Leo (Jul 24 - Aug 23)
The sun, your ruler, will soon be leaving your birth sign and you will be left with bills to foot for all the new things you have started recently. Analytical Mercury linked to regenerative Pluto indicates that a little planning and pruning now will make it easier to make ends meet towards the end of the month.

Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 23) A little bit of fine-tuning is all you need this week – you don’t have to disrupt your entire routine just because something is not progressing the way you think it should be. Make a decision now but don’t act on it yet – the situation may look different this time next week.

Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23)
The key to success is making the right noises at the right time and your instincts should be telling you to keep things quiet for a while. If you sound too eager this week you could scare away the fish you’re trying to catch. A little Libran subtlety is called for – or even a lot.

Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22)
Look forwards rather than back this week, even though current cosmic activity makes it easy to focus on things that went wrong rather than those that went right. Now and then you have to clear out things you no longer need – just as you would clear out junk in the attic.

Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21)
Many words will be spoken this week, not all of them to your liking, but every last one of them to your benefit if you keep calm and refuse to be intimidated. Rivals may think they’ve got the upper hand but it’s only a temporary victory. Let them learn what star quality is all about.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20)
Because you like to plan ahead you should be well prepared for what happens next. While it might be tempting to sit back and look smug while everyone else is in a state of confusion, you cannot afford to waste your advantage. You’ve got a head start, now keep it.

Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19)
There’s no such thing as a certainty and anyone who tells you other­wise is not to be trusted. At best you are talking to a fool, at worst you are being conned by a phoney. Either way, keep your money in your pocket this week.

Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)
There’s only one person you can trust this week and that’s yourself. Your deceptive ruler Neptune opposed by Mercury warns that you won’t be able to tell the good guys from the bad so it’s only sensible to treat them all with caution. Just don’t be offended if they do the same to you.

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20) You need to be busy. You also need to make sure you don’t waste time and energy on anything that is irrelevant to your long-term ambitions. Logical Mercury in Virgo linked to driven Pluto will help you decide what is truly important and what is merely an interesting sideshow.

Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21)
Mercury, planet of the mind, is opposed by Neptune, planet of deception, so it is unlikely you will be thinking straight this week. It doesn’t mean you won’t have any good ideas – you will – but you must wait a few more days before pursuing them. If they really are good they will keep.

Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21)
You already have all the tools you need to complete an important task – spending more cash on labour-saving devices will only deplete your resources. If you still can’t make it work, just ask a loved one for advice.

Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 23)
You may have missed a big opportunity but don’t let it pass you by again. Intelligent Mercury linked to passionate Pluto makes your mind sharp and desire strong. This time you’ll make the most of your chances.