Weekly Horoscope August 18-24: Your Hard Work Finally Pays Off


We are getting some seriously heavy Virgo vibes this week, as we head directly into Virgo season. Get ready to reap those rewards.

Venus enters Virgo on August 21st. Relationships, money, values and self-esteem are filtered through the lens of perfection and improvement. Venus in Virgo loves to fix and fixate on the details, and her conjunction with Mars (action) on August 24th can indicate a new beginning where you get what you want, based on your ability to focus and do the correct thing. Venus and Mars will make an awkward inconjunct Chiron Rx in Aries on the 25th, underlining the constant Virgo theme of “not quite good enough” – there will be flaws that can’t be fixed but this shouldn’t prevent you from going after what you want.

The Sun enters Virgo on August 23rd, and the season of purity, perfection and service begins. Virgo zeros in on what’s wrong, severs what doesn’t work and tries to upgrade everything. This is the time of year to get organized and get it right, while discarding what isn’t healthy for you.

What does this week have in store for your Zodiac Sign? Let’s take a look:

ARIES: Destruction is an integral part of the creation process.

Someone you don’t usually get along with will sing your praises over the next few days and, not surprisingly, you will be somewhat suspicious. Don’t worry. Chances are they are genuinely delighted that you are doing so well, so lighten up and enjoy the acclaim.

Things may or may not go according to the plan, and that’s okay. Blame it on that premonition, but your soul has already been preparing for these changes. The good thing about reality checks? They throw you out of your comfort zone and motivate you to make positive changes. But that doesn’t mean you won’t face collateral damage, or that your heart won’t bleed. It just means that you have learned to focus on the good in every situation.

TAURUS: Come back to the present.

Making an example of someone who is doing poorly on the work front won’t encourage them to do any better, and it could stir up a lot of resentment that at some stage in the future comes back to bite you. Instead, ask yourself how you can help them.

“The reason you want every single thing you want, is because you think you will feel really good when you get there. But, if you don’t feel really good on the way to there, you can’t get there.” An Abraham Hicks classic to remind you of the power of being in the now. Quit chasing happiness, Taurus. It is not a destination, despite what you have grown up to believe. Make a habit of counting your blessings to find that endless reservoir of joy.

GEMINI: Have a torrid affair with your bed this week.

You may be tempted to accept an offer that comes your way during the early part of the week but the planets indicate it might be smarter to wait and see if any other options become available. What’s the rush? You have all the time in the world.

Need another day of staying in bed and binge watching your favourite documentaries? There’s no need to call yourself names or be hard on yourself in any way. Honour your body’s need for rest and rejuvenation. To take the Zen up a notch, try a guided meditation. Gone to hell and back as far as your health is concerned? Trust that this is the turning point, Gemini.

CANCER: Find a balance between the material and the spiritual.

You should find it easier to communicate with partners and loved ones now that the cosmic picture is beginning to change in your favour, but you need to be careful what sort of information you make public. It might be better to keep some things to yourself.

Are you a material girl having a spiritual experience, or a spiritual being experiencing the material reality? Resolve the inner conflict, Cancer. Know that there is a way for you to coexist beautifully between the two realms. Perfect the art of balance. This week, set an hour aside for a mindful activity. Something that simultaneously helps you feel at peace and connect with your higher self.

LEO: Conflict resolution.

If you are smart and if you are quick you can impress people with your wit and your outrageous ideas this coming week. You could also make a lot of money if you find ways to turn at least some of those ideas into income-producing streams.

Collaboration over competition, Leo. Remember, your idea is not better than theirs. It’s just different. The more you focus on the disharmony, the more chaotic your situation will get. Be the bigger person and see how you can work towards conflict resolution, both on the personal and professional fronts. Practicing active listening could be the first step to making the other feel seen and heard.

VIRGO: Update your CV and talk to the right people.

Mars in your sign as from now will give you an assertive edge but as Venus joins it there in midweek you should be able to balance your go-getting attitude with a good deal of charm. It might just be the perfect combination for success.

What you seek is seeking you, Virgo. Your task over the new few days is to consciously align yourself with your intention. For instance, if you are seeking a new job opportunity or an exciting project, get proactive about updating your CV and talking to the right people. This week could also bring good news for you on the work and money front. Overheard at the cosmic conference: you’re one step closer to the increment you have been working towards.

LIBRA: Practice and persistence.

According to the planets you are in tune with the spirit of the times and over the next week or so will know what needs to be done in any and all situations. Don’t overdo it physically or emotionally though. Reward yourself with plenty of down time.

What is the kind of work a sportsperson puts in before a big game? How many hours of riyaaz does it take to finally get on stage? This weekend, I urge you to adopt the grit and vigour of a performer until it becomes synonymous with who you are on a soul level. This phase of your life requires both practice and persistence. The commitment you demonstrate towards your goals will determine the kind of rewards you reap in due course of time. Carpe diem, Libra!

SCORPIO: Your social life is where the party is at.

Your imagination will be working overtime this week and that could have both good and bad results. A lot depends on how willing you are to take advice from friends and family members. It seems their perspective is a bit more balanced than yours.

Oh hello, queen bee! This week promises to be one of the busiest weeks  your social calendar has seen in a while. You won’t be able to get time off even if you tried. Instead of pushing against the flow, be grateful for the blessings this week is bringing you. For some, travel and movement may be on the cards. PS: It’s never too late to plan a spontaneous getaway.

SAGITTARIUS: The worst is behind you.

Yes, of course, who you know is always important, but it’s what you know that will matter most over the next few days. The first thing to recognize is that you don’t know everything – then you’ll know who to approach to get the right sort of help.

A J K Rowling favourite to inspire you: “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” Let this be the turning point, Sagittarius. The point where you integrate the past and break free from the karmic cycle that has been holding you back from moving forward. Give yourself the time you need to rest and rejuvenate. Trust that your inner phoenix will only take you higher from here.

CAPRICORN: Take time out to nurture your innermost being.

Be on your guard as far as money matters are concerned during the early part of the week, but don’t be too suspicious because the planets indicate that good times are coming your way. Also, make sure friends and loved ones have fun as well.

Monday is a good 24 hours away, Capricorn. Find a way to put that overactive brain of yours on flight mode, even if it’s for a few hours. Yes, that means no work calls or emails. No calling your colleagues to share the epiphany you had just before you went to bed. What you want to focus on instead: healing and renewal. A ritualistic bath, complete with crystals and candles, could be a good way to get your chi flowing. Alternatively, you could consider a chakra clearing session with a healer you connect with.

AQUARIUS: Lots of money and things!

What you are told at the start of the week may seem to make perfect sense but a few days from now you probably won’t understand it at all. The reason for that is that your thought processes are about to change in a big way. You may never be quite the same person again.

You may or may not have had the best relationship with money, but there’s an inner knowing that things are about to change for the better now. Lo and behold! You are moving into a period of prosperity and financial stability. Continue to associate with the right people and make all the right moves. This turning point will prove to be especially beneficial for entrepreneurs. Get ready to reap the rewards of the work you have been putting in for many years.

PISCES: Get ready to hit the jackpot.

Cosmic activity in your opposite sign over the coming week will in some way or other turn your world upside down. However, seeing as how so many important things are up in the air at the moment it could mean your life is suddenly the right way up again!

This is the grand opening, Pisces. The one you’ve been consciously working towards. The great part about this phase of your career is that it’s helping you attract lucrative opportunities, and make the kind of wealth that was once a distant dream. Be wise about what you invest in at this point. This will help your empire expand at the right pace.