Your August Love Horoscope, Revealed

Do you have a helmet handy? Prepare to butt heads with your S.O. this month. August's clash between soft-focused Venus in Virgo and lusty Mars in Sagittarius will create some choppy waves on the ocean of emotion. But sometimes it takes a strong current to wake us up and remind us that relationships take work — the kind that can be super rewarding if you dive in headfirst. Mars in Sagittarius will also have a hand in turning you into a risk-taker. You’ll be open to new types of people and amorous adventures, maybe even rushing headlong into a relationship that just feels right. Venus in Virgo, however, is much more traditional, cautious, and risk-averse. You’ll be challenged to figure out how to stretch your sensual boundaries without straying from the safe confines of your relationships. On the 6th, Mars and Venus will lock into a combustible square (90-degree angle), which will force you to reckon with your opposing needs for both spontaneity and stability — whether single or spoken for. But hey, who says you can't have both? This month, the goal is to find that happy hybrid in one brilliant package.


The couple that slays together, stays together. With the Leo sun lighting up your partnership house until the 22nd, you want to dazzle with bae on your arm. Single Aquarians could meet “the one” near the new moon on the 2nd. And on the 5th, Venus heads into your smoldering eighth house, making you long for intensity. Sexy? Yes, but monitor your moods, because you could get a little possessive. Don't sweep legit questions under the rug, though, especially when Mars and Venus lock into a tense battle on the 6th. If your intuition won't stop nagging you, and your love interest is acting secretive, there are certain facts you need to know. Discussing relationship issues may even bring you closer once stabilizing Saturn corrects its course on the 13th.

On the 18th, the annual full moon in Aquarius revives your independent spirit. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so pull back and pursue one of your passions or take a solo vacay. Remembering what a catch you are will bring balance back into your dating strategy. A passionate connection between Venus and jet-setting Jupiter on the 27th could bring a burning declaration of love, a proposal, or another "let's do this!" move that makes you swoon.
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