By adding the universal year 2002 (2+0+0+2=4) to the 8th month of August, we come up with the vibration of 12/3. The 3 month is a time for tapping into joy through creative self-expression. What aspect of your creativity wants to come out this month? Are you a closet painter, writer, dancer, or musician? Is there something that you are really passionate about that you would like to share with others but have been holding back? Use this month to discover your own form of creative expression. Let yourself be like the child and really get down and play this month!
August 1 Jupiter enters Leo Jupiter, the planet of beneficial expansion, moves out of Cancer and into the sign of Leo on August 1 until August 2003. Combining the sun (the ruling planet of Leo) with Jupiter is a very potent recipe for increased optimism, new growth, and creativity. Globally, we will see an increase in creative output, new innovations, expanded markets, and willingness by businesses to take greater risks and be less conservative. Individually, you can use this transit to expand your own creativity through artistic or expressive outlets or by recommitting to creating your life exactly as you want it to be. Similar to the description of the 3 month, Jupiter in Leo can help you free up the inner child who wants to simply express himself or herself. Use Jupiter in Leo this year to ignite your inner fire of creativity and passion for life!
August 6-26 Mercury in Virgo Mercury moves through the sign of Virgo from August 6-September 1. Use this period to focus on the details of your life that have not been attended recently. Even though you may not be consciously aware of it, your energy is continually being drained by incomplete actions. For example, if you have borrowed a book from someone and you have been meaning to return it but haven't, some of your attention and energy is being drained to track that incomplete action. Use this Mercury period to clean up any energy drains in your life so that you will be clearer and have more energy to focus on your highest priorities. You can also use the discriminative and analytic powers of Mercury in Virgo this month to get clear on the ways you can streamline your life in the areas of health, daily routine, mind/body awareness, and work/service.
August 7-9 Venus sextiles Jupiter Venus will be at the same degree as Jupiter in Cancer August 7-9. Venus and Jupiter are the most beneficial planets, and together they bring expansion, joy, and abundance. Use this transit to open your heart and to discover how you can put your compassion and unconditional love for others into action.
August 7- September 8 Venus in Libra Venus, known as Aphrodite in the Greek tradition, is very much at home in the sign representing balance, harmony, and beauty. Venus is the goddess who brings the power of the Divine Mother (the moon) into physical manifestation. She is one of the primary archetypes of creative feminine energy. When Venus occupies Libra, you have an opportunity to express your creativity and passion through manifesting beauty and harmony in your world. This is a wonderful time to reconnect to the feminine through art, music, dance, or design. It is also a time for communing with the harmonious vibrations of the natural world.
August 8 New moon in Leo With the new moon in Leo, the focus this month is on nurturing yourself through bringing out the divine child within. The divine child is the source of your creativity, spontaneity, and enthusiasm. Its qualities are mirrored back to you through the love and appreciation you have for the innocence and directness of the external children you meet in your day-to-day life, and what you love about external children are the exact qualities inherent in your own divine child.
Use this month to tap into your sense of wonder and awe, the joy and aliveness that you receive by being totally present and in the moment. Bring a sense of play into your life by being willing to let go of your seriousness and self-consciousness. And remember: no matter how deep your child may be buried among the rubble of responsibility and duty, if you take some time this month to nurture yourself on this level, you may be pleasantly surprised to find a willing child that wants to come out and play!
August 13-29 Saturn trines Uranus Saturn in Gemini is in a positive relationship with Uranus in Aquarius from August 13-29. When Saturn, the planet representing form, structure, and consolidation, is in flowing relationship with Uranus, the planet representing sudden change, you have an opportunity to radically alter your reality. The challenge of this transit is to objectively and realistically assess where you need to change. Saturn trine Uranus is one of the best transits for making sustainable (Saturn) changes (Uranus). On a collective level, Saturn/Uranus represents the breaking up or dissolution of rigid structures and boundaries. This could be in the form of new political strategies that blend conservative (Saturn) ideology with liberal (Uranus) breakthroughs and progressive thinking.
August 15-17 Venus trines Neptune Venus in Libra is in a positive relationship with Neptune in Aquarius from August 15-17. Venus trine Neptune asks us to balance our personal desires with our impulse to serve the collective. Use this transit to open your heart and to discover how you can put your compassion and unconditional love for others into action.
August 22 Full moon in Aquarius The full moon occurs in Aquarius on August 22. For this next month, the emphasis is on learning how to detach emotionally in a positive way. The moon in Aquarius calls us to learn how to be emotionally present to others while maintaining our individuality and our own center. The Aquarius moon will also heighten your desire to find the "tribe" or community that supports and nourishes your vision.
August 22-25 Mars opposes Uranus Mars in Leo is in challenging relationship with Uranus in Aquarius from August 22-25. Mars/Uranus energy tends to speed up the nervous system, so if you feel wired, take some time to do some deep breathing. Mars/Uranus energy is very good when you have to be daring or audacious in your work or home life. It's a time to take risks and push the envelope. Let Mars and Uranus help you to take the next step in your evolution: moving beyond what you once thought was possible.
August 22-26 Mars sextiles Saturn Mars in Leo will be in a positive relationship with Saturn in Gemini from August 22-26. Mars is the planet representing the assertion of personal will, while Saturn represents the discipline required to bring things into form. The good news is that this transit is an opportunity to concentrate your willpower and accomplish a lot. The bad news is that Mars/Saturn energy can sometimes bring up frustration or the feeling that our actions are being blocked. A powerful way to use this transit is to see how you are blocking yourself from moving forward rather than blaming the obvious external forces that appear to be in your way. It is through owning your projections that someone or something other than yourself is blocking you that you can take action on your goals with marked determination and will.
August 23 Sun enters Virgo The sun moves into the sign of Virgo on August 22. The reaping of the harvest begun in Leo now reaches full harvest in Virgo, a harvest culled using the discriminative faculties with the intent of doing it cleanly, precisely, and with care. The Virgo principle involves analyzing and improving upon the creative output generated in Leo through discernment and efficiency. Our job during the sign of Virgo is to utilize the discriminative faculties of the mind and our discipleship to improve and perfect the physical vehicle so that it becomes a purified vessel for divine spirit.
August 25 Pluto direct Pluto, which has been moving in retrograde motion since March 20, will go direct again on August 25 at 14 degrees Sagittarius. Since Pluto in your birth chart represents where you tap into collective power or will, Pluto retrogrades are a time when you can reflect on how you are using your personal power. Do powerful people make you uncomfortable? Do you react strongly to any perceived misuse of power from those in your life? Do you often see in others a tendency to manipulate or control? If so, then the Pluto retrograde period may have been a time when you were looking at how you may be feeling disempowered in your life. Conversely, it may have been a time that you discovered and integrated how you could increase your sense of personal power into more areas of your life. Use the power of Pluto direct in Sagittarius to blow off the lid of repression and inhibition now!
August 26-September 9 Mercury in Libra With Mercury in Libra from August 31-November 7, the emphasis is on coming into balance through drawing on our mental qualities of objectivity and equality. Although the sign of Libra is often depicted as somewhat "wishy-washy," the truth is that Libran energy can be quite strong. Mercury in Libra, in particular, is the champion of justice, and can be quite bold and outspoken when things become unjust.
While Mercury is in Libra, you become the adjudicator or arbitrator of justice in your life, speaking out against any injustice that is pulling you out of balance. This is particularly relevant to personal relationships. Have you gotten out of balance by being overly centered on someone else's needs to the extent that you have lost track of what you need for yourself? Do you find that you are giving to others way more than you are receiving? If so, you can use this time to work on creating more egalitarian and just relationships in your life.
With Mercury in Libra, the challenge is to look at your addiction to being nice; to the way you accommodate the needs of others to the point that you lose yourself. You have an opportunity now to step back and be more objective and detached about what needs to be communicated. The focus now is on communicating what is just, fair, and equitable. With Mercury in Libra, you have the opportunity to speak the truth without fear of what others will think of you.
August 29 Mars enters Virgo Mars will be in the sign of Virgo from August 29 through October 15. With Mars in Virgo, you have an opportunity to take care of the details of your life. Since Mars represents where we assert our will, in Virgo we focus our will on taking care of our daily routines. Where can you be more efficient in your life? How can you be more organized and attend to the details of your life? By making your life more streamlined at this time, you can free up more energy to be of service to others. For many of us, the daily routines of our lives become so bogged down that we find we never have time to do the things that really make a difference. With Mars in Virgo, you can streamline, prioritize, and organize your life so that you can have the time to dedicate your energies to what's really important.
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