Virgo The Virgin (Aug. 22-Sept. 22): You are bright, playful and far more talkative than is normal for you this week. Your critic is quieter, which allows your deeply creative self to emerge into the sunlight. Many will be enjoying new people in their lives. A romance is probable. Those with children have cause to feel proud.
For All Signs: Mercury, the planet that rules communications, common business practice and travel, entered its retrograde cycle on Aug. 1 and remains so until Sept. 26. During this period it is best to avoid finalizing major decisions or signing contractual agreements. Seemingly good ideas are often discovered later to have flaws or missing information. Projects that are begun during the cycle often cannot be completed until several months later, at the next retrograde. (Don't put a piece of property on the market now!) The cycle is most beneficially used to complete old plans, gather information on proposed ideas, and reflect on past progress. It is meant for gestation and introspection, the dark and quiet time needed for new seeds to take root.
Aries: You have enough energy to spare. Apply heavy muscle to exercise or a chore that needs to be done. Otherwise you may become snappy and are liable to pick a fight. Work with those who share your rhythm this week, or you may say things that you'll wish you had not.
Taurus: Your intuition is particularly strong at this time and dreams may be especially meaningful. For those who are single, a romantic fling is possible. Keep things light and playful. Work and routine flow well and you will find a sense of pleasure at being the one who is able to help everyone else.
Gemini: Your attention is focused on issues of family and property this week. Whatever you might have for sale, this week likely will bring a buyer. If the negotiation and payment can be made before the 26th, all will be well. If it drags on beyond that, you might lose the sale because Mercury will change directions and create changes in the agreement.
Cancer: For those Cancerians who really listen to themselves, this is a fine week for personal contemplation and being in touch with your wiser, higher self. Communications with neighbors, roommates and partners are favored. Clientele will be flowing and highly complimentary.
Leo: You may be thinking seriously about making a rather large purchase. Sit on your hands for awhile before you pull out the credit card. Mercury is retrograding in your second house of financial resources. You may not have all the facts you need. Be still and think everything through once again before you write the check.
Libra: You may be tempted to overindulge this week, so if you are on a self-improvement program, make it a point to stick with it. Give yourself a break in another area so you won't feel self-abused. Your imagination and creativity are strong right now, and you may be drawn to participate in the arts or music in some way. It will be refreshing.
Scorpio: You are a powerhouse this week. Put that energy to productive use and you will accomplish a great deal more than in a routine week. Focus your attention on making the world a better place, and you will gain help from others. If you use it to serve your personal ego, people will resist and make life difficult.
Sagittarius: You are oh, s-o-o ready for something new and interesting to happen. Perhaps the new situation is related to a potential romance. Another possibility is the expectation of a new baby. A creation is on the verge of giving birth in one way or another. If not a baby, then perhaps a fresh artistic venture?
Capricorn: At this time in your life, the most valuable asset in your stable is perspective. Hopefully you have matured to the point that you have a vision of what needs to happen in your future along with a plan of how to access your needs. The next five years will bring rewards from the efforts of the present.
Aquarius: Activities involving the Internet, the law, religion or philosophy are favored. A weekender with one or more friends appears to be a refreshing break. Someone from a distance may pay you a visit or get in touch. Your intuition is particularly strong at this time and dreams may be especially meaningful.
Pisces: Venus favorably aspects your planetary ruler, Neptune, this week. Often when Venus is prominent we become more interested in art forms and romance. We have a greater need and desire to be with others, or they with us. Sometimes she brings small gifts, favors, or compliments from others.
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