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Happy birthday Leo!

As the month opens, we are still in the Mercury retrograde—a great time for planning, but wait until after the 12th to put any new plans into action. Mid-month is very tense, especially for those of you born with planets in Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn. We may feel that we have to make some very important decisions. We have two Full Moons this month; the second one during the same month is called a Blue Moon. The Full Moon on August 1 in Aquarius will make us aware of community needs. The Blue Moon on August 31 in Pisces will urge us to reflect on our spiritual needs. • The sun starts the month in Leo and enters efficient Virgo on the 23rd. Mercury remains in Leo but goes direct on August 12. Venus begins the month in Gemini but quickly moves into Cancer on the 7th. Mars is drifting through Libra and enters his ruling sign, Scorpio, on the 23rd. • Good days this month are the 2nd, 9th, 18th, 20th, 26th, and 29th. Days to pull the covers over your head are the 1st, 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.

ARIES (March 21–April 19). Relationships are still a big topic this month. Time to bring some new energy to your existing relationship, or you and your partner could get very snippy. If you are single, this is a good time to get out and meet someone new after August 12. Career energies are very tense mid-month. Avoid positioning yourself so you don’t have any options. Spending time with family and loved ones will be very important toward the end of the month. Make sure you include some play time this month.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You open the month focused on making your nest a more comfortable place. You have really been cleaning out your closets this month. New career opportunities open up for you after August 12. You are being urged to take on more responsibility at work. Continue to work on your health program—it’s just now beginning to pay off. Relationships need some renewal after the 24th. Take some time with your partner to get out of town. If you are single, your romance magnet is working very well. Keep your eye on the future!

GEMINI (May 21–June 21). “Busy” is the word that fits you this month. And even with your ruling planet, Mercury, retrograde until the 12th, you are still working hard to keep up with all the plans you have made. After the 12th, it is time to put your new ideas into action. This continues to be a good time for school, travel, meeting new people, or promoting yourself at work. Friendships can be tense around mid-month as you learn the truth about some things. At the end of the month, you are ready to get a plan in place to get organized.

CANCER (June 22–July 22). You continue to be focused on security this month. This is an overriding issue that will keep the Moon Kids’ attention for the next couple of years. Mid-month is a very tense time when decisions are needed. You are trying to rework your current career or start something totally new. You are redefining long-term goals for business and personal relationships. Don’t be afraid to let go of the past. Life calms down as we get close to the end of the month. Take some time for yourself.

LEO (July 23–August 22). Happy Birthday to the Leos! This will be an especially introspective birthday time with Mercury, planet of reorganization, retrograde in your sign. Your birthday (or “solar return”) time is when you look at last year’s accomplishments and look forward to new enterprises. Your energy for new projects is delayed until August 12. Toward the end of the month you will be even more energized to set your plans into motion. Home and family themes will be emphasized by the end of the month. Make sure you get out and socialize. This is a very good month to mix business and pleasure.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22). You were dragging your feet in July, and you seem to be doing the same this month. Your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde until August 12. Your thoughts and ideas have been incubating and need to be released to the world after mid-month. Relationships have been shifting and changing, and you aren’t sure what they need to be. You are needing more time to yourself as well. Career activity is very positive this month for expanding what you do or looking for a new position. Money issues are slowly easing up. Your words and ideas are more effective by mid-month, and can bring you increased income.

LIBRA (September 23–October 23). It’s a mixed bag of energy for you this month. First, you are in a very serious mood and really looking at the potential impact of your choices. This may put too much weight on your decisions, causing you to doubt yourself. You’ll get a break by mid-month and become ready to move forward. Some of this means leaving your past behind, but you still have to make that choice. Relationships are tense as well. Solutions will be easier to find toward the end of the month. Friends can be very helpful if you ask them for help.

SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). With Mercury retrograde in your career sector, this is an important month to get your career better organized. Be ready to put new plans into action by mid-month. Near the end of the month, you’ll begin to look at some long-term career changes that you will put into play over the next two years. This is also a time when you need to pay more attention to your relationship. If you are single, you will want to get out and see what’s available. This is a great month to start a workout routine or diet plan.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You are in a very strong and expansive social time—meeting new people and, if you are single, sampling what’s out there, especially after mid-month. You continue to keep your playful attitude until the end of the month, when you are ready to get your focus back on your career. Make sure you take some time for meditation or exercise toward the end of the month. This will really help you to get clear about your future plans. Look to support groups and friends for help.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). This has been such a big year of change, and that process intensifies toward mid-month. Some of you are starting new careers. Some of you are retiring. Some of you are redoing your homes, and others are looking for new places to live. You have had to let go of so much that you are not sure what you can trust. The key is to keep moving and working on a more stable future. You are in the middle of the clean-up. Keep putting yourself out there; you are making a difference even though it is hard to see. Things will lighten up toward the end of the month.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You start the month with a Full Moon in Aquarius activating your relationship energies. You want to be closer to your partner, or you may be out looking for someone new. If you are single, this is a great time to meet someone new after mid-month. You are ready to put more of yourself into your work toward the end of the month. You will have new ideas and be ready to spearhead the process. This can also be a great time for you to get out and look for a new position if you are unhappy. Finances hold your attention during the next 45 days. Expect some resolution here.

PISCES (February 19–March 20). This is a very good month for you to reorganize your office or workplace. You are finishing up projects that needed some final tweaking. You are also paying more attention to your diet and health needs this month. This is a great month for you to get back on your previous health regimen. Relationships are fuzzy because you are not very clear about what you want. Some of what you want is more time to yourself (especially on the 23rd through the 25th) so you don’t have to respond to the psychic needs of everyone around you. This impulse is very strong, so make sure you have some time to retreat.

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Lilly Roddy

Lilly Roddy has been an Astrologer for the last 25 years. She counsels individuals in personal, business and financial matters as well as teaches classes in Astrology. She is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.

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