A key project or development really can progress under these astrological influences, so take the initiative and set the ball rolling, especially with travel, written work, communications, publishing and personal development.
However, Mercury is also known as the 'trickster' of planetary influences, so beware of tricky negotiations and people who may have self-interest at the top of their agenda.
Chiron's alignment opposite Jupiter at the weekend will put various agendas in perspective. This can be a truly healing time, but vulnerabilities and sensitivities may also come to the fore. Avoid: taking backwards steps just because you feel under pressure; wait until after the weekend if possible to make serious decisions, when Saturn will end its retrograde phase and constructive, practical steps can be taken once more next week.
Astro data: Mercury trine Pluto, August 10 GMT; August 11 AEST; Chiron opposite Jupiter, August 13; Saturn station, Saturday, August 13. Photo: Lachlan Manley Photography.