Measurable steps of caution and planning are fast approaching. While preparing for back-to-school time, how to decide whether to allow your child to attend a school in person or online? Obviously, due to the global pandemic, caution is again warranted. Abrupt changes within our communities as well as government-related issues are rapidly unfolding. Uranus goes retrograde on Aug. 15, followed by Mars in Aries going retrograde on Sept. 9, so it’s to your benefit to do your due diligence by the end of August. Prepare for a rainy day or just-in-case episodes. Do you have an emergency plan and is everyone on board? “Success is the sweetest revenge.” Vanessa Williams

Capricorn: Continue to stay in preparation as some form of reparations is forthcoming for the constant labor you’ve dedicated yourself to. Review everything from top to bottom. Plus whatever hang-ups you left for a later day may prove useful now. Some anticipated tasks suggest they should be handled with care. There is nothing you can’t exploit now to your advantage and the best of your abilities. You’re built with a solid foundation and a strong backbone. Keep climbing the mountain while singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” “We all create our own reality by the choices we make.” Cuba Gooding Jr.

Aquarius: Keep yourself aligned with whatever assignments come your way. After all, the show must go on if you want to finalize the outcome you envisaged. See it, dream it, own it, everything is now within sight. Use your imaginary mind to grab it and hold it tight. Now you feel it and it feels so amazing to make your heart beat a little faster. It’s the cosmic adrenaline filling your body and soul with zestful energy. It’s your time to walk it as you talk it. Think it, put it in your mind and you shall receive. “Forget yesterday, live for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” Rick Ross

Pisces: Can you say “Sweet Home Alabama” as the red carpet of opportunity is laid out waiting for you to walk through? Slowly, but surely, the home, the career advancements, bonuses, and renewals are here, much to your pleasure. This is a critical time to separate yourself from what persons, places, and things you no longer need. A small gathering with imaginary piña colada sounds is likely to have a cooling effect for the moment. Notably, this is also a time for romance and finance coming together, making for a win-win. “Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self.” Queen Latifah

Aries: This week takes things slowly. Anything legal, possible commitments, family obligations, or speaking out too soon may derail you from your present course of action. At times you have to act fast, but with a degree of caution due to the surroundings of your current situation. Life seems to be in constant change now. Decide on what you want to do, and why. The waters at your feet may soon rise to the level of your neck. Get to the cause, while mentally, quietly singing “I Will Survive.” When Mars retrogrades in Aries in just a few weeks the heat may raise. “My future depends mostly upon myself.” Paul Robeson

Taurus: If last week wasn’t an indicator of a new start, then this week you will find that any shackles holding you back are released. A slow but steady week may find you feeling like a retrograde scenario guiding you to see your pathway. A change of location or perhaps a visit near a body of water becomes emotionally soothing. Perhaps a warm bath to discard toxic debris and wash off previous influences. Walking, thinking, and singing Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” will provide the emotional release you need. Reach out and hug a loved one and don’t forget to hug yourself. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” Duke Ellington

Gemini: Mentally, this weekly cycle is an ideal time to turn yourself completely around. A new order of operations to ensure you’re now heading in the right direction is pointing the arrow north. Take time to think, as your mind is always looking forward to the next project. What’s on your written plan or the open agenda? You need to follow suit without reneging. Make sure your partner/s and/or all parties involved are all on the same page as you. “Your words will tell others what you think. Your actions will tell them what you believe.” T.D Jakes

Cancer: What decisions do you need to make that may have been worrying your mind lately? What you initiated at the beginning of the month will lead you to a promising opportunity or partnership or even an introduction to something new. But only time will tell. What changes are you willing to make this week? Are you open to new and innovative ideas? Check your text messages or voice recordings going back a while, as they could be revealing. Listen to a podcast if needed, the information you seek is within your reach. “Keep the promise you make to yourself.” Sarah Jakes Roberts

Leo: Happy solar return Leo. This week, Uranus, the planet of the odd and unusual, in the sign of Taurus will heighten the spider-sense that’s hovering around you. It almost feels like a protective veil. The cosmic flow now moving in your direction will lead you to the right sources. While working on your present goals you may suddenly have to make a move. There’s likely to be a move without the benefit of visual sight, but a feeling of suddenly bumping into someone with import. This approach could be the solution or the key factors even in the most awkward of moments. “I look at failure as the fertilizer to success.” Thomas Jones

Virgo: What a heavy load this week, along with the responsibility of managing your career, your home, or any personal matters. Free your mind for a minute to properly gather your thoughts and determine your next move. Have a plan that is well thought out. Next, be sure you, as well as those that are likely to come on board, are in the best physical condition. Are all the bells and whistles in place? Have you reached out to everyone? It’s time to start the process and this is just the beginning of long-term success. “How can you lose when you’re doing you?” Nas

Libra: A sense of order and determination to accomplish a certain task at this time is about to come into view. There’s an energy flowing that feels more like a familiar past event that’s now reoccurring. This puts you in a better position to grasp the details of the main message this energy is conveying. Close your eyes and only in darkness can you come alive and feel the rebirth that’s stirring inside. So, this week, close the doors and see things for what they are. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” Serena Williams

Scorpio: A mix of a possible career change, pay raise, or perhaps heading in a new direction in the love department is on the table this week. An uptick in conversations with neighbors, friends, or colleagues may help bring light to the situation. The decision is up to you. Are you ready to step out there and get what’s yours? Are you ready to meet the current social engineering changes coming your way? The question becomes who is real, what is fake and what’s factual as well as what’s a lie. And if there are legal or semi-legal matters that need to be dealt with, this is the month to start working on resolving them. “Stop looking back! When your past calls do not pick up! It has nothing new to say.” Joseph Simmons

Sagittarius: A sense and feeling of wholeness and wellbeing in yourself is on your cosmic radar for the better over the next several days. A collective effort on your part with the people you may be working with has all the right ingredients for building and expanding. There’s a boost in your romance and finance departments which should bring a smile to your face. Also, there’s a potential cycle where old debts from the past may come about, that, or perhaps the selling or even purchasing of a house or some kind of property agreement. Overall, the bottom line: this should be a successful week. “You ain’t got but one life. You ought to live it the way you want.” Samuel Jackson