August Horoscope 2017 – CANCER (or Cancer 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 in August for CANCER

This is a sweet and lucky month for you Cancer!  Personal planet energy is greatest in your 1st and 2nd houses this month, with strong energy especially in your 2nd house, there is a big focus on your sources of stability, your personal finances and savings plans.  This is a great month for catching up,  sorting out and putting more organization around your investments or your sources of ‘stability’.  This is also a great time to decide what you want and what will physically make you feel more grounded, safe and secure.  For Cancer, August is all about getting more firm and clear about your personal values and what you believe in so you can align all aspects of your life with these principles.

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’.  For Cancer, this transformation is going to stem from a sense of instability in your career life or how you define yourself in the world – change is needed now!   There is a shift in how you earn respect from others, or how you desire to earn respect, how you are recognized as a leader and an authority figure.  It’s a great time to test yourself and explore new outlets to gain a greater sense of who you are.  This is a time for feeling yourself step into more of a stride and to be comfortable in your own skin.

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. Most Cancers will experience this in the 7th and 4th houses although those born late in the sign will experience this in the 6th and 3rd.  You are gaining a greater sense of who you are and what is important to you and that is creating a shift for you in your relationships.  Venus is in the 12th house and crossing over your natal Sun this month – bringing again a greater sense of ease in knowing what you want along with the ability to express it more clearly to others.  You can release any shame, doubt or fear of saying what you desire – you deserve these things!

The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs on August 7th and for Cancers, relationships are a key theme for this Eclipse and it’s definitely time to let go of toxic relationships, to reflect on who you trust, to release negativity and say no to abusive patterns.  This month is all about realizing what is attracting you to the key relationships in your life and reflect on what you get back in return.  You can gain a greater sense of objectivity about these dynamics now and let go of attachments that are ‘one sided’.  You have so many wonderful qualities to share with others so make sure that you dedicate your positive energies to those who are truly deserving.

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.  For Cancer, this energy influences your method for logic and reasoning, how you make decisions, your approach to getting things done, where and how you solicit information from others and who influences your opinions and decisions in your social circle.  This transit reinforces the larger theme for you this month of getting more clear and more comfortable about who you are.  You can also gain greater discipline this month in your decisions, and learn to avoid emotional reactions that may not be in your best interests.

This month is a great time for recognizing the unique value you bring to the table and feeling a boost in your self-confidence.  This is also a time to walk away from ‘drama’ and let certain people in your life be responsible for their actions.  It is important this month to reflect on what you are doing for YOURSELF compared to how much you give to those around you because it’s very likely that you need to increase your ‘self love’.

There is an awkward ‘quincunx’, which is a more challenging aspect, between Mars and Chiron from August 25th-31st.  For Cancer, the message here is to be willing to take a risk for what you know in your heart is right.

Key Messages for August (all signs):

  • img_1618-7Accept 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