Your Horoscope For This Week — Aug 23 2015

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Bring back the love, stargazers! This week, expressive Mercury moves into Libra — the heavenly peacekeeper and zodiac’s romantic — and bunks there until November 1. Normally, the messenger planet speeds through a sign in three short weeks. But due to an upcoming retrograde (we know, we know) from September 17 to October 9, Mercury is on an extended tour in Libraland. Relax, you have plenty of time to prepare for that AND to enjoy the cooperative vibes that Mercury in Libra can bring. Start discussing formal collaborations now, whether you’re looking for a bedroom or a boardroom buddy. If there are contracts involved, get ‘em signed before September 17 or try to wait until mid-October to make it all official.

On Saturday, the full moon in poetic Pisces can turn us all into bliss bunnies. We’ll rock the rose-colored glasses, spit rhymes like Rumi, and generally just want to escape the pressures of the world. Squeeze in one last summer festival, epic DJ set, or beach trip. But don’t lose sight of boundaries and limits or the post-party crash could be painful. People’s true motives could be illuminated under this full moon, busting through illusion (or delusion). Here’s hoping they’re on the side of good!
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Virgo
Is it any surprise that a Virgo (modernist architect Louis Sullivan) coined the phrase “form follows function?” You’ll happily embrace that practical principle for the next ten weeks as your ruling planet Mercury hunkers down for a long stay in Libra and your sensible second house. You love the bells and whistles, but don’t add them in until you’ve made sure your foundation is rock-solid. Apply this to everything: your finances, decor, dating style, even the way you schedule your workdays. You’ll save a bundle and have time to spare once you do. Socialize strategically! A money-making opportunity could come via your network of friends — or past colleagues — while Mercury is retrograde from September 17 to October 9.

Saturday’s full moon in Pisces lights up your seventh house of relationships, helping you make a partnership “officially official.” Double down! Joining forces with an attractive opposite will be a real win-win. Don’t worry about sacrificing your independence. If this union is meant to be, the loss of your “freedom” will be trumped by the bliss of being together. If you’re already part of a twosome (for business or pleasure) the deal could sweeten and might even include a new contract or some sparkly jewelry on that finger. Of course, Virgos who know it’s time to call things off will find the courage to walk away.
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Libra
Let the reinvention tour begin! Messenger Mercury makes an extended stay in Libra from Thursday until November 1. Step into fall with a brand new style — not just on the surface, but in the way you express yourself. With the garrulous planet buoying your courage, you’ll have an easier time asserting yourself and boldly sharing ideas. Pitch, perform, present! You’ll have them at hello. And forget about being a follower. Libra the Leader is in the house now. Let your competitive spirit out to play. The cream always rises to the top. One hitch: From September 17 to October 9, Mercury will be retrograde in your sign, so find better dates for practicing your lines and developing your big ideas behind the scenes.

This Saturday, the full moon falls in Pisces and your sixth house of health, lifting you back onto the wellness wagon. Newsflash: Coronas, corn dogs, and cronuts do not add up to a complete meal. It’s not that you can’t enjoy a guilty pleasure, but opt for a healthier brand of hedonism, too. Heap more greens onto your plate and make movement a priority. Meet friends for yoga or hours of dancing this weekend instead of lounging at the pool in a post-brunch food coma. This full moon could bring some major devs at work in the two weeks that follow. Make sure your efforts are being properly recognized, even if you have to do some shameless self-promotion.
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Scorpio
Boundaries! We teach people how to treat us, Scorpio. This week, Mercury moves into your 12th house of transitions until November 1, flashing a code red martyr alert. Giving ‘til it hurts may SEEM noble, but in reality, it does you a disservice since it rarely engenders the appreciation you deserve. If a relationship has become lopsided, this is the time to pull back instead of doing more, more, more. Better yet, how about making clear requests? People CAN surprise you and step up. Do a little personal reflection, too: Are you the one treading close to user-friendly terrain? (Gulp.) While it’s fine to “network,” take time to nurture genuine connections with the people you see on a regular basis or they could feel like pawns on your chessboard.

On Saturday, Scorpio, Unbound is in the house! The full moon in Pisces electrifies your passionate, theatrical, and expressive fifth house. While you like to fly under the radar, this weekend you are having a rare, live-out-loud moment. For a change, you won’t mind that everyone’s eyes are on you. Use the two weeks following the full moon to promote your talents or draw attention to a project you’re passionate about. Who knows? You could be tapped by a style blogger when walking down the street or pulled from your cubicle to take on a leadership position at work. Romantically, this full moon is a heart-opener. Hello, end-of-summer lovin! It could even bring an engagement or pregnancy for some Scorpios.
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Sagittarius
Make room for more friends, Sagittarius — yes, even if you THOUGHT you were at max capacity. Your summer-into-fall is off to a social start as garrulous Mercury moves into Libra and your teamwork sector until November 1. Rather than burning out with one-on-one hangs, pick up the social organizer’s baton and put some weekly “come one, come all” events on the calendar: happy hours, karaoke nights, or potlucks if you have the space to host. That community spirit could extend to work-related projects, too. Join forces with other free thinkers, or at least hit up some networking events before it gets lonely at the top. But you’ll have to be discerning about who you let in while Mercury is retrograde from September 17 to October 9. One rotten apple can spoil the barrel or sink the ship.

This week, pause to honor your emotions — before an epic meltdown overtakes you. With Saturday’s full moon in Pisces and your sentimental fourth house, you may realize that you’ve glossed over some upset feelings. A heart-to-heart with a girlfriend or family member may be the remedy, especially if they’ve been doing more taking than giving lately. Ready to renovate a room or move to a home that feels more like a sanctuary? The two weeks following the full moon are prime time for this. Get the plans underway before Mercury goes retro September 17.
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Capricorn
Break out those killer Capricorn moves! Your need to succeed reaches a fever pitch as messenger Mercury revs his engines in your career sector until November 1. With this social planet at the helm, it really IS all about who you know. Network, join industry groups, and ask your well-connected friends to make introductions. Does your professional image need polishing up? Get your working wardrobe game up to snuff and hire a graphic designer if you need cards or a website. The brass ring is in your crosshairs and your competitive nature is stoked. Just don’t tread into cutthroat terrain, Capricorn, especially while Mercury is retrograde from September 17 to October 9. Your relationships with men will take a turn for the better. Enjoy being one of the boys!

Saturday’s full moon in Pisces helps you radar in on your kindred spirits. Bring on the dynamic duos! Someone with BFF potential could show up on the scene or you could hit the big time as part of a star-powered twosome. Action heats up locally, too, as this full moon illuminates opportunities right in your own backyard. Keep your antennas up when you’re flowing through your daily routines. You’ve been overlooking the obvious, Cap!
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Aquarius
How about a little levity for your life? After an intense summer, you could use some laughter. Good news! This week, social Mercury bursts into your jovial, adventurous ninth house, making you feel like your fun-loving self again. Better still, Mercury will hang in this zone until November 1, three times the length of its normal stay. Before you can cut loose, you may have to clean house. Step one: Kill the drama. Put the kibosh on complaining, gossiping, and criticizing among your crew. Step two: travel often. Go explore new corners of the world with your sweetie, BFFs, or even solo! Long-distance connections will strengthen for the coming two months. Reunite with a travel buddy or friend who moved away while Mercury is retrograde from September 17 to October 9.

Saturday’s full moon in your second house of finances makes you “so money,” baby. A well-deserved raise or promotion could come this week or you could radar in on a dream job and get your résumé to the top of the pile. Be careful though, because your urge to splurge will be equally strong. No need to make it rain just because you’re bringing in bank. Sift through your budget before you indulge in a big-ticket item. This luxe buy might require you to save up for a while — so you don’t burn through your September rent.
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Pisces
Slip on the spy goggles and go undercover. Messenger Mercury slinks through your mysterious eighth house from Thursday until November 1, luring you into the chamber of secrets. You’ll be more interested in reading between the lines than taking anything at face value. If you’ve ever had interest in a mystical topic (learning to read palms or do past life regressions, for example), now is the time to dive in. And even if that’s too “woo” for you, you’ll crave more private time to relax and unwind with your thoughts. But you won’t necessarily be alone. This sultry Mercury phase can heat things up in the bedroom. Relationships intensify and you’ll need to hash out your exclusivity clause. Careful, though! Jealousy could get the best of you while Mercury is retrograde from September 17 to October 9. You could even hear from an ex, but opening that door again will be complicated.

Saturday’s brilliant full moon is in YOUR sign — one of the most magical days of your year. Shine on, Pisces! A personal goal that you’ve been working on for the past six months could come to a successful milestone. This could even bring you fame and acclaim. Don’t hesitate to self-promote: The Instagrams and videos you post could go viral, making you an overnight superstar. Are you in need of a wakeup call? It will be hard to avoid the truth about yourself over the two weeks to follow the full moon. Don’t ignore the calling to make a change and better your life. It’s time to embrace the new!
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Aries
It’s commitment time, Aries. So...are you in or out? This week, messenger Mercury heads into Libra until November 1, making it easier to negotiate those two-person mergers. Admit it: You can go ghost pretty quickly when the going gets tough. But don’t — not until you at least try to work out a compromise. Over the next two months, single Rams could meet a mate through the introduction of mutual friends. An ex could even return while Mercury is retrograde from September 17 to October 9. If reliving that chapter is a personal nightmare, do the damage control now.

This weekend’s mantra comes courtesy of the late Biggie Smalls: "Give to the needy, not the greedy." With Saturday’s full moon in your compassionate 12th house, you’re brimming over with caring vibes. But making sacrifices for people who never seem to appreciate all that you do? Stop. It. Now. Let the moonbeams illuminate a place where you can genuinely make a difference — and for people who deserve your time and care. There could be some bittersweet transitions this week, too. Let go so that you can grow, even if the change is uncomfortable at first.
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Taurus
Mission: Efficiency time has begun! Grab the power drill and the label maker, Taurus. From Thursday until November 1, Mercury moves through your savvy, systematic sixth house. Hey, if you want to organize your life into a Venn diagram, we’re not judging you. Go ahead and get granular — and bring on the life hacks, because you’re going to need to be more intentional about how you spend your time. When you’re not building bookshelves and color-coding the tomes by spine like this bookshelf porn, you’ll be dragging piles of paper to the shredder and selling your outgrown couture on eBay.

Saturday’s full moon in your collaborative 11th house brings cause for a mass celebration. A shared effort of the past six months could come to a major milestone — or maybe you just want to let your crew know how much you adore them. If you’re not feeling “dream team” vibes with your current crew, don’t hang on out of habit. This is the time where you graciously bow out and find a bigger pond to splash around in. This tech-savvy full moon inspires some Bulls to jump into the app game, develop a website, or start a YouTube channel. Already have something in the works? Saturday — and the two weeks to follow — and an optimal time for a launch.
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Gemini
Move over, Kylie Jenner. Someone else is having a moment in love this week — and yes, that would be you, Gemini. With your ruling planet Mercury moving into Libra until November 1, passion starts percolating. Find your personal Tyga and enjoy the spoils of romance — whether it turns into a happily ever after or not. This Mercury cycle helps you promote yourself, too. Step into a leadership role or keep the ‘grams coming fast and furious. The ceiling can’t hold you! But circle September 17 to October 9 as blackout dates for making any controversial moves. Mercury will be retrograde then, which can cause your important message to get lost in translation.

Success is in the stars this week, too — or a major career change. Saturday’s full moon lights up your 10th house of success, giving you two weeks to really step up your game. Your hard work of the past six months could pay off with a promotion, raise, or a fancy new title — at a brand new company even. Have you been a summer slacker? This full moon launches you back into an ambitious groove. Think bigger and aim higher, even if you still have some dues to pay.
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Cancer
Gather your girl gang! Social Mercury moves into Libra until November 1, lighting up your feminine fourth house. The ladies in your life will be the star players for this two-month phase. Get out and mingle with new groups; but circle September 17 to October 9 for nostalgic reunions while Mercury is retrograde. And don’t forget to reconnect with the women on your family tree, too. With Mercury here, your mind will be on domestic matters, whether you’re styling your apartment or looking for a new place to hang your wide-brimmed hat. Get those decorating plans in motion before the retrograde, too!

Saturday’s soul-baring full moon in Pisces pries the lock off your chamber of secrets. Trust us, this is for the best. Let people know where you stand on issues — and ask for the same authentic communication in return. This may redirect the flow of relationships, but at least you can connect from an honest place. Wanderlust strikes, making this the perfect weekend to squeeze in one more summer getaway. A professional travel opportunity could pop up out of the blue or you could lock down a long-distance collaboration.
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Leo
Think globally, explore locally. Curious Mercury kicks off a ten-week trek through your zone of hometown happenings. Sating your wanderlust could be as easy as knocking on your neighbor’s apartment door or strolling down the avenue to scout out yoga studios, paint and sips, improv workshops, and so on. Is the cultural landscape in your ‘hood as barren as the Mojave desert? Talk to a local venue about hosting events. Use that Leo creativity to create a scene: trivia nights, karaoke, whatever floats your boat. You’ll have the gift of gab now, too. Look out world — loquacious Leo is on the loose! But you’ll have to drop the #nofilters routine while Mercury is retrograde from September 17 to October 9.

Saturday’s full moon in Pisces and your eighth house of perma-bonding finds you playing for keeps. Bring on the mergers and acquisitions! Relationships that have been relegated to the casually undefined category could hit a milestone moment. So...are you in or are you out? Decide now or a good one could slip away. A big money opportunity could land in your lap within two weeks of the full moon. That could involve a commission check, inheritance, or the sale of property — anything from your co-op building apartment to some gently used couture that’s shot up in value could make you some bank.
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