Tuesday, August 30

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Aries: Load up on prevention, Aries. Today, expressive Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your sixth house of health and wellness, until September 22. Over the next three weeks, you could be susceptible to picking up the germs floating around. Inoculate yourself against late summer viruses by taking extra sanitary measures. Hit the gym with as much regularity as you can (even though you might not feel like working out)—and stretch out to avoid injuries. Curb self-critical tendencies, especially around body image. With a haywire Mercury in your heady sixth house, you could go overboard with analysis-paralysis.

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<taurus>
Taurus: Romantic reckoning? Today, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your fifth house of passion and creativity, until September 22. Don’t be surprised if you get a friend request from an ex, or some other overture from a lost love. Is this former flame worth a do-over? If you’re in a relationship, you could be ruminating on the past, too. Maybe you’re not over a fight, or some old sticking point comes back up for you. If that’s the case, be direct about your feelings. Avoid being sarcastic or passive-aggressive at all costs.

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<gemini>
Gemini: Static on the homefront? Today, communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your fourth house of domestic matters, until September 22. During this time, a home improvement project could slow down, or maybe you have a misunderstanding with a roommate or relative, especially a female. Chateau Gemini could be a source of stress. Whatever the hiccup, the friction can escalate quickly, as this is a sensitive section of your chart. Instead of getting caught in the fray, reflect on ways you can take better care of yourself, honoring your emotions and treating yourself with extra love.

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Cancer: Say what? Today, communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your expressive third house. Until September 22, choose your words wisely, as there’s a good chance you’ll be misunderstood. Sales pitches and meetings can fall flat, and brainstorming sessions could yield less-than-stellar ideas. To avoid frustration, don’t push ahead stubbornly on new projects. Instead, revisit ventures already in progress, including writing or teaching endeavors. A kindred spirit from yesteryear may emerge out of the blue—stay tuned!

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<leo>
Leo: Check those receipts. Today, thoughtful Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your second house of work and finances. Until September 22, mind your money. Cash flow might get suddenly tight, prompting you to reexamine your budget and also how you earn your money. In a pinch, you may return to an old client or employer for a one-off gig (or maybe to even pick up again continuously). At the office, choose your words carefully, especially in emails. The last thing you need is to find your scathing words making the rounds unexpectedly.

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<virgo>
Virgo: Have you been in this movie before? Today, you might feel like you’ve landed in an alternative (and eerily familiar) universe, as clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your first house of self, until September 22. Get ready to flash back to your past. Caution: this won’t necessarily be an easy-breezy cycle. During this three-week period, you could be subject to epic misunderstandings, where your witty words fall flat and even offend people. Too much self-promotion (or any self-promotion) could backfire, too. Spend this time reviewing your progress toward personal goals. You may cut one or two from your list.

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<libra>
Libra: Nobody knows the trouble you’ve seen. Well, not exactly—but a self-pitying mood might be hard to shake, as communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your twelfth house of the subconscious and sacrifice. Over the next three weeks, you could get lost in a swamp of emotional baggage: old wounds, old relationships, old fears. Instead of wallowing, take this opportunity to finally gain closure. If you find yourself lapsing into a self-absorbed state, ask how you can make a difference. Volunteer work, or simply being there for others, might put your woes into perspective.

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<scorpio>
Scorpio: Friendly fire? Today, clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your eleventh house of platonic connections and group activity, until September 22. During the next three weeks, you may have some frustrating misunderstandings with a friend. A team project, especially a tech venture, could go off the rails with scrambled signals. Watch out for backstabbing and hidden agendas in your circle. When it comes to colleagues and friends, live by the dictum, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Your silence, in this case, could be especially golden.

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<sagittarius>
Sagittarius: Career caution? Today, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your tenth house of professional ambitions, until September 22. Over the next three weeks, you could clash with an authority figure, a high-profile client or a significant man in your life, as misunderstandings are abound. Instead of taking conflict personally, reel in your focus. Ask yourself if there’s a way that you can step into your leadership and power. No matter what your title or salary, you are the author of your own life experiences. Remember that, Sag.

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<capricorn>
Capricorn: Destination: frustration? Today, clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your ninth house of travel and adventure, until September 22. Over the next three weeks, you could feel annoyingly fenced in. Maybe it’s a job, relationship, or just, you know, your entire life. If you can revisit a favorite vacation spot or spiritual teaching, you could get back in touch with your higher calling, or at least gain some breathing room. In the meantime, why not question some of the limiting beliefs in your life, or examine structures you’ve outgrown? Freedom awaits, Capricorn.

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<aquarius>
Aquarius: The devil is in the details, so keep that eagle eye sharp. Today, communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your eighth house of intimacy and shared wealth. Until September 22, you may feel stretched to the emotional max, either overrun by obsession and jealousy, or caught in a dicey power dynamic. Your suspicions and deep-seated fears may be rooted in something, but that “something” could be your own issues with trust, vulnerability and self-worth. If a shady dealing does come to light, thank the universe. This is information you needed to know.

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<pisces>
Pisces: Partnership problems? Today, clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Virgo, your seventh house of one-on-one relationships, until September 22. A significant other, work BFF or close friend could be a source of conflict. Maybe the balance of your union reveals itself to be off-kilter. You could come to realize that you’re not giving nearly as much as you could, and decide to be a more present partner. Or perhaps it’s the other way around: your generous nature is being exploited. Handle talks and negotiations with care. Since retrogrades bring back the past, an old flame could resurface. Could the second time around be the charm?

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Monday, August 29

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Aries: Let love rule! Romantic Venus sails into Libra, spurring your seventh house of partnerships into action until September 23. Rams who have been “dabbling” this summer might witness a casual fling evolve into the real thing. Already attached? You will feel a stronger urge to merge with your significant other. Bring on the talks about exchanging keys, meeting the parents or starting the baby-making process. If you’re well past all of those things, use this time to strengthen your bond.

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<taurus>
Taurus: Get your gorgeous glow on, Bull. Your ruling planet, aesthetic Venus, sails into Libra and your sixth house of self-care until September 23. For the next three weeks, shower yourself with the same attention and adoration you give to your loved ones. By treating your body to nourishing meals, regular exercise and plenty of water, you’ll radiant a positive energy that naturally attract others. Schedule workouts—and bedtime—like your other non-negotiable appointments. Now, that’s true beauty, Taurus!

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<gemini>
Gemini: You can plant your feet as firmly as you like on the earth, Gemini. But today, when love planet Venus enters your fifth house of romance, Cupid’s arrows may hit you so hard, you could be swept off your feet. If your love life’s been down a quart this summer, you might see a serious uptick over the next three weeks. But don’t sit around waiting for the phone to ring (or ding), Gemini. Fortune favors the bold, so take the initiative. Try some new tactics on your dating app or widen your search parameters. IRL, get out and mingle among the eligible.

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<cancer>

Cancer: Home is where your heart is, Crab. Of course for your domestic sign, that’s not exactly a newsflash. But today beautifying Venus settles into your fourth house of home and family for three weeks, inspiring you to finally make those changes you’ve been mulling over forever. Whether your vision involves a paint job and a little furniture rearranging or a more ambitious renovation, you’re finally ready to kick off the project. You might want to start with the bedroom, in anticipation of Venus’ movement into your romance corner on September 23!

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<leo>
Leo: Talk may be cheap, but not when you’re at the mic, Leo! Today charming Venus struts into Libra and your communication house until September 23, piling even more charisma onto the heaps you already have. Your seductiveness peaks when you speak, so don’t underestimate the effect you have on people. Just be mindful of whom you’re flashing green lights at. If you don’t feel a connection, don’t give anyone false hope. But keep an open mind. You could have a spark with a subtly sexy intellectual type you wouldn’t have considered in the past.

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<virgo>
Virgo: Don’t clutch your clutch too tightly or you could feel it start to tug back! As beautifying Venus cruises into Libra and your luxurious second house today, you might not be able to resist the urge to splurge. So don’t! We’re not talking about shiny baubles that catch your eye then lose their luster the minute you get ‘em home. But if a fabulous fall bag has been calling your name for a while, it’s probably a worthwhile purchase.

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<libra>
Libra: Caution: Goddess crossing. Today your personal planet, charismatic Venus, struts into Libra until September 23, turning your animal magnetism up to eleven. Spend a little more time on your appearance—or get a midday blowout—so you look your radiant best. This three-week Venusian cycle will widen your sphere of influence. Rehearse that elevator pitch and be irresistible. Single Libras could attract a swarm of suitors, but don’t settle! Besides, you’ll be happiest over the next few weeks flying solo.

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<scorpio>
Scorpio: Welcome to the surreal world, Scorpio. As idealistic Venus drifts into Libra and your dreamy twelfth house today, the line between fantasy and reality gets a little fuzzy, especially when it comes to romance. Between now and September 23, try not to overanalyze things: You might not be at your sharpest. Besides, your greatest asset over the next three weeks is your imagination. So loosen your grip and do your best to go with the flow.

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<sagittarius>
Sagittarius: There’s nothing hotter than great conversation coupled with a fierce intellect is there, Sag? Today, as love planet Venus grooves into Libra and your idealistic eleventh house until September 23, you’ll be far more attracted to a person’s substance than what’s on the surface. In a LTR? Remember: The couple that plays together, stays together. Socializing with mutual friends always brings out the best in both of you. Host that party or hit a spate of events.

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<capricorn>
Capricorn: Ooh, la la! Are you mixing business and pleasure? Today sensual Venus cruises into Libra and your tenth house of career until September 23. If an office romance has been simmering on the back burner, turn up the heat over the next few weeks. Or develop a fledgling friendship with a co-worker. One word of warning: Make sure you are honest in your dealings—AND crystal clear. You might be willing to take a gamble with your heart, but never with your job!

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<aquarius>
Aquarius: Love knows no boundaries today, as romantic Venus sails into Libra and your expansive ninth house until September 23. Single Water Bearers should keep an open mind about cross-cultural connections of all of sorts. Should you feel a spark, don’t let long-distance love be a dealbreaker. For some Aquarians, this Venusian period could give you itchy feet. Whatever your relationship status, build in a little extra “me time” to explore new horizons and follow your bliss. You’ll be a better partner as a result.

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<pisces>
Pisces: Eyes wide…shut? Today seductive Venus plunges into Libra and your erotic eighth house until September 23. These next three weeks are all about getting your groove back—by any means necessary! A good place to start is with gentle, flowing movement, like yoga or Five Rhythms–style dance. Some Pisces may be more interested in taking a burlesque or belly-dancing class to connect to their juicier side. Just note that under these provocative skies, flirting could turn into a contact sport.

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Cancer Weekly: August 29-September 4

Bring on the drop crystal chandeliers, framed lithographs, and reclaimed wood coffee tables. This Monday, astro-aesthete Venus nestles into Libra and your domestic fourth house until September 23. Feather your nest, or just fix it up a bit. A few beautifying touches can make your space sing. Already dwelling in a well appointed home? You’ll love playing host while charming Venus lingers here. Labor Day barbecue at Chateau Cancer? Yes, please! Girlfriends and beloved relatives could breeze through town—the perfect excuse to put a leaf in the dining table or host a slumber party. Since Venus governs romance, you’ll enjoy more nights in with the one you adore. Playing house could evolve into hunting for a shared home, if you’re ready to take that step. Already cohabitating? Hang the Do Not Disturb sign and enjoy some pre-fall domestic bliss, cooking dinner together and cuddling on the couch. If you’re single, delete the players from your contact database. Under this Venus spell, the boy- or girl-next-door type could make you swoon. Don’t rule out blind date fix-ups from your friends, or even your own mom!

There could be some surprising reunions this week, too. On Tuesday, social Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo and your third house of friendship and communication until September 22. Reconnect with pals from your past; revive a joint venture for a successful round two. Alas, this retrograde could be a bit of a double whammy when it comes to your words. Signals will scramble regularly this September so you’ll have to be ultra mindful of what you say, write and post. Save those emotional emails to your drafts folder instead of firing them off in the heat of the moment. Social media could become a hotbed of drama as well—you might even go on a Facebook or Snapchat diet for the week, Cancer, so you don’t wind up stirring the wrong pots. Certain relationships—with siblings, neighbors and coworkers—could also hit a snag during Mercury’s backspin. Choose your battles, knowing what can actually be improved and what can’t. Sometimes it’s best to simply accept people as they are instead of fighting against the tide to make them think more like you do.

On Thursday a solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo electrifies your third house of communication, adding some momentum to counterbalance the Mercury retrograde mayhem. A writing or media project could take flight or you could find yourself called to the podium for a public speaking engagement. Shy Cancers, try a Toastmasters workshop to get your “sea legs” on stage. Solar eclipses herald surprises and fresh beginnings. This one could bring the gift of a new BFF or kindred spirit for a creative collaboration. Network away over the weekend and bravely hand your business card to intriguing people you meet. With eclipses, it’s essential to strike while the iron is hot. If you’ve been in a social slump, venture out and explore new scenes and activities. Evening workshops are a great place to start, especially ones that allow you to connect with your local community. Some Crabs will feel the call of bi-city living. If so, start scouting out your second home base or checking out listings for a potential pied-a-terre. Could your transportation mode use an upgrade? Hit bike shops and car lots for test drives. You could roll out on a new set of wheels before the week is through. But with Mercury retrograde, you’d be wiser to just collect data, waiting until early October to settle on the right vehicle. In the meanwhile, upgrade the quality of your commutes with a new tablet or stereo system. (Just make sure it’s well warrantied because, Mercury.) Listening to audiobooks on the way to work is a great use of your transit time. Before you know it, you’ll have a veritable Ph.D. in the topics of your obsession!

Scorpio Weekly: August 29-September 4

Those rose-colored glasses are looking good on you, Scorpio. This Monday, August 29 amorous Venus floats into Libra and your dreamy, boundary-free twelfth house until September 23. You have your guarded and suspicious moments, we know, we know. But for the next three, fantasy-fueled weeks, a worthwhile contender may finally get a chance to approach the inner sanctum of your heart. Still waters run deep, as you know, Scorpio. Give the quietly thoughtful ones a chance to woo you. Just beware the broken birds! Your pink-hued lens on love could also screen out red flags. As tempting as those rescue missions may be, patching up people’s wings won’t necessarily keep them huddled in your nest. Spare yourself the pain and focus on people who are currently dateable—no fixing up required. Already coupled? Create more downtime in your schedule to just chill with the one you adore. You might even slip off on a beach vacation to soak up the last rays of summer sunshine. Have you been keeping a stiff upper lip in the face of relationship challenges? Kill the tough guy act and get your feelings out into the open. This Venus phase can dredge up buried frustration and force you to discuss it. Fortunately, this peaceful planet will lend diplomacy to discussions, making it easier to find a happy medium. Also, try this Gandhi-esque adaptation: Be the change you wish to see in your relationship. For example, if you want to argue less, speak more lovingly and take a time out from talking when you feel your temper rise. Be clear about what you need, too, because dropping hints will only lead to further confusion while Venus hovers here. Creatively, this Venus cycle will be sublime. Slip off for some solitary studio time because the muse will send you divine downloads—some that may even come to you in your sleep!

Solitary Scorpios, here’s more reason to wander out of your honeycomb hideouts: Thursday’s solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo and your eleventh house of community ignites the team spirit in you. Finding your tribe hasn’t ever been an easy quest—you’re more intense and intuitive than the majority of mortals. Still, there ARE others like you, Scorpio and this week you could find—or expand—your tribe. Or, reconnect to them! On Tuesday, social Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo, retreating through this same part of your chart until September 22. Old friends could pop up at every turn and you could feel the synergistic sparks with an important group or organization from your past. Get the band back together for a reunion tour, or just a fun gathering to trip down memory lane. Solar eclipses herald new beginnings; they can be as forceful as a hurricane when it comes to blowing you out of your comfort zone, too. Stop ignoring invitations or being vaguely non-committal. Socializing will remind you of how much support you actually have. While mingling, you could tap into a new extracurricular obsession. Explore more ongoing group activities, like a dance troupe, book club, weekly craft nights, or spiritual group. Or, form a more official collective with people who are already in your circle.

The eleventh house rules technology, as well—and with both Mercury retrograde and a solar eclipse in this part of your chart there could be some interesting activity online. You could make a fateful connection via Facebook, perhaps with someone you’ve been following for a while or met once or twice before. Do password protect all your important data and back it up to the cloud to avoid any Mercury mishaps. Got a web venture in the works? This tech-savvy eclipse could spur an online project into motion. If you’ve been steadily developing a blog, e-commerce site or app, you may feel like hitting the launch button. But be patient, because Mercury retrogrades are less-than-ideal times for such things. For best results, beta test and queue up the promotions but wait until after September 22 to make your official debut. Better yet, hold off until October 8 when Mercury retrograde’s shadow fully passes. Is it time to level up those technical skills? Sign up for software or social media training this week and you could see the profits roll in before the year is through.

Sagittarius Weekly: August 29-September 4

Cue the Bob Marley, Sagittarius. This Monday, love planet Venus drifts into Libra and your liberated eleventh house, bathing you in “one love” vibes. Tapping into friendly, universal connections will suddenly feel more appealing than scouring the earth for a soulmate. Every Tinder crush or magical conversation doesn’t have to evolve into a lifelong love affair. Some Archers may even prefer to play the field now—or adopt an unconventional approach to relationships altogether. Who says you can’t be together but live in separate residences, fully enjoying a long distance relationship, or even, uh, opening things up a bit? (A read of The Ethical Slut or the Kama Sutra could be illuminating for the edgier Archers out there.) And even if you’re the more traditional type, Venus in Libra will get you in the mood to explore and experiment with your S.O. The eleventh house governs the future so start making plans together, ones that feel wishful…and whimsical rather than purely practical, like trekking the Incan Trail together or saving up for a beach cottage. Get out and socialize together as a pair—sports, discussion groups, and general revelry can help you bond big time. You could become the reigning royals of the scene before the summer is officially through. Over the next few weeks, single Sagittarians could meet a mate at a group hang or through the introduction of mutual friends. One of your many self-development seminars could even yield a magic click. Someone from the friend zone could step forward, professing their undying love. But here’s the rub: They will probably show up the minute you stop giving a damn and start enjoying your freedom!

Is your high pro glow at optimal radiance? On Tuesday, messenger Mercury slips into a three week retrograde in Virgo and your tenth house of career. Take time to polish up your professional image so that people can see clearly what you’re capable of. A little tweak to your branding could do wonders so use the “re” powers of a retrograde to review and refine. Check your LinkedIn to make sure all your accolades are up to date. And while you’re at it, Google yourself. There may be some posts and images that you need to take down because they don’t represent pro-level Sagittarius. Communications with colleagues could feel strained with Mercury in reverse. No matter how irksome your boss or client, don’t fire off any emails in the heat of the moment—or let your feelings overtake you during meetings. Keep it strictly business, Archer, and excuse yourself from the conversation until you cool down!

On Thursday, be prepared to pounce! The solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo brings major momentum for your career. Eclipses open exciting windows of opportunity—ones that don’t often leave much time for deliberating. So when an enticing offer comes in, DO leap if you’re ready! There may even be an established entity involved, like a major corporation or an industry influencer. Consider this eclipse your launching pad into a new league. Eclipses can bring surprises, and the people you turn down may step up their game, revealing just how badly they actually want you. In some cases, however, the eclipse will bring a test. This might come in the form of an offer that just isn’t on par with your level of experience or expertise. With your ruling planet Jupiter rounding out a thirteen-month tour through Virgo on September 9, this could be the time to draw the line in the sand. No settling for less than you’re worth or taking on a high-maintenance client just because they bring a bit of prestige. You’ve been a total workhorse for the last year, Sagittarius, and frankly, you could use some breathing room. Be selective and make sure the terms also work for YOU. On the flip side, you should also avoid faking it ’til you make it. Be honest about what you are capable of. Being the little fish in the big pond is fine, too; in fact, it’s the best way to grow. This eclipse may open up a fresh chapter with an important man. From fathers to brothers to the guys who share your bed, you’re ready to turn over a new leaf in the relationship.

Libra Weekly: August 29-September 4

Mirror, mirror on the wall: You’re the most radiant of them all. On Monday, Venus the cosmic goddess of love and beauty sails into your sign until September 23, igniting your glow. Maybe you’ll make like signmate Kim Kardashian and just feel yourself so much that you have to snap a selfie. Nothing wrong with that, Libra! Tune in to your own irresistible nature and revel in it. In love and dating, you’ll have your pick of the hottest prospects. Just don’t rush to make your final selection: You might actually prefer single status while Venus rolls through your sign, enjoying an erotic buffet and shopping around to see which type suits Libra 2016 the best. (Spoiler alert: On September 9, worldly, wise Jupiter zips into your sign for a year, making you fall head over statement heels for a cultured, well-traveled erudite.) Happily attached? Socialize more often as a couple because you’ll enjoy showing off your proud arm candy. But don’t feel pressured to bring bae to every occasion. Rolling solo, and even doing some harmless flirting, might help you return home feeling like a total minx.

Ready to revamp your image? Venus is the celestial stylista (and your ruling planet at that!) so start a Pinterest board of inspo. You’ll be more experimental and artsy all around, and one of your style dares could set off a major trend. But before you walk into a tattoo parlor or chop your long layers into a close-cropped pixie, hear this: On Tuesday, expressive Mercury slips back into a signal-scrambling retrograde until September 22 warning against any drastic changes. This retrograde falls in your foggy, transitional twelfth house. In moments it might just feel easier to make a clean break from aggravating circumstances. But there’s no running away, Libra. As the saying goes, “Wherever you go, there you are.” Whether you stay put to work things out or opt to move on, one thing must be examined: YOUR role in the matter. People who push your buttons can be important messengers, revealing your own self-defeating reactions. Maybe you’ve been trying to keep the peace or codependently pulling more than your weight in a relationship because you’re worried the other person will fall into a rut if you don’t rush in for the save. The twelfth house rules surrender: You are now being asked to give up the idea that you can actually control another person’s behavior. Use the next few weeks to try responding to triggering situations differently—mainly by stepping back and letting the chips fall where they may. Sometimes people have to hit rock bottom in order to make a legit change. And rather than wringing your hands, Mercury directs you towards internal healing. Book those therapy appointments; recharge with meditation and massages. Nurturing yourself is what will keep you strong and in as clear-headed a space as possible during the tests of this retrograde.

Thankfully, divine support will arrive on Thursday, when a solar (new moon) eclipse also lands in Virgo and your twelfth house. You could meet your guardian angel: This helpful person has “been there, done that” and can shed light on vexing situations. Don’t wait for this Yoda figure to land on your starship, though. Actively seek wise counsel: a career coach, trainer, therapist, or even a holistic or spiritual healer. You’ll get from Point A to Point Z a lot quicker with an expert Sherpa illuminating the path. This eclipse brings some healing salve for your heart as well. If you’ve suffered a setback or loss, resources pop up to help you get back on track like a book that “falls off the shelf,” or a must-experience class that a friend recommends. And back to the theme of surrender, Libra. Like Mercury retrograde, this eclipse wants you to STOP trying to force a situation to go according to your perfect, fairy tale vision. The universe’s Plan B might bring you more joy than you realize! Instead of mapping out every last detail, get psyched about the mysterious unknown—a path that can only be revealed if you let go of control. If you’ve had a juice cleanse on your mind or want to kick an unhealthy vice to the curb, this is the week to get that vitamin-laden party started. Clearing your physical space of clutter and unhappy mementos could also re-energize you. Out with the old…but don’t replace it with the new! Enjoy the minimalism and clean, clear space which creates a blank canvas, allowing you to dream bigger than ever.

Pisces Weekly: August 29-September 4

Ready to feel the power of your purr? On Monday, enchanting Venus slinks into your racy eighth house until September 23. Venus puts your vixen side at the wheel so bring on the black lace, silky sheets and demure insinuations. But here’s the catch: Although you’re feeling the lust, you’re also craving deep and abiding connections. Save that final rose for someone who can meet you on all the levels: mind, body and soul. The mysterious—even brooding—types will attract you now. But you could also tumble down a dark rabbit hole trying to figure out these elusive characters. Don’t waste too much time on that never-ending chase, Pisces. If you don’t get a pulse-quickening response, keep it moving. Already attached? Break out the emotional handcuffs (and maybe the fur-lined ones, too). Possession is nine tenths of the law for you now, so demand that deeper commitment you desire—and set a time limit on how long you will wait for it. You might not need to lay down any such ultimatums though. With Venus pumping up your magnetic allure, your lover will no doubt want to lock you down, too. If you’re struggling to get yourself in the mood, start by reconnecting to your own body. The best way to do this is to move more often and get the blood and oxygen a-flowing. A relaxing day at the spa can rev up a water sign like you. Spring for the 90-minute, deep tissue massage; then soak in the tubs for hours.

Don’t be surprised if the ghosts of lovers past reappear this week, too! On Tuesday, messenger Mercury slips into a three-week retrograde in Virgo and your seventh house of relationships. Your ex could start liking all your Facebook posts or shamelessly Snapchatting you between now and September 22. And while enough time may have passed to think, “Maybe we CAN be just friends,” tread ever so lightly with such experimentation. Feelings may fade but they never totally go away. If you have a good thing going with someone new, it’s best to leave that chapter in the history books. And even if you don’t, be honest with yourself: Is this bond ever going to go anywhere? The last thing you need is a derailing distraction when there’s so much promising energy for partnerships in the air.

And let’s talk about Thursday! A solar (new moon) eclipse, also in Virgo and your seventh house of committed connections, will galvanize the skies. A promising prospect could pop up out of the blue. Since eclipses can add the element of surprise, this hopeful contender might even be someone you’ve known for a while. Meet the universe halfway: Power up the dating apps and ask friends to play matchmaker. Solar eclipses bring major momentum, but they don’t leave time for deliberating. If a soulful someone sparks your interest, introduce yourself and hand them a card. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! A connection that’s been simmering all summer could turn into something a lot more exclusive. No time for being shy now: Set the stage of seduction with a one-on-one date near Thursday (or over the weekend) and steer the conversation towards solidifying the status of your relationship. Ready to spark a fresh chapter within an existing bond? The eclipse brings a rush of forward-moving energy, revealing exciting ways to co-create. (Do we hear bells?)

Business partnerships get a boost from this eclipse, too. Keep your antennas up for people whose skills dovetail with your own. You don’t need a doppelganger as your collaborator; instead, join forces with a complementary force who can easily pick up where you leave off. But do lawyer up if you’re going to move forward as an official pair. Getting business agreements in writing gives everyone a sense of safety and security. Alas, Mercury retrogrades aren’t ideal times for actually signing contracts. Try drafting a deal memo that outlines the major points of your association, then waiting until after September 22 to ink your name on the dotted line. Has there been a legal issue you’ve been putting off for a while? No more denial or sweeping it under the rug—this eclipse gives you the courage and clarity to get the situation handled. But make sure: Is this about self-preservation or getting even? In some cases, you might decide that success is the best revenge, not a complicated lawsuit.

Gemini Weekly: August 29-September 4

Waiting for a romantic royal to gallop to your door? Take the stallion by the horns, Gemini. This Monday, Venus sails into Libra, lighting up your passionate, glamorous fifth house. You’re dancing lead while the love planet hovers here until September 23. With Cupid so utterly in your corner, start firing off some arrows of your own. If you’re in a relationship, stock the shared calendar with cultural activities, road trips and other play dates. Single and looking? Aim strictly for people who love watching you cut loose—and encourage more of it! As you’ve no doubt learned, dimming your lights to help others shine is a lose-lose proposition. Just be full-on Gemini for the next few weeks and you’ll see who your true allies are. (Now that doesn’t mean stirring up drama—which is the downside of a planet pulsing through your fifth house.) This is also the zone of your chart ruling fame, and radiant Venus here will bring a nudge right into the limelight. Make yourself “camera ready” with an edgy style update: purple hair, piercings or a signature accessory that starts conversations at every turn. This Venus cycle creates a fertile landscape for the imagination so devote some date nights to the muse herself. If you literally have babies on the brain, you might just summon the stork before September is through. (Or have fun trying!)

On Tuesday, batten down the hatches! Your ruling planet Mercury flips into retrograde, backstroking through Virgo and your domestic zone until September 22. All won’t be quiet on the Gemini homefront, alas. Trying to find your little patch of peace could take some negotiation with neighbors, roommates or the family that lives under your roof. Retrogrades rule the past and on a positive note, this one could reconnect you to an estranged relative or a childhood friend. The emotional roller coaster could get a little bumpy during this phase. Keep the messenger windows open with your most levelheaded friends because you will need them to talk you down from the tree…regularly.

More nesting news arrives on Thursday, September 1. The solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo could shake up your home as you know it. Is it time to renovate, relocate or Feng Shui your digs? Start the Pinterest boards for dream home inspo. With Mercury retrograde, it’s wise to wait until after September 22 to start hanging wallpaper or trying to convert the one-bedroom into an open plan loft. But knowing you, Gemini, you’ve already curated quite a lovely collection for your home. So focus on the energy of the rooms. When you walk in do you feel restful and enlivened in all the right places? Or, is there a heavy pallor or claustrophobia when you step through the archway? Move things around (and even consult a Feng Shui bagua map) to get the chi a-flowing. Having your environment in order is so grounding, Gemini. But brace yourself: Eclipses are known for bringing surprises or propelling us into long-overdue action. A letter could arrive from the landlord announcing a rent increase or some truly irritating construction to your building. Maybe this is the cue you need to start looking for a new place to hang your fedora. Don’t rule out other zip codes: Jetsetting Jupiter is rounding out a yearlong tour through Virgo and your fourth house this September 9. If you’ve known for a while that it’s time to pull up the stakes, this eclipse could propel you into action. If you’re ready to own a home—or expand your portfolio with a rental property—start hitting those open houses. Then again, you might be the one providing that stable base for another by opening your home to a friend in crisis or a relative who needs a neutral place to stay for a week or two. Your nurturing side needs an outlet, and you’ll kind of love playing caretaker this week.

If you’ve had a strained relationship with a woman in your life, the eclipse helps things get back on the mend. Extend the olive branch and bygones could quickly become just that. You may also connect to an amazing group of women this week—or one incredible lady who will play an important role in the days to come. Your relationship with food also comes into focus. With cooling temperatures impending, start collecting recipes for comfort dishes that are also healthy. You might even work with a nutritionist to develop a nourishing eating plan that energizes you and works with your particular body type. You are what you eat, Gemini…so choose well!

Aquarius Weekly: August 29-September 4

Cast a wider net—then, reel ‘em on in. This Monday, Venus floats into Libra and your worldly, adventurous ninth house until September 23. With the charming, romantic planet here you’ll be dreaming of far-flung ports…and the art, cuisine, music and people living there. With this being the last week of “summer vacation” for many, consider this Venus transit your flashing green light to squeeze in one final getaway. And make it a relaxing one! Spa services, outdoor cafes and the possibility of amour should all be part of the plan. If you’re single, sparks could fly with one of the locals. Sticking close to home? Keep your ears perked for intriguing accents since you could catch a strong case of the feels for a tourist who is trekking through your own hometown. Coupled Aquarians, slip off for a two-person getaway before September 23. You might even nab a low-season steal if you wait a week or two. The truth serum will flow liberally during this Venus cycle and the change of scenery will be a welcome backdrop for some difficult conversations. And fortunately, Venus is a diplomat, helping you to lovingly untangle the emotional knots. A few sessions of couples counseling could be downright illuminating—and also helpful when it comes to airing your feelings out without burning bridges.

DO book any getaways with reputable firms—and read the customer reviews. On Tuesday, Mercury slips into a signal-jamming retrograde until September 22. That Airbnb “overlooking a gorgeous mountain lake” could be a half-mile trek from the shore instead of right at the water’s’ edge. Ask all the pertinent questions to confirm that any reservations you’re making are solid. Find out the refund policy, too; this would be one of those periods where it’s worth it to buy the flight insurance. And WHO you travel with between now and September 22 will be utterly crucial in determining how enjoyable your trip will be. Mercury will be backstroking through Virgo and your intense, intimate eighth house. We don’t advise taking trips with people you don’t know very well. The pressure of traveling could bring out their worst traits like demanding you spend every minute with them or trying to control your agenda. Woe betide the journeyman who tries to clip an Aquarian’s wings in any way! Your free-spirited sign just ain’t havin’ it.

A text from an ex could pop up on your phone with Mercury in reverse—and perhaps not an old flame you’re eager to stoke. Yet if you can’t keep your hands off this slippery devil, don’t make plans to meet for coffee and get “closure.” More likely than not, you’ll just be reopening some old drama. Jealousy, lust and control could creep into existing relationships while Mercury is retrograde so monitor your moods and keep the Messenger window open with a levelheaded friend who can talk you down from the tree when your thoughts start to spiral out.

But here’s some happy news! Thursday’s solar (new moon) eclipse is also in Virgo, which will bring a positive counterbalance to any trouble messy Mercury stirs up. Your powers of seduction will be in rare form near the weekend (and all through it). Beam that magic selectively, focusing in on people who actually deserve it. Chemistry could bubble up—or go from warm to exothermic—with someone who wants to go the distance with you. Follow that urge to merge, but don’t rock the rose-colored glasses. Nobody’s “perfect” Aquarius. The question is, can you accept their shadows along with their light? Existing relationships could become more permanent now so start planning “next steps” with your S.O. Even if you’re not racing to the altar, you’ll warm to the idea of a more spelled-out commitment or exclusivity clause. This applies to romance AND finance. Vagueness won’t work in either arena after Thursday, and an ultimatum may be necessary. While you don’t have to play by conventional rules, having clear terms spelled out gives you the freedom to put your energy into people—without worrying about drama or time wasted on a bad investment. For other Aquarians, this eclipse could be more of a “break it” moment than a “make it” one. If it’s time to move on, or delve into some serious couples therapy, don’t drag your feet. Ready to bring sexy back? This eclipse will help. Wake up that life force energy by moving your body: Try dancing or walking and taking conscious breaths. Try Kundalini yoga if you’re up for something more structured. Chanting—or singing (hello, karaoke nights)—will also pulse powerful vibrations through your body. Seriously!

This eclipse could reveal some income opportunities, too! The eighth house rules passive income streams—think royalties, affiliate sales, rental income—and the cash you make in lump sums, like commissions or money from the sale of property. Get creative and resourceful! You could make a mint through a rental business, from equipment to real estate. How about emptying out that storage unit and hawking things on eBay? This eclipse could also bring a prompt to raise your financial IQ. Learn more about investing or playing the market. This could spell big money in the bank before your 2017 birthday!

Aries Weekly: August 29-September 4

Love light: On! This Monday, amorous Venus sails into Libra and your seventh house of committed partnerships. It’s officially high season for romance, Ram. Between now and September 23, you could meet someone who brings out your best and makes you even better than that. (Heck, you might even plead for a second chance with “the one that got away.”) Got permanent stars in your eyes? This Venus phase is an ideal time for deepening the soulful connection you have with your S.O. What’s next for the two of you? Diplomatic Venus helps you talk it through with loving enthusiasm. For you to commit—either for business or pleasure—you must feel a sense of limitless possibilities and have endless room to expand. With Venus in dreamy Libra you’ll get just that. And if you’re single, you’ll start to realize that maybe it WOULD be nice to fall asleep in someone’s arms, share your morning French press and text regularly throughout the day. The law of “opposites attract” applies, so seek a complementary force who knows how to pick up where you leave off. Have you “trapped” yourself in a suffocating arrangement? Some Aries will feel the itch to explore beyond the cozy confines of a committed relationship. Before you bail, a read of Esther Perel’s Mating In Captivity might lend insight, like how maybe you’ve been smothering yourself by ignoring your need for personal space. By carving out a little more autonomy, your urge to merge may perk up once again.

Can you be a healthy hedonist, Aries? On Tuesday, messenger Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo and your work and wellness zone until September 22. Then, on Thursday, a solar (new moon) eclipse in Virgo jumpstarts a six-month health kick. This planetary PSA warns you to dial down the excess and bring some order back to the Aries court. If you’ve been more sedentary than active this summer, kiss that phase goodbye. Sign up for a fall sports league or splurge for a membership at a fitness studio with fun classes. Mercury retrogrades can force you to deal with buried issues while eclipses reveal shadows. This one-two punch could illuminate some hidden health issues that require adjustment, like low iron levels or a touch of adrenal fatigue. Why slog through pain when fixing the problem might only require some extra supplements or dietary changes? Book doctor appointments to ensure that you’re running at optimum speed. And if it’s time for a new doctor, the eclipse could illuminate a great MD, perhaps one who practices functional medicine or naturopathy as well as Western. You might have allergy tests done (good for tweaking your diet, as Virgo and the sixth house govern nutrition) or get a blood panel to reveal where you may be low on vitamins that can affect thyroid or adrenal function. A little adjustment goes a long way. If any procedures are needed, try to schedule them for after September 22. If that’s not possible, just stay in super clear communication with the doc and go the extra mile to advocate for yourself. If the prescription doesn’t fit, you don’t have to just go along with it! Don’t forget the power of preventative medicine, either. Massage and acupuncture, for example, can keep you fired up, healthy and productive while the temperatures cool.

This eclipse gets you pumped up about work, too, and can usher in some long overdue changes around the office. New ideas flow in that can bring you prosperity or a promotion in the coming six months. If you’re launching a new project at work, you’ll be the diligent developer under the light of this eclipse, eager to roll up your sleeves and get the mission underway. Use this to clean out your Inbox, organize your files and do all the R&D that’s needed to set yourself up for a massive productivity wave after Mercury turns direct in three weeks. Don’t be surprised if there is a change of management or a company-wide re-org. Alas, Mercury retrograde won’t make any such transitions smooth. But keep your cool because hastily-sent emails can come back to haunt you during Mercury’s backspin. When in doubt, save it to Drafts!