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You need to take a lot of deep breaths this month in order to stay centered and calm. The cosmic weather is stormy and will toss you around like a rowboat in a hurricane.

Uranus turns retrograde on August 3 and brings a period of unexpected change. Mercury takes his Summer vacation starting on August 12. He will remain in retrograde motion for the rest of the month. He travels from 11 degrees of Virgo back to 28 degrees of Leo. The area in your chart that holds those degrees is up for review and revision.

Bigger news is the total Solar Eclipse on August 21 that travels across the United States from the west coast to the east coast. It is said that the effects of an eclipse are strongest for those under its path. It occurs at 28 degrees of Leo and will have a powerful effect on those who have a planet or angle at that degree. The Lunar eclipse that precedes it is on August 7 at 15 degrees of Aquarius. The two-week period between eclipses is unstable and unpredictable. It is a good time to go on vacation and leave the important stuff until mid-September.

 August 1 – Moon in Sagittarius. Today is Lammas, the ancient festival of the beginning of the harvest. It was considered unlucky to pick grain before today. Think of what is coming to harvest in your life right now and honor it. It’s a day to celebrate life and play as much as you can as we are now halfway through summer. You’ll have a lot of energy and will find it hard to sit still so stay in motion.

 August 2 – Moon in Sagittarius. Open your mind and let down your boundaries so that you can adventure into new areas. Try at least one sport you’ve never done. Walk or bike on a different path. Hang out with people from another culture. Make a plan for a winter trip to a foreign land. Cook ethnic foods. These are the days to have fun so don’t waste them.

 August 3 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 5:38 pm until 8:37 pm when it enters Capricorn. Uranus goes into retrograde motion early this morning. You need to be cautious and careful today, especially around fire and explosive materials.  Your enthusiasm can lead you into trouble or it can spur you on to greater achievements. It’s a day to “go for it” as long as you stay aware of consequences.

 August 4 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is the day to buckle down to work and do all the things you didn’t have time for earlier in the week. It will feel good to put in some long hours. Jupiter and Pluto square off and their tension can help you to move on to the next step. It is a day for degeneration or regeneration or some of both.

 August 5 – Moon in Capricorn. If you have anything that absolutely has to get done early next week, it’s best to do it today before the eclipse energy confuses the issue.  Wisps of fantasy stream across your mind and tend to lead you off your path. Stay grounded when partying and know your limits as excessive consumption will affect your health more than it usually does.

 August 6 – Moon in Aquarius. It’s a day for seeing the big picture when you think about things. You need to get out and mingle with people and lose yourself in a crowd. Get involved in a community project or event. Go on a vison quest or just envision your future. Don’t make any important decisions except for deciding what is done.

 August 7 – Moon in Aquarius. There is a Lunar Eclipse today. It is an auspicious day to meditate, especially in a group, to clean out your emotional debris. You can say good-bye to unhealthy memories from your past with very little attachment to them. Your heart takes precedence over your mind so listen to its song. Today is not a good day for taking action.

 August 8 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 3:07 pm to 5:56 pm when it enters Pisces. You’ll feel a bit untethered due to yesterday’s eclipse. Give in to the temptation to space out as your mind will feed you useful information during that time. Try to organize your week knowing that it’s the only time that Mercury is in direct motion this month.

 August 9 – Moon in Pisces. It might be hard and you won’t want to concentrate, but push on and get the important things done today. Make phone calls, send out invoices, order items, and do your best to stay on task. You can plant today for a Fall harvest. Spend time by the water and enjoy your favorite water activities but get the work done first.

 August 10 – Moon in Pisces, VC 9:38 am. Today is a lucky day as the Sun and Jupiter twirl around in a happy dance. Use the early morning hours to access this opportunity. Then get pleasure from the rest of the day. You can work on an artistic project or buy a piece of art that you will love looking at for a long time. Have a special date night with your partner.

 August 11 – Moon in Aries. Today is the last day in August when Mercury is direct. Hurry to begin projects, sign papers, and put things in order. You can get a lot done and feel the vitality that having both Sun and Moon in fire signs imparts. There’s romance in the air if you want to begin something with someone you admire.

 August 12 – Moon in Aries. Mercury turns retrograde at 9:01 pm. He is standing still all day and you’ll feel it as you stumble to find the right words or your car keys. Forget about any plans you made for today and just go on your impulses. You can have fun today. It’s a good day to do those things you love about Summer but haven’t had time for. Don’t plant today.

 August 13 – Moon in Taurus. It’s a slow, take a rest, be on vacation day. You can putter in the garden and plant all you want. You’ll feel grounded and have a good amount of common sense so you can find new solutions to old problems. Indulge your senses as you savor the best of summer – the fresh fruits and vegetables, the beautiful fragrant flowers, and the sounds of the birds.

 August 14 – Moon in Taurus. As you go back to work, remember that we are between eclipses and the energy is wonky. Move slowly and methodically and don’t try to get too much done at once. Stick with the old methods instead of innovating. Don’t try to convince anyone to do things your way. Stay outdoors as much as you can and commune with the natural world. 

 August 15 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 10:06 am. Venus, ruler of your love and money, stands in opposition to Pluto, the great transformer. It is a good day to end an unsatisfactory relationship. Your Summer romance may be coming to a close. Be cautious when making any decisions about your finances and try to postpone them if you can.

 August 16 – Moon in Gemini. You’ll tend to move quickly, talk fast, and make mistakes, and misspeak if you don’t think it through before you act. You’ll do best if you do things that start with re -. Recycle, revise, rewrite, redecorate, renew, review, and so on. You need to double check your emails and texts and also the checks you write.

 August 17 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 9:38 am to 12:13 pm when it enters Cancer. Continue on with paperwork, emails, writing invoices, and do it all as slowly as you can. Venus and Jupiter offer you a second chance to revive matters concerning love, money, art, and beauty. You can regain what you’ve lost if it’s truly yours. 

 August 18 – Moon in Cancer. Feel your way through the day as if you are walking through the fog. It’s a good weekend to be on vacation so you don’t have to worry about what needs to be done. Shop for food and have a good time cooking for friends and family. You can start preserving and freezing produce to have for the Winter. Go swimming or sit by water.

 August 19 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 11:17 am to 1:55 pm when it enters Leo. Make sure to do any planting this morning that you’d planned to do this weekend. The rest of the day is for having fun. Entertain friends and family at home or on a picnic. Take the kids somewhere special, like to a fair or amusement park.

 August 20 – Moon in Leo. Summer is flying by so get out and have Summer fun. Do what you love to do that can only be done in this season. You’ll feel tomorrow’s big eclipse and may decide to make a last-minute trip to a place where you can see it. Or, you may want to laze around in the sun or in a hammock under a tree. It’s that kind of day.

 August 21 – Moon in Leo, VC from 2:30 pm until 4:25 pm when it enters Virgo. Today is the Solar Eclipse. Uranus adds some juice to it to bring in more excitement. You need to listen to your heart and follow your own agenda. Don’t try to get much work done except for artistic, creative projects. Today is the last day of Leo.

 August 22 – Moon in Virgo. The Sun enters Virgo at 6:21 pm. Now we are at the end of summer and can feel the transition back to work, study, and tidying up our lives. Mars and Saturn combine to help you ground your big idea and to make a plan for the coming months. They will feed you insights about how best to use your creative energies.

 August 23 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 4:02 pm until 9:05 pm when it enters Libra. Focus on cleaning up all the messes in your life, both the real and imaginary ones. Because it’s a Mercury ruled day during retrograde Mercury it will be tricky to keep things in order. Be on the lookout for mistakes. Double check everything you send out and do any math calculations a third time. 

 August 24 – Moon in Libra. Today is the day to have that conversation with your partner. It’s time to look at your relationship and see where you need to rebalance the roles and rework who does what. Keep your mind open to accept change. You can renegotiate a deal that isn’t working for you. It’s also a good day for therapy of any kind.

 August 25 – Moon in Libra. Saturn stops and turns direct today. This affects your perception of time and it may feel like you are moving in slow motion. Relax and be a bit lazy today. Go to a museum or art gallery, buy flowering plants and bushes to plant this weekend, and do some things that you enjoy. Repay any social obligations that have been on your list of things to do.  

 August 26 – Moon in Scorpio. Venus enters Leo and she tells you to be more loving. She will help you soothe any wounds that the eclipses may have caused. The Sun and Mercury meet at the middle of Mercury’s retrograde cycle. They feed your mind with ideas that you can use next month, so record them or write them down. Plant today, it’s a very fertile weekend.

 August 27 – Moon in Scorpio. You need a big chunk of time to day to be alone so you can sort things out and contemplate the big issues in your life. You’ll find things can fall into place as your need for growth blends with the facts and practicality of the situation. Look for missing objects and try to solve mysteries and you will be successful at both.

 August 28 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 3:48 pm. A VC day during Mercury retrograde at the end of August calls for you to take a personal day if you can. It would be great to give yourself a day to catch up and do all that you didn’t get to do this summer. You won’t get any meaningful work done today, it will feel like you’re treading water until the late afternoon.

 August 29 – Moon in Sagittarius. Your mind is active thinking of all the places you want to go and things you want to see and subjects you want to study. Just think, don’t act yet. You need to have some freedom today so do what you must and then take off on your own to do some roaming, even if it’s taking a new route home from work.

 August 30 – Moon in Sagittarius. You will feel conflicted between following what is planned and scheduled and taking off to do what you want to do. It’s an auspicious day to try your luck at something where the loss won’t be too big if you don’t win. Read some religious literature or listen to a podcast from a spiritual teacher.

 August 31 – Moon in Capricorn. You’ll feel levelheaded and practical and can make a rough draft of your plans for the next few months. You can catch up on what didn’t get done this month. It’s a good day to reorganize your office and workplace and get rid of clutter. Recycle old journals and newspapers and shred old bank statements and bills.


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