect too much now or you’ll just be disappointed.