Your Monthly Horoscope – August 2021

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Aries Sun and Rising – No Labels

Mental health diagnoses are the source of much debate. Some people say we’ve pathologized any kind of unhappiness, whereas others are thrilled that people are getting the help they need. Still others believe we are simply pumping people full of chemicals to make them fit better into a broken system. All of these are important and valid points of view, and worth understanding. But luckily, there’s a way for you to bypass all that this month. Instead of getting caught up in classifications and what’s “normal”, why not find a way to serve the world with the gifts you DO have and care for yourself in a way that makes you feel good? Everything else is just window dressing anyway.

Taurus Sun and Rising – Bask

Fiona Apple once sang, “I’m good at being uncomfortable so I can’t stop changing all the time.” And while few people would see that as a Taurus-inspired lyric, that really has been your MO lately, hasn’t it? It has been sometimes bitter work, but you’ve come so far. And, of course, there is much further to go. But as much as you are built for endurance, even the strongest of us need a break. So this month I give you permission to stop and rest on your laurels for a bit. Sit back, take care of yourself, and bask in the view of the road behind you before you start moving forward again.

Gemini Sun and Rising – The People’s Champion

When David faced Goliath, it wasn’t really his fight. The king was supposed to be the one out on the front lines protecting the people. The war was his, after all. But his cowardice led him to choose David to fight in his stead. But David, understanding the importance of protecting his people and homeland, took on the fight. And Gemini, this month you may find yourself in a fight that isn’t yours. It may be ancestral or familial or just old and boring, but you’ll be there anyway. The nice thing is that, like David, you too will emerge victorious, stronger, and ready to take on the world.

Cancer Sun and Rising – I Want

It’s time for a reckoning, don’t you think? You give and give and give, but have you really asked why? This month, I want you to examine your relationship with value. I want you to recognize that the most valuable thing in your world is you. I want you to stop giving away pieces of your own soul in order to nourish others. I want you to fill your own cup and drink from it greedily. I want you to bask in what delights you most and develop a loving relationship with your own needs. I want you to get comfortable saying “I want.” And then I want you to go back out there and keep doing what you do best, only this time on your own terms.

Leo Sun and Rising – Down With the King

In the world of ancient mythology, if you wanted to prove yourself, you were given heroic tasks to perform. The king would hand down the decree, and then await the hero’s return to judge how well they completed the task. But you know what, Leo? I don’t think the kings were all that necessary. I don’t think heroism and strength are things that can be conferred. Instead, they are things that exist within us all. You can hold up your accomplishments to the judges and they may find you worthy or not, but it was never about them anyway. Let your light shine however it wants. Down with the king!

Virgo Sun and Rising – Cheat Codes

Some gamers believe that looking up how to fight a boss in advance is cheating. But me? I call it preparation. Even in the most ancient myths, heroes often have wise sages to give them inside information before their big fight. And as you prepare to step out of the shadows and prove your strength, you should be willing to take your wisdom when it comes.  The source or even the content may irk you, but when you are standing proudly in your victory, you’ll be glad you chose to listen.

Libra Sun and Rising – Bold Blessings

Blessings shouldn’t wear disguises, right? They should be decked out in flowing robes with gold gilding and diamonds sewn into the seams. What’s with all this stealth and secrecy anyway? And while you’ve enjoyed a few of the quiet, more modest types of gifts lately and have been very gracious about it, you’re ripe for something with a little more glitz and glam. This month, expect your blessings to step out of the shadows and into the world dressed like absolute royalty.

Scorpio Sun and Rising – Red Flags in a Trench Coat

People talk a lot about toxic traits and how to cut people out of your life. They list red flags and encourage people to abandon others at the first sign of trouble. But there’s the thing: every one of us has traits that others would find toxic. Many of us are basically a pile of red flags wrapped in a trench coat. I don’t mean to say we should excuse terrible behavior or accept mistreatment. But I do think that expecting perfection in the people around us is a mistake. This month, instead of keeping an eye out for threats, try to love and serve others because of their flaws, not in spite of them.

Sagittarius Sun and Rising – The Right Spot

Have you ever been in a swanky hotel or nightclub, having drinks served to you on a glittering silver platter, only to then head out to a little dive bar where everything is sticky and there’s an odd smell you can’t quite place? And do you remember the sheer relief you felt? Finally, you were somewhere authentic, among real people with real quirks and fascinating stories. You were, in some ways, home. There’s a difference between being well-positioned and being in the right place, and that’s your lesson this month, Sagittarius.

Capricorn Sun and Rising – Fight for Your Right to Party

We weren’t born just to work. Our place on this earth isn’t something we earn by creating value for others. It’s something inherent within us. We are also born with the right to enjoy ourselves and play, no matter how much the world might like to convince us otherwise. And this month, Capricorn, I challenge you to reassess your relationship with fun. Step back and get perspective on what really makes life worth living. And then dive into the sandbox and learn to play again. It is your right, after all.

Aquarius Sun and Rising – Demon Friends

The goal of therapy isn’t just to make you more functional or to “fix” you. Long t-term, it’s supposed to make you feel better. Of course, exploring our own depths can be a harrowing ordeal. But it doesn’t have to be. What if, when touring your personal underworld, what you met were allies? What if the demons you feared turned out to be helpful guides? And what if, instead of leading you to your doom, they led you to a place of strength and wisdom you didn’t even know existed? This month, Aquarius, I urge you to move forward with this idea in mind. You may come upon treasure you’d never have expected.

Pisces Sun and Rising – Pansies

Pansies are lovely flowers. They are delicate and soft and come in nearly every conceivable color. They symbolize loving and tender thoughts as well as sympathy. They also are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, heralding new hope. But pansies have an interesting quality. Because they dislike heat, they tend to bloom happily in the spring before dying back in the summer. But just when you’re sure they’re gone for good, autumn comes, temperatures cool, and the pansies come roaring back into their full glory. I know the dog days of summer are here, Pisces. I know how dry and barren the world feels. But I beg you to soldier on. Stunning new blooms will come your way again.

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