Horoscopes: August 26 to September 1

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Aries: The new moon in Virgo on August 27 has you shifting your energy towards what’s truly best for you. You are more intent on making responsible decisions and getting things done, and while it doesn’t sound like much fun at first, you realize it can relieve a ton of preventable anxiety. Let’s face it, Virgo season is not the sauciest or sexiest time of year for you (or anyone else for that matter) but it is an ideal time to find out what works and what doesn’t in the grand scheme of home, work, health, and life. You’re thinking ahead these days, helping yourself and then helping others with what you have built. You close out August in a tidy fashion.

Taurus: The new moon in Virgo on August 27 inspires you to seize opportunities and to make big changes. Your pride may have previously been preventing you from taking advantage of certain helpful things, and you may feel at odds with yourself this week. It can be hard to accept change or to feel that you deserve the good things that you truly want to pursue. In the love department you may be getting a fresh view of an old relationship and seeing new dynamics between you and them and realizing new potential and subtle charms within that person as they change, grow. Allow time to do its thing. If you are flying solo you may be looking for a new fling and you might also be working on getting better at expressing your feelings more precisely. 

Gemini: Self exploration and understanding deepens under the darkness of the new moon in Virgo on August 27. There is a tense yet productive energy in the air this week. You’re in the middle of figuring out what you want in terms of living situations, relationships, and long term goals. You crave company but also lots of personal private time. You may occasionally feel singled out or at odds with others, which is the time when it is most important to be empathetic and flexible and to state your truth as well. Channel all this energy into something good. 

Cancer: This week, a positive Mars-Jupiter interaction along with the new moon in Virgo on August 27 energizes you towards new personal and professional goals as well as inspires you to reach out to people and do more communicating. You may be impatient to just scrap everything and start something new right this second but it is better to pace yourself and to watch things unfold. You’re feeling emboldened and more okay with standing out in your own way.

Leo: The new moon in Virgo on August 27 gives you the determination to do the things you’ve been dreaming and talking about doing. You are ready to complete projects, especially things pertaining to career and communication. You are looking to improve your relationships with finances and to work on being less anxious around the topic so you can see more clearly. External validations of self worth just aren’t cutting it these days. You need to start realizing that you are valuable as an individual no matter what is going on in relationships, work, and the world. Credentials and accolades aren’t everything.

Virgo: This week you are feeling more open minded and you are growing into a new area in life. Perhaps you are challenging your old beliefs or deepening your philosophy or spirituality. Uranus retrograde in your ninth house can highlight your need to mentally expand and explore. Meanwhile the new moon in your sign on August 27 is somewhat of a personal “new year,” a time for forgetting some things from the past, setting new intentions, and self-starting. Beware of impatience as you embark on this reinvention, results don’t come overnight. It’s more about consistency than it is about going full throttle.

Libra: You are thinking about what could have gone better in terms of communications in the past. The new moon in Virgo on August 27 brings up feelings around past interactions, connections, disagreements, and debates. You might be feeling more mature and accountable than before and have a desire to try a different approach these days. It is best not to be hyper critical of one’s self or to be in a hurry to overhaul everything at once. Take things in small steps. You’re feeling introspective and hopeful about new beginnings — creatively, professionally, spiritually, and mentally. 

Scorpio: You are taking a most heartfelt, earnest look at yourself. The new moon in Virgo on August 27 inspires you to identify and speak on your true dreams and desires. You seek to be more in touch and at peace with your emotions. You want to pay more attention to your feelings and to be a better communicator of them. Comparing yourself to others can be particularly destructive at this time. Competitiveness may not be your greatest motivator.

Sagittarius: This week, the new moon in Virgo on August 27 brings a sense of freshness to your days as we close out the month. You are more inclined to connect with constructive people who are a good influence, people who make you feel comfortable, and those who encourage you and who notice your strengths. You are interested in self improvement and personal responsibility. You are less inclined to be impulsive or to do things for the thrill or the attention. You’ve seen that all before and it’s gotten boring since it only goes one of two ways, and it’s usually not pretty. 

Capricorn: This week, the new moon in Virgo on August 27 inspires you to find the interconnectedness of all things. You are feeling more open minded and willing to see things from different perspectives. There is a meditative quality to your mood. Your confidence and empathy both run high these days. You’ve been through a lot and you are looking to use those experiences to connect with others and to be more understanding. Nothing surprises you anymore(because life is absurd) but that makes you feel strong.

Aquarius: Relationships are highlighted for you during this week’s new moon in Virgo on August 27. You may be looking to get closer to someone or to redirect the trajectory of an intimate relationship. There is an element of change concerning power dynamics, money, and romance. Mercury in your ninth house has you coming face to face with your own ideologies and can also put you in touch with a long distance or old friend who can bring an interesting perspective. Be cautious not to act from a place of tension or anxiety, as impatience may be on the rise. If you move and act from your center with confidence, there can be incredible breakthroughs as we close out the month of August. The keyword of Virgo season is communication. 

Pisces: Passionate energy is directed towards your relationships and your desires this week, beneath the pensive darkness of the new moon in Virgo on August 27. As this lunation occurs in your opposite sign, you find yourself deeply reflected and inspired by the “other,” meaning the people in your life who balance you and who sometimes act as a foil as well as those who have different perspectives than you. You feel connection and a similarity with others in unexpected ways, you see them in you and yourself within them. Take care to channel this excess of energy in constructive ways and to not rush things. You are inspired to build your romantic connections and to work on artistic endeavors at this time. Identify your goals first and then proceed.