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Were in for a couple of treats starting with Sundays Leo new moon and the Perseids meteor shower show. Trying to glimpse 50 meteors an hour is an excellent way to spend a moonless night far from the city lights. Theyll begin to show up in the northeast sky around 11 p.m. If thats not a perfect backdrop for romance, take your cue from Mondays polarity between idealistic Neptune and the creative Leo sun or from loving Venus embrace of stalwart Saturn. More opportunities for romance, plus extended conversation about it midweek as retrograde Venus favors passionate Pluto before merging with Mercury and the sun.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
It all depends on what you call fun. You could knock yourself out training for an event so that you can achieve your personal best before the summer is out. You might grab a stack of books and stretch out on a chaise for the next few weeks or you could take advantage of the slew of planets bunching up in your Leo house of recreation, risk and romance and pursue the latter with the kind of gusto the Ram is known for. Whatever you wind up doing, know that talented acquaintances are willing to help you attain your hearts desire. Let them.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Too much togetherness? Dont be surprised if a pride of Lions invades your turf and makes themselves at home. However, if youre not wining and dining or otherwise entertaining family and friends, you might find yourself knee-deep in decorating projects. No matter where your interest lies, youll approach the activity with greater passion than you anticipate. A warning: dont let all that pure, heart-felt emotion get displaced when it could be directed towards something youre very good at -- giving and getting a whole lot of loving.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Unless youre desperate for some peace and quiet, an empty house is the last place you should be. Since youre likely to get your fill of family over the Labor Day holiday, youd be better off spending quality time right now getting in touch with classmates and former neighbors, folks with whom you have history. Theres a good chance that a casual conversation will take an amorous turn when your curious Mercury ruler merges with affectionate Venus mid-month, about the same time that the Messenger uncovers a mind-blowing secret.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Each new moon poses a question the Moon Child is compelled to answer before the next new moon shifts your attention to another area of your life. Because the lunation on the 12th took place in your house of assets and values, over the next four weeks youre likely to become even more focused on money matters. Dont begrudge the time and effort needed to figure out the best course of action. With Mercury, Saturn, Venus and, until the 23rd, the sun all in creative Leo, your solution is likely to be fairly painless and more importantly, long lasting.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Try telling a Lion that "Its not about you." No King of the Jungle worthy of the name would believe it. And this week, no one else will either. Even if its not your birthday, all eyes are noticing how you look, all ears are eager to hear what youre doing at the moment and what your future plans might be. The only question were too intimidated to ask is, Who are you seeing? If you inadvertently spill the beans, blame gossipy Mercury in your sign. Security-conscious Pluto will cover for your romantic inclinations and other risky behavior.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
"A little birdie told me," can explain how youre receiving the information youve acquired. While your Mercury ruler is ensconced behind the scenes in the mysterious 12th house, itll be difficult to identify your source. Not only because of the secrecy imposed; however, when the sun and Mercury meet as they do on the 15th, you could turn into a channel for cosmic forces, a bona fide Messenger of the Gods. Despite your Virgo expertise, try to keep an open mind, especially about other peoples emotional states.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Tis the season to be jolly. Instead of December, August can be the better month for party hopping. Although theres no immediate payoff, no Christmas bonus in sight, having your Leo house of acquaintances and allies packed with planets suggests that these people will become more important to your future success and happiness than they already are. Since your Venus ruler is retrograde through Labor Day, some of those smiling faces will remember the good old days, as well as your more wretched excesses.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
You might make more money in December, but this August you can make significant strides in your career. The steps you take neednt be strenuous, strategic or complicated; they could consist simply of being demonstrative and generous with people you dont often see, coming up with a creative idea or two and maintaining an upbeat attitude. Use the potency of the four planets currently transiting your sunny Leo midheaven and, before pragmatic Virgo influences set in, spread the good vibes youre projecting as wide as you can.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
If your physical body isnt cavorting far from home, send your mind there. Visit exotic resort sites online, bury your nose in travel magazines and lavish picture books, rent Blue Lagoon. With four planets in your Leo house of foreign travel and lifelong goals supporting your desire for a significant change, now would be a good time to make the attempt. Before a preoccupation with work takes over, before you have to protect your reputation or fulfill obligations to family and friends, take time out and stretch out.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
Taking stock of what you have and what you havent might not be the highlight of your How I Spent My Summer Vacation report. Nonetheless, it would be a good thing to do before you become immersed in back-to-school business. So much positive planetary energy is currently focused in your Leo house of shared investment, insurance and inheritance matters, youd be foolish (which you are not!) to let that energy dissipate without putting it to use. Plus, lots of attention and affection surrounding your Saturn ruler.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
After you read for your sun sign, read for your rising sign. Thats because there is so much planetary energy in fiery Leo, you need to know where, other than in your marriage house, those passionate vibes are centered. Since you live and/or work with your partner, youre well aware what he or she is capable of creating when properly stoked. Then you can decide whether to join forces or to get out of the way of the firestorm. Once solar Virgo begins, things may quiet down, but not enough to stop the creative process.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
People in the service, those you do charity work with, health care workers and employees of businesses you deal with on a daily basis; any one of them could be a conduit for the enormous amount of good will emanating from sunny Leo. If young children are involved, so much the better. While were not keeping score per se, because your Neptune ruler is in Aquarius, absorbing all this positive energy, some sort of karmic payback could be taking place. An extra benefit: unbeknownst to you, your reputation is being repaired.