Your Daily Horoscope for Thursday, August 16

Aries

March 21- April 19

Instead of being consciously aware of your current situation and your honest feelings about it, you're acting out of habit and instinct. But any habitual responses on your part should be sharply inspected today. You'll probably find you've done or said something you wish you hadn't. If so, don't waste time feeling guilty. Everyone makes mistakes. Just make amends. Challenge the status quo and find a better way of being.

Illustration by Rocco Fazzari

Illustration by Rocco Fazzari

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Observe sensible limits today. You're self-indulgent by nature; throw in an extra dose of passion now, and you'll see the potential for trouble. Remember the old saying about throwing stones inside glass houses. Resist the urge to probe into other people's lives. You're simply not ready for the face-off that would bring, and you've got enough to worry about in your own life. There are better ways to spend your time.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

Sensual vibes are strong today, and you're feeling very aroused. You crave someone in an animal way, but don't jump into anything just yet. It would be far better not to for a bit of perspective, because this relationship could turn out to be a lot more complicated than you thought. It might even end up being the kind of connection you should avoid, but only time will tell. Taking things slowly feels frustrating now, but later, you'll be glad you did.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

Who said all romance had to be sexual? Certainly not you. Of course, sex can offer a person a lot of pleasure and self-discovery. But you're deeply perceptive by nature, and the mood you're in is perfect for writing poetry, sharing laughter with friends, or spending some time alone with your sweetheart or child. Just remember that your spirit and imagination can run wild as easily as your body. Better yet, let all three loose.

Leo

July 23-August 22

If you're petulant and self-aggrandising today, you might be defending a fragile ego. Other people recognise this, too. Don't think you're fooling anyone by being prickly or vain. Wouldn't it feel better just to break down and admit you're vulnerable? Well, if you can't do that, at least you can earn your praise by working hard. Apply yourself to a project or relationship, and create something positive. That should lift you right out of this bad mood.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Life feels exciting right now, doesn't it? You can feel it in your blood — things are going to happen today. Be sure to keep your wits and scruples about you, because you'll need both. Of course, you don't need the advice. You've got your keen mind, plus your warm and tuned-in heart. Using these tools, you'll see the situation clearly and make the right choices, so just go with your inner voice. It won't steer you wrong.

Libra

September 23-October 22

Sometimes you're a bit of an impulsive spender, but now it's time to curb that indulgent urge and guard your dwindling resources. Your finances could use the break, and you can use the time to check up on your budget and make sure you're living within your means. Don't worry, this won't slow you down too much. Besides, it's important to check in with your bank accounts and spending habits every now and again, and make sure everything is still balanced.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 22

You're vibrating at just the right frequency today, and things are falling into place. Something big is brewing just beneath the surface, and if you maintain your sense of trust in the universe, it will become even bigger and better than you imagined. The key now is to go with your instincts. Don't try to control anything except yourself. That will give you the best chance of creating success. If you're lucky — which you could easily be — this feeling will persist all month.

Sagittarius

November 23-December 20

When adventure comes knocking today, you'll either accept or decline vehemently. Wait — you, saying no to adventure? Yes, it could happen. You have a lot to accomplish today, after all, and your energy isn't exactly sky rocketing. But whether you decide to go off gallivanting or stick to your schedule, today will be calmer than you expected. Try not to let that be a disappointment! Sometimes it's nice to have some peace and quiet.

Capricorn

December 21-January 19

Politics and social connections are on the fast track. Personal gain is easy today, but stay aware of others' agendas, too. Focus on friendship and passion. You're able to bring people into your life, seemingly without effort, who can help you reach success. Friends can be a big help now, and opportunities — including romantic ones — could come your way. Stay alert and take full advantage of them.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18

At the moment, life feels like a battlefield. And whether you're attacking or defending, harsh measures seem unavoidable. But will this big, terrible issue you're fighting over even matter tomorrow? Consider that question sooner rather than later. It would be a real shame to open your eyes and realise you were all worked up about not much. Wasted effort gets you nowhere. Stay cool and assess the situation instead of jumping to conclusions.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

It almost doesn't matter what's going on in your life today — you remain starry-eyed. You're tuned in to a subtle frequency, one that most of us are lucky enough to enjoy only on an occasional basis. This is your moment to enjoy it. That unshakable faith of yours shines now, a real inspiration to the people around you. You could lead a beautiful revolution, if you wanted to. Your friends and admirers believe in you that much.

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