The Olympics may be keeping some glued to the television, while others are squeezing in last-minute outdoor dates with friends, clearly nervous that mask mandates might return all too soon. (In Baltimore, the mask mandate returns August 9.) Whatever you’re doing this month, the biggest astrological news is the Uranus retrograde in Taurus. Beginning on August 19 and ending in January 2022, Uranus (the planet of surprise and freedom) will appear as if it’s moving in reverse. We can expect the unexpected during this retrograde period. While that might cause some trepidation, if there are roadblocks on your path to liberation, expect breakdowns and breakthroughs that put you on the path to righteousness. Think of Uranus as the rebel cousin who won’t shush until you donate to a bail fund.
Late July to late August finds us in Leo season. This romantic and charismatic fire sign is a natural-born leader. Whether it’s the executive chef of a kitchen, or a senior administrator at an ivy league university (I know Leos in both these positions), they ooze success. Leos are symbolized by the king of the jungle, the lion, and when they’re not out kicking up their heels at a lavish party, they love entertaining in their lairs. Of course, there are some drawbacks to this spirited sign. Their egos might be hurt if a friend or spouse garners more of the spotlight than they do. But as long as they get their attention—and they need lots of it—they’ll share their big hearts generously.