As our monthly horoscope column reports, Virgos should expect some financial instability this month.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) Financial stability and comfort are important to Virgos, we know. Unfortunately, this birthday month will only strain your bottom line. The good news: your creative powers are at their yearly high right now, and you should make the most of them by embarking on new projects and ideas, even if it's expensive to do so. Your finances can handle it.
Libra (September 23-October 22) Those born under the sign of the scale are usually good with other people, in part thanks to their balanced temperament. But this month Libras will clash with a partner of some sort -- maybe a business partner, maybe even a spouse -- who disagrees with your ideas leaving you feeling insulted and undervalued. Take the criticism humbly now, and your relationship will improve. Keep in mind, gracefully accepting criticism is a trait that even Simon Cowell holds in esteem.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Compared to many of the other signs, Scorpios have a pretty good month ahead. But go into work-related meetings knowing that the investors and potential business associates you're negotiating with are likely to be under high stress thanks to rogue planets in their charts. Now is not the time to be throwing out ultimatums. Check out our article on how to run a calm and effective meeting. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Pluto is in the house of financial activity for Sagittarians this month, meaning there's a storm abrewing, financially-speaking. Keep discretionary spending at an all-time low and money management at an all time high. If you're expecting venture capital, keep regular contact with investors who've promised you funds, even if it means occasionally being a pest.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Mars has moved into your House of Career, and it's hard for you to think of anything but getting ahead this month. The dreams of grandeur should wait, however, until the sun illuminates your chart at the end of August, shedding light on sensible steps you can take to expand your business's reach.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) We're well aware that those born under the sign of the fish have been floundering for the past few months. It's time to join the group and get yourself a business mentor. Check out our handy guide for entrepreneurs seeking the perfect mentor match. Pisces (February 19-March 20) Emotionally-driven reactions in the past haven't proven to take you very far, but the stars are aligned so that your gut feelings will be right on target. You're feeling confident and thoughtful, and your employees are going to like your ideas. Have a product to debut or an investor meeting to schedule? Set it for the first week of September.
Aries (March 21-April 19) Aries entrepreneurs like to go at it alone, and for this reason, August has been a hard month for you. Others have had a large say in how things have gone for you over the past couple weeks, and they'll continue to exert their influence well into September. You may be tempted to butt heads, but don't -- it won't get you any positive results. Instead, take a deep breath and negotiate calmly. (Read our guide to doing so, we know this isn't your strong suit.)
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Bulls usually like to laze around during the summer months. But this year proves to be the exception as Venus enters your House of Work Projects this month, leaving you obsessed with logging office hours and pushing your company forward. It's just too bad all your employees are itching for summer Fridays; this is no one-man job.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) Geminis have to be flexible this month. A few great opportunities disguised as inconveniences are coming your way. Take a closer look at offers that seem like too much work for too little reward. There may be hidden benefits.
Cancer (June 21- July 22) Cancers have some foreign business transactions in the works. Maybe there's someone you met during a trip this summer that seemed quite interested in your company? Reach out and reconnect with him or her. You may be considering an import-export deal, and the stars are looking favorably on such a relationship over the coming weeks. Bonus: Obama already approves of the plan.
Leo (July 23-August 22) It's been a hard few weeks for everybody, and Leos are no exception, though their natural fortitude will help Lions maintain productivity this month as long as they're mindful of the stress everyone else is under. Stay grounded and reasonable, and don't begrudge your employees downtime to relax. A happy employee is the best employee.