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Your Weekly Horoscopes: August 16 to 22, 2020

We’ve made it to the final sun-drenched week of Leo season, and a new moon in Leo on Tuesday the 18th is an appropriately dramatic finale. This new moon happens as the sun meets Mercury and makes a supportive connection to Mars, increasing both our mental and physical productivity. We’ve desperately needed this boost all summer, so let’s not take it for granted. With fire signs calling the shots, our impulse is extravagance. But Mercury enters Virgo on Wednesday the 19th and the sun follows suit on Saturday the 22nd (happy birthday to all the sexy and meticulous Virgo babes out there, including Zendaya, Beyonce and Keanu Reeves), it’s better to use the second half of the week for setting realistic goals. Actionable steps make our dreams a reality.

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

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5 Virgo  

This week’s new moon on the 18th reveals a joint venture or investment opportunity that you shouldn’t pass up. The catch, however, is you have no control over the outcome. Whether you’re handing over money to your business partner, sending off a grant application or just trusting a new accountant with your past due taxes, remember that your gut instinct was that this was a good idea. Breathing and meditation helps calm your nerves. Then as your season begins on the 22nd, you start seeing results and regain your control.

This week’s mantra: Let go of the outcome.

6 Libra  

With Venus in Cancer and your career sector this month, you’ve been feeling both extremely seen and extremely vulnerable. When an exciting new client or side hustle comes your way at the new moon on the 18th, try to set aside your doubts so you don’t miss this opportunity. This project requires a commitment through next year, so make sure you trust your partner(s) in crime. As the sun enters Virgo and your unconscious sector on the 22nd, welcome the chance to work out more details behind the scenes.

This week’s mantra: You know who you trust.

7 Scorpio  

With the new moon on the 18th comes a breakthrough about your career. You’re inspired to follow your higher purpose. Apply for that field organizer job on a local campaign or start an initiative at the office that benefits not only yourself but all of your coworkers too. Though it requires an incredible amount of thankless work, Mars in your daily grind sector through January 2021 gives you the energy to get it done. As the sun moves into Virgo on the 22nd, offers come in from friends and colleagues to help with the plan.

This week’s mantra: Aim higher.

8 Sagittarius  

destination. The new moon on the 18th highlights your travel and higher learning sector, and since it’s unlikely that you’re hopping on a plane, try getting more creative with your methods of escape. Once Virgo season begins on the 22nd, you’re hyper-focused on your career and image and obsessed with being seen in the best possible light. Enjoy some frivolity or have a spiritual experience while you can.

This week’s mantra: Escape can be productive.


At the new moon on the 18th, be sure you’re making the right deal. It might feel like the stars have aligned for a freelance job or creative collaboration, but something in your gut tells you to walk away. You struggle with finding balance while working on a team so don’t get into something that leaves you learning the same old lesson. Besides, you have a lot of internal work to do for the rest of the year. As Virgo season begins on the 22nd, you’re comfortable admitting that you’d rather take some time away.

This week’s mantra: You don’t have to do anything.

10 Aquarius  

This week’s new moon on the 18th brings some fresh perspective to a cringeworthy romantic situation. Maybe you DM’ed your crush and got left on read. Maybe your new boyfriend said “I love you” too soon. Or maybe your attempts to open up your relationship ended after the first right swipe. Communication is hard—and for you it’s especially hard with Mars in Aries and your communication sector for the rest of the year. But nothing is resolved with silence. As Virgo season begins on the 22nd, you’re ready to forget romance and lose yourself in some collaborative work instead.

This week’s mantra: Don’t be silent.

11 Pisces  

You’ve spent the summer enmeshed in busy work for your boss, entertainment for your kids or emotional labor for your roommate. And at the new moon on the 18th, you finally get a treat (or a raise!) in return. With Mars in your cash flow sector until January 2021, you’re inclined to question your worth, but you really do deserve something for your efforts. As the sun enters Virgo on the 22nd, your mind shifts to your most important relationships and commitments. How can you better share responsibilities?

This week’s mantra: Relax into the work ahead.

12 Aries  

If you want something—a lover, a new job, a fun and easy day trip with your kids—you can make it happen. But that’s the thing: You have to make it happen. No one else can do it for you. At the new moon on the 18th, your cup runneth over with creative inspiration…or maybe just a new crush. And though your immediate impulse is to go after your heart’s desire with your usual spunk and aggression, this time it’s more about the long game. Focus on the method.

This week’s mantra: Follow your heart, but with a plan.

1 Taurus  

Trust that you belong wherever you are, dear Taurus. With your ruling planet Venus still making her way through Cancer, you’re on a nostalgia bender. How can you focus on the future when there’s so much to love about the past? At the new moon on the 18th, follow some unexpected inspiration and use it to spruce up your house. Can’t stop thinking about the dense forest you were running through in your dreams? Capture that resplendent greenery in some new throw pillows for your couch. Create your own otherworldly palace.

This week’s mantra: Your comfort is your reality.

2 Gemini  

You want something. Desperately. And this week, your friends are nagging you to just go for it. As Mercury—your ruling planet—meets the sun on the 17th, you might as well take a risk. Call the broker about your dream apartment. Confront your roommate about her inability to clean. Or swipe right on that cute ex-coworker who keeps popping up on Tinder. The new moon the 18th gives you inspiration to plan your next move and as Mercury enters Virgo on the 19th, you’re prepared to tend to every possible detail.

This week’s mantra: Start the project.

3 Cancer  

This week’s new moon on the 18th brings good news for your bank account. Unfortunately, the influx of cash comes with a lot of added responsibility and extra work. Though you have the energy to plow through everything right away, try to pace yourself. Mars will be in your career and reputation sector until January 2021 and for the rest of the year, it’s impossible to shake the feeling that you have something to prove. Virgo season’s arrival on the 22nd is a refreshing excuse to sort through your inbox and get ahead on communication.

This week’s mantra: Pace yourself.

4 Leo  

This week’s new moon in Leo on the 18th is, of course, the perfect excuse to keep celebrating your fabulous self. So wear those cute heels you bought from an Instagram ad and take yourself out for a glass of your favorite wine. But this lunation is about more than just looking and feeling good. It’s a spiritual self-care—a time to take stock on your beliefs. As the sun moves into Virgo and your finance sector on the 22nd, reflect on how your spending can better match your values.

This week’s mantra: Nurture your beliefs.

Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. You can follow her on Instagram @jaimeallycewright or subscribe to her newsletter.

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