TOP astrologer RUSSELL GRANT takes a look at what the stars have in store for you . . .



ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

August gets off to a romantic start on the 1st, when the New Moon puts you on the path to love. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a religious, cultural or educational event. Keep your ears open for someone with an attractive accent. Are you in a relationship? Give your amour a token of your esteem. Booking a trip to a country that has always fascinated you both is strongly advised. Nothing spices up a romance like a change of scenery. On the 15th, the Full Moon will put strain on your social circle. Someone who has been taking advantage of your generosity will reveal their true colours. Parting ways will come as a profound relief. Another New Moon falls on the 30th, resulting in an exciting job opportunity. Don’t worry if you’re expected to work with hi-tech equipment. You’ll catch on quickly after taking a crash course.

SEPTEMBER: An embarrassing secret will come to light on or around the 14th, due to a troubling Full Moon. A jealous colleague will shed light on a deception, putting you in an awkward position. Instead of getting defensive, admit your mistake. Ask forgiveness. Change your behaviour. People will forgive you when they realise you have genuinely turned over a new leaf. Until then, everyone will treat you with healthy scepticism. If you feel like you’re in a toxic work environment, it may be time to look for another position. A romance shows sign of strain around the end of September. The New Moon on the 28th makes it difficult to balance your professional and private lives. It may be time to create a lifestyle that leaves more time for personal relationships. Pouring all your energy into work is no longer paying off like it once did. Be willing to change your priorities.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

The New Moon on the 1st invites you to improve your domestic situation. If you’ve been looking for a place to live, this is the best time of the entire year to find one. Chances are you’ll discover the perfect abode in a glamorous neighbourhood. Being able to walk to shops, restaurants and parks will help you feel connected to the outside world. If you’re happy with where you live, you may be welcoming a baby, elderly relative or roommate to your household. This addition will cultivate a joyous atmosphere; greet them with open arms. Your career will require your attention on the 15th, due to an anxious Full Moon. It’s possible your boss will quit unexpectedly, causing more responsibilities to be heaped onto your plate. You might have to skip a child’s game, recital or performance for the sake of work in mid-August. The second New Moon on the 30th invites you to relax and enjoy sensual pleasures.

SEPTEMBER: It will be difficult to reconcile your friends with a romantic partner on the 14th. That’s when a tense Full Moon will create a stir in your social circle. Lately, the people you’ve known for years have been upset by your absence at various parties and gatherings. They think a love affair has been commanding all your attention, and perhaps they are right. You are facing the prospect of losing your friends or ending your romance. If your amour is pressuring you to turn into someone you are not, think carefully about staying in this relationship. You may be better off returning to the fold. On the 28th, the New Moon attracts a job offer that is not worth your time. You have too many family responsibilities to accept a position involving constant travel. Hold out for a better opportunity, even if it means taking temporary stints in the meantime.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

The opening days of August promise to be very busy, thanks to an active New Moon on the 1st. Take this opportunity to run errands, catch up on correspondence and reconnect with friends. If you’re single and someone offers to set you up on a blind date, accept. You’ll be delightfully surprised by this encounter. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour will have wonderful news that is cause for celebration. The Full Moon on the 15th will bring a disappointing legal decision. Although you’ll be angered by this verdict, it’s important to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Dwelling on bitter feelings will drive opportunity from your door. Moving to a beautiful place is a distinct possibility on the 30th. That’s when another supportive New Moon will help you find a home with gorgeous landscaping. If you have no intention of moving, this would be a good time to make some upgrades.

SEPTEMBER: Your relatives will be jealous of your career success in mid-September. The Full Moon on the 14th finds you being celebrated by your work peers. Although you’re thrilled to be recognised in such a public manner, your family is less excited. They’re resentful of how much time you spend on your job. Unless you shift focus, you’ll drive a permanent wedge between you and your kin. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, but you should try to be more attentive to those you love. A creative project will be more trouble than it is worth on the 28th, due to a tense New Moon. Someone who promises you royalty payments will go back on their word. Don’t give your work away for free. If you don’t get paid a good salary upon signing this deal, walk away. You have better things to do with your time and ability.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

A well paid position could come your way during the opening days of August, thanks to the enriching New Moon on the 1st. Any work involving luxury goods, entertainment or gambling will significantly raise your income. If you’re happy with your current job, think about making an investment in any of these industries. The payoff will be substantial. A stressful Full Moon on the 15th will make you vulnerable. Someone will take advantage of you when your guard is down. The sense of betrayal will be strong. Instead of putting yourself in such a precarious position again, it may be better to end this relationship altogether. On the 30th a second New Moon will inspire you to pursue a childhood dream. Stop telling yourself it’s too late to achieve a lofty goal. If you can conceive something at the end of the month, you can achieve it. Summon every ounce of willpower.

SEPTEMBER: A legal matter will be decided on or around the 14th, due to a tense Full Moon. You’ll be disappointed by the results. Instead of dwelling on this setback, make an exciting plan for the future. Doing something adventurous and exciting will give you something special to look forward to. People who have been trying to create problems for you will be crushed by your upbeat outlook. Instead of falling victim to their schemes, you’ll let them roll of your back. The New Moon on the 28th could cause concern on the family front. Relatives may not approve of choice of romantic partner. It’s important to defend your amour, even at the risk of being shunned by a judgmental elder. Cultivating the personal life you’ve always desired will be empowering. You’re tired of being pushed around by condescending people; use the final days of September to assert your independence.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

On the 1st, the New Moon will prompt you to change your image in a dramatic way. Take this opportunity to update your hairstyle, overhaul your wardrobe and go for a whole new look. You will be very happy with the results. Stepping into a prominent role is another possibility. You’ll enjoy basking in the spotlight and showcasing your talent. On the 15th, the Full Moon will put great strain on a close relationship. You won’t be able to coax the people you love and like most into doing things your way. As a result, it may feel like you’re undermining each other’s dreams. Think carefully whether you want to continue this alliance. A second New Moon on the 30th attracts a fantastic moneymaking opportunity. Being able to work overseas will be a welcome change of pace. Alternatively, you may be able to travel extensively as part of a new job.

SEPTEMBER: Arguments over an insurance refund, legal settlement or inheritance could erupt on the 14th, due to a contentious Full Moon. It will be necessary to hire a lawyer to represent your interests. Don’t respond to taunting messages from the other side. Keep a record of all the messages you receive. By refusing to get drawn into this drama, you will prevail financially. Be prepared for certain relationships to fall apart at the seams. You’re about to learn how money can cause people to behave in hurtful ways. The New Moon on the 28th invites you to acquire a valuable skill. Improving your technical knowledge and know-how with a demanding teacher will not be easy. It will be impossible to rest on your laurels with this instructor. Resist the urge to throw in the towel. By studying hard and doing the work that is demanded of you, you will emerge victorious.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

The opening days of August invite you to kick back and relax. That’s because a restful New Moon rises on the 1st. Take this opportunity to go on vacation or retreat to a tranquil place where you can hear yourself think. If you don’t have the funds to go away, a staycation can be satisfying, especially if you don’t check messages from work. The Full Moon on the 15th will force you to take better care of your health. Sugar, fat and alcohol can put a terrible strain on your system. Choose fresh produce, lean proteins and whole grains instead. By the time the second New Moon rises on the 30th, you’ll be in top form. Your enhanced good looks and natural charm will attract exciting opportunities. The chance to take an overseas trip will fall into your lap. Make sure your passport is up to date.

SEPTEMBER: A close relationship will show signs of strain in mid-September. The Full Moon on the 14th will fill you with a sense of urgency. Try as you might, you won’t be able to force people down a path they do not want to travel. Instead of putting more pressure on them, make a strategic retreat. After coming together and discussing your hopes, dreams and fears, a temporary separation may be in order. Sometimes the best way to repair a troubled romance is to get some distance from it. The New Moon on the 28th will attract a moneymaking opportunity. Before accepting a job offer, realise that all that glisters is not gold. What sounds like a lucrative opportunity will be more trouble than it is worth. Ask for the terms to be put in writing before signing on the dotted line. Watch your back and protect your interests.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Joining a club, team or organisation is strongly advised at the beginning of August. That’s when the New Moon will put you in contact with some creative people. Working alongside fellow artists will fuel your own imagination. If you’ve been trying to get a new project off the ground, join forces with the people in your group. There is power in numbers. On the 15th, an anxious Full Moon will prompt you to take a second look at a romantic relationship. Someone you once adored could reveal themselves as selfish. You have no desire to build a life with someone who distains your love of beauty and luxury. Instead of trying to make things work, it may be better to walk away. Another New Moon on the 30th will enhance your intuition. By listening to your instincts, you’ll be able to become emotionally and financially independent. Embrace your freedom.

SEPTEMBER: If you keep pushing yourself too hard, you’ll suffer health problems in mid-September. The Full Moon on the 14th invites you to take an extended break. Going on vacation will make you nervous at first. You’ll worry about job security after sleeping late and enjoying room service. Instead of giving in to your greatest fears, envision the outcome you want. When you practice the art of positive thinking, you’ll attract the opportunities you desire. Resist the temptation to alter your appearance on the 28th. That’s when the New Moon will cloud your thinking. What seems like a great idea at the end of the September will be serious cause for regret. This is not a good time to change your hairstyle, revamp your wardrobe or even opt for a whole new career. Temporary changes will give you a chance to experiment with various images and ideas until you hit upon the right combination.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

The New Moon on the 1st brings a lucrative career opportunity. Getting paid handsomely for a job you love is very possible. If you’re happy with your current position, you could be given a promotion. You’ll achieve tremendous success from working with overseas clients. If you’ve been unemployed, seek opportunities in the entertainment industry; you will strike gold. On the 15th, the Full Moon will force you to come to terms with a painful family situation. Be ready to turn your back on a relative whose inconsiderate behaviour makes you feel used and abused. Another New Moon on the 30th marks a festive party. Be sure to attend this gathering, even if you’re tired and irritable. Your annoyance will turn to joy as soon as you walk through door. Prepare to make at least one interesting friend. This relationship will have a stabilising influence on your personal life.

SEPTEMBER: Friends will conspire against you on the 14th, when the Full Moon invites you to enjoy private pleasures. It’s time to set healthier boundaries between you and your loved ones. Coming to other people’s rescue is becoming exhausting. You need to devote more energy to the activities you love. Shopping at antique markets, communing with nature and nightclubbing could be calling your name. Don’t be defensive about how you kick back and relax. People who truly accept you will not judge your choices. The New Moon on the 28th warns against repeating secrets. You’ll make a powerful enemy after revealing privileged information. If someone is probing you for answers, block their calls and ignore their emails. You’re under no obligation to shed light on this situation. The truth will be revealed in the right time. Maintain your vow of silence; you’ll be rewarded for your discretion.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

The New Moon on the 1st urges you to venture off the beaten path. Being adventurous, enterprising, travelling overseas or enrolling in university are among the possibilities. The sky is the limit during the opening days of August. Working towards lofty goals will be rewarding on all levels: Emotionally, financially and spiritually. On the 15th, a stressful Full Moon will bring a painful secret to light. Instead of denying a mistake, own up to it. Make a sincere apology and then do everything in your power to make amends to the people who were hurt by your deception. It will take a long time to regain the trust of a loved one. The only way to restore this relationship is by being patient, persistent and understanding. A second New Moon will rise on the 30th, attracting an important career opportunity. Working with luxury goods will be highly profitable for you.

SEPTEMBER: On the 14th, the Full Moon will shift your focus to family matters. It will be necessary to take time off work to cope with a real estate deal or domestic dispute. If your employer pressures you to put in long hours, you may decide to find another job. Don’t leave your position until you secure another one. It’s much easier to find work when you’re already employed. Starting a home-based business is a distinct possibility. Working from home will allow you to be more present for a loved one who needs help. As September draws to a close, you’ll be meeting lots of people. The New Moon on the 28th could find you rubbing elbows with prominent executives at a party. Be wary about striking deals at such gatherings. If someone wants to hire you, they should schedule a formal interview in a professional setting.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

A passionate romance will make the opening days of August a time to remember. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a sporting or entertainment venue. Are you already in a relationship? It will feel like you’ve embarked on a second honeymoon with your amour. There’s a good chance your partner will receive a big windfall that indirectly benefits you. Take this opportunity to indulge in some creature comforts. On the 15th, the Full Moon will force you to make an ethical decision. It may be necessary to leave a job where you are being pressured to do underhanded or even criminal things. The law is on your side at the end of the month. Contact a lawyer or police officer on the 30th, when a second New Moon will help you get justice. Sitting idly while others are being abused is not an option. Speak truth to power.

SEPTEMBER: Surprising news will arrive in mid-September. The Full Moon on the 14th will shed light on a deception. Your outlook will change considerably after you learn the truth. Putting some distance between you and a manipulative relative will be necessary. You’re tired of being tricked into making loans, writing references and going to bat for someone who doesn’t deserve it. The sooner you tune out this pest, the happier you’ll be. You’ll have much more time for the relationships and activities you enjoy. An interesting career opportunity will be made on or around the 28th, courtesy of the New Moon. Don’t be quick to accept a job offer that involves tremendous responsibility for very little compensation. Although you’ve always wanted to work for a prestigious company, it shouldn’t involve working for a pittance. Be ready to walk away from negotiations if you aren’t treated with the respect you deserve. Something better will arrive when you want it most.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

The opening days of August are ideal for getting engaged or married, thanks to the loving New Moon on the 1st. If you’re already in a serious relationship, take this opportunity to lavish your partner with affection. A beautiful gift, a thoughtful gesture or a personal sacrifice will be well-received. Although you have difficulty expressing your emotions, it’s important to wear your heart on your sleeve at this time. On the 15th, the Full Moon will shed light on some embarrassing shortcomings. If someone challenges your bad behaviour, don’t be defensive. Listen carefully to the criticism and let it enlighten you. Breaking a terrible habit or adopting a healthier approach will improve all your relationships. A second New Moon will rise on the 30th, suggesting you may receive a financial windfall. Use money from an inheritance, legal settlement or royalty payment to buy a home or make some improvements to your existing abode.

SEPTEMBER: The Full Moon on the 14th puts stress on your bank account. Fees may be deducted from your paycheque, leaving you with very little to show for your hard work. No matter how much you complain, you will not be able to recover the money you rightfully deserve. Treat this setback as a learning opportunity. Before signing a contract, show the document to a legal professional. They’ll help protect your interests. On the 28th, the anxious New Moon will make you feel like fish out of water. It will be necessary to take a crash course in a specialised subject. At times, you’ll wonder if you can do a good job with so little training. Be patient and keep asking questions. A demanding teacher may seem like a terrible person at first. As your relationship evolves, you’ll realise your instructor has your best interests at heart. Work hard to satisfy this taskmaster; the results will ultimately benefit you.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

A fabulous job offer will arrive on or around the 1st, thanks to a supportive New Moon. Working in a creative field will bring out the best in you. There’s a good chance this position will involve world travel, which perfectly suits you. If you want to improve your health, do so in the opening days of September. Your energy will soar after making a few simple adjustments to your diet and exercise routine. The Full Moon on the 15th forces you to confront a persistent fear. Stop telling yourself you don’t deserve to be happy. The sooner you forgive yourself for past mistakes, the easier it will be to realise your heart’s desire. On the 30th, another New Moon will mark a turning point in a close relationship. Getting engaged or married is a distinct possibility. If you’re in a serious relationship, your partner will have some good news that benefits you both.

SEPTEMBER: You’re tired of being pushed around by a romantic or business partner. The Full Moon on the 14th demands you confront this bully. You’ve always been accommodating in relationships. There should be a limit to your generosity. The next time you are commanded to do something unpleasant, put your foot down. If this alliance falls apart at the seams, so be it. You’ll be free to pursue more rewarding relationships. There’s a strong possibility that you’ll enjoy your independence so much that you’ll wait a long time before getting involved with someone else again. The New Moon on the 28th puts a crimp in your finances. Instead of splashing out on luxuries, use your hard-earned cash to pay off debts. It will take time to fulfil all your obligations, but when you do, your confidence will soar. It will be much easier to accept challenges after you achieve economic freedom.