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.


August's sentimental star map will hit you right in the feels. Surrender! The new moon on the 2nd could bring a soulmate-grade love interest your way — or support you with saying goodbye to a bad romance. Also on the 2nd, fearless Mars joins master-architect Saturn in your domestic zone. If you're ready to plan a life with someone — shared quarters, meeting family, maybe even kids — talks could turn serious. Otherwise you could decide to move somewhere new, somewhere that ups your odds of meeting a sexy, suitable match.

Amorous Venus makes her annual visit to Virgo from August 5 to 29, reminding you to be true to yourself. Your heart wants what it wants — pursue that. When the sun blazes into Virgo for a month on the 22nd, you might thrive being single — or at least having a healthy chunk of solo time to devote to your personal ambitions. Yet the 27th could be one of your biggest days for love this month, because lucky Jupiter and heart-thumping Venus host an ultra-rare meet-up in your sign. Take a chance on romance. You may be surprised by how easy it is to initiate conversations with people you're attracted to (and to ask for exactly what you want).
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