Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, August 21st
While on many levels you’re feeling freer these days, dear Aries, today there could be some indicators that you need to slow down or make adjustments; or you could experience temporary doubts about recent projects or even relationships. Getting back on track may require a rest or some tweaking of expectations. This is not the time to rush things! You don’t always like to slow things down, but it can be a very important strategy at times like these. Avoid cutting corners today. There could be a challenge to filling your heart’s desire or a discouragement in a love relationship. Try not to allow power games with a boss or authority figure, or worrisome money matters, spoil your good humor. You’re heading towards a wonderful period for getting on track with health routines and daily work.
Be sure-footed today, dear Taurus, even if someone seems to be putting a damper on your plans, or if you face criticism. However, it’s also important to be humble with Saturn in difficult aspect to the Sun, and both bodies in challenging relationship to your sign. Even if lessons come in annoying packages, you could learn something valuable from missteps today. Relationships can be a little strained, or there could be some discomfort or feeling of lack of support with a family or partnership situation. Taking things one step at a time is important now, and keeping things simple can ultimately speed things up, even if it feels that you’re taking one step backwards at the moment. Life is unlikely to feel so serious as the day moves forward. You are entering a wonderful period for finding more enjoyment and recreation. Many Tauruses are coming out of their shells these days, and this is expected to continue and increase.
While there is generally good energy for feeling a sense that you’re moving forward these days, dear Gemini, you might be a little more guarded later today, or circumstances are such that you need to set limits. Responsibilities or problems can seem a little more plentiful or burdensome. There can be some feelings of frustration if you encounter delays and stresses. With the Sun and Saturn in challenging aspect, it’s best to look at any apparent setbacks as opportunities to make changes before moving forward. There is a tendency to see flaws on practical levels, which gives you the chance to make important changes. The Moon is in your work and health sector all day, bringing out your need to feel useful and to take care of business.
The Sun and Saturn clash today, dear Cancer, and this points to a general need to slow down, get perspective, and think things through. Look for a middle ground if conflicts emerge. Others may not be as forthcoming, warm, or expressive, which can feel a little cold, but could also allow you enough space to discover resources you may not have known you had. Focus on long-term security and happiness instead of short-term pleasure or instant gratification for best results today. Avoid undue stress over money or over differences in values. In fact, there is good energy later today for finding creative solutions to either of these things, and for bonding with someone special.
You could find it challenging today to satisfy both your need for independence and desire for security and assurance, dear Leo, or to pursue your personal goals without feeling you’re letting someone down. Some of you could be dealing with disapproving or withholding people right now. Domestic chores, responsibilities, or problems in the family dynamic can weigh you down. The key now is to be patient, seek out long-term satisfaction rather than instant gratification, and practice self-discipline. You’ll feel better about pursuing your desires if you’ve given your responsibilities their due attention.
In just two days, the Sun will enter your sign and begin a cycle in which personal new beginnings are encouraged, dear Virgo. There has been quite a bit of preparation work for this upcoming period. Not only is Jupiter visiting your sign this year, something that happens only once every twelve years, a Solar Eclipse will occur in your sign in September, awakening a stronger need to tend to your personal goals. Today, the Sun in your privacy sector is challenged by Saturn and Pluto, and this can point to some hesitation, fear, or regret that temporarily slows you down. You could feel overlooked or put upon, but keep in mind that this is only temporary, and possibly quite necessary. You may not feel very understood, and while prolonged self-pity is never encouraged, if some of it serves good purpose, then indulge yourself before getting yourself back on track. You can help yourself by adjusting your speed, following rules, exercising patience, and conserving your energy by prioritizing.
There can be a sense that there’s a break in the natural flow today, dear Libra, with the Sun and Saturn in a clashing aspect. Whether it’s negative thinking, fear, or something coming from the outside, such as a delay or sudden reminder of a responsibility that needs your attention, you could be feeling a little burdened or discouraged. Focusing on long-term security and benefits can help, as instant gratification is unlikely just for now. It can also be helpful to focus on small ways to rebuild your confidence if you feel it’s dipping. Tending to responsibilities can be one way to do so. Aiming to look for and appreciate the simple but positive things in your life can also boost your spirits. Keep expectations simple. A creative aspect between your ruler, Venus, and Pluto can help turn your attention to something positive that you’ve previously overlooked, and might even point to finding something of value that you thought you’d lost.
This is an important time to recommit to your goals, or to adjust them in order they better suit your purpose, dear Scorpio. Your approach to going after what you want may need some tweaking. This is not the time to push, prod, or go against the grain, just for the time being. You could be feeling on some level that you’re on trial or being tested, and the best defense for this is to do the best you can and exercise patience. Look for ways to maximize long-term success or happiness rather than focusing on the short term. Energy levels can be a little low now, and if so, take time and get extra rest until strength returns. The Moon in your sign all day can certainly encourage you to look for instant gratification, and there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence from time to time, but the best favor you can do for yourself at the moment is to slow down to consider your priorities.
There could be a need to revise plans or something you’ve said, dear Sagittarius, with Saturn challenging the Sun in your adventure sector. Watch for negative thoughts or self-limiting attitudes now, but do consider ways to bring more self-discipline into your life. This is especially important as Saturn prepares to re-enter your sign, which encourages you to take measures to secure your future in the long-term rather than focus too closely on getting what you want in the moment. The Moon is spending the day in your privacy sector, encouraging you to detach yourself a little from hustle and bustle in order to rest and recharge your emotional batteries.
Friends or lovers may fall short of your expectations in some way today, dear Capricorn. However, it may be that you need to make your needs clearer to others. This may not be the best time to do so, as the Sun in challenging aspect to Saturn can mean people have a lot on their plate right now, wrestling with their own demons. However, you might resolve to ask for what you want more often going forward. This is a day for catching your breath and looking for better strategies for pursuing your goals. In some cases, it’s time to consider whether a particular goal or endeavor needs to evolve or dissolve. The Moon spends the day in your friendship and wishes sector, and you’re more emotionally invested than usual in seeking out a stronger feeling of belonging.
With the Sun and Saturn in challenging aspect today, dear Aquarius, it’s an important time for strengthening your resolve, but also for taking steps to make your life a little more secure. Responsibilities need special attention today, and the focus should be on activities that make a real difference rather than those that fill a need of the moment. Some of you could be feeling caged in or simply in demand. If people are expecting too much from you, aim to be clearer about your need for positive attention as well. Even though it can feel more rewarding to receive without having to ask for it, a gentle reminder can do wonders. You are coming across so competently these days that others can sometimes forget that you’re only human and can use some appreciation for all that you do.
Find ways to work around any roadblocks or delays that emerge today, dear Pisces. If you find your motivation levels waning, it may be that you need to adjust goals or your approach to pursuing them. A Sun-Saturn square today can serve as a reminder of rules or practical details that we may have been overlooking. You have a stronger than usual need to express yourself through the work you do or service you provide these days, but today you could feel overburdened or under-appreciated for your efforts. Aim to please yourself by meeting your responsibilities so that you can get over the current hump, and avoid concerning yourself too much about what others are doing or thinking. You may very well come to a stronger appreciation of your ability to rely on yourself. The Moon spends the day in your adventure sector, and even if you can’t quite get away from it all right now, you can certainly look for ways to excite your mind or satisfy a desire for a small change in routine.