Happy Sunday Mercury goes direct in Leo, give it another couple of days for direction and clarity to influence our thought processes and sense of self-esteem, it is a good time for creative thought.
In the Stars for August
The transiting Sun moving through Leo in the zodiac this transit increases the solar fire as the Sun is exalted in Leo. The Sun has reached its point of exaltation and we feel the effects of this high energy with the weather being hot, muggy and long days and short nights are still to be experienced in the northern hemisphere. Leo energy can bring into play a more fixed, rigid view to our perspectives. The more obvious traits of Leo are, a burning enthusiasm of fire coupled with the powerful expression of its fixed nature. As Leo is ruled by the powerful Sun, Leo natives feel they need to be the centre of attention. They are creative, graceful, dignified, proud, determined and dramatic individuals. The more evolved ones are generous, enthusiastic, and concerned for the welfare of those they lead. They can be warmhearted and shine forth their light as they can be noble in the causes they promote, and excellent organizers. However, they can be, if not as evolved, conceited, snobbish, intolerant, patronizing, dogmatic, needy, loud and pompous. The challenge this year for Leo natives is Uranus squares Leo for those born later in July this can bring into play the energy needed to move forward and shine in your spotlight. Jupiter squares Leo natives born in Aug. this aspect can help grow and expand your consciousness. Happy Birthday, Leo!
The Planetary Transits for August
1rst week, Aug. 1-5th, Mercury in the fire sign Leo is retrograding until Aug.19th, this is a good time to get things organized, do some research on things you may want to investigate or consider for future plans, evaluate this summer’s awareness and growth patterns within your own life, pace yourself with appointments, schedules can change, tempers may flare as Uranus in fixed earth sign Taurus squares Leo later this week as it starts it retrograde motion. Stay flexible if you can during this week. The Last Quarter Moon in fixed earth sign Taurus likes the status quo and fears change so it’s hard to break free of restrictions; however, Uranus always seeks to cause the friction needed to move energy forward. This week is good for evaluation, summing things up and waiting on the will of heaven for further plans to be revealed to you. The Lunar eclipse may have brought up issues to evaluate before all the information is in while we are in Mercury retrograde.
2nd week, Aug-6th-12th, Uranus goes retrograde in Taurus, Venus shifts into Libra bringing in more rational balanced energy good for relationships and negotiations. This is possibly a hot week as the Solar Eclipse heats up the New Moon in Leo on Aug. 11th. The solar eclipse can be a point of waking up as an awareness dawns on you, perhaps a new beginning, creative in nature, and a spark of new interests and enthusiasm. Mars planet of energy, actions, war, and strategies goes into the ambitious earth sign Capricorn calling for efficiency, focus and completion. Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn can use this energy best to move forward with your work.
3rd week, Aug.-13-19, The First Quarter Moon in the intense secretive water sign Scorpio lends the persistence to moving forward on plans and projects. If you have been waiting for Mercury to go direct motion before making a major decision, it does on the Aug. 19 in the fire sign Leo. This week’s energy can be odd with unexpected twists and turns as Mercury slows down to station direct give things about another week for the natural flow to be established. This is a good time to take stock of what you learned in the last 4 weeks of this retrograde cycle as Mercury rules over thoughts, ideas, and communications.
4th week, Aug.-20-26 the major shift this week is the Sun moves into Virgo Aug. 22nd, ushering the last few weeks of summer as we get ready for the harvest in the fall. Sun in Virgo stirs up the energy for practical, organized, detailed action. The Full Moon in Pisces makes for a dreamy weekend let your imagination find a focus, it’s a good time to envision a better future, meditate and relax. Full moon phase is good to evaluate, balance the polarity presently between Virgo details of service, and Pisces -the faith in service.
5th week, Aug. 27-31, Mars has been retrograde perhaps building up reserves of energy which can now be realized as Mars moves direct Aug. 27th in the ambitious earth sign Capricorn where Mars is at its best executive level of energy. This could be the week to get things done and finish up projects you had going on all summer.
Astrology is a way to look at energy and cycles as we move through the celestial zodiac. We always have a choice on how to perceive and utilize the energy.
Peace and Blessings
In the Stars for July
It’s that time again in the year when we celebrate our country’s birth date on July 4th with the transiting Sun in Cancer. This year Saturn opposes Cancer and will bring up all kinds of tasks, limitations, obstacles and Karmic responsibilities to the surface some of what is happening may be difficult for most of us to digest and to ascertain as to whether our leaders are doing what is right for the collective since security minded Cancer is ruled by the fluctuations of the Moon who has rulership of this sign.
Cancer is a water sign meaning its mode of action is like the flow of water through the agency of one’s intuition. Cancer Sun signs are concerned with home, security, and protection of one’s own resources. Cancer Sun signs tend to pursue their goals in definite ways yet appearing to be secretive or unconscious. Like their symbol the crab, they can appear hard on the surface and soft and vulnerable on the inside and at times overly sensitive and easily hurt. They may be evasive withdrawing inside their shells and it, therefore, takes time and effort to get to know them well. Cancer is ruled by the Moon giving this sign its flowing emotional nature and perhaps an abundant fertile imagination. They tend to be affectionate and caring for others comes naturally to them. Family and friends are important to them. This year the outer planets Saturn and Pluto are making hard aspects to their Sun signs meaning they need to flow with the processes of transforming that which they feel is limiting their self-expression. Happy Birthday, Cancer, things will improve soon as the limitations and obstacles clear up.
Planetary Aspects for July
1rst week July 1-8th, Mercury and Venus are traveling through Leo, makes for more fun and plan, creativity in relationships, then Mercury in Leo will oppose retrograde Mars in Aquarius this can feel like tension between the individuals where there can be aggressiveness around communications like the individual vs the collective what is good for the one is part of the many. Later on the 6th, we will have the Last Quarter Moon in the fire sign Aries which allows us the clarity to decide which passions we will like to pursue and which we want to shelf for another time.
2nd week July 9-15th, Venus goes into analytical Virgo bringing in the forces of details, perfection-seeking and critical attitudes with values and relationships, Jupiter in transformative Scorpio goes direct motion this transit will start things moving forward as we are seeking change, transformation and expansion. A partial Solar Eclipse/ New Moon occurs July 12 in the water sign Cancer at 20 degrees this will be a significant aspect for all the water signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces and the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. You may feel a big push forward, an awakening and a new sense of self. Direct your energy towards new beginnings.
3rd week, July 16th– 22, First Quarter Moon occurs in the harmony seeking air sign Libra, relationships and negotiations are highlighted this mid-week could be a time for decisions towards harmony and peace. The Sun shifts into the fire sign Leo on Sunday bringing in the energies for enthusiasm, passion, and leadership. We reach the mid-summer, a time to rest and relax in the sunshine. The Sun in Leo opposes Mars pushing energy forward but with some delays or tensions.
4th week, July 23-29, we have the greater shifts this week the Sun in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus this can be challenging time some folks may experience bursts of unregulated energy, anger or rebelliousness, as the disruptive forces of Uranus can difficult to handle without the agency of caution. What appears to be stable may not be what endures. Mercury the planet that rules communications and the way things fit together goes into its retrograde phase. This time in the fire sign Leo, we can use this time to allow for creative flashes of inspiration, opinions may reflect one’s own bias, and there are always delays, things break down if they are likely to do so as computers slow down. Pace yourself if you are travelling or schedules may change with little notice. Mercury will go direct Aug. 19th and life will flow smoothly once again. This is a good time to learn about your own mental creativity, and passions. Always consider other’s point of view or “walk a mile in my shoe” as the song goes. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse occurs Friday, July 27th in the fixed air sign Aquarius; this high energy could be good for social events, gatherings and parties that gather around humanitarian concerns and goals on this weekend. Sun in Leo opposes Mars in Aquarius can cause some fixed energy so manage your energy with caution. That is the planetary energy for this month which could feel like delays and tensions in terms of getting things done or finishing up projects. Summertime can be a time of evaluation of one’s work and direction in life, things will smooth out later in August.
Astrology teaches us how to handle the energies that are flowing as we get to choose how to handle them.
Peace and Blessings
Full Moon, Strawberry Moon, in the ambitious earth sign Capricorn, this is a good time to focus on what you really want to drive your ambitions, like love, security, fame or fortune or a progressive agenda for a better world.
“Everyone thinks they’re right. So, the question isn’t who’s right or who’s wrong. The question is, who is most in alignment with their Source? And who is the most allowing? And whose life is really going the best, most of the time?” Without judgment of right or wrong, we do get what we want when we really believe in having it.
Summer is here today as the Sun enters the emotional water sign Cancer. We will have the longest day of the year traditionally we honour this day with summer lights festivals at sacred sites like Stonehenge. The Sun’s transit through the water sign Cancer helps us to tune into our intuitive emotional nature. We shift our conscious energy towards the concern with our home security, family, and community. Cancer likes to prepare for shifts and changes and sees its goals come to fruition in unconscious ways. Perhaps appearing to be evasive, they go about their tasks utilizing their powerful intuition and take cautionary measures. These are caring, supportive friends and partners that will be loyal and reliable in upholding the benefits for all. Happy Birthday, Cancer! You are the caretakers of the planet. Trust your intuition as your sun sign is ruled by the Moon, you can see the light more clearing this year as a better structure is being revealed to you.
I like to think of a career more in alignment with one’s soul purposes that which comes for one to be involved in from that perspective, in other words, create your own work to offer and contribute to the world.
“A very good career choice would be to gravitate toward those activities and to embrace those desires that harmonize with your core intentions, which are freedom and growth—and joy. Make a “career” of living a happy life rather than trying to find work that will produce enough income that you can do things with your money that will then make you happy. When feeling happy is of paramount importance to you—and what you do “for a living” makes you happy—you have found the best of all combinations.”
Excerpted from Money and the Law of Attraction on 8/31/08