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Monthly Love Horoscopes - August 2017

Aries

With some big developments on both the romantic and relationship fronts this month, this could be a bit daunting. Especially if you take in the enormity of what the love and relationship gods are offering and the pressure this might create. This is why there has to be zero. Taken on face value this is huge, which begs the question what if I get it wrong? What if I make the wrong moves? But the worst by far is 'what if I don't deserve this'? Well, you can't get it wrong, there are no wrong moves and the love and relationship gods don't deliver what you don't deserve. What you have is one of the most important line ups of planets on the romantic front in decades. Mars will spend the whole of August in your romantic sector, with the Sun here until the 23rd August. With the North Node here as well and a total solar eclipse on the 22nd August, this takes into to realm you have never ventured before. Scary stuff, until you realise that what is unfolding now has until November 2018 to run its course and continuous planetary activity until September 2018. At the same time you are moving into lucky Jupiter's final two months in your relationship sector and his last full week on his own. The Sun will return later next month to help bring things home. But here there is plenty of opportunity, especially for relationship growth but zero pressure. A series of planets will be at your side through to December.

Taurus

The Sun will always return to your romantic sector in August, shining the solar spotlight on matters of the heart from the 23rd August. This year things kicked off early, with Mercury's return on the 26th July. This was just 21 days after Venus, planet of love left Taurus and that's significant. When Venus moves through Taurus, the planet of love helps you define your romantic desires and expectations for the coming year. However, often it can be three months between Venus' departure and the first planet to reach your romantic sector. For while Venus spends her time in Taurus cementing your romantic desires and expectations for the coming year, it is once the planets return to your romantic sector that brings a chance to turn those desires into reality. So to wait just three weeks rather than three months is huge, ensuring those desires and expectations are still strong, clear and haven't had time to be eroded by your inner critic. From the get go it was clear that Mercury is in no hurry, for while he will normally spend just 15 days giving your heart a voice and putting heart and mind on the same page, he'll spend the whole month here. That is because Mercury will turn retrograde on the 13th August, opening the doors to the past and second chances 10 days before the Sun is due to open new doors. With Mars and Venus not returning until next month, this is the start of a romantic chapter that will continue through to late October. The Moon will move through from the 22nd August to the 25th August, with romantically charged lunar vibes in play when the Sun returns.

Gemini

By the time you move into the new month you are likely to catch Venus, planet of love's scent in the air, but by the time dawn breaks on the 1st August she will be gone. Yet here in the very early hours of the month, Venus will have her say and then move on. Yet by the time she leaves on the 1st August Venus has been here for 27 days, having an impact on some powerful forces in play on the romantic and relationship front. Venus returns to Gemini once a year, spending just under four weeks defining your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year. This year Venus returned two weeks after your birthday month ended, keeping this separate from the more mundane aspects of getting a new solar year off the ground. And this was important. Because for the first time in 12 years Venus, planet of love had returned to Gemini to find lucky Jupiter in your romantic sector and for the last time for another 28 years to find Saturn in your relationship sector. It was last month that Venus aligned with Jupiter and moved into opposition with Saturn, in both cases getting right to the heart of what you want on both fronts. With Jupiter now in his final two months in your romantic sector and in his last full month on his own and Saturn in his final weeks in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, this allows you to start both with a clear sense of what you want on both fronts. Not due to turn direct until the 26th August, Saturn will continue to hold the doors open to the past and second chances on the romantic front. This is the last time he'll do this for another 28 years.

Cancer

In between going to bed on the 31st July and waking up on the 1st August something magical has happened. It won't be a thief that has stolen in during the night, unless you count the theft of a life that is all work and no play. Instead it is the planet of love that steals in during the night. Nine days after your birthday month ended Venus, planet of love finally returns to Cancer in the early hours of the month and her timing couldn't be more perfect. First because with the Moon in your romantic sector from the 30th July to the 2nd August, the Moon will also start with romantically charged lunar vibes in play. Talk about breaking the romantic drought in one fell swoop. If you're into omens of things to come, then this is definitely an omen. This starts the month on a romantically charged wave and this will help make the most of Venus' time in Cancer, but also will help the planet of love is in for her will be a difficult challenge. When Venus moves through Cancer each year her job is to define your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year. Pluto has been in your relationship sector since 2008, so Venus can almost do this in her sleep and she's not telling you anything you don't already know. The challenge Venus faces is setting your romantic expectations to impossible heights. Or so it would seem. For Venus' job is to convince you that your luckiest year for love in over a decade is just around the corner. For just six weeks and four days after she leaves on the 26th August your luckiest year for love in over a decade really does kick off.

Leo

Despite the fact that you're moving into a stunning new solar year and a total solar eclipse in Leo on the 22nd August brings the promise of major new beginnings, this is a month where the majority of the first four weeks are awash with a sense of romantic nostalgia. With Saturn in retrograde motion in your romantic sector until the 26th August, this was always going to be the case. Since returning in 2014, Saturn has spent the middle months of the last three years in retrograde motion. This year this is a lot more important, for this is Saturn's last retrograde phase here for another 28 years. Who then can Saturn call on to make it count and ensure nothing is overlooked? The only planet up for the job is Venus, planet of love and she shows up with the kind of timing that hints at divine intervention. For Venus not only returns to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 1st August, but will leave and return to Leo on the 26th August, the same day Saturn turns direct. Venus returns to a nostalgic part of your chart each year before returning to Leo and here she takes your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. This is a chance to close old doors and dance with old ghosts before returning to Leo to kick off a new cycle of love. For the third year in a row Saturn has been in retrograde motion in your romantic sector at the time, but also for the last time for another 28 years. Venus is not only here in time to make the most of the doors open to the past and second chances, but to ensure that when the tide turns it is so definitive that there will be no going back.

Virgo

While things are fairly quiet on the romantic and relationship fronts this month, for once the quiet is for all the right reasons. This is a period of your life where there is long term planetary activity on both the romantic and relationship fronts, with Pluto in your romantic sector until 2024 and Neptune in your relationship sector until 2026. They are also both in retrograde motion at this time of year, with each year having a built in review phase. The last few years haven't been kind to your relationships, with a huge amount of cosmic activity in Virgo putting you and your relationship needs in conflict. That is not the case this year, despite the fact that Mercury will spend the whole month in Mercury. That's because Mercury will turn retrograde on the 13th August, before he can move into opposition with Neptune in your relationship sector. Instead there is nothing but support. Especially from Venus, planet of love who is in a social and serendipitous part of your chart until the 26th August. From this position Venus will create some serendipitous conditions for friendship and relationship building and especially for healing. This will be in effect until the 26th August, but will be especially potent around the 12th/13th August and again around the 24th August. This does put Venus in opposition with Pluto in your romantic sector, but wakeup calls from the planet of love are the kind you want. Especially with the doors open to the past and second chances.

Libra

With a lunar eclipse in your romantic sector and the doors open to the past and second chances on the relationship front, you know this is going to be an interesting month. And for once 'interesting' is not code for challenging, especially on the relationship front. In fact, there is some special support for the rebuilding process, which began back in June. Every Libran born after 1926 has had Eris in their relationship sector for their entire lifetime, which is most of us. She is the one planet that has been there through all your relationships and through a lifetime experience. So when Eris turned retrograde on the 20th July this was bigger than any one relationship, with a chance to reflect, review and make sense of what has been a challenging year. It was having Jupiter in Libra that has raised the bar on the relationship front, while demanding a more authentic balance between your personal and relationship needs. Much of that is sorted now. But with the help of Uranus' retrograde turn on the 3rd August and having Saturn in retrograde motion in your communication sector until the 26th August, this is an opportunity for rebuilding. Meanwhile, the Moon will move through your romantic sector from the 7th August to the 9th August. It is these romantically charged lunar vibes that create the lunar eclipse here on the 8th August. This is a more fateful version of the Full Moon that falls here at this time every year. Because the South Node has been here since May, this will be a trigger for all the romantic sentiment and potential that has been building since then.

Scorpio

When Venus left your relationship sector on the 5th July she wrapped up all the planetary activity for the year. That isn't what is surprising. What is surprising is that she was still here this late in the year. The Sun left your relationship sector in May and often Venus is gone before then. Late arriving and late leaving, this allowed you to move much further into the year with relationship matters still evolving. While Venus has moved on, just moving into the second half of the year with the planet of love on board has left you a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. The relationship gods have moved on, but not before leaving you with everything needed to keep things on track. The Moon will move through every four weeks to provide a line through to your relationship sector. This month that visit will run from the 13th August to the 16th August. As was the case last month, this has allowed the love gods to have their turn. With Neptune and Chiron in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, this is holding the doors open to the past and second chances. Last month the support of Mars in an adventurous part of your chart was huge. This put a cocktail of nostalgic, romantic, adventurous and passionate forces in play during much of June and July. Mars has since moved on but Venus, planet of love steps into his shoes from the 1st August to the 26th August. Venus doesn't have Mars' passion and courage, but she can tap into what he has left behind. And as the planet of love she'll keep the spirit of romance, adventure and nostalgia alive through to the 26th August.

Sagittarius

Even though Venus will leave your relationship sector on the 1st August, so early that she'll be gone before first sunrise of the new month, her influence will be stamped over the whole month. Venus was not only the last planet to move through your relationship sector this year, something that will influence your relationships for the coming year. Venus was also the last planet to move into opposition with Saturn in Sagittarius, for another 28 years. Since Saturn returned in 2014, no planet has been able to move through your relationship sector without moving into opposition. Always in the middle months of each year, when Venus moved into opposition last month it was for the third year in a row and this was the fifth opposition this year. Each time this brought personal and/or relationship tensions to a head, while taking you one step closer to getting to the heart of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. How fitting then that the last planet to confront this for another 28 years was Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships. That opposition only peaked on the 24th/25th July, so is still relatively fresh. By the time you reach the lunar eclipse in your communication sector on the 8th August, this will give any remaining unsaid words a voice. With Venus gone this gives the love gods their turn, with the doors open to the past and second chances on the romantic front. After so much focus on your relationships over recent months, romantic matters are getting their turn.

Capricorn

When the Sun and Mars left your relationship sector last month this should have taken the focus off your relationships. It definitely took the spotlight off your relationships and a lot of the pressure, but this is when something magical happened. Mars left your relationship sector on the 21st July and the Sun on the 23rd July, this was a dramatic pulling back and at the same point last year, this had taken all the focus off your relationships. However, in the way that is similar to the stars during the day, this is when you noticed something you couldn't see before. The stars don't just come out at night, they are there all the time. However, with the Sun so bright, the only time we get to see them during the day is during a total solar eclipse. Which coincidently we have this month. What having the Sun in your relationship sector had done is make it impossible to see Ceres, dwarf planet and queen of nurturing, who had slipped in two weeks earlier. This is Ceres' first visit in four years and not due to leave until late September, she's on a mission to get to the heart of what you want from your relationships. And the timing couldn't be better, for on the 1st August Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships will finally return to your relationship sector, on a mission to give you what you want from your relationships. This is the first time this dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system have met up in your relationship sector in four years and the first time they have aligned here in nine years. Together they'll weave some special magic until Venus leaves on the 26th August.

Aquarius

While Venus leaves your romantic sector in the early hours of the 1st August, she will put an imprint on the month that will have implications on the romantic and relationship fronts. Just simply by being the planet to move through your romantic sector this year Venus will have a say in where to from here. But as the planet of love she has been the perfect planet to put things on the course they will continue on. As well as pointing matters of the heart in the right direction, Venus has left with a clear sense of what you want from love. That Venus was the planet to move through this year was important, for whatever planet had that honour was going to have a challenge. That challenge is the sheer weight of focus on your relationships, something that will not only strengthen this month but continue. Mars will spend the whole month in your relationship sector and the Sun, as always, is here until the 23rd August. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August putting the spotlight on your relationships. However, the spotlight doesn't usually reveal what it does this year. With a total solar eclipse on the 22nd August, it is during the Sun's last full day that there is the potential for major new beginnings. This will be the second New Moon, with the first having fallen during the Sun's first full day last month. A huge amount of water has passed under the bridge since then, including a lunar eclipse on the 8th August. While falling in Aquarius, this lunar eclipse will directly challenge relationship forces. Two weeks before the total solar eclipse this will be a push to get to the heart of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.

Pisces

A month that has both love and relationship gods on the field at the same time can create some competition, but they are happy to stay in their own lane this month. Mainly because of the players concerned. Long before the Sun returns to your relationship sector on the 23rd August, as he does at this time every year, Mercury is on board and on a mission to give your relationships a voice. Mercury returned on the 26th July for what should have been a 15 day visit aimed at giving your relationships a voice. Yet the planet of communication will instead spend the whole month here, thanks to a retrograde turn on the 13th August. This will open the doors to the past and second chances, especially when it comes to giving the past and unsaid words a voice. With no urgency and challenges, this is a month where the main focus is on getting the communication lines open, something that will continue even after the Sun returns. What is unexpected, is to still have something unfolding on the romantic front. At this time last year there was no romantic activity still playing out. A year on it is not only still playing out, but the best is still to come. The Sun and Mars both left your romantic sector last month, but held back by her retrograde phase Venus, planet of love had yet to return. The most romantically charged weeks of the year won't even start until Venus' return on the 1st August. While Venus will leave on the 26th July, with Ceres on board until late September a romantic chapter still has the rest of this month and the majority of next month to run its course.

 

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