Your Weekly Horoscopes: August 13 to 19, 2023

Prepare for sudden clarity around art, beauty and relationships

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Venus goes into the heart of the sun on the 13th—meaning the two planets meet at the same degree of the same sign, this time at 20º Leo—marking the halfway point of the love planet’s retrograde. This aspect (known by astrologers as a cazimi) brings clarity around art, beauty and relationships of all kinds. Though this moment of calm might be short lived, these revelations help us set intentions around desire at the new moon in Leo on the 16th.

This week also has the Sun squaring off with innovative Uranus on the 15th while Mars forms a supportive trine with the rebellion planet on the 16th. Expect the unexpected when it comes to this week’s breakthroughs and revelations. What you actually want probably isn’t what you thought you wanted. Embrace change.

Important Dates This Week:

  • 13th Venus retrograde cazimi
  • 15th Sun square Uranus
  • 16th Mars trine Uranus, New Moon @ 23º Leo

(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign too will provide further insight.)

Your Monthly Horoscopes: August 2023

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(March 21 - April 19)

This summer’s Venus retrograde has brought issues of the heart to the forefront for you, Aries. If you’re single, you’re pondering what you’re really looking for when it comes to love. If you’re partnered, you’re contemplating whether or not you want kids or how you can spice up your romantic life. As Venus meets the sun on the 13th, clarity arrives about what you really want, not what your friends tell you that you should.

This week’s mantra: “Mine.”

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(April 20 - May 20)

As your ruling planet Venus meets the sun on the 13th, you too are at a major turning point. This summer has been all about considering what you really want on a foundational level and this week, the renovations begin! This is a more introspective time for you and your biggest shifts are happening on an internal level. Take it slow. There’s plenty of time to build things up.

This week’s mantra: “Steady.”

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(May 21 - June 20)

The new moon in Leo on the 16th is a great opportunity for you to reset boundaries around your communications. This summer has been highly stimulating and it’s been hard to turn your brain off and close the laptop at the end of the day. Setting limits around screen time, work emails and checking the group chat clears your mind.

This week’s mantra: “Simplify.”

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(June 21 - July 22)

The new moon in Leo on the 16th is both an ending and a new beginning for your income and overall financial situation. If you’ve been struggling to catch up on bills or to make ends meet, this lunation provides a new outlook for your situation while also giving you opportunities to earn more. It’s also a potent moment to evaluate what you already have. What don’t you need? Can you give it away?

This week’s mantra: “Secure.”

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(July 23 - Aug 22)

This week’s new moon on the 16th brings some unexpected revelations about your image, identity or health. You may feel called to change up your style, shift your diet or bleach your hair. While it’s probably best to wait until after Venus retrograde (so post-September 3rd) to do anything drastic to your appearance, there’s nothing wrong with taking the cue to switch things up.

This week’s mantra: “Vision board.”

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(August 23 - September 23)

This week’s new moon in Leo on the 16th is your cue to take a break. You’ve been happiest at a remove this summer and this lunation invites you to put on “Do Not Disturb” and go on retreat. Think about what was stressing you out six months ago. Have you let that go or are you still in the throes of it? Take some time this week to release some of that heavy baggage.

This week’s mantra: “Solo.”

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(September 23 - October 21)

If you’ve been struggling, you’ll be happy to hear that help is on the way! Venus meets the sun on the 13th bringing revelations about not only what kind of help you need but also who should be helping you. The new moon on the 16th opens up a new chapter of reciprocity between you and your friends, audience and community. Who shows up for you might be unexpected.

This week’s mantra: “Care.”

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(October 22 - November 21)

You’ve been craving a fresh start for your public image and this week’s new moon on the 16th is here to provide one. Whether you’re starting a new job, taking the first steps to change your career or hitting the reset button on your relationship with your boss, you’re shaken out of a dissatisfying pattern. Change is hard but staying where you feel stuck is harder. Keep going.

This week’s mantra: “Freedom.”

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(November 22 - December 21)

The new moon in Leo on the 16th opens you up to some fresh and unexpected perspectives. Whether it’s a breakthrough in yoga or meditation class, starting a new language on Duolingo or spending hours lost in your favorite museum, this week is all about clarity through learning and expanding your mind. Keep asking questions.

This week’s mantra: “Ask.”

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(December 22 - January 19)

As Venus retrograde meets the sun in Leo on the 13th, you’re ready to put some stressful power dynamics to rest. Whether you’re getting a mortgage, going to couple’s therapy or seeing a grief counselor, there’s a lot to process but a fresh start has you feeling optimistic. Don’t be afraid to go deep.

This week’s mantra: “Dig.”

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(January 20 - February 18)

You’ve been in a process of evaluating your closest relationships all summer and this week provides a fresh—albeit complicated—fresh start. In all the tumult of the past few years, you’ve had intimacy on autopilot, and haven’t put much thought into what you actually want. What feels difficult right now might not be the relationship itself but the uncomfortable feelings around asking for what you want.

This week’s mantra: “Claim.”

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(February 19 - March 20)

The new moon in Leo on the 16th offers you a chance to reset your routines and renew commitments to your health. This summer has been a major reassessment of how you care for yourself on the day to day and what kind of support you need from others. Think about how busy and overwhelmed you were six months ago and how life feels much quieter now. Now’s the time to take on more aligned responsibilities.

This week’s mantra: “Centered.”

Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. You can subscribe to her newsletter for more musings on the stars.



Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...