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Your Weekly Horoscopes: August 14 to 20, 2022

Leo season is supposed to be emboldening and glam, but if the last few weeks have felt more like college finals week, you’re not alone! This energy peaks on the 14th as the sun faces off with rigid Saturn, an aspect that has us all coming up against limits. The positive side of this aspect is that it’s the perfect energy for creating clear boundaries. Mars connects with Pluto on the same day giving us the courage to go ahead despite feeling vulnerable.

Things lighten up as the week continues (thank goddess!) as Mercury trines Uranus on the 16th and Venus trines Jupiter on the 18th, bringing insight, indulgence and some revelry to the forefront. Then on the 20th, Mars enters Gemini. The action planet usually spends six weeks in a sign, but due to an upcoming retrograde, Mars will be in the sign of the twins until late March 2023! Under this influence, we move through the world with more spontaneity and adventure, and deal with conflict through lengthy text exchanges. Yes, things could get chaotic, but as Mars in Gemini native Steve Martin once said, “Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.” For the next seven months, there will be plenty of ideas and possibly too many words so get ready to talk it all out.

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


The week begins with some disappointment. Your car needs to get fixed so you’re stuck taking on extra shifts at work to cover the repairs, and missing out on a good time with friends. It feels like such a sacrifice, but for now, this should be the last of the financial blows. Things lighten up by the end of the week though, especially once your ruling planet Mars enters Gemini on the 20th, allowing you to get back to socializing and your usual routines. Take a run or bike ride around the neighborhood this weekend to celebrate!

This week’s mantra: “Keep moving!”

The beginning of the week has you feeling frustrated with your lack of work/life balance. As much as you say you want to log off of your email everyday by 6 p.m. or refuse to answer your boss’s texts on the weekends, you’re always making exceptions. As your ruling planet Venus connects with expansive Jupiter on the 18th, you’re inspired to take a personal day or at least an afternoon away from the laptop. Even just a few hours of cleaning and cooking is good for your soul.

This week’s mantra: “Take a break.”

At the beginning of the week, you’re feeling disappointed about where you’re currently at versus where you think you should be. Your daily life isn’t matching up to your long term dreams, but try to think about where you were at this time last year and how far you’ve come since then! Take some time to meditate (or simply zone out with a podcast for a couple hours) on the 16th and let inspiration come to you. With Mars entering your sign for an extended stay on the 20th, you’re about to have a lot more energy to put yourself out there.

This week’s mantra: “I embrace where I’m at today.”

You’ve accomplished so much this year! You got a raise! You upgraded your wardrobe! You bought the sectional sofa of your dreams! But as the week begins, you might be feeling like what you have just isn’t enough as a reminder about taxes or credit cards or your BFF’s higher salary sends you into a state of compare and despair. This feeling won’t last forever though, or even until the end of the week. Benefic planets Venus and Jupiter connect on the 18th bringing a sweet career or money making opportunity that increases your confidence.

This week’s mantra: “Abundance flows in my direction.”

Last week’s full moon brought a critical moment for one of your closest relationships, and as the week begins you might be feeling some regret or disappointment about what transpired. It’s never easy to set boundaries, but just because someone is upset doesn’t mean it was the wrong decision. Things lighten up as love planet Venus connects with bountiful Jupiter on the 18th bringing a boost in confidence to end your birthday season in style! Whether it’s trying a new restaurant, getting into deep conversations with your favorite people or taking a class you’ve always wanted to try, spend the weekend expanding your mind!

This week’s mantra: “If I learned something, it was worth it.”

The week begins with you feeling like you’ll never be free from the grind, like the responsibilities just keep getting piled on and the bureaucracy never ends. Luckily on the 16th, your ruling planet Mercury connects with innovative Uranus bringing unexpected inspiration and a reminder that your life won’t always be such a slog. Then on the 20th, Mars moves into Gemini giving you more energy to go after professional goals or simply get out of the house to enjoy yourself more. Your hard work is paying off!

This week’s mantra: “Inspiration will find me.”

At the beginning of the week, you’re feeling plenty of support from friends and community as you go after what you want—whether that’s a new artistic project, romantic involvement or the decision to have another kid. But you’re also feeling the weight of responsibility and commitment. As your ruling planet Venus connects with motivating Jupiter on the 18th, an inspiring talk with a friend or lover reminds you of all the ways in which you’re very capable. Keep pursuing your dreams!

This week’s mantra: “Joy is my prerogative.”

At the start of the week, you’re facing some tough realizations about how difficulties at home or with your family have derailed you from pursuing your own goals over the course of this year. Your foundational issues are very real, but you also have to keep living your life! Your ruling planet Mars moves into Gemini and your shared resources sector on the 20th to stay until March 2023. This long-term influence is here to help you untangle some ongoing power dynamics and get the support you need to live your best life!

This week’s mantra: “Stick with the process.”

As the week begins, you’re feeling overwhelmed by the details that must be worked out before you take your next trip, begin your next course of study, or dive into a new spiritual practice. Yes, even the most “divine” parts of life sometimes require paperwork! By the 16th though, you have the course fees paid and the hotels booked, and you’re ready to enjoy the ride! Then action planet Mars moves into Gemini and your relationship sector on the 20th for an extended stay, bringing up the question: Who do you want beside you on your next journey?

This week’s mantra: “I’m inspired by who surrounds me.”

Last week’s full moon brought some interesting news about your personal finances or income, and as this week begins, you’re in the thick of figuring out how to share what you gained (or what remains) wisely. Making spreadsheets about paying off your debt is never sexy, but it is necessary! Action planet Mars enters Gemini and your daily grind sector on the 20th, heralding an extended period of working hard and getting back into shape. Start thinking about how you can improve both your work flow and your fitness over the next seven months.

This week’s mantra: “I release what isn’t mine.”

Last week’s full moon in your sign brought up some big feelings. In many ways, you are your own biggest critic, and the pressure you put on yourself has reached a breaking point. As the week begins, you begrudgingly accept some encouraging support from a friend even though you feel like a failure. This low moment passes by the 18th when sweet Venus connects with generous Jupiter inspiring you to reach out to more friends and get more involved with the local community. You can’t do everything alone, but so many people are willing to help. Just ask.

This week’s mantra: “I ask and I receive.”

As the week begins, you’re feeling a bit defeated over drama at work or a health issue that persists despite your best efforts to take care of yourself. Though it seems like the best option is to isolate, talking things out with your partner or a friend is what eases your mind. Relief also comes as Venus connects with your ruling planet Jupiter on the 18th, a transit that spells “Treat yourself!” Even if it’s just splurging on a nice salad for lunch, you deserve this indulgence!

This week’s mantra: “I deserve good people and good things.”

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