Romance goes from fuzzy to intense this week. Venus and Neptune oppose one another on Tuesday, making it clear that you are not seeing something clearly at all. Snap out of it -- before your heart pays the price. On Thursday, Mercury turn retrograde in Leo, the sign that is all about love and open-hearted gestures. You might want to give love to someone, but your words and body language may be simultaneously sending mixed signals to this special someone. A Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on Friday will align closely to Mars, now retrograde. Losing your motivation to pursue something that you used to be convinced was the be-all and end-all of your existence is likely. For some, this will be a romantic interest. Happily, the week ends on a bright note in the sense that on the same day as this eclipse, Venus will trine Pluto. Ultimately, you'll find whatever you decide to do about your love life situation empowering. Letting go of control often gives us the greatest power.
You might feel completely scrambled this week in matters of the heart. For starters, your ruling planet Mars is still retrograde, which does not give you much power to push forward in life these days. It's all about swallowing the cosmic chill pill and re-evaluating where you are in life and love. The universe might really pull you back into the past as Mercury turns retrograde in your romance sector this week. Yes, Aries, an ex-lover might come out of the woodwork. Observe and learn. Acting is futile now.
What happened, Taurus? Just when you thought you had something solid going with a lover, the universe has decided to throw you a curveball. Venus opposes Neptune across your love axis this week, reminding you that all is not what it appears to be in matters of the heart. Maybe you're the one who is being shady and if so, it has more to do with figuring out how you really feel about someone. Honestly, you might be confused. Talking to a mentor or spiritual advisor will help you figure it out.
You might feel out of sorts this week, Gemini. If so, you can blame Mercury, your ruling planet. He'll turn retrograde on Thursday and will remain so until August 19. It seems as if you'll be rethinking your decisions, ideas, and plans concerning your romantic life this time around. You might have some regret about what you did or didn't say to a current or even former lover. If so, this will be the time you try your best to make things right. Even so, you won't be at your communications best this week, so just think about what you want to say for now. Don't actually say it.
You are tired of being hopelessly optimistic when it comes to your love life situation, Cancer. You have tried your hardest to see the best in a situation or in your mate, but it will now become very clear that turning a blind eye to what is right in front of you is not serving you well. You and your partner might need to have an honest sit-down this week about finances. You can't fix it if you don't face it. It won't be easy, Cancer, but it's time to face it.
This week, you're going to become very aware of what it is you need to fix about your communication methods in relationship, Leo. You might have been speaking at your partner rather than to your partner and if so, the relationship is likely suffering. Mercury turns retrograde in your sign on Thursday and remains out of phase through August 19. This is meant to teach you something about conveying your thoughts in a way that others are receptive to. Your relationship is at a crossroads, and a Lunar Eclipse on Friday in your partnership sector could be the breaking point if things are untenable. If this happens, it's time to learn from this experience. It has so much to teach you.
Either you or your partner is refusing to see things clearly. Venus opposes Neptune across your relationship axis this Tuesday, highlighting an unhealthy pair of rose-colored glasses in your love connection. There is something that your partner is doing that you aren't happy about, and yet you continue to turn a blind eye to it. Why? What is so difficult for you to confront, Virgo? You'll have to face it ... and you might not like the reality of what you are facing this week. The good news is that once you do, love can conquer all.
A significant turning point is likely in your love life this week, one that there will be no turning back from. A Lunar Eclipse will fall in your romance sector on Friday, closely linked to Mars, which is currently traveling retrograde in this same part of your chart. If you have been frustrated with a lack of forward movement between you and someone you're dating, it's possible that you'll decide it's time to say goodbye. It might be one of those situations that, no matter how you might feel about each other, trying to get this relationship off the ground is pointless. It's like trying to drive a car with two flat tires. You're going nowhere.
You're not seeing something clearly this week in your love life. As one example, if you're casually dating someone, you might not be on the same page with this person. He or she might be dating someone else or think that your relationship is not exclusive. You, on the other hand, thought you two were an official item. Because you never clearly defined this relationship, one or both of you is bound to feel disappointed. If you can surrender your expectations, that will go a long way. If you can't, your romantic bubble is about to burst.
You might have a conversation that brings significant closure between you and an old lover this week. If the two of you broke up in a dramatic or sudden way and you never really got the answers you needed to help you truly move on, there might be an unexpected opportunity to finally talk to this person. Whether it has been months or years since the break-up, you'll truly feel as if you are ready to wipe the slate clean and make peace with the ending of this relationship once you have this discussion. One way or another, you'll understand why it was necessary to have this karmic mate in your life.
You might literally feel as if you cannot trust anything your partner says this week. Ironically, he or she might feel the exact same way about you. What's going on, Capricorn? When did the lines of communication between you and your partner disintegrate to such a confusing level? Not only will you need to clarify what your assumptions and expectations are in this relationship, but you and your lover will also need to start keeping it completely real with each other. If you value this relationship, then you both need to pay more attention to it. No more nonsense!
Be gentle and kind to yourself this week, Aquarius. You might feel as if you're unable to control anything that is happening around you, especially as it relates to your love life. A tense Lunar Eclipse will fall in your sign on Friday, closely linked to Mars, now moving retrograde in your sign as well. You are not at your most powerful in terms of being able to manifest anything new right now. In fact, it's possible that you are in the throes of ending a major relationship or ending how you have been putting yourself out there in relationships up until this point. Let go of what or who no longer serves you. It's time to turn the page.
Your partner might be a total control freak this week, and guess what? You'll still find something nice and kind to say to him or her. In fact, you won't want to see any of your partner's negative traits, which might not be such a bad thing. Choosing to see the best in your lover might help soften your ego, so you don't take any of his or her criticisms to heart. You recognize that your sweetheart just wants your relationship to be as perfect as it can be. You're on board with this plan -- and with allowing your sweetheart to be right. After all, it's more important for you to be happy.