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.


With the Leo sun ablaze in your festive, flamboyant fifth house until the 22nd, you're quite the head-turner in August. The new moon on the 2nd could deliver some sexy arm candy who can paint the town crimson with you. For coupled Rams, this new moon is a romantic revival and could bring talks of engagement rings and baby-making. Also, on the 2nd, your ruler Mars snaps into Sagittarius and your worldly ninth house until the end of September, making you long for shared — and global — adventures. Book tickets for a couple’s getaway and depart after Saturn ends its retrograde on the 13th. Single? Your love interest could be from a different culture or someone you meet on summer vacation.

From August 5 to 29, Venus winds through Virgo and your structured sixth house. Set up a shared calendar to keep track of each other's busy lives. Make time for massages, workouts, and meditation, so you can bring your best self to the dating game. On the 29th, Venus heads into Libra and your seventh house of relationships, putting you in a much more couple-y headspace until the end of September. And when Mercury turns retrograde August 30, you may just see the return of an old flame.
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