Your horoscope for August 10 to 16, 2017

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      One eclipse down, another to go. Between these two events comes the start of Mercury retrograde.

      If you didn’t feel under added strain at the beginning of last week, it was because the lunar eclipse gained assistance from Jupiter in Libra, an accommodating influence that can make for greater social ease and communication tracks. Jupiter also tends to increase pleasure and profits.

      Have you noticed that you are on the gain with fresh insight? A full-moon eclipse serves to punch up the light so we can better see our way through the dark. This last eclipse and the momentous solar eclipse coming up on August 21 keep the process on an intensification and acceleration program for the rest of the month and well into September. In fact, what’s developing now is on a six-month gather-up and play-out. When an eclipse occurs, it is a more potent karmic call-it-forth. Nothing is small or insignificant. Each thought, observation, conversation, and circumstance holds greater than usual significance. Consider everything as a hint, a teaching tool, an opportunity; everything is destiny in the making and/or in the reaping.

      Mercury in Virgo begins a three-week retrograde cycle on Saturday (6:01 p.m. PDT). Stay flexible and keep expectations and plans loose. Repeat; revisit; revise. The cycle puts added emphasis on fixing what’s necessary, on repairs, health, and healing, on the work and improvement that are yet to be done. The transit targets/exposes the unfinished, the flawed, the weak or inferior. It also puts added attention on what needs to be eliminated, cleaned up, cleared away, or upgraded.

      Aries
      March 20 - April 20

      Haven’t fixed it or taken care of it yet? Get back at it now. Use this next week to get it cleared up and to get yourself better situated. Whether the prompt is must-do or want-to, motivation is in ample supply. Before and after the weekend, Sun/Saturn makes the timing right. Output and investment are high. Profit and reward can be too.

      Taurus
      April 20 - May 21

      Despite the start of Mercury retrograde, Thursday/Friday are particularly smooth-running. Use these days to hit it hard or to buy yourself extra freedom. While overall the getting is good, once Mercury retrograde kicks into gear, you’ll want or need more. Extra time, effort, talk, or work-it-out will be required. Where possible, aim to reduce expense but to increase quality or profitability.

      Gemini
      May 21 - June 21

      This Thursday keeps you swamped. At work, at play, loving it/them up, Friday keeps you going strong. Saturday/Sunday, Mercury retrograde can redirect plans or intentions, but for the most part, it works out better that way. Tuesday/Wednesday, you can get pulled into more, take on more, do more, and/or go further, but you can gain more, too. Drive, output, expenses, and/or profits are up.

      Cancer
      June 21 - July 22

      Do you control it or does it control you? Do you feel blocked or thwarted by circumstances or another? Building to Tuesday, Venus/Pluto keep forcing the issue. They’ll grind it down in order to facilitate a more thorough, more meaningful breakthrough. Mercury retrograde prompts a rethink, repair, revision, or complete reboot. More talk, another opinion or price quote can be to your advantage.

      Leo
      July 22 - August 23

      Friday/Saturday, it’s all good, despite a possible change of mind, plan, or heart. Sunday/Monday may slow you down, but only by a little, not a lot. Mercury retrograde prompts you to do a major check-in with yourself, especially regarding financial and emotional investments. To make it more workable, viable, or profitable, first there’s something to eliminate, reduce, clear up, fix, or heal.

      Virgo
      August 23 - September 23

      Ease up on it and yourself. Keep open-ended and open-minded. Mercury retrograde takes you through a personal questioning and soul-searching process. What’s missing? What do you need to fix, heal, or improve upon? Continue the search; it will be productive and informative. Don’t hesitate to get a second opinion, give it another try, or undertake a fresh start.

      Libra
      September 23 - October 23

      Friday/Saturday kicks it up a notch and, for the most part, it feels good. Sunday/Monday, take your time with it. Mercury retrograde, starting late Saturday night, can produce a shortfall. You may feel like you should be elsewhere or doing more. The retrograde cycle puts you to work on your satisfaction quotient, health, or personal insecurities. Tuesday/Wednesday, you’re on a roll.

      Scorpio
      October 23 - November 22

      Even though Mercury turns retrograde late Saturday, for the most part you’ll find your days are smooth-running, especially through Monday. Still, there’s an undercurrent that keeps you on edge and on the hunt. Venus/Pluto keep your attention on what comes next and on getting the objective met. Better control and more reward: don’t stop ’til you get there.

      Sagittarius
      November 22 - December 21

      Whether chilling out, deeply submerged, or on the move, it’s all good. Take it moment to moment and make the most of it. The start of Mercury retrograde can go unnoticed, but don’t underestimate it. It’s an opportune cycle for tackling priorities, health, fix-it, and improvement mandates. Streamline; simplify. Take more time; give yourself or it more time.

      Capricorn
      December 21 - January 20

      Indulge Thursday/Friday. Play up the romance; socialize; enjoy a movie or music. Despite the start of Mercury retrograde, Venus/Neptune dish up a peaceful, easy feeling. Sunday/Monday does right by you. While Mercury is retrograde, the future is of added concern. More sorting out or research is necessary. Use the transit to refresh, replenish, catch up, top up, revisit.

      Aquarius
      January 20 - February 18

      Friday/Saturday could spark a fresh wind or a perk-me-up. Despite Mercury retrograde and its potential for inconveniences, things can shake out on the plus side, especially through this next week. Work/go with what you have; revise or improvise as is required. Tuesday gets you over a hump. Wednesday adds more, plus or minus.

      Pisces
      February 18 - March 20

      Your timing, decision-making, and opportunity are optimized on Thursday/Friday. Despite whatever Mercury retrograde, starting late Saturday, dishes up, you can still make the most of the moment. Mercury retrograde puts the attention on working it out or topping it up. Tuesday/Wednesday gets you/it going. It’s easy to take on, say, or spend more than you plan.

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