Your Horoscope This Week — Aug 21 2016

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Photographed by Christine Hahn.
Clean, green, and serene — that's the new order of the world this week. On Monday, the sun changes costumes, shimmying out of Leo's sequined unitard and buttoning into Virgo's white cotton sundress. While life might not be as theatrical for the coming four weeks, it certainly won't be boring — that's one myth about Virgo that we'd like to dispel. This earth sign is highly creative, but it also brings out the purists in us all. Skip the fast food, fast fashion, fast anything! When Virgo is ruling the skies, quality trumps quantity. The treasure hunt for the most amazing ______ (fill in the blank) will be so edifying. Harness this solar energy to organize, systematize, and recommit to healthy living goals. Life can be both stable and exciting at the same time.

Forget about winging it this week: On Wednesday, make-it-happen Mars gets checked by taskmaster Saturn, forcing everyone to slow down. As the saying goes, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Press pause on those maverick moves and make sure everything is being done by the books. This cosmic coupling can make us feel like we have one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. Frustrating? Yes, but consider the stall a blessing in disguise, helping us build everything on a more solid foundation...one that's built to last!
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Virgo
August 23 to September 22
Call the bakery and uncork the bubbly! Virgo season officially begins this Monday, setting off your monthlong birthday celebration. After a drifty four weeks, your focus sharpens again. What's next for your life? Hit the refresh button and turn your attention to the future. Since you've hosted expansive Jupiter in your sign since last August 11, you've probably made some epic changes to your life. The red-spotted planet lingers in Virgo until September 9, so carpe diem on that major move you've been pondering. Or just "refine and define," sculpting your next year of life based on all the risk and research you've done since last summer. You know yourself better than ever now, Virgo, and the coast is clear to leap.

Alas, getting the support of your inner circle might be the harder part. On Wednesday, agitator Mars and buzzkill Saturn align in your "friends and family" fourth house, creating a bit of turmoil. As much as you want their support, they just...can't. Most likely, they're just scared of losing you. But since you need to stay in an excited headspace, keep your more daring dreams on the low until next week.
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Libra
September 23 to October 22
You're getting sleeeeepy. This Monday, the sun drifts into Virgo and your 12th house of escape. Grab your beach umbrella and GTFO of Dodge. The coming four weeks are are your chance to rejuvenate and regenerate — and to get rid of some baggage from the past year. After you've rested up, dive into a decluttering mission. And maybe a detox: If your energy's been low and slow, start chugging the H2O and replacing processed foods with fresh ones. Unfriend any bad influences who break your spirit with their negative energy and unsupportive ways. Your birthday season begins on September 22. Book the therapy sessions and the spa days, so you can start with a clean slate!

Friday's merger of abrupt Mars and stern Saturn could bring some changes to your inner circle. Don’t race to replace a collaborator who still shows signs of life. But air your grievances and give your partners in crime a few weeks to make the necessary adjustments. A new partnership could pop up, too, but be patient and let it develop organically. One amazing conversation is not enough proof that you're meant to be. Run the background checks to see if these bright prospects can actually walk their talk. If nothing else, this will be reassuring.
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Scorpio
October 23 to November 21
For the next four weeks, remember this: Teamwork makes the dream work. The sun sails into Virgo this Monday, lighting up your collaborative 11th house until September 22. Although you're a pro at pulling off a solo act, there's no need to work that hard. Gather your tribe and tap into everyone's skills. As summer drifts into fall, you'll be the superconnector for your squad. Need to spruce up your online presence? Geek is chic while the sun hovers here. Invest in a polished Squarespace site, expand your Tumblr presence, and queue up the Instagrams. Your following will grow faster than you believe.

You'll need to tighten up your purse strings this week, though, Scorpio. With buzzy Mars and taskmaster Saturn synced up in your money house this week, you could make some regrettable purchases or blow your budget in the pursuit of shiny things. Sleep on it, because that social media workshop might need to take precedent over a new pair of high-waisted jeans. Here are a few more ways you might be frittering away your hard-earned cash. Wise up and watch your funds grow.
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Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21
Focus, Sagittarius. This week, you’ll feel more centered and ready to get down to business. From Monday until September 21, the sun zips through Virgo and your 10th house of ambition, getting you fired up about your career — or figuring out what your life path is meant to be. With your ruling planet, brainy Jupiter, also in Virgo until September 9, this could lead you to a classroom or even inspire you to develop lesson plans so you can share your skills with the world. Schedule a sit-down with your boss, because one of your enterprising ideas could get green-lighted, setting you up for office influencer status. Or get the ball rolling on your own startup. What begins as a side-gig could turn into a full-time venture before you know it.

Expect a few frustrating starts and stops this week, too. On Wednesday, go-getter Mars and slowpoke Saturn align in Sagittarius, bringing a paradoxical mix of energy. Although you're rarin' to go on a plan, it's important to really know what you're getting yourself into. The responsibilities will be weighty. Do you actually have the space in your life to take these on? Let yourself sleep on it before making a decision.
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Capricorn
December 22 to January 19
Let freedom ring! This Monday, the sun swoops into your adventurous, expansive ninth house for a month, liberating you from all the heavy, intense energy you've been parsing through since late July. Certain things just aren't worth stressing over — especially if there's little you can do to change them. Make "live and let live" your mantra. When you stop judging people, everything is just...easy. That said, cut ties with toxic people this week. Truly, Capricorn, it's better to fly solo than get tangled up in their drama. Wanderlust hits you hard, so get your summer vacation on before the fall equinox on September 22. Bonus if passport stamps are part of the plan.

Before you make any important decisions, however, do your research! Impetuous Mars and your ruling planet, cautious Saturn, are entwined in a confusing dance this week — through your foggy 12th house, no less. All that glitters ain’t gold, and that includes the allure of a sparkling personality. This cosmic combo can be great for your creativity, though. Mars delivers the passion and Saturn brings the structure. Sit down for a songwriting session or to put some brushstrokes on that painting. The muse is in the house!
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Aquarius
January 20 to February 18
Are you in or out? Relationships take on a serious tone this Monday as the sun slips into Virgo and your playing-for-keeps eighth house. Before you get sized for a ring or file paperwork for a joint LLC, have some real talk. Are your goals aligned? Do you share values and want the same things for your future? It's imperative that you know this now — before things become any more permanent. With daring Jupiter also in Virgo until September 9, you’ll be more willing than usual to leap. But let there be no shades of grey (at least outside of the bedroom) with this decision. Unless the pros vastly outweigh the cons, hang on to your final rose for a while. Single Aquarians could meet someone willing to go the distance with you. Rule of thumb between now and September 22 (or, like, forever): It's better to have no one than the wrong one!

Warning: There could be a few technical difficulties this week. On Wednesday, trigger-happy Mars and sluggish Saturn merge awkwardly in your 11th house. Password-protect your sensitive data and make sure you aren't posting private snaps to your Story. Post mindfully, however, and your message could have a huge and positive impact on your social network.
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Pisces
February 19 to March 20
Bring on the dynamic duos! The sun blazes into Virgo and your seventh house of partnerships for a month, joining lucky Jupiter there until September 9. The search for your other half will turn up some quality choices this week. Whether it’s for finance, romance, or a creative collaboration, two is your magic number. Open your mind, Pisces: Opposites attract between now and September 22. Your perfect match could be a totally different person than who you could dream up on your own. Already happily attached? Your bond will deepen now and could become even more official in the days ahead.

Career-wise, you could be faced with some tough choices this week. Maverick Mars and structure-hound Saturn meet for an awkward huddle in your 10th house of ambition on Wednesday, making it hard to figure out your next move. While their united front could bring a huge success spike, you’ll have to walk some tricky lines. Play the game, Pisces, but don’t sell your soul just to get to the top. For best results, consult experts and mentors who can help talk you through the process.
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Aries
March 21 to April 19
Grab your surfboard. Tune up your bike. This Monday, the sun zips into Virgo for a month, activating your sixth house of wellness. After four hedonistic weeks, you're ready to settle into a healthier groove. Make like a Rio Olympian and start training. You could fall in love with a new sport before the month is through. Time to get organized, too. Grab your green juice and head to Ikea for some savvy shelving and storage solutions, like these. Simplifying everything will be your obsession between now and September 22.

You've never been one to mince words, Aries, but go easy on the truth serum this week. On Wednesday, your cosmic ruler, fiery Mars, links up with heavy-hitting Saturn in your candid ninth house. Your hammer of honesty may smash through illusions, but it can shatter people’s dignity, too. Although feisty Mars is eager to call people out, conservative Saturn cautions you to wait, write a first draft, and sleep on it before you hit send. You’ll be glad you did.
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Taurus
April 20 to May 20
Ascend to the throne, Taurus! This Monday, the sun blazes into Virgo and your regal fifth house for a month. Time to take charge and let your natural leadership skills shine. You're the fiercest of them all Taurus, so forget humblebrags. Until September 22, you have planetary permission to shamelessly self-promote your way to the top. This fame-filled month definitely wants you in the spotlight. Give your style some polish, making sure your outsides match your insides. You want people to get the right read on who you are — whether you're the straight-laced type or a proud unicorn.

Warning: Cupid's arrows could throw you off course this week. On Wednesday, stable Saturn and lusty Mars meet up in your intimate eighth house, making it hard to tell a fling from the real thing. Make no assumptions in the game of love! Pace yourself. Otherwise, you could put too much pressure on the one you adore.
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Gemini
May 21 to June 20
Does Chateau Gemini feel like home or more like a rest stop between work functions and festivals? This Monday, the sun hunkers down in Virgo and your domestic zone for a month. Scroll through decor blogs — or apartment listings — while sipping your iced Americano. If you're not feathering your nest, you could be pulling up the stakes and relocating by September 22. It's easy for your laid-back sign to be one of the guys, but now's the time to nurture your female friendships with quality time and care. As summer drifts into fall, no one will have your back quite like your GFFs.

Romantically, expect a bit of unpredictable energy this week. Wednesday's frustrating meet-up of impatient Mars and cautious Saturn could stall a relationship that seemed like it was "all systems go." Though you'd prefer a different timeline, don't bail because bae suddenly wants to slow things down. This is a test of your commitment. Can you be steady in the face of their uncertainty — or your own? If you believe a partnership has potential, just be still. The anxious energy will pass, making you glad you didn't react in the heat of the moment.
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Cancer
June 21 to July 22
Flex those butterfly wings. This Monday, you'll officially achieve monarch status as the sun heads into Virgo and powers up your social side for month. Any white space on your calendar will disappear quickly, so be selective about what invitations you extend and accept. Mingle with the influencers: This solar-powered phase will bring some powerful partnerships your way. While these dynamic duos are most likely to be platonic for the time being, later in the fall, friendships could evolve into something more serious. From bandmates to bedmates...don't force a label onto anything, but don't resist the natural flow, either.

Money-wise, you'll be both fruitful and frugal this week, thanks to a bizarre mashup of driven Mars and tight-fisted Saturn. The two planets are traveling in close conjunction through your money house, cautioning you to curb all impulse spending. Delayed gratification can be even more delicious than the instant kind. Shop around and you'll find a better deal!
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Leo
July 23 to August 22
Don ye now your business-casual apparel. After a month of feting Leo season, it's time to blow out the candles and put a cork in the bubbly. This Monday, the sun begins a monthlong tour through Virgo and your sensible second house. Time to settle back in to a more grounded groove — before you break the bank on retail therapy splurges or buying shots for everyone at the bar. Circulate your résumé, ping contacts on LinkedIn, or talk to your boss about growth opportunities. You could be climbing another rung of the ladder before September 22.

Don't make any radical decisions about your love life this week, Leo. On Wednesday, mojo-boosting Mars crashes into uptight Saturn, heating up your libido one minute and giving you an ice-cold shower the next. By all means, pull petals off a flower (I love 'em, I love 'em not...) or a whole damn bouquet. Just keep those churning emotions under wraps, because your dramatic declarations could haunt you later. That said, it's fine to slow down a relationship that was moving too fast or add a little more fire to one that's been cooling off against your wishes.
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