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Horoscopes August 2023: get ready for a steamy summer of drama and desire

Break-ups, make-ups and chance encounters with old flames – this August’s Venus retrograde is destined to be nothing short of mythological

The heavens are heating up this August, as we move through a steamy summer in the trenches of Venus Retrograde, accompanied by the fiery theatrics of Leo Season. With the Sun gliding through the proud and powerful sign of the Lion, we are called to embrace our desire to express, play, create and, of course, love. The sign of the Lion rules matters of the heart, and with Venus backtracking, we may be examining our confidants and contacts with new eyes. Quick to incite drama, but equally eager to be loved. The self-proclaimed spiritual royalty of the Lion illuminates the innate divinity within ourselves and others, and is quick to battle if that divinity isn’t respected or honored. 

Venus Retrograde is here to help us proudly profess feelings, as our truth in dynamics becomes starkly obvious, up for examination and illuminated by the harsh light of the Sun. Break-ups, make-ups, chance encounters with old flames, this summer is destined to be nothing short of mythological. Overall, this transit is scaling up our ability to pull things towards us, and we may feel that manifesting reality with a lethal quickness. Simply put, Venus Retrograde is showing us what we attract and why. Themes of self-love and interpersonal grandiosity perpetuate through the month, and we are encouraged to gravitate towards people who see us in our highest light. As always, Leo season is social, creative, playful and fun. We are rockstars, we are drama queens, we are toddlers.

A Full Moon in Aquarius on the 1st offers us revolutionary insights and genius perspectives. Here, we are shown where we are ignoring our own truth in order to bend to community needs, and how group perspectives may differ from our own. It’s time to step up to the plate, incite our own change. We need to dismantle the architecture of our friends’ vantage points, and march to the beat of our own drums. With War God Mars and Messenger Mercury gallivanting through the hardworking and diligent sign of Virgo, we are productive and find enjoyment in staying busy. 

Mercury retrogrades in Virgo on the 23rd, prompting us to review, renew and repair our bodies. We are inspecting our self-care, routines and daily rhythms. Also on the 23rd, the Sun graduates out of Leo and joins Mercury in Virgo. Party season is over, and we are called to examine how we can pair our grandiose visions with pragmatic action. Virgo is the grounded earth sign of the martyr, the healer and the neurotic. Here, we are diligent and decisive, eager to get things done. Virgo rules the small, daily actions that build up to comprise a life. Its shadow is perfectionism, hypercriticism and neurosis. As Mercury backtracks, we are called to be less judgmental of ourselves and others. 

If the month started in flames, it ends in waterworks, with the mystical Full Moon in Pisces on the 30th. In the soppy sign of spirituality and delusion, we may be feeling out of body, encouraged to lay old daydreams to rest. This acts as a cosmic exit valve for anything we need to surrender over to the divine.