Your August 2020 Horoscopes Are Here!

It’s Leo season.

While we might not be sticking to our typical summer plans this year, it doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had. The Sun is in Leo until August 22, encouraging you to find inspiration in your everyday life. And on Tuesday, August 4, Mercury enters Leo, too. The planet of communication and ideas will be in Leo’s gregarious realm until August 19.

Think of how you can add some creative flair to your routines right now—something as simple as adding an extra pop of colour to your wardrobe can be a start. Or check out an online art class to get your imagination flowing—particularly around the new moon in Leo on August 18, which is a great time to pick up a new creative project or hobby.

And definitely make time to connect with your circle. If Leo season teaches us anything, it’s the value of friendships. Find something to celebrate together this month: Add up all of those quarantine birthdays that have passed by and have a big online bash, or organize a reunion with some long-lost friends you’ve fallen out of touch with.

When Mercury enters earthy Virgo on August 19, with the Sun following suit on August 22, the energy will help you to shift towards some lingering items on your to-do list. Save your biggest chores and tasks for the later part of August when all that can-do Virgo attitude will help you tackle any domestic or work-related business in no time. It’s a great opportunity to clear out your junk drawers and make space in your closets, or organize your inbox. Think of it as a time to make room for fall season that’s just around the corner.

Leo illustration: a lion's head

Happy birthday, Leo! Welcome to your new year.

There is a lot of energy around you this month and you might feel ready to take on the world these days. And the feeling is mutual. Birthdays aside, August is a powerful time for you to take a big, bold step in a new direction.

Say yes to new opportunities if they are coming your way, and seek them out if they aren’t. Get strategic about the impressions you want to make in the year ahead when it comes to your personal style, brand and voice.

The Leo new moon on August 18 is an important date for you. It gives you an opportunity to plant a new seed in your life when it comes to your creativity, self-expression and self-esteem. Set your sights on something big this year and figure out what it will take to make it happen.

If you do one thing this month:

Celebrate yourself, Leo. Take the time this month to work through all you’ve accomplished in the last year, big and small. Give yourself a gift of appreciation to honour the year that was, and to welcome the year that will be.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo illustration: a woman's head with wheat stalks superimposed on her face

You’re happy to take your time this month, Virgo, and that’s what the stars want you to do. For you, August is all about going with the flow, letting your imagination wander, and getting more in touch with what really matters to you.

Which isn’t to say you can’t still be productive—it’s just that you’re working on yourself to find new ways to have more of what you want, and less of what you don’t. What you thought was interesting or important a couple of years ago is losing its shine. You’re in search of deeper purpose and a stronger sense of fulfillment right now.

And this month, the universe is trying to show you that the way to finding that purpose starts by letting yourself be more at ease in your mind and body.

If you do one thing this month:

Break up your usual routine. Give yourself permission to do something you don’t normally “allow” yourself to do during the week, like taking an extra break. Allow for more spontaneity in your day.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Libra illustration: a scale

(Illustration: Elham Numan)

It’s not your responsibility to take on the weight of the world, Libra. But this month, you might feel like you’re a sponge that’s soaking up everyone else’s problems as though they are your own.

Throughout August, the stars suggest that the best way you can lead is to start by looking at where your thoughts and energy go all day. It’s time to hit the reset button when it comes to self-care and energetic boundaries—especially online. It doesn’t mean you have to tune out altogether—by all means stay informed —but don’t forget that you also need to tend to your own heart, too.

Don’t feel guilty about taking care of yourself, even if it means taking a break from the state of the world once in a while.

If you do one thing this month:

Curate a different social media feed for yourself. Think about what you want to see more often, and who you want to be influenced by.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Scorpio illustration: a scorpion.

You don’t like to do things halfway, Scorpio: Once you’re into something, you like to go deep.

But something new has caught your attention, creating a push and pull in your life. Do you stick with what’s familiar, or dare to let yourself get distracted to explore a new horizon? There’s only one of you to go around, and for someone who likes to be all-in, you like to take your time in deciding what to commit to.

Don’t be afraid to walk away from what’s familiar if it’s no longer feeling like it fits who you are. This summer is setting you off on a fresh cycle where you’re being encouraged to change things up and close an old chapter. Let go of whatever is holding you back from diving into something that lights up your passion and gets you excited for more.

If you do one thing this month:

Let go of something that is taking up unnecessary time or space in your life. It can be a physical object, or a commitment that you no longer need to uphold. Whatever it is, release it so that something new can take its place.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius illustration: a bow and arrow

Practice patience this month, Sagittarius. Your circle is looking to you for guidance and wisdom, and it’s easy to see why: You are often the voice of reason, and you’ve been doing your homework for a long time now. You have a lot to teach and share.

But not everyone catches on as quickly as you do, and this month you might find yourself going around in circles when it comes to some important conversations. Repeat yourself if you need to. Be the patient leader others need right now. Find new, creative ways to get your points across if you’re sharing big ideas or concepts. Challenge yourself to have fun with it, even if you’re ready to move on to a new topic of conversation.

If you do one thing this month:

Ask more questions in your conversations. Allow yourself to go even deeper with your social circle. Challenge yourself to understand how others have shaped their viewpoints and identities.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Capricorn illustration: a goat's head

You feel like you’re ready to go on auto-pilot this month, Capricorn. Will you let yourself take the break you’re craving?

The stars certainly support any decisions you make in regards to kicking back and relaxing right now. You know you need some breathing room during what has already been an eventful year, you’ll appreciate having the extra headspace to think about what’s next for you once the fall season rolls around.

There are new ideas and opportunities percolating beneath your surfaces. Give them some time to cook this month by taking a breather where you can. You’ll appreciate yourself for it once September arrives.

If you do one thing this month:

Set some time aside for yourself each morning after you wake up, or just before bed, to connect with your mind and body. Breathe, do some journalling, and leave your phone off for maximum effect.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarius illustration: a vase spilling water

The full moon in Aquarius on Monday, August 3 marks your halfway point of the year so far. This means it’s a productive time to review any goals you set around your birthday and see where you’re at so far.

2020 hasn’t gone at all as planned, but that doesn’t mean you have to scrap everything—though it may mean some of your intentions have shifted over the last several months. Don’t be stubborn in thinking you need to stick to your original plan if it’s no longer suitable. If anyone can adapt it’s you, Aquarius, and this month offers some innovative new ideas that can help you stay on track or pivot if you need to.

On Sunday, August 15, Uranus, your ruler, stations retrograde. This will also bring an opportunity to look at something from a new angle. It’s a great time to revisit some old ideas that have been waiting on the backburner for your attention. Take full advantage of the inspiration that’s coming your way.

If you do one thing this month:

Review your old notes from past brainstorming sessions and see what kind of treasures are waiting for you to explore.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisces illustration: two fish making a circle

You might be feeling a bit torn this month, Pisces. You feel like you’re in a world where you’re not always sure if you fit in, or if you can really be yourself at all. But at the same time, you want to be of service. You want to do something useful, powerful and important—without compromising your true spirit.

No matter how hard it might be sometimes to feel like the odd one out, this astrology of August suggests that you are about to get a key insight that will help you to see exactly how your unique personality is just what is needed these days.

This month, allow yourself to be as real as possible. To speak from the heart whenever you can. To be honest, even when it’s not easy. And to trust that when you do the things you love the most, you are actually serving the world in the best possible way.

If you do one thing this month:

Do one thing for yourself every day this month that you wouldn’t normally do.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Aries illustration: a ram's head

A big risk you’ve taken this year is starting to pay off. You’ve given yourself the time and space to move ahead with a personal priority.

Now begins the real work of staying committed to what you’ve set out to do. In the past, there have been times you denied yourself what you wanted most. You’re at a turning point now where it’s time to stop trying to be all things to all people, Aries.

Just because you can do a lot doesn’t mean you need to say yes to everything that comes your way. Be careful this month about taking on more than you planned to. This is your time to sink deep into a project that means a lot to you, and you deserve to take the time you need to put your all into your goals.

If you do one thing this month:

Write down your top three priorities and ask yourself what you can do each day to stay focused on those key goals.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Taurus illustration: a bull's head

They say home is where the heart is, which could very well become your motto for the month, Taurus. You are feeling particularly connected to your roots these days and you’re craving more time to focus on the people in your life who make you feel at home.

For Taureans who have been thinking of starting or growing a family of their own, August is earmarked as a time to initiate conversations around what that might look like for you. The pull toward exploring and expanding your experience of family is strong right now.

You’re also called to put love and attention into your home space right now. If you’ve been dying to redecorate, tackle a DIY home reno project, or do some late-summer gardening, now is the time. Make your home the sanctuary you want it to be.

If you do one thing this month:

Reach out to someone you consider family and tell them how much your relationship with them means to you.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Gemini illustration: a woman's side profile with a shadow of herself behind it

You feel unstoppable these days, Gemini. Your mind is on fire with ideas. Problems you were trying to work through in the spring or summer are now feeling much easier to sort through.

And if anyone is looking for advice? You have all the answers, and friends and colleagues will want to hear your take. But remember that just because you have clarity on a situation doesn’t mean that everyone around is ready to take the good advice you’re dishing out. All you can do is offer an idea or opinion, but you can’t force anyone to do something they’re not prepared for yet. So be generous with your time, but gentle with those you’re trying to help.

Confidence is on your side this month, so use your time wisely when it comes to your own projects. You’ll get so much further ahead if you focus on your own plans rather than trying to solve everyone else’s problems instead.

If you do one thing this month:

You really are unstoppable right now. Pick one thing you’ve been wanting to do this year to advance your career or creative life and set aside time each week to work towards that goal.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancer illustration: a crab

Comfort and ease are your words of the month, Cancer. You are craving joy and flow in all that you do and want to steer clear of any unnecessary drama right now.

You’re tired of people who make things more complicated than they need to be. Focus on spending time with the people in your life who are easy to hang out with. Keep plans minimal and simple. Avoid micro-managers and high-maintenance relationships as best you can right now.

The goal this month is to feel restored and relaxed. Don’t pressure yourself to want more than that. For you, August is about being as chill as possible. When September rolls around, you’ll have opportunities to ramp up your schedule and take on bigger plans—and personalities. But for now, this is your time to prioritize the peace and solitude you’re seeking.

If you do one thing this month:

Give your mind a rest. Turn off notifications or remove any distracting apps from your phone.a