August presents some challenging contrasts in your personal life. It begins with the Sun in brassy Leo and your 8th House of Deep Sharing where opening your heart and taking chances in showing your feelings are keys to developing intimacy. Normally, this means you just have to be open in expressing your affection and desires while being more generous in your response to others.
Yet this set of instructions isn't easy to follow with amorous Venus in careful Virgo until August 16. The love planet's presence in this modest sign contrasts with the boldness of the Leo Sun, which can make it more difficult to find a consistent pattern for making or strengthening personal connections. The trick is to have modest expectations while you're willing to give as much love, encouragement and attention as the other person needs. In other words, if you offer more than you expect to get back, you're likely to find yourself in a very pleasant situation.
You still could run into doubts, communication problems or negative thinking when verbal Mercury slams into a tense square with your key planet Saturn on August 11. Patience is a must to overcoming frustration then. Venus' move into socially skillful Libra on August 16 occurs in your 10th House of Career and Public Responsibility. This transit can earn you attention and affection when you're in a leadership role.
If you can avoid power struggles on August 24 and remain flexible in the face of surprises on August 26, trust will deepen and excitement should enliven your relationships.