Mercury in Virgo, your solar sixth house, turns retrograde on the 2nd. It then slips back into Leo, your solar fifth house, on the 8th before resuming direct motion on the 26th. Mix-ups and misunderstandings will affect two areas of life: your job; and leisure-time activities, children, and romantic relationships. Confirm dates, places, times, and instructions, and avoid assumptions. If in doubt, ask. On the job, ask for clarification up front and as work progresses. Neptune returns to Aquarius, your solar eleventh house, on the 4th, a day after the Good Moon in the same sign. The dual influence accents friendship and socializing, and could trigger a new dating relationship with a friend of a friend. Take a second look if you’re not immediately attracted; first appearances can be deceiving now. Family relatioships will again be stressful at times as Mars advances in Cancer, your solar fourth house, from the 3rd on. Much of this will be related to personal stressors, so do all you can to relieve the tensions of daily life through exercise, a relaxing hobby, or working around the house. This is not the best time, however, to begin a major domestic project or to ask a romantic interest or roommate to share your space. Despite the antics of retrograde Mercury, August has all the potential for career achievement and recognition. Month’s end could bring news of a promotion, raise, or job offer, thanks to the Good Moon in Virgo, your solar sixth house, on the 29th, and Venus in the same sign beautifully aligned with Jupiter and Pluto.