Your horoscope from August 21 to 27, 2014

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      Thursday’s stars are well put-together, so seize your advantage and communicate, problem-solve, or set a plan in motion.

      Friday through Sunday, the Leo moon makes for a great please-yourself or spruce-it-up weekend. Hair salons and shopping malls should do quite good business, especially on Saturday.

      Mercury in Virgo has already created a noticeable change in the air. The sun’s entrance into Virgo on Friday at 9:46 p.m. signals the official start of get-back-to-it season. Often, we experience this summer wind-down as a kind of loss, but the consensus shows that most of us are in the mood to turn the page. In this regard, Monday’s new moon clocks it just right.

      Accompanied by a host of additional planetary alignments, this is not your average new moon. For starters, Venus trine Uranus makes for great bring-it-to-life synchronicity. Mercury in a creative alignment with Mars and Saturn results in an excellent get it said, signed, and done day. Most importantly, Mars/Saturn marks the completion of a two-year date with destiny, a karmic priority cycle, while at the same time they “go live” on the next reality show. A goal reached or newly set, fruition or consequence; this time-is-ripe moment is of major significance—it defines and dictates what comes next. The Emmys are a great example of how Mars/Saturn acknowledges and rewards those who’ve worked it out right.

      On Tuesday, Venus reconciles with Saturn’s reality. By Wednesday, Venus and Mars—the relationship duo—turn another corner.

      March 20 - April 19

      It’s been in the works a long time, but you’ve finally made it to the next starting gate. Monday’s new moon brings you to the end of a two-year travail that has likely been all-consuming and may have derailed some other goal or priority. You’ll find you can go at it fresh and accomplish things much better now.

      April 19 - May 20

      You know what works for you, what doesn’t, and what you need to do for yourself next. When it comes to getting your act together and/or improving on a good thing, Virgo month is one of your best times of the year. Monday’s new moon and Wednesday’s Venus/Mars transit see you turn a significant corner regarding love, self-love, family, health, or money.

      May 20 - June 21

      You’ll have a better shot at it now. Mars, Saturn, and Monday’s new moon offer you a fresh chance to get where you want or need to be. Start the renovations and upgrades, clear your clutter, figure it out, devise a better plan. A productive week or so lies ahead. Get yourself organized, get busy, stay on it.

      June 21 - July 22

      Thursday onward, play it bold and confident, switch it up, let mood or instincts run the show, let them know who’s boss. A personal, professional, or relationship make-over can do you a world of good. Monday’s new moon helps you to be a more effective communicator. The new Mars/Saturn cycle is an empowering one. It lends you more swagger and sway, and more sexy too.

      July 22 - August 22

      The sun exits your sign on Friday, but you can still bank on the Leo moon through the weekend and a great Venus-in-Leo aspect through Monday. These transits help you to make the most of it. With such great stars on your side, you should find ready satisfaction and success no matter where you aim. Tuesday/Wednesday requires more from you.

      August 22 - September 22

      Thursday’s Mercury in Virgo keeps you on the ball. You’ll play your cards very well, and it doesn’t stop there. Through Monday, no matter where you find yourself, you’ll strike gold. Launching an especially lucrative two-year cycle, the new moon positions you on a particularly well-rigged springboard. All fresh initiatives and conversations hold a greater potential for success.

      September 22 - October 23

      Whether you have something special lined up or let the moment create the adventure, a great weekend lies ahead. Right place, right time, right words: Saturday through Monday, the stars bring all the elements together. The new moon can see you finalize, confirm, or commit to something of long-term/long-range scope. Next Wednesday/Thursday, Venus/Mars and the Libra moon keep the action going strong.

      October 23 - November 22

      Thursday’s Mercury/Pluto and Monday’s Venus/Uranus make for good sparks, productivity, ingenuity, and open communication lines. You don’t have to do much to get attention or favour, but it’s to your advantage to pump it for all it’s worth. Timing is everything. Monday’s Mars/Saturn helps you cement a plan or contract, reap a reward or benefit, or launch or complete something important.

      November 22 - December 21

      What needs to be upgraded? What needs to be improved upon? Virgo month, starting Friday, puts added attention on goals, priorities, and rewrites. While Monday’s new moon and Mars/Saturn can make you hyperaware of time’s advance and the tasks you face, it doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Thursday through Sunday is ideal for livin’ it, lovin’ it.

      December 21 - January 19

      Your timing can be quite good Thursday through Monday. Travel, socialize, communicate, shop, and/or aim to get it wrapped up. Want to make a big change? The next two months dish up better options and places to be, and more people to meet. Mars/Saturn and Monday’s new moon can set a new lifestyle and/or reality into play.

      January 19 - February 18

      Want more money, love, respect, or attention? Put more effort into it, and improvement is your long-term gain. More immediately, the stars are in a gifting mood, especially on Thursday and Saturday. Whether the prompt is ambition, necessity, or reward, Monday’s force-the-envelope is especially productive. Stay ambitious, launch it, sign the contract.

      February 18 - March 20

      Something you’ve been waiting or hoping for can come to fruition now. If it doesn’t get that far, at least you’ll see more promise on the horizon. The weekend can be as productive as you want it to be. On Monday, sign on or sign off. Financially, socially, or relationshipwise, a significant corrective, healing, or solution-generating cycle begins.