Welcome to your monthly horoscope for August 2022! August is going to be one of the most eventful months of the year, as the astrology that has been building up since 2021 reaches climax. Over the month ahead, the universe might throw us some curveballs that can easily become opportunities for transformation and self-actualization.
We begin the month under the Sun in Leo, the time of the year in which we are being instigated to have fun and shine our light on the world. However, as we strive to show our talents, we can sense there’s something preventing us from fully expressing ourselves. A total of seven planetary bodies are retrograde, pulling us towards the past, as there is something that needs closure before shifting into the future.
This month’s full moon—occurring on Thursday, August 11 in the skies of Aquarius—grants you exactly that: an opportunity to cut ties with the past. While something or someone might be trying to drag us back, if we can envision a new future in our minds, we can make it happen.
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August 20 is a day to keep an eye on, as Mars (the planet of drive and ambition) will be entering Gemini. This is a big deal! Instead of six weeks, Mars will be here for six months due to its upcoming retrograde motion. Notice the themes that come up for you now, as they could very well linger until March of 2023! From now until then, words and communication adopt new power and can be used positively as well as negatively.
On August 22, Virgo season arrives—and with it, a growing need to find a mind, body, and spirit connection. As a practical earth sign, Virgo is all about fine-tuning our routines so we can find balance and get our lives working as best as possible. The August 27 new moon in Virgo is the ideal time to begin new and better life habits.
August horoscope: what does your monthly horoscope have in store for you?
Jupiter is now retrograde in your sign, which means that you will be growing at a slower pace for the next few months—and that’s okay, Aries. Use this retrograde (from now until November 23) to ensure that your recent progress is realistic and sustainable. Leo season is all about tapping into your creativity, as there are many ideas begging to come out, and that can take shape in September.
If you’re single, Venus in Leo starting August 11 will help you attract attention from love interests. Enjoy the fun while you can, because once Virgo season arrives on August 22, you will most likely be very busy with work.
July’s astrological intensity spills into this month as the planets in Leo activate the ongoing tension between two areas of your life. It’s time to embrace change and move forward Taurus, so take the leap around August 18, which is a lucky day and when the universe will be supporting you in asserting yourself!
On August 20, Mars leaves your sign, followed by Uranus going retrograde in your sign on August 24. From this moment on, life should be easier and more predictable. Use the beginning of Virgo season, and especially the August 27 new moon, to channel some ideas, as your brain will be brimming with creativity.
For you, Gemini, Leo season is all about communication, so you could be getting ready to finish a project or give an important presentation. Your planetary ruler, Mercury, is in Virgo between August 4 and August 24, helping you stay focused on the details.
The biggest news for you, however, is Mars entering your sign on August 20, where it will remain until March of 2023! Pay attention to the energy that comes up for you at month’s end. Themes around ambition and self-assertion will become prevalent for you. Now more than ever, your words hold power, and learning how to use them will be key to your growth.
For you, Cancer, the beginning of August will be about managing resources, as the planets will be activating your second house of assets. You could be receiving money, but also having serious conversations with a romantic or business partner, most likely around the August 11 full moon.
As Mars enters Gemini on August 20, you begin a six-month period in which the sector of your subconscious mind will be fully alive. From now until March of 2023, you might feel an interest in exploring esoteric and spiritual subjects, and you might even become more private than you already are. Pay attention to your dreams, and maybe even consider starting a dream journal.
Happy birthday, Leo! With the Sun in your sign, you’re enjoying your time in the spotlight. Venus also enters your sign on August 11, shooting your charm to the roof as you work the room.
Decisions will need to be made on this day, however, as this month’s full moon will challenge you to see things from a new perspective. Act according to what the universe has been trying to get you to change or abandon, Leo. An authority figure or someone who is not ready to see you level up could get in your way as August 14 approaches.
Luckily, by the time Virgo season arrives, the tension will begin to diminish. (And if you want to treat yourself, check out these cute astrology-themed gifts!)
While the beginning of the month might have a strange vibe, you should begin to feel in your element when your planet, Mercury, enters your sign on August 4. If you have work or tasks to complete, Mercury will help you excel! Once the Sun enters your sign on August 22, you will feel more social and ready to strut your stuff.
The August 27 new moon is in Virgo, and it is your best time of the year to set intentions. Combined with Mars in your tenth house of success, starting August 20, it feels like your intentions should be about career and public visibility, dear Virgo!
You begin August focusing on your career, as Venus in your tenth house is requesting you to work hard on your projects and dreams. A raise or new project could fall on your lap. Once Venus enters Leo on August 11, it’s party time! You will be socializing but also networking, maybe even mixing business with pleasure. August 18, in particular, could be a fortunate day for you, so go for the gold, Libra!
Once the Sun enters Virgo, you will be feeling a little more introspective, as you are entering a time of the year in which rest and relaxation will prepare you for your upcoming solar return in September.
August is a big month for you, Scorpio, as the planets will be instigating you to embrace change. This has been a year-long process for you in which by abandoning the old, you are inviting new energy into your career as well as your relationships. This will be especially true during the August 11 full moon, which arrives intensely. Then on August 20, Mars, your ruler, enters Gemini, where it will stay until March of 2023. For the next six months, a communication or writing project could become crucial in your life. Perhaps it’s time to write that book or launch that podcast you’ve been talking about, Scorpio!
Jupiter, your magnanimous ruler, went retrograde on July 28, so as you enter August, you are beginning to sink into a slower pace of life. Use the first days of August to meditate on the progress you’ve been experiencing this year. Because once Virgo season (August 22) and the new moon arrives on August 27, you will be ready to set some realistic goals for your career.
August 20 is also a big day for you as Mars enters your seventh house of partnerships. From now until March of 2023, your relationships will be dynamic, and you might need to partner with someone in order to manifest your deepest desires.
Lover Venus is occupying your seventh house of partnerships, which could see you getting hot and heavy with your partner. You might even have some serious conversations about the next steps! If you’re single, the desire to be serious with someone could be real.
When Virgo season begins, you’ll be feeling oh so in your element. You might even want to take a vacation—and with your ruler, Saturn, currently in retrograde, it’s definitely a time to go for it! When doing research and doing your booking, opt to visit an exotic new place you have never been to before. By doing so, you’re telling the universe you’re ready for new experiences.
August will instigate change in your life—and you’re more than ready to tackle it! Your relationships are changing, which is a trend you will continue to experience in August. Some secret haters might need to be removed from your life, and the August 11 full moon will show you who these people are!
On August 21, asteroid Vesta enters your sign in retrograde motion, bringing themes from earlier in the year back to be revised or reworked. If you’ve been wanting to commit to a new spiritual practice, Vesta will assist you in channeling time and effort into deepening your mind, body, and soul connection.
As August begins, lover Venus is in water sign pal Cancer season, activating your fifth house of romance and fun. If you’re single and looking, the first ten days of the month are ideal to put yourself out there. Once the Sun enters Virgo on August 22, it activates your seventh house of partnerships, heralding a month in which you will be focusing on one-on-one connections.
If you ever wanted to work with a healer or coach, the August 27 new moon is your best bet to begin this. Healing, in particular, could be very helpful, as it would instigate you to work with Chiron, which is currently retrograde in your second house of personal values.
Narayana Montúfar is an astrologer, artist, writer, and energy healer who finds inspiration in the symbolic language of astrology. She is an expert in the astrological studies of the Moon and the author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power. (opens in new tab) She was featured as one of Medium.com’s Authority Magazine 2020’s Strong Female Leaders (opens in new tab), Destig Magazine’s Top Artists to Collect in 2020 (opens in new tab), and one of Vogue’s 13 Astrologers to Follow in 2021. (opens in new tab)
Narayana currently serves as the Senior Astrologer of Astrology.com, is the Resident Astrologer for House of Intuition LA, and writes for My Imperfect Life, Cosmopolitan US and Wit & Delight. You can also find her astrological work featured in numerous lifestyle publications like Teen Vogue, Refinery29, InStyle, Brit+Co, Bustle, Pop Sugar, Well + Good, Women’s Health, Romper, and more. In her private astrology practice, Narayana’s holistic approach seeks to create a positive impact by connecting each one of her clients to the uniqueness of their chart and illuminate their path towards the ultimate state of self-empowerment and self-discovery.
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