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.

Sagittarius

You're passion personified, Sagittarius, as lusty Mars bursts into your sign from August 2 until September 27. Playfully pursue others, but be careful not to ply anyone with pressure. (Mars can make you come on strong.) Until the 22nd, you might date around or enjoy a few vacation flings. Even coupled archers won't want to feel tethered. But there's one catch: Stern Saturn is also in your sign, reminding you that it's all fun and games until someone's heart gets broken. Don't get so caught up in the moment that you forget that you need security, too. When Saturn ends a five-month retrograde on the 13th, you might actually find an adventure buddy and solid supporter all in one package.

After the 22nd, professional demands heat up and you can't be quite as spontaneous about love. Schedule legit date nights or meet for sultry noon-ers to, uh, pump up your productivity. You might even have an office fling. Enterprising archers are not averse to mixing business with pleasure, so you might start a business with bae or team up on a professional project. Just spell out the roles to the letter, because Mercury will be retrograde from August 30 until September 22, causing communication crises if you're unclear.
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