sensitive and relaxed, if with heightened emotions and a touch of melodrama. But by week’s end, a cooler, autumnal industriousness nips at our heels.
The weekend begins under a sensitive Pisces moon. The energy kicks into higher gear Saturday as the moon enters spontaneous Aries, bringing out our independent edge and our entrepreneurial spirit. We may feel unusually brave and ready to try something entirely new. Our impulse control lowers, which helps us experiment, but could get us into trouble if we don’t think our words or actions through.
Our conversation gets more honest and expressive as mental Mercury approaches a conjunction with expansive Jupiter. This helps to free our minds of an outmoded way of seeing things and also allows us to get the word out if we want to do any promotion work, decide to apply for jobs, or feel we need to be appreciated.
Mercury and Jupiter conjunct in nervy, critical-thinking, Mercury-ruled Virgo, and together they bring extra neurological activity. As our minds get busy, we get chatty — and possibly anxious if we think too far ahead. Our minds might not want to shut down at night; our conversation could be fascinating and our writing can flow, but we may need a nice long walk or soothing bath to help us wind down before we sleep.
On Monday, the sun and moon both shift from active fire signs to grounded earth signs by evening, bringing a noticeable shift back toward more practical considerations as the week begins. Energetic Mars conjuncts serious Saturn in active Sagittarius on Wednesday, a great aspect for launching or reactivating a work project. As the week finishes up with the moon in another verbal sign, Gemini, let’s get excited, not anxious.
FRIDAY, AUG. 19: It’s hard to gear up as the Pisces moon conjuncts dreamy Neptune and calls us into our imagination. People will appreciate kindness, especially through some moments of social awkwardness tonight as the moon opposes Venus.
SATURDAY, AUG. 20: Morning is slow and thoughtful, and we may be interested in things of the past, whether they’re antiques, old friends, or a favorite place. The energy heats up and grows edgy as the moon enters Aries this afternoon, bringing a breath of bravery, curiosity, and attitude. SUNDAY, AUG. 21: Things flow beautifully if we work with the day’s energies, but not if we try to wrestle it into a form of our choosing. Morning feels productive, and then an afternoon grumpy or sad spell flows into a spontaneous evening. Enjoy the last evening of sociable Leo.
MONDAY, AUG. 22: Feel the shift from fire to earth today as the sun and moon move into Virgo and Taurus, bringing less spark but more steady strength and hunger. Our sense of the possible expands; if we want to get the word out about our work, let’s do it now.
TUESDAY, AUG. 23: Let’s take our dreams and plant them in the earth. Mercury turns retrograde in a week, and the plans we make now can serve us throughout September.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24: Nervous energy can leave us a bit frazzled today, but the conversation can be fascinating, and we can move forward. Mars gives us the energy to make things happen. Look for interesting progress around transportation. Just stay focused, and don’t let attention get spread too thin.
THURSDAY, AUG. 25: Anxieties can feel like a form of love, but they’re not. Nerves make people brittle, though they may sound more argumentative than they really are. See how they feel later on.