Astrologer TANYA OBREZA on what’s in the stars this month. Tanya was born in Slovenija and emigrated to Australia with her parents as a young girl. It was during her first visit to England that Tanya was introduced to astrology, and in 1980 she gained her London Faculty of Astrological Studies qualifications. Over the years, Tanya has established an extensive and wide-ranging international following, mostly due to her reassuring, down to earth presence.
STAR OF THE MONTH
23 July - 22 August
The cosmos slows down just long enough for you to take a break. Watch, too, for an opportunity to make the best of your imagination. Your dreams take on more clarity and meaning. Through August, Venus introduces new friendship or romance. Update your image and don’t settle for the same old, same old. Passions look set to soar as - old or new love, promises delight. For the happily coupled, love promises greater intimacy. If someone older earns single's admiration, an intense fascination seems likely. Long-lasting too. The biggest threat? Extravagance.
23 August - 22 September
If you want to let loose this month, don’t feel guilty. With Mercury moving forward on the 20th, there’s plenty of regenerative power in the air - especially when it comes to romance and dating. So indulge in sexy playtime, relaxation, visit friends and see those missed movies. For now, focus on those you love - and put stressful issues on hold. A quick word of warning: avoid being lured towards financial folly.
23 September - 22 October
Feeling confident? Great, because you’re calling the shots this month. No matter what mayhem or challenges the planets create for the rest of us this month, most Librans will have fun, achieve ambitions and cheerfully rise over any opposition. But not without some effort. Although an auspicious cosmos surrounds you in August, you can’t expect everything to fall into your lap. If you want something, go after it!
23 October - 21 November
You've so many things going for you right now, Scorpio. Mercury steps forward on the 20th, correcting any recent glitches in your life - be it personal or professional. Jupiter has also been hovering in your own sign for some time, providing you with many opportunities. Sorting the good from the bad hasn’t been an easy process but, thankfully - the clarity you’re seeking comes by month’s end.
22 November - 21 December
This is more like it. A month drenched in romantic opportunity. Your deviations could fling you into a far more colourful social circle. Even so, you may go overboard. If in the mood for something more exotic, grab a friend and make for warmer climes. For others, a chance encounter tempts you to breathe new life into an old flame. Long lasting friendships could also be forged.
22 December - 19 January
There may be moments this month where everyone seems to be at play, except you. The upside: you’re now involved in something that should bring an abundance of financial and emotional rewards. And don’t worry too much about missing out on fun. Your social diary will be overflowing soon enough. Until then, stay diligent. Just don’t let everyone know about it, or they’ll sense the competition.
20 January - 18 February
When you put your mind to something, you’re nothing if not thorough. This month you tackle tasks you’ve been procrastinating over for ages: from re-establishing contact with an old friend, to finally updating all devices. Career-wise, you toy with the idea of a solo project, but it’s the usual conflict: freedom versus a steady pay packet. You won’t feel fully settled until next month, when everything - including your love life, feels more certain.
19 February - 20 March
It’s been said, “there’s nothing so daunting as the unfamiliar”, and this can pretty much apply to your current outlook. Learn what you’re dealing with, and you will become more adept as you go. Nobody knows it all, but we all know something. Sometimes you underestimate just how experienced you are until you meet people totally new to the game. Only then do you realise what a well of knowledge you really are.
21 March - 20 April
Everyone seems to be in each other’s way this month and no one’s prepared to give way. You might think you’ve seen it all when it comes to others’ intolerance or negligence, but past scenarios may now seem minor by comparison. Fortunately, all things and people eventually move on - so optimism, faith and money are bound to come out of their tailspin soon. Love also takes a more sensual turn.
21 April - 20 May
With energy levels high and stress lessening, much can be accomplished this month. But as always, a genuine effort is needed. For some, health is put under the microscope - with exhaustion or dubious dietary practices being areas of concern. By month’s end, cash flow could become a problem. Try not to fuss too much over what you don't have. It’s love, support and friendship that are the real riches in life.
21 May - 21 June
You’re vivacious, popular and feel the need to indulge desires. With erotic encounters all-but unavoidable, singles could find that special soul mate. Meanwhile, couples rediscover what the initial fascination was all about. If problems have marred a relationship, put misgivings in the past tense. Bottom line: whether single or settled, you crave a true sense of belonging. So stash away that workload. This month, love takes priority.
22 June - 22 July
It seems almost everything needs fixing this month - from your bank balance to your love life. In your defence, it might be pretty hard to know what’s really going on. Others can be misleading. In the same way, you may be misunderstood. This shouldn’t however, lead to a disastrous August. After all, being forewarned is being forearmed. On a happier note, the Sun generously boost finances. So pamper, rather than ponder.