Plan for more than the usual mix-ups and misunderstandings during Mercury’s retrograde period from the 2nd to the 25th, because Mercury reverses motion in your sign before slipping back into Leo, your solar twelfth house, on the 8th. Postpone important personal decisions, and use Mercury’s retrograde period to define and refine what you want to achieve in the twelve months following this month’s Moon on the 29th in your sign. Venus enters your sign on the 21st, signaling the start of a three- week period during which your powers of attraction will be at their best. People will sense an indefinable charisma in your aura, and most will respond favorably to your requests. Treat yourself to a new outfit for work or play. Your social life moves into high gear as Mars enters Cancer, your solar eleventh house, on the 3rd. The influence extends into mid- September, so you’ll want to arrange get-togethers and outings with friends to take full advantage of this time. Do keep your budget in mind, however, and choose low-cost events and casual restaurants. Mixed messages, secrets, and confusion surround the August 13 Moon in Aquarius, your solar sixth house of daily work. This is partly the influence of Neptune, which returns to Aquarius on the 4th, and triggers more questions than answers about your work life. August isn’t the month to make a major job decision, or to share your unease with others in the workplace. Back up data, get instructions in writing, and use your sixth sense while listening to chitchat.