The big news for this month is that Mercury goes retrograde on the 17th. Try to have all of your projects started by this time. If you don’t, you might want to avoid starting any new projects before January 3, 2011. • I know this has been a very stressful time for all of us. The planets that are lining up and causing this stress will eventually begin to ebb after mid-September. The beginning of August is generally a stressful time. The stress will ease by mid-month, and then return toward the end of the month. Keep your options open. New opportunities will be offered to you, and you will need to act on them immediately. Follow your heart and not your brain. • There aren’t too many good days in August, so take advantage of them—the 7th, 13th, 14th, 23rd, 24th, 26th, and 31st. Not-so-good to really poor days are the 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th, 16th, 20th, and 21st. The sun begins the month in Leo and enters Virgo on the morning of the 23rd. Mercury is in Virgo and remains there through the retrograde period until October. Mercury is retrograde from August 17 though September 17. Venus begins the month in Virgo and enters Libra, her home, on August 6. Mars begins the month in Libra and stays there. Jupiter is in Aries. Saturn is in Libra. Uranus is in Aries, but moves back into Pisces on the 13th. Neptune remains in Aquarius, and Pluto remains in Capricorn.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). Lots of new energy coming your way. Many of you are restless, and some of you are feeling trapped by your old decisions. You may need to make different choices so you don’t drive yourself crazy. Pay attention to your health this month, as stress will take its toll. It’s a good time for exercise and reorganizing your workspace. Some of you will be considering starting a new business. Get your plans into action before the 17th.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You are breathing a sigh of relief this month. You are in a creative period and can make the most of almost any situation, turning it into something positive. Spending time at home or with family is important this month. This will make all of your work seem like it’s worth the effort. There is some reorganizing going on at work and at home. This gets stronger after the 17th. Co-workers could be drama queens this month. Stay away from that excess narcissism.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Be sure to get all of your plans and activities started before the 17th. Mercury, your ruler, will be going retrograde, and this will wreak havoc with you. Most of the struggle will be with home and family issues. As the month opens, you are feeling confident, chatty, and in a very playful mood. This can be a good time for just indulging yourself or spending time with someone special. Get all of this done before the 17th. Children can be unruly this month, and disciplining them with too heavy a hand may backfire.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). You are getting the message that you need to get your act together, and discovering that you can’t just rely on your cleverness and charming personality. This is a great month for organizing. You may do more of that after the middle of the month, but the larger theme is there. There are some problems you must address at home—with the actual structure and/or with family issues. This is the time to step into the wise Crone role and assume some responsibilities that you have avoided in the past. Your career activity is finally busy again, and is likely to stay that way. Relationships require nothing less than total honesty.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Happy Birthday to the Lovely Leos. This month marks the beginning of a new personal yearly cycle. If you don’t get your new projects into play soon, you may have to wait until January 2011 to start them. Take some time to focus on you, and what you really want to do for others. Pay attention to your money this month. Unexpected expenses could arise. You are more serious than usual. That will be the trend for the next couple of years.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). You start the month feeling more sensitive than usual, so you’ll need some time to be alone with yourself. You will need that time alone, before your life begins to get very busy again. Mercury, your ruler, is going retrograde in your sign. Expect to hear from people you have not heard from in awhile. And if you feel the need to finish some projects, this is the month for it—especially after the 17th. You are evaluating your professional self-worth, and you may be asking for a raise soon.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). You are ready for some social activity as the month opens. You will want to spend time with people who are loyal and on the same wavelength as you. Keep abreast of your health. Old problems could resurface, but they can be quickly dealt with. Relationships are more vibrant now. You and your partner are looking ahead to your future together, setting new goals for your relationship. You will be a bit more pushy than usual.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). This is a time for you to be recognized at work or in community organizations. Expect to take a leadership role, even if you would prefer to be just a part of the crowd. Old friends could be resurfacing this month and next. Some of you will be evaluating your interest in the groups and friends you associate with. If you find them lacking, you may try to pull away from them. Near the end of the month, you are ready for some “me” time.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). Part of you wants to play, and the other part is ready to get some work done. This will be a very strong month as August opens. You will be more career- and goal-oriented as you get to the middle of the month. Be prepared to redo some of the projects that you were working on before. Relationships could be harder to navigate after the 17th. Friendships and groups may require more of you than you can give. Make decisions that are best for you, and not just best for others.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). This is a crazy time for the Capricorns. There has been a big alignment of the planets since mid-May, and it continues through August. This is causing you stress and forcing you to make some decisions that you have been reluctant to make. In general, it is time to clean out and replace some of the old things in your life. Relationship and career energy is tense as you determine the boundaries you can live with. Pay attention to your health.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Spending time with your partner is high on your list as the month opens. This theme will continue throughout the month as you try to get closer and more intimate. Things that are blocking that intimacy will surface, and you will have a chance to remove them. Be sure to look at the money and resources that you and your partner hold in common. The two of you need to be more on the same page than you have been in the past, and you will feel more willing to participate. Expect some adjustment in the rules that govern your relationship.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You are certainly ready to get a new life started this month. Some of you have changed jobs or relationship partners, and you will have a chance to make sure those areas are squeaky-clean during August. Relationships will really be highlighted this month. If you are single, this is a good time to get out and meet someone new before the 17th. After the 17th, stick to dating only people you have dated before. You are getting extra busy again, and that trend will continue through June 2011.
Read Lilly Roddy’s forecast for all of 2010, which appeared in OutSmart’s January issue. For more astro-insight, log on to lillyroddy.com.