Forecast for July 31-Aug. 13

Love and fantasy (or flakiness) go hand in hand when Venus collides with nebulous Neptune on July 31. The new moon eclipse in Leo on Aug. 1 adds a dollop of drama to romance and brings a new cycle of creativity. The urge to pick apart the flaws in your relationship arises as Venus transits through picky Virgo on the 5th-30th. Tempers will flare during an explosive Mars-Uranus opposition on the 6th. On the same day, mixed messages derail communications during a Mercury-Neptune clash. Uncovering what’s hidden is favored when Pluto trines Mercury on the 9th. Clear-headed analysis is heightened when Mercury transits through Virgo on the 10th-28th. Finally, commitment and responsibility are the focus in relationships when dutiful Saturn conjuncts loving Venus on the 13th.

If you know your rising sign from your time of birth, read that too.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Romance sizzles after the new moon, when your artsy projects get a boost as well. A contretemps with a coworker may arise around the 6th. And networking can bring work opportunities from the 5th-30th.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The new moon brings a new cycle of home activities, such as a stint of redecorating and partying at your abode, especially around the 4th. Venus makes romance bloom and inspires your creativity from the 5th-30th.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Pitching your projects and networking place you in the limelight after the new moon. A trip can heighten romance around the 4th. A family conflict may arise around the 6th, but Venus brings pleasurable family interactions from the 5th-30th.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

An iffy financial transaction can mess up your money around July 31 and Aug. 6, but the new moon brings a positive moneymaking opportunity. Your way with words boosts romance after the 5th. Chaos unhinges travel around the 6th.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The new moon in your sign can help manifest your aspirations, so focus on your goals. Mixed messages in romance arise around July 31, but love is divine around Aug. 4. Look for moneymaking opportunities from the 5th-30th.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Taking some quiet time to restore and recharge is needed after the new moon. Anger may get the better of you around the 6th. Your powers of attraction soar after the 5th, and your ideas bring kudos after the 10th.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Your idealism can enhance or upset romance around July 31 or Aug. 6. Promote your creative projects around the 4th. Look for opportunities through friends, groups and community activities after the new moon.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Doors open to career opportunities after the new moon. Mixed messages can upset your plans around July 31 and Aug. 6. Socializing escalates after the 5th, if you don’t let irritation disrupt romance around the 6th.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The new moon opens a window to the future, so heed your intuition on where you need to be. Travel is indicated after the new moon as well. Passion accelerates around the 4th. A rash decision can disrupt your career around the 6th.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Intimate encounters percolate after the new moon, especially around the 4th and 9th. Activities involving joint resources are emphasized after the new moon as well, and travel for pleasure is indicated from the 5th-30th.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The new moon heightens pleasurable partnership activities as well as irritating issues you need to deal with. Miscommunications may arise around July 31 and Aug. 6, but Venus accelerates intimacy after the 5th.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Venus and Mercury heighten intimacy and talks with your significant other (or increase your chances of finding a compatible match) after the 5th. The new moon boosts your creativity, which can manifest in work opportunities.