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Even though you are not hearing as much about it, the devastation in Nepal will continue for a long time. Be generous and contribute as much as you can to reputable aid organizations to relieve the suffering and help with the rebuilding.
Venus is in retrograde motion all month. She is dancing back through Leo and giving you experiences in love, both in current time and in retrospect. Pay attention to the people you meet as each encounter has significance. Hold off on buying high priced and luxury items since your taste may change once Venus goes direct in September. Venus wants you to have fun and enjoy the summer days of August.
Saturn stops and turns into direct motion on August 3. He travels through the last two degrees of Scorpio and brings closure to the major issues of the last two and a half years.
Jupiter enters Virgo on August 11. He brings his gifts and goodies to all Virgos and to those who have personal planets in Virgo. He ushers in a year that is good for work, solving health problems, helping others, and getting your life in order. Think back to 2003 to get a sense the opportunities that he brings when he is in the sign of Virgo.
August 1 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 6:02 pm until 6:36 pm when it enters Pisces. Today is Lammas, the ancient holiday of the first harvest. Eat something from your garden or food that’s grown locally. It’s not a day for planting. Saturn is standing still getting ready to end his retrograde period. He’s strong and powerful and wants you to face your problems, not ignore them.
August 2 – Moon in Pisces. Saturn turns direct while you are sleeping. Remember the images in your dreams, as they are messages sent by your unconscious. Pay attention to your daydreams when your mind wanders throughout the day. Keep your mind open to receive cosmic knowledge. You can plant today.
August 3 – Moon in Pisces, VC from 4:35 pm until 7:24 pm when it enters Aries. It’s a day to help others. Use you intuition to see who is in need of some caring either by actions or words. Do extra acts of kindness. You’ll feel a conflict between wanting to go and grow and a need to hold back. It’s a good day to look at where you are being too self-protective.
August 4 – Moon in Aries. Venus and Jupiter meet for the second time this summer and give you another chance at trying your luck at love and money. Reevaluate what it is that you really want and try again to obtain it. Take advantage of this energy, as it is a special day. Take a risk, go out to the edge, and leave the safety of what you know.
August 5-Moon in Aries, VC from 7:29 pm until 9:29 pm when it enters Taurus. You’ll feel a charge from the fire energy today and will need to be in motion. Make sure to do some special summer activity. Saturn comes to challenge Venus and pares down some of yesterday’s enthusiasm and excess. He shows you the bottom line of your love and money situation and tells you what is possible to achieve with effort and hard work.
August 6 – Moon in Taurus. Saturn is still busy today showing you the cold hard truth. He urges you to apply for jobs and grants if you are qualified to do so. Venus helps you reboot and reboost your thoughts. It’s a good day to work as your mind is clear and you will be matter of fact when you speak. Relax with gardening work.
August 7 – Moon in Taurus. Mercury meets up with Jupiter and then moves on into Virgo, his native sign. Bring your verbal projects to a dramatic conclusion and be sure to show your work to those who need to see it. Take time to appreciate the beauty of the summer season. Indulge in sweet treats and put aside your diet for a day. Do the weekend planting.
August 8 – Moon in Gemini. You’ll be fired up to stay in action all day and feel too energetic to just sit on the beach or by the pool. It’s a good time to mow the lawn and weed the garden. Mars enters Leo tonight bringing more creative energy and a sense of drama to your life. This is good energy for playing with children and also with your inner child.
August 9 – Moon in Gemini. Make a list of all the short things you need (and want) to do and see how many you can get done today. The energy is lively and you want to be in motion as much as you can be. It’s a day to have fun with friends and siblings. Catch up on phone calls, emails, and texts. You can write what you want as the words come quickly and easily.
August 10 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 7:45 am until 8:08 am when it enters Cancer. Today is the last day, for the next 11 years, when Jupiter is in the sign of Leo. All Leos want to take advantage of this last chance to act while luck is sitting on their shoulder. Don’t put off doing anything that starts a new cycle of activity and growth. You can plant today.
August 11 – Moon in Cancer. Jupiter enters Virgo at 7:13 am. It is time bring your dreams back to earth and aim for what is practical and possible. Make home and family be the priority for the day. Think about finding space in the house for a home office or studio. Gather the family for a good meal.
August 12 – Moon in Cancer, VC 1:44 pm until 4:52 when it enters Leo. As Summer rushes towards its end, so try to spend more time by the water. Today is a good day to get wet. If you can’t be by running water, mediate on it and feel the energy of its rhythms. Use your imagination to turn your daydreams into art.
August 13 – Moon in Leo. Today is the dark of the moon which is great for seeing the Perseids tonight but not so good for starting projects. Take some time to just have fun. It’s a good day to procrastinate and enjoy some time to play. Break out of your shell and take a risk. Try something new and daring that you have been hesitant to do.
August 14 – Moon in Leo. Today’s new moon is the epitome of the Summer season. It is a day to be a child again and live in the moment. Play with children and learn from them. Embrace joy and always choose love over fear. You’ll find love all around you if you are open to it. Relive an old romance in your mind to see what made you happy and what didn’t work for you.
August 15 – Moon in Virgo. The Sun and Venus meet and bestow lovingkindness and grace. They help you to make a new connection with someone or rekindle and deepen the ones you have. You’ll get insight on how to fill any emptiness that you feel inside you. Do something that gives you pleasure. Buy yourself a gift.
August 16 – Moon in Virgo. This is a good day to fix things. Look around the house, vehicles, and electronic equipment and see what needs repair or what you can give away if it is not being used. You have the gift of analysis to see what needs to be repaired in your relationships. See what you must do to take better care of yourself.
August 17 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 1:16 pm until 4:23 pm when it enters Libra. Try your luck at bringing something new to your work. Ask for a raise. Buy new office equipment. Clear the clutter out of your life. Work hard today so you can have time to enjoy the summer social scene.
August 18 – Moon in Libra. You can expect Venus retrograde to bring old friends, exes, and lovers back into your life. If the actual people don’t appear, then someone will be in the forefront of your mind. You’ll feel sentimental about loved ones who have passed away. Get out and enjoy the company of people tonight.
August 19 – Moon in Libra. A person you meet today can be more than a brief encounter and can turn our to be an important person in your life from now on. It’s a good day to adopt a pet. It’s a good day to buy art to redecorate your walls. Do something that thrills you and that also brings you joy. Plant flowers or buy some annuals to liven up the yard.
August 20 – Moon in Scorpio. You’ll feel less like accommodating others and want to take care of your own wants and needs. You’ll see everything from a very personal perspective. You can get a lot done as you will stubbornly stick to what you think must be done. Relax by the water and feel its power.
August 21 – Moon in Scorpio. Today is a serious day when you have the opportunity to fix all the places where you have been stuck. Look at the patterns and habits you have and break through your walls to set yourself free. You’ll see what’s real and what has been caused by your illusions. The inner work you do today will have great benefit later on.
August 22 – Moon in Scorpio, VC from 3:31 pm until 4:41 pm when it enters Sagittarius. You’ll feel a residual heaviness from yesterday. You will still be dealing with obligations and responsibilities and all the things you’ve avoided. It is the last day of Leo and you want to make one last fling at summer fun.
August 23 – Moon in Sagittarius. The Sun enters Virgo at 6:38 am. You’ll feel a conflict between the Virgo desire to work and fix and the Sagittarius moon’s need to roam and adventure. You’ll have a double vision of seeing details as well as the big picture. Be as active as you can on this confusing day. Don’t try to get anything done that you want to last.
August 24 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 6:04 pm. Open your mind and put your knowledge to work. Use the wisdom that comes from your studies to help you make your decisions. Think about what you still want to learn and look to see where you can take a course or a workshop to learn it. Get outdoors and do the activities that bring pleasure.
August 25 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s an earthy day when you can focus on what’s in front of you. Set your goals for the next few months. Revise your daily schedules. Get your ducks in a row to use the old cliché. Be proactive and look for opportunities that you can use to advance your career. Catch up on all the work that hasn’t gotten done.
August 26 – Moon in Capricorn. The Sun and Jupiter have their annual meeting, and this year it’s in Virgo. They offer opportunities and luck in work and health, and in the area of your chart where Virgo is placed. Today is not a day to be lazy but to work hard and take a giant step forward. Remember, you can make it happen.
August 27 – Moon in Aquarius. Mercury enters Libra and gives you the words to smooth things over with the ability to see how to make compromises that are win-win ones. You can present your position in a manner that’s both useful and tactful. It’s a day to think things out before you act on them.
August 28 – Moon in Aquarius. Be sure to write down the ideas that come into your head. Get involved in a group project that helps the community or a favorite cause. You’ll think and function best when working with others. Do something crazy and zany and way outside your comfort zone tonight.
August 29 – Moon in Pisces. This is the most mystical full moon of the year. Feel the magic all around you. Talk to your spirit guides and guardian angels. Throw away your schedule and follow where the day leads you. Celebrate the end of Summer in a watery way. Go outside tonight where you can see the reflection of the moon on water.
August 30 – Moon in Pisces. Continue letting your right brain make decisions as to what you do and where you go. Leave the “shoulds” and “ought tos” for tomorrow. Let the magic of Pisces surround you one more day. Hang out by water, plant for a late fall crop, and look for flower fairies in the garden with your favorite young person.
August 31 – Moon in Aries. You’ll wake up full of energy and ready to go. You can make up for all the things that didn’t get done over the past few days. Work alone as you’ll want to move fast and be too impatient to wait for anyone. The Sun and Neptune interact tonight bringing you dreams and visions. You’ll get benefit from meditating and chanting.