Horoscopes Aug. 14–20, 2011
Aquarius waxes artistic, Scorpio learns to explore, and Taurus receives great fortune.
BORN THIS WEEK
Mila Kunis (Aug. 14, 1983)
Leo comediennes often make their mark playing ditzes—think Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Sally Struthers, Delta Burke, Loni Anderson, and Lisa Kudrow. A Lioness plays dumb in life, too, disarming others in business, if not in love, where she prefers “cat and mouse.” Leo is strategic, the queen on the chessboard, the prime mover of the zodiac. At 14, Kunis told producers of That '70s Show that she’d turn 18 on her birthday (no lie) to land the role of feisty but dim Jackie Burkhart. An avid gamer, Kunis also plays to win in her career.
Access is granted to enclaves that were previously denied you. Ironically, this coincides with feeling jaded about said entree. But as Uranus in Aries continues to T-square opposing Mars and Pluto, beware of slicing off your nose to spite your face. Pass through open doors with gratitude, not attitude. And please don’t allude to past ill feelings. There are those who’d hang you on those words. The Moon transit, Wednesday, accentuates unique skills, distinguishing you, head and shoulders, above the rest. Colleagues may claim you don’t play by the rules. Remain safe in the knowledge you’re rewriting them.
Your sign’s motto is “I have.” And now you must own true feelings and actions. Jupiter in Taurus, trine Pluto, is bringing you great fortune. If that gives you license to play the diva, by all means do so. But don’t then feign humility, or surprise, if you burn bridges. In truth you’re hard at work on a master plan; but you play the student who pretends s/he didn’t study only to score A pluses. Maybe you think acting as if success comes easy makes you seem more talented. And, should you fall short, there’s an excuse: You didn’t give it your all. Flash: You’ll be happier admitting that any result isn’t for lack of trying.
Preservation is your mantra now. It applies to energy as well as time and money. Saturn in your creative sector, squaring Mars, affecting finances, prescribes allotting a set number of focused hours for any given project, disciplining yourself to put work down at the appointed time. Avoid superficial endeavors and event planning. So-called generous displays may be conspicuous consumption designed to inspire envy. Scan the conscience. If self-worth is unduly dependent on your purchasing power, it’s time to cultivate assets of intrinsic value. Do it for yourself, yes, but also for those who view you as a role model.
Seeds of promise are sprinkled in your path, but you can miss them unless you stay ultra-attuned. Mars in Cancer, trine Chiron, presents you with opportunities for healing. They come out of the blue, at the spur of the moment. So keep words of acceptance on the tip of your tongue. Jupiter is bringing new people into your life, those for whom great success, and a desire to be of service to others, goes hand in hand. This is your tribe. You feel it in that trusty gut. Go the extra mile to foster such friendships. And watch the backs of the heads of the aura vampires in your life getting tinier and tinier as they sashay away.
Stop spinning in the thousand directions you’re being pulled. Drop projects that are going nowhere and extricate yourself from commitments you overpromised yourself to. Roll out new plans for achieving the one goal that is nearest and dearest to your heart. And don’t be in a hurry to do so. Midweek, Mercury retreads over the Sun and Venus in Leo, so best-laid plans will be as solid as a sandcastle in the incoming tide. Knowing this should alleviate undue frustration. Solo endeavors are your safest bets. Communication is strained in relationships. Smiling and nodding is prescribed. That, and separate vacations.
Employ temperance in all things, avoiding overindulgence in celebration or self-deprivation. And no beating yourself up for falling short of expectations. With a Saturn-Mars square, straddling Virgo, you’re apt to set the bar too high now, sucking all the should-be fun out of achieving. And going on and on about so-called shortcomings smacks of a need for attention, more than overt bragging would. And this is the point: Anything worth pursuing shouldn’t require outside reaction, one way or another. While weighing your options, focus your infamous constructive criticism on those asking for it.
Even in the face of leaner finances or seemingly dwindling prospects, you’re urged to give all the more. Mercury backtracking over the Sun and ruler Venus, Tuesday, is a call to action in social, community, or charitable aims. You have public opinion to sway, and signs say the only way to do so is through grassroots action. Where social networking or e-blasting fails, knocking on doors and shaking hands succeeds. Wednesday is the best for wording mission statements or promotional pleas. Unbeknownst to you—well, not any more—you’re honing skills and making contacts that generate your own future income.
The overriding feeling for you is a sort of buyer’s remorse. You invested in a vision of your life that served as an antidote to the conditions of your upbringing; but in a bid for so-called normalcy, you may have repressed an urge for exploration, experimentation, and exotic influences, a hankering for which now surfaces. Pluto opposing Mars is changing the headline. You’re not imprisoned by home or relationships. They provide a solid base from which to seek out new horizons. Trust us: Loved ones are all for you busting out and pursuing singular dreams. An unfulfilled Scorpio can be quite controlling of others.
Though conformity doesn’t inherently suit you, playing by the rules and embracing certain orthodoxy now furthers even your most maverick agendas. Saturn’s disciplined vibe gives you required poise to clearly communicate ideas in a group setting. By Friday, the Moon teams with Jupiter, lending you finesse in fielding questions and challenges that might otherwise frustrate you. Let charisma be your guide. Pouring on the charm isn’t disingenuous, it’s smart and it comes naturally now, making requisite dog-and-pony shows less a slog. By Saturday, you’re sending out romantic signals, knowingly or not.
You go to extremes now, stretching beyond usual safety zones, creatively and socially, then diving even deeper into meditative solo time. What you don’t have room for in your current experience is vague interactions or entertainments. Capricorns all over the place are canceling cable-TV subscriptions, delegating social-networking chores, and otherwise embracing Audited ways as a means for personal evolution. Uranus squaring Pluto in your sign inspires radical changes in lifestyle, characterized by an eschewing of bourgeois trappings. You laugh in the face of quiet desperation. You are audibly sated.
As Venus opposes Neptune in Aquarius, you’re more aesthetically motivated than usual. The artists among you are inspired to new heights, while Water bearers of all walks of life find ugly truths intolerable. Inequality is always anathema to your way of thinking, but you now seek to stamp it out. Appearances become a priority, even in love. But beware of treating others like shiny ornaments. And don’t be dazzled into deals that look good on the surface. Do some digging. You possess the power of appreciation in all senses of the word. Size up every situation, and find beauty in all things, not just the pretty young ones.
Funny how some weeks make all the difference. You’ve been on a real transformational trip, Pisces, but it’s really starting to show. As Mercury plows back over the Sun and Venus in Leo, your daily grind gets groovy. You put into practice those "aha" moments you’ve had about organizing your day, making time for this private creative pursuit at off hours, sneaking in that exercise or Om session—living in a manner that is more aligned with your soulful demands, not those of others. And yet we find your partnerships perk up, while the single among you are being solicited for more than just a vacant tryst.