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The good news is that as August starts, the current Mercury retrograde in your sign ends. In other words, if you felt like July was weirdly stop/start and/or as if you were talking a different language to the people around you, all that eases up. August is simpler. If there’s a financial surprise mid-month, it could work out fine.
So, we are now out of eclipse season until the end of the year.
The funny thing is that eclipses are like portals to another world – but they have a sort of wind-rush effect. Think about if you’re on a plane and – Goddess forbid! – someone opens the door.
It would take a lot of luck and all your strength not to get sucked out the door.
That’s sort of what eclipses are like. You get sucked out into another way of being, more or less whether you like it or not.
And just as on a plane how hard it was to resist would depend on how close to the door you’re sitting, so it is with astrology; how hard eclipses are to resist depends on how close to your chart the eclipses are, so to speak.
So, the eclipses have been and gone and some of us have been sucked into a new reality and some of us are feeling shaken but not totally stirred. Also, last month was a doozy because as well as the eclipses we had Mercury retrograde.
All in all, August looks calmer…
August 2019 New Moon in Leo
London: 1 August at 04:11
Sydney: 1 August at 13:11
LA: 31 Jul at 20:11
August 2019 (second) New Moon in Virgo
London: 30 August at 11:37
Sydney: 30 August at 20:37
LA: 30 August at 03:37
August 1 brings the New Moon in Leo. August 30 brings the New Moon in Virgo. So what does it all mean?
– It means that in the month of August we have twice the chances to make set some intentions and make some wishes (though granted the second chance comes at the very end of the month!) So if you’re into manifesting, this is the time to get your manifesting on!
– It means that we have a chance to work on how fabulous we are (at the time of the New Moon in Leo) and how dutiful we are too (at the time of the New Moon in Virgo).
– It means that the New Moon in Virgo is officially called by the rather mysterious name of a “Black Moon”.
– Black Moons like this only happen about once every 32 months.
– Note that there are various definitions of a Black Moon and this is only one of them. The Black Moon can also refer to the part of the lunar cycle around New Moon when the Moon isn’t visible.
– Some people believe that a Black Moon is a time when spells and rituals are even more powerful and effective.
– Others believe they are so powerful they should not be messed with at all!
In my humble opinion, a Black Moon is just as good a Moon as any for making wishes and sending your intentions out into the Universe – no more powerful and no less. Why? Because thinks of it like this; the Gregorian calendar we live by was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. In other words, it’s man-made. The Moon is a part of nature. The fact that two high-points of her current cycle (two New Moons) happen to be taking place within one single man-made calendar month doesn’t have much significance apart from that which is stated above – we have double the chances to make our New Moon wishes.
If you had to distill it all down to one main message? It would go something like this…
(Read your Rising Sign if you know it, because you will get a more accurate reading, akin to having a reading based one your time, date and place of birth. Find out your Rising Sign for free here)
Aries – This month is all about you and your friends. Hopefully you’re seeing pals that you absolutely love. Also a very good time to map out your timetables for the rest of the year.
Taurus– This month’s New Moon in your Home Zone heralds changes for you on the domestic front. It’s also the month to ensure that you really do have a work/life balance.
Gemini– Expect very busy time over the coming four weeks. You’ll have places to go and people to see. Plus the Full Moon marks the end of illegal dispute or period of study.
Moonchild– There is a ton of energy this month across your celestial Money Boxes. Set some new intentions regarding how much money you want to earn and devise your plans.
Leo– There’s a New Moon in your sign and Full Moon in your Love Zone. This makes August very important time for you. Live intentionally – and move on from the past to the future!
Virgo– There is such a lot happening in your chart this month! Not least is the New Moon in your sign. Make August your restart time, even though we’re moving to the end of the year.
Libra– The August 1 New Moon is in your Wishing Zone. This happens annually and makes August 1 the best time of the year to make your New Moon wishes and set intentions.
Scorpio– The August 1 New Moon is in your Career Zone. Make some work-related wishes. On August 30, make another 10 about … anything and everything which matters to you.
Sagittarius– If you would like to get away from it all, either on a holiday, or maybe even for work, the August 1 New Moon this month in your 9th House supports you. Take action!
Capricorn– The New Moon in Leo and Full Moon in Aquarius are both straddling your Money Zones. Now is time to turn the corner financially. What do you need to do? Do that.
Aquarius– The Leo New Moon is in your Love Zone, so start over again where relationships are concerned. The Aquarius Full Moon in your sign makes time to move on from the past.
Pisces– The August 30 New Moon says “whatever else happened to you re personal and professional relationships this year, draw a line on in the sand, and start again.” Breathe.
If you’re wondering about the Full Moon this month, it’s in Aquarius on August 15.
August 2019 Full Moon in Aquarius
London: 15 August at 13:29
Sydney: 15 August at 22:29
LA: 15 August at 05:29
It’s going to provide us all with a really good chance to emotionally detach from something in the past which has hurt us. So where have you been wounded and are you prepared to let it go? The first alignment after the Full Moon is between Mercury (communications) and Chiron (healing) which suggests that if you want to turn the corner emotionally, then 1. Talk something through or 2. Write about it.
This Full Moon is all about finding a balance between what you give in life and what you take. If you know you’ve been doing too much of either, it’s most certainly time to redress the balance. The problem is that when we give too much but we don’t know how to take, we actually mess with the natural laws which govern free flow. How can the Universe send you an abundant stream of good things if you’re not receiving them without a fight? Now is a very good time to attend to practical financial matters, like paying off debts and settling personal bills. Also, very good for investing some emotion in the boudoir.
One of my favourite ways of tuning into the cosmos, and something you can do on the night of the August Full Moon, is to unroll your yoga mat if you have one, place a statuette or photo of your favourite angel or God or Goddess (could be Jesus, Mary, Kuan Yin, Ganesha… anyone you resonate with), light a candle, put on some beautiful music (I highly recommend Aussies Edo & Jo) and then…? Just do some simple stretches or asanas, sit quietly and … see what comes up. Write it down. It’s a powerful process.
1. Have I been ambitious to the point of ruthlessness?
2. Have I been obsessed with work to the detriment of my personal life?
3. Have I been hard-headed, hard-nosed or just too hard on others?
4. Have I allowed my head to overrule my heart?
5. Have I been planning my life enough? Or too much?
You can get these questions as a free worksheet here
With three lunations in one month, August really is a very good time to honour the lunar cycle. Especially for women, doing this is life changing. Go for it in the waxing cycle of the Moon, which is the first two weeks of the month, and then chill out (surrender) to Divine for the rest of the time.
In terms of planetary changes, one of the business planets this month is Venus, the planet of love and abundance.
This suggests a lot of us will have love and abundance high on our list at the start of August – hopefully for the right reasons.
For a start, FYI Venus spends most of the month in the sign of Leo, so here’s what that means for you (remember to read your Rising Sign if you know it, for greater accuracy!)
This month, Venus moves into your second house of cash, property and possessions, where she’ll stay for around four weeks. On the one hand, you do need to watch yourself, if you know you have a tendency to spend more than you should. You could find yourself feeling very flush now – but be sure you can cover your basic expenses before you go lashing out cash on something which has taken your fancy but which you maybe should be hesitating over. Your tastes might be more expensive than usual but before you give into your desires, double check with your accountant or whoever else is likely to go “Tsk tsk” if and when you spend up big on things you don’t really need! The up side of this Venus cycle is that you can expect more financial opportunities to come your way. Keep your eyes peeled and you could find the period lucrative. Also use this four-week period as a chance to work on your self-esteem. Don’t just think about that – do it. Start by making a list of what you know is Uniquely Wonderful about you. Seriously. Then ask your best friend what he/she thinks is Uniquely Wonderful about you. Try it.
Venus makes 6 alignments this month. Here’s the breakdown. Remember, the part of your life most like to be feeling the feelings is the part of your life mentioned above!
1 August 2019
Healing – wherever Venus is for you right now is where you can heal today so set an intention, as a link in the wee small hours of tomorrow grows
2 August 2019
Turnarounds – there could be some madness in the air today as Venus clashes with Uranus. Live and let live.
8 August 2019
Good luck / get lucky – Venus connects with lucky Jupiter early tomorrow so today very promising for love and abundance and good times!
14 August 2019
The Sun and Venus alignment so focus on love and abundance and make sure you’re being the love and abundance you want to see in the world. Be loving and generous.
21 August 2019
Venus moves into Virgo. More about this next month.
24 August 2019
Love and romance are in the air today ahead of a sexy meeting between Venus and Mars. V good for date nights.
26 August 2019
What goes around comes around. Venus aligns harmoniously so positive turnarounds re love and abundance are possible now!
One of the best ways to stay in touch with the astrological energies is to follow the Sun – in other words see where the Sun is in your chart and therefore where the focus will be. This month, like Venus, the Sun spends most of it’s time in Leo … which is drawing even more attention to the same part of your chart. Here’s how you can expect it to play out…
This month the Sun moves out of your sign and into your 2nd house – many of you may feel a bit of a drop-in power levels, as though someone has turned down your wattage. That’s fine and nothing to worry about. It’s just that the Sun has moved out of your sign for another year, so life will feel less like it’s being lived under the harsh glare of a spotlight; life should feel less intense; you now get a chance to catch your breath. Breathe! Over the next four weeks, as this shift takes place, it’s important to think about what you really value in your life – materially and emotionally – and to have a look at how much you love yourself (and ask if you could love yourself more). PS Money is good but don’t make the mistake of thinking that having ‘stuff’ makes you a better person…
So where is your head going to be at this month?
Hopefully, in a really good place.
Mercury actually goes direct (ie: ends it retrograde cycle) on the first day of the month, so we start August in a more straight-forward state of mind. Events of the past few weeks have hopefully helped you to work out what you want, what you’re going to be and where you really are ALL IN.
Mercury is changing direction like this in the last degrees of Moonchild (aka Cancer). So wherever you have the sign Moonchild in your chart is where you can expect
– To have been stopping and starting
– To have gathered more into these past few weeks
– To finally know what you want and what to do
Because the beginning and end of a Mercury retrograde cycle tend to be the most intense, accept that the start of August could be a bit confusing. But as every day goes by, we should start to feel more and more stable.
Want some good news? After the retrograde, communications planet Mercury is now resuming normal transmission and going forwards again… So? Things should be less complicated from here on in, for a while at least. For you, Mercury has been going backwards in your FIRST HOUSE – that means your entire life has been subject to madness and mayhem as Mercury has played his funny little tricks (not) all over you. If life has been chaotic beyond belief of late, now you know why! This weekend, as Mercury changes directions, you can expect (or at least allow for the possibility) one last blast of mayhem. And after that? It’s smoother sailing. There will be fewer crossed wires, less drama and much, much less to-ing and fro-ing.
PS Stay tuned next month for information about my new Mercury Retrograde book…
Could you be about to get luckier?
One of the bigger changes up the skies this month is the end of the Jupiter Retrograde period, Yes, Jupiter goes retrograde too. Jupiter is the planet of good luck so if you’re a glass half-full person, you can see the retrogrades as good luck because a certain part of your chart gets more attention from Jupiter than it normally would do. Now as Jupiter resumes direct motion, as it’s called, the good luck starts to shift and we get luckier in new parts of your chart and our life… All you need to know now is “where is Jupiter for me?”
Lucky Jupiter is in your 6th House of Service. Expect to find the Universe sending you reason after reason why you should care less about what you can do for yourself and more about what you can do for others. No I am not kidding. That’s a lot of what your current Jupiter cycle is all about. Hey, this is all part of a pretty short-term cycle, so try to embrace it as best you can. Think of the great karma! Plus, Jupiter here will make your daily grind more fun.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the sex and anger planet Mars. Here’s the thing; Mars is the brash planet that pushes forwards but right now it’s pushing forwards into the polite sign of Virgo. So, it’s a bit of a weird energy – a very good time to push forwards towards your goals but do it in a way that serves others, or serves the world. Virgo loves to help!
Here’s what Mars in Virgo means for you…
The good news is that your mind is now as sharp as a tack. The not-so-good news for anyone you don’t like the look of is that your tongue is also razor-like. Mars is in your communications zone so you can expect to perform well mentally and in writing. You will relish the chance of a verbal dual, you will cut people down to size with a few well-chosen words and you should find it easy (at last) to catch up on all those old emails. Want the courage to send that saucy SMS? You’ve got it. Just remember than Mars is the planet of anger too, though. Remind yourself 10 times a day to speak calmly and respectfully.
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