Your horoscope from August 13 to 19, 2015

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      Social, romantic, or doing your own thing, the sun’s trine to Uranus on Thursday and Friday’s new moon in Leo keep it interesting and on the go. The best, most lucrative part of Friday is the first half. By evening, moon/Saturn is ready for an early wrap-up.

      Venus retrograde aligned with the sun makes Saturday a particularly notable day. Although we won’t be able to see her in the sky until August 25, this is the point when Venus switches from evening to morning star. It’s the midpoint of the retrograde cycle that began on July 25 and continues to September 6. Occurring every 18 months, Venus retrograde prompts a major reassessment of relationships and finances at every level: personal, intimate, social, professional, and political. The cycle builds and reaps for the first nine months, then reaps and builds for the second nine months.

      Venus retrograde is a karmic staging transit. When the retrograde happens in Leo, life arrives at a peak or special destiny moment. The last time Venus was retrograde in Leo was 2007. Did something major launch for you then or in 2008? The current cycle is a completion, progression, or graduation from that time.

      Also on Saturday, Mercury trine Pluto looks to communicate and connect on deeper levels. It’s a good weekend for sexual healing. If you’d like to set conscious intention, Friday first thing and Saturday midday are particularly potent times to get on it. Through next Wednesday is optimal for profiting, attention-getting, and pleasure-seeking.

      March 20 - April 20

      Thursday, Saturday, and next Wednesday are the best of the lot. There’s no need to play master strategist, though—each day of the next week, synchronicity is as good as it gets too. Instead, go, do, be, bask. Aim for pleasure, get on task, be social, or love the one you’re with—you’ll score points with all.

      April 20 - May 21

      Shake your moneymaker! Taurus Stephen Harper is certainly giving it a good try. Now through next Wednesday brings a lucrative fresh start for anything to do with love, money, career, or social profile. The success-generating new moon lifts confidence and prospects for the rest of the month. The “I deserve” new Venus cycle boosts you for the next nine through 18 months.

      May 21 - June 21

      Here for a good time? You bet. The sun’s trine to Uranus on Thursday, Friday’s new moon, and the new Venus cycle set you up for a cash-in, too. Looking your best, sounding your best—the stars keep you standing in the right light. Do like Elizabeth May and ride the wave for all it’s worth through mid next week.

      June 21 - July 22

      Whether it’s a new restaurant to try, a new career, or something in between, by all means go for it. Reinvent a little or reinvent it all; Thursday’s sun/Uranus says the time is ripe and you are ready. Friday’s new moon and Saturday’s sun/Venus set an auspicious stage. Thursday through Saturday and next Wednesday can be great gain and/or big money days.

      July 22 - August 23

      A number of Leo stars keep the good buzz going strong through the weekend. Thursday through Saturday dishes up excellent prospects; luck and great timing run high. A special event, something fresh, or someone new stirs up excitement. Stellar favour will continue to shine on you. The new Venus cycle marks the next nine through 18 months as an especially fruitful destiny-in-the-making chapter.

      August 23 - September 23

      Isn’t it amazing what a few good stars on your side can do? Jupiter—the growth, opportunity, and abundance planet—is freshly into Virgo. It places you at the start of a major turnaround time. Life, love, better money prospects: so much can blossom for you now. Aim for pleasure or profit; it’s yours, especially Thursday through Sunday. Wednesday’s a cash-in day too.

      September 23 - October 23

      It’s been in the works for a while now, but you can consider the new Venus cycle the official launch of your new lifestyle. It’s an evolving adventure—who knows where it will take you! Stay courageous. Explore, aspire higher, reinvent. A year from now, you’ll hit it big. Thursday through Saturday and next Wednesday can dish up something or someone special.

      October 23 - November 22

      On Thursday/Friday, you’re in stroke-of-genius mode. Sun/Uranus keeps you on the ball. You’ll stay on a stellar streak for the next couple of weeks and the next 18 months. The new moon and the new Venus cycle are gifting to your career, confidence level, ambitions, and material and overall wellness. (No wonder Tom Mulcair is doing so well.) Saturday/Sunday and Wednesday/Thursday are opportune.

      November 22 - December 21

      Where would you like to go? What would you like to do next? It’s wide-open for you now. Possibility, opportunity, and fun are on a ready tap through mid next week. Thursday, Friday, the new 18-month Venus cycle, and next Wednesday have signed you up for new adventure. Your stars are in excellent shape for travel, career, creative pursuits, teaching, performing, and love.

      December 21 - January 20

      The stars set an especially lucrative/fertile backdrop. As they do for JT (not Timberlake, Trudeau), they’ll gift you in direct and indirect ways. Overall, they’re confidence-building. When “I deserve” is on the right docket, the universe delivers. Thursday to Sunday and next Wednesday are big for money, pleasure, or matters of the heart.

      January 20 - February 18

      All laid out or not, the stars are in the mood to pump up on pleasure. Something or someone special can be a major attention-getter. Saturday’s heart-to-heart could produce a defining moment. Mercury/Pluto helps you score a better bargain or sidestep a problem. Next Wednesday is great for luck, love, and connection.

      February 18 - March 20

      In the mood to clean up loose ends? Don’t want to sacrifice in order to get the goods? The stars are with you on both counts. If you have to work or work at it, know that the new Venus cycle and the rest of this week’s opportunity planets will gift you with better-than-average results.