Passion! Intensity! Intrigue! August could unfold like a bodice-ripping beach read as the stars turn up the heat. The Sun is in Leo until August 22, blazing a fiery trail through your eighth house of joint ventures, intimacy and merging. You're craving more privacy now, perhaps with the sizzling company of a sexy plus-one. With red-hot Mars riding shotgun in Leo from July 20 to September 5, an attraction could get downright combustible, turning into an epic summer affair. (Watch out: With Mars in this possessive part of your chart, jealousy and obsession can also spike.) A business deal could lead to major money; real estate and legal matters could also be in the spotlight. Dull moments? You might secretly wish for a few more.
In true Leo-season form, August is an active month in the stars. There are two game-changing eclipses, two retrogrades and the final installment of a trio of Jupiter-Pluto squares that will keep us all on our toes. It may feel like the only constant is change. While eclipses push us into bold new terrain, rear-facing retrogrades prompt us to slow down, review and reconnect with the past. Give yourself a chance to integrate these huge energy downloads. Ground yourself and stand firm, Cap, as you could be pitched some fastballs.
Let's begin with the eclipses, which will fall in Leo (your intimate eighth house) and Aquarius (your practical second house). These eclipses are part of a series running from 2017 to 2019, landing squarely on your money axis, shaking up the way you earn, spend, save, invest and share your resources. Your most intimate relationships could go through a few shifts, coinciding with a renewed sense of self-worth.
On August 7, the Aquarius lunar (full moon) eclipse brings a wave of surprising change to your second house of work, money and security. You could get exciting job news, perhaps an out-of-left-field offer that involves relocation or a big lifestyle shift. A project you've been working on since early this year could reach a major turning point. Lunar eclipses can bring endings and manifestations. You could complete a huge project or make a sudden exit from your current line of work. This eclipse also puts the direct spotlight on your money management and budgeting. A new approach to finances may be in order.
The August 21 Leo total solar (new moon) eclipse sweeps through your intense eighth house, bringing shifts to your closest relationships and joint finances. This eclipse is the second of two rare, back-to-back Leo new moons (the first was July 23). Events from a month ago could pick up speed. A shared business undertaking might become official, or a relationship could move into permanent status. This has the potential to galvanize engagement, pregnancy or cohabitation plans. You could hear big and unexpected news about an investment or partnership opportunity. But stay tuned: On January 31, 2018, a total LUNAR (full moon) eclipse will bring everything together with an definitive flourish.
On August 4, expansive Jupiter in your career sector locks horns in a heated square with calculating Pluto in Capricorn and your first house of identity. It's the final installment in a threesome of intense Jupiter-Pluto squares that have rocked the skies over the past eight months. The last two were on November 24, 2016, and March 30, 2017, so reflect; conflict from these dates could rear its head again.
With transformational Pluto is in your assertive first house, you're determined to show the world what you're made of now. Unfortunately, the jarring square to Jupiter could make your approach off-putting, and you could come across as ruthless or self-centered. (Definitely not the look you're going for.) We get it, Capricorn: You're sick and tired of dutifully playing by other people's rules while everyone else just does whatever they want. Although your feelings are valid, your frustration could cause you to act out in rebellious, bridge-burning ways. Work may be the site of this showdown, especially if you've been covering the tracks of a slacking coworker.
With Jupiter in your tenth house of men and fathers, a power struggle with your dad or an important guy could send blistering insults flying. If you can't find a responsible or professional way to vent, hold off. You've worked too hard to risk your reputation just to unload this anger. You might feel caged in by convention, wanting to change anything from your appearance to your career path in a quest for more freedom. Just let this energy shake out a little before doing anything permanent.
Lastly, we get a double header of retrograde (backward) planets this month. Unpredictable Uranus, which is in Aries and your domestic fourth house, makes its annual U-turn from August 2 until January 2. Over the next five months, your living situation could undergo some serious changes. You might have a rotating cast of roommates or renovations that make it hard to feel settled. A female relative or friend could act in an erratic manner, prompting you to distance yourself. The fourth house rules motherhood, and shock-jock Uranus could bring a surprise pregnancy. An adoption or baby plans could be delayed or interrupted by this backspin. Watch for mama drama with your own mom or a maternal figure.
Communicator Mercury turns retrograde from August 12 until September 5, which can disrupt communication, travel and technology. The messenger planet will backspin through Virgo and your worldly ninth house until August 31, which is intensified once the Sun starts its monthlong journey here on August 22. If you're planning a summer vacation, especially overseas, be extra diligent about making sure passports are up to date (and packed!), and guard against potential security breaches on the road. Inform your credit card company and bank of your plans so they don't freeze your card over a "suspicious charge" that YOU make. Arrive early for the airport and pack a spare tire if you’re hitting the road. Not that we hope you end up needing these precautions, but as your fellow Capricorn Benjamin Franklin said, an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.
With Mercury retrograde in your outspoken ninth house, you'll want to be extra mindful of what you post and share in the digital space. Maybe it's time for a little media break? Most Capricorns welcome a chance to go offline, but hey, you don't want to end up as the butt of a trending hashtag or Twitter trolling, like Capricorns Donald Trump Jr. and Anthony Scaramucci did last month. None of us REALLY want to read #DonJrChildrensBooks and "dance like no one is watching" again, do we?
The month ends with your ruling planet, rigorous Saturn, completing a five-month retrograde through Sagittarius and your twelfth house of hidden agendas, closure and healing. Since April 5, you may have had a few eye-opening moments about the people on Team Capricorn. There could have been a tough betrayal or the hard realization that someone didn't have your back the way you've had theirs. Saturn revealed where boundaries and integrity were a bit too fluid for your liking. This period may have demanded deep inner work, and if you did that, you could emerge feeling rock-solid and ready for anything. If you've been burdened by old baggage or caught in codependent caretaking, it will get easier to say no—which, we'd like to remind you, is a complete sentence. Get back on your healing path by picking up a spiritual study, meditation practice or creative outlet. Committed Saturn will help you make it a regular, non-negotiable part of your life.
Whatever you've been working through, there are just a few more months to go. On December 19, Saturn will enter Capricorn, kicking off a new 29-year life cycle. This is THE time to identify what you want to let go of—whether it's a relationship, a self-defeating habit, a limiting belief or a job you no longer love. Working with a therapist or mentor can help you find the courage to stop using this crutch. No more hiding, Capricorn: Your coming-out party is on its way.