Adventure & New Experiences
The Sun is in Leo up until the 23rd, so if you’re on holiday or travelling, you’re in tune with your stars. Leo rules the sector of your horoscope that’s linked to travel and study, the bigger picture, being expansive and living life to the full. Leo’s a fellow fire sign.
There’s another influence in Leo this month and that’s Venus, the planet of love, art and beauty, currently retrograde. Venus retrograde my pull you back to the past. This could reawaken a holiday romance or reconnect you with friends from university or college.
It’s not the time to make big decisions or a major investment while Venus is retrograde. Instead, use this phase as a period of exploration and enquiry. If you’re planning a sabbatical or move abroad, talk to people, find out more, do your research. It’s a similar scenario if you want to gain new qualifications or go back to school.
This is a good time for following up past connections, perhaps linked to a publishing or media opportunity. If you’re caught up in a legal case, this could drag on while Venus dives deep into the underworld.
The Full Moon on the 1st cuts across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac and shines a light on your education, your beliefs, your travel plans. There’s excitement during this Full Moon, although be aware that not everything may work out the way you expect.
Don’t let a change of plan knock your confidence . Sometimes, when planets are retrograde, you lose sight of your purpose, your values or what matters to you the most. Keep coming back to why you’re doing what you’re doing and don’t let other people knock you off track.
Plus, there’s a New Moon in Leo on the 16th. A New Moon is a symbol of new beginnings and a great date to set your intentions. There’s a wild theme around the New Moon this month as the Sun and Moon sit between Venus retrograde and Lilith, the wild one, also in Leo. This is untamed, powerful energy. Use it to stir your imagination and give potency to your dreams, your wishes, your adventurous spirit.
At the same time, don’t get overly carried away and make a drastic decision. Venus retrograde can be a time when you’re reviewing your finances. Or, perhaps you’re trying to create the funds you need to fulfil a dream in your life.
Remember that until the inner planets turn direct, you’re wise to keep exploring and keep your options open. This isn’t the time to give up but to focus more on what you do want. Strengthen your belief, deepen your vision and go from there. A twist of fate could see you starting out on a new path.
As August begins, there are two key planets in earth sign Virgo ruling your career and vocation, your status and reputation. Action planet Mars is here until the 27th and communication planet Mercury is in Virgo throughout August. Plus, the Sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd.
Therefore, whether you have a new work contract, you’re taking on a promotion or you’re looking for a job, this is where there’s a lot going on. It’s an excellent month to be busy and get into a new routine, especially if you’ve been away on holiday or recently unemployed.
Virgo rules writing, so this might involve a book, blog or media column. Plus, Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo on the 23rd and will remain on go slow until September 15th. Losing yourself in a creative project and immersing yourself in what you love is a great way of using the retrograde phase.
Virgo is the star sign of order and strategy, so get on top of your job, your projects, the next stage in your life. Journalling could help you find clarity. Create a strong team around you. You can’t do it all on your own, whatever your current goal.
There’s always a proviso with planets in earth signs and it’s about keeping your feet on the ground. Read the small print if you’re involved in a big deal or promotion. Don’t take on too much, otherwise you could become overwhelmed. Balance realistic goals with idealistic dreams and ensure you have a way to deliver what you promise. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Know that when planets are retrograde, things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, you have to be patient and you end up waiting for someone else to make a decision. Be aware of this and plan accordingly.
Earth sign energy is strong now and there’s a flow taking place. Key dates are the 1st, 10th, 16th & 25th. With the wind in your sails, you could make great strides when it comes to work, money, your future path. At the very least, you could make the right connections and sow some seeds that can grow and flourish once Mercury switches direction mid-September.
Finally this month, there’s a second Full Moon on the 31st. This is a Blue Moon and, like this month’s New Moon, it has magic inherent within it. This Full Moon cuts across the foundations of your horoscope, the Virgo/Pisces axis of the zodiac.
Aim to have a healthy balance between your personal life and your professional life. Use the Full Moon energy to let go of anything that’s not working out for you. Be clear about where and when you allow the past to hold you back. The focus is on the future. Heed its call.
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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