Happy August, Cancer!
Cancer: Your Month Ahead
Cancer, welcome to August. This month will give you new opportunities to enjoy your work, financial security, possessions, and values and to bring more attention to your siblings, communication, and travel.
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 Finances, Work, And Possessions
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, your ruler, 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, Cancer, planets in Leo always activate your second house of work and the money you earn, budgets and spending, and possessions and valuables. This house also governs your values and how they align with your material life and sense of security. The Leo planets this month can help you improve your finances and employment, either by seeking a promotion or searching for a new position. These energies also may prompt you to review your belongings, sell or give away items you don’t need, and have collectibles and jewelry appraised or insured. They also can inspire you to consider what you most value, put love and money in proper perspective, and use your creativity and passion to stabilize your finances and pursue meaningful work that makes your heart sing.
Your Communication, Siblings, And Travel
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, Cancer, planets in Virgo increase your focus on brothers and sisters because they bring energy into your third house of siblings. This area also governs your neighborhood or community, short trips, and communication of all kinds. As soon as the Sun enters Virgo, you may want to see more of your sisters, brothers, and close cousins, perhaps by planning a reunion, service project, or vacation involving extended family. You also may feel inspired to improve your community through a health initiative or even running for office, and if you need to improve your public speaking or persuasive abilities, now is your best time to brush up your skills through a class and practicing. If you work in communications, you can use these energies to bring a spotlight to your talents so you can advance in your career.
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, Cancer, the August 11 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your second house of values and financial security through earned income, work, and possessions. 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 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 shared money, intimacy, and deep spirituality area makes a tough alignment with Uranus in your friendship, charities, and networking house. You may feel on edge, and others will be touchy, too. If you’re romantically interested in a friend, wait to declare your passion, and put off investing in an acquaintance’s invention or business idea or funding a charitable initiative. Instead, use your passion to improve finances, meditate about how you want to make the world a better place, and step back to gain perspective if sudden news or changes affect social plans or a humanitarian project.
August 6: Venus leaves your third house of communication and siblings and enters Libra in your fourth house, bringing a loving touch, charm, and potential financial gain through parents or other family, real estate, or a home business. Meanwhile, the Sun tests Jupiter, potentially affecting your job, personal finances, romantic life, children, and creative life and possibly sparking passion or profitable creative developments with a coworker or client. Watch spending, remember how flexibility can enhance 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 an at home date tonight or meet for a romantic lunch at an unusual venue. If you’re not attached, go out with family members or ask ask someone you know in the financial industry to introduce you to someone eligible.
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 second house of earned income, work, and possessions. Use your mind creatively to visualize improvements on the job or a better position, explore past budgets and spending to create better financial security, and harness ideas to turn passions into a profession that rewards you well financially. If you work in a creative field, use this brilliant alignment to create a proposal or approach a former client about resuming business together.
August 9: Venus in your house of home and family disagrees with Saturn in your marriage house, creating potential challenges with your spouse over relationships with parents, a redecorating plan, or your desire to start a home business. You may need to go the extra mile to work out a fair agreement or smooth over family challenges. Take your responsibilities seriously, do your best with sincerity and a cooperative spirit, and demonstrate your love to your partner, parents, and other relatives, perhaps with an invitation to your home or a timely visit to see a loved one.
August 10: Retrograde Mercury tangles with Jupiter, bringing confusion or inflated expectations related to spending, your work, children, or a hobby or arts project. Avoid overpromising and wait to make decisions or financial commitments.
August 11: A new Moon in Leo arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your work or client relationships, possessions, financial security, art or other valuables, or alignment between material and spiritual values. 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 marriage, business partnerships and advisors, legal dealings or negotiations, and efforts related to peace and cooperation. If you want to get engaged or sign with a new agent or business advisor, put off proposals and contracts until after the August retrogrades and seek advice from trusted mentors. Also, someone from the past may reappear, especially a former spouse or business connection. If you’re in a relationship, enjoy reminiscing and return to activities you used to enjoy together.
August 18: Mercury and Venus make a helpful connection, and Mercury ends its retrograde. New clarity can emerge for work contracts and agreements for a new position, personal spending and realistic budgets, credit applications, a home improvement project, family concerns, and real estate. A family member may have insights that can help you make wise choices.
August 19: Jupiter and Neptune make a perfect angle, bringing higher love and a noble spirit to your creative and romantic life, relationships with children, and entertainment preferences as well as your beliefs, religious experiences, desire for education, and willingness to expand your world view and consciousness. Make time to meditate and pay attention to subtle clues or messages in dreams, as you may receive otherworldly guidance that can benefit you both materially and spiritually.
August 22: The Sun leaves Leo for Virgo, energizing your third house of siblings, communication, early education, and travel. Take a practical approach to all these areas, get the details right, and bring a spirit of loving service to all you do, especially in your community. 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 communication, partnership, and friendship houses with stable earth energies, giving you opportunities for breakthroughs, maturity, and heart-based leadership if you open your mind to creative 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 expansion house, bringing something to fruition. Also, Venus in your real estate house makes a challenging link to Pluto in your marriage house. Your consciousness may expand through dreams or a revelation. Also, you and your spouse may have different ideas about how to improve your home or make money from real estate. 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 money, values, and possessions tangles with Jupiter in your house of children, romance, entertainment, and creative projects. Your desire to start a family may require you to start a savings plan or clear outstanding debt, or a romantic relationship may need extra thought to keep spending in check. Meanwhile, Mars ends its retrograde, and you may feel a lift as you start to see marriage plans, partnership agreements, or marital passion and pleasure move ahead. As you take action on anything related to your closest relationships, apply whatever you learned during the retrograde to give yourself the best chance of success.
August: A Time For Inward Seeking
Cancer, 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, Cancer! I wish you a wonderful month!