August brings much planetary change, if not some challenges. Communication planet Mercury, love planet Venus, and action planet Mars feature this month, along with two Full Moons!
August begins with a Full Moon, with the Sun in dynamic Leo and the Moon in unconventional Aquarius. This highlights a peak in situations and relationships, where truths are illuminated. Where are you pleasing others and approval-seeking versus following your own unique path? Also, are you honoring your leadership needs in a group with the needs of the group? These issues will come to light now.
Mercury in Leo ends its retrograde period on August 8. Since turning retrograde on July 15th, have you noticed any communication issues? Mercury retrogrades affect electronics and communications in general, and is a good time to review situations, rather than sign on the dotted line. Mercury is not that happy in royal Leo, so there may be some drama! You will feel more ease and less communication breakdown by the end of August.
Venus moves from Gemini into Cancer on August 7. This represents a shift from the busy social butterfly to the protective, private and emotional intuitive. Venus rules love, beauty, relationships and what we value, so you may crave spending more time at home with loved ones, than socializing and busy-bodying around. You will be seeking comfort and nurturing, and uniting with others that provide that for you.
Mid-month Venus makes an opposition to Pluto and square to Uranus. Since Venus, Pluto and Uranus are all in Cardinal signs, this causes a bit of stress towards action and initiation, in the realms of relationships and love, and all things Venusian. Pluto brings the muck up to the surface and Uranus causes the break towards authenticity and change. Old issues around relationships and vulnerability will most likely come to the surface, to be revolutionized and changed for the better. This won’t be easy, but healing can occur under these influences.
There is a New Moon in Leo on August 17. New Moons are times of new beginnings, and represent the start of a new cycle. In the sign of Leo, these new beginnings may be around creativity, leadership and giving life a royal roar! It is time to allow a vision to come forth.
On August 22, the Sun moves from Leo into Virgo. This highlights the solar principle of perfection, purification and the details of life. There may be a focus on health and wellbeing, and how to be of service in everyday life. This is also the time of preparing for the fall harvest, as September and the Fall Equinox move closer.
Action planet Mars moves from peacekeeper Libra into investigator Scorpio on August 23. Mars was weakened in Libra, but is strong in Scorpio, its ruler. Our action, initiation, motivation and direction is now more pure in its expression, versus passive-aggressive! You may seek to pinpoint the depths of your emotional and spiritual nature, with precision and focus. Our inner warrior nature will be activated to seek the truth and healing of our psyches.
The month ends on another Full Moon, this time with the Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces. Illuminations are geared towards the balancing of our physical and spiritual worlds. Where are you sacrificing yourself for others, creating imbalance? This may become clear to you now.
Finally, Mercury changes signs from Leo into Virgo. Mercury rules Virgo, so communication is now clearer and more detail-oriented. Organizing and planning are where your mind will be focused, perhaps cleaning up the messes from the previous retrograde period.
Jodie Cara Lindley, Astrological Directions