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Your Monthly Horoscopes: August 2022

August starts off with a literal bang. Action planet Mars meets up with Uranus (sudden change) and the North Node (unfettered growth) on the 1st. This is an extremely rare aspect—one that hasn’t gone exact since the spring of 2007—that brings unforeseen and rapid progress to a part of our life where we’re used to taking things slow and steady.

Amidst the fluctuations, the good news is that: Mercury enters Virgo on the 4th, making writing, speaking and all things technical much easier. Then on the 11th, Venus leaves nostalgic Cancer for glamorous Leo. Romance and connection of all kinds get hotter from here. On the same day as Venus changes signs, there’s also a full moon in Aquarius: a reality check about making sacrifices and working together through these changing times.

Mars moves into chatty Gemini on the 20th where the pen really is mightier than the sword. Mars usually spends six weeks in a sign, but will stay in Gemini until March 2023 due to an upcoming retrograde, so get ready for lots of hot takes and witty banter. This shift happens just as Virgo season begins on the 22nd, a great time to refresh routines and get practical as summer winds down. Happy birthday to our powerhouse Virgo babes from Beyoncé to Prince Harry to Amy Poehler.

Uranus stations retrograde on the 24th putting the brakes on transformation and allowing us to spend time reviewing all that’s been shaken up since the beginning of the year. Then on the 25th, Mercury enters Libra bringing a sense of balance, sophistication and fairness to all our communications.

August ends (finally!) with a new moon in Virgo on the 27th, an excellent opportunity for prepping the end of summer to-do list and getting our heads back in the game after an exhausting yet productive month.

(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign may provide further insight.)

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12 Aries  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Release expectations in your social life
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for health, fitness and routines
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/7, 8/14, 8/20

Things are explosive from the get-go this month as your ruling planet Mars meets Uranus (lightning bolt innovations) and the North Node (unbridled growth) on the 1st. This rare aspect brings seismic fluctuations to your money, income streams and resources. Whether you’re left at a loss or with an unexpected windfall, much of your month is spent trying to adjust to living with what you have. Pressure from friends or coworkers to do things their way is your biggest frustration while dealing with all this change. You might want to hire your BFF’s financial planner, but that doesn’t mean you have the same priorities with your budget. Mars moves into Gemini on the 20th, kicking off a six month period of transition for your schedule, hobbies and friend groups. It’s time to consider who and what you really want to give your time, and the new moon in Virgo on the 27th is the perfect opportunity to set intentions for better habits.

Love Horoscope: Venus moves into Leo and your romance sector on the 11th heating up what’s already been a season of pleasure and dating. As the love planet squares off with surprising Uranus on the 27th, you make an unexpected connection with someone who isn’t your usual type. Go with the flow.

Money Horoscope: As mentioned already, this month is a huge one for your finances. Along with the shifts in your cash flow, you may also find yourself tempted to overspend while Mars is in Taurus through the 20th. When in doubt, send $20 to savings rather than splurging on takeout.

1 Taurus  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Breakthrough moment for your career
  • New Moon (8/27): Set romantic and creative goals
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/2, 8/7, 8/25, 8/28

Change has never been your forté, Taurus. But with the explosive conjunction of Mars, Uranus and the North Node happening in your sign on the 1st, you must accept that transformation is necessary. Of course you know this already. The last few years have been nothing but uncomfortable shifts in all forms, but this month, you’re likely feeling extra vulnerable and volatile. Leaning on close friends, family and local community for a sense of familiarity eases the growing pains, especially on the 2nd and 7th. Despite feeling like a hot mess, you may also be facing extra pressure to show up as a mentor or leader, and tensions at work are high, especially at the full moon in Aquarius on the 11th. Release for you comes through relaxing at home and getting in touch with your roots in unexpected ways, whether that’s doing deep ancestry research, binging a new show on the couch or painting the living room bright yellow for a change of scene.

Love Horoscope: Whether you’re single or partnered, most of your focus this month is on yourself rather than anyone else. You’re going through a lot, and it’s important that your lover takes the time to shower you with plenty of attention. If they’re not able to give that to you then it might be time to move on.

Money Horoscope: You’re under a lot of stress both at work and personally this month which means that you may be tempted to ease the pain with some retail therapy. Luckily, commerce planet Mercury spends most of the month in practical Virgo influencing you to choose only the most high-quality items while you’re indulging.

2 Gemini  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Culmination in your travel, study or spiritual pursuits
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions in your home life
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/4, 8/16, 8/21, 8/22

August begins with a major shakeup as action planet Mars conjoins Uranus (innovation) and the North Node (expansive desire) on the 1st. But while many around you might be dealing with external shakeups, for you this is more of an internal process. Channeling that mental energy into cooking a delicious meal, refining a craft project or finally setting up your ideal home sound system eases your anxiety. Despite the stress, this is a productive month for you as your ruling planet Mercury is in Virgo from the 4th through the 25th. This transit brings clarity to your communications and speeds up the problem solving process, especially at home. Then on the 20th, action planet Mars enters your sign kicking off a six month period of increased energy, visibility and (possibly) aggression. Time to fight for what you believe in.

Love Horoscope: You’re too busy to focus much on your love life this month, but once your ruling planet Mercury enters Libra and your pleasure sector on the 25th, you get the urge to go back into the dating game. Pay attention to any potential lovers you meet during the last week of August as they might come back around when Mercury goes retrograde next month.

Money Horoscope: The full moon in Aquarius on the 11th is one for big feels and might leave you tempted to splurge on a vacation that you can’t quite afford. It’s best to wait until the emotional wave has passed to make any big financial decisions.

3 Cancer  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Release emotional baggage and financial burdens
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for building routines and cultivating friendships
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/7, 8/9

So far this year, you’ve made great strides in your career, taken on extra leadership responsibilities and made huge breakthroughs in your relationship dynamics. But things get shaken up again this month as Mars (action) meets Uranus (innovation) and the North Node (rapid growth) on the 1st. For you, this transit inspires you to go for it: to take a risk with networking, expand your social circle, or go for an opportunity that previously seemed like a pipe dream. It’s exhilarating to put yourself out there like this, but make sure that in pursuit of this goal, you’re not spending money you don’t have or putting unnecessary burdens on your partner or best friend. A conversation with one of your closest people around shared energy and resources at the full moon in Aquarius on the 11th feels very cathartic. Once Virgo season begins on the 22nd, your focus shifts to your schedule, environment and routines. What’s the easiest way to find peace in your day to day?

Love Horoscope: If you’re single, romantic prospects may be feeling slim this year as you refine your dating standards to reflect your self growth. That being said, this month brings an influx of new people into your life and one of them may end up being a surprising love connection. Don’t be shy if someone catches your eye.

Money Horoscope: The full moon in Aquarius on the 11th illuminates what’s available to you as far as shared resources. Whether you’re having difficulty getting approved for a home loan or an even harder time picking up extra freelance gigs, these rejections might prove that it’s worth waiting for something truly sustainable.

4 Leo  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Climactic moment in a close relationship
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for money, resources and security
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/10, 8/14, 8/22

It’s still your season, Leo, and August certainly comes in like a lion with the turbulent conjunction of Mars (taking action), Uranus (reinvention) and the North Node (unbridled expansion) on the 1st. For you, these shake ups are taking place in your career and public image sector which has already been in a period of rapid change for the last few months, if not the last few years. So this is nothing new, but it just might be the most surprising development yet. Whether you’re facing a heartbreaking rejection or a world-expanding opportunity, you’re learning how exhilarating it is to make an impact. Meanwhile, you could be feeling a lot of frustration in your closest relationships, and the full moon in Aquarius on the 11th is a moment of laying all the cards on the table with your partner. Setting boundaries might feel impossible, but it’s important to share what’s upsetting you before it gets explosive. Then on the 22nd, the sun enters Virgo allowing you to focus on security and having your needs met.

Love Horoscope: As mentioned already, this month is less about romance and more about committing to stable structures in your relationships. If you’re partnered, this might mean having some hard conversations. If you’re single, this is about reminding yourself that you deserve a supportive love that lasts, and accepting nothing less.

Money Horoscope: Mercury moves into Virgo and your money sector on the 4th through the 25th signaling the most productive time of year for you to get on top of your budgets. Now’s the moment to file your tax extensions, check in with quarterly earnings and redistribute funds across your accounts.

5 Virgo  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Release excessive obligations
  • New Moon (8/27): New moon, new you!
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1,8/4, 8/16, 8/21, 8/22

The month begins with you at a remove: on retreat, practicing meditation or doing some deep shadow work. The conjunction of Mars (our drive), Uranus (sudden inspiration) and the North Node (unbridled desire) on the 1st, for you, is a literal or metaphorical spiritual awakening. What happens now may not seem profound, but when you look back in the future, you’ll likely realize that this month was a turning point in your pursuit of travel, study or spirituality. Meanwhile, your ruling planet Mercury enters your sign on the 4th. This influence brings you to superpowers of deep focus and crystal clear articulation, and is perfect for journaling, talking things out in therapy or making strides on a detail-oriented project at work. Day-to-day life picks up as your season begins on the 22nd (Happy birthday, Virgo babe!). Then the new moon in your sign on the 27th gives you space to set intentions for your identity, appearance and self-care in the coming year.

Love Horoscope: This month is more about self-care and personal ambition than it is about romance. That said, if you’ve been feeling like you need to do some relationship healing, Venus and Jupiter connect on the 18th and bring an especially potent moment for you to release whatever’s holding you back from getting the love you crave.

Money Horoscope: Tread lightly with your spending this month, especially after the 11th when money planet Venus moves into your unconscious sector. This transit can lead you to empty your account in the blink of an eye if you’re not careful. Next month, you’ll be back to your usual pragmatic self.

6 Libra  

  • Full Moon (8/11): A climax in your romantic and creative pursuits
  • New Moon (8/27): A moment for quiet meditation as you set intentions
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/2, 8/7, 8/9, 8/25, 8/28

Everything’s happening all at once! The explosive conjunction of Mars (our drive), Uranus (rapid innovation), and the North Node (unchecked desire) on the 1st brings unexpected fluctuations to your debts and shared resources, while also stirring you to release emotional baggage and resentments from the past. Both your financial and emotional life have felt untenable for some time now, and this transit is a breaking point. Time to improve things for the better. That being said, while emotional breakthroughs are important, are you giving yourself any time to have fun? Frustrations peak around the full moon in Aquarius on the 11th when you skip out on an obligation to spend time with friends or go on a date. You may also find relief through throwing yourself into work or networking. Just make sure to send all the emails before the 22nd when Virgo season begins and you activate your annual retreat mode.

Love Horoscope: Love connections at the beginning of the month feel very sentimental or nostalgic, but as soon as Venus enters Leo on the 11th, you’re much more driven by passion and naughty flirtations. Though you may get blocked from going home with a particularly hot prospect on the 28th, there’s plenty of fish in the sea this month.

Money Horoscope: As mentioned already, August brings plenty of tumult to your finances. But while you’re usually nervous about leaning on credit or asking for support, the Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction provides an opportunity to think about it creatively. The goal is to build a life that’s more sustainable and joyful.

7 Scorpio  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Release obligations to home and family that no longer serve
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for friendship and networking
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/7, 8/11, 8/14, 8/20, 8/24

You usually like to ease into transitions, but August starts with a bang that propels life forward at lightning speed. Your ruling planet Mars (action and drive) meets up with Uranus (electric shock) and the North Node (fast-paced growth) in your relationship sector on the 1st. Now’s the time to air your frustrations in your closest relationships so you can find solutions. Don’t stay in something that isn’t working just because it’s comfortable. Relationship breakthroughs are cathartic this month, but you might be feeling pressure at the same time from your family or in your living situation. The full moon in Aquarius on the 11th brings your home troubles to a head, pushing you to create firmer boundaries in your personal space. Then on the 20th, the vibe completely shifts as Mars moves into Gemini and your shared resources sector kicking off a six month period of transition for your debts and power dynamics.

Love Horoscope: As we already covered, this month is a huge one for your closest relationships. If you’re partnered, this is all about having the hard conversations and taking your intimacy to the next level. If you’re single, these transits might lead to a cathartic situationship breakup. Choose yourself. Don’t keep yourself tied to anyone else’s bad energy.

Money Horoscope: If you’re currently job searching, Virgo season (from the 22nd) is an excellent time to network, interview and find the opportunity that’s right for you, especially at the new moon in Virgo on the 27th. Work the connections you already have!

8 Sagittarius  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Possibly the busiest time of your year
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for career and public life
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/4, 8/18, 8/22

There’s nothing like a change in routine to freshen up your life. The conjunction of Mars (action), Uranus (lightning bolt inspiration) and the North Node (unlimited growth) on the 1st falls in the part of your chart that deals with workflow, habits and caring for your body. With communication planet Mercury entering your career sector on the 4th, this month is all about stepping up as a leader and adjusting your lifestyle to make room for added responsibilities. Meanwhile though, you may be feeling frustrations with your usual environment and schedule, like you’re trapped in a rut of all work and no play. You may also feel like your inner circle is too busy with their own lives to pay much attention to you which peaks around the full moon in Aquarius on the 11th. Once Virgo season begins on the 22nd, you’re full-steam ahead working on your career goals. The new moon in Virgo on the 27th is your moment to set intentions for success in the coming year.

Love Horoscope: Action planet Mars enters Gemini and your relationship sector on the 20th kicking off a six month period of re-strategizing the way you approach relationships. You’ve dealt with so much change in this part of your life over the past several years, but now you’re finally ready to commit to something that’s both passionate and durable.

Money Horoscope: With both your career goals and work schedule changing this month, you might worry that having more free time means less cash in the bank. Focus on cultivating your abundance mindset when these worries pop up. Change is scary but the goal is sustainability.

CAPBANNER  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Release stress over money and resources
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for travel, study and spiritual pursuits
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/7, 8/14, 8/25, 8/28

August begins with some unexpected twists and turns for your romantic or creative life, bringing literal or metaphorical babies into the picture. The conjunction of Mars (our actions), Uranus (electric innovation) and the North Node (profound desire) on the 1st is a burst of joy and inspiration. Whether you’re struck with the desire to get back on the apps, restart guitar lessons or get pregnant, your challenge this month is figuring out how you can afford all the new pleasures you want to bring into your life. This comes to a head at the full moon in Aquarius on the 11th when you realize that you left joy out of your budget. Then on the 22nd, Virgo season begins, switching your focus to travel, study and spiritual pursuits. The new moon in Virgo on the 27th is a perfect opportunity to set intentions for expanding your mind in the coming year.

Love Horoscope: As mentioned, this month brings plenty of opportunity for romance whether you’re single or partnered. In fact, if you’re in a long term relationship and have been feeling a slump in your sex life, the Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction on the 1st pulls you right out of it.

Money Horoscope: As has been the case over the last several years, this month has you torn between what you want and what you can afford. You might especially feel some FOMO on the 7th when you have to make a difficult decision to save instead of splurging on dinner with friends.

10 Aquarius  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Accept that sometimes it is all about you
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for paying off debt or going back to therapy
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/7, 8/14, 8/25, 8/28

There’s some major seismic activity on the homefront for you as Mars (our drive) meets Uranus (sudden innovation) and the North Node (unchecked desire) on the 1st. Though in some ways, this is nothing new, this transit also comes as a breaking point. In the future, you will likely recognize this as the moment when things finally changed for the better. Meanwhile, your greatest challenge this month is trying not to put too much pressure on yourself. What you’re working through is a dynamic that involves multiple people. It’s not only on you to make sure it works out. This comes to a head at the full moon in your sign on the 11th when you feel particularly sensitive and vulnerable. Once Virgo season begins on the 22nd, your focus shifts to making practical plans for debts and shared resources. The new moon in Virgo on the 27th is a great time to forget your troubles by getting lost in a budget spreadsheet or scheduling therapy.

Love Horoscope: Leo season (through the 22nd) is the time of year when you’re most focused on relationships, but issues at home and with your own self and body may keep you from giving your partner your undivided attention. Set aside time on the 18th for a distraction-free date night in the neighborhood as Venus connects with bountiful Jupiter.

Money Horoscope: As mentioned, Virgo season (from the 22nd) is your moment to get your shared resources in order. Your personal finances grew a lot in the first half of the year, and now it’s time to figure out the best use for those funds.

11 Pisces  

  • Full Moon (8/11): Let go of what you can’t control
  • New Moon (8/27): Set intentions for partnerships
  • Other Key Dates: 8/1, 8/4, 8/7, 8/18, 8/22

You’re usually good at staying calm through a storm, but August starts with an overwhelming flurry of activity. Mars (our drive) meets Uranus (sudden change) and the North Node (rapid growth) on the 1st, in the part of your chart that deals with your schedule and familiar environment. As this explosive aspect perfects, you’re ready to shift your circumstances and bring more joy into your day to day. That beng said, connections are still hard to come by this month as you feel pulled to remain at a remove, at least for the rest of the summer. Consider whether hermit mode actually feels right for you at this point, or if it’s just what you know. Once Virgo season begins on the 22nd, your focus shifts to your most important relationships, and at the new moon on the 27th, you’re ready to set intentions for love and partnership in the coming year.

Love Horoscope: Love planet Venus is in your romance sector through the 11th keeping your date nights sweet. But on the 9th, an otherwise chill night gets super vulnerable as you both open up about what you really want in a partner.

Money Horoscope: You’re in a better financial place than you’ve been in a long time, but you’d still like to bulk up your savings and emergency funds. Luckily, an opportunity arises to pick up some shifts or take on an extra side hustle or freelance gig as Venus connects with Jupiter on the 18th.

Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. Subscribe to her newsletter for more astrological musings.

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