August 2019 is an amazing month from an astrological perspective. After an extremely difficult July, August comes as a breath of fresh air.
If in July we have the Eclipses plus some extremely difficult oppositions on the Cancer-Capricorn axis, August has none of that.
Apart from 2 squares to Uranus, and the monthly, predictable Moon aspects, in August we have no challenging aspects. NADA! Even the Saturn-Pluto conjunction has loosened up. I haven’t seen such positive, uplifting energy in a loooong time.
In the first half of the month, you can take a well-deserved break. Thanks to the sparkly, uplifting Leo-trine-Jupiter energy, August is the best time of the year to have fun and simply enjoy life.
In the second half of the month, the energy slowly shifts from Leo to Virgo, and you will turn into a productivity machine. In August, you play hard and you also work hard. And the best thing, working hard will feel like fun! Doing work and enjoying it? Yes, it is possible in August.
But let’s have a look at the most important aspects of the month:
August 1st, 2019 – Mercury Goes Direct
August couldn’t have started better. On August 1st, Mercury finally goes direct at 23° Cancer.
This Mercury retrograde was more difficult than the usual Mercury retrograde because Mercury was inflamed by a prolonged conjunction with Mars.
Mars (will power, anger) conjunct Mercury (thoughts, communication) brought anger, resentment, and arguments.
Also, because Mercury was retrograde, we found it more difficult to put into words (Mercury) what we want (Mars), which in turn created even more frustration, resentment, and anger.
This is all over now. Phew. Mercury is still recovering from a hammering opposition to Pluto, but it’s slowly slowly departing from the ‘crime scene’. Life will get better and better.
August 1st, 2019 – New Moon In Leo
On August 1st, 2019 we have a New Moon at 8° Leo. The New Moon is conjunct Venus, square Uranus, and trine Jupiter. This is a very optimistic, creative and uplifting New Moon.
Venus is now not only in the heart of the Sun but also in the heart of the Moon. We are one with Venus. Heart, spirit, and soul beat as one.
Right now, you will only do something if it ‘feels right’. Sometimes, ‘feeling right’ about doing something can be a safety trap. But that’s not the case right now. Right now, your feelings know the truth.
The auspicious trine to Jupiter will make you feel that A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G is possible. You can go as high as you want, as far as you want.
And if you need to change something on the way (New Moon square Uranus) you will do it gracefully and without too much resistance. Your desire to grow is simply stronger than your fear of change.
August 2nd, 2019 – Venus Square Uranus
On August 2nd, 2019 Venus is square Uranus, now at 6° Taurus. Venus is what we want, and Uranus is freedom. When Venus is square Uranus, we want freedom.
Freedom is a little bit more than “I want to do what I want when I want”. Freedom is not about being carefree and careless.
Freedom is about taking full responsibility for who you are. When you are true to yourself, to your values, freedom comes automatically.
August 7th-8th, 2019 – Sun And Venus Trine Jupiter
Between the 7th and the 8th of July, both Sun and Venus (which are now very close to each other) are trine Jupiter at 14° Sagittarius. This is a social, enthusiastic and vibrant transit you really want to take advantage of. Make sure you get out of the house!
August 11th, 2019 – Mercury Re-enters Leo
On August 11th, 2019, Mercury leaves Cancer for good and moves into Leo. Mercury has spent a lot of time in Cancer.
Mercury is the planet of the mind, the planet of objectivity. Cancer is the sign of emotions. In the last couple of months, Mercury has been trying to find reason in emotions. It was not easy, with Mars there.
But hopefully, the prolonged stay of Mercury in Cancer has helped us all to be more resilient and more objective about our emotions, even – and especially – in times of stress and pressure.
August 12th, 2019 – Jupiter Goes Direct And Uranus Goes Retrograde
Every time a slow-moving planet changes direction, something about our lives changes too. On August 12th we have not one, but two planetary stations: Jupiter turns direct at 14° Sagittarius, and Uranus turns retrograde at 6° Taurus.
You can expect a sudden ‘twist of fate’ – something unexpected can come your way; you can find that something you believed to be true is not that ‘true’ anymore. You have outlived it.
And when one door closes, another one opens. And I bet you will love the type of door Jupiter opens.
August 14th, 2019 – Venus Conjunct Sun
Venus conjuncts Sun at 21° Leo. We are now half-way through the Venus cycle. The Venus cycle started on October 26th, 2018, when Venus retrograde conjuncted the Sun. Now Venus throws herself again in the arms of the Sun, but this time for a different reason.
Venus is now closest to the Sun and farthest away from the Earth. And although Venus will still be invisible for a while, the superior Venus-Sun conjunction marks the official shift from Venus as a morning star to Venus as an evening star.
If with Venus morning star we leaned about self-love, now, with Venus evening star, we will learn about selfless love.
August 15th, 2019 – Full Moon In Aquarius
On August 15th, 2019 we have a Full Moon at 22° Aquarius. The Full Moon in Aquarius is tightly opposite Venus, at 22° Leo. Right now, Venus is one with the Sun. We hold our values and our values hold us.
If Leo is the heart, Aquarius is the mind. As with any Full Moon, we work on both sides of the axis. On the one hand, we have our values – those things we care for, no matter what.
On the other hand, the Full Moon comes to illuminate a higher truth, and puts things into perspective.
Leo’s heart without Aquarius’ mind is reckless, and Aquarius’ mind without Leo’s heart is dangerous. But when we pull our heart and mind together, we are unstoppable.
August 16th, 2019 – Mercury Square Uranus
Mercury is square Uranus, now at 6° Taurus. No matter how open-minded we are, we all resist change. Yes, even those of us with lots of mutable energy in our natal chart. And if there is a planet that wants change at all costs, that’s Uranus.
Mercury square Uranus in fixed signs is one of those ‘stubborn’ transits. Mercury rules our thoughts – not to be confused with our beliefs (which are ruled by Jupiter).
Our thoughts are easier to change, thanks to a process called brain plasticity.
Mercury square Uranus is your opportunity to change something about the way you see the world. Write down your thoughts, practice mindfulness or have a healthy debate with a friend. The idea is to become aware of your thoughts and of where the resistance is coming from.
August 18th -23rd, 2019 – Mars, Venus And Sun Enter Virgo
On August 18th, 2019 Mars enters Virgo. On August 21st, 2019, Venus enters Virgo and finally two days later Sun enters Virgo, on August 23rd.
The energy shift will be palpable and real. If Leo lit a fire in your heart, now you’re ready to do something about it.
And there’s no better sign than Virgo to help you turn this creative fire into something of value, into something that others can benefit from too.
August 24th, 2019 – Venus conjunct Mars
On August 24th, 2019 Venus is conjunct Mars at 4° Virgo. Venus and Mars are the two relationship planets, and they meet up in a conjunction once every 2 years, starting a new relationship cycle.
Venus and Mars are like the opposite poles of a magnet. They attract each other, and as a result of their passion, something new comes into existence. Whether is a new life, a new relationship, or a new creative project, Venus conjunct Mars is your cosmic go-ahead to get your creative juices flowing.
Of course, if you have planets around 4° Virgo, this upcoming Venus-Mars cycle will especially impact you. But even if you don’t have any planets in Virgo, the conjunction will still take place in one of the houses of your chart. This is where you can ‘birth’ something new.
August 29th, 2019 – Mercury Enters Virgo
Finally, on August 29th, Mercury joins the Virgo club. He’s a bit late to the party but catching up fast. Not only will you see the world like a Virgo (Sun), act like a Virgo (Mars) and feel like a Virgo (Venus)… now you will think like a Virgo, too!
And that’s great because there’s no other place in the zodiac where Mercury feels so good. Indeed, Mercury in Virgo is the only planet that is both in domicile AND in exaltation in the same sign – Virgo.
No matter what your Mercury sign is, Mercury in Virgo will favor any type of intellectual pursuit.
August 30th, 2019 – New Moon In Virgo
The New Moon in Virgo is a fantastic New Moon which forms a Grand Earth Trine with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. Earth is a ‘make it happen’ element. And Virgo is the sign of the harvest.
When you want to manifest something in your life, you don’t new woo-woo stuff or magical Neptune aspects. You need a New Moon in Virgo. And this is an especially ‘manifesting’ New Moon, thanks to the positive aspects to the other Earth signs.
What a way to finish the month! One day later, on September 1st, Sun will conjunct Mars, starting a new synodic Mars cycle. After an amazing New Moon, the Hero’s journey begins. But more about the Hero’s journey, in the September forecasts.
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