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This August is unusually industrious. We may only get a few moments lazying in a hammock or communing with the trout stream, so let gratitude make every one of those moments precious. If our responsibilities nag us, we’ll be happier when we’ve done something constructive. Our personal, professional or social justice-oriented efforts can bring us deep satisfaction as the month unfolds.

Leo season brings creativity; this year’s cultural urgencies ask us to renew, but also keep working towards a more beautiful world. The Leo sun trines Saturn early August and encourages our work. School supplies begin to look good after Venus enters Virgo on August 5. Mars leaves brooding Scorpio and enters upbeat, impatient Sagittarius on August 2. Work around logistical snafus August 6-10; if you’re feeling confused or concerned, act with compassion foremost. Delays unravel and progress furthers after Saturn turns direct on August 13.

An Aquarius Full Moon eclipse on August 18 creates an opening for community healing if we balance the needs of the individual with those of the collective. Our conversation expands as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter August 22. Expect uncertainty or a wisp of sadness as the first leaves tinge red around August 26 as Mars squares Neptune. Let a beautiful Jupiter-Venus conjunction expand emotions Aug 29. Organize logistics before Mercury retrogrades on August 30.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Keep attending your gardens of all types; seeds planted last year towards travel, education and expansion begin to shoot sprouts. Be tactful August 6-7 as Venus squares Mars, even if your tail twitches. Rein in impulses and direct them towards your long-term goals around August 24 as Mars conjuncts Saturn.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…This month may work paradoxically; work to strengthen your own resources, and they slip away; work to help others in a healthy and sustainable way, and your worth grows. If confusion bubbles between people you love mid-month, don’t get caught up in their stories: stand back and be steady instead.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Think peace, peace, peace: even though it may be tempting to stress quibble, particularly with beloveds around Aug 6-10, find your still quiet place within, and radiate peace. Be on the lookout for full opportunities around August 22, and clear misunderstandings and pursue possibilities.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Bring your attention to your material resources, whether that’s your garden, body or bank account. Appreciate what you have; tend the crops and they multiply. Work on communications with siblings and sibling-like people, though they may be stressed on August 6-10. Stay centered around the eclipse on August 18; step back from reactivity and break into good possibilities.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Be the sunshine. You can be appreciated for your maturity and leadership as the month begins, but you need to share the spotlight anyway. When the group shines, so do you, particularly around the eclipse on August 18. Towards the end of August, it will bear fruit to put form and work towards your dreams.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Take the opportunity to reach out and start the conversation. Let the natural flow ease your stage fright. You may feel lazy or find the world taxing August 6-10, but efforts reap rewards. Kick back and relax around August 2. Fill the wells, you’ll be very busy soon.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…This month for you may be thoughtful, a time of introspection when everybody else is partying at the picnic. Engage intriguing, behind-the-scenes transformative work. Breathe through temperamental relationships on August 6; do that good relationship work mid-August. Do the right thing, and then allow yourself to wax poetical as the month ends.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Breathe: after a few tough months, you are out of the hot seat this month, if you choose to be, as Mars enters Sagittarius. Watch a tendency to over extend, listen to pearls of wisdom from friends. Garden relationships with beloveds mid-August, and clarify misunderstandings August 24-26.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You’ve been doing a lot of deep inner work this year, and now the results show, but it’s your choice whether you shine or growl as Mars enters Sagittarius. Nurture your playful spirit and appreciate those who love you at the end of the month.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…This could be a lovely month, though keep your eye out for co-dependent behavior; you’re so wonderfully efficient it’s easy to take advantage. Balance your joys with responsibilities, your needs and theirs. Let spirit, water and imaginations field the world weariness mid-month, and feel energy return to your work around August 24.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Your friends and community may have a lot going on this month, so decide carefully when to engage. Confusion about other people’s resources will need radical honesty and clear engagement. Don’t be afraid to receive or give — just clarify the term. Be thoughtful early August, and engage opportunities after August 13.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Tend to your health now, and it continues to improve. Be neither passive nor worried; be positive and proactive instead. Correct misunderstandings around August 7, then imagine, create and love in mid-August. At the end of the month, be patient professionally, and engage socially.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit www.roanrobbins.com.

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