Conscious Horoscopes: Virtue Edition

Of all the signs, Virgo might be the best suited for our conscious horoscopes. Virgos possess a keen sense of good and bad and can intuit the motives of others. Their insistence on purity can veer into perfectionism, but usually this manifests in only one area of life. Whether they are nurturing a passion, a cause, or a partner, a Virgo’s focus is laser-like (and possibly smothering at times). This virtuous sign worries about the underserved and cares deeply about the future of humankind. Take a page from Virgos book and focus on a single area to be more conscientious about. Read on to see which sphere of life the universe is influencing for you.

Astrological events of the month include:

Illustrated by Elizabeth Stilwell

Illustrated by Elizabeth Stilwell

  • Uranus retrograde until January 2nd

  • Mercury in retrograde until September 5th

  • On August 25th, Saturn’s retrograde ends

VIRGO | BIRTHDAY BABIES • AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 22

Virgo darling, it’s time for some much needed TLC — and just in time for your birthday! Saturn’s retrograde in your nurturing fourth house is finally over on August 25th. In addition, your ruling planet, Mercury, is in retrograde until September 5th which might leave you exhausted. Uranus also joins the celestial slowdown in your intimacy house, which could intensify relationships. Take some time to process emotions and intentions over the next few months. Your birthday season is the perfect time to start anew, so zero in on your one goal (a healthy habit, a savings plan, a new skill) and get to it!

AQUARIUS • JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 18

As Uranus slows its roll, the next five months are a favorable time for learning for you, Aquarius. Do your social butterfly thang and join a class to polish a skill, or attend a conference to get a leg up at work. Whether it’s a new language or dance move you’ve been putting off learning, now is the time to go for it!

PISCES • FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20

August 25th marks the end of Saturn’s five month retrograde which may be why you’ve felt uninspired and unmotivated lately. Thank goodness, the spell is broken! Get back to what you do, Pisces, and use your incredible imagination on a big project, new hobby, or some other creative endeavor. Luckily, imagination is cheap, because Uranus is now in retrograde in your house of money — keep it simple and hold off on extra expenses for a few months.

ARIES • MARCH 21 - APRIL 19

Saturn’s retrograde has been putting the brakes on your travel plans since April, which is frustrating for a go-getter like you. The end of this backspin might mean the pieces of your trip finally start falling into place. Before you head out, plan to tackle some of the more wasteful aspects of travel like plastic bottles (bring a refillable one), transportation (use mass transit if you can), and hotel waste (look for eco-hotels and resorts).

TAURUS • APRIL 20 - MAY 20

A five-month U-turn by Uranus is slowing down your twelfth house of closure and healing. Take this time to process sensitive areas in your life and move through the pain. Maybe you had a relationship sour, lost a loved one, or internalized current events to your personal detriment. Put your oxygen mask on before helping others and prioritize time to consciously work through your issues. Try an unconventional route you think you might love — dance classes, laughing yoga, or nature walks — and your practical nature will help you the rest of the way.

GEMINI • MAY 21 - JUNE 20

Let’s make a deal, Gemini! The end of Saturn’s retrograde will bring an end to the upset in your partnership house. Now is the time to execute a contract or deal that has been waiting in the wings. Don't hesitate — pull the trigger on whatever it is (a gym membership, a relationship, asking for a promotion) because the universe has got your back.

CANCER • JUNE 21 - JULY 22

Conscientious Cancer, your sixth house of health and fitness has been a mess thanks to Saturn’s retrograde in Sagittarius. It’s time to get back to where you’d like to be as the ringed planet rights itself. Maybe it’s trying out a plant-based diet, a new workout app, or getting your annual checkups in order. Whatever your #goals, you’ll discover the path will begin smooth out for you over the coming month.

LEO • JULY 23 - AUGUST 22

Saturn in retrograde has been messing with your love life since March. Old lovers or romantic issues may have resurfaced over this time. Now that the backspinning is over, you are ready to move forward with gusto. If you are already partnered, keep the communication lines open and honest. If you are on the prowl, Leo, put your honest self out there and see who you catch!

LIBRA • SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 22

Uranus in retrograde is disrupting your seventh house of partnerships. Be aware of miscommunications in your relationships or work groups. In these trying times, it can help to practice active listening, a great skill to have that may also inculcate you from too many mishaps over the next five months. Your Libran sense of balance will greatly appreciate this harmonious skill.

SCORPIO • OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 21

Your sixth house of systems is slowing down as Uranus U-turns through Aries. Your one focus is to take stock of your habits and re-evaluate their usefulness. Maybe you want to try on a capsule wardrobe system. Or it might be time to have a chat with your partner or roommates about division of housework. Whatever needs restructuring, take your time as this retrograde lasts for the next five months.

SAGITTARIUS • NOVEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 21

Your passionate fifth house is cooling down as Uranus backspins through Aries over the next five months. Watch your energy levels during this slowdown, but zero in on goals that matter deeply to you. Want to cut your carbon footprint? Work out to relieve stress? Make more conscious purchases? The Sun in Virgo will give you that focus, so take advantage of it to make your sweet optimistic dreams a reality.

CAPRICORN • DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 19

Over the next five months, unpredictable Uranus is in retrograde mucking up your domestic fourth house. Bring your own orbit in and take care of matters close to home. Perhaps you need to reconcile with a family member. Maybe you have repairs to make on your domicile or a new roommate to find. Whether you are conciliating or composting, embrace the slowdown of this retrograde to get your domestic affairs in order.