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Forecast for Aug. 14-27

By Cortney Litwin

Staff Writer

Neptune heightens ideals and derails common sense when it opposes the sun on the 15th. The full moon in Aquarius on the 16th energizes socializing and humanitarian projects. Also on the 16th, Venus dances with lucky Jupiter, infusing relationships with optimism. However, angry outbursts are also likely when Mars clashes with Pluto on the same day. Next, the Mercury-Jupiter trine on the 17th gives communications and travels a boost. Romance, equality and art are energized as Mars transits through Libra from Aug. 19-Oct. 2. Creativity is empowered during a Sun-Pluto dance on the 20th. The Mercury-Venus conjunction, from the 21st until the end of the month, heightens eloquent communications, but expect some abrupt relationship changes and head butting when Uranus opposes the duo from the 22nd-23rd and Pluto enters the fray from the 27th-29th.

If you know your rising sign from your time of birth, read that too.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The full moon energizes activities with friends and groups. A contretemps with a coworker or employee is likely from the 16th-29th; seek a compromise. Romance heats up around the 20th. And Mars energizes your primary relationship after the 19th.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Romance resembles a roller-coaster ride when your Venus ruler heightens sweet talk on the 16th and 21st, but then goes into a free-fall from accelerated passion, jealousy or change-or all of the above. The full moon energizes career projects.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

The full moon presents a new path, or at least the bigger picture of where you’re headed. Family activities are emphasized through the 29th, but you may get the urge to do something drastic, like kicking a rude teen out of the house.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Your words and ideas have power through the end of the month, but hastiness or subterfuge can get you into trouble. Check your travel plans, too. The full moon encourages looking objectively at love.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Financial opportunities abound through the 29th, but nefariousness may be present as well, so check things out thoroughly. The full moon energizes twosome trysts, but Pluto may cause a clash of wills with your lover.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your personal life is on a tear, but Uranus may cause you to veer off in a shockingly different direction, while Pluto transforms your relationship attitudes and goals. In the meantime, the full moon energizes healthy activities.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

If you’ve been chomping at the bit but don’t know which direction to take, Mars entering your sign from Aug. 19-Oct. 2 will help you take action. The full moon makes you a magnet for romance and heightens your artistry as well.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The full moon accelerates craziness at work or home (or both). In addition, a relationship challenge, perhaps with a friend, is indicated from the 22nd-29th. You can’t control the situation, so count to 10 and breathe.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

People around you are going nuts, or you may be the one going off the deep end from stress, so do something healthy (and physical) to get centered. In the meantime, the full energizes communications and travel.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Never a dull moment when traveling now, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, so check your plans. On the bright side, a spiritual epiphany can reveal a new path, while the full moon energizes your moneymaking talents.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The full moon in your sign energizes your charisma and attracts those who can assist you. However, although intimacy is emphasized, your unpredictability, need for freedom or lack of compromise may derail your relationship.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Uranus and Pluto can turn your relationship upside-down between now and the end of the month, so get clear about what you need from each other, and what changes you need to make to improve your connection.