The summer season starts to wind down in August with the Sun in the fixed fire sign Leo and then later this month the energy opens up when the Sun enters into flexible practical earth sign Virgo mid-month and we start the harvest season of the fall.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on Aug. 7th makes it a very unique full moon for Leo, Scorpio, Taurus and Aquarius natives. Insight and perhaps for some a search for that unique place in their soul that whispers you are special share it with the group.
The Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21rst at 28 degrees Leo. In astrology we look at the eclipse as a sign of emerging awareness after the darkness passes. It represents a new cycle of initiation. Generally speaking in the fire sign Leo it can affect the area of leadership throughout the planet. This will affect the fixed signs Aries, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius the most or planets in those signs close to 28 degrees.
Leo Sun natives are usually enthusiastic people but with a fixed agenda. They like to be the center of attention, like the Sun, and they like to feel that all their energy is motivated by the Creative and they believe they are divinely inspired and privileged. Leo can be warmhearted, generous and graceful towards others. The lion Leo can roar if they are opposed and can take executive action on their subjects without cause. Leo likes to rule and they do make for great leaders and organizers. They are a tremendous source of love and encouragement for others.
This month has a lot going on first Mercury retrogrades in its own sign Virgo which will strengthen our ability to research, finish off the details of projects this can be a productive time to use this energy for intellectual tasks like writing, designing, fixing things. Finishing up old projects, finding lost items, fixing things that break down and if they are going to break down-they will; those are the best ways to use this Mercury retrograde phase. Things that are not working well will break down as this is likely especially true with computers and communications during the retrograde. It’s good to pace yourself. Take your time as Mercury will demand that we approach things with conscientiousness. Delays in plans and travel are likely. Mercury retrogrades from August 13th though Sept. 5th the week before and the week after are always the worst times so pace your-self.
Saturn the planet that represents Karma, limitations, restrictions, severe lessons goes direct at 21 degrees Sagittarius that is close to the galactic center. This is a major planetary station as it will finish with the karma of our belief systems. It can determine the longevity of people and things. Our collective can receive a rapid increase in evolution one that fosters the awareness that energy follows thought. Our commitments to our ideals and to systems that govern thought will also be affected by the station direct. Saturn in Sagittarius is coming to the end of it trek through this fire sign and then will enter into Capricorn in January 2018. This Saturn station usually determines what the projects are that we will commit to for the next 8 months. The mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are mostly affected.
Uranus planet of dramatic, erratic, and revolutionary change is also going retrograde until January 2, 2018. This retrograde transit through the fire sign Aries can work towards our advantage if we learn to harness the power that Uranus brings in Aries to create new directives towards anything that needs an over haul. The cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are mostly affected by the retrograde.
Jupiter in Libra moving direct is helping the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn natives. Jupiter in Libra brings about the expansion of justice, order, rule of law, putting things into balance.
Neptune moving direct in Pisces its own sign strengthens our imagination, visions and inspiration to tap into the more dimensional aspects of our existence. Good for intuitive understanding and the exploration of the psyche.
Pluto planet of transformation death and rebirth continues to affect changes in Capricorn to systems that need the reform particularly governments which Capricorn rules. We can witness governments rising and falling as leaders push for their own agendas. The on-going square with Uranus will be felt more dramatically again in March of 2018.
The Lunar Cycle for August
We start August with the Moon in Scorpio starting the first quarter phase on July 30th. This is the first square of the Sun and Moon challenging us to dig deep and feel our passion around what we want to reform.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Aug. 7th reaches its apex in strength. This energy may be intense for some this month as we prepare for the Lunar and Solar Eclipse. In short we have every opportunity to grow and expand towards the urge to be one with the whole Leo/Aquarius polarity. This is a good time for insights into that special point of view and how we are all in a vibrational dance in this universe.
The Last Quarter Moon occurs Aug. 14th in the fixed and practical earth sign Taurus. Money, security and stability are the concerns for this lunar phase. Taurus energy helps us to appreciate what we have as our values can change. This is a good time to decide which things are worth keep and nurturing as we end this cycle and prepare for the next one.
The New Moon Solar Eclipse with the Moon in Leo at 28 degrees brings insight and a new awareness. Leo represents leadership, the grand cross of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius in Regulus. A way to think of this alignment esoterically speaking is “a new king is in the throne”. A new awareness will grow moving towards Virgo qualities such as: service towards all, the few in the many and many in the one. The cleaning up of the toxins on the planet this may take a while but we are underway.
“Regal Regulus at 29º Leo has the honor of being the closest star to the ecliptic and therefore closest to the red carpet path of the glorious Sun. Regulus is a triple 1.3 magnitude star that flashes white and ultramarine. It is found, naturally, in the brave heart of the constellation Leo the Lion. Regulus officially entered tropical Virgo on November 28th 2011.* Could Regulus crossing this symbolic sphinx cusp, Leo to Virgo, herald the Age of Aquarius? Many astrologers speculate that Virgo will teach Leo to put aside ego, dispense personal glory, become more humanitarian and have respect for mother Earth itself. Other ‘star seed’ type commentators describe a switch from service-to-self (Leo) towards service-to-others. (Virgo=Service, Aquarius=Others).” Darkstar Astrology for Discordant Times
The energy shifts Aug. 22 as the Sun enters the service minded analytical earth sign Virgo.
The month ends with the First Quarter moon in the fire sign Sagittarius. We can move forward with a sense of enthusiasm towards learning new things and expanding our awareness ruled by Sagittarius. The Virgo Sun helps us to focus on the details help us to get ready for intellectual work indoors and to prepare for the fall in September.
As always it’s good to know the stars and navigate through the energies they emit as we make we can make conscious choices like going with the Flow.
Peace and Blessings