Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, August 15th
If you don’t find a productive channel for your excess energy today, dear Aries, you might be snappy or irritable. You could feel like the ball is not in your court or you may not be able to shake certain frustrations or worries. This is Pluto’s influence, and with that knowledge, you can develop strategies to work with instead of against the energy. If you’re worried about losing a position or value in others’ eyes, remind yourself that obsessing or worrying about it will probably make things worse. Instead, channel your energy into working on problem or vulnerable areas, as much as it’s reasonable to do so. There can be tricky relationship dynamics to deal with now, and there can be emotional game-playing to deal with, and conflicting urges and demands leave you feeling pulled in opposite directions. You could be dealing with pressures from competition, but you also need some peace and quiet in order to bring the best version of yourself to your practical affairs and responsibilities. A compromise seems your best bet.
Venus, your ruler, opposes Pluto, bringing buried feelings to a head, dear Taurus. Do what you can to avoid mind games and the people playing them today, especially since Mercury is freshly retrograde and misunderstandings can complicate the picture. However, this is a time for acknowledging fears and concerns, and as you see and feel them more clearly, you can put in the work putting them behind you. Clashing with someone close to you is possible, and since this is occurring along your communications axis, you may be taking differences in opinion very seriously right now. Your conversations may be more provocative than you realize. Even as the day advances, we have more awkward Pluto energy to deal with, so do your best to be conscious of fear-driven behavior. While some days support spontaneity, this is a better day to be on your best behavior.
Circumstances today can have you questioning or examining your attachments, dear Gemini. While there can be conflicts or uncomfortable situations to deal with, it’s also a time for uncovering something important about yourself, another person, or a situation. Energies are anything but easygoing for the time being, and people can be particularly defensive. If you’ve been especially attached to someone or something, this issue may be tested or come to a head now. The Moon enters your sign late morning, and this can serve to perk you up, although it can also have the effect of magnifying emotions. You continue to see-saw between wanting to keep things light and digging deeper, finding it difficult to find an in-between that satisfies, later today. However hard it is to see, there is a middle ground. Aim for moderation now.
With Venus in your sign opposing Pluto today, dear Cancer, a conflict or clash with someone over attachments and allegiances is possible. You’ve been getting more attention and you’re in a rather light, good mood much of the time these days, and someone may feel a little insecure as they fear you’re drifting away. Compromises can be difficult to reach today, but if others are willing to meet you halfway, try your best to reach one. However, don’t get pulled into a power or mind game. Intense feelings that emerge now can be very revealing. Even difficult interactions can teach you a lot about yourself and your needs. It’s possible that the tables are reversed for some of you, and you are feeling insecure about a relationship now, and worries or fears reach a head. This is a time for developing strategies for letting go of a tendency to over-manage an area of life you fear losing.
Venus and Pluto face off today, dear Leo, and this connection has a way of bringing frustrations to a head. These days, you have a great need for relaxation and retreat so that you can heal, detox, and unwind, but Pluto in your work and health sector can aggravate your fears of falling behind or of letting someone else take the reins this week. Some of you may be dealing with power struggles on the job or tension in your interactions. Insecurities can emerge that are very revealing, showing you the areas that require the most inner work and attention. Avoid, as much as possible, the tendency to obsess over, micromanage, or oversee every detail so that you can take the break you need, and consider reaching a compromise for improved health, both emotional and physical.
This can be an important time for you to discover your feelings for a friend or lover, dear Virgo, although feelings for someone can be overflowing — so intense that you don’t know what to do with them, exactly! The need for easygoing connections is high, but the pull of intense relationships is great. For some of you, this energy relates to projects or activities, as you need time for light, airy, supportive interactions and diversions but may have a hard time pulling yourself away from the powerful draw of a project that seems to demand a lot of your time. You could feel reeled into something uncomfortable, but you may need to draw on self-control and find ways to detach enough to unwind. You might decide to avoid emotional drama now, although meeting it head-on, if done mindfully, can lead to opportunities to learn and grow.
Watch for power struggles today, dear Libra. Venus opposes Pluto, and this annual aspect tends to pull up frustrations related to fears and insecurities. Emotions are running high, and relationships – not just with someone else, but also with yourself – can be difficult right now! You’re taking more pleasure in your work, connections to friends, or outside responsibilities these days, but you might also feel the need to be present at home or concerns about your personal life seem to pull your attention away, getting in the way of performing at your peak and enjoying yourself. Home or family life may be complicated, or you could be feeling guilty about spreading your wings, and the events of the day can offer some clues as to where you can begin to make some compromises. After all, you deserve some free time.
Venus opposes your ruler, Pluto, today, dear Scorpio, pushing you to resolve a conflict whether the conflict is external or internal. While there are excellent benefits from getting out and about or enjoying new experiences, ideas, and topics these days, this can conflict with a compulsion to stick around or oversee the goings-on in your neck of the woods or with demanding projects and personal interests. You need to leave your “post” from time to time without guilt, so attempt to reach a compromise. As well, your personal interests and studies can be taking up so much time and energy that they interfere with your work or responsibilities. This might also manifest as tension in a relationship as you fear a person is drifting away. A difference in opinion can run deeper than the topic, and you can feel as if you’ve lost your power or intrigue in someone’s eyes. Love is complicated right now, but it’s best to avoid power plays. Obsessive thinking might also be an issue today if it’s preventing you from performing, expanding, exploring new ideas and experiences, and reaching out.
Today, you could find yourself in conflict with someone, dear Sagittarius, as you see a situation in entirely different ways. Watch for holding on too tightly to people, situations, and things, as this can prevent you from letting go and more fully enjoying sharing or intimacy with someone. In fact, examining exactly what is holding you back from embracing happiness comes more readily today as a Venus-Pluto aspect forces a confrontation, either with someone or taking the form of a personal reveal or epiphany. It’s certainly the first step towards making empowering changes and improvements. Alternatively, this aspect may play out as your desire to move out of your comfort zone being hampered by insecurities, and it would be very beneficial to talk yourself through your fears. Making a compromise with someone or yourself is a great starting point.
The tendency today is to insist on “all or nothing” when you would be far better off going halfers, dear Capricorn. It may be best to avoid extremes right now with Pluto in your sign convincing you that you need to go all out at odds with both Venus and Mars. Stubbornness or unwillingness to budge on a matter can prevent you from enjoying, learning, and improving. Relationships can be most affected. Someone’s behavior might frustrate or concern you, and your first instinct may be to resist or toughen up. However, consider meeting someone halfway and work on releasing tension. Aim to let go of unhealthy competitiveness and pressures on yourself to perform that weigh you down so that you can free yourself up for more rewarding, self-empowering, and positive activities.
You may have a tough time understanding some of your deepest emotions today, dear Aquarius, but staying out of touch can lead to problems in your interactions, particularly with people you deal with on a daily basis, so aim for more self-awareness. If tensions or frustrations seem to arise quickly and seemingly out of thin air, remind yourself that they are living within you and affecting your behavior, so it would be highly beneficial for you to figure them out! In fact, your initial reactions to events today can have a lot to tell you about what’s really going on inside of you. There are great benefits and joy involved with your work and daily routines as well as passion or animation in your relationships these days, so don’t let insecurities prevent you from giving what or who you love your all. The Moon’s move into your entertainment sector today can certainly help you to break down emotional walls.
With Pluto prominent and strained today, dear Pisces, fear seems to be the driver of emotional scenes, power plays, control, and possessiveness. Your initial reactions to stressors in your environment today can be very revealing — they are clues to what fears, insecurities, or resentments may be lurking just under the surface. Venus opposes Pluto across your social sector today, and Mars forms an awkward connection with Pluto as well, bringing your passion for your work, organization, or health pursuits into the mix of complex energies. Your need for personal enjoyment that’s guilt-free is high, and taking time for “play” can be healing as well, so don’t allow complicated friendships to take so much of your time that you barely get to relax and enjoy yourself.