Once in every 12 years Jupiter in the royal sign of Leo forms a conjunction with Venus, the planet of traditional marriage. This happens on Monday 18th August at 6.21am (London time) and points to a second honeymoon period for one regal couple, or perhaps one of the year’s most romantic announcements. Of course, Leo spells royalty across all dynasties; this could be about Princess Mary or Prince Harry (or for that matter what remains of the Monaco dynasty too). Elsewhere in the heavens there is a potent opposition from Mercury in Virgo to Neptune in Pisces on Tuesday 19th August at 4.40am. This combination is classically associated with confused and confusing media reports about anything viral and contagious, particularly if it’s carried through water or via droplets in the air. Virgo is the sign to associate with medical research and health and Pisces rules fluids and the dissolution of boundaries. Watch the media.
Aries: 18-24 August 2014
Aries, Pluto in Capricorn is urging you to be more assertive (even to the point of being a slight control freak) about who and what is most crucial to you in career, university or non-profit terms. Perhaps things have now reached the stage where you must stand up for yourself and what matters most, or constantly feel propelled this way and that way, like a leaf in the breeze. The Jupiter-Venus conjunction on Monday augurs well for your relationship with that generation born 20 years or more after you; just keep smiling and follow the signs. This applies to projects which appeal to teenagers or twentysomethings (if you are over fifty ) or even to relationships which may result in pregnancy (if you are in your twenties or thirties). Everything is now abundantly possible.
Taurus: 18-24 August 2014
Taurus, you are basically at a point in your life where destiny has told you very sternly to take the reins and make things stick (and work) with your internet, foreign, travel, publishing, educational or academic agenda. Pluto can be pretty ruthless and unless you actually stop certain things in their tracks, you will continue to struggle with what feels like a situation you can never really get on top of! The irony, of course, is that all the tools and resources you require are around you. What else is important now? Clearly, you have so much in your favour with the family, house, homeland, home town, household or flat that all you have to do is follow the signposts and accept the help or fortunate twists of fate. This is part of a general reshaping and improvement for you, Taurus.
Gemini: 18-24 August 2014
Gemini, you are continuing to find your voice or your other best means of expression, and from little acorns, bigger things grow. Just keep an open mind and heart and welcome whatever (or whomever) comes your way. There are no accidents in astrology and if the last 1-2 weeks have coincided with a new way to be heard or read, take it further. You are not being pushy to do this; just responding to what others are quite instinctively seeking from you. The other interesting thing about your horoscope now is the house, the flat, the money, the possessions and/or the charity. Your chart suggests it’s time to be quite determined about staying in control or just clawing it back. Unless you make a concerted effort to do this, something or someone will always dictate terms. Just say no.
Cancer: 18-24 August 2014
Cancer, Pluto in your opposite sign of Capricorn is a very hard but potentially rewarding transit to go through. If you throw away your willpower and also your own ability to run your own life, then sooner or later, your former, current or potential partner (or conditions/people attached to them) ends up taking your power away. That feeling of not being able to own your own space or turf, psychologically, emotionally or sexually is pretty familiar by now, yet the deep irony is that every single thing you need to be on top (or get on top) is in front of you. Just take it and own it. The Jupiter-Venus match on Monday is about your money, house, flat, charity, business or possessions. It takes two to tango and this is like balancing rubies and potatoes in the scales and making it work.
Leo: 18-24 August 2014
Leo, it’s been 12 years since Jupiter conjuncted Venus in your sign and it’s both rare and welcome to see matters of image, appearance, reputation or packaging become a matter for two people. It’s no longer just your issue; it is also his or hers, yet seldom have you been given so much scope. You may be looking for a solution or just something bigger and better, but The Wonderful World Of Me is a good place to be. The line-up in Capricorn this week, a most practical sign, encourages you to be utterly matter-of-fact about your lifestyle and your body. If you shrug your shoulders and pretend to be without power, the universe will make you feel just that. The trick with this cycle is to recognise the amazing resources and tools around you and use them to take the reins back.
Virgo: 18-24 August 2014
Virgo, if things with (or through) the children in your world have become rather bent out of shape, you need to be honest with yourself and admit that you have let things run on; instead of sticking to a successful formula you were creating a few weeks/months ago, you have let things slide. This also applies to babies, relationships which promise pregnancy or adoption, youth projects and anything from adolescent through young adult concerns. If you go on pretending that he/she/they/it is running your world then you are giving away the power that could change everything! The other key issue now is what is submerged, below the surface and quite unknown or unseen. Do you want some massive, overdue improvement or just a glittering horizon? Your choice.
Libra: 18-24 August 2014
Libra, power is actually willpower and unless you use yours, the situation with your family, house, accommodation, flat, home town, household or homeland will continue to make you feel as if you have no say in what occurs. Of course this is a huge waste of an opportunity, as the whole time that you have been letting things slide in a particular direction, you were actually in possession of just what you needed all along. The trick is appreciating that and actually using it to your total advantage. You might think you are problem solving, but you could actually be on the cusp of something far more potent, remarkable and life-changing, if you would only pursue this to its logical conclusion. The other interesting thing about your week? Your friend or group. Just say yes, yes, yes.
Scorpio: 18-24 August 2014
Scorpio, great opportunity and fulfilment can only come when you build or mend a bridge with someone who is innately connected to your success, your life direction or your ambition. This was always going to be a matter for two people, even way back in mid July when the first glimpses of opportunity revealed themselves. You may be trying to repair something overdue for wholeness in your life, or just pursuing the biggest and best – but in all cases, around Monday you will see why two people can create potent alchemy together. The focus on Capricorn in your chart now also suggests that you have to be a lot more resolute and assertive with those who affect how you are heard and read, online and offline. It’s your Communication H.Q. and it belongs to you; take it on, fully.
Sagittarius: 18-24 August 2014
Sagittarius, the funniest things have occurred of late, giving you perhaps six weeks of odd turning points and subtle but important changes, all helping you to turn a corner with your life as a traveller, student, internet user, teacher, world citizen, publisher or writer. Jupiter, your ruler, has a way of forcing your hand and it may not be until you are well into the closing weeks of 2014 that you can actually see what was going on right now, back in August, and how it was pushing you in just the right direction. Sometimes you just have to let life, destiny and other people make the changes for you! The Pluto patterns this week also remind you to use your force of personality and your self-control to get the power back over the money, business interests, possessions, house, charity, flat and so on. Unless you actually own the control and stop pretending you don’t have any, you are going to continue to be blown around like an autumn leaf.
Capricorn: 18-24 August 2014
Capricorn, with Pluto in your sign this week making strong aspects in your chart, you can finally summon up all the energy, focus, determination and concentration required to turn things around with your image or reputation. This also applies to your online profile, personal appearance and so on. The last few weeks have been truly challenging in terms of you sticking doggedly to a formula you know works for you. Instead you have thrown your hands up in the air and allowed something/someone to dictate terms. Only because you let it happen, though – no other reason! Now that you also have solutions, remedies, advantages and opportunities not possible in 12 years financially, perhaps it’s time to make a priority list and begin hitting it like Sir Donald Bradman.
Aquarius: 18-24 August 2014
Aquarius, the Mercury -Neptune opposition this week is in your banking, salary, business, charity, taxation, possessions and cashflow zone. You may want to allow the moment to pass before doing any major sums or attempting any crucial paperwork. The presence of Jupiter in Leo suggests you are being handed certain thing on a plate when it comes to your former, current or potential partner. Even with enemies! Twists of fate, unlikely helpers, useful turning points created by you – and a great deal that you have just fallen into – all assists the changes. This is the very earliest stage of a big wave in your chart designed to utterly reshape the way things are with a special person. Even a dispute or conflict can benefit you when Jupiter conjuncts Venus, around Monday.
Pisces: 18-24 August 2014
Pisces, you appear to have let yourself flip-flop all over the place in the last few weeks and it may feel to you as if your social life, group commitment, old friend or new friend is disempowering you on some level. Nothing could be further from the truth; you have just given your power away , for whatever reason, and the irony is that you have seldom been in such a good position to use whatever/whomever is close by, to really reshape things very effectively. The Jupiter-Venus conjunction in Leo is also telling you to look at your lifestyle, daily workload, wellbeing, duty and service to others as a wholistic entity. In other words you cannot separate how well you feel physically from the hours you are putting in at work, university or as a volunteer. Fortunately the one person you need to treat this as a two-way street is making all the right noises near Monday. You two can take things so much further; the bluest sky is your biggest limit.
Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.