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It’s hard to believe that August is already around the corner, but here it is! Coming on the heels of the incredibly powerful and intense astrological energy from July you may be hoping for a break but be warned – the Universe isn’t done with us yet!

There was A LOT going on in the skies during July 2018, leaving many of us feeling as though our lives were thrown into complete chaos. In a single month we felt the influx of energy from multiple planets simultaneously in retrograde, a partial solar eclipse, the shift of Chiron into retrograde, and the full blood moon lunar eclipse, the longest lunar eclipse of the century. It’s no wonder the month left so many of us feeling completely overwhelmed!

As August comes upon us, the retrograde motion of many planets will continue. Mercury will remain in retrograde until August 19th, Mars until August 27th, Saturn until September 6th and Neptune until November 24th. Adding itself to the mix, Uranus will also go retrograde starting on August 7th. Retrograde motion refers to the moment when a planet appears to be moving backward through the sky to those of us observing here on Earth. The actual backward movement is an optical illusion, created by the difference in speed and motion between the planet in question and Earth, but its impact on the universal energy that influences our lives is very real!

We will also experience a partial solar eclipse on August 11th, adding its own unique energy to an already highly charged month. All of these energies combined will certainly keep us on our toes as we progress through the remainder of our summer. Interested in how it will impact your life directly?

Here is what the month of August has in store for you, according to your zodiac sign:

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Solar eclipses often have an intense impact on you specifically but rest assured that the partial eclipse in August will be less intense than those that have come before it this year. Its energy will work to help you reassess your life and remove any negative or toxic influences that you have been holding onto, including relationships, situations, careers and more. Furthermore, the overall energy of August is going to be one of growth and change for you. Whether you are getting ready to leave home, heading for University, or preparing for a significant career change – know that they energy of August is the perfect time to make this a reality. Over the course of the month, you will have the opportunity to redefine your life in a way that will promote happiness and success, make the most of it!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

August is a draining time for you – a month in which you are going to struggle with low energy and your overall health. In order to get through this time without any significant health challenges, you need to be sure to focus on your self-care. Pay careful attention to your diet, how much sleep you are getting, your level of physical activity and, often overlooked, your stress levels this month! If you are going to learn one important lesson during this time period, it will be the importance of leaning on friends and family for support when you are facing difficulties. These are the people who genuinely want to be there for you and see you smile – they don’t expect you to always be the ‘strong one,’ so why are you holding onto this impossible expectation? You’re human, and that’s okay!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

This month isn’t actually going to be challenging for you directly, but that doesn’t mean that you are completely out of the woods. Instead, this is a month where you are going to find your focus redirected to those that you love most, helping friends and family work through some significant struggles in their own lives. For you, this is a time of heightened intelligence and good health, which will only leave you feeling more empowered to reach out a hand to those that are struggling. Pay careful attention at home, as family members may not actively say what is happening, but they will reveal a lot through subtle shifts in their behaviors. If you work hard to maintain a stable home life (which is a challenge with your somewhat flighty and inconsistent approach to life) that will go far to ease the burden that they are feeling. You’re banking some good karma this month!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Your career is of high importance to you this year as a whole, and the month of August is really going to test just how much you are willing to do to succeed. You are going to be forced to step out of your comfort zone into the unknown, taking on new challenges and facing new experiences in your career efforts. This is going to be frightening, and your confidence will waiver, but try to remind yourself that you are stronger and more capable than you realize! You aren’t going to be handed anything you can’t handle, even if you doubt this fact. If you focus heavily on your career and your finances, you will find that the month of August can be an incredibly prosperous one for you! Embrace it!

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

While you look great, full of energy and excitement, to everyone around you, you’re going to feel ‘off’ this month. Try not to worry too much – while it may feel as though you are facing a significant medical situation, this is more like a full body detox. The current energy around you is encouraging your body to systematically release all of the toxins that it has been holding onto, which is going to feel rough at first, but you will feel much better when it has all come to pass! In the meantime, you can distract yourself by focusing on your career. During the month of August, you will experience some big changes in your career – either in your job specifically or the industry as a whole. This is nothing you can’t handle, but you will want to stay on top of it all to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Good news, Virgo! The month of August is going to be a great time for you financially, allowing you to experience some of the finer things in life. Whether you have been holding off on redecorating the house the way that you always imagined it to look, or you have been eyeing up that new designer bag, this is your chance! While it is okay to indulge a bit, don’t forget to invest some of this money away for a rainy day, after all, not every month is going to be as prosperous! Friends and family may be turning to you for advice and guidance as they are facing their own struggles in life. Trust your instincts at this point, as it will help you to guide them in the best way possible through whatever it is that they are facing.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Throughout the month of August, you will find that your friendships are being tested, revealing true friends. While it’s never easy to say goodbye to someone, remember that those who fall short during this time of testing are people that you would genuinely be better off without in your life. Whether you are single and seeking that ‘someone special,’ or in a serious relationship, love may be a little complicated during the month of August. Try to focus on entertainment and enjoying this time together instead of the more serious side of commitment, and the rest will follow. After all, true love is both about the practical side of life together as well as bringing joy and happiness into one another’s lives.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

During the month of August, you will be forced to make some major course corrections in the area of your professional life. Unfortunately, while these changes are completely necessary, they are going to create some serious drama among friends, family, and co-workers. Prepare yourself for the backlash. That being said, if you stick to your guns it will all work out for the best in the long run – it’s just going to be a little uncomfortable first. Pay attention to how much time and energy you are putting into your career, as you may find yourself falling into the ‘workaholic’ lifestyle. This can be incredibly taxing on your health and well-being! Ensure that you focus on self-care and make time in your busy schedule to just sit back and relax. You need this additional downtime to recharge.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

If you are religious or spiritual, dedicating part of your life to a given church or establishment, prepare for chaos among the leadership. While this is certainly going to be a challenge to handle, requiring a great deal of your time and energy, it will all work out if enough like-minded individuals come together to work towards change. You’re a traveler by nature, and your first instinct this month as things get rough will be to take off somewhere new and exciting. Just a quick reminder – running from your problems doesn’t work, as they will inevitably catch up with you. Instead, stand strong in your convictions. Not only will you motivate friends and family to face their own troubles in life, but you will get in touch with your own inner strength.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

This month there is only one lesson that the Universe wants you to embrace, but it will go to great lengths to ensure that you not only acknowledge, but embrace it, applying it to your own life. You’re a highly focused and dedicated individual with a drive to succeed in life, but this tunnel vision often leaves you constantly working on moving forward and never actually enjoying the life that you’ve worked so hard to build. August you will be reminded that life is short, so make the most of the time that we’ve got. It won’t destroy your efforts to achieve your goals and dreams if you schedule some ‘fun’ time into your busy day. If anything, it will help to motivate you by reminding you what you are working for!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

If you are currently in a relationship, the month of August is going to seriously test in. This isn’t going to be easy and may even cause an otherwise seemingly happy relationship to come crashing down. That being said, those relationships that do survive this time of trial can handle anything! If you are looking to make a change in your career, August is the perfect month to do it. Whether you are looking for a new career entirely, or simply looking to shift your job within the industry, you will find yourself motivated and inspired to make things happen. Embrace this energy and run with it, and good things will be waiting for you! Just don’t forget to schedule yourself some downtime while you’re working so hard, change can be draining and you’re going to need to recharge.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Your job is going to be a source of drama and stress throughout the month, so prepare yourself to handle this accordingly. Schedule in some downtime so that you can practice self-care, whether that’s curling up with a good book, taking a relaxing bubble bath or going for a walk through your local park. If you stick it out for this challenging time, you will find yourself gaining clarity regarding your career choices as the month goes on. Rather than working because you have to, you will find yourself enjoying your job and actually wanting to go to work. When your talents and passions combine with the needs of the world around you, it is here that you will find your true success!

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