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August begins with six planets in retrograde motion. It feels like being on a treadmill, moving fast but getting nowhere. It’s a month to coast downhill, not to attempt to climb a mountain. Mercury turns direct on August 19.  Mars turns direct on August 27. There is a Solar Eclipse on August 11 at 18 degrees of Leo.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart as you go through this chaotic month.

August 1 – Moon in Aries. It’s a hot day since Mars and Uranus are fussing with each other again. It will be hard to go in the direction you head towards so accept frustrating situations and try to keep a good humor, Today is Lammas, the ancient festival of the first harvest. It is traditional to bake bread and to give thanks for the abundance in your life.

August 2 – Moon in Aries. Take advantage of the emphasis in fire energy and do something exciting that pleases you. We are between eclipses and with many planets retrograde you must remember to think about the moment, not the future. You can access your creativity and express yourself in a new way. Test your courage and do that thing that scares you.

August 3 – Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 3:51 pm. You can’t do anything substantial at work, so be a bit selfish, in a way that doesn’t bother anyone else, but put yourself first today and go for immediate gratification. Everything calms down in the afternoon and you can focus on the material world once again.

August 4 – Moon in Taurus. Slow down and find some respite from this wild Summer. You can get lost in your garden among the beauty of the plant world. You can wander in the woods, in a park, or on the beach. Forget your diet and let the gourmet inside you have free rein. It’s a day for love and pleasure.

August 5 – Moon in Taurus, VC 7:46 pm until 9:32 pm when it enters Gemini. Continue on with your lazy weekend. It’s the day to enjoy the best of summer food, summer weather, and summer fun. Browse the yard sales, charity shops, and farmers’ markets. You can make your phone calls and write your emails tonight while you stream your favorite shows.

August 6 – Moon in Gemini. Take care of today and tomorrow’s work. You have the energy and ability to multitask. The Sun and Jupiter team up to offer you an opportunity for growth. You need to give it serious thought and then put out the effort to make it happen. Venus enters Libra and she brings balance to your life while she makes your relationships go smoothly.

August 7 – Moon VC Gemini. Uranus turns retrograde in the midst of this day when the Moon is void-of-course for almost twenty-four hours. It’s best to use your re- words as you go through the day. Revise, review, reedit, renegotiate, renew, rest, recreate, reread, remember, revive, to name a few. Pick up an old art project and see if you want to finish it. Contact the friends you think about but who you never call or write.

August 8 – Moon in Cancer. The Sun and Mercury meet to bring you ideas and insights. This means that the current Mercury retrograde phase is half over. You will feel sensitive to people, events, and life in general. It will be hard to not take it all so personally. Feel better by cooking and feeding your loved ones. Call Mom and check in with her.

August 9 – Moon in Cancer, turns VC at 7:21 am. It’s another all VC day. You have to get up very early if you need to do something that you hope will be permanent. Take a personal day and go to water and enjoy the time while on, in, or near it. Clean out the kitchen and then donate food to the food bank. Discard what’s out of date.

August 10 – Moon in Leo. Though you may not want to, you need to take care of business today since tomorrow is another all VC day and also a powerful solar eclipse. You’re feeling the eclipse energy and so it’s like going one step at a time across the burning dessert where it’s too dangerous to stop. Keep smiling and loving.

August 11 – Moon VC Leo. Although we won’t see it, we will feel the intensity of the third eclipse of this Summer. Eclipses are symbolic of endings and beginnings. Take a look inside yourself to see what is undergoing these changes. It may be the impetus for you to reveal the secrets you keep hidden in your heart. Say good-bye to unrequited love and get ready for the real thing,

August 12 – Moon in Virgo. It’s the day to catch up after the past week when you probably made some mistakes and left some messes. You can do a lot of fixing today. It’s a good day for rebuilding what’s rickety. Mars backs up into Capricorn tonight and gives you a new list of subjects to review and revise, especially concerning the actions you took during the period from mid-March to mid-May.

August 13 – Moon in Virgo. Remember that there is one more full work week with Mercury retrograde. Be sure to double check every email you send, invoice you fill out, and bills you pay. You’ll see what needs to be fixed and repaired and can set out a tentative schedule for getting that work done. Pay attention to your health and how much you exercise.

August 14 – Moon in Libra. The next two days are good for fulfilling social obligations. Call friends and acquaintances and invite them to share meals, tea, or an evening activity. Pay some extra attention to your partner and make time for a special date. You’ll feel good when you make others happy. Plant flowering bushes.

August 15 – Moon in Libra. It’s a bright happy day. Get a book on Feng Shui and experiment with moving furniture and pictures, plants, and objects around the house according to those rules. Even if you just get rid of clutter it will open up space. Have a dinner party serving only fresh summer foods – corn and watermelon, tomatoes and herbs.

August 16 – Moon in Scorpio. Move the attention back to yourself. Your intuition will tell you what you need to do. Look for lost and misplaced items since your detecting skills are sharp. You can figure out what is bothering people without them telling you. It’s a fertile moon for planting crops for a late Fall harvest. Take a long walk, hike, or swim.

August 17 – Moon in Scorpio. Hang on, there are only two more days with Mercury moving backwards. Finish up the week’s work and focus on a project that has some meaning for you. Try to tie up as many loose ends as you can. There may be a conflict between love and desire, giving and taking. Resist the tendency to want others to do what you want them to do.

August 18 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 11:07 am until 12:45 pm when it enters Sagittarius. It’s a good day for all kinds of artistic ventures. You’ll be able to find the words that express your feelings when you get moved to say something important. Have outdoor fun this afternoon and do that summer sport you haven’t done yet. Mercury is already changing direction in different parts of the globe.

August 19 – Moon in Sagittarius. Mercury goes into direct motion at 12:25 am! Don’t rush out or go online to go shopping, just give the energy time to settle. Make the most of Summer and enjoy all that the season offers. Take lessons so that you can try out a new sport. Be grateful for what you have but try not to overdo it.

August 20 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 7:47 pm. Continue on in vacation mode. You don’t have that much time left before work and school schedules take over. This is the last day with big fiery energy for a few months so use it to have a fun, cheerful, happy day. You can catch up on work tomorrow so have a great day today.

August 21 – Moon in Capricorn. You’re seeing all the mistakes and miscommunications that happened over the past three weeks. You can try to make it all right today. You’ll say no to temptations that want you to leave your work behind. Try to shore up weak foundations and remove unnecessary scaffolding in all areas of your life.  It will be satisfying to work hard.

August 22 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is the last day of Leo. Find a little time to get out in the sun. This is the last week with Mars in retrograde motion so you can start to give serious thoughts to what you want to accomplish in the months ahead. Start gathering information and data on your new projects. Make a tentative schedule.

August 23 – Moon in Capricorn, VC from 10:19 am until 12:56 when it enters Aquarius. The Sun enters Virgo at 12:09 am. Life becomes more serous now that the playdays of Summer are over. You see both the big picture and the little picture and may have a hard time finding the middle way. Think before you act and hold off acting on the big stuff until next week.

August 24 – Moon in Aquarius. Think back to a month ago and see what your major concerns were then. Have the eclipses and Mercury changed your mind or reduced the importance of those thoughts? If you are free of some restrictions, then you can let your rebellious side out to lead you in a new direction. Get tomorrow’s important things done today.

August 25 – Moon VC Aquarius. The Sun dances in harmony with Saturn and Uranus. They offer to enrich and enlighten your life in an earthy practical way. Learn to love and appreciate hard work as you move towards the future. Don’t plant today, just weed and mow the lawn. Find something to do that is totally outside of your comfort zone.

August 26 – Moon in Pisces. Today full Moon embodies the spirit of service. Make helping other in some concrete way a part of your spiritual practice. It is a good time to meditate and feel the gentle vibrations of Pisces. Venus and Pluto show you the truth about your relationship. They will tell you if your summer romance is over. You can plant today.

August 27 – Moon in Pisces. Mars goes into direct motion at 10:05 am. He is still standing still so it’s not the day to rush out and start something new. You can make plans though, and set up a new and different schedule for the next few months. Think about where you want to volunteer your time and energy. Plant cold weather crops for a late Fall harvest.

August 28 – Moon in Pisces, VC from 9:54 am until 12:35 pm when it enters Aries. Tidy up and take care of tying up loose ends in the morning. You can face forward in the afternoon and begin the rest of your life that has been on hold during this retrograde Summer. You’ll have plenty of energy to express yourself and start doing what you want to do.

August 29 – Moon in Aries. The energy of this Moon helps you initiate projects but doesn’t give you any follow through so that you can finish them. Remember that. Use the gifts of organization that the Virgo Sun gives you to make a list and keep track of things. Don’t be frustrated when you run into restrictions, just stop and think about how you can find another way.

August 30 – Moon in Aries, VC from 7:04 pm until 9:30 pm when it enters Taurus. You need to move at your own speed and will feel very impatient if you have to wait for someone else to catch up to you. Watch your temper. Use your ego to help you get things done, not to push ahead of people. You’ll calm down tonight and should be able to enjoy some rest.

August 31 – Moon in Taurus. There’s an emphasis on the earth element with its basic practicality and common sense. You will be able to make decisions that reflect your good judgement. Shop the sales and look for bargains. You’ll find what you need. Stock up on food for the weekend and plan a dinner party for friends and family to acknowledge that this tough month is over.


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