Free People Horoscopes by Tracy Allen, Week of August 11–17

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July 23–August 22

Law-of-attraction Venus arrives in your sign this week, helping you to draw in what you want and exude warmth, sociability and charm while you’re at it. Over the course of the next few weeks, a romantic mood, an orientation toward beauty and a desire to be around people is apt to predominate. With Venus conjoining Jupiter, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to reach for your dreams and for someone to love. Both of these planets are forming uncomfortable angles with elusive Neptune in your intimacy house though, perhaps making it difficult to get as close to someone as you’d like. Adjusting your expectations could work wonders. Venus lends you the ability to compromise, but Jupiter increases your desire so that you want what you want when you want it. Delight in the path to fulfilling a desire—not simply the end result.



August 23–September 22

With your ruler Mercury landing in your sign this week, you’re in for two and a half weeks of productive thinking and authentic self-expression. Reflecting on personal matters and conveying your point of view should come pretty easily during this time. Your mind will be active, so give it plenty to do. Merc in Virgo likes to analyze, troubleshoot, discriminate, organize, deconstruct and critique. Tackle projects that require such mental capacity. Venus and Jupiter are coming together now in the last house of your chart and clashing with Neptune in your relationship angle. Unconscious desires and expectations may muddy the waters between you and others; self-awareness and a willingness to sacrifice will remedy the situation. But be careful not to play the victim or the martyr. Let your spiritual values guide you to connect on a meaningful level.



September 23–October 22

Venus’s grand entrance into your humanity sector this week will put you in an even more social mood than usual. You’ll enjoy being around plenty of people, not just those closest to you. Your knack for group relations may have you playing go-between, but you probably won’t mind. If you’ve been hoping to pull everyone together for an event or activity, Venus’s alignment with Jupiter will help you rally the troops. Not only can you inspire others with your enthusiasm, but your ideals can also lead you to set new goals for yourself. Venus and Jupiter are battling Neptune in your routine zone, so your health, job or responsibilities could put a damper on your social life temporarily. Or you may have trouble envisioning how you’ll make the leap from current discontent to checking things off your wish list. Let faith triumph over fear.



October 23–November 21

Venus climbs to the top of your chart this week, joining three other planets there and heightening your expectations of success. Authority figures are likely to look on you with favor in the coming weeks, as you’re able to present yourself in the best possible light. But the current Venus-Jupiter alliance might lead you to overreach, so be careful not to push your own agenda too hard. Your goals or career could conflict with love, fun or creativity, and you’ll probably need to make some adjustment in order to move past frustration. Maybe you want to be doing more creative work or your ambition is making it hard for you to play. But you have something major working for you now: your co-ruling planets are in sync, enabling you to walk the talk. Your empowered mindset will propel you to show the world what you can do.



November 22–December 21

After Venus moves into your exploration house this week, your desire to transcend the daily grind and get past the boundaries of your world grows even greater. You may find yourself drawing in new people who broaden your mind and craving new experiences—perhaps traveling to a place you’ve never been before. You’re apt to appreciate the beauty in the unfamiliar and get a little more daring with your tastes. Venus is aligning with your ruler Jupiter, combining desire and aspiration to a degree that will nudge you out of any comfort zone you may have settled into. And when these two planets clash with Neptune in your foundation angle, a vague longing to be safe and secure could conflict with your more Sag-like yearning for freedom and adventure. If you spot that going on, you can learn something about yourself from it.



December 22–January 19

Don’t go it alone this week. First, Venus enters your merging sector; then Mars in your group house clicks with Pluto in your sign; and finally, Venus forms an alliance with Jupiter. The one catch is that both Venus and Jupiter are rubbing Neptune in your communication zone the wrong way. You’ll want to share with someone—and that could mean intimacy, resources or trust. But it could be difficult to express your expectations. You’re bound to want a lot from another person, given Jupiter’s expansive effect, and Neptune may prevent you from finding the right words. Even if you’re somewhat vague, just make sure to be completely honest. And make a concerted effort to work with others, network or just socialize. Balance self-interest with others’ interests; collaboration will benefit everyone. So welcome any power-sharing opportunity.



January 20–February 18

With Venus crossing your relationship angle this week, it becomes easier to create harmony between you and others and coexist peacefully. You’ll enjoy one-on-one interactions and sense more instinctively than usual what another person wants. When Venus hooks up with Jupiter, you could meet someone new and possibly begin a significant relationship. But the combo of these two planets can also simply generate a compelling desire for a relationship. Given that both planets are also sparring with vague Neptune in your worth house, this desire could play into your insecurity or make you lose sight of what you already have going for you. Take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about what you want in a relationship and what role your values or self-worth play in the type of person you’re drawn to. Then ask yourself if something needs to change.



February 19–March 20

It may be tough to get your dreams and aspirations lined up this week, when desirous Venus and think-big Jupiter in your productivity house clash with yearning Neptune in your sign. Neptune is generating vague longing and creative vision in you, while Jupiter is expanding the possibilities in your daily life. Don’t get overwhelmed if the how and when of it all is unclear. Venus’s meeting with Jupiter is bound to push your desires over the edge, driving you to expect instant gratification. Try to remember that there is pleasure to be had from the process of making your dreams a reality. If you already had everything you could possibly want, there wouldn’t be anything left to hope for—and what is life without dreams? Embrace the disciplined, detailed work that goes into manifesting what you want.



March 21–April 19

Venus joins the sun, Mercury and Jupiter in your fulfillment zone this week, swaying you to keep the good times rolling. This house is about self-expression through creativity, love, play, humor and joy. It’s about amusing yourself with fun and games, but also about sharing your true self and giving voice to what’s in your heart. When you overcome your fears and find the confidence to be your authentic self, others will love you for who you are. And that’s definitely preferable to having people relate to a persona you put on out of insecurity. Mars in your depth sector pushes you to partner with someone; face something in yourself in an effort to transform it; or bravely pursue real intimacy with another person. Any of the above can feed the feeling that your life direction is slowly changing for the better.



April 20–May 20

Venus descends to the bottom of your chart this week, joining three other planets there and possibly putting you in nesting mode, no matter how beautiful it is outside. You’re apt to enjoy cooking, having people over, redecorating, crafting, connecting with family and simply hanging out at home. You run the risk of overindulging in comforts, so watch out for eating too much and spending too much on things for your place. Your home life or desire for peace and security may conflict with staying connected to your circle of friends or colleagues. But you’re motivated by what makes you feel settled inside right now. So tune into your emotions and be honest with yourself about what you want. A Mars-Pluto meetup implies that you can work through an issue with someone else if one arises, especially if you’re willing to shift your perspective.



May 21–June 20

Gemini’s natural house in your chart is getting quite crowded, with Venus joining the planetary gathering there this week, coaxing you to appreciate the love and beauty you encounter in your everyday interactions and travels. Jupiter’s presence in this house is expanding your perception, persuading you to think bigger and express yourself honestly and confidently. With Venus and Jupiter joining forces now, your concept of how you’d like your life to look could grow by leaps and bounds. But both of these planets are in conflict with Neptune in your ambition angle, so your dreams may seem elusive, leading to feelings of dissatisfaction. If you’re not where you want to be yet, put your hopes into writing or create a vision board to fuel your inspiration this week. Mercury is moving into your emotions zone, facilitating personal reflection and communication with family.



June 21–July 22

Indulgent Venus dances into your worth house this week and links up with excessive Jupiter there, increasing the likelihood of overspending. With that in mind, you may want to allow yourself one special splurge and nix a more compulsive shopping spree. Or perhaps you’ll have a strong craving for a tangible pleasure other than a material possession. Nature, for instance, is particularly apt to please your senses now. If your priorities are a bit more high-minded, you might find yourself focusing on a principle that you want to manifest more concretely in your life—although combining values and vision could be challenging, with dreamy Neptune in your outlook sector giving Venus and Jupiter the runaround. The main thing is to understand what you value most in this moment, even if it’s simply an object that you covet for its beauty.


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