This is the week everything stops. Everything. Mars, the planet of action and motivation, will turn retrograde on Tuesday and remains out of phase through August 27. During this time, you'll have an opportunity to reconsider if the actions you've been taking in matters of the heart up until now have been serving you well. Have you been fulfilled in the love and relationship department? What about your sex life? If any of these areas need attention, now is the time to focus. A Full Moon in Capricorn on Thursday might leave you emotionally focused on career, but when Mercury enters Leo on Friday, you'll definitely have romance on your mind. Talking about love, however, might be more likely than actually making love. At least for now.
This is not the week to jump on any type of sexual advance that comes from a friend or acquaintance. For starters, it's not likely that you're feeling it. Even more importantly, you know it's just not a good idea. There's no way that this can end well if you're suddenly put in a position of having to turn down this pal. Let's say you and a group of your friends are all out drinking or dancing the night away somewhere. This specific friend might have had one too many cocktails and say something inappropriate. The next day when he or she sobers up and realizes it, the awkwardness will set in. There's just no avoiding it. In other news, on Friday, you might start talking to a new love interest. Keep things light.
No matter how much you sing the praises of your new love interest, it might be difficult for someone in your family to extend his or her approval this week. It could be that you spoke to this relative in the past about the problems you were having getting this relationship off the ground. You might have shared details that led your family member to form an unfavorable opinion of this person before they even met. Now that you and your love have moved past whatever messy circumstances needed to happen to get you together, it's natural for you to expect others to do the same. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Be patient.
If you're in a relationship, you and your partner might need to address some financial circumstances that feel out of your control. Perhaps one of you will be saddled with news about a hefty tax bill that's owed. It's also possible that you'll find out you have more money to pay out connected to a recent surgical procedure or other healthcare cost. Whatever the details, you'll try to remain sunny and optimistic about the outcome, while your partner appears deflated. Do what you can to lift him or her up. If you're single, this might not be the best week to give your phone number to that sexy someone you meet at the gym or the new neighbor who moved in down the hall. Dating prospects seem to be all talk and no action -- at least for now.
The temptation to buy love this week might be strong. You may not even be trying to do this consciously as you'll genuinely enjoy spoiling your sweetheart. The look on his or her face when you surprise them with generous, thoughtful gifts will truly make you happy. The trouble, however, is that you might inadvertently set an expectation in a new dating relationship. Unless you want to be the sugar daddy or mamma, reign in the temptation to blow all your bucks on impressive date nights and gifts. Real love doesn't have to cost a thing. Married? It might be an emotionally draining week for you and your partner. A Full Moon on Thursday might make you feel like you're in a business arrangement rather than a romantic relationship. Ouch!
You might feel like you and your spouse or partner are caught in a hopeless place. Mars will turn retrograde in your relationship sector this Tuesday. With the planet of motivation and assertive drive out of whack, it's very possible that you and your partner are ready to throw your hands up in the air and give up on your relationship. Of course, this is only the case if you've already been experiencing trouble. Don't give up just yet. Instead, use the next couple of months to determine whether or not the two of you truly want to make things work. Don't concern yourself with the "how" just yet. Focus on the intent.
A Full Moon in your true love sector on Thursday might leave you feeling as if you'll always be restricted in matters of the heart. Even if you're in love with someone, it's possible that your connection might feel more about responsibility and obligation rather than joy and pleasure. Remind yourself that the most successful relationships are a balance of all these things. Without commitment, there can be no durability. Without some lighthearted fun, there is no romance. Instead of focusing on what your love life lacks, think of a way to bring more of what you want into the mix. A solution is available. Create it.
Consider this your warning, Libra. This is not the time to begin a brand-new sexual relationship. In fact, if you've just met someone new and started dating, you might want to hold off on any libidinous activity until after August 27. Yes, this might seem like disheartening news, but the universe has a bigger plan now. Mars, the planet of assertive drive and sex, will turn retrograde in your true love sector on Tuesday. If you do begin a sexual relationship with a new partner at this time, you're likely to feel let down. It could seem like you're two puzzle pieces that just don't fit. At the same time, however, an ex-lover may come back into the picture. If so, expect sparks to fly!
Domestic disharmony between you and your mate may leave you waving the white flag this week, as though you're ready to give up. You just don't have the fight in you anymore, Scorpio. In fact, you might feel completely exhausted when it comes to whether or not you even want to fight this fight anymore. You and your love may be at a complete impasse when it comes to a living situation or family dilemma. The two of you could even be considering living separately in order to sort things out. This might not be such a bad idea.
Mars, the ruler of your true love sector, is about to take a long summer nap -- right in your communication sector. Until August 27, you'll have an opportunity to talk to your lover about situations in your romantic life that were previously unresolved. You might finally have the ability to back down from any defensive stance you had in the past in order to make real progress. When you're not in fight mode, you're able to truly listen. Since your mental guard will be down, you can finally hear each other's truth without attacking it. As a result, there might be genuine progress in this love connection -- even if it doesn't feel like it right now.
You might find yourself wearing your emotions much more easily. If you're in a relationship, it's possible that you'll let your guard down enough to cry in front of your partner or share memories or a part of your personal history with him or her that are extremely sentimental to you. Since you may find yourself stuck in the past more than usual this week, it could be difficult for you to make any progress in a relationship. If you're single, this might not be such a bad place to be. You can remind yourself exactly what you do and don't want based on how previous relationships made you feel.
You might not be able to bring your A-game in love and relationships this week. In fact, you may not be able to do this in any other area of your life either. Mars, the planet of assertive drive, motivation, and libido, will turn retrograde in your sign on Tuesday. As you adjust to Mars being retrograde, you might feel more tired and out of sorts than usual. Give yourself a break this week by taking a complete time-out from anything that stresses you out. If you're in a relationship, ask your partner to pitch in more and help you out. It's your time to learn how to give less and receive more.
You might have an emotional outburst this week with your lover while the two of you are out with friends or socializing at a party or some other event. It seems as if the two of you are becoming more aware of the ways you each feel confined in your relationship. Instead of honoring each other's need to be free by learning to leave a door or window open in your relationship, you might be clinging on tighter in the hopes that one of you won't let go of the other. That approach won't work. You out of all people, Pisces, need an escape route. Is it time to flee?