20 August 2017Last updated

Horoscopes: August 18 - 24

Find out what the stars have in store for your this week

Shelley von Strunckel
17 Aug 2017 | 12:00 am


Mar 20 – Apr 18

Ordinarily you’re not shy about saying or pursuing what’s on your mind. However, the unexpected obstacles you’ve been facing could undermine even your determination. Actually, that’s good because this week is as much about eliminating unworkable past arrangements as what’s next. To do that, balance efforts devoted to this process of decluttering with time spent on future projects.   


Apr 19 – May 19

Because you plan carefully, what you organise usually proceeds as anticipated. By now, however, you’ve learnt to expect the unexpected. August’s two eclipses – 7th and 21st – are triggering sudden changes for everybody, so this is no surprise. Ironically, what seems disruptive now will lead to breakthroughs in certain rather fixed matters, although not in the form you’ve anticipated.


May 20 – Jun 20

Weeks ago, you realised that between your ruler Mercury retrograde and this month’s dramatic planetary activity, even simple plans won’t go as expected. While you adopted a relaxed approach to this disarray, others didn’t. Now they’re moaning about those changes. Ignore them and instead focus on future plans. This allows you to turn those changes into dazzling new ideas.  



Jun 21 – Jul 21

The twists and turns you’re facing are evidence of the week’s intense planetary activity. Knowing that, instead of trying to outwit changes, you’ll deal with what you can but leave the rest for when a slower pace, probably in early September, enables you to assess what’s what. While, initially, this demands steely restraint, you’ll not only soon master it, you’ll realise what a useful skill it is.   5

Jul 22 – Aug 21

Each day of this pivotal week will be different, and present you with  unique experiences. This voyage of discovery began in late July and climaxes with Monday’s life-changing Leo eclipsed New Moon. However, many of the events this triggers will surface only over the coming days, weeks and months. Knowing that, regard plans as more of a vision than anything solid.



Aug 22 – Sept 21

With your ruler Mercury retrograde, positioned in Virgo, and the eclipse on Monday shaking things up, you’re better off viewing arrangements as tentative. Actually, the more prepared you are to explore, the more you’ll benefit from unexpected and, possibly, inconvenient developments. What seems least welcome now could soon be revealed as a thrilling breakthrough.  


Sept 22 – Oct 22

Every once in a while, a series of dilemmas arises, all at once. That’s the case now, and although on the surface they’re unrelated, each is about facing up to a disappointing situation, then deciding whether it’s vital enough to fight for. Viewed from this angle, many previously perplexing issues will suddenly become clear. Better yet, you’ll know what can, and should, go and what matters most.


Oct 23 – Nov 21

As a cautious Scorpio, ordinarily you’d struggle with the dramatic and far-reaching changes triggered by Monday’s eclipsed New Moon. But your instincts are correctly telling you these aren’t just timely, they’d lead to unexpected breakthroughs. How? Those facts will surface later. If anybody asks, adopt a mysterious attitude, then quietly savour this thrilling period of your life.  


Nov 22 – Dec 20

Making it through the complex days until early September, when the current unruly planetary setup eases up, requires that you ignore what doesn’t work or certain irrational demands. Instead focus on what you can do. As events unfold, many of those obstacles will vanish, clearing the way to accomplish what you currently have in mind, but without the aggravation.


Dec 21 – Jan 18

If you’ve already learnt the lesson offered by the tricky unruly planetary activity during August’s first half, instead of struggling to rein in this week’s changes, you’ll observe, learn and plan. But unless action is pressing, you’ll hold back until the dust settles, in a few weeks’ time. Does that seem forever? That’s because one of the lessons you’re learning is how to be patient. 

Jan 19 – Feb 17

Watching longstanding arrangements, alliances and even hopes come undone may seem a crisis. Yet, as you’re gradually recognising, many of these haven’t just been a burden, they’ve become increasingly unrealistic. Once you’ve acknowledged changes are inevitable, your perspective will be transformed, making it easier to substantially alter some of these, and say a relieved farewell to others.


Feb 18 – Mar 19

Disruptive as shakeups in elements of your life may be, you’ve long been aware something was amiss. It’s just your remedies are very different from events currently taking place. And they don’t all make sense. Actually, that’s as it should be, and will be until early September’s Pisces Full Moon, when everything will come together, but in ways you’d never have anticipated. 

Shelley von Strunckel

Shelley von Strunckel

Illustrations by Hatty Peder