note: all dates and times in this article are based on Universal Time Zone
This month’s ASTRO CALENDAR lists major planetary placements & patterns, together with movement of the Moon and void of course phases, on a daily basis.
Leo Season began on 22nd July and continues until the 23rd of this month, when the Sun moves into the 2nd earth sign, Virgo. August is a solar blend of fire and earth elements, which helps us to combine confidence and comprehension skills in ways that enable us to apply our skills, tools and techniques efficiently and effectively.
Here are the highlights in this month’s astrological cycles. Invite them to guide and empower your manifestation projects and ask for their assistance when you struggle to cope with the harsher aspects of life on Planet Earth.
I feel that it is important to carry the interpretations for 29-31 July over from last month because they remain very relevant to present times. Mercury in Leo forms grand cross pattern with Nodes in Taurus & Scorpio and Saturn in Aquarius. Uranus conjunct North Node in Taurus. You are standing on the threshold of the future, poised and ready to move into a new era of existence. What could possibly be holding you back? Probably some form of stubborn resistance which stems from deeply engrained thought patterns. You have been indoctrinated with ideas that are well passed their sell-by date, yet they continue to exert a strong influence. It might take a while for you to extricate yourself from their clutches but once you have, they will no longer be able to prevent your progress.
1 August Mercury in Leo trine Eris in Aries. Mars conjunct North Node & Uranus in Taurus. These planetary patterns give positive support if you are hoping to get your message across more assertively. It is better to stick firmly to a communication style that is honest and direct as this is likely to offer the kind of reassurance that encourages people to believe in you and to accept that the information you are giving them is authentic and correct.
On a global level, the conjunction of Mars, North Node & Uranus at 18-19 degrees of zodiac sign Taurus 1-2 August (depending on where you are in the world) is very significant. There have been several similar occurrences between 5 June 324 BC and now, but I have not been able to find anything to match the exactitude of this event.
It’s a big deal alright, as confirmed by the Sabian Symbol for the 18th to 19th degree of Taurus which is “A new continent is rising out of the ocean”. The obvious concern is that seismic shifts and upheavals – whether they be natural, climatic or self imposed – are going to cause significant disruption around the world.
The energy should manifest as some form of evolutionary change (North Node conjunct Uranus) but it is likely to provoke actions or movements that are dynamic, sudden, unpredictable, violent, aggressive and explosive (Mars conjunct Uranus). The sign of Taurus relates to Planet Earth, its life forms, ecology, environment, climate, geography and natural resources. Taurus is also connected to man-made buildings and structures and is the sign associated with finances and other forms of material wealth.
It is interesting to note that the most recent conjunction in Taurus of North Node, Mars and Uranus took place on 17 May 1855, which followed Aleksandr Romanov becoming tsar of Russia and preceded the capture of Sevastopol which effectively defeated the Russians in the Crimea War of October 1853-February 1856.
2 August Venus in Cancer trine South Node in Scorpio. Call on previous generations in your ancestral line to guide you on how to use your natural talents in ways which guarantee results that leave you with a satisfying sense of fulfilment. Remember that these abilities have been placed at your disposal to enrich and enhance your personal enjoyment of life.
Mercury’s influence is increased thanks to its rulership of efficient earth sign Virgo, making this placement spot on for working with detailed information, facts and figures. It would be the right time to test your ideas to see which skills, methods and techniques you will need to use in order to get the most well organised and effective results. But try not to get too stressed about making mistakes and avoid the temptation to obsess over minor details. Ironically, worrying about errors which might never happen is the best way to ensure that they actually do crop up and spoil your otherwise immaculate output! Put your fact-checking process in place and concentrate on doing your best. Sun Signs most affected: GEMINI, VIRGO
7 August Venus in Cancer square Eris in Aries and trine Neptune in Pisces. Mars in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius. Stand strong in situations where you are being asked to empathise with selfish people who are trying to pull rank by promoting their interests as more urgent than yours. They are denying themselves any right to your consideration by taking an arrogant, unsympathetic stance towards you.
8-11 August Sun in Leo trine Chiron in Aries, square Nodes in Taurus & Scorpio and square Uranus in Taurus. Your self-healing process is enhanced by the confidence you have in your ability to cope with radical change. You walk this path with your ancestors standing at your shoulder, offering you the benefit of their own experience of enduring through challenging times of transition. Your progress contributes to the healing of their wounds as much as it does to your own.
9 August Venus in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn. Do not let the personal relationships you hold dear be influenced negatively by outside forces and events, however powerful. On the other hand, you should not be shy about demanding answers to difficult questions – particularly if you have any suspicions that you are being coerced or betrayed in order to serve someone else’s vested interests. They have no right to force you to provide unwilling support for their hidden agendas.
11 August Jupiter in Aries trine Ceres in Leo. This pattern offers pioneering potential for personal success that starts with a willingness to strike out on your own. Take the opportunity to showcase your courage and independence as well as your belief that you are capable of producing something extra special, with a star quality which is second to none.
Lavish attention on your relationship with your Self and engage with the Inner Child who still craves your unconditional approval. This is a partnership which must be prioritised. Because if you cannot love, respect and admire You, how will you be able to allow anyone else to offer the adoration you deserve? It is all about strengthening your self-esteem by appreciating the qualities and gifts that make you so special. “Because I’m worth it” is your mantra for the month! Sun Signs most affected: TAURUS, LEO, LIBRA
It is possible that things are turning out rather differently from how you were expecting them to. For this reason, you could be making radical changes or updates to your designs so they can be completed. This full moon emphasises the importance of innovation as well as the role played by kindred spirits, groups and teams in bringing your plans to fruition. It is important that you feel free to express all that is original about you. Embrace the qualities which make you different, do not try to normalise or regulate them.
Because the Moon moves on to conjunct Saturn and then square Mars in Taurus, it may seem as though your determination to break free from stagnant situations is being sorely tested. It is your willingness to persevere through the setbacks, with your sights set firmly on the future, that will earn you the outcomes you are hoping for.
14 August Sun in Leo opposing Saturn in Aquarius. Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn. Try not to let negative judgements put a dent in your self confidence, especially if the censure originates from an authority figure. These types tend to resist any trends they perceive to be unorthodox or untested. By doing so, they transform tasks which would normally be quite easy to execute so long as you have the right resources and materials at your disposal into heavy burdens. Give their criticisms the cold shoulder and ringfence your trust in the capabilities that enable you to produce authentic, high quality results.
15-16 August Mercury in Virgo trine North Node & Uranus in Taurus. The importance of paying attention to detail cannot be overstated, especially if you are working with innovative ideas. Your conscientious approach could be the factor which determines that things move forward rather than falling apart when the first challenge comes along.
17-18 August Sun in Leo trine Eris in Aries. Venus in Leo trine Jupiter in Aries. I can’t think of a better energy mix if you are in need of a confidence boost to help you take a more optimistic outlook on your situation. Your ability to showcase your extra special qualities and to convince others of their excellent value is supercharged at the moment. All you have to do is drop any semblance of shyness and let your light blaze out as brightly as possible.
Use this inquisitive energy to educate yourself, especially in areas that can improve your fluency and communication skills. You will learn new ways of putting your ideas into action, energising your marketing style and motivating prospective customers to follow your lead. It is not necessary to pin yourself down to a single activity at this stage, as your energy will be better spread over a variety of subjects. Multi-tasking is the name of the game and one which can be fun to play so long as you do not lose sight of your key aims and objectives. Sun Signs most affected: ARIES, GEMINI
21 August Mercury in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. While taking care of small print is always desirable, especially in situations where there is the tiniest hint of chaos or confusion, you do not want to end up drowning in detail. If anyone is trying to fob you off with promises which seem to lack precision, the onus is on them to prove that their data is accurate and their declarations can be delivered.
22 August Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. This energy is perfect if you are busily working on ways to impress influential people who may be interested in employing your skills. It could help you to express the expertise that you have gained in your field, over years of patient effort and astute observation.
22-28 August Venus conjunct Ceres in Leo, trine Chiron in Aries, square Nodes in Taurus & Scorpio and Uranus in Taurus, opposing Saturn in Aquarius. You were born with unique gifts whose purpose is to enrich your life by making it more enjoyable and fulfilling. These talents and abilities are part of you and they have an organic quality which does not need to be forced. Your recognition of them and gratitude for them helps them blossom and grow. But the minute you start to judge them as imperfect or inadequate, they lose their lustre and any sense of satisfaction you received from them is sadly diminished. Rather than regretting resources you do not have, why not embrace those that come naturally to you. It will be far more rewarding to improve and evolve them than it would be to ignore them or throw them away.
The Sun has slipped into Virgo, the second Earth sign which is a blend of practicality and workmanship. This could be a busy time of year in one way or another. Perhaps you are clearing up after one stage of your life plan, or maybe you are preparing for the next – or both! Either way, it is a good idea to get to grips with making your daily routine more efficient and effective so that your health and wellbeing are better served. You may need to sharpen your delegation skills so you can make it easier for your colleagues to help you, and take some of the strain off you. Sun Signs most affected: LEO, VIRGO
While Uranus travels through Taurus, there is a tendency to ignore the importance of firm foundations. Whether you are building an abstract concept or a bridge across the Amazon river, you still need to structure the process of your project. Major modifications that are forced through before the trouble-shooting process is complete can cause significant and lasting damage. The fall out from a series of wild-card, spur of the moment improvisations which lack the most basic level of preparation could be a source of major turmoil in future. Sun Signs most affected: TAURUS, AQUARIUS
You may find that your mind is less quick to come to conclusions. But this is not the time to force yourself into making definite decisions. At least not until you have weighed up the pros and cons of which choice to go with. Do not be afraid to ask for feedback, or to seek a second opinion. Talking to someone else about your concerns will help, even if you do not agree with the advice you are given. An alternative view could provide the comparison you need to formulate your final verdict. Sun Signs most affected: GEMINI, VIRGO, LIBRA
This is a very good time to set your intentions on optimising the general efficiency, health and wellbeing of your daily life. Sew the seeds for practices which will help you stick to rhythms, routines, regimes and recipes that can enhance your everyday existence. Aim to start afresh insofar as your anxiety levels are concerned. It is not your job to heal the world, or to carry the burdens of people who are too arrogant or lazy to look after themselves.
Please do not harass yourself with deadlines and timetables as this form of self-bullying will only serve to scatter your energy. By all means set targets but these should be movable, to give you flexibility and the option to find better ways of doing things.
28 August Ceres in Leo trine Chiron in Aries, square Nodes in Taurus & Scorpio. Give priority to self-healing projects, as they carry the seeds of rich rewards. If you feel that the quest to find cures for your own wounds is rather self-indulgent please be aware that your individual achievements in this area have implications for the generations which went before you and those who will follow in your footsteps.
“When we heal ourselves, we heal the past, the present, and the future.” Steven D. Farmer
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