Your horoscope from July 31 to August 6, 2014

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      Just in time for the long weekend, Mercury treks into pleasure-minded Leo. Let the good times roll! If you’re thinking like the rest of us, you’ll check out of work before you get out the door. Friday’s Mars square Jupiter aims to get a jump-start on the evening rush hour. While we’ll see a lot of people on the move, travellers aren’t likely to have a lot of patience.

      A high-expectation, pump-it-up, hot-pursuit combination, Mars/Jupiter puts everything into overdrive. Friday/Saturday, strike while the iron’s hot. It can be a great weekend for a passion play. On the flip side, buttons can be easily pushed, thanks to a cranky, argumentative aspect between Mercury and Mars on Saturday evening. The on-edge buzz should pass quickly, though. Mars is softened by a building trine aspect with Neptune. This is a relaxing, diffusing, and romantic planetary pairing that will arc over most of next week.

      Sunday/Monday, the stars are toned down, but it’s still all good. On Tuesday, the Sagittarius moon harmonizing with Jupiter and Mercury makes back-to-work a smooth transition. Mid next week, life should hum right along. Most things you aim for are likely to be within easy reach. Travel, dive into a creative project, start planning ahead, or simply take it as it comes. Next weekend revs things up again, thanks to the second of three super full moons in a row.

      March 20 - April 19

      One way or another, you’ll find yourself on a more significant move-along, especially so thanks to Mars hitting the action switch on Friday and Mercury doing the same on Saturday. Get your sexy on, get away for the weekend, or dive into it right where you are. The week ahead keeps it rolling. Tuesday/Wednesday, you’ll get plenty far without any extra effort.

      April 19 - May 20

      High expectations for your long weekend? It’s sure to deliver, and quite likely it’ll deliver more than you anticipate. Friday’s Mars/Jupiter pushes a major refresh button. Past Saturday’s air-clearing or plow-through, the stars get you or it moving onto a better, smoother track. Tuesday through Thursday can be especially easy-come or easy-go days.

      May 20 - June 21

      Once you get into it, you’ll quickly find there’s a lot more to it. Be prepared to take on added expense, work, negotiation, or research. Even with a change or some crossed wires to untangle, Friday/Saturday keeps a good buzz going strong. The week ahead should prove easy to handle. Tuesday/Wednesday is optimal for travel, vacation pleasures, scouting around, and moneymaking.

      June 21 - July 22

      Mercury’s exit out of Cancer and into Leo will help you get a better fix on what’s in your best interests. Mars in Scorpio is also in a strong position, especially on Friday/Saturday. There may be some disruptions or crunchy bits to get through, but once it’s dealt with, you’re on to much smoother sailing. Sunday/Monday, have it your way.

      July 22 - August 22

      You’re already gifted with Jupiter and the sun; now you’ll also gain a boost from Mercury in Leo’s get-up-and-go. Through the middle of August, Mercury keeps you more physically, mentally, and socially active. With that planet forming aspects to Jupiter and Mars on Saturday, expect to work your way through plenty. Tuesday to Thursday, it’s working for you mighty fine.

      August 22 - September 22

      Friday’s Mars/Jupiter could change your plans or your perspective. Know that impulse or emotions can overtake you—stay wise. Saturday/Sunday there’s more to get through, but even so, you’re on a good move-along. On Monday, no effort is required. Tuesday onward, it won’t take much to get yourself going again. Through the middle of August, Mercury in Leo keeps head and heart feeling all right.

      September 22 - October 22

      Mars/Jupiter and the Libra moon put you in the mood to get a jump-start on the long weekend. When an urge or obsession strikes, you won’t give up until you get. So long as you play it smart, the risk is worth it. On Sunday/Monday, home, family, and heart matters run smoothly. Tuesday to Thursday, a little goes a long way.

      October 23 - November 22

      Friday/Saturday, you’re smokin’ hot; Mars in Scorpio keeps you burning. When the urge, obsession, or justification strikes flint, there’s no stopping you: you’ll go all the way. The Scorpio moon keeps you clipping right along on Sunday/Monday. It’s great if you have next week off, but if you have to work, it should be especially lucrative and easy to handle.

      November 22 - December 21

      If you can, let yourself off the hook on Friday and have an early start to the long weekend. For the next few weeks, Mercury’s trek into Leo puts travel, play, and outdoor adventures at the top of your list. Saturday through Monday, get lost—hide out with your lover or treasure having time to yourself. Tuesday to Thursday, plan to resurface, get found, or get going.

      December 21 - January 19

      Friday/Saturday unleashes you—or it. If there’s something to confront or change, deal with it immediately. Once it’s out of the way, you’re onto a much smoother track. For the next few weeks, Mercury in Leo boosts finances, romantic potentials, and your satisfaction quotient. A cash-it-in lies ahead. Tuesday through Friday could deliver good news.

      January 20 - February 18

      Friday’s Mars/Jupiter can thrust you out of the starting gate with great ambitions for your long weekend, but if you don’t get around to it, so be it. Then again, if your goal is to take a load off, you’ve come to the right time and place. Past Saturday’s push/pull, the stars set the dial to all good, all clear.

      February 18 - March 20

      Thursday to Saturday strikes a match. You’ll get a lot more out of it than you put in. The money’s well spent; a show of appreciation is too. On Saturday, talk it out, feel it out, love ’em up—your bargaining skills are at peak. The week ahead finds you at the top of your game.