Welcome to August! Tatler’s astrologist, De Rui and founder of Hong Kong-based astrology service, Chart Life brings us our monthly horoscope forecast for August 2021

The only constant in life is change, they say, and coming energies are unlikely to contradict the adage. Uranus, planet of innovation and surprise, is the last of the outer planets to go retrograde this year on August 20. Before it does, the fine line between genius and madness can get a little blurry. Solutions once considered unthinkable may catch on quicker than you can say Indiana Jones. The urge to create is strong as August gets underway, and we would all do well to give new ideas the benefit of the doubt.  
Developing around mid-month are a series of harsh contacts from inner planets to Saturn and Jupiter. A balance will need to be struck between self-indulgence and self-sacrifice, between our personal well-being and what’s good for the team. On August 22, a Blue (Full) Moon in Aquarius sheds more light on how our individual contributions fit into the big picture. 
As the month draws to a close, the Universe presents an opening to translate deep personal insights into concrete change. Thoughts, feelings, and actions can all align to manifest our ideas under the influence of Grand Trines in the last days of August.   

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Your words flow easily this month, just as you are being called to provide a sympathetic ear to others. Not the best month for making personal progress with love or money, now is the time to upgrade your credentials as a pillar and support to others in your life. Someone who opposes your efforts at work may turn out to be a critical ally. Take their points seriously and you will end up refining your position into one of strength.   


You and your fellow Earth signs are getting a helpful boost from Mars the Warrior planet. Take advantage of having him onside to reach higher and accomplish more. That said, don’t discount the potential for conflict in the first part of the month, when feedback or criticism can grate on your ear. Maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect will be key. When the energy shifts mid-month, the buy-in and understanding you seek becomes more available.  


This period is laden with frisson, where tense interactions could as easily become energizing as they could be stressful. Competition and challenge from another may be a test of how well you can keep your cool. A person with whom you have little in common could generate some heated exchanges or even sexual tension. Meanwhile, your conversations with someone who looks up to you could have a greater impact on them than you know. Make time for mentorship.  


Creativity is running on tap for you, and now is the time to do it your way. Efforts you put in have an excellent chance of coming to fruition. Others are more likely to jump on board with your tastes and preferences, at least in the first part of the month. Social situations can bring excitement and unexpected fun. This could be an exciting portal for magic and new possibilities, if you are open.  


Opportunities abound to meet like-minded people with the Sun and Mercury transiting your sign. Your messages are coming through loud and clear, especially in the first half of the month. Any effort you make to impart your knowledge to another is likely to be greatly appreciated. Jupiter’s energy this month brings levity, optimism, and a tendency toward excess. Practice moderation to avoid the pitfalls of what could be a very fun time.  


Your personal effectiveness reaches a high with Mars continuing to move through your sign. Now is the time to focus on your goals and targets, and consider raising the bar to maximise the supportive energies. All work and no play, though, is no winning formula. With Venus giving a boost to your sense of social ease, saying yes to invitations will prove rewarding. In the second half of August, your communicative gifts will come into focus.  


Exchanging views with others is worth your while at this time. Your efforts to truly listen and understand someone can mean more to them than you know. People with whom you don’t expect to agree can surprise you. Working with others will prove more of a challenge, however, as their actions could seem confusing or run counter to your own efforts. In the latter part of the month, your social charms rise to a peak and your love flows more freely.  


After some intense weeks, it’s about time you caught a breather. Love and money opportunities can present themselves through unexpected channels. Your to-do list gets very short very fast as the Universe supports your will and forward momentum. There is some potential for misunderstanding with someone’s well-intentioned feedback coming across as criticism. Try not to take it too personally. By the latter part of the month, messages and emotions will get straightened out.  


It may be time for a fresh take on partnerships and commitments in your life as asteroid Juno emerges out of retrograde in your sign. The desire for deeper connection is real, and now may be the time to double down, or else move on. The good news is communication is your friend, particularly in the first part of the month. Another energy at play is calling for you to pick your battles and not let minor issues get blown out of proportion.


As with Virgo, your personal effectiveness is at a high in August. You could be really hitting your stride at work or with any projects you are involved with. Take advantage of the Universe’s support and reach for more if you feel called. Make space, too, for some fun, particularly in the first half of the month. You may find that others’ tastes and preferences align perfectly with your own. Toward the latter half, a harmless flirtation could enter the scene. Put on a good show.  


What you do for others comes to the foreground as opportunities arise to show your devotion and attentiveness. How you listen, share, and educate can prove exceptionally nourishing and beneficial to someone else. Accomplishing anything concrete on your personal agenda is harder to do at this time. Be prepared for fiery, thought-provoking debate and differing viewpoints, particularly at the beginning of the month. By the time Venus moves into fellow Air sign Libra, having fun can be more of a focus.  


This can prove to be a somewhat testing time as the procession of planets in opposing sign Virgo brings confrontations. Others may seem to challenge your ideas and efforts. Even in less consequential areas of life, like what to eat or drink or buy, you are unlikely to secure much agreement from others. The Universe is putting your ego to the test. Take it all in stride and you can emerge a more confident and secure individual.  

About Our Astrologer

De Rui is a Hong Kong-based Western astrologer and the founder of Chart Life, a personalised astrology service for those who want specific insights for love, business and personal growth. She offers the standard caveat that the most relevant astrological interpretations are based on birth charts.  De Rui is a member of the British Astrological Association and the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and is a graduate of Harvard College.  

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