You think we are going into the dog days of summer? Think again,August will be the crazed monkey days of summer. We are still in the throes of the Saturn square Neptune aspect. This month Saturn is at 9 to 10 degrees of Sagittarius and Neptune is at 10 to 11 degrees of Pisces. The square between these two planets creates a conflict between reality and fantasy. This aspect will impact those of us with the ascendant or personal planets (Sun, Mercury, Moon, Venus or Mars) at 9 to 12 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Early in the month, Mercury is coming in to square both Saturn and Neptune. This could bring in pessimistic thinking and plans without any prospect of realization. Venus comes in mid-month and will square both planets. This could create a disappointment in love. Later this month Mars is coming into help Saturn, to make him more energetic. Mercury, Venus and Mars are considered triggers, they come in and stimulate the action promised by the Saturn/Neptune Square.
Saturn loves to punch holes in our illusions. What fantasies are we living under at this period in our lives in the US? Is it that we live in a democracy and have free and fair elections? Is it that the next president we elect will solve all of our problems? I have worked with many people recently waking up to personal illusions such as: My children will take care of me when I get older. My marriage will last forever. If I get another degree I will get a higher paying job. If I find the right meditation technique I will become enlightened. Saturn is the “stop kidding yourself planet”. Saturn is all about growing up. The house in your natal chart that contains 10 Sagittarius and 10 Pisces will be the area of life that would have a wake-up call. . See meaning of houses here.
A few other impacts this month are:
The Lunar Eclipse on the 18th.
Saturn turning direct on the 13th.
Mercury turning retrograde on August 30.
Dates to Watch:
Aug 1 – Venus Trine Uranus. This is a good day to start the month. Look for pleasing entertainment possibilities that include beauty and music. You could meet someone there that would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Sun Trine Saturn. You can get involved in a new project that will increase in value and improve with the passing years
Aug 2 – New Moon 10 Leo in a trine to Saturn. Activities will start in the house that contains 10 Leo in your natal chart. If you want people to respond to an ad, a marketing campaign or your “For Sale” sign in the front of your house. Do it on the New Moon. A good time to start a healthy routine.
Mars enters Sagittarius until Sep 27. What I notice with people who have Mars in Sagittarius, they love horses and horse races. Mars entering Sagittarius will bring in sports events. The Olympic Games will take place during this period. In your personal life, the house that contains Sagittarius will get activated. You will put a lot of energy into the areas ruled by the house.
Aug 5 – Venus enters Virgo until August 29. Venus doesn’t like to be in Virgo. But Aphrodite (Venus) did marry Vulcan (Virgo). Why did she do that? Because he was skillful and made her a beautiful girdle. Venus in Virgo can create something beautiful in a detailed Virgo kind of way. Maybe a lovely data base (is there such a thing?) Or maybe a colorful web page. But don’t forget Virgo is the Virgin. Aphrodite is hot to trot. Relationships that are not grounded in the practical here and now may have problems.
Aug 6 – Mercury Square Saturn at 9 Virgo/Sagittarius. Mercury is a chatterbox who talks too fast and too often-- Saturn is slow and methodical. Mercury is also the mind. We can get melancholy and blue on this one. The lesson here is slow down and practice mindfulness.
Venus Square Mars at 1 degree Virgo/Sagittarius. Not good for finances, you are spending too much. It’salso not good for relationships, intimate or social. Don’t be too aggressive. Can’t think of a positive note for this, just stay home, don’t talk to anyone. Certainly, don’t have a party. No one will show.
Aug 7 – Mercury opposite Neptune at 11 Virgo/Pisces. This could bring in a scandal or something that was hidden from view.
Aug 10 – Mercury Trine Pluto at 15 Virgo/Capricorn. You could receive help from someone or become a member of an organization you have wanted to join for a long time.
Aug 13 – Saturn turns direct at 9 Sagittarius. If you have personal planets or the ascendant at 9 Sagittarius or Gemini, this could bring in a realization that you have been on the wrong path or on how to get where you want to go. Its about making an adjustment to your career path and finally moving ahead.
Venus Square Saturn at 9 Virgo/Sagittarius. You are not very pleasant today, you are feeling grouchy and unloved. Maybe you are unloved, ever think of that?
Aug 14 – Venus opposite Neptune at 11 Virgo/Pisces. You are very confused today. Not good for borrowing or lending money. Don’t let anyone persuade you into doing something foolish.
Aug 16 – Sun trine Uranus at 24 Leo/Aries. This is a good aspect. You could have some very interesting emails and meet some unusual people today.
Aug 17 – Venus trine Pluto at 15 Virgo/Capricorn. This is the day to get all gussied up and go and find that millionaire!
Aug 18 – Lunar Eclipse at 25 Aquarius at 5:26 AM sextiles Uranus. This eclipse will shine a light on the areas of your life shown by the houses in your natal chart that contain 25 Aquarius and 25 Leo.
Aug 22 – Sun enters Virgo until Sep 22. A time to go back to school and to get serious. Summer fun is over.
Aug 24 – Mars conjunct Saturn at 9 Sagittarius. Another trigger to the Saturn Square Neptune. On this one we feel stymied, can’t move ahead, others are in our way or we are in our own way.
Aug 26 – Mars Square Neptune at 10 Sagittarius/Pisces. Don’t gossip; don’t give away any information that you don’t want others to know. And please don’t spill your guts on facebook.
Aug 27 – Venus conjunct Jupiter at 27 Virgo. Finally we get a good aspect. Have fun today. Have a party, but don’t drink too much.
Aug 29 – Mercury Conjunct Venus at 29 Virgo. Words of love, write some poetry.
Venus enters Libra until Sep 23. Venus is happy here. Venus rules Libra, you have Aphrodite and Aphrodite doing a dance. Take out those ole stiff paint brushes. Or fix up the dreary décor in your house.
Aug 30 – Mercury turns retrograde until Sep 22. Don’t panic. This is a good time to stop and think about where you are going, what are your plans for the coming year. Be still. Just don’t buy a car or electronic equipment. Anything started during the period will come up for revision after Mercury goes direct on Sep 22.
OUTER PLANET TRANSITS:
JUPITER is in Virgo until Sep 9, 2016. This month he moves from 22 to 28 degrees. Jupiter is about growth and expansion especially in travel and education and also in the area of your life ruled by the house in your natal chart that holds 22 to 28 degrees of Virgo.
SATURN is in Sagittarius until Dec 2017. This month he is retrograde until August 13 and will travel from 9 to 10 degrees of Sagittarius. If you have the ascendant or any personal planets at 9 to 10 degrees of Sagittarius or Gemini, you may be in store for some hard lessons around the issues ruled by the planet and the house the planet is in or rules. While Saturn is in Sagittarius, he is asking about your belief system, your hopes for the future and your travel plans
URANUS is in Aries until 2018. This month Uranus is retrograde and will stay at 24 degrees of Aries. We feel a need for freedom and we want to make some radical changes in our life. I believe in “cooperating with the inevitable”. If you have Uranus in a challenging aspect to your ascendant or personal planets, go on a long vacation, move, or make some major changes in your life.
NEPTUNE (creativity, sensitivity, escapism, dreams) is in Pisces until 2026. This month he is retrograde and will move from 11 to 10 degrees. A lack of focus, a sense of drifting or an inability to see a betrayal or disappointment until it's too late can be experienced by those of you with the Sun or Personal Planets at 10 or 11 degrees of Pisces or Virgo. For the enlightened out there, Neptune can also bring artistic, musical, creative expression, increased dreams and spiritual insights. Watch for some really inspired films to come out during the time Neptune is in Pisces.
PLUTO is in Capricorn until 2023. This month Pluto is retrograde and stays at 15 degrees of Capricorn all month. Profound changes will be felt especially by those with Sun, ascendant or personal planets at 15 degrees of Capricorn or Cancer.
Have a good month.