Welcome to fire season, lovers! August is one of the hottest months of the year, and not just the temperature. It’s a time for sun-drenched pool parties, lazy afternoon naps, and steamy nights dancing on rooftops. The sun is in her own sign of Leo for most of the month, along with Mars and Venus, challenging us to get out of our heads and into the action.
This is a welcome shift from the intensity of July. Fire is the element of transformation, and through the eclipses and retrogrades, we’ve been gifted the opportunity to transform ourselves this month. This year has been about letting go of self-doubt, relationships that fed our fears, and the old stories we attached to heartache, in order to emerge in our power. This power is vulnerable, open, emotionally available, and no longer projecting old hurts onto new partners. This is the true magic of Leo season.
Leo energy does everything bigger, bolder, and over-the-top, reigniting romance and playfulness in our relationships. Remember, Leo is the sign of heartfelt ego, make sure you are pouring all of your love into yourself before letting anyone drink from your royal cup – when you do, be generous, and you can expect enthusiastic returns. Watch out for temper tantrums, as fire has a short, dramatic fuse. When wielded properly, save your roars for the bedroom, you’ll have plenty of stamina for experimentation with creative sexual scenarios, whether it’s an ensemble or a solo act, it’s all about the erotic performance.
We close out the month with the sun slipping into cerebral Virgo, on the 23rd, right on the heels of Mars and Venus. Here we turn toward the more serious side of love and lust. Try not to overanalyze your partnerships. Instead, brainstorm ways you can be more generous, as Virgo is the sign of service. Consider how your partner likes to be cared for, both physically and emotionally. Showing up in selfless ways deepens intimacy. When we feel safe and seen, it becomes easier to stay open, vulnerable, and available to experience pleasure without judgment.
Leo & Leo Rising (July 23-August 22)
Happy solar return, Leo! Last month was intense, and while you love intensity, you prefer to have everything under your charismatic control. Trust that any dramatic emotions that surfaced were meant to help you move forward in your full Leo power, in August. Your ruling planet, the sun, is lighting up your first house of identity. Mars and Venus join the party, giving you the cosmic center stage you crave, use it to radiate your unique sex appeal.
Notice when someone isn’t captivated by your essence: This isn’t meant to knock you off your throne; rather, it’s showing you when to say “Thank you, next.” If you’ve learned anything in 2019, it’s how to see your value without external validation. Prioritize your pleasure, and take every opportunity for romance, whether it’s a slow and passionate night in, or a heated frenzy in a public space. You know what makes you purr—make sure everyone else does, too.
Virgo & Virgo Rising (August 23-September 22)
You’re playing your cards close to the chest this month, Virgo. The sun, Venus, and Mars are all camping out in your private twelfth house, keeping your lips sealed about whatever or whomever you’ve been focusing on. The past few months have brought a tremendous amount of attention on you, in dating as well as your professional life. There are some things in the works you’re not ready to go public with. Try not to get caught up in perfectionism; the world is eager to see what you’ve been up to. In the meantime, enjoy this time behind the scenes, luxuriating in the secrecy of a hot summer romance without overthinking what may come of it. The point is being present, and surrendering to pleasure in the moment. You can come up for air when the sun moves into your first house—at that point, you’ll be ready to share the dirty details.
Libra & Libra Rising (September 23-October 22)
It’s time to party, Libra! You’re the cool breeze that cuts through the dense summer heat, and people love you for it. This month, all of the Leo action takes place in your social eleventh house, where the sun, Mars, and Venus are having a dance party. Curate a sexy playlist, and create a mood that puts you in the center of the action. You’re feeling yourself in ways you’ve haven’t felt in a long time—celebrate that! Keep romance lighthearted and playful, and don’t feel compelled to commit to one thing right now. Do everything that feels good, without apology or promises. If you are committed, find ways to inject playful flirtation and spontaneous erotic encounters into your day. Leo energy is about taking initiative. If you’re in the mood, make a move!
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (October 23-November 21)
Unleash your magnetic self this month, Scorpio. Your attraction powers are at their peak, with the sun, Mars, and Venus in your public tenth house of career. Your desires and ambitions collide in Leo, setting a fire inside of you to push yourself towards your biggest dreams. The best news? You can have it all; it isn’t either/or. Money and love are both available to you. In matters of the heart, you find the security you secretly crave when you open up, letting someone really see you. You will never feel safe enough by testing your partners’ loyalty and emotional depths. The only way to be truly safe is to create it within yourself. This was the gift of Cancer season. Newfound clarity will open you up to receive love that transcends sex, and when you are tapped into this receptive state, you access your wealth potential tenfold.
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (November 22-December 21)
Pack your bags, Sagittarius. The sun, Mars, and Venus are all in fellow fire sign, Leo, in your ninth house of travel. This could mean steamy hookups abroad, or even finding a meaningful love, while you’re traveling. At the very least, making future plans based around something you feel passionate about sets a chain of events in motion to bring exciting new energy into your life, expanding your horizons in surprising ways. Where have you been wanting to go? What would it take to get your heart racing? Allow the fiery energy to ignite your curiosity and stay open to partners who can teach you something new, in and outside of the bedroom. Raise the stakes by challenging yourself to experiment with different sensations, positions, and locations. Whether solo or with a partner, your body is begging to be explored in new ways. Let your fantasies run wild.
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (December 22-January 20)
Last month may have felt intense, with the eclipses having a profound effect on your partnerships. This was setting the stage for the Leo energy to move into your eighth house of sex, death, and rebirth. Mars and Venus meet the sun here to infuse a deeper level of intimacy into the relationships worthy of your valuable time. You are ready to commit, whether that is with a current partner or someone new.
The gift of Cancer season was showing you how to be with yourself, accepting and pouring more love into the places you find flawed. This is where the gold is, and what makes you so lovable. This transformation of self-love will be reflected back to you in your intimate relationships. This month, let your hair down—you’ve done the hard work! Let yourself surrender to pleasure, play with power dynamics, bring in ropes and blindfolds, and take all the time you need without limits.
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (January 21-February 18)
Relationships are shifting for you this month, Aquarius. The sun, Mars, and Venus are meeting up in your seventh house of longterm partnerships, bringing about new beginnings in this area. You may be ready to commit to someone on a deeper level, or be meeting new people who will have a lasting effect on how you approach love and sex. The eclipses last month brought you through a portal of expansion, transforming the toggle between your capacity to express love as an individual, and your ability to be of service to the collective.
Fire initiates, and with the energy in your opposite sign of Leo, it’s time to put your futuristic vision into heart-centered action. Don’t hold back. Say what turns you on the most. Start a dialogue about your fantasies. Relationships have enough room for duality, balancing erotic innovation with intimate connection while maintaining freedom and social responsibility.
Pisces & Pisces Rising (February 19-March 20)
What does your schedule look like this month, Pisces? The sun, Mars, and Venus are all stacked up in your sixth house of health and daily routine, asking you to spend some quality time on romance and pleasure. This isn’t about being more organized, this is about the importance of sex as a wellness practice. Orgasms are an incredible outlet for releasing energy, but the act of experiencing pleasure without the goal of orgasm also has tremendous benefits. This space of physical connection requires surrender and presence, alleviating stress and grounding the body while elevating the consciousness. Experiment with tantric breathing to slow down the fire, channeling it into sexual energy that smolders as you build toward more intense prolonged pleasure.
Aries & Aries Rising (March 21-April 19)
You’re feeling extra-frisky this month, Aries. The sun, Mars, and Venus in fellow fire sign, Leo, are partying in your fifth house of creativity and romance. There isn’t any reason to overanalyze or question your love life: If you’re having fun, and it brings you pleasure, it’s exactly where you’re meant to be. You’ve worked really hard this year at moving on from the past, and letting go of the part of you that accepted emotional unavailability from your partners. Your endurance and enthusiasm are best channeled into marathon sessions in the sheets, with intermittent quickies in unexpected places. Relax and surrender to the bliss of the moment, soaking up where passion meets aggression: This is your sweet spot.
Taurus & Taurus Rising (April 20-May 20)
Beat the heat indoors this month, Taurus. The sun, Mars, and Venus are snuggled up in your private fourth house of home and family. While you may prefer to sit the parties out, opting for your comfy couch instead, the fiery Leo energy invites you to transform your space into a sexy hideaway. Spend time with your partner cooking romantic meals, using the experience as foreplay, as you tease each other through each course before abandoning the dishes and retreating to a candlelit bath. Take your time—there’s no need to rush.
If you’re unattached, host a dinner party and ask your friends to bring a guest that isn’t part of your group. You’ll feel more comfortable opening up to new people in your own space. This takes the pressure off everyone, while offering an intimate setting to get to know someone better as you show off your culinary skills and luxurious decor.
Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21-June 20)
Let your big mouth get you into trouble, especially if you’re into role-playing, Gemini. Last month may have felt intense and draining, causing your mind to overanalyze the past, and what that means for your future. Take a break and have some fun this month, with all the Leo action taking place in your flirty third house of communication. The sun, Mars, and Venus are here to turn up the heat in this area, causing you to say things that make the object of your affection blush. Leo energy is all about being extra, so go ahead and get explicit: It turns on both of you when you get graphic. Fire season is about putting your thoughts into action. Building tension beforehand allows your mind to be deliciously stimulated as your body eagerly follows.
Cancer & Cancer Rising (June 21-July 22)
After the intensity of last month, a little retail therapy could be in order, Cancer. You may have experienced big changes in your relationships, and how you communicate your needs. That could have meant parting ways with some, and deepening your connection with others. Now more than ever you are learning to value yourself separately from the care you give and receive from others.
Put your love into yourself this month, as the sun, Mars, and Venus are all in your second house of security and values. Spend some time and money, treating yourself to something that celebrates your body and your sensuality. Allow the fiery energy to re-light your passion by infusing your unique sexual expression into mundane daily activities. Leo loves a show: Go ahead and striptease while you meal prep, sleep naked, or masturbate on your lunch break. This is just for you, and anyone you invite to watch.
Stefanie Caponi is a Brooklyn-based artist, astrologer, tarot reader, and creator of The Moon Void Tarot. Follow Stefanie on Instagram for more astrology and tarot insights.