Your Love Outlook
As Sun-ruled Leo fires up the first three weeks of August, you’re encouraged to share your love, passion and creativity. Having the courage to express your individuality is another Leo theme.
As Virgo takes over later this month, the focus shifts toward work, living a healthy lifestyle and helping others in need. With Virgo energy, it’s the little things that make a difference, one step at a time.
Let’s see what else the cosmos has in store for us…
As Neptune backtracks into Aquarius from August 4-February 3, 2012, think about what was left unfinished or unresolved in your life from earlier this year (or even last year). You’ll likely get another chance to complete it sometime during the next six months.
In romance, Mars in flirtatious Gemini transits into caring Cancer on August 3, which energizes the emotional, nurturing side of sex. Meanwhile, Venus in Leo through August 20 can bring out the drama, passion or willfulness in your relationship. Getting creative between the sheets—or just playing together—can energize romance.
When Venus transits into Virgo on August 21, focusing on shared duties and small gestures of love will improve your relationship. If you’re solo, opening your heart to others in need by volunteering can bring satisfaction.
Planets in Motion
Retrograde Mercury from August 2-25 can cause mix-ups in communications and travel arrangements. What’s more, if you start a project during this time period, you’ll likely have to redo something connected with the project after Mercury turns direct.
Jupiter will be retrograde from August 30-December 24, which can hinder the expansion of an enterprise. On the upside, it’s an excellent time for delving deeper into your spiritual life and envisioning the bigger picture of your destiny.
Continuing their retrograde travels are Neptune (through November 8 ) and Pluto (through September 15), which encourage introspective activities that heal and revitalize your inner life.
The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 13 opposes Venus, which energizes socializing, but can cause a conflict between friendly gatherings and romantic encounters.
The New Moon in Virgo on August 28 trines Pluto, which empowers the start of new projects, especially if they involve your work, health, finances or helping others.
August 1: Sun square Jupiter heightens optimism but can cause you to promise too much, especially if you’re a Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.
August 2-25: Retrograde Mercury can cause flawed communications and glitches in travel arrangements.
August 3-September 17: Mars in Cancer energizes emotional interactions, family activities and home projects.
August 3: Mars trine Neptune favors initiating an activity that focuses on spirituality, charity or art.
August 4-February 3, 2012: Neptune transiting back into Aquarius for six months may give you the opportunity to resolve or complete something you left unfinished earlier this year.
August 4: Venus square Jupiter heightens the joy in relationships, but can also cause unrealistic expectations, especially for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
August 8-September 8: Mercury in Leo favors ideas and discussions involving romance, creativity, entertainment, leadership or children.
August 8: Mercury opposing Neptune favors the sharing of spiritual or philanthropic ideas, but can also cause misunderstandings, especially for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.
August 9-10: An explosive cardinal T-cross involving Mars, Uranus and Pluto can cause an extreme overreaction or eruption of anger, especially for Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
August 13: The Full Moon in Aquarius opposing Venus energizes socializing and artistry, but may also cause a social conflict.
August 16: A fiery conjunction involving the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Leo favors creative ventures and intensifies the passion and drama in relationships.
August 21-22: The Sun-Venus conjunction opposing Neptune sensitizes relationships but can inspire too much idealism, especially for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
August 21-September 13: Venus in Virgo favors focusing on the daily tasks and small loving gestures that make relationships run smoothly.
August 23: The Sun transiting into Virgo focuses on work, living a healthy lifestyle and helping others in need.
August 25: Mars square Saturn can hinder your ability to take action on a desire, idea or project, especially if you’re an Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.
August 25: Venus trine Pluto can deepen intimacy while illuminating issues that hinder your relationships. It can also assist in financial transactions.
August 26: Mercury turning direct will help communications and travel arrangements flow smoothly.
August 28: Sun trine Pluto favors activities that heighten your personal growth, earning power or creativity.
August 28: The New Moon in Virgo trines Pluto, which will help launch projects that improve your health, work skills, finances or ability to be of service to others.
August 29: Venus trine Jupiter intensifies the love, joy and sensuality in relationships.
August 30-December 24: Retrograde Jupiter in Taurus can hinder the expansion of a project. On the upside, it encourages you to focus on your spiritual life and to envision the bigger picture of what you want in life.