August is here to shake things up. We start the month with a full moon in Aquarius on Aug. 3 that’s not messing around. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and Saturn, and both planets are in the mix with Uranus squaring the Sun and Saturn opposing Mercury. This is about finding radical ways to rebuild. We are at the precipice of a new world—this full moon wants to find constructive and inclusive ways to get there. Have tough conversations and expect the unexpected. On Aug. 18, we get another innovative lunation when the new moon in Leo coincides with Venus sextile Uranus. This is a great day to make some art with like-minded weirdos. The big energetic changes don’t stop there: Mercury and Venus are finally emerging from their post-retrograde shadows. Mercury picks up the pace and enters Leo on Aug. 5, then changes signs again when it moves into Virgo on Aug. 19. Venus slips into Cancer on Aug. 7—a major shift after spending over four months in Gemini.
Though August has its joyful moments, Mars is in the background hurtling toward the first of three squares with Pluto (Aug. 13) and Saturn (Aug. 24). These are tough transits, and the upcoming Mars retrograde will likely make round two even tougher. Pluto represents shame and self-defeating patterns, and Saturn represents hard truths and depression—basically, everything we’d rather avoid. But Mars demands bold action and productive confrontation. Deal with issues as soon as they come up this month because decisive action will get harder and harder. Think of this period as a deep tissue massage: it’s painful to apply pressure to our tender spots, but then the release is like a high. Feel around for the knots in your body and in your life—where are things sticky, what tension is no longer tolerable? You might not even notice how tight you are until you start poking and prodding. It won’t be pleasant, but some pain in the short-term is better than living your whole life out of alignment.
Remember to read your rising sign before your sun sign.
- Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
- Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 21)
- Libra (Sept. 22–Oct. 22)
- Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
- Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
- Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
- Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
- Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)
- Aries (March 21–April 19)
- Taurus (April 20–May 20)
- Gemini (May 21–June 20)
- Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Happy birthday, Leo! This month is all about you, with not one but two Leo lunations. On Aug. 3, the full moon forms a T-square with Uranus and the Sun in Leo, giving you the opportunity to manifest long-term change. Then on Aug. 18, a new moon in Leo occurs at the same time Venus is sextile Uranus. Both of these point to finding inspiration through your relationships. Ask your friends for feedback on your creative projects. Invest in the people who are going to push you further in your career. There’s “knowing the right people” and then there’s true connection. You need supportive voices to drown out your inner critic and poke holes in the script you’ve written for your life.
August is asking you to ascend. On Aug. 3, the full moon wants you to get in touch with your connection to a higher power. It could be an hour-long meditation ritual or 20 minutes of crocheting. Whatever gets you into a flow state and helps you transcend the mundane. This month gives you the opportunity to uncover some deeply ingrained river rocks in your subconscious. Instead of wishing you were different, try to unlearn one of the patterns that are no longer serving you. Awakening can be exhausting, so schedule some time for joyful restoration this month. Taking a break when you come up against a creative block is just as productive as powering through.
This month is bringing a lot of fire to your relationships. As a social butterfly who hates conflict, this will be a bit of a roller coaster for you. When things get too heated, try steering into the skid instead of immediately patching things over. This doesn’t mean you have to pick fights, but don’t treat every disagreement as an attack. There’s often a simple, unstated pain at the root of an argument. Lean on your community and let them remind you who you are when you’re not in a one-on-one relationship. Whether it’s a BFF, romantic partner, or family member, one person can’t be your everything. We evolved in tribes for a reason—because every person brings something unique that helps the group survive.
There’s a kind of alchemy that happens when your drive finds a meaningful goal to latch onto. That alignment is happening for most of August, but it’s the kind of astrology that you have to activate on your own—the universe isn’t going to do it for you. Find a worthy mountain to climb, then identify the landmarks along the way that will help you get there. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that obsessing over every detail means that your work will be perfect. Show someone your project before it’s ready, and ask them for honest feedback. This will allow you to let go of perfectionism and remind you that you’re ultimately creating something for other people, not just yourself.
August wants you to get in touch with your inner wisdom. The next six months are going to be defined by the classic artist’s struggle: the impulse to be creative coming up against the need to make money. Don’t be discouraged—by the time January rolls around, these obstacles will make you a better artist and a better businessperson. But first, you have to do a mindset check-in. Visualizing and getting excited about the big picture is just as important as the work you do to get there. You can’t go on a trip before you identify your destination and pack your suitcase accordingly. Where do you want to be in six months? What’s standing in your way?
Get ready for creative breakthroughs. 2020 hasn’t been a picnic, but August is here to shake you out of your rut. Your ability to access a character’s psychology is going to be supercharged this month, especially on Aug. 18. If you don’t have a role to sink your teeth into, create one for yourself: this is excellent astrology for authentic acting and writing. And you don’t have to do it alone. On Aug. 7, Venus enters your House of Relationships. Venus loves artistry and balance, and for four weeks she’ll be supporting your one-on-one interactions. What creative partnership will help you take your work to the next level? Who has what you’re missing? Who’s the ying to your yang?
Pay attention to the phases of the moon this month. On Aug. 3, the full moon is in your sign and in an active relationship with your ruling planet, Uranus. This is a great day to clear your calendar and let your emotions guide you. Try ecstatic dance or blind contouring. Rearrange your furniture. Journal without judgment and see what sticks. Then on Aug. 18, there’s a new moon in your relationship sector while Venus gets a dose of inspiration from Uranus. Bounce ideas off of your best friend, roommate, or creative partner. Ask questions and listen as if you’re meeting them for the first time. The people you think you know inside and out can still surprise you—if you hold space for them.
You’re ready for a change. Your environment, your work, the people you’re with—they’re just not cutting it for you right now. This feeling will pass, so don’t feel like you need to blow your life up or act on every whim. Big transformations start with small shifts. Switch up your day-to-day routines. Add something a little indulgent into your rituals. Dress up to go to the grocery store. On Aug. 7, Venus moves into your house of creative projects. There’s a time to make your art, and a time to edit. A time to indulge every impulse, and a time to consider your audience. You need both to be successful, but together these processes are counterproductive. This month, carve out separate times and spaces for each one.
August is asking you to get in touch with your personal power. Mars is already in its pre-retrograde shadow, and the next few months are going to be about your drive and ambition coming up against obstacles in your career. Use your excess energy to figure out some loopholes. The same creativity you use to bring a character to life can also be applied to starting a side hustle. Don’t confine your definition of yourself to just one thing. You are more than what you do for a living. Self-expression is a replenishing resource—like water, it can fit any container it’s poured into. Allow yourself to go boldly where you didn’t think you could this month. New experiences—including failures—only make you more creative.
At the beginning of the month, you might be feeling a bit rebellious. Security is important to you, but personal freedom is what makes life worth living. There’s a fine line between a routine and a rulebook. Which of your rules about how you move through the world is no longer relevant? Are they rooted in your values, or a vague feeling of “I should”? Find a (safe, healthy) way to break one of your self-imposed rules. On Aug. 18, channel your impulse to fix yourself into changing up your living situation. Watch a couple of DIY tutorials or make some new art for your walls. Your life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to start living the way you want.
There’s some tension between your inner and outer identity—the part of you that wants to live in a cabin and create all day long, and the part that gets energy from being with people. Find time to nurture both parts of yourself this month. Block off some time on Aug. 3 to eliminate any distractions. Write an out-of-office autoreply if you have to. Your best ideas have the space to emerge when you go off the grid and go deep. But August is here to remind you that creativity doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Circulate your ideas. Share what you’re reading and learning with other people. Being intentional and curious in your daily conversations is just as important as your inner work.
You’re powering through your long-term career goals and August wants to help you reap the rewards. Don’t get discouraged by the people who don’t get what you’re doing—you’re not going to be for everyone. Your job is to find the people who you are for and deliver again and again. Figure out how you can network without in-person events. Unprecedented times call for creative measures: why not try generosity? Ask or intuit what someone needs, like feedback on a project, and offer it to them. This business doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game—when you cultivate abundance in your community, it comes back to you tenfold. The more you give, the more you have to give.
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