*ARIES
Exploration and expansion are the order of the forecast. You begin with the need to simply break away from limits sometimes imposed by well-meaning associates. Be philosophical, but firm, with them when they question your intentions. You’ll realize your goal by taking a steady approach and understanding others’ politics. Just hold on to your (in) famous temper.

TAURUS
As you sort out the details of your home improvement, don’t forget that you must function during the tumult. Plans go astray during a particular rough patch on the 17th and 18th, but smooth out as if by magic from the 19th to the 21st. Be aware of a sudden change in your career over the weekend. So if you find others gathering without you, don’t get suspicious; they are planning a pleasant surprise.

GEMINI
Communications are great up to the 22, when the Sun moves from boisterous Leo and enters Virgo, shifting your emphasis to matters around the home. Details matter and will come into play if you feel that your career has stalled. Prior to that date, particularly on the 17th and 18th, partnerships take center stage. Show your positive side, because the 19th and 20th find you controlling the purse strings.

CANCER
News from afar commands your attention on the 17th and 18th. It is so positive that you will want to pack your bags and hop on the next vehicle out of town to hear the news from the horse’s mouth. You get a more detailed and nuanced picture by the end of the forecast, but know that you are better off on the 19th and 20th (and part of the 22nd), when you realize you know more than your partner in a business deal.

LEO
Speculation in pretty much whatever area you choose will turn out to be beneficial on the 17th and 18th, but then work gets in the way just before the weekend. That’s because matters at work demands your special skills. Get the dirty work out the way by the weekend, which promises that you will be the center of attention, a nice send-off before the Sun (your ruler) exits your sign on the 22nd.

VIRGO
Your thoughts are of your fellow human being’s well-being, even if the truth stings on the 17th and 18th. Calmer heads prevail on the 19th and 20th, when you have all your ducks lined up. And then, when the Sun makes its grand entrance into your sign on the 22nd, you can let the horses out of the barn and take control of your life. Think in terms of how your actions benefit the largest number of people on the 23rd.

LIBRA
You’ve been thinking about career moves, but feel as if you are stuck in mud. Aspects this forecast period favor you stepping back and re-evaluating your life. While communications are excellent (especially with your inner self), don’t hold back on thinking forward. Anytime you act impulsively, you take two steps backward. Examine your options thoroughly; you now have the time, so use it wisely.

SCORPIO
The 17th and 18th are days that provide a clear financial picture, even though you may feel the pinch our society is going through. An even clearer understanding of your situation comes forth by studying business structures on the 19th and 20th; events are pointing to activities around your home, so look into bringing your work home permanently. Perhaps you should think outside the box on the 22nd and 23rd.

SAGITTARIUS
You are the center of attention on the 17th and 18th, when the Moon is in your sign. There are positive and negatives to this. First, such a placement makes you more self-absorbed. Second, you are so truthful all the time that this is a double-whammy of “truthiness.” You’ll communicate your points across to the world much better after the 22nd and 23rd, when being louder than others actually works for you.

CAPRICORN
In last week’s forecast, you were advised that your career was about to change. The trend continues, especially from the 19th through the 21st, when the Moon in your sign softens your hard-edged approach. Tumultuous aspects are making you feel scattered, so if you need direction, listen to your Cancer associates. They are more in tune with the universe at this time and can offer intuitive solutions.

AQUARIUS
You’ve been hearing big words and even bigger promises for some time, a trend that continues on the 17th and 18th, but with more bluster. Take the time to analyze another’s words from the 19th through the 21st. Then you will have the weekend to absorb all the data and come up with a solution when the Sun enters analytical Virgo, and the Moon is in your sign. Consider how your finances will be affected.

PISCES
Things that have been dominating your thoughts by their huge presence (work-related?) now become more internalized on the 22nd, when the Sun moves into your public sector. You feel a bit freer knowing that you can be yourself with your mate, and that he/she now understands the stress you’ve imposed on yourself over the past month. You still have some nagging issues (money), but it’s others’ problem now.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY: Usain Bolt – Born August 21, 1986
*Born with the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Pisces, Usain Bolt (current world record holder in the 100-and 200-meter dash, thus making him the fastest man ever) is a curious combination of Fire and Water elements. One may wonder where this blazing “bolt” got such gifts, but his birth chart reveals plenty of motivation.

First, let’s look at Mars, the planet that symbolizes where one gets his/her energy. It is in – of all elements – the slow-moving Earth sign of Capricorn. Yes, you may think that this debunks any validity astrology has to offer, but there is a method to his swiftness. Leo – his birth sign – is ruled by the Sun.

Thus, Bolt has all the energy he’ll ever need. With Mars in a sign associated with an understanding of how systems work, he realizes instinctively that hard work and training will bring out the best in anyone.

Couple his Sun with a supportive aspect to both Saturn and Uranus in Sagittarius – another Fire sign giving support to his Aries Rising Fire sign and one sees that Usain Bolt stores his energy wisely and efficiently, and with that Aries Rising, he truly feels the need to be first in his field.

His Moon in watery Pisces is joined by expansive Jupiter, fueling a 90 degree aspect to Saturn and Uranus that provides as much steam as is needed to drive his engine. Venus in Libra – opposite that Aries Rising – makes Bolt unusually appealing to the public.

Combine that with Mercury in Leo, self-centeredness is the rule rather than the exception, so he simply must look good doing his thing. Finally, Neptune in Capricorn joins Mars, one of the most magnetic aspects in the entire zodiac.

It is our sincere hope that this aspect does not lead to deception of some sort, as performance enhancement via drugs or other illegal means in the track world is the first thing that outsiders may point to his ungodly success.

There is always the hope Usain Bolt is too far ahead of the curve to stoop to that level.