08-22-2016 to 08-28-2016
Catch your breath, Ram! On Monday life shifts from a roar to a purr as the Sun leaves Leo for another year and pikes on to pragmatic Virgo until September 22. But don't make the rookie mistake of considering this a downgrade. Truth be told, you're a bit exhausted and are looking forward to a slower, more grounded pace of life. While you (hopefully!) enjoyed the lion's share of fun while el Soleil was in Leo, now it's time to recharge your batteries. If you need to sit out a few rounds, let people know you're grabbing some me-time and that they shouldn't take it personally. Virgo is all about healthy living, so dedicate the next four weeks to loving self-care. But we're not suggesting extreme sacrifice or living like a monk! If anything, this month-long phase should be about "healthy hedonism." Exercising more and eating more nutritiously can be a fun challenge. You don't have to skip any late-summer BBQs: just bring the fruit salad, and instead of a cheeseburger, throw a slab of wild Alaskan salmon on the grill. Don't wait for "chances" to get outdoors—CREATE them by mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding or becoming a street-fair and music-fest maven. Work demands may heat up under this solar spell, so save some brain cells for that. Because your sign is—shall we say—better at starting things than finishing them, make a point of wrapping up projects before you leap headlong into the next one, however exciting it may be.
Careful where you wield that hammer of truth, Aries. Honesty is certainly the best policy—especially for your blunt fire sign—but you don't want to slay anyone with your proclamations. As your ruler, unbridled Mars, bangs into restrained Saturn in Sagittarius and your candid ninth house on Wednesday, you might have a tough time censoring yourself. But please try! Even if your evaluations are accurate, your boss, bestie or BF might not appreciate hearing about their shortcomings. Nor are your co-workers likely to be in the mood for a lecture of everything they did wrong on the last project. Bite your tongue—or confide in a close friend or your diary—but keep your strong opinions to yourself. Unless, of course, someone solicits your opinion. When it comes to making your own big future plans, be realistic. With Mars hitting the gas and Saturn pumping the brakes this week, you may have a hard time getting started or finding the energy to keep moving forward once you are underway. Enjoy the ease that comes from going with the flow.
Trying to set a course—and stay on it—is even trickier on Friday, when boundary-blurring Neptune forms a confusing square with Mars, distorting your judgment. The red planet is comfortable taking risks, and Neptune isn't the best planet to keep him in line. So ignore that little voice inside your head saying it's okay to cross a line if nobody notices. When you wake up Saturday morning, you're still going to have a conscience, and you might not be able to reconcile your actions with your highest values. Before you act on ANY dodgy desires, think it through to the most far-reaching consequence—then make your decision.
When you wake up on Saturday, however, wise and loving Venus will be aligned with philosophical Jupiter, wrapping you in a sense of benevolent expansiveness. Your vision is back to 20-20—and we're not talking hindsight—and you'll have the confidence and optimism to set some new goals for work and especially your personal well-being. Some Rams might be feeling so good they can't help but pay it forward. This is a perfect time to perform a random act of kindness or service for someone in need. Let yourself get a little giddy keeping it a secret.
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