Note: all dates and times in this article are based on Universal Time (GMT)
Week 1-7 August
The Spotlight is on Sun and Mercury in Leo as the month opens. This pair form some dynamic planetary patterns as they move through the first week of August to oppose Saturn in Aquarius, trine Chiron in Aries and square Uranus in Taurus. While these energies could ignite a healing spark in the human collective, we must not dismiss the difficulty involved – particularly when it comes to our individual ego-related issues. We simply cannot afford to be selfish if we really want to create a better future for ourselves.
A trine between Venus in Virgo and Uranus in Taurus confirms the positive effects for those of us who are prepared to adopt an attitude of gratitude, humility and service. Gaia offers us a wonder-filled home, we should be prepared to honour and preserve the beautiful life forms she has created for our enjoyment.
Week 8-14 August
Mercury in Leo trines Eris in Aries and opposes Jupiter in Aquarius which could mean we will be seeing some significant gestures of bravado that are designed to boost individual egos. But they will tend to work against the greater good, by steering momentum away from meaningful progress.
Venus in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, which coincides with a meetup between the Moon and Mars in Virgo square to the Nodes in Gemini & Sagittarius. I’m afraid this means more of those mixed messages and quick fix solutions, none of which are likely to prove very effective in the long run – mainly because they tend to confuse rather than simplify matters.
Venus in Virgo moves to trine Pluto in Capricorn. Please be careful not to undervalue your own worth and therefore undersell your services. You are more powerful and important than you might perceive and you should willingly (if modestly!) accept the respect of those who hold your efficiency and expertise in high esteem.
8 AUGUST NEW MOON IN LEO
It’s time to sow the seeds of self esteem. There is a world of difference between someone who behaves selfishly and people who are proud to be themselves. When you feel real self-respect, you no longer need to act like an arrogant egotist who craves attention and insists that their demands must be met. Your inner confidence is such that you have complete trust in your ability to fulfil your own needs and to deliver whatever life may ask of you.
Like a beloved child who has grown up in an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance, you enjoy healthy levels of self-approval and self-assurance. You do not need flattery or applause from others, in fact it tends to irritate you. There is an authenticity about you which attracts genuine admiration.
Once you have truly fallen in love with your Self, you will stop criticising the human characteristics which make you a one-off. You may try to correct their less attractive aspects but you will feel proud of their positive potential.
11 AUGUST MERCURY MOVES INTO VIRGO
This is a very good time to tighten up on your organisational skills. If you are keen to make your daily routine more efficient, especially in regards to the amount of information you need to process, then seek out a system that is easy to implement and simple to operate. It should also be flexible in its ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and ideally it would be calculated to help you manage your time more effectively.
Due to a challenging aspect formed by a square to Mercury from Ceres in Gemini, you might have to keep an eye on a tendency to add too much data to your design. Try not to embellish what should be a utilitarian scheme with unnecessary detail, even if it looks good on paper. Clean lines provide the precision and clarity which make it so much easier to get your work done. This is a creative process with the potential to make your everyday existence more fulfilling, fertile and productive.
Week 15-21 August
Mercury in Virgo squares the Nodes in Gemini & Sagittarius. This says a lot about learning to communicate effectively. It is no good evading the issue by falling back on vague generalisations which sound cheery but actually say nothing in particular. Information must be precise, relevant and delivered in an easy to understand format. As Mercury meets up with Mars in Virgo and creates a trine to Uranus in Taurus, it will be clear that meaningless waffle will no longer cut the mustard. The situation demands data that is specifically designed to evolve by providing adaptability, innovation and stability in a rapidly changing environment.
Sun in Leo trine Eris in Aries, opposing Jupiter in Aquarius. It is all very well to demonstrate shows of strength but would-be sabre rattlers must ensure there is no collateral fallout from their dramas – particularly the kind that risks damage to the lives of innocent populations.
Venus in Libra trine Ceres in Gemini. Peacemakers may be given the chance to plant the seeds for projects which foster balance, harmony and justice. But fair words alone will not be enough to establish a process that can be sustained to completion, although they are a good starting point.
16 AUGUST VENUS MOVES INTO LIBRA
This is not the time to force yourself to make quick-fix choices and decisions. Take a while to discuss, consult and weigh up pros and cons before you finally select the best-case scenario for you. The time and care you invest in this procedure will pay off when you admit that the evaluation (not to be confused with procrastination) process was definitely worthwhile!
Your natural talents could be useful allies at this time, so please don’t question their worth or undervalue their efficacy. Respect your own resourcefulness, especially when it comes to persuading others to agree with your point of view. If you have artistic abilities, you could think about promoting your gift although you may prefer to find an agent who appreciates what you have to offer and is therefore willing to represent you.
As Venus in Libra forms trines with North Node in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius and an opposition to Chiron in Aries it could become clear that one of the main causes of painful problems within relationships is when one partner wishes to evolve while the other prefers to remain in their default position. Their affection for one another might be genuine, which makes it all the more difficult to accept that they are each seeing a future that may not involve the other. Whether they manage to reach a compromise or agree to go their separate ways, they will have learned a hard but important life lesson. Which is: if you really love someone, you are always ready to let them go.
19-20 AUGUST URANUS MOVES RETROGRADE IN TAURUS
One of the biggest problems with the current placement of the evolutionary planet Uranus is a tendency to ignore the importance of firm foundations, thereby allowing things to happen randomly. Either because some bright spark has a lightbulb moment and assumes their idea will revolutionise the world, or events take an erratic turn and contradict all the forecasts for how things should happen. Whatever the cause or reason, the underlying issue is a basic lack of thorough preparation.
As Uranus moves Retrograde in Taurus it will become obvious that major modifications to existing systems which were forced through without adequate preparation will be causing unrest – possibly to the point of rebellion. It could be that these concerns will not be calmed down before 18 January 2022, when Uranus resumes direct movement. Hopefully by then there will be less spur of the moment improvisation and more carefully considered conscious control over the process of implementing necessary change.
Week 22 to 28 August
Mars in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus. It really doesn’t make sense to push for radical change before you have equipped yourself to cope with it. The person who has done their preparation will be far better able to adjust to seismic shifts in their regular routine. Their acclimatisation will be easier and quicker than those souls with unrealistic expectations of how a very different version of life is likely to work on a day to day level.
Mercury in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces trine Pluto in Capricorn. Neither does it make sense to bemoan the blunders you have made – possibly because you were not paying close enough attention to important details. Take responsibility for your mistake, mark it down to experience and look for the hidden advantage within your situation. You are now older and wiser and you have gained the expertise which will help you confront challenge and overcome obstacles.
Ceres conjunct North Node in Gemini. This fertile and productive energy is particularly helpful if you are trying to absorb, process, interpret or communicate information. Whether you are on the learning or teaching end of your subject, there will be a sense of forward movement. You could be travelling along a path that is new to you and which is taking you in the direction of your destiny.
22 AUGUST FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS CONJUNCT JUPITER
The first of the 2021 full moons in the 11th sign took place last month on 24 July. It happened quite close to Saturn, which gave it a rather restricted and severe quality. This month’s energy is quite different thanks to the influence that expansive Jupiter brings to the event.
Because Jupiter is moving retrograde, there may be a sense of having to take a fresh perspective on the future. This could be because the world is now reaping results that, even if they were predicted, are happening on a faster or larger scale than was originally expected. In some ways, this is giving us the opportunity to accelerate the social, environmental and technological shifts which, until now, were judged as too revolutionary.
Global events are adding to the urgency, thereby turning what might have been considered radical change only a short time ago into the most obvious and viable way forward. The Full Moon in Aquarius looks to innovation that has already been introduced but which as yet, has not received the encouragement it needed to achieve its full potential. Hopefully it will now be given the green light, enabling humanity to move into a new era of consciousness which will ensure its sustainability for eons to come.
22 AUGUST SUN MOVES INTO VIRGO
This is the optimum time of year to focus your effort on your skill-set. Your objective is to be more streamlined and efficient so that you are conserving time, energy and resources as well as saving yourself unnecessary work. It can be as simple as consolidating the trips you take from one point to another – unless of course you are using them as an opportunity to exercise and keep yourself fit. Or, at the other end of the scale, you might be looking to introduce organisational upgrades in several aspects of your daily life – your employment, your routine, your health and diet, your sleep patterns for example.
Perhaps you’re thinking about re-training or at least refreshing your existing qualifications so that your job prospects and occupational objectives are better suited to your general wellbeing and overall satisfaction with your life. Whatever happens, please do not disregard your own needs within the situation. Be careful not to let duty drag you down. Inasmuch as you may wish to be of service, there is no need to end up feeling like an unpaid skivvy, exhausted and depleted by the demands that are made on you.
It is very important that you enjoy every moment of fulfilling your to-do list, even if some of the tasks you undertake are quite taxing. A strong sense of having accomplished what you set out to do to the best of your ability will be your reward.
28 AUGUST PLUTO IN CAPRICORN SQUARE ERIS IN ARIES
I’ll be honest, this is not the lightest of energies. In fact it is a pretty heavy combination which is not great if you’re hoping for a time of peaceful accord. The mood is both hostile and aggressive. The good news, however, is that it might be the power-abusing authorities who are in for a very tough time. People who have hidden their sins behind a wall of wealth and privilege could be seeing an army of assertive Amazonians fuelled by outraged indignance swarming towards them, well armed, ready for battle and with their sights firmly set on retribution. So let’s see if they can get away with it this time – I hope not. And while this may not be total defeat for those who deal in coercion and corruption, it could well be a determining stage in their demise.
Week 29-31 August
Sun in Virgo square North Node & Ceres in Gemini and South Node in Sagittarius. You do not have to be rich and famous in order to fulfil your Destiny. Your Soul Self may have signed up to a quiet and modest life filled with small acts of service. Your ancestors may have asked you to volunteer in ways that would help, heal or teach others who desperately need your assistance. You may not end up on any earth plane celebrity list, but you’ll be earning plenty of brownie points in the heavenly spheres!
30 AUGUST MERCURY MOVES INTO LIBRA
A wonderful way to make the most of this energy is to compose a long list of positive affirmations which are aimed to create an atmosphere of equilibrium. The minute your mind fills with thoughts which disturb your inner accord, counterbalance the negative effects with declarations of peace and harmony. If you hear someone employing hurtful language, answer them with words that are designed to rebalance the situation and restore good will.
It is not about turning the other cheek so much as choosing the moral high ground. “Speak as you would be spoken to” could be your main mantras during this period. And by the way, it is now more important than ever to ensure that the tone of voice you take with yourself is both courteous and polite.
This position of Mercury is very helpful if you are looking for the kind of language that will persuade others to listen to your point of view. Which, as you can see, could be beneficial if you are hoping to attract customers, clients or benefactors or if you are trying to convince your partners (whether personal or professional) to agree with you. Mercury in Libra smiles on collaborative projects within communities, especially if they involve information, communication, education, marketing, networking and travel.
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