Behold the power of two! This month the Sun will make the rounds through Leo (until August 23) then Virgo, heating up the two most relationship-driven parts of your chart. Your free-spirited sign can get squirrely about too much commitment. But August is the time of year when partnerships feel their most vibrant—or at least they come up for review. Assess your inner circle and the people you spend the most time with. Does everything feel fair and mutual? Is there a balanced give-and-take?
This month, every stripe of relationship could demand an assessment—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. On August 11, expansive Jupiter will end a four-month retrograde in Sagittarius and your friendship and teamwork house. That same day, your co-ruler Uranus will start a retrograde through Taurus and your family zone. Prepare to negotiate some flexible new agreements with terms that work for everyone. Set aside people-pleasing, Aquarius—if you don’t ask for what you want now, you could end up feeling resentful down the line.
Let’s start with Jupiter, the auspicious planet of optimism and growth. The red-spotted rover making a long visit to Sagittarius, from November 8, 2018, until December 2, 2019, igniting your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. It’s been an adventurous cycle that’s brought new collaborations, affiliations and out-of-the-box thinkers into your orbit. A digital or group venture may have taken flight, perhaps one with a world-changing agenda.
Since April 10, Jupiter has been in slow motion, which could have put a budding alliance on the back burner or stalled progress with an online project. Between now and December 2, this relationship could pick up speed. With visionary Jupiter in the idealistic eleventh house, politics might even call your name. There’s an election year coming in the U.S. (no reminder needed), and the rest of the world could certainly use some help. Consider backing a candidate you believe in or even running for a civic post yourself. If you’re a business owner, look at the role of technology and social media in your efforts. With outspoken Jupiter handing you the megaphone, an edgy or progressive message could go viral. But careful not to veer too far into controversy for controversy’s sake. Jupiter in this free-to-be-me zone makes you extra-sensitive to censorship, but it could also tempt you to push the envelope TOO far.
Just as Jupiter sprints forward on August 11, your co-ruling planet, liberated Uranus, begins its annual five-month retrograde. The side-spinning planet will reverse through Taurus and your fourth house of home, family and emotional foundations. Disruptor Uranus is in Taurus for a long seven-year visit that began on March 6, 2019, and will end in April 2026. You also had a sneak preview of this from May through November 2018. If you’ve felt the rumblings of change in the most personal part of your life—if not a total uprooting—things could settle a little bit.
But don’t get too comfortable, Aquarius, because the calm is temporary! From house-hunting to a changing cast of characters under your roof to possible baby news, Uranus is here to stir the pot. If you’ve been waiting for news about adoption or IVF, the retrograde could deliver that. A trailblazing woman who’s not afraid to be totally authentic could enter your orbit while Uranus is in Taurus. If you’ve been dealing with a disruptive family member or a rebellious child, you may find the help you need.
Midmonth there’s a high point when the August 15 Aquarius full moon brings your most personal 2019 goals to fruition. Look back to the birthday resolutions you set (if any), or to events that kicked off near the February 4 Aquarius new moon. This full moon is a decisive moment: Will you move forward with this or switch lanes and do something else? If you’ve been waiting for the green light on a passion project—or you’re just ready to take a leap of faith—the full moon in your sign says GO!
After your full moon moment, you may disappear into a rabbit hole for a while. On August 23, the Sun plunges into Virgo and your privacy-seeking, intimate eighth house. For the next month, you could deep-dive into a mission that requires lots of research. A relationship or detailed undertaking may become all-consuming. Watch for tunnel vision, Aquarius—but screen out distractions if you need to power through a task that requires concentration. The eighth house rules property, assets and joint ventures. If you’ve been looking at a real estate venture or considering a long-term financial investment, Virgo season could present some exciting new options.
With your erotic eighth house lit up, there could be some sizzling diversions—especially since lusty Mars is here from August 18 to October 3. When the Virgo new moon arrives on August 30, what seemed like a summer fling could turn serious. Someone might even have soul mate potential where you least expected it! You may be offered a financial opportunity near the new moon that could yield hefty returns or be invited into a joint venture. Take your time—this new moon will unfold in the coming six months, so there’s no need to rush. But DO set intentions for where you’d like to be financially, emotionally or in a key relationship by early 2020. What you visualize now could become a reality by the time the corresponding Virgo full moon arrives next March!
Love & Romance
With three “personal” planets (Venus, Mars and the Sun) cozied up together in your seventh house of committed partnerships for much of the month, you may be happy zipped into your couple bubble. It’s a time for bonding, major next steps or to double down on your dating efforts if you’re single. But while Venus here enhances the desire for intimacy and harmony, Mars can churn up strong (and difficult) emotions, like anger, resentment and jealousy. New relationships can heat up quickly, so be mindful to not let your heart get ahead of your head.
All three planets will move on Virgo and your eighth house of intensity, eroticism and soul bonding later in the month. Mars is the first to pull up stakes (on August 18, for six weeks). Your libido could go from a simmer to a full boil in no time flat, which can be a boon for happy couples and frustrating as hell if you’re unattached. Don’t let this planetary pileup pressure you into a union that you know isn’t ultimately right for you. Set your intentions and don’t settle for less! Venus follows Mars’ lead on August 21, and then el Sol two days after that. Very strong emotions can rise up now, so anticipate them as best you can so you don’t overreact. In addition to the swirling sexual energy, you might find yourself far more interested in metaphysical and spiritual pursuits. And how nice would it be to have a partner who shared your passion?!
An extra-hot day is August 24, when Venus and Mars mash up exactly in Virgo and that same intensifying zone. You can look forward to smoldering sex, an engagement or pregnancy or a perfect moment for making things official or deepening your bond.
August 2: Venus-Uranus Square
Twitchy Uranus lights a fire under the love planet during today’s restless clash. You might find yourself fixating about “the future” and trying to nail down a commitment while your S.O. (or brand-new love interest) is content to just enjoy your company. Note: You could be undermining yourself with this behavior. Single? Try a wildly new approach—think about what you normally would do to get someone’s attention—and do the opposite.
Money & Career
Partner up for the win! In August, the planets are clustering into the most collaborative zones of your chart, a perfect time to lean on your closest people for support. The Sun is in Leo until August 23, heating up your seventh house of contracts and commitments, joined by motivator Mars through August 18. Offers could turn formal and you may decide to partner up with someone for mutual gain. Be careful not to rush into anything headlong though, as impatient Mars could pile on the pressure before you have all the facts. You may find yourself being a bit more argumentative, but on the plus side, you won’t be afraid to negotiate and advocate for yourself!
The group-centric vibes get even stronger starting August 11, when Jupiter wakes up from a four-month retrograde in Sagittarius and your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. Ready to make a digital splash or launch your world-changing platform? Between now and December 2, supersizer Jupiter is in your court. But note that the same day, your ruling planet Uranus will slip backward into retrograde until January 10, sputtering in Taurus and your domestic fourth house. Plans to relocate or make changes at home could stall for the rest of the year. Take the time to really think through how much any personal life shifts could disrupt the status quo—maybe it’s better to take a phased approach?
Slip off the grid to do some detailed work or research starting August 18, when Mars moves into Virgo and your intense eighth house of joint ventures and long-term finances. You might be talking through the finer points of a deal or you could have a large expense to pay off. Make an aggressive plan to tackle debt, loans or credit card spending if that’s an issue. The upside: a large lump sum could also come your way now, especially once the Sun enters Virgo on August 23, or at the August 30 Virgo new moon. Look into commission-based opportunities or ways that you can build your nest egg with passive income and investments.
August 7: Sun-Jupiter Trine
Team up FTW! This rare and magnetizing mashup could attract a perfect partner and act like fertilizer on one of your seedling ideas. While a part of you prefers to work independently, another part enjoys the intellectual stimulation and camaraderie of collaborations.
Love Days: 24, 28
Money Days: 7, 16
Luck Days: 5, 15
Off Days: 26, 3, 12