Happy August, Sagittarius!
Sagittarius: Your Month Ahead
Sagittarius, welcome to August. This month will give you new opportunities to enjoy travel, higher education, and philosophy and to bring more attention to your career, professional awards, and legacy.
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 Travel, Education, And Other Expansion
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, Sagittarius, planets in Leo always activate your ninth house of expansion through anything international such as travel, foreign people and cultures, and immigration, as well as higher education and religion. This house also governs your beliefs and philosophy of life. The Leo planets this month can help you enjoy a long trip, especially to somewhere that ignites your creativity or reconnects you with children (or your inner child), or make progress related to earning a degree, getting a passport or visa, or resolving an immigration concern. They also can inspire you to attend lectures, study art or child psychology, take a comparative religions course, learn about different belief systems through cultural artifacts, explore your personal beliefs and discuss them with others, or read philosophy books.
Your Career And Honors
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, Sagittarius, planets in Virgo increase your focus on professional activities and the recognition you receive for your work because they bring energy into your tenth house of your career and public honors. This area also governs your community standing, leadership, and the role you play in society, often through your work or by holding public office. As soon as the Sun enters Virgo, you may spend more time at work getting the details right. You also may feel inspired to prepare your case to request a raise, seek a promotion, change jobs or careers, apply for an award for yourself or your department, explore running for office, or serve as a mentor.
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, Sagittarius, the August 11 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your ninth house of long distance travel, international business or study, higher education, publishing, broadcasting, religion, philosophy, immigration and visas, and personal beliefs. 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 communication and siblings area makes a tough alignment with Uranus in your work and daily routine house. You may feel on edge, and others will be touchy, too. Put off major moves on a sales campaign, travel planning, dealings with brothers and sisters, or interviews or meetings with bosses. Instead, focus on potential breakthroughs in your own work, and step back to gain perspective if sudden news or changes affect a sibling, pet, or business project.
August 6: Venus leaves your tenth house of career and public honors and enters Libra in your eleventh house, bringing a loving touch, charm, and potential financial gain through networking, friends, clubs to which you belong, or charitable connections. Meanwhile, the Sun tests your ruler, Jupiter, affecting international travel and business, behind the scenes projects, work on a degree, health, or spirituality and possibly sparking passionate romantic or creative developments with someone you know in one of these areas. 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, perhaps at a charitable event, or exchange steamy texts or love letters. If you’re not attached, go out with friends or siblings or ask them 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 ninth house of expansion and exploring. Attend a debate or engage in one with a professor or other academic authority, review travel plans or a college application and double check all details, research publishers for your novel, or buy a journal to record your thoughts and begin developing your personal philosophy. Revisit subjects you loved when you were in school and delve in to the one that inspires you most now. If you work in a creative field, use this brilliant alignment to follow up with a media contact about publicity for your work or start a list of broadcasting or publishing connections you know who can help bring your talent to a mass audience.
August 9: Venus in your friendship house disagrees with Saturn in your earned income house, creating challenges if a friend wants to borrow money or promises to help you find a new job or meet lucrative potential clients. Also, your boss or another authority figure may demand extra work on a strategic project, requiring long hours. Wait to commit yourself to any financial arrangements and attend to your responsibilities, even as you evaluate friendships and consider how you can improve relationships. Take a cautious approach to networking for the next couple days.
August 10: Retrograde Mercury tangles with Jupiter, bringing confusion or inflated expectations related to travel, media, behind the scenes plans and projects, a health concern, spiritual seeking and beliefs, and conversations with people from overseas. 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 a vacation or business trip, immigration and passport issues, higher education, creative connections with people from other cultures, or a child’s study abroad. 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 work, money, purchases and possessions, art and other luxury items, and your values. If you’re working on an important project or job search, 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 or financial professional, and if you’re in talks for a promotion or new job, word about your chances may face delays.
August 18: Mercury and Venus make a helpful connection, and Mercury ends its retrograde. New clarity can emerge for education, religious studies, travel, and negotiations with immigration officials, and a friend or foreign contact may have insights that can help you make wise choices.
August 19: Your ruler, Jupiter, and Neptune make a perfect angle, bringing higher love and a noble spirit to your inner life as well as your home, family, psychological health, and real estate investments. 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 tenth house of public standing, career, leadership, and mentoring. 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 or as a leader 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 career, job, and earned income 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 comfort seeking house of home and family, bringing something to fruition. Also, Venus in your volunteering house makes a challenging link to Pluto in your work and values house. You may face challenges if your boss objects to the time you spend helping your favorite cause, or a friend at a nonprofit may ask you to give more than you planned in time or money. 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 expansion, learning, travel, and exploration tangles with Jupiter in your house of solitude, secret projects, recuperation, and psychology. Your desire to work on your own or have more time to yourself may conflict with extra demands from a publisher, professor, foreign colleague, or journalist, or word about a health concern or prototype could leak to the press. Meanwhile, Mars ends its retrograde, and you may feel a lift as you start to see work plans, appraisals, income building projects and home organization move ahead. As you take action on anything related to your possessions, job, budget, or values, apply whatever you learned during the retrograde to give yourself the best chance of success.
August: A Time For Inward Seeking
Sagittarius, 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, Sagittarius! I wish you a wonderful month!