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Your love horoscope for the week is here, commencing August 14th 2021

Astrologer Oscar Cainer lays out your weekly love horoscope for the week of Saturday August 14th , to Friday August 20th.

An exciting astrological situation develops this week. As Venus enters Libra, communicative Mercury and the courageous Sun, are also in their home signs.

This brings a window of opportunity, when our hearts and minds’ desire to succeed can unite in pursuit of common goals. Although the empowered effects of these three planets doesn’t guarantee giant leaps forwards, we can quickly and effectively sort out some core, important issues. It’s time to make changes!

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‘And you may ask yourself, ‘Well, how did I get here?’ We’ve all had moments like the one David Byrne describes in Once In A Lifetime. A sudden realisation about the passage of time and the feeling that we have little control over what happens. It’s a moment of existential questioning and it’s part of what makes us human. Happily, this week’s celestial outlook helps you get you back on to a route of your choosing. You need to focus on your priorities (rather than someone else’s). That moment of clarity will be the start of a serendipitous series of events.

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‘This is your captain speaking. We’ll be leaving soon, not sure when, and flying at 18,000 feet …or maybe 28,000. I’m not quite certain. We should have enough fuel to get us most of the way’. Can you imagine how passengers might start moving towards the exits if they heard that! We all have expectations of other people, and a nervous pilot is on no-one’s ‘wanted list’. But what’s the pilot of your life like? Edgy and hesitant; or calm and self-assured? Characteristics are not pre-set. The skies say you have a choice to make. Be confident!

We’re all guilty of categorising friendships and relationships: people with whom we’re happy to share intimate details of our lives; acquaintances or work colleagues to whom we’re cordial… but the connections never go further; and those folk we meet occasionally at parties or through friends of friends. Although those boundaries can seem fixed, they’re flexible. As Venus moves into a new celestial home, this week looks set to offer you an intriguing glimpse into the life and passions of someone you thought you knew, but didn’t. Who knows where it will lead…

It’s a human trait to be cautious. Fear of over-reaching is a natural safety-mechanism. But in order to make big progress, you sometimes need to go against nature. I’m not suggesting you make a habit of this. But when the skies look as promising as they do, it would be foolhardy not to take a little risk. Whatever you desire, a big boost to your social, emotional and relationship life is indicated. But, as ever, the drive must come from you. A thrilling breakthrough is possible. But you might have to step a little outside your comfort zone first. Dig deep.

If ever you needed a reminder that we’re all spiritual beings, this is the week that will confirm it. Your ruler, the Sun, is home in Leo. Venus, planet of love, is safely in her Libran home. And the communication planet, Mercury, is at home in Virgo. Together they spark joyous celestial fire; it’s a perfect setting for empathy, harmony and desire to be ignited. Although magic won’t just automatically come your way, only a small effort on your part is called for. As long as you stay open-hearted and are prepared to be adaptable, a memorable encounter is likely.

After weeks of seemingly endless plate-balancing and juggling, you’ll hardly know what to do with yourself as the pressure eases. Actually, it doesn’t so much ‘ease’ as disappear. But don’t let that leave you in a void, flapping about, wondering what to do. With your ruler, Mercury, at home in your sign, this week’s auspicious cosmic outlook brings a boost of energy. Goodies won’t just tumble into your lap. But this is a chance to maximise on your recent hard work and appreciate the benefits as they unfold. Expect unanticipated paybacks. You deserve this!

After feeling as if you’ve been treading water, this week brings your chance to get back into the swim once again. Your celestial ruler, Venus, is back home in your sign. By itself, that alone would be enough to boost your social life. But with Mercury and the Sun also in their celestial homes, you can expect a supercharged week. You’ve been waiting for positive change for a while now… and the arrival of new connections. Don’t let these opportunities pass by. Grab them with both hands. You can instigate a change that leads to a happier future.

Let’s play a game. I know, Scissors, Paper, Stone. Are you ready… one, two, three, go! Oh, bad luck, I beat you. Now you owe me. What? You don’t think you lost? You don’t want to take my word for it? That’s the spirit! Don’t let anyone play games with you or mess with your emotions. The skies are bountiful and good things – especially when it comes to deepening a relationship or starting a new one – are on the horizon. Time’s your most precious gift. You can’t afford to let anyone steal it from you with trivial pursuits. This is a week for some serious fun!

Although many of your friends and relations look to you for guidance, it’s important to keep your feet firmly on the ground this week. Yes, you have answers, but you can’t answer everyone’s questions, even if it appears to others that you can solve all their issues. This week, a degree of uncertainty will be your friend; let a small quandary guide you to seek advice, and perhaps even form a new alliance. Someone else has a different perspective and, if you allow space for collaboration, productive sparks of energy could start flying on more than one level.

You can’t control everything, although we all know it might be a better world if you could! Yet it’s hard when you feel as if you have to watch like a hawk, so you can be alert to potential problems. Do you need to be so vigilant? For the avoidance of doubt, the answer’s emphatically ‘no!’ As long as what you’re looking for is reasonable, your attitude will attract others to rally to your assistance. The key is to trust. The cosmos encourages co-operation. If you can rely on other people to do the right thing, you’ll be able to share responsibility and relax.

The French have a phrase for it; l’esprit de l’escalier; ‘the spirit of the staircase’. It’s the moment when a witty remark or question comes to mind after the opportunity to say it has passed. Under a rare cosmic climate, this week brings occasions when the opposite gift will be bestowed on you… the perfect words at exactly the right time to make precisely the impression you desire. Chances like this are few and far between. If you ever wanted to catch someone’s eye, or change how you’re perceived, this is your chance.

A little bit of fear’s essential to ensure a good performance. It helps get the adrenaline flowing and helps to bring success. But whether your ‘stage’ is in a theatre or in a more mundane social setting, it’s crucial not to let nerves completely take over. There’s someone you’d like to impress, but you’re worried about showing too much anxiety. Relationships are a two-way street. Don’t forget that they might be feeling anxious too. This week’s powerful cosmic climate brings a chance to find fertile common ground… and someone to share it with.

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