Well, I wish I could write about glad tidings but I’m afraid it’s two steps forward and three back for most of the month, though August does end on a lovely high note. As August begins, both Mercury and Mars are retrograde putting the kibosh on forward momentum. That’s not to say your hands are bound; they are not. It’s more about going back and getting it done right this time. In the map of the cosmos, when Mars is retrograde your energy becomes internalized. Your will and the use of your will, is an inner process and is something to be considered and pondered over. This is not the month for easy light choices. If you must make any major decisions do it with great deliberation. Mercury turns direct on the 19th and Mars on the 27th.
Leo is the energy through much of August. This heart-centered sign encourages bravery which is quite different from bravado. Leo is the sign of courage and valor and rules the heart chakra, lower back and one’s hair. Leo invites play, recreation and fun. We get a renewed sense of confidence during this time of year but with Mars retrograde in the opposite sign of Aquarius the pride we usually feel is diminished. It’s time to take care of yourself, and to have fun with those you love.
The month opens on the heels of a resonating total lunar eclipse which occurred on July 27th. Mars squares change-agent Uranus bringing things to a breaking point. It’s change or perish. Where and how can you come to terms with your own hostility and how can you let it go in a peaceful way? How can you take back those carelessly flung arrows? As Kahlil Gibran wrote: “The moving finger writes and having writ moves on. Nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line.”
Also on the 1st, the Aries Moon connects with wounded healer Chiron and both trine the Sun. We can heal, we can start fresh, or we can blow ourselves up with hasty, impulsive narcissism. Please choose wisely!
There may be a surprise or two in store for us on the 3rd when the Moon joins Uranus. Both trine stern Saturn letting you know that small changes made now can last a long time. From the 4th to the 6th and culminating on the 6th, the Sun squares abundant Jupiter pushing things over the top and passed their limit. Practice moderation.
Also, on the 6th gracious Venus leaves fastidious Virgo for Libra, the sign it rules. Decorum returns once again. Your dignity is still intact! Whew! Over the next few days Venus makes kissing soothing motions to Mars, settling down anger. Venus also aspects Uranus suggesting a sudden change or adjustment in your usual plans. On the 7th, Uranus turns retrograde until early January next year taking your changes and personal growth inside where insights are possible.
The 9th is a little somber as Venus and Saturn face off. Chin up!
In the midst of all the obstacles of the retrogrades comes the hope and courage of the Leo New Moon solar eclipse on August 11th. This Supermoon (close to the Earth) tells you that you are the Creator of your life. With inconjuncts to Pluto this lunation reminds you to use your power wisely and in a heart-centered way. Celebrate!
On the 12th Mars re-enters capable Capricorn restoring a sense of sanity and order.
This carries us forward over the next few days until Mercury turns direct on the 19th. What a relief! The 19th is a beautiful day, not just because clarity returns with Mercury’s direct motion, but because Jupiter and Neptune form a delightful trine bringing peace and balm. This is a good day to celebrate love.
The energy shift holds, and beauty and hope continue to blossom. The 20th especially is full of vim and vigor and you can get a lot done when the Sagittarian Moon connects with the Leo Sun.
Late on the 22nd (MT), the Sun enters efficient Virgo. This is a distinct shift that helps you bring order, cleanliness and health into your life. On the 25th the Sun, Saturn and Uranus meet in a grand earth trine lending incredible support to all practical ventures and bringing much needed stability.
Mars prepares to turn direct as Venus and Pluto form a square. Tension sometimes proceeds a birth. Pay attention to what is about to come forth. Signs may appear in your dreams at the Full Pisces Moon on the 26th. This Full Moon occurs in the same degrees as the grand earth trine bringing whatever is needed your way. Hallelujah. Let gratitude overflow. Forgiveness is key in removing emotional blocks. Do it!
Yay! Celebrate! August 27th Mars turns direct and things get moving once again. Mars is still in capable, pragmatic Capricorn. Put things in order and get back to work. Despite all the good news mind your p’s and q’s because chatty Mercury may get carried away as it squares over-the-top Jupiter. Don’t promise more than you can do. Keep things manageable.
The hard stuff is behind you. Remember, you only look in the review mirror ten percent of the time. There’s no need to hold onto the past. Virgo energy keeps you busy and focused.
Thanks for reading. I’ll see you back here in September and remember: you matter, we are all connected, Earth is our home and love is our destination.