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You'll want to make the most of your untapped potential with Mercury and the Sun forming trines to Pluto this week. Pluto was named after the Roman god of the Underworld. Pluto was the god of the dead, but he was also the god of wealth because he ruled over things that lay buried beneath the earth like gold, silver and precious metals. Pluto trines show that you can do more to maximize your own very precious resources. Maybe it's the people you know, the skills you possess or a hidden talent that lies forgotten somewhere on the back shelf. Polish up this diamond in the rough and it will transform your life dramatically.


ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

Right now, it's others who have control over your financial future — not you. You don't do well feeling beholden to anyone but yourself, and this could cause you to get contrary (or outright combative) on Aug. 26 and 27. Try to curb those impulses. You don't want to justify the bean counters and/or lenders who believe that you should be kept on a short leash. Be a good girl and do as you are told. This will lead them to pass the reins back to you after Labor Day weekend.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

A lot of things are coming to the surface that you would prefer didn't. Maybe it's "for your eyes only" emails, recent off-the-record conversations or reports you wrote when the atmosphere at work was decidedly different. It's always a good idea to be proactive and get out in front of these things before they can do serious damage. Meet with people who might be adversely impacted on the 28th and explain what went down. You'll find that they're good-humored about the situation and may even be sympathetic.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

Don't be afraid to ask people to repeat themselves this week. The Sun/Neptune opposition is apt to make everybody fuzzy headed, and you don't want to say that you understand things when you don't. There's no such thing as asking a "dumb" question — especially since that "dumb" question will probably save you from making some grave mistakes. Also, be sensitive to the use of technical-sounding terminology. If such terms appear more than twice in a sentence, then it's a good clue that the "expert" doesn't know what he's talking about.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

Venus and Jupiter believe that you can never have too much of a good thing, which is why they will encourage you to say yes to everything on the 27th. You should always make the most of your opportunities while you can, but the downside is you can wind up double booking yourself — locking in more commitments than you can possibly handle or drawing hostile fire from co-workers who think that you're being too grabby. Remember the adage "Nothing in excess"? Let that be your cosmic mantra for the week.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

Try not to let money woes get the better of you this week. The Sun's opposition to Neptune is bound to make you feel like you can't get ahead no matter what you do, and it makes everything feel like an exercise in futility. This is more reflective of your mental state than your actual circumstances, as you will see on Wednesday when Mercury — the messenger planet — brings good news regarding a sale, loan or some kind of funding. The road to financial recovery is arduous, but you are making progress.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

Wait until the last quarter Moon on Aug. 28 to make any final decisions on a big sale or purchase. This is when the mental fog will lift and you will see for yourself what the best course of action will be. You have two intriguing sextiles — involving Saturn on Aug. 29 and Jupiter on Aug. 30 — that point to certain conditions that could impair or benefit you in ways that you hadn't considered before. Only a careful examination of terms will tell you which is which.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

You've often been criticized for preaching the gospel of mutual cooperation. Born under Libra, the zodiac sign of partnering, you believe that if you do good unto others, then others will inevitably do good unto you. This doesn't really fly in a bread-and-circuses business culture that espouses gladiator competition. Nevertheless, what you profess is "economy friendly" because it creates a working environment that benefits everyone. You'll be reaping what you sowed this week when the Venus/Jupiter square shows someone you helped a while ago stepping forward to repay the favor now.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

The most precious treasures hide in plain sight. Maybe it's a concept, a fantasy or even a problem that you grapple with on a daily basis. You may complain about this all the time or toss it about in conversation without giving it much thought. Timing plays a role in recognizing what is hidden — timing and the change in perspective that comes with hearing or seeing things differently. In any case, the Mercury/Pluto trine on Wednesday shows you hitting upon a moneymaking idea. It could transform your life dramatically.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

You will always be blessed with potential. In fact, you have more raw talent and natural ability than most people could ever dream of. So many things come easily to you, yet developing that potential into something concrete and ultimately profitable takes discipline, focus and perseverance. An Olympic athlete doesn't become a medalist without daily practice. Keep that in mind during this time when the Sun is in Virgo (now through Sept. 21). Virgo isn't about practice makes perfect. Virgo believes that one must practice in order to perfect.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

You've gone as far as you can go on your own, and you need to buddy up if you want to move on to the next level. Capricorns are famous for doing things alone, yet the Venus/Jupiter square on Tuesday shows an influx of new faces pouring into your life. They come bearing gifts of contacts, resources and funding. They also have some novel ideas on how to tweak and update your formula for success. Be open to what they have to say, and you will climb higher than you've ever climbed before.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

Is your money doing everything that it could be doing for you? This would be a good time to explore refinancing, reworking your financial portfolio and/or consolidating investments. You don't want to be sitting on your assets — not when you can get so much more out of your hard-earned dollar. Meet with a financial consultant on Wednesday when Mercury trines Pluto, the planet of hidden resources. Your conversation will be revealing — but not necessarily because of what's said. Sometimes it's what's not said that inspires you to think along dramatically different lines.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

It may feel like you're surrounded by nitpickers intent on poking holes in your dreams and aspirations, but in truth, they're here to help you be the best you can be. Children of Jupiter (meaning anyone born under Pisces or Sagittarius) don't take kindly to criticism. Jupiter is the planet of emperors, which means you tend to wave away advisers as if they were irritating flies. Nevertheless, there's a lot of wisdom to be gleaned from what's being said on Aug. 29 and 30, and you should listen to it.

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