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Do you know how certain medicine labels read, "Warning: Could produce drowsiness, so it is inadvisable to drink alcohol or operate heavy machinery"? Well, that's you this week, so you'll want to be extra careful while the Sun is opposite Neptune, the planet of altered states of consciousness. This can be pretty trippy as you will experience an uptick in dreaming, psychism and creativity. It's great if you are artistically inclined, because you will be in the zone. However, Neptune's influence can also increase water retention, light sensitivity and skin rashes. Avoid anything that you suspect could cause an allergic reaction — because it will.


ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

Your Ruling Planet Mars enters the zodiac sign of Leo on Tuesday. This is great because you'll make the switch from feeling like you're on slippery ground (the story of your life these past six weeks) to having a clear bead on what you want and pursuing it with the full force of your personality. A planet's entrance into a sign is like the cool dawn of a new day, so don't expect the energy to catch right away. You'll really be cooking with gas after Sept. 9.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

It takes a lot to light a fire under your tuckus, and even that doesn't always mean that you'll move. Taurus is a fixed sign. When you decide to plant yourself in the middle of the road, you'll do it — and no amount of yelling, screaming and horn honking will get you to budge. Nevertheless, the time has come for you to budge — if not pull up stakes. There's nothing to be gained by staying put, and there's everything to reap by a change of scene, venue or lifestyle.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

You're going to have to wait until Thursday for the psychic haze to burn off. This is why you will want to avoid making any big sales, purchases or promises before then. You don't want to wake up on Thursday morning scratching your head and wondering what got into you. The return of your common sense after weeks away will feel like you're getting back together with an old friend. Things won't feel so heavy, you won't be overly sensitive and you'll be making decisions that you'll celebrate rather than regret.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

You're on a roll and you know it. This is why you should let the dice fly on Aug. 27 and 30. Although you're not the gambling type (you don't have the stomach for it), you will see how taking risks can add spice to your life. You can look forward to pulling off a real coup d’état vis-à-vis love, money and/or career. Meanwhile, expect to hear from a loved one or friend over the weekend. This person is out of her depth and needs a helping hand.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

This is going to be a wonky week. The Sun opposite Neptune will make you feel like somebody upstairs slipped a mickey into your early-morning orange juice when you weren't looking. Everything becomes a blur when Neptune energy is strong. It will be hard to shake this feeling of being off-balance, which is why you'll want to avoid any big meetings, confrontations or decisions. You simply are not in the right headspace for it, and you won't be until after the effect passes — which will be on Sept. 1.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

Right now, the Sun in Virgo is forming an opposition to Neptune, the planet of altered states. Things can get a little trippy when Neptune's influence is powerful. Your dream life will be super active, you'll start picking up psychic vibes and your sixth sense will be working overtime. You'll also notice that your body will absorb things quickly — like a sponge. For instance, a half glass of wine will go straight to your head. Keep this in mind and moderate your intake. The Neptune influence lasts through Sept. 2.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

You're starting to get pretty good at handling the emotional bombshells that loved ones toss in your direction. Part of this comes from experience (revolutionary Uranus in your opposite zodiac sign has inured you to surprise revelations), and part of this comes from the realization that you don't have to put out everybody's fires. People are perfectly capable of managing their own damage control — especially if the damage is self-inflicted. So are you due for another emotional crisis this week? You betcha! But the difference is that it will roll off you like water off a duck's back.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

Your Ruling Planet Mars enters your solar midheaven on Aug. 27. This will pump up the volume on your ambition and drive and will surely bring spectacular breakthroughs in your career. It will also bring overdue praise and recognition as well as put money in your pocket. It's been a long time since you felt this on top of things, and Mars here will bolster your confidence for the next seven weeks. Mars is a great motivator, so this is the time to get out and do!


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

You were born under the zodiac sign of the archer. You like to shoot an arrow into the air and then gallop off in search of it. This speaks to your love of adventure and meandering. Mars in Leo (Aug. 27 – Oct. 15) shows that it's time to follow through on those life changes you initiated recently. Mars is a doer, not a dreamer — so you really must push yourself to go the distance. Make yourself finish what you started, and you'll like where you wind up.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

You're having a hard time prioritizing, and it's becoming a distraction. As a Capricorn, you want to do it all — but you're human, so you can't. Virgo energy is always good for streamlining, so take advantage of the planetary sextiles on Aug. 29 and 30. This will help you identify what is important and offload those commitments and obligations that have outlived their purpose. Some of these obligations may involve certain friendships, so be prepared to weather some stormy guilt trips.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

What transpires on Aug. 26 may be the straw that breaks the camel's back as far as a friendship is concerned. Uranus opposite Venus brings breaks, splits and ruptures — and if this is the case, then you're better off letting things go. You don't want to try to fix something that was broken to begin with. However, there's an alternative interpretation that says you could find yourself the object of intense jealousy. You may not think that you're anything special — but others do, and they could be looking to disparage you.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

You were born under Neptune, the planet of the imagination. When Neptune energy is strong (as it is this week), then your presence will stir the waters of the unconscious in just about anyone you meet. It's why so many people are telling you that you remind them of someone they once knew or are asking whether they've met you before. However, memory is an equal-opportunity employer, which means that you could also remind them of past heartbreaks and disappointments. Be careful. Life is hard enough without having to pay for the sins of others.

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