You can take a more refined and sensitive approach to relationships this month. August begins with your passionate ruling planet Mars in caring and protective Cancer to add more tenderness to your personal life. You're less likely to be so open about your desires, which can reduce the likelihood of conflict. But the warrior planet's presence in this defensive sign could also make it harder for you to be direct, open and honest in expressing your needs.
A strong urge to avoid making mistakes is reinforced by loving Venus' presence in fussy Virgo until August 16. This alluring planet is in your 11th House of Friends and Groups, which can help your personal life when you're with pals or part of an organization, but be careful about spending so much time assisting others that you don't have any energy left for yourself.
Still, a favorable connection between Venus and Mars on August 2 offers fun and flirtation to warm your heart. A tendency to go to extremes comes with expansive Jupiter's opposition to potent Pluto on August 7. Several days when fears can be exaggerated or opinions overly strong are likely around this date.
Sweet Venus slips into your private 12th House of Privacy on August 16, which could arouse desires that can't be fulfilled openly. But this also begins a month long period when you can find so much value and beauty in yourself when you spend time in nature or alone. There's a great deal of joy that you may find in solitude so don't worry if you're feeling less sociable then.