Free People Horoscopes, August 12-18

Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.


zodiac sign illustrationLEO

July 23–August 22

Chatty Mercury in your sign has got you talking, but its uncomfortable meetings with Pluto in your job zone and Jupiter in your subliminal sector could make communication a headache. Press pause when interacting with coworkers, and measure your words to avert a power struggle. Your growing hopes may be goading you to say too much, sparking a competition. One positive use of these planetary goings-on: Stop and think about how you can transform your work, your health or your habits, to align more effectively with your optimistic aspirations. Mercury’s harmonious rendezvous with liberating Uranus in your perspective zone should give you a jolt of inspiration, and with pleasant Venus entering your mindset house a bit later in the week, happy thoughts return. Be open to learning new things this week that help you to look at the world in a different way.



zodiac sign illustrationVIRGO

August 23–September 22

Verbal Mercury’s hiding out in your subconscious sector and may cause you to inadvertently voice your private thoughts out loud or divulge a secret. Mind what you say around kids, friends and professional contacts especially. You don’t have to zip your lip entirely, of course. Just think about what you want to say before you say it. The upside of your ruler Mercury being in this tucked-away part of your chart is that your intuition is heightened. Look to dreams—including daydreams—to tell you something worth knowing. You may gain major insight into your own psyche or that of someone close to you. Confiding in a person you trust and baring your feelings is another plus. As Venus slips into your worth zone, your confidence should build, and your focus will start to turn to priorities like finances.



zodiac sign illustrationLIBRA

September 23–October 22

Communication is a little off for all of us this week, thanks to Mercury’s awkward encounters with Pluto and Jupiter. A parent or boss may be at the center of it, and disengaging from them is the answer. But Mercury’s scintillating meeting with avant-garde Uranus in your groups and relationships houses makes up for all that, enhancing both one-to-one interaction and large gatherings. Conversations should flow, and you could meet someone new through friends. So make sure you’re in settings where you can really talk to people, and if you need help conceptualizing something, put your heads together. You get a sweet treat later in the week when your ruling planet Venus glides into your sign, upping your magnetism and desire. You’re both attractive and attracted now, drawing people to you and enjoying their company, and possibly coveting a person or a possession. During your birthday season, the sun is in your sign, but it’s pretty nice having your lovely ruler there now.


zodiac sign illustrationSCORPIO

October 23–November 21

Your head is full of goals, with cerebral Mercury traveling through your ambition angle, but Mercury’s uncomfortable encounters with Pluto and Jupiter this week make it hard to integrate your thought process and your aspirations with your current career status. Communication with higher-ups could suffer as a result, so think twice before declaring lofty intentions. Pluto is empowering your mindset, and expansive Jupiter is encouraging you to grow your vision of the future. But those planets aren’t meshing well with authority at the moment. Uranus, on the other hand, is shaking up your habits, your work routine and your methods, and it’s making nice with Mercury now, telling you to keep implementing those changes. The moon’s karmic north node in Scorpio is harmonizing with Jupiter, so stay ready to identify and seize an opportunity, as the time is ripe for one. Social Venus ducks into your solitude sector later in the week, increasing the value of spirituality and alone time.


zodiac sign illustrationSAGITTARIUS

November 22–December 21

When verbose Mercury in your opinions house butts heads with domineering Pluto in your possession zone and overboard Jupiter in your sharing sector this week, your point of view may clash with someone else’s over money, values, jealousy or secrets. Or you may find that your optimism doesn’t jibe with your finances or the work of partnership. These challenges could help you to think more realistically about the situation in question. And once you’re past that, Mercury’s much more pleasant meetup with freeing Uranus in your happiness house spells spontaneous fun, in such forms as creativity, romance, sports, kids or travel. As social Venus enters your network sector later in the week, you’ll gain interest in making professional contacts, hanging out with friends and giving back to the community. Allow the feeling of being connected to a wide circle of people propel you to do something to improve the lives of others.



zodiac sign illustrationCAPRICORN

December 22–January 19

Words between you and someone close to you could be a problem as talkative Mercury in your sharing sector rubs controlling Pluto in Capricorn and excessive Jupiter in your partnership angle the wrong way this week. Pluto can make you rather obsessive, so determine ahead of time that you’ll let it go if you can’t see eye to eye, because Mercury’s in a part of your chart where things can get intense. This isn’t about winning, and if you wait a beat, Mercury’s much more agreeable meeting with carefree Uranus in your roots zone offers a healthy amount of emotional detachment. You may see straight through to the heart of the problem and hit on a solution. Or you’ll find you can speak more clearly about your feelings and liberate yourself from an emotional pattern or habitual mindset that’s kept you stuck. With valuable Venus arriving at the top of your chart, you’ll become even more invested in attaining your goals.



zodiac sign illustrationAQUARIUS

January 20–February 18

With friendly Mercury in your others angle, you’re pulled toward dialoguing, but Merc’s brushes with Pluto and Jupiter this week could trip you up. The casual ease with which you relate may be complicated by anger or fear percolating within. People can pick up on an edginess or a dark cloud in you that you’re not fully cognizant of. And your growing busyness or professional aspirations might come between you and another person. But your ruling planet, unconventional Uranus, swoops in to relieve the tension, gifting you with quick thinking, new ideas and stimulating conversation. As Venus, planet of value, enters your perspective house, the importance of exposing yourself to the unfamiliar is emphasized. An eagerness to learn is essential not only to shifting your beliefs, but also to creating additional career opportunities. Vanguard Aquarians aren’t meant to dwell within a comfort zone, so if you’re in one, push yourself out.



zodiac sign illustrationPISCES

February 19–March 20

Your mind is on your job and other responsibilities, with mental Mercury in your duties zone, but Mercury’s skirmishes with Pluto and Jupiter this week could cause minor disruptions. Your drive to pursue new goals and to network professionally may make it more difficult to stay focused on current work, and your coworkers might feel threatened by your ambition to move up. A desire to express yourself creatively and to have more free time to play could also pull your head away from what needs doing. But with emancipating Uranus in your worth sector chiming in, a burst of confidence and the impetus to improve your financial situation can help you get down to business. Even though work can be a slog at times, you need to have faith that you’ll find your unique path to both security and fulfillment. As valuable Venus enters your partnership house, make one-on-one time with someone close to you a priority.



zodiac sign illustrationARIES

March 21–April 19

Mercury in your fulfillment sector puts you in a frame of mind to express yourself creatively or speak from the heart, and Merc’s fortuitous encounter with impromptu Uranus in Aries this week should get you to go for it. Spontaneous, positive communication and genius artistic ideas are the natural result of this planetary configuration. But your family, home life and goals may not quite jibe with where your head is at right now, and if that’s the case, adaptability will save your mood. It will feel liberating to find a way of conveying your thoughts—which are like lightning in a bottle, thanks to the brilliance associated with Uranus. As Venus crosses your partnership angle later in the week, you’re called to consider what other people want. Reminding yourself to factor someone else’s desires into your life will improve the overall quality of your relationships.



zodiac sign illustrationTAURUS

April 20–May 20

With mental Mercury nestled at the bottom of your chart, your thoughts have turned to home and family or to your innermost feelings. Mercury jostles with Jupiter and Pluto in your mindset and philosophy zones this week, contrasting your current emotional reality with your usual thought process and your evolving beliefs. You’re likely to become aware now of feelings that don’t match up fully with the way you think and the way you perceive the world. They do, however, mesh with your subconscious urge for change, freedom and release. Pay close attention to your gut instincts—they hold valuable information. With Venus dancing into your duties-and-habits house at the end of the week, you’ll increasingly enjoy routine things like seeing your coworkers or going to the gym. Venus is about value, so see if you can figure out how to get more out of your day.



zodiac sign illustrationGEMINI

May 21–June 20

Your ruler Mercury hits a couple of rough patches this week, but recovers beautifully. Merc is in your communication house, the part of your chart where it’s at its best; still, a disagreement with Pluto means your words may not go over well with someone close to you and could trigger an issue around trust, money or jealousy. Soon after, Mercury’s run-in with Jupiter makes it difficult to reconcile your thoughts with your values or your confidence. Challenge yourself to sift through what you really believe and dig deeper to give voice to something of substance. Brilliant Uranus in your network sector allows you to address your friends or a group and come off as smart and original. And your crew can also help you to brainstorm productively now. With social Venus making an appearance in your happiness sector, you’ll be in a friendly, flirty mood, giving you a chance to charm the object of your affection!



zodiac sign illustrationCANCER

June 21–July 22

Mercury’s tricky brushes with Pluto and Jupiter this week could get you into a squabble you didn’t intend on, and with Mercury inhabiting your value zone, you’re likely to take a default mental position based on pride or priorities. A controlling, jealous or emotionally intense person may provoke you, something you’ll resent even more now that Jupiter in Cancer has you riding a wave of enthusiasm. Don’t let anyone rain on your parade, but do let them add a layer of complexity to your possibly one-track thinking. Detach yourself from a pending power struggle, and view the landscape from the elevated vista of your new life direction. As amiable-and-aesthetic Venus waltzes into your domestic angle, the pleasure you take in the company of family and in beautifying your environment will surge. An opportunity for romance, creativity or play could arrive at week’s end, particularly if you maintain a positive attitude.



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  2. For some reason over the last few weeks my horoscope hasn’t seemed to fit into my life. I’m a Leo and I just haven’t been able to identify with them lately.

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