August Horoscope 2017 – LEO (or Leo 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 LEO in August

It’s the height of summer and you can feel strong, confident and energetic.  There is so much happening in the sign of Leo this month that you might feel like you are positively on fire.  There is a general focus on the 12th and 1st houses this month for Leo; for Leo’s with their birthday in July the personal planet energies will have already shifted into your 2nd house by the end of the month.

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’.   Uranus is retrograde in your 9th house which brings a sense of ‘questioning’ and can bring new influences into your life related to your personal philosophies or your understanding about ‘how the world works.  Explore conflicting perceptions now to gain a greater understanding of what is important to you and welcome change as a part of your ongoing ‘evolution’.  There is serendipity and luck in the ‘random’ nature of things right now for you Leo, and the upcoming Eclipses can help to bring you important messages.

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. This can create pressure to make changes to your daily routine.  Jupiter in your 3rd house has been bringing heightened intellectual ‘stimulation’, new ideas and opportunities for learning to you over the past year.  It’s time for these new insights to be reflected more explicitly in your life so you might need reassess how you are organizing yourself and your time toward your ultimate goals.  New opportunities can come to you when you let go of commitments that no longer have personal meaning for you.

The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs on August 7th  and for Leo there is a very important message of letting go of the perception of ‘expectations’ and ‘judgement’.  What others think is not important in the grand scheme of things and Saturn in your 5th house is reminding you that you cannot live your life fully if you neglect what’s really in your heart. The Eclipses bring a tremendous potential for ‘liberation’ and the release of your creative passions!  How exciting!  You will find that you have the strength to do something you never thought you could, or the strength to try something new even if it means doing it alone.

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 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 1st and 2nd houses the message for you, Leo, is truly to slow down.  This is not a time to push forward or to exert your energy outwardly, but to rest, renew and direct your energy towards self care.  This is a time to tend to any health matters that are outstanding and to make more time to do what’s best for you.  The time for ‘being in the spotlight’ will come again later next month.

There is an awkward ‘quincunx’, which is a more challenging aspect, between Mars and Chiron from August 25th-31st.  For Leo, the message here is to be open to new possibilities in relationships and to give yourself a second chance with trust.  Don’t close yourself off because of the betrayals you have experienced in the past.  This can involve a conscious decision to give someone your trust in love, or to trust that a relationship can withstand any strain caused by pursuing what you truly desire in other aspects of your life.  The fear that you are sensing is also the feeling of your heart being excited to shine brighter.

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