10 facts about August-born babies
1. They tend to be confident, strong and organised
August-born babies are either Leos or Virgos, and there’s a lot to like about people born under those both of those signs, says Dr. Athena Perrakis, an astrologist and CEO of crystal company Sage Goddess in the US. “Leos are confident,” she explains. “They’re very strong people, physically and mentally — they’re very strong-willed. They’re also very proud and very charismatic.”
Virgos have just as many appealing personality traits, she notes: “Virgos are very organised, very precise, and detail-oriented. They’re reliable and they’re also intelligent, practical people. They’re charismatic, too, but theirs is a quiet charisma.”
2. They’re in good company
Tons of popular celebrities were born in August, like Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Mila Kunis, Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lawrence, and Demi Lovato, just to name a few. August-born people also share a birth month with three former American presidents: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
3. They’ll probably end up in leadership positions
Don’t be surprised if your boss was born in August. Perrakis explains that people who celebrate birthdays this time of year tend to end up at the top: “They make naturally strong leaders, because of their charisma and because of their confidence.”
4. They may find compatibility with other August babies
Perrakis is a Leo, and her husband is a Virgo, and she says these types of pairs aren’t uncommon. Leos are ruled by the sun, so they’re incredibly passionate, and Virgos, ruled by Mercury, are great at communication and coordination.
“It’s a really beautiful balance that they strike together, which is why, even though you would not think they would be good partners to each other, there’s actually a high number of Leo/Virgo relationships. They end up filling in each other’s gaps,” she says.
5. Their birth flower is the Gladiola
Who knew birth flowers were a thing? The flower of the month of August is a gladiola, which is said to represent character traits like strength and moral integrity. Because of their sword-shaped leaves, when you give someone a bouquet of gladiolas it is said that you are “piercing the recipient’s heart with passion.”
6. They may butt heads with Aquarius and Pisces
Dr. Perrakis says it’s easy to tell who an August baby won’t mesh with by looking at an astrology wheel. The sign directly across from yours is the one you’re least compatible with. For Leo, that’s Aquarius; for Virgo, it’s Pisces. “Those would be the most challenging partnerships,” Perrakis says.
7. They’ll be smart (but difficult) children
The big personalities that Leos and Virgos possess are apparent very early. “Leo children and Virgo children are both very smart. Even as babies, they tend to be developmentally ahead,” Perrakis says. Combine that intelligence with their headstrong approach to life and they’re unstoppable. “Parents of Leos and of Virgos should be really ready to not just teach their children, but be taught by their children,” she cautions.
8. They love the spotlight
Check to see if your favorite actor or singer is an August-born baby, because Leos in particular thrive in creative spaces where they aren’t constrained by rules. “You see a lot of artists who are Leos,” Perrakis says. “You also find a lot of Leos in entertainment, a lot of actors, a lot of people in all parts of the entertainment industry because they are charismatic.”
9. They’re generally good teachers
Leos and Virgos make great teachers, both in and out of the classroom. August-born babies should try to use this to their advantage, whatever career path they choose. “They can thrive as teachers because they have a natural authority,” Perrakis says.
10. Their birth stone is the Peridot
This green gem is often mistaken for an emerald, but it has its own hue and is just as pretty. According to research, when a peridot is combined with gold it takes on ~magical~ powers, and can even keep nightmares at bay.