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If “stuckness” has felt overwhelming the past month, rest assured this week you’ll finally feel ready to move on. While last week’s wild weather delivered change and surprise, this week is all about improvement.

With Mercury moving into Virgo (11 August GMT, 12 August AEST), we’ll be thinking less “Waah! what about me,” and more “How can we fix this?”. There’s no way you don’t know what the problem is (last week made it very clear), the question this week is, what are you going to do about it?

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ARIES AND ARIES RISING

Did someone say “motivated?” If you’ve been dragging your heels– especially at work – prepare for a major motivation injection this week. Mercury in Virgo (11 August GMT, 12 August AEST), will bring ninja-focus to your daily routine, inspiring you to refresh, rethink and refine everything from your time management to your workout. Go get ‘em tiger!

TAURUS AND TAURUS RISING

That thing, you know the one that’s felt all-consuming – either at home, with a family member or around where you live – should feel a whole lot less intense this week. As Mercury moves into Virgo (11 August GMT, 12 August AEST), you’ll feel a reprieve. No more expending every last drop of mental energy into the stuckness. Creativity is calling you. Answer the call and lighten up.

GEMINI AND GEMINI RISING

The focus on all-things cosy ramps up a notch this week as your ruling planet pulls focus on your home life (from 11 August GMT, 12 August AEST onwards). It might be a literal interior revamp, or it might be more conceptual, like how or where you live. Just be mindful your newfound enthusiasm for improvement could hit a raw nerve as the week progresses. Use tact as you present new ideas.

CANCER AND CANCER RISING

Whatever lightbulb moments have come your way recently, this is the week to put pen to paper. New ideas, side hustles, short stories, business plans, blogs – whatever it is, inspiration is coming in hot. Write. It. Down. Don’t fret over where it’s going, or what the end goal is, just trust that by committing it to paper (or your Notes app) you’re watering the seeds of something good.

LEO AND LEO RISING

The past few weeks have been bitter-sweet for Leo folks, with stuff beyond your control challenging the way you do you, on a very visceral level. Accepting the shortcomings of the present will feel a lot easier from mid-week onwards (11 August GMT, 12 August AEST). Frustration makes way for a newfound flexibility. Trust that acceptance will empower you to make the best of a tricky situation.

VIRGO AND VIRGO RISING

There’s a cool change in the air this week that should have Virgos feeling a lot less angsty. As your ruling planets moves into your home sign (11 August GMT, 12 August AEST), there’s less fear, and a whole lot more productivity. It’s invigorating, but it could also grind the gears of those around you. Tread carefully to avoid a bust-up.

LIBRA AND LIBRA RISING

You may already be on a major purge with your wardrobe or skincare (Cosmelan masks, anyone?), but this week there’s more shedding to be done. With Mercury in Virgo, it’s the perfect time to do some digging into your subconscious. Take time for emotional excavation and explore what old beliefs are holding you back. Letting go of old hang-ups will feel easier than it has in months.

SCORPIO AND SCORPIO RISING

The hardcore fixation you’ve had around work issues (read: problems) is set to ease this week. The problem hasn’t disappeared, but that mental loop that’s kept you stuck on it gets interrupted. When you feel your attention and curiosity drawn to other things, let your mind wander. Follow it. You might be pleasantly surprised to find solutions appear once you ditch the tunnel vision.

SAGITTARIUS AND SAGITTARIUS RISING

Motivation around work has been growing the past couple of weeks, and this week that stirring kicks up a notch. You’ll be firing from all cylinders once Mercury moves into Virgo (11 August GMT, 12 August AEST), supercharging your professional life with genius ideas flowing thick and fast. Just be mindful not everyone is as cool with change as you; improvements are often received as criticisms, so be strategic in the way you present new ideas.

CAPRICORN AND CAPRICORN RISING

There’s a grounded-ness to this week that will feel like a huge relief to Caps. Like putting your feet back on the ground after a long-haul flight, with Mercury back in Virgo, the mental focus – both your own, and those around you – will be on solutions rather than problems. Bigger obstacles won’t melt away, but the respite of not thinking about them 24/7, will be major.

AQUARIUS AND AQUARIUS RISING

Ready for a break? The past month has been no joke for Aquarians. That feeling that you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders should ease this week. Irritability in your relationship should also soften as the energy invites you to take your foot off the gas. Meditate, binge The Witcher, do anything that involves not thinking about all the ‘bigger’ problems. The solution might just drop in when you least expect it.

PISCES AND PISCES RISING

Chances are you’ve already been feeling into some big stuff in your closest relationships the past week or two. This week your desire to “fix” or “improve” love stuff becomes a lot more conscious. You’ve got a whole lot of focus to make things better, but feedback – especially as the week progresses – could easily be misconstrued as nagging. Want to avoid a fight? Propose collaboration rather than instruction.

For a deeper dive into what to expect this week, take a listen to Emma’s forecast here. 

thoughts?