Your August horoscope

What do the stars have in store for you this month? From work to love, money and relationships, resident astrologer RUSSELL GRANT reveals all

Leo (24 July-23 Aug)

Your year ahead…

Seeds being sown now will reap rewards in the autumn. You have earned the advantages coming your way. You have an uncanny understanding of what is required to advance a team effort. Others will be relying on you for leadership. Decisions you make in August will be right for you and the people around you.

A good cause will fire your enthusiasm in October. Investigate this fully before committing yourself to lending a hand. A big consideration will be whether it might involve more of your time than you are able to give.

Be flexible in your thinking and don’t limit yourself in any direction. It may be necessary to bend to other people’s wishes and this will be no bad thing. Friends will want to include you in activities that could bring good fortune and happiness your way.

As 2018 begins you will have reached goals you set for yourself earlier. It is time now to plan new strategies for the future. Steer clear of opportunities that involve a high risk. The more careful you are in your planning, the more you will get out of new experiences.

VIRGO (24 Aug-23 Sep)

Someone is using deceitful means to progress their interests. They have a tendency to exaggerate out of all proportion and you don’t believe anything they are telling you. Unfortunately, there are others who are following their every word. Before voicing your opinions, find evidence to prove them wrong. In the meantime, keep confidential information away from their prying eyes. Operating behind the scenes appeals to your secretive side. Retreating from public view will give you a welcome opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.

LIBRA (24 Sept-23 Oct)

You feel called to help those who are less fortunate. Getting involved in a campaign, fund-raising effort or volunteer work makes you feel you’re doing your bit for humanity. An overly demanding relative will be quick to point out that charity begins at home. Don’t give in to their unreasonable demands. Instead, suggest that they too might help a good cause. Expect to meet some wonderful people through your good works. Taking on a leadership role in a group effort will cause your star to rise.

SCORPIO (24 Oct-22 Nov)

Someone is trying to get something for nothing. Fortunately, you have your wits about you. They aren’t likely to get away with trying to take advantage of you. If, in any relationship, you are the one who is doing all the giving, getting away for a short while will restore your energy. Take the opportunity to reconnect with your sensual side on the 20th. Go for a spa treatment or replenish your wardrobe. A youngster in the family could use a pep talk on the 25th after a minor setback.

SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov-21 Dec)

You’re being entrusted with a new set of responsibilities. Since you didn’t ask for this, you are starting to wonder whether you are taking on too much. You are always up for a challenge but there has to be a limit. Make it your aim to finish work that has already been started by the end of the month. You will get on much faster and easier later in the year if you don’t have to keep returning to pesky chores that could be completed in one fell swoop.

CAPRICORN (22 Dec-20 Jan)

Are you tired of being stuck in a rut? Goats are nimble creatures and like the symbol for your sign, many Capricorns love to climb new heights. Be on the lookout for new personal summits to conquer. Adapting your situation to pursue new goals will not be as hard as you think. Make a point of being flexible in your thinking. Start forming plans to realise a cherished dream while the universe is showering you with support. Focus on your personal aims and leave other people to manage on their own.

AQUARIUS (21 Jan-19 Feb)

Even if it doesn’t seem like it at first, events are pushing you in the right direction. It is true that there are a few problems to overcome. This is your chance to take other people by the hand and help them over hurdles. Helping vulnerable people will give you a valued place in the community. Evaluate situations with common sense and you will achieve happiness and personal ambitions more easily. Good news about a group project on the 28th will be cause for celebration.

PISCES (20 Feb-20 Mar)

It might seem as if everything is progressing too quickly. You can’t keep up with it all. You’re tired of people introducing new methods and routines when you’re happy to keep everything as it is. Normally you pick things up quite quickly but there are some procedures you are finding hard to follow. It will be a struggle at first but persevere. It may be necessary to update your technical skills just to keep ahead of the curve. The results of a consultation will be less of a shock than you think.

ARIES (21 Mar-20 Apr)

Be ready to take a little longer over jobs you can normally do with your eyes closed. Gremlins in the works could slow things down. It might seem as if nothing is progressing but if you look again, more closely, you will see that you are moving forward very slowly. Discuss any health problems around the 20th with a professional and don’t waste time listening to the weird ideas of well-intentioned friends. As August ends, you will be glad of the chance to relax with friends. Put yourself on a regular sleep schedule.

TAURUS (21 Apr-21 May)

A proposition that is put to you as August begins will need an instant response. This is not a time for undue hesitation. Try not to get too caught up in rules and regulations. Go with your hunches even if this means leaping before having looked. Your instincts are reliable. Cutting corners around the 18th can save time, money and frustration. Although you prefer to play it by the book, occasionally it is necessary to break the cycle. Are you taking too serious an approach to life?

GEMINI (22 May-21 June)

Goals you are working towards now are on a distant horizon. You aren’t in a hurry to fulfil these ambitions. Having something definite to aim for gives you a sense of purpose. Take advantage of the cooperative spirit around you, both at home and at work. Persuade others to agree on arrangements for the future by the 17th. You’ve always had a vivid imagination. It’s time to put it to use in new creative ventures. Breaking out of old routines will be a breath of fresh air.

CANCER (22 June-23 July)

Money owed to you by a friend is tearing this relationship apart. When it does arrive it will fall short of the total amount. Are you letting someone take advantage of your generosity? Separate heart from head when making financial decisions. An unexpected bill could wreak havoc with your budget on the 11th. Take this opportunity to reassess your finances. Wait a few days before responding to a strange text message or email. Someone with too little to do is spreading rumours they know to be untrue.

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