Horoscopes: Aug. 4-10, 2023

Illustration by Ash Cheshire.

Aries: This week, you continue to explore your past and reconnect with old music, movies and art that you haven’t enjoyed in awhile. You may be examining your attachment style and wondering how to change your perspective so that weaknesses can become strengths. Stagnation feels intolerable, you want to feel inspired and get things moving. Avoid stirring up unnecessary trouble just because you are bored. Find something constructive. 

Taurus: August continues to hold up a mirror to your inner self. You’re looking to connect to your roots, heal from the past, and find things that ground you and bring meaning to your efforts. It can be messy and emotional, as it takes time to be gentle with yourself and others. Your ruling planet Venus continues its retrograde and can cause you to be quite critical or to see things in the harshest light. Smooth out those rough edges as if you are molding art from clay. Subtle, yet different, approaches can create interesting changes.

Gemini: You have lots of energy, but your attention span can be rather unsatisfactory at the moment. This week is probably not the week where you accomplish everything on your to-do list and that’s OK! Perhaps you can focus on ways to let your energy flow naturally and to follow what interests you until its natural conclusion. Solo hobbies and deep dives on special topics should be indulged. Meanwhile, Venus continues its retrograde journey until the 23rd and brings up new information about a friendship or relationship from the past that fills in some blanks but you don’t necessarily have to do anything about it. 

Cancer: More than usual, you just want to be out socializing and having fun. Maybe it’s a good idea this week to set aside time for a casual friend visit or even a group outing. You seem to be rather fixated on how others perceive you, which is a great philosophical talking point but that can lead to some serious existential spiraling. The waning moon this week brings introspective energy even if Mars, which is in harmony with your sign, has you feeling ready to party. 

Leo: After the enlightening full moon in Aquarius at the start of the month, you are on a path of self improvement. You are gathering what is required to begin your next big project as creativity and independence flow. You feel that big things with exciting results are on the horizon. Meanwhile, Venus continues to retrograde through your first house helping you to review that past, as well as learn and grow. During your birthday season, you really do feel more refined and mature.

Virgo: This week, multiple cosmic aspects highlight your privacy sector and you feel like keeping things minimal and manageable as you focus on your mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s a time for thinking, reflecting and feeling. It may not be the best time to get a lot done on work or other projects but it is a time for rest, healing and self exploration. Places where you can be your true self and let your expression flow are important. Close friends and pets can help you get in touch with the heart of the matter. Thinking too much about the past can bring on heavy heartedness and ennui. Sure, it is important to reflect. Past experiences are important, but replaying old situations over in your head can quickly become stressful.

Libra: You are feeling eager to move ahead and motivation is a good thing to have, but you may want to slow down and practice being more measured and deliberate about how you spend your time, money and energy. Your ruling planet, Venus, continues its retrograde for another few weeks and brings creativity and inspiration that you acquire from exploring inner narratives and finding personal meaning in the worlds of art and nature. Your heart is equal parts vibrant and tender. The journey can be just as important as the destination.

Scorpio: You have a mind for responsibilities, duties and ambitions during August. You have some new old projects in mind as Venus retrograde continues to remind you of things that you have wanted for a long time but have been hesitant to work toward in the past. The waning moon in your sister sign of Taurus on Monday and Tuesday highlights your partnership sector and creates an ideal moment for some quiet time with yourself or a lover.

Sagittarius: You are rethinking a lot of your old beliefs these days as life continues to throw you curveballs of varying degrees of pleasantness and unpleasantness. Nothing is quite the way you thought it was at first and sometimes, that can be a good thing. You can clearly see the errors you have made in the past and you move forward with new self awareness. Making new long-term plans energizes you and gets you excited about the future as you reflect on the past. 

Capricorn: You are entering a new phase of self connectedness, in which you are better attuned to yourself. This creates an opportunity for better self expression, communication, and profound connections with others. You transform and grow when you collaborate with the energies of others. People need people, a fact Capricorns might forget sometimes.

Aquarius: Focusing on yourself and keeping your mind on the task at hand can feel empowering and soothing as you can’t seem to shake the feeling that people and relationships are complicated to you at this moment. It’s OK to take a break from the obligations and perils of social interactions for a spell. Simplicity and nature feel especially comforting as Venus continues to retrograde and draws your attention inward. It’s hard to keep topics light or casual. You are having big thoughts and feelings.

Pisces: This is a busy time! You are in the process of refining your habits and routines and also reviewing and revisiting old creative projects and reconnecting with old forgotten passions. Your energy seems to be in high demand at work and in relationships as well. You have been wearing many hats as we progress further into August. There is a sense of collecting scattered and mismatched pieces from various aspects of time, space and places, creating a mosaic of your life and your dreams.