Welcome to August!
Being a Virgo you are all about doing things for other people. It’s part of your life ethos. But this month, the eclipse is gently reminding you that being of service to other people is great, as long as you leave enough energy reserves for yourself. This is not obvious to all Virgos. In fact this is the right time for you to do a little less duty and a little more meditation, contemplation and retreating from the rigours of life. Tear yourself away from other peoples’ demands. You can do it!
This month brings a Full Moon eclipse on August 18, in the sign of Aquarius. Eclipses are always a big astrological deal. They are about changing gears, let go of the past and bursting into a whole new life. The question to ask yourself as the eclipse takes place is who or what do you need to let go of? What has run its course? What needs to change?
For those who are just starting to work with the celestial energies, let me say this; eclipses are nothing to be scared of. Rather in many ways, they are to be embraced. They are like an opening in the space/time fabric. A portal we can walk through. That might sounds trite or unbelievable but it’s true. The best thing is to look at where you are hurting and think about what you can do to release that hurt.
The biggest eclipse event I ever experienced was breaking up with my then-boyfriend after I found out that he had cheated on me, not once but repeatedly. The Full Eclipse will often cast light on what was previously hidden. Of course it hurt me terribly but now with the hindsight of 15 or so years later, I can say it was the best thing which could have happened to be. The recovery process was long but led to me moving to Paris where I met and fell in love with my soulmate who is now my husband!
It’s a Full Moon eclipse month so there are going to be some doors which are closing – but don’t worry. Events following eclipses may be tricky but they are 99% of the time for the best. Something about the way you live your life is about to change. This is the sort of eclipse where – when it hits – life can change big time. Accountants run off to join the circus. Etc. Yes. You can do something different! If you’ve been wishing your 9 to 5 routines could change, stay tuned – your wishes could be about to come true!
The fact that it’s a Full Moon eclipse month is a way overshadows everything else. The Full Moon eclipse means that August is going to be a massive month for a lot of people. The world is full of tensions right now and if you want to do your part to lessen them, it’s time to use the eclipse. Meditate with the idea of world peace in mind on the day – preferably as close to the Full Moon as possible. Here are the Full Moon times around the world:
Full Moon at 26 degrees in Aquarius
SYDNEY: August 18, 7.26pm
LONDON: August 18, 10.26am
MONTREAL/NEW YORK: August 18, 5.26am
AUCKLAND: August 18, 9.26pm
PARIS: August 18, 11.26am
As well, the planet of sex and determination, Mars, changes signs this month, finally moving into the sig of Sagittarius after a lot of stalling and the retrograde. In other words, we are all getting back up to speed.
I have had a few people comment to me that they can really feel things going faster since Mars started to move forwards again. As opposed to feeling like we were wading through treacle in order to get things down, now it’s a case of life moving at full pelt.
It’s a good thing in one way but of course, we have to pace ourselves. The heat is being turned up even higher now as fiery Mars moves into the fiery sign of Sadge. Exoect even more on your plate that needs attending to. Happily there will be a lot of energy around for us to call on to get things done. So expect August to be lived at breakneck speed – hopefully not literally! Here is where the Mars moves is affecting your chart.
There certainly are some sleeping dogs we need to let lie. Right now, though, if there’s an old emotional issue that you never managed to get sorted out, expect it to come back to the surface to be dealt with. Anger is always better out than in, by try not to blast people sky high if you get into some kind of argument with them – it’s probably not their problem. Mars here can stir up issues from as far back as childhood so it’s most likely unfair to blame someone else for your ‘stuff’. Own it. Your home and your family can also become a battleground if you’re not careful. Be nice.
For an overview of what is going on this month, see below. These are the cosmic dates for all the signs this month.
This month’s cosmic dates…
1. August 1 – sudden turnarounds and positive perhaps unexpected change is possible, especially regarding love and money.
2. August 2 – The New Moon in Leo – be bold when you make your New Moon wishes!
3. August 10 – The Quarter Moon in Scorpio. Time to check in with your ambitions. Surmount challenges now for success later.
4. August 14 – great for happy lovers, not so great if you don’t trust your partner
5. August 18 – The Full Moon eclipse in Aquarius – a Full Moon eclipse! It’s time to let go or someone or something which is doing you no good.
6. August 21 – an excellent day for scheduling a presentation or having a conversation during which you need to feel confident.
7. August 24 – Are you banging your head against a brick wall? Stop!
8. August 25 – Quarter Moon in Gemini. A tricky conversation you have now could ultimately help you to release negativity.
9. August 27 – romance abounds. Arguably one of the most romantic nights of the year. Also good for meeting someone new, if you’re looking.
10. August 30 – FYI Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo
The Sun will spend most of this month in the sign of Leo. The Sun is (not surprisingly) a bit like a spotlight that goes around your chart. This is what the Sun in Leo means for everyone – in other words where the emphasis is… if you have an issue in the area mentioned below, ask yourself if you’re not being confident enough – or if you’re coming across as too confident and putting other people off!
Aries – romance, creativity and kids (your own or someone else’s)
Taurus – your home life
Gemini – your communication skills
Cancer – on cash, property and possessions
Leo – your whole life!
Virgo – your spiritual life
Libra – your friends
Scorpio – your professional life and/or ambitions
Sagittarius – study and travel
Capricorn – sex and money
Aquarius – your love life
Pisces – your daily life/routines/health
It’s very much a mixed bag romantically speaking this month as Venus makes various links with the other planets, sometimes harmonising beautifully and sometimes clashing rather badly! Here are the Venus dates for the month of August 2016:
August 1 – Venus clicks with Uranus – this could be a great day for sudden turnarounds related to love and/or money
August 6 – Venus moves into Virgo – especially good news for Virgos and Pisceans and people with either of those two signs rising…
August 7 – Venus clashes with Mars – male/female relations and money matters could be extra tense.
August 14 – Venus clashes with Saturn – if you feel like there isn’t enough love or money to go around, wait a few days and things could have changed considerably.
August 15 – the first glimmer of happier days as ~Venus and Neptune connect. Great for true lovers, not so good for shonky relationships beleaguered with trust issues
August 18 – passion and romance are in the air as Venus and Pluto combine
August 25 – a day to mend a broken heart as Venus and Chiron connect but could also be painful if you’re with someone who is pushing all your buttons
August 27/28 – the most romantic time of the month as Venus and Jupiter link up – date night alert!
August 30 – Venus moves into Libra and the lovers of the world unite!
As you can see from the notes above, Venus will spend most of August in the sign of Virgo.
We all have Virgo in our chart somewhere so here is what Venus is doing for you think month:
Venus is now moving into your first house of self and image, where she’ll stay for around four weeks. This is a wonderful Venus cycle for you – Venus is the planet of love, luxury, beauty and all things gorgeous. To have her in your sign means it’s Your Turn to start feeling her charms. Singles can expect to have more admirers than usual. Couples who’ve been feeling less than their best should find it easy to find ways to rediscover the romance. And whether you’re single or attached, you can expect to feel a lot more loved and even downright popular over the next few weeks. Those in problematic relationships are not promised an Instant Cure but (a) you should find more time to work on your relationship and (b) you should find it easier to negotiate your way to at least some kind of agreement. Appearance-wise, this is The Moment Of The Year to invest in a haircut, some new clothes, whatever it takes, to make you feel more worship-worthy. Venus, planet of love and beauty, passes through your sign but once a year – make the most of her visit. You are currently, officially, The Sign Most Gorgeous.
And PS for those who like to work with the New Moon. That will take place at 13 degrees in Cancer at these times…
New Moon at 11 degrees in Leo
SYDNEY: August 3, 6.44am
LONDON: August 2, 9.44pm
MONTREAL/NEW YORK: August 2, 4.44pm
AUCKLAND: August 3, 8.44am
PARIS: August 2, 10.44pm
It’s time for you to have a think about how well you are looking after yourself. Being a Virgo you are usually all about what you can do for other people. But this month’s eclipse reminds you that you need to take care of yourself too, otherwise you won’t be any use to anyone!
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