by PAULA LYNDE
LEO (July 23-Aug-22): Now is the time to focus on your career, Leo. The doors are open, you just need the confidence to walk right through them and stake your claim. And don’t listen to that friend who may try to bring you down because they’re jealous of your success. Your newfound confidence may attract people who seem “out of your league,” but don’t doubt yourself. Attack that new relationship with a wink and a smile.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): Have you ever heard the saying, “Nice guys finish last?” Well, it isn’t always true – especially in your case this month. In fact, it’s very likely that you’ll get ahead at work by helping others out with their jobs. Your boss will see your kind actions as demonstrating leadership. In addition, Virgos in long-term relationships should try new things in August. And look out single Virgos, you may encounter a person whom you’d like to know a little better around the 19th.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): You’re more assertive than ever right now, Libra. And, surprisingly, most of the world is just stepping aside and letting you get your way. Take full advantage of being the boss throughout August. Even in your romantic relationship, your partner is likely to be impressed with the bold new you. And, if you’re single, watch out. You may find yourself surrounded by someone who can’t resist your confidence.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): If you’ve struggled with finances lately, get ready for some much-needed relief. Money issues will improve through most of August, but avoid making any big financial decisions after the 23rd. You can also expect some positive improvements at work. Just try to be more patient with difficult coworkers. You will discover some unexpected allies if you keep an open mind. Scorpios may even find a new romantic interest in the workplace because of this positive approach. Stranger things have happened.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): You’re on the fast track this month, Sagittarius, and your confidence stays true through August. Now is the time to ask for that raise or promotion, make a large purchase, or ask that special someone out on a date. This month, you really can’t lose. Even if you’re already in a committed relationship, you may find yourself feeling a little more romantic than usual. Use this to your advantage, and get that spark going again.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): This month, it’s all about family for you, Capricorn, and this may yield both positive and negative consequences. Feeling closer to your family is a great thing, but certain family members may start to interfere, offering unsolicited advice on your personal life, like your relationship and career. Now is a great time to establish boundaries. Gently but firmly remind them that you’re an adult who’s capable of handling your own life. They will be more receptive than you think.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): August is the time to hold onto to your financial resources more than usual. Cutting back a little on unnecessary expenses here and there will go a long way to avoid coming up short toward the end of the month. If you’re single, you may find a romantic connection while walking through the park. Married couples, look to strengthen your bond with a long conversation and a shared cup of coffee.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): Get ready to get social, Pisces – and not just on social media. You’re the life of the party this month, and you have charm to spare. You’ll probably find yourself going out more than usual this month, so keep an eye on your financial situation to make sure that you don’t overspend. Pay extra attention to your partner if you’re in a committed relationship to avoid hidden insecurities. And if you’re single, enjoy yourself but maintain a healthy sleep schedule and work-life balance.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): August is your month for risktaking, Aries, but only if you have a strong social network. You may experience positive changes at work, but you’ll need some help from your closest friends to accomplish your goals. So, don’t turn down advice from trusted sources – even if it sounds crazy. Also, somewhat turbulent times are ahead for a romantic relationship, but you can keep things from getting too rocky if you find the right distractions. Go to a movie or indulge in your favorite TV shows – anything to avoid bickering.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Things are going well for you financially this month, Taurus, but your romantic partner may do even better. Whatever you do, keep your jealousy in check. Remember that you’re both working toward the same goals, and, ultimately, it doesn’t matter who makes what. Also, singles may share an unexpected spark with a friend or coworker. Just remember that, for the most part, relationships are all about compromise.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Almost everything is going well right now, Gemini. Work is good and finances remain steady this month. The only thing that isn’t quite perfect is your love life. If you’re married or in a committed relationship, your partner may seem distant. Or, if you’re single and dating, you’re not having a great deal of luck. Don’t worry, by the end of the month, things should turn around. Also, expect a big apology from someone close to you before September arrives.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): You’re a good friend, Cancer. This month, you’ll find that there’s a great need for your altruistic tendencies. Several friends may call on you for help or advice, and you’ll step up because you always do. However, those closest to you may resent the time and energy that you’re spending on others. It might be time to have a heart-to-heart talk, and if you can’t get them to understand why assisting those in need is important to you, you may realize that it’s time to move on. But if they “get it,” your bond will strengthen exponentially.