For All Signs: On August 1 Mars is squaring Uranus. The combination of these two energies can be like lightning, forcing sudden twists and turns of direction. At present Mars is retrograde, adding a note of deception or sneakiness to the energy of the square. There may be an element of passive-aggressive behavior in which the initiator is attempting to provoke a reaction. The rule of thumb for Mars retrograde is to avoid aggression, lest you have the energy turned back on you. You may respond to protect yourself if someone has “attacked” you. The initiator or the aggressor will lose in this game, no matter how powerful he appears.
Aries: Please see the lead paragraph. Plan to work and play alone early in the week. You likely will be feeling restless and generally tense. Your patience could be short and you might say things you’ll wish you hadn’t. You have a desire to break free from restraints. It is a short transit. Look for a way to handle this moderately, such as exercise.
Taurus: This week starts with a lightning strike of surprise via career or life direction. Whether you perceive this as favorable or not depends on your individual circumstances. As the week moves toward the end, your romantic and creative life will be flowing well. It is a good period for coming to agreement on circumstances that have been issues in the past.
Gemini: The “rules” and the world’s expectations have you tied up like a pretzel right now. The harder you struggle, the tighter those binds seem to become. It’s like a Chinese puzzle. Sometimes if you relax on the control issues, the solution comes through. Give it some space.
Cancer: The Moon ruled Cancer is crossing through three consecutive eclipses. That suggests that you no sooner adapt to one change than another one comes along. Think of it like waves. Keep breathing and hold your head above water through the storm and calm waters will eventually come.
Leo the Lion: (July 22–Aug 22) This is a time in which your exuberance and enthusiasm may carry you farther than you really intended to go. You will certainly have more energy to do whatever you choose. Take care that you don’t promise way more than you can deliver. Give attention to the details. If you don’t, you will trip over them.
Virgo: Your sign is one that can worry beyond all measure. The planetary lineup is ticking on that very trait this week. It is time to dig deeply into yourself so you can be as fully honest as possible within important relationships. Speak from your heart and do not allow your ego, which wants only to look good, to take your words hostage.
Libra: The beginning of this week is quiet and restful. On Aug. 6 your planetary ruler, Venus, moves into your sign and will travel with you through September 8. Her presence gives you an air of poise and people will simply like how you look. She is a people attractor. Often when Venus is prominent we become more interested in art forms and things of beauty.
Scorpio: Drive and handle tools carefully early in the week. Exercise judiciously. You are likely to be edgy and irritable, thus making an accident of some kind more likely. Sidestep a clash with your partner, especially if you are the aggressor. As the week moves onward, you will feel better.
Sagittarius: Don’t allow yourself to be tempted into grandiosity. You’ll be inclined to spend more than you have, take ill-conceived risks, lecture others about your belief systems, and present your viewpoint as the final word. It is an attitude that keeps you overly excited and it may be difficult to sleep. You have been there before and you know how hard it is to step off that pedestal.
Capricorn: Beware of the tendency to obsess and worry over matters that may never happen. You are tempted to see the world through a dark lens this week and you may think that is the true version. It’s more likely that the pessimistic view is extreme. Don’t ruminate. Do what you can and then let it go. Issues sometimes work themselves out without anyone’s direct control.
Aquarius: Read the opening paragraph “for all signs”. This particularly pertains to you now. You may be feeling agitated and your mind frazzled. Mechanical objects are problematic. Make a serious effort to calm yourself. Play beautiful music, watch non-aggressive movies, stay with people who are generally peaceful.
Pisces: You love your work. If you are in the right occupation, you are a helping professional. This week may bring you more work than you can manage. Take things one at a time. Don’t say yes when you know you can’t possibly finish as promised. Don’t hesitate to tell someone that you cannot manage it today, but maybe next….(fill in the blank here.)
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