Click on the day of the week for your daily horoscope:
When you love someone, there’s no shame in being a little corny, Taurus. Really. Today’s heart-opening trine between the emo moon in your nostalgic twelfth house and love planet Venus in your family sector brings out your sensitive side. When you’re struck with a wave of gratitude for your nearest and dearest, share your tribute. You can send a cute Snapchat or write a sweet card and drop it in the mail. Maybe you’re needing a few more “words of affirmation” to feel secure in a relationship. People express their adoration in different ways, but if you need some verbal acknowledgment, it’s better to ask for it than to be left stewing in frustration.
Today a quarter moon in Taurus (your sign, hooray!) reminds you to bring yourself and your own needs back into the equation. The demands of your career are never far from the forefront of your mind—AND you’re feeling pressure to please people in your personal life. As you race around trying to satisfy everyone, it’s easy to exhaust yourself and burn out. Do triage today by making self-care your top priority. Treat yourself in little ways throughout the day: Squeeze in a workout or a trip to the salon, stop by the juice bar for some cold-pressed goodness, pick up dinner or meet a friend for a bite then hit up a cultural event like a film or inspiring lecture.
Under-the-desk siesta anyone? With Mercury and Uranus forming a friendly angle in the emotional zones of your chart, you won’t be your most productive today. Focus on the interpersonal aspects of the job, like catching up with your boss over lunch instead of trudging fruitlessly through intense detail work. Strong professional relationships are a pillar of success, after all, so don’t feel guilty about socializing with colleagues instead of scanning spreadsheets. Got a personal day left to use? Grab your beach umbrella and relax in the sand with your latest literary selections. With these thought-provoking planets in cahoots, any sort of reading could spark a flurry of insights.
How rich is the quality of your conversations? If you find yourself making small talk today, ask yourself why. Is it because you want to keep up appearances or avoid overwhelming certain people? This approach might be appropriate in certain professional or service-oriented relationships. But it can keep potential friends stuck in the permanent acquaintance zone. With the moon heading into your practical second house early this afternoon, be strategic about friendship. Pick one or two people with whom you'd like to build a deeper bond. Make plans for dinner or an evening walk, then try opening up a little more. Vulnerability paves the way for intimacy.
Two steps forward, one step back? Unpredictable Uranus goes retrograde (backward) in your twelfth house of closure and escape until December 30. You might be tempted to return to some old vices or habits to cope with stress. If so, put down that vodka tonic and dial your therapist, Taurus. If you find yourself trying to “save” someone, ask yourself what you’re avoiding in your own life. During this period you might need to face a formidable foe. Remember that this person is a messenger, in some way a projection of something you don’t want to deal with in yourself. As much as you’ll want to avoid the issue, now is the time to face your unfinished business—without the “liquid courage” or other crutches.
Expressive Mercury takes off on a long visit to Virgo from Saturday until October 7, setting your romantic fifth house aflame. During this decadent phase you’re all about the gem-studded gifts and oversized bouquets; given the opportunity, you might declare your love with a Facebook serenade. Enjoy more luxury in your daily life by reaching for labels that are built to last instead of the fast fashion fixes. Think quality over quantity and you’ll keep your budget balanced. Be careful though, because the diva in you could come out, especially while Mercury is retrograde from August 30 to September 22. While there’s nothing wrong with custom ordering, you don’t want to become high-maintenance. Sunday’s Cancer moon sets the stage for intimate conversations. Linger over brunch with the girls or take a long walk with your bae—and don’t keep any subject off-limits. Sharing from the heart can bring up some tough emotions, but if you stay committed to understanding each other, you’ll quickly smooth out the tension and bring back the love. If you’re running errands or have a long drive to make, use the time to multitask and catch up with a sibling or close friend.