Happy August, Leo! And happy birthday to you!
Leo: Your Month Ahead
This is your special time of year, when the Sun occupies the sign under which you incarnated. It starts a new annual cycle and brings powerful energies for beginning anything new.
Leo, this month will give you new opportunities to enjoy your personality, body, and most meaningful projects and to bring more attention to your work, earning power, and possessions.
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 Body, Personality, And Favorite Projects
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 your ruler, 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, Leo, planets in Leo always activate your first house of your personality, health and body, and unique image and style. This house also governs the projects most meaningful to you, either at your job or in your personal life. The Leo planets this month can help you enjoy the pleasures of being incarnated in a human body by bringing a spotlight to your looks and magnetism and giving you extra zest to enjoy physical health and stamina. These energies also may prompt you to try a new hairstyle or more playful approach to dressing so you can feel confident every time you leave your home to meet the public. They also can inspire you to improve your character so your personality shines with idealism and your favorite projects attract supporters who can help you make dreams come true.
Your Possessions And Values
On August 22, the Sun, your ruler, 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, Leo, planets in Virgo increase your focus on the money you earn and the work you do because they bring energy into your second house of employment and personal finances. This area also governs possessions, including art and other valuables, as well as your values. As soon as the Sun enters Virgo, you may spend more time at work getting the details right or building relationships with current and prospective clients if you have your own business. You also may feel inspired to rework home budgets, review spending so it’s in line with your ideals, go through what you own to streamline your possessions and take better care of the ones you decide to keep, have important items appraised or insured, and apply your spirituality to life through "right livelihood"” and aligning money matters and material concerns with your heart and soul.
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, Leo, the August 11 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your first house of personality, body and health, pet projects, public image, and character. 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 partnership area makes a tough alignment with Uranus in your career house. You may feel on edge, and others will be touchy, too. Put off talks with tech leaders or with your partner about work life balance. Instead, focus on potential professional breakthroughs and unusual ways to integrate work and home or involve your beloved in your career. Step back to gain perspective if sudden news or changes affect plans with your partner or an office sponsored charity event.
August 6: Venus leaves your second house of money and possessions and enters Libra in your third house, bringing a loving touch, charm, and potential financial gain through siblings, travel, research, or any form of communication. Meanwhile, your ruler, the Sun, tests Jupiter, potentially affecting health, your personal style or projects, a family concern, real estate, or parents and perhaps sparking your desire to renovate, remodel, or move to a bigger home. 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 a date tonight or meet for a romantic lunch at an unusual venue. If you’re not attached, socialize with coworkers or your boss or ask a client or colleague 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 first house of personality and important projects. Apply your intelligence to consider a new look that better reflects the real you, rethink your health, revisit fitness ideas that you used to enjoy, and contact someone from the past to help with ideas for your latest passion project. If you work in a creative field, use this brilliant alignment to polish your work and itemize what you want in any agreement with producers, licensing companies, or publishers.
August 9: Venus in your communication house disagrees with Saturn in your job house, leading to challenges in a creative project for social media, the arts, or a publicity campaign. An older authority figure or boss may demand extra work or meetings, requiring long hours. Attend to your responsibilities, even as you take stock of adjustments that can smooth your interactions and improve all communications with people at work. Stay the course and put your heart as well as maturity into whatever you think, say, and write.
August 10: Retrograde Mercury tangles with Jupiter, bringing confusion or inflated expectations related to a home remodeling job, one of your personal projects, or dealings with parents and other family members. 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 body and health, personality and style, or pet projects and ideals. 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 your job, fitness, nutrition, daily routines, and pets. If you’re working on a sensitive project, allow extra time to perfect it and use this time to get input from bosses, mentors, or more experienced colleagues. Also, someone from the past may reappear, especially a former coworker, and if you’re up for promotion or a new job, you may see delays.
August 18: Mercury and Venus make a helpful connection, and Mercury ends its retrograde. New clarity can emerge in your health, self-improvement plans to upgrade your personality and character, ideas for projects you want to start with brothers and sisters, or personal travel plans, and your siblings or someone in your community 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 spiritual and home life as well as joint financial matters, inheritance concerns, and intimacy. 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, your ruler, leaves Leo for Virgo, energizing your second house of work, money you earn, possessions, and values that guide your life. Take a practical approach to all these areas, get the details right, and bring a spirit of loving service to all you do, especially on the job. 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 earned income, job, and career houses with stable earth energies, giving you opportunities for breakthroughs, recognition, and 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 deepest house, which affects intimacy and spirituality as well as shared finances and brings something to fruition. Also, Venus in your sibling house makes a challenging link to Pluto in your work house. A brother or sister may need help, and you could feel pulled in many directions as you try to balance family needs with demands from a powerful person at work. 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 first house of your personality, style, health, and favorite projects tangles with Jupiter in your home and family house. You and your family may disagree about how to decorate your home or whether to make a long distance move, or a parent or family member may object to something about how you present yourself or a project highly meaningful to you. Meanwhile, Mars ends its retrograde, and you may feel a lift as you start to see work and fitness plans and projects move ahead. As you take action on anything related to work, health, pets, or daily routines, apply whatever you learned during the retrograde to give yourself the best chance of success.
August: A Time For Inward Seeking
Leo, 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.
To see your horoscope from last month, go to our horoscope archives.
In addition to all these dates, Leo, your birthday arrives at this time of year. If your special day came in July, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration. And if it comes in August, may your plans to honor the day fill you with happiness.
Did you know that you begin a new cycle as of your birthday? Your personal new year starts on your birthday every year, giving you 365 days to grow more fully into your personality and your purpose.
Along with cake and candles and whatever traditions you enjoy, take time around your birthday to look back at the past year and reflect on how well you lived up to your best self. Notice any patterns, too: are there particular times of year that seem to be more challenging, year after year, or times that always feel wonderful? With awareness, you can plan ahead to manage challenges more smoothly and savor good times fully.
Also, the first part of your personal new year brings powerful energies for starting anything you wish. Focus your heartfelt passion on what most inspires you right now and take the first step…and then the next…and so on. Use this time’s momentum to begin realizing at least one of your fondest hopes or wishes.
Happy August, Leo! And a very happy birthday to you! I wish you a wonderful month!