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What the First Half of August Will Look Like for Your Zodiac Sign

A bi-monthly look at what's to come for your sign courtesy of T&C's master astrologer, Katharine Merlin.
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Leo: July 23-August 23


James Baldwin

Uranus at the top of your chart sets a do-and-dare tone for this month, and a solar eclipse in your birth sign is a perspective shifter. But if cherished plans refuse to fly, be ready to make some revisions and to be more specific about what you want. Once Mercury—the detail planet—turns direct on the 19th you will be able to command the attention you crave, and Mars's forward motion on the 27th means that you can finally break free of obstructions that have dogged you since late June.

August 1-15: Try to control your impatience with those who can't keep up with you near the 2nd and focus on positive developments at home, especially near the 6th. Until the eclipse of the 11th, others may not be on your wavelength, but your ability to remain focused and clear is setting the stage for a particularly productive new cycle.

Virgo: August 24-September 23


Freddie Mercury

Your patience will pay off this month and you appear to have a lot to mull over and analyze. Situations you're concerned about are bound to shift and evolve, and financial matters also appear quite volatile. Once your ruling planet Mercury changes directions on the 19th, though, you'll begin to see a path forward with increasing clarity. Partners and loved ones seem to be in the mood to open up and share near the 26th, so stay tuned in.

August 1-15: Whatever occurs near the 6th is all about giving yourself a break and living in the moment. If you're feeling a bit confused near the 9th, though, be ready to question your own interpretation of others behavior and not overreact, especially when Saturn squares sensitive Venus on the 10th. The new Moon of the 11th urges you to step back and connect with yourself.

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Libra: September 24-October 23


Alfred Nobel

Expand your reach this August and don't hesitate to aim high. Associates may be a bit uncertain about their own plans, but there's no reason to fear the worst. What you do need to factor in are the tricky conditions that are currently affecting your lifestyle and personal plans. But even if you're running into obstacles and delays, your persistence will ensure that all the bits and pieces fall into place, especially by the time Mars begins to surge forward on the 27th.

August 1-15: Reckless but well-justified spending near the 2nd won't lead to regrets, and your personal life is bound to sweeten up once Venus enters Libra on the 6th. One exception—hurt feelings will be difficult to avoid when harsh Saturn enters the scene on the 10th, but the eclipse of the 11th revs up your social life and thrusts it into the planetary spotlight.

Scorpio: October 24-November 22


Indira Gandhi

August is generally a high profile month for Scorpios because the Sun is at the Zenith of your solar chart. So do get out and about even if the pace is slower than usual. With two major planets out of phase until the 19th and 27th, respectively, your ideas and plans may require a fair amount of fine tuning before they take hold—so keep at it. Life lightens up when the full Moon of the 26th casts its rays on the most social angle of your chart.

August 1-15: With Mars clashing with maverick Uranus in your relationship angle on the 2nd, be ready to encounter resistance to your plans. Venus entering a hidden angle of your chart on the 6th is all about getting away for some private moments and encounters, and Venus clashing with Pluto on the 10th hints of communication glitches. Get out and make your presence felt on the 11th.

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Sagittarius: November 23-December 21


Bruce Lee

Try to refrain from projecting too much into the future this month and focus on the now. With the Sun illuminating the most adventuresome angle of your solar chart, it's time to soak up new sights, sounds, and ideas and follow your whims. Your friendships and associations are also under the bewitching spell of Venus in Libra. But once the Sun heads into Virgo on the 23rd, you'll be entering a more ambitious and goal-oriented timeframe when "action" is the key word.

August 1-15: You may be frustrated by restrictions you encounter near the 1st, but if you make an effort to harmonize with others—especially near the 8th—you'll smooth the way for a mutual effort. Face financial facts when Saturn rears its head on the 10th and you'll find that even dubious situations will work out favorably after the eclipse of the 11th.

Capricorn: December 22-January 20


Muhammad Ali

Because Saturn, your ruler, is still out of phase in your birth sign, it's going to be difficult to firm up recently forged plans. Still, with expansive Jupiter moving ahead in the most forward-looking part of your solar chart, the contacts and associations you're forging can take you far. And with Venus at the top of your chart, you'll be hard to ignore, so don't be a hermit. Much good will come of the moves you now make and of your willingness to go that extra mile.

August 1-15: You seem to be sending out all the right messages on the 6th so get out and about and don't hesitate to step into the spotlight on the 8th. You do appear to be feeling out of sorts and vulnerable on the 10th, though, but give others the benefit of the doubt and soldier on. The eclipse of the 11th will shed new light on a complex situation and any lurking clouds promise to lift off.

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Aquarius: January 21-February 19


Virginia Woolf

Because the Sun always travels through your relationship angle in August, your attention tends to be focused on others—especially those who matter the most. And if they seem to be going through some shifts and changes, be patient, at least until after the eclipse of the 11th and Mercury's return to normalcy on the 19th. Jupiter at the top of your chart is in your favor, so the world is seeing you in a positive light and you can accomplish much.

August 1-15: The urge to behave outrageously will be hard to suppress when Mars squares rebellious Uranus on the 2nd, but others seem inclined to support and applaud you near the 6th. Fortune-boosting Jupiter will be well-aspected at the zenith of your solar chart on the 11th, and this is the time to reach out and make your presence felt.

Pisces: February 20-March 20


Nina Simone

Because the Sun always travels through your relationship angle in August, your attention tends to be focused on others—especially those who matter the most. And if they seem to be going through some shifts and changes, be patient, at least until after the eclipse of the 11th and Mercury's return to normalcy on the 19th. Jupiter at the top of your chart is in your favor, so the world is seeing you in a positive light and you can accomplish much.

August 1-15: The urge to behave outrageously will be hard to suppress when Mars squares rebellious Uranus on the 2nd, but others seem inclined to support and applaud you near the 6th. Fortune-boosting Jupiter will be well-aspected at the zenith of your solar chart on the 11th, and this is the time to reach out and make your presence felt.

Aries: March 21-April 20


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Maya Angelou

Because your planetary ruler, Mars, has been out of phase since late June, your plans aren't likely to be proceeding full steam ahead. But this month, the Sun in Leo until the 23rd accents the most playful angle of your chart, so relax and enjoy because you'll be back in the action soon enough. Near the 25th, you appear to be zeroing in on promising new arrangements, and by the 27th, Mars's direct motion delivers a clear green light.

August 1-15: Don't let your impatience send you off on a tangent near the 1st, because by the 6th you'll realize that others are very much on your side. Zero in on promising agreements near the 8th and be careful to tread lightly when everyone is feeling overly sensitive on the 9th. The eclipse of the 11th invites you to lighten up and let off some steam.

Taurus: April 21-May 21


Audrey Hepburn

You're right to be considering new options right now but the time to act does not appear to have yet come. With the Sun in Leo at the nadir of your solar chart, your personal and home life are in the planetary spotlight, and whatever occurs near the eclipse of the 11th will be a perspective-shifter. By the 19th, plans that have been difficult to implement will begin to fall into place and the full Moon of the 26th rivets your focus on friends and social fun.

August 1-15: You don't appear to be feeling very amenable when Mars squares maverick Uranus on the 2nd, but go ahead and be a stubborn Taurus because lucky Jupiter will be in your favor as soon as the 6th. Emotions will be volatile between the 10th and the 11th, so give others the benefit of the doubt and don't go overboard or say anything you're likely to regret.

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Gemini: May 22-June 20


Josephine Baker

The ideas and plans that are dancing around in your head can lead you in a brilliant new direction if you follow through on them. So don't be discouraged if you're not getting immediate responses. August is also the time to cover new ground and travel is strongly highlighted, although after the 23rd, you'll be in the perfect position to pursue long-considered lifestyle changes. Don't let petty disagreements stop you from taking action near the 26th.

August 1-15: Because heavenly Venus will be entering the part of your chart connected to social fun and affairs of the heart on the 6th, it's time to be spontaneous. Just don't overreact when things don't go your way on the 10th. By as soon as the 11th, you'll be reassured that life is full of possibilities and fun and the eclipse on the 11th also accents shifts of perspective.

Cancer: June 21-July 22


Princess Diana

It may be difficult to get financial matters firmly in hand until after the 20th, but your efforts to set new arrangements in place will work out favorably in the end. Saturn in Capricorn indicates that partners are prone to be a bit rigid and critical, but with blissful Venus traversing the part of your solar chart connected to home and hearth, good feelings will dominate if you don't overreact. By month's end, an issue that's been hanging in the air can finally be resolved.

August 1-15: Dare to march to the beat of your own drum on the 2nd and to push past your comfort zone in the process. Your plans will take off if you speak up on the 8th, and aside from minor setbacks near the 10th, when everyone is being reactive and overly sensitive, remaining optimistic and proactive will work very much in your favor and win others to your side by the 13th.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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