The season of ‘really, retrograde?’ continues! Mars is backspinning in Capricorn, and it’ll take the zodiac to boot camp for ambition. Mars retrograde in Capricorn inspires us to think critically about our intentions for goals and success. A lovely Libra moon and an aspect to Venus bring harmony and glamour to our week. And Mercury retrograde ends on Sunday! Sweet relief. Keep reading for your horoscope for the week of 13 August.
You’re still the champion, Ram, even if it doesn’t feel that way at work or if you’re not finding the success you want. Be patient, and know it’s inevitable. Date night on Wednesday? Why not! Venus is romanticising your week, and the moon wants to make it a sexy one, so be open to possibilities. Ooh-la-la!
Stuck in the weeds, Taurus? Mars retrograde can help. Pick one ambitious goal that can help you achieve the rest. You can sweat the small stuff later. Venus is nudging for a health and wellness goal, and this weekend has romance and joy planned under the Scorpio moon. Enjoy!
Have them meet you in the middle or walk away, Gemini. Mars is in retrograde in your intimacy and commitment sector, which promotes mutuality above all else. Venus will inspire you to keep it honest and compassionate on Wednesday. Then you can tend to your organisation and health efforts this weekend.
Is all fair in love and war, Cancer? Mars retrograde will show you. Potential conflicts on compromise, negotiation, and fairness could come up for you in love—or you’ll be more ambitious about fighting for love. Venus could put you in your feels on Wednesday. Swim there! The weekend has you sharing your emotions in a joyful way.
Happy birthday, Leo! What’s your workout plan? Mars is retrograde in your health, wellness, and physical exercise sector. Balance summer fun with some summer workouts. Crushing on a bookish type? Venus is turning you on to the intelligent, articulate ones this weekend.
Throw innovative solutions at your problems, Virgo! Mars is retrograde in your creativity and confidence sector. Never doubt your ability to solve issues, and avoid committing to one solution. Concerned about your financial heath? Ask the universe how you can be a wiser earner, saver, and spender for divine help this weekend.
Battle on the home front? Mars retrograde is helping you sort out family trauma and conflict. The key to success is to stay emotionally disciplined and practical about disputes. The moon shines for you on Wednesday, so schedule self-care and joy, followed by luxury and indulgence—your favourite!—this weekend.
Watch your words, Scorpio! Mars retrograde could fly daggers out of your mouth if you’re not careful. If you feel triggered, breathe it out. Count to three, and get curious, not confrontational. A Scorpio moon this weekend offers you the fun and summer adventure you crave. Treat yourself!
You don’t need it, Sagittarius. Mars is retrograde in your money and abundance sector, and it’s asking you to ease up on spending. It won’t feel fun immediately, but you’ll thank yourself later on. Hang with your girlfriends this weekend! A lively social atmosphere is yours.
Why do you want what you want, Capricorn? Mars is retrograde in your sign, which inspires an audit of the intentions behind your ambitions. Are they healthy? Honest? Or are you just out to prove something? This weekend wants you to work and socialise—try to strike the right balance for the right reward.
Surrender is sweet, Aquarius. Mars is retrograde in your closure, release and spirituality sector. Lean on forgiveness and compassion while you let go of the low-level things that hold you back. You may have to work on it this weekend while Venus and the moon help you push through where you need divine help.
You support the world, Pisces. But who supports you? Mars retrograde is asking you to seek this among friends. You deserve it, so fight for it. Think big on things like intimacy and expansion this weekend—Venus and the moon want you to be optimistic about sexuality and success.
Colin is a literal Gemini Twin Astrologer from Long Island, New York, and a two-time graduate of the New School with his Bachelor’s in Literature from Eugene Lang College and Master’s in Fashion Studies from the Parsons School of Design. A passionate student of astrology, A Course in Miracles, and other systems of personal growth, Colin founded QueerCosmos to meaningfully contextualise queer identities across the Zodiac and universal spiritual themes. Additionally, Colin leads private natal chart readings and horoscope columns with international publications. For more, head over to QueerCosmos.com.
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