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August 16 in the stars: Find out what’s in store for you today in our daily horoscopes for Wednesday August 16. Read the daily horoscopes for your Sun sign or rising sign (ascendant) to plan your day.
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Your daily horoscopes for Wednesday August 16, 2023
Aries (March 21-April 19) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Romantic reboot anyone? Today marks the year’s only new moon in Leo and your passionate fifth house. New moons bring things (and people) out of the woodwork, so if someone’s been getting larger on your radarscope, it may be time for one of you to make a move. With Leo’s passionate energy surging through your blood, this is no time to be shy. Unleash that contagious Aries confidence—that will also show whether this person can “handle the truth” of who you are. Actions you take today will resonate over the coming six months, and if this has the potential you’re vibing, you might be uncorking some bubbly to celebrate by the corresponding Leo full moon on January 25.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Today’s new moon in Leo sets the stage for those changes to your domicile that you’ve been pining (and Pinning) for. In flamboyant Leo, this lunation may inspire you to get a little dramatic with some of your choices, whether that means a scarlet accent wall or inviting your sweetie to move in on a more permanent basis. Whatever the vision, open up energy by clearing out the clutter, smudging the rooms with sage and adding some mood-enhancing touches, like scented candles, houseplants or better lighting. You can add even bolder elements after Venus turns direct on September 3. If you’ve been mulling a move, make a commitment to spending X number of hours scouring listings and maybe going to open houses. If nothing else, it’ll be grist for the inspiration mill!
Gemini (May 21-June 20) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
The first symptom of today’s new moon in Leo and your expressive third house could be feelings of restlessness. But that’s actually a GOOD thing, Gemini! You may have been so busy or stuck in your groove that you didn’t realize how fidgety you’ve gotten. Over the next few days, do something to break out of any ruts and get your synapses firing. Check out a different, artsy part of town; pop into a gallery opening or happy hour-turned-fundraiser planning sesh. It almost doesn’t matter WHAT you do. The point of this exercise is to mix things up and get your curious, creative blood pumping again.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
If your bottom line is reeling from recent indulgences, today’s new moon in your second house of finances can help you stabilize that balance sheet. First: Take stock of the “damage.” Are you happy with all your purchases, or do any still have the tags on for a possible return? Second, walk over to your credit cards and put them somewhere safe and out of your sight line. And then resolve to scale back on your spending for at least one (if not a few) credit card cycles. Think in even broader terms by sitting down with your investment adviser or an HR person at work to make sure you’re doing all the right things, like socking away money every paycheck and contributing to your 401(k).
Leo (July 23-August 22) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Ready to have your world rocked in a major way? Well, ready or not, today brings the year’s only new moon in Leo. Prepare to feel its effects as it shakes up your first house of identity, appearance and first impressions. Some Lions may feel ready for a radical switcheroo, like chopping your hair, dying it or turning your closet upside-down, but easy does it! Beauty planet Venus is still retrograde in your sign until September 3, a time better used for sourcing than making drastic changes. This new moon will reverberate for the coming six months, so set some ambitious intentions and put “deadlines” next to each one to help you manifest them.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
If it’s time to let go, today’s new moon in Leo could help you surrender to a higher power (which may simply be your wiser self). This is one of the best days of the year for being really honest with yourself, Virgo, and identifying those things that are holding you back. That could be anything from a codependent relationship dynamic to a mind-numbing job to a limiting belief. Once you figure out WHAT it is, the next step is committing to doing something about it. And the really big challenge is actually sticking to that promise, no matter how painful it gets at times. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends. One in particular may have the insight you need to stay strong.
Libra (September 23-October 22) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Walking your talk is the only way forward as the year’s only new moon in Leo electrifies your eleventh house of teamwork, technology and social activism. You adore your friends, Libra, but under the high-minded energy of this lunar lift, you could find yourself seeking out collaborators or friends (online or IRL) who aren’t afraid to take a stand for humanity. Has a co-worker or new acquaintance been inviting you to world-bettering events? Stop making excuses—or just reschedule with that other person and show up. This is food for your soul.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Exciting professional news could arrive as the year’s only new moon in Leo powers up your tenth house of career goals and public image. If you’ve been hustling away on a complex project, you could finally get the kudos you deserve. Or a team you’ve been trying to assemble might finally come together. Mainly, though, new moons are about fresh starts. So take your victory lap, sing your collaborators’ praises… then throw yourself into the major mission of figuring out what your next step is. Looking for a new gig or career path? Momentum will build in the coming weeks and months, so keep at it, even when you feel like doors are closing in your face. Soon, the perfect one will blow wide open!
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Spin that globe, Archer! Today’s new moon in Leo switches on your wanderlust, which is always there, though sometimes it’s in power save mode. Under this cosmic energy surge, you might finally walk your big talk about visiting another country or taking a round-the-world gap year. For Sags who can actually pull this off, do a little research…but not TOO much. That could leave you spinning your wheels instead of being wheels-up next week for a surfing retreat in Central America. If you can’t get away, you can widen your horizons metaphorically with an inspiring education program or by launching that dream solo venture.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Solitary, cautious and conservative you can be…but NOT today as the year’s only new moon in fiery Leo blows the hinges off the doors in your eighth house of seduction, intimacy and shared resources. Whether or not you’re actively looking for a partner, one may find you. This might be the perfect person to help take your business plan to the next level, make savvier investments—or maybe take YOU to the next level, in a summer-lovin’ kind of way.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
Not to be melodramatic, Aquarius, but today could be the beginning of a whole new era for you—a highly romantic one! Despite the slowdown of Venus retrograde, the year’s only new moon in Leo could totally shake things up in your seventh house of partnerships. Single Water Bearers could meet “the one” when you least expect it: doing laundry or grabbing a smoothie at the health food store. With Lady Luck as your escort, love might be a right swipe away. Couples should make an effort to do more FUN things together, something playful Leo energy can help with. Hey, who’s performing at the comedy club this weekend?
Pisces (February 19-March 20) daily horoscope for Wednesday August 16
When you really get into something, you can lose track of time—as well as the toll it’s taking on your body. As the year’s only new moon in Leo lands in your sixth house of health and self-care, you may not be able to ignore your tech-induced aches and pains any longer. Yes, there are times that you simply have to be glued to your computer, but the toughest boss in the world won’t fault you for taking mini-breaks to stretch or get some fresh air. (Unless YOU’RE that boss. In which case, have a word with her, stat!) This lunar lift brings new ideas about how to stay healthy and limber—and a fresh wave of commitment to do the things you already know you should do.