Here's what the planets have to say about every facet of your life in the month ahead.

By Maressa Brown
August 01, 2019

Welcome to summer's grand finale! August plays host to long and bright days, star-filled nights, last-ditch weekend getaways, and an array of opportunities for exploring, getting after major goals, and connecting with loved ones, and it's no surprise from an astrological perspective. After all, up until August 23, the sun—the star at the center of our solar system—moves through dynamic, loyal, charismatic, and upbeat fire sign Leo, ruled by the sun itself. Then, until September 23, it makes its way through detail-oriented, analytical, compassionate earth sign Virgo.

The two seasons—the first more action-oriented, the other encouraging thoughtful planning—join forces to bring us a month spent embracing the present and going after our desires while planning and dreaming about the weeks ahead. A focus on cinematic-level romance or flirty fun texting up a storm with a new match could morph overnight into putting your nose to the grindstone to hit deadlines or score that next-level fantasy job.

But that's far from all the planetary action August has lined up. (Though thankfully, it's not nearly as drama-filled as July, which was riddled with Mercury retrograde and two eclipses, among other intense aspects!) The first major shift occurs on August 2, when Venus, the planet of love and beauty, in Leo squares off against Uranus (the planet of revolution) in fixed earth sign Taurus, nudging you to strike out on your own, embrace your wildest cravings, and wrack up adrenaline rushes.

Speaking of retrograde, just as Mercury is getting back on course, so too will Jupiter, the planet of luck, which forges ahead in Sagittarius on August 11, after moving backward for four months. It's time to act on all of that soul-searching you've been doing since April 10. The same day, Uranus begins its retrograde in Taurus, which lasts until January 10, 2020, urging you to reflect more on sweeping changes you want—or need—to make throughout your life.

As if that wasn't enough for the 11th, Mercury, the planet of communication, moves into Leo that day, for the second time this year, giving you the green light to shift the vibe of self-expression from sensitive and emotional to assertive and passionate, giving you another shot at roaring your truth into the world until August 29.

On August 15, a full moon in futuristic air sign Aquarius nudges you to wrap up emotional entanglements that aren't serving you any longer, so you can forge ahead. Then, as if right on time, a parade of planets move into a perfectionist, hardworking Virgo: first, Mars, the planet of action and passion, from August 18 to October 3, and then, Venus from August 21 until September 14. The planets' time spent in the detail-oriented earth sign can bring a more grounded and heartfelt energy to romance and between-the-sheets romps.

The month closes out with a special chance to be specific about what you want and map out a definitive, detailed plan for attaining it, thanks to a new moon in discriminating Virgo on August 30.

Here's how August's planetary vibes will affect your health and wellness, relationships, and career, based on your sign. (Pro-tip: Be sure to read your rising sign/ascendant, if you know that, too!)

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Health: You might want to learn more about a workout or clean eating plan you hadn't previously considered around August 30 when the new moon is in your sixth house of wellness. Though you tend to dive headfirst into whatever shiny, cool new routine you've come across, making sure this particular regimen fits with your existing daily grind will be the key to your success.

Relationships: Thanks to Mercury's second move through your fifth house of romance, you might want to be especially direct with your partner or potential bae. Whether it's talking about that sex toy you've been wanting to try or impromptu weekend trip you've been daydreaming about—you won't be sorry. (Related: Sex Therapists Share 8 Sex Tips for Women)

Career: If you've been feeling like you're in a rut with your work, you'll want to shake things up on August 2, when Venus in your fifth house, which also oversees creativity and fun, squares off against Uranus in your second house of income. Taking a chance on a risky but thrilling pitch or applying for an exciting new gig could set you up for a win—which we know you're all about!

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Health: On August 11, Uranus begins its retrograde in your first house of self, urging you to think about ways you want to break free of convention, and possibly give your wellness routine a makeover. Maybe you're feeling drawn to alternative therapy (like cupping or Reiki) to tackle your health concerns. Self-reflection can help you get clear on the best way to proceed.

Relationships: While Venus moves through your fifth house of romance from August 21 to September 14, you'll crave more playfulness and attention to detail from your most intimate bonds. Whether this looks like learning and tending to your partner's love language or writing thoughtful, flirty texts to a crush, being more present in everyday moments makes for magic.

Career: If you've been wanting to let go of old habits that you feel like might be holding you back from hitting your big-picture professional goals, you'll have a unique chance to do it around August 15 when the full moon is in your tenth house of career. Aim to let go of the past, embrace forward-thinking, and you can set the stage for real progress.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Health: You'll be drawn to researching that intriguing new fitness trend—even more than usual!—while Mercury moves through your third house of communication from August 11 to 29. Talk to friends, dive into blogs, watch all the IG Stories and YouTube videos, but also rely on your gut to figure out if it's right for you.

Relationships: Around August 30, the new moon in your fourth house of home life can have you feeling thirsty for more security and comfort. Invite friends over for wine and binge the new season of your favorite show, or spend a night in with bae experimenting with a meal kit. Allowing your social life to take on a quieter, more chill vibe than usual can benefit your heart and mind—now and later.

Career: You could find yourself aching for a massive shift, like the opportunity to take on more responsibility or even moving into a career-changing role, once Uranus is retrograde in your twelfth house of spirituality from August 11 to January 10. Though you might feel a sense of urgency, this phase is more about meditation than concrete action. When it's go-time to shake things up, you'll know.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Health: Your schedule could be ridiculously jam-packed with deadlines, parties, and meetings around August 30 when the new moon is in your third house of communication. Take advantage of this especially social moment by building in time for soothing self-care. Even if it's squeezing in an early morning swim or post-work Vinyasa class, making a concerted effort to bolster your mind and body wellness sets an empowering tone that serves you now and down the road.

Relationships: You might have to face a reality check for your love life that's uncomfortable but inevitable around August 15 when the full moon is in your eighth house of sexual intimacy. Being honest with your partner or yourself about your expectations might require letting go of old patterns or commitments, but it's the only way for you to find the fulfillment you deserve.

Career: Thanks to Mercury revisiting your second house of income from August 11 to 29, you'll have another chance this year to hit up higher-ups with that big picture idea you've kept in your back pocket. This transit also comes with a blast of self-assuredness that can prevent you from compromising yourself—whether it's creatively or by taking less than you're worth. Saying "no" to one project can lead to saying "yes" on an endeavor that feels more fated. (Related: The Most Inspiring Female Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Under 35)

Leo (July 23–August 22)

Health: You might be feeling more vital and confident than you have in quite some time on August 14 when the sun and Venus meet up in your first house of self. Make the most of this uplifting, social energy by grabbing a friend and trying a group fitness class you've been curious about, or indulging in a healing routine like a lymphatic drainage massage. The ultimate result you've been envisioning can be yours with less effort than usual now.

Relationships: You may have spent the past four months getting caught up in dramatic fantasies and heartfelt desires related to your love life, but once Jupiter ends its retrograde in your fifth house of romance on August 11, you can finally take steps to make them a reality. You'll do well to be unapologetically yourself and let go of the urge to direct every moment, as the most gasp-worthy magic will unfold organically.

Career: During Leo season, you may have found inspiration from moments in the spotlight, and around August 30, when the new moon is in your second house of income, you'll have a chance to turn nebulous, creative ideas into solid, moneymaking projects. Aim to be as precise as you are bold.

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Health: Good news if you've been feeling a bit burned out on your typical wellness protocol: You'll get a blast of pumped to take your wellness efforts to the next level while Mars moves through your sign from August 18 to October 3. Bumping up the number of workouts or acupuncture sessions you're doing is one thing, but you'll also do well to zero in on the routines that feel good—and make you feel even more comfortable in your skin.

Relationships: You'll be feeling extra attractive and thirsty for more sensual experiences while Venus moves through your sign from August 21 to September 14. While you're not necessarily one to be super-direct about your physical needs, own the fact that you're basically glowing from the inside out. This could lead to steamy date nights and feeling truly satisfied with your romantic life. Well-deserved. (Related: 5 Surprising Ways Social Media Can Help Your Relationship)

Career: It might be time to let go of a professional project or work schedule that's doing more harm than good for you in the long-run around August 15 when the full moon is in your sixth house of daily routine. While making the leap is sure to be intimidating, focusing on your long-term goals—for your career and your wellness—can fuel the move.

Libra (September 23–October 22)

Health: If you've felt like you need to hit the reset button on your wellness plan, get in touch with your intuition in the days around August 30 when the new moon is in your twelfth house of spirituality. It'll be especially helpful in serving as a compass to lead you to your next big undertaking—be it a cleanse or a commitment to hit up that barre studio several days a week.

Relationships: Around August 15, when the full moon is in your fifth house of romance, you might be frustrated if it feels like a hectic schedule or flood of work commitments are preventing you from connecting with your partner or enjoying free time with friends and loved ones. It might be time to take a stand in order to prioritize activities that nourish your bonds now. As you know all too well, balance is key.

Career: Working with colleagues on a high-pressure project comes naturally while Mercury moves through your eleventh house of networking from August 11 to 29. In fact, as much as you love the collaborative effort, you could find you slip naturally into a leadership position—which you've absolutely earned!

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Health: You could be feeling like your work-life balance is all out of whack around August 15 when the full moon is in your fourth house of home life. Burnout is a natural response, and taking a time-out is a must. From there, you can reassess and prioritize, so as to care for your wellness and continue to hit all your loftiest professional goals. (Related: Burnout Is Now Recognized As a Real Medical Condition By the World Health Organization)

Relationships: Fostering your platonic bonds (think catching up with college besties and heading out to happy hours with your colleagues) is likely to be your priority while Venus moves through your eleventh house of friendship from August 21 to September 14. But if you're single, it's possible you could meet someone who feels like they could be your new BFF—and a partner. If you're attached, enjoying group dates and parties with your S.O. has you feeling even more connected.

Career: You're sure to be feeling like you're on your A-game on the job on August 14 when the sun and Venus pair up in your tenth house of career. If your instinct is to be especially ambitious right now, go for it. Your enthusiasm is contagious, and higher-ups could tap you to give a big presentation or green-light your passion project.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Health: Since April 10, when Jupiter went retrograde in your first house of self, you've been meditating on exactly what you want to achieve, but you may have struggled to gain momentum. Once Jupiter moves forward on August 11, the time is ripe for taking action. Sign up for that 200-hour yoga teacher training, or make that appointment with a new health care provider. Whatever you envision, you can make real.

Relationships: Any opportunity to learn, travel, and broaden your horizons is even more appealing than usual while Mercury revisits your ninth house of adventure from August 11 to 29. Communicate this to your S.O. or someone you've been seeing, and take that road trip or hit up an eyebrow-raising museum exhibit. There's nothing you love more than exploring—except maybe doing it with someone you're head-over-heels for.

Career: Thanks to Mars moving through your tenth house of career from August 18 to October 3, you'll have more energy and confidence to pitch your business proposal to higher-ups or put in extra hours on a creative assignment. Just be sure to double-check all the details, and you'll likely earn major recognition for your efforts.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Health: While Mars moves through your ninth house of higher education from August 18 to October 3, you'll want to step up your efforts to hone your self-care skill set. Sign up for that boxing class, go on a wellness retreat, or download that meditation app. Any of these efforts will help you get more clear on your big-picture fitness goals—then, dive into an ambitious game plan for hitting them, one after the next.

Relationships: You'll be feeling especially affectionate and expressive on August 14 when the sun and Venus pair up in your eighth house of sexual intimacy. You'll do well to carve out time in your hectic schedule for prioritizing a sexy night in with bae or exploring a new connection. Then, enjoying deep conversation—in which you're open and assertive about your physical and emotional desires—can make for a mesmerizing chemistry booster.

Career: Around August 15, when the full moon is in your second house of income, you'll want to check in with yourself about boundaries you've been setting—or not setting—around your work life. The 24/7 hustle you've been accustomed to may be not only wearing you thin but failing to pay off in the way it should. Sure, it might be freaky, but you can use the intensity of this moment to build a whole new path forward. (Related: How This Female Entrepreneur Turned Her Healthy Lifestyle Into a Thriving Business)

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Health: Around August 15, when the full moon is in your first house of self, you might be resentful if you feel like you've had to put your fitness efforts on the back burner to tend to other projects and people in your life. Use your frustration to prioritize designated time for yourself—and to plot out how you can do that going forward. Switching up how you've been addressing your needs, as well as others', might feel like a struggle initially, but it's sure to benefit your emotional and physical well-being.

Relationships: You can look forward to plenty of flirtatious conversations and fiery, intellectual debates with your S.O. or someone you just met, thanks to Mercury moving through your seventh house of partnership from August 11 to 29. The more you can stimulate one another mentally now, the more you're likely to send sparks flying between the sheets.

Career: It's possible that ever since April 10, you've been daydreaming about working toward an exciting endgame with friends or colleagues. Now, thanks to Jupiter moving forward in your eleventh house of networking on August 11, you'll be able to hit the ground running. Bring your blueprint to the table, and brainstorm alongside your team. Collaboration fuels forward movement.

Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Health: While Mercury moves through your sixth house of health from August 11 to 29, you'll have another opportunity to get curious and assertive about your wellness. If you've been running into one roadblock after the next while trying to set up a treatment plan or fitness membership, you'll do well to take a stand. If it's still not working out, research and try a new approach entirely. Let your long-term goals inform your short-term actions, and you'll be right on track.

Relationships: Although your inbox is brimming with invites from friends and colleagues, you might want nothing more than to enjoy one-on-one time with the object of your affection while Venus moves through your seventh house of partnership from August 21 to September 14. Striking a balance is key, but you also deserve all the romance and intimacy you're craving. Plus, it's possible you could take an existing bond to a new level now.

Career: Over the past four months, you've been itching to do more, earn more, enjoy recognition from higher-ups, and you probably even know exactly how you want to make it happen. Thanks to Jupiter moving forward in your tenth house of career on August 11, you'll feel a burst of optimistic energy, and getting after your most daring aspirations feels like the natural next step. Your hustle is on fire now.

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