Cash Money; Inset: Getty
Cash Money; Inset: Getty

Ready or not, Leo season is here — and so is Mercury retrograde. We do hope that amid the miscommunications, botched plans, and technological malfunctions that the next three weeks will bring (it goes direct again Aug. 19), you don’t forget to bask in the spirit of the season and let yourself shine bright like a lion. Read on for the pop culture that will help you survive the unfavorable planetary aspect and have you roaring in approval this August.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

Summer may be winding down, but you rams have no intention of doing the same. You’ll stay as extreme as ever this month by tuning into ABC’s new reality series Castaways (Aug. 7), in which 12 contestants are forced to survive after getting shipwrecked, individually, on deserted islands in the South Pacific. After watching this first group of brave adventurers pushing themselves to their limits, you’ll have just one question, Where do I t sign up?

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster

The soul of the American Midwest must be Taurean. Earthy, traditional, and strong, it’s got the spirit of the bull (not to mention a lot of actual cattle) all over it. So you’ll feel right at home this August in Ohio (Aug. 21), Stephen Markley’s debut novel about a quartet of former classmates who return to their small Rust Belt hometown and confront the demons of their past. It’s not a sentimental vision of America that a romantic like yourself might think you want. It is, however, a thoughtful examination of the neglected corners of a traumatized country — and one that will pierce your loyal, loving heart.

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GEMINI (May 20 to June 20)

When your ruling planet retrogrades, you do tend to be even more mercurial than usual, sweet twins. It will take one of your own to carry you through temperamental Mercury’s little tantrum, so it’s a good thing fellow Gemini Troye Sivan will be delivering a fresh bouquet of dreamy pop jams on Bloom (Aug. 31), all of which are just as witty, youthful, and lively as you. My, my, my, Gemini!

CANCER (June 21 to July 22)

Your birthday is behind you now, gentle crab, and so are the bittersweet reflections that inevitably come with it. That means the time is right for a little Sweetener (Aug. 17) coming at you from Ariana Grande, who is accessing the full potential of her own deep Cancerian emotional capacity after falling for a Scorpio. Your month in the sun (or, for accuracy’s sake, the sun’s month in Cancer) is good for catharsis, but it’s Leo season now, and you’ve got no tears left to cry.

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22)

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