Your horoscope for August 30 to September 5, 2018

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      The end of August is upon us. With it comes the end of Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, and what many will describe as one hell of a long, hard summer.

      Mars, the action and assertion planet, functions at optimum in Capricorn. Now that the retrograde is out of the way, efforts directed toward getting it under better control will see more constructive gain. As it has done since the July 12 eclipse, Mars travels out of bounds (extreme latitude) for most of the month ahead. In this condition, the hot one is even more formidable as a driving force. Whether you meet the action planet as an opponent or ally, Mars doesn’t plan on dialling it down until it gains something to show for it.

      No matter whether the fuel is desire, ambition, or a great need, both Mars and Saturn (starting next Thursday) set the clock to time-is-ripe. From September 10 to November 15, Mars will revisit Aquarius. The transit sets up an overlap; we’ll continue to work our way through the remnants of that which gained traction back in April/May. At the same time, we’ll hit a redefine-it/reshape-it acceleration track.

      Want to create the best advantage? Roll up your sleeves, face the tough stuff, get out of your own way. That was then, this is now; do not let it go to waste. Courage, initiative, and risk-taking will serve you well. Stay productive. Spend the time, do the work, and you’ll set yourself up for better results. Mars in Capricorn and Saturn in Capricorn reward self effort.

      March 20 - April 19

      Held up no longer! Now that Mars is done with retrograde, you’ll be better able to hit full steam ahead. Take charge, get it organized, get it built, stay goal-driven, or make it legit. You have a short window to set the foundation and/or to finish what’s necessary before Mars hits Go on the next phase. Monday through Wednesday, the getting is good.

      April 20 - May 20

      Things are shaping up/looking up. Overall, the month ends with the moon in Taurus moving you along an okay track. Now through September 10, Mars in Capricorn, a confidence-building transit, gives you something more to work with, for, and toward. While you can ease into it through the first 10 days of the month, don’t waste time or opportunity.

      May 21 - June 21

      Through Saturday, easy, slow, and relaxed does it best. Sunday/Monday, the moon in Gemini supplies you with fresh get-up-and-go. On the upswing in Capricorn, Mars assists you to choose and do more efficiently, and to streamline where it will do you the most good. It’s great to save time and money, but don’t scrimp on quality. Tuesday/Wednesday, go by feel.

      June 21 - July 22

      You’ll find you can work it out better now that Mars is on the upswing in Capricorn. This transit prompts you to set better boundaries and to establish more realistic expectations—for yourself and others too. Of course, Mars requires that you show respect for the rules, and for where others are coming from and what they require from you.

      July 22 - August 22

      Want to get noticed? Through next Wednesday, Mercury in Leo keeps you looking and sounding your best. Friday/Saturday, take your time, keep it simple. Sunday, energy or interest perks up. Monday is your best day to socialize, communicate, write, shop, exercise, or get moving. As of mid–next week, Mercury will switch into Virgo work mode.

      August 22 - September 22

      Thanks to Mars making better time, you should feel a positive sense of moving past the past and gaining better ground. You’ll do even better once Mercury treks into Virgo (late Wednesday) and Saturn ends retrograde next Thursday. Friday/Saturday are smooth-running. Satisfaction is on the ready dial. Sunday/Monday, there’s plenty to get at. Tuesday/Wednesday, stay in your comfort zone.

      September 22 - October 23

      Mars, now on the upswing in Capricorn, allows you a bit more time to work up to it and to get yourself better sorted out. By the middle of the month, Mars will energize you and put a fresh spin on your daily get-go. Use the weekend to relax, top up on visits, and run errands. Tuesday begins a smooth-running week.

      October 23 - November 21

      Time is moving on. Don’t get stressed about it, but do make the most of it. Now through September 10, Mars in Capricorn assists you to achieve better mind over matter. Saturn, ending retrograde next Thursday, also helps you to make important decisions and communicate with greater skill and authority. Tuesday/Wednesday, feel your way along.

      November 21 - December 21

      Up to less or up to more, you’ll have no problem making the most of the long weekend. Pumping up creativity and prospects, Mercury in Leo keeps you looking ahead and feeling good about it. Use this last leg of Mars in Capricorn to get a better handle on what’s necessary. Labour Day Monday, you’re on the go. The week ahead is smooth-running.

      December 21 - January 19

      No matter what you face or what you want to do, you should find your timing, instincts, and execution running at peak. Now through September 10, you’ll gain the best fuel that Mars, now direct in Capricorn, has to offer. Saturn in Capricorn, ending retrograde on Thursday, is also good for moving forward.

      January 20 - February 18

      Home is a good place to park it Friday/Saturday. Sunday through Labour Day Monday, you’ll be in the mood to get out and about, to take on the world again. Mars in Capricorn works as a background confidence booster. Through mid–next week, Venus and Mercury keep you on the upswing with good ideas, people, plans, and activities.

      February 18 - March 20

      Mars has just ended retrograde in Capricorn, and next Thursday Saturn will do the same. Moving forward from here, both transits take the guesswork out of it and cement your new reality. You are nearing a goal post or completion of significance. Easygoing is the best way to play it for the long weekend and the week ahead.


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