Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo, your solar twelfth house, on the 2nd, and slips back into Leo, your solar eleventh house on the 8th before turning direct on the 26th. During its time in Leo, you’ll want to confirm dates, places, and times when you plan to see friends as a precaution against potential retrograde Mercury mix-ups. Misunderstandings can also occur, and this can extend to workplace meetings and other group activities. Your solar twelfth house is emphasized this month, making August a good choice to kick back a little. The influence peaks at the Moon in Virgo on the 29th, which will boost your intuition, as will Mercury during its time in the same sign. Venus enters Virgo on the 21st to give you yet another reason to pamper yourself a little. Get a massage, and enjoy the comforts of home. Neptune returns to Aquarius, your solar fifth house, on the 4th. With the ultimate romance planet in the sign of the Moon on the 13th, you could meet a special someone. For couples in love, this is a marvelous influence for togetherness. But if a dating relationship isn’t working out as you hoped it would, the lunar energy could prompt you to move on. Remember Mercury’s retrograde status, however; you could change your mind after it turns direct. Mars dashes into Cancer, your solar tenth house, on the 3rd to begin a fast-paced career period that will extend into mid-September. Be prepared, though, for more conflict in this area of your life when difficult people demand immediate attention. Think calm thoughts and resist the urge to cut ties. It could take a while to find a new position.