August 2022

We come into August rearing to go. Mars conjuncts Uranus on the 1st of August. While we have to engage brain before brawn, we can have a thrust of energy to explore and discover new trajectories for ourselves. We just have to avoid being impetuous and impulsive, for the liability to accidents cannot be discounted with such a huge jolt of energy to begin the month.

Early August may witness various technological breakthroughs and advances in streamlining operations. We are crossing a threshold of the technology revolution with remarkable headways in robotics and artificial intelligence and infinite energy resources.

We may bemoan what is going on in the world-at-large but meanwhile technology is making rapid leaps and bounds. The primary question may prove to be whether we have the emotional maturity to work effectively with new and radical developments. It would be wise for us to keep in mind the analogy of creating a suspension bridge from where we have been to where we are going, laying down slat by slat, with the necessity of sometimes going back before moving forward, and not cutting the ties that bind before we have gotten to the other side and firmly and successfully planted the new. We don’t want a repeat of the Texas winter where the wind turbines froze and the snow-covered solar panels creating havoc for the citizens to try and keep warm. Or the rolling blackouts of electricity in California.

The Mars conjunct Uranus on the 1st of August is followed on the 2nd by Venus sextile Uranus, and Venus sextile Mars. Collaboration, perhaps even with serendipitous encounters, allows for greater input with the likelihood of someone adding something to the mix that might have been previously omitted. We may be looking for win-win situations, willing to embrace the quirky or different from our own perspective. We could even find ourselves veering off from the official narrative to go our own way in exploration of truth and new discoveries.

If the old playbook is brought out by the powers-that-be and old plays reenergized, we might be far too astute to fall for what is being presented as ‘tried and true’. We may realize that suggestions put forth have been tried but no longer true. We are not looking to re-create our past but rather advance into a future with an affirmation in mind: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Let’s keep in mind that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift, a time when we are moving from linear, sequential reality into asequential reality where things can occur in most unexpected ways, seeming to our conditioned mindset as magic or miracles, but truly non-sequential happenings. Welcome to the New World Order, but seemingly disorder to our conditioned mindset.

The 4th of August has Mercury exiting Leo to enter its own Sign of Virgo [2:58 AM EDT]. Not only is our mind sharp, analytical and focused on the practical. The Mercury Virgo also triggers by Sign an Earth Grand Trine with Mercury in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn, and both Mars and Uranus both in Taurus.

Whether we are stepping back on track with our regular routine or preparing to do so, we are likely to be far more adept at dealing with our practical realities. With inflation putting a crimp on our finances and forcing us to consider alternatives to our ways of doing things, the backdrop of our lives may have changed, but we are astute enough to make necessary shifts and changes instead of merely grousing about things and trying to do things the ways we had done them before.

Having grown up in an English family, I was repeatedly told of the rigors of living in London during the Second World War and the German blitz on London. Lights out, rationing, and limited supplies were characteristics of life in London at those times, and I would be chastised for any waste of food or lights left on after having left a room.

Whatever befalls us by impact of the conditions in which we find ourselves, it is essential that we recognize that we can make it through and could even be stronger from the experience.

The 7th of August has Venus trine Neptune, Mars square Saturn, and a Lunar Grand Trine in the Fire Signs. Relationships can seem close to idyllic, as if we have found our soulmate, our twin flame. We can be buoyed by our connections and confident about our intentions. What we have to be cautious about is any tendency on our part to fall into the old mindset of being in control of situations. If we become overoptimistic and too full of ourselves, we are liable to put on blinders, close ourselves off to the magic of these times and of this moment, and wind up shooting ourselves in the foot. Humility is called for with an appreciation of the awe and wonder that daily life offers. We can either soar with the eagles at this time by being open and receptive to good times, or we could become frustrated and angry that the unfolding is not meeting our expectations. Even if things go swimmingly at this time, they might not meet our standards and then we are liable to chip away at all the goodness, promises and opportunities that these other energy configurations allow for.

With society’s predisposition to problems and negative issues rather than to opportunities and blessings, we could fall into a victim / savior scenario when Venus opposes Pluto on the 9th of August. Our sensitivity may ratchet up severalfold, and we might be holding ourselves, other people, and society all to a higher standard than humanly feasible. Compassion and acceptance are called for with an appreciation that natural unfolding has its ups and downs, twists and turns, and rarely a straight-line progression. It is important that we keep in mind that each of us has our own personal journey with its challenges and its opportunities and that we respect without judgment each individual’s dharma.

The 11th of August has the Aquarius Full Moon [9:36 PM EDT] with the Aquarius Moon opposed the Leo Sun with a Fixed Sign T-Square with both the Sun and Moon square Uranus in Taurus. The Full Moon is also impacted by the Moon conjunct Saturn, followed by the Sun opposed Saturn exact on the 14th. Also on the 11th, Mars sextiles Neptune and Mars in orb of a trine to Pluto exact on the 14th. Venus exits Cancer to enter Leo [2:30 PM EDT].

August has been traditionally the month when people went on their long vacation for the year. People would stream out of the cities and head for the mountains, lakes and seashore. We might have the same idea in mind for this year, but with unexpected curveballs thrown at us. The spring floods in Montana closed Yellowstone National Park. Floods, wildfires, droughts and scorching heat, along with higher costs for fuel, food and accommodations, can all contribute to disrupting our plans and forcing us to adopt alternate plans if are planning to leave the sanctuary of our home and a staycation for the wild adventures of the road.

We may be amping to have summer fun but find different obstacles getting in our way. Flexibility and adaptability are called for, especially when things are not going our way.

The 14th when the Sun opposes Saturn and Mars trines Pluto can accentuate any frustrations felt at the time of the Aquarius Full Moon on the 11th. Either we can try and willfully push forward, only to have the pushback ever more severe, or we can try a little finesse, adapt to changing conditions, and move ahead with determination but strategically rather than forcefully. The key will be our ability to step out of our own way, consider the best course of action under the circumstances, and proceed deliberately and cautiously.

Mid-August is also a time when children are either going back to school or preparing to do so. College bound students may be on campus for orientation and settling in. Elementary and high school students may be back in school or getting necessary supplies for the school year.

Summer may not be officially over, but for many mid-August is the start of a new year.

Mercury trines Uranus on the 16th of August. We may have some remarkable insights or hear about some exciting news. This energy is indicative of the paradigm shift where things occur in the most unexpected manner. Remember: this paradigm shift moves us from linear, sequential reality into asequential reality where things can occur in the most magical and mysterious ways.

If we are doing our autumn shopping for our wardrobe or for supplies, we could be surprised by some of the sales occurring around this time. Although we are dealing with inflation, forcing a lot of people to curb their expenses, some of the big store retailers may have overbought with large inventory on hand and a willingness to cut sharp discounts to rid themselves of excess stock.

The 18th of August has the two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, in trine aspect. If ever there was a time to ‘go for the gold’ as far as fun and excitement, now is the time. We may have a ‘devil-may-care’ attitude with little or no thought to our expenditures. We want to enjoy ourselves, can justify the costs, and are all in for a good time. We may start the day with great excitement and interested in doing something different from our routine, but we get a grip later in the day and early on the 19th thanks to an Earth Grand Trine. Yes, we are likely to have our head in the clouds as we start the 18th but get our feet back firmly on the ground late on the 18th, early on the 19th.

We might feel as though a choke collar, either imposed upon us or that we put upon ourselves, is removed on the 20th of August as Mars exits Taurus to enter Gemini [3:56 AM EDT]. Mars is in Detriment in Taurus with the martial energy restricted and slowed down as though we were moving ahead with a ball and chain.

With Mars in Gemini our energy shifts dramatically, and we could be all over the place. Not that we are likely to stay at any one place long. We are imbibing the sense of variety being the spice of life and far more interested in doing more, even if only briefly, rather than a concentrated time doing less.

The 21st of August has Mercury opposed Neptune with both planets in Signs they rule, Mercury in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces. This energy offers great potential or huge liability. Either we can draw upon our foresight and strategize our way forward effectively, or we could find ourselves in a world of confusion, either buying into the hype without doing our due diligence or so involved in the details that we lose sight of the big picture. Our nervous energy might be ratcheted up, so it would be wise for us not to allow our imagination to run riot or to buy into the fear porn that may be spewed forth by the media, the powers-that-be or consensus opinion.

Whether we fall for the illusions and deceive ourselves under the Mercury Neptune opposition or maintain clarity, the 22nd allows us to be more focused, concentrating on the essentials with a laser-like read of what is really going on. Mercury trines Pluto on the 22nd. We can be attentive to the details, all the while we are considering the big picture and the means to create an appealing presentation. We are getting more serious about our involvements, as the Sun exits Leo to enter Virgo [11:16 PM EDT] also on the 22nd.

Summer may not be over, but increasingly we are getting back into the swim of our daily involvements.

Any changes we have implemented might go for revisions as Uranus turns retrograde on the 24th [9:54 AM EDT]. With the recognition that things often develop internally before externalizing, we might understand that some of the changes we have implemented over the past few years might need to be tweaked, reworked or optimized. Our forward movement can be stalled or merely delayed for a more propitious time.

August 25th has Mercury moving out of its own Sign of Virgo to enter Libra. Although still looking out for number one, our personal self, we are also more attuned with what is going on with other people. We might draw more on other people’s input with the recognition that our own thoughts and ideas can be like a sound tunnel where we only hear or are open to what we are thinking. Like taking off blinders, our willingness to communicate with people and get their view on things provides a more comprehensive take on other perceptions out there rather than just our own.

The Virgo New Moon on the 27th of August [4:17 AM EDT] at the time of the Sun Moon conjunction has the New Moon square Mars, and Venus square Uranus. With an impact on the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 10th of September, we enter a two-week period when we may have a great deal on our plate. We could be juggling our summertime fun activities with getting back on track. Push – pulls between what we want to do and what we need to do can become so jumbled that we lose sight of our schedule and lose track of our expenses. It is important that we stay grounded, maintain mindfulness and keep aware. With so much going on, we could easily get overwhelmed by everything that we are committed to. If people aren’t acceding to our wishes, relationships might prove dicey. We may assume that overwhelm is happening only to us, but we should recognize that overwhelm is part of the present human condition. We’re all feeling it.

After Venus squares Uranus on the 27th, Venus opposes Saturn on the 28th. Last year’s nemesis of the Saturn Uranus square is engaged, and relationships at this time could suffer, as they may over the next two weeks under the New Moon influence. With Venus in Leo, Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius, we are dealing with a Fixed Sign T-Square. To avoid blowups in our relationships this is a time when we need to be especially careful not to step on anyone’s toes or to feel put upon. We are liable to be feeling put upon. Now is a time to cut ourselves and other people a great deal of slack with the British affirmation of “keep calm, and carry on.”

August 2022… dance in the dark with the light…