Your horoscope from August 14 to 20, 2014

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      Whether you aim for respite, social fun, shopping treasures, love, or money, it can be a cash-it-in weekend. Friday/Saturday, the Taurus moon could keep the dial on slow and steady, but by Sunday evening, Venus conjunct Jupiter in Leo pulls out all the stops. This is a happy-making, heartwarming, success-generating combination. It offers opportunity at its best, so make sure to partake and indulge. Play it up and go all out to impress.

      While Venus/Jupiter is prone to extravagance and excess, Mercury’s advance into Virgo on Friday keeps practicality in mind, at least through Saturday. However, that may not be the case on Monday, as Mercury, at odds with Neptune, can get swept up and lose clear-sightedness. Mercury/Neptune can be a wonderfully creative and romantic influence, but it doesn’t always keep both feet on the ground. If you’re too uncertain or it’s a big gamble, give yourself extra time. If it’s meant to be, you’ll see it shape up from Tuesday onward.

      Venus continues in Leo through the start of September. If you haven’t had your summer fun or fling yet, there’s still time. It pays to be an attention-getter, so spruce up your appearance or your résumé and let us know what’s so special about you. Mercury in Virgo, also continuing to the start of September, will help you make the most of what you have to work with.

      March 20 - April 19

      Venus in Leo keeps social pleasures, romance, and the creative end of things well lit through the start of September. Venus/Jupiter makes for auspicious timing Sunday/Monday. Seek attention, call in favours, try your luck. Watch for something big or someone noteworthy to show up, for good news or special attention to come your way. Mercury in Virgo stimulates work and improves health.

      April 19 - May 20

      Personally and financially, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury now set you onto a much better track. At home and/or with loved ones is the place to be this weekend. On the hunt for new digs? Looking to spruce or spice it up? Sunday’s Venus/Jupiter keeps you in the groove. Satisfaction and success ratios are greatly enhanced. On Monday, dig for more information.

      May 20 - June 21

      Don’t scrimp on the “I deserve it” or “it feels good” extras. Indulge yourself or pamper another, and get your pleasure fill this weekend. Spilling over into the start of next week, Venus/Jupiter makes for a great couple of days to connect, shop, beautify, or flirt. On Monday, hang loose, keep things open-ended. Tuesday through Thursday, you’ll piece it together easily and well.

      June 21 - July 22

      The weekend offers a great window of opportunity, so play it for all it’s worth. Go scouting; try your luck on someone or something new. Financial and romantic prospects are looking way up, thanks to Sunday’s fertile Venus trine Jupiter. Coast on Monday/Tuesday; put yourself in observation mode and let circumstance play itself out. Wednesday/Thursday gets you back into action.

      July 22 - August 22

      Mercury leaves Leo on Friday, but with Venus freshly situated in your sign, you’ll continue to gain the best the stars have to offer. This is especially so through the weekend. On Happy Sunday, there’s something special happening—perhaps it’s you on a hot roll. Venus/Jupiter keeps you looking and sounding your best. Luck, love, gifted moments, and popularity run high. It’s a win-win day.

      August 22 - September 22

      Go camping or aim for a pampered, five-star, get-away-from-it-all weekend. Mercury’s trek into Virgo on Friday and Sunday’s Venus/Jupiter keep you feeling quite all right. Of course, the hottest ticket has love and romance written all over it. Play your cards right and sparks can fly. On Monday, you can feel somewhat vulnerable, exposed, lost, or unclear. By Tuesday/Wednesday, you’re back on a roll.

      September 22 - October 23

      Whether or not you have something special planned, a great weekend lies ahead. Social, sporting, or romantic, Venus/Jupiter keeps entertainment and pleasure on the ready dial-up. As well, it can be a big-money weekend, in terms of spending it or earning it. Don’t make assumptions or bank on promises on Monday. Wednesday is a better day to nail things down.

      October 23 - November 22

      Praise, special attention, a bonus, or a gift can come your way thanks to Sunday’s Venus/Jupiter alignment. The weekend could deliver a special event or anniversary, or see you reach a personal or professional milestone. Go all out, put on the best show, and aim to make a lasting impression. If there’s a peak time to get in their good books, it’s now.

      November 22 - December 21

      What a great time to get the show on the road. Lay on the charm: through Sunday/Monday, Venus/Jupiter keeps luck and opportunity at peak. Scout, travel, socialize, perform, or play up sweet romance. Even though Mercury in Virgo wants to see you put good effort into it, moneymaking prospects are also looking very good.

      December 21 - January 19

      Looking to score? Now through Monday, Venus/Jupiter is on your side. Plan something special or let spontaneity be your ace in the hole. Both planets will continue to increase financial opportunity too, Jupiter for this next year and Venus for the next couple of weeks. From midweek onward, Mercury could deliver news, perhaps long-awaited.

      January 19 - February 18

      Venus/Jupiter does your social life and romantic prospects good this weekend. If you’re single, it’s time to mingle. Someone or something special could capture your attention or perhaps even blow you away. This indulgent duo might also prompt a shopping spree. Are we having fun yet? You bet. On Monday, it’s easy come, easy go.

      February 18 - March 20

      You’re in for a full-plate play or a profitable work or work-it-out weekend. (The make-up sex can be mighty good.) Your health can hit an upswing too. Mercury in Virgo, starting Friday, helps you to better participate, negotiate, or package your message. Even so, Monday could see you waffle or spin your wheels.