MONTH OF August
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.
Despite this year’s less expansive energy, summer romance—even a dash of fame—could arrive thanks to energizer Mars in Aries boosting your fifth house of passion and self-expression until January 6. This extended visit from the red planet will cue up your confidence and charisma. Get ready for your (Instagram) closeup!
However, there are a few speed bumps to navigate this month. Mars will get snared into three tense squares with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, which are all in Capricorn and your second house of work and money. Practical demands could interfere with your desire to be let loose into the wild to pursue that joie de vivre.
Whenever you can, combine work and play—but know that there could be some frustrating or dramatic moments this month as you attempt to reconcile these dueling demands. You’ll be better able to hunker down when Virgo season starts on August 22 and the Sun moves into your tenth house of career and ambition. You could attract lots of positive attention and prosperity if you play your cards right. Soak up that freedom while you can. A busy fall is right around the corner!
Week 1: August 1-9
The news you’ve been waiting for—at last
Yes or no? As the workweek starts on Monday, August 3, the annual Aquarius full moon could bring a media project, idea or strategic conversation to a key turning point. This endeavor may have been brewing since as far back as the January 24 Aquarius new moon. Now you’ll either get the green light to move forward or a firm pass that will allow you to turn your attention elsewhere.
Your urge to express yourself is dialed up by these bold moonbeams. Share ideas and reconnect with kindred spirits who inspire you. Put a powerful message out there through social media or your network. The third house rules your neighborhood, community and circle of friends. Who in this immediate crew might be the perfect collaborator to help advance your ambitious endeavors?
As the full moon spotlights your cooperative, communicative third house, kindred spirits crop up everywhere. Maybe you’ve seen at least one of these potential dynamic duos brewing for a while. Test the waters with a short-term project. What can you co-produce in the next 90 days?
Be careful not to lock yourself into anything too complex because your chemistry is equally likely to fizzle as it is to sizzle. With unpredictable Uranus in your organized sixth house in a stressful square to the full moon, you could discover wildly different working styles or clashing creative visions. You’ll want to be able to make a quick exit without burning any bridges!
The next day, Tuesday, August 4, straight-talking Mars gets into its first of three fistfights with the Capricorn cluster—this time with outspoken Jupiter, your ruling planet, which is in your second house of work, money and daily routines.
With these two impatient and over-the-top planets at odds, people could overpromise and underdeliver. Watch for exaggerations and things that seem too good to be true. An ego-tripping person could be resistant to doing things a new (and better) way, especially at work.
Don’t waste your breath trying to convince them. This short-term hurdle may just be a one-day obstacle. If you can demonstrate proof, you might sway them later in the month.
Week 2: August 10-16
Keep the lid on—relief will come
Boiling point…or breaking point? On Thursday, August 13, volatile Mars and Pluto get ensnared in a standoff, which may provoke an epic power struggle. As brash Mars tussles with underhanded Pluto, you run the risk of coming on too strong when presenting your vision. Any untempered intensity could backfire on you, rocking your sense of security and confidence.
Perhaps it’s stress or fear about money pushing you to lash out. Unconscious Pluto in the “financial district” of your chart could bring up some survival anxiety, driving up scarcity. Or you might be feeling insecure and protective of your turf. Egos may clash as a competitor tries to elbow you out of the decision-making process. Someone jealous could try to undermine you—even steal your ideas—so protect them with great care instead of being an open book. Is this Game of Thrones…or real life?
Whatever you do, don’t fan the hostile fires. Keep your cutting-edge concepts under wraps until this storm blows over in a few days. If you have to clear the air, make sure you do it without burning bridges or doing permanent damage to anyone’s reputation—especially your own.
You’ll find some relief on the weekend as disruptor Uranus starts its annual five-month retrograde on Saturday, August 15, backing through your sixth house of order, health and hustle until January 14, 2021. This backspin will be a blessing in disguise, helping to reduce chaos in your daily schedule.
Have your stress levels have been off the charts? Now’s your chance to slow down and do less. Recalibrate with exercise and mindfulness. Get your checkups and blood tests (or whatever necessary protocols you’re due for) so you can make sure all your levels are good, or get supplements if you’re low on any essential nutrients.
Are you getting proper help? If people on Team Archer aren’t pulling their weight—or just don’t have the skills to make you feel confident delegating to them—it may be time to look elsewhere. But keep on keeping on! Perseverance will pay off over the next five months. With Uranus retrograde in this administrative sector, you may have to work harder to stay on top of the details. Whenever things break down, consider it a sign that it’s time to set up smarter structures or bring in more qualified support.
Week 3: August 17-23
Shine up your mojo
As the Sun winds down its exciting tour of Leo and your adventurous ninth house, here’s hoping you’ve regained your wide-angle and positive outlook on life. No matter what your news feed tells you, YOU are the author of your life, and Leo season helped you get back into the driver’s seat.
Now, what will you do with that energy? A push to go big arrives with the year’s only Leo new moon on Tuesday, August 18, which plants the seeds for growth and optimistic risk-taking between now and the Leo full moon on January 28, 2021.
Spread your magic far and wide! This expansive new moon inspires you to think (and travel) beyond your current limits. A startup business or an educational endeavor could take off.
Connect to far-flung followers and see what you can co-create. If you’re a media-maker or a teacher, start cooking up a new project that you can launch over the coming six months.
On Saturday, August 22, the Sun enters meticulous Virgo and your professional, ambitious tenth house, kicking off a month of career focus and success. Set goals, stick to structures, and prioritize. You’ve had a whole month of blue-sky dreaming—now it’s time to sort through the bounty and see which of those ideas are worth developing. Do any have long-term potential? If so, pursue them!
Week 4: August 24-31
Dial down the drama—and make a plan
On August 24, fiery Mars in your passion sector gets into its final clash of the month, this time with cautious and structured Saturn, which is in Capricorn and your second house of money, work and security. This would NOT be the week to fall back on your Sagittarius habit of relying on luck or “begging for forgiveness instead of asking permission.”
Saturn loves to move at a slow and steady clip while Mars is prone to leaping without looking. With these two opposing planets at odds, it’s like having one foot on the gas, the other on the brake. Speed check!
Are you having second thoughts about a romantic situation? Is someone pressuring you to decide before you feel totally ready? Your excitement might not match the feasibility of what you’re trying to pull off here. Even if you’re swept away by desire or feel a burning urge to shake things up, pace yourself. A measured move would be wiser than an impulsive one. Make sure you’re not overlooking key pieces of the foundation or underestimating the costs and time you’ll need to pull this off correctly.
After such an erratic month in the stars, it can’t hurt to do those cross-checks, especially now that Uranus is retrograde and the Sun’s in Virgo, activating the more process-driven parts of your chart. Run your big plans by a mentor or seasoned sounding board before you pull the trigger. Doing things by the book could actually get you to your goals much faster—even if it doesn’t seem that way at first glance. Fortunately, you’re more open now to following protocol instead of leaping without a parachute. Sure, things eventually work out, but you don’t need to create a whole lotta drama before that happens!
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Love is a major theme all month as both Venus and Mars fire up the most amorous parts of your chart for the second month in a row! Spicy Mars is in Aries and your fifth house of passion and head-turning glamour, bringing lots of attention your way. In fact, the red planet will be here until January 6 (due to a retrograde September 9 to November 13). But before Mars shifts into reverse, you can look forward to a revved-up libido punctuated with a little possible drama. But not to worry: Those lovers’ quarrels can be settled in the bedroom later.
Affectionate Venus wraps up her lengthy visit to Gemini and your seventh house of partnerships on August 7. The planet of amour has been here since April 3, bringing powerful energy to your committed relationships and helping you air some repressed feelings. While Venus was retrograde from May 13 to June 25, that might have necessitated some negotiation and recalibration.
Now Venus will slip into Cancer and your eighth house of erotic affairs and sultry secrets. Between August 7 and September 6, you can expect some sensual times and strong emotions to surface. A little jealousy or possessiveness could also arise. But if you can lean in to Venus’ fair-mindedness, it won’t take more than a few gestures to get back in sync. An engagement or proposal is possible if you’re ready for that next big step.
August 25: Venus-Jupiter opposition
Too much work and not enough play? Invite more sensuality into your life as the love planet opposes maximizer Jupiter. Look out, though! An attraction could become a distraction if it’s too all-consuming. Don’t neglect your duties because you’re feeling swept up.
MONEY & CAREER:
August is an inspired month for you from start to finish. For the first three weeks, you’ve got your sights set on visionary plans and goals. With the Sun in Leo and your adventurous ninth house, your novel ideas and curiosity could attract opportunities far outside your initial scope.
Dreaming of launching a savvy startup or an ambitious endeavor sharing your expertise? Explore your options and don’t hold back. You’ll be ready to start implementing toward the end of the month when the Sun shifts into practical Virgo and your tenth house of career and long-term plans.
For the first two weeks of August, watch out for colleagues who overpromise and underdeliver. You may even have to deal with some shady attempts to deal you out or take credit for your achievements. Keep your cool and do your best not to get ensnared in any drama. Instead of reacting, gather the facts and make counteroffers. Ensure that you have the necessary legal protections in place if you negotiate anything. In the second half of August, you’ll thrive by slowing down and reading the fine print before you move forward!
August 3: Mercury-Saturn opposition
“Set it and forget it” can be sound advice when it comes to your savings, but it’s still wise to do periodic check-ins. Saturn plays the long game, and its opposition to analytical Mercury in your house of wealth accumulation gives you an opportunity to revise your strategy. Hire a pro to help you consider moves you might not have thought about, like moving funds to a higher-yielding (yet relatively safe) investment.
Love Days: 8, 13
Money Days: 20, 28
Luck Days: 18, 26
Off Days: 11, 15, 24
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