Horoscope: August 16, 2016

Astrologer Shelly von Strunckel reveals what’s in the stars for you today

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While every sign is influenced by the Eclipsed Full Moon, and the changes it triggers, the fact it takes place on your birthday marks this as a turning point. While you may already be aware of some of what’s coming or, equally, what’s on its way out, changes in your perspective, priorities and future dreams are as important. Take time over this and consider making, and revisiting, a list. This will clarify your thinking and, even more, your dreams.

Aries March 20 – April 18

You rightly pride yourself on being both truthful and forthright. You’ve always felt that saying any less than you know or feel is dishonest. Yet during this intense and unsettling period, others are already anxious. So much so you’re urged to think twice before you discuss everything that’s on your mind.

Taurus April 19 – May 19

Uranus may be the planet of innovation, and with both Mars and your ruler Venus forming powerful aspects to it over the next few days, thrilling developments are coming your way. Worthwhile as these are, things are moving swiftly, so much so, you’ll have little time for the variety of reflection you’d prefer.

Gemini May 20 – June 19

Few situations are more frustrating than being forced to make hasty decisions when you’re short of facts. The trick is to organise things, but make it clear to everybody involved, those arrangements are tentative, so subject to change. Which, judging by next week’s dramatic planetary activity, will happen within days.

Cancer June 20 – July 21

There’s a difference between things seeming urgent, which they do, and there actually being a need to make complex decisions and turn those decisions into lasting plans. While you can’t avoid a certain amount of planning, ideally, you’ll regard those arrangements as tentative, if not a bit of an experiment.

Leo July 22 – August 21

Most of those born under the sign of Leo have a well-developed sense of the theatrical. While, on one hand, this accounts for your genuine warmth, on the other, it means you sometimes over-react to frustrating situations. Bear this in mind now, because that’s exactly what you’ll be facing.

Virgo August 22 – September 21

Obviously, you can’t entirely sidestep planning just because your ruler Mercury is retrograde, in your sign, until the 22nd. What you can do, however, is not only avoid overly precise planning, you can take advantage of this period to experiment with ideas that, otherwise, you’d regard as too risky.

Libra September 22 – October 21

If there’s a sense of excitement in the air, it’s no surprise. While everybody is likely to respond to the heightened feelings triggered by this weekend’s link between Venus and the planet of innovation and the unexpected, Uranus, because Venus is your ruling planet, you’ll feel it most.

Scorpio October 22 – November 20

Few things are more exasperating than dealing with those who don’t bother with the facts. Bizarre as this is to you, these individuals simply don’t care. While, ordinarily, this wouldn’t matter, circumstances have drawn you together. Since there’s absolutely no chance they’ll change, accept them for what they are.

Sagittarius November 21 – December 20

As a fire sign, you’re not only passionate by nature, you’re proud of the intensity of your feelings, friendships and approach to life. Yet the intense emotions triggered by the current eclipsed Full Moon might be overwhelming, even for you. If so, remember; they’ll vanish as swiftly as they appeared.

Capricorn December 21 – January 19

It’s not that you’re unwilling to listen to what others have to say, as certain individuals insist is the case. Rather, you organise your thoughts, then express them, and you expect those you’re talking with to do the same. But the fact is, not everybody thinks, or speaks, as clearly as you do.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Every once in a while, somebody you care about turns into a bit of monster. While, mostly, their antics make you laugh, it’s time to draw the line. Although this variety of toughness doesn’t come naturally to you, the fact is, you’ve no choice. And you know exactly what to say.

Pisces February 19 – March 19

Saying farewell to places you’ve learnt to love and ultimately rewarding arrangements isn’t easy. Yet it’s clear that one chapter of your life is ending and another beginning. While there’s no question where some things are going, others elements of your life are a mystery, which is as it should be.