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What's In Store For Your Sign For the Second Half of August

A bi-monthly look at what's to come for your sign courtesy of T&C's master astrologer, Katharine Merlin.
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Leo: July 23-August 23


Uranus at the top of your chart sets a do-and-dare tone for this month, and a solar eclipse in your birth sign is a perspective shifter. But if cherished plans refuse to fly, be ready to make some revisions and to be more specific about what you want. Once Mercury—the detail planet—turns direct on the 19th you will be able to command the attention you crave, and Mars's forward motion on the 27th means that you can finally break free of obstructions that have dogged you since late June.

August 16-31: You'll be able to charm your way into everyone's good graces on the 18th and your ability to act decisively on the 19th is going to work out in your favor. What's more, with the Sun well aspected in your financial angle on the 25th, your prescience is going to be evident to everyone and whatever is going on at work near the 28th shoots you towards new success.

Virgo: August 24-September 23


Your patience will pay off this month and you appear to have a lot to mull over and analyze. Situations you're concerned about are bound to shift and evolve, and financial matters also appear quite volatile. Once your ruling planet Mercury changes directions on the 19th, though, you'll begin to see a path forward with increasing clarity. Partners and loved ones seem to be in the mood to open up and share near the 26th, so stay tuned in.

August 16-31: Acting on your own convictions will set you on the right path on the 18th. You appear to have a wonderful opportunity to connect with partners and those who matter with Jupiter trining Neptune on the 19th, and aspects occurring near the 24th will shed much light on the path ahead. Your social life should also rev up once Mars changes directions on the 27th.

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Libra: September 24-October 23


Expand your reach this August and don't hesitate to aim high. Associates may be a bit uncertain about their own plans, but there's no reason to fear the worst. What you do need to factor in are the tricky conditions that are currently affecting your lifestyle and personal plans. But even if you're running into obstacles and delays, your persistence will ensure that all the bits and pieces fall into place, especially by the time Mars begins to surge forward on the 27th.

August 16-31: If you reach out to a friend or associate near the 18th, you won't be disappointed and with Mercury turning direct on the 19th, bogged down plans will begin to take off. Very practical and significant matters can be settled with Saturn trining the Sun on the 25th, but be careful to avoid taking a confrontational stance when harsh aspects are happening on the 26th.

Scorpio: October 24-November 22


August is generally a high profile month for Scorpios because the Sun is at the Zenith of your solar chart. So do get out and about even if the pace is slower than usual. With two major planets out of phase until the 19th and 27th, respectively, your ideas and plans may require a fair amount of fine tuning before they take hold—so keep at it. Life lightens up when the full Moon of the 26th casts its rays on the most social angle of your chart.

August 16-31: You can diplomatically wield your savvy influence near the 18th and get your plans on track, so be ready to show your hand. The 25th will be a moment of great promise where important coalitions can be solidified but be prepared for complexities to arise near the eclipse of the 26th. With Mars turning direct on the 27th, the path ahead will come clear.

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Sagittarius: November 23-December 21


Try to refrain from projecting too much into the future this month and focus on the now. With the Sun illuminating the most adventuresome angle of your solar chart, it's time to soak up new sights, sounds, and ideas and follow your whims. Your friendships and associations are also under the bewitching spell of Venus in Libra. But once the Sun heads into Virgo on the 23rd, you'll be entering a more ambitious and goal-oriented timeframe when "action" is the keyword.

August 16-31: You should begin to feel more clear and in control of various situations near the 18th and aspects involving Jupiter and Neptune on the 19th promise happy outcomes around home and property affairs. New financial arrangements are in the spotlight on the 25th, and even though the 26th will be a volatile day, changes you embrace promise to work out in your favor.

Capricorn: December 22-January 20


Because Saturn, your ruler, is still out of phase in your birth sign, it's going to be difficult to firm up recently forged plans. Still, with expansive Jupiter moving ahead in the most forward-looking part of your solar chart, the contacts and associations you're forging can take you far. And with Venus at the top of your chart, you'll be hard to ignore, so don't be a hermit. Much good will come of the moves you now make and of your willingness to go that extra mile.

August 16-31: Your ability to articulate your plans near the 17th will break though others barriers and the 19th is a particularly promising day for getting hoped-for results. Situations at a distance are beckoning near the 24th, and you will impress all the right people with your firm grasp of the facts. One word of warning, though: power struggles should be avoided at all costs on the 26th.

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Aquarius: January 21-February 19


Because the Sun always travels through your relationship angle in August, your attention tends to be focused on others—especially those who matter the most. And if they seem to be going through some shifts and changes, be patient, at least until after the eclipse of the 11th and Mercury's return to normalcy on the 19th. Jupiter at the top of your chart is in your favor, so the world is seeing you in a positive light and you can accomplish much.

August 16-31: With aggressive Mars backing out of your sign, you should also be prepared to step back or go over the same ground. But much will come clear once Mercury turns direct on the 19th and you have every reason to hope for the best. After the 27th, the ball is in your court and you will begin to make inroads on even tricky situations.

Pisces: February 20-March 20


With the Sun in Leo, it's time to catch up with yourself and to put your attention on those details of your existence that keep your life running smoothly. It's also time to take up more activities that can be enriching and enhancing and to set new routines in place and reconfigure your schedule. Once the Sun enters Virgo on the 23rd though, close relationships will be in the spotlight, and the full Moon in your sign on the 26th urges you to articulate your feelings.

August 16-31: Because Mercury—the detail planet—will be turning direct on the 19th, you'll now be gaining the upper hand at work and in situations that have been a source of confusion. And with the Sun trining Saturn on the 25th, the agreements you're reaching promise to be solid and beneficial. The full Moon in your sign on the 26th, though, will whip up stormy emotions.

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Aries: March 21-April 20


Because your planetary ruler, Mars, has been out of phase since late June, your plans aren't likely to be proceeding full steam ahead. But this month, the Sun in Leo until the 23rd accents the most playful angle of your chart, so relax and enjoy because you'll be back in the action soon enough. Near the 25th, you appear to be zeroing in on promising new arrangements, and by the 27th, Mars's direct motion delivers a clear green light.

August 16-31: Because Venus is too powerfully placed in your relationship angle on the 18th, you can break through communication barriers and reach beneficial understandings. Be ready to get focused once the Sun enters precise Virgo on the 23rd and be careful not to over react to provocations when testy aspects peak on the 26th.

Taurus: April 21-May 21


You're right to be considering new options right now but the time to act does not appear to have yet come. With the Sun in Leo at the nadir of your solar chart, your personal and home life are in the planetary spotlight, and whatever occurs near the eclipse of the 11th will be a perspective-shifter. By the 19th, plans that have been difficult to implement will begin to fall into place and the full Moon of the 26th rivets your focus on friends and social fun.

August 16-31: The 17th will be a turning point and real magic seems to be in the air when Jupiter trines Neptune on the 19th. You're likely to find yourself on the same page with others and agreements you reach by the 25th appear to be solid and favorable. Be ready to go along with the program and set your sights on new destinations and agendas.

Gemini: May 22-June 20


The ideas and plans that are dancing around in your head can lead you in a brilliant new direction if you follow through on them. So don't be discouraged if you're not getting immediate responses. August is also the time to cover new ground and travel is strongly highlighted, although after the 23rd, you'll be in the perfect position to pursue long-considered lifestyle changes. Don't let petty disagreements stop you from taking action near the 26th.

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August 16-31: Others will be responsive to your ideas on the 18th and with your ruling planet, Mercury, changing directions by the 20th, your own sense of direction will right itself. Financial developments near the 25th are urging you to make decisions and take steps to make your affairs more secure, but the full Moon of the 26th knocks your emotions off-balance, so don't rush into anything.

Cancer: June 21-July 22


It may be difficult to get financial matters firmly in hand until after the 20th, but your efforts to set new arrangements in place will work out favorably in the end. Saturn in Capricorn indicates that partners are prone to be a bit rigid and critical, but with blissful Venus traversing the part of your solar chart connected to home and hearth, good feelings will dominate if you don't overreact. By month's end, an issue that's been hanging in the air can finally be resolved.

August 16-31: The 17th is a particularly promising day, so go after whatever it is that most inspires you. With Mercury—the mind planet—coming out of a tailspin by the 20th, you can and should take a firmer grasp over financial matters that have gone a bit astray and mend bridges with those who count when powerful aspects peak near the 25th.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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