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Monthly General Overview
August 2020 - Welcome to August, a month that energizes us to take charge of our path and express ourselves more passionately.
In recent months, we have had a great deal of retrograde energy calling us to reunite with the past or reflect upon it. Retrogrades give us a rare opportunity to slow down and review our progress in order to better chart our course of action forward. With both Mercury and Venus back to normal speed, watch as your personal life has more clarity. While we still have many outer planets in retrograde—Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto—these transits will not slow down day-to-day affairs quite as noticeably.
Also, the electric intensity of the eclipse season begins to fade the further we move into August. Eclipse season always marks a significant turning point in life, and by now we’ll see how it is more fully playing out. And as we begin August, the mighty warrior planet Mars will be especially strong in its home sign of Aries. This empowers independence, confidence, and hunger to pursue desires immediately rather than wait any longer.
A full moon in Aquarius (eleven degrees) takes place on August 3. This mighty lunation activates this zodiac sign’s energy within the cosmos, as well as where it occurs in one’s individual chart. Aquarius will receive a great deal of attention in the coming years when Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto move here. Later in the year, the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will also occur in Aquarius, setting off a new trend that amplifies this energy worldwide. As a zodiac sign, Aquarius emphasizes one’s community and social life. Also, it inherently holds ties to the future, invention, and intellectual genius.
Mercury moves into Leo in the first week of the month, on the fourth. Here, it joins the sun and brings more fiery and creative energy into our awareness. This time of the year often highlights celebration, creativity, romance, and recreation, so there is no doubt we will find these to be prominent themes now.
Venus enters Cancer on August 7 after spending months in the sign of Gemini. Here in the sign of the Crab, Venus allows us to feel more sensual and in touch with our emotional needs.
Uranus, currently in Taurus, turns backward on the fifteenth. This will cause us to review our values, morals, and worth over the months ahead. Consider how you can monetize in unique ways that you may not have done before. When Uranus returns to direct motion, you can fully institute these plans and hopefully generate further prosperity.
The new moon on August 18 occurs in Leo (twenty-six degrees), further encouraging us each to create our life rather than sit back and watch it happen.
Last to note in August occurs when the majestic sun leaves the fiery kingdom of Leo to bring our attention to Virgo for the month ahead. Here, the sun harnesses its passion and power to create effective and practical results in our life. Hard work, health, and service become important now. Above all, consider what you wish to grow in your life as if you were building a garden. Now is the time to use consistent effort and maintenance to help it mature so that you can reap your greatest harvest yet later in the year.
Monthly Zodiac Horoscope for August
After a string of life-changing eclipses over the past two months, you may be wondering when (or if) you’ll get your groove back. Everything from your career to your home to your communication style has experienced upheaval—and there were moments when you simply didn’t have the strength to deal.
Great news: August comes bearing welcome gifts to dynamic Aries—in the form of lasting boosts to your energy, creativity, and personal magnetism.
August’s big challenge? Hot summer tempers could flare to a breaking point, just when all eyes are trained on you. The frenetic drive to “get ‘er done” could turn you into a bulldozer, especially with rash Mars in your sign tensely squared off against three celestial powerhouses: outspoken Jupiter, power-tripping Pluto, and taskmaster Saturn. Plan to take lots of deep breaths—and think twice before you make any sudden moves.
Standout days: 16, 17, 18
Challenging days: 4, 13, 24
You’ll be pulled in dueling directions in August, Taurus, with strong urges to bond and nest tugging against powerful forces compelling you to get out into the world to seek new adventures.
On the career front, you may get a much-awaited offer—but you could also find it no longer seems as great as it once did. Don’t force it!
With energizer Mars resting in your twelfth house of the subconscious for the rest of the year, busy Bulls are being asked to unplug from your usual productive and practical ways. This emotionally tender cycle could find you in an uncharacteristically spiritual place, a great opportunity to heal some long-standing blocks. Watch out who you trust now as hidden enemies and agendas can creep out of the woodwork. With Mars in your illusory twelfth house, things may not be what they seem!
Standout days: 11, 18, 25
Challenging days: 2, 3, 30
Duality is your specialty, and that will come in handy now. August may feel like a constant dance between dueling desires—with an emphasis on communication and community. Will you choose conversations that dive deep into the emotional depths…or lighthearted chats with your crew? Are you driven to boldly venture out into the wider world…or magnetically drawn to intimate encounters behind closed doors?
Most likely, August’s answer will be “all of the above”—and in equal amounts.
All this tension is being driven by a titanic clash between aggro Mars in Aries your freewheeling, social eleventh house, and a powerhouse trio of supersized Jupiter, taskmaster Saturn and relentless Pluto in your eighth house of control merging and powerful connections. One part of you wants to live out loud while another side is craving privacy.
Standout days: 17, 25, 29
Challenging days: 1, 3, 30
Ready to feel steady again, Cancer? After June and July rocked your world with eclipses—one swept through your sign on June 21, putting one of your key projects or desires front and center. As August begins, you may ache for simplicity and the first three weeks will hashtag-bless your efforts to bring consistency and healthy routines back into your life.
With the Sun in Leo heating up your sensible-but-sensual second house until August 22, you’ll find deep satisfaction bringing order back to the Cancer court. Lost your rhythm with exercise, sleep or mealtimes? Leo season will nudge you to reboot practices that help you feel centered and peaceful.
That will be extra comforting as your career heats up for the rest of the year. With go-getter Mars blazing through Aries in your professional tenth house until January 6, 2021, work could become quite the pressure cooker. Do you have the support in place that you need? Prioritize tasks that build your nest egg. Set up sustainable structures, like weekly check-ins with a client or key colleague.
Standout days: 17, 18, 27
Challenging days: 1, 3, 4
Happy birthday season, Leo! The Sun is beaming in your sign until August 22, restoring your roar and bringing back that royal swagger that you may not have felt for much of this year. On top of feeling like a caged “big cat” during quarantine, your warm, outgoing sign has missed those regular doses of affection and attention. And TBH, the digital version just doesn’t match the real thing in your book.
Here’s hoping you’ll get at least a few (safe) b-day hugs and some quality time with your favorite people this August! Find a way to light candles and be celebrated that feels safe to you.
Whatever stokes your regal fire, adventure finally awaits! With energizer Mars in Aries and your worldly, expansive ninth house for the rest of the year, your optimism is on the upswing. The red planet is here for an extended visit (from June 27 to January 6), hyping you up to explore fresh terrain and take a gamble on one of your brilliant ideas.
Standout days: 16, 18, 25
Challenging days: 2, 3, 10
Slow down and enjoy a little solitude, Virgo. As the Sun moves through Leo and your twelfth house of healing, closure, and transitions until August 22, less is more. Don’t fret if your energy’s a bit low during this annual “sleepy cycle.” Think of it as clearing the decks in preparation for Virgo season, which starts on August 22.
Once the Sun enters your sign, you’ll feel like your vibrant and talkative self again, eager to make plans. Until then, you may be foggy and tired. Take it easy, indulge in self-care and don’t force anything. You may not have all the information you need to make a clear decision until the end of August.
With intense Mars in Aries making an extended visit to your private, intimate eighth house from June 27 until January 6, the rest of the year is ripe for major emotional transformation. A relationship could get serious—or combust. Let courageous Mars help you push through fears, jealousy, and possessiveness. Getting vulnerable could create a whole new level of connection.
Standout days: 25, 27, 29
Challenging days: 2, 4, 30
With the Sun in gregarious Leo and your eleventh house of groups and teamwork until August 22, all your relationships—from friends and family to colleagues and companions—are energized. It could be hard to untangle which person (or triad or dyad) to focus on…never mind finding time to tend to yourself!
This sudden reheating of your social life may feel a bit unfamiliar after months of the planets AND the pandemic keeping you tethered to home base. In some ways, you haven’t minded the extended “me” time. But now the skies invite you to spread those social butterfly wings (while still staying safe) and reconnect with people who lift your spirits.
Standout days: 3, 17, 18
Challenging days: 1, 25, 30
Scorpio on the move! In August, not much can slow you down when you set your sights on a goal. The only challenge will be deciding which exciting plans to pursue.
Focus is your forte, Scorpio, so be mindful not to scatter your energy by multitasking. Can you space out a lengthy to-do list for the rest of the year instead of cramming it into an impossible time frame? More importantly, can you nurture the ONE initiative that matters most—and bless it with your undivided attention?
Until August 22, you’ll be buoyed by the Sun in bold Leo, which is heating up your tenth house of career and success. After a lengthy pandemic plateau, August brings a fresh rush of motivation to go after your goals with new gusto. Trim the sails, streamline your systems and follow a schedule when possible so you can have time to get out for fresh air and (safe) summer activity.
Standout days: 4, 16, 27
Challenging days: 2, 3, 14
August is usually an action-packed month, Sagittarius, and it makes perfect sense why! The Sun is blazing through Leo and your adventurous, expansive ninth house, the natural domain of Sagittarius since you’re the ninth sign of the zodiac. This no-limits energy suits your temperament to a T. You love when anything and everything feels possible!
This year, though, with the lunar south node in Sagittarius until late 2021, August might not bring the familiar, easy summer high you’re used to. The ninth house rules travel and study, and with restrictions on both of these areas, you may be looking at a quiet campout, an RV road trip, or a staycation instead of an international jaunt. (We know you’ll make the most of it anyway!)
The ninth house rules higher learning, but this year, your brain might need a break. If you’ve got “Zoom fatigue,” it’s possible you’ll be less jazzed about signing up for an online masterclass or poring through pages on your Kindle app. But there are other paths to Sagittarius' joy. You can grab a (paper) book and head out somewhere safe in nature or take a day trip with your journal and an inspiring friend. Sharing uplifting ideas, studying metaphysical topics, having mind-expanding conversations—these are all ways to set yourself free when external restrictions come into play.
Standout days: 16, 17, 29
Challenging days: 4, 24, 25
A little space, please? You’ll feel like deep-diving into your most cherished personal goals and projects for the first three weeks of August as the Sun drifts through Leo and your intimate, intense eighth house until August 22. Meantime, three planets in Capricorn and your first house of self also magnify your need for “me time”—and free time—to follow your own rhythms and bliss.
The laser focus of Leo season is a superlative opportunity for Sea Goats to cultivate key relationships, research a passion project or tackle transformative emotional work. You may find yourself consumed with a single topic (or person!), so watch for tunnel vision…unless, of course, you’re enjoying getting lost in this adventure.
But even if this energy makes you want to slip off the grid and hide out, it may be impossible to avoid the spotlight. Your work may attract attention, or you could be in high demand from your fans! Expansive Jupiter, structured Saturn and powerhouse Pluto are all in YOUR sign until late December 2020. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to define your path and purpose. This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence!
Standout days: 18, 25, 29
Challenging days: 1, 13, 24
Relationships of every stripe are the main event for Water Bearers this August. From family to friends, work commitments to the need to rebalance off-kilter dynamics: This is your month to get things back on track.
The Sun will be in Leo until August 22, heating up your seventh house of partnerships and mutuality. After that, it will slip into Virgo for a month, turning your attention to intimacy, merging, and joint ventures. Things could get officially official, or, if you’re in a longtime business or romantic union, you could do some much-needed work recalibrating the behind-the-scenes action of your relationship.
The way people share time, space and energy has been a huge topic of 2020, courtesy of pandemic pandemonium, and quarantines. Most people feel wildly out of their usual groove (witness the skyrocketing calls to divorce lawyers from China to the U.S.!). As a future-forward zodiac sign, who better to lead the charge in redefining the way we “do” relationships? Get creative and design an arrangement that works for you and anyone with whom you share space or responsibilities.
Standout days: 3, 11, 17
Challenging days: 2, 10, 15
You’re already in back-to-school mode—at least your mind is—as August begins. The Sun’s making its annual voyage through Leo and your sixth house of health, organization and analytical thinking until August 22. You’re juggling a bunch of tasks and to-do lists, and maybe trackers, too! Stay aware of your screen time, sleep, and exercise. Are you striking the right balance between work and wellness?
Taking good care of yourself will help you feel grounded as your career heats up or becomes a high-pressure topic. With activator Mars in Aries and your second house of work, money and security until January 6, financial stress could mount. On the upside, you could be busy with a demanding project (long hours and short deadlines). Or you may be catching up on bills and hotly circulating your resume ISO new opportunities.
Standout days: 18, 27, 29
Challenging days: 4, 25, 30
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