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Horoscope for the Week: August 19, 2022

Tip of the Week:

The Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo on August 22nd or the 23rd in the east to begin the third and final period of summer. It does so with Mars just having entered Gemini where it will remain until March 2023 due to its retrograde cycle. A planet turning retrograde is a perceptual phenomenon, not actual, but the perceptual experience of it has both psychological and eventful implications. What can be described as a counter-culture process occurs with any retrograde planet, but Mars retrograde can prove extra powerful because it is the planet of action, the veritable verb in the sentence. So, we should generally expect it to have an unraveling effect regarding people’s perceptions and interpretations which are symbolically associated with Gemini Where it is destined to occur in your own chart and what aspects it will make and, thereby, how it will manifest is valuable information that can both support you to be consciously aware and strategically prepared.

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

A transition from play to work mode has been underway for a couple of weeks already and now will deepen somewhat. Yet, Venus in Leo will keep you playing the game. Your social focus will also increase as Mercury enters Libra this week. So forget about the cliché that says don’t mix business with pleasure.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

A creative cycle has been heating up and comes to a boil this week. It will include diving in deeper somehow. Casting a critical eye on matters could lead to excellence, unless you point it too hard at people. Focus on making improvements guided by accomplishment with beautiful results.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)

Your energy levels stand to increase steadily over the coming weeks. This will inspire you to be more social, on one hand, and practically industrious, on the other. Exploring new horizons has been a strong theme all year and it will advance to the next level and include more social interaction.

Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22)

Paying closer attention to the details will become evident this week. Seeing the beauty in people and things is featured. Beyond aesthetics alone, your focus could turn to deeper layers, such as seeing the heart, soul and essence of people you love. Feeling gratitude is implied and could have a heart-opening effect.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23)

The time has come to get down to business. This will increase an already strong urge for creative self-expression. Mercury entering Libra will sharpen your mind and increase your overall state of awareness. Mars in Gemini could manifest as a rebellious urge so focus to direct it constructively.

Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22)

The Sun in your sign will activate a pioneering impulse. Sometimes it takes a while to really take root, but the germination begins this week. Yet, rather than getting chatty about it, a contemplative mood will prevail leading you to listen more and talk less. Allow silence to lead you to listen within.

Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Hopefully you have been able to get some of your ‘ya-ya’s’ fulfilled. The shift into Virgo time could have a retreat-oriented effect. Yet, Mercury in your sign could have the opposite effect leading you to want to express yourself. Mars in Gemini will also increase your urge be adventurous.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

A shift into increased independence is likely this week. In the deep end, it could manifest as a soul-searching process. You will likely be presented with conflicting options and discerning which the best approach is will require calculated thinking. Acquiring new tools and methods is indicated.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your mood and focus will shift to more practical matters this week, but not entirely. You will also feel more social and cultural activities will continue to hold strong appeal. Yet, voicing your opinion could acquire a sharper edge as you question assumptions whether they are your own or others.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Virgo time is one during which you are inclined to pay closer attention to the details of the bigger picture. An intellectually stimulating if challenging time could result in seeing people and situations more clearly. Expect your opinion and understanding of matters to undergo change.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19)

An impulse to dive into the deep end could manifest literally or symbolically starting this week. Your perceptions will also take a more philosophical turn as you ask harder questions. The focus could include seeing and understanding people and circumstances more fully.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)                

Your focus will take a strong turn to emphasize the importance and quality of your relationships. These could be personal but also social and professional. Your willingness to give more, to be more focused on tasks is important. Some measure of research is indicated and could prove profitable.
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