Happy August, Taurus!
Taurus: Your Month Ahead
Taurus, welcome to August. This month will give you new opportunities to enjoy your home, family, and and ancestry and to bring more attention to children, romance, and your creative spirit.
Also, August will continue last month’s strong support for slowing down. You may feel more introspective as you review many areas of your life and see where you’d like to make changes. Along with this slower pace, you’ll enjoy some highly playful and creative energies that will spark feelings of joy and inspire you to try new pastimes and pleasures.
Read on to see how August’s astrology will affect you. If you allow yourself to do less, relax, and even take time off for rest or vacation, you can make this a memorable month for fun. Along the way, you’ll reconnect with your inner child, who understands that playtime is just as important as work and that shining your unique light—and even showing off a bit— bring joy and make life worth living.
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Your Family, Home, And Real Estate
August begins with two planets in Leo:
- The warm and powerful Sun, who always shines his light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world
- Mercury, who governs thinking, communication, and commerce and brings playfulness and curiosity wherever he goes
The Moon will link with the Sun in Leo from August 9 through 11, adding tenderness to prevailing energies before the Sun changes signs on August 22. In addition, we will experience a solar eclipse in Leo on August 11, and the Moon’s north node, which has been moving through Leo since May 9, 2017, remains in this sign and adds a sense of urgency and even destiny to this month’s energies.
Leo is a fire sign symbolized by the Lion, a proud, courageous, and dramatic animal whose noble bearing makes it a monarch among other creatures. The Lion’s star quality and good looks (especially that showy mane) attract attention, and Leos generally appear confident and can serve others through leadership. Yet this regal exterior sometimes masks a lack of confidence for fear that others may reject them, their talents, and their desire to share themselves freely. Making the most of this charismatic energy means living joyfully by being completely authentic, applauding ourselves instead of looking for validation from others, and being brave enough to share our unique light. When we do Leo well, our hearts sing with joy, we’re free to play like a child, and our passions inspire others to do the same.
Find out more about Leo in my article, Leo Time: Open Your Heart And Shine Your Light. Also, you can tune in to this sign’s fiery exuberance, affection, and loyalty with The Leo Meditation, an uplifting guided meditation.
For you, Taurus, planets in Leo always activate your fourth house of family, your home, real estate, and parents. This house also governs your ancestors and your deepest spiritual foundations. The Leo planets this month can help you improve your home by remodeling or redecorating or by working with a realtor if you want to move or invest in real estate. These energies also may prompt you to spend more time at home, help parents or other relatives, or explore your genetic roots through DNA testing or a genealogical project. They also can inspire you to explore your spirituality and how it supports having a stable home and happy family relationships.
Your Romance, Children, And Creativity
On August 22, the Sun leaves Leo for Virgo, which will start the month of the Virgin. You’ll feel the energies shift from the warm and showy power of Leo to the health conscious, self-improving world of Virgo. This annual change brings us back down to earth, as playtime gives way to details and practical steps that help us schedule time more efficiently, enjoy better health, and manifest our heart’s desires.
For you, Taurus, planets in Virgo increase your focus on creativity, romance, and children (including your inner child) because they bring energy into your fifth house of love, pleasures, hobbies, and sports. This area also governs the way you take risks, such as by putting your creative talents out into the world through the arts or investing in stocks. As soon as the Sun enters Virgo, you may take up a new sport or hobby, sign up for a pottery class or other arts instruction, or call your children (or start a family if you don’t have youngsters). If you’re unattached, you may feel inspired to join a dating service or ask friends to make introductions, and if you’re in a relationship, you and your beloved can take your love to a new level through thoughtful romantic touches, special outings, and mutual hobbies.
Eclipse In Leo Brings A New Start
Each year brings two sets of eclipses, six months apart. Typically, each eclipse period features a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse; sometimes an extra eclipse may occur at these times, depending on planetary alignments.
Last month, we experienced both a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse, which occurred at the new and full Moons. (For more on the parts of your life affected by last month’s eclipses, see your July horoscope.) This month brings a third eclipse in this set, a solar eclipse that will arrive in Leo at the new Moon on August 11.
Eclipses help move us forward by bringing needed changes, especially if they occur in a sign and degree of the zodiac already highlighted in your birth chart. With a solar eclipse, we look toward the future, and an opportunity may arrive to take us onward, upward, and into the new.
For you, Taurus, the August 11 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your fourth house of home, family, parents and other older relatives, real estate, genealogy, and essential spirituality. Make time to reflect on how last month’s eclipses affected you and the people around you and open your mind and heart to new possibilities starting around August 11.
Life In The Slow Lane: Mars And Mercury Still Retrograde
Mars, the action planet, went retrograde June 26, and that will continue until August 27. Then, on July 26, Mercury also went retrograde, which continues until August 18. Retrogrades bring slowdowns, which can create confusion and frustration until we accept the need to step back, pause, and rest from our usual striving so we can gain valuable perspective before moving ahead again once the retrogrades lift.
As August begins, from our point of view on Earth, it looks as if both these planets are slipping backwards through the zodiac. By now, you probably have a good sense of what parts of your life have come to a halt and can benefit from rethinking how you want to apply your will and your intelligence in these areas.
Pay attention to what occurs around August 12. Mars will slip out of Aquarius and into Capricorn that day, pressing the "pause" button in a different house and area of your life.
Also, take some time to look back at what has happened since the retrogrades started and how you’ve handled them. If you’ve had to overcome challenges, give thanks for the time you’ve been given to perfect details and mull over your best course—an opportunity we often overlook when we’re rushing forward. Also, remember to enjoy your sense of humor, especially on days that bring sudden changes or require you to rework or revise projects and plans.
Uranus Goes Retrograde
On August 7, Uranus also will go retrograde until January 2019, joining many planets currently in apparent backward motion. Besides Mars and Mercury, we’re also experiencing retrogrades with Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto as well as the "wounded healer," asteroid, Chiron. Unlike the inner planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars, these outer planets remain retrograde for many months.
From day to day, we generally don’t feel outer planets’ retrogrades as dramatically as we feel the inner planets’ retrogrades. On the other hand, because outer planets move so slowly and remain in apparent backward motion for such a long time, their subtle energies build up over time and inspire insights that help us make constructive changes. Meditation and other spiritual work can help us tune in to these planets to decide how to benefit from their power.
In the case of Uranus, this month’s retrograde is the first since this planet entered your sign, Taurus, this past May. So we’ve had a taste of what Uranus in Taurus feels like and how it may affect us over the next seven years.
That makes the Uranus retrograde a great time to look back at what’s happened in your life since May 15. What changes have you seen, in your life and among your family and friends? How does this new era of Uranus in Taurus feel to you? How well are you harnessing Uranus’s powerful, electrical energy and gift for sudden change, spiritual awakening, and personal freedom?
For more about this unpredictable planet and its influence in the sign of the Bull, see my in-depth article, Uranus In Taurus 2018 – 2025.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates In August
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here so your efforts can bring progress in all areas.
August 1: Mars in your career area makes a tough alignment with Uranus in your personal image and projects house. You may feel on edge, and others will be touchy, too. Put off important meetings and other major actions related to a key project, focus on potential breakthroughs in your leadership or a project important to you personally, and step back to gain perspective if sudden news or changes affect your professional life, public image, health, or business strategy.
August 6: Your ruler, Venus, leaves your fifth house of romance, children, and artistic talents and enters Libra in your sixth house, bringing a loving touch, charm, and potential financial gain through your job or employees as well as possible new relationships related to health, fitness, and pets. Meanwhile, the Sun tests Jupiter, affecting partnerships and your home life and possibly sparking passionate romantic or creative developments that may affect your primary relationship, home decor, or extended family. Watch spending, remember how flexibility can enhance creativity and relationships, and be receptive to others’ heartfelt desires or beliefs.
August 7: Uranus, the zodiac’s change agent and spiritual awakener, goes retrograde for the next few months. Look back to May 15 to see how these early days of Uranus in Taurus have affected you. Also, Venus and Mars will make love across the skies in air signs, turning your thoughts to romance. If you’re in a relationship, schedule a date tonight or meet for a romantic lunch at an unusual venue. If you’re not attached, an admirer at your company or in your industry may declare interest in you, or you may meet someone in the arts who inspires you to start a romance.
August 7 – 11: The Moon enters its balsamic phase, the "dark of the Moon" time before the new Moon. Slow down and review the past month since the last new Moon on July 12. Meditate, rest, and reflect on what you want to do in the coming month. Find out more about this mysterious monthly time in my Balsamic Moon Phase article. Also, this period is excellent for spiritual work, meditation, and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
August 8: Mercury and the Sun meet up in your fourth house of home and family. Play word games with relatives, discuss creative ideas for home improvements, or open your heart and your home to help a relative or a child’s friend. If your parents and other older relatives are still living, interview them about their early lives, listen to stories about how much they’ve overcome, and consider starting an oral history project about your family.
August 9: Venus in your job house disagrees with Saturn in your international and media house, creating challenges related to foreign trade, overseas business travel, or a publishing or broadcasting project. A media contact or other authority figure may demand extra work on a creative project or hiring initiative, requiring long hours. Put off travel if possible so you can review budgets and itineraries, attend diligently to your most important work responsibilities, and use charm to smooth over disagreements so you can maintain harmonious work relationships. Encourage employees and treat them to lunch or coffee, especially if it’s a long day.
August 10: Retrograde Mercury tangles with Jupiter, bringing confusion or inflated expectations related to marriage, real estate investment, a family concern or disagreement between your spouse and extended family, redecorating plans, or a business partnership. Avoid overpromising, put off sensitive talks, and wait to make decisions or commitments.
August 11: A new Moon in Leo arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to family, real estate, home improvement, or your soul’s foundation via spirituality. An opportunity in one of these areas may come your way, and with Mercury and Mars retrograde, it could come from a past contact. Whatever happens may feel dramatic and could have a creative or artistic component.
August 12: Mars moves in retrograde from Aquarius into Capricorn. Until August 27, you will feel in slow motion when it comes to how you expand, both materially and in your consciousness, through international connections, big media, travel, and higher education. If you’re working on a sensitive issue such as a college application or immigration concern, allow extra time to perfect it and use this time to get input from others who are more experienced. Also, someone from the past may reappear, especially someone from another country or in the publishing or education fields, and if you’re waiting for news about international travel or business, information may face delays.
August 18: Mercury and Venus, your ruler, make a helpful connection, and Mercury ends its retrograde. New clarity can emerge related to health, family, a remodeling project, your job, or how you balance work and home. Also, an employee or coworkers may have insights that can help you make wise choices when it comes to real estate or a concern related to parents.
August 19: Jupiter and Neptune make a perfect angle, bringing higher love and a noble spirit to your marriage and friendships as well as business partners and network, charitable work, and humanitarian efforts toward peace. Make time to meditate and pay attention to subtle messages from friends, people you know at a club, or your spouse because a casual word from someone might inspire a new perspective or a creative insight to benefit you both materially and spiritually.
August 22: The Sun leaves Leo for Virgo, energizing your fifth house of romance, children, sports, stocks, creative talents, and hobbies. Take a practical approach to all these areas, get the details right, and bring a spirit of loving service to all you do, especially with children and your beloved. Enjoy the next month’s earthy, intelligent energies.
August 25: The Sun, Uranus, and Saturn connect harmoniously in what astrology calls a grand trine, creating a perfect triangle in the heavens. These planets will activate your personality, expansion, and pleasure houses with stable earth energies, giving you opportunities for personal breakthroughs, publicity, and new joys through children or romance or the arts if you make yourself receptive to unusual solutions, find practical applications for airy visions, and make strategic moves for the long term.
August 26: A full Moon arrives in Pisces in your networking, friendship, and charitable house, bringing something to fruition. Also, your ruler, Venus, in your health and job house makes a challenging link to Pluto in your travel and education house. You may see snags in negotiations with foreign partners if someone powerful objects to terms. Use tact to reach harmony and leverage the Sun-Uranus-Saturn trine to bring stability, innovation, and commitment to whatever you create with others, and you have a chance of seeing a long term goal manifest.
August 27: Mercury in your house of home, real estate, and family tangles with Jupiter in your partnership house. Your partner and your family may disagree about how to help a relative or handle a property transfer, or you and your partner may not have the same ideas about a home improvement plan. Meanwhile, Mars ends its retrograde, and you may feel a lift as you start to see travel, education, or publishing projects move ahead. As you take action on anything related to international issues such as visas, immigration, passports, or foreign trade, apply whatever you learned during the retrograde to give yourself the best chance of success.
August: A Time For Inward Seeking
Taurus, this month’s retrogrades and eclipse will make August a time of inward seeking and opportunities for beneficial change. Indulge in fun, follow your heart, and trust in patience and nature’s rhythms, regardless of what happens and no matter how often you feel tested by slowdowns and sudden shifts.
By bringing playfulness to life each day and shining your special light, you can bring joy to yourself and everyone you meet. Your willingness to feel like a child again will attract opportunities and give you courage to seize them.
Bookmark this page and revisit your August horoscope throughout this month to track all the many astrological happenings so you can be at your best all month.
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Happy August, Taurus! I wish you a wonderful month!