1. Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Relationship matters are moving forward this month, dear Aquarius. Your social life may have been on the dull side in recent months, and while the withdrawal or lack has not been a terrible experience for you, the liveliness that August's energies bring to friendships may be quite welcome. Watch, however, for the drama level to rise too high.
If you need a fresh start in an important friendship or partnership, the week following the New Moon on the 2nd is excellent for beginning anew. This can also be a time when a relationship reaches a whole new level or a new relationship is born.
The Full Moon on the 18th is just shy of a Lunar Eclipse and occurs in your sign. It's excellent for making discoveries about your true feelings.
The 23-24 can involve a reality check of sorts in a friendship, group association, or regarding a long-term goal. You may need to lay down the law or put on the brakes temporarily before moving ahead.
With Jupiter on the last leg of its journey through your solar eighth house, you may want to take full advantage of its alignments with Mercury and Venus this month on the 21-22 and 27-29. This is a time for facing fears and breaking through taboos. It may be an opportune time for receiving support or getting help. You can experience a real sense of joy through intimacy with someone special, or experience an emotional breakthrough of your own. A partner may receive a financial boost.
2. Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Early August is strong for love relationships, flirtations, and your social life, dear Aries. In general, you're in good spirits. The two principal reasons for this positive outlook are the New Moon enlivening your creative sector on the 2nd, and Mars moving into your adventure sector, also on the 2nd.
While work demands more than the usual attention in the month ahead, August brings great energy for breaking out of routines and enjoying yourself more fully. New adventures and experiences can suddenly seem desirable after many months of being quite content following simple routines close to home. Many recent pressures tend to ease for you this month, and this frees you up to explore recreational activities. Creativity is stimulated, and some of you could be picking up a new hobby or breathing new life into an old one.
On the 23-24, Mars aligns with Saturn, and you'd be wise to focus on practical concerns, a game plan, or strategy. You might decide that something has run its course and needs to be left behind. There could be a need to get serious about an educational, publishing, or legal matter for some of you. If you've been pushing yourself too hard, you'll recognize the need to pace yourself now.
Work and health matters grab your attention increasingly as the month progresses. This has been the case to some degree all year with Jupiter in your solar sixth house. You're coming to the end of this fortunate transit, and you should take full advantage of the opportunities presented to you this month, particularly around the 21-22 and 27-29. You might discover a new health program or you could come up with excellent ideas about a new work project. Some of you may be reviving old projects now with renewed enthusiasm. There can be some exaggeration or excess present on the job or with co-workers. Even so, good humor helps you to heal and more thoroughly enjoy the work you do.
3. Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
There is a wonderful practical focus for you in August, dear Cancer. You can get your life into order in fundamental ways. First, Mars moves into your work sector, firing up your desire to take care of your daily affairs and work. You may be gung-ho about a new health program or a work idea/project. Next, a New Moon occurs in your resources sector, motivating you to take charge of your financial affairs.
Mars spent an unusual length of time in your sector of romance and creativity sector and now moves into your solar sixth house, which is related to work and health. This means the rockier and exciting elements of your romantic life are about to settle down, and work heats up in its stead. While pressures are on, you may welcome this change of pace. You feel more passion and vigor for taking care of business.
Even so, you are also in good shape on a social level this month. You can enjoy wonderful conversations this month. Jupiter is spending its last weeks in a year-long cycle in your communications sector, and Mercury and Venus align with Jupiter on the 21-22 and 27-29, opening up doors for you to take advantage of the benefits of this transit. It's an excellent time to exchange ideas, learn new things, and connect with others. You might hear something of great use to you, or that boosts your understanding. It's a good month for those things that connect you to information and people, such as new or improved cars, bikes, phones, or computers and devices, and for education as well.
4. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
There is a quiet theme with you in August, dear Capricorn, with a New Moon occurring in your intimacy sector on the 2nd, and Mars moving into your privacy sector on the same day. Love is private, intimate, and passionate in the month ahead, so be sure to share yourself with bravery.
Despite this introspective focus, key planets are encouraging you to explore new ideas and experiences. Jupiter is on the last leg of its journey through your sector of adventure, learning, and spirit. This is a fortunate transit that serves to open your mind and open doors to you for promotion, publishing, travel, and education. For some, a legal outcome leads to more freedom or an opportunity emerges to explore an adventure that you've only dreamt of in the past. Freedom of movement is of particular importance to you right now, as any feeling of being tied to a set place or routine can leave you feeling stifled.
Mercury and Venus align with Jupiter and with one another in August, and nice opportunities can emerge as a result. There may be awards and rewards, particularly around the 21-22 and 27-29. You might especially benefit from word of mouth or positive reviews. Take every opportunity to brush up on skills and boost your knowledge during this period. This can also be a good time for meeting a special friend, possibly through new interests, studies, travels, or adventures.
5. Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
In August, you are more communicative and sociable, dear Gemini, with Mars moving into your partnership zone and a New Moon occurring in your communications sector, both happening on the 2nd but influencing you for weeks. The desire to express yourself and share your experiences with others is powerful this month.
With Mars in your health and work sector for much of 2016, you may have been wrestling with all sorts of small but irritating problems. While the pace of your life is unlikely to slow down significantly this month, you are focusing less on technical challenges and more on the people in your life. There can be times in August when you feel others are in the driver's seat. However, this can be managed if you experience the need to reclaim some personal power. It may be that you need a bit of a break from being in charge.
Another important theme this month involves growth and warmth in your personal life and with family and close loved ones. Nice opportunities can arise to bond with those closest to your heart. This can also be a time for buying a special or unique item for the home, or when money comes through. You may be finding peace with your past in a meaningful way. Jupiter is on its last leg of its transit of your home and family sector, and with its connections to inner planets on the 21-22 and 27-29 this month, you might decide to jump on opportunities to improve your domestic life. Opportunities for love and friendship may emerge close to home.
6. Leo (July 23 - August 22)
The month ahead favors new beginnings, creative endeavors, and making considered changes. While we're not entirely free of inner planets' retrograde activity, dear Leo, you certainly see some gradual forward movement in August. Creative projects and romantic relationships gain some speed, and stalled or unfinished projects may resume now.
The New Moon on the 2nd is all about you and is supported by Saturn, putting you in a practical and positive frame of mind. The month is strong for personal triumphs, small yet significant changes, and financial boosts. You may be feeling back on track when it comes to dating, hobbies, or creative pursuits.
Mars moves into a compatible sign on the 2nd after spending quite some time in challenging aspect to your sign. This can be a charming, hopeful, and optimistic period, lasting until September 27th. You're ardent in your pursuit of what and who you want during this cycle.
The Full Moon/near Lunar Eclipse on the 18th can bring unacknowledged feelings to the surface. There can be a turning point or announcement in a relationship now.
Jupiter is on its last leg of its journey through your solar second house, and aligns with Mercury and Venus this month, presenting opportunities to make the most of this beneficial transit. Look for ways to improve your feelings of comfort, security, and abundance. An income boost is possible now, particularly around the 21-22 and 27-29.
7. Libra (September 23 - October 22)
There is good energy for making solid, long-lasting connections and friendships this month, dear Libra. Even so, a lot of your focus in August is turned to the past. There is no shortage of invitations and things to do - it is more about your ability to pick and choose. Secrets and whispers delight in the month ahead, and you may willingly make a few sacrifices to be with a special someone or simply to spend more time alone and/or away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Aim to forgive yourself for past mistakes and learn from them.
Mars moves into your communications sector on the 2nd, where it will stay until the last week of September. You may be revisiting projects begun in March or April. It's a good time for getting back into old studies or personal interests, and for beginning new projects. There is more passion and excitement in learning now.
Your sense of community is strong, and emotional satisfaction can come through your interactions with, or support of, friends and associates this month. Responsibilities to others may be in focus, but they are pleasant and rewarding. If you need to start fresh with a friend, August is strong for doing so.
There can be wonderful opportunities for healing, growing, and coming together with others this month. The 21-22 and 27-29 are good for these things. Some of you could be reconnecting with old friends or lovers now. Something may surface that brings much joy to your life. You might perform a generous act behind the scenes or anonymously.
8. Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Work and a sense of mission are in sharp focus this month, dear Pisces. Two strong influences begin on August 2nd: a New Moon brings a charge of energy to your sector of work, health, and habits, and you're in a powerful position for fresh new starts in these areas of life; and Mars moves into your career sector, firing up ambitions.
Your needs and desires might often seem eclipsed by those of a partner in the month ahead, but for the most part, this is a pleasant, rewarding experience. Alternatively, your personal needs and plans are on the back-burner for now. This is a natural process, and it's better not to fight it. Honor the important people in your life and play a supportive role. In fact, there can be mutual benefits involved. You can derive much joy from feeling part of a partnership now, if applicable. The 21-22 and 27-29 are excellent for moving forward in a friendship or relationship. If you need to forgive and forget, this is a great time to do so.
Ambitions are sure to charge up this month as Mars returns to your career and reputation sector. Mars was here in March to May, but then turned retrograde and retreated into your solar ninth house - until now. Some plans and projects that have their origins in March and April may need some revisiting now. You gradually build up momentum and more wholeheartedly pursue your career and life path goals. A conservative approach in business is necessary around the 23-24 - you'll need to slow down if you've been trying to push something too fast. Even so, you're coming up with some very practical and workable long-term life strategies and plans now.
9. Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
People in your life have been growing accustomed to a more withdrawn and even serious quality to you recently, dear Sagittarius, with Saturn turning direct in your sign and Mars in your privacy sector. Mars moved into your sign in March, but then turned retrograde and retreated.
However, Mars moves into your sign on August 2nd, and while you continue to assert your independence, you're inclined to do so a little more loudly. You're also more forthright and ready to take action. At first, it may seem a little raw, but as you get the hang of Mars energy, you're likely to wear it well. A decidedly more confident and assertive side will emerge. Mars will align with Saturn and form a square with Neptune this month, so it won't be completely smooth, but you're now in a more energetic, confident cycle.
The New Moon on the 2nd is another fantastic boost for your spirit. You may be making a new commitment to learning and studies. Some of you could be promoting or publishing your work.
You're also in a strong position in public or professional settings this month. The 21-22 and 27-29 can present opportunities for some recognition, a meeting of minds with someone in authority, an important sale, or another type of boost. You can be feeling quite optimistic about your career or social standing. A relationship announcement may occur now.
The 23-24 can require you to get serious about a personal matter. If you've been pushing too hard, you'll come to the realization that you need to pace yourself now. It's important to have a strong sense of what you can and cannot do, not by lowering your standards, but through self-honesty and realism.
10. Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
You've spent a lot of time discovering your passions, exploring your assertiveness, entertaining your independent streak, and in full touch with your desire nature, dear Scorpio, with Mars in your sign for an extended stay. On August 2nd, however, Mars moves forward, and while in many ways you've benefited from Mars' visit of your sign as you scoped out the playing field, it's time to settle in and focus on building and developing.
You're still interested in defending your rights, of course, but August is likely to bring a less competitive energy into your life, and you're bound to appreciate the change of pace. Professional interests and ambitions are still going strong, but your personal life is considerably more chill than it has been. There is also the need to work cooperatively within the framework of a group with quite a bit of activity happening in your solar eleventh house. Work matters are solid in August and your drive to improve them even further is strong.
You may be seeking out ways to earn more or develop your talents this month. You may need to tame urges to spend too much, however. In all likelihood, you'll be coming out ahead in the finances department, or you'll be putting in the groundwork for future increases in income.
The 21-22 and 27-29 are brilliant for your social life. You're appreciated and enjoyed. People are drawn to your optimism and generosity of spirit. Others might extend kindnesses to you now, and some of you can enjoy new friendships. These are also active, positive days for networking, sharing, and promoting.
11. Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
August is likely to bring stronger energy for connecting with a partner, dear Taurus, and perhaps some drama to your personal life. Financial matters, mainly revolving around shared resources or debts, might also heat up in the coming month.
Good energy is with you for redecorating your home or entertaining from home, and in general, peace and comfort with your family. The New Moon on the 2nd brings the energy and motivation necessary to start fresh. It's time for a domestic makeover. At the same time, Mars moves into your intimacy sector, turning your attention to the hidden elements of your life. While your emotional life is a little more complicated, you're also braver and more confident on a personal level.
While there is quite a bit of introspective energy with you in August, there is also radiant energy with you for creative and romantic pursuits. You are looking especially good these days, particularly on the 21-22 and 27-29, and might even be the object of desire. You may be tempted to turn up the charm, but aim instead for sincerity, as it will be appreciated most. Good energy is with you for expanding your personal horizons through creative endeavors. Love can be magical, and your powers of attraction run high. As well, a Full Moon on the 18th turns your attention to responsibilities and career.
12. Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
August brings very sweet energy into your life, dear Virgo, with two planets, Venus and Jupiter, that have earned the title "Benefic" in your sign and coming into alignment. Mercury is also in your sign for an extended stay, and the Sun moves into Virgo on the 22nd. As such, there is a major focus on your personality this month. Your finer and more appealing qualities are emphasized. Yes, your ruler, Mercury, will retrograde on the 30th in your sign, but ideally, you have learned how to handle this rather frequent occurrence, and it certainly affords you a little more time to explore your inner world.
As well, some important influences are urging you to rest, recoup, and relax this month. The New Moon on the 2nd is one such reminder - you may need to take care of loose ends now. Working behind the scenes benefits you. On the same day, Mars moves into your home and family sector, so that while you're likely to get some social attention and even admiration, a good part of you is a little "hard to get" now. It's a necessary, healing phase. The rest and privacy you need are yours, although there may be plenty of stimulating dramas playing out around you.
The Sun in your sign gives you more power and courage from the 22nd forward. Home life becomes more animated and family life demands more of your time this month.
Jupiter is on its last leg of its journey through your sign, which lasts until September 9th. The 21-22 and 27-29 can bring sweet rewards and perhaps some recognition for all of the work or charity you've been doing quietly behind the scenes. Your personality shines. People see your value. This is a winning time for attracting others to you through your unique self-expression and vision, as well as for putting past grudges behind you.
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