CELEBRITY Bucks resident Russell Grant’s weekly Bucks Free Press horoscope from Saturday, August 17:


You’re more aware of the influence and power you seem to have over some people. This helps you use the power of suggestion to your advantage. At the same time, it’s important to bear in mind the needs and interests of your friends and loved ones. Are you single? Your personal charisma will attract a new admirer. One moment you will be head over heels in love then the next you aren’t sure how you really feel. Time alone will tell.


You’re wondering how you might pay for a future holiday. It might be easier than you expect to arrange finances so you can afford some extravagant pleasures. Think about releasing funds that are tied up in investments that have past their best. If you can’t get away at the moment, you need to be with friends. Throw a party or take your favourite person and paint the town red. It is time to let your hair down.


You’re naturally charming and attractive. People are enchanted by your delightful company. Your imaginative ideas will enhance romance. If you’re half of a duo and you have recently argued, now is a good time to mend broken fences. Some financial carelessness could send social plans into a tailspin so keep an eye on your spending. There are many ways to enjoy yourself without it costing a lot. Having fun should not depend on extravagance.


You’re active and alert and you want to get ahead. Once you have set your goals, you will be determined to achieve them. If and when obstacles get in your way, you will behave is if they don’t exist. This keeps you moving forward. Are you trying too hard to impress a romantic interest? If they are as interested in you as you are in them, all you have to do is be yourself.


Opportunities to improve your lifestyle will make you feel as if you’re the luckiest Leo on earth. You will feel especially inspired by someone you meet who is from a different background. Travelling should pose no problems. A friend will volunteer to water your plants or look after a pet while you are away. Private talks could mark the start of a new romance or bring the end of an inconvenient arrangement.


You will enjoy some luck in family related projects. Socialising will not be a top priority but partnerships and family are important. If someone special needs you, there is no question about it, you will be there for them. You could come up with a clever solution to a domestic problem. It might require some daring to carry your intentions through. There are some decisions you have to make on your own.


Job, health and financial progress can be made now. All you have to do is stick to acceptable and proven routines. Be sensible and avoid risks. If you need a partner’s consent before going ahead with some plans, be honest in all communications. An exciting new relationship will begin. This gives you a whole new lease on life. If you’ve been single for a while it might feel strange yet special to start thinking in terms of ‘we’.


Your perception and intuition are extra sharp. Your intuition will guide you to pursuits that make your life meaningful. Someone will try to talk you out of your decisions but if you feel the time is right to make some changes, trust your instincts. It isn’t luck that has brought you the success you are enjoying now. It is hard work and perseverance that has earned you some substantial rewards.


Life in the slow lane appeals to you about as much as a week in the company of a boring friend. You want to have some fun. You want to be active and to make good use of your skills and creativity. You need action and to see results of that activity. A passive aggressive person will try to influence you in a subtle way. Don’t take the bait. No one should make you feel guilty about following your passion.


It will be hard to understand a moody friend early on. Nothing you say or do will please them and eventually you will just want to avoid their company. The clouds will roll back later when the atmosphere between you will change dramatically for the better. A re-evaluation of your life, relationships and goals could lead to you deciding you’re in need of something new and different. Get ready for a whirlwind of activity.


You really want to believe someone is serious about the wonderful promises they are making. Deep down you know there has to be a catch somewhere. Friends will mean well but their advice will muddle your thinking. Trust your own good judgement. You don’t want to put your trust in the wrong person. If work and other commitments have put you under pressure, laughter will be the best medicine. It’s also important to get out and enjoy some fresh air.


Life is fun and some social events will be hilarious. You might feel you have never enjoyed life as much as you do now. Are you single? Channel your high spirits into flattering someone you are attracted to. A team spirit is present at home and in the workplace. Conversations in the family will be lively and interesting. Joint agreements are made and an older relative will give useful advice on how to resolve a problem.