This is Leo season, your birthday month and the Sun remains in your star sign until the 23rd. When planets are in Leo, the emphasis is on you, your personal goals and aims. It’s about your image and profile, how other people see you and your physical well-being.
Leo season is quite something for you this year as there is another important planet in Leo throughout August. That planet is Venus representing love, money, women, art and beauty, currently retrograde and diving deep into the underworld. This is a magical placing for Venus and it’s an ideal time to turn your attention inwards. Who are you, who do you want to be, where do your values, gifts and talents lie?
If you’re on holiday, on retreat or celebrating the uniqueness that is you, you’re in tune with this deeply personal Venus retrograde phase. The Sun/Venus retrograde cazimi conjunction on the 13th is a time of enquiry. Have that all-important heart-to-heart, ask the questions you’re most passionate about, and look out for signs and synchronicities, insight and understanding.
Venus retrograde may be a period when you’re re-examining love. Plus, there’s a Full Moon in Aquarius and your relationship sector on the 1st. Full Moons bring matters to completion. They shine a light on your situation and can reveal more.
This would be a good Full Moon to celebrate love and balance your head and your heart when it comes to relationships. Usually, it’s the time to make a key decision but not this time. Wait for Venus to turn direct in early September. Yet, notice who’s on your side on or around this Full Moon as this person may be a good influence for you, either personally or professionally.
Magical New Moon
Your path throughout August is to develop a positive attitude in life and make the most of whatever comes your way. The New Moon in Leo on the 16th is an ideal time to start over. A New Moon is a symbol of new beginnings and a reminder to put yourself first, whatever else is going on.
New Moons are promising for new intentions. This New Moon is powerful for you as it’s your annual New Moon. Therefore, use the New Moon energy to plan ahead, not only for August but the coming year as well.
There’s something magical about this New Moon as the Sun and Moon sit between Venus retrograde and Lilith, the wild one, also in Leo. There’s a raw powerful energy, unleashing something deep within you. You may literally want to roar at the universe and shout your name out loud.
Yet, at times, you may find yourself up against opposition this month. Or, perhaps you’re aware of changes that you weren’t expecting, thanks to planets in Taurus and your career and vocation sector squaring your ruler the Sun. The key dates are the 7th and the 16th, the day of the New Moon.
There’s a theme of freedom and breaking free from whatever restrains you or holds you back. The planet of change Uranus switches direction in Taurus on the 29th, indicating that you too could change tack or direction.
Plans may change suddenly this month and this could be connected to what’s happening with a partner, either personal or professional. Keep your options open, be flexible and be aware that some things may be out of your control.
August is an important month for money matters. It’s a good time to get organised, safeguard your cash and get on top of your finances. This might mean sorting out administrative paperwork, setting up a budget or lining up new money targets or goals.
Virgo is the star sign that rules money in your horoscope and your ruler the Sun enters Virgo on the 23rd. However, action planet Mars is in Virgo for most of the month until the 27th and communication planet Mercury is in Virgo throughout August.
If you’re dealing with financial transactions, budgeting or working out expenses, crack on with it this month. Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo and your money sector on the 23rd and remains on go slow until September 15th. It’s wise to deal with money matters and finances before then.
Plus, earth sign energy is strong this month so take advantage of this to put your energy and enthusiasm into your career, your vocation or your future path. The key dates are the 1st, the 10th, the 16th and the 25th.
On the 31st, there’s a second Full Moon cutting across the Virgo/Pisces axis of the zodiac and the financial sectors of your horoscope. This is a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon in a calendar month and there’s a magical and mysterious element to a Blue Moon.
You may notice different needs or emotions around money emerging during the Full Moon. You might recognise what’s holding you back or where limitation lies. Ideally, look after your money first and other people’s money second. Don’t rely too heavily on one source of income or a partner’s support.
Perhaps, you want to rethink what you give to charity or how you use your money to help others, as well as fulfil your own needs. It’s an ideal time to reassess and review what money means to you. It may be that the money equation is shifting as you recognise you’re moving into a new chapter of your life.
Mercury Retrograde Do’s & Don’ts
Remember the Mercury retrograde mantra – put off the big decisions & major investments when the communication planet is on go slow from August 23rd to September 15th. Here are some top tips:
- be flexible, have plans B, C & D up your sleeve
- take a step back, do less not more
- double-check everything, read the small print
- chase up old contacts, revisit the past
- use all the re-words – revise, rework, review, reconsider
- rest & retreat when you can
- do your research ready to act when Mercury turns direct
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