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August Forecast Intro:
August begins with a new phase between Mars (action, assertion, will) and Saturn (manifestation, authority, responsibility, control). Both have newly entered Libra, the sign of the swinging scales. This planetary duo underscores the fact that the time of putting it off to another day is no longer among the list of options. The new game plan is long overdue; the time for definitive action is now.
Saturn has recently advanced out of Virgo and will now tenant the sign of Libra for the next 2 ½ years. Saturn is exalted in Libra, which means that it works well through this refinement sign. (By the way, this is one of the planetary influences I wrote about in my new book, have you bought your copy yet? Thank you, thank you!) Saturn is determined to create a bettered equilibrium, but in order to do so, it may need to corral, stall, or to pull a full stop re that which is presently in full swing. Mars tenants Libra through Sept 14. “Me first” Mars is in its detriment in Libra, the sign of “we before me”. In other words, Mars is not comfortable here, and must bring more consciousness to the table in order before successful navigation is possible. Before we can reconcile with the lack of balance in our outer lives, we must enhance our capacities of listening and responding. Before we can ask for anything from anyone else, we must take responsibility for our share of the bargain. Once we make the necessary shift from outer referencing to inner referencing- in other words once the concentration shifts away from what we can or can’t get out of others and turns to what we can do/create for ourselves independently – what we can give or draw from ourselves – we will see a circumstance shift that will allow for the appropriate balance to be regained.
Aug 3 is a particularly energized day thanks to a cardinal t-square activation produced by Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto. Jupiter squares Pluto three times – July 24, Aug 3, and finally Feb 25, 2011. This profound and trans-formative aspect is one of influentially rerouting the course of our future. With Mars (also Saturn and Uranus) as part of the mix, this is sure to be a spurred to action day. Whether it is a breakthrough or a break apart, watch for a definitive corner to be turned re partnerships, collaborations, agreements, contracts, or legal matters. Hostile or vengeful forces can be unleashed, so we could see more fighting or protests occur. Watch for political, social, or economic activation too. Financial analysts are predicting another stock market crash, this and the new moon activation on Aug 9 are two key dates that could serve as major pushed over the edge catalysts.
Aug 9 delivers a super new moon (high tide) in Leo. This new moon signals a launch-point of great significance. A super moon is a high tide influence; in the sign of Leo, we may be in for high drama. The new moon’s Venus transit is particularly powerful – translating the light from Saturn to Jupiter to Pluto. (Among her many correlations, Venus corresponds to finances and survival issues.) Uranus retrogrades back into Pisces a few days later (Aug 13), awakening or animating that which previously escaped our field of vision/consciousness. Positively, Uranus’s revisit of Pisces can also signal a time when liberating potentials are (re-)awakened. From this super new moon to their exact opposition on Aug 16, Jupiter retrograde continues to push Saturn to readdress that which can no longer sit in the marginal or just barely acceptable box. Jupiter will aim its arrows right into the heart and center of reasonings and rules that have outgrown their purpose and usefulness. It can be an especially testing week for private lives, industries, and institutions alike.
Aug 20, Venus and Mars begin a new relationship chapter. Just over one hour later, Mercury begins its retrograde cycle (Aug 20 – Sept 12.) This new cycle will turn a corner in October and yet again in May of 2011. Venus and Mars activate a critical social and economic shaping period. Personal and intimate relationship activations also take on a greatly heightened destiny feel. The fact that Mercury turns retrograde as this cycle begins suggests that there are specifics that must be addressed.
Mercury’s retrograde cycle (Aug 20 – Sept 12) occurs in the sign of Virgo, one of its two home signs. The usual snafus are to be expected. (Mercury retrograde in Virgo can ignite problems in the following areas: work, health, staffing, employee or co-worker relationships, pet’s health/care, schedule conflicts, faulty repair work or craftsmanship, equipment, vehicle, transportation, communication breakdowns, misreading the paperwork or instructions, misplacing items, misdiagnosis, etc. It can be a good time to upgrade skills or education. Note that the nagging little stuff can get to you as much as big stuff does. Still, if you put extra care to all that you do, you will side step most of the annoyances. In fact, if you work at it, you could make good stride.
New Moon: August 8: 17:25 Leo (8:08pm)
Full Moon: Aug 24: 1:26 Pisces (10:05 am
Aug 7: Venus ingress into Libra: 8:48 pm
Aug 9: 11:30 am Ceres stations direct (20:41 Sagittarius)
Aug 13: Uranus retrograde (backs into) Pisces: 8:31pm
Aug 20: Mercury stations retrograde: 12:59 pm (stations direct: Sept 12: 4:09 pm)
Aug 22: Sun enters Virgo: 10:27 pm
Dates to watch: Aug 3, 8, 9, 13, 16 –26
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
Mars, Saturn, and Venus ignite a new manifesting chapter for you now. Social and professional relationships are particularly featured If you have done your leg work right, you can be entering a reward cycle of increased status, recognition, and achievement. A new romantic chapter can start soon too. Whether you cement the deal or go separate ways, Aug 3 can deliver a cut-off or turning point of significance. The harvest new moon in Leo Aug 9 could deliver an opportunity, a stroke of luck or good timing, a bonus, or more freedom. You could be singled out in some special way. Of course, the start of a vacation can be ideal too. Uranus backs out of Aries Aug 13, but it will continue to stir potential for you throughout its tour of Pisces (to Mar 11, 2011.) In fact, there is much more brewing than you can see now but you can’t push it any faster than it is already going. It will unfold as it should over the months to come. Mercury’s retrograde cycle (Aug 20 – Sept 12) brings the necessity to readdress your unfinished business, re personal, health, or work. If you have fallen off your exercise, diet, or other good for you regimes, Mercury’s retrograde cycle can take you back to task. It can also extend the problematic, so stay alert, don’t ignore warning signals or inklings, and be patient with the process, the delays, the uncertainty, etc. You can easily misread the signals, try to stay real, don’t over-project. The full moon Aug 24 could bring something previously unseen to your attention. It may necessitate an adjustment, produce an unexpected complication, dissipate your focus, confuse you, etc. Know your limits, stay attentive to potential wrong turns and do your best to avoid them before they enlarge in scope.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
One way or another, the month ahead can put you back to work. If you have been doing yourself justice so far, Saturn’s advance out of Virgo and into Libra is set to take you to the next productive step. On the other hand, if you have been slacking off, Saturn in Libra (and the rest of the stellar gang) will force to you address it NOW. Whether prompted by need, by indignation, or driven by sheer will, the Mars/Saturn new cycle fires-up your ambition and determination. It is the absolute right time to put your full force into new health regimes or the job search, to get yourself better organized or educated. Relationship or financial sorting-out may be priorities you should have already addressed, but don’t waste your time looking back, get on with the program now. No matter how you find yourself occupied, Mercury retrograde is set to deliver a helpful/productive correction cycle. In fact, if you are on the job hunt, Mercury’s retrograde cycle could pull a rabbit out of the hat for you. The return of Uranus to Pisces can re-ignite your social life, or re-stimulate a previously waylaid goal or relationship. Volunteer involvement or community service may spark you too. By all means, sign up, get involved. It is a time when one thing can quickly lead to another better thing. Synchronicity is greatly fired up; stay game and try it all on for size. The new moon Aug 9, can increase your self confidence and start a positive growth cycle, especially re home, real estate, entrepreneurial ambitions, and family related matters. This could be a good date to entertain or visit with family. The opportune and empowering full moon Aug 24 could open a surprise door.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Saturn’s advance out of Virgo and into Libra provides not only welcome relief from the constant barrage, but also a gain of new ground re ambitions, passions and romance too. You should find that you can get a much better handle on yourself and your present course. The Mars/Saturn new phase cycle should pump you full of added confidence and productive initiative; it should keep your new agenda going particularly strong through January of next year. Venus and Mars launch a new relationship chapter, starting with the most important relationship of all – that of you to you. Now to the beginning of Oct (and perhaps extending to Jan) can be like a phase one of a cycle that keep you occupied/on the go through the end of May, 2011. Venus and Mars can launch a professional or personal popularity growth spurt too. (Now and November are peak months.) Seek new goals, broadcast your achievements, or sell your wares, you should find plenty of support out there. Uranus’ dip back into Pisces (through Mar, 2011) can open more professional doors. It can also help you to unload some of the extra burden (or weight) that you have carried. Of course, downsizing and simplification is a right course of action for us all. The new moon Aug 9 puts the spotlight on friends or siblings, educational or marketing pursuits. While you can enjoy stellar favour now, know Mercury retrograde can put you on a temporary backtrack. Still, by Sept 12 when we get the all’s clear whistle, you should feel you have navigated the trickster cycle just fine. Aug 3 could deliver news or a breakthrough point. It can also be a good time for a getaway or a time out. Stay flexible or non committal on the full moon on Aug 24, and let the chips fall where they may.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Your life has just entered a significant ripening and solidifying stage. The foundation or momentum you set now is likely to hold for some time to come. A new level of financial or family security can be in the works for some, added responsibilities or belt tightening are also to be expected. For the most part, partnership matters (personal or business) can be bettered now too. Saturn in Libra puts an added spot light on equality, fair share, and fair shake. Either you see it in the works, or you will feel confronted by the lack of it. You may find yourself stuck and picking-up the slack when someone else can’t or won’t. Whether you are just starting out or you are in the throws of downsizing, this new cycle suggests it can be the right time to invest in real estate or in a new business (a family business perhaps.) On the other hand, you can feel driven to create more independence from the family unit, or to create more outlets to unleash and unwind (what a good idea.) Aug 3 can be a day to define your needs, deliver an ultimatum, throw your weight around, put your needs first, etc. This and Aug 9 can be dates of major steps/undertakings, agendas, decisions, plans, or purchases. Then again, perhaps they simply deliver the opportunity to get away from the usual hamster wheel and to enjoy it your way for a change. Venus and Mars in new phase (starting Aug 20) can launch greater accord within you and re your significant relationships too. As is typical of Mercury retrograde, expect to surprise reconnections. Too, you could revisit a problem, dilemma, or a piece of unfinished business; a key person or sibling may factor into this equation. Issues re transportation, equipment, communications, schedules, education, health, outstanding debts or favours owed can be of added concern also. Make sure to take care of business sooner rather than later and you’ll circumvent a bigger to-do. The full moon Aug 24 can bring opportunity to clear the air, to straighten things out, or to simply enjoy a getaway.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Start of the month can be a time to start fresh or to take a departure from your usual. Aug 3 can be a back to work day, but it’s also key day for travel, recreation, socializing, or for letting yourself off the hook. Watch for opportunity to present itself and grab it while you can. Should intuition spark, follow it. Saturn’s advance into Libra can put a more serious spin on some relationships, be they friends, associates, colleagues, neighbours, or siblings. Someone you have known for awhile may have a business proposition for you. So long as you stay realistic about the ins and outs, pros and cons, it can be worthy. A professional partnership can be a good investment so long as you are both on the same page and the contributions match. Once Venus and Mars enter their new phase, you should find creative ideas and projects can solidify better than they could just a little while before. You should find you are better able to organize your thoughts and to articulate your needs or ideas more succinctly. The more Saturn moves along, the more consistent you’ll get. A publishing project or some such other ambition could prove to be a two or three year assignment. In fact, while you may need to safeguard for the long term, (economic recovery is expected to be slow), it is wise not to project or plan too far ahead as things can change drastically by the time you reach your intended destination. Saturn could also deliver an opportunity to mentor or to enlist a mentor. If you are volunteer minded, consider becoming a big brother or sister. Mercury retrograde (Aug 20 – Sept 12) can catch you vulnerable, financially short, or cause you to rethink or regret earlier steps taken. Be especially cautious with your time, money, and resources, keep your aces guarded, don’t drink and drive, and don’t divulge prematurely. Also, put extra attention to your health and keep your vehicle, machinery, or equipment in good running order too. The full moon Aug 24 could see the need to let go, concede, or unload. Too, you could end up on the short end of the stick, or find yourself with more than you wanted to take on. If you are aware of these dates ahead of time, you can circumvent most of the potential problems.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Saturn, Mars and Venus in Libra can find you settling into a new groove. Even so, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto mean to keep shaking things up, so don’t get too comfortable and always look to make the best of the bird in hand. If you feel your options or opportunities have narrowed, look again. At any moment, anything could change. Aug 3 can be a turn the corner date. The opportune new moon Aug 9 suggests you have plenty of hidden resources or potential as yet untapped. You may not realize all your assets, but know that others see you better than you see yourself. In fact, you may have secret admirers. Mid August through mid March, Uranus in Pisces will continue to help you evolve the new and improved you. You will find your important relationships find their natural watermark too. Mercury retrogrades in Virgo this time, so make sure you put extra attention toward health matters and good for you regimes. You can backtrack, second guess yourself, or worry more than usual. Silly little mistakes and annoying headaches are also common during this cycle. When you find yourself short on patience, make sure to practice your breathing. Drive carefully and employ extra due diligence in all activities throughout the cycle. If you have any suspicions, let the mechanic, serviceperson, or doc have a look/see. The full moon Aug 24 puts you in strong position, so watch for the advantage or ball to be in your court. This full moon is especially advantageous/empowering for those born Aug 23 -25.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
It seems to be the time to get serious about a lot of things. Saturn’s advance into Libra is accompanied by both Mars (July 29 – Sept 14) and Venus (Aug 6 – Sept 8). These ripening planets can raise ambition and commitment so if you need to quit smoking or some other vice, now is the time to do it. Set reasonable intentions, stay goal driven. Saturn will help you to establish better boundaries and regimes. You should find you have more stamina than you usually do. If one of your ambitions is to be taken more seriously, state yourself and watch how well we listen. The new moon Aug 9 launches a cycle of social opportunity and/or can see you make a special connection with someone who is significant to you. This can be a playful new moon, so by all means put enjoyments and personal pleasures to the top of the list. Uranus’s return to Pisces (Aug 13- Mar 2011can make you restless again, especially if you already dissatisfied and feel you have outgrown your job or present circumstances. It may be a matter of biding more time for a number of reasons. Mercury retrograde is in an out-of-sight position, so know that there can be more brewing than is obvious. Your health can be more vulnerable, so make sure to pump up your immune system and get proper rest. This Mercury retrograde cycle offers a perfect time to hide out for awhile in order to work on a personal goal, a creative project, to heal, to consider options, to regroup, relax, save, or to sort out a nagging issue.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
A new agenda (or perhaps several) appears to be in the works. Whatever is in development now appears to involve both a short range and a long term objective. It is wise to reveal only the bare essentials/minimums at any given point. A new professional alliance or romantic relationship could be in a budding stage too. Take your time. As is par for the course, there are stages to get through and layers to unfold. Aug 3 can produce a sudden pick-up of momentum. Insights come, more is revealed; things can start to open up or pour forth. The new moon Aug 9 can put you into a higher profile professional cycle (perhaps you’ll take on an important or executive role) or bring you added personal attention. An important contract or legal matter could be in the works, it can set the stage for some time to come. This is also a time when you may gain special attention or the favour of someone of importance to you. Uranus in Pisces (Aug 13 – Mar 11, 2011) can extend an ease of opportunity and good flow cycle, especially if you are born around Nov 21. As is typical, watch for Mercury retrograde to put you back in touch with people you know. Group involvements or some relationships or project could get tricky, you may have to put more effort into it, or you feel the involvement is more headache than it is worth. Mercury retrograde also delivers a good time to refine fix, heal. Brush up on studies, keep writing, increase your knowledge base, upgrade your computer, your website, your marketing, etc.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Mars, Venus, and Saturn in Libra now usher you onto a new phase of life. You may be focused on a specific priority, project, or relationship. Whatever (or whomever) manifests in this next stage is key and essential to your present evolution. Now through the beginning of 2011 takes you through a critically defining time of concentrated development. No matter how slow and laborious it seems to you, in the bigger picture perspective, it is an acceleration chapter. In actuality, some of you are racing toward a karmic completion threshold. For all, this key chapter is one that is meant to liberate you from any circumstance, relationship, or mindset that no longer serves. Whether you are off to a vacation, are inspired or spurred in some other way, the new moon Aug 9 can put you in the groove and on the move. Uranus’ backtrack into Pisces (Aug 13 – Mar 11, 2011) will be felt more strongly by those born Dec 20/21. This transitional influence can force you to relinquish even more. While you continue to make progress, you will have to accept that there is a great deal of uncertainty before you. Trust that the divine plan is in motion and that it is getting you to where you need to be. Mercury’s retrograde tour can make you acutely aware of the forces beyond your control. You can be dissatisfied and frustrated with your job, your options, your limitations, lack of choice, or lack of acknowledgment. This cycle is meant to show you what isn’t working so that you can correct or eliminate before you go any further. The full moon, Aug 24, can make you aware of something you did not notice previously. Positively, a contract can come to fruition. It can be an empowering step forward time, especially for those born Nov 22 -24.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Saturn’s advance into Libra, along with this month’s new cycle initiations of Mars and Venus in Libra launch an important restructuring chapter for your sign. The stars are of particularly high impact/critically defining to those of you born Dec 22 -25, (and are especially so on the following dates: Aug 1 -4, Aug 8-10, Aug 15 – 18.) For those of you working toward professional goals, these planetary influences peg you at an arrival moment of particular significance. For all, material and personal life goals are also at a pinnacle turning point. Contracts (actual and karmic too) can be in the works, they are ones that will set the parameters of your life, both for the short term, (six months, next couple of years) and for long term. In fact, the now can set a determining baseline that will guide rest of your life. If that last statement sounds overstated or overly dramatic, well, it is simply the reality of the times we are now are living. The new moon Aug 9 draws attention to health, wealth, and just rewards. It can launch an opportunity cycle, follow your heart. It can be time to claim your rightful dues (yes, you deserve more), or to strike out on your own in some significant way. A major purchase or a major initiative (personal or professional) can be in the works, children or creative endeavours can be factor prominently too. Mercury retrograde in Virgo can help you (or force you) to refine, correct, repair, revisit, redo, pickup where you left off, fill in missing blanks, busy you with unfinished business, loose ends, etc. If you can, take a break from your usual. Aim to do less, spend less; camp out in the country or on your deck; revisit places and faces. Whether the connection is pleasurable or concerning, Mercury retrograde in Virgo can add a spotlight on siblings, in-laws or extended family, especially those who live a distance away. The full moon Aug 24 can bring news, an important meeting, or discussion, an event, or put you at an advantage. Your actions can be particularly well timed, don’t hold back. The return of Uranus to Pisces (Aug 13 – Mar 11, 2011) helps you to entertain possibilities that may have been difficult for you to consider earlier. You should find you can progressively let go/unburden yourself, and are able to embrace or move through this demanding time of transition with more patience, acceptance, and grace.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Saturn’s tour through Virgo may have put a squeeze on your finances or put you through a challenging relationship (includes the non-existent), or health chapter, but there is good news now. Saturn’s advance into Libra should provide you with welcome relief re the aforementioned. Perhaps you have chosen to disentangle yourself, or perhaps circumstances have forced your hand, either way, you should find yourself off to the races now – or shortly. Mars (July 29 – Sept 14) and Venus (Aug 6 – Sept 8) in Libra are also set to deliver more lucrative potentials your way. Keep exploring, expand your search. Better social, material, educational, vocational and romantic opportunity can open for you now. In fact, you are likely to make important breakthroughs, especially in this first half of the month. The new moon Aug 9 cycle could deliver a contract, a social opportunity, a momentous occasion, or it can put the spotlight on someone of significance. Uranus’ backtrack into Pisces (Aug 13 – Mar 11, 2011) can call for more resourcefulness or more biding time. Mercury’s retrograde cycle (Aug 20 – Sept 12) could take you through a losing ground cycle and/or challenge you with more than you may feel ready to face. Emotional fallouts and financial expenses could take their toll, health issues could rear too. Added complications can arise re accounting, debts, taxes, inheritances, paperwork, relationship expectations, etc. Tests taken, plans or agreements put in place during this time may need to be redone. To circumvent the brunt of Mercury retrograde snafus, pay close attention to everything and do not make light or dismiss a thing.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Saturn in Virgo has taken you through a critical purging cycle; some of you have faced incredible uphill battles. In the coming weeks and months, the new cycles of Mars/Saturn, Venus/Saturn and Mars/Venus can help you to establish a better financial and emotional equilibrium for yourself. Health matters can also be on the upward curve. Of course, when slow grind Saturn is in action, patience with the process is always required. Note that the stars are at such an intensified reprogramming stage, you can consider the present as a soul reboot time. Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, and Uranus revisiting Pisces are in overdrive to help you to move past the past once and for all, and to catapult you into a bright new life chapter. The new moon Aug 9 can launch a more rewarding work or health cycle. Still, stay alert for the undermining influence of Mercury retrograde in Virgo (Aug 20 – Sept 11). The usual derailing, inconvenience, added expenses and complications are to be expected. Try not to project too much importance onto the little things. Pick and choose your battles. The full moon in Pisces Aug 24 (especially potent for those born Feb 19/20) could see you regain ground in some significant way.