Horoscopes: 10-16 August

22 June to 23 July

Expenditure really needs to be better managed, and the solar eclipse will largely encourage you to part with a lot of cash on hobbies, personal passions or the children. You’ll be loved for your largesse, of course, but partners or allies may take a dim view. You have only to scale back a little to please everyone, including yourself.

24 July to 23 August

Leo, solar eclipse is the best moment to launch a new image or look – one that will prove to be highly effective if you don’t overdo it. Now and in the weeks to come, people are more likely to assess you on presentation, looking for instant clues as to what you’re really about. Perhaps consider a professional makeover.

24 August to 23 September

A sense of readying for ‘something’ fills your days – what could it be? If you know already, then work alone as much as is practicable, because your personal input is vital to a project. If you don’t know yet, follow your heart in finding ways to relax and contemplate to build inner reserves. September sees dynamic, welcome changes.

24 September to 23 October

Even if you’re already committed to good causes, a new public or humanitarian issue is likely to grab your attention and galvanise you into action. This you’ll undertake with unusual passion and boldness, so expect a degree of opposition, especially from a powerful group. The effect on you over the next few weeks will be reinvigorating.

24 October 24 to 22 November

The question of your ‘life path’ arises under the solar eclipse, usually denoting one’s career. But it can also include a sense of vocation or mission. A major development in this life area is due, but you’ll have to live with the need to conceal huge passion behind a formal exterior: beware of sounding too ‘emotional’. Talk like a politician.

23 November to 21 December

A legal matter comes to your attention requiring a ‘managed’ response. The risk is that you overreact to a perceived wrong or build up too much expectation of a victory. Success is more likely to be found in seeking a settlement or compromise – a sound option. This benefits you long-term and avoids pouring money down lawyers’ plugholes.

22 December to 20 January

Big changes have prepared you to make alterations in your personal and material life – perhaps to downsize or start a new business. Acknowledging the need to move on is highly constructive, but you may discover that the next life stage does not require as dramatic a revolution as you propose. Allow common sense to be your guide.

21 January to 19 February

One of the great mysteries of life is personal chemistry. Why do we like some people, or are put off by others, within seconds of meeting them? Our instant social reactions are worth re-examining sometimes for what they reveal of ourselves. A new contact in your life causes you to wonder whether you’d be wise to change an attitude.

20 February to 20 March

Health, pets or work is the theme of the solar eclipse this week – and whichever category applies to you, the likelihood is you’ll err towards an extreme. So, you may adopt a weird creature (such as a tarantula), or be tempted to have a ‘vampire facial’ (Google it). Succumb if you must to caprice, but be warned of unintended consequences.

21 March to 20 April

Exuberance is at a maximum high – only the unwise will stand between you and your pleasures. Rapture is a distinct possibility, even if an authority figure pulls faces at your antics. You have to deal with the fact that some people cannot be won over. Just live and let live. So far as your life is concerned, carry on regardless.

21 April to 21 May

Someone you’re thinking of calling to do a job in the house (such as a painter and decorator or roofer) is best researched first. The internet has loads of review sites where past customers rate the service. Alas, you may find that your choice has a woeful record, but think of the money you save on not hiring a dud.

22 May to 21 June

A hyper-busy time is forecast, which suits your temperament. Letters, texts, voicemail: a cacophony of requests and interactions. The main source has to do with work, which threatens to become burdensome. Are you taking on too much? Also, consider whether all this effort is producing an adequate return. Perhaps not. Focus more on profitable results.