All Signs

Aside from the back-to-school syndrome, which is taking place because the Sun is in Virgo - the big news for this week is that fair Venus moves into Libra and Mercury retrograde begins in full force. ("Help! I'm trapped in the garbage compressor in Start Wars!") Yes, this Virgo Sun wants all of us to clean up our act, despite the fact that Mercury retrograde will create delays and silly errors and mistakes for all of us. (Aaagghh! Kill me with a spoon.) Nevertheless, Venus in Libra is a lovely influence for everyone and it lasts from August 29 until September 23. Stock the fridge because Mercury retrograde attracts relatives to your kitchen. Meanwhile, kids are amped with excited energy to start their new grade in school. "Both it! Stop of you!"

Aries (March 21-April 19)

There's good news and bad news for you. Let's take the bad news first so you can finish with a sweet taste in your mouth. Mercury retrograde is taking place in the part of your chart that is all about employment and your job; plus anything to do with your health, as well as small pets. This means you will suffer delays and silly errors at work. Communications with customers and coworkers will be mixed up and misunderstood. Paperwork will be misplaced or lost. Equipment (including computers) will break down or suffer from glitches. A recurring health problem might return, or alternatively, you might finally discover a solution to the problem. A lost pet might return or you might get a new pet. Fortunately, fair Venus will sit across your sign until late September paving the way for all your closest relationships. Smoochie boochies!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Old flames are back in the lives of many of you. However, you might also deal with unfinished business or previous issues related to your kids. If you plan social outings and fun events, including vacations (which are most timely for your sign now), expect delays and errors to cause some problems. "We forgot the cake!" Or worse. "We forgot the booze!" Dinner and hotel reservations might have problems. Double check everything. Little glitches could be maddening, especially related to sports, the arts and playful times with kids. The good news is that fair Venus will pave the way for everything very nicely at work. Relations with coworkers will be excellent. In fact, a work-related romance might begin. Woo, woo!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Mercury retrograde is literally going to hit you where you live. This means small appliances might break down or minor breakages could occur. Domestic confusion will be likely because family conversations will be misunderstood (like two ships passing in the night). Home repairs and renovations will continue (hopefully speedily); nevertheless, broken equipment, misplaced tools and frustrating delays are inevitable. Meanwhile, family and friends you haven't seen for a while will be eating out of your fridge and pantry. Ironically, this is further enhanced because fair Venus wants you to party for the next four weeks! Good luck!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Get ready for a brutal Mercury retrograde in the next month because the part of your chart where Mercury retrograde occurs is very part where it can do the most damage. Aagghh! "Why me?" (Because you pissed the stars off.) Transportation delays are inevitable. Check cars, bikes and trucks to do damage control because you face engine problems, flat tires and setbacks in your transportation. Likewise, allow extra time to travel on public transportation to avoid delays. Your communications with others will be glitched - for sure. This includes computers, email, texts, cell phones, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and anything else I might have left out. Do not purchase a car, truck or bike during this Mercury Retrograde. The good news is that family and home will be cozy and fun. Great time to entertain! Good time to check out real-estate deals. Good time to redecorate where you live.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This particular Mercury retrograde will impact your finances. Cheques in the mail will be late. Payments to you will be delayed. However, schemes and ideas for earning money from the past can now be resurrected. In other words, old ideas will fly! This is appropriate because you are focused on money and earnings more than usual right now. The upside is that fair Venus will sweeten all your communications with others, especially siblings, relatives and neighbours. Not only that, Venus will colour your relationship with your immediate surroundings. It will make you appreciate how beautiful your daily surroundings are; and it will also make you see just how much love there is in your daily world. Meanwhile, fiery Mars will give you the energy to play, socialize and explore fun, entertaining diversions! It's a wonderful time for Leos!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This continues to be a fortunate time for your sign with the Sun and lucky Jupiter still in Virgo. Make the most of this and use this to your advantage for the next month. Even fair Venus will boost your opportunities to buy beautiful things for yourself and loved ones; as well as boost your chance to get a better job or increase your earnings in some way. Yes, looking good! And now for the tough news: Mercury retrograde is taking place in Virgo from now until the end of September. This will attract ex-partners and old friends back into your world. But it will also promote misunderstandings, goofy mistakes, misplaced items and maddening little errors. Aaggghhh! And your home scene continues at a crazy pace that introduces domestic tension. Chill out. Time for your favourite beverage.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The next four weeks are an excellent time for you because fair Venus will be in your sign. For starters, this makes you even more charming and diplomatic than you usually are (and all Librans are smooth schmoozers). It also means that this is an excellent time for you to shop for yourself, especially for wardrobe goodies that make you look more attractive. (You'll love it!) The odds are that you will be successful in buying something that pleases and flatters you. (Hopefully deeply discounted.) You can talk your way into a good bargain because Mars now makes all your communications strong, to the point and forthright. Set some goals with deadlines for your new year ahead (birthday to birthday). Ideas?

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This continues to be a fabulous, popular time for you! Mercury retrograde will increase your popularity, especially by attracting friends from the past back into your world. At the same time, another astrological influence encourages secret love affairs. This is an interesting combo! Meanwhile, your co-ruler Mars activates your desire to earn more money, which is why you are dreaming up money-making ideas or thinking about a new job. Since Mars is just energy, it will also activate your spending habits, and you will shop more than usual for whatever you want. Why not look great as you encounter so many friends and faces from your past? "You look mahv-ellous darling!"

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You have tremendous energy to go after what you want now because fiery Mars is in your sign where it will stay until the end of Sept. This gives you get-up-and-go and activates your initiative. Not only will you want to do more, you will assert yourself in all situations and also defend yourself (and others) if called for. Mostly, this is a good thing that you can use to your advantage. Nevertheless, you might overwhelm someone or be too much "in their face." Consider this. Physical exercise and outdoor sports will help blow off any pent-up steam that Mars builds up within you. Meanwhile, bosses and authority figures think you look swell! Venus encourages social situations with creative, artistic friends; and the Sun and Jupiter continue to bring you opportunities to shine in the eyes of others, especially bosses. Yes!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Grab every chance to travel that comes your way because you need a change of scenery. "I gotta get outta Dodge!" Don't worry about asking your boss for time off because Venus paves you all your relations with authority figures in September. It's a cinch. In fact, you might get a raise, certainly praise. Some will start a secret work-related romance with an authority figure. Let's face it - power and money impress you (and millions of others). Mercury retrograde will also attract people from other countries and different cultures back into your world. You might hear from people you haven't talked to for ages. It is wise to water your trap line because in the coming year, you will reach out to a lot of people as your reputation grows and shines!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Travel for pleasure calls to you now. If you have a chance to travel- do it because you will enjoy a change of scenery and a chance to explore adventure, meet new faces and see new places. In fact, a romance with someone of another culture or a different background will spring up for some. Perhaps your competitive spirit with a group (or an individual) sparks someone's admiration for you? Meanwhile, September is a wonderful time for you to get a loan or mortgage or benefit from the wealth and resources of others. Use this to your advantage because when it is gone - it's gone. This is also a good time for you to collect old debts right until the end of September. "Hey you! Pay up or else."

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Mars continues to be at the top of your chart arousing your ambition and making you very bold and willful, especially dealing with authority figures. This will certainly help you get your way! For the next month, fair Venus will make your intimate relationships particularly affectionate and sweet. You'll love it. New relationships that begin now will be very pleasant. This next month is also a good time to ask for a loan or get a mortgage or benefit from the wealth and resources of others. You have a strong focus on partnerships and close friends now because three planets are opposite your sign. In fact, expect interaction with ex-partners. Ex-partners you haven't seen for a while might also pop out of the woodwork. Don't worry - it's all good.