August 2018 horoscopes: Mars and Mercury in retrograde, eclipse season

What does August have in store for you?

Monch the Mystic

10:30:0pm July 31, 2018

3:23:58am August 1, 2018

It's Leo season, folks!

This August, we are in for quite a wild ride. It's double retrograde (Mars and Mercury) and eclipse season. Feeling a bit fussy and on edge? The Mars and Mercury retrogrades got us slowing down, giving time to to reflect and reassess on what really matters.

The eclipse in Leo gives us the opportunity to reconnect with our deepest truths and desires while full moon in Pisces helps to open our hearts and learn to see and treat compassion as a strength instead of a weakness.

What does August have in store for you?

ARIES

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

Venus flits into your house of committed connections, strengthening your bonds and adding a extra dose of sweetness to all your relationships. If you were uncertain before, the fog as cleared and you know now. Suddenly, the glass is more than half full. Single Aries, you could meet someone with the potential for lasting love.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

With love planets canoodling in sensual earth signs, this could be one of your best love days of the year. Coupled? Let your mate know how much you care. Single? Take a little gamble in the game of love. 

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This powerful new moon and solar eclipse signals fresh starts and brings the opportunity to write a new chapter in the book of love. Stay open to someone who may lead you in a widely different direction.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Mars is on retrograde until August 27, and today it pivots back into Capricorn. Old issues that you thought were long since resolved could resurface. Do your best to keep work and love separate.

Mars is sprinting through your tenth house of professional success. Keep going, but realize that things may take time to pick up. Watch for clashes with authority, stressful deadlines, and job demands that push you to the brink. If you’re questioning your career path, don’t rush into changes you haven’t given much thought to or without a solid backup plan.

August 19: Jupiter - Neptune trine

It’s time to surrender, as expansive Jupiter in your intimacy corner forms a harmonious aspect with intuitive Neptune in your compassionate twelfth house. Don’t try to build walls. Instead, enjoy the warm glow you feel when you allow yourself to be supported by loved ones. Been keeping quiet about a desire? Share and you could discover an eager companion.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This year’s only full moon in Pisces dramatically illuminates your house of imagination and closure. It may be time to shut the door firmly on a distressing situation or relationship. Swept off your feet? While a little day dreaming is fine, be careful not to get taken for a ride. If you’d been punishing someone who’re more than repented, la luna reminds you what it truly mean to forgive.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

Is it real life or is it fantasy? This cosmic clash might make you feel like someone (most probably a love interest) is trying to manipulate you. Or could this be childhood issues coming out to play? Make a reality check before projecting your issues on others or hurling accusations.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

As intense Mars in retrograde goes direct in your career house, this could help in resolving conflicts. If you’ve been under pressure or had a job search stall, things should fall back in place now. Contemplating a job change or big move? This is your all-clear signal.

TAURUS

August 6 - September: Venus in Libra

The love planet beams into your sixth house of wellbeing, adding a health twist to your relationships. If you’re part of a dynamic duo, you might suddenly enjoy doing more physical things together (besides the obvious ones), perhaps joining a league, taking a vegetarian cooking class, or going for nightly walks. Single? Try exercising without the ear buds. You could meet someone at the gym or on a nature hike.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

The love planet forms a sweet sync-up in the practical zones of your chart, making this a great day to (peacefully) discuss the nitty-gritty details of a relationship and get back on track together. Sparks could fly with someone you meet at work or through healthy pursuits.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This potent new moon, a bold solar eclipse, brings fresh starts. And because it lands in your domestic realm, it could signal a change in your living situation over the coming six months. If you’ve been thinking of buying a home – or selling one – get busy interviewing realtors and researching the market.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Spicy Mars, which has been retrograde since June 26, backs into your expansive ninth house. Though you’ll want to pace yourself for the rest of retrograde, sparks could fly on a vacation fling, or a long-distance affair may heat up, perhaps with an old flame. Couples can turn up the heat by travelling or doing more adventurous things outside of your comfort zones.

August 19: Jupiter - Neptune trine

Indulge in a little fantasy. In fact, you might not be able to avoid it as dreamy Neptune casts a spell on adventurous Jupiter in your partnership zone. While it will be fun to invent plans for the future, this isn’t the best time to book tickets or commit to anything, as these two dreamy planets aren’t really famous for being grounded in reality.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This year’s only full moon in your house of technology and teamwork could bring a group project to a triumphant conclusion. Make sure you acknowledge everyone who has a role in this. Are you ready to share the success with your virtual universe? Be clever with your social posts and email blasts – this could go viral.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

Your critical eye is especially sharp today, for better or for worse. You’ll see all of a love interest’s flaws and failings instead of their positive qualities. But the last thing you want to do is try to “fix” them. Refocus your attention on what you cherish about this person, and definitely keep those blunt opinions to yourself.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends 

It’s safe to take a chill pill. Driven Mars wraps up a frustrating two-month retrograde, which may have brought work chaos, red tape, and career setbacks. You can now hit the has on that big career reboot.

GEMINI

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

Enjoy this sultry spell of hosting demonstrative Venus in your flirty and passionate fifth house. This five-week transit could be the highlight of your romantic year.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

When the love planets hook up, you’re sure to do the same. This is a super-lucky day for romancing, and possibly in a surprising way. Single friends may become lovers, partners could part ways amicably and become friends – or take things to an exciting new level.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This solar eclipse will bring some major changes in your social sector. You could get involved in a worthwhile cause or a local cultural event. Stay open to random events, people and conversations. You never know where they will lead. 

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Mars returns to Capricorn for the rest of its retrograde period and going direct on August 27. With the cosmic kindler in your eighth house of intensity, you may spend some time processing deep-seated issues that involve trust and intimacy. Watch your temper this season and be willing to give the other side the benefit of the doubt.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

Expansive Jupiter forms a comfortable connection to compassionate Neptune in your career corner. Work becomes so much more than the pay, as now you are inspired by this cosmic connection to seek projects that serve humankind. Show your appreciation for those who have supported you and helped you achieve your current success.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

There’s no way you’ll be able to keep in light and breezy with manipulative Pluto in the picture. Count to ten before speaking or rant to a friend until the heat of the moment passes.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This annual event inspires you to raise the bar and go for the gold. This full moon in your career corner could bring a huge opportunity or recognition. If you’re feeling unfulfilled with your current path, perhaps you’ll find the courage to make a bold change in this transit.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

As the passion planet returns from retrograde, he’s amping up your erotic eighth house doing what he does best- cranking up your love life. With more fiery intensity comes a dose of anger, jealousy, and possessiveness. Watch out!

CANCER

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

Five weeks of coziness and security begins as Venus lights up your domestic sector. As Venus, harbinger of harmony and flow, settles in your home sector, you can finally have those conversations with your partner. Dating? It might be a good time to have your birth charts read together to get to know each other on a deeper and more authentic level. Single? A birth chart reading would also do wonders to help guide you through the signs that are right for you.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

It’s a heart-opening day as the cosmic lovers unite in your emotional bonding houses. Open up, be more vulnerable, and offer your trust to someone whose earned it.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This Leo new moon lands in your second house of money and work. You might just be on the cusp of a big day or new career path. This is the time to be boldly ask for what you want because you know what you’re worth.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

The rash-action planet backflips out of your house of intimacy and eroticism, and plunges into your committed partnership zone. See resurfacing issues for what they really are by diving deeper into the core of the problem.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

With your romance and visionary houses activated by these limitless planets, you could make one of your wildest dreams a reality. Crank up the flame on a simmering attraction or pursue and sensual courtship.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

This clash of titans could cause power struggles to erupt as parties could try to manipulate the other. Be careful which waters you wade into. What feels like attraction could be an obsession with control or power.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This rare lunation can bring to reality the lofty plan you’ve been working on the past few months. If you get the opportunity to travel for a purpose, leap and don’t think twice.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

As Mars returns forward motion in your partnership house until September 10, you can finally end or speed ahead on a connection that had cooled off after an initial heating-up period during the Mars retrograde.

LEO

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

When charming Venus struts into your communication sector, your flirtatious side will be on full display. Chatting up strangers becomes second nature. Got a message to spread? Go ahead and start talking.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

Sparks could fly with someone you meet online or through mutual friends and might quickly evolve into a romance. Couples can keep things spicy but expanding their intellectual horizons with something that blends their individual interests.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

Hello Leo! Time to celebrate! In your first house of self, appearance, and identity, this lunation signals the beginning of a major chapter in the soap opera that is your life. Unveil a solo endeavor, put yourself out there and take the chance!

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Today as passionate planet spins into Capricorn and your critical sixth hose, remaining there until August 27, watch the tendency to become to hard on yourself. Perfectionism could kill a solid connection.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

Feelings may run deep when expansive Jupiter merges with sensitive Neptune, and may blow open your emotional vault. Might as well let someone in. This may attract someone who’s not afraid to do the same.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This year’s only full moon in your intimacy sector dials up the sensuality as it brings emotions to a high. Things could get real and serious today, and someone may confess undying devotion. Could it possibly be you?

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

The impulsive planet has been on reverse in your partnership and health zones stirring up all kinds of conflict. Now that Mars goes direct, this tension may dissipate and you’ll feel more free to pursue your passions without all that extra drama. Finally, time to breathe!

VIRGO

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

Romantic Venus is making her annual sweep through your tactile and sensual second house, turning up the heat as well as your seductive powers. Don’t hold back in expressing what you feel, asking for what you want, and showering the object of your affection with appreciation. Allow them to do the same in return!

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

Tough love isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s the best medicine. Today, constraining Saturn squares off with dreamy Venus. Even if your heart is saying yes, your head may be say otherwise. If your timing is off or the object of your affection isn’t a worthy candidate, don’t waste your time. No reason to settle!

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

A game-changing new moon eclipse in your sensitive twelfth house emphasizes your softer side. You could kick off a six-week period of probing your emotional depths and doing some more important healing work. Single Virgos could tap their manifesting mojo and call in a soulmate.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Temperamental Mars, retrograde now takes a turn into your passionate sector. Old conflicts may resurface or an ex could come back to the picture. Avoid doing things that bring you back to old habits and your old self.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

This transit could lead you and your partner or love interest to open up and be receptive to what the other has to say. The best part is that you don’t feel the need to be 100 percent in sync. In fact, your differences are a big part of the turn-on.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

Trust issues could make a surprise appearance today, catching you a big off-guard. Don’t let yourself overreact or hurl unfounded suspicions at people who haven’t done anything to deserve it. You could veer into a diva territory if you’re not careful.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This once-a-year full moon in your relationships house heralds some exciting changes, whether you’re attached or not. Couples can bond on a deeper and more loving level or take a huge next step. Single? This transit can point you to the right direction of a caring partner who isn’t afraid of commitment.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

Confrontational Mars wraps up in challenging two-month retrograde, which may have stirred up a conflict or drama in a partnership or brought back a difficult ex. From here on, look forward to smoother sailing- and seriously sexy encounters as Mars lingers in your passionate fifth house until September 10. The temperatures outside may be starting to fall, but indoors, it’s about to get hot, hot, hot!

LIBRA

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

Venus, your beloved ruler, pays her annual visit to your sign! This transit dials up your magnetic mojo and makes you an official head-turner. Enjoy this fun and flirty season, Libra!

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

This could be one of the luckiest days for love as Venus in your sign, forms a harmonious trine to lusty Mars in your house of passion.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This powerful solar eclipse in your eleventh house of group activities and technology could bring a significant opportunity to join forces with an innovative crew or launch a digital initiative. Change is in the air. If you don’t cling to something that isn’t working anymore, you’ll land in a way better situation than before.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Mars returns to Capricorn and your fourth house of domestic affairs but will be retrograde (backward) until August 27. Strong emotions could swell, especially if you’re processing some old wounds or navigating stressful times in the home. If you’re planning to move or renovate, wait it out a bit until things settle down.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

This is the transit inspiring you to do work that benefits the world. If you’ve been wondering how you could blend earning a living and making a difference, you might stumble on the perfect situation today. Reach out to your social network for suggestions.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

Issues from your past — perhaps unresolved childhood pains — may resurface today when you least expect it. You can acknowledge it’s your own thing and not project it onto another.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This culminating full moon in your work, service, and health zone. If you recently embarked on a new way of eating or intensified workouts, you could see results today. Let that keep you more motivated!

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

After a frustrating three weeks, emotional friction clears up. If your moods and emotions have been all over the place, you’ll start to feel more in control of yourself again.

SCORPIO

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

When the love planet dips into your sensitive and compassionate twelfth house, you might feel especially vulnerable or nostalgic.

You’re open to dropping your defenses and allowing someone to help you or get to know you better – and that’s a big step for your guarded sign. Single? You could attract someone with soulmate potential but make sure to keep the bar high!

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

The cosmic couples harmonize in the emotional zones of your chart, helping you pull of the security gate. An older and wiser person could offer advice. Instead of trying to control everything, adopt a more receptive stance and watch those loving feelings flow.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

The year’s only new moon in your career house is also a boundary-pushing eclipse, which can help you branch out professionally in all the ways you’re dreaming of. The next six months are a great time for some deep reflecting on what would make you the happiest. When you get clear on your goals, work on an action plan to get you there.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

With eager Mars retrograding into your communication house, you could come across as pushy- at least, until the red planet straightens out on August 27. If you try to force your way, you risk irritating people. Patience and timing are your prescription.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

This is the transit that could help you find a solutions by looking at things from the outside. Expansive Jupiter helps you see things from everyone’s point of view, and Neptune gives you patience and compassion. Trust your gut on this one.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

Unconscious issues could flare up, disrupting the harmony of your love life. With Venus in your twelfth house of dreams, getting a tense aspect from Pluto, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s projection. Better to lay low today than add fuel to the fire.

August 26: Pisces full moon

If you’ve been going through the motions with a big project, this full moon in your passionate fifth house helps you keep or develop a personal touch. No one expects you to be an automaton. In fact, in this aspect you could receive some major props for your good work!

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

Motivated Mars wraps up a his retrograde today, bringing ease to stalled projects and negotiations.

SAGITTARIUS

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

When the love planet swoons into your zone of community, technology, and friendship, sparks could try with a platonic pal or someone you meet when you’re not really looking. You may enjoy socializing in a mixed group instead of spending time locked in your bubble.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

Venus and Mars synchronize sweetly in the platonic zone of your chart, turning a friend into a lover. You could meet someone promising through mutual contacts or while hanging out casually. Online connections could ignite like wildfire, so check your accounts or take that plunge already!

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

Today’s new moon lands in your ninth house of travel, publishing, and entrepreneurship. Your big ideas and message could resonate with a large audience. Over the coming six months, unpack your plans to go bigger and bolder, and don’t put limits on the possibilities.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

The red planet is blazing through your financial sector – but in reverse for the next couple of weeks. You may not get the traction you desire until August 27. While the ambitious planet can camp up your revenue, its lingering retrograde could herald a large or unbudgeted expense. Try to keep costs to a minimum. If you must spend, make sure it can bring a healthy return of investment.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune trine

This is the transit in the most emotional parts of your chart that could unleash a DELUGE of desires. You may feel ready to take a bold next step in a relationship or radically alter your living situation. Stay open to what wise women in your life have to say.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

With Venus in your risk-taking eleventh house, you will feel daring and experimental. Shadowy Pluto warms against trusting too easily. Before you know it, one or both of you could be in over your heads!

August 26: Pisces full moon

This year’s only full moon in your fourth house signal surprising changes in your lifestyle. If you’re ready to get more serious, these next six months could bring radical change!

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

The action planet gets back on track in your work and money zone after a frustrating two-month retrograde, lighting a fire in your belly. Roll up your sleeves and make up for lost time!

CAPRICORN

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

When the love planet strides into your tenth house of publicity and profession, romance may be a quite a dramatic affair. Singles may meet their match at work or an industry event. You could be attracted to someone a bit older and more established.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

The cosmic lovers entwine in a harmonious aspect in the most stable parts of your chart. Make plans for the future, do something extra special for yourself, pamper yourself! You deserve this.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This year’s new moon in your intense eighth house revs up your chemistry and could bring a special bonding moment. For single mountain goats, a simmering attraction may finally kick off. Couples might suddenly decide to get more serious. The only thing for sure if that the situation will be completely different six months from now.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

With retrograde until August 27, you might have to weather some relationship storms. You may decide to split temporarily or for good – or an old flame might come back for a second act. The choice to respond is yours!

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

This transit may point a way to an exciting collaboration. Sharing not only ideas but also the workload with like-minded people will definitely ease the burden plus it’ll make the work so much more enjoyable.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

Control issues may bubble up with your mate or a love interest. Emotional security is good but not if it comes at the expense of your freedom. Don’t feel guilty if you need some of your personal space.

August 26: Pisces full moon

This year’s only full moon in your communication corner could bring some big news or give you an opportunity to have an important dialogue. Over the coming weeks, you could partner up with a kindred spirit whose talents complement yours. This lunation also helps you speak with more kindness and compassion.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

Passionate Mars wraps up the rollercoaster ride retrograde. Your finally back on track and will be galloping towards your goals in no time.

AQUARIUS

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

Venus beams into your expansive, optimistic ninth house after an intense cycle of emotional drama. Look forward to five weeks of fun and adventure. Singles may fall for someone from a different culture or a long distance relationship.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

The cosmic lovebirds land on a soft place inspiring talks about securing the future for couples. Singles, be selective about your preferences. If you keep the bar high, you might meet a prospect with long-term potential.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This groundbreaking new moon electrifies your partnership zone. You may be on the brink of moving forward with a lifestyle change or relationship.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Assertive Mars rams into your twelfth house of secret agendas. Someone may be harboring a grudge or playing tricks behind your back. Try to focus on your own work during this period.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

During this transit, by acting from the heart, you’ll attract people eager to join your team. You are living proof that compassion and leadership can go hand in hand.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

It’s not what you say but how you say it- or what you’re not saying that may be causing tension in your relationships. Look inward to see if you might be guilty of a little passive-aggressive behavior.

August 26: Pisces full moon

Today’s full moon shines light on your money and work sector, reminding you of the value of a regular paycheck and job security. You may actually change your attitude about going against the system and position yourself for a raise or promotion.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

Motivated Mars resumes forward motion. Finally, you can now tie up loose ends and prepare for an exciting new chapter that begins on September 10 when Mars returns to your sign.

PISCES

August 6 - September 9: Venus in Libra

When seductive Venus bolts into your intimate eighth house, you’ll have the urge to merge. Could it possibly be for the long haul? This profound cycle brings sensuality and sexuality but also a need for security. Go slow and don’t rush the small stuff.

August 7: Venus - Mars trine

As the love planets align in the most intimate zones of your chart, you could meet a soulmate or have a beautiful bonding moment with the person you love most. Be receptive and let your guard down a little. That doesn’t mean you should trust blindly but at least me open to exploring a connection.

August 11: Leo new moon (partial solar eclipse)

This year’s only new moon in your sixth house of organization and self-care lets you hit pause and make some necessary course corrections. Before you embark on this next phase, take the time to refocus on what matters most and resist getting sucked into other people’s drama and agendas.

August 12 - September 10: Mars in Capricorn

Stressful Mars returns to your group activity house and it’s retrograde until August 27. There could be struggles to work together effectively. But once the red planet moves forward, collaborations can get back on track.

August 19: Jupiter Neptune Trine

This transit has Jupiter in your expansive ninth house collaborate with dreamy Neptune. The lesson? Compassion is not incompatible with leadership. Be a force for good by speaking out courageously for what you believe in. You message could inspire the masses.

August 26: Venus - Pluto square

Thing may feel very confusing today. Venus in your deep, dark eighth house wants to merge your souls but secretive Pluto in your breezy eleventh house is pumping the brakes. Give yourself some time and breathing room to sort out your feelings.

August 26: Pisces full moon

The year’s only full moon in your sign hands you the microphone and pulls you in the main stage. Where have you been giving too much for others but never for yourself? Over the next few weeks, allow yourself to come out and let your feelings be heard.

August 27: Mars retrograde ends

All the stress could end just like that as Mars completes a two-month retrograde through your teamwork and career corner. Perhaps it’s time to team up with competition or past rivals toward domination! – Rappler.com

Monica Lopez Gamboa, also known as Monch the Mystic, completed Debra Silverman’s Online Astrology Program in April 2016 and has been giving readings since. 

Her dream is that one day the entire country (and the world!) will be able to speak the language of the stars as an avenue for self-awareness and self-actualization. Book a reading with Monch on her website.