Just as we reach the high point of summer in the northern hemisphere, Jupiter chooses to enter flamboyant Leo and, as a result, things really begin to hot up! A recap of what to expect from Jupiter’s stay in this fiery and dramatic sign is available on my July Astro-Insights post.
As well as heady romance and grand public gestures, care of a Venus-Jupiter conjunction mid-month, we also have a number of cracking transits involving Uranus & Saturn to look forward to. For more details of these and other August astrology highlights, read on…
Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1
During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.
Towards the end of July, we experienced a New Moon in Leo. This soli-lunar event helped to usher in a fresh month-long phase in everyday affairs for the next four weeks, during which new pet projects and personal initiatives involving luxury items, the performing arts or leadership campaigns should be well-received and gain popular favour.
This particular New Moon also happened to conjunct lucky Jupiter, ‘activating’ its benefic, expansive energy and thereby making it more accessible to us ordinary mortals. If you began to feel more optimistic and hopeful about the future around this time, then you know why! For more details of other positive Jupiter contacts during August, see the Key Dates section below.
In response to July’s Leo New Moon, we can expect an equal but opposite Full Moon in quirky Aquarius on the 10th of August. Taking place at 19h10 BST, this particular point in the annual lunar cycle asks us to consider what we feel makes us unique as individuals. Rather than worry about how this makes us different or sets us apart from others, the Full Moon is urging you to celebrate these qualities. Now is also a good time to detach from certain emotional situations or people who may be holding you back or bringing you down. This is about following the beat of your own drum emotionally, and having the courage to take an independent stand when it comes to matters you feel strongly about.
Just as the northern hemisphere begins to move from its hottest phase of the year towards autumn, so the Sun prepares to ingress into the sign of the harvest time, earthy and practical Virgo. This signals the start of a month-long cycle in which outward pursuits such as editing, the production of artisanal crafts or wholesome foods are all likely to receive support from higher-ups. Choosing to actively pursue better health and taking a modest or less-is-more approach in personal or work projects are also well-favoured now.
Mercury into Leo: 1-15 August
Having gathered pace since its return to direct motion, Mercury makes a whistle-stop tour of flamboyant Leo during the first half of August. Throughout this two week period, you can expect to see a surge in publicity for grandiose schemes, as well as an increase in exaggerated claims as people vie for the spotlight; and your vote or business! Clearly not for the shrinking violet, this combination should still provide a welcome dose of communication confidence to those less verbose or inclined to show off. This aspect is great for public speaking, business presentations, dramatic productions, product launches and any profession that requires you to exude poise and an air of conviction.
Venus into Leo: 12 Aug – 5 Sept
Never far behind Mercury, the planet of romance and abundance will ingress into Leo for a tour of just over three weeks. This is likely to result in a spell of grand romantic gestures, dramatic artistic productions and large, colourful public displays. In terms of fashion, think statement accessories, plenty of bright, shiny fabrics and big hair! Pleasurable activities will centre on lavish dinners, glamorous venues and luxury hotels, resorts or spas. As one magazine columnist put it recently, amongst the super-rich, if you’re not AWA – away for august – then you’re a nobody! If you love the baroque and the elaborate, then this is your time.
This month, we have a slew of cosmic power days to look forward to. Below are some astrological highlights to look forward to during August.
Creative commitment, romantic proposals, sustainable business models
Venus trine Saturn – 1 August
If you need to get back to basics with a creative strategy or refine a work of art, then this is the day for you. Venus combines with savvy Saturn to help you commit to a sweetheart, reignite an old spark or revisit a business plan, especially one involving food, home décor, recycling or history. Combining the cuddly, nurturing energy of Venus in Cancer with practical, focused and disciplined Saturn in Scorpio should help you win over potential investors, repair strained business or family relationships and convince loved ones of your serious intentions. It will also provide you with bags of charm and sympathy, ideal for making an older family or staff member feel cherished and appreciated. You could also do a bang-up restoration job of a house, piece of vintage clothing, painting or ornament now.
Lyrical movement, poetry in motion, active imagination
Mars trine Neptune – 7 August
If you’re looking to improve your choreography skills, sign up for a dance class or hone your musical delivery, this aspect offers you the perfect opportunity to do so. The energy and vitality of Mars combines perfectly with the refinement and sensitivity of Neptune today to give you the rare ability to be physically powerful and yet graceful at the same time. This astrological pairing should serve to stir your imagination, leading to sizzling poetry, sexy designs, and moving film scenes or photographs. Try a more active approach to creativity or alternatively, a more contemplative, spiritual approach to physical activities now: perhaps, composing on the hoof, or meditating while exercising – you may be amazed at the results. Tender love-making is another possible expression of this aspect, so make time for romance today – chances are, you’ll be glad you did!
Bright individuals, scientific breakthroughs, original perspectives, technical knowledge
Sun + Mercury trine Uranus – 7-8 August
Over a two-day period, both the Sun and Mercury will trine Uranus. By itself, Mercury-Uranus epitomises the eureka moment when genius ideas suddenly grip you, fully-formed, like lightning bolts. Add to this the confidence and charisma of the Sun, and you have a pretty potent blend of quirky but witty individualism, insightful yet original intellectual perspectives, and convincing technical know-how or scientific ability. Solving problems and wowing audiences with your repartee are both possible outcomes of this energy, as is a striking, attention-grabbing online presence or brilliant tech business idea. Make a splash and take a communications risk now – the reception you get is likely to be surprisingly positive.
Powerful passions, healing energy, military precision
Mars sextile Pluto – 15 August
If you’re looking to improve your health, become more focused at work or up your energy quotient, then this is the perfect day to do so, thanks to the verve of Mars and the grit of Pluto. This dynamic planetary combination provides the perfect recipe for powerful healing encounters, moving cathartic experiences, and elevated motivation levels, especially when it comes to active pursuits or kinetic movement. Think of the whirling dervishes of Turkey or the Tasmanian devil in the comic strip – you really could transform yourself physically or generate a whirlwind of activity today if you decide to! The key is to create a structure or plan, and then act without overthinking things – you’ll know instinctively how to pace yourself and what to do now, thanks to this rousing transit
Meaningful relationships, creative expansion, social popularity
Venus conjunct Jupiter – 18 August
Two months ago to the day, the planet of love and creativity paired up with jovial and generous Jupiter in Cancer to help create a plenitude of material abundance and improved family fortunes. Now these two planets meet up again, this time in a conjunction in magnanimous and fun-loving Leo. Under this influence, you can expect all manner of good fortune, from lavish romantic gifts to coveted social invitations, as well as plenty of praise and admiration from others.
This aspect is ideal for job interviews, product launches, theatre or film opening nights and fashion shows. If you have to pitch to a potential benefactor, or need some good advice or support from a mentor, this is an excellent time to make a good impression. You’ll have that enviable combination of style and substance at now, making you the darling of the hour. Just don’t become too arrogant or self-indulgent, or you could blow your chances or spend way more than you intended otherwise.
Unique creativity, love at first sight, independent financial advice
Venus trine Uranus – 25 August
If excitement, variety and adventure are what you are yearning for in terms of romance, then today could very be your day. Alluring and glamorous Venus in Leo combines with trendy, striking Uranus to make the sparks fly in love. You could well find yourself falling head over heels now, and for someone totally unexpected. Expect the unusual today and be prepared to take a risk or two creatively now – both approaches could pay off big time, so don’t be afraid to break the mould and try something (or someone) different now.