Although there will be some lingering issues related to last month’s events and challenges, life will be generally upbeat even if progress isn’t as rapid as you’d like. You can blame Mercury, your ruling planet, which is retrograde from the 2nd to the 26th. But this also gives you bonus time to rethink personal plans and fall projects so you’ll be set to go when the time is right. Neptune slips back into Aquarius, your solar ninth house, after its brief visit in Pisces. Between that and the August 13 Moon in Aquarius, you have every reason to pack your bags and take off on vacation. If a week away is more time than you can spare, opt for a long weekend at a nearby destination that will achieve the same result: fresh scenery to refresh your spirit. Personal relationships are the most likely to be affected by Mercury’s retrograde period. Because it switches direction in Virgo, your solar fourth house, and then returns to Leo, your solar third house, you’ll want to choose your words with care when talking with your immediate family and other relatives. However, someone you met briefly last month could reappear to provide just the information you need. Think twice, though, if you’re tempted to resume a relationship from the past. Mars enters Cancer, your solar second house, on the 3rd, bringing with it all the incentive you need to increase income. Go slowly, though, if your thoughts turn to a home-based business that would require a financial investment. It’s unlikely to turn out as you hope it will.