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August 2016

August is sure to be another hot month figuratively and literally. The first of three consecutive eclipses (August 18, September 1 and 16) occurs August 18 with the full Moon/lunar eclipse at 4:26 am CDT in Aquarius at twenty-five degrees. As I have mentioned before, eclipses are super charged lunar events that bring new beginnings and big endings.

Since this eclipse is in air sign
Aquarius we can expect even more activity around the topic of the plight of humanity. I am afraid to say that there may be more violence while this eclipse brings forth pleas for us to lay down our xenophobia and prejudices against one another. Social change cannot be stopped and unfortunately many of our fellow humans are reactionary in the face of continued injustices that have been forced upon their people for years and years and years both in this country and across the world. Not to mention, the status quo feels they too are fighting for their survival.

new Moon kicks off the lunar cycle August 2 at ten degrees Leo at 3:44 pm CDT. Leo is the sign of loyalty and royalty. Many of us will be faced with reassessing our alliances and getting issues out into the open. We will see more alliances across the planet change and shift. Some will be broken and new ones formed in months to come.

We feel the
three eclipses August 8 - September 30. Expect unexpected events to strike with no notice. Since Aquarius is an air sign, somewhere there will be damage and delay due to wind. Tornados and earthquakes are certainly possible. The quality of our air will come into question and we will see the passing of some well known world figures.

Mars moves through Sagittarius August 2- September 27. Adding to the stress of the month is Mars conjunct Saturn August 24. At the same time Mars is square Neptune (exact August 26). Both of these aspects are indicators of frustration and since they fly on the heels of the lunar eclipse we are smart to use caution in our daily lives. Explosions may occur so pay attention. These are some of the hottest days of the month and I am not talking about the weather.

However, every sword has two edges and
Aquarius is very inventive. We will come to know new technology in months to come. Computers will take a new leap. Electric cars are sure to become more common and solar power will surge. New leaders will emerge hoping to take us to a place where we can get along with one another. That is a tall order.

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn but also the co-ruler of Aquarius. Saturn, retrograde since March 25, goes direct August 13 in Sagittarius. While Saturn has been retrograde we have had the opportunity to reassess our commitments. Hopefully, you have been able to say "no" without guilt. Once Saturn goes direct our activity, especially if you are Sagittarius, Aquarius, or Capricorn will return to normal if there really is such a thing. It won't be so hard to get to the gym. On the same day, Venus in Virgo will be square Saturn. We will wake up to a reality of responsibility that we most likely do not want whatsoever but with Venus opposite Neptune the next day we will be torn between our guilt and doing something we may not want dumped in our lap.

The last of our big events for August is
Mercury turning retrograde in Virgo August 30 - September 22. I know, you are rolling your eyes and thinking, "Oh no, not again." While Mercury will not slow down our activity, he requires us to go back and reorganize what we have already put into motion. Mercury retrograde demands that we stay focused and pay attention. When those funny Mercury retrograde incidents occur, it is because you were not on the mark. Mark me, he will get you so laugh it off and call him out and move on in your day. Most of all do not start anything new while Mercury is retrograde.

In other planetary comings and goings,
Venus in Leo is trine (120 degrees) Uranus August 1. Venus trine Uranus is an easy going event as we are able to get along with others. We have similar experiences when the Sun in Leo is trine Uranus August 16. Our differences seem of no importance at these times. At the same time on August 1 the Sun is trine Saturn calling for a calm period. We are able to listen to those wiser than ourselves and we will actually be open to that wisdom.

Venus moves through Virgo August 5 - 29/30. While Venus moves through Virgo, we express our heartfelt emotions practically. This is not the time to propose to someone at a baseball game during the seventh inning stretch. It will most likely not bode well. Stay grounded and stay away from expensive purchases. You will have buyer's remorse.

This goes double
August 6 when Venus squares Mars. Avoid being the socially blundering buffoon especially if you are Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces, or Gemini. Not to mention Virgo and Gemini’s ruler Mercury will be square Saturn. Sit tight and don't create or be the bad news.

Venus moves into Libra August 29 - September 23 we will pour out the charm. This is really true for Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini; it will be okay to be less practical and more alluring. However, do not give up your power just to please some dream boat that gives you attention. You will regret giving away your power very quickly and that will make you not so pretty.

Speaking of
Mercury, this messenger planet is opposite Neptune, retrograde in Pisces, August 7. Many of us will find it difficult to get our point across. Others may wonder about us as we grasp for words and cannot remember names. It is really because we are feeling so creative and "out there" that we just cannot get our feet on the ground long enough to get our point across until August 10 when Mercury is trine Pluto in Capricorn. Then we are once again able to relate our true beliefs and have facts on hand to support those convictions. This is really true for Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus. We experience a very similar effect when Venus is trine Pluto August 17.

August 22 Mercury and Jupiter conjoin in Virgo. Mercury is communication and details while Jupiter is the big plan and optimism. This is a great aspect in that we can make a big but practical plan. Travel and education are quite favorable especially for Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus. We have a similar experience when Venus conjuncts Jupiter August 27. In turn Mercury and Venus conjoin in Virgo August 29. These days are a time of practical optimism and making big plans without going off the deep end.

Sun moves through Virgo August 22 - September 22. While the Sun makes this annual trek though Virgo, our attentions turn toward shifting from the days of summer to the days of fall. We will be handling daily details such as getting the children back to school, getting fall clothes in order, or even getting the garden ready for fall planting.

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