August Horoscope 2017 – ARIES (or Aries RISING) 

General Astrological Transits in August (ALL Zodiac Signs)

August is a more reflective month than July and while there is the potential for significant revelations, it demands at the same time a more passive energy from us.  This month brings revelations and realizations but it doesn’t necessarily demand that we go out and seek radical change – this is very much a time for ‘returning to the essentials’ and to what has always been important to us in our heart of hearts.

Let go of too many concrete plans this month and try to be open to ‘going with the flow’ because there is so much potential now for wonderful surprises.  And since it’s the summer, this is a great invitation to let go of expectations and just enjoy the moment.  How wonderful!  August is a month to engage our more playful, fun-loving sides, to experience joy, to spend time with friends and family, to express love openly and warmly and to take pleasure in the simple things in life.

Astrological Themes for ARIES in August

The energy of the personal planets centers in your 5th and 6th houses for Aries this month.  With strong energy in both the sign of Leo and your 5th house, love is definitely going to be a theme – this can involve ‘true love’, love of yourself or simply letting your authentic self shine even more brightly.  This month calls you to have more fun with life, to live in the moment and to let go of competition or feeling pressure to be ‘the best’.

Uranus enters retrograde on August 3rd until early January 2018 which means that throughout the rest of the year there is a focus on personal transformation from the ‘inside out’.   Take advantage of ‘passive energy’ this month to reflect on the feelings of instability that you have experienced in the recent past (especially for those born later in the sign for whom Uranus is transiting right over your natal sun!)  The next few months bring an opportunity to see the root causes of those experiences more clearly.  You may realize how you have been standing in your own way, or realize a need to shift your focus and reassess your priorities.

One of the overarching transits carrying over from July is a square between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, which comes to a head on August the 4th but continues to influence us energetically until the end of the month.  For Aries, this brings into focus the balance between your ambitions in life and the commitments in your relationships.  Conflicts will arise now where these areas of your life are not quite in balance.

You tend to be ambitious, Aries, and so you may be overly focused on ‘me’ and the things you plan to accomplish from an individual standpoint but this is a great time to realize the potential for success when you engage in partnerships or collaborate with others.  Don’t be afraid to prioritize your relationships now and it’s also a good time to realize the significance that key people have in your life.

The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs on August 7th and for most Aries, will in your 11th house (those born in the first few days of the sign will experience the Eclipse in their 12th house).  The Eclipse in the 11th house brings strong support for making an impact in a significant way to a large group of people, whether through work, a large organization or community; it can also bring tremendous support for online businesses, scientific breakthroughs, solutions to long-standing problems, invention, innovation or anything that involves ingenious thinking.  There is also an emphasis on communication, writing, teaching and sharing ideas which can come more easily for you this month as Venus transits your 3rd house.  The Eclipses tend to bring news or revelations, so this can help you to see things more clearly and bring support for making an important decision when you act accordingly to your personal desires and values.

This August we are challenged flow more in a ‘backwards and inwards’ direction as we will be experiencing the energy of Mercury retrograde, which officially begins on August 12th and continues until September 5th, however we are already feeling the ‘pre-retrograde’ energies right at the start of the month.  With this retrograde occurring in your 6th house, it’s a good time to get organized, take stock of what you’ve achieved over the last several months and finish projects that are already on the go.  This is also a very good time to let go of any tendency to judge others too harshly.

There is an awkward ‘quincunx’, which is a more challenging aspect, between Mars and Chiron from August 25th-31st.  The key message for you with this transit Aries is to let go of feeling like the past will repeat itself and know that you have the ability to write your own future.


img_1618-7Key Messages for August (all signs):

  • Accept who you are and your unique gifts! It’s time to let go of the burden to be ‘perfect’ by anyone else’s standards.  If you allow your true joys to take center stage, everything else will fall into place.
  • This is a month to look inward, to explore your personal truths, values, desires and purpose.  Trust that you will blessed with moments of clarity and realization on these matters.
  • It’s time to welcome the possibility of change in order to bring new opportunities into your life.
  • Be open to ‘unexpected miracles’ by letting go of attachment to any specific outcomes.
  • It is time to bring your life into greater alignment with your personal values.
  • Choose to be with those who make you feel safe to express yourself without inhibitions.


– Stargazing Yogi