It would be great to report that everything is coming up roses, but that is only partially true. Mercury enters creative and artistic Leo (4:49AM ) until August 10. Even though Mercury is not necessarily a planet of romance, its presence in Leo can help you communicate loving thoughts to someone near and dear to you. The Moon is always considered exalted and extra strong in Taurus and this morning brings a grand triangle in earth signs as the Moon trines Mars in Virgo (8:01AM ) while also making the same aspect to Jupiter in Capricorn (8:22AM ). Golden opportunities are pervasive across the board, but watch out for some tension and flak coming from a Mercury-Mars 45-degree tie (5:12AM ) and Venus-Pluto contra-parallel (5:36AM ). This latter alignment can manifest as trouble brewing on the love horizon. Nip this in the bud by sharing sensitively with a significant other. The high moment of the day arrives with a splash at 3:05PM when Mars forms a flowing trine(120 degrees) to Jupiter. This Mars-Jupiter harmonious link extends the grand triangle into the afternoon hours and points you toward making gains in big business matters, career pursuits, athletics and publishing ventures. Try to accomplish everything on your to-do list before the Moon squares Neptune (9:53PM ) — a somewhat confusing lunar connection that begins a void cycle that lasts until 8:56AM tomorrow morning. It’s best to finish old business on a high note once the void lunar cycle begins instead of initiating bold ventures that can backfire against you.