Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 23)

Your need to assert yourself cannot and must not be denied. The sun and action planet Mars in your birth sign are joined by communication planet Mercury from today, which means your ability to fulfil your desires is in direct proportion to your ability to communicate what they are. Time spent talking will not be wasted.

Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23)

Even if you know you are in the right about something, you may feel reluctant to defend your position or get tough with competitors. Bear in mind, however, that if you grant too many liberties those who benefit will come to see them as a right and you could have an uphill struggle.

Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22)

Because you alone seem unruffled by the dramatic events taking place around you, others may suspect you know something they don’t but probably should. So, be wary of people who ask leading questions – they want you to admit something it might be wiser to keep to yourself.

Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21)

Mind planet Mercury crosses the powerful midheaven angle of your chart today so any doubts you may have about your career or social position will evaporate into thin air. Even if you have to make a slight adjustment to your aims, you will still be heading in the right direction.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20)

Your mind is operating on a much higher level than usual as Mercury joins Mars in that area of your chart associated with inspiration and ideas. What you visualise today is what you will be able to do tomorrow, so don’t dismiss genuine insights as fantasy or wishful thinking.

Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19)

Important business and financial decisions should be easier to make now that Mercury is moving into the clever and prudent sign of Virgo. Your instincts tell you someone is trying to confuse you. You don’t know who, nor why, but you know enough not to be fooled.

Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)

Because communication planet Mercury is joining the sun and Mars in Virgo, your opposite sign, disputes and arguments can easily be resolved. All it takes is a willingness to see both sides of every story, and the wisdom to see that neither side is wholly right nor wholly wrong.

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)

Complete routine tasks as fast as you can as once the sun changes signs next week you won’t be in the mood for anything serious and will need time to devote to relationships and affairs of the heart. You may not like to be rushed but you must tackle the backlog of unfinished jobs.

Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21)

It is one of the wonders of life that if we want something enough it will, eventually, come to us, though not always in the way we had anticipated. A dream you have had for years is about to become reality, and you should be grateful that it’s not exactly what you asked for.

Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21)

What happens next may catch you totally unawares and a number of decisions you took will have to be re-examined in the light of new information. It doesn’t mean you are guilty of poor taste or judgment – it just shows that you are big enough to admit you made a mistake.

Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 23)

Try not to say anything too drastic or dramatic this week or it may take days or even weeks to repair a relationship that you don’t really want to harm. With articulate Mercury joining aggressive Mars in Virgo your words could sound harsher than you intended.

Leo (Jul 24 - Aug 23)

The more passionately someone tries to convince you of something, the more determined you must be to keep your money in your pocket. It may not be your cash they are after but it could be at risk. It is said there is a sucker born every minute – you don’t have to be one of them.