August Forecast for Aquarius

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.

Key Dates

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.

Key Dates

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

July Forecast for Aquarius

Surrender to change, Aquarius—it’s coming whether you like it or not. July is a month of many expressions from above, including two alchemical eclipses, a rare double-header of new moons bookending the month and (eek!) communication planet Mercury spinning retrograde from July 7 to 31. There won’t be a dull moment on deck, Aquarius—so brace yourself for an active month that could transform you in crucial ways.

Against the backdrop of the Sun in Cancer and your sixth house of health, fitness and organization (until July 22), a July 2 total solar (new moon) eclipse lands in Cancer, jolting you into action. Is it time to go full KonMari on your clutter? Or maybe change your habits around eating and exercise? You may get doctor’s orders to do so, or the urge might come from a desire to reconnect to your body. The way you’ve structured your life could have pieces falling through the cracks, and this cosmic event is your unsubtle prompt to shift your systems, stat! At the July 2 Cancer solar eclipse, a powerful new six-month cycle of vitality opens up.

This is the midway point in a series of eclipses falling on the Cancer/Capricorn axis between July 2018 and July 2020, activating your analytical sixth house (ruled by Cancer) and your twelfth house of spirituality and release (ruled by Capricorn). For the past year, you’ve been transforming the balance between mind and spirit, control and surrender. There have been moments that awakened you to a need to be more alert and attentive or to more deeply connect to the earth. (We have THREE Aquarius friends who have turned their land into small organic farms in the past year!)

The second eclipse might require you to keep a few friends on standby for emotional support. On July 16, a Capricorn lunar (full moon) eclipse will land in your twelfth house of closure, healing and transitions. A chapter of your life may come to an abrupt end, and all the attendant emotions can surge up just as suddenly. If you haven’t dealt with grief or mourned a loss, this could be one of those long-awaited “ugly cry” days that helps you heal. With alchemical Pluto riding close to this full moon, the intensity is multiplied.

This eclipse might also bring a spiritual awakening, a soulmate encounter or a moment of profound epiphanies. You may see someone’s true colors—and the palette could be shocking. This eclipse may expose a secret or bring hidden information to light. Look back to January 6, 2019, when a corresponding Capricorn solar eclipse set events into motion. Since astrology is cyclical, endings clear the way for beginnings. Trust that if you have to release anything, it’s for the highest good—even if whatever’s “next” doesn’t immediately show up. In fact, breathing through the unknown instead of anxiously trying to micromanage events will be your biggest—and most rewarding—spiritual challenge.

In between, there could be a couple moments that starkly expose the “control freak” that we all have within us. Control is an outcropping of fear, after all. And you’ll get a front-row seat to some of your own untended anxieties when the Cancer Sun forms its annual oppositions to Saturn (July 9) and Pluto (July 14) in Capricorn and your illusion-fueled twelfth house.

Your mission: To uncover where more boundaries are needed in your life. Have you fallen into a role of codependent enabling and sacrifice? As the Sun opposes boundary-hound Saturn and power-player Pluto, you may need to cut some of those cords in no uncertain terms. Or, if you’ve put up TOO many barriers, you’ll see where to let go and open yourself up to receiving support. You may have to trade some ego or a sense of control—but it will be a small price to pay for feeling like others have your back!

Adding to the fun, Mercury will be retrograde from July 7 to 31. It will split its time between Leo and your partnership zone (until July 19) and Cancer, ruler of your health and organization zone, from July 19 to 31. Shore up your defenses around travel, technology and communication, all areas that can be affected by chaos when Mercury goes rogue. Triple-check reservations, back up data and practice extreme patience!

During the Leo leg, take extra precautions in your closest relationships. Explain yourself with explicit clarity and check to make sure the other person REALLY heard you. Try the mirroring technique, silly as it may feel, where one person says something and the other answers to the tune of, “What I hear you saying is…” then adjust as needed. Contracts fall under the seventh house AND Mercury’s domain, so tread lightly (if at all) around signing any paperwork. If people seem to misunderstand you at every turn, take a deep breath and try again! Be sure to extend the same courtesy to others as well.

With argumentative Mars in Leo and your partnership house all month, it will be extra challenging to get on the same page. And when Mars plows into a fiery square to your co-ruler, volatile Uranus, on July 11, you could reach a breaking point. A family member or living-situation stress might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back if you’re not careful.

Really watch those stress levels when Mercury backs into Cancer and your wellness zone from July 19 to 31. Avoid multitasking or taking on too much, especially since you’ll be susceptible to a late-summer cold or flu. Wash your hands regularly and avoid anyone who’s sniffling or hacking!

Camaraderie could light the way starting July 22, when the Sun swings into Leo and your partnership zone for a month. While you may feel a bit low-power now, you’ll have people to lean on coming through. Cut back on all the extraneous social engagements and focus on the folks who truly have your back. One of them could rise up as an incredible friend and champion on July 25, when Mars in Leo forms a flowing trine to effusive Jupiter in your camaraderie zone. And who knows…maybe there’s something beyond just friendship in the cards for you, whether that’s a romantic relationship or a business alliance. With these two excitable planets aligning, it’s a perfect day to explore possibilities! You don’t have to commit to anything…just enjoy that blue-sky dreaming.

The first moment to even CONSIDER making it official doesn’t come until July 31, when Mercury ends its retrograde (amen!) and a rare second new moon lands in Leo, cutting a six-month trail into your zone of committed relationships. Between now and next February, something beautiful could unfold if you play your cards right. Follow the synergies and see what happens. Or, if you’re ready to take it official, this new moon could prompt talks of getting serious.

Love & Romance

With impassioned Mars roaring through Leo and your dynamic-duos zone from July 1 to August 18, all kinds of partnerships heat up, from romantic to professional to creative. Couples might find themselves arguing a lot—perhaps over the pettiest of problems—yet at the same time feel ever more attracted to each other. Lusty Mars can crank up the sexual chemistry AND the combativeness, so be prepared for both.

One thing to stay aware of: Expressive Mercury is going retrograde this month, and from July 7 to 19 the reversal happens in Leo. During this cycle, miscommunications can abound with your romantic partner and close connections. Anticipate this by being extra clear about what you’re conveying and don’t make assumptions. If you must get something off your chest, be sure to do it when both parties are able to really hear each other. Springing a “we need to talk” on someone out of the blue will NOT get you the response you hope for.

July 16 features the year’s only Capricorn full moon—also a potent lunar eclipse—in your twelfth house of release, fantasy and healing. If you’re in a solid relationship (or have one in development), surrender to soulmate-style love. If you’re barely hanging on in a union that’s passed its expiration date, this lunar push could be the thing that helps you cut bait. Single? Be vulnerable and willing to stretch beyond “the usual.” That’s when the magic can happen!

Should any misunderstandings arise between July 3 and 27—which is kind of inevitable when Mercury is retrograde—tactful Venus in soothing Cancer will support you in talking things through diplomatically. And since Venus is in your analytical sixth house, you’ll be able to keep enough emotional perspective to not get defensive or be inappropriately giving (read: codependent).

Wherever you land at the end of the month, a bold and loving Leo new moon on July 31 extends an olive branch and helps you make any kind of fresh start you desire. Start over, go deeper, reinvent the whole relationship: The world is your amorous oyster!

Key Dates

July 17: Venus-Saturn Opposition
You may not be in the kindest, gentlest mood today, as “by the book” Saturn faces off with sensitive Venus in your nitpicking sixth house. Your instinct might be to lash out at someone or get defensive if anyone so much as suggests you try to do something a little differently. Ouch! Deal with the real issues, but anything that might be more in the “molehill” category, leave it alone for now.

Money & Career

Back to reality, Aquarius? July’s financial stars are delivered without any window dressing as the Sun travels through Cancer and your practical, analytical sixth house. This zodiac realm also rules wellness—and your “fiscal fitness” could be put to the test by the first of two groundbreaking eclipses. On July 2, a Cancer total solar (new moon) eclipse could catapult you into a new line of work, perhaps one that involves sustainability, health or data. Check in on your stress levels while you’re at it. Today’s world is a pressure cooker, and that can take a toll on your physical state. With Mercury retrograde from July 7 to 31 (in Cancer from July 19 on), you’ll want to seriously filter the information you take in. If it leaves you feeling upset and fearful, it’s okay to change the channel—or walk away from that screen.

A second eclipse on July 16 could bring a major turning point. Is it time to say “enough already!” and wave the white flag? Because this lunar (full moon) eclipse is in Capricorn and your twelfth house of endings and transitions, a part of your life that no longer serves you could be “eclipsed” away. No more hanging on by your teeth, Aquarius. Make space for new relationships instead of staying mired in struggle. Remember: Suffering is optional! When you quit trying to force an outcome and surrender to a bigger plan, miracles can and will arise. And they’ll come through the NEW people you allow into your life. As the Sun enters Leo and your partnership house on July 22, prepare to make contact with some fascinating folks who can help you on your path! On July 31, the day of the Leo new moon (and the end of Mercury retrograde), someone’s promises could materialize. You’ll know who’s solidly on Team Aquarius soon enough!

Key Dates

July 9: Sun-Saturn Opposition
Guard the perimeter! You’d love to let the whole world into your inner circle, but until someone has proved their trustworthiness, keep private info under wraps around them. It’s not being paranoid—in this age of rampant identify theft, an Aquarian can’t be too safe!

Love Days: 28, 4
Money Days: 11, 20
Luck Days: 9, 18
Off Days: 2, 7, 16

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