Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

For the first week let’s take care of ourselves, clear up misunderstandings, and put our ship in order. Mercury opposes Pluto and turns direct as August begins, and the moon is new in Leo. Events can spark off drama in our personal lives and politics, so we need to find the difference between exaggerated melodrama, which speaks of emotions that need to be heard, and truly important work that needs action now.

As the month begins, we are asked to assess our priorities in the face of what we’ve lost and how power is being used. Some triggers recently asked us to look our fears in the face. Mercury reenters Leo on August 11; celebrate the summer’s expressive bounty through August 18. As the month progresses, we pivot and prepare to look for the future.

The gears shift, so adjust your mindset and plans as Mercury squares Uranus August 16. With the coming of fall, look to future work August 18 as Mars enters Virgo. Venus follows on August 21, the sun August 23, and Mercury enters Virgo August 29. School supplies start looking delicious. We become hungry for information about where to go next.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…If you’ve neglected your personal life, bring the sweetness back in; express feelings and connect. An old frustration needs work through August 4 as Mars quincunx Pluto. Soak up the summer until August 18, then proactively organize for projects that begin around August 28 as Mars trines Uranus.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Tend drama with chosen family in early August; don’t pour oil on the fire nor do others’ work for them; instead infuse your steady presence. Take personal time for joy mid-month. After August 21, coordinate for a creative push in the fall. Your gentle charisma is needed August 24-26.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Turmoil with siblings and sibling-like friends can leave you in a tizzy; don’t choose sides; instead, find that calm place within and further communication. Relax and celebrate as Mercury enters Leo on August 11. Manage anxiety August 16-18, clarify your priorities and focus on work at the end of the month.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Don’t buy into a story around your financial situation; assess your resources. Use that personality of yours for good rather than feed into collective anxiety. Mid-month, stand back and let others take center stage, find them amusing and rest up. You’ll be busy at the end of the month.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You aren’t easy to push around and we need that stability; help others find joy when they are flummoxed. Shine mid-August; make it about you in the best and most generous of ways. After August 23, take concrete steps to continue this blossoming. Don’t worry, just do.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Long-term health issues need to be addressed but can be done through joy and great self-care instead of taking care of others and overindulging. Tell deep stories, tend to the inner world mid-month. Momentum builds for a new work push as the month closes; don’t find fault, find purpose.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…There’s a difference between mediating between beloveds, and getting caught between dogs in a dogfight; walk that line carefully. Life feels calm and more egalitarian August 8-14, and people become more appreciative. Interesting sparks fly towards the end of August; give yourself privacy for new beginnings.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Extroverts acting out may tick you off in early August; relax in a hammock while they work it out. Avoid the drama, but do patiently correct misperceptions as it’ll save you effort later. The rhythms swing back your way as the planets enter Virgo towards the end of the month.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Luck turns your way August 7-15 as the Sun and Venus trine Jupiter; you have places to go and things to do. Then pay attention as static picks up. Check in on work even as you travel. Gather scattered energy in late August; new opportunities arise through the fall.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Trust your intuition, and just make sure that you’re calm and clear enough to interpret in a balanced way. Your good instincts about structure, investments of time or money are important in early and late August. Bring a consciously more playful approach mid-month for your own health.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Your beloveds may experience turmoil this first week. Let them take center stage, validate their story, but don’t try to fix. Drop arguments, relax stubbornness and tend connection mid-month. Late August, take every opportunity to pick up new skills and spot work opportunities.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Don’t get caught up in others’ dramas: it’s not your monkeys, not your circus. Sympathize without doing other people’s emotional work for them. Organize yourself in early August, and jump back into summer mid-month. Prioritize relationships and work connections later on; adjust your posse and make it work.

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