Astrology GIFs for the Week of August 25, 2014

The new moon in Virgo on Monday the 25th suggests that you will be able to solve problems that may have been overlooked amid summer distractions. Mercury and Mars aspect on this day, as do Mars and Saturn. That signals important beginnings: They might not be easy, but they’re necessary for change and progress.

This week will be strange for love due to many hard aspects between those planets that rule romance and sex, mainly Venus and Mars (the planets that represent male and female potencies). On Wednesday the 27th things heat up between lovers and romance heightens to an unprecedented level. Passion fuels both love and hate, so be careful when handling intense feelings this week and you will have a powerful experience without getting hurt.

Aries (March 21–April 19)

This is a very powerful new moon for you, Aries. You have the courage to express yourself. If you’ve been dying to speak up about something that’s been getting on your nerves, do it now. Mars, your planetary ruler, and Mercury, the planet of communications, aspect well on this day in your sector of everyday life and interactions with co-workers. This is also the sector of health, so your sense of well-being should benefit as well.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

This week will include plenty of fun and pleasure for you, Taurus, as the new moon ignites a period of joy. Romantic relationships could be rocky, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be dating. In fact, now is a propitious time to do things that feel good. But don’t look for commitment this week; simply focus on having fun.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Focus on family and health now; the time for complete abandonment will come again soon. This week is for relaxing and calming the nerves. You need a rest. Summer was fun, but fun can be exhausting. Sleep, hydration, and plenty of healthy foods are what the astrological doctor recommends. It feels good to make positive changes. The new moon makes it possible for health regimens to stick, but it’s up to you to take the initiative.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

If it seems like it’s been you against the world lately, the stars agree. Relationships and getting to know new people might seem like a challenge for you now. But it is a favorable time for you to delve into your spirituality and to look inward for an idea or a fresh way of interacting with the world. You’re able  to communicate well now, so consider expressing yourself in writing rather than conversation.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

You are gorgeous right now. Beauty treatments and new clothes are good purchases; splurge on items you might usually pass by. With Venus, the planet of luxury, in your sign and three important planets forming aspects in your sector of money this week, you should have the extra cash. Luck in money is on your side: Place bets or the play the lottery if that doesn’t go against your principles.

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

This is a very good time for you, Virgo. If you are celebrating a birthday this week, be especially prepared to initiate a month of new beginnings and fresh opportunities with the new moon, the sun, and Mercury (your planetary ruler) all in your sign. These transits suggest a time of powerful renewal when you are able to transform yourself in ways you’ve always desired. These beneficial energies will last throughout the next few weeks, so start wishing.

Libra (September 23–October 22)

Group interactions will take your mind off troubles you’ve faced lately, so do your best to interact with society somehow. This could be a community activity, social group, book club, support group, or hobby. Meet up; it’s the solution to feeling lonely. Warm and friendly Venus, your ruling planet, blesses such social gatherings and interactions based on her transit through your natal chart this week.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Reap the rewards of partnerships when you establish a way to use social interactions to attain what you desire financially. But with both Mars and Saturn transiting your sign, please be cautious with your temper and be sure to compromise while negotiating agreements. Do not work alone this week. Instead, make sure people realize you are in charge (without making personal remarks or being overly aggressive). You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Work is your focus now, and it’s your time to shine on the job. This week’s new moon will be beneficial if you don’t lose sight of important details — as your sign often can, gazing always upward. You have amazing and imaginative ideas, and now you will be able to put them to use.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Lose yourself in imagination and spirituality when the new moon hides in your birth chart’s sector of philosophy and dreams. You may have important revelations now about the way you are living. Whatever this change may be is up to you — just be sure to rely on your own instincts to navigate any confusing situations, and you’ll get things right each time.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

You can have lots of fun with sex and romance now, so if you have the time to unwind during these last few weeks of summer, please do so with pleasure. There are certain instances during the year when you are able to relax and transform yourself through a new experience of sensuality. Do the best you can to integrate real love into your approach to life, when you want to  deal with emotions beyond your control. You can handle it, water bearer, because you are used to juggling things. Just be fairly careful and expect to spill a little, so as to avoid unrealistic expectations about perfection.

Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Romance and business partnerships are so important now. Relying on someone is imperative to your success this week, so please communicate to others what you want from them. Do so wisely and choose your partner with a discerning eye. Your intuition is always spot on, psychic Pisces, so this should not be an issue for you, as long as you actually make up your mind and don’t get lost in the pondering.

David Scoroposki is a professional astrologer working in New York City. GIF reporting by Maggie Lange

Astrology GIFs for the Week of August 25, 2014