The Sun is in Leo up until the 23rd and Leo rules your work and routine, your lifestyle and your health. This is about the everyday aspect of life and recognising the importance of daily habits that work for you. Think holistically, as this is about the mind-body-spirit connection.
Plus, Venus is retrograde in Leo, a time of exploration and enquiry. You’re wise to slow things down so you can reassess and review what’s important to you. There could be some practical ways this plays out for you. For example, you’re having to cover for a colleague on holiday. Or, perhaps you’re not getting on with someone you work with and misunderstandings are rife.
It may be a similar scenario regarding your health, not getting an appointment with your doctor or being given the wrong advice. Nothing tends to be clear or straightforward when planets are retrograde. If in doubt, wait for Venus to turn direct before trying to sort things out.
Yet, what this is good for is going back to someone from your past, a health practitioner or lifestyle expert, for example. It’s a good time to experiment health-wise and try something new. Give yourself the six weeks while Venus is retrograde to explore your health and well-being.
The Full Moon on the 1st lights up the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac so these themes – work/health – are under the cosmic spotlight as soon as the month begins. Do you want more freedom in your everyday lifestyle? Would you like more hours to do what you love, be in nature, to play? Use this period as a time of enquiry.
Then, on the 16th, there’s a New Moon in Leo, a symbol of new beginnings. This is a powerful New Moon as the Sun and Moon sit between Venus retrograde and Lilith, the wild one, also in Leo. This is potent, elemental energy. You might recognise the power of nature or see clearly how a positive mindset helps to boost your well-being.
Notice who comes into your life on or around the 16th as this person could be a force of nature. They might help you rediscover your inner goddess and reconnect you with your vitality and energy. Ensure you have a good team around you. There’s a sense that you can’t do everything on your own and you may need support in different areas.
This might include outsourcing, finding a VA or PA, signing up with a coach or advisor or anyone else who helps you feel supported. And, who helps you rediscover your inner power. This is the strength of Venus retrograde in Leo, a reminder to fully value and love yourself on an inner level. Change the inner and you’re more likely to create powerful change in the outside world.
This is a retrograde month which means you may need to be more flexible than usual. You might be working unusual hours. Or, perhaps you need to chop and change your schedule more than usual. Events on or around the 7th, 9th and 16th could require you to change what you’re doing and fast.
Also, on the 29th, the planet of the unexpected Uranus switches direction. This could coincide with the unexpected, a diversion, a change of plan. In Taurus, Uranus lights up your communication sector, so have plan B up your sleeve incase there’s a power outage or an important meeting gets cancelled.
Double-check everything during retrograde season. Use your mutable Pisces energy so you end up going with the flow rather than running into a dead end or a brick wall. Be willing, change tack when necessary, be flexible.
August is a key month for your relationships, both personal and professional. The Sun enters your opposite star sign Virgo on the 23rd but other planets are here throughout the month. Action planet Mars is in Virgo until the 27th and talk planet Mercury is in Virgo throughout August.
Therefore, you might be more dependent on other people more than you would like. You may have an experience where you’re having to follow rather than lead. As the Sun rules vitality and energy, sometimes you feel low or tired when the Sun’s opposite your star sign.
Alternatively, you’re creating some great new partnerships that make your life easier. Reach out for support as and when you need it. Relationships may require a careful balancing act in September. If in doubt, lean on other people, without giving your power away.
Plus, talk planet Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo on the 23rd and will remain on go slow until September 15th. This is a classic time of misunderstandings, when other people aren’t available and you’re having to wait on a third party.
Have those all-important conversations before the 23rd and get things in order before Mercury switches direction. This is important when it comes to bureaucracy, forms and communication. Don’t procrastinate or put things off.
Even though this is a retrograde month, earth sign energy is in flow and this connects your communication and people sectors. Therefore, it’s a positive month to talk to people you meet, line up impromptu get-togethers, call someone out of the blue. Don’t be surprised if other people contact you, when you were least expecting it.
The key dates are the 1st, 10th, 16th & 25th. Be open to magic and miracles taking place. Your astrology promises a lively vibe for your close connections. This isn’t a month to go it alone, by any means.
Finally, the Full Moon on the 31st is potentially romantic as it falls in your star sign Pisces. Plus, this is a Blue Moon, i.e. the second of two Full Moons this month. Blue Moons have a special appeal and a little bit of magic inherent within them.
Full Moons can be emotional. Therefore, this Full Moon could play out in different ways. It might be an excellent date for an ongoing love relationship. Or, perhaps you feel vulnerable or unsure about love. It is important to differentiate between what’s yours to work with and what belongs to someone else.
Don’t let fear or doubt hold you back and ensure that you value yourself highly. It’s not an easy month to trust your intuition with so much retrograde hidden energy. Yet, if ever there was a time to do so, it’s during your Full Moon in Pisces. Reach out.
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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