August proves to be not only a month of reflection, but also a month of tenacity. As we’re steady into the retrograde season, and finally out of eclipse season, it’s time to re-immerse yourself in your projects. For some, this is finding yourself on an old, beaten path. For others, this is investing energy into a new direction. Whatever the case may be, it’s always wise to check your forecast ahead!
Kicking off the month with a Full Moon in Aquarius on the 3rd! Full Moons are a point of reflection. While in Aquarius, the reflection is centered around individuality, freedom, rebellion, humanitarianism, innovation, and stability. Full Moon in Aquarius is the perfect time to revel in your individual path thus far. Question whether or not you’ve been acting in a manner that is aligned with your true self. Be persistent in your sense of justice and rebellion. Remember how to innovate, to think outside of the box again. Call for stability when adhering to your inner revolution. All fixed signs – Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus – may be more affected by insomnia, restlessness, and a sense of urgency around this time!
Mercury moves into Leo on the 4th. With Mercury in the regal Leo, there is a sense of nobility in dialogue. When speaking, Mercury in Leo asks you to stand tall, shoulders back, and with an air of diligence. Conversations are loud, proud, and bold. The style of expression is theatrical, like living a in a televised event. Your inner monolouge may be more dramatic, expressive, and stubborn. Aim to speak from the heart, not the ego. Go forward in confidence, not bravado.
On the 7th, Venus moves into the loving Cancer. Venus in Cancer is all about reconnecting with the home and family. Now is a great time to reconnect with your mother/mother-figure, heal Feminine Wounds, connect with your biological family, and even connect with your spiritual family. If in love, Cancer in Venus calls to nurture our connections. This energy is gentle, understanding, and compassionate. During the Venus in Cancer transit, you may feel more inclined to verbally express your love, spend quality time with your partner, and do small acts of service. Be mindful that the pitfall of Venus in Cancer is emotional manipulation and the lack of emotional boundaries. You can love with heart and soul, but not at the expense of such.
By the 11th, Vesta enters Cancer at 0 degrees. Anything at 0 degrees is at a karmic neutral, inferring that there is a new beginning or transition afoot! Vesta is the “little light” asteroid, sparking the heat of a moment in a feminine environment. Vesta reflects the whole, pure power one has that sets them apart, particularly in romantic situations! With Vesta in Cancer, this is the time where we may be called to set ourselves apart as the ideal wifey/hubby, homemaker partner. This is the energy of The Empress. Vesta in Cancer is the time to make our living livings an actual home, honoring the Feminine influence, and nurturing the Soul. Pay attention to the upcoming moon cycles, for inspiration in how to give love to others and the self.
On the 12th, Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn quintiles Chiron Retrograde in Aries. Although the quintile is a minor aspect, it still implies that there is an innate talent present worth taking into consideration. As Saturn Retrograde reflects on karmic lessons, characterized by Capricorn’s influence, there’s an energy of maturation. Chiron Retrograde is the Wounded Warrior, learning to harness the Masculine power, anger, aggression, and sex for the betterment. In quintile, these two are applying the karmic lessons of the Wounded Warrior in effort to mature. This a great day to begin reflecting on your relationship with the Wounded Warrior ideals in efforts to improve. The hidden talent is learning from the Wounded Warrior lessons.
The final outer planet, Uranus, joins in retrograde fun in the sign of Taurus on the 15th! Uranus Retrograde is true wake-up shake-up energy with Taurus influence in mind. Expect the unexpected in finances, stability, material items, love, and the acquisition of all.
Between the 16th and 17th, the Sun in Leo and Mercury in Leo will trine Mars in Aries. This is a renewed vitality with a life-force and willpower behind it. Mid-August is going to be action focused. With these two fiery signs, consider these transits a true kick in the ass. Get back into your projects, goals, and aspirations! Hold your head high, keep your shoulders straight, and move forward with optimism.
There’s a New Moon in Leo on the 18th, which draws attention back to the self. New Moons are the time for new beginnings, new cycles, new inspiration. In the positive, bright Leo, this New Moon is all about self-love and positivity. Ideal New Moon intentions would include the following prompts: How can I heal my inner child? How can I reconnect with my inner child? What brings me joy? What are some activities or hobbies that are fulfilling? How can I avoid drama? Do I have a healthy relationship with my creativity? Consider these at this time when setting New Moon intentions.
It’s time for Virgo Season! Mercury moves into Virgo on the 19th, and the Sun moves into Virgo on the 22nd. Virgo Season mantra is “get shit done!” Mercury in Virgo is methodical, goal-oriented planning with the eye for the fine details. Mercury in Virgo is the mutable, flexible energy that allows one to roll the punches in any endeavor. Virgo Season in general is the time to perfect. During Virgo Season, make a point to prioritize work and health.
Mars in Aries will square Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn on the 24th. The square aspect is one the alludes to two signs with the same goals in mind, but differ and argue on the means to reach the goals. Mars in Aries is unsarcastically aggressive, action-oriented behavior. This is the energy of gut instinct, impulsion, and independence. Saturn Retrograde is karmic lessons characterized by Capricorn’s influence. In a square aspect, both Mars and Saturn Retrograde are striving to improve. But there’s a push and pull between how it’s implemented. Mars has the energy of burning through each measure, bouncing from ideal to ideal to find what works. Saturn Retrograde is the application of lessons, the methodical movement through each plan. Together, they differ in means of improvement. However, they share the same goal of acting on self-improvement.
On the 29th, Mercury in Virgo trines Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn. Trine is a harmonious aspect with the two signs under the same element, but different modalities which are still complimentary to one another. Mercury in Virgo is ambitious, mature, and tenacious. Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn is methodical expansion based on karma and lessons. Together in harmony, these two celestial bodies are working together to improve higher education and spiritual journey. It’s knowing how to redirect, assess, and work with what you’ve got to improve yourself in the long-haul.
The final major transit day is the 30th with two transits occurring. The first transit is Mercury in Virgo is opposing Neptune Retrograde in Pisces, implying that balance can be restored with the truth becoming known. This transit is the intellectual application of truth in efforts to self-improve. The second transit is Venus in Cancer opposing Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn. There is an aspect of your life coming to an end with Pluto Retrograde. Said aspect is characterized by the House Pluto Rx is transiting in. With all endings, Venus in Cancer is the reminder to nurture yourself. All in all, appraise the highs and lows of the end of August with the intention to lovingly improve.
- 8/3: Full Moon in Aquarius
- 8/4: Mercury enters Leo, direct planet
- 8/7: Venus enters Cancer, direct planet
- 8/11: Vesta enters Cancer, 0’00” degrees, direct asteroid
- 8/12: Saturn Rx in Capricorn quintiles Chiron Rx in Aries
- 8/15: Uranus stations Retrograde in Taurus
- 8/16: Sun in Leo trines Mars in Aries, all direct planets
- 8/17: Mercury in Leo trines Mars in Aries
- 8/18: New Moon in Leo
- 8/19: Mercury enters Virgo
- 8/22: Sun enters Virgo
- 8/24: Mars in Aries squares Saturn Rx in Capricorn
- 8/29: Mercury in Virgo trines Jupiter Rx in Capricorn
- 8/30: Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune Rx in Pisces
- 8/30: Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto Rx in Capricorn