August is a significant month for you because the Sun enters your star sign Virgo on the 23rd. Yet, this year, you don’t have to wait until the 23rd to take centre stage. This is because action planet Mars is in Virgo up until the 27th and your ruling planet Mercury is in Virgo throughout August
When planets are in your star sign, the focus is on your image and profile, your personal goals and aims. It’s time to focus on you and put yourself and your own needs first.
If you’re a typical Virgo, you like to be there for others and to look after other people. Yet, in the process you drop yourself out. This is not the time to do so. Instead, do whatever it takes to boost your self-esteem, increase your self-belief and put yourself first.
Crack on with new goals and plans straightaway this month. Tackle life head on and be strategic before your ruling planet Mercury turns retrograde on the 23rd. Your star sign Virgo favours order, organisation and systems. Whether you’re sorting out your knicker drawer, filling in forms or doing your filing, get life in order before Mercury switches direction.
When the Sun is in Virgo, there’s a powerful Full Moon in Pisces on the 31st. This is the second of two Full Moons this month which means it’s a Blue Moon. There’s a magical quality to a Blue Moon and relationships are foreground. This could potentially be romantic, when you experience losing yourself in love.
If a relationship is ending, however, trust that you’ll know when it’s time to let go if you feel disillusioned. There’s no rush when planets are retrograde. Yet, notice where you feel held back or restricted in a relationship. Or, where the fantasy doesn’t meet the reality. This could be evident on the 22nd or the 27th. Even if you lose your way at times this month, know that the planets are calling you back to yourself.
There’s another strong influence running throughout August. This is the fact that it’s Leo season and the Sun remains in Leo until the 23rd. Plus, the planet of love, and beauty Venus is retrograde in Leo all month.
Leo represents the most hidden and personal sector of your horoscope. It’s about what happens on the inside rather than out in the world. This might be linked to your spiritual path, your inner development or personal growth.
August could be a time when you’re questioning what’s possible and what’s not. This may be evident on the 1st, when there’s a powerful Full Moon cutting across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac.
There could be some work or health issues that are flagged up. Or, perhaps you’re struggling with changes to your plans and not being able to do what you want. Know that when planets are retrograde, things don’t always work out the way you expect. Listen out for signs and synchronicities and follow wherever they lead you. If a diversion crops up, take it.
The turning point could be the New Moon in Leo on the 16th. New Moons are a symbol of new beginnings and a positive time to set your intentions. There’s a sense of progress at this New Moon, a chance to move things forward. Whatever you need to sort out personally, it’s the time to get moving.
There’s a magical theme at the New Moon so tap into your psychic nature, your inner knowingness. You may have a strong experience of the wild raw side of your nature calling you forth.
This is because the Sun and Moon sit between Venus retrograde and Lilith, the wild one, also in Leo. Two powerful female archetypes. Notice what side of your personality wants to be seen. Is something new bubbling away within you and craving expression?
The double retrograde theme this month – Venus and Mercury in retreat – means that nothing’s certain. Yet, what is possible is to dive deep into your creative or spiritual source. Use this time to immerse yourself in activities that nurture and nourish who you are.
Leo is the star sign that’s ruled by the Sun and represents vitality and energy. In August, do what’s needed to recharge your batteries and boost your energy. It would be an ideal time to a take trip into your past or go somewhere you’ve never been before.
Plus, it’s possible that you might discover where you want to be when you find yourself in the wrong place. This is because you have both Jupiter and Uranus in Taurus and your travel and study sector and at odds with the planets in Leo on the 7th, 9th & 22nd. Plus, Uranus is active during the New Moon on the 16th and switches direction on the 29th.
This means you’re wise to be super flexible, especially when it comes to the bigger picture. This could bring out your rebel tendencies and your craving for freedom.
Yet, earth sign energy is dominant and working for you. Use the 1st, 10th, 16th and 25th to make the right moves. Notice what works out, what doesn’t and trust that you’re moving in the right direction.
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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