August Horoscopes 2017 – CAPRICORN (or Capricorn 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 CAPRICORN in August

There is an overall theme for you this month, Capricorn, of being willing to embrace the unconventional.  You have a tremendous gift for leadership, Capricorn but you can also slip into a ‘rut’ if you avoid taking a risk – don’t just rely on following what others have done to achieve success because you will be selling yourself short!  One of your greatest strengths is your ability to respond ‘in the moment’, to lead others unto the unknown and respond to unexpected challenges by keeping all of the moving parts focused and working together towards a common goal.  You may need a new source of inspiration to fuel your ability to lead, organize and empower those around you, but when your sights are set upon something that truly resonates with you in your heart, you will discover new opportunities for success and fulfillment.

With your personal planets moving through your 7th and 8th houses this month, there is also strong potential to gain greater clarity in the area of relationships.  This energy can be calling you to make relationships more of a priority in your life, or to prioritize the shared goals of your relationships over what benefits you individually.  The irony is that doing so brings you greater fulfillment than you can possibly realize because when you put the needs of others first, you will start a chain reaction that leads right back to you.

Uranus enters retrograde on August 3rd until early January 2018 which means that throughout the rest of the year there is a focus on the transformation of your ‘systems of logic’ and the basis upon which you form your opinions and decisions.  This energy challenges you to be more open with others about what you are thinking, to avoid harsh judgment and take extra effort to research the facts, to be open to knowledge and wisdom from new sources, to conduct more research before making decisions, to be more open to change and compromise, to examine the motivations behind your impulses, or to share unconventional ideas more freely with others.

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.  As Pluto transits Capricorn it has been influencing your natal Sun and bringing about radical transformation of your outlook on life over the past several years.  This transit involves letting go of the things you have relied on for stability and reinforces the theme for you now of ’embracing the unconventional’.

This energy is calling for a radical shift in how you identify yourself, your ideals for success and your ambitions.  There is a call to ‘soften’ your ambitions, to allow yourself to become more vulnerable, to invest in personal relationships or to find how much you can be fulfilled in your home or family life.  You are also being challenged to reflect on what you can contribute to the world and not just what the world can do for you.  Stepping out of your comfort zone, Capricorn, truly opens you up to opportunities to achieve new forms of recognition.

The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs on August 7th. For most Capricorns, this Eclipse occurs in your 1st house (although those born early in the sign may experience the Eclipse in their 2nd house); it represents coming into a new sense of self identity, a renewal confidence, conviction in your beliefs, a shift of your personal priorities, making positive changes related to your physical health and well-being, finding new ways to express yourself, being more open about what is best for you personally in your relationships, or consciously agreeing with your partner on your shared goals.

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.  This retrograde occurring in your 8th house reinforces the theme of relationships which is already prominent for you this month, Capricorn.  It’s a good time to communicate with your partner about each of your goals and expectations before moving forward with any important decisions.  It’s also a good time to check in on whether you have followed through on commitments you have made in your relationships before you expect any ‘debts’ to be paid back to you.

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