August 2019

As we come into August, we are certainly looking for good times with good friends. Our plans may be disrupted at times, but the more we can shift and turn as things occur, the more we can successfully navigate these times and enjoy the process. The universe has a great sense of humor, and it is important that we laugh along.

The New Moon conundrum of July 31st can be further triggered on August 2nd as Venus squares Uranus. We might have gotten an indication of certain relationship matters going awry back with the New Moon, but this Friday could have us arm wrestling with someone or engaging a ‘game’ of tug-of-war. Now is not a time to take things too seriously. ‘If that’s all there is,’ as Peggy Lee would remind us, ‘then let’s keep dancing… and have a ball…’

Always important for us to look on the bright side, see life as good, keep dancing, and have a ball. And the second week of August up to the Aquarius Full Moon on the 15th provides moments of delight.

The 7th and 8th of August can be a primo period as the Sun trines Jupiter on the 7th, followed by Venus trine Jupiter on the 8th. We can be feeling highly confident, optimistic and enthusiastic both in regard to our prospects ahead and the person, or people, with whom we are doing the dance.

Travel plans could work nicely now, for we are looking to spread our wings, and there seem few storm clouds on our horizon. Our ‘feel good’ attitude may be contagious, and we might find our interactions with other people to be like a gathering of the Mutual Admiration Society. Everyone can be applauding one another, especially if we share the spotlight and not hog center stage for ourselves.

Whether we get away and out of town or stay around and enjoy the splendor of our summer, this second week of August could prove the highlight of our summer season.

As we come more into August, many of us may have the pulls of our normal routine, school starting, getting back on track. Before we get there, the first half of August and especially from the 6th through the 15th is prime for relaxation, re-creation and explorations.

Sunday the 11th of August ratchets up the energy but possibly in a rather convoluted manner. Jupiter turns from retrograde to direct motion, while Uranus turns from direct to retrograde motion. We may wonder whether we are coming or going. In addition, Mercury exits Cancer to re-enter Leo adding ever more emphasis to the Leo Stellium as Mercury joins Venus, the Sun and Mars in the Fixed Fire Sign. The blazing heat of summer, whether physically in the temperatures or figuratively in our re-creational activities, can be seen with the four planets in Leo and Jupiter turning direct in its own Sign of Sagittarius, the Mutable Fire Sign.

This mid-August period may allow us to have one major summer blowout, whether we party with friends and with family, travel out of town, or we engage our creative projects. No matter what we do, we are likely to be dramatic and putting ourselves out in front.

The 14th of August has the Sun conjunct Venus. This is also the day when Mercury comes out of its ‘shadow’ of the Mercury retrograde we lived through most of July [and a real beaut this past Mercury retrograde]. We can be feeling good about ourselves, enjoying the company of other people, and especially those people who are willing to accede to our wishes. Although much of this time with the heavy Leo influence can be all about ‘ME’, let’s keep in mind that collaboration is often more effective than just singing our own praises.

The Aquarius Full Moon with the Aquarius Moon opposed the Sun, Venus and Mars can accentuate our relationships and our desire to have good times with good friends. We may be feeling the coming closure of summer, and we are likely to look for one last fling before we get back on track of our normal activities. This is a time for us to bask in the glow of our friendships and our special connections. We may feel the impending autumn season with schools either back in session or preparing for the start of their fall semester. We might want to go out on a high note before we get back on track of our regular routine.

While there can be quite a crescendo with the Aquarius Full Moon on the 15th, we have to be wary of the aftermath.

The 16th of August has Mercury square Uranus, one of my least favorite energies for travel, and especially air travel. People may be a little too obstreperous trying to prove their point by making promises they can’t keep or by excessive spending intended to impress. Our thoughts could be coming fast and furious, but the ability of properly filtering the information can be lacking. Communications can be off with statements being misinterpreted and misunderstood. This is a day to slow things down, maintain a mindful attitude and be aware for an unexpected situation liable to arise.

On the 18th of August, Mars exits Leo to enter Virgo. Although Mars is exiting Leo, we still have the Leo Stellium with the Sun, Mercury and Venus in the Fixed Fire Sign. This Leo Stellium only holds for a few more days, as the Mars exit of Leo into Virgo is followed by Venus entering Virgo on the 21st and the Sun entering Virgo on the 23rd.

The entrance of Mars into Virgo triggers by Sign a Grand Trine in the Earth Element with the two other Earth Signs being transited by Uranus in Taurus, and Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.

Much of our energy may focus back on routine matters, dealing with the specifics of our daily lives. Increasingly, we could be feeling like we’re getting back on track with our usual schedule. There still can be moments of summer fun, but our tendency is to get more serious about our lives and what we wish to accomplish.

This period from the 18th of August into early October has the Earth Grand Trine by Sign and indicates a highly productive and effective time. The Earth Grand Trine provides the opportunity of manifestation, dealing with mundane affairs competently and successfully.

On the 21st of August, Venus exits Leo to enter Virgo, and Mercury trines Jupiter. The Leo Stellium that we may have been enjoying since the end of July ends. Whether back on the track or not, the energy increasingly leads us to dealing with our daily life. We may be a little more ‘no nonsense’ about our relationships with a tendency to wonder to ourselves ‘what have you done for me lately?’ We have to watch that we don’t become too critical of what we see as someone else’s flaws. We can be feeling good about ourselves, highly confident and wanting to expand our activities, but we are unlikely to brook any interference or any naysayers to our plans. This is a time when we may hold people in measure as to whether they are for us or not — no half measures for us. Either someone is with us, or we are likely to see them as against us. If someone does not comply by affirming our interests, we could find fault with them and put them down on the C list of the people in our life.

The 23rd of August has the Sun entering Virgo. As it does, the Sun generates the Virgo Stellium with the Sun joining Venus and Mars in the Mutable Earth Sign. We now have six planets in the Earth Signs and an Earth Grand Trine by Sign. We are looking to get more serious about our life intentions and willing to deal with the smallest details in order to successfully accomplish the big picture of our goals.

Whether we are back on track of our ordinary daily life or still on summer hiatus, much of our focus and attention turns to our daily life.

August 24th has Venus conjunct Mars. Our relationships can improve, but we might have a tendency to concentrate on those relationships that are willing to give us a hand with our responsibilities. We are looking for practical collaboration with someone assisting us in doing what we need to get done, just as we are likely to help other people with their projects.

The following week, ending the month of August and the 1st day of September, can be a most interesting time. The Virgo transiting planets trine Uranus with Venus trine Uranus on the 26th, followed by Mars trine Uranus on the 28th, then the Sun trine Uranus on the 29th the same day that Mercury exits Leo to enter its own Sign of Virgo, the Virgo New Moon on the 30th, and culminating the week with Mercury trine Uranus on the 1st of September.

Can we say ‘magic is in the air’? Not only could magic be evident, but this week from August 26th through September 1st may be highly streamlined, a time when things happen easily and expeditiously, and a time not to be lost to complacency or discontent. This week might provide us with remarkable insights with the ease of things occurring and often with little effort on our part except by our intention. This is a week for us to keep our antennae up, work with peripheral vision and be open to receive surprising and exciting encounters.

The week begins on Monday the 26th with Venus trine Uranus. An unexpected contact might make us aware of new opportunities or different ways of our doing our usual tasks. We may see people we know in a different light. Everyone seems to be stretching and growing in accord with their own personal blossoming. And we have the privilege of being in the right place at the right time.

This week of August 26th through September 1st is filled with enlightening surprises, and reaffirms the fact that we are in a paradigm shift. This week is likely to be full of various mini-miracles. We just have to be open in order to receive.

We start the week with someone making us aware of options either in regard to new trajectories for us to pursue or in new characteristics of them that we have not seen before.

The mid-week period with the Mars trine Uranus allows us to streamline operations. Whether we engage new technologies and equipment to deal with our routine affairs or we utilize new methods to accomplish our daily tasks, we may find ourselves being far more productive with far less expenditure of energy.

The 29th of August has Mercury exiting Leo to enter Virgo, a Sign that Mercury rules. There are now four planets in the Mutable Earth Sign as Mercury joins the Sun, Venus and Mars in Virgo. Our critical thinking is enhanced and we may find that nothing escapes our attention. There might be truth in the saying that ‘the devil is in the detail’, but we are at a time when not one iota may escape our incisive attention.

The 29th also has the Sun trine Uranus. Although we might be at the start of the school year, many of us in our society see this time of year as the beginning of a new year. We are coming off our summer season of relaxation and fun activities and become more attentive to the regularity of our lives. As we look to get back on track, we might not be relegating our movements or our focus to ‘same old, same old’. On the contrary, we may wish to engage new trajectories, new ways of doing things and in the process increase our autonomy and our ‘free’ time.

The Virgo New Moon on the 30th of August is a powerful signature that impacts the next two weeks, up to the Pisces Full Moon on the 13th – 14th of September.

The Virgo New Moon accentuates the Earth Grand Trine with six planets in Virgo, two planets in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. This two-week period starting on the 30th gives us the energy to be highly productive, advance our goals and do so in the most expeditious and effective manner possible. There can be an interesting blend of the innovative with the reliably practical.

We may have our nose to the grindstone, concentrating on the specifics of our daily life, but it would be wise for us to be open to unexpected situations greasing our wheels. This two-week timeframe can give us evidence of the paradigm shift as certain matters fall into place neatly and without too much effort on our part, and especially avoiding the effort of getting in our own way.

August 2019… times for fun, times to be productive…