TANYA OBREZA 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
As well as celebrations, birthdays usually trigger a review of the past year and initiate new resolutions. While you’re not cash-impaired, you’re a target for small print. Meanwhile, the Sun restores your confidence. It should be easier to pinpoint that elusive common ground between personal and professional interests. It’s also a time to put yourself in the limelight. Go after what you want; unreservedly promote yourself and your talents. If you haven’t yet found your true calling, you’ll do so this year. New ventures also get suddenly noticed by a wider audience - so take this opportunity to flaunt your ambitions to a wider world as new frontiers become real possibilities. You can factor travel into the equation, too.
23 August – 22 September
Sometimes the best form of defence is attack. Even so, you could be opting for overkill this month. Sure, remain assertive if others are out to undermine you, but what they’re saying can’t all be wrong. Compromise is the key. Solitude, meditation, reflection: these are the things that would benefit you most. Your talents haven’t been forgotten - plans for your moment of glory are underway.
23 September – 22 October
If you intend to keep people guessing, you’re off to a good start. Right now, life seems erratic, so making fixed plans might not be wise. Our lives often put forward difficult dilemmas. If your world is unbalanced, perhaps it’s because it’s all work and no play. Mars encourages travel or study. Meanwhile, Venus encourages a style spruce-up. New clothes, hair and makeup – discover a fabulous “new” you!
23 October – 21 November
With the Sun and Mercury hurling killer vibes at Saturn, some rivalry is heading your way. Best to keep your head down. The trouble is, Scorpios don’t like being told what to do. All this spells conflict and, perhaps, misunderstandings. You may think you’re saying the right thing, but it’s coming out wrong. There are, however, people on your side - so listen up and recognise good advice when it’s given.
November 22 – December 21
It’s a Sagittarius kind of month - all fire and action. There’s concern about money or business matters. You want the truth and will look for answers. What you discover could leave you speechless - especially if there’s been more than one handwriting the cheques. As the month unfolds, social invitations become easier to accept. A growing curiosity might also be satisfied with travel – or romance.
December 22 – January 19
You’re good at making money, Capricorn. Even more so this month. Splitting expenses will help, as does an untapped new source of income - which means you could end August feeling more financially comfortable than you have for some time. Romance, too, is nothing short of dynamite, so prepare to throw your arms around the unexpected. Thanks to a carnally charged cosmos, lust, at first sight, is on the cards.
20 January – 18 February
The planets tinker with your dream states and, as a result, your intuition heightens – as do any latent clairvoyant abilities. Should your inner voice whisper sound advice, follow its bidding. Those feeling a tad sexier than usual can look forward to a romantic fling. Watch your expectations, though, as this isn’t a rock-solid phase. For happy couples, love grows more passionate, and perhaps a tad more experimental.
19 February – 20 March
Keep your financial options open early in August, as you’ll have better alternatives by month’s end. Although you’re clear about what needs to happen, you’re not sure you can do it. Where’s the help going to come from? The answer is, from you. You have so much more inner strength to draw on. Warrior Mars provides courage, and you offer the tenacity to overcome any challenges.
21 March – 20 April
You’re in love, or are you? Certainly, there’s a strong fascination between you, but it may be based on wishful thinking. Sure, you may think you have found your dream lover. Then again, maybe not. That’s not to say that your mutual magnetism isn’t real; just take it slow and allow time to see each other with a cooler, more clinical eye - preferably before you buy matching wedding bands.
21 April – 20 May
Does the past seem more alluring than the present? Don’t get too stuck in rose-coloured nostalgia. Clinging to times gone by can shut out today’s reality. If you’ve experienced a loss, this is a normal stage in the grieving process. But this feeling shouldn’t be mistaken for depression – it’s more just a case of needing some time out for contemplation. But come back soon, Taurus – you’re needed in the here and now.
21 May – 21 June
Who’d blame you for giving up on love? But let’s face it, sometimes you expect too much from relationships. Occasionally, our protective mechanisms hide vulnerabilities, but can also shut out others in the process. Free the chains, and you have a chance of finding, or keeping, your soul mate. In matters of love, there’s no hurry to decide, and the last week of August could surprise you.
22 June – 22 July
Three warrior planets invade your financial sector - and declare war on debt, scrimping and saving. Breathe a sigh of relief, as money matters finally start to ease. There is a catch, though: not everything will turn out to be as good as it appears. If something instinctively feels too-good-to-be-true, it probably is. Good judgement is the key. Check your health, too. Sleep and a sensible diet are vital.