Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo, your solar ninth house, on the 2nd and slips back into Leo, your solar eighth house, on the 8th. Precautions are thus necessary in money matters, travel plans, legal matters, and long-distance communication. All are prone to mix- ups. Double-check that bills are paid and reservations confirmed, back up important computer files, and reread e-mail before you hit Send, putting nothing in writing you don’t want others to see. Fortunately, Mercury turns direct on the 26th, three days before the Moon in Virgo. Travel at month’s end should thus go smoothly, and you’ll be able to easily access needed information. The last few days of the month are also positive for contact with relatives, especially in-laws. If you’re a student, you could hear good news about college admittance or a scholarship. You’ll experience the upside and the downside of relationships during the next seven weeks as Mars transits Cancer, your solar seventh house. Be cautious of being drawn into controversy and conflict in career and family relationships on the 10th and 25th. But the 19th will be upbeat and a good choice for socializing with friends. The August 13 Moon in Aquarius, your solar second house, accents money matters, both your own and family funds. There could be some confusion surrounding financial matters because Neptune, which returns to Aquarius on the 4th, will be aligned with this Moon. With retrograde Mercury in the mix, be sure to check statements when they arrive, and try to postpone major financial decisions and contract signing until later in September.