Happy August, Aquarius!
Aquarius: Your Month Ahead
Aquarius, welcome to August. This month will give you new opportunities to enjoy marriage and other partnerships, agreements, and peace and to bring more attention to your finances, spirituality, and sexuality.
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 Partnerships And Other Agreements
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, Aquarius, planets in Leo always activate your seventh house of committed partnerships and agreements such as marriage as well as business partnerships and relationships with agents and other advisors. This house also governs negotiations and mediation, especially with people who oppose you, along with efforts you make toward creating peace. The Leo planets this month can help you focus on your beloved if you’re in a committed relationship, get serious about a dating relationship if you wish to marry, or consider what you want in an ideal partner if you’re unattached. These energies also may prompt you to consider taking on a partner for your firm or engaging an agent, accountant, or other advisor to help you become more successful. They also can inspire you to meet with a mediator or other professional to overcome a legal concern or competitive challenge in your industry or to use your creative talents to foster peace in your household, community, and even on a larger scale.
Your Money And Inner Life
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, Aquarius, planets in Virgo increase your focus on finances because they bring energy into your eighth house of the money you share with others through insurance, child support, alimony, taxes, a mortgage, venture capital or loans, commissions, gifts, and inheritance. This area also governs your inner life through deep spirituality and mystical seeking as well as sexuality. As soon as the Sun enters Virgo, you may spend more time reviewing finances and budgets to get the details right and strengthen your bottom line. You also may feel inspired to overcome an impasse with an ex over child support, upgrade insurance coverage, make a will, settle an estate, or plan around less predictable sources of income such as sales commissions from a part time job. You also may feel greater physical desire and choose to become intimate with your partner or deepen your bond with your spouse. This period also may drive you to seek within yourself for answers to life’s deepest questions to fulfill longings related to your 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, Aquarius, the August 11 eclipse may bring news or a fresh start in something related to your eighth house of joint money, sexuality, and mystic seeking. 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, your sign, 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, your ruler, 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 personality and health area makes a tough alignment with your ruler, Uranus, in your home and family house. You may feel on edge, and others will be touchy, too. Put off important discussions, as you may show flashes of temper that could undermine your relationships as well as your goals. Also, anger could create health challenges or cause disruption at home or with family members. Instead, channel your high energy into constructive physical activity or fitness, focus on potential breakthroughs in your personal projects, and step back to gain perspective if sudden news or changes affect home improvement plans or a project related to your personal style or image.
August 6: Venus leaves your eighth house of shared finances and deep spirituality and enters Libra in your ninth house, bringing a loving touch, charm, and potential financial gain through international connections, long distance travel, and higher education. Meanwhile, the Sun tests Jupiter, affecting work and life balance, marriage, business partnerships, and career and possibly sparking passionate romantic or creative developments. 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 romantic lunch featuring international cuisine or a date tonight at a sophisticated restaurant. If you’re not attached, go for a workout, where you may attract an admirer, or ask friends from other cultures to join you for dinner or 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 seventh house of marriage and agreements. Your spouse may suggest a night of word games or charades with friends, or you may break out of your usual cool detachment to write a passionate love letter to your sweetheart or receive one yourself. Reminisce with your beloved and make plans to go somewhere you used to enjoy together. If you work with a partner, use this brilliant alignment to review your agreement and to look back at an old business idea that may hold promise for future gain.
August 9: Venus in your international house disagrees with Saturn in your behind the scenes house, creating challenges in a secret project you’re working on for a boss, mentor, or other highly placed person. This person may demand extra work on an import-export deal, foreign publicity campaign, international publishing project, or major media promotion, which will require long hours. Attend to your responsibilities, even as you take stock of work adjustments that can improve your situation. Promote good will with global and media contacts to maintain long term relationships in your favor.
August 10: Retrograde Mercury tangles with Jupiter, bringing confusion or inflated expectations related to career, marriage, community responsibilities, and home life. Avoid overpromising and wait to make decisions, sign agreements, or agree to financial commitments.
August 11: A new Moon in Leo arrives with a partial solar eclipse, signaling a new start in something related to your marriage, a partnership, a competitor, or a peace initiative. 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, your sign, into Capricorn. Until August 27, you will feel in slow motion when it comes to behind the scenes projects, work with a therapist, a health retreat or rehabilitation, or your spiritual life. If you’re working on a sensitive project you’re not ready to launch, allow extra time to perfect it and use this time to get guidance from your inner self, dreams, and mentors. Also, someone from the past may reappear, perhaps from the health or spirituality fields, and if you’re working to overcome a challenge in these areas, you may see delays.
August 18: Mercury and Venus make a helpful connection, and Mercury ends its retrograde. New clarity can emerge for marriage, agreements, and partnerships, and an overseas contact 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 career, leadership, income, values, and community service. 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 eighth house of sexual pleasure, spiritual seeking, and joint financial health. Take a practical approach to all these areas, get the details right, and bring a spirit of loving service to all you do, especially anything involving others. Enjoy the next month’s earthy, intelligent energies.
August 25: The Sun, your ruler, Uranus, and Saturn connect harmoniously in what astrology calls a grand trine, creating a perfect triangle in the heavens. These planets will activate your three mystical and spiritual houses with stable earth energies, giving you opportunities for breakthroughs, deep transformation, and a better life foundation based on your soul’s direction 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 personal money, job, possessions, and values house, bringing something to fruition. Also, Venus in your expansion and exploration house makes a challenging link to Pluto in your solitude house. Your wish to spend time alone may conflict with a need to focus on studies for a degree or a senior colleague’s insistence that you travel for business or meet with foreign lenders or partners. 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 agreements and committed partnerships tangles with Jupiter in your career, legacy, and leadership house. You and your partner may disagree about your need to travel or earn certification or a degree for your career. Meanwhile, Mars ends its retrograde, and you may feel a lift as you start to see health and spiritual plans and secret projects move ahead. As you take action on anything related to these areas, apply whatever you learned during the retrograde to give yourself the best chance of success.
August: A Time For Inward Seeking
Aquarius, 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, Aquarius! I wish you a wonderful month!