Lifestyle Astrology Your August Horoscope Is Here Read on to find out what the sky has in store for your zodiac sign this month. By Maressa Brown Maressa Brown Instagram Twitter Website Maressa Brown is a journalist and astrologer who's a regular lifestyle contributor and resident astrologer for InStyle. She has nearly two decades of professional experience writing, reporting, and editing lifestyle content for a variety of digital and print consumer-facing publications including Parents, Shape, Astrology.com, and more. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on July 26, 2021 @ 09:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Masha Raymers/Getty Images When you can take advantage of light all the way through late evening, but the promise of change is not far off, you know August has arrived. Through July, you might've found that you could finally shift into a lower-key gear, slowing down and feeling less thrashed around by the intense astrology of the previous month. Maybe you zeroed in on nurturing your home and family, thanks to Cancer season being in full swing. But as the planets shifted into Leo, so did the vibe, boosting confidence, assertiveness, and a focus on self. Now, as we make our way through the second half of the Lion's moment, the eighth month of the year sets the stage for being spontaneous, playful, in the moment, and endlessly, dramatically romantic — all activities that the fixed fire sign wants to empower us to do more of. A 5-Month-Long Retrograde Is Heading Our Way — But It Might Be a Good Thing But come August 22, the sun shifts into Virgo, the mutable earth sign known for its Mercury-ruled braininess (which can, sure, sometimes veer into overthinking), perfectionism, health-consciousness, and sensitive service-oriented perspective. It's not like all the summertime fun you've been having ends overnight, but the sun's time in Virgo will flip the script from all play to at least planning to get down to business. But as long as you've gotten your fill of languorous days in the sun, the opportunity to review, reorganize, pull out a fresh notebook and pen to create lists of goals and to-dos might feel truly refreshing. As the ruler of the sixth house of wellness and routine, Virgo asks us to make the most of our daily grind, to find the magic in the minutiae. And when you think of it that way, the Maiden's season can serve as a valuable opportunity you won't want to miss taking advantage of before fall is in sight. Aries Emily Lundin Ever since it kicked off last month, Leo season has brought you plenty of opportunities to flirt, play, be spontaneous, and own your boldest, most assertive voice in sex and relationships, thanks to the sun's move through your romance zone. And as that continues until the 22nd, you'll get another sweet dose of rom-com energy as a result of sweet Venus, the planet of love, moving through your partnership sphere from the 16th to September 10. Up until this point, it's been all sparks flying and fun and games, but now you could be ready to — gasp — get serious and prioritize one-on-one time. Your Aries Zodiac Sign Guide But you won't really be able to drop off of the map and avoid group activities for too long, because the full moon in your friendship zone on the 22nd will have you craving that feeling of being part of a collaborative effort, a community, a group. It's the second one in this same zone in a month (the last was on July 23rd), so it could feel like certain themes and messages — particularly around how you show up as a team player — are on repeat for you. Reflect on how you can get what you need and bring your best to the table, and you could have some game-changing epiphanies, Aries. Taurus Emily Lundin With the sun in Leo and your home zone for the first half of the month, you'll be perfectly content keeping your day-to-day as low-key as humanly possible. You'll be hanging with your plants, your pet, maybe your partner, if there is one in the picture, and your favorite streaming show of the moment. All of that is also in line with your ruling planet Venus' trip through your pleasure sector, which lasts up until the 16th. But then, from the 16th until September 10, the planet of relationships moves into your wellness zone, and you could find that daily self-care routines and getting more organized feels refreshing and centering. Enlisting friends or loved ones to help you out can be rewarding too. Your Taurus Zodiac Sign Guide Virgo season, which begins on the 22nd, brings light and confidence into your romance and self-expression sector, nudging you to get back out into the world a bit more, enjoying a beach day with loved ones, or an impromptu evening trip to your favorite fro-yo spot. This month-long period was made for being more spontaneous, lighthearted, playful, expressive, and zeroed in on whatever brings you the most pleasure. Lucky you, as this sweet, sultry season was pretty much made for all of those things, and if you can let go of any urge to set definitive plans, you'll get the most out of every moment. Gemini Emily Lundin The month kicks off with your social life firing on all of the cylinders and then some — in other words, exactly the way you like it, Gemini. That's thanks to the fact that the sun is moving through your communication sector (which Gemini rules), amplifying your curiosity, your appetite for information-gathering, and your desire to connect with anyone and everyone from friends to colleagues to siblings if you have them. It's … a lot. But around the 8th, the new moon falls in the same spot, allowing you to hone in on the people and projects that you want to pour the most energy into. Because the moon is closely aligned with your ruling planet, messenger Mercury, your heart and your head — and your ability to express what's coming up for you in both — should align fairly beautifully. Why Does Everyone Hate Geminis So Much? Speaking of Mercury, the way you're thinking and sharing feelings and thoughts will shift come the 11th when your ruler enters your domestic sphere where it remains until the 29th. This is when you might decide to take a break from buzzing all over and focus on catching up with loved ones. Still, your craving for fun, excitement, and new experiences isn't going anywhere, especially not once Venus, the planet of love, is in your romance zone from the 16th to September 10, encouraging you to pursue pleasure, get out of your comfort zone, and give in to your artistic impulses. Ultimately, you'll make the most of the rest of the month by striking a balance between homebody vibes and fulfilling your need for adventure. Cancer Emily Lundin Now that your birthday season is in the rearview mirror, Cancer, you're focusing more on money matters and thinking about how your energy and time are providing you with a sense of security — or not. With quite a bit of action popping up in your shared resources sector lately — two full moons there back-to-back plus abundant Jupiter there since July 28 — this theme is magnified. How much are you giving away versus how much are you getting in return? How comfortable are you with these transactions? Where do you need more support? You might be vacillating between feeling super-empowered and totally overwhelmed by this astrological territory, and that is totally normal. The good thing about full moons is that they're culmination points, so you'll gain well-deserved insight around the one happening this month on the 22nd. 12 Celebrities Who Perfectly Exemplify What It Means to Be a Cancer In the meantime, though, sweet Venus, the planet of love, will be in your domestic zone (aka the sector of the zodiac Cancer rules) from the 15th to September 10, which could feel like a few weeks of lying under your favorite weighted blanket or enjoying that first bite of your go-to truffle pasta. You're incredibly comfy in this part of your life, and you deserve to let yourself get carried away a bit. Embrace all the sentimentality, time with your nearest and dearest, sleeping in on weekends, or cooking yourself a sumptuous meal. It should feel downright restorative, and the even better news is that in the weeks ahead, you can look forward to even more of these moments coming your way. The Most Compatible — and Most Problematic — Zodiac Signs for a Cancer Leo Emily Lundin With your birthday season in full swing at the start of the month, you're soaking up every minute you have to shine and glimmer in the spotlight. As you should, Leo. But in the days around your annual new moon, which happens on the 8th, you could feel a rising sense of urgency to get clear on a big-picture vision. Remember how you felt in the hours leading up to your birthday party as a kid or just before your first date with someone you suspected you'd fall head over heels for? That's the level of buzzy, electrifying, glow-inducing energy you'll get to enjoy heading into this lunar event, which is all about pinpointing your grand plan and then making your first big move. Your Leo Zodiac Sign Guide And on the 22nd, the sun shifts into your income sector, joining messenger Mercury and gung-ho Mars, meaning you've got a lot of wind in your sails if you want to take the personal branding you've been building during your season and monetize it. Don't shy away from calling that meeting with a potential business partner, a manager who has the final say on your promotion, or an exciting client. As long as you've done as much homework as you have dreaming — and chances are you absolutely have, as the action-oriented fire sign you are — you're prepared to impress and set yourself up for a well-deserved boost in your cash flow. The Most Compatible - and Most Problematic - Zodiac Signs for a Leo Virgo Emily Lundin As the month kicks off, you could feel like you're torn between two worlds — one deeply private and reflective, and the other revolving around taking bold steps to make your most burning desires a reality. That's thanks to the fact that the sun will be in your spirituality zone until the 22nd while Mars, the planet of action, is in your sign. This push-pull could intensify around the new moon on the 8th, which cozies up to your ruling planet Mercury, just before the messenger planet moves into your sign. You're not sure whether it's time yet to make your move, step onto the stage, and fully own the space you've been holding in mind for weeks now. Hint: Your intuition probably knows better than your head. Your Virgo Zodiac Sign Thankfully, though, if you've been overthinking, there's no question that after the 22nd, once the sun is firmly planted in your sign for the next four weeks, you can go all-in on whatever you've been preparing. And heads-up: The same day the sun moves, a full moon lights up your wellness and daily routine zone (the sector Virgo rules), bringing clarity around how you can fit everything you've been wanting to manifest into your already jam-packed schedule without burning yourself out to a crisp. Thinking back to any realizations or reflections you had around July 23 can prove informative as you navigate this emotional and ultimately cleansing moment. The Most Compatible — and Most Problematic — Zodiac Signs for a Virgo Libra Emily Lundin Last month was all about stepping into your professional power, Libra, and then as Leo season kicked off, the sun shifted into your networking zone, providing a little help from your friends. Being the social butterfly you are, you've been elated by more opportunities to lean on all of your connections for not only company but collaborative fuel. And around the 8th, when the new moon falls in that same sector, you'll be able to set powerful intentions related to your community. How can team efforts bolster your long-term wishes, and how can your contributions further your group's goals? Your Libra Zodiac Sign Guide Another sweet period presents itself from the 16th to September 10 while romantic Venus, your ruling planet, moves through your sign, where it is able to function effectively and happily, boosting harmony in relationships, magnifying beauty, supporting creative endeavors, and delivering lots of opportunities to give and receive pleasure. Yep, now's the time to make a point to squeeze in all of those self-care practices that make you feel like a million bucks. And as the sun shifts into your spirituality sector on the 22nd, you'll be feeling a bit more reserved and reflective, so this is absolutely the time to nurture your inner self through rituals and routines that bring you a well-deserved sense of bliss. Scorpio Emily Lundin This month starts out with a razor-focus on your professional aspirations, Scorpio, given that the sun is moving through your career zone, shoring up your confidence to step into a leadership position — or to strike out on your own in an unexpected but empowering way. Around the 8th, when the new moon falls in that same sector, the planet of change, in your partnership zone, you'll gain clarity around what you want your future path to look like. With game-changer Uranus invited to the party, making an intense angle to the moon, you could be in for a real switch-up that might involve cutting ties or redefining the relationship with your current collaborator. As with any lunar event, your intuition will be heightened, so it is a wonderful, useful guide to tune into. Your Scorpio Zodiac Sign Guide If you need a respite from all this work drama, you can look to spiritual practices, with romantic Venus in your spirituality sector from the 16th to September 10, and all the pleasures of cozying up at home, especially around the 22nd when the full moon falls in your domestic zone for the second time in a row. More meditation or therapy or just spending quality time with your fur baby and that mystery doc series you've been meaning to stream can make a world of difference while navigating any challenges served up by your career and wider network. But from the 22nd on, with the sun in your networking zone, leaning on friends and colleagues can bring just as much comfort as hunkering down and doing your best impression of a hermit. Sagittarius Emily Lundin With the sun moving through your adventure zone (aka the sector Sag rules) during the first half of the month, Sag, you'll be on a passionate mission to get out of your everyday mundane routine and do something totally bold and boundary-pushing. But if the kind of travel you have in mind isn't exactly possible, there are still plenty of ways you can shake things up (reading, shorter-distance trips, trying new sex positions, whatever). By now, two weeks into Leo season, you've probably started to experiment with plenty of them. Around the 8th, when the new moon falls in that same zone, you can zero in on a long-term game plan for satisfying your wanderlust. Just know that with rebellious Uranus' participation in this lunar event, big, potentially daunting changes could be on the way, but if anyone can make the most of a shock to the system, it's you, Archer. Your Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Guide On the 22nd, the sun moves into your career sector, illuminating your desire to be recognized for all your hard work and to be granted more responsibility or seniority. You know better than a lot of signs that even though you might have a manager, you're ultimately in charge of making your big picture dreams come true. And if it's time for something to shift, especially in terms of how you're exerting your energy on a daily basis, this month could lay the groundwork for steps in a new, more fulfilling direction. And around the 22nd, when the full moon lights up your communication zone, speaking your unfiltered truth is pretty much an inevitability. Capricorn Emily Lundin You're navigating the world of shared resources and bolstering your emotional connection with someone special this month, Cap, but you'll also be focused on honing your own personal philosophies and broadening your mind in a way that feels spiritually satisfying. The sun, in Leo until the 22nd, is in your intimacy sector, offering you a blast of confidence around getting closer — and yes, more vulnerable — with your nearest and dearest. And this energy can reach a fever pitch around the 8th when the new moon pairs up with messenger Mercury, inspiring you to open up about deep-rooted emotional wounds and creating a gasp-worthy shift in the dynamic you have with a loved one, a partner, or even yourself. 15 Capricorn Celebrities Born Under the Motivated Earth Sign At the same time, you'll be even more focused on connecting with others around your career goals than usual (yes, it's possible), because social Venus will be in your professional zone from the 16th to September 10. Pairing your industriousness with a healthy dose of your signature dry humor won't fail to impress people in your circle who you could be aiming to impress and involve in your newest entrepreneurial endeavor. And money and security will once again be top of mind around the 22nd as the full moon lights up your income sector, requiring you to get clear on the work that provides the biggest bang for your time and resource buck. Aquarius Emily Lundin Although you're wired to focus primarily on a wider network including friends and colleagues from a variety of pockets of your life, the sun's trip through Leo pulls your attention toward one-on-one interactions and bolstering your partnerships, dear Water Bearer. That's where your head has already been for a couple of weeks, and around the 8th, the new moon presents a high-energy moment in which you could get crystal clear on what you want out of a major relationship — romantic, platonic, or professional. With your ruler, rebellious Uranus, interacting closely with this lunar event, and hanging out in your home sector, you'll be thinking about how being half of this pair supports your sense of security and inner balance, and if it doesn't, the answer is going to be to make changes — as abruptly as your intuition requires. (And yes, your intuition is just as valid as footnoted data, Aquarius.) Your Aquarius Zodiac Sign Guide The full moon on the 22nd is again, just like last month's, in your sign, making you acutely aware of your needs and how they've likely been put on the back burner while you've been razor-focused on building partnerships, emotional intimacy, and joint resources. Resentment and anger could show up to this lunar event's party, but take note that whatever it is you're feeling could be magnified, thanks to expansive Jupiter's collab with the moon. For that reason, doing your best to look to Venus — moving through Libra and your higher learning sector — for answers. Getting outside of yourself by reading, learning, or going on an adventure could be the best way to process all of the complex feelings popping up now. Pisces Emily Lundin As the month kicks off, the sun in your routine and health sector will see you honed in on the minutiae of daily life and trying to get a handle on to-dos like doctor appointments, a sustainable workout plan, and organization around your home. This could feel tedious and dull — particularly when you were just treated to all the sweeter, sentimental, daydreamy pleasures of Cancer season and the sun in your romance zone. But you could also find that by creating new systems and tossing anything that's no longer serving you — figuratively and literally — you're able to drum up the headspace, time, and energy to do more of what you love. That epiphany — and the nuts and bolts of how you can put it into action — could happen in tandem with the new moon on the 8th. Hey Pisces, Here's Your Horoscope for the Year Ahead Then, the second half of the month brings lots of bonding time. Venus in your intimacy sector from the 16th to September 10 supports your efforts to connect in a more deeply emotional way with people you care about. And when the sun shifts into your partnership zone on the 22nd, you'll also find more room for connecting with your dearest friend, significant other, and/or another loved one. Your efforts to pair up with a colleague on a shared aspiration on the job could get a boost. All of this relationship energy can have you feeling supported, shoring up your confidence and ability to cultivate centeredness in the coming weeks.