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August 18 in the stars: Find out what’s in store for you today in our daily horoscopes for Friday August 18. Read the daily horoscopes for your Sun sign or rising sign (ascendant) to plan your day.
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Your daily horoscopes for Friday August 18, 2023
Aries (March 21-April 19) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
If you’ve got to indulge, why not do so in the health and fitness department? Today’s energetic mashup of the moon and Mars in your wellness corner gives you an appetite for some of life’s more salubrious pursuits. Hit the farmer’s market and fill your bags with fresh, colorful produce and homemade goodies, then plan a menu that revolves around them. Invite friends over to share in your blooming bounty. But first get some blood-pumping exercise in, with a cardio class or bike ride through inspiring terrain. Habits you start under this cosmic confab can stick, so put a little extra energy into them.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
No need to restrain yourself in the romance department today, Taurus! The quixotic moon teams up with hot-blooded Mars in your amorous fifth house, turning all eyes in your direction! So don’t just sit there: Flash that irresistible smile, bat those lush lashes and practice your come-hither glance. Coupled? Just because you’re attached doesn’t mean you can’t be a member of the flirtation nation. A little (harmless) banter is fun and reminds you that you’ve still got it! Later, while you’re still feeling the glow, shower your bae with some major affection.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
You won’t be in the mood for small talk today, Gemini—not with a heat-seeking alignment of the emo moon and passionate Mars in your fourth house of foundation-deep bonds. More likely you’ll crave authenticity and a sense of connection from your interactions. Skip out on that dinner with a tableful of people you don’t know and reach out to closer ties. It may be up to you to steer conversation beyond the usual pleasantries and into more personal topics. If you’re not sure how to break the ice, ask others about themselves. This planetary pairing paves the way for meaningful discussions, and people will be flattered by your interest.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
Don’t let anyone guilt-trip you into going along with their prosaic plans. Under an expansive alignment of your ruler, the moon, and spontaneous Mars in your freewheeling third house, you’ll be happiest if you can flap your social butterfly wings and let the wind blow you from one happening spot to another. You’re not looking to disappoint anyone—just to please yourself! Should sparks fly with an unlikely prospect—a platonic pal, for instance, think before you leap, and even then, proceed with caution. Mars brings impulsivity but sometimes forgets to consider the potential downside.
Leo (July 23-August 22) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
Today’s exuberant starmap cranks up the pleasure principle in your life. Fun, joy and even romance is all around you, but if your filters are set to a “negative” perspective, you may miss it. Today’s conjunction of the sensitive moon and enthusiastic Mars can blow the blinders right off you. Whether you’re single or spoken for, try to see love in a new light. It’s not some vague, magical thing that will happen to you “in the future.” It’s an attitude, Leo, and your sign, which rules the heart, has a huge capacity for just that.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
You may be craving wide open spaces today, when the moon links arms with adventurous Mars in your sign and gives you a bad case of wanderlust. Look out world, it’s Virgo unplugged! You won’t have patience for anyone or thing that gets in your way. If you have plans, keep ‘em loose. Whenever you have an off-duty moment, you need the freedom to do what you want and roam where the wind blows you, maybe even out of town—or onto a plane.
Libra (September 23-October 22) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
Give your overanalyzing, overachieving brain a rest today and let your thoughts run free. Better yet: Immerse yourself in activities that don’t require thinking, like vigorous exercise or making art. An empowering alignment of the sensitive moon and in-the-moment Mars in your twelfth house of rest, healing and release helps you switch off the mental engines and get into a creative headspace. Your inner control freak likes to know what’s going to happen next, but see what transpires if you just go with the flow. Pay attention to “coincidences” and consider that some of those “random” occurrences are actually the universe speaking to you.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
The hottest aphrodisiac? Well, okay, THAT…but how about a brilliant, engaging mind? Your sensual sign is definitely roused by physical attributes, but today, as the moon teams up with lusty Mars in your brainy eleventh house, you may be more turned on by the META-physical. Tune in to people’s speech and banter. When browsing online profiles, play a little game and try not looking at photos—or at least giving more weight to the bios. In conversation, be mindful not to interrupt and turn the discussion back to you. As they say, the best way to be interesting is to be interested.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
Got goals? Well, what are you waiting for? Today, a sync-up of the moon and can-do Mars in your tenth house of career ambition could land you in an elite circle of power players. An important part of being successful is being good at playing the game, so don’t brush it off as inconsequential or superficial. You know what you want, Sag, and you deserve it, so don’t let a little elbow-rubbing and industry small talk prevent you from getting it. Dress to impress and position yourself where the bigwigs do their moving and shaking. Think of every social event as a potential networking session.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
Your grounded sign loves routines, but under today’s expansive sync-up of the moon and thrill-seeking Mars in your adventurous ninth house, you’ll be craving new horizons—the more unfamiliar the better! Seek out places you’ve never been, or just different items on your favorite menu. The ninth house rules travel, and you could develop a wicked case of wanderlust. If getting away isn’t in the cards right now, put in fare alerts for desired destinations and download videos about those places. If you’re really motivated, start practicing the local language with an app like Duolingo.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
There won’t be much opportunity to skim the surface today, when the perceptive moon and intensifying Mars merge in your penetrating eighth house. Whether you’re listening to a quantum physics lecture or engaged in a scintillating seduction, you’ll be totally immersed in the topic at hand. It won’t take much for single Water Bearers to fall head over heels for someone new. But take note: The thrill could fade as quickly as it sparked if it’s all physical with no potential for a deeper connection. So take the lead and reveal more of your own vulnerable side. That can inspire the other person to do the same. Already attached? Surely there are things you still don’t know about each other!
Pisces (February 19-March 20) daily horoscope for Friday August 18
Is two your new favorite number, Fish? It could be today, when the emo moon syncs up with excitable Mars in your seventh house of committed relationships. But wipe the pixie dust of your eyes. It’s easy to project all kinds of positive qualities onto a new person, but if you want to be truly happy as a Pisces, you need a connection that’s soul-deep. So if a budding relationship doesn’t feel like it could go the distance, cut bait now rather than let it linger endlessly—and frustrate endlessly. Hold out for someone with compatible interests and a warm, compassionate soul.