Astrology Forecast for August 11-24

By Cortney Litwin/ Staff Writer

Dynamic (and abrasive!) planetary energies affect brainpower for the next two weeks when Mercury collides with aggressive Mars from the 13th-28th. The added complication of Neptune from the 25th-28th throws a blanket of confusion over communications, with a particularly tricky period being Aug. 24-25 for decision making and driving. Adding to the high energy is the full moon on the 19th, which emphasizes humanitarian endeavors, group activities and creativity. Heightening artistic energy is the transit of Venus into beauty-loving Libra on the 16th, a positive influence for expressions of love in relationships. The sun transiting into analytical Virgo on the 22nd should assist in clearing up any mishaps caused by the chaotic communications mentioned above.

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

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Your brain may feel out of alignment for the next two weeks, which spells doom for details but energizes creativity. Meditate to de-stress. The full moon may bring an opportunity through a friend or group.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You may feel forced to act impulsively, which could derail your personal or career plans-don’t be pushed! The full moon energizes your career but could throw you into a tailspin of over-activity. Romance sizzles after the 22nd.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Your brain rockets into overdrive, although you may have a hard time sticking to decisions now. Be careful while traveling, especially on the 24th, 25th and during the full moon. Cupid aims an arrow in your direction after the 16th.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Money decisions may get tricky, which includes lending money to a friend. Be especially watchful of your finances during the full moon. Family activities (or a home makeover) can bring delight after the 16th, if you don’t overspend.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Both love and career may feel out of control, especially during the full moon, so perhaps offering a dose of appreciation for those involved can smooth the way. Communications are key and should improve after the 16th.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Holding in feelings, especially about the past, may affect your health-express yourself! The full moon is about inner and physical healing, so take some time for yourself to recoup and recharge. Finances get a boost after the 16th.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Romance is energized after the 16th, but you’ll need an extra dose of clarity (and uncharacteristic bluntness) to cut through Neptune’s illusion to make things work out. The full moon also emphasizes intimate trysts.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Relationships may walk on the wild side due to some confusion, impulsiveness or a misunderstanding, so stay centered and communicate your feelings clearly. If possible, avoid family decisions during the full moon.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Overextending your activities may wreak havoc on your energy; eating healthy will help. Communications need extra clarity during the next two weeks, especially during the talkative full moon. Avoid gossip!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The full moon and other planetary influences may cause you to overreact to a financial situation, so stay centered and try to put off major money decisions until September. Network for career opportunities after the 16th.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

A love relationship and/or family member may challenge your peacemaking abilities, especially during the full moon, which energizes trysts with your significant other. The bigger love picture will be clearer after the 16th.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

The full moon emphasizes inner healing, while other planetary energies urge you to get healthy physically. Take some quiet time to de-stress or you may find yourself speaking with foot in mouth. Intimacy is sweet after the 16th.