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.

Pisces

Move your body and find your center. With the Leo sun lighting up your healthy-living zone until the 22nd, self-care helps you stay grounded through all the emotional waves that dating can bring. You’re better off racing to a workout class than you are hitting send on a reactive text. Venus cruises through Virgo and your harmonious partnership house from August 5 to 29. A soul-to-soul connection could spark at the gym, on a hiking trail, or during a volunteer mission. And coupled Pisces could be inspired to share a wellness mission. With lusty Mars cruising through your 10th house of careers from August 2 to September 27, you may also meet your match through a work function.

Boundaries are a must on the 14th, when your ruler Neptune opposes Venus in the skies. They’re also crucial on the 26th, when dominating Mars throws down with Neptune. Show some backbone by setting limits and saying no — lovingly but firmly — to draining requests. With the sun flowing into Virgo and your relationship house from the 22nd on, it's important that you have a healthy balance of "me" and "we." Pursue your personal passions so you don't get obsessively caught up in a crush. When lucky Jupiter and Venus align on the 27th, you could take a huge leap in love like becoming exclusive or even engaged.
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