The sky is really aloof this month, with several planets in retrograde motion (meaning that they appear to move backwards when observed from the earth). Like with reversed cards in tarot cards, a retrogradation is generally regarded as an antithesis to whatever that particular planet represents. That is why people tend to blame Mercury in retrograde when there’s a glitch in communication or they’re having a bad day. However, the reality is more multifaceted than that, with the interplanetary relations being very complex – depending on aspects, houses and signs. A retrogradation can in fact signify a very positive and productive period. It’s all a matter of perspective and comprehension. With that said, I here present the astrological insights for this month.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Things have been feeling chaotic lately, especially in close relationships. There might’ve been conflicts and a sense of being invisible. Some of this have possibly carried over to work, where you’ve been a bit too sensitive. However, all of this is coming to end soon, with a much needed boost of manifesting energy toward the end of the month. However, it probably won’t alleviate things at work, where your workload is overpowering.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The saying goes that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, and this month offers plenty of those. Now the question is if you’re prepared or not. The stars indicate you’ve been trying to be constructive lately, working towards a set of goals. However, stay away from dealings with stocks and bonds, as well as unplanned purchases. Health wise, problems with joints are possible.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) August might end up a bit confusing for you. Like the slogan of Project Runway goes: one day you’re in – and the next day, you’re out. It might be a difficult terrain to maneuver, but the strength of your sign is adaptability. A new career opportunity will conclude the month, leaving it on a positive note. For singles this could also imply a new love interest, maybe from somewhere far away. There’s an increased risk for high blood pressure.

CANCER (June 20-July 23) The summer months have possibly left you feeling less rested and more tired, but it won’t last for long. By mid-August there’s a major influx of powerful planetary energies, in particular in the realms of business and finances. If you’ve considered a career change, the time is now. Or ask for that pay raise! In all this material bliss, you won’t even notice the absence of Cupid. Cancers in long term relationships should pay their partners more attention. The present alignment of stars makes you predisposed to colds.

LEO (July 23-August 22) This is an ideal period for you, not only because it’s your birth month. There’s an accumulation of astral vibes, gold plating your life currently. Your efforts at work will be recognized, so expect some gesture of gratitude. In business, a joint venture will pay off more lucrative than expected. There might even be somebody in a professional context flirting with you, so stay open to the plethora of options that life’s throwing at you. Exercise more!

VIRGO (August 22-September 23) There is a sense that you’re not in tune with your true self, or at least not close to where you want to be. Other people are easily annoying you – especially at work. Your colleagues seem to defy logic and expect you to put out fires. Single virgos might not stay virginal, but the connections made and dates had appear perishable. All this stress could wear you down and physically impact your back, so yoga and other stretch exercises are highly recommended.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22) August will be a strong and slightly exhilarating month for you. Added to this is an heightened spiritual awareness, where the veil between worlds will be lifted – so trust your intuition. Business wise, all the pieces are coming together, possibly through a friend. Libras looking for lasting relationships are in luck currently. What might be a bit off during this period are your hormonal levels, leaving you a tad defocused.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21) The emphasis presently is your home, part the people inhabiting it as well as its parts. Yes, decluttering could be a great idea, as your sign is characterized by a certain level of messiness. Communication is essential to prevent escalating dissensions. Career wise, things are relatively smooth sailing, unless you’re doing business overseas. Your lower back, and that general area, can be extra sensitive.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21) You’re everywhere and nowhere, it feels like. Despite this nagging emotion of being lost, you have to keep in mind that this too will pass. Later this fall you’ll experience a renaissance of sorts, so you’ll just have to ride this out – making the most out of the situation. More permanent liaisons are most likely out of the question, but there is always room for new friendships. Your body will tend to react physically to the state of things.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19) You need to slow down your pace, and enjoy life a bit more. This period would be ideal for a vacation – or staycation, if for no other reason than to provide some perspective. The current stellar constellation also suggests that you would benefit from learning, so enroll in a course. If you’re considering a loan, wait until the second part of the month. An internet/app fling might turn into something more substantial. You’ll be prone to headaches.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18) Behind that Spock-escue Aquarius mind of yours, beats a big heart. The planetary impression for this period is that you’ve been prioritizing the well-being of others over your own. Being caring is noble, but there’s no need to exhaust yourself. Work seems a bit lackluster, but will improve once fall sets in. A social gathering brings the promise of a romance. Stress management is key this month, for both body and soul.

PISCES (February 19-March 20) The stars almost exclusively point to your career, where it is a (pre)occupation of late. It might be tied to some financial difficulties, where money has been tight. Whether you’re employed or not, there are new doors opening – from foreign land (either by physical relocation or a company based overseas). Long term lovers could feel stagnant and in need of a spark, so make an effort. Singles are faced with multiple options of affection.