by Jeff Jawer
Getting along with allies and building new professional associations can increase your opportunities to get ahead this month. August begins with attractive Venus and the audacious Sun in Leo and your 7th House of Partners. On the plus side, this can bring some powerfully creative people into your life. Seek out positive and playful individuals who combine confidence with the ability to be good team players. But it might be up to you to bring the best out of others now. It's great when you play the role of the Sun and act as an encouraging colleague who can enhance the abilities of co-workers. The 7th House is also associated with opening up to the outside world, making most of the month very good for starting new projects or seeking contacts. Publicizing yourself is a must and don't let modesty allow you to underplay your skills.
It may seem risky, but it's better to promise a bit more than you're comfortable with and then work hard to live up to it than to play it safe. Of course, you'll need to have facts to back up your statements since incomplete proposals and vague concepts aren't likely to sell very well. Cerebral Mercury's retrograde period August 2-26 increases the chances of sloppy communications so double check what you hear and make sure that people understand what you say. Don't let a minor detail or mixed up message take you off track.
The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 13 can provoke some strong feelings, especially if you're not in a comfortable work situation. This event, though, is meant to inspire your originality and independent spirit.