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.

Leo

Is that hot sauce in your bag, Leo? August is your #birthdayseason and a time when you'll sizzle with extra swag and sex appeal. On the 2nd, the sun, new moon, and Venus all align with Leo, and you can basically have whatever — and whomever — you want. Share your talents openly during this time, because it’ll be a total aphrodisiac to anyone deserving of you. But you might actually prefer to play the field until the 22nd or at least give yourself ample "me time." This is a chance to cultivate your interests, and the demands of a relationship could be distracting.

No matter what your status in love, you won't be able to avoid Cupid's crossbow altogether. On the 2nd, passionate Mars blasts into Sagittarius and your fifth house of true love, joining serious Saturn there. (At last!) You can gain traction in an attraction that's been stuck in the mud. When the two planets team up in the last week of August, you may find yourself talking big plans for a shared future. Not quite there yet? Be creative with date planning, and take more initiative, both in and out of the sack. The Aquarius full moon on the 18th blasts off in your committed-partnership house and could put an end to the single life for you.
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