August begins with a full Moon in Aquarius on the 1st, a masculine, fixed air sign. It is the only air sign represented in this lunation with the most elemental placements going to earth with five, followed by fire and water, both of which have 2 planets. This earthy signature shows support for grounded action of a practical nature as the way to take advantage of this energy for the next two weeks. Finish what you start, be reliable and take care of your personal space.
The first 18 days will be dominated by the Venus retrograde placement in late Leo as she now moves into a square to Uranus in Taurus as well as being inconjunct Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn. You may feel a lack in resources or have some additional expenses show up that you weren’t expecting. Remember it is just a temporary condition and juggle things around as needed.
Venus is with fixed star Regulus so there will be unusual news about famous people, people in power and the financial markets as well. Relationships could get a little odd or prickly at this time so respond to the present moment and stay out of judgment. Venus in Leo values independence and attention so cut some slack and give some space to your loved ones while dishing out some appreciation and praise. Venus retrogrades back to 12 degrees of Leo by the end of the month and will go direct on September 3rd at 12 degrees 12’ of Leo.
Mercury is opposite Saturn on the 1st but will quickly move on from that aspect. Saturn likes discipline and order and Mercury likes detail and logic so commit to getting the job done well. Mercury goes into its retrograde period on August 23 at just under 22 degrees of Virgo but at least Mercury likes being in Virgo so it might not feel so discombobulated. The Rx period ends on September 15 at 8 degrees of Virgo and thankfully not opposing Saturn.
Mars moves from 13 degrees of Virgo to 2 degrees of Libra by August 31st. Give Mars an organizational task or major closet cleanout to get rid of clutter or too much stuff. Donate extra things to people in need.
Jupiter is still in Taurus and moves from 13 degrees to 15 degrees, which is stabilizing for money and finances. Saturn, in its retrograde phase, moves from 5 degrees to 3 degrees of Pisces, so it may feel like a struggle to conjure up the drive and discipline to get things done. You can defeat inertia if you just show up and do something, however minor it seems.
Uranus goes into its retrograde phase on August 28th at 23 degrees of Taurus and also squares Venus for the first 2.5 weeks of the month, creating some instability or changes in financial markets and possible weird times for those in close relationships. Forewarned is forearmed but you will have to roll with what is for the next few months.
Neptune is retrograde now and moves from 27 degrees into the 26th degree of Pisces. It seems that there are pretty big water challenges for many parts of the earth, either too much or too little. Robert Oppenheimer warned about melting ice caps and coastal flooding from too much carbon in the atmosphere in 1958, why weren’t we listening? Our collective Neptune needs to pay attention and seek solutions to this and other earthy conditions.
Pluto is also retrograde in the sign of Capricorn and moves from just under 29 degrees to 28 degrees, 15’ in the sign of authority, government and big business. The US is still having its Pluto return now so there’s energy for transformation, evolution and a re-energized effort for a more perfect union. I suspect that when the Pluto return aspect is over the Legislative branch will add amendments to our Constitution that will clarify some conditions and values we now hold that the founding fathers of this country couldn’t have conceived of in their original document.
Read your Sun sign and Rising sign for best results:
Aries — March 21-April 19: With your ruling planet, Mars, transiting your solar 6th house of health, habits, work environment, service to others and food and diet you need to pay attention to these areas of life and make a new plan to handle all things pertaining to health and habits. Mercury is also in this house so remind yourself daily about what you are undertaking. Venus retrograde in your 5th house of love affairs, creative projects and heart’s desires gives you a different perspective about who you find attractive. The lunar vibes on the 5th and 6th favor your interests.
Taurus — April 20-May 20: The earth trine of five planets happens in favorable houses for you, 1, 5 and 9 so there is support for the fulfillment of many of your desires with appropriate actions this month. Consciously align your actions with your beliefs now to strongly establish a habit for this practice. Venus is Rx in your solar 4th house so the family of origin gets some additional focus this month. Do things that pamper you and your body on the 7th and 8th. These are your lucky days as well.
Gemini — May 21-June 21:With Mercury and Mars in Virgo in your solar 4th house there is some home improvement tasks that need to be done over the next 2 months. Make of list of them, do them and check them off the list methodically. Saturn is opposing Mercury by sign which makes it easy to succumb to inertia so that’s why you need a list. The 9th, 10th and 11th are your most favorable days this month, so have some fun.
Cancer — June 22-July 23: Money, siblings and neighbors are on your mind this month as well as career status and income from your career. You are looking for stability now and working out what is possible to achieve in the near future and how to schedule the changes you want to make to achieve success. Take it one day at a time and do the next thing which will lead to the next thing, etc.. You just have to reorganize aspects of your life to accommodate the changes. It will all work out. The 12th and 13th are your stellar days.
Leo — July 24-August 23: With the Sun and Venus retrograde in your sign and solar first house you have an interesting opportunity to present yourself differently, almost like a trial run to see if you like showing this particular aspect of yourself to the world. If it ends up not suiting you for the long run or doing what you hoped it would do for your image, you can change things in September when Venus is once again in direct motion. With Jupiter and Uranus in your solar 10th house there’s energy for change and expansion in store for basically the next twelve months. Enjoy the experiment! The 14, 15th and new Moon on the 16th are your best days.
Virgo — August 24-September 22: With Mercury and Mars transiting your sign there is support for making improvements in how you communicate, your personal image and your professional one. These two planets are strong together but can have trouble holding their thoughts inside as they tend to blurt out what goes through their mind about any situation going on. It can make enemies or people wary of you as they don’t want to subject themselves to your inspection. So, make the effort to keep it to yourself while altering your actions to do what is best for yourself. The five planet earth trine in your 1st, 5th and 9th houses offer a certain stability and ease. The 17th, 18th and AM hours of the 19th are your stellar days.
Libra — September 23-October 22: With your ruling planet, Venus, in retrograde motion in your solar 11th house of friends, wishes and dreams, society and worldly gains, you will have some issues to solve in those areas of life. Pay attention to what pathway has ease around it but don’t make any big decisions until after September 4th when Venus is once again in direct motion. These is a lot going on behind the scenes this month and next. The PM hours of the 19th, the 20th and 21st are good days for things to go your way.
Scorpio — October 23-November 22: With Mars transiting through your solar 11th house of friends, wishes and dreams, society and worldly gains, you are considering some changes in these matters, or some changes are just coming at you so you have to pay attention and go with what is. There is also a lot of energy in your solar 10th house of profession so you may experience changes there as well. In any event it will feel pretty chaotic at times but remember this is temporary and things will settle out in a couple of months. The lunar position of the 22nd and 23rd favor your interests.
Sagittarius — November 23-December 20: This month continues the long cycle of heath, work and habits focus that needs to happen in your life. With Mars and Mercury in your solar 10th house of career, there may be changes in that part as well. This may feel a bit restrictive but it is for your own good to get a handle on positive new habits and incorporating that into your professional life. There are great benefits ahead in terms of health and vitality if you apply yourself to the tasks at hand. The 24th and 25th are great days for you.
Capricorn — December 21-January 20: The earth trine of five planets in the 1st, 5th and 9th houses for you bring some good fortune and deeper understanding of what your needs are around material comfort and security. Saturn in your solar 3rd may give rise to a new style of communication and presence in your community. Pay attention to your investments, spouse’s income and insurances this month but don’t succumb to fear or take actions based on fears. You will be fine as you take care of business. The lunar vibes on the 26th and 27th offer you a break from the mundane if you take the opportunity to do so.
Aquarius — January 21-February 19: With transiting Saturn opposite Mercury activating your solar 2nd house of money, values, and assets and the 8th house of investments, insurances and spouse’s income, you may have some thoughts come up about having to deal with changes or make changes in that part of life. First, figure out if you are acting out of fear or thoughtful consideration of the facts. It seems like you would also benefit from some kind of home improvement project to increase your house’s value. It doesn’t have to be a big thing but there are likely many areas that need improvement. The 1st, 2nd 28th and 29th look very favorable for you.
Pisces — February 20-March 20: With Saturn and Neptune in your sign that makes for a one foot on the gas and one foot on the brakes kind of vibe happening for you. It is also a stalemate kind of energy when it comes to decision making as both sides can be seen but no action taken. I would delay any big decisions until after the beginning of September or better yet, early October. With Mercury and Mars transiting your solar 7th house your spouse may need extra attention so make time to do things together to reconnect. The 3rd, 4th, 30th and 31st are good days for you.
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August 2023 Monthly Horoscopes