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Welcome to Leo season! If the lion emoji and the one-eye-open-one-eye-closed-tongue-out emoji had a baby, it would be Leo. Leos are dying to be looked at (see Catherine Cohen’s brilliant song “Look at Me” for Leo energy in full effect). Leos love the spotlight, the camera flash, the sun, the Instagram crush who slides into their DMs. This is a time to shine and flirt and above all have fun. If Cancer season had you wallowing, Leo season wants you to get out there and play. So put on that shimmery top and shake that butt.
This is also a great time to get in touch with your creative side. What lights your fire? What passion projects do you want to ignite? If you can do it all with a cheeky grin, if you can hold your dreams lightly, this season will bring you many blessings.
Happy birthday season, king of the jungle. This month, you are ready to make it happen! With Jupiter in Sagittarius forming a trine to your ruler the Sun in your sign on Aug. 7, and Venus in Leo forming a trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius on Aug. 8, you’re set to be showered with blessings. The challenge this month will be to share your bounty. Can you take the stage in a way that makes room for others? Can you share your feast? You love to be the star of the show, and you have every right to take up space. But when you make room at your table for others, the party really starts.
Virgo 💃✨ 🦆🎲🍭
Celebrate yourself, Virgo! Your ruler, Mercury, moves into exuberant Leo on Aug. 11. This is your time to shine. You are always concerned with getting your ducks in a row. And the world loves you for being on top off all the nitty-gritty details. But this month, you need to give yourself permission to play, to take risks, and to indulge. So roll the dice. Buy yourself a treat. Throw yourself an early birthday party. The more you celebrate yourself this month, the more your best-laid plans will come to fruition.
You live in the realm of air, but this month stokes your inner fire. With your ruler Venus sitting in Leo and getting all kinds of boosts from Jupiter in fiery Sagittarius, you may discover a burning desire to create—or old passions could reawaken. You love to weigh your options carefully before you make a decision, and normally that suits you. But right now, it’s time to trust your bursts of inspiration. Write down your biggest and boldest ideas. They could lead you on an amazing adventure. You just have to be willing to take the first step.
Scorpio 😩🧘😴 🧖🌿
You’ve been doing lots of reflecting and truth-telling over the past few months. That’s because your ruler, Pluto has been retrograde in no-nonsense Capricorn since late April. You won’t feel major forward momentum until October when Pluto finally goes direct. You’re probably feeling drained, but this month the planets that have been challenging you will finally back off, and you can get some much-needed rest. This is not a time for making major moves. Instead, indulge in the quiet of an afternoon nap. Give yourself a luxurious bath with extra bubbles and scrubs. This is a time for you to refresh and renew yourself. Give yourself a break from the inner turmoil and chaos that have been pestering you. Don’t try to overhaul your whole life. Plant a single new seed of hope and see what blooms.
This month you have plenty of energy to get shit done! The late summer sun is shining on your ruling planet, Jupiter, and you are likely to feel the forward momentum. You love to ride high on movement and risk-taking, and your love of making big moves will be rewarded. One note of caution: Don’t forget to check in with your heart. This month you may be so busy doing that you forget to pay attention to how your feeling. If you can make room for what you love and what you value most, you will get the biggest and best rewards possible. You wouldn’t want to grow a garden of your least favorite flowers, so check in with yourself before you make any big investments.
This month brings you big opportunities to rake in the big bucks. But while you’re at your ledger tallying up all your financial goals, be sure to make room for your hopes and dreams. What good is abundance if you abandon your dreams to get it? When Neptune in Pisces forms a sextile to your ruler Saturn in Capricorn on Aug. 11, the way your dreams can support your practical needs and vice versa will come into focus. You’ll also gain insights about the fears that were in your way in the past. The challenge, once you see them, will be to let those fears go. No one is stopping you from achieving your dreams but you. This knowledge can feel like a prison with no exit or a key that sets you free, and it’s up to you to decide which truth you’d rather live in. (Hint: Choose the key).
Action is your friend this month, and you’ll want to put your great ideas into motion. On Aug. 16, Mars in Leo will form a supportive trine to your ruler, Uranus in Taurus. This is a time to apply big, passionate energy to anything you’ve been hoping to grow or change in your life and in your community. Take your cues from dramatic Leo—speaking to what you’re passionate about will only help you. There’s no point in dimming your shine. And when you know you’re working toward is for the greater good, you can take pride in your efforts. Toot your own horn, and then get to work.
Pisces, your ruler Neptune will form harmonious sextiles with both Saturn on Aug. 16 and Pluto on Aug. 25. If you’ve been fishing for answers—wondering how to heal wounds that feel unhealable or how to feel powerful when you feel very small—this month will bring answers. You will have to do some deep-sea diving to get to your truth, but the good news is you don’t have to go it alone. Reach out, ask for support when you need it, and you’ll discover there’s a whole team of rescue boats that want to help you with this mission.
You have some of the most positive, can-do energy of any sign in the zodiac. This month, with your ruler Mars in playful Leo, you’ll be feeling extra optimistic. Like a kid on Christmas morning, you may find yourself wanting to tear through your days so you can discover what gifts are waiting for you. Mars is forming a harmonious trine to Uranus, so the best way to channel this energy is to focus on ways you’d like to expand and grow and seek out like-minded communities. Your priority is you, but can you think about ways you might reach out and help others, too? The more you do, the more fun you’ll have as you stretch and grow.
You have a diligent nature, Taurus, but you’re getting a burst of fresh creative energy. Your ruler Venus is in Leo, and she wants you to get your shine on. This month, give yourself just as much credit for your insights and inspiration as you do for putting your nose to the grindstone. This is especially important if you’ve been working on projects that don’t seem to be getting the recognition you crave. You tend to tackle these challenges by doubling down on your workload, but the best thing you can do right now is lighten up and admire your own innate gifts. If you can value your talents, others will, too.
This month brings a big dramatic shift forward. Your ruler Mercury was retrograde for all of July, so you may be feeling stuck, but this month will offer you inspiring messages about who you are and where you’re headed. Some of those messages may feel a little dramatic, thanks to Mercury landing in Leo. Your instinct may be to duck for cover when things turn fiery, but trust that even dramatic moments can help you to uncover what makes you shine. If you can lean into the playful side of all the energy that surrounds, you’ll feel like a shooting star.
You’ve been striving and growing for a long time, and this month is a great time to harvest the rewards of your labor. Take stock of what you’ve accomplished while welcoming in a new chapter. You were built for this challenging journey, but you’ve got to learn to trust your own strength. Old pain has no place in your new plans. You are bigger than your shell, so don’t be afraid to shrug off that armor and step into the fullness of who you really are. This month’s lunar phases encourage you to turn from what makes you feel like a star to what makes you feel like you belong. With the full moon in Aquarius on Aug. 15, it’s a perfect time to set your sights on the friendships and groups that make you feel warm, fuzzy, and expansive.
Nayomi Reghay is a frequent contributor to the Daily Dot, covering body positivity, feminism, sex, relationships, and gender. She is also the author of the advice column “Swipe This!” A former New York Teaching Fellow, her writing has been featured in Reductress, Rolling Stone, Mic, Someecards, and more.