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Monthly Love Horoscopes - August 2018
When the Sun returned to your romantic sector last month things did not get off to a good start. Within days of the Sun's return he was confronted by an opposition with Mars and a total lunar eclipse. This all played out in the final days of July, with all roadblocks over by the time you move into the new month. That's when the gift will become obvious. Having had a chance to shake the tree, confront any roadblocks and push through any barriers, you're able to start the month with a clear sense of what you want from love and some incredible resources. Those resources include having Mercury, planet of communication in your romantic sector all month and in retrograde motion until the 19th November. Mercury returned in early July for what should have been a two week visit aimed at giving your heart a voice and putting heart and mind on the same page. Yet here for over two months, Mercury is spending the first 19 days of this month giving your heart, the past and unsaid words a voice. Mercury is already holding the doors open to the past and second chances and will be when a solar eclipse on the 11th August brings the potential for new beginnings. There is also something special developing on the relationship front, with Venus returning to your relationship sector on the 7th August. With the Sun not returning until later next month, this is early in the year for the planet of love to return. Normally moving through in 24 days, Venus is here for a month before leaving early next month, but will return for a double dip visit later in the year. This gives Venus time to slowly bring the magic back into your relationships, in tandem to what is happening on the romantic front.
Because the Sun will always return to your romantic sector in the later part of August, it is a given that there will be at least some romantic focus this month. Yet by the time the Sun returns on the 23rd August, as he does each year, a lot of water will have already passed under the bridge. The month not only begins with Venus, planet of love in your romantic sector but having already spent the last three weeks of July here. While Venus will leave on the 7th August, she will have created enough romantic momentum to keep the flame burning until the Sun returns. However, you won't need to do this on your own with Ceres, queen of nurturing and sister planet to Venus here all month. Ceres returned a few weeks before Venus and had already spent weeks updating your romantic needs and priorities before the planet of love returned. With Mercury, planet of money not returning until early next month and the Sun spending the first three weeks of September in your romantic sector, the focus is still on letting your heart take the lead. Things will become more objective next month. In the meantime, Jupiter is spending his first full month in direct motion in your relationship sector and after a slow start after his retrograde turn ended last month, is now gaining some traction. Due to leave in early November and with a lot of support kicking in during his final weeks, Jupiter's main focus now is on moving your relationships forward. The Sun only left your communication sector late last month, ending a three week push to ensure the communication lines are open. The Moon will return for a refresher course from the 8th August to the 10th August.
To start with there is no planetary activity on the romantic or relationship fronts, as you would expect at this time of year. Apart from the three years Saturn spent in your relationship sector from December 2014 to 2017 and the 13 months Jupiter spent in your romantic sector, from September 2016 to October 2017, this is not an active point of the year on either front. With the Sun not returning to your romantic sector until later next month and to your relationship sector until late November, you have every reason to assume it will stay that way all month. However, you can guess where this is going, for while you will have to wait until November for new relationship developments, the love gods have a special surprise this month. That surprise comes in the form of Venus, planet of love who returns to your romantic sector on the 7th August, to kick off what have the potential to be the most romantically charged 24 days of any year. That is still the case, but the fact that Venus has returned so far ahead of the Sun is the reason why she won't be rushing through. There are rules governing how far ahead of the Sun Venus or Mercury can get before being pulled back and by returning to your romantic sector so early, Venus reaches that limit. Venus is already being pulled back and instead of moving through in 24 days, she won't leave until the 9th September, just over a month later. Venus is slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn, one that will see her retrograde back in for a double dip visit that will see her spend the whole of November and the early days of December back here. With other planets arriving in that time, Venus doesn't return to kick off the most romantically charged weeks of 2018, but the most romantically charged months.
Chances are, as a Moon ruled sign, personally you have been through life's spin cycle in July, both during and after your birthday month. It is hard to see the positive when life is coming at you from all directions, which is set to make developments on the romantic and relationship front this month even more stunning. While you've been dealing with life, the love and relationship gods have been busy in their own corners, creating the potential for something special. The fog of war has already started to dissipate and with August in general a lot less challenging than the last few months, you're able to enjoy what is on offer. And what is on offer is Jupiter, in his first full month in direct motion in your romantic sector, but also in his last full month on his own. While the Sun doesn't return until late October each year Venus, planet of love will not only return early next month, but spend the next two months there. It is when Venus and Jupiter, the planets of love and luck come together that this lucky year for love will really come into its own. There is not a lot you have to do to create this because you're not, the love gods are. This is about opening your heart and letting this romantic wave do the rest. On the relationship front there is something stunning happening as well. The Sun's departure from Cancer last month did take the pressure off your relationships, but not before leaving you with a more authentic sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. This means that when Mars retrogrades back in for a rare double dip visit on the 13th August, when there is an opportunity to fight for what you want and the doors open to the past, second chances and an opportunity for a do over, you'll be ready. You have the full support of the communication gods all month.
Let's face it, things may have become challenging in the final eight days of July, with the Sun's return to Leo igniting a powder keg of relationship tension. To be fair the Sun returns to Leo at the same time every year, to begin your birthday month and new solar year, with this result. This was something that was always going to happen, with the Sun returning for the first time in 47 years to find Mars, in opposition in your relationship sector. The Sun and Mars moved into opposition four days after the Sun's return and on the same day that the Moon not only returned to your relationship sector, but as a total lunar eclipse. This was the biggest collision between your personal and relationship needs in decades, blowing the lid off tensions that might have been building for a long time. A lunar eclipse last year attempted to do this, but this time, with things building for another year, a total lunar eclipse and pressure between the Sun and Mars was able to flush everything out in the open. Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, this was potentially releasing years of tension and while challenging at the time, this got everything out in the open in one fell swoop. Mars is still in your relationship sector as you move into the new month, but is no longer in opposition and on the 13th August will retrograde back out. The fact that Mars is in retrograde motion is the reason why a total lunar eclipse in the closing days of August is likely to have released a lot of old baggage. By the time Mars returns next month, the Sun will be gone and there will be no chance of a rerun. With Mercury, planet of communication not only spending the whole of August in Leo, but in retrograde motion until the 19th August, he's on hand to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice, as the rebuilding begins.
Starting the month with Venus in Virgo is giving your heart a voice from the get go, as well as giving both romantic and relationship matters a boost. Venus returns to Virgo once a year, with the planet of love and guardian of your relationships charged with not only updating your romantic and relationship desires and expectations, but to work with the conditions available to create as much magic as possible. Venus normally moves through with the Sun, but with Venus leaving on the 7th August and the Sun not returning until the 23rd August, you'll start your birthday month and new solar year with your romantic and relationship expectations already banked. It was important for Venus to get in early, spending four uninterrupted weeks working with the love and relationship gods, without the distraction of the more mundane and objective aspects of getting a new solar year off the ground. And just as well, for this year the planet of love and guardian of your relationships has a massive amount of resources to work with. For the first time in three decades Venus returned last month to find Saturn in your romantic sector, giving you the power to move mountains. While you have had Neptune in your relationship sector since 2012, for the first time in the 12 years and for the first time in our lifetime at the same time, you have lucky Jupiter in your communication sector. This is the kind of trifecta of resources across the communication, romantic and relationship fronts that have never assembled at the same time, so it is no wonder that Venus returned early and instead of spending 24 days updating your romantic and relationship desires and expectations, she'll have spent 28 days by the time she leaves on the 7th August.
When Venus, planet of love returns to Libra on the 7th August she is in for quite a shock. Even her return this early in the year is not the norm and in fact, returns so far ahead of the Sun that she will be pulled back, forcing a retrograde turn which will have huge romantic implications over the coming months. When Venus returns on the 7th August there are no other planets here and with the Sun not returning until later next month, the planet of love will spend her whole time here on her own. Two things are surprising from the get go. The first is that Venus is here so early and the second is that the relationship tension that has greeted planets returning to Libra over the last eight years has dialled back dramatically. In its place is a new opportunity for healing. Yet what is truly shocking is that Venus will return to find Mars in your romantic sector. There is usually no planetary activity in your romantic sector at this time here and to have Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos here is something that hasn't happened in 47 years. In retrograde motion, Mars is still enjoying the benefits of a total lunar eclipse in late July, one that has blown the doors to the past and second chances off their hinges. Mars will retrograde back out on the 13th August, but will return for a double dip visit next month. Venus will be gone by then, but she will retrograde back into Libra in early November, where they spend over two weeks together. What the planets of love and passion are able to start in their few days together this month, from the 7th August to the 13th August, will come together in full bloom in the first two weeks of November.
Moving into August with planetary activity in your romantic sector hasn't always been the norm, but has been since a series of major planets began arriving in 2003. At the moment, the current occupant is Neptune, planet of dreams, who is on his own for the first time since arriving in 2012. In retrograde motion and without the need to address old baggage, as was the case in previous years, this is a chance to take a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane with your rose coloured glasses on. What is definitely not the norm is to have planetary activity in your relationship sector. While Jupiter and Saturn have both moved through this century, the last major planet here, keeping things active not only all year but for years, was between 1935 and 1942. This was when Uranus last moved through and it is the planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected that is back, creating a need for authenticity, but also serendipitous conditions. Uranus has been here since May, but this month something special is developing across the income, work and career fronts. Neptune is already in retrograde motion in your romantic sector and will be until November, but on the 8th August Uranus will also turn retrograde. Neptune and Uranus are major planets and with both in retrograde motion, this puts a lot of focus on the past, but it is the timing that is auspicious. For on the 7th August Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships will return to a nostalgic part of your chart, in order to take your heart on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Uranus' retrograde turn the day after, puts Venus in the perfect position to exploit the doors open to the past and second chances, something she'll do until leaving and returning to Scorpio, early next month.
While the Sun left your relationship sector in late June, this brought all planetary activity on the relationship front for the year to a close, but this brought a defining few months to a close. For the first time in four years the Sun, Mercury and Venus were able to move through without Saturn in opposition and without relationship tensions this may have created in the past. It was those years that left you with a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, something you were able to use during this month's planetary activity on the relationship front. While the planets have moved on, whether single, in a relationship or between relationships you're a lot more aware of what you want and need from your relationships and how to keep things on track. This makes the Moon's monthly visits a lot more important. As the Moon moves through your relationship sector from the 6th August to the 8th August, you're able to listen to the strong emotional responses triggered and to their message. Fortunately, Mars won't retrograde back out of your communication sector until the 13th August, so is there to give your emotional responses, relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. In the meantime, Eris' retrograde turn in your romantic sector late last month means that both she and Chiron, planet of healing are now in retrograde motion, taking your heart on a nostalgic and healing trip down love's memory lane. The Moon will move through from the 1st August to the 4th August, coming full circle for a second visit from the 29th August to the 31st August. Each time this will add fuel to a sense of not just romantic nostalgia, but thanks to support from adventurous forces, to a sense of romance, adventure and nostalgia.
Moving into August with planetary activity in your romantic sector is not the norm and there has to be something extraordinary in play for that to happen. Not quite as rare but definitely extraordinary is the fact that you also start the month with Venus, planet of love in an adventurous part of your chart. Venus returns to an adventurous part of your chart once a year, though usually at the same time as the Sun, who returns on the 23rd August. Venus will be long gone by then, leaving on the 7th August. By then Venus will have spent four weeks bringing the spirit of romance and adventure together, this time with some extraordinary support. Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected is making his first visit to your romantic sector in eight decades and whatever Venus is able to fuel, he is able to nurture. While Uranus will retrograde back out in November, he'll be back a few months later and is then here until 2026. This makes this the start of a new romantic journey rather than an event. It is a day after Venus leaves an adventurous part of your chart on the 7th August that Uranus will turn retrograde in your romantic sector, opening the doors to the past and second chances. Because Uranus rules through the laws of synchronicity, the past could come alive through serendipitous moments and/or encounters. Ceres, Venus' sister planet, will stay on in an adventurous part of your chart after Venus leaves, keeping her spirit of both adventure and romance alive. With Uranus in retrograde motion from the 8th August, a sense of romance, adventure and nostalgia will dominate the rest of this month and for months to come.
The Sun didn't get off to a good start when he returned to your relationship sector last month or so it may have seemed at the time, with his first eight days likely to have seen personal and/or relationship tensions rise. The Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 23rd July was something that happens at this time every year and not leaving until the 23rd August, this is when the solar spotlight is always on your relationships. What the Sun or any planet moving through your relationship sector doesn't expect, is push back from planetary activity in Aquarius, for there usually is none. Yet for the first time in 47 years the Sun returned to find Mars in Aquarius and in a case of what may have appeared to be bad timing, they moved into opposition just as there was a total lunar eclipse in the later days of July. There is always a Full Moon in Aquarius at some point during the Sun's month long visit to your relationship sector and at the halfway point in your solar year, this is a chance to test that your own needs are being considered. That Full Moon was a total lunar eclipse, just as the Sun and Mars were already in opposition. Yet whatever personal and/or relationship tension this may have created has already dissipated by the time you move into the new month. For with Mars in retrograde motion and the Sun moving forward, the distance between them is growing by the day. However, it won't be until Mars retrogrades out of Aquarius on the 13th August that the last remnants will evaporate. This is giving you your clearest sense yet of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and it is Mercury, planet of communication in your relationship sector all month and in retrograde motion until the 19th August that is giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. By the time of a solar eclipse on the 11th August you'll be ready to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead.
The Sun may have left your romantic sector on the 23rd July, but last month's solar eclipse has brought the element of fate into play in a way that has given matters of the heart a life of their own. You no longer need planetary activity to keep the spirit of romance alive. However, the Moon's return from the 8th August to the 10th August, will add more fuel to the romantic flame. Coming full circle from last month's solar eclipse, these romantically charged lunar vibes are likely to also bring the element of fate into play or at least remind you that it is already in play. Yet while matters of the heart now have a life of their own, there is some very real focus on your relationships, even before the Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 23rd August. This is the point of every year when the solar spotlight will always fall on your relationships in a real, authentic and objective way. When the Sun is here you can't stick your head in the sand, with the Sun keeping it real. Yet by the time the Sun returns the reality will be that there is something special developing. That something special is the fact that you not only start the month with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships already in your relationship sector but Ceres, dwarf planet and the queen of nurturing as well. These are sister planets, with Ceres focused on updating your relationship needs and Venus on making sure those needs are being met. While Venus will leave on the 7th August, Ceres is here until early next month, making sure that the Sun gets the message from the get go. In addition your relationships are getting the kind of support from the communication gods that is not the norm. From the 8th August, this even includes a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.