Forecast for Aug. 9-22

An abundance of fiery Leo placements, beginning with the new moon in Leo on the 12th, is sure to make romance sizzle and ignite creativity, especially for fire signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. The challenge will be the tug-of-war between practicality and idealism when the sun opposes whimsical Neptune on the 13th-14th, at the same time serious Saturn merges with Venus. Saturn is a weighty influence on relationships and encourages commitment and facing up to one’s limitations. However, Saturn can’t dampen the fun instigated by a merger of the sun, Mercury and Venus in Leo on the 15th-21st, even when planet of responsibility crashes the party on the 18th-21st. And finally, Mercury, the lone voice of reason, transits into analytical Virgo on the 19th.

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

Aries (March 21-April 19)

It’s all about combining play and responsibility regarding a lover, child or creative endeavor. The new moon encourages you to go for your dreams but keep one foot on the ground as well.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The urge to redecorate or remodel your home escalates, especially after the new moon, which brings a new cycle of home and family activities. Also, it’s time to use your practicality to get an artistic project off the ground.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

The new moon inspires ideas that are both clever and resourceful, and can launch a project that focuses on communications. Also, your words are especially inspired-and influential-in romance.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Your earning power gets a boost from the new moon, but be sure to check the details of any financial opportunities that come your way. Also, It’s a good time to talk about money and values with your sweetie.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your charisma skyrockets for the next two weeks, as well as your ability to manifest projects close to your heart. And now is the time to clarify any commitment issues you may have with your sweetie.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The new moon illuminates your past, especially about relationships. Additionally, a lover or friend from the past may resurface in your life. Is there something left unfinished?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The new moon inspires your artistry and can bring in people who will market your projects. Networking is key. Your artistry also inspires romance, so get creative in ways to socialize!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Your power and creativity shine in the career arena, especially after the new moon, when social contacts can open doors in your professional world. The challenge will be dividing your time between work and family.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The new moon enhances your talent for seeing the bigger picture, which can bring opportunities during the next two weeks that can enhance both your personal life and career path. Travel or education may be involved.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Intimacy with your partner is the focus after the new moon. Now is the time to heal emotional blocks that have kept you from fully enjoying your connection. It’s time to work out financial issues with your partner as well.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Activities with your sweetie escalate after the new moon, a mix of heavenly romantic trysts and discussions about practical stuff, such as the length of road you’ll be traveling with him/her.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Health and love combine to encourage exercising and dieting with your partner, especially after the new moon. A romantic trip to the spa may be just the thing to revitalize the sizzle in your relationship.