Written by Astrologer and dear friend, Rachel Lang
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Under the fiery Leo sun, you rise above challenging circumstances like a champion. You can wrestle your inner saboteurs and free yourself from limiting resentments or frustrations. As you take charge of your life in new ways, you better understand the value of boundaries. Because Mars rules your sign, you get to feel this more than others. So, here's an encouraging message: be confident as you take bold steps forward in your life. The Sun shines in Leo until August 22, and when the Sun moves through a fellow fire sign, you feel more invigorated than at other times in the year.
Use that dynamic energy as a creative force. Direct it carefully, so you don't spin your wheels or become consumed with a project that lacks pizzazz.
Jupiter is shining in your sign, making this a time of culmination combination Jupiter is shining in your sign making this a time of manifestation. You'll feel that expanded sense of possibilities until May. The projects, relationships, and priorities you invest in right now will rocket launch to the next level early next year.
The Full Moon on August 11is a lunation of profitable opportunities. Professionally, you are in a phase of rallying support and building a team. Jupiter is the planet of earth angels, and with Jupiter in your sign, anyone you meet could be an angel in disguise. Keep an open mind when you meet someone new. Let the universe surprise you. Also, remember that the manifestations Jupiter promises are often more intangible, like the deeper yearnings we feel but can't always articulate. Let your experiences be your teachers.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
As part of your horoscope homework, I encourage you to read the poem, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick, slow and deep.
At the start of this month, Mars, the planet of passionate action, meets up with Uranus. Let your imagination go wild for a few moments, considering what in your life needs to change? What circumstances require a little bit of extra courage in letting go? Make the first week of the month your time to welcome radical change. Then, use the rest of August to recalibrate, ground, and center.
The Full Moon on August 11 is a mind-expanding lunation. You can see new horizons, making this an excellent time to plan a trip. Wellbeing is a multi-layered pursuit that involves diet, exercise, rest, and taking time to smell the roses. Your ruling planet Venus enters Leo on August 11, making this a time of interest in spending on things you might otherwise resist. Your sign has a reputation for being frugal—every dime matters. But then, you may splurge on big-ticket items like art, designer clothes, and gourmet food. This month showcases those tendencies. If you're on a budget, consider purchasing after the Sun enters Virgo on August 22.
The Virgo Sun at the end of the month emphasizes everyday acts of service. Find ways to be more attentive to your loved ones or seek opportunities to become more involved in your community. This month, you don't have to struggle through resistance to feel a sense of purpose. Make it your mission to let beauty, enjoyment, and love be your indicators of success.
Gemini (May 20-June 20)
You were born under the sign the master decoder, puzzle solver, and mental gymnast. Each day, we are faced with new puzzles to solve in our lives and the world. And while it's exciting to master a skill or develop a solution to a global crisis, if we're not having fun, it can feel pointless So, prioritize playful banter, exciting conversations, and joy this month.
The Sun shines in luxuriating Leo until August 22. Leo is a passionate fire sign that awakens a hunger for experiences beyond the mundane within us. It's the sign of leadership and persuasive speaking, making this the perfect time to shine your brilliant light in the world. Remember, we are born creators. If we are not using our creative impulses in a way that feels fulfilling, we can use those same impulses to generate drama in our lives.
Fine-tune your intentions by feeling them in your heart. What compels your curiosity? What inspires you to act? Let the Aquarius Full Moon on August 11 be a turning point, and dive into the deep end.
The Sun moves into Virgo on August 22, and family and home projects may be more a focus than your career. For some of you, this may mean saying goodbye to a child going off to college or making a move. Celebrate the bittersweet sensations of those life passages.
Make time to explore new destinations in whatever ways you can, especially at the Virgo new moon on August 27. This lunation emphasizes belief, faith, and wonderment. Open your mind to fresh ideas, and know that your relationship commitments are necessary to evolve.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Home. The emotional bonds of family, a sense of warmth and comfort, and a feeling of security follow you wherever you go when you find home within yourself. As a Cancer, this is a theme in your life story. And how can you feel more at home with yourself? The Sun shines in Leo and illuminates questions of worth, personal value, and possessions. It moves you to root into your present-day life and celebrate where you are and who you've become.
The Full Moon on August 11 opens discussions about money, including how to balance earning and spending within partnerships. Cut through limiting beliefs and allow yourself to receive. Emotional security and financial stability go hand in hand for you. When financial fears rise into conscious awareness, your confidence seems to ebb and flow like the tides.
What dreams do you long to revisit? On August 11, Venus enters Leo and adds sparkle to your life. Create, design, and decorate.
Your intuitive gifts excel this month, and they could lead you to discover an investment opportunity. As Jupiter moves back through Aries, it highlights the possibility of career advancement. Stay focused on your long-term goals, and trust your gut with the details. You may have a breakthrough by the New Moon on August 27.
In relationships, you're discovering the interplay between giving and receiving with Pluto in your opposite sign, but really, you're learning about power dynamics. If you find it uncomfortable to let your guard down, ask yourself why you fear being vulnerable. Then, practice in both small and big ways. Your people love you; give them the gift of letting them show you!
Leo (July 23-August 22)
As a Leo, your ruling planet is a luminary—the Sun. When others look at you, they see this light. Try to remember, Leo, that you are light. You do not need to feel insecure or less than. You are more than enough. During this time, the Sun's full potential and power—a primary energy source—is at your disposal, making it a good time to invest in projects that inspire joy and fuel your feeling of purpose.
Relationships are a primary focus, with Saturn in your opposite sign going retrograde. The Aquarius Full Moon on August 11 emphasizes the importance of your one-on-one relationships, especially since Venus enters Leo that same day. Do yourself a favor and look at Botticelli's painting The Birth of Venus. Let that image be a model for how you move through the month. Flow, receive, and relax. Trust that all circumstances will work out, and allow luck to be on your side, especially on August 18 when Venus makes a harmonious trine with auspicious Jupiter in Aries.
Mars moves through Taurus until August 20, bringing the heat to your career. You could have a stroke of genius that results in instant manifestations of abundant thoughts. Dream big, Leo! You've got the Sun shining right on you in the best possible ways.
Let's rewind to the first part of the month. Our relationship planets Venus and Mars will make contact with the North Node destiny point and our planetary change-agent Uranus. Clear the road of psychic debris or obstacles on your path. You're living in a time of excellence, and you're pushing beyond boundaries to excel. Don't hold yourself back or allow fear to keep you stuck. Move!
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
As a driver of an electric car, I've learned much about the importance of recharging batteries. Once on a road trip, I came down to my last few miles before finally finding a charging station. It was tense for a few moments! Life is like that, too. Does your body ever just stop when you're tired? With mental Mercury moving through your sign from August 3 – 25, recharge your body by stilling your mind.
The Full Moon on August 11 highlights the axis between our creative impulses and how they fit into the collective whole. Questions of work and service run through your awareness. How can you feel more purposeful in everyday work scenarios? Saturn is going retrograde in your sector of daily duties, making this the perfect time for foundation-building. Be patient with your progress.
The month begins with Mars and Venus activating Uranus and the North Node in Taurus. Uranus is the change-maker of the Zodiac, and the North Node is the point of destiny. If you feel uncertain about the future, be mindful of not forcing change. Let things flow. It is a time to integrate the past and present to resurrect unfulfilled dreams and envision new ones. Mars enters Gemini on August 20, bringing you enthusiasm for finishing projects.
With the Sun in your sign after August 22, you have a boost in confidence, and others will notice! At the Virgo New Moon on August 27, can you release holding on to pain from the past and fall in love with your life as it is right now? Regret stirs a desire for dedicated action. Let this be your guide at the end of the month.
Libra (September 22-October 22)
Stop everything, take a deep breath, and observe your inner world. Is there a song playing in the background of your mind? As someone who's quite clairaudient, I often have a soundtrack running nonstop, and when I draw my awareness to my thoughts, I often think of them as divination tools. The music in my head connects to everyday occurrences and gives me intuitive insight into my inner world. So, observe the richness of your interiorities and then find a container within which you can share them with others. The parts of us that speak through our stream of consciousness want to be witnessed.
This month, be open to uncertainty. Love the unknown and travel there frequently. The rays of the Aquarius Full Moon on August 11 illuminate your sacred soul connections. Your divine sources of guidance are all around, and you can feel them close by.
The Sun moves through Leo all month long, igniting your passions and giving you an elegant way with words. It's time to market yourself and reach out to new audiences. You're establishing yourself as a guide for others—a leader in your field. Be brave in conversations, especially on August 27 when the Leo New Moon invites you to be bold in expressing yourself. Spend time with like-minded people and plant the seeds for the community or collective you dream of building.
It's been a year of exponential growth, and you've discovered all the facets of your beauty. You have overcome fears, and now you are ready to take on new commitments even if you have butterflies in your stomach just thinking about the possibilities on the other side of the horizon. Trust and allow.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
You, of all people, know that anything worth doing is worth doing well. That's because you were born with the tenacity of a fixed sign, meaning your sign is one of four that emphasizes staying true to commitments, grounding, and letting your roots grow deep into the earth. This month you're going to need that tenacity. Slowly but surely, you make your way, progressing to the next level of plans, goals, and dreams. Let your attention be focused on the everyday tasks that, pulled together, lead to great feats.
Big things are happening. You are experiencing the rapid change many of us did at the end of July as change-master Uranus met up with the North Node point of destiny in your opposite sign. You might have felt like the universe was handing you a wild card. Your responses to the circumstances that unfolded will determine the pathway forward, especially at the time of the Aquarius Full Moon on August 11.
Last month's emphasis on lunar nodes could have meant sudden changes in your home and family life. Or perhaps a career-related shift that will result in a cascade of other changes. We are all going through it at the same time; you are not alone. That said, your Sun is feeling the pressure more than others. So, this month, find time to relax. Make gratitude a way of life and lean on your support structures.
The Sun enters Virgo on August 22 and lights up the social sectors of your chart, making this a favorable time to become more involved with your community or to find ways to share your gifts with the world.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
What's stopping you from having an adventure? Clear obstacles from your path to a new horizon. The Sun shines in Leo until August 22. The fire-sign energy features prominently in our astrological story. Fire is the element of passion and action, two things you have in plentiful supply. The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 11 adds the right mix of inspiration and action, allowing you to be bold in envisioning what you will create next with your precious life energy.
Can you feel the mix of wonder and possibility? If not, here is a pep talk for you. Your sign is ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Jupiter's expansive influence gives you a can-do attitude about anything in life, from starting a new business to eating a second piece of chocolate cake. At the beginning of the month, let this be your predominant mindset. Then, things start to change after August 22, when the Sun moves into Virgo.
Take stock of home-related projects or career-oriented tasks you want to accomplish in the next six months. The end of the month punctuates Saturn themes. Stability. Structure. Taming the go big or go home ferocity of Leo season. Recruit helpful supporters of your mission and hire help if you need it.
Virgo is the sign of discernment, and the Virgo New Moon on August 27 supports your reality realistic sensibilities. Think of the metaphor of a tree -- the deeper down the roots grow, the wider the tree tops branch out. It's what you're doing in your life to stabilize and routing down to grow in prosperous new directions.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
The Sun moves through luxuriating Leo until August 22. Domesticated cats are relatives of lions, Leo’s royal feline symbol. Cat people know you can't chase a cat. Curious cats have an independent streak and live life on their terms. This month, when it comes to pursuing anything—a relationship, the purchase of a house or car, or work lead-- rather than expending energy in pursuit, allow things to flow to you. Apply a little bit of effort and then relax and trust.
The Sun shines in a sector of your chart related to magic and mystery. Eliminate worry, as this emotional wavelength moves us from mystery to anxiety. The more we fret about what could go wrong, the more we live in the future instead of the present. When we are synched with the forces of nature in the present moment, life flourishes even in dramatic times. Presence is the inception point of peace.
Remember that on August 11, when the Aquarius Full Moon was in your self-worth and material security sector. Perhaps this is a good time to change your relationship with money. How do your daily activities support your sense of abundance? Do they reinforce safety or threaten your wellbeing? Make changes where you can, and don't be afraid to advocate for yourself in work or family situations that seem out of balance.
The Sun enters Virgo on August 22. What fun to think about travel! Expand your horizons, whether reading, signing up for a workshop, or going back to school. The Virgo New Moon on August 27 brings those ideas into form, and you can be suddenly aware of the next steps to take toward your path of purpose.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Janis Joplin sang, "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." Have you ever reached a point of non-attachment about future outcomes? Nothing to lose doesn't mean that we don't care. Instead, it means that we understand that we are fundamentally okay within ourselves and are part of an unfolding spiritual story. Freedom comes from non-attachment when we don't know the outcomes of our circumstances, but we accept the reality of the present moment. Yours is a sign of freedom, and I encourage you to think about freedom in this way throughout August.
Relationship commitments are going through their tests and trials, especially around the Full Moon on August 11. Mercury is in Virgo from August 3 through 27, making communication an important theme. Stay present through any storms, and you could see glimpses of rainbows as the light of understanding peeks through even the most turbulent discourse.
Be aware of your energy early in the month as the Sun moves through your opposite sign, especially August 1-4. You may need more rest and time to recharge. The Sun moves into Virgo on August 22, ushering in a time when responsibilities feel focused but not burdensome. For some of you, this is the time this is back to school time. You are settling into a routine, meeting new people, and reconnecting with friends who are returning from adventures.
Can you find freedom in an everyday routine? Uranus, the modern planet associated with your sign, goes retrograde on August 24, bringing themes of innovation to the forefront of your mind. Let your interests inspire creativity. Uranus is a barrier-breaking planet that wants nothing more than progressive change. Be open to surprises.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
You were born under the wateriest of the water signs. Water being the element of emotions means you're driven by invisible waves of energy and vibes in the atmosphere. You are sensitive to the feelings of others and the astrological happenings that color our life experiences. Even when you put on a tough exterior, you are feeling it all. When the emotional waves shift, your goal is to stay the course on your commitments and work on building a routine to take a step-by-step approach with anything you do.
The Sun shines on your creative projects and self-expression. You have discipline with Mars moving through grounded Taurus, and at the start of the month, it meets up with rebel, change-maker Uranus, signifying a time when inspiration meets genius. Lean into solid support systems for grounding and to help reach completion. The Aquarius Full Moon on August 11 is a mind-opening influence, allowing you to see aspects of your health or life story in a new way. It is a healing lunation cycle that completes a process that started six months ago. You'll notice things coming full circle right now.
On August 22, The Sun enters Virgo, and it rallies you to get excited about partnering with others in business or romance. You may feel caught in a pressure cooker with some of your current relationships. The stabilizing force of the Virgo New Moon on August 27 offers the chance to ask clarifying questions. It's a time for letting go-- of decluttering in your physical and mental spaces.
On August 1, Mars in Taurus joins change-maker Uranus in a dynamic conjunction that activates the courage needed to move through challenging circumstances like a champion.