Love Horoscope for the Week of August 21

For a week that has astrology fans everywhere in a panic, there are some very constructive aspects, especially in terms of whipping your love life into shape. But of course, you’re mostly here for the Eclipse, aren’t you?

Yes, you heard right. There is a Solar Eclipse on Monday at 28 degrees Leo. Normally discussing the effects of a Solar Eclipse requires looking at the details of any given birth chart that it is affecting. I propose a much easier approach to the subject. I often propose using a New Moon as a time to set out your intentions for the next month as to what you want to change about your life. Since the Solar Eclipse is basically a New Moon on steroids, pick something stubborn and intractable in your life that you want to fix, and then spend the next month working on it. Just one thing: don’t go and make yourself a long laundry list. Keep your intention simple and specific.

There are two aspects happening this week that make this New Moon Solar Eclipse particularly powerful (as if being a Solar Eclipse wasn’t enough on its own). Also on Monday, Sun trine Uranus is exact. This can bring a powerful dose of creative energy, and that might be just the thing you need to get what you want out of your life, whether it’s romance or something else we’re talking about.

On Tuesday, Mars trine Saturn is exact (but is in effect for the entire week). Say what you will about the surprising effects of an Eclipse or the uniqueness of the Uranus aspect, Mars trine Saturn is the embodiment of the good old-fashioned nose to the grindstone, getting things done work ethic. It’s an excellent stabilizer to any new ventures on your part.

And yes, I know that Mercury is still retrograde and will be until early September. You can’t hide under the bed to escape an Eclipse, and you can’t blame Mercury retrograde for everything. Just make sure you check your math, do your proofreading, and get the directions straight before you leave home.

On Friday, Saturn finally ends its retrograde. And it will be a little easier to be constructive with your life and with your relationships. Late Friday night early Saturday morning, Venus enters Leo. Venus in cancer was all sweet and caring, but now it’s time to take it to town with your romantic visions. Don’t be afraid to approach your love life with a little extra dramatic flair. Venus in Leo loves that sort of thing.

Perhaps the best of the lot is exact on Sunday. Jupiter sextile Saturn is a relatively rare occurrence and it would be a shame to miss out on it. Jupiter represents happiness and good fortune and things generally going your way, and when sextile Saturn, it is a great opportunity to be constructive and build something for yourself that can go the distance.

About Matthew Currie

Matthew Currie is an astrologer with over 20 years of experience, and is the author of "Conquer The Universe With Astrology." Along with Hilary Young, he is the host of "Love And Sex In The Stars" (a show about the intersection of astrology and human hearts) on In his spare time, Matthew shouts at the neighbors a lot.

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