APR 20 - MAY 20

Positive Strides

Taurus, feisty Mars continues in your sign until August 20, giving you an extra boost of courage and the motivation to complete key projects and plans. Even so, the sun in a quieter private zone can be a call to step back and get some perspective on your life and key issues. Get some rest and nurture yourself. This can prepare you for a lively creative phase that starts on the twenty-second.

There’s a full moon in a high-flying zone on August 11 that could highlight your true feelings about your future and what you hope to accomplish. Some of the insights you have might truly surprise you. You could also gain more personal recognition and have a chance to showcase your skills. Others will appreciate how much value and commitment you bring to your job and the workplace.

Also on the eleventh, diplomatic Venus moves into Leo and your home zone, inspiring you to make some changes to your place. Getting rid of clutter and redecorating might be in the cards and perhaps more entertaining than usual.

Go-getter Mars moves into Gemini on August 20, stirring up your financial sector and alerting you to some tremendous deals and bargains. Is your money in a muddle? Now is the time to get your finances sorted out.

As the sun glides into Virgo on the twenty-second, you enter a peak time for creativity, romance and leisure opportunities. The coming four weeks are perfect for tapping into your skills and making the most of them. You might even have a chance to start a small business that brings in additional income. The new moon in Virgo on August 27 is a great opportunity to get the ball rolling on your plans.

Finally, chatty Mercury enters Libra on the twenty-fifth, so use this influence to have discussions, hold negotiations and resolve any conflicts or other touchy issues.

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