Your August Love Horoscope, Revealed

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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.

Capricorn

Cue up the slow jams. August could be the steamiest month of 2016, as the sun simmers in your erotic eighth house until the 22nd. Keep a firm privacy policy in place, though. With sultry Mars on an undercover mission, issues with bae should be worked out before reporting all the details to your girlfriends. Emotions run at a fever pitch until your ruler Saturn ends a retrograde on the 13th. If you’re holding a grudge — surprise, the apology you want to hear is the one you may need to deliver. Own your part in things, even if your only crime was pretending to be cool with something that felt wrong from the start.

Fortunately, Venus helps to lighten the mood from August 5 to 29, as she cruises through Virgo and your adventurous, worldly ninth house. If you're recovering from a love-maggedon, traveling will definitely help. Get out of town, and don't just bring your baggy breakup clothes. Sparks could fly with a sexy local or fellow traveler. Close to home, a cross-cultural connection could heat up. Happily coupled Caps should schedule some vacation time together, especially once the sun joins Venus from the 22nd on.
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