…especially for the first two-and-a-half weeks.
by Lilly Roddy
Overall, we are in a more decisive time, moving forward on long-term plans and working on our priorities. We won’t have a Mercury retrograde until the end of September, so make this time as fruitful as possible. • Days to get out and enjoy life are the 7th, 8th, 15th, 18th, 21st, and 25th. Days to call in for a mental-health day are the 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th, 26th, and 29th. • The sun leaves lovely Leo and enters routine-loving Virgo on the 22nd. Mercury is in Leo throughout the month, and also enters Virgo earlier on the 15th. Venus finishes her journey through family-oriented Cancer and enters self-loving Leo on the 12th. • Make the most of August, using the first two weeks as a time to launch new projects or ideas.
Aries (March 21–April 19). You are in a playful mood this month. It’s a great time to get away from your routines, take a vacation, or just involve yourself in creative activities. If you have children or grandchildren, this would be a wonderful time to be with them. Life and its routines interrupt your fairyland time about mid month. In the latter part of the month, you will focus on getting your routines in order. This is a very good month to clean up any bad health habits and get your workplace in order.
Taurus (April 20–May 20). Your home life has become very active this month. This can be a good time for a home makeover, for relocating, or having extra people join your household. You will certainly want to make where you live more comfortable. You are definitely moving into a more action-oriented time. Relationships can be very real this month! Put some energy back into current relationships, or you may have problems. By the end of the month, you are ready for a break. Take some time to kick back and enjoy!
Gemini (May 21–June 21). We are very communicative this month, and generally have a positive, upbeat message for those we encounter. This is a great month for a class, or just for changing your routines. Home and family take the lead by mid month as you focus on creating more emotional stability in your life. There is lots of fix-up activity under way at your workplace, so pick up a broom and help!
Cancer (June 22–July 22). Your focus this month is on your financial picture. This can be a good time for clearing up past problems, looking at making conservative investments, or increasing your hourly pay. You will want to spend money more easily throughout August. Keep reinventing yourself in your career. Relationships are much more stable toward mid month. After mid month, you can more easily get your point across to others.
Leo (July 23–August 22). Happy Birthday to the Lionesses and Lions! This is your personal yearly cycle where you should take time to look back on what you have accomplished, and then set new goals and priorities for the next year. This is an especially good time for you, with Jupiter (planet of beneficence) in Leo from last month until July 2015. This is the time to step out, expand your reality, and pursue almost any project or dream. By the latter part of the month, your feet are reaching for the earth. Routines and practicality ground us. • Illustration by David Eduardo Flores Perez.
Virgo (August 23–September 22). During the first half of the month, we are in a rest-and-retreat period. We are more sensitive to people and events in our environment. This can be a great time to get away for a vacation or to visit a spa. We are working extra-hard this month to get our life and its routines in order. Watch what you say this month—you are more open about your views, and that can draw more judgment to you. By the end of the month, you are back from your R&R and ready to make the best use of your time and energy.
Libra (September 23–October 23). You continue to be in an active social time. This is a great time for marketing your company and your skills, or for getting involved in a local community organization. Relationships are still a bit tense, but that gradually eases up as we get through the month. By mid month, you are ready for a bit of a break. Take some time to become clear about your main concerns. There is a lot on your to-do list this year, and your full attention will be needed to get it all done!
Scorpio (October 24–November 21). With Saturn (planet of future security and career) going direct in your sign, you are making plans and moving forward. This is a great time for big-picture views and long-term planning. Although you had been in a slow period for the whole month of July, you will get a real boost of energy in August. You are more direct than usual this month. Slow down and take your time. Relationships need some TLC, so make some time for you and your partner.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21). This is good, playful time for the Sags. If you have the time, it would be great to get out of town before September gets here. After that, you will be in a strong career and future-planning mode for the next two years. After mid month, you’ll be getting back to your routines as your career demands your attention. Relationships are going through a period of overhaul. Take yours into the shop for a tune-up, and set some new boundaries there.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19). You are paying a lot more attention to your financial picture this month—especially your long-term investments. Relationships need some tweaking as well. A weekend getaway could do wonders for your relationship. By mid month, you are ready for a break. Take some long weekends if you can. By the end the month, you are back on track and being a lot more decisive. Family issues are still very sensitive, so give them time!
Aquarius (January 20–February 18). This is a good social and career month for you, since you’re finally feeling upbeat and ready to move forward. You have been doing lots of planning this year, and now is the time to put those plans into action. Relationships are highlighted this month. If you are in one, it would be good to spend more time with your partner. If you are single, this is a magnetic time for you and it will be easier to meet people. You are a bit more serious toward the end of the month.
Pisces (February 18–March 20). Work is extra-busy this month, and you can overstress yourself if you take on too much. This may not be so apparent until the middle of the month. Watch your commitments. Your workplace needs some improvement. Share your views with your coworkers—they are ready for change as well. Finances require your attention by the end of the month. Overall, you are working on finding a clearer path—something you can really commit to, especially in your career area.